“It kicks off with ‘Giving Tuesday’ where we try to raise about $30,000 in one day,” Mayfield said. “Our board matches that campaign … And then after that, it rolls into what we call our ‘PAW-liday Giving Trees’, which is more of items that the shelter needs like blankets, and bleach and food and leashes and things like that. And then we also include in that our ‘Home for the Holidays’, where we really try to get our animals out of the shelter for the holidays to relieve some stress, and maybe some Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with the family.”
Mayfield explained that the organization hopes to use the funds and donations from the campaign to combat overpopulation within the shelter.
“We are seeing that intakes of animals are up across the nation and adoptions are down across the nation,” she emphasized. “And it’s no different for us at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. And so with these funds, you know, we do several things.”
Registered city voters have 12 hours today to cast their ballots for candidates vying for South Ward and North Ward seats on the Brunswick City Commission.
“We encourage them to turn out,” said Glynn County Elections and Registration Director Chris Channell. “The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and we hope to have the vote tally back pretty early.”
At the end of early voting on Friday, 398 votes had been cast, according to the Glynn County Board of Elections — 358 in person and 40 by mail. Mail-in ballots must be turned in at the elections office by 7 p.m., Channell said.
As of Thursday, Nov. 2, Whitfield County Registrar Shaynee Bryson said that 1,127 people cast ballots during the early voting portion of Whitfield County’s fall elections.
At that point, she said 105 additional absentee by mail ballots had been issued — with 72 received by her office.
Assuming things go smoothly, Bryson said she would expect to have the full Election Day results available by 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
“The date of certification will be dependent on if we have provisional ballots or not,” she said. “The provisional deadline for this election is Nov. 13 because the 10th is going to be considered a statewide holiday even though our office will be open that day.”
Richmond County voters will decide a C-SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the Coliseum Authority), according to WRDW.
“C-SPLOST” is a proposed half-penny sales tax in Richmond County, which equals out to an extra 50 cents for every $100 spent.
The Coliseum Authority says Tuesday’s vote may be the last chance to get this project approved.
With the estimated cost of a new arena going up by the year and the difficulty of getting the sales tax to the ballot this year through Governor Kemp’s bill, they say they’re out of options in getting a funding source.
People against it say that on top of not wanting more taxes, they can’t trust our current government to get the job done.
If C-SPLOST does pass, construction on a new arena could start in the middle of next year, about a two-and-a-half-year project aiming to finish in 2026.
Grovetown Mayor Gary Jones meets challengers Ceretta Smith and Deborah Fisher at the ballot box today, according to WJBF.
“I am seeking a third term as the Grovetown Mayor so that all of the good work that my administration has achieved in the past 8 years does not get discarded or realigned by others seeking the Mayor’s position. Under my leadership Grovetown has eliminated the internal corruption, became totally transparent, professional and accountable to its citizenry. Our best days are yet to come.” [said Jones]
Fisher, a former city councilmember, said she will start working on city-wide broadband internet and transportation issues her first week in office. “Other issues on my plate that I plan to address within the first year are expansion of greenspaces, recreation spaces, looking into potential grants to fund a city shuttle bus, and I believe I can get quite a bit done just in my first year,” she said.
Smith, also a city councilmember, said she wants to lower the millage rate, promote literacy and community engagement, grow the economy, and reduce poverty. “We have a twelve-point-two percent poverty rate, and a few years ago it was like nine-point-something. So, it’s steady rising. We have to address it,” she said.
Weaver served on the city council for 18 years and is finishing his first term as mayor. In those four years, COVID and inflation were notable issues that the city overcame.
King is the youngest on the ballot and was born and raised in the area. He has served as councilman of Ward 1 for four years.
Malek, an owner of several businesses in the area, says he doesn’t see enough growth in the area.
Former Pooler City Council Member Tom Hutcherson resigned his seat, possibly under threat of involuntary removal, and is on the ballot today, according to WTOC.
Tom Hutcherson was initially elected to Pooler City Council in 2020, but questions were raised when he stepped down less than a month before the election while running for re-election.
Monday, we’re learning back in October Hutcherson was given the choice either he could step away from his council seat or he would be removed.
Tom Hutcherson’s company website reads “clinics are available through the Pooler and Chatham County Parks and Rec Departments”
He teaches at county owned parks, like this one and is compensated by the city of Pooler. As this document shows, over the last three years he’s been paid $14,708 as a tennis instructor, with one of the more recent payments coming in May for $1,375.
While being paid for those recreation services, Hutcherson served on city council… and as the records show, did not recuse himself from several votes on rec department improvements including a multi-million-dollar project for new tennis courts. Section 2.16 of the city’s charter says members of council are prohibited from:
“Engaging in any business or transaction or having a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect which would tend to impair the independence of his or her judgement.”
With early voting wrapped up and election day Tuesday, Hutcherson has an opportunity to get his council seat back.
“(Jackson) feels the 12th Congressional District needs more quality opportunities to create meaningful economic impact in its underserved communities to help break the cycle of generational poverty as well as more investments in rural communities to generate quality growth,” read a statement in the news release announcing his campaign launch.
The district covers Augusta and stretches south nearly to Savannah and west to Vidalia and Dublin. According to FEC records, Rashaad Jones and Elizabeth Johnson are also running as Democrats in the 12th Congressional District.
Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzales (D-Athens) was found to have violated a crime victim’s rights under Marsy’s Law for at least the second time, according to the Athens Banner Herald.
