Thursday, July 31, 2014

91-year-old Watkinsville man feeds his neighbors

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sentencing delayed for Jim Donnan co-defendant

Sentencing delayed for Jim Donnan co-defendant

Broughton Street gets 'iron horse' | savannahnow.com

Broughton Street gets 'iron horse' | savannahnow.com

An Oops and Apology - Vogel for Congress




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From: VogelForCongress@charter.net
Date:07/25/2014 10:09 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: 
Subject: An Oops and Apology - Vogel for Congress

Dear Don,
Oops! If you clicked the link in my last message that was supposed to take you to my talk on Guns, you got an older talk on the 9th District's economy. You have my apology. This time the link is correct.
I'm putting a series of policy talks on YouTube. Guns and Global Warming are numbers six and seven.
If you missed the first video, it was my talk to Tea Party groups on economic inequality. It got good reviews and can still be found by clicking here. If you haven't seen it, start here.
Other talks can be found here.

GUNS

GLOBAL WARMING
And by the way, if you have not liked my Facebook page, please go there and do so.
Peace,
David
  Authorized by the Vogel for Congress Committee

Oconee County needs bike paths, not bike lanes, along Simonton Bridge/Whitehall

Has anyone ever ridden a bicycle up or down Simonton Bridge Road/Whitehall Road without feeling their life was endangered? No they have not. I will be posting periodic photos of actual bike paths, separated from the actual street and much safer, from the corn fields of far northern Iowa the next week.

I wish there were safe and wide bike paths off of Simonton Bridge as a means to buffer and prevent the invariable expansion surely coming soon. A codicil could be written into the deed transferring the property to keep it as a bike path in perpetuity.

I would also like to see a bike path from the corner of the front of the Botanical Garden to the actual Simonton Bridge in the area of Clarke County called Whitehall.  There is going to be a massive construction project changing that traffic "triangle" to a traffic circle sometime in the next 18 months, greatly contributing to my tardiness at work.

Kroger to host ribbon cutting for new Oconee County Fuel Center

Kroger to host ribbon cutting for new Athens Fuel Center

UGA students reminisce as Harry Potter turns 34 years old - Variety - Mobile Adv

UGA students reminisce as Harry Potter turns 34 years old - Variety - Mobile Adv

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bioscience authority to move forward

Bioscience authority to move forward

Athens Oconee Audiology relocates

Athens Oconee Audiology relocates

Dueling ethics complaints filed in Ga. gov race

Dueling ethics complaints filed in Ga. gov race

Kingston's Senate loss means less clout for Ga.

Kingston's Senate loss means less clout for Ga.

UGA grad creates cycling tourism site, to host BBQ in Athens

UGA grad creates cycling tourism site, to host BBQ in Athens

Oconee County Observations: Busy Oconee County Board of Commissioners Agenda I...

Oconee County Observations: Busy Oconee County Board of Commissioners Agenda I...: COLA For Retirees Too Discussion of a liquor-by-the-drink referendum tops a busy agenda of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners Tuesd...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Area students discover joy of employment through Workforce Investment Act program

Area students discover joy of employment through Workforce Investment Act program

Nyla Harrell crowned Miss Teen Queen, takes mission trip to Honduras

Nyla Harrell crowned Miss Teen Queen, takes mission trip to Honduras

Athens-Oconee County Thunder basketball team wins consolation bracket at national tournament

Athens-Oconee County Thunder basketball team wins consolation bracket at national tournament

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

Nunn Federal Building to reopen Monday

Nunn Federal Building to reopen Monday

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization

Insufficient Punishment

Thank you Keith Olbermann of ESPN for accurately assessing the outrage many of us felt when the NFL gave a two game suspension to Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens for knocking out his wife.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Georgia could play Minnesota in NIT early tourney

UGA still committed to NIT Season Tip-Off, waiting on format

First Slice 7/25/14: Today's the anniversary of the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching

First Slice 7/25/14: Today's the anniversary of the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching

First Slice 7/25/14: Today's the anniversary of the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching

First Slice 7/25/14: Today's the anniversary of the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching

EZFM No Longer Available on Local Airwaves

EZFM No Longer Available on Local Airwaves

Cowboys working at J. Phillip Campbell Research Center

UGA's new wrinkle on tending its beef herd: horses and stockmen

Oconee County's DellaTorre earns four state titles for Bulldogs Swim Club

Oconee County's DellaTorre earns four state titles for Bulldogs Swim Club

John Wes Townley To Make First Start At Indianapolis Motor Speedway In NASCAR Nationwide Series :: PaddockTalk :: F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!

