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Butler High School student charged in incident at JCHS

An incident in the locker room at Jefferson County High School has one Butler High School student facing a charge of simple battery. The charge was filed by Lt. Tim Moore, an investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Moore said the student, identified as 17-year-old Jyheem Zytravius Rollins of Augusta, was out on a $1,500 property bond.
“It was a misdemeanor charge,” Moore said and added Rollins was seen striking another person.

Jet canopy from crash found: Officials are still hoping to find an ejector seat lost in the crash

A local hunter stumbled across one of the two missing pieces of a crashed F-16 fighter jet while walking through rows of planted pines off Highway 17 near Louisville Saturday morning.
The canopy is a bubble-like device, about 4 and half or 5 feet in length and about 3 feet tall, normally sits on top of the jet and opens to allow access to and from the cockpit. 

Glascock cuts Rec. Director position back to part time

The Glascock County commission voted 2-1 last week to cut its recreation department director position from full time to part time as of March 16.
Commissioner Ant Griswell made the motion after approximately an hour-long closed meeting in which the board discussed personnel issues. Commissioner Jeffery Chalker seconded the motion. 
In a second motion, this time made by Chalker, the salary for the restructured position was set at $1,000 a month for 10 months. Last year the fulltime position paid $21,420. 

Arrest made in Wrens shooting: Victim recovering from bullet wound to throat

A Wrens man is recovering after being shot in the throat during an altercation in the 200 block of Denny Road Saturday night. 
Wrens Police Chief Jamey Kitchens said that the suspected shooter was taken into custody Monday morning without incident by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Michaeline Guardrille Lowe, 34, of Wrens, has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and Superior Court probation warrant.

Elaborate pot operation raided: Operation was capable of producing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs every few months

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office found several marijuana plants growing inside a residence located on the 11,000 block of Zebina Road between Wrens and Louisville Sunday evening, Feb. 4.
Capt. Robert Chalker, an investigator with JCSO, said more than 50 pounds of marijuana had been processed and packaged for distribution.
“There were also approximately 50 plants seized that were not mature enough to harvest,” he stated.

Fight and rumor disrupt school day at JCHS: No weapons or drugs found in subsequent searches of school grounds

Despite rumors and information an area TV station mistakenly posted on social media Sunday, Feb. 4, no weapon was found at Jefferson County High School nor threat of mass violence was made; although, there was a fight Monday morning involving 21 students. 
“No serious injuries were sustained. No weapons involved. All students involved will be taken to Disciplinary Tribunal for final disposition of charges,” said Jefferson County School Board Superintendent Dr. Molly Howard.

Behind the voice: Jefferson County 911 operators answered 40,358 calls for help last year

Communication is never more important than when your house is on fire, your family member isn’t breathing or when someone is threatening violence. 
You dial 911 and you get a voice, a voice that stays calm, that asks you questions and gives instructions. A voice that can talk you through CPR or how to help someone who is choking. 
While you are talking with that voice, another voice is dispatching emergency personnel to the address you’ve given. 

Redeemed Automotive opens shop: News business in long-time dealership location is a testimony to couple’s faith in God and prayer

For Gary and Mandi Edwards, Redeemed Automotive is more than a business, it is an exercise in faith and a testimony to their trust in God. 
The couple recently cut the ribbon on their newly opened automotive shop located at the corner of Broad and Peachtree streets in downtown Louisville in the old Henderson Chevrolet building. 
The automotive shop offers a number of services including work on tires, brakes, oil changes, maintenance, tuning, water pumps and starters.

House fires common in winter months: Area Firefighters give tips on how to best protect against the worst

Winter is the time of year when house fires occur more frequently. 
Gibson/Glascock County Fire Chief Michael May said during the winter months, some of the causes of fires are space heaters and electrical heaters, gas leaks and chimney fires. 
“Do not leave heaters plugged unattended. Do not overload circuits. If you smell gas (rotten egg smell), leave the residence immediately. Do not turn anything off as any little spark can ignite the gas. Have chimneys cleaned annually,” May said.

