The blog.

21
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 21, 2021

Hazel is a ten-month old female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Meet Hazel! Most of her siblings have already been adopted except her and her sister Haggie. Unfortunately she was recently returned to our rescue because she wasn’t comfortable around the families young children. Young ones quick movements and loud gestures make her nervous so she needs a home without children. Older children 16+ would be fine. Although she is shy, she loves to play with other dogs and that’s when her tail wags the most! We would like to see her in a home with another dog as we don’t think she would do well being the only dog. A confident sibling would bring out the best in her! She loves to play in her fosters fenced in yard. Hazel is house and crate trained.

Winnie is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Winnie is one of the 4 puppies we recently rescued from the Dominican Republic. They are all around 5 months old. Winnie is a female mix that weighs approx 25 lbs and will most likely be around 45-50 fully grown. Winnie is a very sweet and shy girl. She takes a little to warm up and has made a long journey to the US so you can’t blame her! She has been able to play with a lot of dogs in her foster home and does well with them. We think she would do best in a home with another dog for companionship and confidence! She would be fine around children but younger toddlers may be too much for her. We can cat test her as well for interested adopters.

Forest is a young male Black Mouth Cur & Carolina Dog mix who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Forest is a 9 month old black mouth cur/ Carolina dog (our best guess) that we just sprung from the shelter. He was on his last day facing euthanasia and no puppy deserves that. This boy currently weighs 55 lbs and will gain a little bit more before he’s fully grown. Forest is a total love bug! He loves everyone he meets and is super dog friendly. He could also care less about cats and just ignores him. He also loves toys and stuffies! Forest walks well on leash and would make a great companion for an active person and/or family. He is also house and crate trained.

21
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 21, 2021

USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

On October 21, 1888, the Augusta Chronicle published a letter from General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Pleasant Stovall, editor of The Augusta Chronicle, wrote the famous old general, and what do you know? He answered, in perhaps the most famous letter to the editor ever printed in the newspaper.

It was published Oct. 21, 1888, and basically, the old warhorse said he didn’t attack Augusta because he didn’t have to. He wanted to get to Savan­nah where the Union Navy could bring him supplies.

However, he offered to correct the oversight if Augusta felt neglected, writing: “I can send a detachment of 100,000 or so of Sherman’s Bummers and their descendants who will finish up the job without charging Uncle Sam a cent.”

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

Today, Billy Carter’s service station is preserved as a museum in Plains, Georgia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile will be in town this week, according to CBS46.

Oct. 21: Kroger at 3651 Peachtree Pkwy Suwanee, GA (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Oct. 22: Kroger at 6001 Cumming Hwy NE Sugar Hill, GA (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Kroger at 400 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suwanee, GA (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Oct. 23: Kroger at 6555 Sugarloaf Pkwy Duluth, GA (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Kroger at 3093 Steve Reynolds Blvd Duluth, GA (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Oct. 24: Kroger at 3035 Centerville Hwy Snellville, GA (11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.) and Kroger at 1670 GA-124 (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Governor Brian Kemp attended the groundbreaking for a large solar installation in Lee County, according to a press release.Continue Reading..

20
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 20, 2021

Wade is a male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

Wade is a beautiful fawn and white pittie boy with soulful eyes! He’s a playful pup that loves spending time with our volunteers and playing in the yard. Wade does well with other dogs, however he is not submissive to other males if they’re sassy first since he has not yet been neutered. Wade is a sweet boy that walks well on a leash, he even sits and gives paw on command!

Adoption fee: $150; includes spay or neuter, vaccinations (dhlpp and rabies), deworming for intestinal parasites and flea treatment. Heartworm test (including first 30 days of prevention) can be added for an additional $20.

The Baldwin County Animal Shelter is often operating at capacity, this means that for every dog or cat that comes in, another must leave via rescue or adoption, or risk being euthanized for space. Multiple dogs and cats come to the shelter EVERY DAY, which means animals must also be moving out at the same rate. Unfortunately, sometimes there are larger adult, “pitbull” or mix-breed dogs that are continually overlooked for their younger or more “adoptable” counterparts. Please consider adopting a new best friend today!

Bansai is a male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

Bansai is a young adult, male boxer mix appox 2 years old and 55 pounds. He has a playful, silly personality and ears to match! Bansai is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative, current on prevention and ready for a family to love him!

Bansai loves people and loves to play with female dogs, but can be a little bit selective with his male doggie friends. Since Bansai really loves to play hard and wrestle with his friends, he would do best in a home without small dogs, cats or small children, though he is not aggressive.

