March 6-- Voters in two counties gave their school systems votes of confidence in Tuesday's voting.
In Vidalia and Toombs County, voters approved continuation of a one percent local option sales tax for education with 68% of the voters voting yes.
Vidalia schools will collect an estimated $14.1 million over a five-year period. "It just shows that the voters are with us and what we are trying to do in education," according to Vidalia School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith.
An estimated $15.3 million of the sales tax will be allocated to Toombs schools, and the voters also okayed a $13.4 million dollar bond issue for Toombs County schools to build a new Toombs County high school building and a new building for Toombs Central Elementary. Sixty-two percent of the voters approved the bond issue.
In Treutlen County, 74% of the voters approved continuation of a sales tax to pay off bonds which are financing construction of a new K-12 school in the county.
In the Presidential Primary, former Georgia congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich won statewide in Georgia and locally. He won 53% of the vote in Toombs County, 55% in Montgomery and 59% in Treutlen.
State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons endorsed Gingrich. "We've still got a number of southern states with primaries and over half of the delegates are still out there for the taking. We're not in first place but hopefully from here on out he can do well," Williams said.
Senator Williams says whomever gets the nomination will have the support of Republicans against President Obama and he says it could come down to a brokered convention in Tampa before anyone knows whato that candidate will be.
Among the other candidates, Santorum got nearly 21 percent and Romney 20% in Toombs County with Ron Paul just under five percent.
In Montgomery County, Santorum got 23%, Romney 16% and Paul 5%. In Treutlen, Santorum got nearly 20%, Romney 18% and Paul just over 3%.