2014-06-04 / Community

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Bainbridge - The Decatur County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into a contract agreement with Grady EMS of Atlanta.

The contract would go into effect September at the latest.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity and the challenges ahead of us and a long term relationship with Decatur County,” Grady EMS Vice President Bill Compton said. “This is Grady EMS’ first venture outside of the perimeter (of Atlanta) and into a rural county. We have a numerous amount of senior executives with vast experience working in rural medicine.”

Compton reiterated this was not going to be an Atlanta-based system.

“We’re going to have local people running these calls, we’re going to have a local manager and a South Georgia based system,” he said.

Decatur County Attorney Brown Moseley said he had worked with Memorial Hospital and Manor CEO Billy Walker while drafting the contract to ensure it addressed any concerns he and others had with Grady EMS.

Walker said he was comfortable with the language in the contract.

“I’d like to commend the attorney (Moseley) for his work and flexibility in this process,” Decatur County administrator Gary Breedlove said. “This has been a laborious process and a deliberate process.”

Blakely - A $1 million winning ticket being sold in Early County, the past week swirled with speculation and suspense surrounding the identity of the May 17 Powerball winner.

The winning ticket was sold at Riverside Travel Center at the intersection of Lower River Road and Highway 62 near Hilton.

Turns out the winner was from Dothan. George Rhodes, 70, a substitute teacher, claimed his prize Thursday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.

With his winnings, Rhodes anticipates buying a “dream home” for his wife.

Blountstown - Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced the arrest of a Calhoun County resident for medicaid fraud.

Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Adria Aultman, 37, was taken into custody by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Attorney General Investigators determined that Aultman, a licensed practical nurse, falsified her time sheets and failed to provide necessary services to a patient in Liberty County. This resulted in over $12,000 in fraudulent Medicaid billing.

Aultman was arrested for one count of Medicaid Fraud, a second-degree felony, and faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $70,000 in fines, if convicted. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit.

Cairo - A Cairo father of four was wild with excitement upon discovering a tremendous Georgia lottery windfall during a weekend road trip.

Jon Prater, 31, is one of three winners to each win $243,518 by matching all five numbers drawn from the May 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Prater claimed his prize Monday, May 19, at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

Susie Q’s in Cairo sold the winning quik pik ticket. Additional tickets with the jackpot prize were sold in Jackson and Valdosta.

The lucky winner and his wife, Trista, were on their way to Wild Adventures Theme Park when they discovered the good news.

“My wife got a copy of the results at a gas station,” Prater said. “We went back home to place the ticket in a safe place, and we enjoyed the rest of our day.”

A quality control manager for a boat manufacturer, Prater said he is excited over his windfall.

“We can take care of necessities and plan for the future,” he added.

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