A food processing company plans to invest $11 million to expand its snack-making plant in Waycross. Executives of Rich Products Corporation say the expansion will increase the southeast Georgia plant's manufacturing capacity by 30 percent.
The federal government is considering closing up to 60 court sites across the country as part of an effort to cut costs, and the list includes five courthouses in Athens, Dublin, Statesboro, Waycross and Valdosta.
The parent company of Food Lion and other supermarket chains has announced that it will close more than half of its locations in Georgia as part of a company-wide restructuring affecting 1,000 workers in the state. The decision affects 29 stores.
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.
Georgia Ports Authority has signed an agreement with a Canadian firm to upgrade the Port of Brunswick. The Logistec Corporation will spend $5 million to deepen container berths and improve the facility that handles wood pellets. Ports spokesman Robert Morris says, the Brunswick port is close to customers making and exporting wood pellets from the heart of Georgia's timber land.
Authorities say heat has claimed the lives of 14 dogs at a Waycross animal shelter in the past three months, including a seven-month-old puppy that died Wednesday. Okefenokee Humane Society shelter manager Ben Hood says the 14 dogs died of heatstroke in the kennel, which has no fans because it lacks electricity.
Rain over the weekend helped to knock-back the massive fires burning around the Okefenokee Swamp. An official with the Georgia Forestry Commission says as much as an inch of rain fell early Saturday on one fire west of Waycross and a separate blaze near the juncture of Ware, Brantley and Charlton counties.
Officials are ordering evacuations of about 60 homes in Ware County as a wildfire has quickly spread across 8 square miles in a single day. Georgia Forestry Commission spokesman Eric Mosley says the evacuations were ordered Thursday after the blaze had burned more than 5,000 acres a few miles west of Waycross. Emergency officials say firefighters from surrounding communities have poured in to protect homes among the rural timberland that's fueling the wildfire.