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Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.

Okefenokee Swamp

Time running short for public to comment on Okefenokee mining plan

By: - April 7, 2020

Conservation groups, wildlife lovers and anyone with a fondness for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge can still officially chime in on a revised federal application to mine heavy minerals near one of the country’s most treasured natural resources. The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers Savannah District is accepting public comments through Monday, April 13 on […]

Ga. primary still set for May despite push to delay from top lawmakers

By: - April 6, 2020

Georgia elections officials are moving full steam ahead with plans for a May 19 primary as time runs short for top Republican leaders to get their wish for a longer election delay. Some top Republicans and Democrats are still debating the suitability of the May 19 election date and whether it should be delayed until […]

Court battles escalate to force election to replace Justice Blackwell

By: - April 2, 2020

The battle over whether Gov. Brian Kemp or voters should determine who fills a Georgia Supreme Court justice seat is spilling over into federal court after a former chief justice’s widow and two others sued Georgia’s Secretary of State this week. The U.S. District Court lawsuit says Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger violated state law […]

State prisoners could get early release to reduce coronavirus spread

By: - April 1, 2020

The state might grant Georgia inmates an early release from prison over the next month as officials search for ways to separate people during the COVID-19 outbreak. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles says it is reviewing potential clemency releases for nonviolent offenders scheduled to get out of prison within the next 180 days. […]

Telemedicine moves into mainstream as doctors treat patients from afar

By: - April 1, 2020

Jacob Sutton of Monroe County is set to virtually meet with his doctor today as part of the 10-year-old’s routine checkup for his autism. Jacob’s distant check-in with his pediatrician is part of the race to telemedicine as a means to treat patients in the wake of relaxed federal regulations and mandates to allow people […]

Georgia jailers cope with COVID-19; release inmates, quarantine arrivals

By: - March 30, 2020

Updated March 30 to include a response from the Gwinnett County Sheriff. The Dougherty County detention center is a little more than a mile away from Albany’s Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital where medical staffers are on the front line of Georgia’s battle against the COVID-19 outbreak. It is one of many jails in the state […]

Georgia cities aim to slow COVID-19 with more restrictions than state

By: - March 25, 2020

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson issued a shelter-in-place directive Tuesday banning people from going out in public except for essential services while also urging the governor to order more restrictions than he did Monday to stem the spread of COVID-19. Savannah, which imposed an initial round of COVID-19 regulations Saturday, is following the Georgia Municipal Association’s […]

Nonprofits from food banks to meals on wheels brace for spike in demand

By: - March 23, 2020

Here are ways you can donate to support food banks and other nutrition programs, as well as places to turn if you need help. A stream of cars lined up outside Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Augusta headquarters last week about two hours before workers started distributing chicken, eggs, milk and other food to people in […]

How to donate, find free meals during COVID-19 outbreak

By: - March 22, 2020

Georgia’s food banks, Meals on Wheels and other nonprofits that provide meals to people in need are scrambling to meet increased demand during the COVID-19 outbreak. They need donations and volunteers like never before.  Here’s a list of links to resources where you can get information about Georgia food banks, school district meal programs and […]

Lawmakers frustrated that colleague attended session despite illness

By: - March 20, 2020

Georgia legislators expressed frustration with a state senator who attended a called session at the Capitol this week despite feeling sick. Wednesday he announced that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. Georgia’s 236 lawmakers are now urged to remain in self-quarantine until at least March 30, or 14 days after Alpharetta Republican Sen. Brandon Beach appeared […]

Bipartisan support shown for delay of presidential primary until May

By: - March 16, 2020

This story was updated at 8 a.m. on March 17 to reflect the current number of states that have postponed their primary election.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger assured voters Monday that the state is prepared to handle rescheduling the presidential primary that was to take place next week as part of  the May […]

Senate to consider bill to extend use of ankle monitors for sex offenders

By: - March 16, 2020

State lawmakers scrambled last year to close a loophole after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state was unconstitutionally requiring some sex offenders to wear ankle monitors after they completed their sentence. Last week, Georgia House members sent House Bill 720 for the Senate to review just before the 2020 legislative session was suspended. It passed […]