Governor Nathan Deal has asked the federal government to declare 22 counties disaster areas because of drought conditions. Deal made the request in a letter sent last week to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Deal said the drought, beginning in December, has caused extensive damage to crops.
Authorities say two wildfires burning in south Georgia are now mostly contained. Authorities say the Race Pond Fire south of Waycross is more than 60 percent contained. And the blaze near the Okefenokee, the Honey Prairie, is more than 80 percent under control.
While much of north Georgia enjoys average or above average rain fall, the lower two thirds of the state remain in a drought that began last year. State Climatologist David Stooksbury says that while Atlanta had heavier than normal rains, Macon received only half of its normal precipitation in the last month.
Federal fisheries managers have cancelled plans to ban bottom-fishing off Georgia's coast. The plan effectively would have closed many commercial fishing operations in a bid to save the over-fished red snapper. But some fishermen still aren't happy.
Detailed Census numbers for Georgia are expected this week. And it’s information that the state’s political leadership will be keenly focused-on. The numbers set the table for the process of redrawing districts in the state.
Researchers are putting thousands of audio recordings online. Their aim is to track how language, grammar and accents change over time. The South is a treasure trove. And Georgia shares several distinctive styles.
The US Census Bureau will announce population figures Tuesday that will determine seats in Congress. They'll also determine seats in Georgia's General Assembly. There's no doubt Southern Georgia will be at a distinct disadvantage going into redistricting.