Georgian Named to Federal Student Loan Position

Macon native and Mercer University graduate Dr. Wayne Johnson has been named by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to be the chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid (FSA). That powerful division of the federal education agency serves 42 million student loan borrowing clients and administers more than $1.4 trillion in current outstanding federal student loan balances.

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Gwinnett board reprimands Hunter

Nobody came to speak for Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter on Tuesday, and it likely would not have mattered if someone did. After listening to an hour’s worth of speakers call for a public reprimand against Hunter, his colleagues on the board delivered that reprimand by a 4-0 vote.

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Handel takes down Ossoff in CD-6

On a rainy election night that never got quite as close as many anticipated, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff 53% to 47% to win Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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Group pushes for transit in Cobb

A new group has given a tangible vision to the Cobb transit whispers, offering an extensive outline of what the future could hold for the state’s third most populous county in terms of public transportation.

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Columbus Animation Studio Rolls Out Trailer for First Film

In the summer of 1917, a homeless dog of “uncertain breed” was found wandering the campus of Yale University as members of the 102nd Infantry were training for their entry in World War I. The dog hung around as the infantrymen drilled and ate (presumably dropping a few crumbs here and there), and soon became the mascot for the squad.

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What Do We Learn from the 6th District Result?

There are some things that even $30 million can’t buy. Expenditures in that range failed to secure victory for Democrats in the special election to fill Tom Price’s congressional seat. The millions spent between the April primary and the June 20 second round had no impact on the outcome. In April the eleven Republicans got a combined total of 51% while the five Democrats’ vote share totaled 49%. Democrat Jon Ossoff had a large lead in the first round with 48.1%. Nine weeks, tens of millions of dollars and untold numbers of mail-outs, TV ads and door-knocks, Ossoff won 48.1% of the vote on June 20.

Gwinnett board got it wrong

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners simply got it wrong on Tuesday. In deciding to follow the recommendations of an ethics board, the commissioners trampled on the First Amendment rights of their colleague Tommy Hunter.

Charity evaluator exhibits bias; whitewashes SPLC

Of the 500 million pieces of mail processed and delivered by the United States Postal Service each day, many are solicitations from non-profit organizations. In fact, if you’re above a certain age and have been an active donor to non-profits in the past, there is a good chance much of your daily mail constitutes such appeals. To help donors intelligently navigate among so many requests, online tools are available that rate charities based on financial health, transparency, and accountability.

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Atlanta tops for celebrating July 4th

If you’re thinking about getting out of town for Independence Day next week think again, the best place to celebrate might be closer than you think.  Wallethub compared the U.S.’s 100 largest cities based on a series of qualifiers, and Atlanta came out on top.  With its combination of celebration, affordability, and attractions, being named the nation’s top spot to celebrate July 4th has Atlanta’s ship RISING…

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