June 7-- Here are some of the front page stories from area weekly newspapers this week.
* A fire destroyed the home of Caritia and Nikki Birkheimer in the Wildwood Mobile Home Park in Higgston. The fire killed the family dog and destroyed everything the mother and daughter owned. Donations to help may be made to Caritia Birkheimer on Facebook, according to The Montgomery Monitor.
* The Treutlen County Sheriff's Office seized more than $4,000 and a handgun plus a pound of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-16. The driver from Alabama and passenger from Savannah were arrested, according to The Soperton News.
*The City of Metter is considering options of how to make up a $460,000 shortfall in the city's fiscal year 2020 budget. A decision has already been made to raise residential water rates by $8 and commercial rates by $19 starting in August, according to The Metter Advertiser.
* This weekend's expected rainfall is too late for the corn crop in Tattnall County. Farmers says corn fields not under water pivots have been devastated by the May drought, according to The Tattnall Journal.
* A Swainsboro woman identified as 28-year-old Jessica Reynolds is charged with two counts of cruelty to children after leaving her two young kids locked in a car at a residence in Richmond County. Outside temperatures were above 100 degrees and one of the children was unconscious and covered with feces. Both were taken by EMS to University Hospital in Augusta where they were treated and released, according to The Forest-Blade.
* The scheduled completion of the $1.7 million rehab of the dam on Appling County's Tara Lake, which was scheduled for completion in May, is delayed. County officials say the wet Winter and the unseasonably hot Spring has delayed the project. Meanwhile, the 50-acre lake remains dry, according to The Baxley News-Banner.