Thanks for joining us again. Before we get started I'd like to give a shout-out to Joshua Jacobson, the "Piedmont Bluesman." We covered him several weeks ago and mentioned his new album release. Recently, Guitar World magazine, an international publication, did a story on Joshua and the new album. That's good stuff! Here's what's on tap this week.
February brings the first recognitions for those graduating from High School. You may have read in the past few weeks that various athletes in our county that have signed grants in aid and letters of intent with various colleges and universities.. You may have read about the outstanding showing at the Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair by students form Newton County. It was at this annual events that all 42 participants from Newton won awards. Half of these were for first place. Also from the Academic side was the annual announcement of our local Star Students and Teachers.
The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from the road for mere seconds can have dangerous repercussions, contributing to accidents, injury or even death.
A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.
If you need to go to your bank tomorrow for any reason or walk down to your mailbox for a piece of mail you are expecting, you may be in for a surprise. Tomorrow is one of the 10 holidays that are observed by the Federal Government. It is the day set aside to "celebrate" George Washington's Birthday. Washington was born on Feb. 22, but the third Monday of February is when it is observed.
Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson saw how mentoring programs can have a positive impact on communities during his time in Leadership Georgia about 14 years ago. Since then, he – along with a group of passionate volunteers – has created a mentoring program in Newton County.