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24
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 24, 2024

Sonic is a three-year old, 32-pound male Labrador Retriever and Corgi mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Damon (CB3D) is an adult, 60-pound male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Joey (Pen 224D) is a six-year old, 20-pound male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

24
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 24, 2024

John Hancock was elected President of the Second Continental Congress on May 24, 1775.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787.

With George Washington presiding, the Constitutional Convention formally convenes on this day in 1787. The convention faced a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as it had been defined by the Article of Confederation.

The process began with the proposal of James Madison’s Virginia Plan. Madison had dedicated the winter of 1787 to the study of confederacies throughout history and arrived in Philadelphia with a wealth of knowledge and an idea for a new American government. It featured a bicameral legislature, with representation in both houses apportioned to states based upon population; this was seen immediately as giving more power to large states, like Virginia. The two houses would in turn elect the executive and the judiciary and would possess veto power over the state legislatures.

William Patterson soon countered with a plan more attractive to the new nation’s smaller states. It too bore the imprint of America’s British experience. Under the New Jersey Plan, as it became known, each state would have a single vote in Congress as it had been under the Articles of Confederation, to even out power between large and small states.

Alexander Hamilton then put forward to the delegates a third plan, a perfect copy of the British Constitution including an upper house and legislature that would serve on good behavior.

Confronted by three counter-revolutionary options, the representatives of Connecticut finally came up with a workable compromise: a government with an upper house made up of equal numbers of delegates from each state and a lower house with proportional representation based upon population. This idea formed the basis of the new U.S. Constitution, which became the law of the land in 1789.

Georgia Militia under General John Floyd began rounding up Cherokee Indians on May 26, 1838.

General Robert E. Lee wrote a letter dated May 26, 1861 to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown asking the state to send any weapons available for Georgia volunteers who arrived in Virginia unarmed.

The Battle of New Hope Church was fought near Dallas, Georgia May 25-26, 1864 between Confederates under General Joseph E. Johnston and Federal troops under General William T. Sherman.

The Brooklyn Bridge opened May 24, 1883.

On May 25, 1907, an equine statue of John B. Gordon was unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol.

President Calvin Coolidge signed the “Comprehensive Immigration Act” on May 26, 1924.

Many Americans saw the enormous influx of largely unskilled, uneducated immigrants during the early 1900s as causing unfair competition for jobs and land. Under the new law, immigration remained open to those with a college education and/or special skills, but entry was denied to Mexicans, and disproportionately to Eastern and Southern Europeans and Japanese. At the same time, the legislation allowed for more immigration from Northern European nations such as Britain, Ireland and Scandinavian countries. A quota was set that limited immigration to two percent of any given nation’s residents already in the U.S. as of 1890, a provision designed to maintain America’s largely Northern European racial composition. In 1927, the “two percent rule” was eliminated and a cap of 150,000 total immigrants annually was established.

The law particularly angered Japan, which in 1907 had forged with U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt a “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” which included more liberal immigration quotas for Japan. By 1924, strong U.S. agricultural and labor interests–particularly from California, which had already passed its own exclusionary laws against Japanese immigrants–favored the more restrictive legislation signed by Coolidge. The Japanese government viewed the American law as an insult, and protested by declaring May 26 a national day of humiliation in Japan.

Serial bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death near Sailes, Louisiana by a group of LA and Texas state police on May 23, 1934.

Fort Frederica National Monument was established on St Simons Island, Georgia on May 26, 1936.

Fort Frederica National National Monument on St. Simons Island Fort Frederica National National Monument on St. Simons Island

May 26, 1949 was named Clay Day in Marietta, Georgia in honor of General Lucius Clay, who spoke at the courthouse square.

On May 23, 1954, the NAACP petitioned the Fulton County Board of Education to desegregate after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Then-Lt. Governor Marvin Griffin announced his candidacy for Governor on May 24, 1954.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held on May 25, 1962 that the Georgia General Assembly was malapportioned and ordered the reapportionment of the State House and Senate.

Former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Virginia Caucus on May 23, 1976, gaining 24 delegates. On May 25, 1976, Carter won the Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky Primary Elections for President.

Star Wars opened on May 25, 1977.

