U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, whose district includes Peach and Crawford counties and part of Bibb County, was named the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.
Bishop said he was honored to be named the ranking member.
“In the years to come, our MilCon/VA Subcommittee will play an important role in funding necessary military construction projects and holding the VA accountable for our veterans,” Bishop said in a statement, which said Georgia had nine major military facilities and more than 700,000 veterans.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP EVENT SET
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Macon-Bibb County Commissioners Al Tillman and Virgil Watkins are hosting a discussion for young men age 8 to 20 on Saturday. The event is titled “Educating & Uniting the Dream: My Brother’s Keeper.” The future leaders will be asked how they would help and improve the community.
The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Government Center, which was formerly known as Macon City Hall, at 700 Poplar St. A free pizza lunch will be provided with reservations to 478-803-0365.
LESS TIME FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS?
The Warner Robins City Council voted last week to ask the General Assembly’s permission to move its homestead exemption registration deadline from June 30 to April 1.
That would cut three months from residents’ time but would allow the city’s homestead exemption process to match that of Houston County. The city’s resolution said it’s supported by the county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.
The General Assembly is being asked to amend the 1995 state law allowing the city’s homestead exemption.
SIGNS OF THE PAST
In recent weeks, some unusual signs have been spotted around the midstate. Up in a tree near the Houston-Peach county border along White Road, a sign remains for U.S. Jim Marshall, who lost a re-election bid in 2010.
And off the side of Ga. 247 in south Bibb County, there’s a sign for a woman who had been running for school board ... in DeKalb County.
Have you noticed any weird old political signs? Drop reporter Mike Stucka a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERRY PLAN MOVES ALONG
Save the date: Perry has scheduled an implementation session for its strategic master plan from 1-4:30 p.m. April 2 at City Hall. Langford Holbrook, of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, will moderate the session and help the community put into place the plan’s vision.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.