State officials aren't saying much about the state's latest drought. In contrast to the two-year 2007 drought, the response this time around has been muted. National Weather Service officials consider about two-thirds of Georgia in drought. In the last drought, then-Governor Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency and famously prayed for rain.
Tybee Island is seeking an additional $90,000 to complete a geothermal heating and cooling system for its city hall. Officials said once the project is completed, the community's geothermal system is expected to reduce energy use and save money.