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5
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 5, 2015

Biggie1

Meet Biggie (I’d call him “Biggie Smalls”). Biggie is a Male Basset Hound-Lab(?) mix that looks to be around 1 year old. He has a big head and a basset body and is just as cute as can be. Biggie LOVES attention and love, he likes to play with children and other dogs, and would love to be your new fur family member. He has the most beautiful clear yellow eyes that a shelter volunteer says “pierces my heart with them every time I pass by his cage.” Biggie is available for Reclaim, Adoption, or Rescue at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Adoption fee $30.

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Jenks2

This is Jenks, but I’d call him “Biggie Talls,” and he’d make an awesome matched set with Biggie Smalls. Jenks is a large 80+ pound Male Champagne American Bulldog. I cannot tell you how wonderful this dogs is you would have to come meet him your self. Jenks loves to be around people of all sizes, loves to hang out with other dogs, is cool calm and collected and seems to have been very well cared for by a loving family. Jenks’ mannerisms are just like my personal dog’s so I know he is a wonderful dog to have as a pet. Jenks is available for Reclaim, Adoption or Rescue at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Adoption fee $30.

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Brownie

Brownie is a sweet little 9-10 week old female mix breed puppy. She is available at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Adoption fee $30.

Shelly

Shelly is a 12-14 week old female mix breed puppy. Her and her 4 siblings were dumped deep in the woods of a hunting club and were found the day after Christmas by a caring hunter who brought them in. Sandy is available at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Adoption fee $30.

Sydney

Sydney is a 12-14 week old female mixed breed puppy, the second of the “hunting club pups.”

Sunny

Sunny is a 12-14 week old female mixed breed puppy, the third of the “hunting club pups.”

Sandy

Sandy is a 12-14 week old female mixed breed puppy, the fourth of the “hunting club pups.”

Shae

Shae is a 12-14 week old female mixed breed puppy, the fifth of the “hunting club pups.”

Patch

Patch is a little 10 week old male mix breed puppy. He needs lots of love and hugs and loves to cuddle. Patch is available at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Adoption fee $30.

Cherokee Spay Neuter

Twenty dollars to spay or neuter a male pet is an excellent price for something that every responsible pet owner should do, unless you are committed to responsible breeding of your dog. Click here to make an appointment with the Georgia Animal Project, located in Cherokee County, Georgia.

 

3
Jan

The Marietta Daily Journal – Sen Hill to hold town hall meeting on Monday

SMYRNA — State Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) will hold a town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Smyrna Community Center.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Sen Hill to hold town hall meeting on Monday.

3
Jan

The Marietta Daily Journal – Transportation is a priority for Cobb residents

MARIETTA — A recently released survey found Cobb County residents believe transportation is the biggest issue facing metro Atlanta, but Commissioner Bob Ott doesn’t believe the results necessarily mean the county should expand its mass transit program.

The result of the survey, conducted on behalf of the Atlanta Regional Commission, represents a change compared to a similar survey the ARC conducted last year, which saw the economy chosen as the biggest problem the area faces.

Those surveyed were asked to choose the biggest issue facing residents in the metro area from among eight possible answers: transportation, race relations, the economy, crime, public health, public education, human services for people in need and taxes. The respondents could also choose “don’t know” or “other.”

Among 708 respondents who said they lived in Cobb County, 25 percent said transportation was the most important issue, with 22 percent choosing the economy and 14 percent saying public education. The margin of error on the county level is 5 percentage points.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Transportation is a priority for Cobb residents.

3
Jan

The Marietta Daily Journal – DA Vic Reynolds commends Cold Case Unit

MARIETTA — Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he has plenty to be proud of in 2014, including the creation of the Cold Case Unit and two new accountability courts, one for veterans and one for people with mental health issues.

He said 2015 will see some high-profile trials, most notably that of Justin Ross Harris, who is accused of killing his baby son by leaving him in a hot car all day.

Reynolds, who begins his third year after voters elected him to replace retiring DA Pat Head, said he’s had a good two years in office and plans to run for re-election.

“Barring some unforeseen circumstance, my intention is to run for this office again in 2016,” Reynolds said.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – DA Vic Reynolds commends Cold Case Unit.

3
Jan

Prince bill would allow magnet school students to play sports at other schools | The Augusta Chronicle

In his first bill proposal as a state legislator, Rep. Brian Prince has prefiled legislation that would allow students who attend magnet schools to play sports at other schools.

