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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Georgetown, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Georgetown are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O'Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Georgetown, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Georgetown criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Drug Cases in Georgetown, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Georgetown, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Georgetown often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Georgetown drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Georgetown, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Georgetown:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Georgetown, GA

Violent crime offenses in Georgetown typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Georgetown, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Georgetown, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

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The city of Georgetown, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Georgetown could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Georgetown and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O'Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror's mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Georgetown, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.

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Hog wild: Even with development looming, feral swine likely here to stay in Georgetown

Residents of Georgetown have plenty to bond over: their shared neighborhoods, local school sports games and community events. But nothing bonds neighbors quite like sharing a good, old-fashioned enemy. In this circumstance, that enemy is feral hogs."I've actually been sitting outside on my doorstep at five o'clock in the morning every morning, th...

Residents of Georgetown have plenty to bond over: their shared neighborhoods, local school sports games and community events. But nothing bonds neighbors quite like sharing a good, old-fashioned enemy. In this circumstance, that enemy is feral hogs.

"I've actually been sitting outside on my doorstep at five o'clock in the morning every morning, there with a cup of tea, waiting to scare these pigs off. That's how bad it's gotten," said Paula Maplesden, a resident of Georgetown.

Maplesden said she knows she sounds crazy, but she's at her wit's end.

Dealing with major damages

Maplesden is one of the many unlucky Georgetown neighbors plagued by bands of roaming feral hogs tearing up yards in the Savannah suburb. The hogs can weigh hundreds of pounds and cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage while rooting through the ground for grubs and other food.

When she moved into her house and laid new turf, Maplesden said that's when the feral hogs first arrived. It cost thousands of dollars to fix the yard, but as soon as it rained the hogs returned several times, damaging the lawn all over again.

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She's tried everything: grub killer, ultrasonic sensors, and waiting in the early morning hours to scare the pigs because she's heard they have good memories and will avoid a place they've been scared off from. They've come back so many times she said there's no point in completing the costly repairs to the yard until the hogs stop.

Maplesden said the feral hogs are a pretty frequent sight in Georgetown. People regularly post pictures on neighborhood forums of the pigs brazenly out in the middle of the day, starkly contrasting their suburban backdrop. In the comments of the posts, people discuss the property damage, where they come from and how to get rid of them.

Development on hog territory

When the feral hogs ride in on cloven hoofs, Maplesden said they come from woodlands behind the houses in her neighborhood. She doesn't know if it was the dry weather earlier in the summer disrupted their food sources, or if development is pushing the hogs into the neighborhood. Regardless of cause, the issue seems to be getting worse.

Growing development narrowing the feral hogs' wild habitat is a concern for Georgetown residents. At a public hearing this month for a proposed 400-house development on Wild Heron Road, neighbors voiced concerns that building on forested areas rumored to contain hundreds of pigs would flush them out of the woods and into the streets.

Allison Colter, a wildlife biologist from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said this concern isn't far-flung. She said that feral hogs — an invasive species to Georgia — are habitat generalists, spectacular at adapting to any conditions and willing to live just about anywhere. When development comes, they don't tend to tuck tail and run toward the woods: they improvise, adapt, overcome.

Colter said the hogs do more than disrupt yard aesthetics. They contribute to erosion when they dig up root systems, and without many natural predators they repopulate quickly, with each sow able to have two or three litters of six or seven babies a year, making it hard to control population numbers.

Even with development paving over forested areas, feral hogs find food, Colter said. As omnivores, they'll eat anything from salamanders to worms to the veggie du jour of your garden.

What can be done?

City and county animal services don't handle hogs, and the DNR controls hogs mainly on public lands. DNR usually sends concerned residents to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If the hogs are causing trouble in yards and people can't "take care of them" due to local gun ordinances or other reasons like home owner association policies, Colter said the USDA can come trap or kill the hogs at night. If it's an emergency, like a feral hog in a tussle with a pet dog or if the hog is stuck in a backyard, DNR will handle the situation at that time.

Unfortunately, as hogs adapt to being close to roads and unafraid of cars, development is unlikely to deter them.

"They get used to people, and just like they've learned to move along our interstate they get used to cars passing. It's no big deal," Colter said. "I imagine they would just adapt (to new subdivisions)."

An exception, Colter said, could be fences. Just like a turtle might change patterns if there is a fence, hogs could be forced to find other ways around town.

"I think all of us in DNR wish we had the resources to be able to do more trapping," Colter said, but with a small team handling about 100,000 acres of public lands, it's a challenge to keep the hogs at bay.

For homeowners looking for more information on feral hogs, visit the USDA's Wildlife Services website at bit.ly/3CHosQD.

