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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 14, 2016


Luca is a male Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA. Luca and his sister came in from a local animal control and Luca is friendly, affectionate, and loves other dogs.


Simone is a beautiful young Hound and Labrador Retriever mix female who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.  She is playful, confident and curious. She loves to play and her ideal home would be with an active family that has time to give her the love and attention she deserves. She will be a loyal companion for some lucky person.


Dash is a young male Hound mix who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA. Dash came into rescue after his owner became to ill to care for him. What a sweet puppy! He is a little shy but quickly warming up to the love he receives from all of our ORHS volunteers.

Dash reminds me of Teddy the Spaz Man of Facebook fame.


Keoki is a young male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

He was found running loose near a busy intersection and eating dirt because he wasn’t being fed. Today, he’s well-fed, happy, and healthy and looking for a forever home.

Keoki is very submissive and just wants to be loved. He has a wonderful personality. He would be great with a family to play with him.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 14, 2016

On October 14, 1735, John and Charles Wesley sailed with James Oglethorpe from Gravesend, England, for Georgia and John Wesley wrote the first entry in his journal that would eventually cover 55 years. On that date, John Wesley wrote,

Our end in leaving our native country, was not to avoid want, (God having given us plenty of temporal blessings,) nor to gain the dung or dross of riches or honour; but singly this, to save our souls; to live wholly to the glory of God.

The First Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1774.

Then-former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912.

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.

A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh on October 14, 1926. E. H. Shepard illustrated the Pooh books.


The War Department renamed Wellston Air Depot to Warner Robins Air Force Depot to honor Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins on October 14, 1942.

On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming Georgia’s first native-born winner. Today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story on how King’s Nobel Prize effected Atlanta.

The honor wasn’t just a watershed for King and the civil rights movement but also for Atlanta. It set off a series of events that some say fundamentally changed the city’s business, religious and racial cultures by bringing blacks and whites together for the first time to share a meal in public.

That simple act, holding a multi-racial banquet in the new Nobel laureate’s honor, tested the will and even the nerves of those determined to make Atlanta a more just and inclusive place.

“It was a defining moment in the history of the city, and it should go down in the city’s documented memory,” said Janice R. Blumberg, the widow of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who was instrumental in organizing the event.

King’s three surviving children are due in court in December to determine if the 23-karat gold medal — along with a Bible their father once owned — should be sold at auction. Brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, representing the King Estate, plan to sell the items. Sister Bernice King has opposed the sale.

Mayor Allen and J. Paul Austin, chairman of Coca-Cola, gathered the business elite at the Piedmont Driving Club. Allen warned then he would be taking notes on who did not attend the dinner. But Austin delivered the crushing blow.

According to Young’s written account, Austin said: “It is embarrassing for Coca-Cola to be located in a city that refuses to honor its Nobel Prize winner. We are an international business. The Coca-Cola Company does not need Atlanta. You all have to decide whether Atlanta needs the Coca-Cola Company.”

On October 14, 1980, Republican candidate for President Ronald Reagan announced he would name a woman to the Supreme Court if elected.

To achieve those ends, we need the best people possible at the highest levels of Government regardless of sex, race or religion. I am also acutely aware, however, that within the guidelines of excellence, appointments can carry enormous symbolic significance. This permits us to guide by example, to show how deep our commitment is and to give meaning to what we profess.

One way I intend to live up to that commitment is to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. I am announcing today that one of the first Supreme Court vacancies in my administration will be filled by the most qualified woman I can find, one who meets the high standards I will demand for all my appointments.

It is time for a woman to sit among our highest jurists. I will also seek out women to appoint to other Federal courts in an effort to bring about a better balance on the Federal bench.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, or at least lawyers representing him, will appear in Federal Court at 10 AM this morning in the first hearing on a lawsuit seeking to extend voter registration after Hurricane Matthew.

The suit requests an extension through next Wednesday for residents of Chatham County, where local government offices were closed for what would have been the last six days of the voter registration period that ended Tuesday. It also suggests that the extension could be made available to residents statewide.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state’s top elections official, hadurged residents in the path of the storm last week to take advantage of the state’s online and mobile voter registration access points. He traveled Wednesday to coastal Georgia to check on election preparations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential contest, and his office said he was encouraged by the tour and believes local officials are good to go with early voting set to begin Monday.

“We have been preparing for this election for over a year, and the office’s ramped-up outreach efforts on social and traditional media have delivered incredible results,” Broce said. “For these reasons, we find it difficult to reconcile these groups’ claims against what we have seen and heard in our service to Georgians across the state.

Sabrina German, with the Chatham County Voter Registration Office, said Thursday that the office had remained shuttered for the final two days of Georgia’s registration period because Chatham’s Board of Commissioners “closed the entire county on Monday and Tuesday.”

The county had the option of seeking a local judicial order to extend the registration deadline for its residents, but it did not do so.

Water ligitation with Florida could cost Georgia’s economy up to $18 billion if the jean-shorts state prevails.

Georgia’s economy could take an $18 billion hit if Florida prevails in the upcoming “water wars” trial, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Florida, which is suing Georgia for hogging too much of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, appears to be aiming its legal guns at the farmers in southwest Georgia who use copious amounts of surface and groundwater to grow cotton, peanuts and other crops.

Florida, during drought, wants a 40 percent increase in river water flowing from Georgia into the Sunshine State to save endangered species, boost the economy and restore the near-dead oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. Georgia counters that capping the state’s water consumption would be “so costly to Georgia, and result in so few benefits to Florida, that they are neither ‘justified’ nor ‘equitable’ … (and) will not provide Florida meaningful relief from the harms it alleges.”

Thursday’s filings lay out each state’s legal strategy. Pretrial compromise seems unlikely. The governors of Florida and Georgia met a few times the previous year to try to work out a deal. Those efforts appear fruitless: A trial is set to begin Oct. 31 — Halloween — in Portland, Maine.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal made another round of personnel shuffles after the announcement that Attorney General Sam Olens will leave office to become President of Kennesaw State University and Chris Carr will be appointed his successor.

Following the appointment of Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Chris Carr as attorney general, Deal recommended GDEcD Chief Operating Officer Pat Wilson as the new GDEcD Commissioner. Pending board approval, this change will take effect November 1.