John Wes Townley To Make First Start At Indianapolis Motor Speedway In NASCAR Nationwide Series :: PaddockTalk :: F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!

Oconee County blotter

Oconee County blotter

OCHS linebacker Jaleel Laguins up to #16th ranked for 2016



The only other mover in the 2016 class it outside linebacker Jaleel Laguins. The 6-2, 207 pound athlete tested off the charts at Georgia Friday night and you put that with his tape -- it is very impressive.



Laguins was offered by Auburn and Georgia at camp last weekend and Florida and Penn State each offered in June. The Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee junior is now the No. 14 outside linebacker on ScoutSouth: Ranking Update Notes - Recruiting - Scout

Gov. Deal chides president over young migrants

I would imagine that there are numerous adoptions everyday in Georgia that are not approved or even let known to Governor Deal. 

Gov. Deal chides president over young migrants

Michelle Nunn day one

Day One - Commonsense & Collaboration Tour - Mich…: http://youtu.be/q6TyDK0RBQI

Don't panic, governor. They're only children

Don't panic, governor. They're only children

Eggs, Riding Bikes & Duke



Sincerely, 
Dan Matthews




Subject: Eggs Riding Bikes and Duke
From: pastures1051@gmail.com
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Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:21:11 +0000

Eggs Riding Bikes & Duke
July 25th Newsletter

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The Pastures of Rose Creek

 

     Our second Egg Mobile recently got a makeover! The new design features some personified eggs riding a bike and our resident German Shepard, Duke! The Egg Mobile was painted by some friends, Kiley and Shelby, who stopped by for a few days during a cross country road trip and volunteered to design and paint the egg mobile! A special thanks goes out to them! Check out the picture below!

Where to find us...

  • Athens Farmers Market - Stop by our stand at Bishop Park from 8am to 12pm. We will have our wonderful Piedmontese grass-fed beef fresh as well as our free-range eggs for sale! 
  • Oconee Farmers Market -  We'll be Downtown Watkinsville by the Court House from 8am to 1pm. Our Piedmontese grass-fed beef and free-range eggs will be for sale! Also, we'll have squash, cucumbers and peppers!
  • Wednesday Athens Farmers Market - We'll be at the parking lot next to Creature Comforts Brewing Company, 271 W Handcock Avenue, from 4pm - 7pm! 
  • Sunday Farm Stand - Come by the farm stand 2pm to 4pm on Sundays and get some fresh produce and beef! We are at 1051 Rose Creek Drive, Watkinsville! Be on the look out for the signs on Colham Ferry Road!

 

Sunday Gold Club

 
     Last week, we had quite a few customers come out to our Sunday Farm Stand! We look forward to seeing more of you on this little piece of heaven! For this week, our Gold Club Special is that you get a choice of free squash or cucumbers when you purchase $20 of beef!

     For the new subscribers - Our Gold Club is a Sunday Farm Stand discount that we offer to our Newsletter subscribers! Our farm stand is located at 1051 Rose Creek Drive, Watkinsville, GA and will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday. Look for the signs on Colham Ferry!

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William, Russell and the farm family
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Athens man charged with raping 12-year-old Oconee girl

A 20-year-old Athens man charged Thursday with molesting a
12-year-old girl at her home in Oconee County had assault charges
dropped against him in Athens for an alleged attack on a 13-year-old
girl in 2013.




Rivington Bradford Jr., is charged with aggravated sodomy, child
molestation, false imprisonment and rape for Thursday morning’s attack
on the girl in her home, located in a neighborhood off Epps Bridge
Parkway, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.


Bradford remained in jail Friday morning without bond.


Bradford was arrested in July 2010 for assaulting a girl in Athens
who told police he began sexually assaulting her, until her brother
entered the room and attacked Bradford, police said. Bradford was
charged with sexual battery in that incident, but a Clarke County grand
jury declined to indict him on the charge.



