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Thunderstorm warning ends at 2:45p today

17 Jun 2016

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...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 245 PM EDT
June 17, 2016 FOR CENTRAL POLK...PAULDING AND SOUTHWESTERN COBB COUNTIES...

AT 216 PM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR CEDARTOWN TO HIRAM...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING...AND TREES.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
DALLAS...CEDARTOWN...POWDER SPRINGS...AUSTELL...
ROCKMART...HIRAM...ARAGON... BRASWELL...YORKVILLE...BROWNSVILLE...
NEW HOPE...VAN WERT...NEW GEORGIA... FISH CREEK AND ANTIOCH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS.
MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE'S LEADING
KILLERS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO
BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 OR TWEET US YOUR REPORT AT NWSATLANTA
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GreyStone Power Company is upping their investment in Paulding

26 May 2016

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GreyStone Power Company is upping their investment in Paulding in both the short term and long term, said the co-op's President Gary Miller Thursday.

Miller said the first investment will be a 1 Megawatt solar facility to be constructed on the 180+ acres of property the company bought in Paulding near the intersection of Ridge Road and GA 92.

The company, landlocked and squeezed at its present headquarters on Bankhead Highway in Douglasville, plans to move its headquarters to the Paulding location with construction possibly beginning in two to three years.

Miller started his address speaking of the lower electric rates that were recently announced along with notice that the base-rate customers pay was increased to a minimum $25.  One justification Miller made was that those few customers who have opted for solar power installations, were, because of lower power consumption not paying their fair share of the company's overhead investment.

Miller also spoke of the solar electric generating plans of the coop and how customers can participate and share credits for carbon-free electric production.

Miller was also queried about his role as board chairman for Wellstar Health Care system, a role that will end this July when he steps down to become vice-chairman.  He characterized his two years constituted three years of meetings because of the merger and acquisition activities of the health care provider.
 
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Two races including Chairman and BOE to require runoff

24 May 2016

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ELECTION FINAL 2016

 
Commission Chairman candidate David Carmichael (2927 votes) will face Roger Leggett (2484 votes) in the runoff. Also BOE member Joe Watson, Jr. (4022 votes) will face challenger J. Fuller (2017 votes) as the final election results were posted at 10:45 this evening.

Avoiding a runoff includes Lindsey Eberhart for county Coroner (4419 votes to incumbent Belling-Newsome) and David Lyles who bested second place Jerry Worthy, Jr. 4641 votes to Worthy's 2463 votes.
 
Kim Cobb got the nod to return to the BOE by a large margin over Raymond Phillips capturing 5181 votes and 63% of the vote. Theresa Lyons got 3881 votes and held on to her seat as District 1 representative on the Board of Education defeating Steve Dutton 52.5% to 47.5% and Glen Albright defeated Romona Talley with 4057 votes to Ms. Talley's 3,667.

Howard Maxwell defeated Kerstin Liberty by a vote of 2095 to Ms. Liberty's 1843 votes.  Paulette Rakestraw defeated two challengers without a runoff getting 1634 votes to runner up Joe Duvall's 843 and also ran Mike Lowe's 501.

Other incumbents from Johnny Isakson to Tom Graves walked to victory as bearers of the GOP standard.  Those winning renomination without challenge include Micah Gravely, Mike Dugan, Bill Heath, Probate Judge  D. Anderson, Superior Court Clerk Treva Anderson, Sheriff Gary Gulledge, Tax Commissioner J.W. Watson II, Surveyor W.C. Rakestraw and Magistrate Judge Martin Valbuena.

Finally, voters approved the continuation of the Special Local Option Sales tax by margin of 5819 (58.66%) to 4101 (41.34%).

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Early Election Results

24 May 2016

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ELECTION RUNDOWN

Runoffs races are likely for a few of the more contested local races but overall, incumbents seem to be leading as early returns come in. The SPLOST looks like it is headed for renewal with 60% of the voters favoring the self-imposed one-cent levy.

Commission Chairman candidate David Carmichael is currently leading with 36.5% of the vote counted followed by Roger Leggett who is leading Virginia Galloway 27.2% to 22.4 percent with 8.5 percent of the vote counted.  Ron Davis is leading Freeman by a factor of 2:1 and unless there is a turnaround, looks to win re-election to Post 1.

In addition to the Commission Chairman seat which seems headed toward a runoff, other runoff elections are possible in the Cororner, BOE At large seat and Superior Court seat to replace Judge Ken Vinson.  Lindsey Eberhart is leading the coroner's race with 52% of the vote and incumbent   Joe Watson, Jr. (BOE at large seat) has 50.12 percent of the vote.  David Lyles has 52% of the vote and Jerry Worthy, Jr. could still make the runoff with his 27 percent of the vote (W.R. Pike trails with 20%).

Tightly contested races include the BOE District 1 seat held by Theresa Lyons, who leads challenger Steve Dutton 53% to 47% and Glen Albright leads Romona Tally 50.4% to 49.6%

Contested seats that seem to be headed toward victory by the incumbents- these incumbents are leading by a margin of 55% or greater include the house seats held by Howard Maxwell and Paulette Rakestraw, the BOE Seat held by Kim Cobb.

Other incumbents from Johnny Isakson to Tom Graves look like they are coasting to re-nomination for the GOP standard.  Because of a moribund Democratic Party in Paulding - there were no local races on the ballot - the GOP primary is effectively 'election day' for local office holders.  Those winning renomination without challenge include Micah Gravely, Mike Dugan, Bill Heath, Probate Judge  D. Anderson, Superior Court Clerk Treva Anderson, Sheriff Gary Gulledge, Tax Commissioner J.W. Watson II, Surveyor W.C. Rakestraw and Magistrate Judge Martin Valbuena.


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2016 Primary Election Day ... VOTE ... wisely

23 May 2016

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Tuesday, May 24 is Primary Election day ... the day in which you either vote Republican or you have no say about local government as there are no Democrats contending for local or state offices in Paulding county.

Key races includes challenges for the District 19 and District 17 State House seats; Commission Chairman, Post I commissioner, school board, coroner and Superior Court Judge spots.

Those choosing a Democratic Primary ballot will only be able to vote for the non-partisan school board and judicial positions. Additionally, all ballots will include a choice for continuation of the local special purpose local sales tax.

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Greystone priming members for solar opportunities

19 May 2016

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Greystone Power is reaching out using video. In this, their inaugural episode of their video blog, they prime the pump by saying that Greystone will be engaging its members with opportunities for solar power.

Please let us know your opinion and what you would like to see. Send any suggestions you have to host Adam Elrod at adam.elrod@greystonepower.com.

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