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Serving the people of By JOHN KUYKENDALL There is one commissioner's race that is contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election in Talbot County. There are plenty of hotly contested state races, such as the race for Governor, and plenty of amendments and referendum questions voters need to address. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner and Independent Candidate Dixon Raines Jordan, who represents District 1, is the only local candidate with opposition. Jordan will see opposition from Robert Lanier. Incumbent County Commissioner for District 3 She'londa Walker and District 2 Supreme Court, state Court of Appeals plus state, superior and some other courts. Business court judges would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state House and Senate judiciary committees. Amendment Three would change how tim- berland is defined and taxed in Georgia and how counties get reimbursed for a property tax break that the state gives to such land. For several years, some of the counties that have a lot of timberland have felt unfairly treated by the state. This adjustment to the program got near total support in the Legislature. Amendment Four aims to,keep people involved in court proceedings if they've been Commission Ken Chapman are both unop- : a or alleged victim of a crime. Crime posed in their bids for re-election. : victi already have rights like the right to James A. Steverson, a Democrat and rep- resentative for the Board of Education District 2 and Sharleta "Lisa" Hall, a Democrat and representative for the Board of Education District 3, are both unopposed. Mike Buckner is unopposed in his re-elec- tion bid for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. State Rep. Debbie Buckfier is unopposed in her bid for re-election as the representa- tive for the 137th District. Georgia's ballots this year end with some questions for voters. Here's what they mean. Amendment One asks if some of the sales taxes you already pay on outdoor goods, like fishing poles or binoculars, should be set aside for buying more public land or maintaining the state parks Georgia already has. It does- n't raise taxes, but it does say that from the existing tax, the state must spend at least about $20 million and as much as about $40 million on land conservation per year for at least 10 years. Supporters say it's easier to plan for buying land when the state can depend on a source of money, rather than annual budgets that vary. State lawmakers from both parties overwhelmingly approved putting the idea on ballots. Amendment Two would set up a Georgia be informed if a perpetrator has been let out of prison; this puts those legal rights in the state Constitution. South Dakota passed a law promoted by the same national Marsy's Law campaign that's been promoting this amend- ment. South Dakota's law has gotten head- lines for its unintended, court-clogging con- - sequences. But Georgia's version does not require as much of the courts. It passed the state Legislature unanimously. Amendment Five will be on every ballot, but it only matters in counties that have more than one public school system, such as a city one and a county one. It gives a new right to the larger school system in any such county to call a vote for a penny sales tax for edu- cation, even without the smaller system's buy- in. But the systems would still share the money -- split by enrollment numbers by default -- unless they come to some other agreement. It attracted some opposition from both parties in the Legislature, but still passed with more than three-quarters of lawmaker support. Referendum A will be on every ballot, but it only applies to the city of Atlanta. It asks if the municipal portion of Atlanta's annual property taxes should be capped so that they rise no more than 2.6 percent a year. It passed Compliments of Talbot County Sheriff's Office SCARE ON THE SQUARE - The Scare on the Square event sponsored by the Talbot County Sheriff's Office and held this past Saturday was a tremendous success. See Page 3A for more photographs. By JOHN KUYKENDALL Four candidates are vying for the -2017. Leexesigned his position and a special election for the City was called. A former council member, Geraldine Submitted Photo DON'T MISS HARVEST DAYS IN JUNCTION CITY THIS WEEKEND - Well known Crawford County Potter, Shelby West, with assistance of Midland Potter Jon Brinley will be firing the kiln during Harvest Days in Junction City this week- end- November 3-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kiln is a replica of the original Downs & Cogburn kilns run here during the 1830's. The kiln is a tunnel style, cross draft kiln and will be firing pottery over the weekend so people can experience this amazing process. In the old days pottery churns,bowls, jugs, and pitchers were utilitarian vessels and potters were considered professional craftsmen. Today pottery is used