State Rep. Rhodes meets with Putnam school officials in Atlanta

State Rep. Trey Rhodes, R-Greensboro, far left, greets a delegation of Putnam County school officials as they visit him under the gold dome at the state capitol in Atlanta last month. The delegation includes, front, continuing from left, Steve Weiner, Tom Lawrence, Burt Jones; second row, from left, Eric Arena, Kathy Smith, Barry Lollis; third row, from left, Susan Usry, Laura Melton, Beth Bacon, Derick Austin; and back row, from left, Cindy Weiner, Kelly Roberts, Scott Sauls and Keith Ellenberg. During its Atlanta visit, the Putnam delegation additionally met with State Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, and State Rep. Rusty Kidd, I-Milledgeville. Its members also received a Georgia Senate award honoring the Putnam school system for its innovation.

State Rep. Trey Rhodes, R-Greensboro, represents District 120, which includes most of northern and western Putnam County, in the Georgia state legislature.

By Trey Rhodes / Guest Columnist

ATLANTA -- Following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the House and Senate appropriations committees and subcommittees gathered for a series of joint budget hearings to review Gov. Nathan Deal's budget recommendations and start the process of crafting the Amended Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 budgets.

As mentioned in his annual State of the State address, Gov. Deal's priorities for the upcoming year include a continued focus on improving outcomes for students, reforming the state's criminal justice system, and investing in the repair and maintenance of important roads and bridges throughout Georgia.

I look forward to reviewing the governor's recommendations and vetting the budget once it arrives on the House Floor to ensure that it reflects our priorities in District 120.


Putnam Poll -- Feb. 4, 2016

This week's respondents include, from left, Jessica Toole, Jonathan Johnson, Lynne Laseter, Chequita Adams and Jake Simmons. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

The Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in San Francisco. Which football team are you rooting for? Why?


"I don't do football. I'm not going to watch the Super Bowl -- if it's not the Florida Gators, I don't care."

Jessica Toole



"Carolina! That's my team, I'm from South Carolina. They have Cam Newton -- he's an unbelievable player. That's the reason they will win."

Jonathan Johnson



Rebecca Rocker introduces new Eatonton mayor, her husband, Walter Rocker Jr.

Rebecca Rocker introduces her husband, new Eatonton Mayor Walter Rocker Jr., during his Jan. 7 community inauguration celebration at the Plaza Arts Center. Her daughter in law, Tara Rocker, looks on. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Rebecca Rocker / Guest Columnist


EATONTON -- I want to thank you for attending this swearing-in ceremony for my husband, Walter C. Rocker, Jr. We have been overwhelmed by the support from the citizens of Eatonton and Putnam County. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in Walter to serve as your mayor.

Walter graduated from Sparta High School in Sparta. He attended two years at ABAC and graduated from the UIniversity of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. In 1965 he moved to Eatonton and opened Little River Timber Corporation. For years I’ve described Walter as a serial entrepreneur. Throughout his career he’s had ownership in businesses related to forestry, general contracting, trucking, tree planting, graphic film and paint industry, bar and restaurant businesses, land grading and clearing, a Chevrolet dealership, and land development. Walter was also a registered forester.


Putnam Poll -- Jan. 14, 2016

This week's respondents include, from left, Frederick King, Pete Miller, David Wallace, Jessica Kuhn and Nicole Lipscomb. (Photos by Don Richeson.)





What’s your reaction to President Barak Obama’s recent executive order to expand background checks to cover online gun purchases and gun shows?


“I support it. Look at the world – people are getting all kinds of guns without background checks. You have crazy people going into schools and shooting up everything. The president’s plan will slow down the crime rate.”

Frederick King



“I’m in favor of it, but I’m not in favor of gun control. But background checks are good.”

Pete Miller




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