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City of Alma Swearing In Ceremony

Magistrate Joe Boatright swears in two term Mayor Peggy Murphy
Boatright swears in council members Glover Scott and Bernita Lewis.
Murphy swears in Alma new APD Chief of Police Michael Leslie

State of the City Address by Mayor Murphy


Bacon County Sheriff's Office release limited report on Boatright death

In the early morning hours on Friday, January 15th, deputies of the Bacon County Sheriffs Office responded to a domestic violence call on Crocodile Lane, according to a report from the sherriff's office.
The report states, "A woman reported that her husband was breaking into home, after the issuance of a Temporary Protection Order from the Ware district Superior Court."
Upon arrival at the home by deputies, the report says, "Timothy Boyd Boatright was found deceased from gunshot wounds."
This case is under investigation and no more information is being released at this time. At this time, no one has been charged criminally

Walmart in Alma part of massive closure

Less than a year after opening in Alma, the local Walmart finds itself among the almost 300 Express and Neighborhood Walmart's planned closures .It has been reported the Alma Store will close its doors, January 28,
Reuters reported "Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday that it was pulling the plug on its smallest store format, Walmart Express, and closing 269 locations globally, including 154 in the United States, in a restructuring that will affect 16,000 workers.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said the move would reduce diluted earnings per share by 20 cents to 22 cents, with nearly all of that to be booked in the fourth quarter ending this month. In November, the company forecast a full-year profit of $4.50 to $4.65 per share.
Shares of Wal-Mart, which said the store closures represented less than 1 percent of its global square footage and revenue, fell 2.4 percent to $61.57.
The move comes three months after Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon disclosed plans to review the retailer's global operations and shut underperforming stores. Friday's announcement marks the first step in that restructuring effort.
"Wal-Mart said it planned to close 102 of its Express format stores, which at 12,000 to 15,000 square feet are less than one-tenth the size of a typical Supercenter. The format had been in pilot since 2011 but did not deliver the desired results.
The other 52 U.S. stores are a mixture of Supercenters, Wal-Mart's largest format; discount stores; a grocery format called Neighborhood Market; and outlets in the company's Sam's Club bulk-selling wholesale chain.
“Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future," McMillon said in a release.
The closings highlight the challenges Wal-Mart faces in finding growth opportunities in both its home market, which it has blanketed with some 4,500 stores, and overseas, where it has grown to more than 6,000 locations but has struggled to generate consistent returns.
The Arkansas-based retailer said it was still looking to invest and stuck to its plan to open 142 to 165 stores in the United States in the year ending in January 2017. It also for the first time disclosed plans to open 200 to 240 stores overseas in the coming year.
The closings are set to affect about 10,000 people in the United States and 6,000 overseas. The company said it would try to place workers in nearby locations, estimating that 95 percent of the closed stores in the United States are on average within 10 miles of another that it owns.
Wal-Mart said it would provide 60 days of pay and severance for eligible workers not placed."

Breast Cancer Awareness in January

Bacon County Hospital and the Bacon County Raiders host 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Game

Bacon County Lady Raiders are proud to take to the floor of battle to fight breast. Uniforms provided by Bacon County Hospital and Health Systems.