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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 30, 2020

Princess Leia Ruff Dog Rescue Milton GA

Princess Leia is a senior female Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Ruff Dog Rescue in Milton, GA.

Princess Leia is a spunky little soul looking for a forever home where she can thrive. Princess Leia, also known around the galaxy as Little Miss Sunshine, has SO MUCH PERSONALITY in her little 20lbs body.  Older most certainly does not mean slower when it comes to this funny girl. She surprises everyone with her playfulness daily. She will be great for a lightly active family who likes to go on walks or play a game of fetch. She will even play hide-and-seek or tag if you give her the chance! Princess is looking for a devoted companion and would love to be your one and only. Princess would do best as an only pet since she doesn’t like to share the spotlight!

Little G and Louis Ruff Dog Rescue Milton GA

Little G and Louis are a bonded pair of 3-pound male Chihuahua mix puppies who are available for adoption from Ruff Dog Rescue in Milton, GA.

Meet Little G and Louis, two of the most handsome and and tiny Chiweenies at only 3 lbs. These brothers are looking for a loving forever home together. They are a BONDED PAIR. Louis is vison handicapped, we believe he see shadows, but does not have clear vision.

Obviously not seeing clearly makes Louis a bit unsure of his surroundings. But Little G sticks by his brothers side and gives him the security and comfort he needs. They are playful and lovable, and they stick together like glue!

We are searching for the perfect home for these two sweet babies. Please apply today if you are interested in this most handsome bonded pair of brothers.

Sidney Ruff Dog Rescue Milton GA

Sidney is a 5-month old female Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from Ruff Dog Rescue in Milton, GA.

Sidney loves all dogs, people, kids and sleeps through the night. She minds very well loves treats and belly rubs. Loves her people! She has good energy, loves toys, loves treats… did we say she loves treats! She is working on her potty training but improving every day. Honestly, she is just an all around great puppy.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 30, 2020

July 30th could be celebrated as the birthday of democracy in America, as the Virginia House of Burgesses became the first legislative body in the New World on July 30, 1619.

Its first law, which, like all of its laws, would have to be approved by the London Company, required tobacco to be sold for at least three shillings per pound. Other laws passed during its first six-day session included prohibitions against gambling, drunkenness, and idleness, and a measure that made Sabbath observance mandatory.

On July 30, 1931, Georgia Governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. signed legislation merging Milton and Fulton Counties if voters in each county approved a referendum. Fulton had earlier merged with Campbell County, to the south.

Actor Laurence Fishburn was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare, for seniors, and Medicaid for some low-income people on July 30, 1965.

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Former President Barack Obama is expected to speak at today’s funeral for John Lewis, according to the AJC.

Another news outlet in Atlanta also reported Obama would be attending Thursday’s service, with former President George Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Deanna Congelio, a spokeswoman for President Jimmy Carter said the President and Rosaylnn Carter are “not traveling these days” but are sending their condolences in writing. Carter had appointed Lewis to a federal position when president.

Services for Lewis, the civil rights hero and longtime congressman who died July 17 at age 80, will be at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta at 11 a.m.

Although Lewis did not originally endorse Obama’s 2008 campaign against Hillary Clinton, Lewis came around, and the two formed a close relationship. Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Ebenezer’s Rev. Raphael Warnock will be presiding over the invitation-only funeral service. Lewis will be buried Thursday afternoon next to his wife, Lillian, at South-View Cemetery.

Governor Brian Kemp delivered remarks at a ceremony honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 29, 2020

Andre Habersham County Animal Shelter

Andre is a 3-year old male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, GA.

Abigail Habersham County Animal Shelter

Abigail is a female Great Pyrenees and Husky mix who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, GA.

Lisa Habersham County Animal Shelter

Lisa is a female Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 29, 2020

Vincent Van Gogh died of a gunshot wound on July 29, 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his eighth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on July 29, 1927.

Congress passed legislation establishing the National Aeronautic and Space Admininistration (NASA) on July 29, 1958.

The Doors’ “Light My Fire” became their first #1 hit on July 29, 1967.

Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981.

Carl Lewis won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the long jump at the Atlanta Olympics on July 29, 1996.

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The very first sentence in a New York Times article about Jefferson, Georgia contains a misstatement of fact.

JEFFERSON, Ga. — When Jennifer Fogle and her family moved from Indiana to Georgia 13 years ago, they settled in Jefferson, a small, handsome city an hour’s drive from Atlanta, because they had heard about the excellent schools. And until recently, they had little to complain about. The teachers are passionate and committed, and the facilities rival those found at some private schools.

The [public school] reopening plans have starkly divided Jefferson, a middle-class city of about 12,000 people, offering a likely preview of the contentious debates ahead for many other communities whose school years start closer to the end of summer.

