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Area lawmaker leader in state Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate majority announced the unanimous nomination of Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, for president pro tempore during the Republican caucus elections last Friday. The nomination will go for a vote before the full Senate when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 11. The president pro tempore is the second highest-ranking position in the Senate.

November 12, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Iraq takes major step toward new government

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament convened Thursday to vote on key leadership positions in the first step toward forming a new government, after a breakthrough deal that returns Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to office for a second term but falls short of Sunni hopes for greater political power.

Al-Maliki and his top rival Ayad Allawi, who had hoped to take the prime minister's post at the top of a Sunni-backed coalition, sat next to each other in the parliament chamber in an apparent sign of unity after a contentious, eight-month political fight over the formation of the government.

November 11, 2010 | By Bushra Juhi Associated Press writer | State, National


Deal leads sweep of state government

ATLANTA - Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal led a historic Republican election day sweep, as the GOP claimed all Georgia's statewide seats Tuesday night.

Deal, a former nine-term congressman from Gainesville, soundly defeated former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes, who was running to get his old job back after being ousted in 2002.

November 03, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Georgia's congressional delegation changes

ATLANTA - The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop conceded defeat Wednesday in their race in Georgia, where Rep. Jim Marshall became the state's only incumbent Democrat ousted from Congress by the GOP.

GOP candidate Mike Keown left a message with Bishop's campaign Wednesday morning after unofficial tallies showed the incumbent Democrat ahead by about 4,500 votes in southwest Georgia's 2nd District, said Andrew O'Shea, Keown's campaign manager.

November 03, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


GOP wins control of House; not Senate

WASHINGTON - Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats' majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, voice breaking with emotion, declared shortly before midnight Tuesday that the results were "a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people."

November 03, 2010 | By David Espo Associated Press writer | State, National


Bryan officiaks hopeful for new WACH clinic

Richmond Hill and Bryan County officials are excited over the pending opening of a new Army-run health clinic in the city.

November 01, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


Native promoted in parole system

ATLANTA - Darryl McGee has been promoted to regional director of the Southeast Region for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. McGee is a native of Hinesville.

October 29, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Long-time lawmaker has challenger

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Georgia House representative from the 164th District is being challenged for his seat.

October 28, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


Dummy weapon closes part of RH

Students and employees in Bryan County Elementary School were briefly evacuated Monday after an inactive military training weapon was found nearby.

October 28, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


Incumbent senator faces newcomer

In this year's race for the District 1 seat in the Georgia Senate, a Republican incumbent is vying for his first full term against a political newcomer backed by the Democratic Party.

October 28, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


Veterans cemetery director retires

Richard Dunlop, director of the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, is retiring effective Nov 1. A veteran of the Vietnam War and an Army retiree, Dunlop has worked for the State Department of Veterans Service for more than 14 years.

October 27, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Revolutionary War hero give new resting place

BRUNSWICK (AP) - Few people have three funerals, but American Revolutionary War hero Lt. Col. John McIntosh had his third on Saturday, said Missy Brandt, chairwoman of the McIntosh County Historic Preservation Commission.

October 25, 2010 | By Louie Brogdom The Brunswick News | State, National


Ellabell man is write-in Senate candidate

Raymond Beckworth believes that career politicians are keeping working class people from getting ahead, and he wants to change that.

October 21, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


South Georgia may be key to governor's race

ALMA - The sun was barely up on a recent weekday morning when Nathan Deal arrived at the Blueberry Inn in this sleepy south Georgia town and began shaking hands with the Republican faithful who had gathered over coffee to meet their nominee for governor.

October 18, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Pembroke restaurant to have beer, wine

The Pembroke City Council on Monday paved the way for the city's first restaurant that serves beer and wine after members approved an alcohol permit for JB's Lounge and Dine, a new establishment opening on North Main Street.

October 13, 2010 | By Hallie D. Martin Special to the Courier | State, National


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