Police chief and officer charged

Garry McCord resigned his position as Wrens police chief on Tuesday, Nov. 14 and two days later he and the Stapleton officer whose firearm certification he admittedly falsified sat before a Jefferson County Magistrate who read the warrants for their arrest.
Both McCord and Officer Thomas Farthing were then booked into the county jail, charged with the felony of fraudulently filing a state document, immediately posted bond and were released. 

Wrens police officer resigns after complaint

A Wrens police officer recently resigned after being confronted with a complaint from a citizen alleging that he made sexual advances towards her while in uniform and on duty.
City Administrator Arty Thrift said that he could not comment on the incident as it is his understanding that the matter is under investigation by a Georgia P.O.S.T. Council District 3 investigator. 

City election results released

Elections were held last week in Stapleton, Wadley and Wrens. 
In Stapleton, a total of five candidates ran for city council. They were Lisa Cranford (incumbent) with 47 votes or 27.81 percent; Terkia Farmer with 21 votes or 12.43 percent, John Legander III with 25 votes or 14.79 percent, Willie Moss (incumbent) with 48 votes or 28.40 percent and Carol Smith with 27 votes or 15.98 percent. The top three vote getters, Cranford, Moss and Smith won the open seats. Incumbent Kevin Prescott whose seat was open did not run for reelection. 


Veterans and other patriotic citizens gathered at the park in downtown Wrens Friday as American Legion Post 229 hosted a Veterans Day program complete with patriotic music, speeches and the placing of a wreath. Retired Chief Warrant Officer and JCHS ROTC commander John Wallace and Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Ga. Rep. Brian Prince both spoke to those gathered about the meaning and purpose of the holiday and the sacrifices service men and women make for their country. See more photos from local services on Page 1B.

Volunteer sent lewd messages to teens

A volunteer athletics videographer was arrested last week after it was determined he had been sending explicit messages to at least two teenage Glascock County student athletes.
Sheriff Jeremy Kelley confirmed Monday that Andrew Kemp, 27, of Gibson, was arrested on Nov. 9 at approximately 10:30 a.m. and charged with Obscene Internet Contact with a Child and Obscene Telephone Contact with a Child. 

County looks at investing

In a work session this month, Jefferson County Administrator Adam Brett and the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners discussed the idea of using some of the county funds in an investment in the Georgia Fund 1.
Brett said he discussed the county’s accounts with local banks. They pay half a percent interest and will continue to not charge usage fees.
Commissioner Tommy New told the board any money placed with Georgia Fund 1 will not be insured.

Wrens police chief resigns

Wrens Police Chief Garry McCord resigned his position Tuesday, Nov. 14, after allegations were raised that he falsified a Stapleton officer’s pistol certification.

Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Director of Operations Ryan Powell confirmed Wednesday that warrants had been issued for McCord and Stapleton Police Officer Thomas Farthing for the falsification of training records dealing with firearms training.

“They have been notified that they have active warrants and I think they have until Friday to turn themselves in,” Powell said.

Threats of school violence are no joke

Glascock County officers are still working to determine who wrote the words.

The county’s consolidated school was put on lock down last Thursday and students in grades five through 12 were walked through metal detectors after a message was found scrawled above a high school urinal that read, “I will shoot up the school.”

School Superintendent Jim Holton said that a student first discovered the threat and reported it to a teacher around 1 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Event designed to assist veterans

Staff from the offices of Congressman Jody Hice (Ga-10) and U.S. Sen. David Perdue will be in Louisville Saturday, Nov. 18, for a program, Helping Our Heroes.

The program is a veterans’ appreciation even at the Jefferson County Leisure Center. There will be a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway as well as information available to the veterans on filing claims, veteran housing, benefits suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment and more.

