July 07, 2011 Issue


Police Chief thanks assisting departments and officers

Dear Editor:

As the chief of police for the city of Wadley, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each of the officers and agencies assisting our community during our recent tragedy.

Unfortunately, crimes such as these can rarely be stopped no matter how much police presence a community has because crimes of passion and opportunity rarely allow pro-active policing to prevent such occurrences.



No one could see beforehand events such as these occurring in their community, because each person committing such terrible crimes usually have not discussed them with anyone prior to committing their act of crime. However, the Wadley Police Department prides itself on working very closely with other agencies to investigate and use all available resources to bring the offender or offenders to justice.

This is done for the betterment of the community and the citizens we protect and serve. That is the reason why when incidents such as these occur we contact the GBI and other agencies to assist because they have experience and training beyond the level of most local officers. Not reaching out to them in most cases would hinder an investigation and decrease the chances of solving a case.

In some cases, common sense can bring a close in the case in a timely fashion; others require hard work and trained personnel such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Teamwork is what solved this case, and officers dedicated to seeking justice for the victims. A single individual can’t take credit for solving this case, any attempt to would be self-serving and disgraceful.

Therefore, as chief, I would like to thank the members of the Region 7 GBI office of Thomson Agent Mike Ayers, Agent Pat Morgan, Agent Doug Parker, Agent Charles Kicklighter, Agent Wendell Goodman, Agent Woody Boyd and Agent Steve Foster (Crime Scene Technician) for coming in and assisting with the investigation of these crimes. I feel that the agents do an outstanding job with helping small agencies investigate crimes like these and deserve to be recognized for their work.

I would also like to thank Sheriff Gary Hutchins, Lt. Robert Chalker, Lt. Gary McCord, and Sgt. Barrow Walden for all their hard work. Sheriff Huchins and his deputies work just as hard as anyone to bring these cases to a close. Sgt. Clay Neal of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Ben Brown of the Wadley Police Department were the first officers on the scene and they did a great job of securing the crime scene. Members of the Wadley and Bartow Fire Departments did an excellent job and were on the scene quickly. They were very professional in the performance of their duties as firemen and are a valuable asset to our communities. Members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies and individuals also assisted us in our investigation.

The members of the Wadley Police Department worked with other agencies and were on scene throughout this tragedy. Some played a vital role in locating evidence that helped the case come to a conclusion and I thank them for their dedication to this department and for their dedication to the citizens of Wadley.

As chief it is my duty to ensure a proper investigation takes place with a timely resolution, which I am proud of the fact we were able to accomplish. Even with an arrest, it will not ease the pain caused by such tragedy. But will hopefully allow our citizens to rest easier at night and provide for some closure to friends and family of the victims.

Wadley is a great community in which I take pride in living in and as serving as your chief. I, along with all of the Wadley Police officers, stand ready to assist anyone from within our community or visitors to our area.

Under my command we always work well with other agencies, shared information appropriately and used all of the resources afforded us in order to ensure a safe community in which to live and visit.

My condolences to the friends and family of this tragedy are heartfelt and we will continue to assist them with anything they may need.

Wesley Lewis
Police Chief of Wadley

D’Antignac responds to comments on America’s taxpayers and moochers

Dear Editor:

You gotta love the way he (a letter writer from last week) numbered the classes, but you have to laugh at the way he explained it.

1)?Wealthy/semi-wealthy employers who furnish jobs for many people and pay lots of taxes. He must be in this class, because anyone in his right mind knows that this is not true. Ask him to prove it. 2)?Middle class workers who pay most of the taxes, state and federal, collected in this state. You can tell he’s not in this class by the way he slipped in “most of.” Any, and everybody that knows anything about paying taxes know that the working, or middle class pay the the burden of the taxes paid, not only in Georgia, but in America, period. 3)?People seriously looking for work; 4) People (entire families in some cases) living totally off the taxes paid by 1) and 2) above; 5) “Baby daddies” living off of all of the above. Now here is something we can agree on and that’s numbers 3 and 4. In fact, there are families living solely off of unemployment checks. Why? Because as he said, they are seriously looking for work. They know that if they don’t find a job that will pay a decent and fair wage before the checks run out, they’ll lose all that they worked so hard to accomplish.

I’ve only been out of a job once in my past working life, and it lasted only about a week. It wasn’t a good feeling. I have no idea if he’s been there, but if not, let’s hope he’ll never have to experience the pain of not working and feeling as if you’ve let not only yourself down, but your family as well.?

