Qualifying ends today at noon for those hoping to run for state and local offices in this election cycle. Two candidates qualified for local offices yesterday, while one announced the withdrawal of his candidacy. R. Jay Driskill, a Democrat, has thrown his hat in the ring for Floyd County Commission, Post 5. Another Democrat, Deboria “Bo” Arrant, has qualified for Post 4 of the county commission. Rickey Underhill has withdrawn his bid for the Floyd County Board of Education.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of February came in at almost $42 million, or 5.3 percent, compared to the month-ended February 2013. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $11.74 billion, marking an increase of nearly $560.5 million, or 5 percent, compared to the same time last year.
The Calhoun High School boys’ basketball team hopes to nab their first-ever state title today as they face Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class AA State Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will face a formidable opponent in that GAC is undefeated on the season with a 31-0 record. Calhoun currently has a 26-2 record. Today’s tip off is set for 4:45 pm at the Macon Coliseum.
Tickets for the Atlanta Braves exhibition game and single game tickets for the Rome Braves’ 2014 season are set to go on sale this Saturday at 9 am. The annual Redneck Rummage sale is also scheduled to take place from 7 am until 2 pm, according to a Rome Braves media release.
US Congressman Phil Gingrey has been hitting the pavement in support of his campaign for US Senate. He is running for the post currently held by Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election this year. Gingrey is among seven candidates vying for the Republican party’s nomination in the May 20th primary election. The winner of that race will advance to the general election in November.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for 39 counties that sustained damage during the February 10-14 winter storm, allowing for the federal government to reimburse 75 percent of eligible expenditures and damage costs.
The Atlanta Braves picked up a 3-2 win under the lights from the Washington Nationals in Spring Training action last night at Disney. Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran pitched three scoreless innings, as did Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman. A two-out, RBI single from Braeden Schlehuber in the bottom of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and ensured the victory for the Braves. The Braves will be in Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox this afternoon at 1:05 pm.
The Atlanta Hawks remain out west to take on the Golden State Warriors tonight in what will be the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Warriors edged the Hawks 101-100 in the first outing at the Philips Arena back in January. Tonight’s game is slated to get underway at 10:30 pm Eastern and will be televised on Sport South. It will be followed by a match in LA against the Clippers on Saturday night.