The Oconee Hill Cemetery has become one of the latest Georgia landmarks to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Officials from the Department of Natural Resources say the cemetery was formed when the City of Athens bought 17 acres near the north Oconee River in 1855.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing to create a new law enforcement division, separating it from its Wildlife Resources division. The board is expected to consider the plan during its June 25 meeting at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The public has a chance to comment on the proposed change for the next few weeks.
The Evans County Public Fishing Area at Bidd Sands Lake is scheduled to reopen June 1. Officials say a dam at the fishing site was being compromised by tree growth and erosion, and was repaired through tree and stump removal, slope rebuilding and other structural improvements.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks. In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman said that after a resident expressed concerns, management directed state parks’ staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until managers can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.
Runners and mountain bikers in Dalton will soon have a new trail in the heart of the northwest Georgia city. Dalton Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Card says an opening ceremony for the new hiking and biking trail on Mount Rachel could be held in the next month or so.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening doe hunting season to stabilize the state's deer population. In a story April 8, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the department is considering shortening deer hunting season in general.