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Peach County Candidates Qualify for July Primary

Election season officially begins as qualifying ended Friday at noon.

Contested races are: Coroner, County Commissioner Post 3 and Post 5.

The following qualified:

--Terry W. Deese, Incumbent

Austin Scott Facing Free Ride to Second Term


Austin Scott apparently has a free ride to a second term in Congress.

No Republicans or Democrats qualified to challenge the Republican from Ashburn in the Eighth Congressional District. Qualifying for Georgia's congressional races ended at noon Friday.

Races Set for 10 General Assembly Seats

Central Georgia voters will decide five state House races and five Senate races during this election season.

Meanwhile, 10 representatives and three senators face no opposition.

Qualifying for the state Senate and state Representative races ended at noon Friday.

Here are the qualifiers.

In State Senate District 18, incumbent Cecil Staton, a Macon Republican, has a challenger:Thomaston physician Spencer Price. They'll meet in the July 31 Republican primary and the winner has no opposition in November.

Senator Cecil Staton Earns Perfect Score and A+ from Georgia Chamber

Senator Cecil Staton Earns Perfect Score and A+ from Georgia Chamber


ATLANTA – Sen. Cecil Staton (R- Macon) has received the highest ranking given on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber’s legislative scorecard recognizes legislators that were most supportive of the business community during the 2012 Legislative Session.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Georgia Chamber for my efforts to enact pro-business legislation aimed at strengthening Georgia’s private sector and our economy,” said Sen. Staton. “Serving as a member of the Senate Rules, Senate Appropriations, Senate Finance and Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committees, as well as Majority Whip, it was a privilege to work with legislators and interested stakeholders to make Georgia a better place to live, work and do business.”

Hooks Leaving State Senate Seat

The state Senate's senior member won't seek a 17th term. 

George Hooks, an Americus Democrat, says he's stepping down, according to a news release from the state Senate. 

He represents all or parts of 12 counties, including Dooly, Macon, Peach, Taylor and Crawford counties. 

The news release says Hooks will explore "other areas of public service" but does not explain. 

According to his news release, Hooks served as an administration floor leader in the Senate and was chairman of the Rules and Appropriations committees. 

Hooks also was the chief designer of the current state flag and led the campaign to win approval by the Georgia House and Senate.

He will serve until his term expires in January 2013.

Qualifying for seats in the General Assembly runs from May 23 to 25, and both parties hold primaries on July 31.

Hooks' replacement will be elected in November.

Sen. Cecil Staton: "Eliminating the 'Marriage Penalty on Georgia Families"

Sen. Cecil Staton: "Eliminating the 'Marriage Penalty on Georgia Families"

by Senator Cecil Staton


The landmark tax reform package passed during the 2012 legislative session has been touted as being good for business. Companies seeking to relocate or expand operations in Georgia will now be able to take advantage of several key incentives that reduce the corporate tax burden, promote industry growth and advance opportunity.

However, HB 386 is a bill that is also good for families. While the elimination of the vehicle ad valorem, or “birthday tax”, has received quite a bit of attention, there are several other components of the bill that will positively impact families. One in particular is the increased individual personal exemption for married couples who jointly file from $5,400 to $7,000—effectively removing the in-state “marriage penalty” for Georgians.

Historical Society to Request Byron Pop Festival Historic Marker

Historical Society to Request Byron Pop Festival Historic Marker

The Byron Area Historical Society holds a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the request for a Byron Pop Festival of 1970 historic marker.

The meeting is to 'discuss ideas, thoughts, suggestions and input' for the historic marker request.

The meeting takes place Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Byron Municipal Auditorium.

See other historical markers in Peach County.