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Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Henry County Students Wear Blue in Memory of Teen

STOCKBRIDGE, GA -- Hundreds of students at Henry County's Union Grove High School dressed in blue Thursday in memory of a well loved 15-year-old.

It was Jeremy Hawkins' favorite color.

Sophomore Summer Stubbs, a close friend of Hawkins, wore a blue shirt, pants, and blue toenails. "It's astonishing how everyone wore blue," she said. "Union Grove has never had so much support for one person."

In a letter to parents, Union Grove Principal Tom Smith said that the school was "deeply saddened" by the death of Jeremy Michael Hawkins.

According to school officials, Hawkins fell ill during chorus class Wednesday and stopped breathing. Another student attempted CPR while others called for help. Hawkins was rushed to the hospital, but slipped away.

Investigators have ruled the death natural. They say Hawkins had medical issues in the past.

Friends say he was always upbeat, always working to make others smile.

Main Street McDonough Hosts Facade Grant Presentation at PJs Café

The Main Street McDonough Program held a Facade Grant Presentation on Wednesday, August 4, for PJs Café located on the McDonough Square at 30 Macon Street. Those gathered for the presentation include: (Front, L-R) Vanessa Merritt; Lisa Bishop; Owner Paul Gaffney; Mayor Billy Copeland; Councilmember Wayne Smith; Vicki Myers; and Mayor’s Assistant Leslie Balog; (Back, L-R) Hailey Everett, Mixx Vinson, and Main Street Director Linda Schenk.

The Facade Grant Improvement Program is a reimbursement grant offered to businesses and commercial property owners located within the Main Street District. Through this program, applicants may be reimbursed up to 50% of the cost of improved renovations not to exceed a maximum amount of $2500 per applicant.