Tuesday October 13th, 2015 7:04PM

N.E. Ga. seniors load buses for State Capitol trip

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Two donated double decker buses full of seniors headed to the State Capitol in Atlanta left Gainesville and Cumming Wednesday morning.
One bus left the Senior Life Center in Gainesville to observe Senior Day.

Around 150 seniors went to lobby state senators and representatives on proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels and other programs that provide services. King Rushnell and his wife Joy are from White County.

"There's strength in numbers," Rushnell said. "We need to be recognized; just because we're senior citizens doesn't mean we're beyond attention."

"It concerns seniors and the programs for seniors and hopefully it will stay in the budget", Joy Rushnell added.

Legacy Link, the area agency on aging for 12 North Georgia counties, hosted the event according to Marketing Director Don Colombero.

"They'll be able to actually go into the legislative session up in the gallery," Colombero said. "They'll be able to observe the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then meet with the legislators."

Legacy Link's Community Programs Manager Lamar Gailey said legislators have generally been fair to seniors before and after the recession brought the crunch that affected the state budget.

"We could use more money, but we understand that times are hard right now," Gailey said, adding that the seniors want Meals on Wheels protected. "We certainly don't want a senior to go hungry; we not only do meals at our senior center sites but we also deliver meals into the homes to the shut-ins."
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 1 year ago )
5 arrested in North Ga. as part of national sex sting
The Hall County Sheriff's Office and several other local agencies assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation in a sex sting, focused on human trafficking and internet crimes against children.
6:03PM ( 1 hour ago )
Last defendant in cab driver murder trial sentenced to life with parole
A Gainesville woman was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Tuesday, the last of five defendants in the murder or attempted robbery of a Gainesville cab driver.
5:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
Hall drug agents seize over eight ounces of meth, worth over $26,000
In a case that culminated with the arrests of three people on Monday, Hall County Multi Agency Narcotics agents seized methamphetamine worth an estimated $26,840 on the street.
3:18PM ( 3 hours ago )
Flowery Branch woman arrested for depositing counterfeit checks in Gwinnett
A Flowery Branch woman faces charges in Gwinnett County for allegedly depositing counterfeit checks in Norcross and Peachtree Corners.
2:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Deal: Tax revenues up for September
Tax collections for the state rose again in the month of September, according to information released Tuesday by Governor Nathan Deal's office.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:04AM ( 8 hours ago )