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Gov. signs FY 15 budget with big education increase


From Governor's Communications office


Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which takes effect upon the start of the fiscal year on July 1 and includes the largest single year increase in k-12 funding in seven years. The FY 2015 budget expects the economic growth Georgia has seen since emerging from the Great Recession to accelerate and includes an estimated revenue increase of 3 percent, or $602.5 million, over the Amended FY 2014 budget. This marks the fourth year in a row the governor has successfully and conservatively balanced the state’s budget without raising taxes and while providing for long-term strategic investments necessary to keep Georgia competitive in the global economy.

Unemployment declines in region

 Northwest Ga. unemployment rate declines to 6.8 percent in March

March2014-unemployment The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region (which includes Pickens County) decreased to 6.8 percent in March, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in February. The rate was 8.3 percent in March a year ago. Pickens County was on average with its own unemployment rate projected at 6.8 percent.

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Samuri sword killer sentenced


    Joseph Mika Addis, 18, the boy charged with killing his step-father with a Samurai-style sword during an argument at a  Preserve at Sharp Mountain home in November of 2012, was sentenced in a Pickens juvenile court last week to serve a maximum of two years at a state facility.
    The sentence was handed out by visiting Judge Frank Fulford and places Addis in the hands of the Department of Juvenile Justice for a period of 34 months. Addis – who was 16 when the crime was committed - may be released after 12 months and placed on intensive supervision for the reminder of his sentence if he completes education goals created by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
     Pick up the print and online editions for comments from the district attorney and family of the victim.

Ga. Supreme court upholds murder convictions in two child killing cases

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