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April 5, 2007 Issue

Glascock prospect chooses to decline
Josey wants to address stray animal problem
Early Easter Eggstravaganza

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Glascock prospect chooses to decline

• Development authority considers purchasing property to market for industrial growth

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

The Glascock County Industrial Development Authority has been reactivated since 2005. Since then they have worked to help the county grow.

In September 2006, the county’s Development Authority was approached by a prospective business that was looking to locate somewhere in rural South Carolina or Georgia. The business would manufacture storage buildings and said it would bring more than 150 jobs for the chosen community.

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After hearing of the news, the Development Authority went into action working with several state and county agencies and the business to make Glascock County its future home.

Recently the business announced to the Development Authority that they have decided to go in a new direction, maybe a smaller building for a trial run to see how well their plans for the plant worked.

“They approached us and we were very lucky in that aspect,” Development Authority Chairman Lori Boyen said. “We worked with them very diligently over the past six months. They were looking for things that the Development Authority could not give and could not promise to them.

“Even with the generous offer on the table, the company chose to decline the offer stating recent changes in the scope of their project.”

Boyen said after the initial work done to secure serious consideration for Glascock County, in December the manufacturer narrowed their focus to Glascock and McIntosh counties as possible Georgia destinations. They later decided to go with Glascock County as the Georgia representative.

“We were surprised because we don’t have an industrial park,” Boyen said. “We worked with them and talked about what the site would need, what they would need for a building and looked for a site. We didn’t want it in the middle of town because of traffic and we didn’t want to put it in someone’s backyard. We also had to find a property owner who was willing to sell.

“They were looking for a good work force where they would not have competition with other employers.”

During this time, Boyen said the Development Authority worked with the state on incentives such as job tax credits, their lawyer Dan McRae of Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta, the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Economic Development, Deputy Commissioner Chris Clark, OneGeorgia and the County Commissioners.

“We talked about the options the county could do,” Boyen said. “We do not have a lot of available cash sitting around. We met in March with representatives from the state, DCA, our lawyer and OneGeorgia and hashed it all out.

The state made the proposal to this company including county, state and federal incentives and at the last minute it just fell apart.

“They wanted more than what the state and Development Authority was willing to give, overall though the state was really pleased with us. They said we did all we could do.”

Boyen went on to say she wanted to thank those state agencies and county commissioners for their help in trying to move Glascock County forward.

“I cannot even tell you the number of people rooting for Glascock County,” Boyen said.

“And everybody that is a member of the Authority worked diligently. We went to Atlanta several times, to meetings in Dublin and went on site visits looking for a location.”

With the help of state and federal agencies, Boyen said the plan is for Glascock County to continue to move forward and maybe help attract other businesses in the future.

“We have proceeded on to try to acquire the site (the business was considering) for an industrial park,” Boyen said. “We are still working with the state. We have done Phase 1 environmental studies on the property, so why not move forward. This will allow us to market the county.

“Once we have a site, we can put it on the state databases and our site could come up when prospects are looking. Right now we are looking at purchasing the site and at a later date we will go after more funding for infrastructure improvements.”



Josey wants to address stray animal problem

• Melanie Roberts is passing the Spay and Save torch and program to Renea Josey of Louisville

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Melanie Roberts has spent years looking after animals in the area. She began the program Spay and Save to help people take care of their dogs and cats. However, with a move to Columbia County scheduled for this June, she wondered what would happen to those animals. “Our tax exempt status runs out in December of this year,” she said. “It took me a lot of paperwork to get the tax exempt status and it lasted four years.”

Roberts said she knew when she first got a tax exempt status that she would have to reapply periodically. “I’ve contacted several people but no one was willing to take it over,” she said. Then Renea Josey stepped forward.

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Josey has scheduled a meeting for Saturday, April 7, at the Louisville Public Library’s conference room at 2 p.m.

She encourages everyone interested in the program to attend. “What I want to do is get as many people as I can to come to the meeting,” Josey said, adding she would like to see anyone who “is willing, if nothing else, to share information about the needs of the animals and citizens in the county.

We have to protect our animals and ourselves because what affects the animals in the long run will affect us.”