As for number 5. I’m in agreement with him on that one. I’ve known, and still know some of these types. They wouldn’t go to work, even if you gave them a job, with decent benefits.

The part that really upset me is the women who allow themselves to be used by these boys, and yes that’s what they are, because real men go out everyday looking for a job, or something to do to pay for that baby, whereas the State or should I say number 2 wouldn’t have to pay for their babies.

We are in agreement when he said that there are legals and some illegals immigrants, besides numbers 2 and 3, and I won’t count out most in number 4, that will actually do some physical labor on a regular basis. I will, even if he’s not willing to give number 4, the benefit of the doubt. ?

I haven’t had the time to read HB 87, but what I have heard, and this is (hear-say), that the bill is running the immigrant labor pool out of Georgia, and the last count I heard, was that the farmers in the state were ticked off about it, because they were (11,000 and counting) workers short. Can he feel their pain?

Then he went on to say that the Immigrants that were there, were illegally before HB 87. Now there’s a joke. Let me say this one more time, and I hope it sticks this time, all immigrants are not illegals. There’s no doubt that there are some illegals who are draining the financial resources, not only in Georgia but in the US, period. But to say in a couple of years you’ll see great dividends from HB 87, is like predicting when the end of time is coming.?

It is true, no one can rightfully argue that illegals are a burden on those of us that are paying taxes, but to say all of those in number 4 are much more of a burden is like the pot calling the kettle black.

There is also something wrong when there’s 10 and 20 percent unemployment, not only in Georgia’s counties, but all throughout these United States. Blame your (Georgia House and State Republicans) and a portion of numbers 4 and 5, either because they think that type of labor is too hard, and don’t pay what they think they’re worth, or they’re just plain lazy when you refer to crops being left in the fields because there is no labor available.

Like I said earlier, he must be part of number 1 to have travelled around the state, getting employers’ take on employable availability and their knowledge about passing drug tests.

I agree with him when those who are getting any financial aid from the state, and are physically able to work, failing a drug test, and not putting forth an effort to find work, should be cut off.?

I’ll say this on the subject of drugs. I had nine years or more of driving Mass Transportation in Augusta, and 27 years of driving for the city of Houston.

As a bus operator, I got to see a lot of different people, all different (races) colors. Some were homeless, drunks, drug heads, prostitutes, gays, male and female, that gave me all kinds of headaches, but the worst were the drugheads.

I’ve caught some trying to sell it and use it on buses I drove. There was a time when we drivers had to police our buses, but the last 10 years of my employment, MTA formed their own police department, with the State of Texas giving them full authority to arrest those that broke the rules of MTA, or the law of the land.

It helped, but didn’t solved the problems. Drugs are here to stay. So many Americans are hooked on the junk, and it’s not goign away anytime soon. Sad, but those are the facts. you think you’re freaked out about drugs. live on. I’ve read in the Book of Revelations that things will get even worse.

Know what I’m sayin’?

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident

Hill responds to Soapbox comment

Dear Editor:

This is in response to last week’s Soapbox comment about an area citizen getting free landscaping and driveway paving.

In today’s society why do people always jump to conclusions before getting their facts straight? What happened to love thy neighbors as thyself?

I live on Highway171 and I recently had my driveway fixed because it was a safety hazard. I also had a community family and friends gathering as I have done for the past four or five years and lots of people did attend, so I can only guess that I was the topic for the Soapbox.

My ditch was in need of repair and yes Ga. DOT did their jobs and fixed it. My hat goes off to them for a job well done. It must have been something truly amazing. I was visited by a News and Farmer / Jefferson Reporter staff member because a concerned citizen called to report it.

I even had neighbors ride down the road on their golf carts and cars passing the driveway slowly and then turning around just to see it.

People, it is only a ditch! It doesn’t belong to me. It’s on the right of way. Is this the first time a driveway or ditch was fixed?

I am a furloughed state employee and I am a taxpayer. I am also glad that I let people that are experts in their field do what they are supposed to do and not just any man or woman off the streets.

I truly wish that we lived in a world where people would not hide behind their newspaper and visit their neighbors if they have a concern. If they would have stopped by before they would have known how bad the driveway was. As far as the event being a safety hazard no one was parked in the road. They were on the side of the road. An off duty officer was hired as security to make sure that the event was as safe as possible.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I thought that my uncle would be here to share this event with me this year but he died before it could take place.

What is wrong with family, friends, neighbors and the community getting together?

With as many people that attended this event, I am truly glad that what the job Ga. DOT did was done in a timely manner. We received no special favors. We just went through the proper channels to get something done.

Burine Hill


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