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Children charged in area thefts
Contractor chosen for Commerce Connector
Advance voting available for November ballot

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The Louisville Lions Club and Midway By Carnival Time Amusements prepare for their 55th Annual Fair held at the Louisville fairgrounds until Oct. 13. There will be entertainment, food, rides and cash drawings each day as well as local exhibits presented by the Jefferson County Extension Office.

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Children charged in area thefts

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

An investigation into several crimes in the Louisville area has led sheriff’s deputies to two juveniles, an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old, Sgt. Tim Moore said Tuesday. Moore is an investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Over the weekend, Sgt. Alex Nelson of the JCSO was following up on a theft involving two juveniles,” Moore said. “Upon further investigation, Sgt. Nelson determined the children had been involved in several other incidents in the Louisville area,” the investigator said.


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Nelson turned over the investigation to Moore.

“While interviewing both juveniles, it was determined that they had committed three separate burglaries and several thefts throughout the Louisville area. Some of these incidents had been reported; but, some victims had not made reports,” Moore said.

The investigator said the juveniles were taken into custody.

“We notified juvenile authorities who turned them back over to their parents, pending court,” Moore said. “We are still in the process of determining the owners of some of the possessions that have been recovered.”

The investigator said the burglaries are felonies.

“The thefts by taking will be misdemeanors. The new law that went into effect several months ago requires a theft by taking to reach a minimum of $1,500 in order to be a felony,” he said.

“The first burglary was in July and then it went up to this weekend. They went into one house on two separate occasions. They went into another residence one time. They actually confessed,” Moore said.




Contractor chosen for Commerce Connector

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In a called meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, the Development Authority of Jefferson County awarded a contract to C & H Paving of Thomson for roadway and drainage improvements at the Commerce Connector in Kings Mill Commerce Park near Wrens.

C & H Paving was the low bidder with a bid of $1,030,363.61. The authority received eight other bids, which ranged from the low bid to the high bid of $1,196,503.13 from Blair Construction in Evans.

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Estimates for the project include $323,136.39 for contingencies and an engineering cost of $89,500. The total estimated cost of the project is $1,566,000.

The authority will use a $1 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and a $500,000 grant from OneGA.

Bill Easterlin, the authority’s chairman, pointed out during the meeting the authority will use only $66,000 of its own money.

There is a requirement for matching funds for each of the grants. The EDA grant requires $47,000; and, the OneGA grant requires $19,000.

After the meeting, Jordan asked a representative of the engineering firm how long the project will take to complete.

“There is a 120-day contract,” the rep said, adding the contractor should start once the engineering firm issues a notice to proceed.

It may take a total of 145 to 150 days, Jordan said.

In other authority news, Jordan said PyraMax is on schedule to be producing in the second quarter of next year.

The company is applying for permits for two more lines, he said.

Jordan said Arcilla Mining has moved into the spec building at Kings Mill and is adapting the building.

“We have submitted some conceptual plans for other prospects,” Jordan said. “It looks like the sewer line is going to be ready when Arcilla needs it.”

The authority also discussed a resolution for North Star, the company that will have a plant in the Wadley-Bartow Industrial Park.

Initially, the bond request was for $53 million; but, the company has decided to have the bond for $65 million, Jordan said.

There was a question raised about whether the authority would be required to hold a public hearing for this.

“They say not,” Jordan said, adding nothing changed except the amount.

“Again, we’re taking no risk,” Easterlin said. “This is not our money.”

The authority voted to accept the amendment.




Advance voting available for November ballot

By Faye Ellison

While many local races were decided in Jefferson County in the July primaries, many of the upcoming local races in Glascock County will be decided in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Advance voting will begin in both counties next week.

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Jefferson County
In Jefferson County, the only local election that will appear on ballots in District 4 will be for the county commission seat currently held by democrat H.G. Tommy New, who is running against independent Russell Stephen Logue.

Advance voting will begin on Monday, Oct. 15 and end on Friday, Nov. 2. Citizens may vote at the Jefferson County Board of Elections and Registration Office, 415 Green Street, Louisville, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the office will not close for lunch. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the office will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will not close for lunch.

Those who requested absentee ballots in the July 31 general primary and the Aug. 21 general primary runoff will be mailed ballots. Absentee ballot applications are still available to be mailed or picked up at the office until Nov. 2.

On Nov. 6, all eight precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Avera, Bartow, Louisville, Matthews, Stapleton, Stapleton Crossroads, Wadley and Wrens.

Glascock County
In Glascock County, there will be several local elections. The seat for sheriff will be decided with incumbent democrat Dean Couch facing republican candidate Brian Pritchett. Also in the Gibson District for county commissioner, incumbent democrat Mike Neal will face republican Lori Boyen.

In the commissioner seat for the Mitchell/Edgehill District, democrat Audrey H. Chalker will run against republican Danny A. Cantrell Jr. Also the commission seat for the Mill District will be decided with incumbent democrat Wayne Williford vying against republican Barbara Hadden.

Advance voting will begin on Monday, Oct. 15 and end on Friday, Nov. 2. Citizens may vote at the Glascock County Extension Office/Registrar’s Office, 676 West Main Street, Gibson, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the office will not close for lunch. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the office will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will not close for lunch.

The elderly and disabled who requested absentee ballots in the July 31 general primary runoff will be mailed ballots, while others who voted absentee will be mailed applications for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications are still available to be mailed or picked up at the office until Nov. 2.

All four precincts will be open on Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which includes Mill, Mitchell, Edgehill and Gibson.

For both counties
Oct. 8 was the deadline for voter registration or a change of address before the Nov. 6 general election.

To cast a ballot, voters must present identification, which may include a voter identification card, which can be issued at the election offices in either county. To receive a voter identification card, voters must provide a photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth; documentation showing the voter’s date of birth; evidence that the applicant is a registered Georgia voter; and documentation showing the applicant’s name and residential address.







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