Holiday Light Spectacular at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Holiday Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Atlanta Motor Speedway is full of fun year-round and the holiday season is certainly no exception. I hope you’re prepared for some festive fun because the Holiday Light Spectacular will stop you in your tracks. There are so many activities that you will be able to find something to please everyone you bring along.

Start your night off by driving through the giant winter wonderland light display. Here you can expect everything from giant reindeer flying above your head to long lighttunnelsof over three million lights. After the grand entrance, head down to the Village for your kids to meet Santa and tell him all of the things they are wishing for this Christmas. After that, head down to my personal favorite part: the carnival. If you love Ferris wheels, carousels, games, face painting, and delicious holidaytreats, this is the spot for you. With a wristband, you will have unlimited rides all night! Don’t worry mom, there is plenty for you to enjoy too. Santa’s Village has tons of shopping at local business vendors so you can get all of your holiday shopping done and maybe even buy a little something for yourself. After all of the fun, I know your stomachs will be growling so I recommend heading to Tannery Row Ale House to sit back, relax, and enjoy an exceptional dining experience. If you’re still hungry at the end of the night, you can sit by the open fire to warm up and enjoy frees’mores.

Need even more reasons to race down to the speedway? This Friday just so happens to be Cookies for a Cause where you can #DecorateforDonations alongside local Metro Atlanta Chefs. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and will remind you and your family what this season is really all about. If you can’t make it on Friday, plan to head over on Saturday for a showing of The Polar Express. All of  this fun is waiting for you in Henry County at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I hope you get the chance to enjoy celebrating at this great local attraction with your loved ones.

The Holiday Light Spectacular is open every day until Wednesday, December 30th this year, except on Christmas Day. Show hours are from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm through the end of the month.

Source: Holiday Light Spectacular Info and Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Two Henry County Students Chosen to Serve on State Superintendent Advisory Council

Andrea Augustine from Eagle’s Landing High and Kelsey Snell from Union Grove Middle

Have you heard the terrific news? Some of our very own students have been chosen to be on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ very prestigious Student Advisory Council. What an honor to have 2 of the 110 students on the council from Henry County.

In an application pool of over 1,200 entries, seventh grader Kelsey Snell from Union Grove Middle and high school junior Andrea Augustine from Eagles Landing High School surpassed the competition with their answers to essay questions concerning ideas for public education and improving their own education. Kelsey and Andrea were chosen to be a part of the advisory council that meets to discuss different issues that affect them and their classmates with Superintendent Woods. Not only will they have the opportunity to impact big decisions, but also they will be ambassadors for thesuperintendentat their schools. It is an honor for both of these ladies to be able to learn and interact with something of such a big scale.

“We are proud to have great representatives from Henry County Schools serving in such an important capacity with State School Superintendent Woods,” said Henry County Schools Superintendent Rodney Bowler to Henry Daily Herald. Superintendent Bowler continues by saying, “Having young people involved in the process of influencing decisions that directly impact them is a great learning tool and opportunity to be role models to their peers. This is one way to build solid relationships between our district and the state department of education while engaged in relevant work.”

Continue to make an impact on Henry County students by volunteering and setting a good example. By doing this, we will continue to see our students achieve!

Source: Henry Daily Herald

Henry County Phone Scams On The Rise

Henry County Phone Scams On The Rise

In a recent letter to the Henry Herald, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer warned of the heightening dangers of telephone scams. The people conducting these scams will pose as law enforcement officers, court officials, computer software companies, the Internal Revenue Service, or whatever other way they can trick you into handing them over your money. Some of the more familiar cases of telephone fraud involve individuals posing as computer software companies and calling you to let you know that your computer has been hacked. If you receive a call of this nature, do not provide the individual you are speaking with, with any personal information.

McBrayer later went on to say, “If these were legitimate government agencies, they would not be calling you.” Keep this in mind when you are answering numbers that don’t look familiar to you. Don’t hesitate to hang up if the call sounds suspicious.

To protect yourself further, you can always add yourself to the national  “do-not-call” list. This will prevent you from receiving calls from most telemarketing companies. To add yourself to the national registry, visit

Please, share this important message with your friends and family so that everyone can be protected against these dishonest individuals.

Source: Henry Herald and

The Race To Be The Republican Nominee Continues

The Race To Be The Republican Nominee Continues
Republican Nominee

After the First Republican Presidential Primary Debates, Contenders Looked to Gain Momentum at the 2015 RedState Gathering. 

