The founder of Athens nonprofit Lemuel Life LaRoche was recognized by the Atlanta Braves as one of five “community heroes.”

“I was surprised, I was asked to come to Clarke Central just to do some presentation for some new knights and queens,’ LaRoche said. “Then the Atlanta Braves came in and they just surprised me. They recognized me as a community hero. I was nominated by a few people in this community. It was an awesome day.”

In addition to a$5,000 check, LaRoche was able to take 50 friends and family to Wednesday night’s Braves game.

The job numbers are out and Georgia set multiple records in July. That’s according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Commissioner Mark Butler says the state’s unemployment rate dipped below four percent for the first time in more than 15 years.

The last time Georgia’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent was in July 2001.

“We’re seeing roughly twice as many people becoming employed every single month than we are seeing actual job creation which is good because we have a lot of job openings,” according to Butler.

The Athens Police Department says a shooting Wednesday night is likely in retaliation to two shootings the night before. Police say officers were called to the scene of a drive-by shooting on Linda Drive shortly after 11 pm. When they arrived, they found shell casings and noted the residence had been struck multiple times. The residence was occupied by a 68-year old woman, who was home at the time, but was not injured during the shooting. The victim was not able to give officers a description of the vehicle or suspects.

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty in Cold-Case Racial Slaying

Aug 16, 2018
Spalding County Sheriff's Department via AP

More than three decades after a black man died in a racially motivated killing in Georgia, two white men have been held accountable.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Moore Sr. pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 1983 slaying of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. Moore received a sentence of 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison.
His brother-in-law, Frank Gebhardt, went to trial in June on charges including murder and was convicted by a jury. He was sentenced to serve life plus 20 years in prison.

Georgia's Kemp Wants Verifiable Voting -- After His Own Race

Aug 16, 2018
AP Photo Mike Stewart

Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp says Georgia's aging electronic voting machines should be replaced, coming around to a position critics say he's resisted for eight years as the state's top elections official.

There's just one thing — Kemp says it can't be done in time for his own election this November.

The secretary of state is asking companies for proposals to implement new machines that produce verifiable paper records in time for the next presidential election in 2020.