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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 17, 2018

Jackson Gainesville

Jackson is a young male Terrier and Feist mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA. He’s the spitting image of Finster, my Dachshund mix.

Dr Grant Gainesville

Dr. Grant is a male Husky and Akita mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Chuckie Gainesville

Chuckie is a male Hound and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 17, 2018

On July 17, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman set up headquarters in Fulton County on Powers Ferry Road near the Chattahoochee River. Late that night, Confederate General Joseph Johnston was replaced by newly-commissioned Gen. John Bell Hood.

For nearly three months, Johnston and Sherman had maneuvered around the rugged corridor from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Although there was constant skirmishing, there were few major battles; Sherman kept trying to outflank Johnston, but his advances were blocked. Though this kept losses to a minimum, there was also a limit to how long Johnston could maintain this strategy as each move brought the armies closer to Atlanta. By July 17, 1864, Johnston was backed into the outskirts of Atlanta. Johnston felt his strategy was the only way to preserve the Army of Tennessee, but Davis felt that he had given up too much territory.

Georgia-born Ty Cobb died on July 17, 1961.

The Beatles premiered The Yellow Submarine on July 17, 1968 in London.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday endorsed Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle in the Primary Runoff Election. From the AJC:

The governor called Cagle the best candidate to continue his “tradition” of conservative leadership, making the announcement during a question-and-answer session at the end of an unrelated press conference at the state Capitol.

“My point of view is not personal. I have known both of these candidates in our Republican runoff, and I think very highly of both of them,” Deal said. “My concern is, let’s not undo, or transform in a negative fashion, the good reforms that we’ve put in place.”

The governor added: “That will be the challenge for the next governor of this state: To not go backwards, but to go forward. And for that reason, I believe Casey Cagle will be the best candidate.”

“This is a man with great integrity and great character,” said Cagle, who cast himself as an extension of Deal’s legacy. “To have his confidence reflects exactly the type of governor that I’ll be.”

From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

“In order to get those major changes through the General Assembly, I had two partners,” Deal said. “Because he has had a part in making these reforms happen, I think he is the best one to continue this tradition.

“My concern is let’s not undo or transform in a negative fashion the good reforms that have been put in place. For that reason, I believe that Casey Cagle will be the best candidate for that position as the next governor of our state.”

From the Augusta Chronicle:

“I want to build on the foundation that Gov. Deal has created,” Cagle said. “Eight years ago no one would have thought that we would grow by nearly 700,000 jobs and 40,000 businesses, become the No. 1 state in the nation for business and cut taxes by billions. But that’s what happens with rock-solid conservative leadership.”

The Valdosta Daily Times looks at early voting.

Lowndes County elections office reported that 887 people cast ballots as of Friday, July 13, during the first 10 days of early voting, according to election officials.

Deb Cox, Lowndes County election supervisor, said recently runoff voting is open to all registered voters. A voter did not have to vote in the May primary to vote in the runoff.

“If they voted in the primary, they will vote the same party in the runoff,” Cox said recently. “If they voted non-partisan or didn’t vote in the primary, they can choose either party in the runoff.”

In Lowndes County, all runoff races are for statewide offices.

The LaGrange Daily News reports on early voting in Troup County.

As of Monday morning, there have been a total of 718 ballots cast for the run-off, according to elections supervisor Andrew Harper. The majority of those ballots — 597, or 83 percent — are Republican ballots. The other 121 are Democratic ballots.

The majority of ballots cast have been in-person, with 569 being cast that way. The other 149 have been absentee by mail.

In May, during the general election, less than 17 percent of Troup County’s 37,775 voters went to the polls to take part in the election.

Run-off elections generally have a low voter turnout as well.

The Henry Herald writes about early voting in local elections.

According to Tina Lunsford, Henry County’s director of elections and voter registration, a total of 1,796 voters cast their ballots between Monday and Friday, while 325 voters cast their ballots during the special Saturday polling event.

