Office Closings for Columbus Day

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The Tax Commissioner’s Office, Tax Assessors, Clerk of Superior Court, Probate and Magistrate Court Offices will be closed for Columbus Day, October 12th.  All other County offices will be open.


Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Rescheduled

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The Board of Commissioner’s October meeting has been rescheduled to October 19th in the C. Wayne King Auditorium, Butts County Administration Building, 625 West Third Street, Suite 4, Jackson, Georgia. The meeting will start at 6PM. The public is invited to attend.


First Annual REACH Georgia Scholarship Ceremony

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CPl3xouUcAEhgdV.jpg-largeMembers of the County Government, along with Partners in Education including elected and appointed officials, civic, business and community leaders attended the first annual REACH Georgia Scholarship signing ceremonies this morning at the Henderson Middle School campus. Also attending and participating in the ceremonies was Representative Susan Holmes and State Senator Burt Jones, who presented resolutions from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia General Assembly to Irvin Trice, Ja’necia Barber and McKenzie Yancy, the three named recipients of the program.

In a letter sent out to community leaders, Butts County School Superintendent Buddy Costley stated, “Last spring, Representative Holmes encouraged our county to compete to become a “REACH Georgia” system. Under this program, the state ensures $10,000 per student for college (above and beyond the Hope Scholarship!) as long as they remain good students and show character throughout their school career”.

“The exciting thing is, these students are 8th Graders! By selecting them early and providing mentoring and academic coach support over the next five years, the state of GA has promised them $10,000 a piece to help them stay in college after their graduation. Of course, the community has a part as well. We are required to raise $2500 per child each year after the first cohort (the state pays the full amount for this first group; we then have to raise $2500 per child for future groups of students). Want even better news? We have already raised the first $7500 for next year’s cohort! We are already a year ahead…”
IMG_7023The community responded positively to this news with a large assortment of leaders attending the ceremony and pledging to support these students as they reach for their goals in the coming years. The event was also witnessed by the families of the honorees as well as the student body of Henderson Middle School, who cheered their fellow students on as they signed papers committing to the program and to follow all of the guidelines the program requires.
“We are extremely proud to be a Partner in Education with the Butts County School System and to stand with them today as they launch the future of these three 8th graders.” said Michael Brewer, Government Relations Director for Butts County. “Stronger schools are built by supporting our community of students, which in turn makes our entire community stronger. The County congratulates Irvin Trice, Ja’necia Barber and McKenzie Yancy for this outstanding accomplishment”.

Butts County L.E.T. Seeks Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of the Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc. is seeking an individual to provide operations, planning, facilitation and coordination services for the work done by the organization through their collaborating partners to implement the community plan. LET is a nonprofit corporation that provides coordination services as a Georgia Family Connection Collaborative.

The position requires: a high school diploma, although an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred. A minimum of three years work experience in human services, community development or a related field is required, and the successful candidate will show excellent people skills, oral and written communication skills and will be a proven team player who is able to network and facilitate work with diverse people.

Preferred experience includes: proven ability to write grants and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, QuickBooks, using the internet for research and learning new computer applications. Experience in bookkeeping, strategic planning, managing a nonprofit organization, fundraising and sustainability work, and a working knowledge of local, state and federal political systems.

Candidates also must be willing to travel, possess a dependable vehicle, a valid Georgia motor vehicle license, with proof of automobile insurance and submit to a drug screen and criminal background check. The individual will be responsible for: meeting legal and financial requirements for administering a nonprofit organization; providing information to the governing board for decision-making; maintaining and growing the collaborative team; developing and implementing an annual plan; preparing accurate and comprehensive grant and financial reports; participating in events provided by the Georgia Family Connection Partnership and regional Peer to Peer Network. The job is exempt from overtime compensation and on occasions does involve non-traditional hours, some after hours and weekend work.

The position is grant-funded and the successful candidate will be an employee of the Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc. Compensation is negotiable, based on experience and qualifications, with $30,000 – $35,000 as a base. It includes paid leave and holidays.

