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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 23, 2018

Cassidy Potcake

Cassidy is a young male Labrador Retriever & Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Royal Potcake Rescue USA Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

I’m a most likely a mix of lab and terrier. I have a laid-back attitude when I’m not busy playing or having fun! I’m really smart, have a good gentle disposition, and would do great with other dogs, cats and kids. I’m perfect! My approximate date of birth is 1/12/2018. I’ll be 40-45 pounds when full grown. I am neutered and up to date on shots. My adoption fee is $195. You can meet me at the Northlake Festival Petsmart at 4023 LaVista Road in Tucker 30084, on Saturdays from 11 until 3:30. Check their website for specific dates: Email [email protected] about me!

Beanie Potcake

Beanie is a young female German Shepherd Dog & Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Royal Potcake Rescue USA Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

I’m a most likely a mix of German shepherd and maybe lab. I have a laid-back attitude when I’m not busy playing or having fun! I’m really smart, have a good gentle disposition, and would do great with other dogs, cats and kids. I’m perfect! My approximate date of birth is 1/12/2018. I’ll be 45-55 pounds when full grown. I am spayed and up to date on shots. My adoption fee is $195. You can meet me at the Northlake Festival Petsmart at 4023 LaVista Road in Tucker 30084, on Saturdays from 11 until 3:30. Check the rescue website for specific dates: Email [email protected] about me!

Zander Potcake

Zander is a young male Pointer and Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Royal Potcake Rescue USA Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

My approximate date of birth is 1/19/18 and I’ll be 50-60 pounds when full grown. I am up to date on shots and neutered. My adoption fee is $195. You can meet me at the Northlake Festival Petsmart at 4023 LaVista Road in Tucker 30084, most Saturdays from 11 until 3:30. Check our website for specific dates: Email [email protected] about me!

Robby Potcake

Robby is a young male Boxer & Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Royal Potcake Rescue USA Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

I’m a cutie pie! I’m very sweet, gentle and goofy. My approximate date of birth is 1/19/18 and I’ll be 60-70 pounds when full grown. I am up to date on shots and neutered. My adoption fee is $195. You can meet me at the Northlake Festival Petsmart at 4023 LaVista Road in Tucker 30084, most Saturdays from 11 until 3:30. Check our website for specific dates: Email [email protected] about me!


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 23, 2018

William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 and died April 23, 1616.

Lucius D. Clay was born in Marietta, Georgia on April 23, 1898, the son of Georgia U.S. Senator Alexander Stephens Clay, who served in the Senate from 1896 until his death in 1910. Clay graduated West Point in 1915 and eventually rose to serve as Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Deputy for Military Government. During the Berlin Airlift, Clay helped keep Allied-occupied West Berlin supplied with food for almost a year after Soviet forces blockaded all land routes into the city.

Hank Aaron his his first home run in major league baseball on April 23, 1954, playing for the Milwaukee Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals.

New Coke was announced on April 23, 1985.

The building housing Georgia’s original “Zero Mile Post” will be demolished within the coming year, according to the AJC.

The Zero Mile Post is a granite pillar about three feet tall that was erected in 1850 to mark the “terminus” of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The railroad, which was surveyed in 1837 went into use in 1842, was commissioned by the Georgia Legislature as a way to bring rail into the state from Chattanooga. The W&A rail project was wildly successful and gave rise to a new city at the end of the line, which went by the names Terminus and Marthasville before settling on “Atlanta” in 1847. Other rail lines would later connect to the terminus and turn the city into a southeastern hub of transportation and commerce.

The Zero Mile Post was so important to the city that in 1874, the city limits were expanded and redrawn to form a circle with a radius of 1.5 miles out from the post. The post’s importance also lives on in the Atlanta United’s Golden Spike tradition, where a special guest star is invited to drive a large spike into the “ground” at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before each home game.

As the city has grown, several structures have been built around the Zero Mile Post. In 1853, a “car shed” was built at the corner of it. This structure was destroyed in 1864 by Gen. William Sherman’s Union troops and was replaced by Union Depot in 1871. Union Depot, in turn, was removed in 1929 when a network of elevated streets was built over the tracks, including the Central Avenue viaduct.

