Friday, December 3, 2010

UPSON BEACON NEW COUNTY LEGAL ORGAN

THE  UPSON   BEACON  NEWSPAPER  IS  REPORTING  IT  WILL  BE   THE  NEW  LEGAL  ORGAN  OF UPSON COUNTY EFFECTIVE JAN  IST, REPLACING  THE  THOMASTON  TIMES. THREE  CONSTITUTIONAL  OFFICERS  ARE EMPOWERED TO  MAKE  THE  DECISION, THE  SHERIFF, CLERK OF  COURT  AND  PROBATE  JUDGE. AT  A  RECENT  MEETING  OF  CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS  CALLED  BY  COMMISSION  CHAIRMAN  MAURICE  RAINES,  THE  ISSUE  WAS  BROUGHT  UP. PROBATE JUDGE  GARY  HAMBY  MUST  NOTIFY  THE  SECRETARY  OF  STATE  ANNUALLY  REGARDING  THE  COUNTY’S  LEGAL  ORGAN. DURING  THE  MEETING  SHERIFF  DON  PEACOCK  AND  CLERK   OF    COURT  THERESA  HARPER  VOTED TO  CHANGE  TO  THE  UPSON  BEACON  AND  PROBATE  JUDGE  HAMBY  VOTED  TO  STAY  WITH  THE  THOMASTON  TIMES,  A  2  TO  1  VOTE FOR  THE  BEACON. SHERIFF  PEACOCK  TOLD  TGA  NEWS  THIS  WEEK,  HE  WOULD  LIKE  TO  SEE  THE  TWO   NEWSPAPERS  ROTATE  AS  LEGAL  ORGAN,  EVERY  COUPLE OF  YEARS. CLERK  OF  COURT  HARPER  SAID  SHE  VOTED  FOR  THE  BEACON  BECAUSE  IT   HAS  A  MORE  LOCAL  PRESENCE. JUDGE HAMBY  HAS NOT  BEEN  AVAILABLE  FOR  COMMENT,  BUT  HE  HAS  FAMILY  WHO  HAVE  BEEN  ON THE   TIMES  STAFF.  THERE  HAVE  BEEN  QUESTIONS  RAISED AS TO  THE  QUALIFICATIONS  OF  THE  UPSON  BEACON  TO  BE  THE  LEGAL  ORGAN,  BUT  COUNTY  ATTORNEY  ED  TRICE  SAYS  THEY HAVE  BEEN  ANSWERED  AND  HE IS  PREPARING  THE  LEGAL  DOCUMENTS  NEEDED  FOR  THE   CHANGE. OVER  THE PAST  TWO  YEARS  THE  BEACON  HAS  REPORTEDLY  AVERAGED  92%  PAID  CIRCULATION,  WHICH  COUNTY  OFFICIALS  HAVE  TOLD  US  MEETS QUALIFICATIONS. THE LEGAL  ADS WILL BE  A SIGNIFICANT  REVENUE  BOOST  FOR  THE  UPSON  BEACON,  AND  THERE  IS  SPECULATION  AS TO  HOW  IT  WILL  AFFECT  THE  THOMASTON  TIMES.  BOB  TRIBBLE,  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  BEACON, OWNS  30  NEWSPAPERS  AND  HAS  REPORTEDLY  MADE  OVERTURES IN THE  PAST  TO BUY-OUT  THE  TIMES.ROLAND FOILES, GENERAL  MANAGER  OF  THE  THOMASTON  TIMES, ISSUED  THIS  STATEMENT" TO MY KNOWLEDGE  THE  CONSTITUTIONAL  OFFICERS  WHO  APPARENTLY MADE  THE  DECISION-THE  SHERIFF,CLERK OF  SUPERIOR  COURT AND PROBATE JUDGE—HAVE NOT  NOTIFIED  THE  TIMES  ABOUT ANY  CHANGE OR REQUESTED ANY  INFORMATION FROM OUR NEWSPAPER. THERE  IS NO RECORD OF  ANY  AGENDA ITEM OF  ANY  GOVERNMENTAL  BODY TO  DISCUSS THE  AWARDING OF  THE  OFFICIAL  LEGAL ORGAN STATUS, NOR  HAS  A  LEGAL NOTICE REGARDING THE  DECISION BEEN  PUBLISHED YET  AS  REQUIRED  BY  STATE  LAW.”

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  1. I will be so glad when the Beacon gets it's web site completed. Trying to read the all caps posts on this site is unbearable. I don't know who is responsible for this but it is very unprofessional and needs to be changed.

    Please hurry Upson Beacon my eyes need you.

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