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College Park City Manager to leave position July 20th

College Park City Manager to leave position July 20th

College Park, GA -- 

William E. Johnson, III has accepted the City Manager position for Petersburg, Virginia and expects to begin work there on July 25.  Johnson has served as College Park’s City Manager since July 2009.

“We hate to see William leave College Park, but I wish him great success in his future endeavors,” said College Park Mayor Jack P.

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has more than $208,000 in the bank for a possible re-election bid in 2014.

A report Cagle filed with state officials Friday showed the Gainesville Republican has raised a little more than $18,000 in the first six months of 2011, a non-election year when fundraising is typically sluggish.

He already had $344,262 left over from last year's successful bid for a second term as the state's No. 2.

Finance reports detailing campaign contributions and expenditures were due with the state ethics commission by Friday night.

Cagle trailed at least one other top Republican in the Senate, where he presides. House Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville raked in $137,000 for the first six months of the year. He has more than $174,000 in the bank.

(The Associated Press)

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

ATLANTA -- A spokeswoman for the state attorney general says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the notice was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, but has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The office will file court papers outlining the state's objections to last week's ruling.

The decision from federal Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request filed by civil liberties groups to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

Other parts of the law, passed by the Georgia Legislature this year, took effect Friday.

Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill

Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill

Atlanta, GA --  Rep. John Lewis made this statement upon hearing that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash blocked parts of H.R. 87 (the Georgia Immigration Bill)

“When this law was passed, I was deeply disappointed in the leadership of this state.  It seemed we were willing to turn a blind eye to the worst and most bitter lessons of our discriminatory past to embrace tactics that took us backwards and jeopardized our chances to move forward economically, socially, and politically.  As H.R.

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

COLLEGE PARK: New law targets 'potentially dangerous' dogs

COLLEGE PARK: New law targets 'potentially dangerous' dogs

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- As of July 1, owners of dogs the city of College Park deems "potentially dangerous" must register their pooches and pay a $25 processing fee.

Councilman Ambrose Clay suggested the Potentially Dangerous Dog Ordinance after two brutal dog attacks last summer in his district.

"What the person has to do is go to the vet and get a chip implanted into the dog for indentification purposes.  They also have to submit a photograph of the dog, and they'll be isssued a brightly colored tag that will identify it as a potentially dangerous dog," said Clay.

The city says it also wants to make sure those dog owners have insurance to cover any damage or injuries.

The new ordinance does not sit well with people like Heidi Pollyea and her group Dogs Deserve Bettter.

"Breed profiling is wrong.  It targets the dog when the real problem with any canine is how the owners raise and treat it," said Pollyea.

Community Meetings Planned for Unincorporated South Fulton County

Community Meetings Planned for Unincorporated South Fulton County

South Fulton County --  Fulton County will host a series of community meetings and listening sessions in June and July to discuss the 2030 Fulton County Comprehensive Plan and the 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan.  These meetings will allow the citizens of Unincorporated South Fulton County to provide direct input into these two important documents, including the Comprehensive Plan Map. 

The Community Wide Kick-off Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. 

Fulton County uses the Comprehensive and Solid Waste Management Plans to guide choices about how they will invest in and develop the future of Unincorporated South Fulton County in these respective areas.  The plans provide direction, tools and strategies for a vibrant and thriving Unincorporated South Fulton County.