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Mr. Larry Wayne Crews, 51, of Folkston died Fridaynight (January 2, 2009) in Charlton Memorial Hospitalin Folkston after a short illness. Born in CharltonCounty he was the son of William “Bill” Crews andIrene Moody Crews Drury.He attended Race Pond Church of God and was a pastPresident of Briar Island Hunting Club.He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters,Mary Morgan and Peggy Sue Drury; a nephew, JamieMorgan; and his step-father, John Drury Sr. “Big John“.Survived by six brothers and sisters, Jerry Crews (wifeGail) of Racepond, Lester Crews (wife Ann) of Hoboken,Bobby Crews (wife Trish) of Riverside Community, JohnDrury of Winokur, Kara Lynn Lewis (husband C.L.) of Winokur, and Tony Drury (wife Theresa) of Hoboken;five step-brothers and sisters, Pedro Drury (wife Diane),Betty Stubbs, Debra Herndon, and Barbara Ann Kramer(husband Tom) all of Folkston, and Bo Drury (wife Jo)of Hilliard, also several nieces, nephews, and otherrelatives.Services were held Monday morning (January 5, 2009) at11 a.m. at Sandhill Baptist Church in Racepond with Rev.Wayne Manning and Rev. E. C. Crews officiating.Pallbearers were Tony Griffin, Roger Lee, Grady Dyal,John Blackard, Terry Driggers, Harold Rowell, GaryBeasley, John Thigpen, and Chris Bowen. Burial fol-lowed at Racepond Cemetery.
Mrs. Betty Jane Stewart Davis, 76, of Nahunta diedSaturday afternoon (Dec.27, 2008) in the Satilla RegionalMedical Center in Waycross after a short illness.Born in Brantley County, she was the daughter of AlfredHenley Stewart and Maude Griffin Stewart. She was of the Baptist Faith and had worked inmaintenance at the Colonial Mall in Brunswick. Mrs.Davis enjoyed doing“puzzles” and spending time with her dog “Tippy”.Preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband,Homer Yeomans Davis, an infant son, James EdisonStewart, and 2 sisters, Joyce Miller and Rosa O’Neal.Survivors are her brothers and sisters and their spouses,James W. “Billy”and Tiny Stewart of Glynn County, Florence Wainrightof Riverside, Dorothy Kirkdorffer of Oregon, DavidS. Stewart of Nahunta and John and Judy Stewartof Woodstock; also several nieces, nephews and otherrelatives.A funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon (Dec.30,2008) at 2:00 P.M.from the Chapel of Frye Funeral Home (FormerlyChambless-Frye) of Nahunta with Rev. Randy Wainrightand Rev. James Wainright officiating.Pallbearers were Brandon Stewart, Colby Stewart, JesseWaldron, Timmy O’Neal, Junior Lane, Jimmy Kinseyand Gene Wainright . Burial followed in the New HopeCemetery in Hickox.
James Arnold O'Berry Sr., 66, of Folkston, passed awayMonday, December 22 after a lengthy illness. He wasa native and life-long resident of Charlton County. Hewas the Manager of the Local Telephone Company fora number of years. He is the son of the late Frank andPolly O'Berry. He was preceded in death by his first wifeNorma Kay Crews O'Berry and a brother: Henry O'Berry.He is survived by his wife, Cathy O'Berry; 5 children,James Arnold (Jenny) O'Berry, Teresa (Michael)Knowles, Christopher (Carrie) Carter, Jennifer (Mi-chael) Hancock, and Denise O'Berry; 3 sisters, Effie Mae(Billy) Thrift, Carolyn (Winfred) Prescott, and Kathy(Benjamin) Johns; 2 brothers, Edmond O'Berry andJimmie (Minta Marie) O'Berry; 5 grandchildren, TristanCarter, Haley Knowles, Kelsey Dover, Hannah Knowles,and Zachary Strickland; and a number of nieces, neph-ews and other relatives.Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 24 at11:00 AM at Camp Pinckney Baptist Church with Rev.David Beckham and Rev. Ernie Bailey officiating.Burial followed in Allen-O'Berry Cemetery.
William Marvin (Bill) Prescott, 81 passed away January4, 2009 in Lakeland, Florida.He was born in Charlton County to the late Benjaminand Julia Harris Prescott. He was a United States ArmyVeteran. He retired from CSX Railroad with the RoadwayDepartment after 38 years. He was a member of the NewHome Baptist Church in Lakeland.He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Don and B.M.Prescott and a sister, Jane Prescott.He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary DixonPrescott of Lakeland; 2 daughters, Margie Winter of Suwanee and Joy McNamaria of Orlando, Fla.; 5 grand-children, Morgan & Nathan Winter and Julia, Jordanand Jenna McNamaria; 4 sisters, Maxine (Elzie) Dees of Oxford, Annie (Roger) Thrift of Nahunta, Judy Thrift of Metter, and Jacqueline Prescott of Folkston; 1 brother,Jack (Carolyn) Prescott of Folkston.Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 7 at11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Shepard Funeral Home inFolkston.
