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Ryan Duke Sentenced to Max for Concealing Death of Tara Grinstead

Luke Roberts, Star Editor  An Irwin County jury returned “Not Guilty” verdicts on five of the six charges Ryan Duke faced related to the disappearance and death of former Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead, acquitting him of her 2005 murder on Friday, May 20, 2022.  Duke was convicted on the charge of Concealing a Death…

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Adel Police: Man caught with over 4.5 pounds of crystal meth

Blake Michael Stewart, 27, of Valdosta was arrested May 5, 2022, and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime – felony, tampering with evidence – felony, obstruction of a law enforcement officer (two counts), and possession of marijuana – misdemeanor, according…

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Primary Election Day next Tuesday

Election Day for the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at voters’ assigned polling places. Advanced voting will continue daily through Friday, May 20, at the Cook County Administration Building, 1200 S. Hutchinson Ave., Adel. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several…

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Governor signs de-annexation of racetrack into law

Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law HB 1604, sponsored by State Rep. Penny Houston and passed by the Georgia House of Representatives and State Senate during the 2022 legislative session. The act de-annexes the South Georgia Motorsports Park property from the City of Adel and returns it into unincorporated Cook County. The racetrack…

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School board approves major employee changes

Six changes in principal, assistant principal positions The Cook County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening, May 9, 2022, to approve a “Reorganization of Cook County Schools 2022-2023” involving major employee changes. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tim Dixon recommended the transfers or reassignments of administrative personnel in accordance with board policies. He presented to…

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Work continues on next group of delayed utility bills

At last report, PSD Software was continuing to work on developing the City of Adel’s Cycle 1 utility bills, city officials said. The bills normally would have been sent out on Sept. 30, 2021, and would have been due back by Oct. 10, 2021. City officials said there was no date set yet for when…

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GBI: Woman videos molestation of 1-year-old girl

Ariel Raven Rains, 25, 107 Lauren Drive, Sparks, was arrested Feb. 17, 2022, and charged with child molestation (two counts) and sexual exploitation of children (three counts), according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Douglas Office. According to warrants taken in the case, during offense times between Sept. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021,…

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