Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Briefing

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VIDALIA LAWYER TAPPED FOR U.S. ATTORNEY POST

A Vidalia lawyer has been nominated by President Bush to become the U.S. attorney for Southern District of Georgia of 43 counties.

Rick Thompson, 43, who is a former state and county prosecutor, is a partner in the Vidalia law firm of McNatt, Greene and Thompson.

His nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate. The schedule for those confirmation proceedings hasn't been finalized, authorities said.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., recommended Thompson to the president, who selected him from 10 candidates.

In Georgia, the federal southern district extends from Augusta east to Savannah, south to Brunswick and St. Marys and west to include Vidalia, Statesboro, Waycross and Douglas.

HOLIDAY ADMISSION FREE AT STATE, FEDERAL PARKS

State and federal parks will admit visitors free Veterans Day weekend as an invitation to families to honor police, firefighters, emergency medical workers and military personnel.

U.S. Interior Secretary Gail Norton announced that national park fees would be waived to "inspire national unity, hope and healing" during the recovery from the terrorist attacks.

Gov. Roy Barnes extended Norton's free weekend to all 48 state parks operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The parking fees will be waived Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but fees for other services, such as for camping, will still be charged.

National Park Service facilities in Southeast Georgia include Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island and Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah.

State parks in the area are General Coffee State Park east of Douglas, Laura S. Walker State Park near Waycross, Crooked River State Park in St. Marys and Stephen C. Foster State Park at Fargo.

WARE JUNIOR ROTC TO MARK VETERANS DAY

The Army Junior ROTC at Ware County High School will hold its annual Veterans Day observance at 9 a.m. tomorrow on the school grounds off U.S. 84 west of Waycross.

During the ceremony, six World War II veterans who left school to join the service will receive diplomas. …

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