1.  In tough economic times people looking for bargains are rediscovering public libraries as a source of job searches and saving money on entertainment.

At the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library, Internet use is up, with many of those going online seeking jobs, library Director Melody Jenkins said.

About 2,200 people per month are using the 21 computers available, up from about 1,800 last year.

“There’s hardly any time they’re not full,” Jenkins said. “They’re almost always in use. A lot of people are job searching. Every time I go out of my office I’m seeing a lot more filling out applications online or doing resumes.”

A number of people also cannot afford a home computer and are at the library to check e-mail and do other things, she said. Read more about this trend in Tuesday's Moultrie Observer.



2. Moultrie police officers responded to a fight where gunshots were fired early Sunday morning. One officer who responded was nearly hit by a car as it fled the scene.

Moultrie police officers were called to Waffle House on First Avenue Southeast at 4:07 a.m. Sunday about a fight. It was reported someone had been shot, but it was later found out that the only gunshots fired were up in the air, not at anyone, police reports stated.

As one officer arrived at the restaurant, witnesses told him those involved in the fight had left the scene. A second officer spotted one of the vehicles on Fifth Avenue Southeast and tried to stop it. As he did, however, the vehicle nearly hit the officer, as he was able to jump onto the back of his patrol car to avoid the collision. Read this and more weekend crime details in Tuesday's Moultrie Observer.

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