Ten whooping cranes have made their annual stop in Georgia, with a little help. Only six to seven months old, the cranes have now traveled 979 miles and have another 306 to go. There are now about 106 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America.
The Georgia Historical Society Monday installed a new Civil War marker in the southwest Georgia town of Quitman. The plaque commemorates a failed slave revolt in the town near the Florida border. Three slaves and their white ringleader named John Vickery were hanged in Brooks County in August 1864. Authorities had discovered their plot to murder the town’s landowners and flee to Florida, with its promise of food depots and occupying Federal troops.
Georgia is one of four states participating in a coastal alliance aimed at getting the South Atlantic region in synch on environmental issues. The South Atlantic Alliance recently released a draft plan to coordinate state policies on port expansion, disaster response and other issues.
As Georgia and its neighbors feud over water use, two Georgia lawmakers are introducing bills meant to guarantee Atlanta's access to water. The legislation would allow water withdrawals from Lake Lanier for industrial and municipal uses.