Promises kept: Church honors the short lives of hospital’s deceased infants

In the soft light under sheltering oaks garbed in swaying robes of Spanish moss, while 6-year-old Janna Grace Mole lifted her voice to sing along with her grandparents’ refrains of “Jesus Loves Me,” the remains of more than 100 broken promises were introduced to their final resting place. 
Late term miscarriages, the still born and infants who never took a breath outside of a hospital or heard a wood thrush laugh, what are they if not promises broken by a world harder than a granite headstone?

Pig ‘n’ Pie Fest Saturday

For the second year, Mary West Productions is holding a festival, the Pig n Pie, in Wrens. 
“It’s the last chance to do your festival shopping before Christmas,” West said.
Even though last year the festival was held on a day where other things were going on in the county, the first day of hunting, the Speir’s Festival in Bartow, West said about 400 attended the event in Wrens.
“We had a great crowd considering we had competition. Last year was good,” she said. “The pie-eating contest was a hit. We’re doing that again.”

Memorial concert to raise funds for other victims of car crash

Macy Purvis Mullis was 23 when she died Thursday, Sept. 28, after a car, driven by Oliver Cope, 18, smashed into a Taco Bell in Swainsboro where she was having dinner. Mullis, a Corrections Officer, was the wife of Tyler Miles Mullis.
Elizabeth Purvis, a friend of Macy’s and an in-law, is hard at work arranging a memorial concert to raise money to help the other victims of the event that took Macy’s life. 

McTier unveils The Ladder

The first time Lucy McTier was commissioned to paint the crucifixion she turned it down. 
“I was very young, I was 24, and I didn’t feel that I had the capability of painting it, both skill wise and emotionally,” she said. 
It was only after a fully realized career as an artist and more than 25 more years exploring her faith that she felt ready to portray the culmination of her savior’s purpose with the color and depth she felt it deserved.

Broadway performer takes stage at Speir’s Turnout Festival this Saturday

Special Report
If you like good food, shopping and free entertainment, the 26th Annual Speir’s Turnout Festival is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 28. The streets of downtown Bartow will be hopping from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with live music and dance, good food and unique merchandise from over 30 vendors.

Students REACH for success

Last week, in front of their families and teachers, five Jefferson County eighth graders signed agreements that will translate into at least $10,000 in college scholarships, each. 
Careli Cabrera, Jacque Copeland, Carson Hunt, Karson Key and Jasmine Oliphant were named Jefferson County’s 2017 REACH scholars and at their signing Friday, they agreed to do their own parts in planning for the future of their education.  

String of Louisville burglaries investigated

Officers from Louisville Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are working together on at least four burglaries that occurred within hours of each other. 
A Louisville police officer states in a report he was doing a security check on the old Louisville Recreation Building Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 3:60 a.m. and could hear voices and see flickering lights inside the building. He called another officer to meet him at the site as he believed someone might be inside.
The report states there have been break-ins at the building in the past.

Man with Wadley ties wanted

By Sandy Hodson
The Augusta Chronicle
An Augusta man accused of nearly beating a woman to death is still on the run. Law enforcement said the man has ties to Wadley.
Jerome A. Davis, 28, is wanted in connection with a Sept. 30 assault. Richmond County District Attorney Natalie Paine said the victim is still hospitalized.
Davis is 6 feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. His last known address is 2017 Windsor Avenue.

Appraisers to visit all properties

Jefferson County Chief Tax Appraiser Louisa Pennington said she and her staff will begin a physical review of all properties in the county, including those inside city limits.
“The DOR (Department of Revenue) rules and regulations state that we have to touch every property within a three-year time period,” she said. This is a real property review and is a way to ensure properties in the county are properly assessed. 
“We’re going to start on the north end of the county and work our way down,” she said. 

No fair: Contractor bails on Lions Club

Monday morning when no trucks full of rides or unspun cotton candy pulled into the Louisville Lions Club fairgrounds, organizers began to get worried. 
 “Yesterday was their setup day,” said Michael Howard, a Lion who has worked to organize their annual fair for the last several years. “So I went over to Sandersville and the folks who were still there were packing up to head to Florida. That’s what we’re stuck with.”


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