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Yatesville seeks veterans’ names for flag memorials

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The Yatesville City Council is finalizing plans and is ready to begin taking request forms for their new Yatesville Veterans Memorial Markers. Modeled after similar markers used in Hampton, Georgia, the markers will feature a white wooden cross with the deceased veteran’s name, war or conflict he or she served in, and if they were killed in action (KIA), missing in action (MIA) or a Prisoner of War (POW). Attached at the top of the cross will be a 12 x 18 inch American flag.The city is current planning on placing the memorial markers in a city-owned field at the corner of College Street and Highway 74. The markers will be placed there on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and stored for the rest of the year.


Lady Knights destroy Griffin, struggle against Perry

The Upson-Lee Lady Knights are started the “meat” of their schedule this week. After disposing of Howard last week in their first Region 2 game of the season, The Lady Knights have three games this week, with two games being region showdowns.

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Tobin protest continues, second video shown

For the third Thomaston City Council meeting in a row, residents protesting against Officer Phillip Tobin and the June incident where he tasered Kelcey Roquemore, packed the meeting, held this time in the Archives Building’s basement meeting room. At the August 19 meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head presided, as Mayor Hays Arnold was recovering from eye surgery.Unlike previous meetings, where numerous people spoke out against Tobin, only three people spoke this time – Rhon...

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Change in time for Upson County Board of Commission meeting

According to Upson County Clerk Jessica Jones, tonight’s county commissioner’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the City-County Meeting Room of the Government Complex, located at 106. E Lee Street. Jones noted the time change is due to the fact the meeting was advertised by the Tax Commissioner for 6 p.m. On the agenda tonight is the approval of special taxing districts for joint projects and unincorporated Upson County as well as the approval of the 2014 millag...

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City taxes will remain the same

Many citizens in the community have stated lately that they wonder if the powers that be in local government actually listen to any concerns they have; especially when it comes to the property tax millage rate. Well, at a called meeting last Thursday, the Thomaston City Council assured the community that they do listen; by voting 4-0 to keep the millage rate at 3.84 mills, the same as last year. Council member Gary Atwater was not present at the meeting.

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School bomb threat suspect arrested

Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore issued the following press release on Friday, August 22, 2014:A suspect has been identified in relation to five bomb threats occurring in Upson County between January 2014 and May 2014. Four bomb threats were phoned in to Upson 911 directed to Upson-Lee High School and one to 911 directed to the Upson County Courthouse. Thomas Montgomery, 39, of Zebulon will be charged with Terroristic Threats and Acts and Transmitting a False Public Alarm for each ...

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The Thomaston Police Department, aided by a number of other law enforcement agencies, was hunting for an armed robbery suspect in the Knight Trail/Avenue F wooded area, the nearby apartments, and Golden Living Center. It is believed that two suspects were originally being sought. One was caught Tuesday afternoon, but the other escaped on foot and was the subject of the manhunt. When more information is available, we will update this story.

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Wildfire: An upfront blog

Last August I found myself on a fire in western Oregon. It was early morning and my crew and I were just waking up – even though it was still dark outside. We shook our sleeping bags out to get the frost off and struggled to get our cold leather boots on. We went into the cafeteria of the school we were using as a command center to have breakfast and a briefing. I don’t recall much of what was said that morning – except for one question that came from the safety officer. He ...

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Knights hold youth football camp

The Upson-Lee Knights football team hosted their Annual Youth Football Camp last Saturday. Members of the Knights team, coaching staff, and community volunteers were on hand to work with the youth of the community on the fundamentals of football. Over 100 kids turned out for the free camp.

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Finding honor in sports

Every summer, many of the different churches, congregations, and small communities form youth softball teams for a big tournament. It is a big event. But the year when I was 14, there was an abundance of young men in my small, rural community. The older boys decided that they didn’t want us younger boys playing with them.“You insist that everyone gets to play,” David, the leader of the older boys, said to the community leaders. “The younger boys are no good ...

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Pension disclosures will mean more transparency for local entities

Beginning in 2015, every state and local government entity – cities, counties, school systems, water authorities, etc. - that provides their employees with retirement benefits must begin reporting how much they contribute to pension liabilities and expenses. In some cases, this could add millions of dollars of liabilities that previously did not have to be reported. In turn, that could possibly negatively affect the entity’s borrowing ability.

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Thank you Randy Coggin!

I’m about to lose my Chief Assistant District Attorney.At the end of August, Randy Coggin will retire.If you know Randy, you understand what a blow that will be to me.Sure, Randy has his faults. For one thing, he’s an Auburn fan. He clutters his office with tacky War Eagle items and wears orange and blue shirts. I haven’t confirmed this, but the rumor is that he has one of those striped tiger tails streaming from the back of his car trunk....

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The right man

Tommy Parks graduated from R.E. Lee Institute in 1989 and left Thomaston to go to college and begin his professional life. He eventually chose to be a coach and now, 25 years later, he has returned to his hometown to lead the Upson-Lee Knights’ football program. I know that I’m not the first to tell him but I’d like to say “Welcome Home, Tommy.”The Knights’ gridiron program has been on a roller coaster since its inception in 1992. For the first t...

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Fire gear request denied by BOC

At last week’s Upson County Board of Commission meeting, Northside Volunteer Fire Department was denied a request made to the board for the purchase of protective gear through using funding designated for the VFD’s in the 2011 SPLOST. Although the board felt it to be a legitimate request, County Attorney Paschal English stated it could not be legally permitted due to the way SPLOST funds were presented to the public on the ballot. When voted upon, the SPLOST stated the $500,000 de...

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Who is your favorite college football team?

I’m now the proud owner of two Georgia Tech ballcaps. I’ve always wanted them, but it wasn’t until recently that I found a hat store online that has the fitted hats in the size I need. They are both “old-school” with the curved bills. One is dark blue with a gold GT in front, and the other is golden yellow with a Yellow Jacket on the front. You can see me wearing them, usually turned around backwards, anywhere I’m outside taking photos.Despite ha...

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Boobie Ball first of three big events

Three big events are coming up, starting this Saturday, August 23, with the annual Boobie Ball at Bickley’s Lake, followed by the annual Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Thursday, September 4, at the Civic Center, and finally, the annual Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival at Bickley’s Lake, has moved to its new date of Saturday, Sept. 13.Boobie Ball 2014

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UL scores four runs in last inning to beat Howard 10-9

After a tough 8-3 loss to Crawford County on Monday, the Lady Knights hit the road to Macon for their first Region 2 game of the season, where they played the Lady Huskies from Howard High School.After seven long innings, it was two freshmen for the Lady Knights who saved the day. Briana Hendricks and Olivia Lindsey each belted RBI singles with two outs, as the Lady Knights scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to beat the Lady Huskies 10-9.

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Council approves new tower for WTGA

WTGA Radio will be getting a new radio tower, thanks to a unanimous vote of the Thomaston City Council. The action came at their August 5 meeting.Station owner Dave Piper submitted a special permit request to install a new microwave tower atop his building at 208 South Church Street. Piper said the present tower next door, which he has been leasing space on, is not providing what he needs for broadcast purposes.

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