News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, Oct. 8, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- From signs all over our area to billboards in Atlanta, "Save the A" has people talking. The group hopes lawmakers are listening.
More than 10,000 people have signed the petitions. They want Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to convince the Board of Regents to reconsider the name Georgia Regents University.
Augusta business leader Nick Evans is heading up the movement.
"We've got businesses all over town, we've got locations passing out bumper stickers, we've got more yard signs coming, we have billboards," Evans said.
The campaign includes, "doctors, lawyers, dentists, businessmen, car dealers," Evans said.
They are all part of a last-ditch effort to keep Augusta in the name of the newly-consolidated university.
Restaurant owner Richard Goolsby is part of that movement.
"There's a little saying that sticks and stones can break your bones, but words do permanent damage. If the name is not important, why have they locked it?" Goolsby said.
When you go into Goolsby's restaurant in Evans and pass the smell of Southern cooking, you will notice more signs and a petition.
"We had 17 to 18 pages that were turned in Saturday night, and we've had a couple more Monday," Goolsby said.
Thousands upon thousands of students, alums or just supporters from across the state are asking for the governor to do something.
News 12's Sheli Muniz asked, "How effective do we think this campaign will be?"
Evans responded, "Well, we hope it'll be effective. I know this, the chances of something getting done is zero if we keep our mouths shut."
The campaign has really been picking up speed in the past week, just when we all thought the smoke had cleared.
"People have questioned that maybe it's time to move on, but the real answer to that is the court system may have the say so on when it's time to move on."
He says that because their saving grace is the lawsuit by Regent University in Virginia. It would take your tax dollars to fight it in court.
If you want to sign the petition, head on over to savethea.org.
They are ready to continue the campaign indefinitely.