Tuesday, May 22, 2018

KEN PULLIN WINS GOP NOMINATION FOR STATE HOUSE

IN TUESDAY'S PRIMARY ELECTION REPUBLICAN KEN PULLIN OF PIKE COUNTY OUTPOLLED INCUMBENT JOHNNIE CALDWELL OF THOMASTON FOR THE DISTRICT 131 STATE HOUSE SEAT __3940 TO 2303 OF A TOTAL OF 6243 VOTES CAST IN UPSON, PIKE AND LAMAR COUNTY. PULLIN WILL FACE DEMOCRAT CHRIS BENSON OF THOMASTON IN NOVEMBER.



IN UPSON COUNTY PULLIN GOT 63% OF THE VOTE, CALDWELL 37%, 1869 VOTES TO 1091.

WINNERS IN UPSON, PULLIN, JONES, SALTER, ALCOHOL

IN TUESDAY'S PRIMARY ELECTION IN UPSON COUNTY PAUL JONES WAS ELECTED DISTRICT 3 UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER WITH 53% OF THE VOTE. THE INCUMBENT THE LATE RALPH ELLINGTON WHO PASSED AWAY SATURDAY, WAS ALSO ON THE BALLOT. JONES POLLED 418 VOTES, ELLINGTON 367—46.75%. PAUL TOLD US AFTER THE VOTE COUNT HIS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE ELLINGTON FAMILY.

FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 131 -- CHALLENGER KEN PULLIN GOT 63% INCUMBENT JOHNNIE CALDWELL , 37% . PULLIN 1869 VOTES, CALDWELL 1091.

FOR THOMASTON-UPSON BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4 CHALLENGER BRIAN SALTER WON WITH 56%, INCUMBENT KEITH ROHLING 43%--SALTER 266 VOTES, ROHLING 206.

SUNDAY SALES OF MIXED DRINKS IN THE COUNTY 55% YES, 44% NO, SUNDAY ALCOHOL PACKAGE SALES 56% YES, 43% NO.

IN THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR'S RACE CASEY CAGLE 44%, BRIAN KEMP 24%-- ON THE DEMOCRAT BALLOT STACEY ABRAMS 78%, STACY EVANS 21%.

LT. GOVERNOR SHAFER 44%, DEMOCRAT AMICO 54%.







CITY OF THOMASTON WILL HAVE FIREWORKS JULY 4

THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND LESS THAN GOOD NEWS FOR THE CITY OF THOMASTON'S GREATEST GENERATION MEMORIAL PARK. DURING A MEETING OF THE PARK COMMITTEE , MONDAY, CITY MANAGER RUSSELL THOMPSON ANNOUNCED A 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION COMPLETE WITH A FIREWORKS SHOW IN THE PARK, BUT ON THE DOWN SIDE—COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES, THE HIGHTOWER FAMILY FOUNDATION - HAS SENT MAYOR J.D STALLINGS A LETTER THAT THIS YEAR'S BUDGETED GRANT OF $100,000 HAS BEEN REDUCED TO $12,000. THOSE FUNDS REQUESTED FOR A STUDY OF A WATER FEATURE IN THE PARK.

NEIL HIGHTOWER PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES SAID IN THE LETTER, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN UNABLE TO AGREE TO THE FAMILY'S REQUEST TO NOT CLOSE PARK DRIVE AND NOT OFFER FOR SALE THE DONATED PARK TRIANGLE PROPERTY VALUED AS PART OF THE PARK.

CITY HALL PUT THE TRIANGLE UP FOR SALE AND GOT AN OFFER OF HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM AN ATLANTA DEVELOPER, THEN BACKED OFF WHEN OPPOSITION STIFFENED—BUT STILL LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR FUTURE SALE.

A MEMBER OF THE PARK COMMITTEE , GARY SELF , SAID HE WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR OF THE DONATION REDUCTION, WHEN THE CITY MANAGER CONFIRMED IT DURING THE MEETING, MONDAY.

THOMPSON SAID THE 4TH OF JULY EVENT IS SOMETHING HE'S WANTED TO DO SINCE HE CAME TO THOMASTON, AND THE NEW MAIN STREET COORDINATOR HEATHER BLACKMAN HAS GOT THE BALL ROLLING ON SHORT NOTICE.


