Lee County hospital ‘on the clock’ with new deadline
Billy Mathis admits that the challenge presented to the Lee County officials and private individuals who remain hell-bent and determined to build a hospital in the county is a daunting one … actually, an insurmountable one. Talking about the glimmer of hope that the Department of Public Health gave... Read more
Rural Georgia lagging rest of state in quality-of-life indicators
Rural Georgia is suffering from failing schools, inadequate health care and lack of economic opportunity, conditions that make politicians’ boasts the state is No. 1 for doing business ring hollow. That’s the message Georgia lawmakers heard this week from experts who have been studying the plight of the Peach... Read more
Nursing homes, citing occupancy reduction, seek COVID relief funds
Georgia’s nursing homes are looking for a share of the $4.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds headed to the Peach State. The Georgia Health Care Association submitted a request Monday for $347 million from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Congress passed last spring for nursing homes, citing... Read more
Increase in opioid overdoses sparks concern in Albany
A third wave of the nation’s opioid crisis is crashing hard in Dougherty County, which saw overdose deaths increase last year by more than 400 percent from 2019. he opioid epidemic is not limited to any particular area or socioeconomic group, as overdoses are seen everywhere from store parking... Read more
Lee County has more than 800 students in quarantine
Full-time, in-person learning started in Lee County School System classrooms on Aug. 6 with 6,318 students enrolled and a staff of nearly 900 school system employees ready to support them. One week later, the system’s weekly COVID-19 report showed 104 cases of the virus resulting in 839 students following... Read more

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