David Pennington, Republican gubernatorial challenger, had this to say about Gov. Nathan Deal, “History has a way of repeating itself. Richard Nixon so poisoned the well for Republicans that the nation elected Jimmy Carter as president. Now 40 years later, Nathan Deal is so poisoning the well for Georgia Republicans that Jimmy Carter’s grandson (Democrat state Sen. Jason Carter) could be Georgia’s next governor.”
Melissa Strother, when asked if she’s concerned about vandalism or theft of her Birdhouse Books (little libraries) project had this to say, “If that happens, so what, we’ll put another one up. I just don’t see that becoming a huge problem. Of the more than 6,000 little libraries located across the country, there have so far been only two reported cases of vandalism. The thing is, these little libraries do not belong to any individual, any organization or any business. They belong to the community. It’s free, and it does only good. Why would anyone want to vandalize or destroy something they own?”
Regarding the planned natural gas pipeline through Dougherty County…“This is a huge machine pumping 24-hour-a-day air pollution, especially carbon dioxide. I think (Sabal Trail) needs to be in a more remote location with more trees to absorb (the gas), and not around schools, houses and people.” Gary Hall, a representative of Kiokee-Flint, a watch group for the Flint River and other waterways.
Following the news that 21 of the 26 Dougherty County schools showed improvement on the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)… “We couldn’t be more pleased with the improvement we are seeing in our schools,” Dougherty County Board of Education Chairperson Carol Tharin said. “I think this is just the beginning for the Dougherty County School System.
Is it a Walmart or is it not? When the Albany City Commission discussed whether or not to rezone acreage for the proposed mystery store near the junction of Gillionville Road and Westover Boulevard, Ward III’s B.J. Fletcher had this to say, “We are supposed to be the hub of Southwest Georgia. I don’t care who it is, I appreciate any chain coming here and creating jobs in our community.” It is a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Ezekiel Holley, candidate for the Georgia House District 151, is strongly opposed to the state’s new gun legislation. “I know that gun manufacturers are profiting by this new bill that just passed,” Holley said. “I’ve been around guns all my life, but I don’t see the need to carry one every day. We live in a violent society as it is. This will promote more violence.”
When asked “What made you smile today?” Cpl. Jeremiah Fenn, a police officer at MCLB-Albany replied, “Waking up this morning in good health, knowing that I have people in my life that sincerely love me.”