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Endangered species: Georgia’s rural hospitals

State’s delay in ACA implementation may cost hospitals, says health care think tank




By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Grave uncertainty plagues Jimmy Lewis as he hurriedly visits hospital administrators in rural Georgia, particularly those in south Georgia among the state’s poorest areas. CEO of Home Town Health, (a management consulting and advocacy group for rural hospitals) Lewis is on a mission to prevent the closure of more hospitals.

City elections coming up in Talking Rock and Nelson

No contested races in Jasper


            Talking Rock will see a number of candidates vying for mayor and town council seats in the upcoming November 5 election; Nelson will see three candidates campaigning for two council seats; but Jasper won’t see any contested elections.

            Incumbent Peter Q. Cagle Jr. will run against Carol Opdenhoff for Talking Rock’s mayor while incumbent council member Angelia Payne will run again Terri Jordan for the Post 1 seat.                

     Post 2 incumbent Lynda Cagle will run to keep her seat against Cheryl Sams and incumbent in Post 5, Randall Payne, will run against Jessica Quinton Wells. Post 3 and 4 seats will go uncontested as incumbents Charles Opdenhoff and Espey Smith were the only ones to qualify.

Local Marines send supplies to soldiers on the front line


Packing for the front lines: From left Wayne Poore (active 1964-1985), Ken Hulsey (active 68-72), and John Murray (active 61-66) work on assembling care packages last week for troops on active duty in Afghanistan. Bill Click (active 64-67) and Gill “Bulldog” Davidson (48-78) were also on hand working last week.

     Wanting to make sure soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan know that those of us back home haven’t forgotten them, a group of local marines spend their time putting together care boxes to send overseas.


Reinhardt fielding first football team



    Quarterback Ryan Thompson gets tackled during a scrimmage.

By Eileen Steinhauer,
Progress Contributor
    Sure, you can catch a college football game on TV every Saturday throughout the fall. But now you can watch a live college football game practically in your backyard because Reinhardt University in Waleska is fielding its first football team this season.

Body found in lake search




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UPDATED -- The body of a 27-year-old Twin Mountain Lakes resident was discovered by the Forsyth Dive team Tuesday morning. More details are availiable in this week's print or online edition. 


DNR officers search at Twin Mountain Lakes Tuesday morning for a possible drowining victim. A 27-year-old male, whose name is not being released, was reported missing after last being seen near the lake last night.

However, it is not certain the person drowned, but the lake search is considered a top priority, according to sheriff officers on the scene.

A dive team is also expected this morning.