Deal appointed State of Georgia Chief Operating Officer (COO) David Werner as COO of GDEcD, where he will manage daily operations of the agency and handle budgetary and personnel issues for all department divisions. He will also become the executive director of Georgia Allies. This appointment will take effect November 1.

Deal also nominated Georgia Integrated Eligibility System Director Shawn Ryan to fill the position of President of Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). This vacancy was created by Tricia Chastain’s appointment to vice chancellor of administration for the University System of Georgia. Pending board approval, he will transition to GSFC on November 1.

Deal also recommended Department of Administrative Services Deputy Commissioner Sean Casey to become the executive director of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Pending board approval, this change will take effect at the end of the month.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Sam Olens emailed Kennesaw State students and faculty.

In his first official act as president-elect of Kennesaw State University, Sam Olens emailed all KSU students, faculty and staff and said he was honored and excited to be the university’s new leader.

“So I am no stranger to Cobb County and the community,” Olens wrote. “However, what you may not know is that we share a common passion for Kennesaw State. My passion is very personal. It is rooted in my belief about the importance education plays in society, the life-changing impact education has on students, and the impact it has made in my own life.”

Olens also praises the “grit and determination” of KSU students and the “inclusive campus community,” saying they are consistent with the values he holds.

“I know that you have many questions about how I plan to lead this university. As president, I strongly believe in mutual respect, open communication and tolerance. The growth that has created many opportunities for our faculty, staff and students, also comes with some challenges. We need to work together to find solutions that will enable Kennesaw State to continue to thrive,” Olens wrote.

Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, said after the Regents’ vote on Wednesday that he believes students and faculty will discover that Olens is in no way discriminatory after meeting and learning more about him.

“His record shows that he’s very open, he’s very honest and unbiased. So I think given time, he will develop the kinds of relationships (so) that all come to know that this is a very fine appointment. There’s no question he’s got to do a lot of work. He understands that, and I think he has a good handle on the kinds of things he needs to do,” Huckaby said.

Olens may have faced serious opponents in politics and public service, but I fear for him that one foe may prove more difficult than any he’s faced so far.  Two words that strike fear in the hearts of college faculty and staff everywhere: Helicopter Parents.

The AJC Political Insider began speculating about potential candidates who might run against Chris Carr when he seeks election to a full term in 2018.

Outgoing state Rep. B.J. Pak, a former federal prosecutor and longtime friend of Carr, said he hasn’t ruled out a run for the post. And state Sen. Josh McKoon, the champion of the “religious liberty” legislation loathed by business groups but embraced by grassroots activists, appears likely to run.

A McKoon candidacy would set up a proxy battle between two warring factions in the GOP that we can bet will still be dueling in two years: The establishment forces backing Carr and the anti-establishment crowd that’s made McKoon something of a hero.

Should Carr survive a primary, he’s likely to face a well-funded Democrat in the general. State Rep. Stacey Evans, a trial lawyer considered a rising Democratic star, is the first politician in her party to ruminate on a run. But she’ll have some shoring up to do among her fellow Democrats.

Josh McKoon will have to win re-election to his seat in the State Senate before considering a run for higher office.

“There are a lot of things I want to see through,” McKoon said. “When I first went in, I wanted to do a lot in the area of ethics and conflict-of-interest law. We’ve made progress, but Georgia still lags behind the rest of the country in that area.”

Comprehensive tax reform is another topic McKoon plans to bring up. Georgia’s 6 percent state income tax is too high, he said, and it hurts the state in economic development when prospects see Florida to the south and Tennessee to the north with no state income taxes, and to the east, they see North Carolina cutting its income tax. He said Volkswagen’s decision to locate its plant in Chattanooga was partially made because of Georgia’s income tax, but it also affects small businesses.

“Talking to small business owners, people who employ just a handful of folks, that 6 percent that they have to pay is often the difference between hiring another employee or making a capital investment,” McKoon said. “In terms of a state policy that would immediately create a better economic environment for more jobs, that’s one of the best things that we could do.”

McKoon’s opponent, Ben Anderson, lists construction as his vocation on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website but has no other information. Phone calls to the number listed on his campaign Facebook page were unanswered and voicemail was not available. Anderson, who lives in Grantville, Ga., was unopposed in the Democratic Primary for the District 29 seat.

UVA Political Scientist Larry Sabato‘s Crystal Ball has moved Georgia from “Likely Republican,” to “Leans Republican” in the Presidential race.

It now appears that Georgia, like Arizona, is also moving back into play. There have been several reports of close polls there and the Clinton campaign might try to make a move for this reliably Republican state. We’re moving it back to Leans Republican, from Likely Republican, matching Arizona’s race rating. Needless to say, a Clinton win in Arizona or Georgia would be evidence of a Clinton rout that matches or exceeds Obama’s seven-point 2008 romp.

I think Sabato’s predictionator is either malfunctioning or it might be incorrectly calibrated, as it was at this point in 2014, when they predicted a closer race for U.S. Senate in Georgia. On October 16, 2014, Sabato’s group moved Georgia from “Leans Republican,” to “Toss Up/Leans Runoff.”

Money the DSCC might have spent in Kentucky now appears to be going to Georgia, which is good news for Michelle Nunn (D) in her challenging battle against David Perdue (R). Perdue has led most public polls by about three to four points — though Nunn led by three in a new SurveyUSA poll Wednesday — but Perdue needs to get to 50% to avoid a runoff. Right now, he’s stuck between 46-47% in the poll averages. Perdue also apparently has been hurt by comments from several years ago about outsourcing jobs.

Democrats and Republicans still seem to be holding out hope that they can get their respective candidate over 50% on Election Day (Perdue still has the better shot). But we’re not so sure either will make it. So we’re giving this race the same designation we have in Louisiana: Toss-up/Leans Runoff.

By the way, the runoff would be on Jan. 6, 2015, a month after the possible Louisiana overtime and three days after the technical start of the 114th Congress. Pardon us, but Georgia’s runoff law is just this side of insane.

Landmark Communications, who correctly predicted a Perdue 2014 victory and Deal re-election, released a new Georgia poll.

