State’s business climate tops Site Selection magazine annual ranking, fulfilling Deal pledge
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s top economic development trade publications. Continue reading
Updated at 6:48 p.m.: Kelly Loeffler, the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team, has passed on a U.S. Senate run next year.
We’re told that the delay of her company’s merger with the New York Stock Exchange, which could be pushed back months, prompted the decision. With a May 20 GOP primary, she’d face a tremendous time crunch to introduce herself to voters and raise her name recognition.
Martha Zoller over at WGAU (1340AM) reports that Loeffler “saw a path to winning the race but in the end, the time was not right:”
“My story is what I want for everyone in America,” Loeffler said, “The fact that I was able to go through public school and pursue my dream. I want everyone to have that opportunity.”
…The bottom line is the closing for her company’s deal for the stock exchange has been delayed again and she feels she can’t navigate that and run for office effectively, so she’s deferring, for now.
via Kelly Loeffler passes on a 2014 U.S. Senate run | Political Insider | www.ajc.com.
Mid-summer rainfall combined with cooler fall weather could impact production for late-season cotton farmers.
Producers who planted their cotton between late-May and mid-June are delayed for harvest due to a deluge of rain during late-June-July and a late-October cold spell last week.
“Growers that planted towards the end of our planting window got caught by a lot of rain,” said Guy Collins, a University of Georgia Extension cotton agronomist based on the Tifton campus. “They couldn’t get in the field when they wanted to, to plant cotton. Naturally, a lot of it struggled to get a good start.”
Collins said this added “a whole new level of stress” that cotton farmers aren’t accustomed to dealing with. In other words, “we just got too much water, way too much water in areas,” he said.
As rain slowed cotton’s development in the summer, cooler weather has stymied its growth the past couple of weeks, including a near-frost in south Georgia this past weekend. Toward the north end of south Georgia’s cotton belt, Dooly County’s temperature reached as low as 35 degrees Saturday night (Oct. 26).
Cooler weather slows down development and maturity of cotton bolls that have yet to open. Frost can ultimately desiccate cotton plants, depending on the cotton’s maturity and the strength of the frost.
Normally, by mid-November approximately 80 percent of the cotton crop has been harvested. This year, however, due to the crop’s delayed growth in certain areas, Collins believes it will be around mid- to late-November before the bulk of cotton will be harvested.
via Cotton Crop Delayed by Weather – Growing Georgia.
Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow made an 11th-hour appeal Friday of her ethics violation sanction, noting three areas as grounds for her case.
Marlow was sanctioned Oct. 2 for violating Board of Education policy by sending a letter to school accrediting agency AdvanceEd calling for an investigation, and Friday was the final day for her to appeal the school board’s decision.
Marlow based her appeal on whether her motion to dismiss the charges against her was properly denied and whether it should have been granted, whether sending a letter requesting an investigation is beyond her authority as a school board member and whether by taking private action she compromised the board or school administration.
Cherokee District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby confirmed Friday that Cherokee County School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo received Marlow’s request for an appeal that morning.
via Cherokee Tribune – Marlow files appeal of school board sanction.
CANTON — With Election Day rapidly approaching, the candidates for the Canton City Council’s Ward 3 are in the final push of their campaigns.
Molly Lewis, Tom Sanders, John R. Rust and Farris Yawn are on the loaded ballot of candidates to replace retiring Councilman John Beresford, and each believes he or she has the skills to rise above the competition.
via Cherokee Tribune – Canton Ward 3 hopefuls discuss growth qualifications.