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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.

Lawmakers study new state authority to boost sagging farmers’ markets

By: - August 29, 2019

A new $11 million staging area inside the Atlanta State Farmers Market stands out from the rest of the aging buildings that sit on a 150-acre open air facility that debuted in 1959. The 72,000 square-foot addition provides Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice more space to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. The new project is a rarity […]

Ga. local governments cling to home rule as builders resist restrictions

By: - August 27, 2019

The Home Builders Association of Georgia says people are being priced out of buying new homes through too-restrictive local regulations. The association’s push to fend off attempts by some local governments to restrict  options for a home’s exterior color, type of roof and other design elements is set to resume in the General Assembly in […]

Georgia Power rate hike push to get public airing starting next month

By: - August 26, 2019

Business interests and consumer watchdog organizations are keeping a wary eye on Georgia Power’s push to sharply increase its customers’ cost of electricity over the next three years. They can weigh in on the proposed three-year, $2.2 billion rate hike during this fall’s Georgia Public Service Commission hearings to consider the rate case that begins […]

State education board considers modest cuts at Wednesday meeting

By: - August 22, 2019

Members of Georgia’s Board of Education Wednesday mulled the governor’s recent order to cut fat in spending plans for this year and next. The department oversees public school funding and has a $10.6 billion budget, or more than a third of all state spending. Still, much of that is non-discretionary and Gov. Brian Kemp says […]

Local officials head to Athens next month to fend off state mandates

By: - August 21, 2019

Dozens of Georgia’s mayors, city and county managers and other local government leaders will come together in September to work on legislative priorities for 2020. They’ll work together in Athens on Sept.11 and 12 during meetings of legislative policy committees with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association, the two largest […]

Meetings last week surface debate: Could mining drain Okefenokee?

By: - August 20, 2019

A key dispute emerged from last week’s South Georgia meetings to learn more details of a company’s plans to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Some environmental group members at the meetings hosted by Twin Pines Minerals say that the Trail Ridge site of the proposed mining acts as a natural dam to the […]

Q&A: State House budget leader sees tough choices as budget cuts loom

By: - August 19, 2019

State Rep. Terry England is no stranger to shepherding deep budget cuts through his powerful House Appropriations Committee.   England’s nine-year tenure as chairman of the budget committee began during the midst of a recession that spurred the slashing of state agencies’ budgets. Now, despite steady economic growth in the Peach State, Gov. Brian Kemp this […]

Folkston Okefenokee mine hearing draws protest, skeptics

By: - August 14, 2019

FOLKSTON, Ga. — A group of protesters arrived here Tuesday from across Georgia, nearby Florida and as far away as North Carolina to voice opposition to a proposed mine near the nationally treasured Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The protesters gathered outside a meeting hosted by Twin Pines Minerals, the Alabama company seeking to mine sand […]

Okefenokee mining proposal gets Folkston hearing Tuesday night

By: - August 13, 2019

The Georgia Recorder will report from South Georgia this week on reactions from the community, environmental groups and mining company officials on plans to extract materials for titanium manufacturing near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The first of two public meetings this week is set for Tuesday night in southeast Georgia when Twin Pines Minerals […]

New law aims to protect renters from slum landlords

By: - August 12, 2019

A shoddy electrical system, lack of water service, and an unsafe stairwell were just some of the reasons that prompted Macon-Bibb County officials in February to evacuate nearly 70 people from an apartment building. Landlords leaving a home or apartment in disrepair by not getting repairs done in a timely manner is a situation that […]

Democrats, Abrams’ PAC aim to take control of Georgia’s House in 2020

By: - August 8, 2019

The Democratic Party of Georgia and the Fair Fight Pac announced Wednesday an effort to raise millions of dollars in an uphill effort to take control of the Georgia House next year. The new fundraising effort, Legislative Victory Fund, is connected to Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by former House Minority Leader Stacey […]

Okefenokee Swamp

Public pressure killed Okefenokee mining plans once. Will it again?

By: - August 8, 2019

A company’s push to mine minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is drawing parallels to a proposal 20 years ago near the southeast Georgia sanctuary that generated national attention. Twin Pines Minerals is hosting two public hearings in south Georgia next week, Aug. 13 in Folkston and Aug. 14 in St. George, about its […]