As 2013 comes draws to a close, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to make our own end of year list. We covered a lot of ground this year, from rock n’ roll superstar Little Richard coming back to Georgia to visit his hometown of Macon, to the Atlanta Braves announcing their move to a new home in Cobb County. Here’s a list of a few of our reporters’ favorite stories of 2013 from around the state.
The Supply And Demand of Pound Puppies
When the economy tanked, a lot of people in the south could no longer afford to keep their pets. Animal shelters have become overcrowded, and shelter animals constantly run the risk of being put down.But there’s a way to save some of these pets: foster homes. GPB’s Adam Ragusea and his wife were one of the the families who temporarily adopted a shelter dog. He filed this report for American Public Media’s Marketplace.
Bibb Superintendent Extremely Sad To Go
Romain Dallemande made international headlines when he instituted universal Mandarin Chinese classes for Bibb County Schools. But the Bibb County superintendent promptly disappeared from the public eye after negotiating a buyout with the school board.
Little Richard Gets Hometown Honors This year, the Architect of Rock n’ Roll went back to his hometown of Macon, Georgia to receive an honorary degree from Mercer University. Musician "Little" Richard Penniman grew up in this Macon home All Quiet, One Year After Macon Kroger Shooting "We only knew that a white police officer had shot and killed an unarmed black man in front of a busy grocery store at Christmastime." Reporter Adam Ragusea looks back at the shooting of a 49-year-old Macon man named Sammie Davis, Jr. Shortly after a Macon police officer shot and killed Sammie Davis Jr. in front of a Kroger, the benches where he used to linger disappeared. One year later, there's still no place to sit. (Photo: Adam Ragusea/GPB News) A Conversation with UGA’s New Top Dawg GPB’s Joshua Stewart caught up with Jere Morehead, The University of Georgia’s newest president. Barely a month into his presidency at the time, Morehead already knew the yardstick that would be used to measure his leadership: the amount money he raised for the university. Decision Looms On Georgia Power Plan Over the summer, the state Public Service Commission voted on Georgia Power’s 20-year plan, the road map for providing electricity to 2.4 million customers. The vote happens every few years. But this time, Georgia Power wanted to retire 16 coal-and oil-fired power-generating units at six power plants because it was expensive to make them comply with new federal air-pollution rules. Regulators Prepare For Georgia Power Vote Environmentalists and watchdog groups praised Georgia Power’s move to retire 16 coal and oil-fired plants in order to save money. But the groups were also critical of the decision not to include more solar power over the next two decades. Georgia Army Faces Cuts The U.S. Army developed plans to cut 80,000 troops from its active-duty roster this year. Joshua Stewart spoke to military expert Gary Jones about what the potential cuts would mean for three Georgia military bases. Panel Votes Not To Suspend Brooks On May 30, state representative Tyrone Brooks was indicted on 30 counts of tax fraud and other charges. According to the indictment, Brooks used almost $1 million in funds from two organizations for his own personal expenses. In June, a panel voted unanimously not to suspend Brooks from office. TSPLOST: One Year Later In 2012, voters went to the polls to cast their ballots and decide the fate of the state’s Transportation Investment Act (TIA). Only 3 regions in Georgia voted for the bill. In 2013, those regions started seeing the tax dividends from the vote. Atlanta Braves Start Season, Stadium Talks When the Braves celebrated Opening Day in April, they were already thinking about their future. Here’s why the team’s announcement to leave Turner Field on Nov. 5 wasn’t a complete surprise to us. On Nov. 5, the Atlanta Braves announced they would leave Turner Field for a new stadium in Cobb County. Mercer’s First Black Student Returns Sam Oni, an African missionary convert from Ghana, was the first black student accepted into Mercer University in Macon. 50 years later he returned to campus to help the university commemorate a half century of integration. Brag Jam Rocks Macon Saturday Every year, the Bragg Jam Music draws in around 3,000 people from around the state to rock out on one night with 15 stages and over 50 bands. The festival began in 1999 as an event to honor the late brothers Brax and Tate Bragg, local musicians who died in a car accident. Morehouse Medical Taps First Woman Leader 2013 was a big year for Morehouse School of Medicine.The historically black institution appointed the country’s first African American woman to lead a medical school as CEO. Some Fear Wrecking Ball Will Wreck History Of Macon Church For seven years, the Tremont Temple Baptist Church has been trying to sell its dilapidated Macon sanctuary. The congregation finally got an offer from developers who want to demolish the church and replace it with a Dunkin’ Donuts. But the Historic Macon Foundation is scrambling to save the church from the path of the wrecking ball. Meet The New Faces of Georgia On Nov. 14, 2013 candidates for citizenship representing 53 countries around the world stood to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. We talked to a few of them about what it meant to be a U.S. citizen. Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Heads to Baseball Hall of Fame Retired Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in December. In 1995, Cox led the Atlanta Braves to the team’s first World Series championship, and has won more than 2,000 games with the Braves. Nelson Mandela In Atlanta: A Look Back In Photos Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died on Dec. 5 at his home in South Africa. We took a look back at Mandela’s visit to Atlanta in 1990. Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie laid a wreath on the King Memorial during their 1990 visit to Atlanta. Georgians Gather for Nelson Mandela Memorial The week after Nelson Mandela’s death, Georgians from across the state gathered in Atlanta to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela. Speakers included former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Bernice King, who remembered the former South African president fondly. Members of Georgia's South African community gathered in Atlanta to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela.