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Hartwell Cars and Guitars Saturday

Cars and Guitars is coming up in downtown Hartwell this weekend. The event will honor the 50th Damiversary of Hartwell Lake and Dam.

This year’s theme is “Where were YOU in 62’” so come dressed in your best 50s and 60s fashions.

Cars and Guitars is on from 1-6 p.m. May 26 with food, dancing and rides all over downtown Hartwell.

Race for DA Heats Up

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – The race for District Attorney for Franklin County,  Hart County and Madison County will be competitive this time around.

Parks White says he is running for the office Bob Lavender’s held for the past 15 years.

White is a Hart County native and currently serves as an assistant district attorney in Augusta.

Qualifying for this election cycle begins on Wednesday.

From the White Campaign:

Parks White announced today his campaign for the Republican nomination for the office of District Attorney in the Northern Judicial Circuit. White stated, “Taxpayers deserve an experienced District Attorney who will prosecute cases in a timely manner and vigorously protect the rights of innocent victims, families and businesses.”

Parks graduated from Clemson University in 1997 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and earned his Juris Doctor, from the University of Alabama. Following law school, Parks served as Assistant District Attorney under widely respected DA Danny Craig in Augusta where he prosecuted over 700 felony cases.

Parks served in the United States Navy in the office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG Corps) from 2007 through 2011. While serving his country, he graduated from the Naval Justice School with honors and won the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy award.

“While serving on the Law and Order Task Force in Iraq, I was assigned to a Special Forces unit and was responsible for transitioning high level terrorist suspects to the Iraqi judicial system,” said Parks. “Helping Iraqis rebuild their judicial system from the ground up reinforced my passion for defending our laws and values here at home,” said White. Parks continues his service today as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve.

In 2011, Parks returned to the position of Assistant District Attorney in Augusta where he is responsible for prosecuting serious violent crimes and mentoring junior prosecutors. Since his return from Iraq, Parks has tried ten contested felony cases including two murders, obtaining guilty verdicts in all.

“I recognize industrial recruitment and job growth depend on business leaders having faith in law and order. As your DA, I will take what I have learned in Georgia’s best District Attorney Office and will not rest until both victims and criminals expect swift delivery of justice in our community,” said White.

Parks’s family has lived in Hart County for five generations. Parks is 37 and resides in Hart County’s Sardis community. “Raised in an Air Force family and having served abroad myself, I’m glad to be fulfilling my dream of being home and working to build a better community, “said White.

The Northern Judicial Circuit contains Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, and Oglethorpe Counties. The Republican primary will be held July 31 and early voting begins July 9.

Classic Cars and Gospel Fest in Royston

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – Classic Cars and Gospel Music will take center stage this weekend in Royston.

The Classic Car Show is coming up Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Royston Wellness and Community Park on Skelton Street.

A Spring Gospel Fest will be Saturday, May 19, 4 to 9 p.m., in Royston on Depot Street (behind police department). Music by JJ Weeks and his band at 6 p.m. Come for food, vendors, kids’ games and rides.

Georgia Expands Legal Posting of Commandments

From Pastor Mike Griffin, Executive Director, Ten Commandments-GA:

HARTWELL, Ga., May 8, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday afternoon (May 7, 2012) Georgia Governor Nathan Deal held a bill signing ceremony for HB 766. The new law amends a 2006 law that allowed the posting of 9 historical documents, including a copy of the Ten Commandments, in Courthouses.

The new law allows “The Foundations of American Law & Government Display” to be posted in ‘all’ public buildings!

Dr. Jody Hice, President and founder of Ten Commandments Ga commends Governor Nathan Deal, Representative Tommy Benton, and Senator Bill Heath (bill sponsors) for recognizing the importance of these documents and the need to communicate them to all Georgians. Dr. Hice went on to say that he thought “the legislation passed this year should serve as a model for all 50 states. The country should recognize what we have done here and try to duplicate it over and over again!”

Twenty two counties in Georgia have already displayed the documents that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law on July 1, 2006.

These displays are paving the way for communities to further educate their citizens regarding historical facts about our country’s founding.

“The Foundations of American Law & Government Display” is being made available through the ministry of Ten Commandments-GA, Inc. We serve as a resource for private citizens, churches, civic clubs and organizations to purchase these documents and to present them for approval to their local governing boards, commissions and councils. TC-GA has beautifully designed to legal specifications the nine piece historical display. You may view these unique designs by logging on to www.TenCommandmentsGa.org.

