Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.
ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.
Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.
ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.
Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.
ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.
The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.