THE HIGHTOWER FOUNDATION HAS INVESTED OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN THE PARK OVER THE YEARS.

Monday, May 21, 2018

STATEMENT FROM UPSON ELECTIONS CHAIR ROBERT HANEY

The Upson County Board of Elections in conjunction with the Board of Commissioners and the Upson County attorneys have been in communications with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office regarding the May 22nd General Primary Election and the passing of District 3 Commissioner Ralph Ellington.  Based on the timing of Commissioner Ellington’s passing, the Secretary of State advises that the election in Upson County should proceed as planned.  The Secretary of State’s attorneys will advise the county further based upon the outcome of the election.

Robert E. Haney
Chairman, Upson County Board of Elections

STATEMENT FROM UPSON CO. CHAIR NORMAN ALLEN

PRESS RELEASE FROM UPSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSION CHAIRMAN 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our friend and fellow commissioner Ralph Ellington. 

Ralph has served the citizens of Upson County for many years, most recently as the District Three Commissioner where he has served for the past six years. As a long time business leader Ralph devoted much of his time to the Chamber of Commerce, serving two consecutive terms as the Board Chairman.

A true gentleman, whose contributions to the community will not soon be forgotten. I ask that we all lend our support to Becky and the entire family. I am sure our friend Ralph would want us to celebrate his life rather than mourn our loss. We will miss our dear friend as he was truly a kind and great man.

Friday, May 18, 2018

RECOGNITION FOR D.A. BEN COKER

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker has been named one of Georgia's most influential district attorneys throughout the state in 2018.

The recognition was given in the May/June edition of James magazine, an Atlanta magazine that focuses on stories and issues of interest to leaders in Georgia government, business and opinion. The magazine's readership is made up mainly of leaders and decision-makers in government, business, politics, news, education and finance. The magazine, which is celebrating its 13th year of publication, targets leaders who impact major decisions on laws, regulations, purchasing, news, opinion and spending.

"It is certainly an honor to be listed amongst my peers as one of Georgia's most influential district attorneys," Coker said. "I am extremely proud to represent the citizens of the Griffin Judicial Circuit."

Coker was elected DA of the Griffin Judicial Circuit in 2016 and took office in 2017. He has prosecuted in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, comprised of Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties, for over a decade.

As a trial attorney, Coker has tried numerous cases before juries, resulting in approximately 20 life sentences and over 400 years in prison for the convicted defendants. Thousands of cases prosecuted by Coker have resulted in guilty pleas.

As an assistant district attorney, Coker personally handled hundreds of asset forfeitures, removing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hands of criminals and distributing the funds to law enforcement and victims of crime.

BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES UL HIGH COMMENCEMENT MAY 25

Acceptable Behavior Guidelines
Upson-Lee High School Commencement Ceremony

As an invited guest to this private ceremony, the Upson-Lee High School Class of 2018 requests that you adhere to the following guidelines for acceptable behavior:
· During the presentation of diplomas, please do not applaud after each name is called.  Family members may stand silently when your child’s name is called; there will be a time for applause after each row of names is called.
· No noisemakers allowed.  
· No signs allowed.
· No yelling or verbal outbursts during the ceremony.
· Turn off all cell phones.
· No unauthorized personnel will be allowed on the field or track during the ceremony.
· No tripods please; still cameras and video cameras should be held in your seats.  Professional photos will be available to all graduates at a later date.
· Children should be supervised at all times.
· There will be a time for celebration upon completion of the commencement ceremony.
· The ceremony will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Please find your seat prior to this time and remain seated throughout the ceremony.
· NO reserved seating.
· No balloons.
· Please be courteous and remain seated until the end of the ceremony.
· Law enforcement officers have authority to issue citations to anyone violating disorderly conduct ordinance #62-10.  The fine for this offense is $365.00 minimum.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

U.S. POSTAL VEHICLE INVOLVED IN WRECK

POST 26 GA. STATE PATROL IN THOMASTON IS INVESTIGATING AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A U.S. POSTAL LETTER CARRIER VEHICLE AT DEL RAY AND ROCKY BOTTOM ROAD, WEDNESDAY MORNING.


REPORTEDLY AN SUV WAS ALSO INVOLVED. THOMASTON POST MASTER DONNIE JOHNSON TOLD US HE'S STILL INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT.  

