A lot happened in 2012, which proved to be a year filled with highs and lows around the world and close to home.
Here in Bryan County, there were stories filled with happiness, celebration, heartbreak, tragedy and more. But whether good or bad, the community rallied together to show its true caring colors. With 2013 fast approaching, now is a good time to take a look back at the highs and lows of 2012.
Here’s the first in a multi-part look back at the year we’re leaving behind.
Bryan County deputy killed
The morning of June 15 changed the lives of many Bryan County residents and employees forever. That morning, Bryan County deputy Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Warren Crapse was killed when his K-9 unit car was reportedly struck head on by Patricia Ann Collins, 23, who was driving south in the northbound lane of Interstate 95.
A Georgia State Patrol toxicology report allegedly found in July that Collins had a blood alcohol content of 0.139 on the night of the crash. It is illegal in Georgia to drive with a BAC above .08.
Collins, who spent weeks in the hospital after the accident, was indicted Sept. 19 for first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, rendering her “less safe” to drive on the night of the accident. Most recently, Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley postponed Collins’ arraignment until Jan. 14.
Crapse, 32, had been with the BCSD since 1999. His K-9 partner, Seppe, suffered minor injuries from the accident and was retired to live with the Crapse family.
Richmond Hill turns 50
March was a big month for the city of Richmond Hill when residents, employees, local dignitaries and others celebrated half a century of history in the city.
The weeklong celebration included two weekends chock full of community activities in J.F. Gregory Park such as a citywide picnic, family fishing events, live music, hometown market sale and more.
Local students participated in a 50th anniversary essay and art contest, and many officials—past and present—were recognized at a special 50th anniversary celebration at the Richmond Hill City Center.
Read more in the Dec. 29 edition of the News.