The Brantley commissioners decided ina called meeting last week to delay action onchanging the county’s system o voting romat-large to by-district ater members agreedthe issue should be taken to the people orapproval beore any action is taken.Commissioners also decided that a greatdeal o inormation remains to be gatheredand districts would have to be laid out andapproved beore the county can even put theissue on the 2011 ballot.More than 30 county residents showedup to the Wednesday meeting to provideinput ater an article in last week’s paper an-nounced the urgently called meeting.The announcement o the meeting cameto the newspaper in the orm o an adavitrom commissioners Charlie Summerlin, Lin-ton Herrin, and Ernest Hunter, which gave asthe purpose or the meeting to “request thatlegislation be introduced at the next immedi-ate session o the Georgia General Assemblyso as to change the method o election o theBoard o Commissioners o Brantley County,Georgia, rom seeking election at large toelection by established districts.”The announcement included no inorma-tion to iner that the commissioners actionwas to place the item on the ballot, as com-missioners later claimed.Edgy said the change to districts washis idea and ater talking to Greg O'Quinnand Ronald Ham he asked commissioners
Commissioners decide changing voting system will have to wait
Summerlin, Herrin and Hunter to have themeeting.Edgy said many people in the countywould like to run or oce but do not havethe unds to do so in a county-wide election,but could do so in a district race.He also said that i they had districtsresidents in each district could go to theircommissioner or the issues they need ad-dressed and it could work similarly to othersurrounding counties.Edgy said the board o education isholding a special election in March and i the county could get this on that ballot thecounty would only have to pay hal the cost.He said that was why the meeting washeld on the last day o the year.The General Assembly reconvenes onJan. 12 and must approve the resolution andhave it back to the county or the electionsoce to turn in the ballots or the Marchelection to the state by Jan. 15, a task whichwould be nearly impossible.Ater much discussion, all membersagreed that it would need to go beore thecitizens or a vote beore anything was de-cided and that there was much inormationthat still needed to be gathered and districtswould need to be laid out i they were to putin on the ballot beore the 2011 elections.The new board will look urther into theidea and do the research needed beore adecision is made on the issue.Brantley Telephone Co. has completedprimary construction o it ber opticsservice delivery system in Hoboken, Waynes-ville and Nahunta, on the way to convertingits entire current copper inrastructureto the newer technology, which will allowcustomers a greater range o telephone andinternet services.Some customers in the east end o thecounty are already using the new advanceInternet and voice services.The new ber optic cables allow datato stream digitally using laser beams overbers roughly the size o a human hair,replacing antiquated electronic wavelengthsused in copper wire and providing a muchgreater bandwidth capacity that will allowcustomers to receive more services, includ-ing a much aster Internet connection whichwill replace slower dial-up service in remoteparts o the county.Ater contractor Fiber Optics Commu-nications buries the new cable, BTC work-ers ollow behind to install “drops,” whichlead rom the main cable to the customer’sresidence.In addition to enhanced phone andInternet service, the ber optic changeoverwill allow streaming video, similar to cabletelevision but with more advanced digitaleatures and high denition programming.That service remains in the planningstages.BTC spokesman Robby Thomas askedthat county residents be patient.“While main construction crews may benearby, it will be several years beore allthe drops are buried and every customer isconverted to rom the old copper network tober,” he said.The company is replacing its entireinrastructure and it’s an enormous under-taking, requiring not only new cable in theeld but also new electronics in the oce,Thomas said.The new cable system makes it more im-portant that ever or residents in the countyto call 811 beore they set a mailbox post,install a new driveway or bury irrigationsystems, Thomas said.For more inormation and updates tothe Fiber to the Home project, visit www.btconline.net and look or “BTC NetworkUpgrade.”