Landmark Communications, Inc. [Landmark Opinion) conducted a statewide poll of likely Georgia voters on October 11th and 12th, finding that Republican Donald Trump continues to lead Hillary Clinton by a margin of 48-42%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is earning support from 4% of likely voters.

Landmark’s poll finds that Trump is winning 52% of the so-called “senior vote,” those aged 65 and over, and is also currently winning 68%of white voters. The race has stabilized since the close of the party conventions in August. There ultimately has been little change in polling numbers in Georgia despite significant negative publicity for both candidates.

Trump has secured 85% of the Republican vote while Clinton carries 89% of Democrats.

Landmark also polled the race for U.S. Senate, finding that Sen. Johnny Isakson now leads Democrat Jim Barksdale by a 50-37% margin. Five percent of voters say they plan to vote for Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley.

These US Senate poll numbers are significant because the Barksdale campaign has repeatedly previously stated that Isakson hasn’t reached the polling threshold of 50% of the vote, Landmark finds that Isakson has now crossed that 50% threshold.

Ty Tagami of the AJC writes that the Opportunity School District Amendment #1 will create a new type of charter school if it passes next month.

Currently, there are two kinds of charters in Georgia when it comes to funding: those authorized by local school boards and those authorized by the State Charter Schools Commission. The local charters get state and local tax dollars, and the state charters get no local money.

Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot would change that, allowing the creation of state charter schools that get a share of local education tax revenue but don’t answer to a local district’s elected school board. That funding would last as long as a school performs well enough to retain its state charter, even after it exits the Opportunity district.

“If state charter schools were able to receive the same amount of funding that the local school districts receive per (child), then you would see a greater increase when it comes down to achievement for those students,” said Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Ellenwood, one of the handful of Democrats who voted to put the referendum on the ballot.

Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison will retire at the end of the year after 24 years in his county’s highest law enforcement position.

Sheriff-elect Frank Reynolds, who was elected in the primary election in May to succeed Garrison, who opted not to run for re-election, also thanked the sheriff for his service and leadership.

[Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon] Keenan told the crowd that 25 years ago, Garrison was working with the state Department of Natural Resources where he had just been honored as ranger of the year. Garrison called Keenan and told him he had decided Cherokee County needed to modernize the sheriff’s department and he planned to run for sheriff.

“He ran for office and he was elected and look what he has done since he has been in office,” Keenan said. “The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office is one of the most professional agencies in the United States. There are 18,000 sheriff’s offices in the nation and only 3 percent of them are accredited. Roger Garrison took the Cherokee sheriff’s office and had it nationally accredited in 1996.”

“The men and women who work for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office are professional. They are what they are because of the leadership of Sheriff Roger Garrison, a man of integrity, a law enforcement leader without exception,” Keenan said. “I tell him privately and I will say it publicly, I work with all 159 sheriffs in Georgia, he is the top sheriff to Vernon Keenan.”

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann is getting pretty creative in registering voters, according to the AJC.

DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann hosted a team of county NAACP volunteers this week to register inmates to vote.

In less than a half day, they found more than 130 eligible inmates at the county jail to register in the NAACP’s “Voices Behind Bars” campaign.

DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann hosted a team of county NAACP volunteers this week to register inmates to vote.

In less than a half day, they found more than 130 eligible inmates at the county jail to register in the NAACP’s “Voices Behind Bars” campaign.

“Some of the current inmates may be released in time to vote in the November General Election, but they must be registered to do so,” Mann explained in a news release. “As well, many inmates have never registered. Every citizen should be able to execute their right to vote, and we are glad to help make that possible.”

Washington-based Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) endorsed eight Georgia Congressmen for reelection.

Reps. Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

All eight representatives have maintained impressive lifetime ratings as “Taxpayer Heroes.” Rep. Allen, 94 percent; Rep. Carter, 97 percent; Rep Collins, 94 percent; Rep. Graves, 98 percent; Rep. Hice, 97 percent; Rep. Loudermilk, a “Taxpayer Super Hero” with 100 percent; Rep. Price, 93 percent; and Rep. Woodall, 93 percent.

“During their tenures in the Senate and House, these members of Congress served the citizens of Georgia with great distinction,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their prestigious voting records, they worked with their colleagues to restrain the growth of federal spending and to help make government more accountable and transparent to taxpayers.”

The Georgia Power smokestack on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County is scheduled to be demolished Saturday morning shortly after 8 AM.

All nearby boat and vehicle traffic near the plant will be shut down for about 15 minutes around the time of the demolition, Sheriff Sills said. Additionally, an “exclusion zone” is being set up around the plant and access to it will be restricted.

Controlled Demolition Incorporated workers are using explosives to topple the brick and steel structure, Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said. It is expected to fall in a westerly direction back onto Georgia Power’s Plant Branch property.

“The detonation of the explosives will last less than one second, and will sound like a medium to loud thunder clap,” Kraft said in an email to The Messenger. “The sound that nearby residents experience will depend on distance, wind speed and direction during the event.”

After it topples, special sprayers have been set up to shower the debris with water to keep debris dust from blowing from the site. “The company is taking all necessary steps to ensure safety while minimizing inconvenience for neighbors, including employing rigorous dust-suppression measures to limit the spread of dirt and concrete dust,” read a Georgia Power news release. “The company will assess neighbors’ outside docks, walkways and furniture on request, to determine if surface dust removal is warranted. Residents may contact Regina Linch at 706-484-7206 with any questions regarding dust.”

The Savannah Morning News Editorial Board thanks Georgia Power for what they call, “a remarkable recovery” from damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew.

[A]s Matthew was edging up the Florida coast last Friday, some 5,000 crew members from Georgia Power, Southern Company siblings and allied power companies across the South were headed toward the Georgia coast, too, amassing in staging areas nearby.

“When Matthew popped up on the radar as a tropical storm, we started planning,” says Georgia Power spokesperson Craig Bell in Atlanta. The company put 1,200 contracted crew members in Statesboro, 2,200 more at two sites in Macon, while Georgia Power workers from across the state were heading for the coast. By last Thursday, before the storm hit Georgia early Saturday morning, the storm center at company headquarters in Atlanta was operating around the clock.

