Philip Erickson Sr., 81, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Philip served during the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Army. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Erickson; children, Paul Erickson and Philip Erickson Jr.; sister, Lillian Hill; and grandchildren, Paul, Jesse, Corey, Natalie, Jason, and Alexandra. A graveside service will be ...
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Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, is a step closer to acquiring a Commerce site for Bible studies, thanks to action taken by the Commerce Planning Commission Monday night.
Assuming the Commerce City Council accepts the commission’s recommendation to make churches a permitted use in the OCR (office-commercial-residential) zone when it meets Aug. 18, the church can set up shop in a house at 1096 South Broad Street it plans to rent from city council member Donald Wilson. It is the church’s first step in what could eventually lead to a full-blown church in the community.
The church originally sought a change from OCR to C-2 (commercial) zoning, but the planning commission recommended that the city council deny the change because it amounted to “spot zoning.” The council accepted that recommendation, but requested that the planning commission pursue the OCR amendment.
The only real concern for the planning commission was whether allowing churches would inhibit commercial growth — restaurants and convenience stores that want to sell alcohol. The law requires certain distances separating establishments that sell alcohol by the drink (450 feet) or by the package (300 feet) from schools, colleges, parks or churches.
Chairman Joe Leffew pointed out that many of the community’s churches are already located in the OCR zones.
“Because of where they are,” he observed, “the amendment would not change the restrictions.”
For the full story of the planning commission meeting, see the July 30 issue of The Commerce News.
At least 80 people attended a public hearing of the Jackson County Planning Commission last week to protest the permitting of religious activities.
Specifically, the mass came in support of a proposed amendment dealing with how religious assemblies are defined in the county’s Unified Development Code (UDC).
After the hearing, the commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for those amendments. The recommendation will now go before the Jackson County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Monday, Aug. 4, in the jury assembly room of the Jackson County Courthouse.
A handwritten drive-out tag and an aborted right-turn attempt led to a traffic stop and the interruption of a check forgery scam, according to the Commerce Police Department.
Four South Georgia men were arrested on check forgery and drug charges after police found a dozen checks purportedly from Georgia Pacific — all made out to the same person for the same amount.
But it began with a traffic stop.
An officer on South Elm Street noticed a vehicle with a hand-written drive-out tag. As he watched the vehicle, it began to turn right, but corrected and continued south on South Elm Street. The officer stopped the vehicle, which pulled into the parking lot of Lanier Technical College.
The 2015 session of the General Assembly is a six months away, but here’s an idea for new legislation that can help clean up Georgia’s roadsides — and save Georgia taxpayers a few bucks.
Jackson County solid waste director Tom Page reports on the costs accrued to Jackson County to dispose of old vehicle tires dumped along county roads by people trying to avoid the $3-per-tire recycling fee that “tire generators” charge to dispose of old tires under Georgia law. The taxpayers wind up paying for that expense.
This is not a Jackson County problem; it’s a Georgia problem.
The Georgia Department of Labor will help Home Goods recruit workers for a new distribution center in Jefferson Thursday, July 31. The recruitment will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St.
The company is recruiting an operations manager, human resources supervisor, a training specialist, a systems support specialist, an electronics specialist, an industrial engineer, and a merchandise controller, along with warehouse associates, shipping and receiving clerks, maintenance supervisors and technicians, and administrative associates.
Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, applicants must be at least 18 years old. A high school or General Education Diploma (GED) is preferred but not necessary for some of the jobs.
HIGH School football teams in Georgia will move to full-pad practices Friday and, for that, local coaches are thankful. Jackson County, Jefferson and East Jackson have spent the summer playing in 7-on-7 pad-less scrimmages and conducting voluntary workouts. “They’re kind of tired of that,” Jackson County coach Benji Harrison said of his ...
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Jackson County election officials will recount the Republican ballots for state school superintendent from the July 22 primary runoff elections on Thursday.
Michael Buck, who narrowly lost the election to Richard Woods, has requested the recount, which will take place throughout Georgia. Whoever is declared the winner will face Democrat Valarie Wilson on Nov. 4.
The recount will take place in the auditorium of the Jackson County Administrative Building.
Robert Radford Croy, 89, passed away Monday morning, July 21, 2014, in Athens. He was born on August 10, 1924, in Pomeroy, Ohio, the son of the late Frank and Dorothy Croy. The majority of the Croy family worked in the lumber industry in rural South Ohio, but his family was forced to relocate to the city as a result of the great depression. Mr. ...
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The Statue of Liberty stands as a titanic beacon of freedom, offering hope and courage to those seeking the “American dream” – or at least, it once did.
Perhaps we should now replace the statue’s torch of liberty and tabula ansata with a Ruger .45 and a finger pointing back out to the Atlantic Ocean, as if she is urging a feral dog off of her property.
Immigration has become a hot-button issue with the recent wave of Central American refugees turning up on our nation’s doorstep. Unsurprisingly, these young exiles seeking asylum from war-torn areas of violence and bloodshed are being met with an outpouring of hatred and disapproval by a large number of U.S. citizens.
As I watched a news report on a reputable cable network last week, I saw anti-immigration protestors holding signs that read “get the hell out,” and “not our kids, not our problem.” GOP politicians suggest mass deportation for the foreign “invaders” while some citizens seek to organize violent vigilante militias and take the problem into their own hands.
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