On May 23, 1990, the NFL announced that Atlanta would host the 1994 Super Bowl.

John Smoltz tied the record for most strikeouts by a Braves pitcher, throwing 15 Ks against Montreal Expos on May 24, 1992.

On this day in 1992, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion by Georgia-based The Black Crowes reached number one on the Billboard US Album chart.

Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan, who was born on this day in 1941.

Seven years ago today, the 2016 General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election was held in Georgia. Two years ago today, the 2022 General Primary elections were held.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In Bulloch County, the incumbent County Commission Chair and District Attorney were both defeated, according to the Statesboro Herald.

A relative newcomer to Bulloch County, David Bennett, is set to chair the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners beginning in January, and a defense attorney who has never prosecuted anybody, Robert Busbee, stands to replace the incumbent Ogeechee Circuit district attorney.

Among those with challengers, only Sheriff Noel Brown emerged unscathed as a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment rolled over Bulloch in the primary elections that concluded Tuesday. Voter turnout, meanwhile, was a slight 20.9% of Bulloch’s active, registered voters.

Bennett captured 5,105 votes, or 66.9%, to incumbent Roy Thompson’s 2,530 votes, in the Republican primary race for Board of Commissioners chairman. Thompson, a lifetime Bulloch County resident, business owner and recipient of awards for community service, is completing his eighth year as chairman after 12 years as a district commissioner. Bennett, originally from Jesup, first came to Bulloch County as a Georgia Southern student, but after a career in the Army Nurse Corps, made his home here after retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2020, and now works as a civilian Air Evac flight nurse.

Meanwhile in the district attorney race, Robert Busbee, until now a defense attorney whose solo law practice is based in Statesboro, captured 10,163 votes across the four-county Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, or 63% of the total, to 5,968 votes, or 37%, for incumbent D.A. Daphne Jarriel Totten.

In Bulloch, Busbee received 4,867 votes, or 64.2%, to Totten’s 2,725 votes. In Effingham County, Busbee received 3,249 votes, or 55%, to Totten’s 2,651 votes. The other tallies were, in  Jenkins County, 296 votes, or 79%, for Busbee to 78 votes for Totten, and in Screven County, 1,751 votes, or 77.3%, for Busbee, to 514 votes for Totten.

But Bulloch Sheriff Noel Brown, already well known from two terms in office, had his face appear on billboards and signs as “A Sheriff for All People.” Now he is set to begin a third four-year term in January, after receiving 5,618 votes, or 73%, to challenger Keith Howard’s 2,072. This was Howard’s fourth time running for sheriff.

Bennett won’t be the only new Bulloch County commissioner arriving on the board in January. Challenger Ray M. Davis captured commission Seat 2-A by receiving 4,224 votes, or 62.6 %, to incumbent Commissioner Curt Deal’s 2,522 votes in Commission District 2, which elects multiple commissioners and encompasses about two-thirds of the county’s population.

All of the races mentioned above, to this point in the story, have one thing in common: All of the candidates were Republicans, so these contests were decided exclusively by voters who chose the Republican ballot.

The race for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Seat 2-C was a little different, since three candidates had qualified as Republicans and one as a Democrat. This race is also the only one now destined, in-part, for a June 18 primary runoff.

In Effingham County, the contests for Tax Commissioner and State Court Judge go into etra innings with a June 18, 2024 Runoff Election, according to the Effingham Herald.

One of the tightest races is for tax commissioner where Kelly Hoffner received 2,630 (43.9%) and Daniel Rodewolt was close behind with 2,552 (42.6%). Since neither candidate secured 50% of the votes, there will be a runoff on June 18. Tony Sapp received 804 (13%) of the vote.

The other race that resulted in a runoff is for state court judge. Incumbent Stephen R. Yekel (2,986 votes, 42.2%) will face off against Melissa Calhoun (2,066 votes, 29.1%). Calhoun narrowly edged Raymond Dickey who garnered 2,025 votes (28.6%).

The County Commission Chairman race was close all evening while the votes were being tallied. Damon Rahn gathered 3,103 votes (51.7%) to Alex Long’s 2,890 votes (48.2%).

In County Commission District 1, incumbent Frank Forrest Floyd was challenged by Alfred Bryant and Wallace Thomas. Floyd garnered 580 votes (52%) to retain his seat.

