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May 17, 2012 Issue

Candidates prepare for qualifying
Breaking ground
Apollo Club comes before Louisville council again

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Candidates prepare for qualifying

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Qualifying for a number of local positions begins next week and many candidates have already announced their intentions to run for elected office.


Jefferson County
The Jefferson County Commissioners set a 3 percent qualifying fee for all county salaried offices that are on the July 31 general primary/special election and the general nonpartisan/special election to be held on Oct. 8.

Seats up for election this year include the sheriff with a $1,616.41 qualifying fee, clerk of court with a $1,392.26 fee, probate of judge with a $1,392.26 fee, magistrate judge with a $1,392.26 fee, the tax commissioner with a $1,392.26 fee, the solicitor with a $1,260 fee, the state court judge with a $1,350 fee, coroner with a $72 fee, commissioners with a $16.05 fee, chairman of commissioners with a $175.28 fee, and board of education with a $108 fee.

Opening time for qualifying is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, until noon on Friday, May 25, at the Election Superintendent’s office. In Jefferson County, candidates may qualify with the county chairperson of their respective political parties, but nonpartisan candidates will qualify with the Jefferson County Election Superintendent.

Those wishing to qualify as a democrat will qualify beginning May 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and qualifying will end on May 25 at noon at the Democratic Headquarters at 114 East Broad Street, Louisville. All necessary documents must be presented at that time. Cash, money order and certified check will be taken for fees. Those wishing to qualify as a republican candidate may do so at 304 West Ninth Street, Louisville, during the same time.

In Jefferson County, nonpartisan offices include the magistrate judge, state court judge and board of education seats. It is possible the probate chair will be nonpartisan, but it was unclear at press time.

Seats up for the commissioners is for Chairman held by William Rabun, District 2 held by Johnny Davis and District 4 held by Tommy New. In the Board of Education race, seats up for election are Charlie Brown’s District 2 and Bobby Butts’ District 4 seats.

Glascock County
The Glascock County Commissioners set the qualifying fees at 3 percent for all county salaried offices that are on the July 31 general primary/nonpartisan election/special election and the general/special election to be held on Nov. 6.

Fees for the seats that are up for election this year are commissioners with a $45 fee, treasurer with a $63 fee, tax commissioner with a $894.97 fee, sheriff with a $1,261.38 fee, clerk of court with a $894.97, judge for the probate/magistrate court with a $894.97 fee, board of education with a $18 fee, democratic committee member $10 and coroner with a $36 fee. There is an additional fee of $27 for the office of chairman of the Board of Commissioners to be paid at the time of qualifying for the office to the Glascock County Probate Judge/Elections Superintendent.

For the commissioners all chairs are up for election that are currently held by Chairman Anthony Griswell, Vice-Chairman Mike Neal and Wayne Williford. In the Board of Education race, the at-large seat formerly filled by the late James Moore, the Gibson district held by Jon Raley and the Mill district held by Michael Gilmer are up for election.

Candidates may qualify with the county chairperson of their respective political parties beginning on Wednesday, May 23, at 9 a.m. and ending at noon on Friday, May 25. Candidates qualifying for nonpartisan parties will qualify with the Glascock County Probate Judge/Election Superintendent beginning at 9 a.m. on May 23 and closing at noon on May 25.

Nonpartisan seats include those for the Board of Education and for the probate/magistrate court.

Any parties qualifying as a democrat will do so in the courtroom of the Glascock County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 23 to 24 and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 25. For more information or questions relative to the qualifying process in Glascock County, contact Donald Kent at (706) 598-3591 or Judy Deal at (706) 598-3920.

Any parties qualifying as republican will do so at the same time in the courtroom of the Glascock County Courthouse. For more information or questions regarding the republican qualifying process in Glascock County, contact Lewis Todd at (706) 598-2554.

Breaking ground

By Parish Howard

While the arms of huge cranes swung and heavy equipment proceeded to lay the foundation for the new PyraMax Ceramics plant in Wrens, the men and women who helped get the plant to Jefferson County celebrated its groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a great day in Jefferson County and something to really celebrate,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “I am thrilled to be here and celebrate what this is going to mean for this community….To think about a $140 million investment. That is huge, absolutely huge. And as we drove up and saw what’s behind us you can tell that they’re going to be here for a while.”


A crowd of area businesspersons, citizens and elected officials gathered under a white tent just a few hundred yards from where construction on the plant has begun. PyraMax Ceramics, slated to be operational by March of 2013, will be using locally mined kaolin clay to manufacture tiny ceramic pellets that will be used in fracture drilling operations in the oil and gas fields of North Dakota and Texas.

Wrens Mayor Lester Hadden and County Commission Chairman William Rabun praised the work done to attract the business and its decision to locate in their community.

