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Central Georgia Election Roundup

Central Georgians take to the polls Tuesday in more than 60 races in which mayors and city council members will be elected and Sunday alcohol sales questions will be answered in some areas.

Some voters in the Tuesday elections will also decide special purpose local option sales tax questions.

The following is a list of Central Georgia cities and counties hosting elections.

-Warner Robins

In Brief: How a Shutdown Could Affect You

Even if you're not a federal employee, a partial government shutdown could affect you in many ways.

Here are some examples:

- Head Start grants that expire on Oct. 1 would not be renewed.
- 94 percent of U.S. Department of Education employees would be furloughed.
- School grants and loans, such as Pell grants and direct student loans would "continue as normal," officials say, but payment of money could be delayed.
- Colleges and schools that receive federal funding would also experience delays.

Federal loans
- A government shutdown would freeze all federal loans.
- Businesses and home buyers would not be able to take out loans.

Social Security
- Payments would continue but could be delayed, and the administration would continue taking payment applications.
- Medicare and Medicaid services would continue.

Sen. Ross Tolleson Recognized by American Conservative Union

Sen. Ross Tolleson Recognized by American Conservative Union

The American Conservative Union recognized Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) for his strong support of bills based on conservative principles during the 2013 legislation session. He was named a recipient of the group's Conservative Award on August 13 at a reception held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“I’m honored to receive this award from the American Conservative Union, an organization that supports our basic rights as Americans,” said Sen. Tolleson.  “Our country was developed on the ideals of individual liberty and freedom and I remain dedicated to upholding these privileges during my time in the legislature.”

Video: Dodge Co. Airport Authority Meeting Highlights

Video: Dodge Co. Airport Authority Meeting Highlights

The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority held a special called meeting. The meeting was planned and announced last week at the regularly scheduled meeting. Last week's meeting came on the heels of the Development Authority removing Eddie Driggers and Jack Burnham as their delegates to the Airport Authority. Driggers served as the Chairman of the Airport Authority prior to the action.

The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman John Clements. Member Terry Niblett led the board in prayer.

The first order of business was to elect a new Chairman to replace Eddie Driggers. Bobby Slye questioned the legality of the removal of Driggers and Burnham. Steve Greer spoke about the necessity to move forward regardless,  since waiting on a ruling of some sort would only put the Authority further behind on handling current business.

Senator Tolleson Earns A+ Rating from Georgia Chamber

Senator Tolleson Earns A+ Rating from Georgia Chamber


State Senator Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) received the highest rating of an A+ given on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Scorecard.  The Chamber’s legislative scorecard recognizes legislators that were most supportive of the business community during the 2013 Legislative Session.

“The Georgia Chamber is a prestigious organization that works year round for the betterment of business in our state,” said Sen. Tolleson.  “It is an honor to receive this rating and I will continue to support legislation that protects the rights and privileges of Georgia workers and businesses.”

Sen. Ross Tolleson Attends National Conference on Environment

Sen. Ross Tolleson Attends National Conference on Environment


Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) attended the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Environment 2013 Spring Forum on May 2-4 in Denver, Colo.  The forum focused around hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, but also provided policymakers from across the country with the opportunity to exchange ideas on issues regarding the environment.

“As our country continues to explore innovative ways to utilize our natural resources, these forums allow us to meet and discuss what best suits our state’s needs,” said Sen. Tolleson.  “Since the price of natural gas continues to rise, we must keep our minds open to new ways of unlocking this precious resource.  By learning more about infrastructure, we can preserve our natural resources for the future while also protecting them right now.”

Dodge County-Eastman Development Authority Names New Officers and Appointments

Dodge County-Eastman Development Authority Names New Officers and Appointments

Appointments to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority were made during the Dodge County-Eastman Development Authority’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Appointments are as follows:  Butch Kirkley and Phil Bearden. 

Officers for the Dodge County-Eastman Development Authority are:  Butch Kirkley, Chairman and John Jessup, Vice Chairman.

Appointments and officers were effective immediately.