Buzz: GHC hosts Highlands Writers Conference on Feb. 29 in Cartersville. Floyd precinct works learn about new voting machines, tecnology. Gordon–Floyd Joint Development Authority meets Feb. 19.

Buzz: GHC hosts Highlands Writers Conference on Feb. 29 in Cartersville. Floyd precinct works learn about new voting machines, tecnology. Gordon–Floyd Joint Development Authority meets Feb. 19.

 

Georgia Highlands College hosts the third annual Highlands Writers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Cartersville campus beginning at 9 a.m.

The one-day program provides numerous opportunities for aspiring writers to learn about craft in a variety of genres as well as best practices for publication, including workshop sessions, writing consultations and a book fair.

Full day registration is $45, which includes workshops, panels and a catered lunch presentation. High school and college students in the area may register for $10.

Attendees will have the opportunity to spend the day with several acclaimed writers, including award-winning novelist Soniah Kamal; screenwriter and indie film producer Hudson Phillips; poet and poetry editor of the “New South Journal” Caroline Crew; and award-winning essayist Clinton Crockett Peters.

The lunch speaker will be Kay Powell, obituaries editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1996-2009, Powell has been called the “doyenne of the death beat.” She has created memorable public legacies for moonshiners, a CEO turned Kmart greeter, a model aircraft designer, the planet Pluto, and Flannery O’Connor’s peacock, among many others.

To learn more about the conference or to register, please visit: hwc.highlands.edu


Preparing for the March 24 presidential primary:

Advance voting for the presidential preference primary begins on Feb. 24. On Wednesday, poll workers for Floyd County got a closer look at the new voting machines and technology. See the post below. For more on how to use the new equipment, please listen to our Druck  Report podcast with Elections Chief Robert Brady posted a bit lower on this page.


The narrative: Advance voting for the March 24 presidential primary begins in just a few weeks. We’ll be using a new voting system that is mostly similar but somewhat different to what we’re used to. In part one of our podcast, Floyd County Elections Chief Robert Brady walks us through using the new machines. He believes you’ll see a smoother voting experience and one with a built-in failsafe system to help assure you the ballot has the exact results you selected. In part two,  Brady shares where and when you can vote in advance of the presidential primary as three sites will be in use over three weeks — the community room at the yellow brick courthouse as well as some days at the civic center and others at Garden Lakes Baptist Church. One round of weekend voting also is set.


MEETINGS

  • Rome Downtown Development Authority meeting for this morning has been canceled.
  • The Gordon County–Floyd County Joint Development Authority will hold its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, 300 S. Wall St., Calhoun.
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