When Newt Gingrich campaigns in coastal Georgia, it'll be an unusual stump for a presidential candidate. The state's largest metropolitan area, Atlanta, usually gets the appearances of would-be presidents, while the rest of the state watches from afar. But don't take it personally. It's all about money.
Authorities in Brunswick, who have been trying to figure out what to do about sinking shrimp boats, are seeking a state grant to raise one such boat and make improvements to the city dock. The Florida Times-Union reports the city would match the $50,000 grant if approved.
Brunswick city officials are getting tired of paying to raise sunken and abandoned shrimp boats. Two years after paying about $70,000 to raise a derelict trawler at the city dock, last month another one sank. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when shrimpers can't maintain their boats and can't insure or sell them.
Georgia is gaining people more slowly than at any time in the past decade. That’s what new Census Bureau estimates say about the state's population for the year ending last July. Georgia, however, is still one of the fastest-growing states in the country, behind Florida, Texas and California.
Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta is expanding its teaching in southeast Georgia. Starting next year, 20 third- and fourth- year medical students will be able to live in the region and finish their educations at hospitals in Savannah, Statesboro, Brunswick and Waycross. The move is aimed addressing a shortage of health care professionals in Georgia.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
A Southeast Georgia gas station chain is taking Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner to court over signs for gas prices. Parker's Market chain owner, Greg Parker, says Commissioner Gary Black's office told the chain not to post a lower gas price for people using the chain's debit card. Parker says, Black is overstepping his authority.
Some Georgia cafeterias are getting ahead of expected federal guidelines that virtually would banish the potato from school lunches. The US Agriculture Department is formulating a proposal that would drastically reduce the humble spud from school cafeterias. The new guidelines aren't expect to take effect until next year, but coastal Glynn County schools already has started to serve potatoes just once each week.
A Southeast Georgia solar energy company is turning over a part of its revenues to a trust fund benefitting Bulloch County. Officials from Tabby Power Solar Company say, the fund is starting small -- with a few thousand dollars invested and a few hundred dollars in annual contributions to the county budget. But, eventually, advocates say, solar power could make Bulloch County and the rest of rural Georgia financially independent.
The terror attacks ten years ago helped shape the Brunswick area as one of its economic engines expanded. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is based in the coastal city and trains 20,000 federal officers in 90 agencies each year. That's compared to 16,000 officers before the attacks.