Wadley hydrants need repairs
• Fire Chief assured city he could
handle fires in the meantime
By Carol McLeod
It was while undergoing an inspection
last November to reduce
Wadley’s fire insurance rating from
a 7 that the city’s fire chief, Bruce
Logue, learned he had a problem.
“We had an ISO (Insurance
Services Office) visit in November
2005,” Logue said. “Their recommendation
was that we test all of the
hydrants' static water pressure.”
Logue was working to improve the
ISO rating down to a 5.
“The auditors made a number of
recommendations and this was one
of them – that we list and number
all of the hydrants and test the static
pressure,” Logue said. “We have
the mapping down. (That’s) almost
done. We have a map located in the
Logue said the process had just
started when they noticed the problems
with the hydrants.
“We noticed the fluctuation of the
pressure when we were checking the
hydrants for the pressure,” he said.
The chief said the hydrant that
seems the worst so far was probably
hit by a vehicle. The city has 137
hydrants, he said, adding the normal
practice is to have a hydrant every
500 feet. Of these, Logue and his
crew have tested 56.
“We stopped when we had the
problem with the water hammer
with the hydrant,” he said. A water
hammer, he explained, is the pressure
created when the flow of water
is stopped or started suddenly, causing
a vibration in the water. “In the
home, you can sometimes hear the
pipes rattling,” he said.
That hydrant broke, causing
Logue safety concerns. Some of
the hydrants are leaking at the base;
some are leaking at the top, he said.
Not all need work.
Wadley Mayor Herman Baker
said, unfortunately, all of the work
will have to be paid for by the city.
“That’s upkeep,” he said. “There’s
no grant money for maintenance.”
Baker said one of the hydrants was
installed in 1926.
“We were already working on
(the situation),” he said. Mueller, the
manufacturer of the majority of the
hydrants, has already had representatives
down to review the hydrants.
“They’ve been here twice,” Baker
said. “They’re coming down again.
They’ve been telling us if they can
get parts. Some of them we can’t get
parts for, we’re going to have to replace.
I think the hydrant itself costs
around $1,700 or $1,800 each. ”
When the hydrant broke, Logue
said some people were without water
overnight. Testing of the fire hydrants
will not resume until he can be assured
the hydrants are fixed and in
good working order.
“I want these hydrants fixed,” he
said. “We don’t want this to happen
Despite the condition of the hydrants,
Logue assured the council the
department is prepared for fires.
“We have a 1,500-gallon tanker
and it’s 4 miles away,” the fire chief
said. “We can get water, but with
a hydrant, we can get steady pressure.”
By Carol McLeod
Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for
a man in connection to a robbery committed this
weekend at the Family Dollar in Louisville.
The man is described as a white male, about
5’8” to 5’10”, of slender build, with not quite
shoulder length, unkempt, blondish brown hair.
He was last seen wearing a cap.
According to official reports, he walked into the
Family Dollar and gave the clerk a note.
“She got scared when she read part of it and
just handed over the money,” a source close to the
“The part she read said, ‘I’m a dying man. Give
me all the money.’”
She believed he had a weapon because she
thought she saw something shiny in one of his
hands, the source said.
She apparently gave him the register’s top
tray, which reportedly contained between $150
and $160 in $10s, $5s and $1s.
According to eye-witness accounts, the man
had parked his car at the back of Flash Foods,
and walked in front of that store. The clerk there
thought that he was probably going to Dairy
Queen because he walked across. About 15 minutes
later, the same guy came running back from
the same direction and ran past the front of the
Flash Foods store.
There was a customer in front of the Flash
Foods pumping gas. That customer saw him run
behind the store. The customer walked around
the side, trying to see what he was running toward
and saw him get into a small tan two-door
At that time, neither the clerk at Flash Foods
nor the customer who was pumping gas knew
anything about a robbery.
