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The Georgia Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 A.M. on August 1, 2014 and concludes at 12:00 Midnight on August 2, 2014.

The following items are exempt:
– Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item;
– Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less per item; and
– School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

The exemption does not apply to:

Belt buckles sold separately; costume masks sold separately; patches and emblems sold separately; sewing equipment and supplies, including but not limited to knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures, and thimbles; sewing materials that become part of clothing, including but not limited to buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers; clothing accessories or equipment; or cellular telephones.

Another holiday begins at 12:01 A.M. on October 3, 2014 and ends at 12:00 Midnight on October 5, 2014, the following items when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use will be exempt:

– Energy Star Qualified Products with a sales price of $1,500.00 or less per item; and
– WaterSense Products with a sales price of $1,500.00 or less per item.

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Georgia Lottery transfers record $945M for education

ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced today its fiscal year returns to education with record-breaking results. Fiscal year 2014 transfers to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $945,097,000, surpassing last year’s record transfer by more than $17.6 million.

This brings the total raised for education in the state of Georgia to more than $15.5 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

“With a collective effort from lottery employees, our quality retailers, vendor partners and loyal customers, we have once again contributed record dollars to Georgia’s HOPE and Pre-K programs,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford said. “We remain focused on our mission to responsibly maximize revenues for these important educational programs.”

The Georgia Lottery celebrated its 20th anniversary in fiscal year 2014 with commemorative instant games, introducing a successful second-chance promotion with $1 and $2 instant games. Other exciting new games and promotions throughout the year included the launch of All or Nothing in March, the Georgia Lottery’s first new draw game in four years. Additionally, the Georgia Lottery Corp. assumed responsibilities for licensing and regulating coin operated amusement machines in Georgia.

The second-largest U.S. jackpot prize was won in December when the Georgia Lottery awarded half of a $648 million Mega Millions jackpot prize to a Stone Mountain woman. It is the largest prize awarded in the Georgia Lottery’s history. In addition, 86 Georgia Lottery players won prizes of $1 million or more.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA (June 17, 2014) – TheCanada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.

This proximity to people sometimes leads to frustration, especially in the summertime when everyone heads outdoors to potentially discover areas of feathers and feces.  However, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division asks people to be patient with geese, especially during a particular part of the summer.

“Each summer, geese go through a molting process during which they lose their flight feathers and grow new ones,” says WRD State Waterfowl Biologist Greg Balkcom.  “During the molt, there is a period of a few weeks in late June and early July when geese can’t fly.  It is typically during this time that landowners and homeowners often get irritated with the amount of goose feces and feathers left behind.”

So, what can you do if you have goose problems?  During most times of the year, geese can be scared away with the use of harassment techniques.  But because geese cannot fly during the molt, these techniques may not work, making people frustrated when the geese just won’t leave.  In these cases, WRD personnel encourage affected landowners and homeowners to be patient.  The new feathers will soon grow in, and the geese will regain their ability to fly and will likely move on.

However, if geese continue to cause problems, here are a few tips to try and reduce the trouble:

Harassment: Landowners who don’t want geese on their property can first try a variety of harassment techniques, including chemical repellents, mylar balloons, wire/string barriers, and noise makers.  These methods are proven to help reduce goose problems.  However, they require consistency from the property owner and are not always 100% effective.

  • Relocation or Lethal Methods: Homeowners who want to reduce or eliminate the goose population on their property can obtain a permit from their local WRD Game Management office (  This permit allows them to have geese captured and relocated to a suitable area or allows them to legally and lethally remove the animals.  The removal can be done by the homeowner or by a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper (list found at

It is important to remember that Canada geese are a protected species under state and federal law. It is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, purchase or possess Canada geese except according to Georgia’s migratory bird regulations.

For more information, visit the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at  For a brochure on a variety of methods of dealing with nuisance geese, visit (Select “Hunting”, “Game Management” and “Nuisance Canada Geese”).