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 Rickey Underhill has withdrawn his bid for the Floyd County Board of Education.
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 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.
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 Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent in January, down from 7.4 percent in December and from 8.6 percent in January 2013.
The qualifying period for state and local elections continues through tomorrow. Democrat Rick Garrett qualified on Wednesday to run Republican incumbent Katie Dempsey for State House District 13. Also, Chip Hood, a Republican, threw his hat in the ring for the Floyd County Board of Education Post 1 currently held by Terry Williamson, also a Republican.
Lauren Graben, a senior at Model High School, has been selected as a 2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program recipient. The scholarship is a $1,000 award from the Comcast Foundation to be used next school year at a college or university, according to a Floyd County Schools media release.
Model Middle School has won the 2014 Academic Quiz Bowl competition for the Floyd County Schools. The county-wide competition involving sixth, seventh and eighth graders was held on Tuesday on the campus of Shorter University.