Economist speaks to Midwest Georgia Home Builders March 18

The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia is excited to announce its upcoming presentation by Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, Senior Economist, National Association of Home Builders. Dr. Eisenberg will be traveling to Georgia to present the findings of his study, “The Economic Impact of Housing in Mid-west Georgia”.

The results of the study will focus on the income, jobs and taxes produced by the home building industry in the HBA of Midwest Georgia jurisdiction - Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. Read More»

'Spring Awakening' comes to The Fox Theatre

Broadway’s most talked about new musical and the biggest Tony Award-winner in years is coming to Atlanta. “Spring Awakening,” the 8-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical, will play at The Fabulous Fox Theatre from March 9-14, and is presented by Broadway Across America – Atlanta as part of the 2009-2010 season.

“Spring Awakening” swept the 2007 Tony Awards winning eight out of its eleven nominations, including Best Musical. Read More»

Delta Community Credit Union helps local causes

Donates more than $344,000 to community initiatives in 2009

Built on the philosophy of "people helping people," Delta Community Credit Union, one of the largest financial institutions in Georgia, stepped up its support to local communities in 2009 with national and local fundraising that complemented its educational programs. Children’s Read More»

Fire on the Mountain! at Sprewell Bluff celebrates role of fire in nature

Participants of all ages are invited Saturday, March 13, to “Fire on the Mountain!” a celebration of an ongoing effort to conserve areas of rare montane longleaf pine habitat through the use of prescribed fire at Sprewell Bluff State Outdoor Recreation Area near Thomaston.

Watching safely from the banks of the Flint River, visitors can observe the fascinating practice of prescribed burning as professionals carefully set fire on Pine Mountain ridge. Read More»

Awnings add value, efficiency to your home

Awnings add value, efficiency to your home

As our society becomes increasingly aware of environmentally friendly or, “green,” practices such as water conservation and recycling, industry leaders are recognizing that awnings help to reduce a homes overall energy consumption. More and more, studies performed by a range of organizations indicate that awnings will increase a home’s energy efficiency.

According to the Professional Awning Manufactures Association, awnings can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25 percent. Read More»

Fire ants beware of Turf Wizard

Jason Marett is the managing partner for Turf Wizard and has degrees in Chemistry & Biology. He has 15 years experience treating turf.

Fire ants in Georgia are an incredible nuisance for most of us. Those mounds of dirt fire ants call home can be found in most of our lawns, fields and pastures, but as home and farm owners, we don’t have to tolerate their vengeance to our families, pets and farm animals.

Through research and technology, there are many products available to rid them from your property, but these products can be toxic to hard to handle for the general public. Read More»

Community service motivates Jones Tree Service

Norman Jones and crew

I am Norman Jones, the creator and owner of Jones Tree Service. I am proud to have worked and served my community for the better part of the last 32 years.

By most definitions, this line of work would be considered one of America’s “dirty jobs.” Read More»

Westmoreland says GOP ideas on healthcare ignored

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland speaks at a town hall meeting in Newnan March 1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The large meeting room at the Coweta County Justice Center was packed Monday night for a town hall meeting held by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. The meeting centered largely on healthcare and national security. Read More»

Ga. Sup’t. Kathy Cox weighs in against shortening school year

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox is worried about state budget cuts that would result in a shorter required school year.

A large portion of the state budget, more so than any other department, goes to education.

“It is unrealistic to think that you can truly retain 180 days of quality instruction for students if all 10 days of pre- and post-planning for teachers are cut,” Cox said. Read More»

GOP reps: Budget is time for tough choices, not political rhetoric

You don’t have to look far for information regarding our state’s budget crisis.

Over the past two years, the General Assembly has had to reduce our state’s budget by almost 25 percent to keep it in balance as revenues have plummeted.

Throughout that difficult process, there has often been a spirit of bipartisan cooperation and a recognition that we need to tighten our belts and make the tough choices that families and businesses all over this state are making during this difficult economic time. Read More»