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55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- About 16,000 American high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 55 kids from Cobb County are among them.

These talented high school seniors will now compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, which will be offered next spring.

To become a semifinalist, a student must earn good grades and a high score on the PSAT. Finalists are named by submitting detailed scholarship applications to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Cobb's semifinalists include:

Campbell HS
Sarah Grisham
Joshua Morton
Rachel Tamas

Harrison HS
Jordan Bell
Jackson Hopper
Cullen Mowery

Hillgrove HS
Luke Maurer

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Anna Hankal
Audrey Milam

Lassiter HS
Brian Cohn
Anna Gwaltney
Bailey Johnson
James Rowe
Ryan Smith

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Otis A. Brumby Jr., who served for 45 years as publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, has died at age 72.

The newspaper that Brumby led since 1967 reports the longtime publisher died Saturday at his Cobb County home after battling prostate cancer for nearly two years.

Over the decades Brumby became one of Cobb County's most prominent business leaders as he expanded his publishing operation to include 27 free weekly papers throughout the Atlanta suburbs. Though Marietta Daily Journal maintained a local focus, Brumby was known as a champion of government transparency in Georgia.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a longtime friend of Brumby, says "a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace."

2 Ga. candidates ineligible for ballot

2 Ga. candidates ineligible for ballot

ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Brian Kemp has ruled that two candidates for Georgia's General Assembly are ineligible for the ballot.

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Kemp's office announced Monday that Anne Taylor, a Democrat from Mableton, does not meet the residency requirement to run for the District 39 seat in the House of Representatives. That means Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan will be unopposed in the July 31 primary election.

Kemp also decided that Richie Smith, a Democrat from Lake, near Albany, is ineligible to run for the District 151 seat in the House. Smith failed to appear at a legal hearing after he was accused of owing taxes.

Taylor and Smith can appeal Kemp's decision. Since the ballots are already printed, election officials will post notices explaining that votes for Taylor and Smith will not count.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Advance voting continues in Cobb

Advance voting continues in Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is still time to cast your ballot before the July 31 primary.

Vote in person from now through Friday, July 27 at the Cobb County Elections Office, which is located at 736 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta.

You may vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; the office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Several satellite voting locations will also open on Monday, July 23 and will be open through Friday, July 27. You may vote at any of them from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no reason for voting early is required.

Acworth/Kennesaw
Northstar Church
3413 Blue Springs Road NW

Mableton
South Cobb Community Center
620 Lions Club Drive

Marietta
East Cobb Government Service Center
4400 Lower Roswell Road

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19.

Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure of Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17.

Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both side of the bench." Blackwell has worked as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals since former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him in 2010. He's worked as a lawyer in civil practice and formerly was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County.

His appointment marks Deal's first for the state Supreme Court.