The Savannah, Augusta and Columbus communities are the most impacted in the state by reductions in federal spending, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Dr. Peter Bluestone, Senior Research Associate at GSU’s Fiscal Research Center, said those cities feel more of the cuts from sequestration and the government shutdown because a larger percentage of their economy is based on federal defense spending.
School district officials in western Georgia are asking parents to ensure their children aren't playing a game called the "Knockout Challenge." Pediatricians warn the game poses health risks — including death — to participants.
Public libraries have been preparing themselves for what many believe could be a surge in visitors as online health insurance exchanges open under the Affordable Care Act. “In large swaths of Georgia, the only place you can get free internet is at your public library,” said Alan Harkness, director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus.
Georgia's medium-sized cities aren't entirely on their own when it comes to enrollment help under the Affordable Care Act. Federal health navigator grants went to organizations based either in Metro Atlanta or in Georgia's smallest communities. Places in the middle, such as Savannah and Columbus, weren't part of the recent award.
City officials in Columbus have approved spending $1.3 million to stabilize two sections of the Chattahoochee River's banks that collapsed along the city's whitewater course. The Columbus City Council approved the money at a meeting on Tuesday.
Two western Georgia hospitals have announced plans to merge childbirth services. Doctors Hospital is combining labor and delivery services with The Medical Center in Columbus, and will no longer deliver babies at its facility after Oct. 6.
The Muscogee County coroner says a 15-year-old boy who collapsed during a pickup basketball game has died. Coroner Buddy Bryan says 15-year-old Antwon Whitehead collapsed during a game at Carver High School in Columbus Saturday and later died.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is preparing office space as it plans to add hundreds of jobs in the Columbus area. The Atlanta-based insurance firm has announced in recent weeks that it's adding 600 jobs in Columbus.
Public schools in the Columbus area may have a new superintendent soon. It's been a long wait. Current superintendent Susan Andrews announced her retirement 16 months ago. Muscogee County school officials have scheduled a news conference for next Tuesday, when they hope to introduce a new top administrator.