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    The Georgia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, will host the second Safe Driving Summit at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University on September 13, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Fatalities on roadways in Georgia and across the nation continue to rise due to distracted driving, excessive speed and continued lack of seat belt use. To reduce injuries and fatalities on our roadways, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) continues to seek innovative ways to educate and raise awareness. “We are looking forward to the upcoming Safe Driving Summit in Statesboro and having the opportunity to provide high school students from southeast Georgia an opportunity to learn about the dangers of distracted, impaired, and unsafe driving habits,” said Sam Harris, State Safety Engineering Manager for the Georgia DOT. “The vision of this partnership is to eliminate fatalities and serious crashes caused by distracted driving in Georgia and these summits allow is to target messaging to our state’s youngest drivers – high schoolers.” Students...
    Many Bulloch County Schools’ educators are being recognized for excellence and leadership in their schools, the community, and the state.  Rogers elected president of state association  Members of the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences have elected Kristen Rogers as their next president. Rogers, a teacher at Statesboro High School, serves as the school’s Work-Based Learning coordinator and chairperson of its Career Technical & Agricultural Education Department. She worked 14 years as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher before transitioning to Work-Based Learning. “We are extremely proud of Mrs. Rogers and the leadership she is demonstrating as she represents Bulloch County at the state level,” said Bethany Gilliam, Bulloch County Schools’ director of Career Technical & Agricultural Education. Wellman wins state award for counseling & career development The Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education has selected a Bulloch County educator for its Counseling and Career Development Professional Award. Katherine Wellman, a counselor at Southeast Bulloch High School, received the award during the association’s 75th...
    A group of high school football players in Rome, Georgia jumped into action on the way to school to help a woman trapped inside her smoking car after a serious crash. The six student-athletes were on their way to class at Rome High School when they noticed an multi-car accident and rushed to help those stuck inside the vehicles. Wasting no time, Cesar Parker, Treyvon Adams, Antwiion Carey, Messiah Daniels, Tyson Brown and Alto Moore stopped and made their way to the scene, where an unnamed woman, 50, was trapped inside her smoking car due to a jammed door. 'I had to get out, because I knew it was going to be bad, I could see the car was spun around,' Trevyvon Adams, one of the players, said of the incident in an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta. Tyson Brown, another of the six boys that rescued the woman, added: 'We weren't really worried about ourselves, we were worried about the woman in the wreck.' The high school football players are being praised for their civil services after they...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced recently that Georgia’s June unemployment rate hit an all-time low of 2.9 percent while Georgia’s number of jobs continued to climb to an all-time high of 4,801,800. Jobs are up 18,100 from May to June and up 246,300 over the year. Georgia’s unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a percent lower than the national June 2022 unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. “We have never seen an unemployment rate below three percent,” said Commissioner Butler. “The unemployment rate is decreasing exactly the way it should in a strong economy. We are adding new job seekers and they are quickly finding employment.” The state saw a new all-time high number of employed Georgians of 5,134,566, up 10,420 in June. The labor force was at an all-time high of 5,289,765, up 8,103 over the month, and the number of unemployed was down 2,317 to 155,199, the lowest figure since March 2001’s 152,974. Job numbers were at an all-time high in Trade and Transportation, 1,015,000, including the Wholesale Trade...
    ATLANTA (AP) — It’s no easy task to live with expectations at the top of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama’s 2021 season has been described as a disappointment even though the Crimson Tide won the SEC title and played in the national championship game. Georgia won its first national championship since 1980 by beating Alabama. After having 15 players selected in the NFL draft, including three defensive linemen, Georgia now faces criticisms that its time at the top will be only a one-year stay. The Bulldogs are viewed as underdogs to the Tide in this year’s SEC race. Alabama, Ohio State and possibly others are more popular picks in early national championship projections. Coach Kirby Smart said Wednesday he doesn’t worry about his Bulldogs getting complacent. “I don’t think any of our guys would rest on the laurels because we don’t really have a lot of guys that have laurels to rest on,” Smart said at the SEC Media Days. “I think that’s the biggest thing because everybody keeps bringing up you won a national championship, so do you worry about...
