Editorial: Good news and bad news

Editorial: Good news and bad news

GOOD NEWS: Soon, Augusta will get to see how well ginger snaps and Nutella go together. Last week, the Europe-based Ferrero Group – which launched its confectionery empire on the popular chocolate-hazlenut spread – agreed to acquire the cookie and snack brands owned by Kellogg Co. for $1.3 billion. What’s the Augusta connection? One of those cookie brands is Murray, which began in Augusta in the 1940s with a single hand-cranked cookie machine. The Murray Biscuit plant is on Marvin Griffin Road has changed hands several times since the 1960s but it’s still cranking out sweets with more than 500 employees, as one of six manufacturing plants under the Kellogg banner. It’s good news that Murray would seem to be sticking around to help sweeten the area economy.

BAD NEWS: Guests in town this week for the Masters Tournament don’t need to be told that the Augusta National Golf Club has strong name recognition. That was bad news last week for Robert Beckum. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 58-year-old Beckum on a charge of creating a false public alarm, after police say he wrote a bomb threat that mentioned the Augusta National.

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