The open County Commission District 4 seat previously held by Reginald Loper, was won by Beth Helmly, who received 630 votes (56.4%). Her closest challenger was Craig Johnson, who received 217 votes (19.4%).

According to the Effingham County Elections website, 2,353 residents voted early in person; and 203 by absentee ballot. Turn out on Election Day saw 4,878 Effingham County voters. Total votes cast in the county were 7,434 or just over 16%.

Former State Senator Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) faces a runoff election against Brian Jack, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Newnan Times-Herald.

Brian Jack, brandishing an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, was leading former state Sen. Mike Dugan 47.5% to 27.7% with 2,151 of 2,715 precincts reporting in the west-central Georgia district shortly after 10 p.m., according to unofficial results.

That left Jack short of the 50%-plus-one margin needed to avoid a June runoff against Dugan. Three other candidates in a crowded Republican field seeking to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-West Point – former state Sen. Mike Crane, businessman Jim Bennett, and former state Rep. Philip Singleton – were out of the running.

Jack played up his close ties with Trump during the campaign, while Dugan touted his accomplishments during a stint as Georgia Senate majority leader.

I have two notes for this piece. First, that’s my photo of Brian Jack, uncredited, that runs with the Newnan Times-Herald story. Second, Mike Dugan is right where he wants to be, I think. In 2012, Dugan was first elected to the State Senate in a Special Primary Runoff Election in which he came from second place in the Special Election to former State Rep. Bill Hembree. His style of campaigning might be formidable in this runoff. But then, there’s the Trump factor.

Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Craig Fraser was defeated for reelection, according to 13WMAZ.

After 20 years with the current district attorney, Craig Fraser, people in the Dublin Judicial Circuit elected someone new. That circuit includes Laurens, Johnson, Twiggs and Treutlen counties. Laurens County Republican Harold McLendon beat Fraser by over 900 votes. He’s set to take office in January.

“As it relates to law enforcement, there’s a vast disconnect there. Law enforcement officers are asking constantly for advice on what they can do, what they can’t do. They get no help in that area. It’s a big chasm between the two of them. And it’s my job to get them back together as soon as possible,” McLendon said.

McLendon said he’ll begin that process by speaking with law enforcement leaders starting Friday morning.

His new approach to working with law enforcement includes having his assistant district attorneys keep an office at local law enforcement centers.

“I talked with Chief Moon with the City of Dublin. He said he will provide an office there for my assistant district attorney. And Sheriff Dean said he will provide a place at the Laurens County jail just to have an office out there also,” McLendon said.

“I’m gonna have a caseload where I try cases. I’m not gonna be a supervisory D.A. I’m gonna be a workhorse. So I’m gonna be out there working, trying cases. I would expect to maintain a caseload of somewhere between 300 and 400 myself. And with me going to work, we can relieve the backlog we have,” McLendon said.

He said the current backlog at the district attorney’s office goes back to about 2019. McLendon said the longer it takes for cases to go to trial, the more people will feel comfortable committing crimes, because they feel they’ll get away with it.

“These guys are calculated risk takers. Number one, if I commit the crime, am I gonna get caught? If I get caught, how long is it gonna be before I get prosecuted? And given enough time, witnesses get displaced or dismissed or disinterested. A lot happens in that time. So the immediacy of the prosecution is very, very important — to send out a message that it’s just not going to work here,” McLendon said.

22
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 22, 2024

Oliver is a young male Hound and Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Oliver was a stray picked up by Baldwin County Animal Control and found himself on the list to be euthanized. FAR stepped up to take him in. Before he made it out of the shelter he came down with parvo, but has made a full recovery! Oliver likes to be with his hooman and will follow you around everywhere. He listens well and is good about coming when his name is called. Oliver would do great with a family or person that will include him in their daily life. Someone or a family that will take him on adventures and fun activities. He loves to be included in anything.

Roxy is an adult female Jack Russsell Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

I am fully house-trained and crate-trained, although my foster parents leave me out of the crate when they are not around. I spend most of my time sleeping anyways. I would prefer to be the only dog in the home. I also don’t like cats very much. I have never been around children inside a home but I have met a couple on walks and I seem to like them. Low energy but I enjoy going on short walks.

