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Senior Center to reopen Nov. 14
Trick or Treat...
Moore elected, booze approved

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Senior Center to reopen Nov. 14

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

After months of waiting by disappointed residents, Jefferson County Senior Citizens Center reopens for business at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Jefferson County Commissioners voted in February to close the Senior Center because of a loss of funding. Commissioners expressed their reluctance to close the center but said the loss of funding was too significant.


Now that the county has had the funding reinstated and has hired a new director for the center, Tammie Bennett, a grand opening has been scheduled for next week, Thursday, Nov. 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

“The speaker will be Mack Jackson, Georgia state representative,” Bennett stated in a press release.

Additionally, she said the Jefferson County High School band, members of the school’s NJROTC and Thomas Jefferson Academy Key Club members will attend.

There will be a piano performance, a ribbon cutting, refreshments, community health resources and a tour of the center.

“The center will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” Bennett stated.

Bennett is also looking for interested individuals to volunteer as a coach for the center.

“The coach training is free with CSRA-Area Agency on Aging Health and Wellness Coordinator. The coach will need good communication skills, enthusiasm, dependability, and willingness to lead small groups, ability to lead low to moderate level exercise,” she said.

Commissioner Tommy New said he is really pleased the commission was able to hire an administrator for the center.

“I’m really ecstatic that we can open it back up,” he said.

“It is a Jefferson County Senior Citizens Center; and, I hope that all senior citizens all over the county will be able to come and use the facility,” New said.

Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw said the commission board is excited to reopen the Senior Center.

“We hope that it will be more exciting than ever before and hope seniors will have more things to do. We have complete confidence in Tammie Bennett and believe she will make us once again proud of our Senior Center and hope to see everybody at our grand opening,” McGraw said.

Commissioner Johnny Davis said closing the center was one of the most heartbreaking tasks he has seen since he became a commissioner.

“Now that a new center director has been hired, I pledge my total support to be sure that the center has the necessary resources it needs to operate. I am sure that all commissioners are excited and looking for the reopening of the Senior Center as I am,” he said.

Davis referred to the reopening of the center as a new beginning in the county.

“For it is our senior who has paved the way of life in our community, the reopening of the center will be a dream coming true. I am very confident that our new director will bring excitement and variety of activities that the seniors will be enjoying. Knowing this our seniors will look forward to coming to the center with great anticipation and excitement themselves,” he said.

Trick or Treat...

Photos of area trick or treaters making the rounds and collecting their candy.


Moore elected, booze approved

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

After the local elections Tuesday, Wadley has a new mayor and will soon allow Sunday sales of alcohol.

Results in the district election to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Quincy Murphy (D-127) were unavailable as of press time.


Murphy died in August. The candidates for District 127 are Dianne Murphy, Diane Evans and Brian Prince.

The cities that had elections were Bartow, Stapleton and Wadley.

Many area cities did not hold elections because only enough individuals qualified for the seats available.

Wadley held an election for mayor. Herman Baker, the incumbent, qualified as did Harold Moore and Dorothy Strowbridge, a current councilmember.

Wadley Elections Superintendent Lula Tarver said Moore received 456, Strowbridge 160 and Baker received 108 votes.

Tarver said she was fairly certain no run-off will be required.

In the race for council, the term of three seats expire this year. Kendrick McBride received 383 votes with Joseph “Randy” Miller receiving 300. Izell Mack and John Maye were considered re-elected during qualifying.

Wadley voters also had a referendum to decide on allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.

Tarver said 306 votes were cast for yes, 296 for no passing the referendum which failed in an earlier election. Tarver said the effective date of this referendum will be announced later.

In Stapleton, Frank Parrish, the incumbent mayor, was re-elected, beating former mayor Harold Smith 86 votes to 31.

Incumbents Jason Irby and Tara Parrish had no opposition and will return as council members.

In Bartow, former councilmember Dwayne Morris ran unopposed for mayor leaving an open council seat. Six qualified for five seats.

Incumbents Billy Neal, Sally Brooks, Ken Smith and Lee Shellman were re-elected. The other seat will go to L.C. Clark who received 80 votes to Catherine Swint’s 32.

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