Issuu on Google+

Sentinel TOWNS

70-6.&t*446&

WWW.GEORGIASENTINEL.COM | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 | 50 CENTS

Moonshine Cruiz-In

NEWS

LEISURE

USGS to fund LiDAR to correct aims for bigger, better 2010 event Floodmap Errors Data to be compiled using state of the art technology Commissioner Bill Kendall met in Gainesville with officials of Georgia Mountain Regional Commission and United States Geological Surveying (USGS) and received confirmation that USGS will fund 100% of the cost of flying and acquiring Light Detection & Ranging data (LiDAR) for Towns County to correct the gross errors in the presently constructed FEMA Flood Maps. Kendall earlier received approval from the Ga. State Dept of Natural Resources and FEMA to delay the maps by committing county general funds if necessary while pursuing other sources of funding for the project. The LiDAR data will be compiled by state of the art technology and equipment which will take 150,000 laser beam shots per second with an accuracy variance of no more than 6 inches. The project will cover the entire county and will provide digital maps. Kendall expressed his appreciation and gave full credit to Faith Jones, employed with the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission, for her commitment in pursuing USGS’s assistance and funding for this important project. Faith is a graduate of Towns County High School and is the wife of Brian Jones of Hiawassee.

By: Harrison Keely Sentinel Writer

If this year's Moonshine CruizIn was a road, it would be longer, smoother, and filled with much more traffic. "We're going to give 110 percent to make this bigger and better," the show's promoter, Rakes Parrish, told community business owners at

the February 11 planning meeting for the second annual show. Parrish and the Towns County Tourism Board aim to solve the problems that plagued last year's event, namely a poor sound system, parking troubles and too few food vendors. Only two vendors were open to provide food for thousands of attendees. "We were really understaffed

BOY SCOUTS

Celebrating 100 years of scouting Boy Scouts and Georgia State Parks Announce Partnership

Sentinel PO BOX 172 Hiawassee, GA 30546

"I know we had a lot of kinks to work out [last year] but I think we've got a better game plan this year." The 2010 show will be a threeday event, Parrish said, noting that he would like to see the Cruiz-In extend to a week in the future. "Unfortunately, the more days we add the more it costs to do," he See  CRUIZ  Page  8A

Additionally, Commissioner Bill Kendall received confirmation from the Georgia Dept. of Transportation that Federal stimulus funding of $137,441 requested to re-surface the Gum Log Road has been approved. Kendall stated that the Gum Log Road had previously received two State LARP funding projects to pave two sections of this county road. This latest funding (3.934 miles) will complete the re-surfacing of the road from Ga. 66 through Towns and Union Counties.

EDUCATION

COLLEGE

College System honors YHC Year 30 adult learners End Review

A Responsible Citizen to the North Georgia Community

State lawmakers today welcomed Boy Scout troops from across Georgia to celebrate 100 years of scouting during Boy Scouts of America Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Representatives of the Department of Natural Resources were also on hand to announce the “Scouting for State Parks” initiative that will engage thousands of scouts and volunteers to help maintain Georgia’s state parks. Each year, Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) and Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), along with other legislators involved in scouting, host the troops at the State Capitol for the day and formally recognize them in the Senate and House chambers with a special resolution. “The Boy Scouts are an integral part of every community they serve. As an Eagle Scout and board member of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I’ve had a unique opportunity to see first-hand the level of dedication the organization, its scouts and volunteers bring to each project,” said Sen. Pearson. “I look forward to seeing how our state parks benefit under See  SCOUTING  Page  8A this part-

TOWNS

last year," Parrish said. "It was kind of a guessing game...we didn't book nearly enough [food vendors] but we will this year." Although this year's Cruz-In is scheduled for August 12-14, plans are already well underway to solve last year's problems and attract even more people to the event. "There are a lot of people who have not seen the neat history that this town has to offer," Parrish said.

$137,441 Federal Funds for Gum Log Road

Can you identify the local business with more than 200 employees that pumps almost $12 million annually into the local economy in salaries and benefits alone? Did you know that same business hired more than 60 new employees in 2009, growing to a total workforce of 210 fulltime, part-time and temporary employees in the past year? Would you be surprised to know that business spent almost $2 million in its day-to-day operations with at least 130 area businesses on everything from office supplies to automobiles, auto repairs, video productions, carpeting, painting, printing and graphics, plumbing supplies, hardware, food and lodging for guests, cleaning services, advertising, flowers, gifts and more? Were you aware that, over and above its day-to-day operations, this business also spent an additional $7 million in the local economy on building materials, equipment and subcontractors as it builds new facilities to support its current and future growth? Who is this North Georgia economic powerhouse? It is Young Harris College, the 124-year-old institution of higher education that is experiencing unprecedented growth as it began offering baccalaureate degrees in Fall

Contributed Photo

Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, NGTC EAGLE delegate Ernesto Vincente, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, and TCSG Deputy Commissioner Josephine Reed-Taylor.

The Technical College System of Georgia recognized 30 adult learners today for their outstanding achievement in the state’s adult education program. The students were honored as EAGLE delegates during an awards ceremony that was part of the TCSG Office of Adult Education’s

annual Leadership Institute at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The keynote speakers were Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and Ann Cramer, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs See  COLLEGE  Page  8A

See  YHC  Page  8A

We e k l y We at h e r Fo re c a s t Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Cherokee Sentinel

1162 Andrews Rd., Suite E Murphy, NC 28906

The Sentinel Newsgroup (828) 837-6397 56/44

51/43

54/33

57/35

54/39

53/29

46/25


Page 2A

TOWNS SENTINEL February 18, 2010

CA LE N D A R & C O MMU N IT Y Alzheimer's Support Alzheimer’s Support Group for caregivers and family members meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 in the McConnell Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Society meets the second Monday of each month at the Hiawassee Senior Center (beside the Courthouse) at 5:00 pm. For info 706-896-1060, TCHS, PO Box 1182, Hiawassee, GA 30546 www. townshistory.org

Enotah Garden Club

Intermediate Bridge

Enotah Garden Club of Young Harris meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 1:45 pm. The meeting will be held at the Young Harris City Hall.

GWRRA MEETS Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month (except December) at Daniel's Steakhouse, Hiawassee, GA. We eat at 11 AM followed by the meeting at 12:00. All motorcyclists are welcome and we look forward to seeing participants from other chapters. For further information, contact Chapter Director, June Gottlieb, 706-896-7403

Mountain High Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasional specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining trips- all in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: MountainHighHikers.org for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

Chattahoochee-Nantahala Trout Unlimited Chapter 692 Meets the second Thursday of every month at the Cadence Bank,336 Blue Ridge Street in Blairsville, Ga. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with fly tying instructions beginning at 5 p.m. for both beginning and advanced tiers. For further information call 828-3893016.

Hiwassee River Valley Kennel Club Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brother's Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC. We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Towns Co. Historical Society Towns

County

Historical

Location change: Bridge playing is held at the Towns County Recreation Department, on Monday and Fridays at 12:45 p.m. Contact Eden at 706-896-6921 with questions or more information.

Lions Club Meeting The Towns County Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Anderson Music Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Single Parent Support Group Support Group to encourage uplift and change the lives of Moms, Dads and Grandparents who are raising children on there own. Introductory meetings will start every Second Tuesday of the month @ the Mountain Regional Young Harris Library at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions or if you need more information please Contact us at 706-379-9974

Mtn. Community Seniors Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Towns County Seniors Center. We invite and welcome all mountain seniors from Towns and Union Counties. Music, informative speakers, picnics, field trips. The local chapter of the AARP was discontinued in Dec. of 2009. The same fun-loving group still meets but is now called the Mountain Community Seniors.

Bereavement Support Group - Meeting Changes Welcome to a community bereavement support group. A place to share your thoughts and feelings and grow together with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. First Thursday of every month at United Community Bank, Small Community Room, Blairsville from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will only meet once per month. Facilitator: Suzanne Repp, LCSW. The group is presented by Regency Hospice and is free of charge. Please call 1-800-5778791 or 706-896-1251 for more

The Army and Navy Garrison #66 meets the first Wednesday of each month. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Veterans meeting and Women's Auxiliary begin at 7 p.m. 2641 Hwy 66, Young Harris, Ga ( at the Ga/ NC State Line) Bill Curns, Commander

tion with the Towns County Recreation Department will be offering karate classes in the beginning of February. Sensei Scott Seyler will be teaching a Shudokan karate class. Sensei Scott holds a second degree black belt in Shudokan (Nidan). Shudokan is a traditional Japanese karate good for the mind, body and soul. Shudokan karate is perfect for exercise and self-defense. Sensei Scott has been teaching karate for the past decade. He has produced many AAU champions, and Jr. Olympians. He is Dedicated to his students, and the spread of traditional martial arts. Though Seyler Martial Arts isn't geared toward sport karate we do believe augmenting traditional training with tournament competition. Classes are scheduled for adults and teenagers thirteen and up. If interested you can contact Scott Seyler at 706-896-3786 or towns County Recreation Department at 706896-2600. Sensei Scott looks forward to seeing you there!!!

Towns County Republican Party

Youth explosion doesn't require fire

We meet the first Tuesday of every month at Daniel's Steakhouse at 6:30pm. Guest speakers regularly. Please make plans to attend.

Fellowship of Jesus Christ Apostolic Church at 591 sunnyside rd, Hiawassee, Ga will hold Youth Explosion 2010 at the church on January 30, at 6:00 p.m. Special youth speaker and youth band Any Questions call (706) 896-6435.

information.

Winter Storytime Sept.-March 2010 for Towns & Union Counties @ Mtn.Regional Library, Young Harris 379-3732, Wednesdays 11:00AM. Age open.

Regency Hospice Regency Hospice announces new Men's Morning Coffee Group: New location: Victoria's Bake Shop 2386 Young Harris Hwy. Blairsville, Ga 30512 Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month 10 a.m. to Noon

Army & Navy Garrison #66

Enchanted Squares The Enchanted Valley Square dance the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at the Towns County Elementary Cafeteria from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ray Mauney is our caller.

Animals at the bank Mountain Shelter Humane Society will meet January 28th at the Cadence Bank at 6 p.m.

Prayer meetings

Moonshine mixer

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend! Prayer meeting every Tuesday morning 10 a.m. until service ends at Eagle Wing Deliverance Church and Out Reach Ministries!

