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Washed away
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Washed away

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Rains have washed out roads across Jefferson County as well as creating sink holes.

Besides the obvious danger and inconvenience to private, commercial and school bus drivers, the recent heavy rains have affected farmers in the area.

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Ken Thomas, the county’s road superintendent, said Tuesday, rain had caused him to close six to eight roads in the county.

All but two, Long Branch and Kelly Quarter Road, should be open sometime Wednesday, he said.

Long Branch is a dirt road between Stapleton and Avera.

Kelly Quarter Road is paved. It is between highways 296 and 102 towards Wrens from Stapleton.

“A few roads are washed out; but, we’re working on them,” Thomas said. “After today, probably only two roads will be closed.”

Thomas said he was concerned about the whole county. "It’s muddy and water is running over the roads and different things,” he said, adding he had not had any complaints from school bus drivers.

“Everything seems to be rolling pretty good. Schools started a little late yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday). It’s supposed to rain today and tomorrow and then taper off Thursday, Friday and over the weekend,” Thomas said. “We’re keeping an eye on it.”

He said he and his department are working on the situation.

“We’re working on pipes and ditches and dirt roads. Yesterday we had water over the roads,” he said. “Everybody should use caution when driving on these roads, especially with so much water on the roads. Stay off of the roads as much as you can.”

Tracy Walden, transportation director for Jefferson County’s school system, said there are a few dirt roads buses are not using. He said Tuesday he would be checking roads that afternoon.

“Some of them are still impassable in a bus. It’s going to be the end of the week before we get down the dirt roads. If it keeps raining like it’s been, it’s going to be hard to go down them where it’ll be safe enough to keep the buses out of the ditches,” Walden said.

“The drivers contact parents anytime the buses won’t be picking up. Sometimes, the parents call the bus drivers and let them know when the roads are impassable. We appreciate their help,” he said.

Sam Dasher, director of student services for the county’s school system, said Walden and several other staff check on the roads, making sure the roads will allow students to be transported to and from school safely.

“We want to make sure that buses don’t get stuck and parents aren’t waiting,” Dasher said.

“Should something like that happen, we would notify parents immediately.

“Student safety is paramount. That’s why school was delayed yesterday (Monday) to make sure the roads would be passable and the students would be safe being transported to school. We want to make sure that, without a doubt, students would get to and from school safely.”

Pam Sapp, Jefferson County extension agent, said a lot of fields in the county are standing in water.

“Just when we had some drying out time,” she said.

“There’s going to be a delay in maturity because of the lack of sunlight and the lack of higher temperatures. A lot of the crops have drowned. We’ve got gullies throughout the fields, which is going to cause a problem when it comes time to harvest,” Sapp said.

Many of the plants in the wet areas have been lost, she said. Plants currently in the fields include cotton, peanuts, soybeans and corn.

“Much of the corn is either ready or close to ready to harvest but farmers can’t get in the field,” she said.




Qualifying to open for several area seats

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The death of Rep. Quincy Murphy (D-127) means an added ballot on Election Day for most of the cities in Jefferson County.

Avera, Louisville, Stapleton and Wrens voters will cast their votes for their choice for someone to fulfill Murphy’s unexpired term. Gov. Nathan Deal could have appointed someone to fill that post but will not, his office stated Friday in an interview.

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Susan Gray, the county’s elections superintendent, said the candidates for Murphy’s seat will be voted on separately from the municipal seats voters will determine Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In Jefferson County, there will be city elections in each of the cities. Bartow and Wadley are not in District 127 and will not have a ballot for state representative.

The last day to register to vote in this election is Monday, Oct. 7, at the registrar’s office, 415 Green St. in Louisville.


Avera

The city election in Avera will be held at city hall, 9446 Broad St., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The election will be for the mayor, currently held by Tommy Sheppard, and three councilmembers. Those council positions are held by Ronnie Hadden, Richard Norton and Mary Mahoney.

The term for these positions is four years and begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Qualifying will be at city hall Monday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday, Aug. 28 ,when the office is closed at noon.

The qualifying fee for mayor is $6 and for the council seats is $3.


Bartow

The city election in Bartow will be held at city hall, 7849 Church St., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 to elect a mayor and five councilmembers.

Qualifying will be at the city hall Monday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to run for one of these offices must file a notice of candidacy with the city clerk.

The qualifying fee for each position is $35.

Early voting for this election will begin Tuesday, Oct. 15, and end Friday, Nov. 1, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and Friday, Nov. 1, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Louisville

The city election in Louisville will be held at city hall, 1011 Peachtree St., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, to fill the office of mayor and three council members.

The term of Mayor James L. Morgan, the terms of Councilmen Robert Dixon, Matt Hodges and Phil Polhill will expire Dec. 31.

Qualifying will be at city hall from Monday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The qualifying fee for mayor is $50 and $25 for each council member. Candidates must file a letter of candidacy in the office of the city clerk.

Don Rhodes, the city’s elections superintendent, said the city will have early voting.

“We don’t have dates on it yet,” he said.


Stapleton

The city election in Stapleton will be held at city hall, 120 West Main St., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 to elect a mayor and two council members.

The terms of Mayor Frank Parrish and city council members Jason Irby and Tara Parrish will expire on Dec. 31.

Candidates may qualify for these seats at the Stapleton City Hall 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with the exception of lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Thursday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Aug. 30. The office is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The qualifying fee is $72 for mayor and $27 for council.

Gail Berry, the city’s elections superintendent, said, “The city will announce dates for early voting should there be enough candidates that voting is necessary.”


Wadley

An election will be held in the community complex, 134 W. College Ave., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, to fill the vacancies of Mayor Herman Baker, Councilman Izell Mack, Councilman John Maye and Councilwoman Dorothy Strowbridge.

Qualifying will be at city hall, 37 Butts St., Monday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The qualifying fee will be $144 for mayor and $72 for council members.


Wrens

A city election will be held at Rabun Community House from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Qualifying will be at Wrens City Hall administrative office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 26, and ending Friday, Aug. 30.

Positions to be elected are for three council members, presently held by Erskine Lane, Jack Templeton and Melvin L. Farmer. The three candidates for council members receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Qualifying fee for council will be $72.

In Glascock County, no county elections have been scheduled. No terms of any county positions expire this year. The last day to register to vote in this election is Monday, Oct. 7, at the registrar’s office at 676 West Main St. in Gibson.


Edgehill

A city election will be held for the position of mayor, currently held by Durham Milburn, and one council seat, currently held by Dewey Belcher, from the hours of 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Qualifying fees are $5 for council, $10 for mayor. Further information about qualifying will be announced.


Gibson

An election will be held at the Gibson City Hall, 10 East Main St., from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The qualifying fee is $18 for council members.

Qualifying will be at Gibson city hall office from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 30.

Positions to be elected are for two council members presently held by Carol Markins and Stanley Phillips.

The two candidates for council receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Mitchell

An election will be held at Mitchell City Hall, 12152 Main St., between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Positions to be elected are for mayor, presently held by Scott V. Lamb; and two council members presently held by Lewis Berry and Greg Johnson. The positions shall serve for a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Qualifying for these seats will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, through Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Qualifying fees are mayor $21 and council $9.

Advance voting will be available Mondays and Tuesdays only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 14, through Oct. 29.







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