Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GNB Update

It's another "Hyperlocal Wednesday" on GNB...Here's the news...

Click here to find out what lessons one southwest Georgia school board can learn from another more than 40 miles away...

Top honors for a middle Georgia school system. Find out what, and how many, awards it won here...

You may soon see some movies being filimed just south of Atlanta...The details can be read here...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening for Tuesday at GNB...

Going down to the wire in the battle to consolidate government in Albany and Dougherty County. The Albany Herald reports that legislation that could merge the two southwest Georgia local governing bodies might be stopped cold in the state House. That's despite the fact that it's still moving through the state Senate. A little-known House rule that defines "local" and "general" legislation could bring those efforts to a halt. State Senator Freddie Powell Sims (D-Dawson) must sign off on the bill before sending it to the Senate floor. It then proceeds to the House for consideration.

Lawmakers say no bullies allowed in Georgia schools. The Associated Press reports that the state House OK'ed a measure that cracks down on school bullying. The new legislation would send bullies to another school, and calls for stiff penalties for administrations who don't report any incidents to authorities. The bill passed 99-55. It was prompted by incident by an 11-year DeKalb County student who committed suicide because of bullying last year.

Georgia's attorney general could face impossible impeachment. Peach Pundit reports that state representative Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) filed an impeachment resolution against Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Hatfield filed it because Baker refuses to challenge the federal government regarding the recently passed healthcare bill. Click here to find out why Baker chose to defy lawmakers.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

GNB Update

It's Monday, the beginning of a new work week...Here's what's happening...

Most riders of a metro Atlanta transit system could find themselves out of work. That's according to a survey from MARTA. WXIA-TV in Atlanta reports that 75 percent could lose their jobs if the C-TRAN transit service is discontinued in Clayton County later this week. But 56 percent of those riders say they plan to use MARTA in place of C-TRAN.

Dozens of bills disappear due to the Crossover Day deadline. The Morris News Service reports that multiple proposals for legislation missed the deadline for consideration at the close of business Friday. The proposals that missed the cut include legalized gambling on horse races, keeping Georgia residents from being forced to buy health insurance, and allowing future governors to appoint the labor, insurance, and agricultural commissioners.

A new company will soon call northeast Georgia home. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that ZF Industries will build a 250,000-square foot plant in Gainesville. The new facility is being built to provide transmissions for wind turbines.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

GNB Update

It's "Hyperlocal Wednesday" once again at GNB...Here's what's happening...

Not guilty! That's what Judge Willie Lockette declared in Albany on Monday, as former Alltel contractor Christopher Weaver was cleared of all charges. A grand jury convicted Weaver last year on multiple counts of bilking Alltel out of $470,000. The Albany Journal has all of the details here.

In nearby Sylvester, a former Worth County commissioner has a new job. Find out more by clicking here...

and an American Legion post in one southeast Georgia town honored its members late last week...Go here to see who they are...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening for Tuesday...

South Georgia's loss might be Metro Atlanta's gain. That was the feeling many lawmakers statewide had recently, as the redrawing of legislative districts draws near. The Morris News Service reports that new population statistics could result in Georgia gaining at least one U.S. House seat, while south Georgia could lose seats in the state legislature.

A lawmaker is giving up his state house seat to make a run for Washington. The Georgia Legislative Watch reports that state representative Tom Graves (R-Ranger) announced his resignation from the General Assembly to run for the U.S. House seat in Georgia's 9th Congressional District. Graves stepped down from his post to fill an unexpired term in the north Georgia-based district, which stretches from Hall County to the Alabama border...

and SWGA Politics has more on the recent passage of the healthcare bill by Congress, and what it means to Georgia residents.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GNB Update

Happy St. Patrick's Day from GNB...Now, here's what happening on "Hyperlocal Wednesday."

Click here to find out what "Sunshine Week" is all about. Here's a hint: it doesn't have anything to do with the weather...

There's a heated lawsuit in one north Georgia county. Find out who's involved here...

and a huge piece of history is revealed during the construction of a levee...Click here for more details...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening at GNB...

Talking consolidation. That's what officials and residents did at the Douglass Theatre in Macon on Monday night. reports that close to 100 people attended the question and answer forum. They were there to discuss a possible between the city and county governments. Mayor Robert Reichert wants to put the issue to a vote in November, but City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas wants a 10-year plan. She says no one knows how much consolidation will cost.

Albany officials join forces with a headhunter to find a new downtown manager. The Albany Herald reports that officials with the City of Albany and Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority met on Monday to hire a replacement for the fired Don Buie. Buie is currently serving a jail sentence on theft charges. He's set to be released in June.

The 2010 Georgia legislative session has reached Day 25. Click here to find out the key issues facing lawmakers heading into the final days.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GNB Update

It's "Hyperlocal Wednesday" at GNB...Here's what's happening...

The Houston County school board named two finalists for the position of superintendent. Find out who they are by clicking here...

SWGA Politics has more on potential budget cuts at Albany State University...

and learn more about "peer support neighborhoods by clicking here...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening in this latest installment of "GNB Update".

A battle over highways in northwest Georgia. The Rome News-Tribune reports on why GOP gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine is standing behind the construction of the "411 Connector". Also, SWGA Politics has a post on what it has to do with southwest Georgia.

The controversy on what to do with Downtown Albany continues. Albany On Point offers a solution on how the problem should be solved.

Atlanta Unsheltered has an entry on why trees are an endangered species in Atlanta.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

GNB EXTRA--The USG Budget Crisis

Here are select articles relating to the impending budget cuts within the University System of Georgia...

Albany Herald: ASU president tries to calm fears

Associated Press: Blows need to be softened, say lawmakers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Institution, lawmakers look for balance Columbus State cuts $6.1 million

Morris News Service: State leaders respond to cuts

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GNB Update

It's time for another edition of "Hyperlocal Wednesday" at GNB...

A metro Atlanta woman is named "Georgia Mother of the Year. Click here to read to more about her.

The U.S. Justice Department OK's some annexations in one south Georgia city. Read on to find out more.

Firefighters save a group of historic buildings in Houston County. Find out more about these six heroes here.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

GNB Update

Here's yet another edition of "GNB Update"

By now, many of you have probably heard of Nathan Deal leaving our nation's capital. Deal announced his resignation from Congress during a brief stop in Albany Monday. He's leaving Washington to focus on his run for Georgia governor. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has analysis on how Deal's resignation from Capitol Hill could shake up Georgia politics.

There was an election to fill the former house speaker's seat last week. Republican Daniel Stout of Paulding County grabbed almost 60 percent of vote to win the House District 19 seat last Tuesday. Stout replaces former House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Richardson gave up that job late last year after having an affair with a lobbyist.

It's back to "square one" in the battle to become Dougherty County's next school supertindent. The Albany Herald reports that five of the candidates who interviewed to replace current supertindent Dr. Sally Whatley took themselves out of the running. Albany State University executive Joshua Murfree remains the lone candidate for the job. That's despite a poll ranking him 34th out of 37 potential candidates.

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