coach joiner honored for his 200th varsity girls' soccer win
ULHS Lady Knights head soccer coach Jamie Joiner was honored with a plaque from ULHS Principal, Tracy Caldwell in recognition of his 200th career win. Joiner was made head coach in 1994 and the team was formed. The Lady Knights’ first season was in the spring of 1995. Joiner has taken the Lady Knights to 10 state playoffs and won a Region Championship.
After the game this past weekend at Matthews Field, family, friends and present and past players joined their coach on the field in recognition of his dedication to the sport and the players.
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BOC Reverses Decision, Will Continue to Fund $500 Per Month to VFD's
By Matt Sharpe
It was standing room only Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the meeting room of the Government Complex as the hot topic on the agenda was the discussion of funding for the Volunteer Fire Departments of Upson County.
After everything was said and done, the Upson County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 to continue to provide $500 per month to the county volunteer fire departments. Commissioner Frank Spraggins was absent due to an illness. Chairman Rusty Blackston cast the only “no” vote. When asked by reporters after the meeting why he voted no, Blackston stated that the reason he voted no was because the BOC had worked very hard to get the 2014 budget in balance. He also added that he believed a county wide fire department could be funded through federal grants that are available.
Upson County will continue to provide the $500 to six Volunteer Fire Departments: Thurston, Rock Hill, Salem, Lincoln Park, Northside, and Yatesville. In the BOC’s decision to reinstate the funding to the VFD’s, the BOC added that the funding would also be retroactive beginning Jan. 1 of this year. County Manager Jim Wheeless added that during discussions with the City of Thomaston, they requested that the $500 funding they receive each month not be reinstated.
The original amount of $42,000 funding for the VFD’s was cut by the Board of Commissioners during budget cuts for 2014. With not providing $500 to the City of Thomaston Fire Department each month, the County will now have $36,000 budgeted for VFD’s.
According to one VFD Chief, a letter was received by the departments just after the first of the year stating that Upson County would no longer be providing the $500 to each VFD due to budgets cuts.
Concerns from local citizens about the VFD’s were heard by the commissioners during the public comments portion of the meeting.
Reggie Smith stated that he hoped the commissioners could help do something to support them. He added that the VFD that is in his area, Lincoln Park, has struggled for years with funding. Smith also added that he would like to see the $500 fine enforced if a VFD is called to assist in a fire. The fine is for those who do not pay the $25 fire protection fee to their local VFD.
Stan Elliot, who resides in the Thurston Community and is serviced by the Thurston Volunteer Fire Department, stated that the $42,000 is not near enough. He added that the volunteers need all the help they can get. He went on to say that Upson County does not have the tax base to afford a county wide fire department.
Theresa Booker, a spouse of a volunteer fireman, stated that she would like the commissioners to reinstate the funds to the VFD’s and also look at ways to fully fund. She continued by saying that the $42,000 was only one-third of one percent of the budget. She added that during the recent ice storm, the volunteer fire fighters put in over $16,000 in time and equipment charges to help with the clean up and to keep roads clear. “These guys used their own money, their own time and spent countless hours at the department to help keep your insurance rates as well as mine down and others in the community down.” See More....
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March 10 – 21, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Mondays – Fridays
Upson-Lee Pre-K, 216 E. Lee Street, Thomaston, GA
In an effort to ensure that all students have a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the Thomaston-Upson Pre-Kindergarten program, students entering Upson-Lee Pre-K for the 2014-2015 school year will be selected by a lottery drawing.
How to Register a Child for the ULPK Lottery:
• Custodial parent or legal guardian must come to ULPK to complete a lottery application.
• Custodial parent or legal guardian must bring the following documents with him/her to apply for the lottery:
• Child’s certified birth certificate (Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2014.)
• Child’s Social Security Card
• Immunization certificate on proper GA form #3231 (obtained from your child’s doctor or the Upson Co. Health Dept.)
• Hearing, Vision, and Dental Screening Certificate # 3300 (obtained from your child’s doctor or the Upson Co. Health Dept.)
• Proof of Upson County residency and your photo ID (Acceptable proof of residency includes a rental/lease agreement, mortgage document or current real property assessment document in the parent/guardian’s name or a utility bill for water, electricity, or gas in the parent/guardian’s name and a valid Upson County address.)
The lottery drawing will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center, located at 262 Knight Trail on the campus of Upson-Lee High School.
A member of the applicant’s family may attend the lottery; however, attendance at the lottery is not required. Parents/guardians will be notified of their student’s acceptance or waiting list status following the drawing.
Names drawn in the lottery will be given the opportunity to enroll at ULPK for the 2014-2015 school year. A waiting list will also be drawn by lottery.
For more information, call ULPK Director Julie English at 706-646-4729 or Thomaston-Upson Parent Involvement Coordinator DeAnn Hopkins at 706-646-9335.
Location and Design Open House for Highway 19 Project Set for April 1
On April 1, 2014, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will hold a public hearing open house concerning the proposed Location and Design of Project NHSOO-0000-00(297), Upson County. The hearing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the GDOT District 3 Office, Auditorium B & C, 115 Transportation Blvd. Thomaston, GA 30286.
Project NHSOO-0000-00(297), Upson County is a proposal to widen and reconstruct SR 3/US 19 from CR 73/East-West County Road to approximately 300 feet north of CR 8/Atwater Road in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia.
Representatives from the Department of Transportation will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with plans and displays. The public will have an opportunity to attend the public hearing open house at its convenience to ask questions and discuss the project with a Department representative. Relocation assistance will be discussed at the hearing. There will be no formal presentation.
A court reporter will be available during this time to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project. These comments will be included in the transcript of the public hearing open house.
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling GDOT - Jack Reed at (706) 646-7566. Written statements may be submitted to: Mr. Glenn Bowman, P.E. State Environmental Administrator Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street, NW - 16th Floor Atlanta, Georgia 30308 .
Written statements should be sent by April 15, 2014. The displays at the public hearing open house will be available for ten days for review after the public hearing open house at the office GDOT District 3 Office, 115 Transportation Blvd. Thomaston, GA 30286. Also, as soon as the transcript is prepared, it will be available at this location.
The environmental document will be available for review 15 days before the date of the public hearing at the location stated above. Also, copies of the environmental document will be available at the hearing for public review. Copies of the environmental document are available to the public by sending your request to Mr. Glenn Bowman, P.E. at the address listed above.