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BOE accepts partial grant for $1M Cedarwood renovations

The Bulloch County Board of Education accepted a state grant Thursday that will pay 80 percent of roughly $1 million worth of repairs and renovations on the portion of the old Julia P. Bryant School used by the Cedarwood GNETS program.

September 16, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


More than $1.1 million ABC winnings now in hands of Blue Mile Foundation

After receiving $1.12 million in America's Best Communities winnings transferred from the Averitt Center last month, the new Blue Mile Foundation Inc. reports that planning for South Main Street redevelopment work is underway on several fronts.

September 14, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


Georgia Power not promising 100% restoration Friday

When Matt Sawhill, incoming Statesboro area manager for Georgia Power, said Tuesday he would expect "a hundred percent" restoration of power to customers in Bulloch County by Friday, he was colloquially expressing confidence, not promising 100 percent.

September 13, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Irma not as bad here as Matthew

Some homes were damaged, but far fewer. Power outages affected most of the local population, but line crews made rapid progress Monday and Tuesday. No lives were reported lost here as a direct result of the storm.

September 12, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Irma takes down massive oaks

Watch a video of an interview with David Bradshaw and footage of the two massive trees here.

September 12, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Bulloch VOAD versus Irma

While Hurricane Irma approaches, a volunteer network organization, Bulloch County VOAD, will coordinate local plans to feed and potentially shelter people displaced by the storm.

September 09, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Irma an emergency here, whatever comes

Hurricane Irma has already resulted in emergency situations in Statesboro and the surrounding area, no matter what portion of the wind and rain comes.

September 08, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


Bulloch County Friday morning update

Hurricane Irma has moved farther west before turning north, and new projections of its likely path centered on one that drove up the middle of Florida.

September 08, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


City and county open today, but bracing for Irma

Statesboro City Hall will be closed Monday and probably Tuesday, with a possibility of reopening Tuesday if Hurricane Irma spares the area. But police and firefighters are preparing for days when they may live at headquarters while working in a disaster aftermath.

September 07, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Unlimited happy hours, but a floor for prices

In the biggest meeting for proposed changes to Statesboro's Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance this semester, City Council eliminated a daily limit on "happy hour" promotions by restaurants and bars, but approved a minimum drink price.

September 06, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


City approves 1-mill hike

In Statesboro, the annual city property tax on a $100,000 home, for example, will increase by roughly $40 after City Council on Tuesday approved an effective 1 mill hike in the tax rate.

September 05, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


A look at early-American immigration: British, Scottish Borderers

With his presentation, "British and Scottish Borderers Immigrate to America," Dr. Jack Proctor told the Bulloch County Historical Society about a flow of immigrants who outnumbered the Puritans and the Cavaliers.

September 04, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Old barns preserve memories

The Bulloch County Historical Society is aware of several "beautiful barns," some relatively well preserved, some renovated, but is calling for information on other barns, in all conditions, as part of its Bullochian Barns project.

September 02, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Bulloch and Boro eye TSPLOST for May vote

Bulloch County officials are considering putting a TSPLOST, or Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, on the ballot for next May. Revenue from the tax would be shared with the four towns in the county.

August 31, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


City hears no direct objections to tax hike

Last week in the first two of three required hearings, Statesboro's mayor and council members heard no direct objections to a proposed increase of up to 1 mill in property taxes.

August 29, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


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Statesboro council affirms county-city TAD agreement

In two actions Tuesday involving the city-county relationship and taxes, Statesboro City Council affirmed an agreement bringing county revenue into the South Main Street TAD ...

October 18, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Bulloch ESPLOST, Boro mayoral voting begins

By early Tuesday afternoon, 68 people had cast in-person advanced ballots in the Bulloch County ESPLOST referendum, while 51 had voted in Statesboro's mayoral ...

October 17, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Kemp advocates cap on state spending

As a step toward cutting taxes, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp proposes to put a cap on state spending, adjusted to population growth and ...

October 13, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Moore asserts pride in her record as mayor

This is the last in a series of questionnaire articles about Statesboro's three mayoral candidates. They answered questions by email.

October 11, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Bobby Jones, Face of Manufacturing in Ga.

When state and local officials came to Koyo Bearings in Sylvania to honor Bobby Jones as one of Georgia's Faces of Manufacturing, he passed ...

October 10, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


McCollar: Poverty Statesboro’s big challenge

This is part of a series of questionnaire articles about Statesboro's three mayoral candidates. They answered questions by email.

October 10, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Grotheer offers a fresh face in Statesboro mayoral race

This is the first of a series of questionnaire articles about Statesboro's three mayoral candidates. They answered questions by email.

October 09, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


Old municipal court office up for bids

With an ad beginning in today's paper, the city of Statesboro is seeking offers for the Municipal Court office's former home at 125 ...

October 07, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


GS faculty senators propose panel on consolidation’s consequences

The Faculty Senate at Georgia Southern University will consider naming a committee to deal with unforeseen consequences that arise after the consolidation with Armstrong State ...

October 06, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Frontier execs congratulate Blue Mile volunteers

Frontier Communications, lead sponsor of the America's Best Communities competition in which Statesboro won the $1 million third prize earlier this year, saluted supporters ...

October 04, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Council rescinds insurance broker choice

After hearing appeals from two other insurance firms that pitched for the contract, Statesboro City Council on Tuesday rescinded its decision to make ShawHankins the ...

October 03, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Jobs are available in Ga. prison system

The Georgia Department of Corrections struggles to fill some of its more than 11,000 employee positions statewide and also has an interest in preparing ...

October 02, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


‘New Georgia Southern’ spells change for Statesboro campus

The pending consolidation with Armstrong State University to form the new Georgia Southern University will have real effects on Georgia Southern's Statesboro campus, which ...

September 30, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


YMCA sets grand opening

Statesboro Family YMCA has scheduled its grand opening for Oct. 28, to be preceded by introductory events there and elsewhere in town.

September 28, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Other firms appeal city’s choice of insurance broker

Two insurance brokerage firms – one that bid slightly higher and one much lower – are asking Statesboro City Council to reconsider after it awarded the city ...

September 26, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


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