A week before, a total of 1,289 voters participated in early voting, which means that 3,410 voters have participated in early voting since the start of the month. There is a total of 160,292 registered voters in Henry County.

On the local level, a seat on the Henry County State Court and the District 4 seat on the Henry County Board of Education are up for grabs.

The Albany Herald covers early voting turnout:

County Elections Sections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said Monday the in-person voting numbers have been lighter than during the primary.

“When we opened the door this morning, we’d only had about 300 come in here and vote in person,” Nickerson said, adding, “but that’s not unusual in a primary runoff and it’s the month of July.”

According to numbers released Monday by Kemp’s office, Dougherty County had tallied just 559 voters in person and through mail-in ballots. Early voting will end at 5 p.m. Friday.

From the Rome News-Tribune:

Floyd County Election Technician Donna Maldonado said 636 people had cast ballots through Friday at the two early-voting sites in the county.

Of those, 559 chose the Republican ballot and 77 picked the Democratic ballot. The Elections Department also mailed out 107 Republican absentee ballots and 45 containing the Democratic race. Forty-six of the 152 absentee ballots were still out Monday.

“But, remember, mail-outs have until 7 p.m. on July 24 to return their ballots,” Maldonado said.

Any eligible Floyd County voter can walk in between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to vote at the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave., or Garden Lakes Baptist Church, 2200 Redmond Circle. All 25 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Floyd County’s turnout for the May primary barely topped 20 percent. A total of 9,659 votes were cast in the Republican and Democratic governor races. About 69.6 percent of the voters pulled the Republican ballot and 25 percent voted in the Democratic primary. The rest voted only in the nonpartisan judges’ races.

A jury has been seated in the federal trial of Isaac J. Culver III, who is accused of defrauding Macon-Bibb County, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Culver, 48, president and CEO of Progressive Consulting Technologies Inc., faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money as part of a $3.7 million deal in late 2012 to put new computers in Macon schools.

While Romain Dallemand, ex-superintendent of Bibb schools, could be called to testify, Judge Marc T. Treadwell explained to prospective jurors that Dallemand is not accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to commit any wrongdoing in this case.

Alabama will have a sales tax holiday weekend, while Georgia won’t, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Alabama is offering a tax-free weekend, to include Phenix City and the nearby shopping hub of Auburn-Opelika, the latter having a major power shopping center in Tiger Town, as well as a mall.

The sales tax holiday kicks off bright and early at 12:01 a.m. Friday, then runs until midnight Sunday. Alabama is among 16 states this year offering such tax breaks leading up to the start of school later this summer, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Georgia last held a tax holiday in 2016, but lawmakers in the Peach State failed to pass legislation in 2017 and again this year to make the event happen.

The Glynn County Commission will hear a proposed tree ordinance for St Simons Island on Thursday, according to The Brunswick News.

Glynn County Public Schools will add an administrator to oversee mental health services for students, according to The Brunswick News.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Monday for the Statesboro/Bulloch County Public Safety Training Building, according to the Statesboro Herald.

The GBI said meth and marijuana-laced edibles are among the most-confiscated illicit drugs, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Based on data from 3,954 drug cases investigated by GBI from January to May 22, the six most confiscated drugs in Georgia are methamphetamine, cocaine, alprazolam (Xanax), oxycodone, heroin and hydrocodone.

GBI’s Chemistry Section Manager Deneen Kilcrease said meth has been the most tested substance for GBI since 2011, when it topped the former leader, cocaine.

Only four counties in the state — Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb — had a higher number of opiates tested than Chatham.

A total of 11 different variations of fentanyl were seized by law enforcement and tested by GBI.

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis raised more than $50,000 in the last quarter of his reelection campaign, according to the Augusta Chronicle.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 16, 2018

Valley Releash

Valley is a 10-week old female Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Releash Atlanta.

Canyon Releash

Canyon is a 9-week old male Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Releash Atlanta.


