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13
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 13, 2021

Roxanne is an adult female 3-5 year old Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Evelyn’s Place Rescue in Gainesville, GA.

Roxanne was abandoned when her owners moved and left her behind. She is house trained, loves walks, toys and treats. She is best in an adult home with no small children. She gets along with other dogs but prefers to be the only baby and no cats.

Belle is an adult female Beagle who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Dolly is an adult female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

13
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 13, 2021

On May 13, 1607, English settlers founded the first permanent English settlement in America, at Jamestown on the James River. This led to the first English-language politics in America:

Dispatched from England by the London Company, the colonists had sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Susan Constant,Godspeed, and Discovery. Upon landing at Jamestown, the first colonial council was held by seven settlers whose names had been chosen and placed in a sealed box by King James I. The council, which included Captain John Smith, an English adventurer, chose Edward Wingfield as its first president.

Lyman Hall arrived in Philadelphia as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress on May 13, 1775.

On May 13, 1798, a Constitutional Convention adopted the Georgia Constitution of 1798.

The United States declared war on Mexico on May 13, 1846.

Georgia Whigs, led by Governor George Crawford, Alexander Stephens, and Robert Toombs, criticized the war for raising divisive questions about slavery in the territories. Georgia Democrats, led by Howell Cobb and Herschel Johnson, staunchly supported the war and states’ rights afterward. Because Whigs, nationally, appeared to be antislavery, Georgia Whigs lost the governorship in 1847. The Compromise of 1850 temporarily settled the slavery question in the territories, but the moderating influence of Georgia’s Whigs dissolved in the heated rhetoric of states’ rights in the 1850s. The next war would find Americans fighting Americans.

The first fighting at Resaca, Georgia took place on May 13, 1864 and Union forces marched into Dalton. On May 13, 1864, 257 cadets from the Virginia Military Institute camped at Mt. Crawford near Harrisonburg.The next day they would continue their march to New Market, Virginia.

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

On May 13, 2005, the Pentagon Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended the closing of Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Fort Gillem in Forest Park, the Naval Air Station in Marietta, and the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens.

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The reason Georgia is so good at ransacking the gas stations is because we get so much practice everytime it snows somewhere. But Governor Brian Kemp thinks some of y’all are overdoing it. From 11Alive:Continue Reading..

12
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 12, 2021

Uno is an adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from Fixing the Boro in Statesboro, GA.

This sweet boy has had a rough go at life and needs an understanding family. Uno is very scared of men… really pretty scared of everything. He is a good boy with kids, dogs, cats, and chickens, but would greatly appreciate a low-key, quiet forever home. He has a permanent scar and paw deformity from an animal trap. He is fully vetted and just now learning that people can be good.

Rae is a young adult female Hound mix who is available for adoption from Fixing the Boro in Statesboro, GA.

This precious ~2 year old girl is just as quiet and meek as they come. She is a shy gal that will need some patience in a new home, but did amazingly at her first outing. At this time she is very cautious/nervous around other dogs, but with confidence and time, this may change!

Rae is heartworm positive, but her treatment is fully covered by rescue. Her vetting will conclude soon! Please let us know if you’d like to meet her!

Fox is an adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from Fixing the Boro in Statesboro, GA.

Fox is about 3 years old, originally from a hoarding case the shelter assisted with back in January – he is now used to the spoiled life! He is fully vetted, heartworm negative, dog friendly, and ready for his new family! Fox can be a little shy at first, but has gotten SO much better! He knows now that people give pets and treats and are worth hanging around with ? Would love to have a puppy sibling (and his shelter family would prefer that for him as well)!

Fixing the Boro celebrated its first anniversary as a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in addition to animal rescue, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Clinic founders Sarah Roehm and Beth Jenkins were eager early last year to get the ball rolling on the clinic, after FTB had applied for and received a $67,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. FTB, which had previously operated only as a rescue organization, renovated a donated office space on East Inman Street to be used for the “snip clinic.”

In 2020, the clinic altered 2,655 dogs, cats and rabbits, and so far this year, the number has reached 1,432.

Roehm says the clinic is servicing a six-county area right now.

“To see people say, ‘I’d rather drive two hours than not do it at all,’ that’s pretty significant,” she said.

Currently, FTB has 115 animals in rescue, and more than 80 of those are cats. They are swamped, Roehm says, with adoptable kittens and cats, and are in desperate need of litter, and wet and dry food.

