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November 28, 2013 Issue

County senior center reopens
GBI looks into robbery
Local art on display...
Celebrate the holiday season

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County senior center reopens

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County Leisure Center, formerly the county’s senior center, held a grand opening earlier this month.

The center opened for business at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.


Citizens filled the meeting room to overflowing. Rep. Mack Jackson (D-128) was the speaker. Upon arriving, he addressed the crowd and said, “I’m excited to be over here. It’s a pleasure to be here with you. Thank you for inviting me.”

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw and Commissioner Wayne Davis cut the ribbon during the center’s opening. The center, located at 1841 B Highway 24 West in Louisville, will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Center Director Tammie Bennett said she was pleased by the number of people who came out for the grand opening.

“I was so happy about it. I was just overwhelmed. I got emotional; but, there were so many people I wanted to thank,” she said. “It was more than I could have ever imagined. I did have a lot of help with the opening. The county administrator, Adam Mestres, and the county commissioners were also very instrumental in the success of the grand opening,” Bennett said.

She said Jackson did a good job as speaker. He spoke about the knowledge and the wisdom of the seniors, she said.

“I would like to thank everyone who played a role,” Bennet said adding she is happy and ready to open the center.

The new name was selected during a brainstorming session with the Grand Opening Committee and approved by the county commissioners, Bennet said.

“I think the new name change will reflect how the center is transforming itself inside and out. The committee had a desire to rejuvenate a new brand name, something catchy and appropriate. Hopefully the new name will bring to mind a place of enjoyment and place to relax. ‘A Home Away From Home,’” she said.

Bennett said that although the minimum age for someone to come to the center is 55, those between 55 and 59 will have to pay $4.45 for lunch; and, the cost of transportation will vary.

One of the upcoming events planned is a community Thanksgiving meal at the center.

“This is the second free annual community Thanksgiving meal,” Bennett said. “The meal is being given by Rev. Stokes and the Canaan Baptist Church.”

The meal is on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Leisure Center.

Bennett said anyone who would like to donate to this event with money, food or to volunteer should contact the church at 478-625-3200 or 706-554-6761.

“They are also asking for other churches and businesses to join in and help with this event,” she said.

Mestres, the county’s administrator, said he thought the grand opening was great.

“The turnout was everything we expected plus more,” he said. “It was an exceptional turnout. I know there were more than 150 signatures in the guest book. And there were a number of visitors who did not sign the guest book.”

He said the citizens in attendance seemed to all be upbeat and positive.

“I had the opportunity to personally talk with several of the attendees who are excited and anticipating the Nov. 20 opening of the center,” Mestres said.

Bennett said the mission of the center is to be a community focal point where persons 60 and older can come together.

“The program is designed to have different activities – nutrition programs, health promotion, library, recreation, computer classes, fitness, health seminars, special events and site entertainment,” she said.

There are also plans for monthly birthday parties.

GBI looks into robbery

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

A special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed last week Hadden’s IGA in Louisville was robbed Tuesday, Nov. 19. The robber assaulted one employee.

Ron Braxley, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the GBI’s Thomson office, said the incident was an armed robbery.


“It’s an active investigation,” Braxley said. “An armed person entered the store right after the employees arrived to open the store.”

Braxley said investigators have leads they are actively following.

He said people should always be aware of their surroundings.

“Don’t assume this is a nighttime thing,” he said. “This robbery occurred about 6 o’clock in the morning. Use common sense and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see suspicious persons.

“That’s what we’re here for.”

Local art on display...

Locals peruse the local art on display during the opening of the Jefferson County Art Guild’s Fall Show at the Firehouse Gallery in Louisville. The show will remain open through Nov. 30 during regular gallery hours.


Celebrate the holiday season

By Megan Johnson

Christmas is just around the corner and with people running around trying to get presents bought and figuring out what to fix for the big Christmas dinner, there is no time to sit back and relax and actually enjoy Christmas.

Jefferson and Glascock counties are giving people the opportunity to enjoy Christmas and not have to worry about doing anything, except maybe driving.


The Christmas tree lightings are coming up and the Christmas parades will be here before you know it.

The Wrens tree lighting will Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.

Featured guests will be the Wrens Middle School Band, along with church choirs and youth groups.

The Christmas parade in Wrens is scheduled for Sat. Dec 7, at 2:30 p.m. Line up will be at Wrens Elementary School. The theme this year is, “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas.” Entry forms are available at the City of Wrens. Vendor and craft tables cost $25. For more information on the parade or having a vendor booth contact Ceola Hannah at (706)-547-2830 or Michael Brown at (706)-825-8204.

The Wadley tree lighting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Carver Elementary School will provide entertainment.

Wadley Christmas parade is planned for Sat., Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. Line up for the parade starts at 10 a.m. the theme is “May the Joy of Peace and Love be Yours at Christmas.” The vendor/booth fee is $20 for electric and $15 for non-electric. Forms for the vendors are available at Wadley City Hall.

If anyone is interested in having a float in the Wadley parade please call 478-625-1116 ext. 26.

The Glascock County Christmas parade will be on Sat., Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. in downtown Gibson. The line up for the parade will be at Glascock County Consolidated School’s parking lot at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in participating can download a parade form at www.glascockcountyga.com or contact Connie Jackson at 706-339-9839.

Louisville Christmas parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.

Along with the Christmas parade, Louisville gives people the opportunity to get out and about downtown Louisville. Bustlin’ on Broad is a time when businesses stay open later for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Thursdays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec 19 some stores will stay open until 9 p.m. for shopping.

“The Book Worm, Fire House Gallery, The Historical Society, Peachtree Pharmacy, Randi’s Flowers & Gifts, Ready, Set, Relax, Sassy Stitches, Smokin’ Beans, Twisted Sisters and Wild Craft Taxidermy are the stores participating in Bustlin’ on Broad,” Chamber of Commerce President Lil Easterlin said.

“Also the Home Fresh Bistro and Fosters will be open for dining,” she said.

“We will have entertainment from the Mennonite Church Choir Dec. 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Stephanie’s Dance Explosion at 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Dec. 12, First Baptist Church and United Methodist Children’s Choir will perform at 6 p.m. On Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Carver Elementary Dancers will perform,” Easterlin said.

“We hope to have a good turn out.”

All of these events are free. So come out and have fun while you shop and spread Christmas cheer.

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