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Tax increase approved amid outcry

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The Upson County Board of Commissioners came under fire from many citizens at last week’s board meeting prior to voting to increase taxes to a total of 18.76 mills, which includes county wide (11.13 mills), joint project (4.91 mills) and unincorporated (2.72 mills) tax millage. During public comment, several concerned citizens stated the community could not withstand a tax increase again this year, noting in particular it could cause even more homes to be foreclosed upon because people simply cannot afford to pay what they have to now. Chairman Rusty Blackston sympathized with the crowd, stating he did not want to raise taxes either, however an increase is necessary due to a continually shrinking tax digest. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the millage rate increase, with...


Global Thomaston

To the Editor:If the words “Global Thomaston” sound like an oxymoron to you, you wouldn’t be alone. The old mill, the art-deco theatre, the stuck-in-time courthouse, and our good ole fashioned please-and-thank-you attitude (what Wikipedia calls our slow-paced southern charm) all make it a little difficult to think of Thomaston as the center of a cosmopolitan makeover.

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Three rezonings approved by BOC

Three different pieces of property were approved for rezoning by the Upson County Commissioners at their regular meeting held on August 12. All three of the applications had been approved by the Upson County Planning Commission before coming before the board for final approval.

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2014 Knights’ Quiz

Since football season will begin for the Upson-Lee Knights next Friday night, I thought that I would put together a quiz prior to the Knights beginning their 23rd season on the gridiron. I have done this a few times through the years, but it’s been a while since I came up with a brain-teaser about Upson-Lee football. Check out your knowledge and see how many you can get correct.1. Next Friday night the Knights will play their 23rd season opener. In their first 22 seasons, how...

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Abuses of power need to stop

On Wednesday we took 54 cases to the grand jury in Fayette County. One of the grand jurors told me about a scam somebody attempted on her. I think I have discussed this particular scam before, but it won’t hurt to touch on it again.She said a caller claimed that she had missed grand jury and needed to pay a fine. The caller was very convincing. He knew the name of the Clerk of Court. He knew the judge that is presiding over this grand jury.The caller said that she ...

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Republicans raise $7,217 for Bo Story Fund

After several months of a fundraising drive, the Georgia Republican Party was able to donate $7,217.00 to the Bowen Story Fund. The local organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of families dealing with pediatric cancer who have to travel more than 50 miles away from their home for treatment. Since the need of each family going through treatment is different, the contest collected gift cards for restaurants, gas, grocery stores and pharmacies to be given to the Bowen Story Fund for d...

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Flint River holds on to stun Heritage 13-12 in opener

NEWNAN- Josh Daher’s head coaching debut was a difficult road test against one of his new team’s arch-rivals. He watched as his exhausted defense was pushed to the brink on a balmy middle-Georgia night, and it was a matter of inches that made the difference in the 13-12 win for Daher’s Flint River Wildcats.The game started on a sour note for the home team. The Heritage Hawks’ starting quarterback, Brian Macke, was injured on the Hawks’ second offensive...

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This is the way it is supposed to be

I just got off the phone with my daughter. I listened while she shared the joys and challenges that young mothers go through. She is a strong woman; protective of her boys and will never let anyone walk over her. That’s good as she is NASA’s Life Support engineer. I thought, “This is the way it is supposed to be, raising your children to be independent gradually, and then they are gone, raising their own children.” Now my oldest daughter goes to soccer games, school ac...

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Manhunt nabs two armed robbery suspects

Two suspects in a series of armed robberies in Thomaston were arrested Tuesday evening following a manhunt that covered an area that covered the Farview Apartments and Golden Living Center on Avenue F all the way up through a wooded area to Knight Trail.

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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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Yatesville seeks veterans’ names for flag memorials

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.T...

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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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