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Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Doraville has a new mayor

Doraville has a new mayor

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The voters of Doraville have spoken -- and they elected Donna Pittman to be their new mayor.

Pittman, the incumbent, was first elected mayor over the summer following the death of longtime mayor Ray Jenkins. Tuesday night, she defeated opponent Tom Hart with 61 percent of the vote.

Two City Council representatives were also elected this week. Trudy Jones-Dean won the District 2 seat with 77 percent of the vote, while Maria Alexander will represent District 3 after receiving 55 percent of the vote.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Doraville will holds its runoff election on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Voters will choose the city's new mayor and council seats for Districts 2 and 3 during the runoff, which will take place at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Get more information from the official Doraville website.

Runoff election scheduled for Dec. 6

Runoff election scheduled for Dec. 6

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- A runoff election for several Doraville candidates, including the new mayor, has been set for Tuesday, Dec. 6.

During the Nov. 8 election, incumbent Donna Pittman received the most votes for mayor -- but, at 46 percent, it was not enough to re-claim the position. She will battle opponent Tom Hart in the runoff election.

There will also be a second election for two City Council districts. Trudy Jones Dean will go against incumbent Bob Roche for the seat in District 2, while incumbent Maria Alexander will run against Sharon Spangler in District 3.

The runoff will be held at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit Doraville's Municipal Election Results page.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.