    The daily routine for graduated Calvert Hall baseball star Lamar King Jr. starts in the batting cage at 7:30 in the morning. For the 18-year-old Perry Hall resident, a first-team All-Metro catcher and Georgia Tech commit, a typical week also includes four days of lifting weights, three days focusing on conditioning and two days of yoga to improve his flexibility. If it appears to be a demanding grind, King thinks otherwise. “I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s like my happy place — hitting, the gym and baseball in general. So it’s fun for me and I don’t feel like it’s work. It’s things I love to do.” With the hard work serving as his foundation, King has put himself in an excellent spot. He can continue on with his plans to play at Georgia Tech, which has produced a lengthy list of quality catchers, including former Orioles star Matt Wieters and current top prospect Kevin Parada. Or, with expectations of being selected high in the Major League Baseball draft that starts Sunday night, he might be ready to pursue his...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced an additional extension of the suspension of the state’s gas tax in an effort to curb high prices. Kemp first enacted the suspension on March 18, signing legislation passed by the General Assembly. “I am committed to fighting to ease the economic burden hardworking Georgians are facing due to disastrous policies from Washington politicians,” said Kemp. “In March, I took decisive action to help those impacted by high prices at the pump. Unfortunately, President Biden and Democratic leaders have not done their part to tackle this issue, instead calling on Americans facing record-high inflation to live more frugally. To provide actual relief to Georgians, I am once again extending the supply chain state of emergency and suspending our state motor fuel tax. In addition to these actions, I am suspending the locomotive fuel tax to help fight rising costs that are being passed on to consumers.” The decision will continue to cut about 28 cents per gallon off the price. Since enacting the tax reduction, Georgia’s average gas price has remained below the nation’s average....
    Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has 'Committed to the University of Texas.' Named for his grandfather, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, Arch is the son of Peyton and Eli's older brother, Cooper, who was also a top college recruit before his NCAA football career was cut short by spinal stenosis. Arch chose Texas, a historically strong program that's coming off a dreadful 3-6 season, over several major powerhouses, including Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and the defending-champion Georgia Bulldogs. He also passed over the chance to play at Ole Miss – Archie, Eli and Cooper's alma mater. Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has 'Committed to the University of Texas .' A young Arch (front) pictured alongside (from left...
    Texas football fans are so beyond pumped that Arch Manning’s high school teammate Will Randle has just committed to the Longhorns program. With the Arch Manning sweepstakes winding down, the Texas football program makes its final push towards landing the five-star quarterback from New Orleans. In the wake of Manning making his third official visit this past weekend in Austin, the Longhorns were able to secure the commitment of his three-star tight end high school teammate Will Randle. According to the 247Sports Composite, Randle is the No. 25 player from Louisiana, the No. 34 tight end in the country and the No. 670 overall prospect. He had 11 official offers as of June 19. Here is the sweet graphic On3’s Hayes Fawcett tweeted out about Texas landing Randle for 2023. BREAKING: Class of 2023 TE Will Randle has announced his Commitment to Texas! He is high school teammates with Five-Star QB Arch Manning #HookEm pic.twitter.com/0gyPVm8mD6 — Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) June 19, 2022 Texas football: Longhorns make a big push to win the Arch Manning sweepstakes Look. This is a two-team race for Manning between...
      Two local cowboys, Colton McCary and Kyler Wells, will be participating at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Perry, GA June 19-25. Colton and Kyler are members of the Georgia Junior High Rodeo Association and are both students of Summerville Middle School. Colton McCary is 14yrs old and was a State Finals qualifier at GJHR in Goat Tying, Breakaway and Jr Bull Riding which was held May 26-27 in Perry , GA at the Georgia National Fair Ground. At State Finals he placed second in the Jr Bull Riding as Reserved Champion, earning him a spot to represent Georgia at the National Finals. Kyler Wells is 12 years old and was also a State Finals qualifier at GJHR in Goat Tying, Breakaway, Team Roping and Ribbon Roping. At State Finals he placed third in Team Roping and third in Ribbon Roping, earning him a spot to also represent Georgia at Nationals. We want to congratulate these two cowboys and wish them the Best of Luck at Nationals. National...
    (CNN)Flu activity is increasing in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Guatemalan boy who died in US custody had the flu, medical examiner saysAs of the week ending December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity -- Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Carolina -- as well as New York City. That's an increase from the previous week, when two states, Colorado and Georgia, experienced high flu activity. Seven states and Puerto Rico are experiencing moderate flu activity. Among the four states along the southern US border, flu activity increased to high in New Mexico and moderate in Arizona, the CDC noted.Geographically, there's widespread flu activity reported in 11 states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina -- and Guam. Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot for this mild seasonInfluenza A viruses have been dominating in the United States since the beginning of October, the CDC said, although influenza B viruses are circulating,...