Towns County Tourism Association and the Georgia Mountain Fair sponsored the 1st GA Mountain Moonshine Cruize-in car show in August 2009. The show brought approximately 5000 visitors to our area and was a tremendous success. The car show will be back in August 12,13,14, 2010 for three days and the promoter Rakes Parrish will be speaking on Thursday, February 11 at 5:30 PM in the Anderson Music Hall at the fairground. Please plan to attend this important community meeting, as your ideas are very important. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Holland at janehollland@brmemc.net

1591 Fire Tower Rd S.E. Fairmont, GA 30139 Free lunch after service with desert and tea Its time America turns back to much prayer like never before. Matthew: 26:41 Thessalonians: 5:17

and

Our 24-hour prayer line is always open: 706-337-3241 Anytime you would like for me to come to your home or church to ministries Call:706-337-3241 Anytime! Let's all pray for our nation, Soldiers and Leaders.

Martial arts is swift Seyler Martial Arts in conjunc-

Why go out to eat? There will be a free food distribution Tuesday, January 26th, 2010. The distribution will be held at The Towns County Food Pantry

Perfect tea party spokesperson By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist

Sarah Palin, bless her heart, is such a perfect spokesperson for the tea party crowd. I watched portions of her speech in Nashville before the tea party elite and could only shake my head. She has such a way of saying nothing so well it grabs your attention and leads you to believe she is on to something big. However, after the euphoria dies down, you sit there reflecting on her speech and think, “uh?” It slowly dawns on you that she speaks in broad strokes, stringing together a series of popular sound bites that convey little more than patriotic fervor. As someone trained in critical thinking, I winch when I hear Sarah talk about drill, baby, drill, and realize that she has failed to drill down into her “positions.” Do not think that critical thinking is about criticizing everything. Indeed, it is about taking an argument apart, looking at its components, and making up your mind whether the argument has validity, whether the argument has merit, or whether the argument is robust or weak. It is examining an argument to make sure you are not suckered by the snake oil salesperson. However, Sarah fails to provide

any details. Therefore, you cannot ery, giving women the right to vote, assess the impact or the consequenc- gun ownership, and a host of other es should her broad statements be issues not addressed in the converted into policy. For a thinking Constitution. Sarah reflects the tea person, this is heresy. She mines the party crowd because they speak shallows and collects the easy pick- before they think. They forget that ings, leaving behind complexity and the states had to ratify any changes to detail. the Constitution. Sarah taps into anger. She taps There is little doubt I would like into emotion. She taps into the mood sitting down and having a beer with of her audience. However, she does Sarah. I think we could have a great not tap into reason. She is the best conversation. However, I do not snake oil salesperthink the son I have ever "Indeed, her criticisms reflect conversaseen working a tion would her lack of crowd. She is like a have much mirror, reflecting understanding of the issues." substance. the mood, and misInterview information, of her audience. You after interview reveals that she does really have little idea about her true, not know basic facts about the issues behind-the-scenes beliefs. She is so important to our country. Anybody good at reflecting your beliefs you who thinks looking at Russia from believe they are her beliefs. She Alaska constitutes foreign policy reflects, and feeds, the worst emo- experience has just included anyone tional excesses of tea party mem- who has ever travelled to a foreign bers. land. When she says, “We want our What Sarah has going for her is Constitution back,” I wonder what a folksy, down-home friendliness. It part of the Constitution is lost. I am is with a smile that she criticizes unaware that I have lost any of my everything without offering solurights granted in that document. At tions. Indeed, her criticisms reflect the tea party convention in Nashville, her lack of understanding of the it was said that we do not need any issues. You cannot help but like her document but the “four pages of the as a vivacious person but the shalConstitution.” I guess they forgot the lowness and negativity of her arguBill of Rights, the abolition of slav- ments does little to lift the political

Get involved. Become a fan today at:

discourse. Or, include facts. To listen to Sarah is like listening to a string of marginally related ideas. Her talks go something like this: “We need to be energy independent and give our hard working people a tax cut and make sure there is a gun in every home and put our country first and get our Constitution back and reclaim the freedoms we have lost, and … did I say give our people a tax cut?” I will make a deal with you. I will show you Obama’s birth certificate if you show me Sarah’s high school diploma. Sarah quit the governorship of Alaska after two years because she recognized that more money could be made running around the country talking sound bites. Compared to running a state – which requires detailed, complex thinking - addressing angry crowds who demand little more than platitudes is easy pickings. People who refuse to do their homework are destined to follow snake oil salespersons like Sarah. Intellectually, the easiest route to travel is to rail against positions for which one lacks understanding and detail. However, to be a true patriot, one needs to be informed about the issues facing this country and appreciate the complexity of society, and thus solutions.

from 2pm-6pm. All that are in need of food assistance are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to pick up your food please contact the pantry at 706-896-4783, prior to distribution day so arrangements can be made to deliver your food. All clients and inquiries are confidential.

Camp meeting, no marshmallows From January 31st-February 5th at 6 p.m. Sunday Night-7pm Weeknights. Speakers Rev. Jonathan Ziegler II & Rev. Tommy Bates. Held at North Mt. Zion Church of God, 423 Scataway Rd., Hiawassee, Georgia. For more information call 706-896-3809 or www.northmtzioncog.org

Be brave and berave Welcome to a community bereavement support group! Here you will find a place to share your thoughts and feelings and grow together with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one - This group is presented by Regency Hospice. It is free of charge. For more information, please call 1-800-577-8791 or 706896-1251 and ask for Suzanne Repp, LCSW/Bereavement Counselor, or leave a message on her voicemail. Your phone call will be returned. We meet two times a month in Blairsville, GA. On the 1st Thursday at 4 PM at United Community Bank in Blairsville, GA in the Community Room and the 3rd Thursday at 3:30 PM at Bank of Blairsville in the Community Room to the right of the main entrance.

Learn about theft! The Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College is sponsoring a series of three twohour seminars on Saturdays at 10 am beginning January 23 in the Wilson Lecture Hall on the campus

of the college. The public is invited to attend – the seminars are free of charge and membership in ICL is not required. Rod Springer from United Community Bank will discuss theft, fraud, scams, elder abuse, and banking security on the 23rd. Then on the 30th Robert Hicks, owner of Computer Connection in Hayesville, will talk about Internet security, scams, phishing, and virus protection, and Tom Rothkopf and Ryan Anderson from Blue Ridge Mountain EMC will discuss Internet security, setting up e-mail accounts, changing e-mail addresses, and other services offered by BRMEMC. Finally, on February 6, Jamie Evans from Bank of Hiawassee will discuss all phases of banking security and Kay Lake will wrap up with a discussion on Internet security, including iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, and other “socially friendly” sites. Contact Bob Langenbacher at 706379-2660 for additional information.

Democrat meeting The Towns County Democratic Party meets at 6 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at Crossroads Restaurant. Please call Kim Bailey at 706-994-2727 or 706-896-6747 for further information.

GWRRA Meeting Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association ( GWRRA) meets on the fourth Saturday of each month ( excluding December) at Daniel's Steakhouse, Hiawassee, Ga. Fellowship and good food at 11 a.m. with the meeting commencing at Noon. We welcome riders of all brands of motorcycles and welcome participants of the other GWRRA chapters, For further information please contact Chapter Director: Peg Jones 678-464-7340.

It’s  in  Our  Hands  

Apply  Now!   Gainesville,  GA   Local  Census  Office   Temporary,  part  time  positions   Census  Takers   Crew  Leaders   Crew  Leaders  Assistants   Recruiting  Assistants   Census  Clerks  

Census  jobs  offer:   9 9 9 9 9

$9.00  –  13.25/hr   paid  training   flex  hrs  up  to  40/wk   mileage  reimbursement   work  near  your  home  

You  may  qualify  if  you:   9 9 9 9 9

are  18  or  older   have  a  valid  SSN   pass  a  background  check   take  and  pass  written  test can  work  up  to  40  hrs  per   week  during  the  day

Call    1-­866-­861-­2010   or  visit  

www.2010censusjobs.gov U.S.  Census  Bureau  is  an    Equal  Opportunity  Employer   US  CENSUS  BUREAU

FACEBOOK.COM/NEWSSENTINEL


February 18, 2010 TOWNS SENTINEL

Sentinel

DEBBIE WALKER, Subscriptions/ Circulation

OPINION

Consumer-Driven Legislation Headline the Week By: Chip Pearson Senator

Georgia consumers and businesses stand to benefit from two bills that have already received final passage by the full legislature this session. Banking customers in good standing, notably businesses and homeowners, now have a greater chance of getting their loans renewed. Current state law restricts state-chartered banks from lending more than 15 percent of their capital to any one borrower. With the recent pressure on bank capital levels, current law has had the unintended consequence of preventing banks from renewing loans, even with great customers. This hurts banks by kicking out some of their paying customers, and it hurts borrowers who are meeting their obligations. House Bill 926 gives more flexibility to state-chartered banks whose legal lending limit has been lowered because of declining capital on their balance sheet. Experts predict this will help Georgia consumers, businesses, and large borrowers in addition to state banks. Every day, Georgia businesses depend on these loans to stay afloat. This will help keep the door of more businesses open, and helps keep banks in business. As Georgia continues to lead the nation in bank failures, this legislation could not have come too soon. As I’ve said before, the legislature’s responsibility is to create an atmosphere across the state that encourages economic growth. Part of our effort to achieve such an atmosphere includes reforming telecommunications throughout the state to encourage free-market competition. We passed a vital telecom reform package (House Bill 168) that levels the playing field between carriers by reducing regulations and lowering access charges that applied to some telecommunications companies and not others, typically rural carriers. Rural customers will benefit in the balancing of rates, as their carriers typically must charge more for service. Regional carriers who may lose revenue while trying to reach financial parity will be temporarily compensated

from a special Universal Access Fund. Best of all, this bill does not burden the consumer with new fees or taxes. In a state that’s severely financially strapped, we are doing all we can this session to make state government as efficient as possible while continuing to provide core services. Sometimes this requires utilizing creative tools. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Boy Scouts of America have come up with just such an idea to keep our state parks in top condition. Georgia’s state parks are a huge asset to the state’s economy, particularly our tourism industry. They have suffered from painful budget cuts, requiring maintenance and improvement projects to be put on hold. Cuts have been made to staff, losing valuable jobs for the state and vital personnel for the parks. The Scouting for State Parks initiative represents the ingenuity and creativity of Georgia citizens that make our state a great place to live. Through this partnership, state parks will receive maintenance and care at no additional cost to taxpayers by enlisting many of Georgia’s 200,000 scouts, volunteers, and alumni. Each of Georgia’s thirteen Boy Scout chapters has committed to undertake a service project for a local state park during this year. Additionally, councils will encourage youth pursuing Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest rank, to perform their capstone community project in a Georgia State Park. Annually, 1,200 Georgia Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank. The partnership comes during the centennial anniversary of scouting, and I was honored to welcome scouts from across Georgia to Boy Scout Day at the Capitol and recognize this notable milestone. Sen. Chip Pearson serves as chairman of the Economic Development Committee. He represents the 51st Senate District which includes Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, and Union counties and portions of Forsyth and White counties. He may be reached at 404.656.9221 or via e-mail at chip.pearson@ senate.ga.gov.