Before coming to FAR, I was surrendered due to a cancerous mass. Since then, I have undergone three surgeries to remove the masses. The vet mentioned that there is still a possibility that the cancer may have spread to other parts of my body. There is also a possibility that the cancerous masses that were removed will come back. The type of cancer I have is an aggressive form of doggy breast cancer. However, I have been doing well and have been gaining weight under the care of my foster parents. I am a senior dog with special needs, but I am still a loving and sweet companion. I am hoping to find a peaceful and comfortable place to spend my golden years.

Lolli is an adult female Boxer and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

I was rescued from the Baldwin County Animal Shelter when I was pregnant with 12 puppies. All my puppies have found their furever homes, and now it’s my turn! I am a low to medium energy dog. I do get excited when I play with my foster fur siblings, especially outside, but I know when it is time to calm down. When I’m not playing, I do very well with relaxing with my humans or chewing on a bone.

I love getting pets and belly rubs! I LOVE being with my people and tend to stick close to them whenever I can. I also love playing with my fur siblings or playing fetch in the yard with a ball or a stick. I LOVE water and will try to drink from the hose when you water your plants! I am very sweet and loving. I love to snuggle up on the couch with you. I am so incredibly soft and fun to pet, and I love being pet too. I am playful and always ready for an adventure!

I am VERY well trained, both off and on leash. I know sit, down, here (recall command), drop (for fetch), and place; I will also hold these commands reliably during duration work. I am very food motivated which makes me eager and easy to train!

22
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 22, 2024

The War of the Roses began on May 22, 1455 at St. Albans, northwest of London.

In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. Many Lancastrian nobles perished, including Edmund Beaufort, the duke of Somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, Richard of York. The dynastic struggle between the House of York, whose badge was a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, later associated with a red rose, would stretch on for 30 years.

First Lady Martha Dandridge Custis Washington died on May 22, 1802.

On May 22, 1819, the steamship Savannah left the port of Savannah for Liverpool, England. After 29 days, it became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. On May 22, 1944, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the voyage of the Savannah.

On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner with his cane. Brooks used the cane as the result of injury sustained in a previous duel, and found Sumner at his desk in the Senate Chamber. In the course of a two-day Senate speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which would have nullified the Missouri Compromise on the expansion of slavery, Sumner had criticized three legislators, including a cousin of Rep. Brooks, Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina.

On May 22, 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the commencement address for Oglethorpe University at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

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21
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 21, 2024

Finn is a young male Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix) who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Finn is a happy, fun guy. His foster describes him as smart and full of great energy. He does well with other dogs, unsure about cats. He loves playing outside but will require supervision and a secure fenced area. He is skilled at finding the smallest spots to get out of a fence. He is great with children! Foster is working on house training, doing well with puppy pads. Finn will make a wonderful family pet.

Cash is an adult male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Meet Cash! Cash is a 3 year old staffordshire terrier mix. Cash is fully grown at 65 lbs. He is a total sweetheart and loves people and other dogs! Cash is crate trained, walks excellent on a leash and full of energy. He is eager for attention and loves to be cuddled and pet. He will play fetch with a ball and loves tug a war. He is a bit of a jumper but has a trainer working with him and is very food motivated. He also loves bully sticks and rugged chew toys. He would be best in a home with other dogs and a yard.

Cash is fully vetted- up to date on all shots, neutered and microchipped. He is heartworm negative. He is currently on monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Cash is available locally for meet and greets. He can also be adopted out of state to approved adopters- a transport fee would apply in addition to his adoption fee.

Espresso is a young male Rottweiler mix puppy who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Meet Espresso! We rescued Espresso and his 3 other siblings back in January. His brother Macchiato is currently available for adoption as well. They were estimated at approximately 9 weeks old and are now approx 4 months old. Based on looks and current size we believe they are Rottweiler mixes. We are expecting him to be a large size dog when fully grown.

Espresso is very friendly and sweet. He is also very loyal to his people and loves to be right by your side when you’re around. He is very playful and loves to play with other dogs. He also does great on his own as well. He knows the crate/kennel command and is fully house trained! He would make a great addition to any family with or without other dogs, children or cats. He needs an active home with room for him and people who live in active lifestyle.

