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Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

ATLANTA -- Attorney General Sam Olens has joined the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence to issue the 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report.

The Report analyzes homicides and near-deadly results, provides strategies for ending domestic violence and spotlights communities that have successfully implemented recommendations from previous reports.

"Domestic violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Georgia," said Olens. "I appreciate the important role that the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and its partners play in raising awareness of domestic violence and offering concrete recommendations for reducing its occurrence in our communities.

Bremen woman makes "grand" discovery of long-lost heirloom

Often we give up our family heirlooms with the understanding that we'll never see them again. Marian Chriswell of Carroll County didn't subscribe to that theory.

She went searching for family memorabilia that had been missing for 43 years, including an antique grand piano that had been in her family for seven generations. Amazingly, she found it.

"It's just been sitting in an old, brick warehouse for 43 years," Chriswell mused, "waiting for me to find it."

The piano was built in 1863 and stayed with her family all the way into her childhood. But when her parents moved the family from blue-collar Illinois to Bremen, Ga., they left boxes of items -- and the piano -- in storage. Chriswell never knew any of this until she was much older -- and years worth of storage fees had gone unpaid.

"You assume that stuff's gone," she said, "and I always hoped if somebody had the piano, they'd be happy with it." 

2010 Census: Carroll County following Metro area growth trends

ATLANTA -- According to newly-released data from the 2010 Census, Carroll County is seeing growth across all demographic groups, reflecting an overall trend of suburban growth.

Carroll's total population grew from 87,268 in the 2000 Census to 110,527.

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    A Census report shows Georgia's Hispanic population nearly doubled over the last 10 years.
  • Governor to Sign HOPE Bill Today

    Governor to Sign HOPE Bill Today

    ATLANTA -- Leaders of both parties will join Governor Nathan Deal as he signs the HOPE Scholarship bill into law at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

    The ceremony will take place in the North Wing of the State Capitol. Deal will be joined by a "bipartisan group of legislators" for the signing, according to Gov. Deal's office.

    With the governor's signature, HOPE Scholarship changes will take effect this July 1st with no grandfather clauses for current college students or graduating seniors.

    4,000 Georgia Students to Learn About Careers in Construction at March 17-18 CareerExpo

    4,000 Georgia Students to Learn About Careers in Construction at March 17-18 CareerExpo

    Construction Education Foundation of Georgia Event Connects Students to Employers and Post-Secondary Training and Education Programs


    When: March 17-18, 2011


    Where: Georgia International Convention Center

    2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta GA  30337



    • Giant Excavators!  Hammering, Sawing, Bricklaying, Welding, Wiring!
    • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to Speak at CareerExpo on Friday, March 18
    • Talk with Students, Teachers and Industry Execs


    What:  The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia’s (CEFGA) 7th annual CareerExpo is Georgia’s largest youth workforce development event for the construction industry.

    Carroll County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate

    Carroll County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate

    CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced this week that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Metro Atlanta area increased to 10.4 percent in January.

    This is up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in December 2010.

    The rate increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support services.

    Unemployment rates increased in all areas of the state in January except in Metro Warner Robins, where it remained steady at 7.8 percent. This was the state's lowest unemployment rate; Metro Dalton had the highest at 13.0 percent.

    Carroll County had an 11.9 percent unemployment rate.

    January marked the 40th consecutive month that Georgia exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently at 9.0 percent.

    Suspect in college student's murder pleads guilty

    CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- One of two suspects in the murder of a University of West Georgia student pleaded guilty on Thursday.

    Farrah Strength has been sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years on charges of malice murder and false imprisonment. The sentence means she must serve a mandatory 30 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

    Strength and her on again, off again boyfriend Joshua Clay were accused of killing 21-year-old Marcelle Elliott of Kennesaw last July.

    Addressing Elliott's family in court Thursday, Strength said, "I'm so sorry." Elliott's family was in favor of the plea agreement.

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