The winds from Matthew had barely died down by 7:30 a.m. last Saturday when crews began restoring power up and down the 100-mile coast. The storm had knocked out electrical service to 342,000 homes and businesses, creating a whopping mess. About 1,000 power poles were damaged or toppled. Some 120 miles of wire had to be replaced. About 3,500 fallen trees were damaging electrical equipment.
Without making promises, the company hopes all its customers who Matthew blew off the electrical grid will be back on Friday. That won’t include homes so damaged by the storm that they need repair before they can safely get service (for example, some homes had their power stanchions completely ripped off the structure, which required the attention of independent electricians). And for the first few days of restored power, it could go off and on as bugs in newly repaired lines and transformers show up and get fixed.

With news like the following two clips, Charlotte Nash should win re-election as Chair of the Gwinnett County Commission. These achievements speaks of the outstanding level of competence she brings to the job without creating controversy over political issues. I grew up in Gwinnett County and would vote to re-elect Charlotte Nash if I still lived there.

Gwinnett County’s Department of Water Resources was recognized as a leader in its field.

The department was recently recognized through the Utility of the Future Today program, which is run by the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation and the WateReuse Association.

Gwinnett was recognized in three categories: “Organizational Culture,” “Energy Generation and Recovery,” and “Nutrient and Materials Recovery.”

“In everything that we do, every day, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources employees work to provide superior water quality at an excellent value to our customers,” department Deputy Director Tyler Richards said in a statement.

“The Utility of the Future recognition is an acknowledgement that the activities we are pursuing are moving us toward our vision of being recognized as a leader in the water industry.”

Fitch Ratings Inc. reviewed Gwinnett County’s creditworthiness and Gwinnett retained the highest rating possible.

“This is great news for our county,” Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said in a statement. “Fitch’s findings underscore our financial stability and sound financial management policies.”

Fitch’s review of Gwinnett’s finances meant cracking open the county’s books and looking at its debts, including general obligation, water and sewer, and development authority bonds. Gwinnett has $12 million in general obligation bond debt, $475.1 million in water and sewer bond debt and $81.4 million in development authority bond debt.

The report that came back from the credit rating agency praised the county’s handling of its finances.

A growing local economy, a recovery in the housing market and an unemployment rate that is below state and national averages were marked in Fitch’s report as positives in Gwinnett’s credit profile, according to a statement from the county. Officials added that Fitch also forecasts a decline in the county’s long-term liabilities because of quick repayment of debts, expectations that no new debt will be taken on and the county’s pension and retiree benefits plan funding ratios.

Cochran Mayor Michael Stoy wrote in his resignation letter that he was leaving office because City Council members held an illegal meeting.

“In my opinion the integrity of the Council with regards to conducting open meetings has been jeopardized by the actions of several council members who have decided to operate outside of the parameters of the Charter, our Ethics Ordinance and State Law to promote their own personal agenda,” Michael Stoy wrote in the letter dated Oct. 11.

Stoy said Thursday he read the letter aloud at the meeting so it would be a part of the official minutes of the meeting. He then presented copies of the letter to the city manager to distribute to council members.

In 2012, Stoy was elected to fill an unexpired term of the previous mayor, and he was re-elected unopposed the following year. His current term will expire in December 2017.

He wrote in the letter that a video of the City Hall security cameras showed the “alleged illegal meeting that conducted city business on July 26, 2016 from 6:40 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall. This meeting was attended by Councilman Gary Ates, Fleming Gilman, Andrew Lemmon, and Jon Thrower. Witnesses to this gathering included Councilman Charles Cranford and the City Clerk Ms. Lisa Chastain.”

After he submitted the letter at Tuesday’s meeting, council members voted to go into closed session to discuss personnel issues, Stoy said.

Chastain said Thursday that she went into the executive session to take minutes, but she was immediately asked to step outside. She sat on the backdoor steps, she said.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 13, 2016


Natchez is a female medium-sized Pit Bull Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.


Joey is a 2-month old American Staffordshire Terrier & Chocolate Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

Joey was born to a stray dog who was taken in by a kind person that cared for the mama and babies until they were old enough to go into foster care. He looks so serious is his pics, but he’s a cute playful puppy who loves people. He just needs a family to call his own.

Joey’s mom is a 30 lb pit mix, we have no idea who fathered the litter but apparently it was a larger dog.


Rowena is a 3.5 month old female Labrador Retriever & American Bulldog Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

Rowena and her three litter mates were rescued from a kill shelter on 9/28. She’s settled into her foster home very nicely. She’s a beautiful, friendly pup and loves to play then nap in an available lap.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 13, 2016

On October 13, 1870, Governor Rufus Bullock signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Education.

On October 13, 1885, Governor Henry McDaniel signed legislation authorizing the creation of a state school of technology as a branch of the University of Georgia; the school would open in Atlanta in October 1888, and in 1948 was renamed the Georgia Institute of Technology.

On October 13, 1918, the ban on public gatherings in Atlanta to prevent spread of the Spanish flu, was extended an additional week.

On December 13, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter received a post-debate bump against President Gerald Ford, with polls showing Carter at 50%-40% over the incumbent, up from 47%-45% before the debate.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Attorney General Sam Olens was named yesterday as the next President of Kennesaw State University, beginning November 1, 2016.

“Sam Olens’ two decades of public service and outstanding leadership qualities make him the right person to lead Kennesaw State University at the right time,” [Georgia Board of Regents] Chairman Kessel Stelling said. “While Sam has successfully led a large workforce and managed a substantial operating budget, he also has a passion for KSU and public higher education.”

“I pledge to work in partnership with the Kennesaw State campus community to focus our efforts on advancing our academic mission,” Olens said. “Working with students, faculty and staff, together, we will continue to make KSU a leading university.”

Olens will succeed Dan Papp, who retired at the end of June shortly after an audit alleged he had improperly been paid $577,500 in retirement benefits while still working at the university.

Governor Nathan Deal shortly thereafter announced he will appoint current Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Chris Carr as the next Attorney General, to take office November 1st.

