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.
A west Georgia school board member is looking into whether to put ads on school buses to raise money. Muscogee County lost $24 million in state funding this year due to budget cuts. The school bus ads would be a first for Georgia.
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.
One of Georgia's largest school systems is set to discuss a security plan that includes equipping schools with panic buttons. The district's security task force designed the five-year plan with input from local emergency agencies, school leaders, teachers, parents and others in the community.
A new leader whom state officials hoped would bring stability to a child protection office in Columbus now under law enforcement scrutiny has resigned just months into his new job. Jose Marrero, director of the Muscogee County office of the Division of Family and Children Services, is leaving a position he started in July. It was not immediately clear when his resignation will take effect.
Officials say a high school principal has been reassigned after a comedian's "Can't Fix Stupid" routine drew complaints from teachers after it was shown during a faculty meeting. School district spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said Crumbs showed the video as a "morale booster" during an after-school faculty meeting April 9.
Families in many Georgia schools will pay a bit more for school lunches beginning next school year. New federal regulations are forcing school districts across the state to raise school lunch prices by between a nickel and a quarter.
Gas prices have stabilized or slightly dropped in Georgia over the past week. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the current $3.44 average for a gallon of regular unleaded is down 3 cents in the past week. But it’s still up by 35 cents in the past month, and gas prices are putting pressure on consumers and local governments alike.