Gov. & First Lady Deal: Celebrate New REACH Scholars, Families

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From Governor Nathan Deal


Governor and first lady celebrate new REACH scholars, families

Scholarship continues state’s commitment to expand access to higher education for all Georgians, Deal says

Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal today welcomed 109 middle school students and 14 high school students throughout Georgia to the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship launched by the governor in 2012 and designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education.

“This program is a strategic investment in our students and our state, opening doors for youth in Georgia who may not have the opportunity to seek postsecondary education due to financial constraints,” said Deal. “The scholars who signed contracts today have demonstrated dedication to their educational achievement, and I encourage them to continue working hard so they can find success in college and become part of Georgia’s top-ranked workforce.”

The scholars, representing 23 school systems across the state, signed contracts for the 2014-2015 school year. These contracts require students to maintain a certain grade point average, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. (more…)

DUI data missing from state computer |

The state has no record of the outcome of nearly 100,000 DUI charges because counties and cities have failed to properly report how they handled Georgia’s most dangerous drivers.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of DUI charges in the Georgia Crime Information Center found yawning holes in the data that make criminal histories unreliable. This is of particular concern to employers, who are given limited access to the database to run background checks on job applicants. Courts and police use it on a daily basis to guide them in dealing with offenders.

Between 2007 and 2013, Georgia cops made slightly more than 400,000 DUI arrests and slapped drivers with nearly 500,000 DUI charges as part of those arrests, according to the GBI.

For about one in five of the DUI charges in the database for two years or more, no report of a disposition has ever been filed with the state. Under a new law, most DUI charges that remain unresolved for two years no longer show up as part of the criminal histories employers rely on.


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Sen. Josh McKoon: Participates in the Columbus State University “Howard Wall” Breaking Ceremony

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From Senator Josh McKoon

Josh Wall

Sen. Josh McKoon Participates in the Columbus State University “Howard Wall” Breaking Ceremony

Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), Columbus State University President Tim Mescon, state Representatives, faculty and staff took turns taking chunks out of the old wall in a unique “wall-breaking” ceremony.

“It is exciting to see the technology and building improvements happening at Columbus State University,” said Sen. McKoon. “The hard work and extraordinary vision of the university leadership are doing great, ambitious work.”

The ceremony is the start of a $3.95 million renovation of Howard Hall, CSU’s oldest classroom building. (more…)

GA 12 – Rick Allen: Rep. John Barrow Lies to Georgians Again

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From Rick Allen Congress


Barrow Lies to Georgians Again

– Ducks Proposed Debates and Tries to Blame Allen –

John Barrow sent out a press release today accusing Rick Allen of not wanting to debate him. In the same release, Barrow’s spokesman acknowledges that of the five debates Allen’s campaign has proposed, Barrow has rejected all of them.

The facts of the Islamic Center forum Barrow is very keen on attending are this: the Columbia County News Times that was co-sponsoring the forum has withdrawn from the arrangement and is trying to establish its own event. Allen, for his part, has not withdrawn from anything.

“It is interesting that the only two standing shoulder to shoulder on this topic are John Barrow and a Muslim cleric who are attacking Rick Allen together,” said Allen spokesman Dan McLagan. (more…)

GA Right To Life: Reach Banquet 25 September – Cobb County

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From Georgia Right to Life 

GRTL Reach


The annual GRTL REACH banquet returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre on September 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm! 

This year’s talented keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director.

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To host a table (seats 10), click HERE.

To sponsor the event, click HERE.

Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.

All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.

She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.