The weekend of August 6-8, we welcomed 10 GOP presidential candidates and dozens of other leading conservative voices to our state for the 2015 RedState Gathering. This event was started in 2009 by Erick Erickson, who is also the creator of the conservative political website, hence the event’s name.

At this year’s RedState Gathering, Erickson invited some of the top 2016 contenders, like Carly FiorinaChris ChristieMarco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and several others. Amongst those not invited were Ben Carson and Donald Trump. After seeing Carson speak at a veterans event, Erickson felt that he was not a serious candidate because he appeared to only care to talk about himself. Erickson has since come forth and said that he made a mistake not inviting Carson to this year’s RedState Gathering. Donald Trump, on the other hand, was initially invited, but after his remarks towards Megyn Kelly in the Fox News-Facebook Republican presidential primary debate, Erickson rescinded the invitation.

Many topics were discussed during this year’s Gathering, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ObamaCare, foreign policy, and of course, Hillary Clinton. This year’s race is tight, and all of the candidates bring so many different things to the table, from their backgrounds to their opinions. I’m looking forward to seeing how they progress in the race. How about you? What are your thoughts on the 2016 GOP candidates at this point?

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With So Many To Choose From, Who Will This Year’s 2016 Nominee Be


With So Many To Choose From, Who Will This Year's 2016 Nominee Be

Fox News Adjusts Poll Requirements for Early Debate 

With the diverse group of Republican candidates this year, I’m very eager to hear what they will all bring to the table in the debate. Be sure to watch and let me know what you think.

The debate takes place August 6th on Fox News Channel, with the undercard debate beginning at 5 p.m. and the main event debate beginning at 9 p.m.

Fox News has decided to alter their previous requirements for the first Republican National Committee Debate taking place next week, August 6. Previously, all candidates had to reach at least one percent in the polls in order to qualify for the debate and only the top 10 would be asked to participate. Now, all 16 candidates will be able to participate in either the undercard debate, or the main event debate, depending upon their status in the polls. The top 10 candidates in the polls by August 4th will be the participants of the main event.

As of recent poll findings Donald TrumpJeb Bush, Scott WalkerMarco RubioRand Paul, Ted CruzMike Huckabee and Ben Carson, are all likely to be seen in next week’s main event debate, according to their higher poll numbers, leaving two slots left to be filled for the main event debate. Chris Christie and John Kasich currently would be the last two to fill the slots, but it is a tight race with Rick Perry,  Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal trailing closely behind.

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MacKenna Gosart Runs To Raise Money For Law Enforcement

MacKenna Gosart Runs To Raise Money For Law Enforcement

Young MacKenna Gosart is already achieving more at the age of 13 than most people do in their entire lives. The McDonough resident recently ran 118 miles in honor of the 118 officers that lost their lives in the line of duty last year. She also raised $12,500 for the Armor of God Project, an organization that recycles bulletproof vest for police officers all over the world that cannot afford the luxury of such a vital piece of equipment.

MacKenna’s father served as a police officer before going on to become an investigator, so naturally law enforcement is something close to her heart. The idea for the run came to MacKenna after she heard her father discussing with a colleague possible ways to honor the officers lost in 2014.

MacKenna will  continue to carry out her passion for running and supporting law enforcement this September by  hosting a Run For the Blue 5K. All money raised will be donated to the Armor of God Project and to assist in funding a mission trip for MacKenna and her father to the Philippines with the organization.

Click here if you are interested in signing up to participate in the run.

I always love hearing stories about the great things our youth have accomplished. MacKenna is a great example to many people her age of what it’s like to show complete selflessness and compassion for others and not expect anything in return; great things are in store for this young lady!


A Brief History of Our Country’s Independence

A Brief History of Our Country's IndependenceI think it is very important for everyone to know that The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is so much more than a day for fireworks, cookouts, and pool parties. While all of those things are in good fun, bear in mind the struggles our country went through in order for us to have our precious freedom.

The United States has only recognized Independence Day as a Federal Holiday for 74 years now, but we have actually had our independence for far longer, 239 years to be exact.

In April of 1775 the 13 colonies of British North America had decided that they wanted their independence from Great Britain, thus starting the first battles of the Revolutionary War. When Thomas Paine’s, “Common Sense,” was published later in 1776, things had really picked up.  On June 7 of 1776, Richard Henry Lee met with the Continental Congress to introduce a motion for the colonies’ independence. After weeks of debating, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution by a near unanimous vote on July 2, 1776. Two days later 56 men dipped their pens into ink and signed the Declaration of  Independence.

