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November 29, 2012 Issue

Communities plan tree lightings and parades
Louisville will be Bustlin’
Weather warning system available

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Communities plan tree lightings and parades

By Faye Ellison and Frank Easterlin
Staff Writer & Apprentice

As Christmas creeps around the corner, Jefferson and Glascock counties will be bustling with holiday parades and tree lightings.

The city of Wadley will be kicking things off with their Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. beside the library. There is no entry fee; all floats, rides, bands and vehicles may join in the parade for free.


The parade will begin in front of the library and proceed to Wall Street just before the train tracks.

The city of Wadley is also sponsoring a raffle drawing and a Float Contest. Vendor booths are still available for $30. Vendors need to make checks payable to Wadley Christmas Parade and bring all checks and money to Wadley City Hall.

The city of Wrens will start the season of celebration with their Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. The Wrens Middle School Concert Band will perform at the ceremony.

The Wrens Christmas Parade is the next day, Saturday, Dec 1, at 2:30 p.m. The entry fee for the Wrens parade is $25 and lineup is at Wrens Elementary. The parade will start at Wrens Elementary and go through downtown to stop at Wrens Middle School. This year there is no vendor fee however donations may be brought to city hall.

After the parade there will be a live band and raffle drawings. Each Saturday in December Wrens is warming the town with live musical performances and raffle drawings.

If any musicians or vocalists wish to sign up for a performance they should contact Michael Brown at (706) 825-8204, Ceola Hannah at (706) 547-2830 or Guy Watson at (706) 547-0977 or fax information to (877) 654-4722. Raffle tickets will be available all week from Hannah, Brown, Watson and Herman Brown.

The Glascock County Industrial Development Authority will sponsor a Christmas parade also on Saturday, Dec. 1. Lineup for the parade is at 2 p.m. There is no fee to participate. Lineup will be at Glascock County Consolidated School. The parade will begin at 3 p.m., traveling through downtown Gibson.

Louisville’s celebration will start one week later on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. The celebration begins with arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and drink vendors at 9 a.m. and continues until 5:30 p.m.

The Christmas parade starts at 1 p.m. and lineup at the Eagles football field by Louisville Academy begins at noon. There is no fee or charge to enter a float or ride in the parade, but vendor booths will cost $25.

Make checks payable to The Louisville Lions Club. Club contact persons are Billy Valduga at his office (478) 625-7929 or Reggie Morgan at (478) 377-9388. There are 30 spaces available and are on a first come, first serve basis.

“We’ve had many successful years of our parade and hope you can come and join us,” Valduga said, adding, “And have a merry Christmas.”

Louisville will be Bustlin’

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Years ago, Randi Beckworth, owner of Randi’s Flowers and Gifts, began to keep her store open later on Thursday evenings to give those who work, a chance to shop locally at their convenience.

Since that time, Bustlin’ on Broad has been born.


“She would keep Randi’s open on Thursday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Lil Easterlin explained. “And she suggested that other downtown businesses could do the same. So she is the person who sort of started this whole thing.

“This is a chance for people to spend money locally and have a celebration in downtown. It started from a business standpoint and grew from there. This is also a good community event for us to offer.”

Bustlin’ on Broad will be held for four Thursdays, including Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, which offers afterhours shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Louisville. There will be entertainment in downtown, as well as in-store specials for those days.

Businesses participating this year include The Book Worm, Randi’s Flowers and Gifts, Ready.Set.Relaxx., Sassy Stitches, Twisted Sisters, and newcomer Peachtree Pharmacy.

“Peachtree Pharmacy is a new participant and business this year and they are not located right here on Broad Street,” Easterlin said, adding, “If any business would like to participate, they just need to let us know if they would like to be open late on Thursdays for the event too. We want to get as many people participating in selling and buying in downtown Louisville, and really all over Jefferson County as far as the Chamber is concerned.”

Entertainment will include a live broadcast by WPEH to kickoff Bustlin’ on Broad on Nov. 29 and a performance by Stephanie’s Dance Explosion at 6:30 p.m.; The United Methodist Church Children’s Choir and the First Baptist Church Children’s Choir will sing on Dec. 6; The Carver Elementary Dancers will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, as well as music sung by the Mennonite Church Choir at 7:15 p.m. There is no entertainment scheduled for Dec. 20.

