HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Georgia State Senators John Wilkinson and Steve Gooch were invited to address the Towns County Republican Party Thursday, Aug. 15, at Daniel’s Steakhouse in Hiawassee. The evening began with acoustic entertainment by student Summer Rahn, who later led the National Anthem. followed by a well-received rendition of two classic county songs. Student Gabe Moody delivered a powerful speech on the importance of gratefulness in America, speaking favorably toward President Donald Trump and the sacrifice of the U.S. military. Chrissy Figg informed the community on the benefits of the local 4-H extension program, and student Samatha Church proudly introduced the state senators.
Senator Steve Gooch was the initial keynote speaker, touching on numerous topics of interest, including strong support for the enacted “heartbeat bill” which prohibits abortion in Georgia once a heartbeat is detected in the womb, the need for broadband internet options, the ongoing process of medical marijuana cultivation, and the upcoming change in voting machine procedures. Senator Gooch was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. Gooch is a Republican representing the 51st District, which includes Fannin, Union, Gilmer, Lumpkin, White, Dawson and parts of Pickens and Forsyth counties. Gooch was elected as the Majority Whip of the Senate Majority Caucus in 2014. The senator spoke on the importance of voting in upcoming elections in order to keep Republicans in office, not only on a national level, but state and local as well. Gooch warned that the State House could lose its majority if Republicans fail to vote. “If the Democrats take the House, game over,” Gooch said.
Senator John Wilkinson mirrored Gooch’s position on the heartbeat bill, medical marijuana, and support for voter turnout at the polls. Wilkinson spoke with pride on the state’s decision to award individual Georgia schools with $30,000 funding for upgraded security, and favorably of Georgia’s $2.5 billion reserve and Triple A bond rating. Senator Wilkinson, a Republican from Toccoa, was first elected to the State Senate for Georgia’s 50th District during a special election in 2011 and has been reelected to serve in three subsequent elections. Senator Wilkinson represents Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Stephens and portions of Hall and Jackson counties.
Ninth District Republican Chairwoman Rebecca Yardley additionally stressed the importance of voting in local elections, stating that 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has specifically targeted the highly-conservative Ninth District in an attempt to flip it from a Republican to Democratic hold.
Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw delivered the invocation at the beginning of the program, speaking briefly on the positive state of the county as the forum commenced. Towns County Republican Chairwoman Betsy Young led the meeting’s agenda. Hiawassee Councilwoman Anne Mitchell and Towns County Fire Chief-Coroner Harold Copeland attended the popular event.
Towns County Republican Party is scheduled to meet Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 pm at the Towns County Civic Center. Meetings are open to the public.
Feature Image: State Senators Steve Gooch (left) and John Wilkinson speak with Towns County citizens.
HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County Republican Party is fast tracking into 2020 on the “Towns County Express Trump Train” and Towns GOP Chairwoman Betsy Young invited a “troika” of speakers aboard the August locomotion.
State Senator John Wilkinson, Chair of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, and State Senator Steve Gooch, Majority Whip of the State Senate, will accompany Towns County’s “fearless and hardworking” Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw as represented speakers Thursday, Aug. 15, at Daniel’s Steakhouse in Hiawassee.
“One definition of the word ‘troika’ is three people working together for the betterment in an administrative or managerial capacity,” Young explained. “These three men certainly fit that definition as they all work hard at doing the best for their constituents and the State of Georgia.”
Opening exercises will feature Towns County student Gabe Moody, leading the Pledge of Allegiance, and Samantha Church, who will introduce Senator Gooch. “The youth of our county is the lifeline of our Party,” Young said. The public is welcome to arrive early to enjoy a “rib night” buffet dinner at the local restaurant. Doors open Aug. 15 at 5 pm, followed by the meeting at 6 pm. Attendees will receive a ticket for a free door prize drawing. Raffle tickets for a “special item” will be available for purchase, along with an assortment of political-themed items.
“Invite your friends and neighbors,” Young encouraged. “It will be an exciting and spirited evening that you won’t want to miss; fun, food, and fellowship all in one place.” Meetings are open to the public.
For additional information, contact Betsy Young at 904-382-1912 or TCGOPChair@gmail.com
Feature Photo: Towns County Republican Party Member Donna Barrow (left) with Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young at the June meeting.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy Young announced Thursday evening during July’s monthy meeting that the GOP will sponsor an amateur art contest for students and adults, encompassing the theme of freedom. “There will be three different divisions, based on age,” Young said. “Division One, Middle School; Division Two, High School; and Division Three, Adult.”
The “Let Freedom Ring” art contest runs from July 18 through Sept. 10, 2019. The winners will be announced at the Towns County GOP meeting on Thursaday, Sept. 19 at 6 pm at the Towns County Civic Center. All artwork entries will be displayed at this time.
First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the three categories. Middle and high school students can submit their entries at no cost. A $25.00 non-refundable entry fee will be required from adult participants. All artists will receive a certificate of participation from the Towns County GOP.
All specialties of artwork will be accepted, including photography, drawing, painting, watercolor, and sculpture. The first place winners’ creations, from each division, will be displayed in the Towns County Courthouse following the completion of the contest.
For additional information and registration, contact Betsy Young at 904-382-1912 or email TCGOPChair@gmail.com
Towns County GOP meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Towns County Civic Center at 6 p.m.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Democratic Party held its July 11 meeting at the Towns County Civic Center to discuss several topics of interest, including plans for an upcoming “Blue Fest” fundraiser to be held in October at Meeks Park in Young Harris. “Our goal should be to register new voters, get shy Democrats active again, and help with fundraising for 2020,” Towns County Democratic Party Secretary Terrylynne Marshall said. A tentative date of Oct. 26 was noted.
