Other than Hurricane Michael, which was named the Local Story of the Year, major stories in 2018 included:
• Election of a replacement for County Commissioner Luke Strong Jr., who died in September, required multiple elections. A non-partisan election in March led to a runoff in April, which was won by Barbara Jelks, to serve the rest of Strong’s term, which ended in December. A Democratic primary election in May led to another runoff, which Jelks also won, but then she had to defeat a Republican challenger in November to begin a full, four-year term in January 2019.
• Ground was broken for the South Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Located on Tallokas Road in Moultrie, PCOM South Georgia expects to welcome its first students in August 2019.
• Thirty people — most of them from Moultrie — were sentenced in federal court in connection with a massive methamphetamine ring that prosecutors said was based here.
• A Colquitt County man died after a shoot-out with law enforcement in September. A Moultrie police officer was run over by Nick Warnell’s vehicle during the incident but was able to return to work a few weeks later.
• A motorist on Thigpen Trail struck two young brothers crossing the road to a waiting school bus in October. One of the boys died, and Monica Cutts, 25, of Tallahassee, Fla., faces vehicular homicide and other charges.