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Jumbo Zoning Though the circus has definitely not left town — it’s an election year, remember… it won’t be leaving town until November — there’s at least one elephant around these parts who has apparently overstayed his welcome. It seems Columbia County has received a couple of complaints about Barry Fleming’s elephant. The elephant — it’s a really big elephant — who once campaigned for 41, has been popping up quite a bit in the Harlem and Grovetown area, not to mention in the middle of the Government Complex parking lot during the June meet and greet. Too big and slow to keep up on foot, it spends its days on the back of a trailer, pulled around District 121 by an accommodating driver. And that’s the rub. When it comes to signs — at least in the eyes of county officials — Fleming’s political pachyderm is no different than that old Junk in a Box trailer you see along the side of the road around Halali Farm Road. It’s illegal. Though there really aren’t any restrictions concerning political signs, portable signs are straight-up prohibited. Eagle-eyed zoning warriors are now claiming the elephant is in violation of zoning laws in the neighboring towns as well. Adding to the fun is the fact that Fleming is a well-known city attorney who also happened to serve on the commission. We’ll see how Fleming responds to the letter drafted by the county informing him of the code infringement, but Republicans aren’t typically fond of the whole amnesty thing, so it’ll be interesting to see where the big guy ends up.

KROC Center Notice Entries are no longer being accepted for the Kroc Center’s Summer Camp Contest, publicized in the June 21 issue of the Metro Spirit.

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The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

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The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

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