Jefferson sits northeast of Atlanta and is the seat of semirural Jackson County, which has had 13 coronavirus-related deaths, and an infection rate of 1,067 per 100,000 people. But in nearby Gwinnett County, which has about 12 times as many people, the infection rate is considerably higher and 216 people have died. More broadly, Georgia, in the week ending July 23, has seen an average of 3,287 new cases per day — an increase of 42 percent from the average two weeks earlier. Many Jefferson residents traditionally commute for work to Atlanta and beyond.

The president won almost 80 percent of the vote in Jackson County in 2016, and he has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Similar sentiments have been a staple on a Facebook forum for Jefferson residents that has been flaring with passionate disagreements about the pandemic and the school system’s response to it.

My father lives in Jefferson and I drive there every other week. There is no way that Jefferson is an hour from Atlanta. It’s 75 minutes on a good day, trending toward 90+ in normal pre-COVID traffic.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 28, 2020

Coco and Daisy Mutt Maddness

Coco and Daisy are a bonded pair of female Terrier mix dogs who area available for adoption from Mutt Madness in Marietta, GA.

Coco (the white one) is a male. *blind,* literally a live teddy bear, and would cuddle/lay on your lap all day if possible. He tends to still think he is a tiny little puppy and loves to climb all over you and give you kisses.All he needs to get him to him going is a tiny attention and he is all over you. He loves belly rubs and to play with toys. They usually don’t last with him, as he chews through all his toys. But he has lots of fun while the last. He does not like to play fetch, instead he likes to be chased. He likes to show you a toy so you can try and take it from him. He is potty trained but if he has to go he will go inside occasionally. Before he went blind he was over protective with me and did not do well with other dogs. But since he can no longer see I haven’t noticed the same. He tends to do well with kids, so long as they do not hurt him.

Daisy (the black one) is a female. Shes a total princess, she is sassy, loyal, spoiled and always ends up getting what she wants. In her eyes all stuffed animals and toys/balls are hers. She loves to play fetch, she could play fetch all day if possible, never gets tired. She loves car rides, to eat meat and lay in bed under the blankets where she is most cozy. She is potty trained and would never go inside. She is as loyal as a dog can get, she has never so much growled at me. Such a good girl, but is not good with little kids or other dogs. (Until they play fetch with her) Once she knows you and is familiar with you, she is very loyal.

Both are 6 years old spayed/neutered. All of their shots are up to date. During their entire lifetime they have lived indoors, and have never gone an entire day outside, so they are Not outside dogs.

Zachary Cobb County Animal Shelter

Zachary is an adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA.

Zachary is super sweet and ridiculously cute. He already knows how to sit when told and he is a good boy on a leash. Zachary arrived at the shelter on 7/2/2020 as a lost pup. He is only about 3 years old and he is ready to be adopted into a new loving home. Zachary is current on his vaccines and he is about 39 lbs. He is now neutered, heartworm tested negative and will be microchipped when adopted. His ID at the shelter is 623394 and he is waiting to meet you in run 828.

Java Cobb County Animal Shelter

Java is an adult male German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from the Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA.

The first thing you’ll notice about Java is his eyes, so bright and blue he could be wearing tinted contacts, and then you’ll take in the rest of his beautiful face. After that, you’ll notice his sweet disposition and a personality that’s as bright as his eyes. Java came to the shelter as a lost dog on June 22 and his family hasn’t come looking for him. He’s about 4 years old and weighs 72 pounds, and will sit when told. Java is up to date on vaccinations, now neutered. He has tested positive for heart worms and will need to be treated for those. Java will get a microchip upon adoption. Find him in Run 804 with ID# 623189.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 28, 2020

On July 28, 1868, United States Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution had been ratified and was now part of the Constitution. The first section of the 14th Amendment often forms the basis for litigation and reads:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Georgia initially rejected the 14th Amendment in 1866, later ratifying it on July 21, 1868 as a condition for readmission.

On July 28, 1978, Animal House was released, instantly becoming one of the greatest films of all time. In case you’ve never seen the film, there is a tiny little bit of adult language in the following clip.

On July 28, 1994, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating “The General” locomotive, which was stolen in 1862 during the Great Locomotive Chase. Today, The General may be viewed at The Southern Museum in Kennesaw.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued a Writ of Election for a Special Election on September 29, 2020 to fill the Fifth Congressional District seat vacated by the death of Rep. John Lewis.

From the Capitol Beat News Service via the Augusta Chronicle:Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 27, 2020

Violet Save A Pet Forsyth

Violet is an adult female Labrador Retriever and Great Pyrenees mix who is available for adoption from Save A Pet Inc in Forsyth, GA.

Pansie Save A Pet Forsyth

Pansie is a young female Labrador Retriever and Great Pyrenees mix who is available for adoption from Save A Pet Inc in Forsyth, GA.

Emma Save A Pet Forsyth

Emma is an adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Save A Pet Inc in Forsyth, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 27, 2020

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his eighth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on July 29, 1927.

The Doors’ “Light My Fire” became their first #1 hit on July 29, 1967.

