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Mornings unPHILtered - Registrar: Bring ID to polls today
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    On Monday's “Mornings unPHILtered” show, Bulloch County Deputy Voting Registrar Shontay Jones reminded voters to bring a proper picture ID if they go to the polls to vote today. Jones spoke on the air with host Phil Boyum.
    Early voting for the Statesboro city council election closed after three weeks on Friday and 290 people cast an early ballot or sent in absentee ballots. Jones said 73 people cast ballots in District One, while 183 voted in District Four, the only contested races in the city.
    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be two poll locations in the city of Statesboro: the Old William James complex (Districts 1 & 2) and the Honey Bowen Building (Districts 3, 4, & 5). Voters need to bring a Georgia's Driver license, or a GSU and OTC College Identification, or even your Passport. United States Government Identification can also be used but must be an official document.
    Jones said if people forgot their ID, he or she can ask for a provisional ballot, vote and then within two days bring in the necessary identification to the Registrars Office at the Bulloch County Courthouse. Jones said if someone writes in another candidate, they must  understand that whatever write-in votes are cast will not count, as no one qualified to be considered as a write-in candidate.
    Jones actually was the second guest on “Morning's unPhiltered.” Ron Shiffler, Dean of GSU's College of Business Administration. He spoke about the upcoming “Eagle Fast-Pitch Competition.” It is not a sport's contest, but rather a competition in which entrepreneurs can quickly “pitch” their idea for a new “venture.”
    It will held on Friday at the Holiday Inn from noon until 5. The “Fast Pitch” competition has three different categories: student entrepreneurs, academic entrepreneurs and local entrepreneurs. They will be graded on their presentations by a panel of judges. At the end of the day, trophies will be awarded in each category.
    Each presentation interview will last about five minutes. There are numerous sponsors, including JIA Public Relations, Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, the University of Georgia's SBDC Network, GSU's Office of Research Services and Sponsored, and GSU's College of Business Administration.
    Shiffler advised entrants to have a unique angle, which makes the product desirable. He also said they need to show that the idea will most likely be a moneymaker and won't be a financial disaster. Finally, he advised competitors that need to show how the venture could be a viable business.
    Shiffler spoke of “Music Intelligence Solutions”, a Savannah idea that has become a reality. Several people decided to upload all of the music from the 1920's forward. They then analyzed why songs were successful, and then built a means by which, based on past history, a new song might (or might not) be successful.
     “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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