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November 10, 2011 Issue

Fire safety...
Stapleton, Wadley election results released
McCord to take over as chief Monday, Nov. 14
Arts Guild to hold fall show Nov.16-27

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Fire safety...

Wrens firefighter George Amos lets kindergartners from Wrens Elementary feel the weight of his helmet during recent fire safety week events. WES students also learned how to escape from a burning house by crawling under the smoke and how to feel doors to determine if there is a large blaze on the other side. Firefighters from Thomson also introduced fire safety lessons with an informative puppet show.


Stapleton, Wadley election results released

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Stapleton and Wadley citizens went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to cast their ballots for city council and one mayoral seat.

In Stapleton, City Election Superintendent Gail Berry said Jason Irby and Tara Parrish took the most votes for council seats held by Jason Irby and Paul Beckworth. Running for council was Irby with 90 votes, Cushena Jordan with 20 votes, John T. “Tommy” McGahee with 19 votes, Tara Parrish with 45 votes and June Rooks with 43 votes.


For the mayor’s seat held by June Rooks, Frank Parrish received the most votes. Running for mayor was Paul Beckworth with 19 votes, Parrish with 73 votes and Harold Smith with 30 votes.

Berry said the city does have some provisional ballots that may have an impact on the election depending on the validity of the ballots.

The two candidates for city council with the most votes will be elected and the one with the most votes for mayor will be elected. There will be no need for a runoff.

For the city of Wadley, City Election Superintendent Sallie Adams said Albert Samples and Elizabeth “Beth” Moore were elected for the two council seats. The seats were held by Samples and Edie Pundt.

Running for the two spots were Samples with 310 votes, Anthony Dixon with 201 votes, Moore with 274 votes and Cathy Moye with 269 votes.

There was only one provisional vote for the city of Wadley.

Adams said the two candidates with the most votes will be elected, with no need for a runoff.

Not enough candidates qualified in Avera, Edgehill, Gibson, Louisville, Mitchell or Wrens for there to be an election.

McCord to take over as chief Monday, Nov. 14

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Garry McCord, a deputy and investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, begins his new job as the Wrens Chief of Police Monday, Nov. 14.

His last day with the JCSO will be Friday, Nov. 11.


Wrens City Council selected McCord for the position out of a total of nine applicants, said Wrens City Administrator Arty Thrift.

“(We) narrowed it down to four and interviewed those four,” Thrift said, adding Mayor Lester Hadden, the police committee and Thrift himself

McCord, who lives in Wrens, said he will still be deputized.

“I will still act as a training officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Wrens,” he said. “I’ll be incorporating all the training together.”

McCord has been certified as an instructor for firearms, radar, light radar and Taser.

The deputy has been holding gun safety classes for citizens in the county for several years. The classes began as gun safety for women but are now open to all adults.

McCord and the other officers who assist with this class volunteer their time. There is no cost to the citizens who attend.

“We will still be having gun safety class courtesy of the sheriff’s office twice a year. The next class will be in the spring time, in April,” McCord said in an interview this week.

He said he applied for the chief’s position because he lives in Wrens and saw this as an opportunity to be a greater part of the community.

McCord will be filling the position left vacant when the former chief, David Hannah, resigned for personal and health reasons.

Thrift said making the choice wasn’t easy.

“They were all good interviews,” Thrift said. “It was a hard choice, it really was.”

McCord has worked for the JCSO since August 1999. He has been a deputy, assistant jail administrator, training officer and most recently an investigator.

He has almost three years experience as a police officer with the Augusta Police/Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He has experience as a correctional officer with Washington County.

He has almost four years experience as a nuclear, biological and chemical specialist with the US Army Reserve.

He spent seven years experience with the Marine Corps, four years of which was as a part of the Fleet Anti-Terrorist Team.

“I’ll still be working with officers from the sheriff’s office from time to time and with the sheriff on joint investigations; but, I am looking forward to my new job as chief of police in Wrens,” he said. “I’m looking forward to my new responsibilities and building stronger relationships with the other chiefs of police in our area.”

McCord said if he is in the midst of an investigation when he leaves the sheriff’s office, he will still continue the case to completion.

“I want to thank the city council and administrator of Wrens for this opportunity as a public servant in our city,” McCord said.

Wrens City Council voted in its last meeting to offer the job to McCord. He will have two weeks vacation after his first year and will be on a six-month probationary term. He will earn $41,849.60 annually.

His last day at the JCSO is Friday, Nov. 11.

Arts Guild to hold fall show Nov.16-27

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Next week, downtown Louisville will be filled with pictures, paintings, sculptures and more, by artists from the Arts Guild of Jefferson County. The flourishing of art is a part of the Ninth annual Arts Guild Fall Exhibit to be held Nov. 16-27. The artist reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Arts Guild member and Fall Exhibit organizer Candis Freeman said entries so far include photography, paintings, wood working, as well as, pottery and stoneware for the upcoming show.


“The purpose of the Arts Guild is to foster education for the arts in our community and Jefferson County as a whole,” Freeman said. “Some towns are so small they can’t do their own Arts Guild. So this brings people together from inside the county and gives them a chance to learn more about different types of art, and this show is a place to exhibit that work.”

The spring show allows artists from Jefferson County as well as other areas to display their work, but the fall show is only for members of the Arts Guild.

“In the fall we limit it to people that participate through the Guild throughout the year,” Freeman said. “The spring show curates pieces from outside the Guild and county to participate.”

Freeman said that since the fall show displays work of the core members of the Arts Guild, work will only be up at The Fire House Gallery.

“This way it is up longer,” she said. “You have weeks to view the art.”

Those wishing to participate must deliver artwork to the Fire House Gallery not later than Sunday, Nov. 13, by 4 p.m. The fall exhibit is open to all members of The Arts Guild. Membership for The Arts Guild is $35 a year.

“Art will not be accepted after that time,” Freeman said.

Each artist may submit up to four pieces, and are asked to not submit pieces shown in previous exhibits, or that have been broadly displayed in the community.

There is a commission of 20 percent of all sales during the show, which will be used to offset costs of the exhibit.

“There are some restrictions on the work that can be entered,” Freeman explained. “There are entry forms at The Information Center in Louisville that explains it.”

For more information, contact Lil Easterlin at (478) 625-8134, Freeman at (407) 415-0490 or Karen Lewis at (478) 625-3690.

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