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Ag Hall of Fame

first_imgBrooks Pennington, Jr.Pennington dedicated his life to building Pennington Seed, Inc., one of the most successful agribusinesses in the nation, which was founded by his father.He studied agricultural engineering and agronomy at UGA and put his knowledge to work at his family business. His textbook,”Seeds and Planting in the South,” is a standard for manySouthern colleges of agriculture.The chair of President Jimmy Carter’s first campaign forgovernor, he was also Carter’s presidential campaign agriculturalcoordinator in 1976.Pennington served in both chambers of the Georgia GeneralAssembly. For eight years he chaired the Georgia Senateagriculture and natural resources committee.He donated his political pay to the Brooks Pennington Sr.Scholarship Fund. This fund has enabled more than 30 students toattend college. Seven years after his death, Pennington is stilltouching students’ lives through his scholarship fund. Robert LowreyLowrey grew up in Floyd County, Ga. He earned bachelor’s andmaster’s degrees in animal science from UGA and a Ph.D. in animalnutrition from Cornell University.After working with the Atomic Energy Agricultural Research Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn., he returned to UGA as an animal scienceresearcher on a team studying beef cattle nutrition. The team’sefforts led to the release of Coastcross-1 Bermuda grass.Lowrey was highly regarded by his more than 3,000 students. Hereceived many teaching awards, including the D.W. Brooks andJosiah Meigs awards. More than 50 of his former students work forthe UGA Extension Service. Many more are successful vocationalagriculture teachers, farmers and leaders.Since Lowrey retired in 1999, an endowed scholarship in his name has attracted more than $37,000 in contributions, an indication of the high esteem in which his students, colleagues, friends and family hold him. Garland ThompsonThompson is an agricultural banker and avid soil conservationist. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he earned degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and UGA.At the Trust Company Bank of Coffee County, he pioneered banking services now offered in banks across Georgia.Thompson is a member and past chairman of the Georgia BankersAssociation Agriculture Committee, which informs bankers oncommunity, economic and agribusiness development issues.While chairing the Southeast Georgia Area Planning andDevelopment Commission, Thompson helped establish a $4 millionethanol fuels distillery that bought wheat and corn from localfarmers.His efforts also led the expansion of a jet aircraft enginecomponent manufacturer that created 300 new jobs, a $10 millionCoats and Clark yarn plant (250 jobs) and Joseph CampbellCompany’s purchase of Douglas Foods (700 jobs).He has been a district soil-and-water supervisor for almost 30years, and in 1977, Gov. George Busbee appointed him to the StateSoil Conservation Committee, which finds ways to develop landwithout harming the environment. He was reappointed by GovernorsJoe Frank Harris and Zell Miller and named chairman by RoyBarnes.In 1982, Thompson was named Man of the Year in Service to Georgia by Progressive Farmer magazine for his solid, lifelong support of agriculture and agricultural research and extension in Georgia.To learn more about the GeorgiaAgricultural Hall of Fame, seethe Hall of Fame Web site (interests.caes.uga.edu/aghalloffame/).center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRobert Lowrey, the late Brooks Pennington Jr. and GarlandThompson were named to the Georgia Agricultural Hall of FameSept. 5 in Athens, Ga.Since 1972, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has recognized Georgians who haveextraordinarily contributed to agriculture by inducting them intothe Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.The Hall includes Georgia governors, lawyers, farmers, bankers, educators and others. Their portraits are displayed in the CAES Activity Center on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga.last_img read more

