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Sat
27
May
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Advance in-person voting starts Tuesday, May 30 for CD 6 run-off

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgia voters that advance in-person voting starts Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in the 6th Congressional District run-off in parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. Democrat Jon Ossoff faces Republican and former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the contest to replace Tom Price, now serving as Health and Human Services Secretary in the Trump administration.

“All eyes are on Georgia as we approach June 20,” stated Secretary Kemp. “Now more than ever, voters need to get engaged, do their research on the candidates, and head to the polls to take part in this important contest. The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted. Get out and vote, and wear your peach voting sticker with pride.”

Fri
26
May
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2017 Southern Winegrape Symposium June 10th

COMPLETE INFO:

Presented by Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia

Pre-registration due May 30

Who: Current and aspiring individuals interested in learning more about winegrape growing and making wine.

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Carroll County Ag Center, 900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, Georgia

Program: 8:30 am Registration and visit with Vendors

8:50 am Welcome – Bruce Cross, VWAWG President

9:00 am Keynote Speaker – Growing bunch grapes in Georgia - Dr. Cain Hickey, UGA Viticulture Specialist

10:00 am Session 1 – From Grapes to Glass – Joe Smith, Serenity Cellars

Session 2 – Planting a Vineyard? What you need to know about your site, your soil, and your sanity – Fritz Westover, Westover Vineyard Advising

Wed
24
May
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Carrollton City School System implements summer schedule

In an effort to conserve energy and reduce costs during the summer months, the Carrollton City School System will implement a four-day work week beginning May 29 through July 21.

All schools and system operations centers will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Employees will work extended hours on those days and take shorter lunch breaks to compensate for the Friday shutdowns.

Offices also will be closed to observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, and Fourth of July on Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4.

The regular five-day workweek will resume Monday, July 24.

Tue
23
May
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Got fire ants?

by Paula Burke, County Extension Coordinator

Now is the time of year to start managing your fire ants in your pasture and hay fields. I recommend this time of year to use Amdro Pro. 1.5 lbs per acre. Will cover up to 16 acres when you purchase the 25 lb bag. To apply the bait properly, UGA Extension Carroll County has a Fire Ant Spreader available for loan. The spreader is designed specifically to spread fire ant bait only. Spreader can be used with a Class III receiver hitch or can be mounted to an ATV. Rental cost is $5 per day with a $50 deposit.

If you have questions, please give me a call and I would happy to talk to you about managing your fire ants.

Paula Burke

770-836-8546

pjburke@uga.edu

Mon
22
May
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Ferst Foundation uses grant funds to support local foster children

Ferst Foundation uses grant funds to support local foster children

CARROLLTON, GA – “Sometimes things just all align!” These prophetic words of Carroll County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy chair Karen Hartley were expressed upon hearing of Midway Church’s generous donation to the non-profit, allowing the foundation to broaden their quest for early learning.

The Ferst Foundation delivers free, age-appropriate books monthly in the mail to children, age birth to 5 years old. In addition, Ferst had recently been challenged to reach out to the many foster children served by the Carroll County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. These children often do not have permanent mailing addresses as they move from one foster family to another. On average, ninety-nine foster children, under the age of four years old, are currently served in the CASA program.

Sun
21
May
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'Art in the Garden' this week

Sat
20
May
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Make your summer barbeques sizzle

(StatePoint) With family and friends gathering to celebrate all summer long, try a new and healthy twist on some backyard barbeque essentials.

Dishing on Sides

Meats may be the star of the show, but no backyard barbeque is complete without side dishes. From slaws and salads to fresh fruits and veggies, making your own side dishes from scratch allows for creativity and control of what goes onto your plate.

Switch up your coleslaw by shredding crisp, tart apples such as Granny Smith in your blender and toss with grated carrots, poppy seeds, white vinegar and raisins. For a tasty alternative to traditional potato salad, try blending boiled new potatoes with smoky bacon, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise.

The grill isn’t just for meat -- fruits and veggies take on an entirely new flavor profile when lightly grilled. Prepare a vegetable platter with an array of homemade dressings for dipping, or top with a parmesan balsamic vinaigrette.

Sat
20
May
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Don't miss census of agriculture for America's farmers and ranchers

America’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

Thu
18
May
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WGTC training Powertech employees during retool

from press release

West Georgia Technical College is working with an automotive parts manufacturer in Troup County to train the manufacturer’s employees while the West Point plant undergoes a 10-week “retool.”

Hyundai Powertech America (PTA), which provides transmissions for KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama in Montgomery, is completing a retooling project in which approximately 80 percent of the equipment in the plant will be replaced, with the remaining 20 percent being rebuilt.

Rather than laying employees off during this period, PTA decided to utilize this opportunity to train its employees in a multitude of business skills.

Tue
16
May
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Two Carroll County student athletes selected by Atlanta Track Club for All-Metro Track and Field Team

Two Carroll County student athletes are among the 49 runners, jumpers and throwers Atlanta Track Club has selected to receive All-Metro High School Track and Field Team honors. The honorees were chosen by Atlanta Track Club, and now coaches, parents, media and the general public will be given the opportunity to vote to determine which athletes are named Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Most Outstanding Field Athlete.

"These hard-working, talented athletes are the future of our organization and the future of track and field in the United States. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments next month and following their performances in the sport as they continue their high school career or go on to college athletics," said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. "With so much talent, it will be for coaches and the public to decide which of these students will be given top honors and win a special scholarship."

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