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  • Congressman Rick Allen visits Burke County Middle for Feed My School Day
    Posted in In The News on November 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Kids in the Burke County Public School System are learning how to farm. In that class, they are getting their hands dirty. “We have garden, yoga, produce, painting," explained 6th-grade student Trayonna Jones. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Georgia) talked to the kids for Feed My School Day and presented Stemify teams awards they won in a recent competition. Middle schoolers showed elementary students how the plants they learn about in the classroom grow. “A lot of times sch... Read more

  • Corps of Engineers decides on rock weir option for lock and dam
    Posted in In The News on October 29, 2019 | Preview rr

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will replace New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta with a rick weir fish passage that results in a lower pool of water in the Savannah River, a move almost certain to be challenged by a lawsuit. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will choose an option that will demolish New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam in favor of a rock weir fish passage that will lower the pool in the Savannah River significantly. The decision, which is widely and vehemen... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Rick Allen tours Montgomery County High School
    Posted in In The News on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    MT. VERNON, Ga. (WTOC) - A common challenge rural communities across Georgia and the U.S. face is a lack of broadband internet service. 12th District Congressman Rick Allen toured one school district on Wednesday that he says needs more access. Even with a state-of-the-art school like Montgomery County High, Congressman Allen had questions about the internet access. He also asked students about their access once they leave school. Local economic developers say it’s a struggle to get high speed ... Read more

  • La. education superintendent discusses teacher preparation on Capitol Hill
    Posted in In The News on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Louisiana’s education chief testified before a congressional committee on teacher preparation and retention issues Wednesday (July 17). Some representatives in congress are concerned about the teacher turnover rate and some new teachers being ill-prepared for the classroom. Superintendent John White of the Louisiana Department of Education was among several educators from different areas who addressed the House Committee on Education and Labor. Before fielding questions, White talked about teac... Read more

  • Opinions of SRS plutonium pit production clash at North Augusta public forum
    Posted in In The News on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr

    Open arms and general support for plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site sharply contrasted with questions, criticism and pushback Thursday night at a government-led public forum in North Augusta. A slew of officials – including Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker and Jim Marra of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness – stumped that night, offering their takes on why SRS is the correct fit for the enduring weapons-oriented mission. Both the city and... Read more

  • Georgia delegation members urge timely, effective implementation of disaster relief funds
    Posted in In The News on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAV) – U.S. Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson wrote this week to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to encourage the Trump administration to work with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to get farmers affected by Hurricane Michael the aid they need as soon as possible. According to a release, in the letter, they praised Secretary Perdue for his support of disaster aid legislation signed into law on June 6. U.S. Representatives Buddy Carter, Sanford Bishop, Aust... Read more

  • Corps discussing 3 options on lock and dam
    Posted in In The News on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    As it prepares to make a final recommendation to its division headquarters next month, the head of the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been discussing three options for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with local, state and federal officials, according to some who have been in those meetings. The two new options would keep the pool of water in the Savannah River between Augusta and North Augusta at a higher elevation, a key concern for those officials and a criticism of ... Read more

  • Hice, Allen amendment boosts funds for Fort Gordon cyber facility
    Posted in In The News on June 21, 2019 | Preview rr

    U.S. Reps. Rick Allen and Jody Hice announced Friday they secured passage of a spending bill amendment that increases funding for the second construction phase of the Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon. U.S. Reps. Rick Allen and Jody Hice announced Friday that they have secured passage of a spending bill amendment that increases funding for the second construction phase of the Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon. The amendment increases funding from $70 million to $107 million b... Read more

  • NNSA announces $5M boost to Savannah River Site workforce, education program
    Posted in In The News on June 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    The National Nuclear Security Administration's first in command, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, on Monday announced a multimillion-dollar investment in a workforce-development initiative designed to address U.S. Department of Energy needs and bolster the Savannah River Site's future. Gordon-Hagerty that evening introduced a five-year, total $5 million boost to the Workforce Opportunities in Regional Careers program, which is administered by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, a local non... Read more

  • Department of Energy grant to develop area’s nuclear workforce
    Posted in In The News on June 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Five area institutions are getting $5 million to better develop the area’s nuclear workforce and help meet a goal of producing 80 plutonium pits per year by 2030. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, was surrounded by the heads of the five institutions – Augusta and Aiken technical colleges, Augusta University and the University of South Carolina’s Aiken and Salkehatchie campuses – along with two U.S. congressmen... Read more

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