Author: Ed Lightsey

Gainesville | Hall County: A Healthy Mix

  There is a statue of a chicken mounted on a 30-foottall column in downtown Gainesville. It is a symbolic figure, designed to remind everyone that poultry towers over mere mortals in its importance to the local and state economies.…

Liberty County: Embracing Stability

  Ron Tolley and his staff are not the swaggering kind, but they did seem to have extra bounce in their steps as summer was winding down. “We’ve had good growth in our industrial sector and in our distribution centers,”…

Making A Comeback

  The waves of bank closures that washed over the state during the recession – many tied to toxic real estate loans – gave rise to predictions that recovery could be long and slow. But Georgia’s banking industry has proved…

Big Impact

  Last March the Georgia General Assembly recognized Cobb County’s Cumberland Community Improvement Dis-trict (CID) on the occasion of its 25th year as a self-assessed taxing district, a political subdivision allowed under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1984.…

Oconee County: Coming Into Its Own

  It is a late spring afternoon, and the clucking chickens at Monte Stephens’ booth are getting restless and seem to yearn for their roosts. Stephens clearly has the noisiest of the 70-plus exhibits and booths in and around the…

Real Time Matchmakers

  Black Sigatoka is a disease that strikes banana trees in Asia, Central America and South America, often destroying entire crops, a situation that resonates with one South Georgia manufacturer. In Atlanta, a small group of information technology experts investigates…