Economic recovery is coming slowly for rural South Georgia. Many local governments there have made deep cuts in staff and services. And those communities say they're taking another hit...from tax cuts passed by state lawmakers two years ago.
Rich Georgia soil is probably most famous for its peanuts and peaches, but there’s a new crop in town – olives. Longstanding business partners Georgia Senator Tommie Williams, Clint Williams and Derrien Ramsey began an experiment four years ago, dedicating five acres of their Toombs County land to olive trees. The “experiment” has put Terra Dolce Farms on the map. Their very first batch of buttery, grassy olive oil won the highest award out of 651 entries at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.
An 8-mile-long strip of land on South Georgia's Altamaha River soon could be open to the public. The Nature Conservancy has bought a 6,000 acre tract known as Boyles Island in Wayne County. The $8 million-dollar purchase from timber giant Rayonier is expected to become a $4 million sale to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Postal workers at a south Georgia distribution center are expected to learn the fate of their jobs next week. The Albany Herald reports that Assistant Dougherty County Manager Mike McCoy participated in a meeting with the U.S. postmaster general recently, and learned that notification of workers in Albany is expected on Feb. 23.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up a Georgia case Tuesday that involves the question of whether government officials have absolute immunity from civil lawsuits. The high court is expected to hear an appeal from Charles Rehberg, who sent faxes criticizing the Phoebe Putney Health System.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia Inc., which has matched children to mentors in more than 40 south Georgia counties, has announced that it will close. Board President James Nixon said in a statement that the agency has been unable to meet financial commitment to providing ongoing volunteer recruiting, careful matching of mentors and mentoring support.
Friday night football is a tradition in Georgia communities. And it’s not just a big deal for sports fans. It’s also big for local businesses. Folkston is one such example. The town of 2,800 people is in southeast Georgia, between Waycross and the Florida line. And when the Charlton County High School Indians play home games, the community comes alive.
Georgia's black elected officials are hoping the Republican-dominated state legislature won't target some of their members in the upcoming special session on redistricting. The Georgia Association of Black Elected officials is holding workshops on the once-a-decade process of re-drawing political boundaries at their annual meeting in Savannah this weekend. South Georgia lawmakers are of special concern.
Official readings from some of south Georgia’s rivers and streams are confirming the severity and deepening of the drought. Brian McCallum with the U.S. Geological Survey says in readings taken from southwest Georgia’s Flint River basin to the lower Ocmulgee, to connecting streams and tributaries, “we are now reaching historic levels, and if we do not get rainfall, it is going to get much worse.”