Without a doubt, the economy trumped all other stories in The Commerce News during 2009.
As the recession deepened, its effects reached into virtually every area of news coverage. School systems and local governments struggled to make ends meet, all but shut down capital spending and laid off or furloughed workers. For the first time in memory, local budgets went down.
Customers of Freedom Bank arrived early one Monday morning to find that the FDIC had taken over the bank, which reopened as a branch of Northeast Georgia Bank.
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