Regarding Thursday’s attack, Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems
said Bradford knew the family in whose home he was visiting. He is
charged with molesting and raping the girl during the morning hours. The
girl told family members about the assault when Bradford left the
house, Weems said. A manhunt for Bradford began around 2:30 p.m. in the
Epps Bridge Road area.



Two investigators in an unmarked unit spotted Bradford less than two
hours later, pushing a bicycle as he emerged from woods along Dowdy
Road, Chief Investigator Jay Higgins said Friday.


Bradford was arrested without incident, Higgins said.



Athens man charged with raping 12-year-old Oconee girl

Oconee deputies investigating sexual assault on girl; suspect in custody

Oconee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect Thursday
afternoon for the alleged sexual assault of a young girl in a
neighborhood off Epps Bridge Parkway, Sheriff Scott Berry said. Numerous
units from the sheriff’s office converged on the area when the assault
was reported, authorities said.




Investigators are currently assisting the 12-year-old victim and Berry said that more information will be available later.




The sheriff’s office released a report about 2:40 p.m. that it was
looking for a shirtless man riding a blue bicycle last seen in the area
of Walmart. Then about 3:30 p.m., deputies announced the man had been
located.




Authorities had not yet released the name of the suspect as of late Thursday.





Oconee deputies investigating sexual assault on girl; suspect in custody

Ken Dious: I believe we will win



From: "Ken Dious, Candidate U.S. Congress"
Subject: I believe we will win!
Date: July 24, 2014 at 12:47:10 PM EDT
To:



Dear Friends, 

It's official. We now have an opponent in Georgia's 10th District U.S. Congressional race. All of our groundwork has led to this kickoff and now we can continue on this path to victory in November. I know this race will not be easy, but with your help, I believe we will win. I am excited to bring fresh and effective leadership to Georgia. I am the only candidate that can do this. 

As your next Congressman, I will tackle the issues that are affecting working families and their futures. I have traveled throughout the district and I know there are many pertinent issues facing families today.

My background as a lawyer and businessman has taught me that we need job creation to revitalize our economy. Businesses want to invest in well-educated communities and therefore I believe education is the key to prosperity. I will seek funding for education and small businesses that want to utilize Georgia's attractive tax code. 

To preserve this country for our families and children, I will to take a conservative and balanced approach to government spending. I will work to responsibly rein in federal spending, government waste, inefficiency, and excessive entitlement dependency.

As your next Congressman, my pledge is to restore faith in Congress and work across party lines. We need workable solutions that work for all. We cannot afford to allow another candidate who has the same political philosophy as our previous Congressman to represent us in Washington-not again, not this time. I will offer real solutions, real legislation, real workable answers, for real families.

Let's show a united front this election. We need voters to show up at polls, register new voters and we need a well funded campaign. Talk to your friends, your neighbors, forward this email to 10 friends now, let's have real dialogues about real issues. Connect with me now and Join our movement.  

I know we can do this. I believe we can win. 

Sincerely,

Ken Dious

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Vogel for Congress on Guns and Climate Change




Subject: Vogel for Congress on Guns and Climate Change
Date:


Dear Dan,
I'm putting a series of policy talks on YouTube. Guns and Global Warming are numbers six and seven.
If you missed the first video, it was my talk to Tea Party groups on economic inequality. It got good reviews and can still be found by clicking here. If you haven't seen it, start here.
Other talks can be found here.
So, now we're up to talking about the failure of Georgia's 9th Congressional District to keep up with the recovery of the rest of the nation.


GUNS

GLOBAL WARMING
And by the way, if you have not liked my Facebook page, please go there and do so. 
Peace,
David
Authorized by the Vogel for Congress Committee


Organizers hope Saturday's 10th annual reenactment of lynching will be the last

Civil rights activists sponsoring Saturday’s 10th annual reenactment of Georgia’s last known mass lynching expect a large crowd from across the state, but hope they won’t have to keep reliving the bitter history much longer.

The reenactments of the 1946 killing of two black couples on the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Ga., were designed to rattle the consciences of some of the 200 or so witnesses in hopes they would come forward and lead investigators to the perpetrators who have escaped prosecution all these years. Last year, one man did come forward to relay tales he had heard as a boy of his family members recounting atrocities they participated in against blacks.

The event organizers have written the chairmen of the congressional judiciary committees to ask for hearings to pressure federal investigators to step up their actives.