    With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses. To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. STAY COOL Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library or a friend or relative’s home – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much...
    High, higher, highest. Georgia achieved a new state level today for highest recorded average price for gas and diesel. After reaching an all time high of $4.293 a few months ago in March before dropping and rising again, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has surpassed that high. The average price today is $4.330, 19 cents more than one week ago and up 51 cents from one month ago. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying an average of $2.909. Nationally, the average today is $4.919, a 62 cent jump in a month. Diesel reached a highest recorded average price in Georgia on March 21 at $5.266. That average was replaced today with a new high of $5.446. Georgia’s average price per gallon for diesel was $5.259 one week ago, $5.119 one month ago, and this time last year was $3.070. The average nationally as of today is $5.684, one month ago was $5.531, and $3.199 one year ago. Obviously, supply is strained and demand...
    High, higher, highest. Georgia achieved a new state level today for highest recorded average price for gas and diesel. After reaching an all time high of $4.293 a few months ago in March before dropping and rising again, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has surpassed that high. The average price today is $4.330, 19 cents more than one week ago and up 51 cents from one month ago. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying an average of $2.909. Nationally, the average today is $4.919, a 62 cent jump in a month. Diesel reached a highest recorded average price in Georgia on March 21 at $5.266. That average was replaced today with a new high of $5.446. Georgia’s average price per gallon for diesel was $5.259 one week ago, $5.119 one month ago, and this time last year was $3.070. The average nationally as of today is $5.684, one month ago was $5.531, and $3.199 one year ago. Obviously, supply is strained and demand...
    Georgia’s record-high gas prices are lowest nationwide, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Georgia Monday was $4.29, matching a record high set on March 11. That figure is the lowest in the nation, as the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States Monday was $4.86. Those prices, according to AAA, are expected to continue to rise. “We cannot predict when we will see a decrease in gas prices,” Montrae Waiters, a spokeswoman for AAA in Georgia told The Georgia Star News. “At this point, it’s just a wait-and-see.” She said that Georgia’s relatively low gas prices are mostly due to the efforts of Governor Brian Kemp (R) and the legislature, both working in tandem to temporarily eliminate the state’s gas tax, which added 30 cents per gallon at the pump. Still, prices at the pump jumped 16 cents from one week ago, when a gallon of gas averaged $4.13. One month ago, that figure was $3.79 per gallon. One year ago, it was $2.91 per gallon....
    Arch Manning’s family has a long history in the SEC, and this photo might be indicating another chapter at a new school. It’s not rare when a school’s fans can truly take a commitment personally based on family history. However, in this case, it’s multiple institutions. Arch Manning, son of Cooper, nephew of both Eli and Payton Manning and grandson of Archie Manning, is working on deciding where he will play college ball in 2023 as a freshman. This week, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation visited the University of Georgia, and he was photographed wearing Bulldogs gear. Arch Manning in UGA gear ???? (via @PearceSpurlin) pic.twitter.com/hUrT8sSY01 — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 4, 2022 Where is Arch Manning going to be playing his college football? Reportedly, Manning is still deciding between as many as a half-dozen schools, all in the SEC. These include Ole Miss, Texas, LSU, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Ultimately, Manning’s commitment is the most sought-after for the ’23 class and because of both his talent and last name, one of the more high-profile ones in...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal filed for a man on death row claiming that his execution would be unconstitutional because he has cognitive impairments that cause him to function like a young child. Lawyers for Virgil Delano Presnell Jr. had argued in a filing with the Georgia Supreme Court that he suffered brain damage caused by his mother’s heavy alcohol use during pregnancy. A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits the execution of intellectually disabled people includes people like him with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, they argued. In an order issued Wednesday, the state Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal based on the constitutionality argument without giving any explanation. The case was one of two pending before the state high court for Presnell, who killed an 8-year-old girl and raped her 10-year-old friend in May 1976 and had been scheduled to be executed last month. In the other case, the state is appealing a judge’s stay of execution that remains in effect until later this month. In the petition...
