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Jackson EMC is seeking scholarship applicants.

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Jackson Electric Membership Cooperative is currently accepting applications for the annual Walter Harrison Scholarship, which provides $1,000 for academic expenses to students pursuing post-secondary education at Georgia colleges and technical schools.

Applicants must be accepted, or enrolled currently, as a full- or part-time student, at any accredited two- or four-year university, college, or vocational-technical institute in Georgia. Student applicants must live in a primary residence served by Jackson EMC.

The scholarship is merit-based, and students are evaluated on financial need, grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and community involvement. Applicants must complete an application and submit a biographical sketch with educational goals.

To receive an application, students should contact their school guidance counselor or visit www.jacksonemc.com/walterharrisonscholarship. Fifteen students across Georgia will be awarded scholarships, which are sponsored by Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives. Completed applications are due by January 31, 2023. The Walter Harrison Scholarship is named in honor of a leader in the state and national electric cooperative movements. Since 1985, more than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 261 recipients. Judges select winners for the Harrison Scholarship each year based on a combination of need, academic ability, extracurricular activities, autobiographical sketch and recommendations.

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock did better in Gwinnett County in Tuesday's runoff than he did in the runoff in January 2021 when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. Unofficial results show Warnock received 62.13% of the 265,420 votes cast in Gwinnett for the runoff. Statewide, he defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the runoff.

By comparison, Warnock received 60.63% of the vote in Gwinnett when he faced then-Senator Kelly Loeffler in January 2021. On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, "Gwinnett" was trending on Twitter in Georgia, according to the social media app.

One factor about Warnock's 2021 runoff victory that could make his performance in Tuesday's runoff appear more significant was that several Republicans sat out that contest, either in protest over President Joe Biden winning Georgia in the 2020 presidential election or because former President Donald Trump made claims that there was extensive fraud in that election.

That was not a factor in this year's runoff.

But, turnout in Gwinnett for the January 2021 runoff was still higher — 104,374 votes higher, to be exact — than it was for this year's runoff. In 2021, 369,794 votes were cast in that runoff, which had 12 more days of early voting than Tuesday's election had.

If state Representative Jasmine Clark of Lilburn, has any say in the matter, the window between a general election and a runoff will be two weeks longer in the future.

Clark announced on Wednesday that she will pre-file legislation to extend the window between the general election and runoff from four weeks to six weeks. The biggest impact would be a longer early voting period for a runoff, with counties required to offer at least one Saturday voting day during early voting. The bill will address the shortened timeline for the election that led to various issues with voters receiving their absentee ballots in time, extremely long lines and many people not having the option for weekend voting. Until the 2020 election cycle, the window had been nine weeks, but it was shortened to four weeks as part of election reforms that became law last year.

What resulted when this year's U.S. Senate race between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker went to a runoff was conflicting information over when early voting could begin — due to Thanksgiving being in the window — followed by lawsuits over early voting and absentee ballots that voters in at least one county did not receive.

Judges had to intervene to allow Saturday voting during the early voting period for the runoff because state officials said the fact that the day after Thanksgiving was a holiday meant Saturday voting could not take place because of a state law that went into effect half a decade ago. If the rules outlined in Clark's legislation had been in place for this year's runoff, the election would have been held on December 20. Gwinnett County also would have been able to offer 19 days of early voting — the number it traditionally offers before an election — starting the Monday after Thanksgiving.

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented individual and group Community Service Awards at its November monthly meeting.

Two awards are presented each year to recognize deserving individuals and organizations for outstanding voluntary service which includes unpaid achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors.

Frances Huff Johnson was recognized for her dedicated work as the archive chairperson at the Gwinnett Historical Society. The NSDAR Community Service Award was presented to her in honor of her many volunteer hours of service over the past years working to collect, document, and preserve historical documents, photographs, and objects which significantly reflect the history of Gwinnett County. The GHS Archives is a repository which is often used by individuals researching family genealogy and by those working on scholarly documentations of our local history. Generations to come will benefit from the work of Frances Huff Johnson. The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry was recognized for serving the communities of Lawrenceville and Dacula for many years. In addition to the support of local churches, many additional volunteers are needed to organize and deliver this service. The Lawrenceville Co-op volunteers strive to serve with Christian love, preservation of client dignity, promotion of self-responsibility, and partnership with other community service providers.

Lawrenceville Co-op provides boxes of food and hygiene staples on a weekly basis. Beyond that, clients are connected to providers for help with additional needs, such as clothing and shelter.

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter held a successful food drive in October, donating 271 pounds of food, personal items and $250 in cash. Donations to the Co-op can be made at lawrencevilleco-op.org.

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