Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston announced plans to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under state law, the Governor may renew the public health state of emergency, which was otherwise set to expire on April 13, 2020. Lt. Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston agree it is necessary for the public health emergency to be renewed and will not be requesting a special legislative session, which was tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020.
“To ensure the health and well-being of Georgians, I will extend the public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020. This measure will allow us to continue to deploy resources to communities in need, lend support to frontline
Dr. Rick Townsend, of Brunswick, has been named finalist for school superintendent. He was named in a 4-1 vote with Sue Finley voting in opposition.
Pickens County School District Press Release
On April 7, the Pickens County Board of Education voted to name Dr. Rick Townsend as the single finalist for the position of superintendent. As required by Georgia statute, a 14-day public comment period is now in effect since a finalist has been named.
The Board decided to name Dr. Townsend as finalist for the position after a thorough three-month search process. The search process included consideration of 34 applicants from across Georgia and several other states, initial
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Regina Martin is one of many quilters who have donated their time and materials to make protective face masks as a spike in demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a shortage.
Mid-morning Tuesday, Bent Tree resident Regina Martin spoke with someone regarding a request for 1,500 face masks for an organization outside of Pickens, “but at this point that is a big order for us and we have such a great need right here in our own community,” she said.
Martin, a member of the First Mountain City Quilters, is part of a network of quilters and seamstresses in Pickens County who are donating their time and materials to make face masks, which have been in short supply since the
Voters should have received a form to request a paper absentee ballot in the mail last week or coming this week. Note, that regular voting options will still be available under current plans.
When discussing the latest in an ongoing series of issues resulting from how the social distancing and shelter-in-place stipulations affect the upcoming primary as well as the half-completed presidential primary, longtime Pickens elections supervisor said during a telephone conversation Monday, “it’s a little bit different, well, actually it’s a lot different.”
Among the many election issues:
• Will the date of the primary stand? Underlying everything is the possibility the May 19th primary, where all the big contested posts in Pickens County show up on the GOP ballots (commission chair, sheriff, tax commissioners, state rep and two school board seats), could change. It’s impossible to predict if this will be delayed, according to one
By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
Amid the push to curb coronavirus, a statewide shelter-in-place order that will shutter in-person patronizing of bars, gyms, restaurants, theaters and many other activities is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday and last through April 13.
Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday evening that exempts a range of activities deemed “essential services” like food and medical supply pick-ups and deliveries, critical infrastructure and those that help maintain minimum business operations.