One organizer, state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, speculates that part of the reason for the lynching and what he said was its cover up by federal investigators at the time was because the U.S. Supreme Court had given blacks the right to vote in Georgia’s formerly all-white Democratic primary that summer. So, this year’s events surrounding the reenactment will include discussion of voting rights, he said.

“It’s going to be more around voting rights that were in demand by the black people in 1946,” he said.

Over the years, as word has spread, teachers have assigned essays to students about the lynching, and community groups from Fort Valley, Milledgeville and other cities throughout the state have begun bringing in students by the busload to the reenactments.

The event begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the First African Baptist Church, 130 Tyler St., Monroe. In addition to the reenactment, participants will convoy to the gravesites of the victims as well as that of a Butler man lynched a week before the Moore’s Ford victims.

Brooks said organizers also hope to one day build a museum in Monroe to house artifacts of the lynching and serves as a forum for reconciliation.

Organizers hope Saturday's 10th annual reenactment of lynching will be the last

Michelle Nunn at Little Kings Wednesday at lunchtime

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pole dance show benefits Animal Control

The Oconee Enterprise > News > Pole dance show benefits Animal Control

The 10 most outrageous Jody Hice quotes

The 10 most outrageous Jody Hice quotes

Rev. Dr. Jody Hice: Secularism Causes STDs And Crime

Georgia Republican Candidate: Secularism Causes STDs And Crime

Jody Hice: Citizens need 'cannons, bazookas, missiles'

have a bad feeling that this will become a running theme in the years ahead, but ...

Earlier
this week, Jody Hice won the GOP's nomination for Congress in Georgia's
10th Congressional District, the seat held for now by Paul Broun. In
fact, Hice took won the runoff rather easily, despite -- or more
depressingly, because -- of his highly controversial positions on women's rights and the First Amendment, among other issues.

Given
the demographics of the district and the fact that Mitt Romney carried
it by 26 percentage points, Hice is almost certain to win in the fall.
So for another taste of what's to come, and of the national exposure
that Georgia is likely to get, there's this, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:


If you can't access the video, here's the transcript of Hice's remarks from his local radio show:

"We've
got to keep vigilant in having the right to defend ourselves and to
possess any weapon that we want to possess. It is my belief that any,
any, any, any weapon that our government and law enforcement possesses
ought to be allowed for individuals to possess in this country provided
they can afford it, obviously, but provided that they have a clean
record. Right now, we have the militarization of America, we have a
government armed with bazookas against the BB guns that we're allowed to
have. The Second Amendment is about us defending ourselves against
potentially tyrannical government. You cannot defend yourself with a BB
gun if your opponent has cannons and bazookas and missiles."
Cannons,
bazookas and missiles. For those who can afford them, that is, and for
use against our "opponent," the very U.S. government in which Hice --
make that U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga. -- will soon be playing a
significant role.



Jody Hice: Citizens need 'cannons, bazookas, missiles'

AJC accuses ethics chief of violating Open Records Act.

AJC accuses ethics chief of violating Open Records Act.

Hank Aaron 'money-bombs' Michelle Nunn

Hank Aaron 'money-bombs' Michelle Nunn

Georgia children's wellbeing lags most states, report says

When will those corporate beings begin to realize that Republican policies have been really bad for Georgia?

Georgia children's wellbeing lags most states, report says

The Michelle Nunn diet: Grit, but no red meat | Political Insider blog

The Michelle Nunn diet: Grit, but no red meat | Political Insider blog

Jody Hice is likely headed to Congress. He also thinks the First Amendment should not cover Islam.

Jody Hice is likely headed to Congress. He also thinks the First Amendment should not cover Islam.

North Oconee's Terry takes second at Junior Olympics

North Oconee's Terry takes second at Junior Olympics

Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Drops By Little Kings

Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Drops By Little Kings

Oconee County Observations: Oconee County Industrial Development Authority Cal...

Oconee County Observations: Oconee County Industrial Development Authority Cal...: Vote Unanimous The Oconee County Industrial Development Authority decided to weigh in on the liquor-by-the-drink issue on Monday afternoon...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Perdue's GOP Opponents Agree— Perdue's Record Of Putting Himself First I...

