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Principal Lynn Janes knows she is responsible for some hungry kids.

 

“We have a lot of students, who, the only times that they really get a full solid meal is here at school,” Janes said.

 

 

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People and industries spread across 20 counties in southwest Georgia are still looking for aid in recovering from Hurricane Michael.  And the challenges for families trying to get back on their feet has prompted a first ever use of a welfare benefit as disaster aid.


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As the government shutdown stretches on, federal workers in rural Georgia are starting to feel the bite of hunger.

The asphalt behind the loading dock of the Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank in Valdosta rattled the wheels of a shopping cart loaded with food for three transportation safety administration employees from the local airport Thursday morning.


Judge Named Georgia's First 'Twitter Laureate'

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The Georgia House of Representatives has named a local appeals court judge the state's first Twitter laureate.

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Trenton Tye is one of few remaining blacksmiths in Georgia. Tye is also one of the judges on Discovery's "Master of Arms." When not on TV, he works in the peanut industry near Albany. Tye spoke with "On Second Thought" producer La'Raven Taylor about his daily tasks on the job. It's part of our series in which we learn all about what people do inside the industrial buildings, gleaming office towers, company trucks, vast farmlands and even homes that fuel the region's economy. 

If you have a unique job that you're passionate about sharing, email us at onsecondthought@gpb.org. 


On this edition of Political Rewind, flyers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are starting to feel the painful impact of the federal government shutdown. As TSA workers call in sick, security lines are growing to intolerable lengths.


Stacey Abrams on the campaign trail during the 2018 Midterm Election.
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Former Democratic Candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams is using her fundraising abilities to aid Democrats in the state and to ensure that she remains at the forefront of the state’s Democratic party

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On this edition of Political Rewind, House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston joins us just days before he gavels in the 2019 Session.

 

President Donald Trump salutes as he steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to Camp David.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, leaders at the state capitol are beginning to write the budget for the coming fiscal year. But how could signs of a possible economic downturn affect their spending plans? Our panel looks at the challenge.


Brian Kemp, center, walks with President Donald Trump, right, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga) as Trump arrives for a rally in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp is getting set for a pre-inaugural campaign-style swing across Georgia. Can we learn anything about how he may govern based on where he’s heading?


With 33,000 employees statewide, Delta is Georgia’s No. 1 private employer, directly responsible for $43.5 billion in economic impact a year.
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Location can be instrumental to the success of a business, and for companies looking to expand or make a big move choosing the right state to can have a large impact on their profitability. 


Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (on Facebook)

As heavy rain swept through Georgia over the weekend, parts of the state experienced severe weather. National Weather Service Meteorologist Pete Wolf says unusually warm temperatures, and humid air collided with a cold front to create a supercell tornado in Southeast Georgia, a type of storm usually seen in the Midwest.

 

“It was a rare scenario that set up for us that allowed that type of storm to develop," Wolf explained. "It developed very intense rotation and then as it moved into Camden County it created a tornado that approached Kings Bay Naval Base.”

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Hurricane Michael damaged and destroyed hundreds of houses in southwest Georgia, but the storm also left some wildlife without a home.


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Say what you will about the Pilgrim legend, but Thanksgiving at its heart is a holiday about food. But for many people of southwest Georgia still recovering from Hurricane Michael, food is hard to come by, not just this holiday week but likely well into the future.

GPB’s Grant Blankenship spoke with Eliza McCall of the Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank about the challenges to alleviating hunger after the hurricane. This conversation has been edited for clarity.


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A little after sun up, the fleet of electrical linemen were on the roads of Dougherty County in southwest Georgia, but at the health department April Smith was on a different mission. She had a tree on the roof, no power and a hungry baby.

“Please, dear Lord I can't take any more,” she said to herself as she walked to the door of the health department. “She's got one can of formula. One can of formula. And I don't have food stamps to go buy it.”

The health department where she was hoping to find the formula was supposed to be open at 7 a.m. At 8:30 it still looked like a ghost town. So, no food for the baby.  Smith wasn’t sure what her next move was.


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We spoke by phone to people from McRae, Plains and Valdosta about how Hurricanes may be the new normal for South Georgia. 


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A startling number of children eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare in Georgia still don’t have insurance coverage, a recent study has found. Another reason kids don’t see doctors as often as they should is also a factor for adults: access. It’s not just cost, but the lack of physicians, especially in rural Georgia.


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This month Southern tourism departments banded together to unveil The U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The trail links 110 historic sites, from Kansas to Delaware. These are places where the struggle for equality for African Americans left a mark.

For Anthony Mackey, 29, guns were part of his upbringing in Albany, Georgia. As a teen, he joined a gang, and saw firsthand the incredible power of a gun. Mackey says being shot at was a turning point in his life.

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The contents of a child’s room–baby dolls, blankets, toys–line the ditch in front of Cary Westbrook’s house in Radium Springs not far outside Albany. She hasn’t lived there since January. The windows are nailed dark with nine month old plywood and the roof is gone.

 

“It’s not habitable at all. At all,” Westbrook said.

 

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Dr. James Black wants opiate drug seekers to know not to look in his emergency room.

“You know, we're not going to be easy prey, so to speak, for people with repeated usage,” Black said. Black is the director of emergency medicine at the Phobe Putney Medical Center in Albany.

In the context of national trends, Southwest Georgia doesn’t have it as bad as other places. Opiate use is in decline here, but Black said he has seen his fair share of overdoses.

The Blue Seas Restaurant is the result of efforts to bring people of different stripes together in west Atlanta. In a neighborhood left in the shadow of a new Falcons stadium, community leaders have built a place for communion, growth, unity, and healthy food. We talk to two of the spiritual leaders behind the restaurant, and ask what they believe this establishment can achieve.

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There is a mountain of shredded trees next to a church on Gillionville Road in Albany.

On a recent morning with the morning fog yet to lift, Brian Jefferson hauled in the day’s first load. About 20 cubic yards of limbs and tree trunks dumped at the bottom of a pile 30 feet tall and with a footprint of a ball field. Jefferson has made a lot of these trips since storms and tornados hit an eight county swath of South Georgia on January 2.

“I was working 11 hours, seven days a week. It’s just long,” he said.