A public information session on the Central Avenue viaduct project is scheduled for May 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Old Council Chambers (68 Mitchell Street).

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Election season is always an occasion for sign wars – between rival campaigns, and by local governments against signs in rights-of-way. Here’s today’s sign story from WRBL in Columbus.

Election season is underway, which means enthusiastic campaign volunteers are out in Columbus streets putting up signs to call support for their candidates. However, staff and special enforcement with the Columbus Consolidated Inspections and Code Department say whenever this time rolls around, they end up rolling down the same streets taking the illegally placed signs right back down again.

“Since election season has started, we’ve kind of periodically gone to some of the more frequent intersections,” says Director John Hudgison. “We try to stay along the major roads right now, but we’re starting to get more and more complaints in neighborhoods and subdivisions because of how many signs are going out.”

“One of the things about the sign ordinance is trying to keep people from detracting from the signs that need to be on the right of way,” Hudgison says while looking at photos of election endorsements directly beneath road caution signs.

“These signs could fall into the roadway, something like that, or if someone is looking to see where they need to turn and instead they’re looking down at a campaign sign. Yeah, these will definitely be removed today,” he adds.

Candidates for Governor are having ethics complaints filed against them to muddy the waters as Primary elections approach, according to Greg Bluestein of the AJC.

Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager lodged a complaint Friday claiming that aides to her Democratic rival, Stacey Evans, violated state ethics rules by forming a third-party organization to take in unlimited contributions to help her campaign.

A day before, a watchdog activist filed a complaint against Abrams questioning about $84,000 in reimbursements from her campaign committees over several years that lack details about how the money was spent.

And the same activist, William Perry of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, also asked investigators to scrutinize Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s use of a state airplane to travel to Savannah in November 2016.

New federal tax legislation classifies parts of Brunswick as “Qualfied Opportunity Zones, according to The Brunswick Times.

Large swaths of Brunswick, primarily west of Altama Avenue and in New Town north of Gloucester Street were designated as “Qualified Opportunity Zones” by the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS earlier this month.

Opportunity zones “offer favorable capital gains treatment for taxpayers who invest in high poverty neighborhoods,” according to Adam Looney, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy think tank. “Invest in real estate or business in a qualified zone, hold it for ten years, and you can not only sell your invests free of capital gains tax, but you also get a break on untaxed capital gains rolled into an Opportunity Zone investment.”

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both Georgia Republicans, said in a joint statement the zones would be a new tool to spur economic growth.

“For too long, capital investment has been concentrated in a few prosperous regions while many communities, especially in smaller cities and rural areas, have seen little economic growth,” Isakson said in the statement. “Qualified Opportunity Zones will allow businesses to invest in areas that need a boost, providing a win-win for all involved.”

“Encouraging private investment in these Opportunity Zones will deliver a boost to small businesses and create more job opportunities,” Perdue said in the statement. “… These Opportunity Zones will help, and I will continue working with President Trump to improve our economy.”

Floyd County Superior Court Judge candidates Emily Matson and Kay Ann Wetherington will attend two voter forums this week, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Rome will host a community forum with the candidates today from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rome First United Methodist Church, 202 E. Third Ave. Both candidates will give a speech and then take questions.

On Thursday the Floyd County Republican Party will also have a similar event at 6 p.m. at Moe’s Original BBQ at 101 W. First St.

Voters must be registered by Tuesday to cast ballots in the May 22 primary and nonpartisan election.

Democratic candidates for the Ninth Congressional District will debate on April 30th, according to

The Bulloch County Board of Education is considering hiring a school safety director, according to the Statesboro Herald. The County BOE also endorsed unanimously the negotiation of a multiyear contract to retain Superintendent Charles Wilson.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a “hog control technician,” which many good ole boys would consider the best job ever. From the Savannah Morning News:

Codey Elrod has a job most Southern hunters would kill for.

“My job,” Elrod said, “is to kill hogs.”

Elrod lives alone on this 40-square mile barrier island below Savannah. He works when he wants — daybreak, late afternoon, middle of the night. His office is the salt marshes, sandy beaches, maritime forests and cypress swamps that make up one of Georgia’s most beautiful sea islands.