UPSON CO. TO GET DOLLAR GENERAL #6

A VARIANCE FOR A NEW DOLLAR GENERAL STORE ON THE PROPERTY OF DONNIE TYLER ON 36 EAST AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BUSINESS/TECH PARK WAS PARTIALLY GRANTED BY THE UPSON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION , MONDAY. BUT THE PROJECT IS MOVING FOWARD— A VARIANCE DOES NOT REQUIRE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVAL.

PLANNING DIRECTOR DOUG CURRIER RECOMMENDED DENIAL ON BOTH REQUESTS BASED ON THE COUNTY ZONING ORDIANCE.

DOLLAR GENERAL WAS GRANTED A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES FROM 38 TO 30—BUT MUST KEEP EACH SPACE 9 AND A HALF FEET WIDE—NOT THE 9 FEET IT REQUESTED.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION CUT THE DEVELOPER—SOME SLACK ON THE NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES BECAUSE IT AGREED TO SPRUCE-UP THE FACADE OF THE BUILDING—REPORTEDLY AT THE REQUEST OF UPSON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN NORMAL ALLEN.

CONSTRUCTION COULD START IN DECEMBER AND IT WILL BE THE SMALLEST STORE DOLLAR GENERAL BUILDS. THE DEVELOPER SPRING HILL LAND TRUST/TERAMORE DEVELOPMENT OF THOMASVILLE, GA. IS NOT THE DEVELOPER OF EVERY DOLLAR GENERAL IN UPSON COUNTY—BUT THIS WILL BE STORE #6 IN UPSON.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

ELIZABETH DALLAS GOBEIL APPOINTED TO CT. OF APPEALS

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL HAS APPOINTED UPSONIAN ELIZABETH DALLAS GOBEIL TO FILL A VACANCY ON THE GA. COURT OF APPEALS.

ELIZABETH IS AN APPELATE JUDGE FOR THE STATE BOARD OF WORKMAN'S COMPENSATION . JUDGE GOBEIL AND HER HUSBAND BART CURRENTLY LIVE IN SAVANNAH AND BART IS A DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS FOR THE GA. PORTS AUTHORITY.

14 ATTORNEYS WERE INTERVIEWED FOR THE VACANCY CREATED WHEN JUDGE ELIZABETH BRANCH WAS APPOINTED TO A SEAT IN THE 11TH CIRCUIT.


ELIZABETH'S MOTHER BEA DALLAS LIVES IN THOMASTON AND HER LATE FATHER WAS DR. MAC DALLAS.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

THREE ARRESTED FOR DEFACING SPREWELL BLUFF PARK

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID SUSPECTS FROM GRIFFIN AND PIKE COUNTY WERE ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR SPRAY PAINTING GRAFFITI ON THE ROCKS AT SPREWELL BLUFF PARK—ROCKS NEXT TO THE RIVER WHERE THE WALKING DEAD TV SHOW HAS FILMED.

A SPALDING COUNTY MAN, 36 YEAR OLD FRED ALTON MCCLEAN, 19 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER BLAKE ARD AND A 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE JUVENILE BOTH FROM CONCORD—ALL CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL INTERFERENCE WITH GOVERNMENT PROPERTY—A FELONY.


SHERIFF KILGORE TOLD ZOOM NEWS—ITS SHAMEFUL THAT SOMEONE WOULD DEFACE THE PARK AS HARD AS THE COUNTY HAS WORKED TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS.

MAIN STREET MEET AND GREET MAY 10

THOMASTON CITY MANAGER RUSSELL THOMPSON IS INVITING THE DOWNTOWN THOMASTON BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO A MEET AND GREET WITH NEW MAIN STREET COORINATOR HEATHER BLACKMON , THURSDAY 4 TO 5PM AT THE TUAC OFFICES AT SOUTH CENTER AND GORDON.

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

HEATHER WAS RECENTLY NAMED TO THE POSITION AND TOLD US SHE IS WORKING WITH STATE DCA TO GET THE CITY OF THOMASTON ACCREDITED AS A MAIN STREET CITY, SOMETHING THAT WILL TAKE ABOUT A YEAR.

HEATHER'S HUSBAND REV. MATTEW BLACKMON IS INTERIM PASTOR OF SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH AND THEY HAVE FOUR CHILDREN.