The Towns Sentinel welcomes letters to the editor. Letter should be typed and no longer than 500 words. Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Letters that cannot be confirmed with the writer cannot be printed. Mail to: TownSentinel@gmail.com

When it comes to Social Security benefits, you may be wondering who must pay taxes on them and who does not. Let’s look at the numbers. If you file a federal tax return as an "individual" and your total income is more than $25,000, then the answer for you is yes: you’ll have to pay federal taxes on your benefits. If you file a joint return and you and your spouse have a total income more than $32,000, you’ll be expected to pay federal taxes as well. If your taxable income is below those thresholds, there is no need to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits. If you need to pay taxes on a

portion of your benefits, you will need your SSA-1099. This form shows the total amount of benefits received in the previous year and is used to find out whether any benefits are subject to tax. You will need to submit it when you complete your federal income tax return. You already should have received your SSA-1099 for tax year 2009 in the mail — they were automatically mailed to all beneficiaries by January 31, 2010. If you receive Social Security and have not yet received a Form SSA-1099 for 2009, you can request a replacement online at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. Or you can call

RANDAL MACCREA, Editor The Towns Sentinel (USPS 015364) is published weekly each Thursday. Subscriptions are $25 a year in Towns County; $45 out of area. Single copy price $.50. Periodical postage paid at Hiawassee, Ga. Call 706-896-6397 to subscribe. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Towns Sentinel P.O. Box 172, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Ask Lulabelle Stumbling into love Dear Lula Belle, I have a big problem. My friend has had a really big crush on this one guy for like two years. He is one of our mutual friends. I have always liked him as a friend, nothing more. Recently, though, he and I have started hanging out more. We really have enjoyed spending time together and the more we talk, the more we realize we have so much in common. He is really sweet and funny. I feel something special when we are together. I told him how much my friend likes him and it is kind of weird for us to be flirting, knowing it would hurt her feelings. He said he does not like my friend. The last time we were together, he kissed me on the cheek and said he wants to go out with me. My friend is not aware of any of this. If she finds out, she will be hurt. I really like this guy now. I feel like I am cheating on my friend. I don’t know what to do. Should I go out with him or stay loyal to my friend? –Confused

Dear Confused, I just kissed my wedding ring and said a prayer of thanks that I am in a stable, secure relationship and no longer have to think about all the drama of love affairs. You are in a tough position, sweetie. Let’s examine this situation and break down the good and the bad. Let’s begin with the good: 1. If you go out with this guy, it wouldn’t be like you stole him away from your friend because he does not even like her any way. 2. If you go out with this guy, your friend will be forced to stop hoping this guy holds a flame for her; therefore, she can move onto someone whom she can truly fall in love with and be happy. 3. Your friend loves you and wants you to be happy, so she will understand. It’s not like she owns the guy. OK, now the bad: 1. Your friend may become enraged with jealousy

when she finds out the two of you are flirting behind her back. She may not want to ever talk to you again. 2. She may be the type to spread horrible rumors about you. 3. She may go crazy and try to set you on fire. The best way to handle this situation is to be honest. Is this guy worth potentially losing a friend over? I am not saying it is right if your friend stops being your friend over this; I am just saying it could happen. Falling in love is pretty darn amazing and the feelings are very intense. It may be too hard to resist your attraction to the guy despite your loyalty to your friend. If you just can’t help falling in love with him, have a heart to heart with your friend A.S.A.P. Let her know what is happening. You can tell her you did not intend for it to happen, but it did. Do not ask for her blessing, just tell her you love her and realize what a difficult situation this is. She’ll be hurt and upset, but hopefully she will move on to better dating prospects. In time, it may work out for the best for everyone. Dear Lula Belle, My family is planning our annual beach trip and I am already having anxiety attacks about it. You see, every year my mother-in-law comes with us. I love her dearly, but I just want to go on vacation with my family alone. It is not like we have the

CORRECTIONS If you find a mistake of fact in the Towns Sentinel that is serious enough to warrant a correction or clarification, call 706-896-6397, fax 706-896-7036 or e-mail townsentinel@ gmail.com ADVERTISEMENTS In case of errors, the Towns Sentinel is responsible only for the cost of the actual advertisement. Customers are encouraged to check their advertisements the first week of run. In case of errors, the Towns Sentinel will not credit advertisements for more than one week.

money to go on two vacations, so this is it. When my father-in-law passed away six year ago, we brought her with us to be nice. Now she just expects to come along every year. There is really no way to tell her she cannot come without breaking her heart. She looks forward to the trip so much and enjoys being with the grandchildren. But it is hard for me to be around her sometimes and makes me not able to relax. What can I do? –Beach Bummed Dear Beach Bummed, Your gesture of including your mother-in-law on your one and only vacation six years in a row is extremely generous. Many of us girls would agree that you went above and beyond what we could endure. It is O.K. to discontinue this lovely tradition. There are many other ways to show your mother-in-law your family’s love for her. It would be nice to offer her a consolation prize, say a special grandma weekend at your house before the beach trip and include some of the activities she will miss at the beach. I bet she’ll understand more than you give her credit for. After all, she once had a motherin-law too. Anyway, vacations are like Burger King. You should have them your way. Need Advice? Ask Lula Belle by sending your questions to: asklulabelle@windstream.net or mail them to: P.O. Box 311, Cleveland, GA 30528.

EDITOR’S INBOX

A message of thanks for recent toys for tots campaign

To the People of Towns County: The Unicoi Detachment, Marine Corps League, thanks the people of Towns County for your generous support of our 2009 ToysFor-Tots toy collection. We were able to supply toys to 111 families for 248 children in Towns County. We also thank the establish-

ments who provided space for our collection boxes, and the organization that held toy drives amongst their members. A special thank you to the Centers for Disease Control who provided 21 new bicycles and Brasstown Valley Golf Course for collection of larger toys from thir golfers. Even thought

these are difficult times, the love you have shown made 2009's collection one of our best. All the members of Unicoi Detachment thank you again, -Semper Fidelis

Butterworth Hosts Toccoa-Stephens County Day At the State Capitol

Yesterday, State Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Clarkesville) hosted Tocooa- Stephens County Day at the State Capitol. It was an opportunity for state and local leaders to come together, foster relationships and work collaboratively to further economic growth in Northeast Georgia. “These counties will be strong leaders as Georgia grows out of this economic downturn,” said Sen. Butterworth. “I was

Social Security Wisdom To Tax or Not to Tax

The Towns Sentinel is in the 11th year of publication.

RAINER ARNOLD, Sports

LETTERS WELCOME

Page 3A

Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY, 1-800-325-0778) and ask for a replacement SSA-1099 to be mailed to you. If you would like more information about paying taxes on your Social Security benefits, visit www.irs.gov and read Publication Number 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. You also can call the Internal Revenue Service toll-free at 1-800-8293676 (TTY, 1-800-829-4059). So if you’ve been wondering whether or not you’ll need to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits and what forms you may need, now you know the simple facts.

honored to host the over 40 local leaders and citizens who came to visit the State Capitol and I look forward to discussing how to further promote job growth and economic prosperity in Stephens County.” Officials from the city of Toccoa, Stephens County, Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and Stephens County Development Authority travelled to the State

Capitol to meet with their legislators and other state leaders. These local leaders and citizens, along with Sen. Butterworth and Rep. Michael Harden (R-Toccoa), attended to the legislative priorities of ToccoaStephens County including improved infrastructure, economic development and tourism. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 1031, sponsored by Sen. Butterworth, recognizing

Feb. 10 as Toccoa-Stephens County Day at the State Capitol. The resolution mentioned several notable aspects of the counties. The City of Toccoa and Stephens County were deemed a Signature Community City by the Department of Community Affairs and an Entrepreneur Friendly county by Governor Sonny Perdue.


Page 4A

TOWNS SENTINEL February 18, 2010

C O MMU N IT Y

"Catch em" being good

The best temporary part time job to come along in 10 years Some of life’s big events only happen once in a while. Many are eagerly anticipated – The Olympics, graduations, birthdays. Others – dental exams, renewing your driver’s license, cleaning out gutters - not as much. But one big event that only comes around every 10 years brings with it an opportunity for thousands of people. It’s the United States Census, and it’s coming up soon. To conduct the 2010 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will hire hundreds of thousands of census takers. If that seems like a lot, consider that those census takers will count millions of people spread out over more than 2.4 billion acres! The reasons that people apply for these jobs are as varied as our population. First, census jobs pay well. Surveys have found that the pay is consistently the top reason for taking a census job. The Census Bureau makes

sure that its workers are paid well. They examine current wages across the nation, and set pay rates on a county-by-county basis, ensuring that census jobs are among the best paying parttime positions. Then there’s the flexibility. As a census taker, you’ll work 20 to 40 hours per week for several weeks, largely on a schedule of your choosing. Most people find it very manageable, and the more you accomplish, the more work you’ll become eligible for. Adding to the flexibility is the fact that you’ll be working near home. Even if the area you cover extends a bit further from your neighborhood, the Census Bureau will cover authorized work expenses, such as mileage on your automobile. If you’re ready to apply, the Census is primarily looking for US citizens, 18 years of age or older, with a valid Social Security number. In some cases, citizen-

ship may be waived, such as when bilingual ability is required and no US citizens are available. Also, you will have to pass a background check and complete a written test of basic skills, such as reading, working with numbers, and interpreting information. Then you’re all set. The decennial (every 10 years) census is an important source of information. Census data are used to determine representation in government and to help direct funding for projects such as roads and other community needs. So, it’s important to make sure that you and your community are accurately accounted for. The Census Bureau is counting on people just like you to help get the job done. To contact the Census Bureau, call 1-866-861-2010 or visit them on the Internet at www.2010censusjobs.gov.

