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Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Town Hall to address Newton, Rockdale redistricting

Town Hall to address Newton, Rockdale redistricting

COVINGTON, Ga. -- State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) plans to host a Town Hall meeting next week to address redistricting in Georgia.

During the meeting, Rep. Dickerson will explain how residents of Newton and Rockdale counties will be directly affected by the redistricting process.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Salem Volunteer Fire Station, 3935 Salem Road, Covington.

Newton County and Social Circle realease final list of candidates

COVINGTON, Ga. -- On behalf of CovNews.com, below is a final list of candidates for all cities in Newton County and the city of Social Circle.


Mayor - Ronnie Johnston; Bobby Sigman
Council West Ward Post 1 - Janet Goodman (incumbent)
Council East Ward Post 2 - Ronald Martin; Mike Whatley (incumbent)
Council East Ward Post 3 - Lamar Brown; Keith Dalton (incumbent)


Mayor - Jerry Roseberry (incumbent)
Council Post 1 - Frank Davis (incumbent)
Council Post 2 - George R. Holt (incumbent)
Council Post 3 - Lynwood (Lyn) Pace


Mayor - Bobby Hamby (incumbent); Arline Chapman
Council Post 1 - Anita Rainey; Robert Foxworth (incumbent)
Council Post 2 - Linda Finger (incumbent); Darlene Savage
Council Post 3 (two-year term) - Terry A.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.