But they are always willing to accept donations of wet or dry dog food, puppy pads, blankets, sheets, towels, pillowcases, pill bottles, and office supplies. FTB has a wish list on Amazon, and they are also glad to accept monetary donations as well.

For more information on Fixing the Boro or to book an appointment, go online at www.fixingtheboro.com or call 912-205-5978. You can also find FTB on Facebook and Instagram.

12
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 12, 2021

On May 12, 1740, Georgia forces under James Oglethorpe took Fort Diego in Florida from the Spanish and mocked the defenders’ jean shorts.

The worst American defeat of the Revolutionary War occurred at Charleston, South Carolina on May 12, 1780. American Major General Benjamin Lincoln, who surrendered that day would later accept the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia.

On May 12, 1789, the Society of St. Tammany was founded in New York and would grow to a dominant home for political bosses. Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics remains one of the best historical versions of how political machines worked.

George Washington visited Georgia on May 12, 1791. From Purysburg, South Carolina, Georgia officials escorted Washington on a barge twenty-five miles down the Savannah River to Savannah, where he would stay four days.

On May 12, 1864, Confederate General Joseph Johnston pulled his Army of Tennessee and Georgia back to Resaca, Georgia. In Virginia, Major General John B. Gordon saved the life, or prevented the capture of, General Robert E. Lee at Spotsylvania. After the war, Gordon would serve as Governor of Georgia and United States Senator.

On May 12, 1864, the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets awoke in Staunton, where they had marched from Lexington 18 miles the previous day; after another 19 miles headed north up the Shenandoah Valley, the would make camp at Mt. Crawford, near Harrisonburg. The cadets ranged in age from fifteen to twenty-five years.

On May 12, 1970, Georgia National Guard troops were mobilized to end race riots that had broken out the night before in Augusta. On that same day, Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs, my father’s favorite player as a youth, hit his 500th home run.

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Governor Brian Kemp‘s office announced that net state revenues for April are up more than 52% in 2021 over the year prior. From the press release:Continue Reading..

11
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 11, 2021

Peek-A-Boo is a young female Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a young female Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

Punch Bug is a young male Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

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May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 11, 2021

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded on May 11, 1864 at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, near Richmond.

On May 11, 2011, Newt Gingrich announced via Twitter that he would run for President. Two days later, I caught up with Newt at Fincher’s Barbecue in Macon for a brief interview the day he was scheduled to speak to the Georgia Republican Party State Convention.

Happy Birthday to Minnesota, which became a state on May 11, 1858. Y’all talk funny.

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You may want to gas up your car. The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline that supplies much of the east coast, has created local shortages. From the Valdosta Daily Times:Continue Reading..

10
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 10, 2021

Rey is a four-month old male Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Scooter is a ten-year old senior male Beagle who is heartworm positive and who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Marcel is a 5-year old male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

10
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 10, 2021`

Savannah received news of the battle at Lexington on May 10, 1775, leading to a raid of British gunpowder for the colonial effort. On the same day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Second Continental Congress met.

On May 10, 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died a week after being shot at by his own troops.

He died, as he had wished, on the Sabbath, May 10, 1863, with these last words: “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

On May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.

On May 10, 1869, a ceremonial “Golden Spike” was driven in Promontory, Utah, symbolizing completion of a transcontinental railroad line joining the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad.

The first observance of Mother’s Day was May 10, 1908 at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official “Mother’s Day.”

On May 10, 2006, Georgia State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, a Republican, pled guilty to federal charges of fraud and money laundering, beginning a streak of Republican State School Supers to leave office under a cloud.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order 05.06.21.02, suspending Talbot County District 1 Commissioner Robert Lee Lanier and empaneling a commission to review and recommend further action after Lanier was indicted for possession of methamphetamine.

Gov. Kemp also signed at least ten more pieces of legislation on Friday, according to WALB.Continue Reading..

7
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 7, 2021

Brutus is an adult male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

Pete is an adult male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

Zach is an adult male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

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May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 7, 2021

George Washington attended the first inaugural ball on May 7, 1789 on Broadway near Wall Street in New York.

Washington arrived at the ball in the company of other American statesmen and their wives. That evening he danced with many of New York’s society ladies. Vice President John Adams, members of Congress and visiting French and Spanish dignitaries, as well their wives and daughters, joined in the festivities. Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, recorded her impressions of the ball in her memoirs, noting that the president liked to dance the minuet, a dance she thought was suited to his dignity and gravity.

