• There will be seats available
in six city elections this fall
By Faye Ellison
As the summer comes to a close,
many area municipalities are gearing
up for this November’s local, state
and national elections.
Cities adding a local race on the
ballot include Wadley, Avera, Stapleton,
Gibson and Mitchell.
The city of
Edgehill will hold a special election
Edgehill's Sept. 18 special election
will fill the unexpired term of
council member Roy Black on the
Qualifying of the special election
will be held at the Glascock County
Probate Judge’s Office in Gibson
from Aug. 20-22 beginning at 8:
30 a.m. that Monday and ending at
noon on Wednesday. The qualifying
fee is $5.
Anyone who wishes to vote in this
election must register to vote by the
close of business on Aug. 20. Polls
will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The cities holding an election in
November will hold their qualifying
in August also. The city of Mitchell
and Gibson will hold qualifying from
Aug. 27 to Aug. 29 beginning at 9
a.m. that Monday and ending at 4
p.m. that Wednesday.
The city of Mitchell will hold
qualifying for three council members
whose terms expire on Dec. 31.
The council members whose seats
are up for grabs are Amy Borton for
Post 3, Hubert Pulliam for Post 4 and
William H. Wilcher for Post 5.
qualifying fee is $35.
The city of Gibson will hold qualifying for two city council positions and mayor. The current elected officials are Mayor Gregg Kelley and two Council Members Warren Pittman and Paul Hinton.
The city of Stapleton will hold qualifying Monday, Aug. 27, until Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with the exception of lunch from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Seats that are Mayor Harold Smith’s, Council Members Jason Irby’s and Kayleigh Sheppard’s seats will be on the ballot this November. The qualifying fee for mayor is $50 and city council is $25.
The city of Avera, along with the city of Wadley, will hold qualifying Monday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Avera will hold an election this year for three council seats, which are currently held by Charles Padgett and Leisa Hadden and Warren Mathis, who resigned from his position. The qualifying fee for all seats is $3.
Wadley’s election will fill positions held by Albert Samples and Edith Pundt. The qualifying fee is $9.
Anyone who plans to vote in the election that will be held Nov. 6 should register by the closing of business Tuesday, Oct. 9.
• Rachels Machine partners with
state and Sandersville Tech to
train new and existing employees
By Parish Howard
Representatives from the Quick
Start program and Sandersville
Technical College joined Rachels
Machine and Fabrication, Inc. in
Wadley Thursday Aug. 9 in signing
a training agreement that will assist
the local company in training its soon
double its workforce.
Rachels Machine will be expanding
its company and adding a minimum
of 15 welding and metal working
positions in the coming months.
Under the agreement, Georgia
Department of Technical and Adult
Education’s economic development based
Quick Start program will provide
customized workforce training at
no cost to the expanding business.
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“We’ve already begun the needs
analysis portion, studying their business
and started determining what
sorts of training these new positions
will require,” said Jan Melcher, regional
director of the Quick Start’s
Quick Start’s role in the
agreement includes designing
and developing training material
and providing instructors
for Rachels’ new and existing
employees in job specifi skills
like mig welding, use of cranes
and rigging, core training like
proper lifting, gas bottle safety,
hazard communication as well
as some advanced manufacturing
“We want this expansion to
be seamless to the customer, so
that they never know you have
new people here,” said Eddie
Fite, a training manager with
Vic Rachels, president of
Rachels Machine, said the expansion
comes in an effort to
better handle a new customer
the company picked up this
“We are building the major
components of water treatment
facilities,” Rachels said.
this expansion we will be able
to handle the entire continental
Right now we
handle from Ohio east. Our
only restraint right now is
The new addition will be
64 feet by 150 feet with two
10-ton bridge cranes, 10 more
welders, an iron worker and
plenty of access for truck loading.
The pad for the expansion
is in place and Rachels expects
the construction crews to start
hanging the walls later this
The new equipment
could possibly be installed as
early as September.
In a time when the United
States is losing so many manufacturing
jobs to overseas
competitors, Rachels Machine
is expanding and according to
one of its vice presidents, taking
jobs away from the overseas
“Quality has started to become
an issue,” Vic Rachels
said. “If it is light and easy
work, it’s gone to Mexico or
It isn’t coming back.
But if it’s a job that requires
quality work in a timely
fashion, well…you can’t
get the quality from Mexico
and it takes time to get items
shipped back to the states from
By helping businesses like
Rachels with their expansion,
the Quick Start program is fulfilling one of its major goals of
assisting to retain businesses
Once Quick Start sets up the
training, creates the training
model tailored to the business
and provides the initial instruction,
then Sandersville Tech,
the third partner, goes on to
provide any on-going training
the company requires.
“We are excited to be a part
of this expansion and look
forward to any expansions that
will come along in the future,”
said Lloyd Horadan, president
of STC. “Rachels Fabrication
has been an important part of
Jefferson County for many
We look forward to
working with both Quick Start
and the staff of Rachels Fabrication
in helping this expansion
become fully operational
with the best trained fabrication
employees in Georgia.”
Rachels Machine and Fabrication,
Inc. was founded in
1971 and serves a wide customer
base in their five primary
Their services and
products include precision machining,
flame cut steel sprockets,
conveyors, collectors and
custom metal fabrication.
Rachels said that his company
is currently one of six in the
Wadley area which is involved
in international business.