By Dave Williams
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA - Legalizing pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia would generate commercial investment and create jobs without using tax dollars, state Sen. Brandon Beach said Tuesday.
Beach, R-Alpharetta, pitched a proposed constitutional amendment calling for a statewide referendum on horse racing and a separate bill specifying how the industry would operate in Georgia at a hearing held by the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee.
Bringing horse racing to Georgia would produce an economic impact of more than $1 billion a year, not only from racetracks but from breeding racehorses, Beach said.
Public meeting in March to discuss town’s future
The town of Talking Rock has signed a lease on the second of two rail cars that sit along their main drag (Hwy. 136). One contains a microbrewery, already open. The second will house a restaurant.
The tiny town of Talking Rock, which its website states “has not changed much since its beginning in 1883 when the train was the lifeline of the town,” appears to have change on the radar. City leaders recently entered into a lease agreement that will bring a restaurant to one of two stationary railcars in the heart of Talking Rock; the other now houses a brewery. Town leaders want to see more businesses that fit the town’s character added in the future.
See this week's print or online editions to find out more about the restaurant and Town Hall meeting.
Jordan Dean was selected as an outstanding youth in our community and has been named the Youth of the Year by The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Ga.
Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs
The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 74th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures.
Jordan will go on to contend for the Georgia Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Live theater is back in March – (l to r) Deb Heimler, April Miller, Jennie Hutto Smith, Audrey Kirsten, and Jan Simpson get set to resume with The Aurelia Women's League Flower and Garden Gala Planning Committee.
By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
The Tater Patch Players have unfinished business. The Aurelia Women's League Flower and Garden Gala Planning Committee was up and running. The hilarious crowd pleaser was interrupted mid show by a flood that covered the first floor of the theater. Repairs have been made to the building and the Aurelia Women's League is ready to resume work planning the annual flower and garden show gala. There are many things that need to be discussed, such as a venue, a menu, and most importantly, a theme.
John Ahlberg, Rector and CEO, at far right, and the students, staff of the new school in Nelson welcome the public to find out more Saturday. See ad on page 12A.
The Ahlberg Academy (formerly the TLE Academy) is hosting an open house Saturday, February 20th from 3-5 p.m. in Nelson.
With its’ model as a “One-room school house for the 21st century,” the K-12 Ahlberg Academy was founded in Marietta in 2005. Since then, graduates have gone on to achieve higher education and graduation in medicine, working for NASA, the arts and science, and as successful business owners and management leaders.