less but it considered more as pieces of art. Come enjoy the sights, oounds and smells of a by-gone era at the 13th Annual Harvest Days in old Talbot. who had served as Mayor of the city for 32 Polls for Tuesday's election will open at years before being unseated by Larry Lee in 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. By FERN TIGNER Springs Spur Road. When the vehicle finally stopped The driver of a speeding Captain Harris exited his vehicle was arrested on sev- vehicle and ordered the driv- eral charges including pos- er out of the vehicle to the session of marijuana recent- ground. ly by the Talbot County Captain Harrisobserved Sheriff's Office. that there was a passenger On Oct. 30, Captain sittinginthebackofthevehi- Antonio Harris was cle, and he ordered the pas- patrolling Highway 80 in senger to keep his hands up. Talbot County when his The driver was then placed radar clocked a vehicle in handcuffs, and identified doing 93 mph in a 65 mph as John Brooks Murray. The zone Captain Harris fol-passenger was then ordered lowed the vehicle and out of the vehicle and told observed the windows wereCaptain Harris that he was all rolled up when the vehi- just getting a ride home. cle turned onto Box SpringsThe driver and passen- Spur Road. When Captain ger were secured by Captain Harris initiated his blueHarris. At this time Captain lights the vehicle took off at Harris focused his attention a higher rate of speed, going on the vehicle where there through th stop sign at Box was a strong smell of mari- Springs Road and Box juana coming from it. Captain Harris then noticed that the two front windff .vs were rolled down. Capt Harris also stated in his report "After looking in the vehicle there was a Swisher Sweet that had marijuana along with one of the cigars on the front passenger seat. As I looked on the wet grag around the vehicle about fivei feet away was a bag of ijuana complexly dry on of the wet grass." According to the rep ,i the subject will be charge! with possession of marij i na, speeding, fleeing attempting to elude, two violations, and habitual later, and driving while The Talbot County Board ed, "the citizens of Talbot of Commissioners has County deserve to have a received a $56,000 grant from Youth Center that they can the Department of Natural all be proud of". With the Resources, Land and Water assistance of the County Conservation Fund Grant. Manager, Carol Ison, Mr. The funds will be used to ren- Jordan started the planning ovate the Talbot County stages of the grant in October Youth Center. 2016. Commissioner Raines Jordan was excited to hear The scope of work will that Talbot County was include: awarded the grant. He stat- 1) Replace and upgrade the lighting on the game field ! 2) Renovate the game fiekl; sod-seeding, topsoil, bases: and dugouts :-' 3) Resurface the parking tot! 4) Resurface both basketbaU courts 5) Install perimeter fencing 6) Install playground equip: ment 7) Renovate the restrooms : 8) Renovate the concession and pavilion By JOHN KUYKENDALL Those who would like to take advantage of Advanced Voting will have to do so by tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 2) by 4 p.m. The location for Advance In Person Voting- for all precincts- is the Talbot County Board of Elections Office at 141 N. Jefferson Avenue in Talbotton, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m Monday- Friday. If you have questions about the upcom- ing election, would like to confirm your istration status or need additional informa- tion, call the Board of Elections and Registration office at 706 665-8270, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Polls for Tuesday's General Election will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Exercise your right to vote! Cast y ur vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6 or take advantage of Advanced Voting by tomorrow, but what- ever you do, VOTE. I m come to specialize in business; and regular asks if that tax break should still apply if a courts wouldn't get bogged down with such for-profit institution is financing the con- cases. Critics, mostly Democrats, generally struction or renovation of the home. It's an didn't care for how the. judges would be adjustment that passed the Legislature picked. Judges are elected to the Georgia almost unanimously. court to hear complex business cases,the.Legislature almost unanimously.Woodland Mayor's seat in election slated for Brown; local and well-known contractor, Republicans b oa01y supported this off .t /J3*m* nReferendum B ta}l s bout a tax break i hat the City of Woodland on Ttmsda,;, Nov. 6 Taeoma Yahol0, aml ristopher Brewer, a the grounds i: t businesses could'get f vailable to nonprofit homes for people Candidates who have qualified to seek the former Army Ranger, iave all also qualified more consistent verdicts from j udgeg;ccho Who have mental disabilitiesl This question Woodland Mayor's seat, include James Carter, to seek the Mayor's seat.