Monday, April 24, 2017

Jordan Air named Top 10 Trane dealer

Jordan Air named Top 10 Trane dealer

Loran Smith: Roadside marker in Bishop provides history lesson

Last week, I finally
stopped while returning from a trip down to the southwestern part of our
state. Here is what the marker reveals: “Just west of this marker is
the grave of John Andrew who was a Revolutionary War soldier who fought
in Georgia and South Carolina and served in the Georgia House of
Assembly in 1783. He was a very early native Georgian (some say the
first) to become an itinerant Methodist preacher and was the father of
Bishop Osgood Andrew.

“Bishop James O.
Andrew was the focal figure in the split of the Methodist Church and the
formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. This was the site of
Mt. Zion Methodist Church/community, ca. 1820-1856. John Andrew
preached here in the 1820s.”

Loran Smith: Roadside marker in Bishop provides history lesson

Indiviisble GA 10 goes to Hice's office in Monroe to ask him why he won't meet with constituents

Group wants Hice to conduct town hall meeting

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:00 am | Updated: 12:01 am, Wed Apr 19, 2017.
Stephen Milligan | The Tribune | 0 comments
MONROE — More than a dozen protestors stood in front of U.S. Rep. Jody Hice’s headquarters in downtown Monroe to demand the congressman meet in person with his constituents.
Indivisible Georgia District 10, a volunteer group of local constituents, gathered in front of the office of Hice, R-Greensboro, on Court Street, with signs asking why he was afraid of his constituents and reminding him he works for the voters of District 10.
The group’s primary complaint was Hice’s refusal in recent months to meet with voters face to face in a town hall meeting. During the last recess of Congress, hundreds of House Republicans faced angry voters in town hall meetings, many of them hoping to convince their representatives not to repeal “Obamacare.”
Hice, however, has not held a public forum in that time, sending proxies in his place to several public events and holding telephone conference calls with voters to address issues.
For the protestors Tuesday morning, many of them from Clarke and Oconee counties, this was not good enough.
“We’ve called and asked him to meet with us and he has not responded,” Regina Smith, of Athens, said. “We’re not all left or all right. Most of us are retirees who just want to meet with him.”
Toni Reed, of Athens, agreed.
“We want representation in Congress and we feel we are not getting that,” Reed said.
The protest group issued a press release Tuesday presenting the protest as just one of several planned this week, culminating with an “Empty Chair Town Hall” Saturday in Athens, in which citizens can present their complaints and issues to an empty chair representing the absent Hice.
“A ‘representative’ who goes AWOL when he should be listening to voters and answering their questions in a public forum really cannot function as a representative of his constituents at all,” Jackie Ellsner, an activist with Indivisible Georgia District 10, said. “We are staging this protest to remind Jody Hice that he works for us, and his refusal to engage with us is unacceptable.”
Hice’s office, however, objected to the activist group’s portrayal of Hice’s availability and issued a statement to correct the record.
“To suggest that the congressman refuses to meet with his constituents because he is not available to participate in the Indivisible forum is incredibly disingenuous,” the statement read. “Just last week, the congressman met with dozens of constituents and community leaders from across the district. Furthermore, he has offered one-on-one meetings on many occasions, which the Indivisible group certainly would have taken advantage of if their desire to engage in a dialogue was as genuine as they represent.
“While he respects their right to hold whatever forums they choose, he prefers forums that allow for a more meaningful exchange of thoughts and ideas. In order to facilitate a more productive dialogue, he has instead been available and accessible to his constituents through direct meetings, ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ open houses, tele-town halls, as well as any number of site visits and roundtables, of which a large number of his constituents have taken advantage. As always, he will make time on his schedule to meet directly with the Indivisible members should they wish to have a productive and respectful dialogue and not simply a media moment.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scenes from the first night of Pour Bistro in Watkinsville

Congratulations on the opening of Pour Bistro in Watkinsville at 22 Main Street in what some know as the old Dolvin property right across the street from the Oconee County Courthouse.  Initial reviews were all very positive, but like all new restaurants, they will take a while to get their flow and footing. The crowd was anxious and hungry Monday evening, with parties of six, four, two and one enjoying themselves nearby.  I loved the asparagus. Apparently the reservations and concierge parking may or may not be applicable. I will look forward to eating there again.

Come Walk and Talk with a Scientist Sunday 3-5 at Herman C. Michael Park

Dear fellow Democrats,

I wanted to be sure you know about an event in Oconee County this coming Sunday that is a celebration of science at a time when the nation’s scientists are working in an increasingly hostile environment.

The Oconee Democrats have organized the event — called “Walk and Talk with a Scientist” — for April 23rd at Herman C. Michael Park to provide scientists a chance to chat with the public about their vital and interesting work. We have people from UGA, the EPA, US Fish and Wildlife, the USDA, the University of North Georgia, and elsewhere —— geologists, botanists, and researchers specializing in poultry science, water toxicology, coral reefs, endangered species, cancer detection, and much more.

This free, drop-in event will take place from 3 to 5 around a trail that loops about one-third of a mile around a pond. The path is good for baby strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers.

People can pair up with a new researcher at roughly the halfway point, continue a conversation, or walk additional laps to talk to others. Attendees can also simply chat in the covered pavilion, the fallback in case of rain.

Elected officials have been invited, and we’ve got posters up in local high schools.

THIS PART IS IMPORTANT: While the Oconee Democrats and other local progressives have organized the event, we need to be nonpartisan that day to protect scientists from charges that science is partisan. Science is governed not by partisanship but by rigorous peer reviews and sometimes-tedious repeated trials.

I hope you can join us to meet and celebrate the local scientists whose work is so important to our country’s — and our planet’s — future. 

Please help us get the word out to members of the public and area scientists who might want to join us this Sunday.

Here is the Facebook event page link:

And here is the information in a nutshell:

Walk and Talk with a Scientist
Sunday, April 23rd
3 to 5
Herman C. Michael Park
1051 Elder Road (just off Highway 53) 
Free and open to the public
For more information: Patricia J. Priest
(H) (706) 353-8310

Thank you!
Hope to see you!
Pat Priest

‘It’s Time to Talk’ brings discussions on race

‘It’s Time to Talk’ brings discussions on race

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Smart growth planned out for Oconee County

Smart growth planned out for Oconee County: A forthcoming old-fashioned country store on Bob Godfrey Road could be a bellwether of smart zoning.