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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.

Survivors of Suicide Candlelight Meeting

The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) will gather at River Edge on Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. for a candlelight meeting.

SOS Co-facilitator Leanne Branch asks attendees to bring a holiday photo of the losted love one to remember.

"SOS group is here to support one another, especially those of you whose loss has been during the past year.  We would like to remember our loved ones with a special memorial and to share our holiday memories," Branch said in an Oconee Suicide Prevention Coalition news release.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Leave a voicemail at 478-696-3310 or e-mail dixiebranch@windstream.net if you plan to attend.

12th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day

The Oconee Suicide Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a Healing After Suicide program on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as a discussion, questions and resources session.

Information on how to get involved in a Survivors of Suicide group will also be available.

This event will be held at the Museum Education Room at George College and State University on the corner of Montgomery and Clarke Streets in Milledgeville, Ga.

For more information, or to pre-register, contact Judith Keim at 478-456-2713. While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registering is preferred.


Baldwin County Selected for Children's Health Study

Baldwin County is one of more 105 counties across the country chosen to take part in the largest long-term study of children's health in history.

The study will look at genetics and the environment and how they affect children's health.

The study will monitor children from right before birth until they are 21 years old.

The National Children's Study is looking for women between the ages of 18-49 who are or may become pregnant to volunteer to become a part of this study.

The organization will be monitor 100,000 children across the country.

Three counties were chosen in Georgia, but Baldwin County is the first to launch the project in the state.

The National Children's Study is holding a meeting on Friday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at Oak Hill Middle School.

The meeting is open to the public.

The National Children's Study is also looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the project.


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.

Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces Lung Cancer Disease Site Team

To better serve the residents of Central and South Georgia, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has created The Lung Cancer Disease Site Team. This multidisciplinary group of physicians is focused on assessing, planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of lung cancer care services to MCCG patients. Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties. The multidisciplinary team includes lung cancer surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.