The Revolutionary War would go on seven more years before ending in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. The major turning point in the war was The Battle of Yorktown in 1781, led by General George Washington, where Britain surrendered to the Continental Army.  25,000 Colonial soldiers died over the course of this war, so that the American people could live in a free country, and no longer be controlled under Britain’s rule.

In a letter to his wife after voting on Lee’s resolution, Thomas Jefferson wrote,“Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” So light up the sky this Fourth of July, but remember to take a moment of remembrance for those that fought and are continuing to fight so that we may celebrate our freedom.

Source: – Revolutionary War 

Henry County’s Annual Fourth of July Firework Show

Henry County's annual Fourth of July Firework Show

Why travel to Atlanta to see fireworks when you can see a show right here in Henry County? That’s right, it’s almost that time of year for the annual Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza.  This event, held every year at Nash Farm Battlefield,  is a great way to come out and honor the soldiers of past and present that fight for our freedom.

You can start the day off with a run at the Firecracker 5K/10K Race to support Henry County Special Oympics. The race starts at 8a.m.for both the 5k and the 10k. At 2 p.m.the events for the rest of the day will begin.

While the food and fireworks are fun, it is important to remember what this day represents for our country and the true reason for why we celebrate. In 1776 our country gainedit’sindependence from Great Britain when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This year, for the Fourth of July, let’s celebrate 239 years of being a free country and as we watch the fireworks going up in the sky keep in mind that not every country is as lucky as we are.

If interested in attending this years Fireworks Extravaganza, the pricing is as follows:

$20 per Vehicle up to 6 passengers

$35 for vans up to 10 passengers

Over 10 +$5 per person

Children 5 and under FREE

Stay the whole day or come just for the fireworks, whatever you choose I’m sure you will have a great time.

Source: Henry County Fireworks

Rockdale County High School Bulldogs Bring Home Track and Field State Championship Title

Rockdale County High School Bulldogs Bring Home Track and Field State Championship Title

The Rockdale County High School Bulldogs boys track and field team trained hard this season to bring home the victory. A team of incredibly talented and devoted young individuals began training for the season back in December. After finishing in fourth place at state last year, the entire team was dedicated to working hard to win state this year.

Lawrence Crawford, future Mississippi State track and field athlete,  Jhibri Greer, and Keijne Thomas were some of the teams top performers last year and returned to help lead their team to victory this year, and that’s just what they did.

When it came time for the team to take to the track and field May 14th, things got off to a rocky start. The team hoped to finish the day with 14-16 points for field events, but ended up with three. They found their rhythm Friday, though, with the entire team qualifying for finals. Saturday, their final day at state, the team came together and won the state championship.

Key athletes, Crawford and Greer, played a major role in helping the team win the state title and were the teams two individual title winners. Crawford took number one in the 100 and 200m event and was also a key component of the 4×100 relay team. Greer won a title in the 110m with a time of 13.97, a new school record and personal best. Greer also competed in the 300m hurdle event, adding five points to the team’s total.

These young men demonstrated great talent both on and off the track and field to gain this incredible achievement for Rockdale County High School. I’m so proud of these athletes and their coaches for working hard all season and seeing their hard work pay off. Way to go Bulldogs!


Source: Rockdale News

Henry County Schools to Introduce “The Leader in Me” Youth Program Next Year

Henry County Schools to introduce "The Leader in Me" youth program next year

Cotton Indian Elementary School, in Stockbridge, will be the first Henry County school to incorporate “The Leader in Me” program next year. This program is based on Steven Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The program will be tailored to appeal to elementary-aged children, focusing on boosting self-confidence and establishing crucial 21st-century skills.

The program will launch January of 2016, with Cotton Indian Elementary School’s 700-plus student body. The Henry Council for Quality Growth is showing their support for the program by covering all financial obligations. The cost of the program is $55 per student.

Members of the Quality Growth Education and Quality of Life Committees from the Council for Quality Growth worked with “The Leader in Me” representatives, school administrative staff, and school board members in planning this new approach.

This new path for Henry County schools will first be introduced as a pilot program at Cotton Indian and then more schools in the county depending on its effectiveness.

I want to thank the Henry Council for Quality Growth for their involvement in making Henry County a better place to live and giving our youth great opportunities to become leaders. I think that this program will be great for our county’s youth, and I look forward to seeing this program come to life next January.

Source: Henry Herald