WQCH & Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 6-9-23

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a grant of more than a half million dollars from the state.  The money will go towards new equipment and technology that improves safety and modernizes digital intelligence.  Money will go towards purchasing FLOCK cameras which will be placed throughout the county in the highest 911 call areas.
New details have come to light on the arrest of Marshall Payne in Murray County.  Payne was arrested Tuesday, he’s been charged with the murder of DJ Fickey in Walker County back in 2016.  Murray County Sheriff Jimmy Davenport told WDEF-TV that his investigators were notified Tuesday that Payne was in his county.  Payne was arrested that same day without incident.  The sheriff also said that Payne told his officers he was innocent.  Payne is currently being held in the Walker County jail.
The costs of attending Georgia Public Universities and College will remain mostly flat in the upcoming academic year.  Regents voted Tuesday to increase the tuition at only four of the systems 26 schools.  Middle Georgia State University, Georgia College and State University, University of West Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The University system of Georgia has a total yearly budget of $9-billion.  That includes state money, tuition, fees and other revenues.  The Hope Scholarship does not cover fees.
Three Georgia metro cities have been named among the best places to live by US News and World Reports.   Savannah ranked No. 37 in the top 50. U.S. News noted that transportation options are plentiful and median home costs are lower than the national average.  Other Georgia metro areas ranked by U.S. News include Atlanta (No. 64) and Augusta (No. 74).