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Attend a Permaculture Visit & Tour

A permaculture visit and tour will take place at Salamander Springs, a permaculture homestead on February 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Certified Permaculturist Debby Waugh will lead a tour and discuss permaculture principles.

To request directions, call 478-836-4564.

This is a free event, donations are accepted.

 

Advanced Disposal Acquires B&W Waste, Adding Transfer Station

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., a regional integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of certain assets of B&W Waste, Inc. further expanding the Florida-headquartered company’s operations in middle Georgia.

B&W Waste has provided solid waste collection services to residents and businesses in Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Newton, Putnam, Rockdale and Walton counties since 1986, the news release says. Advanced Disposal’s purchase of the company includes: a municipal solid waste transfer station, located at 1240 Lions Club Rd. in Madison; 1,200 commercial, roll-off and residential customers including contracts; 19 trucks and 780 containers.

B&W Waste’s 13 employees including owners, Larry and Alesia Bishop, will also join the Advanced Disposal – Middle Georgia team.  In addition, B&W Waste’s administrative office located at 1140 Monticello Rd. in Madison will continue to operate under Advanced Disposal.

Proposed Plant Washington Hearing Tonight

A public hearing on pollution levels for proposed Plant Washington coal-fired plant will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ridge Road Elementary School.

The hearing subject is the water withdrawal permit and the water discharge permits (NPDES permit).

According to a news release, if Plant Washington is built, the water would be piped in 30 miles from the Oconee River and draw from 15 groundwater wells near the proposed plant site.

Much of the water drawn from the Oconee will be evaporated during the cooling process in the Ogeechee River Basin, therefore an Inter-Basin Transfer is taking place, which requires notice and public comment.

GSE is a coalition of energy, citizen and environmental organizations from across Georgia, including Washington County residents.

Proposed by Power4Georgians, LLC, the coal-fired power plant would be located near Sandersville in Central Ga.

Oconee River Greenway Foundation Information Meeting

What: Oconee River Greenway Foundation Information Meeting

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 9

Where: Knight Community Innovation Center, 127 W. Hancock St., next to the Campus Theater in downtown Milledgeville.

The Oconee River Greenway Foundation invites Milledgeville-Baldwin County residents to help plan the future of the community’s natural gem on the banks of the Oconee River.

The Greenway Foundation, in concert with a graduate non-profit management class at Georgia College & State University, wants to update the community on its progress in building the corridor along the Oconee River as a natural resource for all Milledgeville-Baldwin County, as well as the entire State of Georgia, to share and celebrate.  

Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Washington Coal Plant

A public hearing on pollution levels for proposed Plant Washington coal-fired plant will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ridge Road Elementary School.

Georgians for Smart Energy (GSE) will host an information session at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will conduct a public hearing about Plant Washington.

Proposed by Power4Georgians, LLC, the coal-fired power plant would be located near Sandersville in Central Ga.

The hearing subject is the water withdrawal permit and the water discharge permits (NPDES permit).

According to a news release, if Plant Washington is built, the water would be piped in 30 miles from the Oconee River and draw from 15 groundwater wells near the proposed plant site.

GSE is a coalition of energy, citizen and environmental organizations from across Georgia, including Washington County residents.

Baldwin County Selected for National Health Study

Baldwin County, along with more than 100 other communities around the nation, will be included in a national study of 100,000 children from before birth to age 21.

The study aims to collect information on how genetics and the environment affect children's health, development and well-being.  

Baldwin County neighbors are invited to attend a town hall meeting for the launch of the National Children's Study (NCS) at Oak Hill Middle School auditorium on Friday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

Women who are pregant or may become pregnant in the next few years are now elgible to join Baldwin County NCS.

Principal Investigator Dr. Carol Hogue and Investigator Dr. Frances Dunston will speak.

Georgia College Helps Develop Rock Hawk

Georgia College students and faculty helped develop Putnam County’s Rock Hawk Effigy and Trails into an educational attraction.

During the past 18 months, Georgia College students and faculty have developed marketing plan, a website and conducted materials for the history and bird signs that line the trails through the forest to the effigy.

All that hard work paid off Friday with Rock Hawk’s opening celebration, where President Dorothy Leland was one of the featured speakers to celebrate the culmination of the 10-year, $1 million project.

“Our students and faculty worked closely with other sponsors to create an attraction where recreational activities blend with an outdoor classroom that serves all age groups,” said Dr. Leland. “Georgia College is proud to be a partner in this project.”

The historic effigy, built using milky quartz rocks, forms a hawk appearing to fly southeast.