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.
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.
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.
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.