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CGTC Wins Big Federal Grant

Georgia technical colleges in the Midstate were awarded more than a million dollars in federal grants to help serve low-and-middle income African-American students.

Central Georgia Technical College in Macon received the largest grant, more than $545,000, according to a news release from the Technical College System of Georgia.

Sandersville Technical College received more than $272,000 and Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin was awarded $250,000.

Almost 42% of students enrolled in the Technical College System of Georgia are African-American, according to the release.

Three other Georgia institutions received grants of more than $400,000 each. They are DeKalb Technical College, Columbus Technical College and Atlanta Technical College.

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Wrightsville Fatal Shooting Still a Mystery

Friends and neighbors of a Wrightsville woman say they don't understand how she was apparently shot dead in her home Sunday by a stray bullet.

They speculate that 47-year-old Gina Smith died in a freak accident.

Johnson County Sheriff Rusty Oxford says investigators don't know who fired the bullet that killed her. Oxford says he doesn't think it came from a hunter.

He said the GBI in Eastman is investigating. But GBI officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

It happened at 112 Lawrence Road.


Oxford says on Sunday afternoon, between 1 and 1:30 p.m., they received a call that Gina Smith was bleeding from her chest.

He says Smith was found on her porch when they arrived and was pronounced dead on the scene by the coroner.

Oxford says that it appears a stray bullet passed entered through a wall, passed through the house and struck Smith while she was in her living room. 

Solar Panel Company Starts Production in Dublin

With a Governor named Sonny, and a city known for its obsession with the color green, Dublin Mayor Phil Best says Laurens County is a logical choice for Mage Solar's North American Headquarters.

"It just had to happen here in Dublin, Georgia," says Best. 

The projected $30 million dollar investment in the community has many state and local officials seeing 'green' in Dublin's future.

Mage Solar is headquartered in Germany and produces solar energy panels. They began production in July at their new facility, formerly Rockwell Automation off Industrial Boulevard.

Wednesday, they celebrated their partnership with Dublin at a ribbon cutting ceremony along with Governor Sonny Perdue and other state and local officials.

Mage Solar Official Markus Feil says the city's can-do attitude and its nearby air- and seaports kept Georgia on their mind, and he's happy to say its a perfect fit.