Thursday, May 26, 2016

UPSON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Upson-Lee High School graduation will be Friday night at Matthews Field. The ceremony will begin promptly at 8 p.m., and guests are asked to arrive early, since seating is limited. The Class of 2016 Valedictorian is Montana Shug, and Salutatorian is Cole Kilby. The ULHS Graduation is a private ceremony and tickets are required for entry into Matthews Field. Please remember that no balloons or tripods are allowed in the stands.

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Karen F. Truesdale

NEW SPEED BUMP POLICY FOR CITY OF THOMASTON

THE CITY OF THOMASTON WILL IMMEDIATLEY BEGIN REMOVING TEMPORARY, PREFABRICATED SPEED BUMPS AND WILL BE INITIATING A PROGRAM CONSISTANT WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL STANDARDS FOR REQUESTING, INSTALLING, AND REMOVING ALL SUCH DEVICES IN THE CITY.

IN A PRESS RELEASE—INTERIM CITY MANAGER BILLY BECKETT SAID CITY HALL HAS LEARNED FROM GA. DOT THAT THERE ARE SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR SPEED BUMPS AND SPEED HUMPS THAT APPARENTLY WERE NOT FOLLOWED AND IT COULD EXPOSE THE CITY TO LIABILILTY AND HAMPER STATE FUNDING FOR ROAD WORK.


WHILE REMOVING ALL PREFABRICATED SPEED BUMPS CITY HALL WILL SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPLEMENT ALTERNATIVE MEASURES TO INSURE CITIZENS SAFETY AND DEVELOP STANDARD POLICIES FOR BOTH TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT DEVICES—THE MANAGER SAID.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LATEST ELECTON RETURNS

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST TALLY FROM THE GA. SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE A RUN-OFF JULY 26TH IN THE 3RD DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE BETWEEN STATE SENATOR MIKE CRANE AND WEST POINT MAYOR DREW FERGUSON.

CRANE POLLED 26.92% AND FERGUSON GOT 26.77% OF THE VOTE.

JIM PACE WAS THIRD WITH 23%.

BEN COKER POLLED 46.78% OF THE VOTE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND WILL BE IN A RUN-OFF WITH RUDJARD HAYS WITH 27.97%. CINDY MANNING RECEIVED 25%. COKER 11,389, HAYES 6809, MANNING 6150.

FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE GRIFFIN CIRCUIT—MACK CRAWFORD RE-ELECTED WITH 64.8%, CATHERINE SANDERSON 35.42%. CRAWFORD 20,140, SANDERSON 11,147

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SCOTT BALLARD UNSEATED SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TOMMY HANKINSON 55.24% TO 44.71% IN UPSON, PIKE, SPALDING, AND FAYETTE COUNTIES.

BALLARD 17,527, HANKINSON 14,171.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

UPSON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS TUESDAY

NORMAN ALLEN WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE UPSON COUNTY COMMISSION WITH 57% OF THE VOTE TUESDAY—COMMISSIONER STEVE HUDSON WAS DEFEATED BY JAMES ELLINGTON AND COMMISSIONER LORENZO WILDER WON RE-ELECTION.
THERE WILL BE A RUN-OFF FOR TAX COMMISSIONER JULY 26TH BETWEEN ANDY CHASTAIN AND DONNA SMITH AND JAN STREETMAN AND TERRY SALTER WILL RUN OFF FOR CHIEF MAGISTRATE.

JAY EUBANKS BEAT TERRELL JACKSON FOR DISTRICT 7 BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SHELIA HALL EDGED MICHAEL STEWERT FOR DISTRICT 3 BOE.

NORMAN ALLEN POLLED 1851 VOTES FOR CHAIRMAN, MAURICE RAINES 1087, BILL MAHER 301. JAMES ELLINGTON GOT 61%--784 STEVE HUDSON 493.

LORENZO WILDER RECEIVED 59% 331 CHRIS BIGGS 223.

FOR TAX COMMISSIONER DAVID ANDY CHASTAIN 36% 1272 VOTES DONNA SMITH 26% 926, SEAN TOWNSEND 642, RONNIE PORTWOOD 630.

CHIEF MAGISTRATE JAN STREETMAN 47.63%, 2174, TERRY SALTER 29.93% 1366, WILLIAM HUGHLEY 1024.

SHELIA HALL 50.34% FOR BOE DISTRICT 3 366, MICHAEL STEWERT 49.66% 361.

