The Commerce High School football team won its first playoff game since 2009 on Friday, and did so in dominating fashion. The Tigers executed soundly in all phases of the game to send Clinch County packing, 37-7. Momentum took a hard swing in favor of the Commerce in the opening minutes of the game. After putting three points on the board on ...
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Water authority members in Nicholson voiced concern last week over 60,000 gallons of water that are unaccounted for during October. The 60,000 gallons amounts to about one percent of the total amount of water the Nicholson Water Authority pumps in one month, according to water authority secretary Ginger Dempsey.
The Nicholson Water Authority has about 1,600 customers and on average a single-family household uses about 3,500 gallons of water per month.
The issue was brought up while the authority was receiving an update from a contractor on a water line extension project on Sanford Road at a recent meeting.
“We’re getting to a point where we’re getting all the lines updated,” said authority member Walter Barnett, who suggested that some of the water loss could be going into “an old beaver pond” near Staghorn Plantation. He also suggested “walking the water lines while it’s dry” in order to see where they are leaking.
Another suggestion Barnett made was to send a notice to homeowners in Nicholson on their water bills asking them to look for water leaks.
“This might be a way to capture some of these 60,000 gallons,” he said.
Authority chairman Mike Stowers said the lost water issue is “a capital needs project that needs to be moved up to a critical project.”
By industry standard, a one-percent water loss is considered exceptionally low. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established an industry goal of 10 percent for unaccounted water system losses — 10 times what Stowers termed a “critical” project.
The Commerce Police Department is investigating the theft of a purse, cash and cell phone from a car in a funeral home parking lot.
A 66-year-old black female told police that a black female she knew reached into her car at the Wimberly White Funeral Home parking lot, Homer Road, took her purse and ran. The victim’s brother saw the suspect running through the parking lot with the victim’s purse. He confronted her and told her to give the purse back, but she refused and ran.
Police searched the wooded area behind the suspect’s residence. They did not find her, but they found the purse — minus $400 in cash and the victim’s cell phone.
The next morning another officer found the suspect walking along South Elm Street with a black male at approximately 2:30 a.m. He did not arrest her, but he advised her to report to the police department to talk with detectives investigating the theft.
My mom gives Jon and me a “Life’s Little Instruction Book” daily calendar every year for Christmas. We enjoy reading the inspirational and sometimes funny quotes to help start our day.
This past Tuesday, Veterans Day, I was deeply touched by the daily quote… “Today we acknowledge and salute the courageous and liberty-loving men and women who have paid for our freedom, our opportunities and our security.”
While I consider myself a grateful person for the service these men and women have given our country, I am ashamed that I have never been to a Veterans Day program during my adult life to show appreciation and support of their sacrifices. Something was tugging at my heart strings on Veterans Day morning this year and the tug pulled me along to attend the program at Commerce Middle School. I was going to be a part of something to “acknowledge and salute” these men and women.
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Jackson County deputies and Jackson County Fire/EMS personnel responded to a structure fire on Bell Wood Road in Jefferson. Several structures at the location were fully involved with fire and were eventually destroyed.
During this incident, a male was found dead on the property, but the cause of death was determined not to be fire-related. The cause of death is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Jackson County coroner
There were no other injuries reported. The initial cause of the fire is listed as “suspicious” and is under investigation by the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Jackson Trail Fire Department.
The victim’s identity has not been released due to the next of kin not yet being located and notified.
CARNESVILLE - William Macklin “Mack” Waters, 68, passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014. Mr. Waters was born on August 7, 1946, in Commerce, the son of the late Corbin and Ruveal Murray Waters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Priscilla Wilbanks Waters. Mr. Waters was a member of Damascus Baptist Church and was a member of the ...
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An item on Monday’s “Morning Edition” on NPR (National Public Radio) got my attention. It was about asthmatics — a category that includes my late mother, my sister, and me.
And the broadcaster was saying that recent studies indicate that not only do we asthma sufferers often have difficulty with strong odors (Clorox, for example, or tar); many of us have difficulty with just the idea that we may be exposed to such an odor in the very near future, and we may even develop the full-blown symptoms of a real exposure: throat closing, bronchial tubes constricting, and so on.
I have no idea whether I fall into that category, but I’m pretty sure that if you put on a white coat and stethoscope and told me that I was testing positive for Ebola, you could stand there and watch me turn as white as your coat, begin to sweat profusely and start feeling sick, whereas one minute earlier I was feeling perfectly fine.
The Commerce High School football team will likely face its biggest challenge of the season on Friday when the Tigers host Clinch County in the first round of the 2014 Class A (public) playoffs. The No. 5 seeded Tigers earned hosting rights following an 8-2 regular season. Playing in the hyper-competitive Region 2-A, Clinch County finished its ...
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