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Voting Rights Become a Flashpoint in Georgia Governor's Race

Oct 9, 2018
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Marsha Appling-Nunez was showing the college students she teaches how to check online if they’re registered to vote when she made a troubling discovery. Despite being an active Georgia voter who had cast ballots in recent elections, she was no longer registered.

“I was kind of shocked,” said Appling-Nunez, who moved from one Atlanta suburb to another in May and believed she had successfully changed her address on the voter rolls.

“I’ve always voted. I try to not miss any elections, including local ones,” Appling-Nunez said.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A director of a 911 center in Georgia has resigned amid allegations of abusive behavior.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is investigating a shooting in Spring Valley Mobile Home park. According to a media release, an officer assisting another officer on a traffic stop heard gunshots inside the mobile home park.

The officer left the traffic stop to find where the shots originated. When he arrived at a trailer, he found a 55-year old male victim who yelled that he had been shot. The officer saw a small laceration on the victim’s arm.

In anticipation of a blood shortage this winter, the American Red Cross is encouraging individuals and organizations to host blood drives in December, January and February.

According to the Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds. In order to fulfill this need during the winter months, the organization needs 6,500 additional groups from across the country to host blood drives. In this area alone, the organization needs 190 more groups to commit to hosting blood drives.

Athens Banner-Herald

When it comes to public education, the Oconee County community proved last week that they care just as much about who governs the schools as they do the children within it.

On Thursday, October 4, Oconee Enterprise and the University of North Georgia Oconee’s American Democracy Project hosted a forum for the four candidates of the Oconee County Board of Education election.

The candidates for Post 2 were Amy Parrish (incumbent) and Andrea Wellnitz, and the candidates for Post 3 were Kim Argo (incumbent) and Fran Thompson.