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Sen. Steve Gooch Elected to Serve as Senate Majority Whip


ATLANTA (November 17, 2014)  |  Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) was elected to serve as Majority Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming biennial legislative term of the Georgia General Assembly. In this role, Sen. Gooch’s primary responsibility will be to research legislation, educate and inform caucus members, and ensure a full caucus presence during important legislative votes. The Majority Whip is the third ranking leadership position within the Republican caucus.

“I’m honored to be elected as the next Majority Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus. I remain committed to defending core constitutional principles such as limited government and fiscal responsibility, and will remember these ideals when advising the caucus on legislation that will create a more prosperous Georgia,” said Sen. Gooch.

“Sen. Gooch is a committed, hard-working public servant who will serve with great distinction as majority whip. I appreciate his dedication to his district as well as to the Senate. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our leadership team to advance our agenda in the General Assembly,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Sen. Gooch currently serves as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and as Secretary of the Majority Caucus. He is also vice chair of the Senate Economic Development committee, a member of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment and Appropriations Committees, and an ex-officio member of the Senate Rules Committee.

The 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly will convene on January 12, 2015, at the Georgia State Capitol.

Stephanie Huffman Named To PBC Preseason All-Conference List

10/28/2014 | Women’s Basketball
AUGUSTA, Georgia | The Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2014-15 women’s basketball preseason All-Conference team, as selected by the league’s head coaches with UNG’s Stephanie Huffman landing a spot on the league’s five-player team.

Huffman was named second-team All-Conference last season after helping the Nighthawks to a second-place finish in the PBC West and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The senior from Woodstock, Georgia was 10th in the league in scoring, sixth in rebounding and fifth in assists.

She was is the team’s second leading scorer and top rebounder and collected a team-high nine double-doubles from her guard position.

Joining Huffman on the PBC preseason All-Conference team is Georgia College’s Shanteona Keys and Enisha Donley as well as Armstrong State’s Brigitta Barta and Flagler’s Treva Mason.

The UNG women’s basketball team opens the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14-15 at the Peach Belt/Conference Carolinas Challenge at North Greenville. Nighthawk fans can get a sneak preview of the team on Nov. 11, in an unofficial home exhibition game with Northwood at 6 p.m., in Memorial Hall.


University of North Georgia Named Favorite in Softball

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The University of North Georgia softball team has been named the favorite to win the Peach Belt Conference title for the fifth straight year.

The Saints finished the 2012 season ranked No. 10 in the nation with a record of 49-10.

It was the fourth straight year North Georgia finished with at least 40 or more wins and finished in the top-10 in the nation.

The 2013 season will begin this weekend with the Saints traveling to Columbus, Ga. for the Peach Belt Conference-Sunshine State Conference Challenge.

The tournament is from Saturday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 3.

House of Rep Seal

Barr appointed to Committee of Assignments

Jan. 29, 2013 – The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Timothy Barr (R-Lawrenceville) to the Code Revision, Health & Human Services, and Motor Vehicles committees.
“I am honored to serve on these distinguished committees for the people of District 103,” said Rep. Barr.
The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), is charged with making all House committee assignments for the members of the Georgia House of Representatives.
For more information about the Committee on Assignments and a complete list of all House Committee assignments, please go to http://www.house.ga.gov/Documents/Publications-Downloads/2013_Committee_Assignments.pdf


Georgia Mountains’ unemployment rate rises to 7.6 percent in December

Jan. 25, 2013 – From the Georgia Department of Labor

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region rose to 7.6 percent in December, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in November. The rate was 8.0 percent in December 2011.

The rate rose because there were 659 more new claims for unemployment benefits in construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and administrative and support services. While the initial claims were up from November to December, they were down by 516, or 11 percent, from 3,934 in December 2011. The decline in claims led to an over-the-year drop in the area’s jobless rate.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

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School & Business Closing

Jan. 25, 2013 – UPDATED: Due to inclement weather some schools and businesses will be closing.


