The 2014 runoff election will come to an end Tuesday, July 22, as voters make their choices on which candidates will move on to the general election.
All 12 county precincts will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
As of Wednesday morning, 290 people had voted early in the county elections office and 118 had submitted mailed ballots in the runoff. Of the 408 early ballots, 369 were Republican and 39 were Democratic. Early voting closed Friday.
Those who voted in the primary election must vote in the same party as their original ballot. For instance, someone who voted in the Republican primary can’t vote in the Democratic run-off — or vice versa.
Races on the Republican ballot will be:
•United States Senate — Jack Kingston and David Perdue.
•State School Superintendent — Mike Buck and Richard Woods.
Races on the Democratic ballot include:
•State School Superintendent—Alisha Morgan and Valarie Wilson.
Herman Abner Buffington, 88, a long-time North Georgia newspaperman and World War II combat veteran, died July 13, 2014 at his home in Jefferson surrounded by his family after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Services were held Tuesday, July 15 at Evans Funeral Home with Interment at Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Pastor Chris Laskey officiated the service.
Mr. Buffington was a native of Rome, Floyd County, Ga. born May 7, 1926 in the community of Texas Valley. He was one of seven sons of the late Abner Cyrenius and Essie Green Buffington whose ancestors had settled in the rural valley in the mid-1800s.
In August 1944, Mr. Buffington entered the U.S. Army and was eventually assigned to the 96th Infantry Division, the “Deadeyes,” seeing action in the Pacific Theater. He was a combat soldier in the final battle of WWII with the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday, 1945.
As the music to Irvin Berlin’s “Easter Parade” blared over the ship’s loudspeakers that Sunday morning, he and his comrades climbed overboard from their ship into a landing craft heading toward the beach for what would become a three-month fight to secure the island. He spent his 19th birthday in a muddy foxhole on the island as American forces fought to capture it for the final stepping-stone to invade Japan. Okinawa was one of the bloodiest battles in American history with over 12,000 American servicemen killed and another 36,000 wounded. Mr. Buffington was wounded by mortar fire the day before the battle ended.
For his combat service, Mr. Buffington earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two battle stars (Okinawa and Saipan), the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Philippine Independence Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon and three overseas service bars. The 96th Division was one of only four Army divisions to earn the Presidential Unit Citation in WWII. [Full Story »]