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Deal announces 200 automotive parts manufacturing jobs in Stephens County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that NIFCO KTW, a German automotive supplier of high-quality injection molded components, will locate its U.S. operations in Toccoa, creating 200 jobs and investing $27 million within the first five years.

“Automotive suppliers such as NIFCO KTW choose Georgia because they trust that our state is the best place to grow their business,” said Deal. “Stephens County boasts pro-business resources and a ready-to-work community that provides a stable foundation for global companies to flourish. After more than 40 years of business ties with Germany in this region, I look forward to the high-quality jobs that this thriving, industry-leading company will bring to this community and our state.”
NIFCO KTW supplies many automotive manufacturers around the world. The Toccoa-based facility will supply injection-molded parts to BMW and Mercedes-Benz USA, among others. The quality injection components can be found on the interior and exterior of a variety of vehicles. 

“We at NIFCO KTW are proud and feel very fortunate to have found Toccoa in Stephens County as the home of our new U.S. headquarters and production facility in North America,” said NIFCO KTW Managing Director Roland Furtmayr. “Local and regional connectivity is the basis for our success in Germany and we strive to do the same in the U.S. We would like to offer our qualified and motivated employees pleasant and attractive surroundings. In the City of Toccoa, we have found the perfect partner in North America for this goal. NIFCO KTW looks forward to becoming a reliable and successful employer that contributes to positive economic development in Stephens County.”

As the company’s first North American headquarters, NIFCO KTW will build an initial 130,000-square-foot facility on 32 acres of Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development-certified land at Hayestone Brady Business Park. The company also has intentions of expanding this site in the future. NIFCO KTW will also plan to take advantage of QuickStart, the nation’s No. 1 workforce training program, to provide customized training to the new employees.

KTW is headquartered in Weissenburg, Germany, and employs 350 people. The company recently joined the NIFCO Group, which supplies plastic injection components globally from plants in 14 countries.

Germany is one of Georgia’s top investor nations, leading in number of facilities, number of jobs and money value investment. Nico Wijnberg, project manager on the international investment team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), represented the state and partnered with Lonnie Smallwood at Electric Cities of Georgia and Tim Martin at the Stephens County Development Authority.

“Georgia is constantly on the radar for international automotive suppliers that are looking to expand operations to the U.S.,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our strategic location near a large base of original equipment manufacturers and direct access to a skilled workforce and interconnected logistics infrastructure make Georgia the ideal location for NIFCO KTW’s first North American headquarters.”

“The Stephens County Development Authority welcomes NIFCO KTW to our community,” said Stephens County Development Authority Chairman Brian Akin. “This is an exciting day for Toccoa-Stephens County and a huge win for our local job market. It has been a very rewarding experience throughout this process to see our local leaders working together for the common good of our community. The investments that we have made in infrastructure, workforce development and education are starting to pay some significant dividends. The fact that a world-class company such as NIFCO KTW has selected Stephens County as its U.S. headquarters speaks volumes about our readiness and desire to compete in the global marketplace. We couldn’t be any happier with the decision that NIFCO KTW has made, and we stand committed and ready to make sure that their expansion into the U.S. is successful.”


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 9, 2014

Cobb County Animal Shelter is facing overcrowding problems, as are most public shelters this time of year. All dogs and cats are urgent, and we believe that dog adoptions are reduced to $40 from their normal $115.


Beaudacious (or “Beau”) is a 3-year old, 78-pound Bluetick Coonhound who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter. Sadly he has tested positive for heartworms, but with treatment, he should be good as new in no time. Please speak with your veterinarian about treatment options. Bo is 3 years old, his ID is 574743, he is in run 17, and weighs 78 lbs. He can not be left unattended in the yard, he can scale an 8′ fence!

Coonhounds make wonderful family pets, though their behavior is best when they have daily exercise.


Happy is a cute little 6-month old, 30-pound puppy, maybe a Retriever mix, who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter, where his ID is 574571 and he is in run 115.

Happy is just a baby and eager to learn. He is happy and playful, and so much cuter and smaller in person. Happy already knows sit.

Here’s a video of Happy playing with his buddy Midas.


And here is Midas, the little Siberian Husky mix puppy seen in the video above with Happy.

Midas is an awesome pup looking for an awesome adopter to join forces with and conquer the world! He was picked up as a stray on 5/28/15 and is only 6 months old. He is super smart and will be very easy to train. He has a happy and sweet disposition and loves playing with his toys. Midas is deaf, but he certainly doesn’t let that slow him down one bit. Midas is ID #574811 and can be found in cage T6 in the puppy/small dog room.

