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November 1, 2012 Issue

Crowd turns out for Spier’s
Polls open Tues.
Second man charged in murder
Man who robbed cafe four times arrested

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Crowd turns out for Spier’s

Hundreds gathered in tiny Bartow Saturday for the city’s annual Spier’s Turnout Festival. In addition to the many crafts and food vendors, attendees were also treated to a parade and entertainment.


Polls open Tues.

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

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 began in October for both counties and will end this week.


Appearing on ballots in both counties are two proposed constitutional amendments.

See the sample ballots on page 8A of this edition for more on these proposed amendments to the state constitution.

Jefferson County
In Jefferson County, the only local election that will appear on ballots is in District 4 where the county commission seat currently held by democrat incumbent H.G. Tommy New is being challenged by independent Russell Stephen Logue.

Advance voting will continue until Friday, Nov. 2. Citizens may vote at the Jefferson County Board of Elections and Registration Office, 415 Green Street, Louisville, until Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the office 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 the seat for sheriff will be decided with incumbent democrat Dean Couch facing republican candidate Brian Pritchett.

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.

The commission seat for the Mill District will be decided with incumbent democrat Wayne Williford vying against republican Barbara Hadden.

Advance voting will continue until Friday, Nov. 2. Citizens may vote at the Glascock County Extension Office/Registrar’s Office, 676 West Main Street, Gibson, until Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the office 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.

Second man charged in murder

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Jefferson County deputies have arrested a second man in connection to a murder that occurred in May 2011.

Lt. Robert Chalker, an investigator with the JCSO, said Monday officers arrested Jeremy Jermaine Reid, 23, of Dublin in the case of a Dublin man, Antony Holmes, 43. Holmes’ remains had been found behind a house on Martin Luther King Extension in Wadley in May 2011.


Law enforcement officers arrested a Wadley man, Clifton Leandre Outler. Outler was 22 at the time of his arrest, May 17, 2011.

At the time of the murder, law enforcement officers in Dublin described Holmes as a man who pretty much kept to himself. He had been reported missing May 12, 2011.

Chalker said robbery appears to have been the motive in the murder.

“The district attorney’s office discovered some new evidence while reviewing the case on Outler, which led us to question Jeremy Reid,” the investigator said.

“Subsequently, we charged Reid with murder, felony murder and armed robbery as a co-defendant in the death of Anthony Holmes,” he said, adding the victim had blunt forced trauma and at least one gunshot wound.

Jefferson County District Attorney Hayward Altman said Monday, Oct. 29, also said robbery was the motive.

“I can’t comment as one defendant’s case is expected to go forward shortly,” Altman said of Outler’s case.

“He’s expected to go to trial in November; and, because of that, I can’t comment at this time,” Altman said.

“The next step for Mr. Reid will be for the allegations to be presented to the Grand Jury. We are currently working on the calendar for court,” the district attorney said.

“Kudos to the DA’s office on this murder case; because, they’re the ones who developed the information that led to the arrest of Mr. Reid,” Chalker said. “They don’t get enough credit for what they do,” he said.

Man who robbed cafe four times arrested

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Police have charged a 19-year-old Louisville man, Ahkeem Sanchez Quarterman, with four counts of burglary in connection to several incidents that occurred in Bartow over a period August and September.

Quarterman, who also spends time at a residence in Bartow, had turned himself in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Oct. 15, regarding charges against him from the Wadley Police Department.


Wadley’s charges are obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers and two counts of entering an auto or other motor vehicle with intent of felony.

Bartow Café was first broken into Sunday, Aug. 19; then again on Monday, Aug. 20 and again on Monday, Aug. 27.

A fourth burglary occurred Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Bartow Police Chief Clay Neal said in an interview Thursday, Oct. 25, Quarterman was interviewed and formally charged Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“He forcibly broke open the front door to the café in Bartow four times,” the chief said, adding this is the reason Quarterman was charged with four counts.

“We had a picture from the surveillance video that resembled him. He lived in close proximity to the café, within walking distance,” Neal said. “During the interview, he confessed.”

The chief said he received assistance from the JCSO during the investigation.

“Tim (Moore) did a great job,” Neal said, referring to an investigator with the sheriff’s office.

"He really, really worked hard. I can’t say enough about Tim. He was determined to catch the person or persons who committed these crimes; and, I appreciate his and the sheriff’s department’s assistance,” Neal said.

“We had some surveillance pictures of a person who resembled Quarterman. We had been looking for him to question him. Then we found out he had turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on the charges Wadley had on him. He confessed to all four burglaries at the café during the interview process. He gave details of all four burglaries that only the person who committed those crimes would know,” he said

Each of the four burglary counts is a felony.

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