GOP House candidate: there's a gay plot to recruit and sodomize your kids

GOP House candidate: there's a gay plot to recruit and sodomize your kids

Michelle Nunn makes campaign stop in Athens

Michelle Nunn makes campaign stop in Athens


Cigarette butt recycling comes to the Big Easy

Cigarette butt recycling comes to the Big Easy

Anti-Muslim Pastor Wins Georgia GOP Congressional Primary

Anti-Muslim Pastor Wins Georgia GOP Congressional Primary

History on the lawn plans





From: psommer
Date:07/19/2014 8:31 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: 'psommer'
Subject: History on the lawn plans

Here is a brief summary of this month's meeting and the plans for History on the Lawn.  Please contact us if you have any ideas or see anything you can help with.
Peggy
History on the Lawn:  We spent a great deal of time making suggestions to help George and the University of North Georgia folks edit the first draft of the flyer. 
            The other major item connected with History on the Lawn was discussing who would contact people to get them involved or who would work on various aspects of the event. 
(1).  We discussed possible games.  Both croquet and horseshoes were mentioned as possible old timey games.  Any one out there have other game ideas?
(2) We discussed the need for quiet space for the oral history part of the program, since Ashford on Main is no longer available.  We are hoping that the Ashford Memorial Methodist Church will let us use some Sunday School rooms and give folks tours of their sanctuary.
(3)  Lisa Douglas did a good job with the books last time and we agreed to ask her to do it again.
(4) We also plan to ask the DAR SAR Colonial Dames and other such groups to participate.
(5) Dave agreed to see what he could do about getting us some music.  Someone brought up the idea that old time Gospel Music might be fun. Another possibility would be a barbershop quartet.
(6) We hope to get Bishop and other towns in Oconee County involved.  If you have contacts with one of these towns please help us with information on who to talk to and help them participate.
(7) Denise Weimer will be publicizing her latest book in September and we would like to give her a chance to come and share it.
(8) Marti will bring her Ladies of Distinction and some refreshments like she did last time.  She will also see about bringing some of her Confederate Calvary reenacting friends.
(9)  Mary Delaplane, Bonnie Montgomery and Vicki Moody will be invited to return

August First is the historical themed First Friday:  Since Ashford on Main is no longer available for events, Cindy Pritchard has offered the use of the Watkinsville First United Methodist Church as an alternate location.  Come help join us in the First Friday fun.       


Gov. Scandeal



Begin forwarded message:

From: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia" <bryan@bettergeorgia.com>
Subject: Gov. Scandeal
Date: July 21, 2014 at 8:11:40 AM EDT



Better Georgia 
Without exaggeration, last week was THE single most important week in Georgia's governor's race.
Gov. Nathan Deal's team is falling apart as the governor is facing mounting pressure to come clean about his ethics scandal and the cover-up.
Better Georgia needs your help TODAY. Will you chip in $3 to keep the pressure on Gov. Deal to tell the truth?
Gov. Deal's new problems started at the beginning of the week with an uncoveredbombshell memo from Holly LaBerge, Georgia's ethics chief. She revealed a series of text messages and phone calls showing the governor's top staffers threatened andintimidated her about the ongoing investigation into Gov. Deal's campaign finance scandal.
Instead of sending a formal communication from the governor's office to LaBerge, who Gov. Deal calls the "prosecutor," the governor's chief-of-staff sent this text message:
"So, since you are at the beach, with your feet in the sand and probably something cold to drink. Does this mean we can resolve all the DFG (Deal for Governor) issues by Monday? :)"  

