Transportation Board Meeting Canceled

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The Transportation Board Meeting has been canceled for November 27, 2014 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The next meeting date for the Board will be on December 18, 2014 at 6:00PM in the C. Wayne King Auditorium located at 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, GA. The December meeting is scheduled a week early due to the Christmas Holiday.

Employees Recognized for Length of Service

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ButtsCountyGeD05aR03aP01ZL-Madison3a_mdmButts County Employees were treated to a Thanksgiving Luncheon today, during which a number of employees were recognized for achieving length of service milestones. A certificate of appreciation and a pin denoting their years of service was given for those achieving 5, 10, 15, 25 and 30 years of full-time employment service at some point between last year’s ceremony and this year’s recognition.

Commission Chairman Roger McDaniel thanked all of those in attendance on behalf of himself and the other Board of Commission members and praised the employees for their work, diligence and care rendered in the performance of their duties. Each employee was then recognized for their milestone awards.

Achieving 5 Years of Service Included:

Marc Linton
Artisica Stodghill
Michael Brown
John Adams
Stewart Cawthon
Dennis McLeroy
Travis Rowland
Kenneth Hooper
Avery Smith
Sabrina Eusery

 

Achieving 10 Years of Service Included:

Willie Morris Crowder
Thomas Ingram
Lilja Kitchens
Angie Kersey
Dustin Smith
Matthew Garrison
Dustin Tallant
Charlie Johnson
Joseph Lowe
Paul Ledoux
Raiford Cannon

 

Achieving 15 Years of Service Included:

Amanda Nix
Courtney Drake
Summer Durden
Glynda Burpee
Kenneth Sims

 

Achiving 25 Years of Service:

Debra Mathis

 

Several Elected Officials were recognized for milestone achievements since last year. These include:

Commissioner Gator Hodges, 5 Years
Commissioner Robert Henderson, 5 Years
Commissioner Keith Douglas, 5 Years
Commissioner Roger McDaniel, 5 years

Finally, recognized for 30 Years of Service Each:

Rhonda Smith, Clerk of the Superior Court
Nancy Washington, Tax Commissioner

We appreciate the contributions made by each of these dedicated individuals!

BOC Meeting Scheduled for November 17th

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The Butts County Board of Commissioners will hold it’s November meeting on the 17th this month instead of the 10th due to a conflicting schedule with a regional county meeting. The meeting will begin at 5PM with a workshop followed by the regular meeting at 6PM. There will be no BOC meeting on November 10th.

Additionally, all County offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen on November 12th at their usual time.

Douglas Wins Re-Election

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Commissioner Keith Douglas
Commissioner Keith Douglas

Commissioner Keith Douglas (D-District 4) won re-election to a second term on the Butts County Board of Commissioners following a second challenge to his seat in a number of months. Douglas, 34, qualified to run for re-election earlier this year against another Democratic challenger, Charles Watts, defeating him in the Primaries. No Republicans qualified to run against him. Following the primary election, Howard McIntyre petitioned to run as an Independent candidate. The petition was accepted by Elections Director Ava Smith and McIntyre qualified to run as an Independent.

On Election Day, Douglas drew 583 votes to McIntyre’s 306 votes and will be declared the winner once the votes are certified by the State. In an interview with the Jackson Progress-Argus on Election Night, Douglas stated “I’m glad that this is over and would like to definitely thank all that played a part in my re-election and every citizen in Butts County that voted for me, that encouraged me, and those that encouraged others to go out and support me … I appreciate each and everyone’s influence in this election”.

This is Douglas’s third election cycle since taking office in 2009. That year, he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Eddie Travis, who retired from public office due to health issues. In 2010 he ran unopposed for a term in his own right and during that term on the board, has seen property taxes reduced to their lowest level since the 1990’s. He has also completed both the Basic and Advanced Level Commissioner Certification Program offered by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He is employed with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

On the State level, all three members of the Butts County Legislative Delegation will return to office in 2015. Senator Burt Jones (R-SD25) ran unopposed for re-election to a second term of office. State Representative Andy Welch (R-HD110) faced opposition from challenger Kaye Shipley for re-election to a fourth term in the Georgia House, pulling 9,061 votes to Shipley’s 5,431. State Representative Susan Holmes (R-HD129) sought re-election to a third term in the Georgia House and was unopposed. Holmes also ran unopposed in 2012.

Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp were all returned to office by Georgia voters. On the Federal level, political newcomers David Perdue and Michelle Nunn vied for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss with Perdue garnering 53% of the vote to Nunn’s 45% (a Libertarian candidate received 2%). In the US House 10th District, Jody Hice defeated Kenneth Dious, receiving 67% of the vote. Hice will replace Congressman Paul Broun who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in the primaries.

All election results are unofficial until certified by the State of Georgia.

 

Early Voting This Saturday

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Early Voting continues next week at the Butts County Administration Building but did you know that you can also vote this Saturday? Each time there is an election with early voting, one Saturday is set aside to allow those who work out-of-town and can’t easily get by here to come and cast their vote. The Elections Office will be open on Saturday, October 25th from 9AM until 4PM to allow registered voters to cast their ballot early. Come and take advantage of this chance to vote on Saturday when it’s convenient for YOU!

Early voting is only held at the Administration Building prior to Election Day. Once early voting has ended, voters will only have the opportunity to vote on Election Day at their registered precinct and will not be allowed to vote at the Elections Office in Jackson. Voters registered to vote in Flovilla City Elections may also vote early at the Administration Building in the separate election for Mayor. Those not voting early who wish to vote on Election Day will have to vote in the City Election at Flovilla City Hall and in the state and federal elections at their polling place (precinct). Please take advantage of the convenience of being able to vote in one place and come vote early!

Transportation Board Meets October 23rd

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The Joint City-County Transportation Board will meet on Thursday, October 23rd 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.

The Transportation Board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6PM at the above location unless otherwise posted. For more information, contact the Transportation Board’s Chairman John Carter at john@maycarter.com.

Office Closings for Columbus Day

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