The group discussed creating a Facebook presence, and possibly a website to feature content related to the Party. The Democrats voted (feature image) on a logo for representation, and discussed participating in future high school speech contests by mentoring students and raising prize money alongside the Towns County Republican Party who has exclusively hosted the event in past years.
Towns County Democratic Party recently began hosting “Taco Tuesday” and deemed the initial gathering a success, with 14 guests in attendance. “This is a social event, not a business meeting,” Marshall reminded. Towns County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte Sleczkowski spoke on scheduling a time to meet with Towns County Republican Chairwoman Betsy Young to publicize the objectives and values of each Party.
Towns County Democratic Party meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm. Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw is scheduled to attend the August session, and the group hopes to learn more about the veterans recognition program that the county, in cooperation with the local VFW, recently initiated.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – US Congressman Doug Collins is scheduled to address the Towns County Republican Party at Moondance Restaurant (formerly Cafe Portofino) Tuesday, April 15, from 5-6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
“Do you remember, ‘Madame Attorney General I never thought I would hear myself say this, but, I miss Eric Holder,'” Towns County GOP Betsy Young asked. “Congressman Collins was speaking to Loretta Lynch as she refused to answer questions regarding the visit on the tarmac with Bill Clinton. Now as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, he has a seat on one of the most powerful committees in the US Government and is the number five person on the Republican side of the US House. He’s vocal and stands up to the tacit remarks of the those who constantly attack and belittle our President, Donald Trump.
“We learned from him that, ‘Nellie Ohr’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee reveals she and Bruce Ohr met with Christopher Steele one day before Peter Strzok opened the FBI Investigation into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign; coincidence?’ He then released the transcript and continues to do so, legally. Transparency is his goal; go to https://dougcollins.house.gov/Papadopoulos for the full report on how it got started. We might have never known if he hadn’t taken the ball and run with it, as they say.”
Congressman Collins has served as a United States Representative of Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013. Collins is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and is Vice-Chair of its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. As a member of the House Committee on Rules, he also helps manage every piece of House legislation that comes to the House floor.
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DILLARD, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw was awarded “Distinguished Local Elected Official” by the Ninth District Republican Party at a dinner ceremony at the Dillard House in Rabun County April 12. Towns County citizens submitted letters of nomination, leading to Bradshaw being selected for the recognition.
“Since Cliff was sworn in as commissioner, he has been going to available classes to help him become a better leader…,” one such letter read. “Cliff is a very high energetic young man who always states he wants our county to be successful. It’s our county not his. He is very receptive to all Towns County residents. He is transparent and accountable, especially at the third Tuesday monthly county commissioner‘s meeting. I consider it an honor to be able to nominate Cliff Bradshaw for consideration of the GOP Award for DISTINGUISHED COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIAL in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing the issues of Towns County.”
Commissioner Bradshaw told FYN that he was deeply honored to be nominated and recognized.
The Republican Party hosted the Ninth District convention the following day, April 13, in Dillard. Towns County Delegates representing Hiawassee are Chair Donna Barrow, Secretary Betty Phillips, GOP Chair Betsy Young, GOP First Vice Chair John Alger, Cecil Dye, and Trina Coleman. Young Harris delegates are Chair Charles “Chuck” Luca, Secretary Betty Luca, Scott Ledford, and Harvey Cohen. Delegates representing Macedonia are Chair Daren “Bear” Osborn, Secretary Todd Tibbets, Jeff Pierot, and Melissa Griggs. US Congressman Doug Collins attended the convention, addressing the delegates.
The Georgia Republican Party will hold its state convention May 16-18, 2019, at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. The event is open to the public, although only delegates may participate in the business matters of the convention.
Feature Photo: Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young with Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw
HIAWASSEE. Ga. – Towns County Republican Party held their “mass” county convention at the civic center Saturday, March 9. Hiawassee, Macedonia, and Young Harris precincts were represented. A total of 13 delegates registered. A maximum of 105 delegates were allowed.
Former Towns County Secretary Scott Ledford led the meeting. “We are here, essentially, to start 2020,” Ledford began. Resolutions that will advance to the 9th District include support for House Bill 481, restricting abortion, Constitutional Carry, which would eliminate the need for gun permits, support for a study panel to assist veterans’ transitions to civilian life, support for a balanced state budget, term limits for political leaders, and “strong support” for the rights of solely United States citizens to vote. A resolution to repeal the 17th Amendment – which allows the people to elect state senators, rather than by governmental appointment – failed.
Delegates representing Hiawassee are Chair Donna Barrow, Secretary Betty Phillips, GOP Chair Betsy Young, GOP First Vice Chair John Alger, Cecil Dye, and Trina Coleman.
Delegates representing Macedonia are Chair Daren “Bear” Osborn, Secretary Todd Tibbets, Jeff Pierot, and Melissa Griggs.
Delegates representing Young Harris are Chair Charles “Chuck” Luca, Secretary Betty Luca, Scott Ledford, and Harvey Cohen.
Tate City was permitted one delegate although no residents attended.
The delegates will represent Towns County at the upcoming district and state conventions.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party will hold the GAGOP County, District, and State delegate registration Saturday, March 9, at the Towns County Civic Center on the Towns County Courthouse campus.
Towns County GOP asks, “Do you support the US Constitution? Our President? The Wall? Voter Accountability? Become a delegate.” A total of 105 delegates are permitted.
Doors open at 8 a.m. and the registration meeting begins at 9 a.m. Delegates must register prior to 10 a.m.
To qualify, delegates must be a registered Towns County voter, present identification, and be at least 18 years of age. A $10 fee is required to off-set the cost of the county convention.
Coffee and pastries will be served.
For additional information, contact Towns County Republican Chair Betsy Young at 904-382-1912 or TCGOPCHAIR@gmail.com