Call us old fashioned, but text messages with smiley face emoticons seem more appropriate for a middle school romance than a governor's chief-of-staff's contact with the state ethics chief.
And that's before the conversation took an even more inappropriate turn.
Attorney General Sam Olens knew about these text messages for about a year butdidn't turn them over to courts during a trial or even open his own investigation to determine whether Gov. Deal's top government staffers were interfering in an open investigation.
Now that LaBerge has released these once-secret text messages, one fact has become clear: Gov. Deal's team is turning on him.
LaBerge is the governor's own handpicked ethics chief that he put into power. She replaced the ethics chief and ethics deputy who were fired immediately before they issued subpoenas in the Deal investigation. They are just two of four ethics commission whistleblowers who were recently awarded more than $3 million because they were collateral damage in a taxpayer-funded cover-up for Gov. Deal.
Now that Gov. Deal's team members know the governor's cover-up is coming unraveled, they're jumping ship to save themselves.
And the situation continues to get worse for the governor. He took interviews all week and is trying to distract voters with conflicting versions of his story. But neither the public nor the media are buying it.
In fact, Deal's story changed so much last week that the AJC's Greg Bluestein wrote:
"We had to update one post with new details so many times yesterday our head is still spinning."
And the latest poll numbers reflect the public's distrust in the governor. Late last week, a conservative-leaning pollster found Democratic challenger Jason Carter up 49% to41% over Deal.
We've never seen anything like this in Georgia.
Throughout the governor's scandal and cover-up, not one elected official from his own party has come out in support of Deal. The governor's team has tried to circle the wagons within the GOP and "get back on message," but they botched their internal PR efforts through an email leak.
It's time for Gov. Deal to come clean.
Instead of meeting with members of his own political party to provide "talking points," Gov. Deal should face all Georgians to simply be honest and tell the truth.
Expect to hear the governor blame anyone and everyone, including Better Georgia, for all of Gov. Deal's problems.
Expect them to say we shouldn't waste any more time talking about Gov. Deal's unethical and potentially illegal conduct.
We know why they don't want to talk about it.
It's because Gov. Deal is in serious trouble of his own making, and there just aren't enough "talking points" to explain away the truth.
At Better Georgia, we promise not to stop until the full truth is known. We're winning this battle, but we can't stop now.
Chip in $3 TODAY. Your support will keep us working to expose Gov. Deal's lies.
Sincerely,
Bryan Long
Executive Director
Better Georgia
P.S. Our work has never been more important. And your support has never been needed more than now. Chip in $3 to keep the heat on Gov. Deal.
 
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TONHS May and June Notes from Fred



Begin forwarded message:

From: Fred Johnson <ilovehighshoals@yahoo.com>
Subject: TONHS May and June Notes from Fred
Date: July 21, 2014 at 1:41:52 AM EDT
To: Fred Johnson <ilovehighshoals@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: Fred Johnson <ilovehighshoals@yahoo.com>


Dear Fellow High Shoalers,                                                                July 20, 2014
In May the Council was busy planning for traffic calming, the new town hall, and several ordinance tweeks.  The big items coming up are roads and the planning of the new town hall.  If you have good ideas about the future town hall get to the council meetings.
At the June 10 meeting the council focused on traffic calming on Hilsboro Road.  Several good ideas are outlined below, but the aspect the council is wrestling with most is cost versus impact.  Some of the ideas with the best potential impact for the town have a high cost.
The June 16 meeting looked into these issues again and resolved several.  Much attention was paid to the internal workings of the council in such issues as issuing building permits and attorney usage.  The council decided to double the patrols contracted through the Sheriff's department. 
   Next NHS Council Meeting ………………………………………….July  21st
Town Web Site……………………………………………www.northhighshoals.org
Mayor Mike Beall………………………………………
nhsmayor.beall@gmail.com
Clerk Carolyn Pritchett………………………………………nhsclerk@yahoo.com
Thank you for your support of North High Shoals; I'll see you at the next meeting, if not before.
Fred Johnson

Unofficial Town of North High Shoals Council Meeting Notes
May 13, 2014
By Fred Johnson
Council Members at the Meeting: Council Members Mayor Mike Beall, Council Members Jason Wisniewski, Violet Dawe, John McKay, and Ann Evans.
Citizens and Guests: Ed Lane (Smith Planning Group), Lorena DeSanta, Amy Lawrence, and Felicia Kautz

 
Agenda Setting:
·         Motion by Council Member Wisniewski to accept the agenda as written. 2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 4-0.
Presentation of Draft Minutes:
·         Motion to approve draft minutes, by Council Member Wisniewski. 2nd by Council Member McKay. Approved 4-0.

Presentation of Financial Statements:
·         Motion to accept April & May Financial Statements as presented by Council Member Wisniewski. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 4-0.