How fun would it be to adopt these two little buddies together?


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 9, 2015

Georgia’s colonial charter, signed by King George II was witnessed on June 9, 1732.

The Battle of Bloody Marsh was fought between Spanish forces and colonists under James Oglethorpe on St Simons Island, Georgia in 1742 on a date that is variously cited as June 9 or June 7, 1742. Thus began the rivalry between Georgia and Florida.

On June 9, 1772, the first naval attack of the Revolutionary War took place near Providence, Rhode Island, as HMS Gaspee, a British tax enforcement ship was baited into running aground and attacked by a boarding party the next day.

On June 9, 1864, Gen. W.T. Sherman moved his troops to Big Shanty, Georgia, now called Kennesaw, and beginning a four-week period sometimes called the Battle of Marietta.

Cream was formed on June 9, 1966 by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce.

On June 9, 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, the first to win all three of the Triple Crown races since 1948. Secretariat was bred by Christopher Chenery, a graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, whose jockeys wore blue-and-white silks in honor of Chenery’s alma mater.

On June 9, 1976, Jimmy Carter’s opponents in the Democratic Primary for President, George Wallace, Henry Jackson, and Chicago mayor Richard Daley, released their delegates and endorsed Carter, assuring the Georgian of the nomination.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp disqualified Democrat Tyrone Brooks, Jr. from the Special Election in House District 55 after Administrative Law Judge Robert Malihi recommended the removal. That leaves 5 Democrats and Independent candidate John Guest in the race. The seat was previously held by Tyrone Brooks, Sr., who resigned to plead guilty to federal charges of misappropriating funds.

As of yesterday, 334 early ballots were requested in HD 55, according to the Secretary of State’s office. In comparison, 436 early ballots have been requested in Forsyth County during the Special Election for HD 24.Continue Reading..


SOS Brian Kemp: Tyrone Brooks, Jr. disqualified as candidate for State House

Tyrone Brooks Final Decision

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has issued an order implementing Administrative Law Judge Robert Malihi’s findings, and disqualifying Tyrone Brooks, Jr. from the ballot in the June 16 Special Election for State House District 55.


Replacement Mayor and possibly Council-member to be decided by Brookhaven Council, not by citizen vote | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA

File this under “Things I said nearly three weeks ago.” From the Brookhaven Post:

Depending on how events unfold, it is possible two of the five elected offices in Brookhaven being occupied by appointees instead of individuals elected by a popular vote of Brookhaven’s citizenry.

Due to Davis’ resignation, the Council will appoint someone to become Mayor. Through many conversations with both city officials and administrators, we are told the Brookhaven Council-members will nominate and vote on whether to appoint District One Councilwoman Rebecca Chase-Williams as the new Mayor. Davis’ unexpired term ends on December 31, 2015.

If Williams receives the nomination and appointment through a majority Council vote, it will leave her District One Council seat vacant. Once Williams has been sworn in as the new Mayor, she will then appoint a successor to serve the remainder of her term as District One Council-person, a term which also ends on December 31, 2015.

The Post is told Williams will nominate District One resident, Attorney Linley Jones as her successor on Council.

via Replacement Mayor and possibly Council-member to be decided by Brookhaven Council, not by citizen vote | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 8, 2015

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution before the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia calling for American independence from Great Britain.

Lee’s resolution declared: “That these United Colonies are, and of right out to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; that measures should be immediately taken for procuring the assistance of foreign powers, and a Confederation be formed to bind the colonies more closely together.”

Four weeks later, Georgia’s members of the Continental Congress – Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton — voted for a version written by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia and called the Declaration of Independence.

The expulsion of the Cherokee from Georgia began on June 6, 1838 as 800 members left by riverboat.

The first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, also called Denali, in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America, was completed on June 7, 1913.

On June 7, 1942, Japanese troops occupied American territory in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

On June 6, 1944, seventy-one years ago, Allied forces under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower began the invasion of France, called D-Day.

On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.

The first Porsche automobile was completed on June 8, 1948.

Ronald Reagan became the Republican nominee for Governor of California on June 7, 1966.

On June 8, 2004, Georgia hosted the G-8 summit meeting of the world’s major industrial democracies, which included representatives from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom, plus a representative from the European Union. The 30th meeting of the G-8 was held at Sea Island at the Cloister.

Georgia Politics

True to his prediction before we went on-air, Eric Tanenblatt made news on Friday’s “Political Rewind,” mentioning that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be in Atlanta on June 29th.

