Despite the divisive rhetoric regarding the history of our country, it was a privilege to present a replica of the Martin Luther King, Sr. memorial bridge sign to Bernice King and the King Family on August 28th at the M.L. King, Jr. statute unveiling. With the assistance of the Stockbridge City Council, I introduced and passed legislation to dedicate in memory of M.L. King Sr. the bridge in front of City Hall along State Route 138 and crossing over the Martin Luther King, Sr. Heritage Trail. M.L. King, Sr. used this trail to travel to work and school, as he was raised in Stockbridge and preached his first sermon there at the age of 15. This was a way of recognizing some of the history that exists in Stockbridge that many people may not be aware of. With all that’s going on in the country, I think it’s appropriate to discuss some of the people who shaped the civil rights movement. It is a small but very public recognition of an important person who helped shape the history of our county for the better. The city of Stockbridge will be hosting a bridge dedication ceremony in the next few weeks, and I hope to see you there!Read More
A new year is almost here! Where did the time go? What better way to end the year, than celebrating at the 5th annual Geranium Drop in the McDonough Square! This is a popular and fun event that thousands come out for. Mayor, Billy Copeland will be there to start the party at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31st.
The McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board and the McDonough Main Street Program have put together this great evening, and it is for all ages. There will be musical entertainment to help you dance your way into the new year. Here are the performers for the night:
8 p.m. – McDonough Rhythm Section
9 p.m. – Mackie Creek Band
11 p.m. – Jason Fowler
12 a.m.- Geranium Drop
If you get hungry during the festivities, visit one of the many restaurants around the square for a variety of delicious foods and drinks. Kirby G’s Diner & Pub has the best burger in town! Several of these Square restaurants will have food and drink specials, so go support local business and get some good food at the same time.
I’m looking forward to another year! I’m sure this event will be a fun way to kick off 2016, so bring your friends and family to the McDonough Square this New Year’s Eve!
McDonough Square Address– 5 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA, 30253Read More
Last March, Gov. Nathan Deal signed a proclamation, “Saluting Georgia’s Vietnam Veterans,” to honor the veterans of the Vietnam War, who were overlooked upon their return. It was such an honor to be able to give these veterans the recognition they deserve. The Henry Herald wrote up a story on the ceremony.
Click the link to read it: www.henryherald.com/news/2015/sep/22/vietnam-vets-get-overdue-honorsRead More
According to Rick Lowry, the editor of the National Review, Donald Trump lost, and almost everyone else did well. Carly Fiorina won, he says. Michael Medved, a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host, thought that everyone did well for the most part and there were “no disastrous losers,” although he claims Trump and Paul did not fare the best. Jonah Goldberg, a conservative syndicated columnist and author, thought Jeb Bush could have done better, but found the debate entertaining and illuminating. Tim Carney, the senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner agreed with Lowry in that Fiorina won the debate, but also commented that Cruz was “nearly invisible.” Michael Sheehan, who is one of America’s leading debate coaches and communication strategists, thought Bush and Walker were the biggest losers because they were virtually unmemorable. Rick Wilson, a Republican message and media strategist, also weighed in saying “Rank and file GOP voters . . . were horrified by the third party blackmail from Trump,” while Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics claims everyone did reasonably well except Trump, who he claims took a hit. Mark McKinnon, former media adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain, predicts that Trump will lose some of his momentum because of his performance, and that Fiorina was the winner. Mary Matalin, a Republical political strategist, fell in line saying “Trump has no depth.” The only opposing view came from the Democratic presidential strategist, Bob Shrum, who claims, ‘Trump not only survived but thrived.’
Read the full article here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/republican-debate-2015-winners-losers-121139.html#ixzz3iVxB3JCQ
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It is that time again! It is time to go back to school for many Georgia counties.
- Newton County Schools begins THIS Friday, July 31st!
- Henry County schools begin this Monday, August 3rd!
- Butts County schools begin Wednesday, August 5th!
Just a friendly reminder that this weekend is sales-tax free for school-related items — Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1!
Children really are our future, and it is important for their success to be nurtured and encouraged to learn continually. A well-educated youth makes for a well-rounded adult, who can make informed decisions. I hope everyone has a fantastic school year!Read More
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a busy time for me and my family, and a joyous time for us as a country. It was on this day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 members of the second Continental Congress, and the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Many Americans celebrate this day by shooting fireworks, attending patriotic-themed parades, going to fairs, sporting events, or family reunions. Georgia is no different, and uses its many attractions to honor this special day.
Atlanta will host the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race, as it has every year since 1970. This is a tradition that many Georgians, as well as people across the nation look forward to; there is a patriotic laser show at Stone Mountain, a special fireworks viewing at the Georgia Aquarium, as well as at Centennial Park. With so many celebrations happening, it can be easy to forget how many people gave their all for our freedom. I want all of you to celebrate this joyous day with family traditions and have a restful day off of work, but I also want to challenge you to remember the sacrifices of our great military that fought, and continue to fight to keep our country free. From my family to yours, have a safe, and happy Independence Day.
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The official start of summer is still about two weeks away, but here in Georgia, it definitely feels like summer has been upon us for months now. With the summer season comes fun times with family, friends, time off for vacation, and many patriotic themed holidays. One such holiday, and probably the most widely celebrated in the United States, is the Fourth of July, or Independence Day.
This is an important celebration for America in that it commemorates the Continental Congress approving the final wording of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, after several grueling days of deliberation. To celebrate this joyous event in our nation’s history, many people often have parades or fireworks displays and Jackson is no exception. There will be a fun fireworks display on July 4th when it gets dark (weather permitting), and it will be fun for the whole family. For more information, please call Butts County Parks and Recreation at: (770) 775-8228.
Monday April 27th, we held the Town Hall Meeting at Kirby G’s Diner. It was there that a very special man was honored. Jake Carter, owner and heir of Southern Belle Farms, was elected to the National Young Farmer Committee Chair last year and has been traveling the country educating young people on the importance of agriculture this past year. Although it was difficult on his wife and two daughters, Carter thought it was important for Georgia and the farming community in general. I had the honor of awarding him with a proclamation signed by Governor Deal on Monday, and he will return to his farm and his family, who will welcome him with open arms.Read More
Rep. Andy Welch had the honor of speaking with students from Union Grove high School and the German American Partnership Program earlier this month. The German exchange students are visiting the Henry County school system and are staying with families in the Union Grove school district. Later students from Union Grove will have the opportunity to visit Germany and stay with families there.
Henry County schools and Union Grove have participated in the GAPP for several years now. Students and families both have enjoyed the international experiences and the program is very successful. The German language program at Union Grove is thriving.Read More