Homeowners having direct impacts and damage from feral hogs can contact the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service feral swine damage program at 866-487-3297, ext. 206.

Marisa Mecke is an environmental journalist. She can be reached at mmecke@gannett.com or by phone at (912) 328-4411.

College football: Michigan's Milan Bolden-Morris becomes first female grad assistant to coach for a Big Ten school

Seven months ago, Michigan made history when the school hired former Boston College and Georgetown basketball player Milan Bolden-Morris as a grad assistant.She became the first fem...

Seven months ago, Michigan made history when the school hired former Boston College and Georgetown basketball player Milan Bolden-Morris as a grad assistant.

She became the first female assistant on a Power Five team since Georgia Tech hired kicking assistant Carol White in 1985 and the first ever for a school in the Big Ten conference. That history continued Saturday when the Wolverines took the field against Colorado State in Bolden-Morris' first game as an assistant.

Bolden-Morris, whose brother is Michigan defensive end Mike Morris, is working specifically with the quarterbacks this season while she pursues a master's degree in public policy. She recently earned a master's in sports management from Georgetown this past spring.

“Growing up watching my dad coach my brother, it has always been my dream to be a part of a football team in some form, so this opportunity is allowing me to live out a dream of mine, especially working with quarterbacks," Bolden-Morris said in March. "Coming from the basketball world, guards and quarterbacks are one in the same. Both have the ability to make decisions under duress, read defenses, take care of the ball, and execute with precision and accuracy."

Bolden-Morris told the Michigan Wolverines website that she grew up playing both girls and co-ed basketball, baseball, softball and flag football. She added that she typically played the positions that kept the ball in her hands — quarterback, receiver, point guard, pitcher, catcher, etc.

"Exposure to so many different sports helped me, especially mentally," she said. "The majority of sports I played, I was in a position that was pretty high IQ. ... I was always in a position to have to understand what my opponent might be doing so I could manipulate them in ways."

Now, it sounds like she'll play an active role in helping Michigan's quarterbacks.

Milan ‘Mimi’ Bolden-Morris hits gridiron Saturday as lone female GA in Power Five college football

Bolden-Morris, at University of Michigan, is reportedly the first female graduate assistant football coach with a Power Five school since the '80s.The University of Michigan announced earlier this year that former Georgetown Hoyas guard Milan “Mimi” Bolden-Morris had been tapped to serve as a graduate assistant working with the Wolverines quarterbacks. On Saturday, she’ll make her official debut on the sidelines when the Michigan Wolverines face off at home in Ann Arbor against the Colorado State Rams.Bolden-M...

Bolden-Morris, at University of Michigan, is reportedly the first female graduate assistant football coach with a Power Five school since the '80s.

The University of Michigan announced earlier this year that former Georgetown Hoyas guard Milan “Mimi” Bolden-Morris had been tapped to serve as a graduate assistant working with the Wolverines quarterbacks. On Saturday, she’ll make her official debut on the sidelines when the Michigan Wolverines face off at home in Ann Arbor against the Colorado State Rams.

Bolden-Morris, the sister of UMichigan senior defensive end, Mike Morris, is believed to be the first female graduate assistant football coach with a Power Five school since Carol White worked with the kickers at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, per The Associated Press.

“I have always believed in providing opportunities for individuals who are passionate about football, and Mimi is someone who has shown that drive to become a football coach,” Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh previously said in a statement shared by the university.

Harbaugh described Bolden-Morris as a “bright, intelligent and competitive young woman who will be a great addition to our program and offensive coaching staff.”

In her own statement amid news of her March hiring, Bolden-Morris said: “These opportunities have been an anomaly for a black woman until recently. Growing up watching my dad coach my brother, it has always been my dream to be a part of a football team in some form, so this opportunity is allowing me to live out a dream of mine, especially working with quarterbacks.”

Bolden-Morris played women’s college basketball for Boston College and Georgetown from 2017 to 2021. She also played softball and flag football growing up in Florida.

“She wanted to be the first female QB in NFL history,” her brother recalled, according to Click 2 Detroit.

“I’m so blessed that I played so many sports growing up,” said Bolden-Morris in a recent interview on “B1G Today.”

“My IQ in everything that I played was always so high,” she shared. “Playing catcher, I had to call pitches some games. I had to know situational stuff. Then in basketball, the same thing happened. I had to know time and score, how many timeouts, the possession. Now in football, having to read defenses and know the coverages and stuff like that, different formations that will help us get an advantage.”

It was during her time assisting the Hoya football team, where she did “recruiting and film stuff,” that Bolden-Morris decided to seek out graduate assistant jobs. Most graduate assistants receive a stipend and have their tuition covered by the school.

