Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Complete text of Gov. Deal's address to the General Assembly
Lt. Governor, Mr. Speaker, President Pro Tem Williams, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, Members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, Members of the Judiciary, my fellow Georgians: In centuries long past … in a world far removed from the one we know today … the Age of Exploration captivated the minds of brave, young men. These individuals traveled through distant waters to identify the unknown, their will to explore outweighing the countless dangers, hardships and tragedies they faced. It is an age we now define by these names: Columbus, da Gama, Vespucci and Magellan. These brave adventurers, with only primitive tools at their disposal, charted a course by looking to the stars for guidance. The nights were not always clear … the …
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Jobs, jobs, jobs. That's what many hope Gov. Nathan Deal will make his main focus during the State of the State address he'll be making at 7 p.m. today in the House chamber. No matter what the governor says, Patch will Cover It Live to let you give your views on what he says, find reactions to it from across the state and add our own analysis. Visit Patch just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 to join the discussion, or use the Cover It Live app on your iPhone or Android device. The State of the State address will showcase the governor’s building blocks for economic prosperity in Georgia, according to a release from his office. He will make announcements on: Georgia Public Broadcasting plans to air the address live statewide on TV and on radio, and…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Get your Friday scores here and share yours, too.
Below are the Friday night football games we think are of local interest. We'll update the scores as we get them. Have a score we don't? Add it to the comments in this article, or email it to GaPatchSports@gmail.com. Want a score we're not listing? Same drill. High school football is a communal experience in Georgia, and Patch invites you to share your experiences with the whole community. You can upload game photos and video to this article by clicking on "Add your photos & videos," or send scores, photos and highlights to GaPatchSports@gmail.com. Put the school and sport in the subject line. Home team is listed second
Friday, July 15, 2011
Confusion over stickers leads Gov. Deal to restart the contest.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Governor Nathan Deal was expected to announce the winner of the new Georgia license plate design contest today. Instead he's announced a do-over after some confusion regarding whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the chosen design. More than 500 designs were submitted by the public. That field was then narrowed down to eight by a panel of Georgia college and university art professors. Those eight were then voted on in an online poll by the public to determine the top three. Some of the designs were shown with the optional "In God We Trust" sticker while others did not. All three of the final designs were displayed initially with that sticker. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, confused church groups, atheists and …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Get to know those beautiful winged creatures you see every year.
One of the best things about Georgia's summer months are the beautiful butterflies that flit through our yards and neighborhoods. After all, who can resist smiling at the beauty of witnessing these winged creatures glide through the air? In the metro area, butterflies are seen mostly from July through September. And getting them to stick around for a while during those months or even come back year after year isn't difficult when you add certain plants to your yard, says Henning Von Schmeling, butterfly expert at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Von Schmeling suggests planting nectar sources like Zinnias, sunflowers and coneflowers for adult butterflies. "As adults most [butterflies] will feed on nectar from flowers even though there are…
Friday, July 8, 2011
The Georgia Supreme Court dismissed a long-standing claim by the city of Stone Mountain that DeKalb County shortchanged it in revenue collected from the Homestead Option Sales Tax.
Stone Mountain Mayor Patricia Wheeler is ready to give up the city’s 11-year-old legal battle with DeKalb County over sales tax revenue even though the attorneys who led the court fight are considering another round. “I think we’re kind of glad it’s past settled and we want to move on,” said Stone Mountain Mayor Patricia Wheeler on Thursday. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a long-standing claim by the cities of Stone Mountain, Doraville, Decatur and Chamblee that DeKalb County has shortchanged the cities by as much $12 million in revenue collected from the Homestead Option Sales Tax since 1998. Bob Wilson and Bryan Downs, the attorneys for the four cities, have said they may file a motion with the state’s highest court to …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Voting for the new Georgia license plate ends July 8.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
License plates in the State of Georgia will soon have a brand new look. Voting is currently underway for the Georgia License Plate Design Contest. According to a Georgia Department of Revenue press release, more than 500 entries were submitted by the public. A panel of Georgia college and university art professors chose eight of the designs to be featured in the online voting contest. Online voting ends Friday, July 8. “The Department is pleased to offer an attractive array of designs for online voting,” State Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie said in a released statement. “We encourage everyone to vote for their favorite design that best represents the State of Georgia.” The three plate designs with the most votes will be presented to…
Friday, July 1, 2011
From immigration to child booster seats, there are several new state laws on the books starting today.
A number of new state laws signed by Gov. Nathan Deal are now in effect across Georgia, from changes in child booster seat laws to the highly controversial Sunday alcohol sales and immigration laws. Here are some of the new laws: HB 87 - Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. Penalizes those who use fake identification to get a job in the state of Georgia. Also penalizes government officials who violate state laws on immigration enforcement. HB 101 - Bicycles; safety; change provisions. Makes it safer for bicycle riders and drivers on roads by requiring drivers to pass cyclists by at least three feet, among other things. HB 179 - State highway system; permits for legally erected signs; change provisions. Allows owners of …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Two parts of the controversial law blocked.
District Court Judge Thomas Thrash passed a request to block parts of Georgia’s controversial immigration law until legal challenges are resolved, according to court documents. Two specific parts of the law are blocked: the ability to penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime and the ability of officers to verify immigration status for someone who can’t provide the proper identification laid out by the House Bill 87. The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of other civil rights groups asked the judge to block the law on June 8. They filed a preliminary injunction, saying that HB 87 interferes with federal power, authorizes unreasonable seizures and arrests and restricts the …