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27
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 27, 2016

The Washington Wilkes animal shelter has a fundraiser this Saturday and if you can fit it in your publication we would appreciate it. The fundraiser is a dinner prepared by Joe Barnett. Joe won best in show at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits festival in 2006 and followed that with People’s choice award for the next 3 years. He was featured on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown show. We are extremely pleased that he is donating his time and culinary skills to help out our shelter.

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If you can’t help them with their local fundraiser, you can also donate online through their Facebook page or mail a check to:

Friends of Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter
358 Brown Road
Washington, GA 30673

Paige

Paige is a young female Black and Tan Coonhound & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Bristol

Bristol is an adult female Boxer and Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Ebony

Ebony is a middle-aged to senior female Black and Tan Coonhound who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

John

John is an adult male English Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington.

If I had my way and enough land for it, I’d love to have a pack of Hounds.

Partners for Pets is asking for help in providing animal shelter and food to some families who are unable to afford it. If you’re interested in helping and live in Atlanta, please email [email protected] or you may buy items online through their Amazon.com wishlist and they’ll be delivered directly.

The Augusta City Commission will consider the first major update to it’s animal control ordinance since the 1970s.

Animal Services Director Sharon Broady told commissioners she thought the ordinance subcommittee had addressed their concerns in the latest revision – by increasing the number of days an owner has to claim a pet from the shelter, reducing the registration fee for sterilized animals to $5 and restoring paid euthanasia services for owners who want a pet put down.

The subcommittee has repeatedly disagreed with some commissioners’ push to endorse a trap-neuter-release program for feral cat communities, Broady said, and did not include TNR in the revisions.

Commissioner Sean Frantom said the problem needed a new mindset to be fixed.

“Yes, we need to throw money at it, but more than that, it’s the brand,” Commissioner Sean Frantom said.

During a recent visit to Columbia County Animal Services, “I saw love; I saw customer service,” he said.

Broady said until people start spaying and neutering their pets, the shelter will continue to adopt out only four of each 24 it takes in.

27
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 27, 2016

On January 26, 1779, a group of Patriots held off British soldiers at the Battle of Burke County Jail, south of Augusta, GA. If you enjoy American History from the colonial and revolutionary period, check out Tara Ross on Facebook, where she posts daily notes about our nation’s history.

On January 27, 1785, a charter was approved by the Georgia legislature for the first publicly-supported state university in America.

On January 27, 1941, Delta Air Lines announced it would move its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia. It was an interesting case of public-money-fueled economic development.

In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move.

On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350 was unveiled.

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” was released on January 27, 1965, seven weeks after his death.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections

Today is the 11th Legislative Day of the 2016 Session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Senate Committee Meetings

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES AND UTILITIES 307 CLOB

1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 310 CLOB

2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP

2:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – CANCELED 307 CLOB

3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 406 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE INSTITUTIONS AND PROPERTY -CANCELED MEZZ 1

4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ 1

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26
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 26, 2016

52652

Number 52652 is a large and young female Great Pyrenees who is available for adoption from the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter in LaGrange, GA.

52653

Number 52653 is an extra-large young female Great Pyrenees who is available for adoption from the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter in LaGrange, GA.

52654

Number 52654 is an extra-large young female Great Pyrenees who is available for adoption from the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter in LaGrange, GA.

26
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 26, 2016

Georgia History

The Supreme Court of Georgia held its first meeting on January 26, 1846 at Talbotton, Georgia.

John Sammons Bell was born on January 26, 1914 in Macon, Georgia. He would go on to serve as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, as a Judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and as chief judge of the appellate court. He is today best known as the designer of the state flag featuring the Confederate battle flag, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 1956.

On January 26, 2001 a new state flag, first designed by Atlanta architect Cecil Alexander, passed out of committee in the General Assembly by a 4-3 vote and would be voted on later that week. Click here to view the floor debate from 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Senate Committee Meetings

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM ETHICS 307 CLOB

1:00 PM GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP

2:00 PM RETIREMENT 307 CLOB

2:00 PM JUDICIARY 310 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS – CANCELED 125 CAP

3:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP

4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 310 CLOB

4:00 PM TRANSPORTATION – CANCELED 125 CAP

House Committee Meetings

7:30 AM APPROPRIATIONS SUB 341 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 403 CAP

1:00 PM Judiciary Non-Civil Hightower Subcommittee 132 CAP

1:00 PM STATE PLANNING & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 606 CLOB

1:30 PM Motor Vehicles Tags & Titles Sub 406 CLOB

2:00 PM ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS 403 CAP

2:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 606 CLOB

2:00 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 132 CAP

2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB

3:00 PM GAME, FISH, AND PARKS 415 CLOB

3:00 PM Industry & Labor Pruett Sub 515 CLOB

3:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 506 CLOB

At least seven bills addressing marijuana have been filed in the Georgia General Assembly this year, according to the Macon Telegraph.Continue Reading..

25
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 25, 2015

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is a male Shepherd and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson is a female Shepherd and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Usher

Usher is a young male Boxer and Australian Shepher mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Wally

Wally is a young male Chihuahua and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Wesson

Wesson is a male Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

25
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 25, 2016

On January 23, 1775, the Georgia Commons House elected three delegates to the Second Continental Congress.

On January 23, 1861, Georgia’s members of the United States House of Representatives resigned following passage of the Secession Ordinance; her Senators had resigned earlier. The next day, the secession convention in Milledgeville elected ten delegates to a conference of Southern states in Montgomery, Alabama

On January 24, 1915, the first transcontinental telephone call was placed from Jekyll Island, Georgia

On January 25, 1915, a charter was issued in DeKalb County Superior Court to Emory University.

