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County gets $1.9 mil loan for water lines

County gets $1.9 mil loan for water lines

Monroe County has learned it has gotten a $1.9 million loan that will allow the county to extend county water to additional homes whose private wells have been contaminated by uranium.

Plaintiffs drop pollution suits filed against Plant Scherer for now

Plaintiffs drop pollution suits filed against Plant Scherer for now

The plaintiffs in all 15 lawsuits against Plant Scherer have dropped lawsuits that claimed plant pollution harmed their health and property, but their attorney says they'll file them again.

Supreme Court rejects big landowners' appeal

Supreme Court rejects big landowners' appeal

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by some of Monroe County's biggest landowners that they not have to pay a $206 appeal fee for every parcel they're appealing from the 2008 assessments.

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

A $42.3 billion budget plan from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal would increase spending on education as the economy slowly recovers from a deep recession.

State lawmakers discuss medical marijuana at start of legislative legislation

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) - After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The laws are among a small number of major bills that become law with the new year. Others include rules requiring all new day care employees to undergo more exhaustive background checks, as well as a requirement that schools provide information about concussion risks to parents. While the ethics laws set the first state limits on how much a lobbyist can spend, there remain considerable loopholes and questions about how it will all be enforced. Under the new laws, lobbyists will not be able to spend more than $75 at a time. Previously, lobbyists could spend as much as they wanted as long as it was noted on disclosure reports filed with the state. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Forsyth records: Mayor didn't pay utility bills for six months

Forsyth records: Mayor didn't pay utility bills for six months

Forsyth's mayor went more than six months without paying his city utility bills.

That's according to city records that reporter Judy Le obtained Wednesday morning.

Earlier this week, Forsyth's city council has asked for an investigation of their utility billing due to alleged irregularities.

They met with Mayor John Howard for nearly two hours Monday.