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Pro airport supporters speak out to counter plan to remove IBA/AA appointees

Yesterday, 04:11 PM

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Here is the video from the evening meeting. We will add more about what happened after viewing




Today's Paulding County BOC meeting was one peppered with speakers both for and against the airport, each making points to pursue their position on the topic by speaking for and against the summary removal of appointed board members.

Motions to remove those members who were appointed by the BOC whose terms extend through 2015 and beyond were introduced two weeks ago by airport opponent Todd Pownall, whose efforts are directed to derailing the project since it became a political cause celeb late in the fall of 2013. Those efforts went nowhere until the primary in May 2014 when, in a historically low turnout - primaries are usually in July - highly organized anti-airport forces elected two new post commissioners giving the Post 2 commissioner the votes he hopes will reverse the county's pro-growth agenda.

State law, while not definitive, does suggest that the removal of current appointees by the insurgent commissioners is an over-reach but, as those who oppose the airport seem to be well funded for court battles, such legal technicalities may not be adequate without a test in court.

That vote - whether to seek removal or just table the issue - along with another vote on whether persons living in subdivisions regulated by the county's basic subdivision code can keep pet chickens - will be decided later this evening.
 
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Pat and Patti Show is back ... with grins and gripes :)

21 Jan 2015

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A little irreverent excursion into the Paulding we all know and love ... well at least some of us :) Including a parody about the motion to withdraw the airports commercial service application likening it to the destruction of the Bridge over the River Kwai ... as well as discussions of an apparent open season on deer (unconfirmed) as well as a discussion of the big mystery surrounding the drama that invaded the Commission chambers on January 13th. You'll have to see it to believe ... but waders are recommended 'cause it do get deep.'

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UPDATE: 2PM Commission meeting added to morning morning session full of surprises (1/13/2015)

13 Jan 2015

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UPDATE: 2 PM COMMISSION MEETING





Reports from the commission this morning say that the three new commissioners are out to change the direction of the BOC by a 3/2 vote on issues ranging from who sits on the Airport Authority to what may be a material breach in the contract with Propeller Industries, the company that has leased the airport for commercial purposes.

The demands from the three seemed to catch Chairman David Austin off guard and he asked the leader of the uprising, Todd Pownall, why he didn't come to him before the meeting to have the issues put on the agenda.

The two new commissioners, Vernon Collett and Tony Crowe, also weren't the only new faces. Sitting next to the chairman was former, and now current, county attorney Lani Skipper. Ms. Skipper had served the county as its attorney in the administration of Jerry Shearin but was replaced by Chairman Austin upon his taking office. She replaced Jayson Phillips in the post.

Above is a video posted with the permission of its author Roy Sparks. Additional reports are expected.
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Not local ... but interesting take - French TV live via youtube

09 Jan 2015

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Here is an English language voice directly from France via youtube.

 

 

They are live 24/7 (kind of like cable news) and provides an alternative to CNN/Fox/MSNBC/AlJazeera.  I put it on here because of personal interest in streaming and an understanding of the biases that permeate state-side media.

 

It may be that Rupert Murdoch owns this media but I doubt it.  I also doubt it is owned by any of the other four dominant US media corporations. (Comcast, ABC/Capcities, etc.)

 

This is newsworthy at the moment because of the terrorist attack and killing of the terrorists earlier today.

 

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Community reels from news of PCSO family's murder/suicide

07 Jan 2015

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CORPORAL SAM DRISKELL RECENTLY RECEIVED AN AWARD AND RECOGNITION FROM THE PAULDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.  PICTURED IN THE CENTER LEFT POSITION, DRISKELL WAS AN ARMY VETERAN AND WORKED IN THE CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DIVISION OF SHERIFF'S OFFICE.


Residents across the county are still reeling from the tragic news that PCSO Corporal Sam Driskell and his entire family is dead from gunshot wounds apparently inflicted by the deputy's 21-year old step-son. Comments on Paulding.com range from prayers and condolences to suggestions on how to cope with the tragedy by youths who knew the family and their 12 year old daughter.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “Sam was a “Paulding County Boy” born and raised; he was a 1980 graduate of Paulding County High School, a decorated Army veteran, and a ten year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He was an excellent employee and an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sorrowful time.”

The facts of the case regarding the murder/suicide were related in a press release from the Sheriff's office.  It stated that on January 6, 2015 Corporal Sam Driskell, who worked as the custodian of the Sex Offender Registry in the Crimes Against Children Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, did not show up for a court case where he was scheduled to be a witness. Since the court case was in Cherokee County, his supervisors did not realize he did not show up for quite a while. Once it was determined that Corporal Driskell was not at work and was not answering his phone, Deputies responded to his residence at 7419 Ridge Road Douglasville, GA 30134 to perform a welfare check.

When Deputies arrived at his home around 1:37 pm they knocked on the door and received no response. Once they looked inside the residence they saw what looked like a family member in distress laying on the floor. At that point, Deputies forced entry into the residence and discovered a horrific scene. The Deputies then contacted Detectives to be en route to the scene. Once it was determined that it was Corporal Driskell and his family who were deceased, Sheriff Gary Gulledge contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and requested their assistance in the investigation.

Once the search warrant was signed, Crime Scene Investigators with the GBI processed the scene and determined the preliminary results of what occurred. As a result of analyzing the physical and forensic evidence the following has been preliminarily determined about the incident:

Sometime in the overnight hours (between 01/05/15 and 01/06/15) while the Driskell family was sleeping, 21 year Felix Almonte took what is believed to be Corporal Sam Driskell’s service weapon (Glock Model 21 .45 ACP) and killed the entire family while they were sleeping. Corporal Driskell was shot while sleeping in his bed, his 12 year old daughter Carolyn Driskell was shot while sleeping in her bed, and his 36 year old wife Muachin Driskell was shot in a doorway between Felix Almonte, 21the living room and the bedroom of the daughter. At some point after that, Almonte turned the gun on himself and died as a result of self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. As of now, we do not have a motive or any reasoning as to why Almonte would have done this. GBI Agents will be speaking with friends, neighbors, and other family members to see if they can determine what may have motivated Almonte.

  FELIX ALMONTE

All members of the Driskell family have been taken to the GBI Crime Lab to have an autopsy performed.  Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as practical.

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FLASH FLOOD WARNING - SEEK HIGHER GROUND - WARNING UNTIL 7:15a SUNDAY

04 Jan 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR PAULDING COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN GEORGIA... COBB COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA...

* UNTIL 715 AM EST SUNDAY

* AT 112 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN PASSING OVER THE WARNED AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. AROUND TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN DURING THE PAST 6 HOURS AND CREEKS ARE BEGINNING TO RISE QUICKLY. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED ON ALLATOONA CREEK WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO MARIETTA...DALLAS...SMYRNA...KENNESAW...ACWORTH...POWDER SPRINGS... AUSTELL...HIRAM...BRASWELL...FAIR OAKS...LITHIA SPRINGS...DUE WEST...KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY...JIM R MILLER PARK...SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA...BROWNSVILLE...NEW HOPE...NEW GEORGIA...LOST MOUNTAIN PARK AND BURNT HICKORY RIDGE.

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

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