    Three Georgia students were recently recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars, a prestigious honor for the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Charlye Allen of Early County High School, Ayush G. Gundawar of South Forsyth High School, and Ty Anthony Hubert of Creekview High School were recognized with the award. “I am extremely proud of Charlye, Ayush, and Ty for their recognition as U.S. Presidential Scholars,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These three students have pursued excellence in academics and in life, and they are outstanding representatives of our state. I know each will achieve great success in the future.” The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for general academic achievement; for exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts; or for ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are recognized as Presidential Scholars; it is one...
    STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Facing state demands to move forward, as well as public pressure after students produced a viral video showing widespread disrepair, a suburban Atlanta school board on Tuesday voted for a $50 million overhaul at an aging high school after previously voting three times against it. The DeKalb County school board voted unanimously to renovate Druid Hills High School, news outlets reported. “I am proud to say today that we’re in unison, that we want what’s good for this district,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that board chair Vickie Turner said. “It feels quite refreshing that we’ve made this progress.” The dispute over Druid Hills climaxed after students made a video about poor conditions including raw sewage, crumbling bathrooms and signs warning of possible electrical shock around utilities in one room. But last month the board rejected plans to overhaul the high school, instead voting to make minor repairs at all the district’s schools. Students from at least two other DeKalb high schools have since published similar videos. The dispute dredged up racial and class tensions that...
    An NFL coach who guided his team to a 10-7 regular-season record would be considered reasonably successful but hardly dominant over rivals. Former President Donald Trump's GOP candidate endorsement record so far this primary season offers a rough political equivalent. Trump has had some notable wins, but also a set of conspicuous losses, with one high-profile contest, the Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary, in overtime amid a recount between Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz and ex-hedge fund executive David McCormick. The former president has made a slew of candidate endorsements in the 2022 midterm election cycle as he considers a 2024 White House comeback bid after losing to President Joe Biden despite false claims of a rigged or stolen election. Determining Trump's real win-loss record is a matter of more art than science since the former president has tried to run up the score by endorsing safe incumbent lawmakers who would have won their primaries easily whether he was involved or not. Trump has made over 180 endorsements in congressional and statewide races, staking his political influence in dozens...
    On Friday May 20, 2022, Kyla Ann Padgett, a 25 year-old woman from LaFayette, Georgia was convicted by a Walker County jury of Involuntary Manslaughter for the death of her 22-month old daughter, Ryleigh Padgett. The evidence presented at trial showed that on June 4, 2020, Kyla Padgett was using methamphetamine and marijuana while her young daughter was in her care. Padgett brought her daughter and a male friend to a wooded area approximately a mile from Padgett’s house, where the three spent the evening. Padgett placed her daughter to sleep in the cluttered backseat of her vehicle. Early in the morning on June 5, 2020, Padgett and her male friend fell asleep in the vehicle, with Padgett sleeping in the driver’s seat. Padgett’s daughter woke on multiple occasions, and Padgett repeatedly placed the young child in the backseat of the vehicle, unrestrained in any type of car seat, while Padgett slept in the front. The backseat where Ryleigh was placed by the defendant was full of various items including...
    Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598. A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden's control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president's policies.
    Have a family member or friend graduating, but can’t make it to the ceremony? Bulloch County Schools will be streaming a live video of the district’s three high schools’ commencement ceremonies. See the schedule and the link below. 2022 Commencement Ceremonies: Portal Middle High School, Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., Portal Athletic Complex, Portal, Georgia Statesboro High School, Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m., Womack Field, Statesboro, Georgia Southeast Bulloch High School, Thursday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., Fred Shaver Field, Brooklet, Georgia Watch online—> https://www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/graduation
    ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker have six challengers between them in Tuesday’s primaries, but the two are already looking ahead to the general election as the GOP tries to take back the seat Warnock won last year, helping Democrats squeak out a congressional majority. Republicans looking to regain control of the Senate have targeted the Georgia race, with former President Donald Trump throwing his heft behind Walker, a former college football celebrity with huge name recognition. Five candidates hope to get Walker below the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff, however. On the Democratic side, Warnock is looking to defend the seat he narrowly won in a special election in 2021. He has one opponent in the primary — beauty industry professional Tamara Johnson-Shealey — but she has shown few signs of posing a serious threat to him. A general election matchup between Warnock and Walker would mark the first time that two major party candidates for U.S. Senate in Georgia were Black. Warnock is the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in...
