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Heavy rains flood Nelson home


photo/John Monaghan

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer

The heavy rains of Sunday,  caused one residence in Nelson to flood. The home of Ginny Reynolds on Spring Street was flooded by the overflow from the branch behind her house. The torrential downpour put so much rain in the area that the clogged branch could not handle it. It needed somewhere to go and her house became its place.

   She was forced to leave. Ms. Reynolds, who relies on a wheelchair to get around, had to be helped from her home by friends and family.

Reward offered for information on Acworth firearm theft

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    ACWORTH, Ga. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry -- have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Liberty Guns, a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Acworth, Ga. ATF is offering a reward in an amount up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward up to $5,000.

    This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

   ATF and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of firearms during the burglary. The theft occurred in the early morning hours on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2483 Cedarcrest Road, Suite 201. Additional information from the public may assist in solving this case. These firearms pose a potential danger and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.

    "ATF takes this crime very seriously," said Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker. "There are 36 firearms on the street, with the strong potential of being sold to or used by other criminals to commit violent crimes. ATF is committed to preventing firearms trafficking, which is a serious offense resulting in significant federal prison time for those responsible."

    Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF Gun Hotline at 1-800- ATF-GUNS (283-4867) or the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3010. Callers may remain anonymous.

   ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulation of the firearms industry. More information on ATF can be found at



"Wait is over’ for families in need of cannabis oil," says governor

gasealGov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. The law took effect immediately upon Deal’s signature. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law enforcement officials to prepare for the law’s enactment.


“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” Deal said. “I applaud the efforts of the Department of Public Health and the Georgia Composite Medical Board to see that this legislation is implemented safely and in a timely manner. Now, Georgia children and their families may return home while continuing to receive much-needed care. Patients such as Haleigh Cox, for whom this bill is named, and others suffering from debilitating conditions can now receive the treatment they need, in the place where they belong: Georgia.”


Patients with the following conditions are eligible for medical cannabis oil under this law: cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s and sickle cell. 

    "Today, HB 1 officially became Georgia state law, and we can now begin the highly anticipated process of bringing our medical refugees back home to Georgia," Rep. Allen Peake said. "I am extremely grateful to Gov. Deal for his continued leadership and for making this historic and monumental day happen. The true heroes, without which none of this would have been possible, are the families who fought courageously and tirelessly to see this legislation through to its passage." 

    Moving forward, forms created by the Georgia Medical Composite Board may be obtained through the Department of Public Health (DPH). Once certified by the appropriate health care provider, patients meeting the law’s criteria will be provided with documentation allowing for possession of low-THC cannabis oil. DPH has already issued temporary cards to seven individuals and anticipates the permanent statewide system will be online in the coming weeks.

   The law also codified the ongoing clinical trials at Georgia Regents University, which the governor set in motion last year through an executive order. Finally, the Commission on Medical Cannabis, created by HB 1, includes designated members and appointments to be filled by Deal. The commission will provide recommendations for consideration during the next legislative session. The appointment process is under way.

N. Ga. congressmen vote to repeal Death Tax

Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Repeal the Death Tax

tom-gravesWashington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting today for the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 1105), which would repeal the estate tax, also known as the death tax:

“Liberals in Washington want to tax every event in life, including death. They view the death of certain people as a pay day for their big government programs. But make no mistake: the death tax is unfair, insensitive to grieving families and punishes hard work. It’s also particularly brutal for families that own farms, as the land and equipment necessary for farming can quickly exceed the exempted amount, causing this devastating tax to be levied on the next generation. It’s past time to repeal this unacceptable tax. Every American deserves the ability to pass their life’s savings to their kids.”

The death tax is a 40 percent tax on an individual’s assets, above an exempted amount, when transferred to the next generation after death.





dougcollins Today, following national Tax Day, Congressman Doug Collins voted for the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. H.R. 1105, which passed the House of Representatives, would repeal the widely unpopular double-taxation on Americans’ inheritance.

    “Family farmers in Northeast Georgia work all their lives, pay income taxes, and sometimes save enough to pass down inheritance to their children -- only to see the federal government swoop in at the worst possible time to exact another tax,” said Collins. “Some even have to sell off land they’ve owned for generations to pay this punishing Death Tax.”

    Collins added that the federal government collected record taxes in 2014. “As if $3 trillion dollars isn’t enough, the IRS wants to collect a relatively small amount from grieving families. I’m supporting this bill to improve their peace of mind and finances.”

     Citing nearly $5.8 billion of fraudulent refunds the Internal Revenue Service paid in 2013, Collins said his aim is to rein in the “out-of-control” agency. “It needs to get its own books in order, before the IRS digs deeper into Northeast Georgians’ pockets. It’s taxing earnings twice.”

    According to the Tax Foundation, two-thirds of Americans consistently oppose the Death Tax. The free-market group’s research shows that repeal would benefit small businesses – especially family-owned farms and ranches – spur investment and create jobs.

    Collins, a House Judiciary Committee member, represents Georgia’s agriculture-heavy Ninth District. He voted this week for a series of Republican tax reforms, including a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, as well as bills to protect taxpayers’ private information, political non-profit organizations, and charitable donations.


Plans for chicken houses ruffle feathers

Proposal of 12 mega poultry houses meets opposition

at planning commission meeting
chicken-house-satellite    The red outlined parcel has been proposed for new poultry houses. Many surrounding homeowners spoke in opposition to the plan at Monday’s planning commission meeting.   

     Hearing from more than 20 speakers Monday opposed to a rezoning request needed to bring 12 “mega” chicken houses to Carlan Road, the planning commission decided to slow things down, tabling the issue for a month.
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