He is, officially, a “hog control technician” for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources — the only full-time, government-paid wild boar hunter in the South. The uniqueness of his job owes to the rapaciousness of the hogs. They’re a nasty, eat-everything, invasive species that are alien to Ossabaw and run roughshod over flora and fauna.

While shooting pigs is cool, Elrod embraces the program’s main goal: saving endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Feral pigs stalk Ossabaw’s 13 miles of unspoiled beaches from May to September scrounging for newly laid turtle eggs.

“Hogs are a huge, huge issue because they impact vegetation, forests and wildlife,” says Michael Stroeh, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge manager in Arkansas who says the boars should be eradicated. “They’re an invasive species first and foremost.”

“Our goal on the island is to preserve, as best we can, the sea turtle nests,” says Kara Day, a Georgia DNR wildlife biologist who helps run the public hunts on Ossabaw.

Savannah’s Blight Tax, intended to encourage renovation or demolition of blighted properties, does not appear to be working on owners of the properties, according to the Savannah Morning News.

That pressure has failed so far to convince any of the property owners to make improvements to the properties, however, [code compliance director Kevin Milton] said. And collecting the steep tab hasn’t come easy either.

As of Tuesday, 14 of the cited property owners have paid the blight tax and the remaining now face potential liens and the loss of their property through a tax sale, Milton said.

With amounts ranging from $197 for a house on West 39th Street to the $7,562 tax assessed against the Montgomery Street property, the blight tax bills amounted to a total of about $35,490. The city has raised $12,630 from the tax so far.

The Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Associate's degree in nursing program received its accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Sandy Springs will spend $607k on technology enhancements for their police force, including more body cameras and upgrading cameras in police cars.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 20, 2018

Hoco Azalea

Azalea is a young female Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Centerville, GA.

Hoco Delilah

Delilah is a young female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Centerville, GA.

Hoco Sam

Sam is a 10-year old, 21-pound male Basset Hound mix low-rider who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Centerville, GA.

The Macon Telegraph writes that Regi Polk is seeking volunteers to help with her Facebook page, Lost Pets in Houston County, GA.

Through her page hundreds of pets — mostly dogs — have returned to their homes, although she doesn’t take the credit. She said that belongs to a wide network of animal lovers who share her posts and spread the word. She doesn’t personally find pets but through her page she is able to match finders with seekers.

“I enjoy making sure that the pets have a chance of getting back home,” she said. “People are really upset and worried when their dog is lost, but when their dog is found, you get really happy.”

People send her the information on pets that are either lost or found, and she then makes a digital poster and puts it on the page, sharing it also with animal control shelters and other lost pet pages. Each post will typically then get shared many times.

Until now she has been a one-woman operation, but she is seeking volunteers to help her. She has one person who just started helping, but she is looking for a few more. That’s because her husband is retiring soon, and he would like to actually go on a trip without Polk constantly checking her phone. Anyone interested in helping can contact her through her Facebook page.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 20, 2018

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Rome was founded. The one in Italy, not the one in Floyd County.

On April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission as a Colonel in the United States Army.

On April 21, 1732, King George II signed the royal charter creating the colony of Georgia. The King’s signature did not make the charter effective as several additional steps were required.

On April 21, 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first Vice President of the United States.

On April 22, 1891, Asa Candler bought the recipe for Coca-Cola for $2300 and eventually turned its marketing from a “brain tonic” into a plain old tasty beverage.

On April 21, 1904, Ty Cobb made his debut in professional baseball for the Augusta (Georgia) Tourists in the South Atlantic League in center field; Cobb hit an inside-the-field home run and a double.

Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron,” was killed in action on April 21, 1918, shot by either an Australian gunner or a Canadian. At the time of his death, Richthofen has shot down 80 aircraft in aerial combat.

Adolf Hitler admitted defeat in World War II on April 22, 1945.

The Atlanta Braves won their first home game in Atlanta Stadium on April 22, 1966. The Braves beat the New York Mets 8-4. It’s interesting to look back at how the Braves landed in Atlanta.