Espresso was fully vetted on 2/16- he is up to date on all puppy shots, neutered and microchipped. He is current on monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention. He is available locally for meet and greets. He can also be adopted out of state to approved adopters- a transport fee would apply in addition to his adoption fee.

21
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 21, 2024

Governor Brian Kemp issued a Proclamation recognizing May as ALS Awareness Month. I’m not sure where the proclamation currently sits, but I’d sure love to have it. It’d make a great birthday gift later this week.

Georgia Colonists signed the Treaty of Savannah with the Lower Creeks on May 21, 1733.

George Washington left Georgia on May 21, 1791, crossing a bridge over the Savannah River at Augusta.

American Charles Lindbergh landed at Paris on May 21, 1927 in The Spirit of St. Louis, completing both the first nonstop transatlantic flight and the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris.

On May 21, 1942, German authorities removed 4300 Polish Jews from Chelm to an extermination camp at Sobibor and killed them by poison gas. The Sobibor camp’s five gas chambers would kill 250,000 Jews during 1942 and 1943.

On May 21, 2011, Herman Cain announced his candidacy for President of the United States at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

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Some Clarke County voters were incorrectly placed in County Commission District 5 instead of District 2, according to the Athens Banner Herald.Continue Reading..

20
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 20, 2024

Odie is a young male Doberman Pinscher mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson GA.

This is Odie, a dobie mix less than a year old that showed up at an elderly person’s home as a young puppy a few months ago. She really was not able to afford care and asked if we could take him and find him a home and we agreed. Odie is very friendly and outgoing -he would be great for a home with kids and other pets. He is still bascially a puppy -he learns commands easily and is quite smart. He is up to date with shots, on heartworm prevention, neutered and crate trained. Now all he needs is new forever home. If you woud like to adopt sweet Odie, please submit an adoption application at www.myhstc.org

Adoption fee is $85 and includes all veterinary care

Farah is a young female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Deep South Canine Rescue in Ellaville, GA.

Farrah is a lab mix, who is about 2 years old. She is energetic and would do great in a household with older children due to her tendency to greet with a jump or two. Farrah needs an active family who will have time to play or take her for a hike. The rescue group’s founder, Pam, has been working with Farrah to ensure she will be a good fit for the right family. She is crate trained and housebroken as well as leash trained. If you think Farrah would be a great match for your home, please fill out an application at: https://deepsouthcaninerescue.com/adoption-application.

Jada is a young female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Deep South Canine Rescue in Ellaville, GA.

Jada is a sweet loving lady. Jada is house and crate trained she loves to go on walks and explore the nature. Jada would need to be the only dog in her home – she is good around others but needs her own home.
20
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 20, 2024

Blue jeans with copper rivets were patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis on May 20, 1873.

On May 20, 1916, more than 20,000 visited Stone Mountain for the dedication ceremony to mark the beginning of a Confederate memorial on the north face.

On May 20, 1995, the section of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to automotive traffic.

The 400th episode of The Simpsons aired on May 20, 2007.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp spoke about this year’s elections to 11Alive.Continue Reading..

17
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 16, 2024

Kayla is an adult female American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from McIntosh County Animal Services in Darien, GA.

Kayla is our little brown pitty, she is so young and yet has already had at least two litters. She is good with other dogs/kids and will need a home with no cats. She will be spayed/UTD on shots/etc before adoption. If interested in adopting Kayla, please apply at https://form.jotform.com/202108953737155

Petey is an adult male American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from McIntosh County Animal Services in Darien, GA.

Petey is such a good boy and so handsome. He is very sweet, loving and playful. He has been at the shelter just shy of a year. Petey is good with kids, and chill female dogs. If you would like to adopt Petey, please apply at https://form.jotform.com/202108953737155

Smiley is an adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from McIntosh County Animal Services in Darien, GA.

Smiley came to MCAS from a horrible home life. Smiley is around 2 years old and has had a couple of litters, she is scarred up from having to fight for food. She is the sweetest girl, despite all she’s been thru. She will smile at you and is very submissive. She coexists well with other dogs, cats and kids. She is ready to be your beach buddy or just lounge around the house.