    (CNN)Pennsylvania may still not be done counting votes, but the next round of primaries is already fast approaching.Next Tuesday, five states will hold primary elections. But it's Georgia that will be at the center of the spotlight, hosting high-profile races up and down the ballot.Here are seven key numbers shaping the contours of next week's battles in Georgia: * 50% +1: This is perhaps the most important figure to keep in mind heading into May 24. If no candidate in a Georgia primary garners more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates in the race will advance to a runoff on June 21. * 72%: The marquee race in Georgia Tuesday is between GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and primary challenger David Perdue, the former senator who is backed by former President Donald Trump. Despite repeatedly drawing fire from Trump for not supporting his false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, Kemp has remained a popular figure in the party. A recent Fox poll found that 72% of Republican voters view Kemp favorably, compared to 56%...
    (CNN)Five students at Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia, along with their mothers, filed a federal lawsuit against the Floyd County School district claiming continued racial discrimination at the school and continued violations of their first amendment and equal protection rights. "The Plaintiffs, who are African-American, challenge Coosa High's deliberate indifference to acts of racial animosity toward Black students perpetrated by White students and teachers; as well as the school's viewpoint discrimination in its dress code and the inconsistent administration of disciplinary policies to the detriment of Black students," the lawsuit says. "This case is a reminder that we are still fighting in the South over just who and what we are as a region," plaintiff attorney Artur Davis said in a statement to CNN. "Cases like this are necessary to show how far we still need to go in the South to be one community."A 2018-2019 Georgia Schools report said the school district was 78% White and 7% Black. About 4% of students were identified as multiracial.CNN has reached out to the school district and board members named in...
    Thanks to Republican hate and queerphobia, trans youth are already suffering. As Daily Kos has covered, trans and nonbinary youth are uniquely ill-protected when it comes to basic rights and dignities, including everyday things like having access to bathrooms that align with their gender identity. We’ve also seen efforts to ban already difficult to access safe, age-appropriate, gender-affirming health care. And perhaps the topic that proves most controversial, even among the left, is whether or not trans youth should be able to participate on sports teams that align with their gender identity (they should). Thanks to hateful legislation, however, some are already being kept on the sidelines. As reported by CNN, trans high schoolers in Georgia have been banned from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identities. The Georgia High School Association used the anti-trans bill signed into law last week as justification for the decision. This decision, sadly, had a unanimous vote to amend its guidelines to clarify that a student’s sex is determined by what is listed on their original birth certificate. The ban goes into...
    Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) moved unanimously Wednesday to reflect that basic truism and changed its bylaws to prevent transgender athletes from competing in sports under the gender they choose to identify with. Athletes will henceforth be required to compete under the sex listed on their birth certificate without exception. The GHSA had previously allowed individual member schools to make the determination but all will now comply with a new law to implement the restriction, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill into law last week giving the GHSA authority to enact such a ban, a departure from similar bans in other states that came directly from their legislatures. Kemp applauded the GHSA move on social media. “Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association today voted to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving youth to compete according to the sex determined on his/her birth certificate. I’m proud to have championed this effort in Georgia!” he tweeted: Following my signature on HB...
    Washington (CNN)Transgender high school students in Georgia were banned Wednesday from competing on sports teams consistent with their gender identities after the state's high school association used a controversial new law to implement the restriction. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill into law last week giving the Georgia High School Association the authority to enact such a ban, a departure from similar bans in other states that came directly from their legislatures. The association, which oversees most public schools and some private schools in the state, voted unanimously to do just that on Wednesday, amending its bylaws to say that a student's sex is determined by what is listed on their birth certificate."Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association today voted to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving youth to compete according to the sex determined on his/her birth certificate. I'm proud to have championed this effort in Georgia!" Kemp tweeted. Georgia High School Association Executive Director Robin Hines told CNN on Wednesday that he was not aware of any students in the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The main athletic association for Georgia high schools voted Wednesday to ban transgender boys and girls from playing on the school sports teams matching their gender identity, saying instead that students must play on teams that match the sex listed on their birth certificates at birth. The Georgia High School Association’s executive committee, meeting in Thomaston, voted unanimously for the change. It will take effect for the next school year, spokesperson Steve Figueroa said. Proponents of the ban say transgender girls have an unfair advantage because they were born as stronger males and warn that those born as girls could be denied places on the team or on the podium if playing against transgender girls. “Everyone should have an opportunity to participate, but the field of play should be fair,” said Cole Muzio, president of the conservative Frontline Policy Council, which lobbied for the action. “GHSA’s action today recognizes science, reflects reality and restores fairness.” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, running for reelection, embraced a ban. When he signed a bill last week reiterating GHSA’s power to...