Lori Beth is a young female mixed breed puppy (part of a litter of 4) who is available for adoption from Releash Atlanta. She’s estimated to be roughly 35-50 pounds when fully grown.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 16, 2018

On July 16, 1790, Congress declared Washington, DC the new capital city.

Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson set a new record for longevity in office on July 16, 1963, having served 48 years, 8 months, and 12 days since his election in 1914. Vinson’s record held until 1992 and his tenure is now sixth-longest.

On July 16, 1914, Asa Griggs Candler, retired President of Coca-Cola, wrote his brother Warren, who was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a letter offering one million dollars and 72 acres of land in Atlanta for the church to establish a new university in the East.

The United States performed the first test of an atomic bomb on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in New Mexico.

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky. “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text.

Shirley the Elephant celebrated her 75th birthday this weekend at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Federal funding for Obamacare “Navigators” will be slashed, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The White House is again slashing funds for the “navigators’’ who help enroll people in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.

The cuts will almost certainly reduce the in-person assistance provided to Georgians seeking an exchange health plan for next year.

Macon-based Community Health Works, which oversees a navigator program in the state, said Wednesday that the federal navigator funding for the upcoming year’s enrollment for Georgia will be $500,000 – about one-third of the 2018 exchange total. The cuts will especially affect enrollment of hard-to-reach populations, experts said.

The federal funding for insurance navigators nationwide will drop to $10 million for the 2019 open enrollment period, down from $36 million for 2018 and about $63 million the year before, federal health officials announced late Tuesday.

Flowery Branch will hold candidate qualifying for an at-large seat on City Council, according to the Gainesville Times.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 31, 2018

Sammy VR

Sammy is an 18-month old, 50-pound male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Life is Labs Rescue in Temple, GA.

Pepper VR

Pepper is a young female Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Life is Labs Rescue in Temple, GA.


Twixx is a 2-year old, 47-pound male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Life is Labs Rescue in Temple, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2018

On July 13, 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, in which states ceded some claims to the west, and a process was set up for admitting new states.

Happy Birthday to the French, who on Sunday celebrate the anniversary of Bastille Day, 14 July 1789, when citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris.

On July 14, 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act became federal law.

The first three acts took aim at the rights of immigrants. The period of residency required before immigrants could apply for citizenship was extended from five to 14 years, and the president gained the power to detain and deport those he deemed enemies. President Adams never took advantage of his newfound ability to deny rights to immigrants. However, the fourth act, the Sedition Act, was put into practice and became a black mark on the nation’s reputation. In direct violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the Sedition Act permitted the prosecution of individuals who voiced or printed what the government deemed to be malicious remarks about the president or government of the United States. Fourteen Republicans, mainly journalists, were prosecuted, and some imprisoned, under the act.

On July 14, 1864, General Sherman issued Special Field Order 35, outlining the plan for the Battle of Atlanta.

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 13, 1865, James Johnson as provisional Governor of Georgia, issued a proclamation freeing slaves and calling an election in October of that year to elect delegates to a state Consitutional Convention. Johnson had previously opposed Georgia’s secession and after the war was appointed Governor by President Andrew Johnson.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

Savannah, Georgia-born John C. Fremont, who was the first Presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1856, died in New York City on July 13, 1890.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

On July 14, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former Georgia Congressman Pat Swindall has died, according to WSB-TV.

An attorney and former student body president of the University of Georgia, Swindall stormed onto Georgia’s political scene in 1984, when — as a 34-year-old Republican — he ousted five-term incumbent Democrat Elliott Levitas, who represented northeast metro Atlanta.

It was Swindall’s first attempt at elected office. His upset victory was built on a wide, suburban network of church activists driven by their opposition to abortion.

The strength of what would become known as the “religious right” was still untested, and the approach was largely foreign to Democrat-dominated Georgia. Swindall attacked Levitas, who was Jewish, as an out-of-control Washington liberal.

