Let Freedom Ring

The Dawson Community Chorale, directed by Dr. Joe Chapman, presents its Annual Spring Concert Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 PM featuring LET FREEDOM RING, A Program of Patriotic Music. Springtime is the perfect to enjoy these familiar and new tunes. Choir members hail from Dawsonville, Gainesville, Dahlonega and Cumming, and Dr. Joe Chapman will again be directing this group.

Bring the entire family out for a spring night, and cultivate an appreciation for this remarkable patriotic music for all generations. Significant pieces of new and familiar tunes will delight and entertain. These songs are icons to this date and recognized as a huge part of American musical heritage. The Dawson County High School Junior ROTC will be posting the colors.

This event is sponsored by The Bowen Center for the Arts. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville on Highway 9 with reception immediately following the performance. Ticket donations are only $10, $8 for Bowen Members and Students are Free. They may be purchased at the Bowen Center for the Arts or at the door the night of the Concert. For more information, call 404-906-9909 or Bowen Center for the Arts 706-216-ARTS(2787).

April 26 is the Last Day to Register to Vote in May 24 Contests

Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians that the deadline to register to vote or update their voter information is Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the May 24 General Primary and Nonpartisan Election. Georgians can register to vote using the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system (OLVR) or the “GA Votes” smartphone app. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the deadline.

“In the upcoming General Primary and Nonpartisan Election on May 24, Georgians will vote for the candidates who will best represent their interests in Washington, D.C., at the Georgia State Capitol, and in their local communities,” noted Secretary Kemp. “I am encouraging all registered Georgia voters to take part in these important contests.”

Georgia voters can use the office’s “My Voter Page” or download the “GA Votes” app to check registration status, view their sample ballot, find their voting location, or request an absentee ballot. Voters are advised to request absentee ballots before May 20, 2016 to vote by mail in the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election.

Several other important dates are fast approaching for Georgians who want to vote in the May 24 elections. Advance in-person voting begins on May 2, 2016. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday, May 14 in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the May 24 contests.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, visit our website at www.sos.ga.gov. Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Resurfacing to Begin Soon on Highway 60 in Hall and Lumpkin

Work could begin soon on resurfacing State Route (SR) 60 in Hall and Lumpkin counties. Georgia DOT has recently awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Co. Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued at over three million dollars for a construction project to resurface a 10-mile portion of the highway. The project includes 10.278 miles of milling, plant mix resurfacing, and shoulder rehabilitation on SR 60, beginning north of Lodge Drive in Hall County and extending to SR 9 in Lumpkin County. This section of SR 60 needs resurfacing because the existing pavement has been deteriorating.

This construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2017, at a construction cost of $3,016,382.   Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.

More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via Award Announcement Download at: www.bidx.com/ga/letting?lettingid=16031801

In their 2015 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers addressed the state’s critical transportation infrastructure needs with passage of House Bill 170, Georgia’s transportation funding bill. Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015 is expected to generate an estimated $870 million in the first fiscal year. This sustained annual revenue will be used to fund much-needed routine maintenance and capital improvements.