Nancy M. Young: Aug. 8, 2018

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SPLOST question to be on November ballot for Schley Countians
The City of Ellaville has joined Schley County in a Special Purpose Local Option Sale Tax (SPLOST) which will be decided on the November ballot.
This SPLOST referendum requires a unanimous Council vote to receive the revenues and is agreed upon both the city and the county with 31.5 percent going for the city and 68.5 percent going for the county.
City Manager Lynne McChargue said that city wells were providing all of the water being used by residents and businesses within the city limits. She said that in the future there will be presentations by several companies that supply water meters which need to be replaced. The work installing the new meters should take about 90 days, and correct reading will benefit the city’s finances.
Lynne said that the new streetlights at Schley County High School will help with traffic entering and leaving ball games that are played on the fields.
Lynne is planning on doing photo-metric analysis on Gill Street beside the Recreation Complex. While visiting the complex during a recent tournament, she determined that there was not enough lighting in the area. It was decided to close the lane that runs on the west end of the complex.
Council members Chuck Sherwood and Jason Hoch recently attended a GMA (Georgia Municipal Association) Convention in Savannah and reported on classes and seminars they attended there.

Schley County C-Heart holds meeting
On July 25, the Schley County C-Heart (County Health Emergency Response Team) met in the Conference Room of the Schley County Courthouse.
Kristy Smith, Schley County’s health nurse, called the meeting to order.
The purpose of the meeting was to plan and organize with key leaders in the community how to set up a Point of Dispensing (POD) site if necessary.
A POD site is a place where vaccines, antibotics or other medications are dispensed quickly to a large group of people in a certain time frame. This would only be activated to prevent disease in those exposed to an infection but who are not sick now. Therefore Kristy needs the community’s help with prevention of disease.
Tamber Fuller, West Central Health District Emergency Preparedness Training coordinator, spoke on setting up POD which will help keep the community healthy and safe based on emergencies or infectious disease outbreaks.
For more information call Kristy Smith at the Schley County Health Department at 937-2208.

Rainbow Garden Club recognizes Yard of the Month
The Ellaville Rainbow Garden Club has chosen the JulyYard of the Month.
This special honor was presented to Ann Battle with the Yard of the Month sign placed in her front yard.
We all congratulate Ann and Tim on such a lovely yard.

Ellaville Police Department receives grant
The Ellaville Police Department recently received a $5,100 grant from Flint Energies Foundation to purchase five active shooter kits and five tactical shotguns.
Flint Energies adopted this special way in rewarding members to raise money for local charities and service organizations with Operation Round Up. The electric cooperative members contribute nearly $200,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves.
Flint Energies is not for profit electric cooperative owned by their members in parts of 17 Central Georgia counties.
Flint Energies employ 323 employees and serves more than 89,500 electric meters. They are 100 percent locally controlled and democratically governed by nine directors elected
from among the membership. Flint Energies is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Ellaville Police Chief Robbie Lightner received the check from the Flint Energies Foundation.

Ellaville Council member resigns due to relocation
At the July meeting of the Ellaville Mayor and City Council, Council member Jason Hoch resigned his position due to moving to another town.
Jason expressed his gratitude for the city and the community for the opportunity to serve on the council.
He and His wife Ruth Ann are moving to Grovertown to be close to his family.
City Manager Lynne McChargue said that the City would write a resolution to hold a special Election for District 3 to replace Jason on the council. Voters must qualify by August and the election will be held on the November ballot.
The community will miss the Hochs.

Ellaville sisters win Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant
Sisters from Ellaville really shone at the 79th Annual Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant.
Camryn Nicole Thompson of Ellaville won the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant. As Miss Georgia Forestry Camryn will be spending time next year traveling the state promoting the forestry industry and acting as an ambassador for the forestry industry and pageant.
She will be competing in the National Forestry Pageant Sept. 1 in Tifton. Camryn is the 19-year-old daughter of Brian and Sonya Thompson of Ellaville and is an upcoming sophomore at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Miranda Leanna Thompson of Ellaville was named Miss Teen Georgia Turpentine. These queens are crowned each year at the State Forestry Pageant and serve along with the Georgia Forestry Queens promoting the forestry industry.
Miranda will also be competing Sept. 1 at the National Forestry Pageant.
Miranda is 16, and is an upcoming junior at the Schley County High School.
Congratulations to both of these sisters.