    Georgia high school sports officials announced Wednesday that the state's athletes must compete in athletic competitions aligning with the sex they were assigned at birth. Student-athletes of at least 463 high schools will be subject to the decision following a vote that saw the Georgia High School Association re-adopt its 2017 bylaws, according to a report. These bylaws make clear that student-athletes are bound to athletic competitions that are designated by one's assigned sex at birth. JOURNALISTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER The vote and decision come in the wake of a year that has seen transgender athletes such as Lia Thomas, an NCAA champion and swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, dominate the national debate scene. Thomas, who swam for UPenn's men's swimming team for three years in NCAA Division I competition, won the women’s 500-yard NCAA championship earlier this year. "It really has not been an issue. It's out of concern of competitive imbalance and understanding there are biological differences physically, biologically male and females, and we...
    ATLANTA, Georgia — More Georgia voters cast ballots on Monday, the first day of early voting for the May 24 primary elections, than ever before, with turnout doubling from the 2020 contests. Election data show 27,298 Georgians voted in person, with more Republican ballots cast than Democratic ones. "Record turnout on the first day of early voting is a testament to an election system that ensures top-level security and ease of access," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Tuesday, adding that Georgia voters experienced short lines and a "smooth voting process." On the first day of early voting in the 2020 primary, 14,950 people cast in-person ballots. By the end of early voting, turnout had jumped to 326,000. In the 2018 primary, 9,266 people voted on the first day. Georgia has many high-profile primary races this year that will test former President Donald Trump's influence on the once ruby-red state. ROE V. WADE REVERSAL COULD BE A GAME-CHANGER IN A TIGHT GEORGIA ELECTION The race for governor, for example, pits Republican incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp against Trump-backed David...
    How can you tell when an NFL draft lacks the same talent as past years? When most teams in possession of a top-five pick would rather trade down, but they can’t find a willing partner — it’s not a very good draft class. That’s how underwhelming the crop of talent for the 2022 NFL draft is. But that won’t stop teams that have good scouting departments from making solid selections and putting together a class of rookies that keep them on the winning side of the NFL’s record ledger. The key to drafting well is having a good assessment of the talent, and personal, and making sure that a player is a good fit for your organization, scheme and city. If that happens, some of these draftees will become Pro Bowl talents. Here’s a look at the top 25 prospects in the 2022 NFL draft: 1. Notre Dame FS Kyle Hamilton The amount of ground Hamilton can cover is unprecedented. He has the size (6-3, 220) to be utilized as a linebacker, and the athleticism and range to be a...
    Buford quarterback Dylan Wittke (class of 2023) received top scores at the Elite 11 Combine at the Orlando regional on March 13th and Peachtree Ridge quarterback Hayden Thompson (class of 2023) took first place in the Elite 11 Pro Day at the Atlanta regional on April 3rd and was named Elite 11 Golden Gun winner for class of 2023. The two men share a very important thing in common – both have been coached by Gwinnett County legendary QB trainer, Earl Williams, owner of Georgia Sports Performance in Suwanee.   “I am really proud of these boys” said Williams, “They work hard on and off the field. Winning these competitions is a byproduct of that work, and it is an impressive one. Elite 11 is the premier quarterback competition in the United States, so I couldn’t be happier for both of them.”   Thompson, who also plays quarterback for Williams’ Team GSP 7v7 in the off season stated, “From day one of training with Coach Earl, I knew I was...
    A Georgia high school coach was suspended after a physical confrontation with a student allegedly armed with a gun — and now he's considering legal action. According to local reporting from Fox 5 Atlanta, Tri-Cities High School Coach Kenneth Miller was in an Aug. 20 confrontation with a female student. The unnamed student is alleged to have brought a gun to school. According to the report, she knocked Miller's phone to the ground, and then things became physical. Miller grabbed the girl, reportedly fearing for his safety. Officials said they later found a loaded gun with her belongings. Coach Miller located another gun on campus that day, according to the report. He was then suspended, but he argues that he was defending himself. His attorneys claim the Fulton County School District's suspension violates his constitutional rights. STACEY ABRAMS DENIED PUSH TO USE UNLIMITED CONTRIBUTIONS IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE According to the report, Miller's conduct was found to be unprofessional and in violation of the Fulton County Board of Education Policy and Georgia...