BOE DISTRICT 7 JAY EUBANKS 58% 392 INCUMBENT TERRELL JACKSON 276.

FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER 89%, FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE INCUMBENT MACK CRAWFORD 80%,

JUDGE TOMMY HANKINSON 65% SCOTT BALLARD 34%.

FOR 3RD DISTRICT CONGRESS—DREW FERGUSON 31%, JIM PACE 20%, CHIP FLANEGAN 16%, MIKE CRANE 13%.

THE TURNOUT IN UPSON WAS 35%












NOTICE FROM UPSON COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS

The Upson County Tax Assessors mailed a little more than 15,000 assessment notices on May 13, 2016. As of May 24, more than 175 were returned as undeliverable. The office has found new addresses for all but 141 and need help from these property owners to get their mail to them. If anyone owns property in Upson County and has not received an assessment notice this year, please call or come by the Assessors’ Office and give us your correct mailing address.

Pat Ferguson Fallin
Chief Appraiser
pfallin@upsoncountyga.org
PH; 706-647-8176
Fax: 706-647-7818

Monday, May 23, 2016

TUESDAY IS ELECTION DAY IN GA.

TUESDAY IS THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION IN GEORGIA. THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN 7AM TILL 7PM.

FOR 3RD DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESS, JIM PACE, DREW FERGUSON, AND MIKE CRANE LEADING CANDIDATES.

FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT—BEN COKER, CINDY MANNING, RUDJARD HAYES

FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, INCUMBENT TOMMY HANKINSON, CHALLENGER SCOTT BALLARD

FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE INCUMBENT MACK CRAWFORD, CHALLENGER KATHRINE SANDERSON.

IN UPSON COUNTY CONTESTED RACES FOR COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN, DISTRICT 2 COUNTY COMMISSION, CHIEF MAGISTRATE, TAX COMMISSIONER.


CURRENT CHAIRMAN RUSTY BLACKSTON IS ON THE BALLOT BUT HE HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE RACE.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A DRUG DEFENDANT FOUND GUILTY IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT

IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT, THURSDAY, A JURY DELIBERATED ONLY ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE FINDING A FLORIDA MAN, FRED LEE CROMARTIE GUILTY OF TRAFFICING IN COCAINE AND MARIJUANA.

JUDGE TOMMY HANKINSON SENTENCED CROMARTIE TO 30 YEARS, 20 TO SERVE IN PRISON AND A $200,000 FINE.


CROMARTIE WHO WAS STOPPED DRIVING A RENTAL CAR IN THOMASTON, DID NOT TAKE THE STAND DURING THE TRIAL.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

6TH ANNUAL CHAMBER POKER RUN SATURDAY

THE 6TH ANNUAL THOMASTON-UPSON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POKER RUN IS SATURDAY, MAY 21. REGISTRATION AT SPREWELL BLUFF BEGINNING AT 10;30AM. PARTICIPANTS FLOAT THE FLINT RIVER WITH A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES. TICKETS $40 TO $60.


FOR MORE INFO CALL THE CHAMBER 706-647-9686.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BUILDING SAFETY MONTH

                             UPSON COUNTY BUILDING AND ZONING DEPARTMENT         
                            DRAKE BUILDING
                            305 S. HIGHTOWER STREET, SUITE D-100
                            THOMASTON, GA 30286-4170                                                     
                                (706) 647-1297    FAX (706) 647-2693                                                                             
                                                                                                                                          


Contact: Doug Currier II FOR RELEASE MAY 23, 2016
Upson County Building and Zoning Department, Director of Planning & Zoning
Tel. 706/647-1297