Contributed Photo

Back Row: L-R: Kennedi Henson, Aidan Berrong, Holly Griffiths, Alyson Dayton, Kyle Oakes, Dillon Barrett Front Row: L-R: Will Moyer and Jozie King

Towns Library uses fines to County Fire help food pantry Report

02/08/10 11:34 R-1                         Upper Hightower Rd        Medical              17:54 R-1                         Lakeview Dr                   Medical              19:05 R-2                         Appleby Center              Medical 02/09/10 15:19 E-1,2 Tanker-1        Chatuge Regional Hosp.  Structure Fire              21:45 R-1                         Big Sky Village              Medical 02/10/10 04:06 R-2                         Spring Cove Ln              Medical              06:58 R-1                         Car Lin Rd                     Medical              14:01 R-2                         Winchester Creek Rd      Medical              16:11 R-2                         Kerby Rd                       Auto Accident 02/11/10 07:26 R-2                         Hwy 76 W                      Auto Accident              09:57 R-1,4                      Scataway Rd                  Medical              11:58 E-1                         Chatuge Regional Hosp.  Fire Alarm 02/12/10 05:59 R-5                         Soapstone Creek Cir.     Medical              14:50 R-1                         Hwy 75 S                      Auto Accident              15:28 R-1,4                      Upper Hightower Rd       Auto Accident              17:31 R-2                         Hwy 17 NW                   Auto Accident              22:16 R-2                         Murphy St                     Medical 02/13/10 17:18 R-1                         Rock Creek Rd              Medical 02/14/10 10:03 R-2                         Plottown Rd                   Medical              15:54 R-2                         Y/H College                   Medical              23:19 R-2                         Crooked Creek Conn.    Medical 02/15/10 08:40 R-1                         Scataway Rd                 Auto Accident              09:26 R-2                         Walker St                      Medical              12:33 R-2                         Walker St                      Medical

After school program extending hours

Contributed Photo

Pictured L to R: Donna Howell (Mountain Regional Library), Debbie Phillips (Towns County Public Library) and Wilma Ash (Food Pantry Volunteer and Mountain Regional Library staff ).  The food was collected during the month of January during "Food for Fines" month at the libraries - library users with overdue fines paid them with food items for the food pantry.   

We would like to let you know that the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-school Program has open spots for students in 3rd – 8th grades. This program is designed to enrich your child’s school experience by providing them with extra academic time, homework/tutoring time, and an enrichment time on a daily basis. In addition to a staff selected from the faculty of Towns County Schools, we have partnered with organizations in our community to provide volunteers from our local businesses and young adults from Young Harris College to

ADVERTISE AND GET NOTICED - 828.837.6397

Now Accepting Patients in Blairsville! Neurologist Shaena Blevins, MD, of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Neurology, is now accepting patients in two locations: BLAIRSVILLE 77 Weaver Road, Suite B Blairsville, GA 30512 Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. GAINESVILLE 1315 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Suite 300 Gainesville, GA 30501 Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 770-219-6520 to schedule appointments.

Shaena B levins, M Georgia P D hysic

Northeast

ians Group

www.ngp g.org

COST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY PROGRAM! Our next Parent’s Night will be Feb 22, 2010 at 5pm in the Middle School Cafeteria. We will be discussing Love & Logic Techniques for behavior management, neutralizing arguing, and eliminating power struggles with your kids. If you have questions or would like to discuss our program in greater detail, please contact Jenny Stowers, at 706896-4131 Ext. 1241.

Free Tax Help

The AARP TAXAIDE sites in Blairsville and Hiawassee are open and in full operation preparing your tax return and EFILING your return for FREE. This service is open to all ages and is designed for middle and low income tax payers. With a combined experience of 84 years in tax preparation and an individual average of 6 years each, the TAXAIDES are prepared to complete your return in almost any individual tax situation. We do have some limits imposed by AARP, such as no Preachers and no Farmers. But generally we can prepare most individual returns we are asked to prepare. The locations and times of preparation are: BLAIRSVILLE – TUE and THURS 9 AM – 2 PM FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BLDG H And HIAWASSEE – MONDAY 9 AM – 2 PM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH NEXT TO THE GA MOUNT FAIR GRND Please bring last year’s tax return and all your normal tax information and include the real estate tax paid in 2009 and information on any new car or home you purchased.

Neurology

                     www.ngp g.org

serve as both tutors and mentors to our students. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program will be offered Monday–Thursday from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The program will not be in session when school is out (holidays, inclement weather, teacher work days, etc). Transportation will be available as part of this program. The buses will leave the school at 6:00pm. We have an evening bus route with designated drop off points in different points in the county. Parent pick up will also be an option starting between each afternoon. THERE IS NO

Public Notice The City of Young Harris Planning Commission will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, February 24, 2010, at 4:00 P.M.in the Council Room of Young Harris City Hall located at 5187 Maple Street.


Page 5A

TOWNS SENTINEL February 18, 2010

& 2 008 1 ,7 <

Crude oil price increases first time in five weeks

$IWHUDYRODWLOHZHHNRQWKH PDUNHWFUXGHRLOURVHWRVHWWOHDW DEDUUHORQWKH1HZ<RUN 0HUFDQWLOH ([FKDQJHÂłWKH ILUVW LQFUHDVHLQILYHZHHNV &UXGHRLOURVHWKLVZHHNDIWHU WKH 86 GROODU ERWK GURSSHG LQ YDOXHDJDLQVWWKHHXURWKHQODWHU VWUHQJWKHQHGRQH[SHFWDWLRQVWKDW

*HUPDQ\DQG)UDQFHKDYHDSODQ WRKHOSUHGXFH*UHHFH VGHEWEXW WKDW LW LV QRW DQ LPPHGLDWH SODQ $QRWKHU IDFWRU WKDW ERWK SXVKHG WKHSULFHRIFUXGHRLOKLJKHUDQG ZHDNHQHGWKH86GROODUZDVWKH 86 JRYHUQPHQWV GHFLVLRQ WR IUHH]HWKHDVVHVWVRIIRXUFRPSDQLHV FRQQHFWHG WR ,UDQÂł23(& V

VHFRQGODUJHVWFUXGHSURGXFHU +RZHYHU WKH EDVLF VXSSO\ DQG GHPDQG IXQGDPHQWDOV UHPDLQHG UHODWLYHO\ XQFKDQJHG 86DQGJOREDOGHPDQGDUHVWLOO GRZQ DQG WKH $PHULFDQ 3HWUROHXP ,QVWLWXWH UHSRUWHG FUXGHVWRFNSLOHVURVHPLOOLRQ barrels.

Tax Break for Haiti Donors $ QHZ WD[ UHOLHI ODZ DOORZV SHRSOH ZKR FRQWULEXWHG LQ  WRFKDULWLHVSURYLGLQJHDUWKTXDNH UHOLHI LQ +DLWL WR FODLP WKHVH GRQDWLRQV RQ WKHLU  WD[ UHWXUQ<RXFDQUHFHLYHDQLPPHGLDWHWD[EHQHILWUDWKHUWKDQKDYLQJWRZDLWXQWLO\RXILOHWKHQH[W \HDU VUHWXUQ

&HUWDLQ UHTXLUHPHQWV DSSO\ 2QO\ FDVK FRQWULEXWLRQVPDGHWR WKHVH FKDULWLHV DIWHU -DQXDU\   DQG EHIRUH 0DUFK   DUHHOLJLEOH7KLVLQFOXGHVFRQWULEXWLRQV PDGH E\ WH[W PHVVDJH FKHFNFUHGLWFDUGRUGHELWFDUG 7KH FRQWULEXWLRQV PXVW EH VSHFLILFDOO\ IRU WKH UHOLHI RI YLF-

WLPV LQ DUHDV DIIHFWHG E\ WKH -DQXDU\HDUWKTXDNHLQ+DLWL <RXPD\GHGXFWWKHVHFRQWULEXWLRQV RQ HLWKHU \RXU  RU UHWXUQVEXWQRWERWK )RU DGGLWLRQDO LQIRUPDWLRQ JR WR ,56JRY DQG VHDUFK +DLWL (DUWKTXDNH5HOLHI

YHC Baseball postponed due to snow  <RXQJ +DUULV &ROOHJH V VFKHGXOHGEDVHEDOOVHULHVDJDLQVW 5RDQH6WDWH&RPPXQLW\&ROOHJH WKDW ZDV WR EH SOD\HG WKLV 6DWXUGD\ DQG 6XQGD\ KDV EHHQ SRVWSRQHGGXHWRWKHVQRZWKDWLV EODQNHWLQJ <RXQJ +DUULV DQG PXFK RI *HRUJLD  7KH WHDPV

KDYHUHVFKHGXOHGDGRXEOHKHDGHU IRU$SULO  DW  SP DW =HOO % 0LOOHU)LHOGRQWKH<+&FDPSXV 7KH 0RXQWDLQ /LRQV  RYHUDOO  DUH QRZ VFKHGXOHG WR UHWXUQWRDFWLRQ7XHVGD\)HE DW *HRUJLD &ROOHJH DQG 6WDWH 8QLYHUVLW\ LQ 0LOOHGJHYLOOH

*&68LVDPHPEHURIWKH1&$$ 'LYLVLRQ ,, 3HDFK %HOW &RQIHUHQFH  <RXQJ +DUULV  ILUVW KRPH JDPH ZLOO EH )ULGD\ )HE DWSPWKHILUVWJDPHRID WKUHHJDPHZHHNHQGVHULHV

Masonic Lodge Officers

Contributed Photo

Unicoy Masonic Lodge in Hiawassee seated a new slate of officers in January. Pictured (front row L to R): Earnest Gibson (Junior Deacon), John Hollingshead (Junior Steward), Chris Swett (Senior Warden), Trance King (Worshipful Master), Allen Lovell (Junior Warden), Benny Barrett (Senior Steward), Ralph Grady (Chaplain), (second row L to R): Paul Moss (Treasurer), James Hooper (Secretary), Terry King (Senior Deacon). Not pictured: Kenneth Moody (Tyler).

