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'Talbot Countv Sheriffs Department hard at work. See the Shedfrs Corner - Page Read all about the Box Springs happenings on I1"1"1 .... I'"1111'1'11111111'1111111'1'1"111'1 ..... I" ****** :**:MIXED ADC 303 SMALL TO'vVN PAPER COMP.3,TY 217 WEST COTA ST / I-IZLTON WA 954-2263 [/q g/ VOL 134, NUMBER 49 THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013 6 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 CENTS AROUND TALBOT held The 269 n  Junc cht. Weam also on Facobeok, For add info, contact Sis. Betty Willinn at (706) 269- 2813. Valley Unto us a child is bom, come join us n the cebratn of te bhof ourk, Ue true mean- gof , Wedr.sday, Dec. 25, promptly at 10 a.m. Pastor Lonnie Wails, Smyrna Baptist Church, LaGrange, will be the guest speaker. The pub- lic is inVed to come worship with us. will ,1428 progress Sales Tax (TSPLOST). The punic is invited to attend. Upcoming Parade Fun Run Run Rudolph Fun Run/5K - 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. at the- Manchester Recreation Department Manchester Christmas - 11 a.m. beginning at Manchester -Christmas Parade. - Celebration of Trees - 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Manchester Community Sui. ATdbute to Albert McCarter See Page 2A and cad missed Resident who will be By Carol Lane OPPONENT - Central of Talbotton's Raytez Jenkins out jumped his on the tip off Friday night and scored 11 points. The Hawks gave a great effort but fell to the Blue Devils by a score of 74-42. See Story page 3.4 I By CARMEN OUSLEY During a Sheriff's meeting held by Sheriff Bobby Gates Sr. on Nov.18, there were four Talbot County Sheriff's Office employees promoted. Bobby Gates Jr. was promoted to Major. Major Bobby Gates Jr. is second in command under the Sheriff. Deputy Darrell Williams was promoted from Deputy to Captain over the Road Patrol Division. Captain Williams is in charge of and will super- vise and direct the entire road patrol division. Investigator Guy Grimsley was promoted from Investigator to Captain over Investigations Division. Captain Grimsley is in charge of all investigations and will supervise and direct any investigations han- dled by this department. Karen Dixon, a long time employee of this depart- ment, was promoted to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Dixon is now in charge of all Jail Administration. CONGRATULATIONS to these four loyal, sea- soned and dedicated employees of the Talbot County Sheriff's office! Talbot County Sheriff Bobby Gates stated during the same meeting that he intends to have future pro- motionsmff'fis department as necessary to fulfill future demands land challenges the department will face. The necessary actions of. these promotion s by Gate s is to more efficiently and effectively serve the citi- zens of Talbot County. Renewable Energy Project Goes q)nline in Woodland By LISA BRUBAKER , A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held Wednesday to recognize Hecate Energy's project in Woodland, referred to as "Hecate Energy Old Alabama Rd LLC" and it is a 1 Mega Watt (DC) Solar photovoltaic (PV) project. As a result of an award from the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, the project will be going online to produce elec- tricity by the end of this year. ADVANCED Solar Initiative, is an energy purchase program providing solar development opportunities across the state. Preston Shultz, development manager for Hecate Energy was very excited to have completed their very first solar project in Talbot county stating this solar farm alone will power 170 homes/businesses in the area. Schultz said.the farm would be a low-impact, quiet energy source and the development pro- vided construction jobs as well as periodic maintenance and operations positions. Schultz also said the farm would improve the property, does not add expenses, and "paves the way for future energy endeav- ors." HECATE ENERGY delivers power projects--from planning and inception through construc- tion and continuing operations. The company specializes in solar and wind power, natural gas plants, and energy storage, unearthing creative approaches to structuring PPAs and financ- ing power projects both in the United States and abroad. Hecate Energy believes in collaborative, long-term partner- ships with the communities, organizations and countries it serves. By Lisa Brubaker READY TO CUT THE RIBBON Preston Schultz, Hecate Energy Manager, Developmer smiles and holds the pair of golden scissors while at the ribbon cutting for the ceremony in Woodland on Wednesday Woodland to Participate In Mayor's Motorcade By JOHN KUYKENDALL Woodland Mayor James Carter and the City of Woodland will be participat- ing in this year's Mayor's Motorcade at West Central Georgia in Columbus on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Mayor's Motorcade began in 1958 as a way of pro- viding holiday gifts for the patients of Georgia's mental health and retardation hospi- tals. "WITHOUT the Mayor's Motorcade, many of the clients would not receive gifts for Christmas," Carter said. "That is why it is so important for cities to par- ticipate." The most needed gifts each year include: socks, toothpaste, sweaters, hats, coats, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, etc. No sharp items please. Any gifts not presented to patients at Christmas are kept and used for client's birthdays or given to newly arrived clients, who may need basic items. "We will be leaving Central Elementary/High School in Talbotton at 10:15 a.m. to deliver the items to West Central Georgia," Carter said. "WE are asking anyone that would like to participate to leave gifts at Woodland City Hall by Wednesday, Dec. 99 Number Percent Jobless Jobless Harris 1,060 6.4% Meriwether 890 9.9% Talbot 253 8.3% Tr0up 3,102 8.7% 4-Co, Area 5,305 Georgia 384,336 8.1% USA 4,272,000 7.3% .Source: Ga. Dept. of Labor Area Jobless Rate Increases Slightly By ROB RICHARDSON Unemployment rose slightly in west central Georgia during October. Despite the increase, the regional rate is still better than it was a year ago. Some areas, such as Meriwether, are also sub- stantially better off than they were just three months earlier. Talbot County had a .v,.R,-% 8.3% jobless rate for October, up slightly from 8.1% in September. In October of 2012 Talbot had a rate of 8.7%. Meriwether's jobless rate was 9.9.% in October, for exarrple, dramatical- ly better than the 15.2% figure recorded for July. The averaged October jobless rate for the four- county region was 8.3%, compared to 8.0% in September. A year ago, the four- county area's average was 8.9%. Some 5,305 persons were jobless, compared to 6,953 three months prior. *Meriwether's 9.9% rate was up slightly from the 9.7% rate tabulated for September. In October of 2012, Meriwether had a 10.7% rate. .Harris County once again ,had the lowest rate See JOBLESS, Page 3A