“Carr’s experience as an attorney, job creator and public servant make him the ideal candidate to fill the role of Georgia’s attorney general,” said Deal. “He is a leader with common sense, brilliant intellect and a wide range of experiences at the global, federal and state levels. That perspective will allow Chris to support and defend the laws of Georgia and the interests of our people. This role is a hybrid one of attorney, manager and public servant, and Chris is well qualified for it.”

Deal appointed Carr in 2013 to lead GDEcD, the state agency charged with helping to create jobs and generate investment in Georgia. During his tenure, GDEcD helped facilitate 1,055 projects across the state that represent $14.1 billion in investment and created more than 83,000 jobs. In 2015, GDEcD was recognized as the top economic development agency in the country. Carr has also served on the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), the body charged with reviewing and recommending judicial appointments, since January 2011. To date, the JNC has filled more than 100 judicial vacancies statewide.

“I am truly honored and humbled that Gov. Deal has placed his confidence in me,” said Carr. “As I take on this new responsibility, I believe there is no more solemn duty than to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the state of Georgia, and the interests of the people of our great state. The seriousness of this work requires focus on a smooth transition and a readiness to tackle our state’s challenges and opportunities—and that’s what Georgians should expect to see from me.”

Prior to joining GDEcD, Carr was the chief of staff for Sen. Johnny Isakson. Carr began his career with Georgia-Pacific, moving on to practice law with Alston & Bird LLP and then serving as vice president and general counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Carr graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law. Carr and his wife, Joan, have one daughter and one stepdaughter. They live in Dunwoody.

The AJC spoke to Deal about Carr’s appointment,

In an interview with the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal said that Carr’s administrative skills and “servant’s heart” helped him make the decision.

“He has a lot of common sense, and that’s what any public servant needs,” Deal said. “He’s intellectually brilliant. He understands the consequences, and he understands the different perspectives.”

[Carr] said he would stand for election as attorney general in 2018.

Carr said his understanding of state and legislative issues and his management of a state agency with more than 200 employees helped him prepare for the job.

“That’s the kind of experience I can bring to bear at the Department of Law to represent the state of Georgia and the interests of the people of our state,” Carr said. “People will judge me on the job that I do, and I’ll get up every day with a solemn responsibility to represent Georgia.”

Among Carr’s supporters is former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat who is bucking party lines to back the Republican. Barnes said he got to know Carr when he was working for Isakson, a fellow Cobb County native whom the ex-governor also endorsed for re-election.

“I’ve known Chris for a long time. I think it’s a good appointment. I think he’ll do a great job,” said Barnes, who added that he might also back Carr in 2018. “If folks do a good job, whether they be a Democrat or Republican, then I’ll endorse them then. I have nothing but confidence that he’ll do a good job.”

Kathleen Foody from the Associated Press asked if Carr meets the requirement of having been an active-status member of the Georgia State Bar for seven years.

Deal said his staff did consider the state constitution’s requirement that the attorney general is an active-status member of the State Bar of Georgia for seven years, and determined that Carr met it.

The AJC’s Kyle Wingfield wrote about the job moves for Olens and Carr.

The president of a state school in 2016 may have no greater asset than these: prowess at raising money and a good relationship with the General Assembly. Olens should be excellent at both.

The two are related. Finances are at the heart of a simmering (for now) dispute between the Board of Regents and the Legislature. Lawmakers resent that they lack control over the regents’ spending but field numerous constituent complaints about tuition hikes. Colleges fear potential legislation to limit how fast tuition can grow. This could blow up next year.

Meanwhile, colleges have redoubled their fund-raising efforts. They need to top up the amount legislators see fit to appropriate and the amount regents think they can levy via tuition, as well as to fill the gap between what the HOPE scholarship now covers and what low-income students can afford.

Georgia’s AG need not argue cases in court; Olens created the position of solicitor general for that. What he does need to understand is the role a state attorney general plays in the current policy environment, in which the federal government continually tramples state interests through legislation and — with alarming frequency and breadth in the Obama era, sure to continue if Hillary Clinton is elected — executive actions.

And if there’s any question where the Chamber of Commerce support will land in the 2018 election for Attorney General, this note from the AJC article:

Many of those influential big business forces are already lining up behind Carr. Georgia Power Chief Executive Paul Bowers and AGL Resources executive Hank Linginfelter, the chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, both sent statements endorsing Carr as a pro-business force.

And Deal called Carr the “face and the voice of economic development in Georgia” who helped create more than 83,000 jobs on his watch.

The Marietta Daily Journal talked to local leaders about the Olens appointment.

Indeed, a slate of Cobb County leaders have told the MDJ they believe Olens would make an excellent university president, including Cobb Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Connell, Cobb NAACP President Deane Bonner, Marietta Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck and KSU alum Tricia Pridemore, a member of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority.

“Sam Olens is a splendid individual,” Harris Hines of Marietta, presiding justice of the Georgia Supreme Court who will take over as chief justice in January, told the MDJ last week. “He’s a good lawyer. He’s conscientious as the day is long. He’s a hard worker. He values education greatly. He’s a guy who’s also a good manager and attends to detail, so I think he would be a fine president at Kennesaw State University.”

Roger Tutterow, economics professor at KSU and director of its Econometric Center, said Olens will be a successful university president.

“He’s a first-rate intellect. He’s very good at building coalitions. I think he will help raise the visibility of Kennesaw State further throughout the region,” Tutterow said.

Olens’ experience in administration — both in serving as the top elected official in one of the largest counties in Georgia and as the state’s lawyer — will be a boon for him as president, Tutterow said.

“As a state institution, the ability of the upper administration to interact well with the Board (of Regents) and the leadership in the state is important because although state universities do seek private funding, they are still very dependent upon the support of taxpayers,” he said.

Senator Johnny Isakson isn’t worried about GOP nominee Donald Trump suppressing his reelection, according to

“I don’t think either of the nominees for president have coattails,” Isakson told Foreign Policy the day before the Oct. 1 tailgate. “It’s not a party thing. It doesn’t go down ballot.”

“If you’re trying to take me down the track of aligning myself with the presidential nominee … we’re not going to go there,” said Isakson, who chairs two Senate committees: one on veterans issues and the other overseeing lawmakers’ ethics. “My job is not to defend or support the rhetoric.”

He added, “I trust the judgment of the people of Georgia.”

