Last October, I reported that Ogeechee Technical College (OTC)was adopting a four day work/school week in an effort to cut costs in the face of significant budget cuts. A few months have passed, and school officials are pleasantly surprised by some of the positive results the new schedule has produced.
WASHINGTON - With the country stuck in a painful recession, the Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep its key interest rate at an all-time low this week and examine other unconventional ways to lift the economy.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are battling a three-headed economic monster: crises in the housing, credit and financial markets that - taken together - haven't been seen since the 1930s.
Ogeechee Technical College recently concluded another successful State Charitable Contributions campaign in 2008. Many of the contributions from Ogeechee Tech employees were designated for United Way of Southeast Georgia, which is based in Statesboro, while a number of employees directed their contributions to their home counties, including Evans and Screven. The 2008 goal of $10,000 was exceeded with a total of $10,033.75 being raised through direct contributions and payroll deduction for employees. The total also includes contributions from Ogeechee Tech's Student Leadership Council.
In a time when business expansion has become increasingly rare, one local business is taking advantage of an opportunity to enter a neighboring market with the help of a seasoned staff.
Last Thursday the Statesboro Board of Realtors held its annual awards dinner honoring local real estate professionals who had excelled in 2008.
Elliott Marsh, Jr. of Statesboro recently met all of the graduation requirements of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum's Leadership Development Program. Marsh is the agribusiness instructor with Ogeechee Technical College.
The removal of more than 85,000 tons of solid waste each year from Bulloch County requires a joint effort from both the city of Statesboro and the county. As co-operators of the county landfill site located on Lakeview Road, both entities are striving to create as streamlined of an operation as possible in an era of increasing costs.
Unfortunately, speculation and rumor are the byproduct of uncertain and frightening times. Right now, I think it is fair to say that the rumor mill is running rampant, particularly as it regards local restaurants.
Fairytale Rentals earns award
Lucindia Chance, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern University, has been named a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
With a 3.2 percent decrease in the construction materials price index in November, local builders and construction material suppliers are urging those interested in building a home to go ahead and do so as prices for building materials approach previous lows.
There are many victims of a souring economy, but few feel it as swiftly or perhaps as harshly as those that depend upon the charity of others. Economic indicators point to unemployment rates, inflation and deflation, as well as interest rates, but these indicators do not reflect the impact that is felt by the charities that many count on for their survival.
Three weeks ago, the National Association of Realtors reported that the median price for an existing home tumbled by more than 11 percent to $183,300 in October, the largest year-over-year drop on records going back to 1968, and the lowest median sales price since March 2004. I read that news wondering if our local real estate market had seen the same decline in home values.
Nancy Bryant, executive director of Ogeechee Area Hospice, was appointed to the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Board of Directors (GHPCO).
Spiral sliced hams have become a holiday "must" for many, and one local business owner is grateful for that tradition.