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Page 8C February 20, 2019 iR orter Monroe County na- tive Tess Hammock has been named Director of Communications for new Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The com- munications director serves as the main con- tact for news and media outlets and will manage all communications from the SOS'S Office. Hammock comes from Peachtree Government Relations (PGR), an Atlanta-based public affairs firm. Prior to joining PGR, Tess worked with the off~ce of Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Chamber of Com- merce, and on numerous state campaigns. Tess has also served time in Wash- ington D.C. as Congress- man Austin Scott's Agri- culture Fellow, and was an intern for the Monroe 'County Reporter. Hammock has a robust communications back- ground, serving as the official spokesperson for several non-profit organi- zations. She has had her writing featured in national and state-wide publica- tions. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and a certificate in Leadership and Service. "I am humbled and ex- cited to be joining the Sec- retary of State's team" said Hammock. 'Tm looking forward to working with this outstanding group to further serve the people our great state." Hammock said she remembers being 13 years old and thinking to her- self during 4-H day at the Capitol, 'Tm going to work in this building one day" "I didn't know when and I certainly didn't know how but now, more than a decade later, I am finally working in that building" said Hammock. Monroe Countians have had a big interest in the secretary of state's office in recent years due to the long and costly border dispute with Bibb County. All eyes are on Raffensperger to see how he approaches the is- sue which went unresolved under former secretary of state Brian Kemp. Raffensperger's office hasn't responded to request for comment on the issue yet. Hammock is the daugh- ter of Randall and Kathy Hammock, who live in River Forest. w J I 1 Isabel McLaurin of Monroe County quali- fied for, and competed at the Interscho- lastic Equestrian Association's (lEA) Zone 4 Region 1 Finals on Saturday, Feb. 16. Isabel won Champion in both her over fences and flat individual classes. She also won both of her team classes, sweeping all of the classes in the Open Division. Isabel also ended her regular season as High Point flat rider in the region and in the top 5 out of 244 Open riders in Zone 4. In the lEA show format, a rider does not ride his or her own horse. The host team and participating teams provide the horses and tack from which the riders randomly draw the name of the horse she or he will ride in a class. A rider must accumulate 18 points in a maximum of five shows to qualify for Region Finals. The rider must win first place in the cla ses at Region Finals to advance to Zone Finals. Isabel will compete at Zone Finals in Pensacola, Fla. in March. She hopes to qualify for National Finals there by being in the top two in the Open Division class- es. Isabel is the daughter of Cole and Audri McLau- rin of Smart. F0rsyth, GA 31029 ~r~e yo~ ftm~ with j Faem Nominate "I Businessman -+ of the Year The Monroe County Reporter will honor the county's Businessman of " the Year next week, and readers have until Thursday to submit nominations. The Reporter publishes = its Men at Work special edition each February,i and honors the Business- man of the Year on the cover and with a feature" story. Past winners include David Davis of 1st Franklin FinanCial and Greg Head of Head Heating and Air. Send nominations of up to 500 words to publisher@ by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, or fax to 994-2359 or drop by the Reporter office. . 2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "~ i !I r'd sf " -ujw J]Qualitya fromUe" ""' """" [ 16 EastJohnson St. ' Forsyth, GA 31029 ! Iling Tractor in the World! [ AUTO HOME LIFE G&M Enterprise,47 ~'~: ~'~'~ LONG-TERM CARE ~, I iCarlt Maynard.(770) 358-3572 i](8) 992.8326 donnyspropanegas. om J' : Rick OlSASl,lW Owens : : , 109 Westgate Plaza Barnesville, GA 30204 ' 24,Hour [ Emergency Service I (478) 994-1515 " I : ,(478) 742-7966 "; ,: rdowens56~gmalLcom Dwens Insuranc( Agency t !