Two Georgia cities rank in the top ten areas in the nation for longest commutes by distance. A new Census Bureau report shows many Hinesville and Brunswick commuters are traveling 50 miles or more each way to work from surrounding counties. Some of those workers are coming from Long County, where 83% of county commuters work elsewhere.
Federal officials say they plan to monitor Tuesday's primary election in two Georgia counties to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Department of Justice says it has asked that federal observers be assigned to monitor polling places in Randolph and Washington counties.
Head Start agencies in 13 central Georgia counties will offer free testing for lead poisoning to children enrolled in the programs. The testing is being provided because the area has the state's highest incidence of lead poisoning of young children.
In a Class AAAA second-round playoff game, the three-time defending state champion Wolverines cruised to an easy 79-29 win over visiting Loganville. “It was a great defensive performance, and then some,” said Wolverines coach Sharman White.
An environmental coalition has settled a lawsuit trying to block water discharge from a proposed coal-fired power plant. The Georgians for Clean Energy Coalition says, the plant developer has agreed to limit the temperature of the water they plan to put in the Oconee River. The Sierra Club says, limiting the discharge temperature will protect fish.
The final hoops rankings are out and, as you might've guessed, the No. 1 teams are all state champs. While the chalk (or favorites) ruled much of the weekend, Norcross pulled off one of the biggest upsets in state finals history by beating goliath Milton in the Class 5A boys final.
On the final day of 2011 GHSA basketball, a total of six state titles were handed out. Unlike Friday there were no upsets, and most of the games were one-sided. In the Class AAA boys state title game, Columbia pulled away from Butler in the fourth quarter to win their second consecutive championship by a score of 56-37.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold” is an oft-used old saying. The Norcross Blue Devils agree. After being eliminated by Milton in last year’s Class 5A quarterfinals in a controversial ending, the Blue Devils had a shot Friday night to even the score. And they did with a shocking 59-55 upset of the state’s No. 1 team.
As the top boys basketball teams in the state make their playoff pushes, teams from the metro area continue to dominate in the AJC’s weekly polls, especially in the larger classifications. Every No. 1 team (with the exception of Class A) is inside or within shouting distance of I-285.
If local fans of girls prep basketball were hungry last week, surely they enjoyed a few sweet pieces of upside-down cake. In just one week, three local girls teams fell from the top spot in the AJC’s rankings.