Award-winning author speaks at Brenau; Trump endorsement; Gville man loses $4K+ to scammers

*Award-winning author Jeffrey Blount returned to Brenau University recently to share his message of the importance of being an “activist of kindness.” Speaking to faculty and staff at an annual convocation that marks the observance of MLK Day, Blount reminded the student body of the power they hold as individuals. “I came here to Brenau to say that you are Dr. King’s future; you are the dream agenda. I’m here to invest in that future,” he said. Read more about the convocation and what Blount had to say here: Jeffrey Blount brings message of kindness to Brenau community

*U.S. Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Suwanee) has rescinded his endorsement of Nikki Haley following Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary. McCormick, whose district will add Lumpkin County and a portion of Hall following the redrawing of Georgia’s congressional boundaries earlier this year, immediately threw his support behind the former president.

*A 47-year-old Gainesville man reports being swindled out of more than $4,000 in a phone scam. “Subject got a phone call in regard to a warrant for his arrest,” Gainesville Police spokesman Kevin Holbrook said in an email. “He sent $4,500 in bitcoin. Found out it was a scam.” Law enforcement agencies all of the country continue to emphasize that they do not do business this way and you should never respond to any such calls by sending money in any fashion to any of the callers.