As an example, Josey noted that animals can pass numerous diseases to humans, not just rabies.

“We’ve got cat scratch disease or cat scratch fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, anthrax, salmonella and hookworms and round worms,” she said “People think, ‘It’s not my problem because I don’t have a pet.’

But we have animals roaming around that get into trash, tear up property and cause accidents.

One way or another, your life is always effected by what’s going on down the street.”

As Josey prepares to take over, Roberts wanted to express her appreciation for everyone who helped her and to encourage everyone to assist Josey.

“I want to say a big thank you to Ogeechee Vet and Sandersville Vet,” Roberts said.

“They were our main supporters in discounting prices for our low income people.

And I also am very grateful to Peggy’s Restaurant and Dye’s Fish Camp.

They were our main supporters financially.”

Roberts said she is also grateful to the county and its administrator, Paul Bryan, for the $4,000 donated annually to help with the rabies shots and boarding for the low income clients.

The boarding and rabies shots are mandated when the agency assists with neutering and spaying.

“I do call for people to get behind Renea Josey and support her and her new group,” Roberts said, adding that she did much of the work herself.

“It was the vets and me and I had some people help with fundraising,” Roberts said. “Renea is not going to make it without help.

“I still believe the county needs to do something. How we treat our animals and our fellow citizens is a grade on the county.”

Roberts said the majority of the money she used for the program came from grant money outside the county, most of which couldn’t be used to spay or neuter animals.

“I walk around to houses in poor neighborhoods to find cats and dogs that need spaying,” Roberts said. “No one has harmed me. I see animals chained up with a one-foot chain; I see animals without shelter; I see animals starving; I see animals tortured. I have seen many, many people kill the animals with a gun when they want to get rid of them and this is condoned by a portion of our community.

“There are dog fights constantly set up by people. There’s a $2,500 reward offered by the Humane Society of the United States to anyone who helps prosecute people who hold dog fights.”

Roberts said she would like to see awareness regarding the needs of dogs and cats improve in the county. Recent changes in Georgia’s animal cruelty laws should be enforced, she added.

Simple shelter, food, water and space to live for many animals is lacking, she said. She also said people have called her to say they have called law enforcement regarding strays and been told the officers would just come out and shoot the animal.

“I don’t know who the personnel are but many of my calls are about people being told, ‘We’ll come out there and shoot it,’” she said.

Roberts said her group has spayed at least 400 animals. “I’m just one person,” she said. “You can make a difference. A lot of people say they can’t do it. It breaks their heart. I can cry quicker than anybody but God does not want us to turn away because it’s too sad. It’s not just about me and my pain, it’s about the animal’s pain and God telling us to have dominion and respect for what He’s given us. They’re a part of God. He created everything. And when it’s too painful to reach out and help an animal, you’re turning your back on that part of God.”

“I want to build some resources in this county,” Josey said. “There are surrounding counties that have nothing. Glascock County has nothing. Burke County has nothing.”

Josey agreed with Roberts that one person can do something that counts. “Just get involved,” Josey said. “It doesn’t have to be but a few minutes to make a difference. I had 27 cats and dogs at one time. Because I couldn’t not help them.”

Josey said she couldn’t provide the attention to all of them and worked hard to place them with people who could give them the attention they needed.

The Spay N Save number will be the same, 478-625-8257.

“We’re currently investigating the possibility of expanding Spay and Save’s mission to include sheltering, either through private funds or hopefully through a city-county joint venture,” Josey said, adding that besides the meeting Saturday, she’s scheduling appointments to meet with city and county officials to discuss the possibility of a government run shelter. She also wanted people to know the organization can help people with the cost of treating their pets for mange.



Early Easter Eggstravaganza

Eggs galore...

Betsy Dollar, age 3, wraps an arm around the toothy-grinned Easter Bunny who visited with children Saturday at the Easter egg hunt at Helen Clark Memorial Park in Louisville. Representatives from a host of area civic clubs and other volunteers assisted the city in planning and executing this first major event at the new park. Mayor Rita Culvern said that she hopes this is the first of many such events.




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