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COVID Cases Rising Across Region: Lanier County Sees 137 New Cases in 14 Days

LAKELAND, Georgia – New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise with many counties seeing daily case increases comparable to, and for some even higher than, those seen during the first COVID-19 wave in 2020. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that, from August 7-August 13, Lanier County reported 79 new COVID-19 laboratory…

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New COVID-19 Mandates from Lanier County Schools

Due to the increase in COVID numbers, LCSS will implement the following mitigation strategies effective Monday, August 9, 2021. -No visitors -Masks are required for all staff/students -Initiate frequent cleaning between groups of students -Screen temps upon building entry -Screen student temps twice daily -Grab & Go breakfast -Implement lunchroom seating charts for MS/HS -Implement…

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EPA, Army announce WOTUS virtual public meetings

GEORGIA – On July 30, the EPA and the Department of the Army announced a schedule for initial public meetings to hear from interested stakeholders their perspectives on defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and how to implement that definition as the agencies pursue this process. The public meetings will be held as web…

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Lanier County Board of Commissioners Burned by Wildfire Fireman

By Carol A. Gasser Moore LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – Lanier County Wildfire Fire Department Chief Zachariah Hallam is reportedly “on the run”.  As the Lanier County News is slowly learning, the Lanier County Board of Commissioners is disbanding its newest department, the Lanier County Wildfire Fire Department. Get the whole story in the August 5th…

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Sure Fire Ways to Create a Lanier County Firestorm

By Carol A. Gasser Moore LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – The Lanier County News (LCN) made an open records request and some of the information gained is available in the charts below. While the whole Lanier County Board of Commissioners Budget for 5 years (2016-present) was requested, the focus of this article is upon the Lanier…

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POSTER CONTEST TURNS ATTENTION TO NATURE’S ENGINEERS

GEORGIA – Teachers and students across the state are invited to celebrate wildlife through art by participating in the 32nd annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.   The goal of this competition for grades K-5 is to generate knowledge of and appreciation for Georgia’s biological diversity. The popular initiative is sponsored by the Georgia…

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Gov. Kemp Announces Education Relief Fund Applications

GEORGIA – July 31, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the availability of $47 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), beginning August 1. The Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) will distribute these resources through an application process.   The purpose of the GEER II Fund is to provide local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions…

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