“I was emailing and reaching out to coaches in the ACC saying, ‘Hey do you have a GA spot or an intern spot?’” Bolden-Morris said, per Click 2 Detroit. “I wanted to get my foot in the door. Even if it was coming in and not getting paid. A lot of them said, ‘No, we have GAs.’”

She reached out to Coach Harbaugh, who said, “‘Absolutely, she can go intern,’” Bolden-Morris said. When a graduate assistant job opened up, Bolden-Morris interviewed and impressed Harbaugh.

“Mimi reached out and expressed an interest in our graduate assistant positions when we had multiple openings this spring. We had some great conversations and I came away extremely impressed with her desire and ideas for coaching, and for making us better as a team,” Harbaugh said in a statement.

“I am a genuine person,” Bolden-Morris said. “He liked the way I approached the game so differently from a basketball perspective.”

Bolden-Morris began her new job on June 1.

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South Carolina high school football scores for Week 1 of 2022 SCHSL season

Greenville NewsHere are the South Carolina high school football scores from Week 1 of the SCHSL regular season. Check back for updates throughout the night.FridayAcademic Magnet 14, Military Magnet Academy 0Andrews 32, Georgetown 12Appling County, Ga. 42, Aiken 7Aynor def. Kingstree, forfeitBamberg-Ehrhardt 36, Denmark-Olar 20Baptist Hill 26, St. John's 8Battery Creek 39, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 28Beaufort Academy 34, Hilton Head Prep 22...

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Here are the South Carolina high school football scores from Week 1 of the SCHSL regular season. Check back for updates throughout the night.

