October 31, 2013

Still time to vote early

Tuesday is Election Day in Dalton, Cohutta and Varnell, but you don’t have to wait until then to cast your vote.

You can do it today or Friday, the final two days of early voting.

And why not, the weather will be nice, there won’t be any lines, and you can do it at your convenience and not have to make time on Tuesday. All early voting is done at the Whitfield County Courthouse during normal business hours.

Granted, none of the ballots are very long. To recap:

• In Dalton, there are two contested races, one for City Council and one for Dalton Board of Education, as well as one uncontested race for each board.

For alderman, Ward 3, incumbent Gary Crews faces a challenge from J.K. Ware. Tate O’Gwin is unopposed for Ward 2.

On the school board, Steve Laird and Pablo Perez are seeking a seat while Sherwood Jones III is running unopposed.

• In Cohutta, the ballot includes Ron Shinnick for mayor, and the only contested race is for two seats on the Town Council. The two top vote-getters from among Greg Fowler, Wesley Mahan or incumbent Ben Manis will take the two posts.

• In Varnell, there are four positions open, but only two are contested. Anthony N. Hulsey faces David Owens for mayor, and Jan Pourquoi faces off with Michael Willocks for City Council Seat 2.

Ashlee N. Godfrey is running unopposed for Seat 1 on the council and Nancy Nelson is unopposed for Seat 5.

Remember to take a photo ID to the polls. The state allows six forms of valid photo ID. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

The ballots may be shorter than usual and turnout is expected to be low, but your vote in these races can go a long way in shaping our local governments.

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  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014