80' Bridge To Be Constructed In Dowdy Park
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:16
Plans to construct an 80-foot wooden bridge along the creek in J.R. "Dick" Dowdy Park will happen, according to Summerville City officials.
The city is looking to extend its walking trail that stretches near Willow Spring Park on First Street to the city's train depot on East Washington Street. To help with that effort, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs gave the city $120,720 to complete the project. 
End-Of The Year Planning Crucial To Business Success
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:14
Staff Writer
Smart year-end planning can make a difference to individuals and to small business owners.
That’s the message delivered at the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday by Richard Montanaro, area director of the Small Business Development Center in Rome. 
Montanaro urged local business owners and would-be business owners to take advantage of the many services offered by the Small Business Department Center.
“You’re paying for it,” Montanaro joked.
The SBDC is funded by the government.
Montanaro offered a range of suggestions on how business owners can save money by smart management at the end of the year.
Among his suggestions:
Menlo Council Okays New Tillotson Grant Spending
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:10
Staff Writer
Menlo received five grants totaling $74,908 from the Tillotson-Menlo Charitable Foundation for use in 2018. The grant awards were announced at the town council meeting on Tuesday. Council then voted to add the grant money and spending to the town’s current budget.
The grant money will be used for:
* Paving ($22,625)
* Sidewalk repair ($8,839)
* Banners-decorations ($4,500)
* Fire department ($12,892)
* Administrative assistant ($26,051) 
Menlo residents Joy Phelan and Sara Pless told council they were attacked by a dog while walking home after the Veterans Day service last weekend. Phelan said no one was bitten but that it took the intervention of a passing motorist before the two women could get away from the small but aggressive dog. Phelan identified the house where she thinks the dog came from.
“I think it is a shame a resident of Menlo can’t walk safely within the town,” Phelan said.
Water Department Superintendent Sid Swords said he would watch for the dog.
City Honors Volunteer Coaches
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:01
The City of Summerville purchased a plaque to honor the volunteer coaches who serve at the recreation center. The council did this recognition to "thank all of our coaches for their endless hours of" dedication and service to the youth. Pictured holding the plaque are Recreation Director Bo Chamlee, City Councilman David Ford and volunteer coach Pam Albert. "We could not run the program without our coaches. They are the backbone of our program," Chamlee said. (Staff Photo).
Tucker Is Interim Police Chief
Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:57
The Summerville City Council named police Captain Harold Tucker as the interim police chief Monday night. Tucker is taking over the daily operation of the police department after an extended illness of Chief Stan Mosley who is out on the Family Medical Leave Act. Tucker will receive a $4 an hour raise. That raise is retroactive back to Oct. 16. The council voted unanimously to make that change. "As you know Chief Mosley has some health problems he is dealing with at this time. Captain Tucker filled in for him and has done an excellent job," Mayor Harry Harvey said. "Capt. Tucker needs to be compensated for the extra time and work he is doing."  (Staff Photo).
Burglar Uses Bathroom Then Leaves
Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:55
A burglar broke into a Summerville home, used the bathroom and left Tuesday, according to Chattooga County Sheriff's reports.
Larry Calaway, of 112 Maple Wood Drive Apartments, said someone broke into his apartment during the day.
"He stated that two bath towels were missing and one towel was on the ground and that someone had come through the upstairs window and also used the bathroom," Deputy Marvin Armstrong III reported.
The incident is still unsolved.
Dr. Sid Chapman Says GAE Is Not In Favor Of ESSA Changes
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:05

Dr. Sid Chapman, President of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), was in Chattooga County last week and said that the GAE was not in favor of the changes requested by Gov. Nathan Deal that removes aspects of Georgia’s current ESSA [Every Student Succeeds Act] plan. 

Chapman was on the panel that put the plan together and when they submitted the plan to the governor he stated that there was not enough testing for students K-2. 
“They do not start testing until the third grade,” Dr. Chapman said. “He said that it raised the scores for the schools and had fewer failing schools. That is what they want. This whole thing is about privatization.”
If the school are termed failing and not making adequate progress, then they turn them into a private charter.
“If you look at all these politicians that are pushing all of this – follow the money.”
Commissioner Trying To Change Site For Birth, Death Certificates
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:01
The place where Chattooga County residents obtain copies of their birth and death certificates may change, if Commissioner Jason Winters is successful.
Currently vital records are available at the courthouse in Probate Judge John Payne's office. The commissioner wants to move them after learning the judge was legally depositing vital record fees into a personal bank account. 
Instead of the public getting those records from Payne's office, Winters wants the local health department to provide them.
"I'm not 100-percent sure if we will get to. But we are looking for the health department to administer that," Winters said.  
In most Georgia counties, residents either obtain copies of their birth and death certificates at the probate office or health department.
The probate judge charges $25 for a copy of a birth certificate -- per state law. The commissioner believes that $25 fee could help offset the operational cost of the health department. In addition to Payne's approximate $100,000 salary, during the last two years Payne received an additional $76,233, according to Winters.
Breakfast With Santa Is Coming
Monday, 13 November 2017 15:08
On December 2nd, Chattooga County 4-H will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa event. Current 4-H students will serve as Santa’s elves and help serve a pancake and sausage breakfast plate to guests visiting Candyland and the North Pole. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will be read to all the children attending. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance and pictures can be taken with the dynamic Christmas duo. Tickets for this limited seating event are only $5 and two seating times are available, one at 8:30 am and the other at 10:30 am. Come join us for this fun-filled family event! Tickets can be purchased at the P&P Country Store, Farm Bureau, or the Chattooga County Extension/4-H Office. Call 706-857-0744 for more information. 





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