By this time, according to a spokesman with
the Sheriff’s department, the clerk at Family Dollar
had called 911 and they had dispatched law
The manager of the Family Dollar had been
putting up stock when the incident occurred, according
to the spokesman. When the clerk told the
manager what had happened, the manager went to
the door to see which way the man went.
The manager couldn’t see him came back in.
The clerk at the Flash Foods store said when
the suspect got in the car, he headed north on
Anyone with information on this incident is
encouraged to contact the sheriff's office.
A grand old flag
• Retired Glascock
County educators mix
sweat with paint in a
labor of patriotic love
By Faye Ellison
“He’ll give us a breeze,” one painter said to the
other. “He always does.”
For the love of their countrymen, of their country;
for the love of being able to believe in their God, their
religion, two retired Glascock County educators have
found a way to express this love.
Creeping through downtown Gibson headed towards
Jefferson County on Highway 102, drivers
cross two bridges, go into a curve and then wham, an
explosion of patriotic color fills their eyes.
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Fifty stars and thirteen stripes colored in shades of
red, white and blue fly against the sky. It is an unlikely
sight that has visitors from Glascock County and the
surrounding area flocking to the spot to take pictures,
honk their vehicle’s horns, offering their support and
sometimes a helping hand.
Glascock County resident Andy Chalker and
McDuffie County resident Bill Seaman are the creators
of this larger than life tribute to America. What
drivers find when they cross that bridge is a 1,650-
square-foot American flag painted on the tin roof on
an old barn.
Weather permitting, the men climb up with their
paint buckets two to three days a week. For Andy it
is just a short drive to their landmark. It was Crib’s
Barn, named after Chalker’s father who constructed
it in 1952. Now it is known as Andy’s Barn, but
the name may soon change to America’s Barn with
the newfound pride the project has instilled in the
community’s citizens and even those as far away as
“People stop all the time,”
Chalker said. “They blow their
horn, take pictures or stop to
talk. Some even offer to help
paint the flag.”
Before Chalker was a teacher,
principal or superintendent
of Glascock County Schools,
he was in the military for four
years. The time he spent defending
his country never left
him and was an inspiration for
his tribute to America.
“I think it is probably the
most patriotic thing to do for
the men and women in the
armed forces,” Chalker said.
“It is for all the citizens, but
especially meant for those in
Chalker said painting the
flag on the barn was a clear
decision to him because of
the position and size. The flag
itself boasts three-foot high
stripes, with each star being
two feet from tip to tip.
“Andy called me and said
he had an idea,” Seaman, a
pastor at Mineral Springs
Baptist Church, said. “He said
he wanted to paint a flag on
the barn and he wanted me
to sketch it to scale. I say it
worked out to perfection.”
Seaman said that each one fourth
inch equaled one foot.
With the correct proportion, it
is an accurate depiction of a
United States flag. With only
a few days of work left on
the project, Seaman said he
appreciates Chalker inviting
him along for the labor of
“I am just happy he called
me and told me what he was
going to do,” Seaman said.
“This is just awesome. I
am proud to be a part of the
“Well I couldn’t think of
anything better on a barn
than the United State flag,”
Chalker added, “as far as
The two men began working
on the flag beginning in
August. During those summer
days, the men could stand to
be on the hot tin roof for only
about an hour.
“There is sweat mixed in
(with the paint on) the flag,”
Chalker and Seaman both
said they appreciate their
wives’ (Barbara Chalker
and Katherine Seaman) support
and the community’s in
keeping them on the path to
finish the flag.
“We have gotten a lot of
moral support,” Chalker said.
“Barbara and Katherine have
kept us propped up. We also
appreciate the support of the
people saluting, tooting their
horns, waving, offering to
“We appreciate that,” Seaman
said. “We really do.”
Chalker and Seaman both
hope that those who pass by
the flag will come away with
just as much as the experience
they had painting it.
“I enjoy doing something
I hope someone else will get
something from,” Chalker
said. “When you get to that
point, painting this flag on
top of this barn represents the
greatest liberty and freedom
in this world. All the supreme
sacrifices Americans have
made for that liberty and