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Former Ga. governor tapped for nation's Ag. Secretary

State Republicans congratulate Sonny Perdue

(Atlanta, GA) - Last night, President-elect Donald J. Trump tapped former Georgia Government Sonny Perdue to serve as the country's next Secretary of Agriculture. In response, the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statement: 

"Sonny Perdue is committed to our farmers, small business owners, and rural communities," said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett.  "While in office, Gov. Perdue worked tirelessly to strengthen Georgia's economy by supporting our agriculture industry. I have the utmost confidence that his experience as a veterinarian, lawmaker, chief executive, and agribusiness giant will serve him well as he leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are so proud of Sonny and wish him all the best as he takes on this important role in the Trump Administration." 

Governor Sonny Perdue is the second Georgian tapped to serve in President-elect Trump's cabinet. In November, Congressman Tom Price (GA-6) was appointed by Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

Help get Talking Rock trainers to ‘the American Idol of horse shows’

Click here to vote online Jan. 16-25 to send Fancy Mount Farms to “Epic Night of the Horse”

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    Elaina Schmersey and Jordyn Delmet awakened the force in the Star Wars themed performance they created for the Midwest Horse Fair Star Search contest. They are one of three competitors for the last finalist position in "Epic Night of the Horse." Follow this link to see a clip of their performance. 


    Two local horse trainers have beat out trainers from 23 states and Canada for a chance to perform at the prestigious “Epic Night of the Horse” competition - but they need your votes to get there.
    Elaina Schmersey and Jordyn Delmet are one of three finalists in the Midwest Horse Fair Star Search’s “Online Fan Favorite” contest. Whichever of these finalists gets the most votes will be become one of five Open Division finalists in “Epic Night of the Horse,” to be held during the 2017 Midwest Horse Fair. The winner gets $10,000 and exposure that could catapult their career to the next level. 

Cowboy Church gallops off to Trump inauguration

   

cowboy-church “Cowboy people are probably the most patriotic people in the world,” Victoria Grant, Rebecca Hampton (Tuxe the horse) Ava Coxe, Abbey Bailey and Victoria Adams get ready to attend the Trump inauguration. And, yes, they plan on wearing their cowboy hats in Washington Friday.
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    A group of young women and adult leaders from Cowboy Church in Jerusalem  will leave Wednesday to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 in Washington, D.C.
    The youths all said they are excited to witness firsthand the inauguration ceremony at the capitol in Washington.
    Ava Coxe, who came up through the Cowboy Church program and now attends Shorter College, said, “This is such a great opportunity for us to go and see something that is historic.”

Interim superintendent encourages long-range view

Dr. Charles Webb held “top secret” security clearance during military career

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    Dr. Charles Webb speaking at the latest school board meeting. In this article he discusses some of the top issues facing the school system.

 

    In a brief interview last week, the interim superintendent of schools for Pickens County advocated a studied approach for the system, not quick action during his tenure.
    Dr. Charles Webb said Thursday he will encourage the school board to take both time and public input before moving ahead on the high-profile issues facing the school system.

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Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Begin Obamacare Repeal Process

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     Washington, D.C.  Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed a budget for fiscal year 2017 (S. Con. Res. 3), which unlocks a fast-track procedure known as “reconciliation” that Republicans will use to repeal Obamacare.

 

 

      “This is a mission to rescue the families caught up in the death spiral that is Obamacare,” said Rep. Graves. “Georgia families are facing double-digit premium increases, fewer – if any – choices and deductibles so high it doesn’t even feel like they have insurance. That’s why we took the first step in repealing Obamacare this week.”

 

      “It’s important to understand that repealing Obamacare doesn’t mean we’re pulling the rug out from under anyone,” Graves continued. “We’re going to get rid of the mandates and tax increases, while putting in place market-based policies that give people affordable choices, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as allowing insurance companies to sell their policies across state lines. Above all, our policies will put families and patients first.”