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 telemarketing.donotcall.gov.
Please, share this important message with your friends and family so that everyone can be protected against these dishonest individuals.
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 RedState.com, hence the event’s name.
At this year’s RedState Gathering, Erickson invited some of the top 2016 contenders, like Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Marco 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but after his remarks towards Megyn Kelly in the Fox News-Facebook Republican presidential primary debate, Erickson rescinded the invitation.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?
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.
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!
I 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Six baseball teams took to an all-artificial-turf field at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, for the grand opening of The Miracle League of Newton County! The new field is located in the City Pond Park in Covington, and will now be home to a baseball league for physically and mentally challenged children and adults.
The very first Miracle League was started in Rockdale County in the late ’90s when a coach welcomed a young disabled boy to join his team. A couple heard the story and fund raised to build the very first Miracle League stadium in Conyers. Now, there are over 250 Miracle Leagues all over the world in the US, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America!
There are six teams in the Newton County League, with 12 players on each team. Games will take place every Saturday up until June 6, with three games each day. By the end of the season, each team will have played a total of seven games.
Come out to cheer on one of the teams or sign-up to be a buddy to one of the players by calling the Newton Recreation Center at (770) 786-4673 or by downloading the Buddy Volunteer form. It is so great to see an organization like this in Newton County!
Are you ready to eat? It’s that time of year again for the annual Taste of Henry. Come out this Friday night with your family and friends and enjoy an evening full of great food and live music.
This annual event is always a fun event for the people of Henry County, but it is important to remember that the real joy is found in the great cause it supports. A Friend’s House is a local non-profit organization that provides a home for neglected and abused children in our area. All proceeds from the Taste of Henry ticket sales go to A Friend’s House. It’s not too often you can stuff your face while also helping a good cause!
There will be 25 local restaurants at this year’s event. Come out and try some food from some of your longtime favorite Henry County food joints like Shane’s, O.B.’s, and Gezzo’s. Some of Henry County’s newest restaurants will be making an appearance as a vendor this year. Brand new to the Taste of Henry this year is South Side Diner. Located off Highway 20/81, directly in front of Lowe’s, and across the street from Cracker Barrel, this Southern and American food joint has been making quite the name for itself since it opened back in March. Smokin’ Swine, a Hampton based BBQ joint, will also be serving up some of their favorites at this year’s Taste of Henry. Come out and support these great restaurants and many others this Friday night. To see a full list of the participating food vendors, head over to the Taste of Henry website.
David Ellis & Melissa Calendar, local favorites, will be providing the live music this year. Come out and hear these two perform as you enjoy the food.
Tickets for the Taste of Henry can be purchased at www.tasteofhenry.org or Friday night at the door. The location for this year’s event is Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park in McDonough. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends around 9 p.m.
Come early and get a treat! The first 500 people in the doors will get what they call a VIT (Very Important Taster) bag. This bag is filled with merchandise and treats from participating vendors, sponsors, and restaurants. It is limited to one bag per family, so don’t be late!
This is sure to be a great night in our community and a fun night for family and friends. If you don’t have plans for Friday, then this will definitely be the place to be.