Folks we like to have fun around here so the backgrounds are altered to give a little life to the picture.

Adopters apply at https://form.jotform.com/202108953737155

17
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 16, 2024

Georgia’s trustees asked Britain to repeal the law against importing slaves to the colonies on May 17, 1749.

On May 17, 1769, George Washington introduced resolutions in the Virginia House of Burgesses, drafted by George Mason, criticizing Britain’s “taxation without representation” policies toward the colonies.

Button Gwinnett and Lachlan McIntosh met outside Savannah on May 16, 1777 and fought a duel; Gwinnett was mortally wounded.

Gwinnett returned to Georgia immediately after signing the [Declaration of Independence] to find city Whig Lachlan McIntosh commanding Georgia’s nascent military efforts. Determined to take control of Georgia politics, Gwinnett became speaker of the legislature, guided the Georgia Constitution of 1777 into existence and took over as governor when Archibald Bulloch died suddenly in office.

Gwinnett then wanted to lead an expedition to secure Georgia’s border with Florida. A dispute between McIntosh and Gwinnett over who would command the effort ultimately led to their duel and Gwinnett’s death.

Button Gwinnett died on May 19, 1777 of a gunshot wound received in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh.

George Washington continued his tour of Georgia on May 17, 1791, staying overnight in Waynesboro; on May 18 he arrived in Augusta.

On May 19-20, 1791, George Washington spent his second and third days in Augusta, where he visited Richmond Academy. Washington left Georgia on May 21, 1791 to go to Columbia, South Carolina.

George Washington left Georgia on May 21, 1791, crossing a bridge over the Savannah River at Augusta.

A Constitutional Convention met on May 16, 1795 in the capital of Louisville to amend the Georgia Constitution of 1789.

Georgia ratified the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which governs voting for President and Vice President on May 19, 1804.

General Winfield Scott issued an order on the removal of Cherokee people from Georgia on May 17, 1838.

Abraham Lincoln was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention on May 18, 1860.

On May 17, 1864, Sherman and Johnston engaged in the Battle of Adairsville, Georgia.

The Battle of Spotsylvania ended on May 19, 1864. In Georgia, the Affair at Cassville occurred on May 19, 1864.

The United States Senate voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson of 11 Articles of Impeachment passed by the House of Representatives on May 16, 1868.

The United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Plessy v. Ferguson on May 18, 1896.

The U.S. Supreme Court rule[d] seven to one that a Louisiana law providing for “equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” on its railroad cars is constitutional. The high court held that as long as equal accommodations were provided, segregation was not discrimination and thus did not deprive African Americans of equal protection under the law as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

The North Georgia Electric Company was incorporated on May 16, 1901 to build a hydroelectric dam on the Chattahoochee River near Gainesville; in 1916, it would be bought by the company that today is known as Georgia Power.

On May 19, 1933, the Atlanta City Council voted to allow beer sales in the city. Prohibition was still in effect at the federal level at that time, but the President had signed the Cullen-Harrison Act that allowed sale of 3.2% beer effective April 7, 1933.

The United States Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education on May 17, 1954, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson.

The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.

On May 19, 1977, “Smokey and the Bandit” was released.

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Morehouse College on May 19, 2013.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The B-52s endorsed “Rock Lobsters” as the name for a new Athens-based hockey team, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

The ‘Rock Lobsters’ name chosen for Athens’ new pro hockey team received ringing endorsements across social media Wednesday after the team revealed the music-themed nickname.

The name comes from a 1978 song of the same title from Athens new wave band The B-52s, which lobbied for the team name on its social media platforms in April during a community vote.

The B-52s on Wednesday showed elation on X, formerly known as Twitter, and on its Instagram account after the announcement.

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills also approved of the name although the city’s most recognizable band wasn’t in the mix for a team name like Classic City Panic, a nod toward jam band Widespread Panic.

Mills took to X to endorse the Rock Lobsters name.

The Rock Lobsters open their inaugural season in October and play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League, an 11-team alliance along the East Coast.

Athens mayor Kelly Girtz indicated Wednesday on X that his vote went toward the Rock Lobsters.

Today is the last day of early voting for the May 21, 2024 General Primary, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..