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Two Men Convicted of Animal Cruelty in Sandersville

Two Men Convicted of Animal Cruelty in Sandersville

A jury convicted two men of mistreating dozens of dogs in Washington County, according to Hayward Altman, district attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit.

He says Derrick Daniels of DeKalb County and Billy Taylor Junior of Sandersville were convicted of 26 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

He says Daniels was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation.


Taylor was sentenced to one year in county jail and nine years of probation, he says.


Altman said the dogs' injuries pointed to dog fighting, but prosecutors couldn't prove that, so the jury found them not guilty on two felony counts: dog fighting and aggravated animal cruelty.

The charges came after a February raid in Sandersville, where deputies said they found dozens of dead dogs and 26 more that were starving and freezing.

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My Teacher is Tops

"Good morning Ms. Archer, I am Junior Journalist Daylin Dean and you are this week's my Teacher is Tops winner."

Students in Ms. Archer's seventh grade reading class all agree on one thing.

Jada Chappele says "She is a nice person."

Diamond Mearidy says "She is a loving and caring person."

Curtis Stephens also says "Very nice, all the nice words you can think of that's what she is."

Ms. Archer has been teaching for six years and says being a teacher is more than what it seems.

"You're able to get to know their personalities, you're able to interact with them on a daily basis."

Seventh grader Katelyn Lord has a message for those who don't have Ms. Archer.

"You're really missing out, she is really good." says Katelyn.

Archer says when her students move on to the eighth grade she hope they remember her.

Man Charged With Running Illegal Club

Man Charged With Running Illegal Club

Washington County's sheriff says his deputies raided an illegal nightclub and shut it down, two nights before the Super Bowl.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, deputies and officers from the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force raided the Blue Moon on Parson Lane, Sandersville, according to Sheriff Thomas Smith.

He says his office has gotten repeated complaints from neighbors, "almost every weekend," about loud music, gunfire, assaults and an armed robbery at the unlicensed club.

On weekend nights, as many as 200 to 300 crowd around inside and outside the tiny club, he says. The Blue Moon features pool tables and sometimes a DJ.

Smith says officers seized about $2,000 worth of alcohol at the club.

"They had just purchased a tremendous amount of alcohol for the Super Bowl, so we sort of rained on their parade," he said.

Are you hearing the Cicadas?

Are you hearing the Cicadas?

Many viewers are telling us that they're hearing the cicadas.

Have you seen any of these noise-making culprits? Some viewers are telling us they are louder this week than they were when they first emerged.

Send us your photos or video to whereyoulive@13wmaz.com.

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Tell Us: Where is the Best Place to Hear Music?

Where is the Best Place to Hear Music Where You Live?

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Technical College Receives Grant

Sandersville Technical College received a grant from the Tri-County EMC last month.

The grant will fund the CNA certification exam for nine Putnam County High School dual enrollment students.

Last month, the Tri-County EMC Foundation Board approved 13 applications, totaling $30,093 in OperationRoundup funds, to benefit organizations or individuals in local communities. That's according to a Tri-County EMC news release.

Operation Roundup is funded by the voluntary contributions of Tri-County EMC Members to the Tri-CountyEMC Foundation

Participants in the program have their monthly bill rounded up to the next dollar and thedifference is donated to Operation Roundup. Any individuals wishing to make a tax-deductible donation tothe foundation may contact Lindsay Graham at 478.986.8126 or mail a check payable to: Tri-County EMCFoundation, Inc., P.O. Box 487, Gray, GA 31032.

Sandersville Walmart Announces Store Changes

The Sandersville Walmart, located on South Harris Street, recently began an extensive renovation.

The store will receive a full remodel from the inside out and will represent the latest in Walmart's store design and customer experience. That's according to a Walmart news release.

The remodel began March 27 and is expected to be completed in May 2011.

The new design is based on feedback from customers and will feature a clean, open and bright new look in the store with low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme and lighting, and easy-to-read signage to help customers find the products they need.

“We are excited to bring an improved shopping experience to our customers,” said store manager Donna Wilcher. “We listened to our customers and are redesigning the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” she added.