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November 27, 2014 Issue

Bustlin’ on Broad events scheduled
‘Tis the Season
Gang trials to begin in the spring

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Bustlin’ on Broad events scheduled

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

The Louisville Downtown Development Authority and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce are reminding citizens to shop at home this holiday season with the annual Bustlin’ on Broad events.

Beginning next week, downtown Louisville businesses will extend their hours on Thursdays to accommodate those who would like to purchase a gift from a local retailer.

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“The purpose is to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses,” Chamber of Commerce Director Lil Easterlin explained. “We would like for citizens to do this year-round, but it is especially important at Christmas.”

The event is almost a decade old, beginning in 2005. Besides being able to shop, there will be entertainment and activities each Thursday.

“The way to keep our downtown alive is by putting things in them and inviting people to them,” Easterlin added. “We want people to enjoy our downtowns in Jefferson County. They can shop, while listening to music or watching the children dance.”

Entertainment this year will include the Stephanie’s Dance Explosion at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4; First Baptist Church and Louisville United Methodist Church children choirs performing at 6 p.m., followed by the Mennonite Choir at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 11. WPEH will be on hand with a live broadcast on Dec. 11, as well.

On Dec. 18, MBellish It will provide a chance to make a Christmas memory at Bustlin’ on Broad with a child’s handcraft. The crafting session will be provided at The Gatherings for a small fee.

While the entertainment and events will be downtown, several retailers in downtown and around the downtown area will be open later and also providing sales for the special busy bustling nights.

Sponsors for the event include Foster’s, Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Twisted Sisters, Country Financial, Wild Craft Taxidermy, Bronzing on Broad, B&H Land and Timber, Cuttin’ Up, Hadden’s Auto, Peachtree Pharmacy, Rhodes Murphy, Sassy Stiches, Ready. Set. Relaxx., The Bistro, The Bookworm, the Jefferson County Historical Society, Randy’s Flowers and Gift, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, The Gatherings and the Louisville Downtown Development Authority.




‘Tis the Season

By Tyler Copeland
Apprentice

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; especially around Jefferson and Glascock counties. Throughout this holiday season, area citizens can look forward to celebrations and ceremonies of all shapes and sizes.

On Nov. 29 at 6 pm, Glascock County will host its annual Lighting of the City Square. Any church wishing to sing carols at the Lighting can contact Trina Upton by calling 706-478-8419. Refreshments will be served.

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The next lighting ceremony will be the Wrens Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street, Friday Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Featured guests will be the Wrens Middle School Band, Rev. Stephen Smith and Rev. Thad Harvey, along with local church choirs and youth groups. The lighting ceremony is sponsored by the City of Wrens and the North Jefferson Optimist Club.

Also on Dec. 5, senior citizens can get their dose of merriment at the Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Party, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The party will be at Jefferson County High School, 1157 Warrior Trail. There will be a featured speaker, provided by sponsor Edward James. There will also be plenty of music to enjoy, provided by a live DJ and a singing group.

“All senior citizens in the county are invited; not just the ones at the senior center,” said Leisure Center Director Tammie Bennett.

Anyone older than 60 can come and enjoy fellowship and a good Christmas meal. To RSVP, call 478-625-8820 by Dec. 3.

The annual Wrens Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 6. Entertainment will be provided by the Jefferson County High School Band, the Savannah High Band, the Wadley Drumline and the Jefferson County Drill Team. Spectators can watch impressive floats from local churches, businesses, the North Jefferson YMCA and The Fire Department.

The grand marshals will be the homecoming queens from Jefferson County High, and Wrens Middle, as well as Miss Jefferson County.

For more information or to enter a float, call Michael Brown at (706) 825-8204 or Ceola Hannah at (706) 547-2830. The fee to enter a float is $25.

“Come to Wrens for lots of fun and excitement,” said event organizer Brown.

The Wadley Christmas Parade will also be on Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “It’s Christmas Time In Wadley!” Line-up for the parade begins at 10 a.m. The fee to enter a vendor or a booth is $20 for a non-electric and $25 for an electric booth. Forms are available at Wadley City Hall. For more information, contact 478-252-1116, ext. 23.

The Christmas parade in Louisville will be on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

The parade will start at Louisville Academy, travel down Peachtree Street, turn onto Broad Street and dissipate at the courthouse.

There will be vendors on Broad Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. selling food and arts and crafts. Any vendors interested in being a part of the festival can pick up an application at Louisville City Hall or the Louisville State Farm office.

Santa Claus will also be at the festival before and after the parade to talk to children and take pictures.

Citizens of the area should come out and support the downtown merchants, said Reggie Morgan, event coordinator.

Citizens of Glascock County can show their holiday spirit by attending the Christmas Parade there at 2 p.m. Saturday, De. 13. Anyone interested in entering a float can contact Trina Upton by calling 706-445-8419, or stopping by the Glascock County Commissioner’s Office.




Gang trials to begin in the spring

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

It’s been more than a year since the shooting of two men outside a club in Louisville ended the life of one of those men in what authorities have said was gang-related.

Shortly after midnight on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013, officers and EMS responded to East 5th Street in Louisville regarding a 911 call about a shooting.

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Kenneth Quarterman Jr., 23, of Augusta was found on the sidewalk suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his head.

He was taken to Jefferson Hospital where he was later taken by air to Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta where he was pronounced dead.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Fay McGahee said at the time, Quarterman died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

A second victim, identified as 25-year-old Charles Lewis Brown III of Wrens was taken by a family member to Jefferson Hospital. Brown had been shot at least one time, also in the head.

He was treated and released.

The two men are related and were thought to be standing near each other at the time the shooting occurred.

Jefferson County District Attorney Hayward Altman said some hearings had been held two weeks ago.

The district attorney said not all 12 defendants charged in the case will be tried together.

“There will be two or three trials,” he said, adding either six will be tried first and then the remaining six or six will be tried, then four and then two.

The defendants are Dontavius Tramez Meadows, aka “T,” Barrington Jermaine Allen aka “AJ” or “Rude boi,” Ivey Lamar Elam, Shinique L. Fluernoy aka “Nek,” Octavius Desmond Hickson aka “Tay Tay,” Darius Sergio Jackson aka “Sergio,” Rajonte Romelle McGruder aka “RO,” Damien V. Simpkins aka “Bam,” Dalonte Jerrod Tarver aka “Blac [sic] Boss” or “Big J,” Jason Robert Williams aka “J-Will,” Jayrin Anthony Williams aka “Webbie” and Lafayell Deshon Williams aka “Smooch.”

“One of the attorneys has a continuance until April, which has continued the process until April,” Altman said.

Each defendant faces a murder charge. Some of the charges may include aggravated assault charges, weapons charges and gang-related charges, he said.

Several agencies worked on the case; and, Altman has credited officers and investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Louisville Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office with a lot of hard and intense work.

“This is a very serious case,” the district attorney has said. “Everybody involved has done a very good job. I’d like to express my gratitude.”







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