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.
State environmental officials announced a settlement of charges against an East Georgia textile plant linked to a massive fish kill in May. King America Finishing has agreed to pay for $1 million in yet-to-be-named improvements on the Ogeechee River. The settlement says, the plant illegally dumped a fire retardant into the river.
State officials say a roofing manufacturer will open a new facility in Bulloch County, creating about 50 full-time jobs. Building materials maker GAF will produce insulation in Statesboro. The company already has two other Georgia locations, in Savannah and Cumming.
Some of the most successful high school football teams across the state have a secret weapon. And it’s never on the field. Booster clubs are a big part of life for high school athletics. Often the bigger the support from a club—the greater the success for a team.
A nationwide hospital accrediting agency is singling out 13 Georgia hospitals for an elite distinction. The hospitals are among about four-hundred nationwide earning top marks from the Joint Commission. That's the non-profit agency that deems hospitals worthy of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
Georgia's top court is requiring the city of Statesboro to pay the legal costs of residents who sued it for violating the state's Open Meetings Act. The unanimous opinion upholds a Bulloch County judge's ruling that found the Statesboro mayor and city council met outside the city' hall chambers to discuss the city's 2011 budget.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper says, tests show new and disturbing pollution levels in the East Georgia waterway. The jump in formaldehyde levels comes months after tens of thousands of fish died in the river in May. Riverkeeper Diana Wedincamp says, this past weekend people started reporting more dead fish on the river.
On Friday, Georgia suffered its 17th bank failure this year. Federal regulators shut-down Statesboro-based First Southern National Bank. It was sold to Albany-based Heritage Bank of the South. Georgia leads the nation with 68 bank failures since the middle of 2008.
The discovery of East Georgia's Camp Lawton prison stockade a year ago this week was considered one of the biggest Civil War finds in decades. Georgia Southern University has unveiled a new artifact relating to the site. An archaeologist says, it goes to the heart of what it meant to live at Camp Lawton.