Monday, February 23, 2009

GNB Update

A brand new work week has one day in the books...And now here's the news...

Some of that stimulus money may not be coming to Georgia after all.

That's the word Governor Sonny Perdue gave to citizens Sunday. He says the state may reject portions of the recently passed economic stimulus package because it might not be in Georgia's best interest to accept it. He tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials must decide what's in the best interests of the state in the long run. His office is reviewing the funding requirements that would determine how much federal aid Georgia may get. Republican Governors in Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina say they're rejecting part of the stimulus package too.

Don't let the river flow. That's what an Augusta-based organization wants to see with the local canal. The Friends of the Savannah River Basin Coalition says reducing the flow to the Augusta Canal would keep more water in local reservoirs. That's according to the Augusta Chronicle. But critics say such a plan would reduce the limit the discharges of water that are currently allowed. That could mean some big changes for local industry in Central Savannah River Area. Also, tourists would be the main beneficiaries of having more water in the reservoirs, as lower lake levels could potentially turn away more of them.

Georgia's 160th county is step closer to being formed. And no, it's not a misprint. reports that the Georgia House of Representatives late last week passed House Resolution 21. It allows for the creation of Milton County, which is currently north Fulton County near Atlanta. The legislation passed out of the State Planning Committee with a 7-1 vote. Representative Winfred Dukes was the only lawmaker to vote no. This isn't the first time that Milton County has existed, as it lasted from 1857 to 1931. The resolution now goes to the House Rules Committee for another vote sometime this week.

That's the news for Monday. Remember GNB is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Have a great evening.

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