On January 23, 1923, Georgia ratified the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution, which ended Presidential terms on January 20th following an election and those of Congress to January 3d.

January 24, 1933 saw the first sales tax in Georgia proposed to fund schools and aid for farmers.

On January 25, 1943, Georgia Gov. Ellis Arnall signed legislation governor as an ex officio member of the State Board of Education, State Board of Regents, Department of Public Safety, and State Housing Authority, as part of a proposal to reduce the Governor’s power over education.

On January 24, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. became co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, sharing the pulpit with his father.

On January 23, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced that terms had been reached to settle the Vietnam War, a document known as the “Paris Peace Accords.”

On January 24, 1987, some 12,000 to 20,000 civil rights protesters marched in Forsyth County, a week after a smaller protest. From the New York Times reporting:

CUMMING, Ga., Jan. 24— This small town in Forsyth County was overwhelmed today by civil rights marchers, members of the Ku Klux Klan and their sympathizers and an army of National Guardsmen and law-enforcement officers who kept the opposing groups separated.

Guarded by what a spokesman for the Governor’s office called ”the greatest show of force the state has ever marshalled,” a crowd of marchers estimated at 12,000 to 20,000 funneled slowly into Cumming, where a week earlier counterdemonstrators, throwing stones and bottles, disrupted an interracial ”walk for brotherhood” prompted by the all-white county’s racist legacy.

As the marchers headed into Cumming, which has a little more than 2,000 people, they found waiting for them, behind a stern-faced force of 2,300 guardsmen and police officers, a group of hundreds if not thousands of white, mainly young, rural men and women, repeatedly shouting, ”N***er, go home!”

Whatever the final figure, the march was one of the largest civil rights demonstrations since a 1965 rally that followed a march from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery. The rally, led by Dr. King, drew 25,000 people.

Seriously, read the Times report.

On January 24, 2001, the Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation changing the state flag to the Barnes design with the state seal on a blue background and a banner depicting five previous flags that flew over Georgia.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The House and Senate passed an Adjournment Resolution setting the schedule for the rest of the Session. Under that document, Day 30 “Crossover Day” will be Monday, February 29, and the last day of the Session is scheduled for March 24, 2016, two months before General Primary elections.Continue Reading..

24
Jan

Former State Rep. Jeff Brown will not run for Congress in GA-3

Via email:

After much deliberation and input by many, former State Representative Jeff Brown has decided that he will not seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. The estimated $400,000 needed to get sufficient name recognition by the May 24, 2016 primary, the likelihood of a primary runoff and possibly a general election and not being led to do this are several of many factors for his decision. Brown indicated that he will use his next opinion column to detail his reasoning.

22
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 22, 2016

ChiFemale

This adult female Chihuahua mix is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA.

Elvis

Elvis is an adult male Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA.

RosieDachshund

Rosie is an adult female Chihuahua/Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA

22
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 22, 2016

On January 22, 1733, James Oglethorpe arrived at Yamacraw Bluff, where the colony of Georgia would be founded.

Following the passage of Georgia’s Secession Resolution, six delegates, including both from Gwinnett County, signed a statement protesting the decision to secede.

On January 22, 1866, Georgia Governor Charles Jenkins signed a resolution by the legislature asking for federal troops to be removed from Georgia.

On January 22, 1959, Atlanta buses were integrated after a federal court decision.

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in the case known as Roe v. Wade.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

At the time we write this morning, Gov. Deal has issued an emergency order anticipating significant winter weather for North Georgia into parts of Metro Atlanta.

The emergency declaration extends to 21 counties under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service. They include Banks, Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield Counties. Deal continues to monitor an additional 24 counties, including those in metro Atlanta, under a winter storm advisory.

“In order to prepare for the second round of storms, I’ve directed state agency heads to encourage employees to telecommute where appropriate,” Deal said. “Capitol Hill agencies and other state government offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday to allow time for roads and bridges to be treated in advance of possible freezing rain and snow. I encourage municipal governments and private businesses in metro Atlanta and other affected areas to follow suit. I will continue to monitor those counties under a winter storm advisory and revise my executive order as needed.”

The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale and Walton Counties.

The Georgia General Assembly gavels in this morning with the House at 9:30 and the legislature should be clear of the building well before noon today.

A House Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Johnnie Caldwell (R-Thomaston) is scheduled to meet at 8:30 AM today in Room 132 of the Capitol.

As of 7:15 this morning, the Georgia Right to Life March for Life is still scheduled for today at the Capitol.

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American Airlines has cancelled all flights out of Augusta today over concerns with winter weather in Charlotte, NC.

The federal lawsuit brought by the NAACP and some local residents over County Commission and Board of Education voting districts has been settled with an agreement on four district seats and one at-large.Continue Reading..

21
Jan

State Sen. Mike Crane announces for 3d Congressional District

via Press Release

[On Wednesday], State Senator Mike Crane announced his candidacy for Congress in Georgia’s Third Congressional District to succeed retiring Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

Crane Announcement Podium

Crane, who quickly became known for his willingness to stand up to the political establishment, said he his running to send reinforcements to conservatives currently fighting for small government principles in Washington.

“The message is we are tired of vending machine politics.” Crane said. “You put in enough money, you push a button and you get what you want. That ends today.”Continue Reading..