Local teacher shares love of job in video

Rebecca Nevetral has devoted her life to nurturing young minds in the classrooms of Jefferson County. She is proud of what she does and she wants to share that pride.
So when she was contacted by the Governor’s Real Teachers, Real Voices campaign asking if she would agree to film a commercial promoting the teaching profession throughout the state, she agreed without reservations. 

Wadley man charged in home burglary

Wadley police officers arrested Antwan Decorie Gilmore, 37, of Wadley Wednesday, Sept. 13, and charged him with burglary, forgery of a financial transaction card and misdemeanor theft by taking.
Officers responded to a burglary and theft inside the city on that day.
The suspect, Antwan D. Gilmore, allegedly entered a residence and took approximately $125 and a wallet containing an ATM card and other personal documents, Wadley Police Chief Jimmy Butts stated in a press release.

Two charged in package store burglary

Wadley police officers responded to a burglary Friday, Aug. 25, at the DMP Package Store on South Main Street in Wadley.
“Upon arrival officers observed broken glass at the front door of the establishment where entry into the business was made,” Wadley Police Chief Jimmy Butts stated.
“A large brick was also found inside the business and is believed to have been used to break the glass door,” he said.
It was reported cash in excess of $10,000 and state lottery tickets were taken at the time of the burglary.

Whitestone Transportation celebrates one year anniversary in Louisville

One year ago this month Whitestone Transportation LLC took over live chicken hauling operations for Coastal Processing in Louisville and company officials say they excited about what the future holds. 
“We’re celebrating our one year anniversary in Louisville as the contracted trucking company for Coastal Processing,” said Neil Anderson, Whitestone’s Customer Relations Manager. “We’ve completed our first year successfully and look forward to many more with Coastal Processing hauling live poultry into the plant.”

SCLC chapter holds anniversary banquet

Co-founded in 1957 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is a non-profit organized to promote Civil Rights. Jefferson County’s chapter began around 1970 after an incident in Louisville.
“It was just Ray Garrett. He was downtown (Louisville) and the police jumped on him,” said Bobby Adams, the chapter’s current president. “There was so much going on at that time; but, this …

Church shelters storm evacuees

Many people south of here left their belongings and fled their homes before an uninvited guest showed up at their door. Hurricane Irma was not a tidy houseguest. 
Some of those people were headed north or northwest to family or friends who were out of the forecasted path of the storm. Many others simply rushed from their homes and hoped and prayed for the best.

Cry Out America rescheduled

Cry Out America in Jefferson County was another casualty of Hurricane Irma. The original day, Monday, Sept. 11, conflicted with Irma’s temper tantrum. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, at noon in the courtroom of the county’s courthouse in Louisville.
Judy Tatum, the county coordinator for the event, will be the speaker. Dove Tracks Ministries is sponsoring this event.
“We will have four to five people praying for our nation, for unity,” Tatum said.

Cleanup begins in wake of Irma

Just 24 hours after strong winds tore through the area, toppling trees and knocking out power across Jefferson and Glascock counties, the southbound lanes of US Highway 1 was stacked with bumper-to-bumper traffic as evacuees passed through on their way to gauge the damage at home. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it seems Glascock and Jefferson counties did not fare too badly. Trees came down, roads were blocked, property was damaged and a lot of people are still without power as of press time Tuesday.

Franklin joins medical staff at hospital

Dr. Sam Franklin said he always had a fascination with the human body and a desire to help people, but it was only after shadowing Dr. Jim Polhill in his Louisville practice and seeing him interact with his life-long patients that Franklin decided that not only did he want to focus on family medicine, but he wanted to do it close to home.
“Ever since medical school my plan has been to come back here to work,” Franklin said while sitting in Jefferson Hospital last week. 

Louisville man dies in accident

Christopher Cornelius Atkinson, 41, of Louisville died Wednesday, Aug. 16, when the car he was driving went off the road and struck a bridge rail on Georgia State Route 4, .2 miles north of Sand Valley Road.
Atkinson was driving a blue 2008 Nissan Altima belonging to India Yasdnana Small of Garden City. Small was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident.

22 qualify for 11 local positions

Last week 22 local individuals qualified for 11 local city elected positions in Wadley, Wrens and Stapleton.
Jefferson County Elections Superintendent Susan Gray said Monday there will be no municipal elections in Avera, Bartow or Louisville as only incumbents qualified in those cities. There also will not be a county election, nor will there be a Board of Education election.

Community prepares for hurricane Irma storms

Hurricane Irma is expected to travel from Florida up through Georgia, creating conditions just right for tornados. There are also two hurricanes following on the heels of Irma – José and Katia.
Schools in Glascock and Jefferson counties are closed Monday and Tuesday. 
Jim Anderson, Jefferson County’s EMA director, said Friday according to Hurricane Center there is no reason to be concerned about Hurricane Katia.
Hurricane José might be another matter. Anderson said it’s a possibility there will be local concerns with this hurricane. 

Wadley man charged for firing at vehicle

A 21-year-old Wadley man has been arrested and charged after shooting at a vehicle behind his.
On Thursday, Aug. 17, about 3:40 p.m., the man, identified by law enforcement as Robert Charles Kohler, was traveling south on US Highway 1 through Louisville when a motorist behind Kohler attempted to pass. Kohler, driving a black Toyota Camry, sped up and blocked the motorist from passing, a spokesman with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated.
About 3:40 p.m., the motorist called the Jefferson County 911 Center for assistance. 

JCHS among America’s Best high schools

Area educators realized years ago that it is not enough just to usher students across a stage and hand them a rolled up piece of paper. If those graduates are not prepared for what comes next, whatever that may be, then that diploma is worthless.
So, for years, they have made it their goal to get every student at Jefferson County High School ready for college, tech school, the job market or the military, ensuring that they leave as prepared as they can be for the world that awaits them.

Oliphant takes over as warden at JCCI

Jefferson County Commissioners appointed Calvin Oliphant as the warden of the Jefferson County Correctional Institute during a commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Oliphant replaces former warden, William Evans, who resigned several weeks ago. Oliphant had been deputy warden under Evans.
Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw said he had received calls from people all over the county in support of naming Oliphant as warden.
“He’s very active in the ministry at the prison,” McGraw said. “I could go on and on.”

School leaders asking for input on vision: Community welcomed to participate in strategic planning meeting Aug. 22

What’s right, what’s wrong, what do we keep and what do we change? 
Jefferson County schools are asking area citizens, parents, businesses and civic leaders to attend a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. in the JCHS theater and to take part in its strategic improvement planning process.
After hearing a bit about where the school system currently sits financially and an overview of the challenges our public school educators face, attendees will be broken into small groups for discussion. 

County sales ratio approved

The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) approved Jefferson County’s sales ratio based on sales during 2016, the county’s chief appraiser Louisa Pennington said.
“We were well within our parameters for 2016,” she said. 
The DOR performs its own valuation.
“They actually do field checks on sales as well as field checks on properties that did not sell,” Pennington said. The DOR randomly selects properties that have not sold as well as perform field checks to determine property values.


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