Last week we noted Erick Erickson’s endorsement of David Van Sant in the Special Election for House District 24. Today, we bring you an excerpt from the endorsement of Republican Ethan Underwood from longtime GOP activist Bettye Chambers.

Erick Erickson has spent a great deal of time on his WSB radio show insisting that voters in the 24th GA House District NOT vote for Ethan Underwood who is running for this seat which Mark Hamilton held until recently. Mark resigned to take a job in Tennessee. Erick does not really know Ethan but is in his pulpit preaching to voters to NOT vote for Ethan but vote instead for David Van Sant, a local personal injury attorney. Records show that Van Sant contributed to Democrat candidate Michele Nunn for the U.S. Senate in 2014 who lost to David Perdue. Van Sant has also contributed to other Democrat candidates. ERICK ADMITTED THIS TUESDAY.

Erick did not address the fact that Van Sant voted in the 2012 Democratic Primary, but didn’t even vote in the General Election of 2012 when we needed votes for Romney. Unlike Erick Erickson, I could never vote for any Republican who donated to Michelle Nunn or any other Democrat candidate.

On numerous occasions on the radio, Erick had exhibited his great dislike for the GA GOP. Why does Erick seem to always get involved in endorsing candidates? He has endorsed many who were defeated. Why is Erick publicly on WSB radio endorsing Van Sant over Ethan Underwood? Ethan has served in a number of different positions in the Republican Party, including four years as Chairman of the Forsyth Republican party and various positions in the 9th District Republican party. Don’t know about you, but I am very weary of Erick using his radio host position to tell us how to vote when we know more about the candidates than he does.

I have known Ethan Underwood for many years though our work in the 9th District Republican Party where he served as a Vice Chairman, parliamentarian for a number of conventions and also chaired important committees. It was always a pleasure working with Ethan who is very intelligent, dedicated to our conservative Republican cause and always thoroughly prepared for his tasks.

Ethan assures me that he will vote his own convictions in the GA House and will not take orders from anyone at the Dome concerning how to vote on bills. Ethan is a man of strong conservative convictions who will not be “forced” to follow the lead of power brokers at the Gold Dome.

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis, chaired by State Rep. Allen Peake, holds its first meeting this week on Tuesday from 1-4 PM at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building Room 606.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 8, 2015


This beautiful girl is listed as a Pharaoh Hound, but she also might be a terrier, or possibly red doberman mix. Stunning red coat and very sweet and calm. She loves to ride in the car and does well with other dogs. Farrah is current on vaccines, microchipped and will be scheduled for her spay. Email: [email protected] Farrah is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.


Misty is a very playful young Pharaoh Hound and Italian Greyhound mix female who adores other dogs and all humans. She has a beautiful velveteen gray coat and mesmerizing hazel eyes. Misty is ALWAYS happy and smiling. Adoption fee is $175. If you are truly interested in adopting Misty and making her part of your family, please fill out an adoption application on our website. Misty is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls Animal Rescue in Claxton, GA.


Bondok (meaning Hazelnut – for his color of his fur) is a Pharaoh Hound who came all the way from Cairo, Egypt in the hope for a better life. He was badly injured when he was hit by a car as a puppy and left on the street to die. No one stopped for him and took care of him until someone from ESMA – Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals – ; saw him. His concussion was so bad that he was unable to walk for a long time. He still has a funny walk but it does not bother him on bit. He also has trouble seeing since his eyesight was damaged too. He needs guidance with stairs, so a house with lots and long stairs would not be good for him. For the fact that his eyesight is limited he does get around very well with no assistance.

He is a funny little guy with a lot of spark and lots of live in him. He would do best with one more dog or alone. He loves human attention and if you are looking for a dog to hang out with he would be it…..

Dogs and cats that get hit by cars in Cairo, Egypt get no help at all. No one will stop and check on them or bring them to the vet. They lay on or in the street until the are dead. So ESMA has devoted their efforts in saving them but with not home for injured animals they will end up in big shelters or back on the streets. So he was brought to the US.

If you are interest in meeting Bondok , please contact Patricia at [email protected] or 770-714-2880

Bondok is available for adoption from K-9 Rescue League, Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA.


My name is Lilly and I was rescued from the street of Cairo, Egypt. I am a Baladi dog, or street dog. Maybe I have some of the royal blood of a Pharaoh Hound, no one knows my history for sure. Most likely my mom was poisoned like so many dogs in Cairo. I am hoping of a better future, with no abuse or neglect. I am a little bit shy at first but once I know you – I will LOVE you – I love to play and run and would love to have a brother or sister but does not have to be….. A Yard -You see – I have never seen grass before and it is so soft – perfect to run and roll on. I am not very tall about knee high, so my foster mom thinks, I would do fine in an apartment too.

