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23 qualify for Catoosa County elections; no Democrats on list

Election 2012

According to the list of qualifying candidates released Friday, there are 12 county offices being contested in this year’s Catoosa County elections. Of those 12, nine are being vied for by Republican candidates. The three Board of Education positions are non-partisan elections. No Democrats qualified for the elections. This puts all the emphasis on the July 31 primary election, as that will be the deciding race for all involved. Only the races for clerk of the Superior Court and sheriff do not have an incumbent running for re-election.

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Fort Oglethorpe couple arrested on drug charges

William Joshua Lake and Shannon A. Morrison

A Fort Oglethorpe couple was arrested on drug charges after an anonymous complaint led to the discovery of drugs and drug manufacturing components in their apartment off Pine Grove Road. According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department: William Joshua Lake, 22, and Shannon A. Morrison, 36, both of 584 Pine Grove Access Road, room 258, were arrested on Wednesday, May 23, on charges of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possessing components to manufacture a Schedule I narcotic.

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Masters Week signals true start of spring

Augusta National

According to the calendar, spring began on March 20, although with the recent temperatures, you could say we left winter in the rear view mirror over a month ago. Not that I'm complaining. I don’t do cold weather. At all. Give me gnats and sweat dripping in my eyes by mid-February every year as far as I’m concerned. I’ll take it. But for sports fans, spring didn’t officially begin until this week. Masters Week. The palette of colors of the azaleas lining the Augusta National Golf Club course simply jumps off the TV screen. We can hear the breeze whistling through the tall Georgia pines.

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Ringgold council approves tornado memorial, appoints new vice mayor

Ringgold City Council kicked off the new year with its first meeting Monday night, Jan. 9, by welcoming new council members, appointing a new vice mayor, and approving a proposed memorial to commemorate the April 27 tornado that altered the city forever while claiming eight lives. With newly elected council members Earl Henderson and Nick Millwood assuming their seats on the council for the first time, an additional change occurred when council member G. Larry Black nominated fellow council member Randall Franks to serve as the new vice mayor for the next two years.

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Google gets more personal with search results


SAN FRANCISCO — Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. The additional personal touches that began to roll out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google's most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can tailor its results to fit the unique interests of each person looking for something.


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Romney savors NH win, hits Obama right away

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, savoring a convincing primary win in New Hampshire, declared a "historic" victory to his supporters Tuesday and immediately turned his sights on the man he would replace, President Barack Obama. "Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times," a triumphant Romney told the crowd. Surrounded by his children and grandchildren, Romney focused almost entirely on the Democratic president he would face in the general election if he goes on to become the nominee.

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Erlanger approves Brexler's severance


Former Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler will receive roughly $728,000 in severance over the next 15 months, confirmed Erlanger Health System spokesperson Pat Charles on Monday. Charles said the hospital authority will pay the employer portion of Brexler’s group health insurance premium for 18 months. The authority board previously rejected a severance package for Brexler in mid-December 2011.


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Fog advisory issued for most of Georgia

ATLANTA — Dense fog reduced visibility across central and north Georgia for the second day this week, leading to a dense fog advisory for much of the state. The National Weather Service said the dense fog advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters say visibility will be reduced to less than a quarter-mile, making travel treacherous on roads. The advisory covered most of the state, including all of metro Atlanta. Cities included in the advisory included Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega and Blairsville in the northern part of the state.

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