Friday

Academic Magnet 14, Military Magnet Academy 0

Andrews 32, Georgetown 12

Appling County, Ga. 42, Aiken 7

Aynor def. Kingstree, forfeit

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 36, Denmark-Olar 20

Baptist Hill 26, St. John's 8

Battery Creek 39, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 28

Beaufort Academy 34, Hilton Head Prep 22

Belton-Honea Path 19, Westside 17

Ben Lippen 34, Heathwood Hall 6

Bethesda Academy, Ga. 40, John Paul II 24

Blythewood 43, Richland Northeast 7

Brookland-Cayce 31, Airport 20

Broome 54, Chesnee 28

Buford 35, McBee 8

Camden 53, Lugoff-Elgin 7

Cane Bay 30, Ashley Ridge 20

Carolina High and Academy 22, Dillon Christian 14

Catawba Ridge 16, Charlotte Myers Park, N.C. 0

Central 63, Carolina Academy 0

Central 63, Carolina Pride, N.C. 0

Chapin 45, Mid-Carolina 0

Charleston Collegiate 42, Cathedral Academy 7

Charlotte Christian, N.C. 52, Southside Christian 28

Chester 22, Fort Mill 17

Christ Church Episcopal 41, Southside 14

Clarendon Hall Academy 43, Andrew Jackson Academy 16

Claxton, Ga. 29, Hilton Head Island 18

Clinton 55, Laurens 28

Colleton Prep 42, Northwood Academy 12

Crescent 34, Dixie 10

Crestwood 37, Gray Collegiate Academy 28

Cross 44, Hemingway 0

D.W. Daniel 55, Easley 7

Dillon 41, Lamar 0

Dorchester Academy 22, Orangeburg Prep 20

Dorman 42, North Augusta 28

Dutch Fork 27, Spartanburg 25

Edisto 12, Williston-Elko 6

Estill 24, C.A. Johnson 8

Fairfield Central 41, Andrew Jackson 21

First Baptist 23, Bishop England 10

Fort Dorchester 21, Beaufort 6

Gilbert 49, Batesburg-Leesville 14

Hammond 49, Florence Christian 0

Hampton 48, Allendale-Fairfax 0

Hanahan 22, Berkeley 17

Hannah-Pamplico 26, North Central 20

Hartsville 68, Darlington 0

Hillcrest 62, Greer 14

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 22, Eau Claire 12

Indian Land 28, Timberland 0

Irmo 27, Lancaster 20

J.L. Mann 14, Riverside 7

James F. Byrnes 54, Chapman 7

James Island 52, R.B. Stall 0

Jefferson, Ga. 56, Wren 28

Jenkins, Ga. 24, Bluffton 21

Lake Marion 28, Calhoun County 22

Lakewood 30, Fox Creek 0

Landrum 34, Berea 3

Latta 31, East Clarendon 0

Laurence Manning Academy 32, Pinewood Prep 14

Lee Central 28, Great Falls 8

Lewisville 50, Wagener-Salley 24

Lexington 63, South Aiken 56

Lincoln County, Ga. 27, McCormick 6

Loris 15, North Myrtle Beach 7

Lower Richland 35, Westwood 8

Lucy G. Beckham 8, Wando 6

Marlboro County 40, Cheraw 12

Mauldin 20, Boiling Springs 7

Midland Valley 29, Strom Thurmond 23

Ninety Six 53, Ware Shoals 0

Northside Christian 28, Greenwood Christian 12

Northwestern 32, Clover 21

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 20, W.J. Keenan 8

Patrick Henry Academy 6, St. John's Christian Academy 0

Pee Dee Academy 48, Cardinal Newman 42

Pelion 15, Columbia 12

Pendleton 34, Eastside 8

Powdersville 51, Abbeville 44

River Bluff 52, Swansea 0

Robert E. Lee Academy 35, Thomas Sumter Academy 7

Saluda 34, Ridge Spring-Monetta 7

Sandy Creek, Ga. 46, Greenwood 21

Seneca 50, Palmetto 14

Socastee 21, Silver Bluff 0

South Florence 29, Oceanside Collegiate Academy 28

St. James 37, Philip Simmons 30

St. Joseph 35, Blacksburg 7

Summerville 38, Carolina Forest 7

Sumter 15, Ridge View 14

T.L. Hanna 36, Greenville 29

W. Wyman King Academy 38, Francis Hugh Wardlaw Academy 16

Waccamaw 33, Carvers Bay 18

Wade Hampton (G) 49, Travelers Rest 28

West Ashley 7, May River 3

West Florence 32, Lake City 7

Whale Branch 19, North Charleston 8

White Knoll 36, Spring Valley 9

Whitmire 41, Spartanburg Christian 24

Williamsburg Academy 47, Palmetto Christian Academy 0

Wilson 56, Marion 36

Wilson Hall 28, Hilton Head Christian Academy 7

Woodruff 31, Fountain Inn 0

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Degrees do pay off, and this state university system is proof

Indeed, as a new website proclaims, Georgia Degrees Pay.For students and families interested in attending the University of Georgia system but are concerned about value, they can simply click on that link and get a clear, fact-filled breakdown of the earnings potential of graduates.The site, along with a report from ...

Indeed, as a new website proclaims, Georgia Degrees Pay.

For students and families interested in attending the University of Georgia system but are concerned about value, they can simply click on that link and get a clear, fact-filled breakdown of the earnings potential of graduates.

The site, along with a report from Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia piggybacks on another critical national study done last year by Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce, that shows return on investment is better when students pursue a postsecondary education path than when they don’t.

The proof is in the stepladder of numbers released by the Selig Center between levels of attainment and the potential improvements in payouts over their careers:

“The difference higher education makes on a person’s life is dramatic,” Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. “Whether you are a high school graduate trying to decide between going to college or entering the workforce, or you are a mid-career adult wanting to improve your earning potential by completing your degree or adding to your education, this study clearly demonstrates a college degree in Georgia is a worthwhile investment.”

Jeff Humphrey, lead author on the study and director of the Selig Center in the Terry College of Business, and his team helped compile and scour the massive collection of data from more than 70,000 graduates from the 2021 Class. Collectively, their earnings toppled $179 billion, or $60 billion more than if they had settled on high school diplomas and entered the workforce.

In addition, they also didn’t overburden themselves with outrageous tuition and fee costs–a factor prominently mentioned by President Joe Biden recently in his proposed cancellation of billions in student loan debt for weary borrowers. Nearly all of Georgia’s state institutions have kept tuition level in five of the past seven years, while accelerating online offerings to more than 14,000, helping save students nearly $50 million.

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The site itself is easy to navigate, with three big buttons that families can click on: Cost of Attendance, Future Earnings and Student Success. There is also a quick map to hover over showing the names and locations of all of its institutions, as well as links to their individual sites.

Perhaps the best features for parents and students are its comparison tools, where they can punch in universities of their choice and get breakdowns of academics, degrees and earnings by institution. Within each major, students can see the potential value after one year, five years and 10 years. While every student’s experience is different, those who attend Georgia State, for example, can expect to earn a robust $90,000 in mid careers.

One drawback for students in Georgia noted by researchers is that earnings potential do fall short of national numbers in several areas, including graduate studies. However, the difference between those who earn degrees and those with diplomas is one of the highest in the nation.

“Stepping up from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree yields a larger percentage increase in work-life earnings in Georgia than in the U.S. as a whole,” study authors say. “The economic worth of a college education over the course of a graduate’s working life is considerable. Postsecondary education pays off for USG graduates.”

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