During his 1961 campaign for mayor of Atlanta, Ivan Allen, Jr. promised to build a sports facility to attract a Major League Baseball team. After winning office, Allen chose a 47-acre plot in the Washington–Rawson neighborhood for the building site, citing its proximity to the Georgia State Capitol, downtown businesses and major highways. Allen, along with Atlanta Journal sports editor Furman Bisher, attempted to persuade Charlie Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, to move his team to Atlanta. Finley was receptive and began discussing stadium design plans with Allen. The deal, however, ended in July 1963 when the American League did not approve the move.

In 1964, Mayor Allen announced that an unidentified team had given him a verbal commitment to move to Atlanta, provided a stadium was in place by 1966. Soon afterward, the prospective team was revealed to be the Milwaukee Braves, who announced in October that they intended to move to Atlanta for the 1965 season. However, court battles kept the Braves in Milwaukee for one last season.

On April 20, 1982, the Atlanta Braves set a major league record, winning the first twelve games of the regular season.

The Blues Brothers made their worldwide debut on Saturday Night Live on April 22, 1978. Two prominent Georgia musicians, Ray Charles (born Albany) and James Brown (died Atlanta) would co-star in The Blues Brothers movie.

Former President Jimmy Carter was appointed Distinguished Professor at Emory University on April 21, 1982. Carter holds an annual Town Hall in which he takes questions from students.

On April 20, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation authorizing a $165 billion dollar bailout for Social Security, saying,

“This bill demonstrates for all time our nation’s ironclad commitment to Social Security. It assures the elderly that America will always keep the promises made in troubled times a half a century ago. It assures those who are still working that they, too, have a pact with the future. From this day forward, they have one pledge that they will get their fair share of benefits when they retire.”

On April 21, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Israel. From the press statement released that day,

The MOA reiterates for the public record our long-standing relationship of strategic cooperation with Israel. Strategic cooperation can only succeed when there are shared interests, including the commitment to building peace and stability in the region. It reflects the enduring U.S. commitment to Israel’s security. That commitment will never flag. The U.S. commitment to peace will also not flag. The President knows that a strong Israel is necessary if peace is to be possible. He also knows that Israel can never be truly secure without peace.

On April 20, 1992, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation naming Pogo ‘Possum the official state possum of Georgia.

Former President Richard Nixon died on April 22, 1994.

On April 20, 1999, two students entered Columbine High School in Colorado and killed twelve student and one teacher, and wounded 23 others before shooting themselves.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins has a new ad out calling Republican Hunter Hill “a Benedict Arnold.”

Hill’s campaign responded via email:Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 19, 2018

Buford Blakely

Buford is a large mixed breed dog who is available for adoption via Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter in Blakely, GA.

Sunshine Blakely

Sunshine is a female Hound mix who is available for adoption via Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter in Blakely, GA.

Clark is a young male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption via Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter in Blakely, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 19, 2018

On April 19, 1775, British troops entered Lexington, Massachusetts, encountering 77 armed Minute Men.

British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.

Two hours later, another confrontation between the British and American patriots took place in Concord, Massachusetts.

On April 19, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the blockade of ports in “Rebellious States.”

Whereas an insurrection against the Government of the United States has broken out in the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, and the laws of the United States for the collection of the revenue can not be effectually executed therein conformably to that provision of the Constitution which requires duties to be uniform throughout the United States; and


Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, with a view to the same purposes before mentioned and to the protection of the public peace and the lives and property of quiet and orderly citizens pursuing their lawful occupations until Congress shall have assembled and deliberated on the said unlawful proceedings or until the same shall have ceased, have further deemed it advisable to set on foot a blockade of the ports within the States aforesaid, in pursuance of the laws of the United States and of the law of nations in such case provided. For this purpose a competent force will be posted so as to prevent entrance and exit of vessels from the ports aforesaid.

Union forces skirmished against The Worrill Grays, a Georgia Reserve Militia, at the Battle of Culloden, 30 miles west of Macon on a date generally believed to have been April 19, 1865, though it may have occurred later.

On April 19, 1995, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation declaring the peanut the Official State Crop.

