Local Update - January 16, 2008

MCG GOES STATEWIDE

We finally have the question to the MCG expansion question, but that answer isn't a simple "Augusta" or "Athens."
It's both.
The new plan calls for a new medical and dental facility in Augusta and a new medical education and research campus in Athens.
Albany and Savannah would also each get regional campuses.
This would increase MCG's student body by 60 percent, and experts expect it to add around 10,000 jobs statewide.
4,000 of those jobs would come to Augusta.

NEW NAME FOR UPTOWN VA

Augusta's Uptown VA Hospital has a new name.
It is now officially The Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Tuesday's re-dedication ceremony honored the long-time congressman for this area, who was also a long-time supporter of veterans and their medical rights.
President Bush signed the bill allowing for the change November 8th.

NEW NORTH AUGUSTA DEVELOPMENT

Next month, developers will go before the North Augusta City Council to talk about plans for a luxury development on the Savannah River.
Kingery Landing would include 256 apartments and 40 single family homes on the 30 acre site, which isn't far from the Gordon Highway Bridge.
The council has to approve the plan three times before construction can start.
If things go smoothly, the development could be finished by the middle of next year.

LOCAL JUDGE TO RETIRE

A local judge is ready to retire.
Judge Duncan D. Wheale made the announcement Tuesday, confirming he will retire next January 5th.
Judge Wheale is one of just eight Superior Court Judges in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

PARENT PROGRAM

Georgia's governor says he has a plan to get moms and dads more involved in their child's education.
It's called the VIP, or Very Important Parent, Program.
Governor Sonny Perdue's idea is to hire recruiters for as many as 500 schools with discipline or attendance problems.
Those recruiters would work on making parents a bigger part of their children's education.


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