Public Hearing on the Budget on 2014-2015 draft
Regular Business:
1. Dog Day and Yard Sale Report – Lorena DeSanta
·         Lorena reported on repeated success of the annual Dog Day and the administration of the annual yard sale in the park. 
2. Hilsboro Road Traffic Calming – M.Beall
·         Ed Lane reported on the report to the town his company produced.  Council discussed new speed limits, pavement markings, street landscape, speed limit sign postings, the fire department, a possible round-about at Rays Church, time estimates, and  radar speed monitor. Council discussed installing and relocating speed bumps. Council set  June 10 as a called meeting these suggestions.
·         Council Member Dawe made a motion to purchase speed platforms for Hilsboro Road and to install them at the park.  No second. Mayor Beall noted that the council voted last year to purchase and install two, but this was not done.
·         Council set June 10 for called meeting on this subject.
3. Occupation Tax Certificate,  – J. McKay
·         Motion to read the occupational tax amendment by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 4-0.
·         Council Member McKay read  the ordinance which places renewals in the hands of the clerk.
·         Motion to accept amendment by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Wisniewski. Approved 4-0.
4. Gun Ordinance – M.Beall
·         Council has not mailed out the current gun ordinance as planned.  Council is planning on reviewing this ordinance in August.
5. Garden Week Proclamation – V. Dawe
6. Fitness Stations at the Park – A. Evans
·         Presentations about costs and installation at park.
7. Park Master Plan – J. Wisniewski
·         Presentation updating future plans for the park.
8. SPLOST – M.Beall
·         Council allocation for next SPLOST is 50% roads, 20% Parks and Recreation, 20% town hall, 10% water
·         Motion to accept amendment by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 4-0.
9. Sheriff Patrol – V. Dawe
·         Oconee County Sheriff will provide extra patrols in town for $105 per three hour patrol beginning May 23, 2014.
10. Roads Update  – M.Beall
·         Council reviewed several road issues, particularly dealing with water run-of issues.  Lots of run-off issues
11. Non-Discrimination Ordinance 1st Reading – J McKay
·         The ordinance was read. 
·         Motion to accept the first reading by Council Member Wisniewski. 2nd by Council Member McKay. Approved 4-0.
12. Town Hall Update  – M.Beall
·         Progress on the clearing of the building and landscaping of the land around town hall was discussed.  Council discussed steps toward planning and contracting the new town hall in the park.  The town has spent $4,800 on a topographical survey to determine the best location of the new town hall done by Carter Engineering.
13. Capamachio Subdivision Resolution  – M.Beall
·         Tabled
Mayor's Update:
(All requests to be on the agenda must be submitted at least 7 days before a meeting. Direct your agenda items to Town Clerk Carolyn Pritchett or any Town Council Member. Look for the agenda for the next council meeting on the Town's web site one week before the next meeting. The next Council meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 19, 2014.)
·         Mayor Beall described the new state gun ordinance which will take effect on July 1, 2014.
·         Ethics Committee, business cards, lunch invitations from other councils, plant watering were discussed.
·         Council Member McKay reported on his attendance at a planning meeting.
·         Council Member Dawe reported on the emergency planning diner she attended for the council.

Motion made by Council Member Wisniewski to adjourn.  2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 4-0.
Unofficial Town of North High Shoals Council Meeting Notes
June 10, 2014
By Fred Johnson
Council Members at the Meeting: Council Members Mayor Mike Beall, Council Members Steve Holzman, Violet Dawe, John McKay, and Ann Evans.
Citizens and Guests: Ed Lane (Smith Planning Group) and Felicia Kautz

 
Regular Business:
1. Hilsboro Road Traffic Calming – M.Beall
·         Ed Lane made a presentation of his engineering report to the town.  Copies of this report with drawings can be found on the town's web site.  Many of the ideas are designed to clearly inform drivers that they have entered a town.
  • Hillsboro Road at the City Park island shifting cars over to slow traffic.
  • Hillsboro Road – small pavement ridges in the road like on New High Shoals
  • Hillsboro Road at Jefferson Road: T- intersection with bypass.
  • Hillsboro Road at Rays Church Road: Lane described raising the intersection
  • Many other ideas were discussed including signage and more speed bumps.
2. Motion made by Council Member Holzman to adjourn.  2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 4-0.
Unofficial Town of North High Shoals Council Meeting Notes
June 16, 2014
By Fred Johnson
Council Members at the Meeting: Council Members Mayor Mike Beall, Council Members Steve Holzman, Jason Wisniewski, Violet Dawe, John McKay, and Ann Evans.
Citizens and Guests: Suzanne Beall, John Barge, Scott Chambers,

 
Agenda Setting:
·         Motion by Council Member Wisniewski to accept the agenda as written. 2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 5-0.
Presentation of Draft Minutes:
·         Motion to approve draft minutes, by Council Member Holzman. 2nd by Council Member Dawe.  Approved 5-0.