So now that I am in the US – Atlanta GA, I just need to find myself a home. If you are interest in meeting me – a Egyptian Baladi dog – please contact my foster mom Patricia at 770-714-2880 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Lilly is available for adoption from K-9 Rescue League, Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA.


Study: Facebook main source of political news for millennials, Gen X-ers –

A majority of millennials get a chunk of their news about politics and government from Facebook, a new report from Pew found.

About 61 percent of millennials say they got their political news in the last week from the social media site, compared with 37 percent who said they got it from local television. Interestingly, those proportions were nearly exactly mirrored by baby boomers; 60 percent said they got their political news from local television, versus 39 percent who said they got it from Facebook.

For millennials, the next most common source of political news is CNN, (44 percent) followed by local television (37 percent), Google News (33 percent), ABC News (32 percent), Fox News (30 percent) NBC news (27 percent), Yahoo News (27 percent), MSNBC (22 percent) and CBS News (19 percent).

For Gen Xers (those born between 1965 and 1980), Facebook was the most common place for political news followed by local television (46 percent), CNN (45 percent), Fox News (36 percent), NBC News (35 percent), ABC News (32 percent), MSNBC and CBS News (27 percent), Yahoo News (35 percent) and NPR (21 percent).

For baby boomers, local television, NBC News and Fox News make the top three sources for political news (60 percent for local and 47 percent for each NBC and Fox). ABC, CNN, CBS News, Facebook, MSNBC, PBS and NPR round out the list.

The data on most popular sources for political news are in line with many of the ratings for these sources. ABC’s nightly news show has been gaining with younger viewers and the ad demographic, while Fox News has the highest average-aged viewer. CNN fared well across all three groups, all within the mid-40-percent range.

Overall, Pew found that millennials were less aware of media outlets than the other generations except for two places: BuzzFeed and Google News out of a list of 18.  Despite being familiar with BuzzFeed, millennials expressed more distrust than trust in the site, placing it alongside Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart.

The study also looked at whether those users saw contrasting views on Facebook and found that the older the user, the more likely they were to see content on the site that aligned with their personal views. Among baby boomers, 31 percent said they saw content that mostly aligned with their views, versus 21 percent for Gen Xers and 18 percent for millennials. The study found that overall, most Facebook users who pay attention to political content do see views on the site that aren’t in line with their own.

As for Twitter, it barely poses any competition for Facebook when it comes to political news. Just 14 percent of online millennials got political news on Twitter in the past week, slightly higher than both Gen Xers (9 percent) and baby boomers (5 percent).

via Study: Facebook main source of political news for millennials, Gen X-ers –


Developers sue Glynn County, water and sewer panel over moratorium on sewer tap-ins |

BRUNSWICK | A group of St. Simons Island developers has sued Glynn County and the joint city-county water and sewer service, asserting that it has denied sewer connections even though all its plans have been approved and the county has accepted thousands in fees.

In a suit filed late Tuesday, limited liability corporations Mary Wan, Yacht Club, Gascoigne and Palmetto Building Group are asking the court to enjoin the Glynn County Commission and the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission from unlawfully interfering with its right to carry out development plans the two bodies already approved.

Among other things, the four developers want the court to order the county and water and sewer commission to allow it to tie into the public sewer system, to accept all the fees for permits for already approved plans, to issue the necessary permits and to award damages.

At the center of the suit is Stephen Swan, executive director of the Water and Sewer Commission. Recently, Swan said that he was worried about the integrity of a line that serves “sewer basin 2030,’’ which serves the southwestern portion of St. Simons Island where all the affected properties are located, the suit says.

via Developers sue Glynn County, water and sewer panel over moratorium on sewer tap-ins |


Republicans seek to win over black voters once Obama’s gone | TheHill

Republicans believe they have an opportunity to nudge their support up among black voters in the 2016 presidential election with President Obama not on the ballot — and take a major stride toward winning the White House in the process.

But they also acknowledge that it won’t be an easy task.

Republicans believe the 2016 Democratic nominee will not be able to produce the spike in black turnout nor the increase in already-overwhelming black support that Obama enjoyed in his two victories.

Even a modest rise in black backing for the GOP could be critical in swing states, independent experts acknowledge.

“There is not going to be any massive increase,” said David Bositis, a researcher specializing in voting behavior who worked for many years for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a black-oriented think tank.

“But in many places it does not take a massive increase. You have states like Ohio and Florida where you only have to have a very modest switch to flip the state.”

via Republicans seek to win over black voters once Obama’s gone | TheHill.