$W WKH VDPH WLPH ZH ZDWFKHG WKH SULFH RI FUXGH RLO LQFUHDVHWKHQDWLRQZLGHDYHUDJH SULFHRIUHWDLOJDVROLQHFRQWLQXHG LWV GHFOLQH WR UHDFK WKH ORZHVW SULFH WKLV \HDU VDLG -HVVLFD %UDG\SXEOLFUHODWLRQVVSHFLDOLVW $$$$XWR&OXE6RXWK 7KHQDWLRQDODYHUDJHSULFHRI

Extension Tips February Gardening tips ,IH[FHSWLRQDOO\FROGZHDWKHULV IRUHFDVWSURYLGHSURWHFWLRQWRHDUO\ IORZHULQJRUWHQGHUSODQWVE\FRYHULQJ WKHP ZLWK VRPH W\SH RI FORWK PDWHULDO 5HPRYH WKH FRYHULQJ DV VRRQ DV WKH ZHDWKHU PRGHUDWHV DJDLQ 6+58%6DQG75((6 'HFLGXRXVVKUXEVDQGWUHHVDUH VWLOO GRUPDQW HQRXJK WR WUDQVSODQW WKLV PRQWK RQFH WKH EXGV KDYH EHJXQ WR VZHOO LW ZLOO EH WRR ODWH 7UHHV WKDW ZHUHQ¡W IHG ODVW IDOO VKRXOG EH GHHS IHG E\ SXQFKLQJ D VHULHV RI  LQFK KROHV WZR IHHW DSDUWDURXQGWKHGULSOLQHDQGILOOHG ZLWKDQDSSURSULDWHIRRG$PXOFK RI ZHOO FRPSRVWHG PDQXUH LV DOVR DQH[FHOOHQWWUHDWIRU\RXUWUHH0LG WRODWH)HEUXDU\LVWKHWLPHWRIHUWLOL]H VKUXEV DQG HYHUJUHHQV 8VH DQ DFLGW\SHUKRGRGHQGURQIHUWLOL]HUWR IHHGHYHUJUHHQVFRQLIHUVEURDGOHDI HYHUJUHHQVUKRGRGHQGURQVD]DOHDV DQG FDPHOOLDV 8VH DQ DOOSXUSRVH IHUWLOL]HU WR IHHG URVHV DQG RWKHU GHFLGXRXV WUHHV DQG VKUXEV ,I \RX XVH GU\ W\SH IHUWLOL]HUV EH VXUH WR ZDWHULWLQWKRURXJKO\ 3UXQH \RXU VXPPHU IORZHULQJ VKUXEVQRZEXWEHDZDUHWKDWVSULQJ EORRPHUV KDYH DOUHDG\ SURGXFHG WKHLU EXGV ODVW IDOO DQG SUXQLQJ WKHPQRZZLOOUHVXOWLQWKHORVVRI IORZHUV )RUV\WKLD TXLQFH VSLUHD DQG RWKHU HDUO\ VSULQJ IORZHULQJ

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

Advertise Here

Strutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoe Store

By: Robert N. Brewer, Jr. Contributing Writer

ALWAYS

Christ mas

Year  Round  Christmas  and  Fine  Collectables

 Â&#x2021;   www.alwayschristmas.com Mon.-­Sat.  10am-­5pm

706-896-2002

1374 US Hwy, 76E - Hiawassee GA Dance Classes Register Now!

www.americaninhomeblinds.com

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balletâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tapâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazzâ&#x20AC;? and MORE! Ages 3 to Adult, Beginner to Expert

Brasstown Dance Academy Now Accepting New Students 706-379-2651

On US 76 on the hill across from the EMC in Young Harris

1034<RXU&RPSOHWH:LQGRZ7UHDWPHQW6WRUH Young Harris Hwy (Hwy 76E) Blairsville, GA 30512 (706) 745-1020 www.americanhomeblinds.com

Aloha Wellness Look good and feel even better! 706-­896-­33002IÂżFH706-­896-­1050  -­  Fax +XPPLQJELUG/DQH +LDZDVVHH*HRUJLD GHVWLQL#DORKDZHOOQHVVRUJ Since 1949â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

W.N.C. Marble & Granite

)UHH(VWLPDWHVÂ&#x2021; Young Harris Hwy., Blairsville

BENNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Sanitation Residential and Commercial Garbage Service 706-896-2573

Tugaloo  Home  Health  Agency

KB HEALTH Technology, Inc. Private Pay and Insurance Services Personal Care and Respite Celebrating 21 Years

BRASSTOWN MANOR 706-896-4285 ZZZEUDVVWRZQPDQRUFRP

1RUWK0DLQ6WUHHWÂ&#x2021;+LDZDVVHH*$

Call 389-8338

CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH DODGE JEEP

+D\HVYLOOH1&Â&#x2021;

Law Office

Friends Moving Company

of Gayle Graziano

&ULPLQDO'HIHQVHÂ&#x2021;)DPLO\/DZ Wills and Probates

Â&#x2021;+LDZDVVHH

HIAWASSEE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come As You Areâ&#x20AC;? Church

706 896-2818 & 706 896-3678 Fax 6XQGD\6FKRROÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤ$0 :RUVKLS6HUYLFHÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤÂŤ$0  1XUVHU\3URYLGHG $GXOW%LEOH6WXG\:HGQHVGD\$0

:::07135(625*

$$0HHWV+HUH

Mossy Bottoms Cafe 1620 Hwy 76 W Hiawassee, GA 706-896-0553 Your ad here!

Jacky Jones

Â&#x2021;

<RXQJ+DUULV+Z\ +Z\  .7UDYLV$GDPV0LQLVWHU 

Subject to our liberal credit policy and limitations, if any.

706-896-6222

5HVLGHQWLDODQG&RPPHUFLDO Local and Long Distance 706-896-7720

Georgia Licensed Medicaid Agency also providing:

Â&#x2021;%OXH5LGJH6W%ODLUVYLOOH

EULWWDQGFDSUL#ZLQGVWUHDPQHW

'HĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ4XDOLW\RI/LIH Independent and Assisted Living +Z\8QLWÂ&#x2021;+LDZDVVHH*$  Â&#x2021;   ZZZDPHGLV\VFRP

7KLQODVW\HDUVWDQJOHGJURZWK RQ \RXU FOLPELQJ URVHV IUXLW WUHHV DQGYHJHWDEOHV :DWHUDOOEXOEVGXULQJWLPHVRI JURZWK DQG HVSHFLDOO\ GXULQJ IROLDJH DQG EORRP GHYHORSPHQW ,UULJDWHVXPIORZHULQJEXOEVGXULQJ GU\ZHDWKHU.HHSZDWHURIIIROLDJH DQGEORRPV )58,76DQG9(*(7$%/(6 5KXEDUE KRUVHUDGLVK DVSDUDJXV DQG DUWLFKRNHV FDQ EH SODQWHG WKLVPRQWK.LZLVDQGJUDSHVPXVW EH SUXQHG E\ 9DOHQWLQHV 'D\ WR SUHYHQWVDSœEOHHGLQJ¡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¡OO ZDQW WKHP WR VWLFN DURXQG WR KHOS \RX LQ LQVHFW FRQWURO ZKHQ WKH ZHDWKHUZDUPVDJDLQ 3UHSDUH\RXUJDUGHQWRROV*HW \RXUPRZHUEDFNLQVKDSHDVZHOO ,Q WKH HYHQW RI VQRZ EH VXUH WR VKDNH RU EUXVK RII WKH ZKLWH VWXII IURP WKH EUDQFKHV RI \RXU HYHUJUHHQVDQGVKUXEV 7XUQWKHFRPSRVWSLOH

Britt & Capri

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique

294 Old State Road Marble, N.C. Buy Monumentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Direct 1-800-621-1279

$$$¡V 'DLO\ )XHO *DXJH 5HSRUW IXHOJDXJHUHSRUWFRP  LV XSGDWHGHDFKGD\DQGLVWKHPRVW FRPSUHKHQVLYH UHIOHFWLQJ DFWXDO SULFHV IURP FUHGLW FDUG WUDQVDFWLRQVZLWKLQWKHSDVWKRXUVDW WZRWKLUGV  VWDWLRQV  RI WKHJDVROLQHVWDWLRQVLQWKH86

Men - Women - Children Come in and browse: Jewlery, Socks, Tees, Handbags, & Belts

Advertise Here Call 706.896.6397 10DLQ6WUHHWÂ&#x2021;+LDZDVVHH*$

XQOHDGHG UHJXODU JDVROLQH LV  SHU JDOORQ DQG *HRUJLD¡V DYHUDJHSULFHLVSHUJDOORQ ERWK UHIOHFWLQJ D WKUHHFHQW GHFUHDVHIURPODVWZHHN)ORULGD¡V DYHUDJHSULFHRIGHFUHDVHG E\WZRFHQWVLQWKHSDVWZHHNDQG 7HQQHVVHH¡V DYHUDJH SULFH WRGD\ RIGHFUHDVHGILYHFHQWV

Sunday School . . . . 9:30 AM Worship Service . . . 10:45 AM Wed. Bible Study . . 6:00 PM

Senior Pastor Jim Blair Director of Music and Worship Hope Horkavy

Praise God Together With Us! P. O. Box 609 Hiawassee, GA 30546

1139 US Highway 76, West â&#x20AC;&#x153; On the Hill â&#x20AC;&#x153; www.hiawasseeumc.org

Dust Bunnies

+RXUO\5DWHV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH&OHDQLQJ 0RYH,Q0RYH2XWV 678-697-3276 TURPINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WRECKER SERVICE Local & Long Distance Towing Light & Heavy Duty Towing 706-896-4138 828-389-0832 (NC) Available 24/7


Page 6A TOWNS SENTINEL

February 18th, 2010

L O CA L Towns County Deed Transactions Recorded January 11 - 15, 2010 Frederick J Whitley & mary Ellan Gring Whitley transfered to Young Harris Valley Railroad, LLC 2 acres (a portion of a 5.01 tract) off Ivy Log Gap Rd. Michael Scott Rary lost in foreclosure to Wells Fargo Bank, NA 1.30 acres Lot 4 in Stoneart Subdivision on Hiawassee River off Hwy 17/75 South value at $191,152. Wells Fargo Bank, NA transfered to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association 1.30 acres Lot 4 in Stoneart Subdivision on Hiawassee River off Hwy 17/75 south. Jeffery S Hogsed deeded to Jeremy Hogsed Tract 1 (0.104 acres) & Tract 2 (0.182 acres) on Leisure Lane. Jessica & Meagan Arrowood sold to Rafael Felix Ortiz Hernandez & Crystal Nicole Ortiz 4.3 acres off Jack Creek Rd & Scataway Rd for $50,000. Diehl Enterprises, Inc (Greg diehl) sold to Stephen W & Nina G Farkosh Building # 1 on river Front Lane in Hiawassee River Camp off Hwy 17/75 South for $200,000. Maggie R Posey gave to Ruth Basil, June McEachern, Paul D Posey & Patti West 0.49 acres Lot 6, Section 2 at 1484 Posey Rd in Chatuge Heights Subdivision. Kenneth Wayne & Francelyn Annette Case sold to Mathew David Case 1.0 acre at 1346 Taylor Rd for $60,000. Carlton N Cross, as Trustee of the Carlton N Cross Revocable Trust Agreement & Carrie M