“PyraMax Ceramics, from the start, was committed to building in the United States and creating good paying jobs for our own hard working Americans,” said PyraMax President Don Anschutz. “In Georgia we found what we were looking for, a pro-business climate, evident in the signing of House Bill 386, incentives from the Economic Development Authority which will keep us competitive for years to come with our overseas counterparts, an abundant raw material source, kaolin, which we can use to build some of the most competitive ceramic proppants in the world, and most important, a qualified work force.”

PyraMax is the first tenant of the Jefferson County Development Authority’s Kings Mill Commerce Park and Anschutz announced Tuesday that Arcilla Mining, the company that will be mining kaolin for the proppant plant has agreed to occupy the DAJC’s spec building at the front of the park.

Anshutz said that PyraMax will have about 65 full time employees at the Wrens facility and the mining company will add up to an additional 20 to 30 for their operations.

“We have talked about building a manufacturing facility that will create jobs in Wrens, but it goes way beyond that,” Anshutz said. “We are creating new wealth. New wealth fuels our whole economy creating jobs and products where none existed before. When we mine the abundant Georgia kaolin ore, we are creating new wealth.”

He went on to explain how the ceramic beads his plant will produce will be used to help oil and natural gas reach the surface to be turned into products that are used by Americans every day.

“I tell people often that government doesn’t create jobs,” Cagle said. “Government creates the right circumstances and the right environment by which those jobs can be created. But in the end is the private sector through their investment that leads to job creation. And I can tell you, you have a great delegation…Government, economic development teams, everyone including the governor of the state of Georgia was committed to making sure Jefferson County had this project because we know what it’s going to mean for this community.”

“You have to grow your way to prosperity and that’s what we celebrate here today,” Cagle said.

Before ending the ceremony and walking over to drive the ceremonial golden shovels into the earth of the site, Anschutz thanked the city and people of Wrens.

“We promise to be good neighbors, stewards of the environment and look forward to many years of growth and prosperity.”

Apollo Club comes before Louisville council again

By Oraleethia L. Morgan

For the fourth time in several months, Club Apollo owner Shelton Heath faced the Louisville City Council Tuesday, May 8, regarding violations in the operation of his club.

This time it was for lack of notification of local law enforcement and allowing two underage patrons to enter the premises.


The club was closed by the Louisville Police Department in July of 2011 because of a shooting on the club premises that resulted in the injury of four male teenagers.

Council subsequently discovered that Heath had numerous citations from the Department of Revenue and had been allowing underage citizens in the club.

The council gave Heath certain requirements that needed to be met in order to reopen, including having properly trained security personnel. He was also told to control congestion in the street surrounding his club.

Since December, when the Apollo reopened, Heath has appeared before council several times regarding violations of the city’s requirements.

Tuesday, May 8, the council was informed that Heath failed to notify Police Chief Jimmy Miller about security during a recent event, violating his agreement with the council.

Heath said the person in charge of the event decided at 8 p.m. that evening that his club would host the event. He said he finally contacted Officer Freddie Hill and Hill and his brother agreed to provide security for the event.

Heath said after struggling to find security for the event, it slipped his mind to contact the police chief.

Hill said the event went well until one young man hit another. The council also learned that Heath allowed two underage males into the club that same evening.

“They didn’t get no farther than the lobby door,” said Heath.

Hill said the boys did not reach the actual club, they had made it to the lobby and once caught they were asked to leave.

Deputy Franklin Lamp, who went to the club the night of the event, said one of the two underage men was a 20-year-old Swainsboro man.

Chief Miller said the event had been posted on Twitter and Facebook by the D.J. He said the post read that people 18 and older could attend, but must be 21 to drink.

Lamp said he observed one man show the security personnel an ID and pass the same ID to the person behind him and both men walked into the club. Lamp said after this he went into the club and found the two men and found out they were younger than 21 years of age.

Lamp said he went to the security officer at the front door. Lamp said the security officer said he was only checking the state on the ID cards.

“To me he wasn’t doing his job,” said Lamp.

The mayor said rule number three allows club personnel to check IDs.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to check an ID,” said Lamp.

Lamp said once he entered the club, he saw lots of young people.

“I don’t understand, and all we’ve been through,” said Mayor Larry Morgan.

The mayor said he’d given Heath a written set of rules and guidelines Heath needed to keep his club open.

“We’ve been through this four months in a row,” said Councilwoman Sherri Combs. “I’m just tired of it. For four months we’ve had to deal with this same thing.”

Councilman Robert Dixon agreed.

The mayor asked the council if they were going to vote to revoke the beer and wine license again. Councilman Phil Polhill made the motion to revoke the beer and wine license, followed by a second from Councilman Matt Hodges. Combs, Dixon and Mayor Pro-Tempore Larry Atkins abstained.

As a result, the club owner’s license was not revoked.

The mayor advised Heath to put the rules in his pocket and read them every time he opens.

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