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President Trump called Rome veteran Bill King, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Rome educator and Air Force veteran Bill King said he was so stunned that he actually stood up from his chair — not quite at attention — while waiting to be connected to President Donald Trump.

Somehow, the president got wind of the half-size Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica that was constructed for the Americanism committee of the Rome Exchange Club.

“I don’t know if it came through Congressman Tom Graves’ office or from the Society of the Honor Guard,” King said. “The Tomb Guards are working with us on our presentations.”

Trump told King he appreciated the patriotism King and the Exchange Club of Rome are doing through this project.

Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter will not attend Mrs. Bush’s funeral, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 18, 2018

April CSRA

April is a female Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society in Augusta, GA.

April is a lively, happy dog who enjoys human company, and loves to go for walks. She is a beautiful dog and would be a wonderful addition to an energetic family! While she loves people and the attention they give, she’s not so fond of other animals. For this reason, April must be the only pet in the household.

Griffin CSRA

Griffin is a 70-pound male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society in Augusta, GA. Griffin should be adopted with his life-long housemate, Kaylee.


Toby is a young male Dachshund or Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society in Augusta, GA.

Toby is an 8 year old ball of energy just starting to get his first gray hairs. He had a hard life before coming to the shelter and can be slow to warm up to new people, but once he gets to know you, he is an absolute snuggle monster who can’t wait to get in your lap and fall asleep. Because of his timidness when getting to know you, we recommend Toby only go to a family with older kids. If you think you have the love and patience to help Toby come out of his shell, please feel free to contact us.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 18, 2018

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes mounted up on horseback to warn of British troops on their way to confiscate American arms and to warn patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who the British sought to capture.

By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government had approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from Great Britain to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against Concord and Lexington.

The Boston Patriots had been preparing for such a British military action for some time, and, upon learning of the British plan, Revere and Dawes set off across the Massachusetts countryside. They took separate routes in case one of them was captured….

About 5 a.m. on April 19, 700 British troops under Major John Pitcairn arrived at the town to find a 77-man-strong colonial militia under Captain John Parker waiting for them on Lexington’s common green. Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation, the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead and 10 others were wounded; only one British soldier was injured. The American Revolution had begun.

President William H. Taft learned on April 18, 1912 of the death of his military aide, Major Archibald Butts of Augusta, Georgia on RMS Titanic.

The honeybee was recognized as the official state insect of Georgia on April 18, 1975.

On April 18, 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation establishing February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Georgia and celebrating the date of President Reagan’s birth.

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Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that a tentative agreement has been reached between Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

“A handshake agreement between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare was made in the governor’s office late this afternoon. Announcement of an agreement in the form of a contract will be made by the contracting parties as soon as possible. This deal ensures no interruption of coverage for Georgians using Piedmont Healthcare as a provider during the contract dispute.”

Charlie Walker, Jr. won the runoff election for Richmond County Board of Education District 7, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Walker garnered 725 votes (67.8 percent) of 1,072 ballots cast in the runoff with Elliott Melvin Brown, a postal trainer and combat veteran. Brown received 344 votes for 32.2 percent.

Turnout was low as expected in the single-contest election, with only 6.8 percent or 1,072 of District 7′s 15,738 registered voters casting ballots.

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican State Senator David Shafer’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Shafer’s campaign announced the NRA endorsement Monday. It’s not the first time the NRA, which has found itself at the center of the school violence and gun safety debate, has recognized Shafer. Five years ago, he received the NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s Defender of Freedom award.

“David Shafer is a voice for freedom and faithful friend to Georgia’s law abiding gun owners,” NRA Political Victory Fund’s Chairman Chris Cox said. “This endorsement is a reflection of his unwavering support for the Second Amendment.”

Shafer’s campaign said the longtime senator received a letter from Cox in which the chairman told him “Nearly every Second Amendment bill in the last 16 years has had your name attached to it.”

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted not to raise tuition for the next academic year, according to the AJC.

USG officials cited budget increases recently approved by Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers, in part, as the reason for not raising tuition. The budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is approximately $2.43 billion, about $115 million more that the current total.