Cross, as Trustee of the Carrie M Cross Revocable Trust Agreement gave to James H Crumbie as Trustee of the James H Crumbie Revocable Trust Agreement & Helen B Crumbie as Trustee of the Helen B Crumbie Revocable Trust Agreement 0.529 acres, Lot 10 Section A on Longview Dr in Nantahala Bay Subdivision. Marshall Neil Daniels & Penny Daniels lost in foreclosure to Arthur R Carlson 4.00 acres Tract III-D off Riverside Dr & Hwy 17/75 South value at $ 66,000. Norma K Littrell deeded to Aparo Real Estate & Investment Limited Partnership 0.211 acres Tract I on Hwy 76 in Hiawassee (Bender Real Estate Building). S L giles Enterprises, Inc sold to Herd Mountain, LLC 0.750 acres Lot 5 at 3396 Indian Springs Court in Indian Springs Subdivision for $500,000. Kevin L Swanson lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 1.086 acres Lot 38 on Barefoot Rise in Barefoot Hills Subdivision Phase IV value at $ 32,756. Kevin L Swanson lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 3.377 acres on Hidden Summitt Trail off Hwy 288 valued at $89,534. Suzette Hill lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank Tract 1 (5.144 acres) & Tract 2 (2.914 acres) in Sparks Branch & Fodder Creek area valued at $280,585. Bill & Marie J Edsel sold to Wolfgang Hempel & Franco Marello

Lot 9 on Admirals Point Rd off Longview Dr in Nantahala Bay for $ 319,000. Community Banks & Trust sold to Phillip N & Sonia Sanchez 0.92 acres off Matheson Cove Rd & Scataway Rd for $17,000. James Stacy Hooper lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 2.761 acres Tract 2 in Garland Rd & Bearmeat Rd area valued at $200,000. Richard A Cody & Debra F Butler lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 0.280 acres Tract 2 on why 76 West valued at $ 163,318. James Stacy Hooper lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 1.00 acres Tract 2-0A in Garland Rd & Bearmeat Rd are valued at $ 13,365. Richard Cody & Cecilia Cody lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank Tract 1 (4.500 acres) at 2238 Crooked Creek Connector & Tract 2 (5.404 acres) at corner of Crooked Creek Connector & Crooked Creek Rd valued at $ 550,000. Edwin C Hall left in his will to Darle L Hall, Diana H Bennett & Judy E Harvey as Co-Executors of the Estate of Marie C Hall, Lot 3, Block C, Section 1 on Rock Creek Rd in Bald Mountain Park. Marie C Hall left in her will to Darle L Hall, Diana H Bennett & Judy E Harvey Lot 3, Block C, Section 1 on Rock Creek Rd in Bald Mountain Park. 23 TRANSACTIONS TOTALING $ 2,732,710.

Recorded January 19-22, 2010 Brown Haven Heights, LLC (JOhn Ross Allen) sold to Mel & Robin Halfon 0.94 acres Lot 2 off Fodder Creek Rd for $39,900. Fain Investments, LLC(Scotty Fain) deeded in lieu of foreclosure to United Community Bank 20.034 acres at corner of owl Creek Rd & Hwy 17/75 South. Scotty Fain deeded in lieu of foreclosure to United Community Bank Tract 1 (0.658 acres) & Tract 2 (0.633 acres) on Main Street at Ross Lloyd Rd in Hiawassee. Larry Dean Nelson gave to lawrence Dean Nelson, Jr 0.578 acres Lot 1 off Oakmont Dr in Nacoochee Shore Subdivision. Larry Dean Nelson gave to Larry Dean Nelson, as Trustee under The Trust

Agreement with Larry Dean Nelson 0.691 acres Lot 2 off Oakmont Dr in Nacoochee Shores Subdivision. Gerald W Hudgins released a Life Estate to Gerald Blake Hudgins 1.966 acres Lot A-9 at 8546 Soapstone Creek Circle in Soapstone Community off Hwy 17/75 South. Gerald Blake Hudgins sold to Holly Hut Partners, LLC (James M Tapley,Mgr) 1.966 acres Lot A-9 at 8546 Soapstone Creek Circle in Soapstone Community off Hwy 17/75 South for $152,800. Connie Cagle sold to Debra Sue Youngblood Lot 2 (1.2 acres) & Lots 3 & 4 in Gum Log Heights Subdivision for $25,000.

Catherine & John Lindsey sold to Gerald L & Camille Adams 1.318 acres Lot 5 on Creekside Lane in Creekside Park Subdivision for $36,000. Linda Hardy Underwood deeded to Janette Hardy Williams 3.09 acres tract 2 at 3845 US Hwy 76 West. Douglas S Thomas, as Executor of the last Will & Testament of Roger Thomas left in his will to Sally Thomas Eichler & Douglas S Thomas 3.284 acres off Jack Creek Rd & Scataway Rd

Over the last few weeks, we have been very busy at the Sheriff’s Office. We have begun implementing the new grant for the purpose of working drugs in Towns County. Over the weekend, we have already stopped a drug trafficker who was moving drugs into Towns County. We are continuing to work with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other sheriffs around the state to bring to justice those involved in supplying drugs to drug dealers in our area. Drug trafficking is a charge that applies to large quantities of drugs known as trafficking amounts. Drug traffickers typically supply several smaller drug dealers. It is my goal to enforce the drug laws and stamp out the drug dealers and ultimately the drug traffickers from our area. Over the last two years, we have made real progress in accomplishing this goal. In

2008, drug arrests went up significantly and, in turn, crime went down. The same was true for 2009. As the rest of the state has seen crime increase over the last two years, crime in Towns County has decreased 12.6% in 2008 and 15.1% by the end of 2009. The reason for the decrease in crime is the aggressive stance we have taken on the drug trade in our area. According to the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Report (ADAM), in 2008 nearly 90% of those arrested in the United States tested positive for illegal drugs at the time of the arrest. That tells me that if the drug trade is attacked, crime must go down. We also continue to work to improve our response to missing persons. We recently had a report of a missing woman that was resolved successfully with no harm to the victim. We worked with the G.B.I. on the case and

the agent in charge of the case commented to me that he was impressed with the professionalism and proficiency with which the deputies had handled the case prior to his arrival. In fact, he stated that, had all the leads been located in Towns County, he would not have been able to bring anything to the case. His feelings were that the deputies had already handled the case inside Towns County in the same manner the Bureau would have. I’m very proud of the job being performed on a daily basis by the staff at the Sheriff’s Office, as I’m sure you are, too. As always, we are striving to find new ways to better serve you and if you have any suggestions please contact me personally or call the office at 706-896-4444, or you can email us through our website at www.townscountysheriffsoffice.com.

11 TRANSACTIONS $253,700.

TOTALING

The Sheriff Reports...

Tributes

Leonor Elizabeth Pardo Harper (Betty)

Leonor Elizabeth Pardo Harper (Betty) passed away on February 12, 2010 in Raleigh, N.C. Betty was born in Havana, Cuba in 1919, the daughter of Dr. Vicente Pardo Castello and Constance Squier. Upon graduation from Duke University she married George Kitchens Harp-

er, also of Havana. They had four children: Jean, George, Richard and Thomas. She was the beloved grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 22. Betty loved children. She taught for many years in Havana, and eventually became principal of the elementary department

at St. John’s School in Santurce, Puerto Rico. In her retirement years, she and her husband George lived in Hiawassee, Georgia, and traveled extensively. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Mrs. Leila Horton , age 100, of Sweetwater, TN formerly of Hiawassee passed away Friday, February 5, 2010 in Sweetwater, TN. Mrs. Horton was born on Sunday, September 12, 1909 in Waycross , GA. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee, GA . Mrs. Horton was preceded in

death by a son, Ansley Horton and her husband, Charles Wesley (Sarge) Horton. Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law, Bobbie & Fred Nicholson of Sweetwater, TN, son & daughter-in-law, David & Georgia Horton of Hiram, GA, brother, John Watson of El Paso, TX.

Services were held Wednessday, February 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeal Home ZLWK 5HY +DUROG /HGIRUG RIÀFLDWing. Burial was in the Osborne Cemetery Cochran Funeral Home Hiawassee, GA www.cochranfuneralhomes. com in charge of arrangements.

Leila Horton

Bessie Lee Arrowood

Mrs. Bessie Lee Arrowood, age 73, of Hiawassee, GA passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in , Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. Bessie was born on Sunday, October 11, 1936 in Hiawassee, GA, to Buford Marvin and Roxie (Youngblood) Kimsey. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Arrowood, a daughter, Raevonda Arrowood and a great grandson, Chase Arrowood. Survivors include: son, Michael Arrowood of Hiawassee, GA; Brothers, Carl Kimsey of Hiawassee, GA, Harold Kimsey of Hiawassee, GA,

Homer Kimsey of Hiawassee, GA, and Steve Kimsey of Blairsville, GA; sister, Jessie Kimsey Hyatt of Young Harris, GA; granddaughters, Jessica Riddle and Megan Arrowood; great grandchildren, Cole Riddle and Ka-

meron Hernandez. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Burgess DQG5HY&KDUOLH%RZHQRIÀFLDWLQJ Music was provided by the Eagle Mountain Quartet. Pallbearers were Rex Burrell, Reggie Kimsey, Jay Burrell, Randall McConnell, Jimmy Kimsey and Shannon Burrell. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Cochran Funeral Home Hiawassee, GA www.cochranfuneralhomes. com in charge of arrangements.

