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Early Voting Starts Today

ATLANTA (AP) -- Voters can start casting early ballots Monday for the July 31 primary and transportation referendum. 
 
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said voting officials will be taking early ballots for the July 31 primary election. The election will also decide nonpartisan races and whether to approve a 1-cent hike in the sales tax to fund regional transportation projects. 
 
Lawmakers in the General Assembly, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, state utility regulators, prosecutors and judges are also up for election.

Contact your local board of elections for hours, polling places and a list of primary races in your county.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

The deadline to become eligible to vote is drawing near. Monday July 2 is the cutoff for people register to vote in July 31 general election, the August 21 election for Bibb County School Board and, of course, the November 6 presidential election.

Bibb County Board of Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says there are several ways and places to register.

  • At the Board of Elections Office, which is open from 8:30 - 5:30 on Monday.
  • At City Hall
  • Any public library
  • Any state department office, such as the Division of Family and Children Services or DFCS.

You can also register online though the state board elections website. Just fill out the form and bring it to a local Board of Elections Office to become eligible.

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Cochran Police Sgt. Runs for Twiggs Sheriff

Cochran Police Sgt. Runs for Twiggs Sheriff

Calvin Banks is a quiet and unassuming man. At the age of 56, he is a seasoned law enforcement veteran - and he got his start in his home county of Twiggs, when former sheriff Doyle Stone called him and asked him if he wanted a job in the early 1990s.

Calvin, married to Belinda, a family man, was born and raised in Jeffersonville. He attended Twiggs County High School, but "I didn't graduate then, I left to go to New Jersey, where I lived and worked." He did take some community college classes while in New Jersey, and later on got his G.E.D.

He had just been transferred back to Georgia with his job, when he heard from Stone. "I had never thought about being in law enforcement. In fact, I wanted to be a race car driver and a singer when I was growing up."

Austin Scott Facing Free Ride to Second Term

 

Austin Scott apparently has a free ride to a second term in Congress.

No Republicans or Democrats qualified to challenge the Republican from Ashburn in the Eighth Congressional District. Qualifying for Georgia's congressional races ended at noon Friday.

Races Set for 10 General Assembly Seats

Central Georgia voters will decide five state House races and five Senate races during this election season.

Meanwhile, 10 representatives and three senators face no opposition.

Qualifying for the state Senate and state Representative races ended at noon Friday.

Here are the qualifiers.

In State Senate District 18, incumbent Cecil Staton, a Macon Republican, has a challenger:Thomaston physician Spencer Price. They'll meet in the July 31 Republican primary and the winner has no opposition in November.

Twiggs County January Unemployment Rate

Twiggs County January Unemployment Rate

Twiggs County's unemployment rate for January was 12.1 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.