Jack Jack is a senior male purebred Rottweiler who is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

Jack-Jack is a full-blooded male rottweiler (with a cropped tail) that came to the shelter because his elderly owner passed away. He is 7.5 years old and approximately 150 pounds. (He is a bit overweight, but he’s also a BIG guy.) Jack-Jack is neutered, up to date on vaccines and friendly with people, including strangers, in the shelter environment. He even walks nicely on a leash and mostly tries to avoid your fingers as he takes a snack from them! BUT he is typical of his breed and must get to know a person before they attempt to “control” him. AND he will be territorial in his home environment. *For these reasons, rottweiler or mastiff breed experience is required.* A meet and greet with existing dogs will also be required. ABSOLUTELY NO CATS.

20
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 20, 2021

The United States Senate ratified a treaty with France on October 20, 1805, closing the deal on the Louisiana Purchase.

On October 20, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Roswell to visit his mother’s girlhood home at Bulloch Hall.

Lewis Grizzard was born on October 20, 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On October 20, 1977, a small twin-engine plane carrying members of Lynyrd Skynyrd from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray died in the crash.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The State of Georgia is now going after the lawyer representing elected Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones, according to WSAV.

A week after embattled Muscogee County District Attorney Mark Jones retained Chris Breault as his defense lawyer, the State of Georgia is asking that Breault be removed from the case.

The state’s latest motion asks Houston County Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden to disqualify Breault, because he’s a potential witness in the case.

The trial is scheduled to start on November 8th.

In the motion, the state says that Breault must take the state in the case for two reasons.

“Mr. Breault is the only person who can overcome the hearsay objection to his statements in the Facebook messages. The testimony of the murder witness can not do that. Mr. Breault’s conversations with the defendant are important to establish how Mr. Breault came in contact with the witnesss.”

Breault issued the following statement: “The authorities know they can’t beat DA Mark Jones on a fake case if I am his lawyer. They are doing everything they can to get rid of me. Like him or hate him, Mr. Jones deserves a fair trial with the counsel of his choosing.”

Breault recently represented Jones in a criminal case alleging property damage to the Columbus Civic Center parking lot during the taping of a 2020 campaign rap video. That case, tried in September, ended in a mistrial when multiple witnesses were watching live-stream video of the trial.

Continue Reading..

19
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 19, 2021

Fiona is a medium-sized, young female American Staffordshire Terrier & Black Mouth Cur mix who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

Fiona is a sweet girl who steals the hearts of everyone she meets. This special girl needs a strong, dedicated leader who can give her the structure she needs. She is friendly with all dogs and all people. She has a lot of anxiety due to her past that comes out through high energy, so she benefits from strict structure and direction.

She is doing great in her foster home with lots of guidance and exercise. She is incredibly smart and obedient and has good door manners. She loves to run and explore but will also cuddle you and give hugs. She is good off-leash and in the house. She is an amazingly kind and loyal dog who just needs a leader to follow.

Cleatus is a male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

Cleatus is estimated to be about 2 1/2 years old. He’s a good boy and loves people, but can be a little too much smaller children. He would love to be a lap dog even though he’s close to 55lbs. He knows how to sit and wait at doorways (on leash) and walks well on a harness. He goes to his crate when asked and doesn’t put up much of a fuss. He loves car rides and going for walks. After careful introductions, he warms up to other big dogs but he’s not good around small animals such as cats and poultry. He needs a home preferably with another doggo friend. He is heartworm positive and will be undergoing treatment

Sycamore is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

This goofy, young 1.5 year old is ready for adoption! He is a beautiful and sweet boy with spurts of boundless energy and couch potato laziness! Oh well! He deserves to be lazy as he had a rough start in life… Rescued at four months he had been hit by car with and suffered a broken hip. Veterinarian is waiting build up of strength and muscle mass before determining course of action. Rescue will take on responsibility of treatment once the best course of action is determined. Sycamore loves to play with his squirrel toy and his foster sisters Trixie and Shirley. He does best with dogs that are submissive. And due to his strength and size no children under eight. 

19
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 19, 2021

British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781,  ending the American Revolution.

On October 19, 1790, Lyman Hall, one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia, died in Burke County, GA. Hall was elected Governor of Georgia in 1783, holding the position for one year, and was an early advocate for the chartering of the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 1983, the United States Senate voted 78-22 to create a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be celebrated on the third Monday of January. The House passed the King holiday bill, sponsored by Reps. Katie Hall (D.-IN) and Jack Kemp (R-NY), by a vote of 338-90 in August. President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation on November 3, 1983.

The Ledger-Enquirer wrote about the beginning of what would eventually become Fort Benning.

