Georgians looking for help staying warm this winter are finding long lines and reduced budgets at assistance programs. Low-income residents can apply for federally-financed home heating through community organizations. Last month's cuts in food stamp benefits led to a record number of applicants for energy assistance.
Robins Air Force Base won't see a dramatic decline in planes coming into the Georgia base for overhauls. In March, base officials announced that as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, 28 fewer planes would be coming in for overhaul this fiscal year. However, officials now say only one plane will be delayed to the next fiscal year.
Commanders at Fort Stewart are trying to prepare Army families for a blow to services with more than 2,800 civilian workers expected to begin taking furlough days next month. Brig. Gen. John Hort and other leaders planned a town hall meeting Friday for those who live and work on Fort Stewart.
Authorities say federal budget cuts have trimmed about 75 slots from the JROTC Cadet Challenge Camp at Fort Benning in west Georgia, but 310 students will still take part in the week-long event. Students from about 30 schools will take part in the June 10-14 events, which include rappelling, water safety, and obstacle courses.
Six elementary schools and a middle school at Fort Benning will close for up to five days in September because of teacher furloughs. Department of Defense Education Activity director Marilee Fitzgerald said the furloughs will affect some 11,000 educators working in the nine-month category throughout the department.
The National Parks Service will begin asking Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area visitors to carry their own trash out of the park beginning in April. The move is a response to automatic federal spending cuts.
While most federal spending cuts from the sequester could take time to work their way down to local school districts, communities with military bases are bracing for a more immediate impact. That's because many districts already have budgeted for a program called Impact Aid. The funds are used to offset property tax losses.