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BOE looks at ‘local values’ funding, raises

As the Bulloch County Board of Education begins to look at its budget for 2017-18, assigning money based on "local values" to even out and increase resources among the 15 schools is again under consideration.

March 28, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


DSDA glows Blue, 'Brick'

The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority's annual luncheon took on a strong Blue Mile tint this year, but with a stack of awards in the usual brick red.

March 27, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


City and DOT respond to traffic signal issues

In November, a traffic signal on a second lane for left turns from Veterans Memorial Parkway, also known as the U.S. 301 Bypass, onto Brannen Street was installed. The previously barred lane was repainted and opened to traffic.

March 25, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Statesboro declares itself a welcoming city

City Council adopted a resolution this week declaring Statesboro a "Safe and Inclusive Welcoming City for All People."

March 24, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


iGOT campaign raises $397,752

When the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation's 2017 iGOT campaign concluded Thursday evening, the total $397,752 resolved on a screen at the celebration.

March 23, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Local foundation funds SPD ‘active shooter’ armor

The Statesboro Police Officers Foundation, led by local business people and civilian professionals, has granted the Statesboro Police Department $8,000 for additional body armor, in the form of vests called ballistic plate carriers with hard armor plates, for all of its officers.

March 22, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Blue Mile investment

As the deadline approaches for a final progress report in the America's Best Communities competition, Statesboro's Blue Mile committee is pointing to evidence of forward momentum in corporate, residential and commercial development.

March 20, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


Mayor: I’m running for re-election

Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore and the two City Council members up for election this year, Phil Boyum in District 1 and John Riggs in District 4, all have said they plan to seek re-election.

March 18, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Post 90 celebrates American Legion’s 98th birthday

American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90 celebrated the Legion's 98th birthday with appreciation awards, a cake and guest speakers on the Georgia Southern University Museum's new World War I exhibit and Statesboro's Blue Mile project.

March 17, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Bulloch and Chatham STARs tie at region

Bulloch County STAR Student Neha Aggarwal, a senior at Statesboro High School, and Chatham County STAR Student Harrison West, a senior at Savannah Country Day School, tied for the 2017 Region 8 STAR honors.

March 15, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


New police chief arriving April 17

Mike Broadhead, now scheduled to begin work April 17 as Statesboro's police chief, says the heart of his mission will be to promote the Statesboro Police Department as an asset to the community, inseparable from it.

March 14, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


School accreditation brings bonus

After a visiting team from AdvancED approved the Bulloch County Schools last week for a five-year extension of the school system's accreditation, the Board of Education promptly rewarded all employees with a 1 percent pay stipend.

March 13, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Splash's new pool adding 'wave' of jobs at water park

With the addition of the wave pool and other aspects of the $5.7 million expansion now underway at Splash in the Boro water park, Statesboro's largest generator of part-time summer jobs for teenagers will hire even more young people.

March 11, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


City alcohol hearings: Here comes the judge

After a couple of years when hearings on alcoholic beverage infractions - usually for serving patrons under age 21 - were a frequent part of Statesboro City Council meetings, the council will turn future hearings over to an administrative judge.

March 08, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Deputy ends chase with PIT maneuver

A driver reportedly clocked going 97 mph was in the Bulloch County Jail facing at least seven charges Tuesday after a Sheriff's Office sergeant performed a PIT maneuver that forced the suspect from the highway but also involved two other vehicles in a collision.

March 07, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


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Articles By Author - Al Hackle


OTC closing its police academy

The 12 members of the final class of Ogeechee Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy are scheduled to graduate May 4 in the Kennedy Auditorium ...

April 26, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Parks, sidewalks get dots of concern

Interested in parks, the local economy, sidewalks and other things, about 65 people dropped in during the city of Statesboro's first two strategic planning ...

April 25, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Empty restaurants in Statesboro

After 18 years in business, the Statesboro Applebee's closed April 7, leaving a restaurant building designed for a particular brand vacant in a part ...

April 24, 2017 | By AL HACKLE | Local


BOE still debating diversity plan

After indefinitely postponing a vote in February on a $180,000 plan to recruit more minority teachers and administrators, the Bulloch County Board of Education ...

April 22, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


New Averitt Center director to begin job May 1

Jamie Grady, a New York-based arts management consultant with past experience from Atlanta, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Zealand, is scheduled to begin work May ...

April 20, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Blue Mile brings Boro $1 million

It's not the top award, but it is one of the big three.

April 19, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


City: No tax hike, garbage fees may rise

Statesboro residents and businesses will probably pay higher sanitation fees, but not higher city taxes or water and sewer rates, under the 2017-18 city budget.

April 18, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


ABC contest reps get big blue sendoff

A giant inflatable Gus the Eagle loomed near the very blue-hued sendoff celebration for Statesboro's five-member team who will attend the America's Best ...

April 17, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


City seeks public input for strategic plan

To help flesh out a five- to 10-year strategy for things as various as street maintenance, park space and police and fire protection, Statesboro city ...

April 15, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


New Boro police chief in town

New Chief of Police Mike Broadhead arrived in Statesboro Wednesday night and has made a couple of public appearances before officially starting work Monday.

April 14, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Admin chart for ‘new’ Georgia Southern unveiled

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley has approved a new organizational chart for the top leadership of the new three-campus Georgia Southern University being ...

April 12, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Next week the big one in ABC contest

Next week will bring the long-awaited news of whether Statesboro wins a prize of $1 million, $2 million or even $3 million in the America ...

April 10, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


Whitesville concerns return to City Hall

Carrie Howard has brought the needs and concerns of the Whitesville community to the attention of elected officials for decades. She was back talking to ...

April 08, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


ArtsFest occupies a busy Saturday

ArtsFest, returning for its 35th year, has camped on a very busy Saturday, April 22. But far from having a scheduling conflict with the April ...

April 06, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


City orders repaving of 3+ miles of streets

At least three miles of Statesboro's streets, and a little more, are scheduled to be resurfaced this year at a cost of up to ...

April 04, 2017 | Al Hackle | Local


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