HOSCHTON - Frampton Edward Wyndham Jr., 69, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Mr. Wyndham was born in Moncks Corner, S.C., the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Hannah Mitchum Wyndham of Moncks Corner, S.C. and the late Frampton Edward Wyndham Sr. Mr. Wyndham was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree and was retired from ...
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MAYSVILLE - Empsey Odell Barrier, 76, died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Barrier was born in Hickory, N.C., the son of the late Emcy and Anna Avery Barrier. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the American Legion. Mr. Barrier was a retired truck driver. Survivors include his ...
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Back in the Paleolithic Era, I was taught in grammar school that a complete sentence contained both a subject and a predicate. The subject identified who or what was doing something and the predicate defined what was being done. Thus each sentence expressed a thought, conveyed an idea or advanced an argument.
But that was then. Nowadays even very well-respected writers employ sentence fragments not just occasionally but constantly. Peggy Noonan recently wrote, in regard to “prayer shaming”: “We are not becoming blasé but increasingly inured. And, of course, armed up.” That could easily have been written as one normal sentence.
With Super Tuesday just days away, I know readers are eagerly awaiting my endorsements. So here they are: for SPLOST and ELOST, I endorse a YES vote!
These relatively painless sales taxes provide lots of things it would be painful to do without: schools that are safe, sound, and suitable places for our community’s children, for example. Road and bridge repairs, water system maintenance (think of Flint, Michigan if you’re not sure about this one), an animal shelter to keep strays off the streets and out of trouble. ... You get the idea. This one’s a no-brainer.
Two hundred local, state and federal law enforcement officers are serving 20 search warrants and 27 arrest warrants for members and suppliers of Horace Mayfield’s drug trafficking organization.
Over the course of ten months, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), with the cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, brought down a multifaceted drug trafficking network with tentacles reaching south into Atlanta and north into South Carolina. Multiple criminal charges will be brought against these persons under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. Mayfield and his drug trafficking organization have been operating in Stephens County and surrounding communities for many years. Over the course of this investigation, the Mayfield Drug Trafficking Organization can be attributed to 72 kilograms of cocaine, 15 kilograms of methamphetamine and 50 pounds of marijuana with a total street value of $9.5 million
NICHOLSON - Frances Mozelle Palmer, 88, died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Northridge Medical Center. Mrs. Palmer was born in Clayton, Ga., the daughter of the late Tom and Norma Clark. She lived a full long life. She had a deep love for the mountains, painting, and anything else that struck her fancy. She enjoyed spending time with family ...
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COMMERCE - Maggie Lee Harrison, 81, peacefully departed this life at The Oaks of Athens Nursing Home on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Maggie was born to the late Harold and Thelma Varnum on October 20, 1934. She was part of a large and loving family as the oldest daughter of 12 children. She was married to the late Bunyon Harrison, Jr. for 60 ...
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I was the first person to vote when advance voting started on Monday, Feb. 8, at the Jackson County Administrative Building.
I voted for both the SPLOST and ELOST extensions; I hope you will too.
From the perspective of a Commerce taxpayer, I support the education local option sales tax for a couple of reasons. First, I also supported the bond issue we passed to finance construction of the new high school. At the time I thought it was risky to promise to repay it with ELOST revenue — since there is never a guarantee that ELOST will be there after five years — but I supported the bond issue even if it meant retiring the debt with property taxes. But I would support the ELOST even were there no CHS bonds, particularly in light of the recent history of state cuts in school funding. [Full Story »]
More than $100 million — a penny at a time — is at stake for local governments and schools next Tuesday.
Voters will decide whether to extend the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) for an additional six years. Voter approval would generate an estimated $55 million over the six-year course of the tax, money officials say will retire debt and meet needs of Jackson County, its nine municipalities and the county water and sewerage system. The current tax expires June 30, 2017.
Voters participating in the Democratic and Republican presidential preference primaries Tuesday will encounter some names they haven’t heard in awhile.
That’s because half of the candidates whose names are on the ballot have dropped out of contention since the ballots were prepared.
The candidates have been substantially winnowed since the Georgia ballots were approved, but participants in the Republican primary can choose from among Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John R. Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump, while Democrats can select from Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Michael Steinberg.
Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Huckabee, Pataki, Paul and Santorum have all bowed out of the GOP contest, while O’Malley and Steinberg have given up on the Democratic side.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As of the end of last week, some 654 of Jackson County’s 36,788 registered voters had cast their ballots during the first two weeks of advance voting at the administrative building. Advance voting continues through Friday at the Jackson County Administrative Building, the Commerce Recreation Department building on Carson Street and at the Braselton municipal complex from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.