Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia agency offers parents pre-K tips

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning officials are offering tips to parents whose children are involved in one of the state's pre-kindergarten programs.

Assistant Commissioner for Georgia's pre-K program Susan Adams says parents should dress children in clothes and shoes they can independently manage, try finding restrooms near their child's class and inform teachers of any allergies or dietary restrictions their children have.

Adams says parents should also build extra time into the first day and make sure there's time to say goodbye before class begins.

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Vandals topple gravestones in Forsyth County

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after the gravestones of some of Forsyth County's founders were vandalized at a small cemetery just north of Atlanta.

Donnie Munda tells WSB-TV that headstones of family members were toppled and destroyed.

Munda said 24 graves mark his relatives in the cemetery, and that nearly all of their headstones were damaged. They include a constable for Forsyth County and a sheriff for Forsyth County in the 1960s.

Cumming Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Cliff Roberts said the people buried in the cemetery are pioneers who were living in the county in 1834 when the first census in the area was done.

Roberts said he's hopeful that the damaged headstones can be replaced and a fence can be installed around the cemetery.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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21 people displaced after fire near Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Fire officials say 18 adults and three children have been displaced from their homes after fire ripped through an apartment complex in Georgetown, near Savannah.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Southside Fire crews were called to the Georgetown Woods Waterford Plantation complex on St. George Drive around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Southside Fire Assistant Chief Gary Jarriel said a storm cell was moving through the area at the time, bringing intense lightning.

Jarriel said the fire began in a common area between apartments before spreading to the attic and roof.

The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

Georgetown is about 12 miles southwest of downtown Savannah.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Man charged with impersonating firefighter

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old Appling man is accused of pulling over a 16-year-old girl and pretending to be a firefighter in east Georgia.

Columbia County sheriff's officials say the suspect turned on sirens and red lights to stop the girl and then waved a radio that read "Columbia County Fire" on the side after she had stopped.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the girl later reported the incident, which happened Thursday night.

Sheriff's officials said the 19-year-old was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of impersonating a firefighter and false imprisonment.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Man dies after shooting outside nightclub

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb say a man has died after an early morning shooting outside a nightclub.

Sandy Springs police say the 38-year old man was shot around 2 a.m. Monday in the parking lot behind the Taboo 2 on Roswell Road.

Police said he died at North Fulton Hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.

His name was not immediately released.

Sandy Springs police said in a statement that he at least one suspect fled the scene in a sedan. They said the motive for the shooting was not known early Monday morning.

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