Flu season is here: Hospital taking extra precautions with high number of early cases

Patients, visitors and hospital staff were all talking through paper masks last week in the Jefferson Hospital emergency room in an effort to prevent the further spread of the flu virus.
During what some are calling an unseasonably early outbreak of influenza, Hospital CEO Lou Semrad and the hospital’s infection control nurse toured the hospital last week sterilizing door handles and talking to everyone they saw about contamination control.
“At least half of the people in the waiting room were wearing masks,” Semrad said. “That’s good.”

Impact of flu is widespread: Area schools see increased sick-leave absences

Five flu-related deaths and more than 300 flu-related hospitalizations in metro Atlanta have been reported since October, said Nancy Nydam, director of communications with the Georgia Department of Public Health.
“With flu widespread throughout the state, it gives us a pretty good idea of what is happening elsewhere,” she said.

Wrens hires chief: Former Wrens PD officer, Jamey Kitchens will take over as police chief Feb. 1

After receiving 18 applicants for the job and interviewing six, the Wrens City Council voted 4-1 last week to hire James Ray “Jamey” Kitchens as its new Police Chief at an annual salary of $55,000. 
Newly elected councilmember Edward Rabun was the only vote against. Rabun was sworn in that same night along with Stephanie Hannah and Michelle Usry, the three new councilmembers elected in the fall.

Glascock County teacher under investigation

Glascock County parents were notified Monday afternoon of an on-going investigation into an alleged inappropriate message sent from a teacher to a student at Glascock County Consolidated School. 

Superintendent Jim Holton said that a parent brought the matter to the school's attention Monday morning.

"This involved a female high school teacher and an 18-year-old high school boy," Holton said. "She will not be back at school. The matter is now in the hands of the Glascock County Sheriff's Office and the Professional Standards and Practices Commission."

Honoring the legacy Dr. King

The name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is well known; but, the difficulties he faced as he fought for equality are being forgotten. 
This is a reality faced by Bobby Adams, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Jefferson County Chapter. On Sunday, Jan. 14, Adams walked alongside others in a parade down Peachtree Street in Louisville. The parade began at the Jefferson County Courthouse and ended at Helen Clark Memorial Park where Adams and several others spoke.

Glascock County purchases ambulance

When bad things happen, it is reassuring to know that emergency responders are going to show up with the best equipment possible. 
Using sales tax funds from their SPLOST account, Glascock County Commissioners have purchased a new and bigger ambulance. 
“We had a 2011 ambulance, it was a Ford F350 and it had over 300,000 miles on it,” said Glascock County Emergency Management Director Mike Lyons. “The engine failed in it about four months ago, so McDuffie has been sending their trucks here while we’ve been waiting on this one.”

What a penny can buy: Area SPLOSTS collected a penny at a time, pay for major projects

Special Projects Local Option Sales Tax, better known as SPLOST, is something Jefferson County has been collecting for years. 
One reason it’s a popular means of raising taxes is that it’s a tax paid by everyone who makes a purchase in the county. This includes people who do not own property and people who don’t live in the area but are just passing through. It’s a tax charged equally to everyone. 

Schools out for winter weather

Schools in Jefferson and Glascock counties will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 17, because of forecasted inclement weather. This closing effects Glascock County Consolidated School; Jefferson County High School; Carver and Wrens elementary schools; Louisville Academy; Wrens and Louisville middle schools; and, Thomas Jefferson Academy. No information regarding Thursday, Jan. 18, is available at this time.

Son charged in father’s shooting

A 20-year-old Louisville man, Jaquan De’Andre Davis, has been charged in a shooting that seriously injured his father, Richard Allen “Boo” Davis. The incident occurred Sunday, Dec. 31, at Boo Davis’ home in Louisville. 
Jefferson County deputies arrested Jaquan Davis the next day, Monday, Jan. 1, about 2:10 a.m. He has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal attempt to commit a felony murder and possession of a firearm by convicted felon or felony first offender.

Glascock man charged in altercation

Special Report
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Glascock County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an individual shooting a firearm at another individual on Highway 80 in Glascock County near Stapleton. 
Glascock County deputies responded and determined Hubert Lambert, 61, was shooting a firearm at Ronald Harris, 38, at Lambert’s residence.
At approximately 4:35 p.m., Glascock County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the GBI Region 7 Office regarding the aggravated assault investigation. 

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