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Early in his career, Gov. Nathan Deal served as a juvenile court judge in Hall County.
“My great frustration was when a young person came before me and something needed to be done, I had only two choices. I could send them to be incarcerated … Or I could send them back home to be in the environment that got them into trouble in the first place,” Deal said here on Thursday. “Neither of those sometimes was the appropriate solution.”
At the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center in Dalton, Deal signed into law House Bill 242, an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system that he said will provide better options for dealing with juvenile offenders. State Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, sponsored HB 242 in the Senate.
Approved unanimously by the General Assembly earlier this year, the law is designed to keep nonviolent juvenile offenders out of youth detention centers and in community-based programs.
via Reaching them earlier » Local News ».
Cobb County Manager David Hankerson is among three finalists for the position of Fulton County manager.
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners announced the three finalists Wednesday.
Fulton spokeswoman Bobbie Battista said the other two finalists are Dwight Ferrell, former MARTA deputy general manager, and Fulton County Finance Director Patrick O’Connor.
Fulton Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves said he hopes to name the winner in the next few weeks.
via The Marietta Daily Journal – County manager a finalist in Fulton.
State Schools Superintendent John Barge is coming to Cobb County on Saturday to address concerns about the controversial Common Core standards.
The announcement of Barge’s visit to Cobb comes on the heels of a 4-3 vote by the Cobb Board of Education last week to reject the purchase of $7.5 million in math textbooks aligned with Common Core. This rejection at the local level came after the state had already committed to implementing the nationwide standards under the past two governors, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, even though the Legislature has never voted on the issue.
That Barge would come to Cobb to face what is likely to be a room full of fellow Republicans with deep-seated suspicions about a federal program is a sign that worry is building in Atlanta about the possibility of a grassroots revolt against Common Core.
via The Marietta Daily Journal – Schools chief to visit Cobb weigh in on Common Core.
Supreme Court of GA elects new chief justice The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously elected Presiding Justice Hugh P. Thompson of Milledgeville to become chief justice, the court announced today.
He will assume the position Aug. 15, 2013, succeeding Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein.
via Supreme Court of GA elects new chief justice | ATLawblog.com.
Flowery Branch City Council gave its blessing Thursday night to the Lanier Islands Parkway Community Improvement District, a self-taxing district that would run along a western portion of Ga. 347 in South Hall County.
Mack Burgess, the district’s director, said the Buford City Commission is now set to vote Monday on the CID. Buford’s OK would clear the way for the organization to move forward with creating a board and setting a tax rate for the district.
The district, which spans from the Lake Lanier Islands resort to just east of Hog Mountain Road, received the Hall County Board of Commissioners’ approval in April.
via Flowery Branch City Council OKs improvement district.
The city of Gainesville’s budget for next year will not recommend a tax hike for residents.
Gainesville City Council members will take up the city’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget at their meeting Tuesday, but City Manager Kip Padgett gave them a presentation at Thursday’s work session.
The city’s budget for next year is about $29.2 million, but there are some unknowns that could affect the budget down the road, including the current court disputes with Hall County over the revenue distribution of local option sales taxes and special purpose local option sales taxes.
“Hopefully we’ll know (the outcomes) by the end of the summer,” Padgett said.
via No tax hike for Gainesville residents.
By Bruce Smith
Friday, April 26, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has a slight edge in cash heading into the final days of the heated congressional race in the state’s 1st District although his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, has raised more money, Federal Election Commission filings show.
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The reports filed this week show that the Republican Sanford had about $285,000 in his campaign war chest as of April 17. Colbert Busch had about $255,000.
via Sanford has slight cash advantage in run up to 1st District special election | The Augusta Chronicle.
Big Boy up there sure looks to me like a Golden Retriever mix, and he’s looking for a new home from inside the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.
And this young female is billed as a Rottweiler mix, but she’s a hound dog as sure as I’m alive; she’s also in the Barrow County Animal Shelter. She even looks a good bit like Dolly, whom I rescued from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter last November. Adoptions from Barrow County Animal Shelter are $100 including shots, microchip, de-worming, etc. A sponsor will pick up the tab for either of the above dogs who is adopted by a reader. If both are adopted, y’all can split the $100.
Several puppies are in desperate need at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, as they’re getting very crowded and have been forced to euthanize dogs to make room. Don’t let that happen.
If you want to adopt or foster a dog or puppy but have some kind of challenge, like the initial cost, transportation, or something similar, email me and we’ll try to hook you up with someone who can help.
May 2, 2013
Today at the Dalton youth detention center, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 242, landmark legislation that will improve Georgia’s juvenile justice system through innovative practices and methods proven to yield positive results.
“This morning marks a milestone in my first term as governor,” said Deal. “I hope that, years from now, my cumulative work with the legislature and others on justice reform will prove to be one of the rocks in my administration’s Stonehenge, standing the test of time. First, we tackled the criminal justice system together. Then, last week, I signed into law the sequel to our adult justice reforms, making our criminal justice system even more effective and efficient.”
“We need common sense government,” Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah told dozens of cheering supporters gathered at the coastal city’s downtown riverfront. “We need strong government policy, not laugh lines for Jay Leno.”
Kingston’s candidacy could set the stage for a GOP primary battle over Chambliss’ seat that pits more traditional Republicans against tea-party and evangelical conservatives who lean further to the right.
Kingston avoided any mention of abortion or other social issues in his kickoff speech.
His quip about “common sense” versus “laugh lines” seemed aimed at recent remarks by both Broun and Gingrey.
via The Wire: OregonLive.com.