100 years ago, Camp Benning raised its flag on Oct. 19, 1918, almost two weeks after the first Army troops arrived on Macon Road where the Columbus Public Library and other public buildings stand. The only evidence from the MidTown site that housed 300 tents is a nearby monument in the neighborhood at South Dixon Drive and Mimosa Street.

That small camp led to a bigger location 8 miles down the road and redesignated Fort Benning on Feb. 18, 1922. The Maneuver Center of Excellence is home of the Infantry and Armor schools as the sixth largest military installation in the United States.

“Columbus has been a good neighbor to us and wanted us here,” said Scott Daubert, director of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. “They wanted us here. They courted the government.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

As of the most current Absentee voter file released by the Secretary of State’s Office:

Total votes cast:            51,432

Mail-in votes cast:          2067

Electronic votes cast:            2

In-person votes cast:  49,363

Here are the General Election stats for one year ago, October 19, 2020, drawn from the Absentee voter file released daily by the Secretary of State’s office:Continue Reading..

18
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 18, 2021

Brooke is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Circle of Friends Animal Society in Greensboro, GA.

Brooke is about 7 months old and 30 pounds. She is some sort of lab mix but will be smaller than the typical lab probably 40 to 50 pounds grown. She can be a little shy at first meeting but warms up quickly. She is an affectionate playful girl.

Cricket is a young male Dachshund & Jack Russell Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Circle of Friends Animal Society in Athens, GA.

Cricket started off being super nervous with everyone but quickly warmed up to his foster mom, as well as his foster dog and cat siblings. He thrives having 4 legged friends in his home and will not be available to go to a single pet home. (he’d love to be adopted with his favorite kitty foster sibling, Rukia!) He is doing very well with his potty training (but everyone makes mistakes sometimes) and doesn’t mind hanging out in his crate during the day with some toys to chew on. He’s a young guy and loves playing with and chewing on toys.

Peppie is a 10-year old senior male Poodle mix who is available for adoption from the Circle of Friends Animal Society in Greensboro, GA.

Peppie and Nana (Chihuahua) are a bonded pair. Their owner passed away and no one in the family wanted to take them on. They are both seniors but still very playful and friendly. Peppie is 10 yrs old and Nan is 7 yrs. They are both easy dogs and would really like to stay together. They are currently in a foster home and doing well with all the other dogs. If you have room in your heart and home for two please consider this pair. Their shelter will do a special adoption fee of $250 for the pair to keep them together.

Nana is a 7-year old female Chihuahua who is bonded to Peppie, and is available for adoption as a package deal from the Circle of Friends Animal Society Inc. in Greensboro, GA.

18
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 18, 2021

The Mason-Dixon line separating Pennsylvania from Maryland was established on October 18, 1767.

In 1760, tired of border violence between the colonies’ settlers, the British crown demanded that the parties involved hold to an agreement reached in 1732. As part of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s adherence to this royal command, Mason and Dixon were asked to determine the exact whereabouts of the boundary between the two colonies. Though both colonies claimed the area between the 39th and 40th parallel, what is now referred to as the Mason-Dixon line finally settled the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. The line was marked using stones, with Pennsylvania’s crest on one side and Maryland’s on the other.

Twenty years later, in late 1700s, the states south of the Mason-Dixon line would begin arguing for the perpetuation of slavery in the new United States while those north of line hoped to phase out the ownership of human chattel. This period, which historians consider the era of “The New Republic,” drew to a close with the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which accepted the states south of the line as slave-holding and those north of the line as free. The compromise, along with those that followed it, eventually failed.

On October 18, 1867, the United States took over Alaska from Russia and ran up Old Glory there for the first time.

Separated from the far eastern edge of the Russian empire by only the narrow Bering Strait, the Russians had been the first Europeans to significantly explore and develop Alaska.

Seeing the giant Alaska territory as a chance to cheaply expand the size of the nation, William H. Seward, President Andrew Johnson‘s secretary of state, moved to arrange the purchase of Alaska. Agreeing to pay a mere $7 million for some 591,000 square miles of land-a territory twice the size of Texas and equal to nearly a fifth of the continental United States-Seward secured the purchase of Alaska at the ridiculously low rate of less than 2¢ an acre.

On October 18, 1870, Rockdale and McDuffie Counties were created when Georgia Governor Rufus Bullock signed legislation creating them.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The New York Times this weekend ran a story that Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, had called out the National Guard to assist short-staffed hospitals.Continue Reading..

15
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 15, 2021

Coco is a female Chihuahua who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA. She is 3 years old and weighs 10.5 pounds

Stella is a young female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA. Stella and Rosie, below, are a bonded pair who need to be adopted together. Stella is Rosie’s mother.

Rosie is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA. Rosie is less than a year old and weighs 31 pounds.

