Buzz: League of Women Voters focusing on redistricting, voter education. Floyd Public Safety Committee meets today at 9 a.m. Shorter sets speakers for May 6 graduation. Darlington’s Michael Jacobs elected president of Georgia Independent School Librarians. 

Buzz: League of Women Voters focusing on redistricting, voter education. Floyd Public Safety Committee meets today at 9 a.m. Shorter sets speakers for May 6 graduation. Darlington’s Michael Jacobs elected president of Georgia Independent School Librarians. 

 

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of the U.S. has called for a focus on voter education about redistricting, to begin today. The Rome Floyd unit announces that they are now furnishing resources to help our area citizens understand the important process of redistricting, which will be done in Georgia before the end of this year.

After the final 2020 Census data is published this September, the Georgia legislature will remap the boundaries of Georgia voting districts to determine which groups of citizens’ votes will be counted together in each district to elect their state representatives and senators and U. S. representatives. This process is designed to include public comment to help legislators make the best decisions in drawing voter districts.

The League of Women Voters Rome Floyd will be offering area voters information on redistricting, beginning with two community service projects: (1) providing copies of the current Georgia and Floyd County voting district maps, including resources about redistricting, to our local public and college libraries by the end of April, and (2) sponsoring in May a nonpartisan expert to explain redistricting on the Georgia Highlands College Community Watch TV program, which can also be seen on YouTube.

The League of Women Voters Rome Floyd will later provide more resources for voter education on redistricting, which we will announce on our Facebook page.

The League of Women Voters, a 101-year-old 500,000-member national nonpartisan community service organization, was founded by U. S. and Georgia suffragists (including a Rome GA chapter in 1919) to provide citizens with voter education.


The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will meet as part of the Public Safety Committee today at 9 a.m. in the Thornton Recreation Center at 102 North Floyd Park Road. Citizens who wish to attend in person will need to wear a facial covering that covers their nose and mouth. Agenda:
  • Upcoming Animal Control Ordinances
  •  County Manager
  • Chief of Staff
  • Chair
  • Other Business
  • Adjourn
  • Next meeting: June 10.

Barry Hurley
Cliff Duren

Shorter sets speakers for May 6 graduation: Banker and attorney Barry Hurley and Worship Pastor Cliff Duren will be the featured speakers at Shorter University’s 2021 Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 6. Hurley will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will include graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Duren will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony, which will include graduates from the Ledbetter College of Business and Brady School of Nursing. Tickets are required for both ceremonies, and the capacity is limited because of Covid-19 protocols. Masks are required for entry, and social distancing is encouraging. For more.


Michael Jacobs, Darlington’s Upper School librarian, has been elected president of Georgia Independent School Librarians.

“I’m excited that Michael will lead GISL as president,” said Melinda Holmes, director of library services. “She will have many opportunities to network with other librarians from across Georgia in this role, and she will gain valuable leadership experience.”

Jacobs has been a member of Darlington’s faculty since 2012. She holds a B.A. in English from Berry College and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. In addition to her role with GISL, Jacobs is also a member of the American Library Association’s American Association of School Libraries and Young Adult Library Services Association divisions.

An active organization in Georgia for more than 20 years, GISL exists to promote the discipline and value of librarianship in the state, to provide leadership and mentoring, and to strengthen professional ties between independent schools on both a statewide and a national level. It also aims to support its colleagues through the sharing of professional knowledge and ideas, information and experiences related to all aspects of this discipline.

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