Capital cases panel to appeal judge’s ruling

first_imgCapital cases panel to appeal judge’s ruling Judge says lawyers handling death penalty appeals can ask a judge for more compensation Capital cases panel to appeal judge’s ruling Private attorneys handling collateral appeals for death row inmates can ask a judge for more compensation than allowed in state statute and cannot be banned from seeking future cases because they sought the higher pay, a Second Circuit judge has ruled.But the legislature’s Commission on Capital Cases has voted to appeal that March ruling by Judge Terry Lewis, although members said that decision could change if state lawmakers approve pending legislation.On March 21, Lewis ruled on a case brought by Tallahassee attorney Mark Evan Olive challenging the state statute that caps payment to registry attorneys. Registry attorneys are private lawyers who have signed up to handle capital collateral appeals. Those lawyers handle overflow and conflict cases in the southern and middle parts of the state and under a pilot program all of the collateral appeals in the northern part of the state.F.S. §27.7002 provides that registry attorneys may not seek compensation above caps set in state law and that the executive director of the Commission on Capital Cases “is authorized to permanently remove from the registry list” any attorney who requests higher compensation.Olive raised three points in his suit: The law violates Article V by precluding trial judges from ensuring that adequate representation is provided by awarding compensation above the caps when necessary; it violates the separation of powers by interfering with trial courts’ authority; and it infringes on the Florida constitutional right to effective assistance to counsel for death row inmates.Judge Lewis ruled for Olive on the first point, saying the law had to be interpreted in light of several court decisions which give trial judges the authority to control compensation to ensure adequate representation. He also noted that the state has regularly issued payment above the caps when approved by a judge.He ruled for the state on the other two counts, finding as long as the statute is interpreted as not undermining trial judges’ authority there is no separation of powers issue and that in Florida there is no constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel in post-conviction proceedings.At the Commission on Capital Cases, members debated what effect an appeal would have, before voting 5-1 to appeal Lewis’ ruling to the First District Court of Appeal.Commission member Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said he was happy with the system when there were three CCRC offices and registry attorneys only handled overflow and conflict cases. He noted the privatizing of the northern CCRC cases was sought by the governor’s office and is currently in a three-year pilot program of using only registry attorneys. If fee caps aren’t upheld, it’s possible that it won’t be cheaper using registry counsel than the former CCRC office, he said.“We had a system that wasn’t broke and was functioning well before we went into this private counsel,” Crist said. “If we can’t get this functioning well, maybe we need to go back to the three regional counsels.”Commission member Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami, noted that he and commission Chair Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, have bills in the legislature addressing capital collateral appeals, including the fee caps issue.“We’re trying to focus on a procedure that focuses on efficiency but allows attorneys to be paid fairly when things are extraordinary,” Gelber said. “Ultimately, going back to the old system with whatever we’ve learned through this process will be the thing to do.”Commission member Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Leslie D. Rothenberg cast the only vote against the appeal.“I don’t think it’s an excess fee if the court grants it,” she said. “I think this is a ruling that simply holds that an attorney cannot be permanently barred from the registry merely for requesting extra fees.”Rothenberg added that it does not affect attorneys who try to abuse the system and get unjustified fees or costs. April 30, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

International 6th April Basketball Tournament to be held in Sarajevo

first_imgInternational 6th April Basketball Tournament organized by Basketball Club Koš will be held this year in Sarajevo as part of the event of marking Day of City of Sarajevo. The tournament will be held from 3rd to 5th April at KSC Skenderija, and the boys will be competing in 3 categories: U14, U16 and U18.This will be the eight consecutive year for the tournament to be held here, and true  recognition for all participating in tournament organization came last year when FIBA included this tournament in its calendar.The tournament organizer, Basketball Club Koš, headed by the famous BH basketball player Sejo Bukva, is doing excellent job that all the best teams in the region and wider are participating in this tournament. There is no doubt that tournament will attract numerous quality players and teams, and it is very likely that this year’s tournament will be even better than last year’s.The tournament is played in three categories, and The Spars from Sarajevo celebrated in both junior and pioneer category last year. Especially great was the victory of juniors over Fenerbahce, where the star player was Edin Atić. In the category of cadets, Cibona won the title after they beat host team Koš. In this match, the star player was Džanan Musa whose success is followed by whole Europe.Names like Cibona and Fenerbahce, but also Musa and Atić, guarantee that the tournament will give the city a large number of high quality games on the Sixth-April tournament, and there is no doubt that the same will be this year.Following teams will compete on this tournament:U-14 category: KK Gen, KK Cedevita, KK Kvarner and KK Koš.U-16 category: KK Tofaš, D.K. Basketball Academy, KK Cibona, KK Cedevita, KK Kvarner and KK KošU-18 category: KK Budućnost, KK Cibona, OKK Spars, KK Megaleks, D.K. Basketball Academy and KK Koš. Source: ( klix.ba )last_img read more