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Proposed Government Regulations Are Challenging to Members' Electric Bills

REYNOLDS/PERRY/WARNER ROBINS/COLUMBUS-Proposed government regulations are expected to be extremely challenging for Flint Energies member bills, according to Chief Executive Officer Bob Ray.

“Since 2008, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has generated at least nine new regulations which attempt to reduce coal-fired generation for power plants,” said Ray. “Just two of those regulations have already cost Flint members $105 million.”

“These regulations essentially prevent construction of future coal generation plants,” he said. “The new ‘Clean Power Plan’ which has been proposed gives Georgia no credit for already reducing emissions since 2005, sets targets for renewable energy and efficiency which will cost more than they save, calls for more natural gas generation but no more gas pipelines to get the gas into Georgia….and effectively destroys affordable energy for our members.”

Ga. officials offer online deer hunting application

Ga. officials offer online deer hunting application

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season's deer quota hunt.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division officials say the deadline to submit an application for deer quota hunting is Sept. 1.

Learn how to plant shrubs and trees for the fall

Learn how to plant shrubs and trees for the fall

Homeowners can learn how to plan trees and shrubs for the fall at a class.

The class is taught at the Houston County Extension Office Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. That's in the multipurpose room in Perry's old courthouse, according to a release.

You'll also learn how to protect plants from winter frost and what winter vegetables to plan.

The class costs $10 to attend.

Register by September 5.

Email mg@uga.edu or download one from the Houston County Extension website.

New state gun laws don’t trump base weapons policy

New state gun laws don’t trump base weapons policy

By Jenny Gordon

Youth Sky Camp returning to MGSC

Youth Sky Camp returning to MGSC

Sky Camp, a summer aviation camp for kids ages 10 to 14, is set for June 30 to July 2 at the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College.

Activities will include exploring weather, history and physics as they relate to flight; aircraft maintenance, building and launching rockets and gliders; flying in an aircraft and more.

Ham radio study session comes to Warner Robins

Ham radio study session comes to Warner Robins

Central Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service members hold a a cram study session in Warner Robins this month in preparation for the FCC amateur radio exam.

The exam will then be given at the end of the day, according to a release.

On April 26, the guided study, "broken into six 45-minute periods, will go over readion sections of the FCC question pool, with hourly breaks and lunch."

The class is at 8:30 a.m. at the Houston Medical Center and the exam starts at 4 p.m.

If you'd like to attend, the study session is free, but the exam fee is $15.

Register online for the study session and exam. 

2015 Pentagon budget released

2015 Pentagon budget released

By Andrew Tilghman, Air Force Times

The Pentagon’s new budget released Tuesday says military personnel spending should fall to its lowest point since 2008 as cuts to compensation take effect and the force continues to shrink from its wartime peak.

The budget documents for 2015 offer new details on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposals last week to reduce spending on pay and benefits. Those included controversial calls for Congress to limit troops’ pay raises, slash housing allowances by about 6 percent, eliminate commissary subsidies in many locations and boost Tricare fees for families of active-duty troops and working-age retirees.