September 3, 2009 Issue


Bartow council responds to soapbox writer’s claim

Dear Editor:

In last week’s Soapbox, someone expressed the belief that “something fishy” was going on in Bartow. Unfortunately, no clue was given to what it might be. As mayor, I would certainly like to know if there are problems that need to be addressed, but to my knowledge, there are none. It is certainly possible that we could have problems in the future, and if so, they will be handled as efficiently as possible.

What I do know is that Bartow is governed by a dedicated city council that does an outstanding job of overseeing the affairs of our small community. When the group currently serving took office in 1994, Bartow was in dire financial circumstances and in danger of losing insurance coverage due to overdue premium payments. Overcoming a deficit of approximately $25,000 for a rural town with a small tax base was not an easy task. However, through careful planning and budgeting it was accomplished, while at the same time reducing the millage rate from 12.5 to the present rate of 9 mills. Even now, in a time when municipalities and individuals alike are in crisis due to the troubled economy, Bartow is financially stable and continues to provide its citizens with the services they need and expect.

The writer encouraged citizens to attend the city council meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. We have always invited citizens to attend, and we send out an overview of what took place at the meeting in a monthly newsletter.

Your mayor and council members are always available to address any concerns you may have.


John A. Mancin Mayor, Town of Bartow
Council Members:
Fred Evans
Hubert Jordan
Billy Neal
Lee Shellman
Paula Stickle



Bobos invite community to cry out America

Dear Editor:

Hiram and I are county coordinators for the CRY OUT AMERICA prayer gathering to be held on Friday, Sept. 11 from 12 noon – 1 pm on the grounds of the Glascock County Courthouse. The scripture focus for the gathering is Joel 1:14, Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

As Christian Americans, we have seen a spiritual and moral decay in the United States for some time now. There is a lack of boldness to take stands on ethical & moral behaviors that have polluted this great nation.

The prayer gathering will be led by local Glascock County pastors focusing on repentance, revival, salvation and a new Christ awakening.

We invite everyone to join us. For information on CRY OUT AMERICA please visit www.awakeningamerica.us. For local information please contact the Bobo’s at 706-547-2205 or email ofelia@bobocpa.com. The gathering will be held rain or shine so please make every effort to join us as we Cry Out America!

God bless you and may God bless America,

Ofelia & Hiram Bobo

Bike night planned for Oct. 3

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 29 there was a Bike night held at The Bistro in Louisville. There were a total of 19 bikes and riders that attended. There were groups from Thomson, Augusta, Gibson, Midville and Louisville. There was a 50/50 raffle, and a night ride. Half of the proceeds from the raffle went to Terry Dale of Thomson; he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago. The other half was won by Vickie Kroose of Thomson. There were gift certificates, dinners, CDs, model bikes and other prizes raffled off. The next Bike night will be Oct. 3, starting at 5 p.m. This is a good way to promote motorcycle safety and also to see some really nice bikes. I would like to thank every one that participated in this event.

Jan Marsh


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