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Judge Rules In Favor Of Allowing Vote To Form Eagle's Landing (WABE)

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A Henry County judge denied Stockbridge’s attempt to stop some citizens from voting on forming the new city of Eagle’s Landing.

A referendum on forming the proposed city is still scheduled for November. Judge Arch McGarity listened to both sides for about two hours before making his decision.

Eagle’s Landing would take land from the existing city of Stockbridge. Stockbridge sued Henry County asking a judge to delay the November vote.

Tim Tanner, an attorney representing Eagle’s Landing, said the judge’s ruling is a positive start.

“We believe we have a strong case,” Tanner said. “We believe these bills are constitutional but at the end of the day the voters will decide what they want to do.”

Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford said he’s disappointed by the ruling but remained upbeat.

“I’m optimistic,” Ford said. “100 percent confident. We’re going to win this for the citizens of Stockbridge. Wholeheartedly.”

Ford said they do plan to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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Clayton County Schools Get Short-Term Help From Delta, Long-Term Questions Remain (WABE)

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When the state repealed its tax on jet fuel this year, Clayton County Public Schools got hit hard. One-fifth of its budgeted revenue came from the tax.

Delta has stepped in with short-term help, the school district wants to make long-term change.

Superintendent Morcease Beasley revealed this morning in a meeting with reporters that Delta is giving his district about $18 million through 2019. He said the number is contingent upon fuel prices but should end up being a bit more than the district had budgeted from the fuel tax revenue.

The State of Georgia also kicked in about $27 million in grant funding for the county to help offset the loss.

Beyond then? He said there could be more than $100 million in uncollected property taxes from Hartsfield-Jackson. Those are dollars he said his students could use.

“The airport sits in Clayton County for the most part. 3,000 plus acres are in Clayton County, but it gets no revenue from the airport? Clearly, some adults made decisions years ago that didn’t position this county favorably,” he said. “Those funds could be used to really create a world-class, high-performing school system.”

Beasley said with the stop-gap funds from Delta, the school district is fine for now, but he’s hoping for structural change.

“We need to stop making short-term decisions that negatively impact long-term outcomes,” he said.

He plans to work with political leaders and airline officials to find permanent funding sources for his schools.

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‘Crisis Point’: DeKalb, Fulton County Animal Shelters At Full Capacity (WABE)

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DeKalb and Fulton county’s animal shelter officials say both shelters have run out of room for homeless cats and dogs. They are at full capacity — with 900 dogs and 315 cats in the animal shelters this summer.

Karen Hirsch is public relations director of the LifeLine Animal Project, which oversees the shelters for both counties.

“It’s just gotten to the crisis point,” Hirsch said. “Usually spring is the time when unspayed animals will mate and get pregnant, and summer is the time when all those babies end up at our shelter.”

Hirsch says summers are busy for the shelters, but this summer, the county shelters are seeing double the number of dogs coming in each day.

She said some of the 900 dogs at the county shelters will need to be euthanized or transported to any shelters with extra room in the northeastern United States.

“Atlanta has a problem with homeless pets because people aren’t spaying and neutering their pet,” Hirsch said. “They’re purchasing from breeders instead of adopting from the shelters.”

LifeLine Animals says it is looking for emergency foster families in Fulton and DeKalb counties. It also accepts donations in both counties.

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Middle Georgia Farm May Have Grown 'World's Heaviest Peach' (WABE)

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A farm in Middle Georgia may have broken the record for the world’s heaviest peach.

Pearson Farm said their peach weighs 1.8 pounds and is larger than a softball.

That’s four times larger than the average peach.

The current record-holder is 1 pound, 12 ounces, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Al Pearson, the owner of the farm, said he’s keeping the peach frozen until the results are verified with Guinness World Records.

But after that, he said he has other plans for the fruit.

“I don’t think that peach deserves to live a life in the freezer. I think it needs to grow up and be what God intended it to be,” Pearson said. “And that’s a peach cobbler.”

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GDOT names district engineer for NW Georgia (AJC)

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Posted: 8:21 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018


Grant Waldrop, a career engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, has been named the new district engineer for GDOT District 6. The district takes in 17 counties of northwest Georgia outside Atlanta but includes the metro counties of Cherokee, Bartow and Paulding.

Waldrop, a former assistant district engineer, takes the place of DeWayne Comer, who recently retired, GDOT said. He will head the district’s more-than 300 employees and oversee its programs, projects and activities, working with local and state lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public. He also will work with GDOT’s counterparts in the states adjoining District 6 — Alabama and Tennessee.

Waldrop has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and began his career with GDOT in 2004. He and his wife Kimberly and their three children live in Temple.

District 6 is headquartered in Cartersville, has area offices in Buchanan, Rome and Dalton, and contains 2,079 bridges, 1,900 miles of state highways and 160 miles of interstates.

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Friday is the last day to vote early in Georgia’s primary runoff (AJC)

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