Make sure your voice is heard on General Election Day, November 6th. Elections are an important way to contribute to your community and voice your opinion about your district. Research everyone running so that you can know the most about their platforms and what they believe in. If you don’t know where your voting location, go to this address www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do, input your information and find exactly where to vote.
Mark your calendar for these important voting dates that are coming up:
- October 9th: Last day to register and be eligible to vote in November General Election
- October 15th – November 2nd: Early Voting
- November 6th: Last day to vote
- Register to vote: bit.ly/VoterRegistrationGA
We have some great candidates running in the November election. Brian Strickland from District 17, Pete Peterson from District 4, and Dale Rutledge from District 109. I support all three of these candidates and I look forward to the great things they will do for their districts.Read More
Reps. Strickland, Rutledge, Welch and Douglas Support State Funding for Industrial Arts Building for Henry County’s Southern Crescent Technical College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 22, 2016
Contact: Betsy Lynch
ATLANTA –State Representatives Brian Strickland (R-McDonough), Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge), Dale Rutledge (R-McDonough), Andy Welch (R-Locust Grove) and Senator Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough), along with the support of the Henry County delegation as a whole, recently expressed support of Governor Nathan Deal’s FY2017 budget proposal, which allocates funding to Henry County’s Southern Crescent Technical College. Governor Deal’s 2017 Budget allocates $16.175 million in state dollars to match Henry County’s $6.5 to 5.5 million in SPLOST funds dedicated to construct a state-of-the-art industrial educational facility on the McDonough campus of the Southern Crescent Technical College.
“The Henry County campus of Southern Crescent is an invaluable resource in our community, providing education and technical training, which will result in a more skilled and competent workforce in our area and state,” said Rep. Welch. “Proper technical training is an asset to any community, and the entire state, but the development of the campus will also bring economic growth in the way of new jobs and increased interest to Henry County. As a result of the intense work of the entire Henry County delegation, Governor Nathan Deal has kept an important local campaign promise with the inclusion of these funds in the budget. I would like to thank Gov. Deal for making this a priority, as well as my colleagues in the General Assembly and our local leaders in Henry County for their support.”
Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 and serves roughly 10,000 students in the middle Georgia area. The Henry County campus was established in 2014 and offers 23 degree, diploma, and certificate programs in various fields.
For more information about Southern Crescent Technical College, please click here.
For more information about Governor Deal’s FY2017 budget proposal, please click here.
Representative Andrew Welch represents the citizens of District 110, which includes portions of Butts, Henry, and Newton Counties. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves as the Chairman to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety. He also serves on the Code Revision, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, and Regulated Industries committees.
The Henry County campus of Southern Crescent Technical College continues to grow! Earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal “allocated $16.725 million in his proposed fiscal year 2017 state budget to complete construction of Southern Crescent Technical College’s Henry County campus.” The additional funding will allow the building of “a state-of-the-art industrial technology building and labs.”
This is a big win for the county, and I am proud to have accomplished this by working alongside the other Henry County legislative delegates. I want to thank Senator Rick Jeffares, and Representatives Brian Strickland, Demetrius Douglas, and Dale Rutledge. We worked alongside each other before the 2016 Legislative Session began so that we could accomplish this huge success.
As Senator Jeffares said, Southern Crescent is “gaining the attention of people all over the state” due to the school’s “state-of-the-art training” in their technical programs, as well as their continuing education programs. The school formed in 2010 when Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College merged. The Henry County campus opened in June 2014, and Henry County residents have been gaining skills and education to better prepare them for the workforce ever since.
The next step is to make sure that the allocated funds will be approved by officials in the State House and the Senate. I, alongside other Henry County legislators, will keep you up-t0-date on the developments of this goal.
Source: Henry HeraldRead More
Georgia Department of Transportation
A Location and Design Public Information Open House
For P.I. 0011690
CR 131/ELLIOTT ROAD AT WALNUT CREEK 0.50 MI NE OF MCDONOUGH
On Thursday, January 21, 2016 at East Lake Elementary School, 199 E Lake Rd, McDonough, GA 30252, the Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a Public Information Open House concerning the project listed above.