The following documents may now be legally posted in local government buildings:

The Ten Commandments
The Mayflower Compact, 1620
The Declaration of Independence
Magna Carta
‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ by Francis Scott Key
The National Motto: “In God We Trust”
The Preamble to the Georgia Constitution
The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
The description on the image of Lady Justice
These documents may be acquired by contacting TC-GA on the web, by calling 706-376-0154, or by mail at TC-GA, P.O. Box 941, Hartwell, GA 30643. For more information you may contact:

Nostalgic Walk at Franklin County High

CARNESVILLE, GEORGIA – Franklin County High School will host a nostalgic remembrance walk on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:30 at the HS Cafeteria.

Refreshments will be served, pictures will be taken under the iconic arches, and old yearbooks will be
displayed from 1964 (founding year) to present).

Please join the FCHS staff and administrators, both former and present,
as they celebrate the past and look forward to the future of FCHS.

Please invite your family, friends, former teachers, and former graduates of FCHS to join in the celebration!

Hart Middles School Band Spring Concert

The Hart County Middle School Band ‘s 25th Spring Concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Bands will perform several selections.

Unemployment Below 10% in Franklin County

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – Word that the local economy is growing stronger has led more people to seek work.

According to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor, the Labor force grew by more than 100 people in Franklin, Hart and Madison Counties during the month of March and there were enough jobs for all of them and then some.

In Franklin County 107 people found work. That number was 140 people in Hart County while 61 folks joined employment rolls in Madison County.

As a result, the unemployment rate dropped in all three counties dipping below 10% in Franklin County for the first time in recent memory. The unemployment rate in Franklin County came in at 9.9% of the workforce without a job. It is the first time we’ve seen the rate that low in at least three years. Hart County’s rate also dipped a full point from 11.5% to 10.5%. While that’s good news, both Franklin and Hart remain well above the state unemployment rate.

Georgia’s statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in March for the eighth consecutive month to 9.0%, the lowest rate since February 2009, when it was 8.9 percent.

There were fewer unemployed in Madison County too. We shaved 3 tenths of one percent off the number there with unemployment slipping from 7.4% to 7.1% from February to March.

Bowman Celebrates Big Iron

BOWMAN, GEORGIA – The city of Bowman is hosting their Big Iron Crank Up this weekend.

Festivities begin today (Friday) with bingo at the Bowman Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be served.

The 2012 Bowman Big Iron Crank Up will begin at 8 Saturday morning with the antique hit and miss engines at the Bowman City Park.

Weigh in on Hart County Recreation

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – Hart County leaders looking for public input on Recreation Services.

A community meeting is coming up Tuesday, April 24, to find out how people use existing programs and what programs and services you want to see developed in future.

That meeting is set for 7 pm on Tuesday at the Hart County Adult Learning Center next to the Library in Hartwell.

You can also weigh in on the matter online. Follow the link below to fill out the survey.

RELATED LINK: Hart Recreation Survey

State to Shutter Elberton Unemployment Office

ELBERTON, GEORGIA – The northeast Georgia County with the highest unemployment rate in the area is losing its Georgia Department of Labor Career Center.

The announcement released today from the state – “The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will not renew the lease for the office space that currently houses its Elberton Career Center. As a result of this cost-saving decision, its customers will be served from the nearby Athens Career Center, starting July 1. The nine employees who work at the Elberton location will also be relocated to Athens.”

According to the latest figures, 13% of Elbert County’s workforce is unemployed. That number was 15.3% last year at this time.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s office went on to explain, “GDOL will continue to operate 46 career centers statewide. Career centers offer a wide range of services to both job seekers and employers. The centers provide individuals seeking employment with the latest tools to find and keep jobs. Employers will find assistance in recruiting new employees, including access to a national job listing network, applicant screening, and space in the centers to conduct testing and employment interviews.”

They also say the closure won’t hurt as much because the unemployed can go online for service. “

The impact of this change will be lessened by the GDOL’s increased online presence. Many services, including unemployment insurance claims and employer payments, already are available electronically. In the coming weeks, full registration for employment services will be available online.”

AREA UNEMPLOYMENT

County FEB 2012 MAR 2011
HART

FRANKLIN

BANKS

ELBERT

MADISON

OGLETHORPE

ATHENS/CLARKE

OCONEE

11.5%

10.5%

6.9%

13.0%

7.4%

6.7%

7.2%

5.9%

11.5%

11.4%

7.2%

15.3%

7.7%

7.8%

7.5%

6.2%

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