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July 28, 2011 Issue

Four injured in club shooting
Old fashioned sing and BBQ...
County keeps millage rate level
Students return to class next week

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Four injured in club shooting

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Four people were shot Saturday morning outside Club Apollo on the corner of 5th and Yazoo streets in Louisville.

The club’s owner, Shelton Heath, said Monday two people were fighting inside the business. Club security broke up the fight. Heath said he had everyone leave and closed the club. He heard shots being fired later.

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Louisville police officers responded and while investigating at the scene, one of the officers received a call from the county 911 dispatch center that a gunshot victim was at Jefferson Hospital.

Upon arriving there, the officer discovered there were three gunshot victims being treated.

One victim, identified as Garry Lewis, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his head. A second victim, Kortney Terrell, also 18, had a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. A third victim was Lee N. McCloud, also 18.

The officer and sheriff’s deputies had to clear the parking lot near the emergency room of several subjects who were arguing, a report of the incident states. At this time, a fourth victim, Darrell Hickson, also 18, arrived with a gunshot would to his left knee.

None of the victims could say who shot them, the report states.

Terrell said security asked everyone to leave the club because of the fight.

Terrell said he was concerned only with getting out of the way.

“We was outside and they started shooting and everybody started running,” he said. Then Terrell realized he had been shot.

“I had told one of my friends that I had got shot; I ran to him,” he said. “I felt like I was about to black out, but I didn’t.”

Terrell was grazed by a stray bullet and spent about two hours at the hospital, he said.

A man who identified himself only as a friend of the club owner said Monday the club should not have been closed by police.

“I don’t think it’s right,” he said, adding the shooting happened outside. “This is how he makes his living.”

Heath said he’s owned the club since 2003. The club is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. until 3 a.m., except Saturdays when the club closes at 2 a.m., he said.

“I got to go in front of the council to open up again,” Heath said.

Lamar Baxley, Louisville’s fire chief, was at the club Monday doing a follow up.

Baxley said it is standard procedure for a business owner to go before the city council in order to get permission to reopen after being closed by police.

Heath also owns rental property. That and the club are his only sources of income, he said.

“If the police shut down a business, then it’s up to the city council to determine whether the business can reopen,” said Louisville Mayor Larry Morgan.

Lt. Teddy Jackson, an investigator with the Louisville Police Department, is in charge of the investigation.

Jackson said the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Jackson at the LPD at 478-625-8897.

“Any witnesses who saw anything need to come forward,” Jackson said in an interview. “There were plenty of people down there but nobody saw anything. I mean, we’ve got four people shot; and, nobody wants to talk.”

JNF Intern Oraleethia L. Morgan contributed to this story




Old fashioned sing and BBQ...


Around 100 long-time friends and family members gathered at Clear Creek Farm, Hugh and Colleen Fleming’s home-away-from-home near Avera, for an old-fashioned sing and barbecue. Hugh said he had been wanting to have such an event for a long time and the sing was a perfect opportunity to gather friends who had been wanting to see the renovated Dr. Avera House, a historic home that was moved to its current site in 1995. Among those performing were Brittany Bush, Dale Gingery, the Front Porch Blue Band,

Southern Songmasters and Mark Cheeks on the bagpipes.

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County keeps millage rate level

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In a called meeting held Monday, July 25, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners set a tentative millage rate for the county of 12.75, which is the same as last year’s rate.

“The value of a mill went down, as anticipated,” said the county’s administrator, Paul Bryan.

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Bryan said there will be another hearing on the millage rate and then the board will adopt it.

Jefferson County Tax Commissioner Jenny Gordy told the board the most recent Forest Land Assistant Grant the county received was last year.

“We got the 2009 grant in November,” she said.

“The state reimburses us at 50 percent of what’s taken off for land conservation,” Gordy said.

In an interview, Bryan said the tentative rate does not include the state’s portion or the rate for the school board.

“The school board sets theirs and then we levy it,” he said.

“They’ll bring theirs to us on Aug. 12. That’s when the final setting of the millage will be,” Bryan said.

The commissioners also reappointed David Kemp to the county’s board of tax assessors with a term that ends June 30, 2014.

Additionally, Bryan discussed a list of county buildings that need work. Those buildings include the courthouse, senior center, prison and health department.

Bryan also told the commissioners about projects in Wrens Quarters, Avera, Bartow, Louisville and Wadley.




Students return to class next week

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Though the summer’s blistering heat has yet to end, the days of no school books has. As wall calendars flip to August, students from Jefferson and Glascock counties ready to return to class for the 2011-2012 school year.