The board approved 14 fee increases at nine institutions. The increases are $3 to $31 per semester.

USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley has emphasized making its colleges and universities more affordable in response to frequent criticism in recent years about tuition and fees. A 2016 state audit found a 77 percent increase in the cost of attending a state college or university in the prior 10 years.

Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Harold D. Melton has been elected Chief Justice by his colleagues, according to the Albany Herald.

Presiding Justice Harold D. Melton has been unanimously elected as the new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, succeeding Chief Justice P. Harris Hines. The court has also unanimously elected Justice David E. Nahmias to become the new presiding justice.

Hines, who was appointed to the court in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller, plans to retire Aug. 31. Both justices will be sworn into their new positions in a ceremony at the Georgia House of Representatives chambers on Sept. 4.

The chief justice is the spokesperson for the court as well as for the entire judiciary, presiding over oral arguments and running meetings in which the court deliberates about cases. He or she serves one four-year term and also chairs the Georgia Judicial Council — the policy-making body for the judicial branch that is made up of the president of the State Bar in Georgia and 26 judges who represent the appellate courts and all classes of trial courts in the state.

Greg Bluestein of the AJC covered a gubernatorial debate sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Some of the Republican candidates for Governor attended a forum in Cherokee County last night, according to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News.

Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Clay Tippins and Marc Urbach attended the forum. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Sen. Michael Williams, R-Cumming declined their invitations to the night’s forum.

Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor also appeared in Cherokee County.

Two of the three Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidates introduced themselves to Cherokee residents Monday night at a forum hosted by local GOP organizations at downtown Canton’s Historic Courthouse. The forum for gubernatorial candidates followed.

Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth and [another candidate] attended the night’s forum. Rick Jeffares declined an invitation.

Shafer, president pro tem of the state Senate, opened with the acknowledgement of general platform uniformity for Republican candidates for elected office.

“It’s interesting to me that every Republican candidate at every level says basically the same things,” he said. “And it’s got to be confusing to those of you who’ve got to make up your mind… What I would encourage you to do is look carefully at the records we’ve compiled while in public office.”

Shafer said his 16 years’ service in the state Senate, work to end continuation budgeting, limit income tax hikes and his endorsements from the National Rifle Association and Georgia Right to Life show that he is the most qualified candidate for lieutenant governor.

Columbus Mayoral candidate Zeph Baker‘s residency has been challenged by rival candidate Beth Harris, and the decision to keep on the ballot has led to an appeal in Superior Court, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Her appeal is to Muscogee Superior Court, which will hold a hearing to review the Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registrations’ April 5 decision not to disqualify Baker for filing a homestead exemption on a residence in Newnan, Ga., where Baker said his wife Sharon Cosby lives.

Baker maintains his primary residence remains 1091 Bolton Court, the address listed on his notice of candidacy.

The Augusta City Commission is moving forward on an ordinance for smoke-free workplaces, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Mayor Pro Tem Mary Davis, who had voted against a previous ordinance, made a motion to have city legal staff work with members of the Breatheasy Augusta coalition on creating a new, tougher smoking ordinance and bringing it back to a commission committee on May 8. That motion passed 8-1-1, with Commissioner Wayne Guilfolyle voting no and Commissioner Marion Williams abstaining.

“This I think is definitely more doable,” Davis said, thanking members of the coalition for working with commissioners and others on shaping the proposal.

[Commissioners] Guilfoyle and Williams raised familiar objections that such an ordinance would trample private property rights. Williams said he had no problem with banning smoking in government buildings.

Bibb County schools will receive $1 million dollars as part of a settlement over allegedly fraudulent purchases made under former Superintendent Romain Dallemand, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Statesboro City Council was forced to cancel a meeting due to a lack of quorum, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Glynn County’s Finance Committee recommended spending $93k on renovations of the tax commissioner’s office, according to The Brunswick News.

Orange Crush hits Tybee Island this year, with locals prepared with an alcohol ban, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Orange Crush, Tybee Island’s biggest unofficial celebration, is set to begin this weekend despite the city government’s attempts to dissuade the college-aged masses from visiting the small island community.

Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman said Orange Crush’s lack of permits, leadership and structure puts undue pressure on Tybee’s government.

In an attempt to curb attendance, Tybee’s city council introduced legislation in 2017 that banned the consumption of alcohol and the playing of amplified music in public spaces during two weekends in April – which is usually when Orange Crush is held. City Council voted this March to reinstate the ban for 2018.

Buelterman said the ban is in place to keep both spring breakers and Tybee residents safe. In January, he went to city council with a proposal to extend the ban to include March 12-16 – when most schools within the University System of Georgia have their spring breaks.

An Osprey chick in The Landings on Skidaway Island can now be viewed via webcam, according to the Savannah Morning News.

At 6:12 [Sunday] morning, the Osprey couple nesting in a dead pine tree on Skidaway Island welcomed their first chick into the world,” wrote volunteer camera operator Mary Lambright on the Youtube clip of the event.

Bald eagles originally built the nest the ospreys now occupy, high in an aging loblolly pine on a golf course. Skidaway Audubon partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to set up the video cameras in 2014 in the hopes of capturing eagles raising their brood. Instead, great horned owls took over the nest and raised owlets in the spring of 2015 and again in 2016. Last year, it was the ospreys’ turn. A pair of these large slender hawks with 6-foot wingspans produced three eggs in the nest last year. But only one hatched and that chick died shortly after an intruding osprey stepped on it with its razor-sharp talons. Now it looks like the same pair is back, trying again.

You can view the ospreys here or here.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 17, 2018

Misty Rentz

Misty is a young female Border Collie and Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from A Rescue Tail, Inc. in Rentz, GA.

Meet Misty, one of five incredible Boxer/Border Collie mixes. The offspring of a boxer mix, and a border collie mix, this crew has traits of both breeds. Each is your typical puppy, playful, loving, and eager to learn. They are learning basic commands, and working on house and crate training.

All are fully vetted: up to date on shots, age appropriate prevention, and has a lifetim e microchip. Ready for their forever homes, don’t miss your chance to call one of these cuties yours!

Ariann Rentz

Ariann is a young female Border Collie and Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from A Rescue Tail, Inc. in Rentz, GA.

Copperfield Rentz

Copperfield is a young male Border Collie and Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from A Rescue Tail, Inc. in Rentz, GA.


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

The Trustees of the Georgia colony learned on April 17, 1737 that Spain had 4000 soliders and two warships in Havana, Cuba and was planning on invading Georgia or South Carolina. Thus began the rivalry between then-Spanish occupied Florida and Georgia. Floridians would have to wait until after the 1873 invention of blue jeans by Levi Strauss to develop their modern uniform of jean shorts.

On April 17, 1944, a fifteen-year old Martin Luther King, Jr., a junior at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, traveled to Dublin, Georgia to give a speech in a contest sponsored by the local black Elks club. During the bus ride to Dublin, King and his teacher had to give up their seats to white riders and stand for much of the ride. King won the contest, delivering his oration, “The Negro and the Constitution.”

On April 17, 1950, the United States Supreme Court dismissed South v. Peters, a complaint against Georgia’s County Unit System of elections.

Each county is allotted a number of unit votes, ranging from six for the eight most populous counties, to two for most of the counties. The candidate who receives the highest popular vote in the county is awarded the appropriate number of unit votes. Appellants, residents of the most populous county in the State, contend that their votes and those of all other voters in that county have on the average but one-tenth the weight of those in the other counties. Urging that this amounts to an unconstitutional discrimination against them, appellants brought this suit to restrain adherence to the statute in the forthcoming Democratic Party primary for United States Senator, Governor and other state offices. The court below dismissed appellants’ petition. We affirm.

On April 17, 1964, the Ford Mustang debuted at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The world has been a better, if somewhat louder, place ever since.

The remains of Navy seaman Frank Wood, previously interred as an unknown casualty of Pearl Harbor, were identified through advances in DNA and moved through Georgia to his nearest surviving relatives in Franklin, North Carolina.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Voters go to the polls today to elect a new member for Richmond County Board of Education District 7, according to the Augusta Chronicle.Continue Reading..