For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume by email by 5:00 pm September 30, 2015

Questions may also be directed to:

Note: This position is not a job position with the Butts County Board of Commissioners and as such, we cannot accept applications for this position. Applicants must apply in the manner prescribed above for consideration. The Board of Commissioners is a partner with Butts County Life Enrichment Team who provides a number of social programs in the community. This job posting is provided as a public service.

Ernest Biles Memorial Golf Tournament

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golf_tournament_649x214The 20th Annual Ernest Biles Memorial Golf Tournament is almost here, scheduled for September 23, 2015 at the Hickory Hill Golf Course. For the past 19 years, many citizens of this community have helped the Youth Recreation Programs in our area by sponsoring/playing/assisting in the tournament, which goes to provide funding for County Youth Recreation Programs in Butts County. All monies received by sponsors, golfer registrations and raffles go directly to these programs with Atlanta South 75 Travel Center picking up all the costs of the tournament, cart fees, lunch, prizes, give-aways and more. Hickory Hill assists in all “Game Day” organization efforts and over the past 19 years, $401,230.53 has been donated directly to these programs.

According to Atlanta South 75 President Bob Ryan, who has coordinated the tournament since its inception, “The young child might have been watching a game or event through a fence or window had you not helped us put them in a uniform and on the playing field, learning so many important things about life such as teamwork, respect, self-esteem and so much more”.

“The sad the truth is that many parents cannot afford the cost of parks and recreation programs for their children. This is particularly true in today’s tough economic conditions. Together we can give them a uniform, sporting equipment and a safe place off the streets where lifelong values are nurtured” Ryan stated in the annual request letter to local governments, businesses and community leaders.

“Butts County recreational program participants have greatly benefited from this extraordinary annual event” said Government Relations Director Michael Brewer. “When you think that over one third of a million dollars has been raised locally for youth sports programs over the years that have directly benefitted our young athletes, it’s just staggering. Everyone that hits a golf ball at this year’s tournament touches the life of a child and makes a difference in that life”.

This year will be special because the tournament will mark the 20th anniversary of this annual community event. No doubt, many who participate in the tournament have at some point in their youth been touched by this special program.

The tournament will begin with lunch served at noon, followed by door prize drawings at 12:45pm and tee-off at 1PM. Many different levels of sponsorship are available ranging from $150 to $1,000 and includes different levels of amenities depending on the sponsorship level. Individual golfers contribute at the $50.00 level.

For more information about the tournament, becoming a sponsor, participant or both, please contact 770–775–8181 and let’s help make the 20th Annual Ernest Biles Golf Tournament one for the history books!

Dedication and Teamwork

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JonesButts County has a lot of dedicated part-time and volunteer individuals who help out with the programs at the Department of Leisure Services in the Recreational Programs but some go way above and beyond in taking their responsibilities seriously.

Recently, one of our young soccer officials, Savannah Jones, was officiating a Recreation League soccer game at Daughtry Park but she had other things on her mind…she had found out her Mom was in active labor in Toccoa Georgia and there were concerns of complications. Savannah wanted to be with her Mom during this time but she didn’t want to leave her responsibilities to the team or her supervisors without game coverage, according to Soccer Supervisor Gloria Barnes.

At halftime, Barnes learned of what was going on and when she questioned Jones about this, she learned the story and about Jones’ determination to stick out the game even though she was worried about her Mom and the baby. Another official, Connor Wood, stepped up and offered to finish out the game for Jones so she could leave and go be with her Mom.

Although she didn’t get there in time for the actual birth, she did arrive shortly after, still wearing her referee’s whistle and uniform which she had not had time to stop and change. According to Gloria Barnes, “This girl will go far in LIFE. Her dedication to her family, friends and work is UNBELIEVABLE”

We think so too. Congratulations to Savannah and welcome to her new baby brother. We are lucky to have dedicated people like her on our Butts County Team, as well people like Connor who step up when a need arises!

Transportation Board to Meet September 24th

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The Joint City-County Transportation Board will meet on Thursday, September 24th at 6PM in the C. Wayne King Auditorium, Butts County Administration Building, 625 West Third Street, Suite 4, Jackson, Georgia. The public is invited to attend.