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July 17, 2003 Issue

Accident fatal...
A puzzling traffic accident Monday afternoon led to the death of 25 year-old Louisville resident Tyrone Mosley as his 1983 Pontiac Bonneville crashed into the culvert of a wet weather creek on Coleman Chapel Road five miles southwest of Wadley. The circumstances of the accident began several hundred yards away as several vehicles attempted to pass a tractor. Mosley's vehicle ran onto the shoulder of the road and for unexplained reasons continued for more than 200 yards in a straight line along the shoulder of the road, eventually jumping the narrow creek and crashing into the bank and concrete culvert on the other side. Mosley died at the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

Wadley files suit against UDAG loan holders

City seeks to recover more than $50,000 in delinquent loans

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

It was more than three years in the making, but the Wadley City Council returned from executive session Monday with the announcement by Mayor Herman Baker that suits to recover more than $50,000 in delinquent city loans would be filed the following day.

Delinquent money owed the city from past low-interest Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) business loans include more than $11,000 from council member Izell Mack and more than $29,000 from former council member and mayor pro-tem Albert Samples. A third loan more than $9,000 delinquent is owed by Brenda Mincey. City-sponsored UDAG loans were designed to help start-up or expand their small businesses.

The announcement to go forward with the suits but the failure to follow through had gained a near historic status with the city's governing body prior to Baker's announcement Monday night. The previous city council addressed collections of delinquent UDAG payments in October 1999. At that time delinquencies from the same individuals totaled $19,286.86. Former city attorney Bobby Reeves told the council they were obligated to collect money due the city. Responding to instructions from the council, Reeves issued letters to all parties advising them that the collection process would be initiated. Discussion between council members at subsequent meetings resulted in apparent confusion concerning the council's original intent in generating the letter. No action was taken until July 2002 after a new administration had taken office.

In July 2002 the next council, under Mayor Herman Baker, advised new city attorney John Murphy to initiate the collection suit process. Murphy said Tuesday the length of time involved to bring the process to its current stage was due to his not being comfortable with the accounting aspects of the balances due on the accounts. He asked the city to have city auditor Garry Pittman review all the account files and submit the actual balances due the city. Murphy received the completed packet in mid-May and reported the findings to the council June 9.

Federal UDAG grant awards were established through competitions from 1978-1989 to assist communities in stimulating economic development, employment and housing opportunities in distressed communities.

Mt. Moriah camp meeting begins

From Staff Reports

Despite a devastating fire that occurred less than two months ago at the Mt. Moriah Interdenominational Campground, the 176th annual camp meeting services will kick off today.

The fire burned down the boys dormitory, and staff members were unsure at the time whether it would be rebuilt in time for this year's camp meetings. The answer? No. However, that is not stopping the young campers from attending. Boys will sleep on mattresses in the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church Annex.

The meetings that will take place at the historic campground will begin at 7:30 p.m. this evening, July 17, and continue each evening at the same time through Sunday, July 27. Sunday morning worship services will be held at 11 a.m. July 20 and 27.

Tonight Rev. Sammy Glass, of Decatur, Tn., will be delivering the message. Glass' family will also be the worship leaders for the 2003 encampment.

Returning this year to deliver messages from Friday, July 18, through the Sunday morning service on July 20 is Rev. Paul F. Henson, of Cleveland, Tn.

Henson has been presenting the gospel for more than 50 years. Though he has spent several years in Church of God administration, evangelism has been his first love. He has preached in 43 countries and has been the evening evangelist in more than 100 state camp meetings.

He has also preached in evangelistic meetings in every state in the U.S. and has been preaching at Mt. Moriah camp meeting services for the past decade with the exception of last year when an illness prevented his attendance.

The Rev. Tony Caruso, pastor of Clover Christian Fellowship, Clover, S.C., will return for a third year to speak at the Sunday evening service on July 20.

Caruso has been a pastor for 24 years but has also worked on the mission field in Russia, Pakistan and Mexico. Caruso is particularly known for his appeal to the youth. There are 105 youths registered for the week and a waiting list has been started.

Linda Lariscy, a respected Bible teacher and wife of Wrens Baptist pastor Race Lariscy, will be delivering the message Monday through Friday of next week. Linda also brought a word to the campers last year.

Friday night will also see the return of Rev. Leon Price, of Reston, Va., to the campground; this will be his fourth year to participate.

Price will bring prophetic messages to camp during the closing weekend. Price has ministered in Great Britain, Africa, Russia, Cuba, and across the United States and Canada.

To get to Mt. Moriah Campground from Wrens, take Hwy. 88 East to Matthews. Turn left onto Campground Rd. and follow the signs to Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. The tabernacle is located behind the church.

County begins environmental cleanup of site

Containers at site are believed to hold tar, paint and paint additives: First phase of cleanup should cost $11,285

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

The clean up of hundreds of rusted, chemical-filled containers on county property adjacent to the old prison on US Highway 1 in Louisville will finally be resolved.

Commissioners voted July 8 to authorize Foster Environmental of Augusta to conduct the first phase of the clean up identified, but never acted on, more than three years ago. County administrator Paul Bryan told commissioners Foster would perform the first phase of the clean up at a price of $11,285.

The price involves packaging the containers and testing the dirt at the site. The containers are believed to contain tar, paint and paint additives. Verified at the site June 11 were containers labeled antifreeze coolant, glazing compound and zinc chromate.

Most of the containers were stacked either on wooden pallets or inside two old truck beds.

Bryan said the next phases will include determining the status of soil contamination and the disposal of the containers and all applicable soil at the site.

The cost of those procedures has not been determined.

The issue first surfaced at the June 10 commission meeting when county Marshal Alan Wasden cited the existence of the containers while making the point that commissioners should live up to the same requirements as county residents. He referenced a mass of rusted containers, some of which were leaking onto the ground.

Wasden said he had informed the board in April 2000 of the existence of the problem and had provided bids from two companies to clean up the site.

A check at the commission office June 11 confirmed that the board had been made aware of the problem and had voted to have the county perform the work rather than hiring an environmental clean up firm. But the work had never been done. That fact, said Wasden, puts commissioners at odds with state law and with county residents who are also required to adhere to those laws.

"To this date the material is still at the same location leaking chemicals on to the ground," he said at the June 10 meeting. "If this same situation had occurred with an individual, felony charges under Title 16 would have been filed. If Jefferson County wants to continue to have a proactive environmental program, we should lead by setting the example for others to follow."

An inspection of the area June 11 showed the presence of hundreds of rusted containers, ranging in size from one-pint to 55-gallon drums.

The rusted condition of the containers largely prohibits a clear identification of the contents.

Clearly evident was the chemical leaking onto the ground from several of the containers.

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