Presentation of Financial Statements:
·         Motion to accept April & May Financial Statements as presented by Council Member Wisniewski. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 5-0.
Regular Business:
1. Business Occupational Tax Application for Scott Chambers Custom Homes (1141 Arborwood Ridge)M. Beall
·         Motion to accept April & May Financial Statements as presented by Council Member Holzman. 2nd by Council Member McKay. Approved 5-0.
2. Building Permit Request – S.Beall
·         Motion to accept April & May Financial Statements as presented by Council Member Holzman. 2nd by Council Member McKay. Approved 5-0.
3. Capamachio Subdivision Resolution  – M.Beall
·         Motion to accept the resolution of the December 2013 contingency by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Holzman. Approved 5-0.
·         Motion subdivision resolution by Council Member Holzman. 2nd by Council Member Wisniewski. Approved 5-0.
4. 2014-2015 Budget – M.Beall
·         Motion to approve 2014-2015 budget by Council Member Holzman. 2nd by Council Member Wisniewski. Approved 5-0.
5. Adopt 2015 SPLOST Inter Governmental Agreement– M.Beall
·         Motion to approve 2014-2015 budget by Council Member Dawe. 2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 5-0.
6.  Adopt Non-Discrimination Ordinance after 2nd reading – J. McKay
·         Motion to proceeded with the second reading of this ordinance by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 5-0.
·         Reading
·         Motion to accept the ordinance by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 5-0.
7. Building permit issuing– M.Beall
·         A building permit was issued without approval of the council.. Council discussed how they would like to proceed.
·         Motion declare town minutes of February 16, 2009 section pertaining to building permits void by Council Member McKay. 2nd by Council Member Holzman. Approved 5-0.
8. Attorney Usage– M.Beall
·         Aftermuch discussion council members agreed to follow town ordinances on the issue and contact town attorney about possible adjustments.
9. Clerk's 2014-15 hourly rate– M. Beall
·         Oconee County Sheriff will provide extra patrols in town for $105 per three hour patrol beginning May 23, 2014.
·         Motion to pay clerk $22 per hour  by Council Member Dawe. 2nd by Council Member Mckay. Approved 5-0.
10. Traffic Update  – M.Beall
·         Sheriff Deputy has worked three times for the town.  Council will continue this.
·         Motion to add an additional patrol per week by sheriff deputy  by Council Member Mckay. 2nd by Council Member Dawe. Approved 5-0.
11. Town Hall Update  – M.Beall
·         Mayor Beall explained the progress on work around the Town Hall.  The job was completed for $12,200.
12. Park  – M.Beall
·         Water and clearing area was discussed.
·         Motion to remove decorative fences by the flower boxes by Council Member Evans. 2nd by Council Member Holzman. Approved 5-0.
13. Open Meetings Rules  – M.Beall
·         Council Member McKay will bring a draft to the council next month.
12. Plantation Jefferson Drainage  – J. McKay
·         Several drainage issues were discussed which the town is trying to resolve.
13. Firearms Discussion– J. McKay
·         Plans were made to clarify the town's ordinance
14. Safe Routes to School– J. McKay
·         Council was asked to again look into this organization.
Mayor's Update:
(All requests to be on the agenda must be submitted at least 7 days before a meeting. Direct your agenda items to Town Clerk Carolyn Pritchett or any Town Council Member. Look for the agenda for the next council meeting on the Town's web site one week before the next meeting. The next Council meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 19, 2014.)
·         Mayor Beall asked council members to turn in financial disclosure reports.
·         Ethics Committee, business cards, lunch invitations from other councils, plant watering were discussed.
·         Council Member McKay reported on his attendance at a planning meeting.
·         Council Member Dawe reported on the emergency planning diner she attended for the council.

Motion made by Council Member Wisniewski to adjourn.  2nd by Council Member Evans. Approved 5-0.