    A Georgia man was arrested on at least nine charges Saturday after a traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase. A Forsyth County Sheriff's Office deputy was attempting to pull over a swerving Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat around 4:00 a.m. when the Hellcat's driver shot away as the officer approached.
    The “Gasoline Misery Index” from the Metro Business Daily Network details the direct impact record-high gas prices have had on consumers across the United States. Since President Joe Biden took office, prices of gas and other goods and services have continued to increase, as many peaked after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to the project, residents throughout the country “will spend $667 more on gasoline this year than they did last year.” However, some states have been hit harder than others. In Arizona, individuals will pay an average of $784 more for gas. Drivers in Georgia and Tennessee will see a similar increase. They will rake out $778 and $732 more, respectively. Many experts have pointed to the regressive nature of the price increase, meaning individuals with lower incomes are impacted at a higher level than wealthier groups. “Every dollar increase, holding the number of miles driven constant, would cost these moderate- and lower-income households an extra $530 per year. For a family with an annual income of $20,000, this is an additional 2.7% of their total income. Although higher...
    Like the class of 2020, Georgia’s public-school class of 2021 has the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board Friday. The percentage of students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 21 percent, slightly below the national average of 22.5 percent. The percentage is not comparable to previous years, according to the College Board, due to the update of high school graduate projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Georgia students recorded stronger AP performance than most Southern states, scoring higher than their peers in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. “I am proud of the class of 2021 for recording another strong performance on the AP exams,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Despite the challenges these students have faced during their four years of high school, they continue to succeed. This is an accomplishment for them and for their hardworking teachers.” Overall, 33.4 percent of Georgia’s class...
    The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.   This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K-12. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education.   Students must make it through the school level, district level, and RESA level competitions in order to advance to the state-level competition.   Congratulations to the 13 Floyd County Schools district winners: Kindergarten: “All About My Dog” by Bentley Kinnebrew (Model Elementary School) 1st Grade: “The Lost Monkey” by Charleigh Flagello (Glenwood Primary School) 2nd Grade: “The Diamond Princess” by Hadley Parker (Glenwood Primary School) 3rd Grade: “Lili’s Arm” by Mary Camille Kines (Johnson Elementary...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia recorded all-time high employment numbers in February. The number of workers – more than 5 million – increased by 21,102 in February, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) said. The Peach State’s labor force of more than 5.2 million workers also is at an all-time high and increased 18,994 during the month. “This state has continued to be successful in creating jobs and getting Georgians employed in these positions,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release. “All of this has led to our number of unemployed being the lowest since June of 2001.” Georgia’s February unemployment rate remained 3.2%, matching January’s record low for the state and below the national rate of 3.8%. “In reviewing the past year, Georgia was 8th in the nation in job gain adding 216,000 jobs from January 2021 to January 2022 and consistently led the top ten most populated states with the lowest unemployment rate,” Butler said. “As we are continuing to see record breaking numbers in employment, labor force, and job growth, it is still...
    GFC A National Weather Service special alert has prompted the Georgia Forestry Commission to prepare for the elevated threat of wildfires by discouraging outdoor burning this weekend. Burning permits may also be temporarily suspended in certain areas until conditions change. “Most of Georgia has been placed under a fire weather watch through Sunday and a fire weather red flag warning is possible,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Forest Protection Chief Frank Sorrells. “Low relative humidity, along with high gusty winds means a higher potential for wildfires.” Sorrells said the GFC is closely monitoring conditions and asks anyone thinking of burning anything outdoors to consider postponing their plans until relative humidity and winds are more favorable. “Even with recent rainfall, the ability to control open burning under these weather conditions will be difficult,” Sorrells said. “Resulting wildfires could spread rapidly and cause harm to people, damage to homes and other structures, as well as loss of timberlands.” For more information about fire weather, fire safety, and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission,...
    The Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) is a professional organization of art educators in Georgia affiliated with the National Art Education Association. GAEA advocates for the highest quality visual arts education and provides for the advancement of knowledge through service, leadership, and research. Held for over 50 years, GAEA’s annual Capitol Art Exhibition (CAE) is a student art exhibition each March in honor of National Youth Art Month. After becoming the largest state-wide PreK through College-age student art exhibition in Georgia and outgrowing the gold dome, the exhibition moved to the Twin Towers building adjacent to the Capitol. Every year, the exhibition features up to two students with each teacher/GAEA member. Participants and teachers met with Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods and attended a reception with state legislators. Bulloch County is one of many counties from Region 3 to attend. Two local students selected for this year’s exhibition were Statesboro High School’s Syonna Wilkerson and Azieyah Atkins, along with their art teacher and GAEA member, Hayley Ward. ...