On July 27, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the first impeachment article against President Richard M. Nixon.

The first such impeachment recommendation in more than a century, it charge[d] President Nixon with unlawful activities that formed a “course of conduct or plan” to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in and to cover up other unlawful activities.

The vote was 27 to 11, with 6 of the committee’s 17 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats in voting to send the article to the House.

The majority included three conservative Southern Democrats and three conservative Republicans.

A bomb exploded at a free concert in Centennial Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996.

Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would, leading authorities to suspect that the law enforcement officers who descended on the park were indirectly targeted.

Within a few days, Richard Jewell, a security guard at the concert, was charged with the crime. However, evidence against him was dubious at best, and in October he was fully cleared of all responsibility in the bombing.

Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller took the oath of office as United States Senator on July 27, 2000. Miller would go on to win a special election for the remainder of the term in November 2000.

On July 27, 2014, former Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former White Sox player Frank Thomas, who was born in Columbus, Georgia.

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COVID-19 has led to the closure of a hospital in rural Georgia, according to AccessWDUN.

A hospital in Georgia has announced it will close in October due to financial difficulties officials say was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has become increasingly difficult for small, critical access hospitals to survive in rural areas across the country and here in Georgia,” Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center CEO Kim Gilman said Friday in a news release announcing the hospital’s closure.

The Randolph County Hospital Authority, which oversees the hospital, unanimously voted in favor of the move, WFXL-TV reported. “Within a few months, our financial situation would be such that we would not be able to make payroll,” news outlets quote Steve Whatley, chairman of the hospital authority, as saying.

Settlement talks in the lawsuit by Governor Brian Kemp against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have apparently hit a rocky patch, according to the AJC.

Both sides support Bottoms’ decision to emphasize that the city’s “phase one” rules urging new economic limits are voluntary and not mandatory, according to two senior officials who requested anonymity to discuss private negotiations.

But deep divisions remain over whether Bottoms can require masks within Atlanta’s limits. State officials have agreed to allow cities to require masks on city property – but not beyond – as part of the settlement offer, according to the officials.

Atlanta officials want Kemp to remove a provision in his latest executive order that explicitly outlaws mask requirements, giving them leeway to require the use of masks anywhere within city limits. The governor’s office has insisted that cities can’t require masks on private property.

Officials describe the prospect of a compromise as uncertain ahead of a mediation session on Monday. One said the negotiations effectively stalled over the dispute, while another said some progress was made toward a potential agreement.

Governor Kemp on Friday issued Executive Order, renewing the State of Emergency relating to unlawful assembly.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 24, 2020

Rufus Alcovy Pet Rescue

Rufus is a young male Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Alcovy Pet Rescue in Monroe, GA.

Rufus is a cute, scruffy little guy. He weighs 15 lbs. and is 11 months old. Rufus is cautious meeting new people, and for that reason should not be placed in a home with children under 12 years of age. He can growl at strangers and bark if they approach too quickly. The best way to meet Rufus is with a pocket full of doggy treats and a sweet calming voice. He barked and growled at his foster mom when they meet, but by the next day, he was her best friend.

He’s a great snuggler in bed and very affectionate with his sweet kisses. Rufus loves to play with the resident dogs, and is very confident in his foster home – it’s just new surroundings that scare him. He always keeps his crate clean at night and seems to be about housetrained now. Rufus requires a fenced-in-yard as he is very active. Come meet this special boy but be prepared to be patient, and let him come to you on his terms, and you will have a wonderful companion for the rest of his life.

Walton Animal Control 3316998

Blue is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Walton Animal Control 3316999

Foxy is a young female German Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 24, 2020

On July 26, 1775, the United States Postal Service was created by the Second Continental Congress, may God have mercy on their souls. Benjamin Franklin served as the first Postmaster.

On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.

An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.

At 12:51 EDT, we mark the safe return from the moon of Apollo 11.

On July 25, 1972, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

The number one song in America on July 24, 1982 was “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, from the Rocky III soundtrack.

On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.

On July 26, 2015, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first pitcher inducted who had undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young award and reached the playoffs 14 times with Atlanta. The Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series with Smoltz on the roster. He’s the first pitcher to win more than 200 games and save at least 150 games. He’s also the first player inducted with Tommy John surgery on his resume.

Smoltz understood his debt to John.

“I’m a miracle. I’m a medical miracle,” Smoltz said. “I never took one day for granted.”

Smoltz also heaped praise on former manager Bobby Cox and teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted a year ago, and delivered a message to parents of the players of tomorrow as the number of Tommy John surgeries continues to escalate.

“Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old,” Smoltz said to warm applause. “Baseball is not a year-round sport. They’re competing too hard, too early. That’s why we’re having these problems.”

The Macon Telegraph looks back at Georgia newspaper accounts of mask requirements during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. And does the Telegraph really have a reporter named Jason Voorhees?

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The Late Congressman John Lewis will lie in state in the United States, Alabama, and Georgia Capitols, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..