Judge mulling Willis case; Fulton standing firm on ransom; High marks for a Ga. beach; ‘Big box’ thefts

*After hearing final summary arguments Friday afternoon regarding the romantic relationship between District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade….and whether or not she should be disqualified and the election interference case against former President Trump and other defendants dropped….Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said he hopes to make a decision “over the next 2 weeks.”. That means the March 12 Georgia presidential primary could be held while Judge McAfee is still mulling over a decision.  

*Fulton County is still holding out on paying a ransom following a cyberattack on its governmental computer system. A second deadline came and went Thursday after the group LockBit threatened to released sensitive data, but nothing has been done as of yet. Previous estimates of a hack two weeks ago put the ransom at over a billion dollars. the Fulton County government has been working on restoring computer services since the original hack in late January.  

*Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach has been deemed as one of the best beaches in the country. Tripadvisor named it number 8 in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. The travel website said that out of its 8 million listings, fewer than one percent achieve the milestone.  

*Six Georgia residents are facing charges linked to multiple thefts from several northeast Florida big-box stores. State prosecutors say the six, all from the coast, face racketeering and theft charges after they allegedly exploited self-checkout lines to steal merchandise. Prosecutors allege that the suspects conspired steal $90,000 in unspecified merchandise. A court date in the case is pending.