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Sheriff: More than 1 person involved in Lake Oconee murders

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga.(WXIA) -- Investigators believe the murder of an elderly couple in Putnam County likely involved more than one suspect.

Lake Oconee search on hold today

Lake Oconee search on hold today

The search in Lake Oconee for new clues in a double murder is on hold today.

Richard Tanner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says his teams searched the lake from Friday night through last night for evidence in the deaths of Russell and Shirley Dermond.

He said they did not find any new clues.

A fisherman found Shirley Dermond's body. Tanner says they searched a 6- to 8-mile stretch between the Dermond's lakeside home and the dam where she was found.

Tanner says he'll talk to Sills about where they'll look next.

We could not reach Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills for comment this morning.

Meanwhile, Coroner Gary McElhenney says Shirley Dermond's body was so badly decomposed, it was hard to tell if there's bruising or signs of struggle. He said an medical examiner ruled out stabbing or bullet wounds.

Royals score season high to blow out Putnam County

Royals score season high to blow out Putnam County

BCHS took advantage of mistakes by Putnam pitching, nine walks and three hit batters, to score a season high 19 runs en route to a 19-4 rout of the Eagles Friday in Eatonton.  

Austin Simmons went 3 for 4 with a double and 4 RBI.  Cal Young was 2 for 3 with a double and 4 RBI.  Bryant Trice went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  Dylan Churchwell, who got the pitching win, was 2 for 4 with a double.

Bleckley hosts Crawford County Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks


If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.


Free pancakes at IHOP today

Free pancakes at IHOP today


Flip for flapjacks today!

Why? Because it's IHOP's annual National Pancake Day and they're free.

In return for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.

National Pancake Day has raised nearly $13 million to support charities, since 2006.

How are you celebrating the day? Show us what you're eating at Your Take.


COS students have Paul Mitchell color class

COS students have Paul Mitchell color class

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) hosted a national educator from Paul Mitchell that presented a color class to the South Campus Cosmetology students on Monday, February 17th.

Misty Arnold has been an educator for Paul Mitchell for 3 years and is the owner of 67 Styles Salon in Statesboro. She talked with the students about the theory of color and explained color formulations.

BCHS splits region opener with Putnam County

BCHS splits region opener with Putnam County

MyEsha Moore scored her career best sixteenth point with under a minute left and Tia Troup sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to help the Lady Royals secure a 58-53 home win against Putnam County Tuesday.  Dewanda Backshear scored 15 points including a pair of three point shots.

Despite a career best 22 points from D'Andre Pitts the Royals fell to 0-3 on the season with a 62-50 loss to Putnam County.  It was the retrn of fomer Royals coach Clifford Kerbo who resigned last spring and took the Putnam job to be closer to home.

BCHS plays at Crawford County Frida.  Tip time is 7 p.m.