Gov. Nathan Deal returned to his roots Monday, speaking to the Gainesville Rotary Club about his eight-year administration, which is coming to an end. Deal, who spent most of his adult life in Gainesville, served as the president of Gainesville’s Rotary Club in 1976. Philip Wilheit of Wilheit Packaging, a longtime friend of Deal’s, introduced him Monday, reflecting on Deal’s involvement with the Rotary Club and his political career. Several Rotarians contributed to Deal’s first State Senate campaign in 1979. Then, in 1995, he announced at the Rotary Club that he was switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
UPDATE: Development Authority of Dawson County awarded $300,000 grant to help with manufacturer BTD’s local expansion project.