Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a ban on guns in places of worship. Share your thoughts.
Do you want to be able to take a gun into church? Do you think others should be able to? It's still illegal in Georgia. According to The Huffington Post, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday (January 7) to hear an appeal that wanted justices to overturn a lower court ruling banning guns in churches and other worship places. The appeal was brought by Georgiacarry.org. GeorgiaCarry.org had argued that the ban is a burden to "religiously motivated conduct by regulating how or what a worshipper can do with a weapon while he is worshipping." According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the initial suit was filed after the 2010 Legislature replaced the prohibition against guns at “public gatherings” with a list of specific places where people…
Monday, October 8, 2012
Many of the local college and pro teams came up empty in crucial games, but the Falcons are unbeaten. Share your thoughts.
Monday, October 8, 2012
As sports weekends go, it was a rough one for Atlanta-area sports fans. The Georgia Bulldogs, the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets all lost -- and in some cases, it was not just another loss. Triple ouch. Do you think Georgia will rebound and win the SEC East? After all, UGA won the East in 2011 despite losing to Spurrier and the Gamecocks. Do you think the Falcons will finally win a playoff game? Tell us in the comments below. -- So now we ask, do you think Georgia will rebound and win the SEC East? After all, UGA won the East in 2011 despite losing to Spurrier and the Gamecocks. Do you think the Falcons will finally win a playoff game? Tell us in the comments below.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Taking a look at the Southeastern Conference football schedule for Sept. 15.
It may not have the appeal of the 1990s, when Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer patrolled the sidelines for Florida and Tennessee. But this Saturday's Gators-Vols game in Knoxville can claim to be the top SEC matchup of the weekend. And there's still a bit of coaching intrigue. Will Muschamp (Florida) and Derek Dooley (Tennessee) both were assistant coaches under Nick Saban at LSU. So we'll see who gets bragging rights for the next year. -- How will your favorite SEC team fare this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. The teams are ranked in the Top 25 (Florida 18th, Tennessee 23rd), and both are on Georgia's schedule later in the year. So stay tuned. Speaking of the Bulldogs, they are sitting at No. 7 (AP) after last week's 41-20 win …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Blueberries have overtaken peaches in revenue. Share your thoughts.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Blueberrytree Street? The Blueberry Drop? Well ... It seems that blueberries have overtaken peaches, the state's signature fruit, in revenue among agricultural products, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since 2008, the berry has brought home more money than its fuzzy cousin, $133 million in 2010, vs. $47 million for peaches, according to University of Georgia data. Part of the reason is a focus on healthier foods. Should Georgia rename itself the Blueberry State? Share your thoughts. “Georgia law says the peach is what we’re known for, but it’s good to have some diversity when it comes to the agricultural economy,” said Gary Black, the state’s agriculture commissioner. “They are providing a good income and land …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday is a holiday for State of Georgia employees. Yes, for that 19th Century era.
It's the 21st Century: Atlanta has the world's busiest airport -- and a holiday in honor of the Confederacy. As the song "Dixie" says, "Old times there are not forgotten." Monday, April 23, is a holiday for state employees, for Confederate Memorial Day. Really. According to the state website, the holiday is observed Monday, though it officially is April 26. — Should Confederate Memorial Day be observed in Georgia? Tell us in comments below. Technically, there is no holiday officially known as Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia, which originally held it April 26 to commemorate the surrender of Confederate troops to Union Gen. William T. Sherman. The original routine began in 1874. In 1984, the Georgia Legislature eliminated the official …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
After its charter petition was denied by the Gwinnett school system, the all-girls school in Peachtree Corners will seek to become a State Charter Special School.
The room was filled to capacity Monday night as Ivy Preparatory Academy founder and executive director Nina Gilbert explained the school's next move after being denied a five-year charter with Gwinnett County Public Schools. Gilbert announced that Ivy Preparatory Academy, founded in 2008, will seek to become a State Charter Special School with the state of Georgia. "We will now seek state approval, and look forward to working closely with the Georgia Department of Education to ensure that our instructional program is not disrupted, and that none of our scholars are displaced," announced Gilbert in a statement posted on the school's website. "We have always known that this outcome was possible, and we stand prepared to transition to a State…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Complete text of Gov. Deal's address to the General Assembly
Lt. Governor, Mr. Speaker, President Pro Tem Williams, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, Members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, Members of the Judiciary, my fellow Georgians: In centuries long past … in a world far removed from the one we know today … the Age of Exploration captivated the minds of brave, young men. These individuals traveled through distant waters to identify the unknown, their will to explore outweighing the countless dangers, hardships and tragedies they faced. It is an age we now define by these names: Columbus, da Gama, Vespucci and Magellan. These brave adventurers, with only primitive tools at their disposal, charted a course by looking to the stars for guidance. The nights were not always clear … the …
Read Patch's live coverage of Nathan Deal's State of the State speech Tuesday night.
Here is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions about the Governor's speech.
Join in the live discussion during the governor's address to the Georgia General Assembly.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. That's what many hope Gov. Nathan Deal will make his main focus during the State of the State address he'll be making at 7 p.m. today in the House chamber. No matter what the governor says, Patch will Cover It Live to let you give your views on what he says, find reactions to it from across the state and add our own analysis. Visit Patch just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 to join the discussion, or use the Cover It Live app on your iPhone or Android device. The State of the State address will showcase the governor’s building blocks for economic prosperity in Georgia, according to a release from his office. He will make announcements on: Georgia Public Broadcasting plans to air the address live statewide on TV and on radio, and…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The biggest football bowl games start Monday. Did anybody mention money?
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It used to be simple -- four football bowl games on New Year's Day, or Jan. 2 if New Year's Day fell on Sunday, as it does in 2012. Now, the long arm of television has the big games scattered out for a week. But the big ones now are the Bowl Championship Series games, which begin Monday and conclude with the LSU-Alabama title game on Jan. 9. The attached graphic, provided by H&R Block, shows that bowl games mean millions of dollars to the participating schools and the host cities. As with the regular season, the term "amateur athletics" seems odd. But people love the football, so here is the schedule for this year's BCS games (all BCS games are on ESPN). Rose Bowl: Jan. 2, Wisconsin-Oregon, 5 p.m. Fiesta Bowl: Jan. 2, Stanford-Oklahoma …