rural Georgia

Can the Georgia countryside provide fertile soil for Dems again in 2022?

BY: - July 12, 2021

Bryan County south of Savannah is still Republican country — former President Donald Trump took more than two-thirds of the vote there in 2020 — but that won’t stop Democrats like Teresa Timmons, chair of the local party, from stumping for Democratic candidates like she did last year. “It was very grassroots, waving signs on […]

Rural Georgia’s back-to-school blues: COVID-19 spreads fast, internet’s slow

BY: - July 29, 2020

For some rural Georgia students, a heightened spread of COVID-19 combined with low internet availability could create disconnects that prevent them from doing online schoolwork. As of Tuesday, rural Hancock County between Atlanta and Augusta ranked No. 6 in Georgia for COVID-19 cases per capita. The county is home to fewer than 10,000 people, including […]

Ga. Senate approves plan to boost broadband expansion

BY: - June 22, 2020

Georgia’s Public Service Commission is close to taking control of regulating the fees local electric membership co-ops can charge internet companies to use their utility poles to extend broadband into rural parts of the state. The commission regulates rates for Georgia Power and other utilities, and has the expertise to determine what EMCs should charge […]

Initial state rural broadband mapping shows less coverage than FCC

BY: - September 12, 2019

A federal map shows Lumpkin County with just a smattering of dark zones where residents and business owners lack access to broadband internet access. But that has proven to be a rosy view of internet connections in this mountain community. State mapping now shows most of the north Georgia county living without broadband-level service, meaning […]

House rural development study panel considers school mental health needs

BY: - August 26, 2019

Jasper, GA – The state sent $69 million to Georgia’s public schools this year to beef up physical security after a string of school shootings in other states. Now, a north Georgia superintendent says educators need more state aid to address the less tangible side of the issue. “If a student came to school with […]