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August 29, 2013 Issue

Pray for our nation on 9/11
Wedding Belles are ringing
Wadley to raise millage rate, furlough workers

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Pray for our nation on 9/11

By Megan Johnson

More than 10 years ago an event took place that rocked our world.

People were sitting at work, at school or on the couch, staring at the TV in disbelief. Some people heard about it over the radio or by a phone call, or saw it on a computer.


The sirens and the crash still echo in the air every time someone thinks of the horrific event, 9/11.

After the terrorist attack an organization started Cry Out America.

“Cry Out America is something that is done all over the country,” Judy Tatum said.

Tatum is Jefferson County’s Coordinator for Cry Out America, a division of Awakening America Alliance.

“Cry Out America is about Christians of different denominations and races coming together in unity to call upon God to heal our land,” Tatum said.

In a recent letter to this paper’s editor, Tatum wrote that this year’s Cry Out America may be the most critical one to date.

“I say that because, if you listen to the news you will be aware that there is much division in America,” she said. “There is much unrest and uncertainty around us and we need to come together and call upon the One who can help.

“Generally in the past we have had 40 to 50 people come out and pray,” Tatum said. “God will bring those who need to be there. It would be nice to have 100 this year.

“This year’s event is going to be great,” she said.

“Postmaster Joanne Brinson, from our local post office, will sing and Vicky Walden, who runs the Home Place Adult Day Care in Wrens, will sing.” Tatum said attendees will be blessed by both of the ladies as they worship through song.

“Our special guest speaker this year is Cleve Walker from 88.3 WAFJ, which is a Christian radio station in Augusta,” Tatum said.

“We are honored to have him come be with us this year.”

Cry Out America will take place at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon and will last until 1 p.m.

Tatum said for the last four years Cry Out America has lasted exactly one hour. “Come this year to see if we can do it again,” she said.

“We would really like to see a big turn out this year,” Tatum said.

“I understand there to be a million Muslim march in Washington, D.C., on 9-11 also. We should have many millions of Christians marching to their courthouses on that day to Cry Out to God to save America because that is what it is going to take,” she said.

Tatum said when the event is over she wants everyone leaving with hope and knowing that God is greater than he that is in the world.

“God has not deserted us nor forsaken us. His name is a Strong Tower,” Tatum said.

“I encourage everyone to come out and pray for America,” she said.

“Keep this Bible verse in mind as we come upon Cry Out America, ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land, 2 Chronicles 7:14.’”

For more information visit www.awakeningamerica.us.

Wedding Belles are ringing

Special Report

It’s a comedy; it’s a romance; it’s a trip back to the 1940s. The Schoolhouse Players open their production of the Off-Broadway hit, Wedding Belles, Sept. 6 at The Schoolhouse Players’ theater in Bartow. This delightful comedy is about four women of a certain age conspiring to set up a wedding for a girl they find waiting for her groom in a bus station.

The groom is a soldier and the bride is an orphan. So, the ladies of the Eufaula Springs, Texas garden club appoint themselves as the couple’s wedding coordinators. As the story unfolds, we explore both the touching and the hilarious issues in each character’s life. Against a background of planting flowers and collecting items for the war effort, their stories unfold. Not a lot of happy stories came out of World War II, but this is one of the happiest.


Brad Smith is director and designer of this endearing comedy. And, he has assembled a stellar cast. “The professional attitude and dedication of these actresses makes my job a pleasure,” Smith said. “Each has an impressive resume.”

And, if you are a Schoolhouse Players regular, you will remember them well. Mary Sue Rachels, Ann Smith, Rosie Burge, Rebecca Raines and Karley Sanders all take star turns.

Sponsor for this family-oriented production is Citizens Bank of Washington County. Without generous sponsors, regional theater of this caliber would not be possible – especially at ticket prices that are no more than those for a movie.

Performances are Sept. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. Note that, by popular demand, curtain time for evening performances has been moved to 7 p.m. for evening shows.

For reservations, call 478-364-3340 or email theschoolhouseplayers@yahoo.com. Adult tickets are $10 each; children under 12 are only $5. Groups of 12 or more may be discounted $1 per ticket with prepaid reservations. Performances are in the Bartow Community Center’s Mancin Auditorium. For more information visit the website at www.theschoolhouseplayers.org.

Wadley to raise millage rate, furlough workers

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In a called meeting Friday, Aug. 16, Wadley city council voted to set a tentative millage rate of 16 mills, an increase of 1 mill; to furlough workers and to have a referendum in November.

Prior to the meeting, the council and mayor held a work session.


Among the issues discussed was a tentative millage rate, ways to cut expenses and a tractor lease.

“I got to cut $10,000 a month for three months,” Wadley City Clerk Sallie Adams told Mayor Herman Baker and the city council.

During the meeting, council voted to set a tentative millage rate of 16 mills. The current rate is 15 mills.

Councilwoman Dorothy Strowbridge said she was against an increase.

“In every way, we need to cut the budget,” she said.

“The thing that’s important is between now and December,” Adams said, adding the city needed to save $10,000 in each of the next three months.

Adams suggested a one-day furlough each month for the city’s 10 full time employees. She said that would save the city $2,500.

Strowbridge suggested one day every two weeks, or two days a month.

“That will put us at (saving) $5,000,” she said.

Strowbridge suggested a concession stand run by the city and start charging for tickets at recreation events.

Councilman Izell Mack said he was not for charging the citizens to attend events but would be for a concession stand.

After discussing this issue, council moved on to discuss the millage rate.

“I don’t want to, but it looks like we’ve got to (raise the rate),” said Councilwoman Beth Moore.

Mack said he didn’t want to raise the rate either.

“We want to help our people,” he said, but added the city needs the money.

Strowbridge said again she was against raising the millage.

“We’re still in a recession,” she said. She said people were already complaining about an upcoming tax sale. Wadley property owners who have not paid their city taxes are facing the possibility of their property being sold by the city.

Adams said that increasing the millage rate 1 mill would bring in about an additional $33,000.

She said the city needs roughly $63,600 to cover what is already committed in the budget.

“If the people pay their taxes, it’s still not enough to pay what we’ve got committed,” she said.

After some additional discussion, the council set the tentative millage rate at 16 mills, with Strowbridge voting against the increase. Councilman John Maye was absent from the meeting.

Moore, Mack and Councilman Albert Samples approved the tentative rate.

The city is required to hold public meeting prior to setting the millage rate. Until then the rate is tentative. The dates of those meetings will be announced by the city.

The council also voted to cut back on expenses by furloughing each of the city’s 10 fulltime employees two days a month for the remainder of the year, decreasing some hours for other, part time workers and decreasing the per diem for councilmembers.

“They’re supposed to cut the per diem to $56 a day,” Adams said. “That’s for meals. They still get 58 cents a mile when they travel. The city pays for any hotel stays.”

The council decided the furloughs would not include any police officers.

Council also voted to place a referendum on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election. The referendum will be to decide whether to allow sales of alcohol on Sundays, similar to a referendum held earlier in the year. That referendum failed.

During the regular meeting held Monday, Aug. 12, this issue was presented but did not pass because of a tie.

In the called meeting, the vote was Moore and Strowbridge against, with Mack and Samples voting for the referendum. Baker broke the tie and voted to hold the referendum.

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