Entries by David Pendered

Persistent rains end drought in Georgia, as farmers say too much has harmed crops

A saying from rural South Georgia goes, “The farmer prays for rain, while the golfer prays for sunshine.” This year, many Georgia farmers report the persistent rains through May have damaged crops, even as the national drought report issued today shows the rains have eliminated drought conditions across the state.

Ga. 400 express lanes a long shot for federal funding, until $184 million grant announced

Georgia’s federal funding request for the express lanes along Ga. 400 could have been viewed as a long shot. It was one of 234 grant applications submitted, including four others from Georgia. In the end, it was among 20 selected for the first round of major funding under President Trump’s new infrastructure initiative.

Supeme Court sends Fla./Ga. water lawsuit back to special master for more consideration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the special master who considered the federal lawsuit Florida filed against Georgia over water flow from Georgia into Florida will gather additional information in the case before justices issue a final ruling. Justices determined the special master had applied too strict a standard with Florida’s claim that Georgia was hoarding water to the detriment of the Apalachicola River Basin.

Atlanta’s citizen planners recommend incentives to boost housing development

Once they were finished, the citizen planners who on Saturday offered their ideas about how to promote housing development in Atlanta relied heavily on many of the same tools used around the nation for more than 30 years – government incentives to entice the free market to meet a public need for housing at all prices.