By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
Georgians planning to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 general election have a new way to track the status of their absentee ballots after requesting one.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has launched a new online tracking system called BallotTrax that lets voters sign up for text or email alerts on their ballot status.
“Creating this new absentee ballot tracking and notification system will provide Georgia voters with greater clarity and increased confidence that their votes are accepted,” Raffensperger said in a statement.
The website to sign up for alerts is here.
Progress Editor Dan Pool conducted interviews with Pickens Commission Chair candidates Kris Stancil (R) and David Shouse (I). These profiles, which appear in this week's print and online editions, have been edited for length and clarity. Full interviews available in-stores or online.
The Community Thrift Store will be closed for two weeks due to the possibility that volunteers were exposed to a person infected with COVID-19.
A member of the Timothy House, a non-profit that assists with much of the manual labor at the thrift store, tested positive. The person who tested positive has never been to the store, but because residents at the Timothy House live together it was decided it was in the best interest of safety to close, according to a statement from founder Don Russell.
The store will be closed to donors, customers and workers for an estimated 14 days.
An email sent to volunteers and media on September 19 alerting of the closure said all Timothy House clients will be tested, and recommended volunteers get tested as well.
photo/Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
Press Release Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
ATLANTA – The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Union County woman was killed and four others were injured in an accidental fire at 545 Vista Circle in Blairsville around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.
Derek Cooper of Acworth was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding. Cooper had recently been released on bond and had a restraining order against him.
Statement from a family member present during Saturday’s fatal shooting:
A Pickens Deputy shot and killed an armed man trying to break into a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding Saturday. The man had been arrested last week in Bartow County on domestic violence charges including threats to kill his wife.
According to the GBI investigation the man, Derek Cooper, 52, of Acworth, had a restraining order against him and brandished a gun and shot at the deputy who gave a verbal command for him to stop in the yard of the home where relatives of the wife lived.
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