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Henry County opens four polling places early to accommodate voters

McDONOUGH — Four polling places originally slated to open on Oct. 24 instead opened on Thursday, Oct. 15, to help alleviate long lines residents experienced Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election.

The Henry County Board of Elections unanimously voted to open Fortson Library, Locust Grove Library, Fairview Recreation Center and JP Mosley Recreation Center early.

The locations will be open Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Oct. 19-23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The four locations will pick up with regularly scheduled hours on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 26-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elections Director Ameika Pitts said opening the additional locations early should help with wait times. She noted the number of statewide voters resulted in a lag of the state’s E-net system as well as residents canceling their absentee ballots which slowed the lines Monday.

County Manager Cherie Hobson-Matthews said the county is offering free shuttle rides to voters from Alexander Park and the parking deck on Lawrenceville Street to the Elections & Registration Office on Atlanta Street.

To view a full list of advanced voting locations and times, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/Departments/D-L/Elections-Registration.


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Snapping Shoals holds annual meeting on wheels
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CONYERS — The 82nd version of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp.’s annual meeting was unlike any other. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the annual meeting was held as a drive-through event at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, thousands of EMC members drove through a registration checkpoint and then on to a tented station where they were given the yellow bucket members have come to know and love. About 1,500 buckets were handed out.

Each year the bucket holds a few small gifts. This year’s bucket contained some lightbulbs and a notice that registered attendees would receive a $20 credit on their power bill. In a prize drawing held later at SSEMC headquarters, 75 registered members received a $50 bill credit. The grand prize of the day — a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck — was won by Gary Esslinger of Newton County.

Snapping Shoals serves nearly 100,000 member accounts across eight counties — Henry, Walton, Newton, DeKalb, Morgan, Rockdale, Butts and Jasper.


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School district to begin final E-SPLOST V project
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McDONOUGH — Henry County Schools is starting the final project on its E-SPLOST V list.

Voters approved the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum in March 2016. The district began collecting the 1% sales tax in January 2018.

On Monday, the Board of Education awarded Bon Building Services of Conyers to construct the district’s new distribution center at a cost of $4.5 million.

The new 47,361-square-foot building will be built near Facilities and Maintenance in McDonough and serve several departments, including technology and food services.

Josh Malcom, chief operations officer, said the distribution center will save the district approximately $200,000 annually once complete. The district currently leases warehousing, which has required HCS to move two or three times.

“We’ve had to jump around from space to space,” Malcom said, adding the district will have control over the new centrally located space.

The warehouse space will be completed in April 2022.

Other E-SPLOST V projects the district has either started or completed include McDonough Middle and High schools, technology upgrades, high school multipurpose rooms and turf upgrades.


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Henry County Stormwater department hosting electronic recycling event
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McDONOUGH — Henry County Stormwater is hosting an electronic recycling event.

The drive-thru/drop-off event will be held on Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jason T. Harper Event Center, 95 Lake Dow Road in McDonough.

A number of items will be accepted for free. All equipment must be removed from styrofoam, boxes, bags and packaging.

Items include:

Audio Equipment

Answering machines

Batteries (alkaline, lithium, UPS, Ni- MH, Ni CAD, car, motorcycle, rechargeable, laptop)

Blu-ray players

Bluetooth devices

Cable boxes

Cameras (disposable, film, digital)

Computer monitors (flat screen)

Handheld electronic games

Medical equipment

Keyboards

To see a full list of electronic items accepted, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/departments/M-R/Recycling-Center or call 770-288-6410.

A handful of items will be accepted for a fee ranging from $5-$25. Those items include flat screen televisions, rear projectors and cathode-ray tube televisions and monitors.

Items that will not be accepted are humidifiers, fans, satellites and vacuum cleaners.

For more information, call 770-288-7244 or email ateachout@co.henry.ga.us.