Sensing an opportunity to force the Trump campaign to unexpectedly spend resources in Georgia, the Clinton team and the state Democratic Party have opened 12 offices and hired 39 full-time employees statewide.

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican who retired last year, stoutly declared Clinton has no chance here. “Unless hell has frozen over and I didn’t know about it, it’s not going to happen,” Chambliss said.

“I would distinguish between Trump and the Republican Party,” Gingrich told FP in an Oct. 2 phone interview.

Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP, Gingrich said, proves “the establishment’s model isn’t working.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke to the Globe and Mail about Clinton’s failure to make a play in Georgia.

“I don’t think Georgia being competitive is a stretch to anyone who’s sophisticated in these matters,” he said, attributing it to “the number of people of all colours who are moving here” – African-Americans joined by Hispanics, Asian Americans and college-educated whites in shifting power away from the Republicans’ white base. As evidence, he pointed to Barack Obama getting 45.5 per cent here in 2012, a better result than for any other Democratic nominee since Georgian Jimmy Carter topped the ticket, despite Mr. Obama not campaigning here.

Mr. Reed’s argument for why Democrats should be less stingy with their southern investment is largely that this is an election in which there is value in running up the score, so a “humiliating defeat” for Mr. Trump ensures “no other leader will believe his behaviour is a path to the nomination of a major party.”

But there is another reason: Building a stronger political infrastructure here that carries over into future campaigns.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited the Glynn County elections board to see how they’re handling the storm and its fallout.

“There’s no damage to any precinct, all the equipment is good,” [Glynn County election supervisor Tina] Edwards said. “We’re set and ready to go for early voting.”

The other five counties Kemp visited all said about the same.

“That’s the message we’ve gotten all day,” Kemp said. “And if there’s a county touching the water, we’ve been to it.”

Kemp visited all of the coastal counties that were impacted by the storm Monday, working his way south through Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh and Camden counties.

He said he waited to stop by Glynn’s board of elections on the way back to his office in Atlanta. Other members of his office checked in on the inland counties that were impacted by the hurricane.

A federal lawsuit in Savannah seeks to compel the State of Georgia to extend the voter registration deadline that fell earlier this week, to allow extra time for coastal resident.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the suit noted that Chatham, which includes Savannah, has more than 203,000 citizens of voting age and that more than 40 percent of them are African Americans and Latinos — groups historically underrepresented on the rolls.

The county was one of six under a mandatory evacuation order, and the homes of more than half its residents lost power during the storm. Several communities within the county, such as Tybee Island, suffered widespread property damage and flooding.

The complaint alleges that by failing to extend the deadline, the state violated residents’ constitutional right to vote as well as provisions of the National Voter Registration Act that require states to receive and process voter registration forms 30 days prior to Election Day.

The Georgia NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda and the New Georgia Project brought the suit, with help from the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The groups all said in the suit that the storm and related office closures forced them to cancel or curtail planned registration efforts in Chatham County that otherwise could have resulted in people joining the voter rolls.

“We had hoped that Georgia would do the right thing by its citizens and not penalize aspiring voters impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” Kristen Clarke, the Lawyers’ Committee’s president and executive director, said in a statement. “There is no right more important than the right to vote, and this suit seeks to ensure that those who wish to exercise that right are not arbitrarily blocked by the vicissitudes of a hurricane and the hardened stance of elections officials.”

Large numbers of Georgia residents registered to vote online, according to the [Chattanooga] Times-Free Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that 74,425 Georgians took advantage of the state’s Online Voter Registration System to register to vote or update voter information to take part in the General Election on Nov. 8.

On the final day of the registration period in 2014, only 12,018 Georgians used the online system.

Advance in-person voting begins Monday. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday, Oct. 29, in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the November contests.

Currently, there are over 6.5 million registered voters in the Peach State.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is monitoring claims in coastal Georgia.

Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner was in [Savannah] Wednesday making sure insurance companies are taking care of their customers.

Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens was in the meeting with CEMA and other local officials. He also stopped by the Allstate command center at the Home Depot on Victory Drive. Officials say this is where folks – who have Allstate insurance — can start making their claims.

Hudgens says depending on what kind of insurance and coverage you have, he expects folks to run into issues when it comes to wind damage.

“There is a wind exclusion a lot of times on policies, but it’s what you purchase. You determine what kind of deductible you’re going to have, you can have a $250, $500, $1,000 deductible – you choose that when you decide on your insurance. But a lot of times there is wind exclusion,” said Hudgens.

Georgia Power expects to complete restoration of services in coastal areas by Friday.

“Tremendous progress was made today with restoration completed in several areas except for isolated services and those that cannot take service,” [Georgia Power Coastal Region Vice President Cathy] Hill said.

Service in Springfield and Hinesville is expected to be fully restored tonight.

There are still 17,220 Savannah accounts without power, and 212 powerless accounts on Sapelo Island.

Georgia ports have reopened, with the Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal working newly arrived ships.

By the end of [Wednesday], Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.

“Georgia’s ports are now fully operational, which is a testament to the efforts of countless individuals to ensure our port customers experienced minimal impact,” said Griff Lynch, executive director for the Georgia Ports Authority. We would like to thank our many service providers, port stakeholders, first responders, GPA employees and Governor Nathan Deal’s Office for working around the clock to bring the ports of Brunswick and Savannah back online so quickly.”

Of all the ports affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Savannah was hit the hardest, according to U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, commander of Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Captain of the Port.

Gwinnett County will spend more than $2.1 million on retaining law enforcement personnel.

Muscogee County Clerk of Courts candidate Mike Garner says he decided to run as a write-in candidate because Democratic nominee Ann Hardman lacks relevant experience.

Mike Garner is a local criminal defense lawyer who as worked in Columbus for 40 years. He’s challenging Hardman as a write-in candidate. There’s no Republican in the race.

Garner, 70, entered the race after the primary. He had hoped to run as an Independent, but he ran out of time to collect 5,000 signatures. A lawsuit that he filed challenging the constitutionality of the signature requirement was thrown out because the deadline for signatures passed before a hearing could be scheduled, he said Wednesday.