A DeKalb County resident, Swindall joined Newt Gingrich as one of only two Republican members of the U.S. House from Georgia. Mack Mattingly, a third Republican, was finishing out his single term in the U.S. Senate.

Cagle Ollie North

Incoming NRA President Oliver North will headline three events for the Casey Cagle campaign on July 14th.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 12, 2018

Walton Beagle Pup 2

Six Beagle mix puppies are available for adoption individually from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA.

Walton Beagle Puppies

Radar Walton

Radar is a 50-60 pound, year-old adult male Coonhound who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA.

Radar is a calm and laid back and did well interacting with another dog in the shelter.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle announced the appointment of members to the Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Disabled Georgians.

“Georgia values the safety and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens and it’s critically important we take every precaution to protect individuals with disabilities statewide,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “Service animals play an important role in assisting blind and disabled Georgians and I know Senator Unterman and the members of this study committee will carefully evaluate how the state of Georgia can further assist those who would benefit from owning a service animal.”

Lt. Governor Cagle has appointed the following Senators to the Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons: Chairman Renee Unterman, Greg Kirk, Gloria Butler, Nan Orrock, and Kay Kirkpatrick.

“I am thankful Lt. Governor Cagle recognizes the importance of this issue and has served as such a dedicated champion for Georgians with mental and physical disabilities,” said Chairwoman Renee Unterman. “Our state needs to look at establishing clear qualifications to separate the trained animals from scammers who attempt to take advantage of those with disabilities. Our state must protect our most vulnerable populations and I look forward to working with my colleagues to explore real solutions to this issue.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 12, 2013

John Percival, an Irish Member of Parliament who served as a Georgia Trustee, was born on July 12, 1683.

In the British House of Commons, Percival served on the committee on jails with a young member named James Oglethorpe, who shared his idea about a new colony in North America for the deserving poor. Percival, like Oglethorpe became a Georgia Trustee, and during Georgia’s first decade, with Oglethorpe in America, Percival worked harder than anyone to champion Georgia’s cause and secure its future.

The United States Army Medal of Honor was created on July 12, 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation authorizing the award.

The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would become the nation’s highest military honor were six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862 penetrated deep into Confederate territory to destroy bridges and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Lt. Frank Reasoner of Kellogg, Idaho died in action on July 12, 1965 and was later posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor to a United States Marines in connection with the Vietnam War.

On July 12, 1984, Congresswoman Geradine Ferraro (R-NY) joined the Democratic ticket with Presidential nominee Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American woman nominated for Vice President. Mondale and Ferraro lost the General Election in the largest ever Republican landslide to Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Stacey Abrams‘ campaign for Governor raised about 60% of it’s most recent donations from out-of-state, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams raised more than $2.7 million in the latest campaign filings, with roughly 60 percent of her itemized contributions coming from donors outside the state, according to a McClatchy analysis.

Abrams said the number of out-of-state donors to her campaign reflects the national interest in the gubernatorial race and the importance of Georgia — home of the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta and the country’s fourth-busiest container port in Savannah.

[Lieutenant Governor Casey] Cagle raised more than $3.7 million between April 1 and June 30 and had more than $1.3 million left in the bank at the end of the reporting period. About 91 percent of his donations came from Georgia individuals and organizations, according to McClatchy’s analysis.

[Secretary of State Brian] Kemp took in $1.6 million in contributions in the three-month period and reported $700,000 cash on hand. About 97 percent of his itemized contributions came from within the state.

The Associated Press reports that the gubernatorial contest is the most-expensive in Georgia history.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 11, 2018

Gwinnett Levi

Levi is a 2-year old Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Gwinnett Betsy

Betsy is a 2-year old female Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Gwinnett Jackson

Jackson is a 7-year old male Border Collie mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 11, 2018

On July 11, 1782, British colonists including British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, fled Georgia.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774.

Congress ordered the creation of the United States Marine Corps on July 11, 1798, after the Corps was inactive for a period following the Revolutionary War. From 1799 to 1921, Marine Corps Day was observed on July 11, but is now celebrated on November 10, the date of it’s Revolutionary War establishment.

