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Officials say Sabal Trail gas pipeline is ‘quite a way off’

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In Colquitt County about 90 percent of those whose land could lie in the path of the massive pipeline have either given permission or allowed workers onto their land without objection. For neighboring Mitchell County the figure is about 77 percent.

Source: Moultrie Observer

Winter crops in Thomas County area off to slow start
Wheat is beginning to be planted even though cotton remains in the fields. The late harvesting has pushed back the planting of winter crops such as wheat.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Bill’s Bar-B-Que in Madison County to close after 30 years
Source: MadisonJournalToday

Poll shows Georgians oppose Georgia Power rate hikes
The poll, commissioned by the Sierra Club and conducted by Public Policy Polling, probed 749 Georgia Power customers and 923 Georgia voters about rate increases, plans to pre-charge customers for coal plant upgrades and support for renewable energy.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Augusta developers now worrying about a glut of apartments
Several multi-family developments are underway, and other phases of some are in holding until it’s clear there’s a need.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

Plant Vogtle expansion continues to develop in Waynesboro
Two of the nation’s first nuclear power reactors built in 30 years are rising out of the ground near the Savannah River at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

Lyons-based Darby Bank & Trust Co.’s officers ‘grossly negligent’ in managing loans, feds say
The former director and CEO of the now-defunct Darby Bank & Trust Co. and 15 former bank officers have been sued by a federal agency in a bid to recover at least $15.1 million in losses from bad real estate and other loans over a two-year period.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Georgia farmers now harvesting commercial sesame
Sesame grows in dry weather, requires a low up-front investment, helps control nematodes that attack other crops – cotton, peanuts and soybeans – builds the soil, does not attract wild hogs and deer and is not genetically modified. Laurens County farmers are harvesting their first commercial crop now.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Savannah’s Tommy Stokes III to be president of ILA Local 1414
Savannah native Tommy Stokes III will be sworn in next month as the new president of Local 1414 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, a linchpin of the local maritime community whose members play a vital role in the success of Savannah’s deepwater port.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Company started by UGA faculty members closer to launching first product
The company, IS3D, develops interactive educational software aimed at teaching core scientific ideas to high school students.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Mother and son wire funky jewelry together in Rome
Jane Lowery and her son, Jason, are the jewelers of Hoot Owl Creations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Sunday

High tech jobs spurring Rome’s economic growth
Rome jumped up 35 slots in the Milken Institute’s annual analysis of best-performing small metropolitan cities in the United States.
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Sunday

Owner of The Advance newspaper, co-owner of Vidalia Communications dies
Eighty-nine-year old Bill Ledford, Sr. died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Vidalia.
Source: Southeast Georgia Today

John Wieland revives High Museum condo project
Seven years ago, One Museum Place was originally envisioned as a 23-story, $325 million luxury condo tower with 96 units that started at $2 million; now, Wieland is proposing a five-story building with 48 units, ranging from $700,000 to $2.5 million.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

MARTA has budget surplus for first time in years
Station restrooms will re-open for the first time in years, and Monday, rail service on the North Springs red line will extend to the airport for two more hours during evening hours.

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media completes acquisition of WestwoodOne Inc.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Morris Visitor Publications in Augusta to buy Budget Travel magazine
Bankruptcy documents show that on Nov. 26 an agreement was reached to sell the magazine and its related properties for $500,000 to Morris Visitor Publications.
Source: New York Times

Albany businesses network for crime prevention
Cpl. Brian Covington with the Albany Police Department addressed attendees on the fundamentals of Business Watch, a newly formed concept for managers and business owners, patterned after the neighborhood watch system of crime prevention.
Source: Albany Herald

Sale of The Preserve to Georgia Land Trust set to close
The Preserve, originally billed as a luxury second-home development, latterly as a weekend rental resort getaway, was the subject of a $45 million interstate bank fraud exposed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after its years-long examination in conjunction with the Internal Revenue System; the Georgia Land Trust will buy the Johnson Crook land for $1.2 million.
Source: Dade County Sentinel




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