Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 4, 2022

Nov. 4, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review

Stanley Dunlap reports that a major hurdle could soon be cleared for Twin Pines Minerals’ controversial plan to mine near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge three years after it was announced. Members of a coalition of park supporters say they are rallying the public against plans that they claim would threaten hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands.

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Nov. 4, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Pets Are Loving Support

Candice Dyer reports that in the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, many people with the virus found themselves ostracized, with dwindling resources. Forced to make hard decisions, some went without food to give their suppers to their dog or cat.

Nov. 4, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia lands EV battery parts plant after company gets $178M grant

Zachary Hansen reports that a Belgian company is expanding its operations in Augusta by building a new electric vehicle battery component factory. Solvay Specialty Polymers announced Thursday it will build a plant next to its existing Augusta factory to manufacture EV-grade binders and separator coatings, Sen Raphael Warnock announced in a press release.

Nov. 4, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

$850 million venture would make Augusta battery-parts plant the biggest in North America

Joe Hotchkiss reports that Solvay, which has operated a specialty polymers plant off Tobacco Road since 2000, announced Thursday that its agreement with Mexico-based chemical manufacturing company Orbia would provide the continent’s largest capacity of polyvinylidene fluoride, or PVDF, which is used as a binder and separator coating for lithium-ion batteries used in EVs.

Nov. 4, 2022

Payment Security Provider Bluefin Buys Austrian Firm in Acceleration of European, Global Expansion 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Bluefin Technologies, which helps secure payments and customer data across online and in-person transactions, is acquiring a European payments provider to expand its global reach. Bluefin is buying TECS Payment Systems, based in Vienna, betting that their complementary capabilities will help each scale more quickly and better serve their existing customer bases.

Nov. 4, 2022 The Brunswick News

Park service seeks public input on Cumberland plan

Taylor Cooper reports, on Monday the National Park Service released a new visitor management plan intended to let the public get the most enjoyment it can from Cumberland Island National Seashore while preserving its wilderness, historic buildings and cultural assets. The NPS invites the public to review and comment on the plan through Nov. 30 at A public virtual meeting is scheduled for 6 P.M. Nov. 17, and for more information visit

Nov. 4, 2022 Albany Herald

Georgia State announces partnership award recipients

Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development selected Sheltering Arms Educare Center, the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School as the 2022 recipients of its CEHD Partnership Award. This annual award honors the valuable partnerships that exist between the college and members of the community.


Nov. 4, 2022

Gov. Kemp, Supt. Woods Name Winners of Georgia RISE Award

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods today announced the winners of the third annual Georgia Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award, which honors those who provide exemplary service in public education. Mrs. Marissa Ramos-Santana, a Bilingual Parent Liaison for Carrollton City Schools, and Sergeant Jacob Wise, a School Resource Officer for Lumpkin County Schools, are this year’s winners.

Nov. 4, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Georgia opposes daylight saving time

Asia Ashley reports that clocks fall back an hour 2 a.m. Sunday but many states are hopeful that it will be the last time having to change clocks twice a year for daylight saving time. Alabama and Georgia are among the nearly 20 states that have passed supporting legislation to do away with DST and make it a permanent year-round standard time.

Nov. 4, 2022 The Center Square

New poll shows likely runoff in Georgia Senate race, Kemp leading gubernatorial race

Steve Wilson reports that a new Emerson College poll released Thursday shows a statistical tie in the Georgia U.S. Senate contest and Gov. Brian Kemp with a comfortable lead in the gubernatorial race. According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Rafael Warnock leads Republican challenger Herschel Walker by a 49% to 47% margin with Election Day less than a week away.


Nov. 4, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia early voters shatter midterms record

Dave Williams reports that more than 2.2 million Georgians have cast early ballots, a record-setting pace ahead of a midterm election, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Thursday. That’s well above the nearly 1.5 million Georgians who had taken advantage of the early voting opportunity at this point in the early voting period ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Nov. 4, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A need for speed? Georgia election results will come quicker this year

Mark Niesse reports that this year’s election night in Georgia comes with a new feature: faster results. The first vote counts are expected to appear online a few minutes after polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, an effort to sate the public’s desire for instant information and quell conspiracy theories.

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