Habitat for Humanity Bowling Tournament The Fifth Annual Habitat for Humanity Bowling Tournament will take place Saturday February 27th at the Galaxy Bowling Center in Blairsville. The tournament is open to the public and is designed to bring the community together for fun and fellowship. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to further the Habitat Mission to provide affordable housing in the Towns Union County community. Reducing poverty in this economically depressed time is challenging. We all have had to cut and get back to the basics

however, for some of our friends and neighbors this has been a way of life for many years. Doing without or having to pay most of their income for housing perpetuates the problem. Sharing your blessings with those in need makes us all winners! Local businesses are rallying to support the bowling tournament. All we need is your team to compete in this fund raiser. If your business or organization has not been contacted and would like to be a sponsor, contact the Habitat office for a “sponsor packet” and Habitat will promote your business dur-

The Towns County Head Start and Georgia Pre-K Program will begin taking applications on March 01, 2010 for the 20102011 program year. The Towns County Head Start / Georgia Pre-K program is a high quality early childhood program that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Day Care Licensed. To complete an application for the Head Start Program call the Head Start Office to schedule an appointment. You must bring the following information to complete a Head Start application: 1) Copy of child’s Birth Certificate

2) Income verification for the past 12 months Helpful information includes the following: Child’s Immunization Record 3231 (needed prior to submitting the application to Ninth District Opportunity) Copy of Medicaid, Peach, or Insurance Card Copy of child’s Social Security Card Head Start service is provided for all children who qualify, regardless of race, sex, creed or religion. Head Start serves children with disabilities. Georgia Pre-K slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. (No appointments) Georgia Pre-K waiting list is also

ing the tournament. This is a non-sanctioned tournament and no previous handicap is required. Teams should be composed of four bowlers with at least two women per team. Handicap will be based on 90% of 210 at the time of the tournament. Cash and door prizes will be provided as well as fun and fellowship. Deadline for team registration is Feb. 20th. Cost is $25 per person, $100 per team. Registration forms are available at Galaxy Bowling Center and through the Habitat office at PO Box 270, Young Harris, GA 30582 or by calling the Habitat office at 706-379-2484 or by emailing habitatoffice@brmemc. net. Habitat for Humanity of Towns Union Counties is a nondenominational Christian housing ministry building affordable housing for the needy in our community.

Towns County Democratic Officers Head Start Pre-k registration

2010 Towns Co. Democratic Party Officers L to R: Jonni Marie Shook, Martha McKenzie, Julie' Miller, Kim Bailey (not pictured - Ivan Sumner) Join us for our next meeting @ 5:15 on March 11th, at the Hiawassee SENIOR CENTER

Contributed Photo

first come basis. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on March 01, 2010. A child must be age four by September 01, 2010. At time of registration, parents will be provided a copy of information required to be on file the first day child enters the Georgia Pre-K Program. No Transportation Provided For more information please call the Towns County Head Start/Pre-K Office at (706) 8964272, extension # 3. Vicki Stephens BerrongHead Start/Pre-K Director Pam Dailey -Head Start Family Partner


CLASSIFIEDS

Reminder:

Place your ad in our classifieds and reach thousands of North Georgia readers. Cost is only $5 for the first 10 words for one week in Union, Towns and Fannin Counties. Call (828) 389-8338

Subscribe to the Sentinel

Deadline for classifieds is Monday at 3:00. All classifieds received after this time will be printed the following Thursday. 100 - Autos Bobcat T300 Track Loader, Cab-Heat-Air, 81 Hp, 1870 Hours, Good Condition! Rock bottom price $4500, contact: dmant5@ msn.com / 678-609-1528

200 - Employment Real Estate Attorney fulltime office position: Experience with real estate transactions and /or mortgage lending background required. Send resume to : P.O. Box 2807, Blairsville, Ga 30514 Caremaster Medical Service is now hiring CNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for in-home care positions in the Hiawassee and Clarkesville area. We offer flexible staffing, competitive pay, and benefits. To begin your application process, go to our website at www.caremastermedical.com. You may also call our Job Hotline at 1-866-703-1566. EOE/ Drug -free workplace. CNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147

300 - For Sale Seasoned firewood for sale: $55 a load, delivered. 706-7817590

500 - Services

Housing Crisis hitting home? Payments straining your wallet? Call 877-835-8904 to lower your Mortgage payments. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Convenient to Warne, NC. and Western Clay County. Variety of sizes. Concrete block Construction 828-389-4926 Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Will baby sit your child or children: Any age. Reasonable rates.References available. Call 706-299-1614 Massage Therapy - in the comfort of your home. Licensed and insured. 18 years experience, call Gerri; 1 hour $40; Half hour $25; 706-896-6108.

700 - Miscellaneous Paying cash for gold! Rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, etc.In most cases, paying at least DOUBLE what any pawn shop will pay. Gold tested, weighed and you are paid on the spot! 706-896-1380-

800 - Wanted We buy junk, wrecked, rusted old cars and trucks. Call George 706-455-1129 Wanted : Old Pinball Machines, Electro-mechanical, Call 828-389-6459

900 - Lost & Found

Meow Meals on Wheels. Joy/ Glen. $15 per visit- your home; 706-896-9521. Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828-389-9394 D&L Painting & drywall INC. 1BJOUJOH4UBJOJOH  *OUFSJPS t &YUFSJPSt3FTJEFOUJBMt$PNNFSDJBM %3:8"--)BOHt'JOJTIt5FYUVSF all types of finishes & textures 100% Quality Driven. Free Estimates cell: 828-508-5270 office(1): 828-321-2111 office(2): 828-479-4052

Black and white Australian Shepherd lost on Gum Log near county line. Bob tail dog, no collar, male. Please call 706-8978150 or 706-781-3974.

990 - Real Estate Investment Property near YH College? 3 BR Brick House , remodeled on 1.24 acres in city limits. City water & sewer. Located below Elementary School. $195,000.00 Steve 201-315-9818

AD VERTISE

Your classified advertisement will be seen in 4LGML 3MULQ ?LB%?LLGL Counties all for one low price

(828) 389-8338

1000 - Rentals 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath partially furnished home, Lakeview, Hwy 175 $850.00 per month. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath $450.00 per month. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath furnished $35.00 per month. References and Security deposit required. 828-507-1617 BEAUTIFUL CREEK FRONT CABIN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 Bedroom, 1 bath cabin on rushing creek just minutes from marina and downtown Hiawassee. Very private, end of lane location. Updated kitchen, hardwoods throughout and large wood burning fireplace in great room. Being offered fully furnished, or will consider offering unfurnished or partially furnished if desired. Must have references and good credit. Small pet ok with pet deposit. Prefer year lease, but will consider 6 month lease with good references. Call Scott at 404-5422152. $675.00/mo. plus 1 month security. FOR RENT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 BR/2.5 BA, Mountain Home w/ long range views. LR, eat-in Kit., Appliances & W/D, Wood burning fireplace., carport, deck, & shed. $700.00 month. 706-897-1734 NEW NAME, NEW DEALS! NOW Renting 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 2 Bed-

Local Subscriptions in

room, 1 1/2 Bath from $475 to $595, includes all appliances, free water and trash disposal. NO steps and Pet friendly. Ridgeline Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, NC. 828-389-1545 Small lake house on Lake Chatuge with dock. 2BR/1BA, partialy furnished, $600 plus deposit. Annual lease, no smoking, no pets. Valerie 404-849-9010. Available January 9th. 1 BR, 1 1/2 BA Large Duplex Apt. + Bonus Room in Blairsville. Flp., jacuzzi, custom kitchen. $550/ mo. + deposit. 706-745-2297 or 770-7122107

Become a fan of the Sentinel on Facebook

g3MULQ"MSLRW g4LGML"MSLRW g%?LLGL"MSLRW

only $25 / year 706-896-6397

You can submit classifieds online at www.georgiasentinel.com

SENTINEL NEWSGROUP (828) 389 - 8338

Hughes Pool & Stone Carries a full line of Landscaping products including: t0BL $ZQSFTT 3FEBOE#SPXO.VMDI t#SPXO 8IJUF BOE(SBZ%FDPSBUJWF1FB(SBWFM t4UBOEBSE(SBZ(SBWFMBOE3JQ3BQ t8IJUF4BOE BOE3JWFS3PDL Located behind Downtown Pizza in Murphy on Church St.

Call (828) 837-6222

Complete Piano Tuning $100

Moving away in a few weeks, Call before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late! (832) 239 2644

The following positions are available

0853+<0(',&$/&(17(5 Â&#x2021;0HG6XUJ  513730$0 Â&#x2021;0HG6XUJ  5137$030 Â&#x2021;0HG6XUJ  51)7$030 Â&#x2021;,&8  51)730$0 Â&#x2021;&HQWHUIRU:RPHQ¡V+HDOWK0HGLFDO$VVLVWDQW  )7'D\V

0853+<0(',&$/&(17(51856,1*+20( Â&#x2021;51 /31$OO6KLIWV 7RDSSO\JRWRZZZPXUSK\PHGLFDORUJ DQGFOLFNRQHPSOR\PHQWWRXVH RXUHOHFWURQLFDSSOLFDWLRQV\VWHP3DSHUDSSOLFDWLRQVZLOOQRORQJHUEHDFFHSWHG +XPDQ5HVRXUFHV'HSDUWPHQW 0XUSK\0HGLFDO&HQWHU (DVW86$OW 0XUSK\1&  


Page 8A

TOWNS SENTINEL February 18, 2010

C O MMU N IT Y Cruiz: t$POUJOVFEGSPNQBHF" said. "This event costs us a lot of money to put on." Parrish asked local businesses to chip in and support the Cruiz-In by purchasing one of several sponsorship packages that range from $100-$500. He said the money gathered from businesses will be used entirely for promotion. Business owners who contribute will receive ads in a keepsake pocket guide to the event, Parrish said. Depending on the amount paid, some businesses will be announced by an emcee at the event and receive other perquisites. Parrish also discussed giving attendees welcome bags that would come with coupons and ads for local businesses. "This year I want to have a lot of mountain music going on for people; they love that," he said. Hilda Thomason, chairperson of the Towns County Tourism Association, suggested having a concert on the Saturday night of the event featuring bands Swingin' Medallions, The Drifters and Clarence Carter. Parrish said he's also considering adding a Friday night parade to this year's festivities. Those involved would line-up at the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. and travel to the Hiawassee town square over a period of two hours. "The people will love it," he said. "It's a great opportunity for stores to be open late." Because more than 900 cars were featured in last year's show, Parrish said a sign-up sheet would have to be made for the parade. "We can't even do a fraction of a thousand cars in a parade," he said. "It would last forever." Thomason stressed the importance of local restaurants and shops to stay open late. "Car people, on the majority, have plenty of money," Parrish said. "They do have money and they will spend money.... they want to shop, especially the women." Parrish said a lot of accommodations would be needed for the

event. "We had people staying in Atlanta and driving up for the show last year," he said. The number of cars involved in the Cruiz-In could double if people could find a place to stay, Parrish said. "We did a mailout the other day and registrations and calls are coming in like crazy," he said. Katie Polstra, the general manager of Ramada at Lake Chatuge, emphasized that even though it was only February, 70 percent of the hotel's rooms were

"Last year was a drop in the bucket compared to what we're looking at this year," already booked for four nights during the Cruiz-In. Chad Hooper, general manager of the Ridges Resort, said he was excited about the plans for this year's event. "We were tickled to death to be able to host the first annual kickoff party for the car show last year," he said. "We just had a good time." Hooper said he was amazed by the amount of vehicles at last year's kick-off, everything from rat rods to $150,000 cars. The Ridges will be hosting this year's kick-off as well, which is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. "It's open to the public; there's no admission to it," Hooper said. "This is an event for everyone, this ain't just for the car-owners." A local band, Steven Phillips and the Midnight Express, will be performing and a moonshine still from Dahlonega, Georgia will be on display, he said. There will also be an 11-meterlong tour boat making multiple trips on Chatuge Lake. "We all had a tough year in 2009; things like this make you shine and make you grin," Hooper said. "We try to draw business to this community...so we can all survive, and that's what it's about."