  • Dawson County: Closed
  • Habersham County: Closed; all athletic and extracurricular events canceled.
  • North Georgia Christian School: Closed
  • Lumpkin County: Closed
  • White County: Closed
  • Towns County: Closed
  • Banks County: Closed
  • Rabun County: Closed
  • Union County: Closed
  • Fannin County: Closed 
  • Hall County: Closed
  • Forsyth County: Closed


Colleges, universities

  • Brenau University: Will close at noon, including the Child Development Center.
  • University of North Georgia: Delay opening of the Cumming, Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses until 10 a.m. The Oconee campus will open as normal.

Other closings

  • Frances Meadows Aquatic Center: Opening at 8 a.m.
  • The Longstreet Clinic: Center for Women’s Health offices in Baldwin, Dahlonega and Braselton closed.

Road Maintenance in Dawson, Forsyth and Hall Counties This Week

Jan. 23, 2013 – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces routine maintenance activities planned for this week in Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties.

According to GDOT, most activities will only require shoulder or median lane closures.

GDOT said, this is a tentative schedule; if emergency response is needed at a crash scene or if emergency repairs are necessary this schedule will change.

WHEN: Crews will work Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. if weather permits.


Dawson – mowing on SR 53

Forsyth – patching damaged asphalt on SR 20 from milepost 5 to 7.5, this work will require a single lane closure and a flagman or pilot vehicle directing traffic through the work zone

Hall – cleaning and repairing the ditches along SR 52 and SR 323, mowing on SR 52 and vegetation management on SR 11, 211 and 284

Motorists should reduce their speed in these and all work zones.

Picking up the tons of trash that litter Georgia’s highways costs the Department of Transportation more than $11 million every year. Those funds – your tax dollars – could be put to much better use if motorists and their passengers would be more thoughtful and considerate. For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed. You also may follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/gadeptoftrans).

Georgia Quarter

Georgia State Income Tax could be a thing of the past.

Jan. 18, 2013 – There is a plan in the works that would create a constitutional amendment to phase out the Georgia State Income Tax.

State Sen. Steve Gooch co-sponsored this plan called, Senate Resolution 8, in the State Senate today.

The resolution was proposed by Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus.

Sen. Gooch said, “I have given my support to this resolution because I believe that Georgia citizens deserve to take home more of their own money. This resolution will continue to reduce the burden on Georgia taxpayers as well as promote job growth within our state.”

If approved by Georgia voters, Senate Resolution 8 would phase out the income tax completely by the year 2027.

According to a news release from Sen. Gooch, This would be gradual process, reducing the tax rate by .5 percent every year until the income tax is eliminated.

An amendment must be approved by a 2/3 majority of each legislative chamber in order for it to be placed on the ballot for voter approval.


Georgia’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast: Health Care Key Issue

Jan. 17, 2013 – Yesterday morning the state’s top policymakers gave their views on its toughest issues at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs & Issues breakfast in Atlanta.

One day before his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal laid out his view on health care, as well as economic development, education, transportation and ethics.

But the cost of health care and health insurance was the overriding theme of Deal’s speech, saying Georgia expects to pay almost $150 million more to fund its current obligations regarding its active and retired state employees and teachers by 2015.

Deal went on to say, “That means that we must make necessary cuts in other agencies and core functions of government since raising taxes is not an option I will accept.”

According to the Gainesville Times, About 2,000 people attended the breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center, hosted by the chamber and sponsored by many prominent businesses. Other speakers included Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber of Commerce president/CEO; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The event also had a panel, with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, answering questions about education, health care, transportation and ethics. The panel was moderated by Roy Robinson, chairman of the chamber’s Government Affairs Council. On the issue of ethics, Ralston made the audience laugh when he described the ethics rule the Senate passed Monday that limits gifts from registered lobbyists as “more of a sun visor than a cap.”