The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base has a new leader today.
Colonel Jeffrey Herd passed off a flag as a symbol of the change in command. Former Vice Commander, Colonel William Welsh, took over for Herd this afternoon, and was also promoted to Brigadier General.
Colonel Herd spent a little more than a year as the commander and will now head to Colorado.
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ATLANTA (AP) - The Bibb County school district and Savannah State University have received more than $3 million in federal grants for programs to help at-risk students prepare for college.
The grants are for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, project. The federally funded program aims to help 275,000 low income students with getting into college. That includes extra tutoring, test preparation and scholarships.
Bibb County is getting $2.8 million, while Savannah State will receive $400,000. Both will start with a group of seventh-graders and track them throughout high school and into college.
The two Georgia winners are part of 47 grant recipients in 24 states sharing $100 million in GEAR UP grants.
The peanut fields may be ripe for picking, but the pickings are going to be a little bit slim this year in Georgia.
Severe draught conditions have led to a peanut crop that will likely yield a little more than half the average collection.
Which in turn, could lead to higher prices for peanut products for consumers.
Don Koehler of the Georgia Peanut Commission says to expect to see close to a 30% increase in the price things like peanut butter.
Warbington Farms in Dooly county has noticed the shortage their harvest. Most of their fields yield around one ton of peanuts. This year, many of their fields have only produced 400 to 950 pounds on average.
"In the years when you have severe stress like we're having now, it's not uncommon. And it's probably as bad as I've seen it in a long time," Teel Warbington says.
Warbington says, not only does the draught create a smaller crop, the dry weather also causes a type of mold to develop on the peanuts. That mold makes the peanuts uneditable, therefore creating an even larger amount that cannot be used.
"It's just been a difficult year to produce," Warbington says.
Many of the fields on the Warbington's farm, have only had two to three inches of rain fall on them this year. In order for a full peanut crop to grow, the plant needs nearly two inches of rain per week.