15
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 15, 2021

Friday, October 15, 1582 marked the beginning of the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar – the previous day was Thursday, October 4th.

The Pennsylvania Gazette published a criticism against the British Tea Act on October 16, 1773.

The Tea Act of 1773 was a bill designed to save the faltering British East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as yet another example of taxation tyranny. In response, the “Philadelphia Resolutions” called the British tax upon America unfair and said that it introduced “arbitrary government and slavery” upon the American citizens. The resolutions urged all Americans to oppose the British tax and stated that anyone who transported, sold or consumed the taxed tea would be considered “an enemy to his country.”

Five thousand British and Hessian troops surrendered to patriot militia on October 17, 1777, ending the Second Battle of Saratoga, and leading to France recognizing American independence and sending military aid.

George Washington left New York, the nation’s capital, on October 15, 1789, embarking upon the first Presidential tour to New England.

An editorial published pseudononymously by Alexander Hamilton on October 17, 1796, accused Thomas Jefferson, then a Presidential candidate, of having an affair with a slave.

Happy birthday to the Texas Rangers, created on October 17, 1835.

In the midst of their revolt against Mexico, Texan leaders felt they needed a semi-official force of armed men who would defend the isolated frontier settlers of the Lone Star Republic against both Santa Ana’s soldiers and hostile Indians; the Texas Rangers filled this role. But after winning their revolutionary war with Mexico the following year, Texans decided to keep the Rangers, both to defend against Indian and Mexican raiders and to serve as the principal law enforcement authority along the sparsely populated Texan frontier.

On October 16, 1854, Abraham Lincoln, a candidate for Congress, spoke against the Kansas-Nebraska Act and called the practice of slavery “immoral.”

Lincoln, who was practicing law at the time, campaigned on behalf of abolitionist Republicans in Illinois and attacked the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He denounced members of the Democratic Party for backing a law that “assumes there can be moral right in the enslaving of one man by another.” He believed that the law went against the founding American principle that “all men are created equal.”

The world’s first combat submarine, CSS Hunley, sunk during testing in Charleston Harbor on October 15, 1863.

On October 16, 1918, visitors to the Southeastern Fair at the Lakewood Fairgrounds were required by the Georgia State Board of Health to don face masks in order to prevent the spread of the Spanish flu.

Paul Anderson, known as the “World’s Strongest Man,” was born in Toccoa, Georgia on October 17, 1932. From his New York Times obituary:

As the unknown substitute for the injured American champion at the first Soviet-American dual athletic competition, in Moscow in 1955, the 5-foot-9-inch Anderson was scorned by his hosts.

The scorn turned to snickers when Anderson called for a weight of 402.4 pounds, more than 20 pounds above the world record. The snickers stopped when the 340-pound Anderson lifted the weight. By the time he set another record, in the clean and jerk, he was being hailed by Soviet fans.

The stunning achievement at the height of the Cold War made Anderson an instant American hero, and it was largely an anticlimax when he set three more world records at the world championships in Munich, Germany, later that year.

Although virtually conceded the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Anderson was stricken with a severe inner-ear infection.

Competing at 304 pounds and with a 103-degree fever, he fell so far behind his chief rival that on the final of three required lifts, he needed to clean and jerk 413.5 pounds, an Olympic record, to claim the gold. Twice he tried and failed. On the third attempt he asked God for a little extra help and got it.

“It wasn’t making a bargain,” he said later, “I needed help.”

The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution took effect October 15, 1933, changing the Presidential term of office to begin and end on January 20th following each quadrennial election and Senate and Congress to January 3d following biennial elections, both from March 4th.

Billy Graham launched his national ministry on October 15, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.

On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating the United States Department of Transportation. May God have mercy upon his soul.

Interstate 285 around Atlanta was completed on October 15, 1969.

The Omni opened in Atlanta on  October 15, 1972, as the Hawks beat the New York Knicks by a score of 109-101.

Maynard Jackson was elected Mayor of Atlanta on October 16, 1973. Jackson was the first African-Amercian Mayor of Atlanta; he served eight years, and was elected for a third, non-consecutive term in 1990.

On October 16, 1976, Jimmy Carter campaigned in Youngstown, Ohio.

Former Secretary General of the Communist Party of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1990

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 15, 1991.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Statewide Early Voting

In-person 25,688

Mailed ballots returned: 294

Mailed ballots issue and outstanding: 22,833

Mail ballots requested, not yet issued: 645

Statewide Early Voting on this day in 2020:
Total votes cast:          972,177
Mail-in votes cast:        585,593
Electronic:                        4,688
In-person votes cast:    381,896

Suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (D) has filed a lawsuit against Governor Brian Kemp, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..