Congress passed the second part of the Militia Act on May 8, 1792, requiring all able-bodied white male citizens to be enrolled in the militia.

A Constitutional Convention convened on May 8, 1798 in Louisville, Georgia to rewrite the state Constitution after the Yazoo Land Fraud.

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in Augusta, Georgia on May 8, 1845.

On May 9, 1862, a Union general, David Hunter, ordered the freedom of all slaves held in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, but President Lincoln issued a counter-order.

On May 7, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant disengaged his Army of the Potomac from fighting against General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending the Battle of the Wilderness.

Although the Wilderness is usually described as a draw, it could be called a tactical Confederate victory, but a strategic victory for the Union army. Lee inflicted heavy numerical casualties (see estimates below) on Grant, but as a percentage of Grant’s forces they were smaller than the percentage of casualties suffered by Lee’s smaller army. And, unlike Grant, Lee had very little opportunity to replenish his losses. Understanding this disparity, part of Grant’s strategy was to grind down the Confederate army by waging a war of attrition. The only way that Lee could escape from the trap that Grant had set was to destroy the Army of the Potomac while he still had sufficient force to do so, but Grant was too skilled to allow that to happen. Thus, the Overland Campaign, initiated by the crossing of the Rappahannock, and opening with this battle, set in motion the eventual destruction of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Therefore, even though Grant withdrew at the end of the battle (which is usually the action of the defeated side), unlike his predecessors since 1861, Grant continued his campaign instead of retreating to the safety of Washington, D.C. The significance of Grant’s advance was noted by James M. McPherson:

[I]nstead of heading north, they turned south. A mental sunburst brightened their minds. It was not another “Chancellorsville … another skedaddle” after all. “Our spirits rose,” recalled one veteran who remembered this moment as a turning point in the war. Despite the terrors of the past three days and those to come, “we marched free. The men began to sing.” For the first time in a Virginia campaign the Army of the Potomac stayed on the offensive after its initial battle.

May 7, 1864 saw some of the first fighting in the Atlanta campaign, northwest of Dalton, Georgia.

On May 8, 1864, Union forces under Sherman continued to engage Confederates at the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge four miles west of Dalton, Georgia, seizing Blue Mountain.

Elsewhere on the same day, the Army of the Potomac under Grant reached Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia and found that Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had beaten them there from the Battle of the Wilderness. Grant’s Army of the Potomac remained engaged against Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House through May 21, 1864.

In Georgia on May 9, 1864, Union troops under General Sherman took Snake Creek Gap. In Atlanta, a notice was published,

“ATTENTION MILITIA! All persons between the ages of 16 and 60, not in the service of the Confederate States, in the second ward, are hereby notified to be and appear at the City Hall today, at 2 o’clock P.M., for the purpose of being armed and equipped for local defense. Herein fail not under penalty.”

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official “Mother’s Day.”

Keith Richards recorded the first version of the guitar riff that would become “Satisfaction” early in the morning of May 7, 1965 before passing out.

On May 9, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary opened hearing on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

Jimmy Carter’s Presidential campaign received a boost on May 7, 1976 when he received the personal endorsement of the President of the United Auto Workers.

Happy Birthday to Bill Kreutzman, one of the drummers for the Grateful Dead. On Kreutzman’s 31st birthday, the Dead played at Boston Garden. The next night was the legendary Cornell show.

On May 8, 1977, the Grateful Dead played at Cornell.

On May 9, 1977, the Grateful Dead played at Buffalo War Memorial Auditorium.

On May 7, 1996, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell responded to the FBI Report that ranked Atlanta the most violent city in the nation. Campbell would succeed in replacing headlines about Atlanta’s violent crime by substituting headlines about official corruption.

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Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 255, which creates a sexual assault protocol and committee to address how rape kits are handled within the criminal justice system. From the AJC:

The law, House Bill 255, creates a tracking system for rape kits as they move through the criminal justice system, including initial receipt by law enforcement, storage and analysis.

Supporters of the bill said it will keep victims involved in their cases if they choose, and it will help hold perpetrators of sexual assaults accountable.

Victims can be informed when perpetrators are identified, arrested and charged.

