The Upson County Board of Commissioners have been hard at work on the 2014 budget this past week, holding four work session meetings to go over each department’s requested finances. Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston stated the board needed to cut at least $600,000 from the upcoming budget; last year’s total budget was $13,815,815. The board noted each department’s budget will appear to be substantially higher than last year because the health insurance, retirement and payroll taxes have been broken down into each department instead of placing the items as a lump sum in the general fund for the entire county.
If the Thomaston City Council agrees with City Manager Patrick Comiskey’s recommendations for the 2014 budget, city residents could be seeing rate increases in water and sewerage, electricity, and sanitation on their bills.At a budget work session held on December 3, Comiskey presented his projections for the three enterprise funds in the budget. Under water and sewerage, Comiskey noted than from 2007 until today, water usage has shrunk from 622 million gallons of water a yea...
Christmas is a wonderful time in Upson County, with plenty of events going on. Saturday afternoon, the Armstrong School of Dance presented their Christmas Recitals at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center, with the younger dancers performing at 2 p.m. and the older ones at 5 p.m. In the upper photo, some of the senior dancers took part in the ballet finale, ‘It’s a Wonderful Christmas Time.’ Later in the evening, the City of Thomaston held its annual tree lighting at the Greatest G...
The Ritz Theatre on the square in Thomaston will present a special screening of the Mariinsky Theatre’s The Nutcracker in on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.SpectiCast, an industry leader in cultural art film distribution, brings the Tchaikovsky ballet masterpiece to the silver screen in 2D and 3D, ground-breaking projects only the world-renowned Mariinksy Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia could perform, celebrating 275 years since the inception of Russian ballet.
At their November board meeting the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority executed bond financing for Lancaster Energy on behalf of the City of Thomaston. The financing is for $14 million in tax exempt bonds. Lancaster Energy is a bio mass company which has been a part of the community for the last two years, but ran into a few snags preventing them from opening in the old Thomaston Mills co-generation plant located off Edgewood Avenue.
Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore released the following press release on Monday, November 2, 2013:
Several citizens addressed the Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting about their concerns with the smells and chemicals being used in and around the TenCate plant on Thundering Springs Road, which they are afraid could be leading to water contamination in Spring Creek and Elkins Creek. The board heard from the same group of citizens earlier last month in reference to this issue and the possible re-issuing of the land application permit for TenCate from the EPD which allows the company to...
The Christmas Season is in full swing in Thomaston and Upson County. The season officially began last weekend with the Christmas Lights Parade on Saturday. It continued Monday night with the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council’s (TUAC) annual Sounds of the Season concert.Victorian Christmas
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