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More common sense, less Common Core, message at forum


State Superintendent on “funny math,” and other education issues at GOP meeting


By Eileen Steinhauer

Contributing Writer


More common sense, less Common Core and a child-centered approach were the themes at last week’s education forum hosted by the Pickens County GOP and featuring Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods.  

Ground broken on first house in Habitat For Humanity subdivision


     “This house is a gift from God,” says new Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Shown (l-r)Habitat president Steve Greenwell, Don Russell, new home mom Jessica holding Trey, dad Randy, son Zackery and chair of Habitat Construction Committee Grady Hopper.


 By Max Caylor

Contributing Writer

     “Welcome to 99 Hope Street and the groundbreaking of our first house in New Hope Acres,” stated Habitat president Steve Greenwell, greeting over 50 people from the community including Habitat board members. 

Voter Registration Day over, but you can still register online

Atlanta – Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding Georgians that September 22, 2015, is National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a civic event bringing together thousands of organizations, volunteers, and citizens across the nation to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and register eligible voters in one coordinated effort.

“It is my hope that any eligible Georgia voter will use this day as an opportunity to register to vote and have the chance to cast their ballot in the fast approaching Presidential Preference Primary”, said Kemp.


Powerball jackpot climbs to $235M for drawing Wednesday



ATLANTA – Powerball has climbed to a cool $235 million jackpot estimated to a single annuity winner for Wednesday’s drawing.


One winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in West Point from Saturday’s drawing.


The Powerball jackpot began rolling Aug. 5 and has rolled 14 times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $235 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $148 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $235 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $148 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 5, 2015
Number of Rolls: 14
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 1, 2015 – $110 million jackpot (California)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)



For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit: and

Execution date set again for Georgia woman

Execution Date Set for Kelly Renee Gissendaner, Convicted of Husband’s Murder

 Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who may begin to be executed at noon on September 29, 2015 for the 1997 murder of her husband Douglas Gissendaner. progress square

 Scheduled Execution

 On September 18, 2015, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner may occur to begin at noon, September 29, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on October 6, 2015. Gissendaner has concluded her direct appeal proceedings and her state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.