 

 

 

 

 

United States Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Atlanta) took a trip to Valdosta to take credit for millions of dollars in stimmie bucks headed for local school systems. From the Valdosta Daily Times:

Meeting with Valdosta’s local representatives, Ossoff announced Valdosta City Schools will receive $46.8 million and Lowndes County Schools will receive $23.2 million

This will be through the American Rescue Plan Act which President Joe Biden enacted in 2021 to provide direct relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also helps schools reopen by providing the necessary resources to a majority of K-8 schools in their first 100 days, according to The White House’s site.

Ossoff said this funding should make the next school year “the best in history,” and help educators, parents and students who’ve struggled throughout the pandemic.

“Local education officials have a lot of flexibility with this funding because local officials, parents and educators know best what this community needs,” Ossoff said.

During Ossoff’s visit, Suwannee Riverkeeper John Quarterman asked about the proposed heavy mineral sands mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

An environmental review process was attempted but has since been encumbered because of a change in interpretation of the Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction, according to a U.S. Senate letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s principal deputy director, Martha Williams.

Ossoff said he and fellow Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock have already asked the USFWS to “engage and support” the Environmental Protection Division’s permit review of the mine.

“We will be monitoring closely this process and urging federal participation in this process to ensure that proposed commercial developments don’t damage the refuge and swamp,” Ossoff said.

From the Brunswick News:

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., says the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an “absolutely sacred” place and must be protected from potentially harmful intrusions.

During a press conference Wednesday at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ossoff explained why he joined fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help the state with the permitting process for Twin Pines Minerals, the Alabama-based company that wants to mine heavy minerals near the Okefenokee.

Ossoff said the Okefenokee is a “precious wildlife refuge that must be protected” and he wants to ensure the swamp will never be negatively impacted by a proposed commercial activity.

“Considering your agency’s long history of supporting Okefenokee Refuge, its scientific expertise in measuring ecological and hydrologic effects, and existing analyses about this mining proposal, we urge FWS to proactively support and engage with EPD in its review of this project and the cumulative impacts of long-term mining near the refuge,” the senators wrote in their request. “We ask FWS to specifically analyze whether the applicant is able to prove that operations will not harm the refuge.”

Kevin Chambers, spokesman for the EPD, said the state agency is fully capable of handling the permit request.

“Georgia EPD has the experience and resources to evaluate proposed permits for numerous industrial activities to ensure they comply with applicable state and federal regulations,” Chambers said. “This includes proposed state permits for surface mining, which would be required regardless of the role of the federal government.”

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (R-Commerce) and Congressman Jody Hice (R-Monroe) will speak at the Second Congressional District GOP banquet later this month, according to the Albany Herald.

The 2nd Congressional District Republican Party will host a district banquet at the Lake Blackshear Resort on May 14 starting at 6 p.m. to gather supporters of the Republican Party from all over south Georgia for a banquet leading up to the 2nd District Republican Party Convention.

 

Savannah State University promoted interim president Kimberly Ballard-Washington to a permanent role as President, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“Savannah State’s 130-year history could not be better served than with a candidate of Ms. Ballard-Washington’s leadership and determination to honor its legacy while helping students successfully complete their degrees in the 21st century,” said USG chancellor, Steve Wrigley in a statement Thursday. “Kimberly has invaluable experience gained from working at a number of public universities across the state, and understands the important role Savannah State plays as the oldest public HBCU in Georgia. She truly and deeply cares for SSU, its students and its mission.”

“I have long admired and now love Savannah State University,” Ballard-Washington said through the USG. “For almost two years, I have had the privilege of leading one of the most historic and influential institutions in our state on a temporary basis. I am honored to now have the opportunity to continue to lead the University into the next phase of its future.”

The Board of Regents will take action on Ballard-Washington’s appointment as early as next week’s board meeting.

Glynn County Board of Education members will consider changing or revoking their mask mandate for schools, according to The Brunswick News.

Superintendent Scott Spence has throughout the school year determined on a month-by-month basis whether to make changes to the district mask mandate. He loosened the rule for the first time in April, when he announced that students could remove their masks while outdoors on campus.

He said Thursday he is considering removing the mask mandate in school buildings the day students begin the summer break. It would impact summer school and other programs for the remainder of May, June and July.

Board member Mike Hulsey said he feels it’s a decision that should fall to the superintendent.

“Now, do I feel like we could also take a vote as a board and override that? Sure,” Hulsey said. “But I think that ultimately it’s an administrative kind of decision.”

The discussion ended with a consensus to revisit the issue Tuesday.