  
Building Codes: A Smart Investment

  
WEEK FOUR // May 23–29, 2016
As part of its observance of Building Safety Month, Upson County through its affiliation with the International Code Council, is asking all of its residents and business owners to raise their awareness of building safety issues. A series of themed informative articles is being provided to remind and inform every one of those sometimes small, but important measures that must be taken to provide the highest level of safety and accommodation around our homes and business places.  
The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy a home. Homes represent security, a place where people will live, raise their families, and share life with others. Whether you own or rent a home, following the building codes during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety, and your investment as well.
The building codes include research from experts that help ensure every phase of the construction process is done correctly. In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, use less water, and conserve resources.
If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the State of Georgia, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or make costly repairs. If you’re hiring someone to work on your home, hire a state-licensed contractor to pull the permit and do the work. Georgia statutes allow home owners to work on their primary residence on their own, with a permit. Make sure you are knowledgeable about the building codes before you make this decision.
A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met––as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records––has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. 
By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners, plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficiency construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home.
Invest wisely in your home or remodeling project. It’s a smart investment to build and remodel your home to the latest codes.
Cost Implications in Areas Subject to Natural Hazards
While hazard mitigation can increase the costs of building in a hazard-prone area, benefits such as potential reductions in insurance premiums and reduced repair time following a natural disaster may offset the higher costs. In the floodplain, the latest building codes incorporate higher standards that reduce risk and can reduce insurance premiums. Examples in FEMA’s Coastal Construction Manual show that adding one foot of freeboard above the base flood elevation can reduce annual flood insurance premiums by approximately 20-45%.
Insurance should never be viewed as an alternative to damage prevention, but hazard insurance to offset potential financial exposure is an important consideration and sometimes a requirement for homeowners in areas subject to natural hazards. Flood insurance is offered through the NFIP in participating communities and is separate from homeowners insurance. Wind insurance coverage is generally part of a homeowners insurance policy, but private companies offer last resort insurance to homeowners in coastal areas in some states. Earthquake insurance is an addition to a regular homeowners insurance policy.



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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Doug Currier or Building Official Phil Ellerbee, please call 706/647-1297 or email Doug at DCurrier@upsoncountyga.org.

Monday, May 16, 2016

THREE INJURED IN SUNDAY WRECK ON HANNAH'S MILL ROAD

ACCORDING TO POST 26 GA. STATE PATROL---THREE INJURED—ONE LIFE-FLIGHTED--- AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION IN UPSON COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON-- ON HANNAH'S MILL ROAD NEAR NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH.

STATE TROOPER DON STEWERT TOLD ZOOM NEWS THE DRIVER OF A FORD EXPLORER—57 YEAR OLD SANDRA MCDUFFIE OF CHURCH ROAD CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT A 2011 FORD PICK-UP HEAD ON—A TRUCK DRIVEN BY 68 YEAR OLD FRANCIS GORDY OF JEFF DAVIS ROAD.

MS. MCDUFFIE WAS AIR-FLIGHTED TO MACON MEDICAL CENTER.

MS. GORDY'S HUSBAND—72 YEAR OLD DAVID GORDY—A PASSENGER—WAS TRANSPORTED TO MACON MEDICAL CENTER BY AMBULANCE AND MS. GORDY WAS TRANSPORTED TO UPSON REGIONAL—THEN TAKEN TO MACON MEDICAL.



BOMB THREATS IN BARNESVILLE SUNDAY

The City of Barnesville Police Department received six separate 911 calls during the evening of May 15, 2016 through the Lamar County 911 Center. The calls were in reference to a bomb threat at the following locations. Roses Store 904 Veterans Parkway, Family Dollar 329 College Drive, CVS 622 Rose Avenue, McDonald’s 200 Forsyth Street, Hot Shot Gas Station 202 Veterans Parkway, and Pizza Hut 219 Forsyth Street. The incident locations were evacuated and safe distance was obtained for safety. The Barnesville Police Department was assisted by the Barnesville Fire Department, Lamar County Fire & Rescue, Gordon State College Police, Lamar County Sherriff’s Office, and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal K-9 Unit. The locations were cleared of any explosive devices, and turned back over to the mangers. The Police Department is also working with Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The incidents are still under investigations at this time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION METRO JUDGES POLL

THE ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION HAS ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE ON THE 2016 JUDICIAL BAR POLL RESULTS FOR THE METRO COUNTIES —AND THE TWO JUDGES ON THE MAY 24TH BALLOT IN THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT—JUDGE ROBERT MACK CRAWFORD AND JUDGE TOMMY R. HANKINSON OUT-POLLED THEIR OPPONENTS BY A 2 TO 1 MARGIN.

ON THE QUESTION OF BEST QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION JUDGE ROBERT MACK CRAWFORD OUTPOLLED CHALLENGER CATHERINE SANDERSON 131 TO 49.

ON THE BEST QUALFIED QUESTION—JUDGE TOMMY HANKINSON OUTPOLLED CHALLENGER SCOTT BALLARD 125 TO 57.


THE ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION NOTES THE RESULTS OF THE POLL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT OF ANY PARTICULAR CANDIDATE.