“This has become almost a tradition,” Easterlin said. “People expect this event and ask about it. We have a lot more businesses participating in it and it helps to bring people from out of town as well. The stores are funding different sales and also hold different events whether it be book signings or bringing visiting artists. We have huge support from the businesses and from the community. People seem to really enjoy Bustlin’ on Broad.”

Peachtree Pharmacy will offer 15 percent all gift items for all four nights; Randi’s Flowers and Gifts will offer 25 percent off of wreathes, centerpieces, ornaments and Christmas décor; Ready.Set.Relaxx. will offer discounts on jewelry, free gifts with a gift certificate purchase or a half hour massage with a one-hour massage gift certificate, and Tastefully Simple with Angela Walden on Dec. 13; Sassy Stitches will offer 15, 25 and 35 percent off the entire store on different nights.

The Book Worm will hold book signings for Jim Waller for To Seize the Prize on Nov. 29, Thomas Thibeault for Balto’s Nose and Lois G. Hall for Growing Up Country on Dec. 6, and Ann Cobb for Bee’s Business on Dec. 13.

Twisted Sisters will have guest artist Patty Anderson with stained glass ornaments on Nov. 29, and Amy Hammerlund with Senn Design Jewelry on Dec. 6.

Seven Stars and Home Fresh Bistro will also be open serving food during the events.

“This year we are still working on the streetscape project,” Easterlin said. “We ask people to come down and support the businesses, but also be careful around the construction because there will still be some going on.”

Supporting businesses are Another Level Fashion, B&H Land and Timber Co., Cotton States, Cuttin’ Up, Fire House Gallery, Home Fresh Bistro, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Information Center, Louisville Downtown Development Authority, Peachtree Pharmacy, Randi’s Flowers and Gifts, Ready.Set.Relaxx., Sassy Stitches, Stephanie’s Dance Explosion, The Book Worm, The Gatherings, The Historical Society, Twisted Sisters and Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company.

Easterlin said if other businesses would like to support Bustlin’ on Broad, they may do so at whatever level they feel comfortable.

Weather warning system available

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Almost a year ago, then Jefferson County EMA/E-911 Director Adam Mestres announced a program to help citizens have more specific information in order to be prepared for certain emergencies, such as severe weather, including tornado warnings or flooding events in their area.

Mestres, now the county administrator, said in December of last year, he would be able to set a 1-mile radius for the notifications, alert by certain criteria and also eliminate particular numbers and/or citizens with a system that ties in to the CodeRED system.


“It does nothing to tie up our (911) service center,” Mestres said.

The county contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license the high-speed emergency notification and weather warning solution, Mestres said.

The system will notify those citizens in the direct path of such weather events, Mestres has said.

In order to receive such alerts and other emergency notifications, citizens must sign up online, he said. Additionally, citizens who are not within the storm path issued by the National Weather Service will not receive a phone call, Mestres said.

The system, however, is only as good as the telephone numbers in the database, he said.

“If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” Mestres said, referring to this system as an opt-in option rather than opt-out.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included in the database,” Mestres said.

Jim Anderson, the county’s current EMA/E-911 director, said the system taps into the National Weather Service’s storm-based warnings and automatically alerts citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued.

“CodeRED Weather Warn is an opt-in service only, requiring citizens to log in to the CodeRED registration webpage through the county website at www.jeffersoncountyga.gov,” Anderson said.

“Simply click on the CodeRED button on the homepage, click on the service you wish to have and enter your respective information,” he said.

Anderson said once a citizen has registered, calls from the system will display either, “Emergency Communications Network,” or the number 866-419-5000 in the recipient’s Caller ID for CodeRED calls.

“Weather Warning calls will read either, ‘Emergency Communications Network,’ or the number 855-969-4636,” Anderson said.

“Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered,” he said. “This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office and will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.”

Anderson said he recommends all businesses register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VOIP phone as their primary number.

“As of Oct. 8, 2012, we have 854 Registered Users on the system and since Jan. 1, 2012, CodeRED has launched 74 Emergency Weather Alerts. We encourage everyone living in Jefferson County to register for this service,” Anderson said.

“On the weather warning side, I think it’s proved to be beneficial,” Mestres said.

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