Towns County Commissioner Bill Kendall, who created the show's name, said that the county spent $5,000 on security for last year's event but that it was well worth it. Parrish said that automotive vendors would be set up on the perimeter of the ball field, circling the show cars. Craft vendors would be placed outside the field. Emphasizing a strategy to support the local economy, Parrish said he would make local vendors a priority and end the show early each night to allow visitors to spend money at area businesses and restaurants. Aiming to solve last year's parking problem, Parrish said trailers could be parked for free behind city hall for this year's event. "We've got cars coming to see cars," he said, adding that a free shuttle service would provide extra parking across the highway for the show and the kickoff. In addition, the director of the local HAM radio operators club volunteered to coordinate parking with his team. Parrish said a website that was set up to collect feedback from last year's event was overflowing with accolades. "Everything we got was positive," he said. "It was the best thing they'd ever been to; the best show they'd ever been to... and for a first year, that is great." If car enthusiasts thought last year's show was spectacular, Parrish said 2010 would be even better. "Last year was a drop in the bucket compared to what we're looking at this year," he said. In other news, Thomason mentioned two more large-scale events being added to the calendar for 2011: Â&#x2021; $ERXW  VKULQHUV ZLOO meet in Hiawassee during the second weekend in June and put on a parade. For the last 23 years the shriners have met in Helen, Georgia. Â&#x2021;$SSUR[LPDWHO\  PHPbers of the Christian Motorcycle Association will meet in Hiawassee the weekend after Father's Day for the Eastern National Rally.

IS YOUR ENERGY USAGE THROUGH THE ROOF?

Scouts: t$POUJOVFEGSPNQBHF" nership. Parks are a vital part of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities and of our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism industry.â&#x20AC;? Rep. Ehrhart noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so pleased to be a part of the celebration of the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America, and of the tenth anniversary of Boy Scout Day at the Georgia Capitol. Over the past ten years, thousands of young men from all over Georgia have taken part in Boy Scout Day, and it has given them a chance to meet their elected officials and learn more about how our democracy works.â&#x20AC;? Each of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirteen Scout chapters, or councils, has committed to undertaking a largescale service project for a local state park throughout this year. Georgia state parks have suffered from painful budget cuts due to severe declines in state income. Maintenance and improvement

College: t$POUJOVFEGSPNQBHF" for IBM North America. The 30 EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) delegates were nominated by their instructors from among the more than 95,000 men and women who are enrolled in adult education programs throughout Georgia. The exceptional effort that they put forth in their studies and the success that they have achieved makes the EAGLE delegates outstanding role models for the million-plus Georgians who have never obtained their high school diploma or a GED. Ernesto Morales Vincente, accompanied by his teacher, John

YHC: t$POUJOVFEGSPNQBHF" 2009 and saw total fall enrollment hit a record high for the third consecutive year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community knows we are providing a great education to college students,â&#x20AC;? said Young Harris College President Cathy Cox, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but not everyone sees the impact our operations have on the local economy and on area businesses. We make a conscious effort to buy locally and spend locally whenever and wherever we can â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the dollars prove that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a huge impact.â&#x20AC;?

projects have been put on hold, while cuts have been made to staff and public resources. Through this partnership, state parks will receive maintenance and care at no additional cost to taxpayers by enlisting many of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200,000 Scouts, volunteers, and alumni. This initiative has received strong bi-partisan support from Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state lawmakers. Sen. George Hooks (D-Americus), the only Georgia state senator to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, offered his encouragement to the Boy Scouts and state park staff to take pride that their partnership will benefit thousands of Georgians across the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During such difficult economic times, the state needs all the help it can get from citizens who are willing to lend a helping hand.â&#x20AC;? Rep. Pedro Marin (D-Duluth) remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been truly an honor to have participated for the last eight years in Boy Scout Day at the Capitol, especially this year as we celebrate Scoutingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th

anniversary. Throughout the years we have seen a movement that has embraced diversity by bringing together people from all cultures and helped millions develop the necessary components to influence their adult lives through character building, leadership training, and physical activities.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For 100 years, Scouts have served Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities,â&#x20AC;? said Scoutingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgia State President Scott Sorrels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, during Scoutingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centennial, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focusing our resources like never before to address a critical need â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the budget crisis in our state parks.â&#x20AC;? National author and Scouting advocate Alvin Townley was instrumental in helping develop the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw our state and its magnificent park system in trouble and we realized Scouting has 200,000 youth and adult volunteers here in Georgia who can help,â&#x20AC;? he explained. To learn more about Scouting for State Parks, visit www. ScoutingForStateParks.org.

Shiohira, represented North Georgia Technical College. Ernesto lives with his wife, Vickie, in Cornelia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me happy to see the pride in my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes,â&#x20AC;? he said as he talked about how his studies have helped improve his ways of speaking. Vincente, who is active in community soccer recreation teams, is a role model for young and old alike on the power of taking the steps to improve. Ernestoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans after completing his GED include studying to be a nurse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have worked in a bakery, as a cook in a restaurant, and in a textile mill. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to studying nursing.â&#x20AC;? TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson presented the students with their EAGLE award. He noted that each student is considered to be an ambassador for Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adult education program and a

spokesperson for the positive effect that working toward and earning a GED can have on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives and their job potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through hard work and perseverance youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve proven to yourself and others like you that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to overcome lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obstacles and get the education and respect that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always deserved,â&#x20AC;? said Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, I call on you to not only continue your education, but also to help spread the word that obtaining a GED is a very important step toward discovering your potential, getting a better job, and improving the future for you, your family and your community.â&#x20AC;? For more information on the Adult Learning programs of study at NGTC, please contact 706-4396300 or visit the website at"www. northgatech.edu.

From employment, to consumption of utility services and purchasing, to giving back through service to othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Young Harris College is making a significant effort to support local businesses, local governments and local communities. Conducting Business As Usual With approximately 700 students enrolled for the 2009-2010 academic year, Young Harris College paid in excess of $603,000 to Blue Ridge Mountain EMC for electrical and Internet service in 2009. YHC is a huge customer of the City of Young Harris, paying more than $105,000 for water and sewer service over the last year, and assuming costs to improve city

infrastructure in areas where it connects to the campus with no cost to the city. Additionally, the College contributed a parcel of property for the City of Young Harrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new water tank. The College spent more than $250,000 with local businesses for propane and oil for heating its facilities, and almost $90,000 for cable television and Internet services. While the College is exempt from many taxes as a non-profit entity, it still paid property taxes to Towns and Union counties and the City of Young Harris totaling more than $35,000 for properties that are not used in its educational operations.

The Green Column #003 - Step one for making your home â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenâ&#x20AC;?

By: Richard C. MacCrea

TVA and Blue Ridge Mountain EMC can help you lower your energy use. It starts with an In-Home Energy Evaluation. YouÂ&#x2019;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a number of recommendations to make your home more energy efÂżcient, including cash incentives for half the cost of qualiÂżed home modiÂżcations (up to $500). To learn more, call Blue Ridge Mountain EMC at (706) 379-3121 ext. 781 or (828) 837-1017 ext. 781

Blue Ridge Mountain

Electric Membership Corporation

Andrews Valley Initiative rmaccrea@mountainhomeshow.com Are you thinking of building or remodeling? The best time to start working on lower energy costs is before the plans are made. The greatest savings for the least cost starts with how the building sits on the site. By putting the most glass where the warm winter sun shines, the least where the hot summer sun shines, and designing the roof to keep summer sun off the house, heating and cooling costs can often be cut in half. Add protection from cold winter winds, allow cool summer breezes, and you have a building that not only costs much less to heat and cool, but it is much more comfortable. Is there more that can be done? Yes. A little more money spent on good quality spray foam insulation, windows, and doors, and some homes hardly need heat or air conditioning at all. Air tight, well insulated buildings are much easier and less costly to keep comfort-

able. Following these principles first usually brings the greatest increases in efficiency for the least cost. It might also leave enough budget to afford some other green features. Everyone asks about solar and wind. In most areas of our mountains, the best of these options is a solar water heater with an electric tank water heater for backup. Attaching this system to radiant floor heating system can also be very efficient. The system is simple, very efficient, and might help you qualify for some tax credits. And everyone loves radiant floor heat! Geothermal heat pumps are also very efficient ways to heat and cool your home or building. They usually add several thousand to the cost of a typical home. By using the ground temperature, they can extract heat all winter long. They are a great option where it is not possible to design the glass for solar. By adding spray foam insulation, the geothermal system can be smaller, and cost a little less. If you are buying new appliances,

why not choose energy efficient models? Have you considered an induction stove, a smaller convection/ microwave oven instead of the standard oven? You might enjoy a basement root cellar too. You can also have a switch to shut off the outlets to your electronics. Many of these electronics use electricity even when they are not running. In some homes this can consume more than $20 per month. All of these are convenient ways to save energy. Another field being studied is energy efficient lighting. At this time fluorescent lighting is the best deal for most buildings. But this might soon be surpassed by LED lighting. Meanwhile the engineers have gone back to the laboratories and are developing some super efficient incandescent bulbs. Our next column will consider our Greening of Andrews Valley Program. Your question might be the perfect topic for a future column. Email me. Richard C. MacCrea is the director of The Greening of Andrews Valley, a program of Andrews Valley Initiative. He works in the field of energy efficient, green building.


02.18.10 Towns Sentinel