In the state Senate, the lieutenant governor usually gets the honor of choosing the first pastor to open the General Assembly session with prayer.
But this year, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has allowed a local pastor to give the opening sermon.
Sen. Renee Unterman said she was able to convince Cagle to allow Kevin Myers, the pastor of 12Stone Church to preach Monday.
The Lawrenceville-area megachurch has done a lot for the community, including last month's congestion-causing Feed the 5,000 event. Unterman said she got to know the pastor because of their initiative to start Street Grace, a program to help end the sexual exploitation of minors.
Congressman announces heating funds
While the temperatures have gone up for now, a local congressman was excited to announce some help for people struggling with heating bills
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson announced another $27 million was released for the state in the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. That gives Georgia a total of $60 million for the year.
Johnson wrote a letter in December to House leadership urging more funds, after the money was exhausted in November due to increased demand by seniors and disabled residents.
"This funding is crucial for low-income families who are still struggling to makes ends meet," said Johnson. "I understand the importance of helping folks during the cold winter months."
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