Currently magnet schools in Georgia are eligible to participate in the state’s high school athletic association, but few magnets offer the full spectrum of sports programs like traditional high schools.

Magnet schools are public schools that have specialized themes such as fine arts or technology and have competitive admissions processes that are open to all attendance zones in a district. With a specialized focus, not all have the demand or time for full-fledged athletics.

via Prince bill would allow magnet school students to play sports at other schools | The Augusta Chronicle.

3
Jan

Snellville political troubles head to Ga. Supreme Court on Tuesday | Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville officials are starting 2015 the way they started 2014, 2013, 2012 and so many years before: arguing.

On Tuesday, they’ll take it to the Georgia Supreme Court and once again rehash the issue of whether Mayor Kelly Kautz has the authority to fire City Attorney Tony Powell against the wishes of the city council. The court has agreed to review a Georgia Court of Appeals decision from March that said the power to get rid of the city attorney rested with the council, not the mayor.

via Snellville political troubles head to Ga. Supreme Court on Tuesday | Gwinnett Daily Post.

3
Jan

State has millions more to spend, but can’t meet pent up demand | www.myajc.com

An improving economy after years of austerity cuts has state agencies, teachers and government employees hoping 2015 will be the year to finally begin making up financial ground.

Medical professionals hope for more state money to treat the poor. Business leaders want more money for transportation. State employees, 100,000 teachers and judges would like to get at least a moderate pay raise.

But at least some of them will wind up disappointed by the time the 2015 session — which begins Jan. 12 — is gaveled to a close in about three months.

That’s because most of the $800 million or so in extra revenue the state will take in this year has been all but spoken for, penciled in to pay for the rising costs of education, public health care and employee pension programs.

“I got two or three times what I’d gotten in the previous three years in terms of individual requests,” said House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn. “We’re listening to a lot of folks, but I am not making promises to anyone.”

via State has millions more to spend, but can’t meet pent up demand | www.myajc.com.

3
Jan

City misses another Beltline payment to Atlanta schools | www.myajc.com

The city of Atlanta has missed another payment to Atlanta Public Schools in connection with the Beltline project, according to school district officials.

Under the agreement that helped fund the popular greenspace project, the school district was due to be paid $6.75 million Thursday and another $6.75 million last January. To date, neither payment has been received, according to school district officials.

“I’m still hoping that we’re able to resolve this dispute via conversations with the leadership on the city side. Ideally I’d like that to happen sooner rather than later,” school board chairman Courtney English said.

via City misses another Beltline payment to Atlanta schools | www.myajc.com.

3
Jan

Spending on Georgia’s U.S. Senate race smashed records in 2014 | www.myajc.com

WASHINGTON — Candidates and outside groups spent more than $74 million on the nearly two-year derby to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, according to final tallies from the Federal Election Commission.

The Democratic and Republican state parties combined to spend an additional $12.7 million over the election cycle, much of it funneled in from the national parties to coordinated campaigns for all of each side’s candidates.

The results were a record-smashing year for spending and the election of Republican David Perdue, who will be sworn in Tuesday as the state’s junior senator.

There were many unusual factors in play, including a knock-down, drag-out Republican primary for the open seat, and Democrat Michelle Nunn’s big name and national connections. But close observers of Georgia’s shifting politics say this year’s flood of spending represents a new normal for a state that could move into swing territory in the coming years.

“What we saw in Georgia is what is becoming very commonplace in Senate contests around the country,” said Joel McElhannon, an Athens-based consultant who worked with the Georgia Republican Party.

“High-stakes Senate contests are generating this kind of money,” McElhannon said. “It’s the new reality of campaigns in America after the Citizens United decision (by the U.S. Supreme Court) that you’re going to have enormous outside spending, particularly when you have something as important as control of the U.S. Senate at stake.”

via Spending on Georgia’s U.S. Senate race smashed records in 2014 | www.myajc.com.

3
Jan

Ga. politicians cool to global warming | www.myajc.com

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked a dozen of the state’s top elected officials and the director of the agency tasked with the state’s environment whether they believe the globe is warming, and whether they think pollution caused by human activity is a cause.

Several officials didn’t respond to repeated calls or emails from the AJC. Among those who did, some said they’re not convinced the climate is changing; others said it’s not their problem; yet others said it’s happening but humans aren’t necessarily a cause. None voiced acceptance of proposed federal mandates that would reduce the nation’s output of greenhouse gasses.

via Ga. politicians cool to global warming | www.myajc.com.