The proposed project consists of replacing the existing 2-lane bridge on County Road (CR) 131 over Walnut Creek due to insufficient bridge sufficiency rating. The proposed bridge will be installed at the existing location along with improvements to the roadway approaches on the north and south sides of the bridge. The road would be closed during construction. There is an existing concrete box culvert over an unnamed tributary of Walnut Creek north of the bridge within the project limits. The culvert would be extended as part of the project in order to bring the roadway approaches up to current standards.
The purpose of this Location and Public Information Open House is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the project, ask questions, and comment on the project.
The Open House will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will be informal, and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation. A court reporter will be available to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information:
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Jack Reed at 706-646-7566.
Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Monday, February 01, 2016. Written statements may be submitted to:
Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.
State Environmental Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308Read 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
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Emergency Responders to Be Recognized, Honored by Henry County Schools. Luncheon to honor county emergency responders on anniversary of 9/11
HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County School System and the Office of Discipline and Safety will be recognizing and honoring Henry County emergency responders on Friday, September 11, the 14th anniversary of the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A luncheon and presentation is planned for members of the Henry County Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Fire Department and EMS. McDonough Presbyterian Church is the host location for the event. Students from the school system will have roles in the presentation to the emergency responders.
WHO: Various Henry County emergency responders, Henry County Schools officials, JROTC cadets, students
WHAT: 9/11 Luncheon honoring Henry County emergency responders
WHEN: Friday, September 11, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.
McDonough Presbyterian Church
427 McGarity Rd.
McDonough, GA 30252
For more information, please contact:
J.D. Hardin, Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
Dr. Earlene Crump, Director of Discipline & Safety
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
O: 770-957-6601 x161
*Disclaimer For Henry County Schools “The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, re-transmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this message in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers.”*Read More
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
The Georgia Senate recognized the Rock Springs Medical Clinic in Milner, GA with Senate Resolution 344 on Thursday, March 19th. Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Sen. John F. Kennedy, R-Macon, and Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone all presented the bill to the Senate. The resolution recognizes Dr. W. Stephen Taunton, the clinic’s Medical Director, Bobbi Riley, the Administrative Director, and Linda Taunton, the Pharmaceutical Director, in addition to a staff of 60 dedicated volunteers.
For those who are unfamiliar, here is a bit of history on this amazing clinic. Established in 2008, The Rock Springs Medical clinic provides free healthcare and counseling services to roughly 5,000 uninsured middle Georgians who live in 81 cities. The volunteer staff includes licensed physicians, and nurses for medical needs as well as dieticians for health education and counselors for mental health, assisted by clerical staff and volunteers. This clinic is staffed by a skilled team of medical professionals, including: pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, licensed physicians, nurses, dietitians and counselors assisted by clerical staff and volunteers. Manufacturers work directly with the pharmaceutical director to keep the clinic pharmacy stocked. I am very proud that this clinic is around, and hope to see it serve our community for many years to come. Congratulations to this amazing clinic!Read More
Governor Deal has lead Georgia with sound economic policies and we will continue to see companies like TSYS expand and grow. We need to continue to push for new opportunities where our children can find good paying jobs here where we live.
Deal: Georgia-based TSYS to create up to 450 jobs in McDonough
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that TSYS, a global payments company headquartered in Columbus, will create up to 450 jobs through a new contact center in Henry County.
“TSYS’s decision to expand in Georgia is a testament to our state’s top-ranked business climate and qualified workforce,” said Deal. “Businesses that choose to locate here are finding it easy to expand here, and I have no doubt that our state will continue to provide this growing company with the necessary resources to remain globally competitive.”
The 62,000-square-foot TSYS facility, located at 3500 Loop Road, will house a new contact center that will provide back-up capabilities for its existing center in Columbus. This expansion will offer customer service, risk and fraud management, collections, dispute and chargeback servicing, back office support and full call center servicing solutions. Slated to open later this year, the new facility will provide substantial opportunities to expand TSYS’s services, supporting organic growth and generating business with new and existing clients. (continue)