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November 26, 2009 Issue

‘Tis the season
On to Victory
Stapleton store robbed at gunpoint
Stapleton police chief suspended from duty

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‘Tis the season

By Sabrina Littleton and Jared Stepp

With the holiday season fast approaching, Christmas activities for Jefferson and Glascock counties are coming into full swing.

Louisville will hold its annual event, Bustlin’ on Broad this year. Participating businesses will be open until 9 p.m. every Thursday until Christmas, beginning Thursday, Dec. 3.


Businesses taking part in Bustlin’ on Broad are The Bookworm; Dents Clothing; Fire House Gallery; Historical Society; Mamie Ruth Designs; Salena Grace Salon; Randi’s Flowers, Gifts and Interiors; the Arts Guild Marketplace; Twisted Sisters; Sassy’s Stitches; Joy’s Décor and More; and Foster’s.

In entertainment for Thursday, Dec. 3, Ubaldo Grazie from Deruta, Italy, will be at Twisted Sisters from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Mennonite Church Choir will perform downtown. At 7:30, Stephanie’s Dance Explosion will also be featured downtown.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Louisville will hold its Christmas parade and tree lighting. Santa Claus will be available downtown starting at 10 a.m. for pictures until the parade begins at 1 p.m. Louisville’s tree lighting will be after the parade.

In Wrens, the John Franklin Wrens Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a chili lunch with crackers and homemade peanut brittle at Howard Manor on Main Street. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is $6 per person and money earned will go toward the restoration of the oldest house in Wrens, Howard Manor, for unfinished repairs because of a fire.

Also in Wrens, the Daughters of the American Revolution will be host to Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Some small children are afraid of Santa and won’t talk to him, Carolyn Zeigler, a member of the DAR, said.

Mrs. Claus will be at Howard Manor across from Veterans Park from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. She will talk with the children and take their messages back to Santa. Children may get pictures with Mrs. Claus and profits will go to the DAR for repairs on Howard Manor.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, WPEH will broadcast live in downtown Louisville. From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Dr. William Rawlings, Jr. will be signing books at The Bookworm. Dr. Rawlings has written numerous books, including Crossword, The Tate Revenge, The Rutherford Cipher and The Lazard Legacy At 7:30 p.m., the Southern Dance Connection will perform.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, First Baptist Church Choir will perform. At 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church Choir will perform.

For more information, contact a business, or the chamber of commerce at (478) 625-8134.

Glascock County will be holding its fifth annual WinterFest in downtown Gibson on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be arts, crafts, food, entertainment and games for the whole family to enjoy. People are encouraged to help with the activities. Craft vendor and parade participant applications are available at www.glascockcountyga.com.

The Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m.

Gwen Couch, a member of the Glascock County Concerned Citizens for Cancer Committee, said the Tree of Love ceremony will be held immediately after the Christmas parade. People are asked to make donations in honor or in memory of a cancer victim.

Tears of happiness run down the cheeks of Warrior senior lineman Demario Roberts after his team won an emotional victory over Thomasville Friday night, advancing JCH to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in the school's history.

On to Victory

Friday TJA’s Jaguars are travelling to Dawson to compete for the state championship and JCHS’s Warriors are traveling to Calhoun in the third round of the playoffs

Senior Jaguar running back Taylor Barrentine (left) breaks for a 40-yard run and later scored on a two-point conversion to close the Jags to gap to two points at the half.


Warrior senior quarterback Barry Bostic (left) completed eight of 13 passes, rushed for 103 yards Friday. So far this season, in 12 games, he alone has amassed 2,757 yards passing, rushing, receiving and returning kicked balls.

Stapleton store robbed at gunpoint

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Stapleton, a spokesman with the JCSO said this week.

“Around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, two black males entered the Jet Food Store in Stapleton. Both were armed with handguns,” the spokesman said.


“They had accosted a customer in the parking lot and forced that customer back inside the store at gunpoint. One of them forced that customer to lie on the floor while the other one proceeded to rob the cashier,” he said.

“They got an undisclosed amount of money. They both had their faces and hands covered. One had on gloves. The other had his shirt sleeves pulled down over his hands,” he said.

Two cashiers, Telisha “T” McGruder and Carli Hayes, were on duty when the robbery occurred. Hayes was in a cooler inside the store and heard nothing.

Hayes said she called her manager at 7:24 p.m., which she said was about three minutes after the incident.

“She was the first person I called,” Hayes said, adding McGruder was already on the phone with 9-1-1.

Hayes said she wanted her name published because she wanted the robbers to know who she was.

“I want them to see my name,” she said.

“They probably live around here. They come in that store all the time. They know us and I want them to know what they did to us. They caused us to lose our jobs,” she said.

“We don’t have income and Christmas is coming,” she added, crying.

McGruder said the store’s district manager called her Thursday morning. She was fired.

McGruder said it was because there was too much money in the register when the store was robbed.

Hayes said when she found out, she talked to her manager.

“I told them if they were going to fire her (McGruder), it was only right they fire me, too,” Hayes said, adding she was fired then, too.

“I don’t think it was right,” McGruder said of the terminations.

“I don’t think it was right. We are good girls and we work our butts off and they don’t appreciate what we do,” she said.

Both women said that even though the city’s police chief was on paid leave, someone called him and he came. They were glad to see him, they said.

Both women were full time cashiers. McGruder had been working for the store since July 2008. Hayes had been working there since April 2006.

A call to the store was referred to the store’s headquarters. Messages left there were unreturned as of press time Monday.

“These are felonies,” the JCSO spokesman said, adding both men will be charged with armed robbery. Other charges are pending, he said.

“They were last seen leaving the store running on foot,” he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Lt. Robert Chalker at the JCSO at 478-625-7538.

Stapleton police chief suspended from duty

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In a called meeting Thursday, Nov. 19, Stapleton City Council voted unanimously to suspend Stapleton Police Chief Tim Taylor for 10 days without pay, beginning the Tuesday after the meeting.

Taylor’s return to work day is Tuesday, Dec. 8.


About 50 citizens attended the meeting, which began promptly at 6 p.m. After a brief prayer, the council voted to go into executive session to discuss what to do about Taylor, who had been suspended with pay by the city’s mayor, Harold Smith, on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Citizens were required to leave the meeting room while council was in executive session, which lasted until 7:15 p.m.

After the citizens returned, the council voted to go back into regular session. Council member Kay Sheppard made the motion, which was not seconded for several moments.

The reasons stated for Taylor’s suspension were inefficiency, insubordination, giving false statements to the mayor and council, failure to be at place of duty and disobeying direct instructions from the mayor.

Immediately after the vote was taken, council voted to adjourn and left amid comments from the citizens. Only one council member, the newly elected Helen Landrum, stayed behind for several minutes speaking with citizens.

One citizen stood and said he was taking a petition to have the council recalled. Several citizens commented about the armed robbery that had taken place the night before at the Jet store in the city, blaming the event on the mayor and council for the chief’s earlier suspension.

One citizen asked who would be protecting the city during the chief’s suspension.

“The county,” the mayor said as he left.

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