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April 8, 2004 Issue

Glascock County firefighters, sheriff's deputies, paramedics and others work a scene of a rollover accident Friday at Glascock County Consolidated School. The mock death, injuries and arrest for driving and drinking were part of Ghost Out 2004, meant to illustrate the dangers drinking and driving.

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Mock accident designed to scare kids straight

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

It was an all too familiar scene Friday afternoon. An intoxicated driver, a multiple rollover accident, passengers ejected, injured and one dead. The scene of the accident was Glascock County Consolidated School.

The only saving grace was that the entire event was staged to help students obtain a greater awareness of what can happen when things go wrong and how to avoid being a part of a real life tragedy. Judging from the expressions of students' faces, the Glascock County Ghost Out 2004 succeeded.


Rev. Bill Seaman used the public address system to walk students step by step through the accident as deputies and firefighters arrived at the scene, followed by paramedics, a state trooper and a med-evac helicopter. Seaman described the unfolding events in minute detail, from the condition of the broken bodies to the efforts of rescue personnel as they fought to salvage lives from the grasp of death. Positioned by the dying through the bloody scene stood the Grim Reaper.

All things considered, the effort and the intent paid off.

"We did this for the young people," said Sheriff Bryan Bopp. "There hasn't been a student killed in a vehicle accident for the past 16 years and I don't want any now. We wanted to make this realistic so they could see what a real accident is like and so they could see exactly what can result from it. This is reality."

The Ghost Out was not the only activity last week geared to student safety. Students got the opportunity throughout the week to try their skill at a high tech driving simulator provided for the occasion by the Douglas County Sheriff's Teen Drivers Education Program. Students used the fully operational simulator to work on defensive driving techniques, accident avoidance strategies and enhancing proper steering and hand positioning skills, said Douglas County Deputy Adrienne Symanowski. Requiring one hour per student to complete, the simulator program was requested by Bopp and Holton, she said.

Units of Glascock County Sheriff's Office, Glascock Fire Dept., McDuffie/Glascock EMS, Augusta Air-Med, Glascock County Roads Dept. and Georgia State Patrol participated in the event.

Superintendent Jim Holton thanked the Ghost Out participants, adding that the event was well produced.

"I hope it will have a sobering effect on our students," said Holton. "The reactions on the students' faces let me know that they took it seriously."

County plans April 19 meeting to discuss landfill alternatives

Commissioners will also look at proposed zoning ordinances on April 29

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

Ongoing topics of longtime public interest were discussed at the Jefferson County Commission's April 5 work session. Upcoming meetings will address the county landfill on Mennonite Church Road, the proposed zoning ordinance and review of a resolution on septic tank contents recently adopted by Emanuel County.

The meeting to discuss potential alternatives to the operation of the landfill will be held April 19 at 9 a.m. at the commission office. A subsequent public hearing will be scheduled to solicit residents input prior to any decision being made, county administrator Paul Bryan said Tuesday.


Escalating annual costs at the landfill and the need for serious discussion to halt the monetary hemorrhage has been proposed by citizens, county auditors and some on the commission since shortly after it opened in January 1999.

Addressing the ongoing work on the county's proposed zoning ordinance, commissioners set dates to begin the public process designed to lead to its adoption. Public meetings will be held April 29 at 7 p.m. and on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

On another issue, commissioners agreed to review a resolution recently adopted by the Emanuel County Commission addressing the application of raw sewage onto property apparently for use as a fertilizer. The material was described by county attorney Mickey Moses as being composed of the contents of septic tanks. Bryan suggested that commissioners review the resolution and discuss it at the April 20 regular session.

Election will determine who holds area's new legislative seats

Jefferson is set to become part of House District 142; Glascock will be part of 124

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

The long struggle addressing the reapportionment of Georgia's legislative districts is over. A three-judge federal panel completed the work last week, altering a portion of the state's political landscape. In the wake of their action the districts encompassing Jefferson and Glascock counties experienced only minor changes. Primary elections in July and the general election in November will determine who holds the seats Jan. 1.

Jefferson County is set to become a part of House District 142. Other counties making up the district include Washington and portions of Burke, Emanuel and Johnson, according to information provided by the Office of the Secretary of State. Rep. Jimmy Lord currently represents the district.


Glascock will become part of the 124th District that includes Warren, Taliaferro, Hancock and a portion of Putnam County. Rep. Sistie Hudson currently represents the 124th District.

The Senate 24th District remained largely the same. The 24th now includes Glascock, McDuffie, Wilkes, Columbia, Lincoln and a portion of Elbert and Warren counties. Sen. Joey Brush currently represents the district.

Changes in the 23rd Senate District combine voters in Jefferson, Burke, Jenkins, Screven and portions of Emanuel, Richmond and Wilkinson counties. The 23rd District is currently represented by Sen. Randy Hall.

The move came after a panel of three federal judges ordered that the map be redrawn in a Feb. 10 ruling. They concluded that reapportionment of Georgia's districts, drawn in 2001 by the then Democrat-controlled legislature, were unconstitutional. Updated maps were necessary to conform to population shifts reported in the 2000 census. The plan was challenged by Republicans, claiming the proposal gave unfair advantage to Democrats. A lawsuit by Republicans and the continued inability to meet requirements resulted in federal intervention and the issuance of the newly reapportioned districts late last week.

Qualifying for all local, state and Congressional races is April 26-30. The primary election will be held July 20 and the general election on Nov. 2.

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