Morning News Briefs for 4-19-17

| April 19, 2017

Officials at the Keystone Foods plant in Camilla suspect that the burns that caused an employee to be flown to Shands Hospital in Gainsville were caused by a hot liquid. What caused the incident is unknown at this time and the investigation continues. The worker is identified as Michael Warmuskerken. Fire Chief Jamie Sullivan reported that there was no sign of a fire or any other damage. In all three workers were injured.

Second harvest of South Georgia has announced the temporary expansion of their feeding program for senior citizens. The food box initiative will provide meals for about one month; the boxes are filled with nearly $60 dollars in groceries. Currently the offering is on a first come first serve basis. For more information call 229-469-6930.

Farm Show managers from around the nation along with international representatives will soon gather in Moultrie to compare notes on farm show presentations and exhibits. The Farm Show Council meeting is scheduled to take place at Spence Field May first and second hosted by the Colquitt County Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition.

Congratulations go out to the Sunset Elementary School in Moultrie. Starting in the next school year the institution becomes the first Medical STEM in the state. The program focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will get an opportunity to explore a different lab weekly in the rotation of their activities.

This report on the Board of regents and tuition increases in Georgia from Maureen Downey of the AJC…The Board of Regents today announced a 2 percent tuition increase at Georgia’s 28 public colleges and universities for full-time, in-state students. The 2 percent increase for the 2017-2018 academic year follows a zero percent increase for this current year. Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board, the Regents say Georgia has now become the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four-year institution. But officials with the Georgia Budget &Policy Institute report that over a nine year period a students’ average cost of attendance increased 77% from $8,361 to $14,791 per year.”

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