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Burr was the sitting Vice President of the United States and Hamilton a former Secretary of the Treasury.

After he shot Hamilton, Aaron Burr quickly fled the nation’s capitol, making his way to St. Simons Island, Georgia, spending a month as a guest of Pierce Butler at Hampton Plantation.

Burr was a fugitive, but his killing Hamilton in a duel held a certain justifiable reasoning since dueling was not illegal, though morally questionable, to be sure. According to H. S. Parmet and M. B. Hecht in their Aaron Burr: Portrait of an Ambitious Man, after the duel, he immediately completed, by mid-August, plans which he had already initiated, to go to St. Simons, “an island off the coast of Georgia, one mile below the town of Darien.”

Jonathan Daniels’ “Ordeal of Ambition” handles the situation this way: “With Samuel Swartwout and a slave named Peter (‘the most intelligent and best disposed black I have ever known’), Burr secretly embarked for Georgia. There on St. Simons Island at the Hampton Plantation of his friend, rich former Senator Pierce Butler, he found refuge…” As Georgia Historian Bernice McCullar, author of “Georgia” puts it, Burr was “fleeing the ghost of Alexander Hamilton” when he arrived on the Georgia island.

“Major Pierce Butler,” she relates, “had fought in the British army and remained in America after the war.” He had married a South Carolina heiress, Miss Polly Middleton, and acquired two Georgia Coastal plantations, which he ran like a general storming after the troops. In fact, he was so strict that none of his slaves could associate with any of the others. He also required anyone who visited his plantations to give his or her name at the gate. With this tight security, Burr should have felt safe..

Actually, Butler’s invitation to visit the island fitted the escapee’s plans nicely. Not only was the Hamilton affair a bother, but also Burr needed to get away from a lady by the name of Celeste; however, the real reason, aside from being near his daughter, who was also in the South, was the nearness of the Floridas. No real purpose is given why the Vice-President wanted to spend “five or six weeks on this hazardous and arduous undertaking.”

Daniels underscores that from this St. Simons point Burr could “make any forays into Florida he wished to make. He traveled under the name ‘Roswell King.” After his Florida odyssey, he planned to meet his South Carolina son-in-law “at any healthy point.”

Parts of the Hampton Plantation survive in the form of tabby ruins on St Simons.

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Tabby Hampton Plantation TMR_0524 copy

A house in St. Marys, Georgia bears a plaque stating that Aaron Burr visited there in 1804.

Clark lived in the home from 1804 until his death in 1848. He was appointed in 1807 by then-President Thomas Jefferson as customs collector for the Port of St. Marys, a position he held until his death. The year Clark bought the house, he is said to have provided a temporary hideout to Aaron Burr, who was traveling in the South to evade federal authorities holding a warrant for his arrest after he killed Alexander Hamilton in their infamous duel in July 1804.

Verification of Burr’s stay in St. Marys is hard to come by. But it is confirmed that he stayed on St. Simons Island and Cumberland Island late in the summer after he killed Hamilton. That Burr knew Clark is not disputed. The two attended law school together in Litchfield, Conn., but there is no mention in either man’s records that Burr stayed in the home.

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Aaron Burr House St Marys GA Front Side TMR_1470

Aaron Burr House St Marys GA Front

On July 11, 1877, a Constitutional Convention convened in the Kimball Opera House in Atlanta to replace the 1868 Reconstruction Constitution.

On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, establishing a federal program of paying for highway development.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on July 11, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention on July 11, 1952.

July 11, 1969 was an epic day in rock and roll history, with David Bowie releasing “Space Oddity” and the Rolling Stones releasing “Honky Tonk Women.”

On July 11, 1985, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league player to strike out 4000 batters.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal reached for his pocket knife to cut the ribbon at the Georgia Cyber Center opening yesterday, after giant scissors failed, according to the Augusta Chronicle.Continue Reading..