Garner cited Hardman’s lack of court experience as his reason for running. He attributed her victory to backlash against Linda Pierce, who is among four elected officials suing the city over budgets. He said he has extensive experience working with the Superior Court, which makes him the best candidate running for the position.

“The key issue is that my opponent is unqualified to be the clerk,” he said. “… And only a legal person with a lot of legal knowledge and experience can handle that job.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 12, 2016


Lexi is an 8-year old female Hound mix who is available for adoption from Athenspets in Athens, GA.

Lexi is a gem. She is so sweet and gentle. Lexi is a happy, active girl who seems more like a pup than an 8 year old – although for a well-cared for dog, eight isn’t all that old these days! She appears to get along with other dogs, having been surrendered with two others.


Elvis is a male Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from Athenspets in Athens, GA.

Elvis is a sweet boy who’d love a family or special person who enjoys being outside and active as much as he does!


Mr. Brown is a young adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from Athenspets in Athens, GA.


Vera is a sweet senior female Lab mix who is available for adoption from Athenspets in Athens, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 12, 2016

Former Confederate President Alexander Stephens was released from federal prison on October 12, 1865 and returned to Georgia.

1929 UGA vs Yale Tix

The first game in Sanford Stadium was played on October 12, 1929, with the University of Georgia Bulldogs beating the Yale Bulldogs. Here is ten minutes of the game.


On October 12, 1958, The Temple was bombed after a phone call to WSB warned that Black churches and Jewish temples would be blown up.

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Advocates for the Opportunity School District Amendment #1 unveiled a new ad featuring Governor Nathan Deal.

Some Democrats think that an imploding Trump campaign may open the door for their nominee to compete in Georgia, according to the New York Times.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has concluded that at least two traditionally Republican states, Georgia and Arizona, are realistic targets for her campaign to win over. And Republican polling has found that Mr. Trump is at dire risk of losing Georgia, according to people briefed on the polls, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Today, the Georgia Board of Regents is set to vote today on whether to hire Attorney General Sam Olens as President of Kennesaw State University.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby has said he thought about doing a national search. But he believes Olens is too good of a candidate to pass up.

“I’ve always been very excited about the attorney general’s potential interest in this job. And I leave this meeting even more excited about it,” said Huckaby, after interviewing Olens last week.

The AJC looks at some issues Olens will face if hired at Kennesaw.

“It’s a different breed of politics. It’s not as mean and nasty and you don’t have people paid to trash you,” said former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, now president of Young Harris College. “Politics is how you work with people to get things done … A president has to work with faculty and students or it’s going to be a lopsided and ineffective organization.”

Like Olens, she had no expertise managing a college or university.

[Olens] noted in a three-page letter to University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby the size of Cobb County’s workforce when he was chairman, and the budget, which was larger than KSU’s.

“In my view,” he wrote, “the next president should focus on ensuring KSU’s affordability, comprehensively evaluating the budget to allocate resources more effectively and improving graduation rates so that more KSU can use their skills and education to better our communities.”

The AJC also looks at how a potential opportunity to appoint a new Attorney General may extend Gov. Deal’s lasting influence on Georgia state government.

The crown jewel in Deal’s array of appointments is set to open Wednesday, when Sam Olens is poised to vacate the attorney general’s seat to become president of Kennesaw State University. That would allow Deal to select one of the most powerful posts in Georgia, with the authority to enforce state laws and investigate public corruption.

Not since 1997, when Gov. Zell Miller appointed Thurbert Baker to the post, has a governor had an opportunity to tap an attorney general. And not since 2010, when Gov. Sonny Perdue picked Brian Kemp for an open secretary of state’s seat, has a governor had the chance to appoint a constitutional officer.

Deal appears likely to tap Chris Carr, the commissioner of the state Department of Economic Development and a Deal protege, to the post.

“Unless you were creating government for the first time, you could not have as much impact as he has had on the judiciary,” said Randy Evans, Deal’s attorney and co-chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission. “Just the Georgia Supreme Court appointments alone would cement his legacy for 20 years.”

Deal has tapped more than 100 attorneys to open judgeships across the state.

The governor unveiled a plan last year to expand the Georgia Court of Appeals by three judges, giving him a trio of vaunted posts. He followed that up this year with an expansion of the Georgia Supreme Court from seven justices to nine. Both passed with little opposition, even from stalwart Democratic critics.

One part of the AG job Olens is unlikely to miss is the continuing litigation over water against the State of Florida.

Settlement talks appear to be crumbling between Georgia and Florida before an Oct. 31 “water wars” trial between the states.

“It currently appears unlikely that the parties will be able to amicably resolve this decades long dispute prior to the commencement of trial,” Florida states in a Friday court filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a suit filed with the court, Florida is basically accusing Georgia of overconsumption of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier, leading to economic troubles for Florida’s oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Georgia has denied the allegations.

On November 3d, Georgia DOT will hold a groundbreaking for an $800 million dollar improvement program for the intersection of GA-400 and I-285.

Columbia County elections officials are preparing for heavy voter turnout on November 8th for the General Election.

Advanced, in-person voting will now be held in building G3 of the old Rhodes-Murphy building next to Zaxby’s on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans. The address is 610 Ronald Reagan Drive, where the Georgia Department of Revenue is also housed.

Early and advanced voting was held at the elections office in previous years. The new location will serve for Saturday voting Oct. 29.

Advance voting begins Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash faces Democrat Jim Shealey in November.

Nash, who argues that a re-election would provide stability for the county, pointed to preparation of the county’s water and sewage for future growth and addressing transportation as key issues that need to be addressed.

“In 2011, when I came into office, it was all about dealing with the fires that were burning at that moment in time,” Nash said. “I see the next term transitioning into really being able to take a long-term look at the county and set the stage for some of those decisions that affect the long-term.”

Shealey, meanwhile, is known in the county for his leadership in the local Democratic Party. He is also a retired teacher from the Akron (Ohio) Public School System who coached several sports in Ohio. He served on the Akron City Council for about a decade before he moved to Gwinnett in 2010.

A key priority for him is addressing transportation and transit options. He added that he thinks more needs to be done to get road infrastructure caught up to development to address gridlock in the county.

