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      Federal shutdown claims more Southwest Georgia victims

      Day two of the federal government shutdown claimed more victims in Southwest Georgia as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office in Colquitt County closed its doors on Wednesday / Colby Gallagher


      Day two of the federal government shutdown claimed more victims in Southwest Georgia as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office in Colquitt County closed its doors on Wednesday.

      Around 15 to 20 employees were furloughed due to the lack of funding, and it could affect farmers who rely on government assistance programs.

      "There's a certain amount of their cash flow they depend on that comes through those offices like that, so it's going to hurt everybody to a certain degree, and it's just some people it will hurt worse than others," said Colquitt County's County Extension Coordinator Glenn Beard.

      Others who are looking to buy a home are also seeing problems while the Internal Revenue Service, who offers crucial paperwork to start the process, is closed.

      "If you cannot get these tax returns, if you don't have them and you have to order them from the IRS in the very beginning, it's going to be very hard for you to get a loan," said Dianne Barlow with Albany Realty.

      Congressional leaders met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, giving many hope that a deal would be struck but they later emerged from the White House with no sign of an outcome.

      Many representatives are taking the stance that in order to move forward, the finger pointing must stop.

      "Nobody has all of the answers, nobody is all right and nobody is all wrong. I think until we recognize that up there, we're going to continue to be in this situation and no one wants that," said Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston.

      With no end in sight, the effects of shutdown will continue to show with each day that passes.

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