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U.S. Department of Agriculture Official to Speak at FVSU

U.S. Department of Agriculture Official to Speak at FVSU


Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, newly appointed head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will speak at the Fort Valley State University Pettigrew Center July 26 at 1 p.m. Ramaswamy will discuss his vision for NIFA and the agency’s role in enhancing agriculture, education and research. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Prior to his appointment in May as NIFA director, Ramaswamy was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University for three years. While at OSU he oversaw the college’s academic programs on the main campus in Corvallis and directed the school’s research programs at 11 branch experiment stations. 

Ramaswamy’s vast résumé includes faculty appointments at several universities, including Purdue University, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University and Michigan State University.

Bumpy Campaign Trail for District 18 Seat

Senator Cecil Staton and his opponent Spencer Price say it's been a bumpy ride along the campaign trail for the District 18 seat.

Both agree on many of the issues facing central Georgia including healthcare, jobs, and the future of Robins Air Force Base, but they don't see eye to eye when it comes to campaign tactics.

Staton ran unopposed in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Price says after several years in the military and working as an emergency room doctor that he wanted to continue serving but now on a political platform.

He also says he did not agree with the incumbent's behavior in office and that he's disturbed by reports that Staton allegedly sent out attack emails under a false name. He also expressed concern that Staton's company oews more that $50,000 to Georgia Southern University. Price believes Staton has continued that kind of behavior into the race.

Early Voting Starts Today

ATLANTA (AP) -- Voters can start casting early ballots Monday for the July 31 primary and transportation referendum. 
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said voting officials will be taking early ballots for the July 31 primary election. The election will also decide nonpartisan races and whether to approve a 1-cent hike in the sales tax to fund regional transportation projects. 
Lawmakers in the General Assembly, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, state utility regulators, prosecutors and judges are also up for election.

Contact your local board of elections for hours, polling places and a list of primary races in your county.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

The deadline to become eligible to vote is drawing near. Monday July 2 is the cutoff for people register to vote in July 31 general election, the August 21 election for Bibb County School Board and, of course, the November 6 presidential election.

Bibb County Board of Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says there are several ways and places to register.

  • At the Board of Elections Office, which is open from 8:30 - 5:30 on Monday.
  • At City Hall
  • Any public library
  • Any state department office, such as the Division of Family and Children Services or DFCS.

You can also register online though the state board elections website. Just fill out the form and bring it to a local Board of Elections Office to become eligible.

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Senator Staton Earns Perfect Score, A+ from Americans for Prosperity

Senator Staton Earns Perfect Score, A+ from Americans for Prosperity


Americans for Prosperity (AFP), one of Georgia’s most influential conservative grassroots organizations, has awarded Sen. Cecil Staton a perfect score and an A+ Rating on its 2011- 2012 General Assembly Score Card. The scorecard recognizes elected officials on both the state and national level who are dedicated to fulfilling Americans for Prosperity’s core values: economic freedom and limited government. 

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Lays Out Central Ga. Priorities

Since 1992, District 2 Congressman Sanford Bishop has served in the United States House of Representatives.

While that district historically encompassed southwest portions of the state, new congressional maps extend it into more of Central Georgia.

Tuesday on Eyewitness News Mornin', the ten-term Democrat visited 13WMAZ's Randall Savage in studio to discuss his priorities for mid-section of the state and to explain his role and position in budget discussions on Capitol Hill.