Work crews have completed the laying of fiber optic cable in Hoboken, Nahunta andWaynesville
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Fiber to the Home
BTC replacing its copper wireinrastructure with fber optics
REGULAR MEETINGMONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 20087:30 PMCall to Order Invocation and Pledge Approval of MinutesCitizens Presentation-(limit 3 min per person, per subject)-Mrs. BurchFire Department-Monthly ReportPolice Department-Monthly ReportWater/Sewer Department-Monthly Report Administrative Business-Chevy S-10-Health Insurance RenewalExecutive Session-legal, personnel, realestate mattersMeeting called to order at 7:30 pm.In attendance were Mayor Ronnie Jacobs,Councilwoman Sib Johns, CouncilwomanJean Haynes, and Councilman RichardJohns.Ms. Mittie Vauhn gave the invocation andpledge said by all.Councilwoman Sib Johns makes themotion to approve November 2008minutes, Councilman Richard Johns 2ndthe motion, all in favor, carried.Citizen Presentation- Mrs. Burch broughtforth the discussion on when 2008 prop-erty taxes were going to be released andCity Attorney Kelly Brooks let her knowthat 2008 property taxes will be releasedby December 19, 2008.Fire Department-monthly report was inMayor and Council packetsPolice Department- Chief Darren Crewsgave monthly report. Chief Crews alsobrought forth a discussion on Police Clerk
Michelle Mitchellπs computer was down
again. Mayor and Council asked CityClerk Angela Wirth to check into severalresources on getting it fixed.Water/Sewer Department-Director of Operations Hugh Johns gave the monthlyreport. Administrative Business- CouncilmanRichard Johns brings forth the discussionon the Chevy S-10. Councilman Johnslet Mayor and Council know that thedriver side door on the S-10 is brokenand it needed to be repaired. Director of Operations Hugh Johns let Mayor andCouncil know that the door was weldedon wrong and he had it looked at but thegentleman that he took it to on severaldifferent occasions was out sick and hadnot returned to work. Hugh Johns saidhe would take the vehicle over to hishome and see if he could repair it there.Councilman Johns let it be know that thevehicle is a safety concern and liabilityand if the vehicle could not be repairedthen it needed to be retired.City Clerk Angela Wirth brought forth the
discussion on the Cityπs health insur
-ance renewal. Councilwoman Sib Johnsmakes motion to stay with Blue Crossand Blue Shield, Councilman RichardJohns 2nd the motion, all in favor, carried.City Clerk Angela Wirth also let Mayor and Council know the dates and times for the FY 2009 millage hearings and meet-ing to vote in the millage rate.Councilwoman Sib Johns makes motionto go into executive session, CouncilmanRichard Johns 2nd the motion, all in favor,carried.Mayor Ronnie Jacobs called meetingback to order at 8:20pm.Executive Session-No action takenCouncilwoman Sib Johns makes themotion to adjourn meeting at 8:20pm,Councilwoman Jean Haynes 2nd themotion, all in favor, carried.CALLED MEETINGTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 20087:00 PMIn attendance were Mayor Ronnie Jacobs,Mayor Pro-Tem Tommie Lane, Council-woman Sib Johns, Councilwoman JeanHaynes, and Councilman Richard Johns.Meeting called to order by Mayor RonnieJacobs, Councilman Richard Johns givesthe invocation, pledge said by all.Mayor Jacobs brings forth the discussionon the FY 2009 millage. Residents Danand Denise Moody were in attendanceand voiced the concern over the 12.35%millage. Mr. and Mrs. Moody suggestedto Mayor and Council that there might besome cut backs that needed to be doneto City Hall to keep the millage from risingas high as it did. Mr. and Mrs. Moodysuggested that Mayor and Council lookinto cutting the police department and let-ting Brantley County take over the patrol-ling and cutting the fire department andletting Brantley County take that over too.Mayor Jacobs let Mr. and Mrs. Moodyknow that the police and fire departmentshave nothing to do with the millage beingraised. Mayor Jacobs stated that the mill-age hike was due to years of low millagenot bringing in enough revenue to handlethe day to day operations of the City.Mayor Jacobs also stated that the hikeshould only be for this one year. Mayor Pro-Tem Tommie Lane makes motion toset FY 2009 millage at 12.35%, Council-woman Jean Haynes 2nd the motion,Councilman Richard Johns abstainedfrom voting, motion carried by majority.Judge Kelly Brooks brings forth the
discussion on the Cityπs retirement plan.
Judge Brooks let Mayor and Councilknow that he had drafted the ordinanceto terminate the existing retirement plan.Judge Brooks let Mayor and Councilknow there are different plans out therethat would be just as beneficial to the Cityand Judge Brooks let Mayor and Councilknow the difference between the existing
retirement plan and the other oneπs
that can be looked into. CouncilmanRichard Johns makes the motion tohave the 1st reading of the ordinance toterminate the existing retirement policyplan, Councilwoman Sib Johns 2nd themotion, Mayor Pro-Tem Tommie Laneand Councilwoman Jean Haynes wereagainst, Mayor Ronnie Jacobs abstainedfrom voting, motion died on the floor.Resident Donnie Grinner brings forththe discussion on trees that he wantscut down to move a house on a parcelof property that he owns. Several of thetrees are on City right away and they arediseased and Mr. Grinner is concernedthat the trees will fall on the house that heis moving onto his property. Council-man Richard Johns and CouncilwomanSib Johns let Mr. Grinner know that theCity was not going to cut the trees downbecause they are not hurting anyone atthis time. Judge Brooks let Mayor andCouncil know that they were at an impassand Mr. Grinner will have to do what hehas to do to remove the trees.Councilman Richard Johns makes the
motion to adjourn tonightπs meeting at
7:35pm, Councilwoman Sib Johns 2ndthe motion, all in favor, carried.