Wednesday, September 2, 2015
WEDNESDAY , DISTRICT TWO COUNCIL MEMBER PATSY PERDUE QUALIFIED AND SHE IS CHALLENGED BY JEFF MIDDLEBROOKS, EMPLOYED WITH THE UPSON COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT.
DISTRICT ONE COUNCILMAN GARY ATWATER IS OPPOSED BY EX-COUNCIL MEMBER LAKEYTHIA REEVES.
J.D. STALLINGS QUALIFIED FOR MAYOR, TUESDAY AND HAS RESIGNED HIS DISTRICT THREE COUNCIL SEAT. IT WILL BE FILLED DURING A SPECIAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 3RD.
Monday, August 31, 2015
QUALIFYING CLOSES FRIDAY.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Evidence will show that Christopher Len Jones, 17 of Thomaston who lived at 105 Third Street in Thomaston was in possession of a stolen .45 cal Taurus handgun and was pointing it around the room and while pointing the gun at his brother the trigger was pulled striking the victim in the head. Statements that were given by witnesses that were inside the bedroom during this incident are consistent that the brothers were playing with each other with this weapon and that this act was not intentional.
Christopher Len Jones has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault, Tampering with Evidence, 2 Counts entering Auto and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Atravius Lee Mizell, 17 of Thomaston was also charged with Two Counts of entering Auto in connection to this case as well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gwyn family as they mourn the loss of this young man. Certain cases in this community affect some but when a child’s life is lost at such a young age it affects us all.
Lt. Andrew Pippin
UPSON S.O. SAID UNITS FROM ROCK HILL, THURSDAY, LINCOLN PARK AND NORTHSIDE EXTINGUISHED THE BLAZE.
Friday, August 21, 2015
THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER, THE VICTIM'S OLDER BROTHER, 17 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER LYNN JONES OF 105 THIRD STREET, IS BEING HELD IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF AGGREVATED ASSAULT. JONES SAID HE POINTED THE PISTOL AT HIS YOUNGER BROTHER AND IT WENT OFF.
LT. PIPPIN TOLD HOMETOWN RADIO NEWS, ANOTHER TEEN IN THE BEDROOM, ATRAVIUS MOZELL IS ALSO IN JAIL ON THEFT CHARGES FOR STEALING THE HANDGUN DURING A CAR BREAK-IN AUGUST 19TH.
FIVE YOUTHS, ONE A FEMALE JUVENILE , WERE IN A BEDROOM SMOKING MARIJUANA, WHEN THE HORSE PLAY STARTED WITH THE HANDGUN , ACCORDING TO LT. PIPPIN. NO ADULTS WERE AT HOME.
HOMETOWN RADIO'S DAVE PIPER ASKED THE GOVERNOR IF HE HAS ENDORSED ANYONE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE. GOVERNOR DEAL TOLD US HE HAS NOT CHOSEN A CANDIDATE, BUT HE IS ACQUAINTED WITH ALL THE GOVERNORS AND EX-GOVS WHO ARE RUNNING.
ASKED IF A GOVERNOR IS A BETTER FIT TO RUN THE COUNTRY, GOVERNOR DEAL RESPONDED, GOVERNORS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE EXECUTIVE DECISIONS ON A DAILY BASIS LIKE THE PRESIDENT, AND THAT EXPERIENCE WOULD TRANSLATE WELL IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
THE THREE MILLAGE RATES INCLUDE; GENERAL TAX AT 9.76 MILLS, UNINCORPORATED COUNTY TAX 2.72 MILLS AND JOINT PROJECTS TAX, 6.28 MILLS.
COUNTY MANAGER JIM WHEELESS SAID UNLESS PROPERTY VALUES WERE RAISED, TAX PAYERS SHOULD NOT SEE AN INCREASE IN THEIR TAX BILL.
THE COUNTY TAX DIGEST CONTINUES TO ERODE, DOWN $30 MILLION OVER LAST YEAR, A DROP OF OVER 5%. UPSON COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER BERRY COOK SAID THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE HAS GRANTED AN EXTENSION ON SUBMITTING THE TAX DIGEST, BASED ON REVALUATION OF RURAL LAND BY THE TAX ASSESSORS OFFICE. IT MEANS TAX BILLS WILL GO OUT LATER THAN THE USUAL NOVEMBER 15TH.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
AT TUESDAY’S MEETING, COUNTY MANAGER JIM WHEELESS TOLD THE UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, MS. CLIFF WAS OFFERED A FULL-TIME TEACHING POSITION AT GORDON STATE COLLEGE AND CLASSES STARTED WEDNESDAY.
PENNY HAD BEEN TEACHING NIGHT CLASSES AT GORDON, AND MANAGER WHEELESS SAID A SEARCH COMMITTEE IS BEING FORMED TO HIRE A NEW DIRECTOR.
UNDER PENNY’S LEADERSHIP THE ARCHIVES HAS WON ACCLAIM FROM THE STATE AND FROM VISITORS ALL OVER THE U.S. WHO HAVE DONE RESEARCH AT THE FACILITY.
Even with the decrease in revenue to the school district, Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook recommended that the Board of Education maintain the current mill rate of 15.38. Dr. Shook cited the fact that more than 85% of Upson County voters had supported the recent ESPLOST. “I believe we can tighten our belts a little and absorb this decrease in tax revenue. The community has shown their support for the school system by overwhelmingly passing the ESPLOST, and this is our opportunity to show our appreciation to the voters.”
The BOE accepted Dr. Shook’s recommendation and voted unanimously to set the tentative mill rate at 15.38. The final vote for the mill rate will occur on Sept. 3 at 8 a.m. in the boardroom of Central Office.
Friday, August 7, 2015
AT TUESDAY’S MEETING—THOMASTON CITY MANAGER PATRICK COMISKEY SAID THE LOW BID FROM TOMMY GIBSON BUILDERS OF WARNER ROBINS WAS $930,000. HE SAID THE RISING COST OF MATERIALS APPARENTLY CAUSED THE INCREASE.
THE WORK INCLUDES A PAVILION, BOAT HOUSE AND RESTROOMS AT LAKE THOMASTON AND $200,000 FOR A PAVILION AND RESTROOMS AT PARK STREET.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
COUNCILMAN STALLINGS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT TUESDAY’S MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL. MAYOR HAYS ARNOLD HAS SAID HE WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION.
STALLINGS HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE FEB. 2014. QUALIFYING BEGINS AUGUST 31ST.
Monday, August 3, 2015
UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID A BLACK MALE ENTERED THE STORE JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT, WALKED BEHIND THE COUNTER AND POINTED A PISTOL AT THE FEMALE CLERK. HE ORDERED HER TO OPEN THE CASH REGISTER AND DROP THE SAFE. SHE INFORMED HIM SHE COULD NOT OPEN THE SAFE. HE TOOK ABOUT $150 FROM THE REGISTER AND LEFT ON FOOT.
SHERIFF KILGORE DESCRIBED THE SUSPECT AS A BLACK MALE 5-7 TO 5-11, 250 POUNDS WEARING A BLUE KNIT CAP AND A BLUE BANDANA OVER HIS FACE, ALL BLACK CLOTHING, AND WHITE SNEAKERS.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CASE SHOULD CONTACT THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.