It is not unusual for a politician to work both ends to the middle. Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton Bishop is the latest. In a Democratic primary battle with former employee Sherrell Dowdell-Mahone, Bishop's donations for the Superior Court judgeship race between incumbent Art Smith and LaRae Dixon Moore seem to have become an issue. Like Creighton Bishop, Moore is black. Smith is white.
In a recent endorsement of Creighton Bishop by The Courier, a local minority-owned newspaper, a copy of a $250 contribution check to Moore appears with the editorial.
" There have been claims that Bishop is financially supporting Art Smith for Superior Court judge. In April of this year, she gave LaRae Dixon Moore a financial contribution (see copy of check below)."
What the endorsement failed to mention was Creighton Bishop also gave Smith a $250 contribution, according to the judge's March 31 campaign disclosure on file with the state Ethics Commission. She also attended a Smith fundraiser.
There was no copy of the Smith check in the newspaper.
You think your air conditioning bill is high? You should see what the folks at the Government Center are paying.
A courtroom on the 10th floor of the downtown monolith was at a cool 57.9 degrees at 10:40 a.m. Monday. People waiting for their court cases pulled their sleeves as low as they would go as one attorney adjusted his suit jacket.
"Can you turn the A/C on in here?" he joked to nearby deputies.
Maybe, he should change his name to Butch.
Monday night at a Muscogee County School Board work session, the appointment of Gabriel Lundeen as deputy director of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries was presented for approval.
The only problem was that Lundeen, a male, was referred to on the agenda and by board members as Ms. Gabriel Lundeen. There was no discussion by the board, so, no matter the gender, the vote will likely go in the candidate's favor July 23.
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is getting into a training routine since deploying to Kuwait a month ago.
"I think we are off to a good start," said Col. Johnnie Johnson, commander of the Fort Benning-based brigade.
Last month, half of the brigade's nearly 4,000 soldiers deployed to Kuwait for nine months. With the high temperature of 110 to 115 degrees daily, Johnson said there is a need to make sure soldiers drink plenty of water and eat well.
Soldiers spend each day training on the desert. "While we are here, we are focused," the commander said.
Which came first -- the chicken, the egg or the bankruptcy court sale?
The world may never know. But we do know this. Poultry processor Cagle's, at one time a major employer in Harris County, quietly filed for bankruptcy last fall and was bought by JCG Foods, a subsidiary of Park Ridge, Ill.-based Koch Foods Inc., in May. The purchase price for the Atlanta-based Cagle's? The deal was reportedly valued at a tidy sum of roughly $85 million.
It could be a good move for the Harris County operation, which had suffered from pricing fluctuations in recent years, prompting layoffs. Koch and JCG owner Joe Grendys told Bloomberg Businessweek the acquisition was a "very, very natural fit" for his company, which has plans to ramp up poultry processing with its new assets.
"We are going to invest in the infrastructure and immediately expand production," Grendys told Bloomberg.
The bottom line for us in Chatterland: Let's hope the move pays off long term for the new owner and for Harris County.
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