    Maryland and Georgia have temporarily suspended their gas tax as prices remain high and the White House dropped a plan to send out pre-paid cards to help Americans shoulder the cost. Maryland on Friday became the first state in the nation to suspend its gas tax. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation that wavied the 36.1 cents per gallon tax gas and its 36.85 cents per gallon tax on diesel, effective immediately, for the next 30 days. Also on Friday, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a similar bill that eliminates the state's roughly 29 cents per gallon gas tax through the end of May.  Americans continue to face high prices at the pump even though there was a small sign of easement.  Regular gasoline averaged $4.26 per gallon Sunday, per AAA, down about 7 cents from a week earlier, but still roughly $1.40 higher than a year. The concern about the high prices, which has contributed to President Joe Biden's drop in approval rating, led the White House to consider a plan to give Americans gas cards to help offset high prices....
    Warner Robins, Georgia (CNN)On a sunny Monday afternoon on the deck of a lakeside restaurant in central Georgia, a packed crowd of Stacey Abrams supporters eagerly awaited her arrival.When Abrams strode in with her powder blue jacket, the crowd leapt to their feet and cheered."I want us to be one Georgia where your zip code and your income don't determine your quality of life," said Abrams.The crowd -- which included a school administrator, a teacher and several veterans listened as Abrams praised the work of a nearby prominent homeless shelter and asked for a moment of silence to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine."The issue of preserving democracy is one of scale and of intent," she said. "And we are responsible for doing our small part here. And we should be led by the example of the atrocities that are happening there."Read MoreAbrams's second bid for governor kicked into high gear this week with a slew of rallies and meet-and-greets as part of her "One Georgia" tour. Abrams met with Georgians up and down the state, from Cuthbert to...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill Friday evening temporarily suspending Georgia’s excise tax on motor fuel, which is currently at 29 cents per gallon. The bill, H.B. 304, passed the Senate in a 55–0 vote on Thursday after the national average gas price reached its highest point ever recorded this month and currently sits at $4.27 per gallon as of Friday, according to AAA data. Georgia’s rate is almost right in line with the national average, costing an average of $4.22 per gallon, according to the same data. The rate in Georgia represents an increase of nearly 60 percent over one year, and “increased fuel costs and sky-high inflation” could cost households an additional $2,000 annually, Kemp said in a video statement upon signing the bill. “Today I signed H.B. 304 to temporarily halt collection of the state gas tax and ease the burden consumers are feeling at the pump,” Kemp said. “We can’t fix everything that Washington has broken, but we are doing our part to lessen the impact on your wallet.” The governor attributed high costs...
    Stephens also told WMAZ that it was an isolated incident and that parents should feel safe letting their kids go to their schools. Same ol' story The following is a short list of similar hate hoaxes carried out at schools: After someone scrawled "white" and "colored" over water fountains last month at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California, activists were outraged. But it turns out the culprit was a black female student who was caught on camera. A 54-year-old black man was charged in June 2020 with tagging the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland with racist graffiti five times, which authorities characterized as a "hate crime." A leader of a social justice group at the University of La Verne in southern California in 2019 claimed she was threatened and attacked on campus — leading the school at one point to shut down classes for a day to "reset" and deal with the threats. But cops eventually concluded that Anayeli DominguezPena made it all up. The day after former President Donald Trump was elected...
    Prices have been climbing since the first of the year, but Georgians have been feeling a hard hit to their pockets at the gas pumps over the past few weeks. As per the way it goes, the soaring prices trickle into everything else, as we’ve seen in grocery stores, etc. Some have said they’re staying home more, only making necessary trips, while others are making other lifestyle changes to make up for it. The average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia and across the US has reached an all-time high at this point, surpassing  the record that 2008 held at around $4/gallon. The average in Georgia as of today is $4.29, rising 41 cents over the past week, 96 cents more than 1 month ago, and $1.61 higher than last year at this time. The average nationally is $4.325, up 32 cents from one week ago, 84 cents from one month ago, and $1.47 higher than a year ago.  Although some states, like California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and...