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December 10, 2009 Issue

Stapleton takes bids on depot
Stapleton police chief returns to work this week
Everyone loves a Christmas parade...
Thrift store celebrates anniversary

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Stapleton takes bids on depot

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In an effort to reduce the city’s operating costs, Stapleton City Council voted last month to sell the Stapleton Train Depot on East Spruce Street.

Deadline for submitting bids is Monday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

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The city has been advertising a request for bids since the meeting.

Mayor Harold Smith said he hopes someone in town will want the building and the property that goes with it.

“I would hope that somebody in town, some group, would step forward and try to deal with this,” the mayor said in an interview last week, adding that he would like to see the building put to a good use.

Smith said the driving issue behind offering the building for sale is the cost.

With the economic hardships cities across the country are facing and more difficulties expected, towns have to start addressing their operating cost to prevent even greater problems down the road, he said.

“You’ve got to have a plan,” Smith said. “The plan for Stapleton is to reduce operating costs.”

The building sits on about .71 acres of land. Advertisements the city has placed state the city will give special consideration to local clubs and groups. The city is also discussing selling the old gym for its materials.

For further information, call 706-830-8350.




Stapleton police chief returns to work this week

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Stapleton city council has been advertising for part-time police officers for several months prior to the recent suspension of the city’s police chief, Tim Taylor.

Taylor, whose return to work date was Tuesday, Dec. 8, had been suspended with pay for several weeks by Mayor Harold Smith before the city council decided to suspend Taylor without pay for 10 days.

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Several months ago, the council had voted to hire someone scheduled to retire from the Army. When that candidate’s retirement was postponed, the city continued to advertise the position.

The city hired two certified officers who work full time for the Wrens Police Department. Each will work part time for Stapleton; although the number of hours they will work has not been disclosed.

The city has no plans to purchase an additional patrol car, the mayor said. Currently, the city has two.

“We’re trying to do everything for their (the citizens) protection,” Smith said in an interview last week.

“We’ve been advertising for part-time officers for some time,” he said.

Smith said the two officers are Joshua McGahee and Dewayne Cowart. They are POST-certified peace officers, he said, referring to the certification process governed by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.

McGahee and Cowart started work last month.



Everyone loves a Christmas parade...

Scenes from this year’s Wadley Christmas parade

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Thrift store celebrates anniversary

By Jared Stepp
Apprentice

After generating more than $59,000 in sales and distributing more than $45,000 to needy people of Louisville and the surrounding area, The Good Shepherd Thrift Shop celebrated its third year of being open last month.

The idea for the store came from several members of the First United Methodist Church of Louisville and became a reality on Saturday Nov. 18, 2006, when the Thrift Shop opened its doors.

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The store has helped and continues to help individuals with spina bifida, lupus, kidney transplants, cancer, burned out families and more, along with donating money for wheelchair ramps. The church also has volunteers who construct the ramps. The store has donated $11,000 to the Louisville Food Pantry.

Items sold in the store are donations from people in the local area. A variety of items donated range from all kinds of clothing, kitchenware, records, furniture, appliances, toys, books, tools and more.

Adult clothing sells for $1, children’s clothing for 50 cents. Furniture items range from $5 to $30 depending on condition.

The store has also donated to the Davisboro Baptist Church more than two tractor-trailer truckloads of clothes they have given to the coal mining communities in West Virginia and Tennesse. Also the store makes contributions to organizations like the Broken Shackle Ranch and Breaking Free in Davisboro.

“We’ve helped a lot of people; the money has been put back to people in need,” said Larry Hodges. Hodges runs the store along with volunteers.

The Louisville United Methodist Church continues to reach out to the people in need in Jefferson County and offers a bargain to everyone. The shop is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located on Broad Street next to the Post Office in Louisville.




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