Jefferson County public schools will open their doors Wednesday, Aug. 3, expecting nearly 3,000 students in the five area schools.

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The Title I Annual Meeting and Open House will be held on Sunday, July 31 at Wrens Middle from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Monday, Aug. 1 at Carver Elementary, Louisville Academy and Wrens Elementary from 3 to 6 p.m., and at Louisville Middle and Jefferson County High School from 4 to 7 p.m.

“A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings-new classes, new faces, and most importantly, renewed commitments by students, parents, teachers, and other school staff,” Superintendent Dr. Molly Howard said. “School is that one special place in our lives where we can experience ritualistic new starts and new endings year after year. New beginnings offer a chance to reflect on the past, determine what was effective, what was not, and set our course accordingly for the new year.”

In working on its five-year strategic plan, Dr. Howard said the school system is continuing to map its future as a system of distinction that is known for its high levels of student achievement and rich opportunities for every child, every day.

“This plan will serve to keep our vessel afloat and aligned with our destination and vision,” Dr. Howard said. “Our strategic plan will also guide us in setting priorities for use of our resources of people and funds. We are very mindful of the difficult economic times we are in, as well as our responsibility for providing the needed and often mandated educational opportunities for our students.”

One change that has occurred is the rise in the cost of lunches and breakfasts. In high school and the middle schools, lunch is $2 daily and $10 weekly at full price, $.40 daily and $2. weekly at reduced price and an adult lunch is $3.50. At the elementary level lunch is $1.75 daily and $8.75 weekly at full price, $.40 daily and $2. weekly at reduced price and an adult lunch is $3.50.

Breakfast prices are the same at all three levels with $1 daily and $5 weekly at full price, $.30 daily and $1.50 weekly at reduce price and an adult breakfast is $1.50.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Family Applications will be available to every student at the open houses on July 31 and Aug. 1, and on the first day of school.

School days are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in elementary, 7:20 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Louisville Middle and 7:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Wrens Middle, and 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. at JCHS.

Thomas Jefferson Academy students return to school on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with a noon dismissal. The regular school day is from 7:55 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Open House will be held on Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“It will be a drop-in session,” Headmaster Chuck Wimberly said. “Parents and students can come at anytime. There will be light refreshments.” The PTO/Boosters Club will also be on hand to help as well as sell athletic passes.

“Parents are urged to come by to meet with teachers and find out any last minute supplies that they may need for their children,” Wimberly said.

The headmaster expects to welcome 240 students this year to the newly painted school and is still taking students for the school year in grades K3-12th. The office staff will be at the school for the remainder of this week and all of next week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Wimberly highlighted the new government advanced placement classes that will be available this year.

“We have a new athletic director too,” Wimberly said. “Our athletic director is Coach Bob Peck. It is his first year here and he is coming to us from Gatewood Academy.”

Wimberly said Peck was the track coach at Gatewood last year.

“He comes with a lot of experience, 40 years in coaching and teaching,” Wimberly said. “He will be teaching elementary PE, and will coach the junior varsity football team, the varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, along with the varsity track teams.”

Peck’s son, Ty Peck, will teacher government and advance placement history, along with coaching in the middle school sports teams as an assistant coach for varsity and junior varsity.

“I hope it is a good school year for our kids,” Wimberly said. “In a struggling economy I urge everyone to support them whether in the classroom or athletic field. Support our young people, they are the future and for our future to look brighter, we have to put our investments in our future.”

Glascock County Consolidated School is expecting around 650 students in Pre-K through 12th grade when they return on Monday, Aug. 8. The school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

One of the biggest changes students should expect is to meet the new school principal, Danny Lovering, who was hired to take the place of Sally Garrett, who retired at the end of the last school year. Lovering will be at Open House on Aug. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Glascock County Superintendent Jim Holton said Lovering was chosen from more than 50 applicants for the GCCS principal position.

“There were very few applicants who had administrative experience in all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th,” Holton said. “Mr. Lovering’s experience, with all facets of a K through 12 school, cuts down on the learning curve and training time required to get up to full speed.”

Lovering officially began in the new school system July 1.

He has been principal in Baker County for the past two years.

“I am experienced in the same type of school,” Lovering said. “It is very similar to Glascock County.”

Lovering said he began his search by looking for a school system that had the same vision as he did.

“I want to make sure kids get the best education they can, not just in academics, but in good character and ethics,” Lovering said. “I was so impressed with what I saw on the Department of Education website about Glascock County and the school’s website. I saw all the things already in place for students. They have so many extracurricular activities for the kids, even in the school with the Ag Program, FFA. They have so much to offer kids. I knew this school had things in place to make it a good school.”






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