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Brentwood students travel back to the 1700s

"It's almost like they step out of a time capsule into the 18th Century and then climb back out of it at 3:00 when their day ends," said Patti Harris.

The students and teachers at Brentwood School in Sandersville lived a day in the life of early settlers Thursday to celebrate Colonial Day. For the last 6 weeks, students have been learning about the American Revolution and how people lived back then, and history teacher Patti Harris says they wanted students to have a hands-on understanding. To do that, she says it's about more than just what's in a textbook.

"We realized that other than just glossing over a chapter in the social studies book and learning about those people, that it would mean more and that they would always remember if they experienced firsthand the sacrifices that those patriots made," Harris said.

UPDATE: Sandersville shooting victim identified







The Sandersville Police are looking for the people that killed one and injured another.

"The crime rate here in Sandersville is relatively low," said Sandersville Police Chief Victor Cuyler. "We normally don't have murders, and right now, we're probably down to one homicide down a year."

Washington County may vote on plan to bail out hospital

Washington County commissioners are scheduled to vote next month on a plan to borrow money to help keep their local hospital open.

If they approve, the plan would go before county voters in May.

Baby remembered at Washington Co. prayer vigil


Friends and family held a prayer vigil for the baby found dead last weekend in Washington County Friday.

Over 100 people turned out for the ceremony. They lit candles and released balloons. 

"This night is about honoring a child," one speaker said. "Whether he or she was here for one minute or 100 years, he was part of our community."

The family spoke to the crowd, thanking them for the support. Larry McGraw, the baby's uncle, said he had plans on making the newborn his very own child.

"We had planned to adopt the baby," he said. "We already had papers drawn up to adopt the baby. We had named the baby Camden."

He says his family has received lots of criticism from the public, and is asking people not to judge his niece Jessica Ballard, who has been charged with murder in the baby's death.

Washington Co. woman charged with murder after newborn's death

A Washington County woman is has now been charged with murdering her newborn child.

Sheriff Thomas Smith says 24-year-old Jessica Ballard was arrested this afternoon and is now in the Washington County jail.

He said Ballard was pregnant, gave birth late Saturday or Sunday and left the child in woods off Highway 15. Then she drove herself to an emergency room. The newborn's body was found dead around 3 a.m. Sunday. It was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

"It's a sad day, and I've been in law since 1985, and it's the worst case I've seen so far, because of a child having to suffer when so many people that can't have children would be glad to have that child," Smith said.

UPDATE: Washington County woman charged after child found dead

UPDATE: A Washington County woman faces charges in connection with the dead infant found this weekend.

According to Sheriff Thomas Smith, she is Jessica Ballard, age 24, of Warthen.

She is charged with cruelty to children and making false statements.

People braved the rainy morning weather Saturday to watch the parade and a few sprinkles certainly didn't dampen spirits.

For more than 50 years the residents in Washington County have hosted the Kaolin Festival.

It's a chalky substance that goes into a bunch of stuff you probably have around the house. People braved the rainy morning weather Saturday to watch the parade and a few sprinkles certainly didn't dampen spirits. They also cheered on the fastest foul in a chicken race. There were local crafts and of course good food.

Christy Hinton, the president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said since the first festival in 1956, it has grown into an event that brings the community together every year.

"It was started because the Kaolin industry is so important to Washington County and, kind of, in honor of that industry," she said. "But now, it has grown into a huge festival with vendors from all over. "