Western Circuit Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens ruled late Monday afternoon that District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez had violated the Marsy’s Law in the prosecution of a man charged in the death of a bicyclist in 2022.
The law protects the rights of victim in criminal cases.
When confronted with the Marsy’s Law complaint, the DA’s office decided that Susan Wilson was not the victim in the case as she and Jones had a common law marriage, a once legal union that is no longer recognized by the state since the law changed in 1997.
However, Stephens ruled that the pair had lived together as man and wife since the 1980s before the law was enacted and the preponderance of the evidence showed that Susan Wilson was his wife for 37 years.
In addition, Stephens ruled that that Wilson was a victim in the case and was entitled to a reasonable notice about the plea and that she should have been afforded an opportunity to give a victim impact statement much as she did at Monday’s hearing.
Epps said the law does not provide for a fine, but the judge’s order will include a reprimand to the district attorney.
In June, Gonzalez admitted to a Marsy’s Law violation in a rape and child molestation case.
That defendant faced reindictment on the charges, but new charges cannot be filed in the Waldrop case, according to Epps.
Meet Ellie, the beautiful and sweet 2-year-old dog currently residing at the Cedartown Polk County Humane Society. With her unique mix, Ellie Mae is a charming addition to the shelter. At around 55 lbs, Ellie is a low-key dog who loves spending time outdoors, taking in new sights and smells. She has plenty of energy to explore, but she’s also content to relax by her owner’s side. Ellie’s calm and loving nature makes her an ideal companion for anyone looking for a loyal and affectionate furry friend. Come meet Ellie today and see for yourself what a wonderful dog she is!
Meet Ranger, a charming canine weighing approximately 45 lbs. Although his exact breed mix is uncertain, he exhibits qualities reminiscent of pointer, Weimaraner, and labrador. At around 2 years old, Ranger is filled with boundless joy and carries a carefree demeanor. He excels on the leash, making walks an absolute pleasure. His friendly nature makes him an ideal companion, always ready to share his infectious happiness with those around him. Adopting Ranger would be an opportunity to welcome an affable, well-behaved furry friend into your life.
John Willis Menard became the first black man elected to Congress on November 3, 1868 from the Second District of Louisiana. Menard’s election opponent challenged the results and prevented Menard from taking his seat, though in defense of his election Menard became the first black man to address Congress.
Ace was rescued in the nick of time. Two wire cables were tied/tangled around his back legs. This could have caused serious injuries to him. Thankfully, he has made a full recovery. He still has a slight limp and possibly a permanent scar but he doesn’t notice it, and it surely does not slow him down while playing with the other pup in the home.
Ace loves attention. He’s shy with introductions, but is a total lap baby. He’s fully vetted, neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Crate trained & leash trained. He’s a survivor and appreciative to anyone that shows him kindness. A humble pup.
This sweet, shy, and bashful pup named Lady is looking for her furever home. She has a kind heart and is submissive by nature. A velcro pup that craves love and affection. Not one to venture off either. Her only interest is you and all those that occupy your home. Lady is a hound mix, should be medium in size once full grown and is up to date on her vetting.
Fun facts about lady:
• a people pleaser • great with dogs of all sizes, cats, and kids • already potty trained (prefers to potty outdoors) • quick learner • playful (loves her toys & to interact w/people) • her favorite thing to do is cuddle. Especially after getting out some of her puppy playfullness.
Mae is a loving hound mix. We believe she will be medium in size once full grown. She was rescued on a lonely dirt road many months ago. A whole litter of tiny puppies found DUMPED. Luckily a good Samaritan rescued them and now CCFP would like to find the final two, Mae & Lady, a furever home.
Mae is so sweet. Playful, quiet, kind & considerate. Just a friendly pup that gets along great with any dog, cat, kid, or thing. A quick learner too. It took her no time to house train. Mae would make a wonderful addition to any household.
The Stamp Act, however, was a direct tax on the colonists and led to an uproar in America over an issue that was to be a major cause of the Revolution: taxation without representation.
Passed without debate by Parliament in March 1765, the Stamp Act was designed to force colonists to use special stamped paper in the printing of newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, and playing cards, and to have a stamp embossed on all commercial and legal papers. The stamp itself displayed an image of a Tudor rose framed by the word “America” and the French phrase Honi soit qui mal y pense—”Shame to him who thinks evil of it.”
Outrage was immediate. Massachusetts politician Samuel Adams organized the secret Sons of Liberty organization to plan protests against the measure, and the Virginia legislature and other colonial assemblies passed resolutions opposing the act. In October, nine colonies sent representatives to New York to attend a Stamp Act Congress, where resolutions of “rights and grievances” were framed and sent to Parliament and King George III.
In 1927, at age 29, Russell was named Speaker of the House – the youngest in Georgia history. In 1930, Russell easily won election as Georgia governor on his platform of reorganizing state government for economy and efficiency. Five months shy of his 34th birthday, Russell took the oath of office from his father, Georgia chief justice Richard B. Russell Sr. He became the youngest governor in Georgia history – a record that still stands. After Georgia U.S. Senator William Harris died in 1932, Gov. Russell named an interim replacement until the next general election, in which Russell himself became a candidate. Georgia voters elected their young governor to fill Harris’ unexpired term. When he arrived in Washington in January 1933, he was the nation’s youngest senator.
Russell had a long and storied career in the United States Senate, during which he served for many years as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, unofficial leader of the conservative Southern wing of the Democratic party and a chief architect of resistance to civil rights legislation. He also ran for President in 1952, winning the Florida primary.