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By Pam O’Dell,
Two Studies confirm what now appears obvious: The Georgia General Assembly did very little to prevent or address the residential foreclosure crises.
Acts of Omission: The Immergluck Study
In 2011, researchers Dan Immergluck of the School of Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Frank Alexander, Urban Housing Expert within Emory’s School of Law, co-published research entitled: Legislative Responses to the Foreclosure Crises in Non-Judicial States.
The study reveals that Georgia ranked high in the number of foreclosures, but ranked low in its response to the foreclosure crises.
During a phone interview, Alexander deemed Georgia’s failure to address the crises as an “unfortunate loss of opportunity to halt the economic destruction of huge portions of the state.”
Alexander gave credit to some legislators who persistently put forth “reasonable bills to stop the bleeding” but noted that House and Senate leadership did not assist in their passage.
Legislative records show that although numerous bills were filed in order to address the crises, almost all failed to pass the Georgia House and Senate.
One exception was SB531, which made modest changes to recording and filing requirements and extended the foreclosure period from fifteen to thirty days. (Georgia has one of the shortest foreclosure process periods in the nation-often taking less than forty-five days from start to finish).
Volunteers prepare to deliver around 100 lunches Monday to Pickens County children who are thought to be in need as part of a MUST ministries program serving Pickens County for the first time this year.
By Laiken Owens
A north metro ministry with 18-year record of providing food to hungry children in the summer, began running routes delivering lunches in Pickens County this week. For the first week, they were delivering to 100 kids but this number could rise with strong community donations and volunteers.
MUST Ministries teamed up with Community Christian Fellowship to bring students in need lunches during the summer.
Tax refund theft a new trend in identity crimes
Left, Danny Fink, a former New York City firefighter, was the victim of tax refund fraud.
This year when Danny Fink went to file for an extension on his tax refund he found out something that millions of Americans are learning the hard way.
“My extension was denied because they said I already filed my taxes, but I hadn’t,” said the Pickens resident. “Someone took my identity and they made up some numbers and got a refund in my name. The IRS told me this would take anywhere from 18-24 months to straighten out.”
Help Win $100,000 from Coca-Cola for Outdoor Recreation
ATLANTA, June 10, 2013 -- June is “National Great Outdoors Month,” and Georgia’s State Park system is asking citizens to help crown “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 grant for outdoor recreation. The national contest is part of Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign which encourages families to get active outdoors. Anyone can vote online at www.Coke.com/parks through July 15.
L-R: Virgil Coe, Sr. Vice Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Jim Jeffers, Jr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Wayne Poore, Sergeant-At-Arms Post 149; Gary Green, Finance Officer Post 149; Lynn Rollins, Sr. Vice-Commander for the Department of Georgia; Ron Wheeler, Commander Post 149; Ronnie Strickland, Sr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Craig Womer, Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Perry Coe, Sr. Vice Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; Gene Tritle, Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; and Paul Glaser, Adjutant.
By Bill Wood
American Legion Post 149
Since last year at this time, American Legion Post 149 has grown in several respects. Post 149 has added Chapter 149 of the American Legion Riders and Squadron 149 of the Sons of the American Legion.