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County commission votes to impose new tax on the sale, use, storage, consumption of energy: the Excise Tax

by Prissi Sullivan

Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to impose an excise tax on the sale, use, storage, or consumption of energy. The cities of Bowdon, Bremen, Carrollton, Mount Zion, Roopville, Temple, Villa Rica, and Whitesburg have authorized and executed intergovernmental agreements with the county to impose the tax pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-13-113. The cities could either agree to accept their share of the revenues or allow the county to keep it.

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Public hearings to be held for proposed property tax increase for the city of Villa Rica

The City of Villa Rica today announces its intention to increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 2.12 percentage over the rollback millage rate. Each year, the county board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in each respective county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-distribute the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment. When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

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Georgia's crowdfunding rule expanded

 

 On July 11, 2017, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, as Georgia’s Commissioner of Securities, amended the state’s crowdfunding rule to allow more companies to utilize the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE). The IGE is widely recognized as one of the most successful crowdfunding rules in the country, and over fifty entities currently utilize the exemption.

“The Invest Georgia Exemption provides entrepreneurs with increased access to capital from Georgia investors in order to develop new business ventures, grow existing operations, and create jobs in our state,” stated Secretary Kemp. “By expanding the exemption, we expect more businesses to take advantage of crowdfunding and develop roots in the Peach State.”

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Soap making workshop coming up

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20
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Ribbon cutting for CCBOE Performing Arts Center

by Prissi Sullivan

 A day two-and-a-half years in the making finally arrived for Carroll County Schools, culminating in the ribbon cutting for the new Performing Arts Center in Carrollton. The theme of the day was cooperation and community. 

“This is a dream come true for our students and our community,” stated Carroll County School Superintendent Scott Cowart of the 43,000-square foot structure. “Partnership is what makes something like this happen.”

He cited the various committees, who worked together with Southern A & E and J & R Construction to bring this dream to fruition, such as the Design Committee and even the Piano Committee. The auditorium has state of the art acoustics and sound-proofing and will seat 1100.
   

Thu
20
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UWG Summer Commencement Ceremony set for tuesday, Aimee Copeland to be keynote speaker

 

 

 

The University of West Georgia's summer commencement ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. in the UWG Coliseum. Alumna Aimee Copeland, motivational speaker and disabilities advocate, will deliver the keynote address.

Copeland was a graduate student at UWG in 2012 when she contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a type of flesh-eating bacteria, after cutting her leg in a fall from a homemade zip line into the Little Tallapoosa River. As a result of the infection, her major organs began to shut down, and she was not expected to survive.

Copeland ultimately had to have four amputations—her hands, her right foot and her left leg—in order to save her life. Through determination and faith, she overcame her challenges and graduated from UWG with a master’s degree in psychology. She also earned an additional master’s in social work online through Valdosta State University last May.

Wed
19
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'Power of the Purse' to host comedienne Jeanne Robertson, tickets on sale now

Jeanne Robertson Tickets on Sale 

Tickets go on sale on July 24 for a show by nationally-known comedienne Jeanne Robertson, a fundraising event for the Community Foundation of West Georgia’s Power of the Purse.  Robertson’s show features humor based on her life experiences, and she has differentiated her humor by keeping it clean and respectful.  

The show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, will be one of the first events at the new Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are being sold through the Townsend Center online at townsendcenter.org, by phone at 678-839-4722 or in person at the Townsend Center during office hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  For an additional $30, ticket holders may participate in a VIP reception with Robertson before the show.  

Wed
19
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Southwire becomes signatory to UN Global Compact

Company joins 12,000+ global organizations, who partner with the United Nations,
as its commitment to sustainability strengthens

Carrollton, GA – July 18, 2017: Strengthening its commitment to sustainability, Southwire formally announced that it became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, an initiative for companies to align strategies and drive operational awareness around universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and take actions that advance societal goals.

The UN Global Compact is the world’s leading voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, with more than 12,000 signatories in 170 countries. According to the organization, participants pursue a leadership and engagement approach that incorporates all business functions and integrates sustainability into corporate strategy, operations and culture.

Tue
18
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WGTC names Welborn head baseball coach

West Georgia Technical College has named Beau Welborn as the head coach of the Golden Knights baseball team, removing him from interim status.

Welborn took on an interim role this spring when former coach Todd Pratt left WGTC in January to pursue a major league coaching opportunity.

“I’m excited for Beau and what he brings to the program,” said Athletic Director Todd Davis. “I know that as a former player at WGTC, he will take pride in developing a competitive program with quality student-athletes both on and off the field of play.”

Welborn is a product of Lassiter High School in Marietta, where he played shortstop and helped them to the 2010 Georgia 5A State Runner-Up title. He began his collegiate career at the University of West Georgia but completed his second season at West Georgia Technical College under Todd Pratt.

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Planning helps take the stress out of feeding the family on the run

by Erica Cooke

With kids in after-school activities and adults working full-time jobs, ensuring that the family is eating, much less eating right, can be a challenge.

Making well-rounded meals or snacks is easier when parents get into the habit of thinking ahead.

Preparing snacks ahead of time alleviates stress when trying to keep tiny tummies full and tiny bodies nourished, said Alison Berg, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Department of Foods and Nutrition and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. Berg suggests that families looking to plan their meals and snacks in advance visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for meal planning ideas and nutrition information.

“ChooseMyPlate.gov is fantastic,” Berg said. “It’s backed by years of nutrition science to say, ‘This is what we should be eating,’ and it’s applicable for people ages 2 years and older to see what their eating patterns should be like.”

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