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Burglaries now into double digits

• Wrens business adjacent to two previous victims is hit

By Parish Howard
Editor

With Troy Gearig of Gearig Inc. reporting someone stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools from a Gearig Mining truck parked at his Wrens business, offi - cers are now looking for leads in a series of business burglaries that now reaches into double digits.

According to the incident report, a Gearig employee arrived at work at 102 Walden Dr. at approximately 5: 30 a.m. Monday and discovered the cabinet doors to their 2006 Peterbilt truck had been forced open.

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A number of door locks were found broken loose and tossed in the grass to one side.

Offi cers believe someone broke into the compartments sometime during the night Sunday or in the early morning hours Monday.

Among the items taken were various hand tools and wrenches, chains and a Lincoln wire feeder welder.

They were still working on a complete inventory as of press time.

Since March more than 10 businesses have been burglarized in Wrens, and Louisville, mostly in the U.S. Highway One corridor.

Wrens Police Chief David Hannah said that a number of these crimes appear to be related.

Other businesses in the area that have suffered from burglaries in the last few months include Wrens Tire, Atwell Pecan, Tom and Jerry's Autobody and Mestek.

Most recently, two other Louisville businesses were burglarized July 30.

Chief Hannah said that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Offi ce as well as his offi ce are all working on these burglaries and he encourages anyone with information to call. He can be reached at (706) 547-3000. Tips can be given anonymously.



Commission decides not to draft letter of non-objection on septage

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Jefferson County Commissioners have made it clear to Flint Logistics, the company which has been rehabilitating the old Fortsmann site, that since it is not sure what Flint’s future plans are, they cannot write a letter of non-objection.

Representatives from Flint Logistics came before the Commissioners at a June 28 meeting requesting that the commissioners draft a letter of non-objection for their company accepting and treating septage at the site. At the time, Commissioner Johnny Davis asked that the issue be tabled until a later time.



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“The board received a letter from Charlie Westberry after the meeting,” Jefferson County Administrator Paul Bryan said of the Flint representative. “This letter indicated that Flint Logistics was requesting a letter stating that the commissioners do not object to their using the Forstmann site to treat septage generated in Jefferson County and that the letter of non-objection would be included in an application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for a permit to accept septage.

“In the letter Westberry stated that if permitted, monitored and controlled it would provide a place where storage haulers can dispose of septage while saving capacity in the county’s municipal treatment systems and have the generators of the septage bear the cost of disposal without subsidy by municipal residents.”

Later Westberry told The News and Farmer/The Jefferson Reporter that Flint had several options including treating domestic sewage from municipalities, restaurant grease or sewage from industries that might come into the site including any sewage or grease from outside counties.

After the newspaper article, a meeting was held with Earnest Earn of the Water Protection Branch to clarify all issues relating to the permitting process, public meeting requirements, the commissioners input and the regulations under which any permit might be issued, Bryan said.

“The meeting was quite informational,” he said. “We were told that we could not be told the specifi c permit requirements until such time that a specifi c application for permit was submitted for approval. We were informed that if an application for septage treatment was submitted it would be covered by both solid waste and water protection regulations.”

Bryan said that the county’s joint Solid Waste Management Plan specifi cally limits the citing of unsuitable areas for landfi ll and solid waste facilities and land applied biosolids sites in this area of the county.

With Flint’s plans still unknown, Bryan said Commissioners found it diffi cult to make a decision because they could not object nor support a future business they did not know.

“Commissioners expressed in prior meetings a strong concern that they had not been provided all the information to support a letter of non-objection,” Bryan explained Friday. “You cannot approve something until you truly know what that something is.”

At the July 31 work session, Davis made a motion to not provide a letter of non-objection with all commissioners voting unanimously to not provide the letter.



Back to class

• A Brand New Start

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer


As the end of August approaches, the last feet march back to schools in Jefferson and Glascock counties.

Jefferson County’s children returned to their school system Tuesday, Aug. 22, after a long summer break ready to learn and meet new friends.



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The school system will welcome back around 3,300 students and will welcome 48 new teachers to the county this year.

The school day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all elementary schools and Jefferson County High School. Louisville Middle begins their day at 7:30 a.m. and ends it at 3:15 p.m. Wrens Middle’s school day runs from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

Jefferson County School System Superintendent Carl Bethune said there were no new programs added to the curriculum this year. Also the only new construction this year was new carpet at the high school and some paving during the summer at the high school and Louisville Academy.

Glascock County Consolidated School began its school year on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Six hundred thirty-one students returned to the school’s halls this year.

The school day in Glascock County begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Glascock County School System Superintendent Jim Holton plans for the students to continue to strive for a better education and for teachers to continue to provide one.

“Our professional development will continue to address the Georgia performance Standards and instructional strategies that target the needs of every student,” Holton said Monday. “Teachers will also analyze student data to determine areas of strength and weakness. Our teachers have invested time this summer working on developing instructional units in mathematics and science at various grade levels that reflect the Georgia Performance Standards.” A new program called Everyday Mathematics, a research- based program aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards, will be introduced this year in grades kindergarten through fourth, Holton said. The program promotes understanding of the patterns of mathematics through the use of real-life content and situations.

Holton said students in grades third through sixth will receive a technological advantage with the help of available desktop or wireless 21st Century technology that will be used in their mathematics classes.

“The students will be provided motivating, meaningful, technology supported mathematics units, thus improving the students’ proficiency in mathematics,” Holton said. He went on to say that the middle and high school grades will also see changes.

“Middle and high school will offer some exciting programs, technology improvements and new scheduling options that we believe will allow our students greater opportunities for the best education possible,” he said.

“A graduation specialist position has been established through the Governor’s Office to assist students with graduation requirements. Mrs. Ann Cantrell will be serving as our graduation specialist.”

Thomas Jefferson Academy recently welcomed 260 students back to class on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The school day runs from 8 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.

“I think we had a great turnout for open house,” Headmaster Chuck Wimberly said.

“There are a lot of new faces at Thomas Jefferson Academy. We are set up and geared up for another outstanding year at Thomas Jefferson Academy.”




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