Nash said the proposed 2017 SPLOST is expected to help the county address issues in the road network system, but she added that she wants to bring residents together next year to hear what exactly they want in a multimodal transportation system. While outside groups have done transportation studies in recent years, she wants to hear directly from residents.

“We’re talking about things that will affect the county 25 to 30 years into the future and that deserves some real robust conversation,” Nash said.

Cobb County and City of Marietta school board members are moving forward with a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education (E-SPLOST) to go into effect after the current penny sales expires.

The special purpose local option sales tax for education — which, as the fifth iteration of the tax, is dubbed E-SPLOST V — would levy a 1 percent sales tax countywide. If approved by voters, E-SPLOST V funds would begin to be collected on Jan. 1, 2019, after collections for its predecessor end on Dec. 31, 2018.

A ballot question asking voters to approve continuing the tax is scheduled to be put before voters in a special election scheduled for March 21, 2017. The only other issue confirmed to be on the ballot that day is a special election for a seat on the Marietta school board, a seat left vacant due to board member Tom Cheater’s resignation, according to Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb elections.

The Cobb school board is expected to discuss a resolution putting the question on the ballot today, but no formal action will be taken until the board’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Muscogee County voters will vote in a rare three-way race with a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent incumbent on the ballot for Sheriff.

In Georgia, candidates in the same party as the governor get first place on the ballot in each race, so Republican Mark LaJoye will be listed first in the sheriff’s race, then Democrat Donna Tompkins, then incumbent Sheriff John Darr, an independent. Also qualified is Pam Brown, who’s running as a write-in candidate.

Whitfield County Commissioners voted 3-1 for a new ordinance that will likely curtail street solicitors.

The Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 3-1 to approve a new street solicitation law that, among other things, will require those seeking solicitation permits to have at least $2 million in insurance. The current law only requires those seeking a permit to have insurance and did not specify the amount. The law will take effect Jan. 1.

Chairman Mike Babb typically votes only in the event of a tie, and Commissioner Harold Brooker voted against the measure.

“I wanted it to begin immediately,” Brooker said. “The rest wanted to wait until Jan. 1. I can live with that.”

Under the new law, those who wish to solicit money must buy a $1,000 license annually. Currently, they must pay a $20 fee for a 30-day permit, and the other commissioners said they did not wish for anyone to have to pay $1,000 just to raise money in the final two months of 2016.

Richmond County school board member Frank Dolan wants students to demonstrate their patriotism or else!

“If members of the band are wearing uniforms we provide, they need to stand during the national anthem,” Dolan said. “If they don’t, I’m making a motion that they be suspended from the team.”

The punishment soon expanded to include all athletes and cheerleaders.

“If they’re wearing a uniform we provide,” Dolan said, “I believe those students should be held to a certain standard. I guarantee you that every football team has a behavior policy, and if they don’t live up to that expectation, they face punishment. … That behavior policy should include showing respect for the national anthem.”

Before a vote could be made on Dolan’s motion, Superintendent Angela Pringle requested time to research howother school systems are handling the controversial topic.

Congressman Tom Graves (R-Ranger) received from the National Association of Manufacturers an Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.

Gwinnett Technical College and Mercedes-Benz will partner in a program for automotive technology education.

A man from Cochran, Georgia was indicted in an appalling case of human trafficking.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 11, 2016


Kaaya is a male Lab mix puppy who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

Kaaya is becoming such a playful little fella and wants nothing more than to be cuddled and loved.


Cremini is a female American Bulldog mix puppy born May 24, 2016, who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.


Wiley is a 1.5-year old male Hound mix who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

Wiley is one tall fella! House and crate trained and walks well on a leash. He is getting used to all the new people he is meeting in his new foster life and is a bit shy until he warms up. He enjoys playing with other dogs.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 11, 2016

Casimir Pulaski, a Polish aristocrat who fought with the colonists in the American Revolution, died in Savannah on October 11, 1779.

Former Georgia Governor and President of the United States Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11, 2002.

Bobby Cox managed his last game in Game Four of the NLDS on October 11, 2010.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Tybee Island appears to have weathered Hurrican Matthew well, according to the Savannah Morning News.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 10, 2016


Lil Jimmy is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.


Carter is a female Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from BarkTown Rescue and Sanctuary in Jasper, GA. She is playful and adorable.


Jimmy is an adult male Rottweiler and Labrador Retriver mix who is available for adoption from the City of Lyons Animal Shelter in Lyons, GA.

Jimmy is a handsome happy boy–he came to the shelter with his friend, Johnson, but the dog brothers couldn’t stay together since both are food aggressive–Jimmy is a friendly big boy –meet him at the City of Lyons Animal Shelter 606 N.Hall St in Lyons.


Carter is a young male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the City of Macon Animal Control in Macon, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2016

The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

Vice Presidnt Spiro Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 and pled guilty to federal income tax evasion charges.

On October 10 1976, a poll by Time magazine showed Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 electoral vote margin.

Carter led in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with 273 electoral votes (three more than necessary to win), while President Ford led in 17 states with 113 electoral votes.

The online Georgia archives at UGA has a collection of campaign materials, including a 1976 Carter for President brochure.

On October 10, 1980, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site was established in Atlanta.

On October 10, 2015, Donald Trump made his first campaign stop in Georgia.

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Tomorrow is the voter registration deadline for the Novembr 8th General Election. Check your voter registration status by signing in to the Secretary of State’s MVP webpage. As of the weekend, 33,150 mail-in ballots had been returned by voters.

First Lady Sandra Deal visited evacuees from Coastal Georgia where they were being housed in Augusta.

“Thank you so much for checking on us,” [Mary] Thomas told Deal. “It means so much to know you care.”

Deal spent around an hour in Augusta on Sunday morning, checking on evacuees from Hurricane Matthew.

While at Trinity on the Hill, she toured the site, comforted families and even took part in a Sunday school class with children.

“I’m so glad y’all are here,” Deal told a table of young adults in Wesley Hall. “Please don’t rush home – please stay as long as you need. The most important thing right now is your safety.”

“Remember that God’s in control,” Deal said. “Sometimes, unfortunate or difficult things happen, but always remember that God’s in control.”

Georgia Ports Authority is bringing its coastal ports back on line after Hurricane Matthew.Continue Reading..