HOSCHTON - Eulene Maddox Quattlebaum, 90, died Thursday, February 17, 2011. A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Truman and Belle Simpson Simmons. She was preceded in death by husbands John Maddox and John Quattlebaum. Mrs. Quattlebaum was a member of Sharon Baptist Church and was a former member of The Helping Hands ...
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Viola Reeves, 91, died Friday, February 18, 2011, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Monday, February 21, from the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial Park Funeral Home South, Flowery Branch, was in charge of arrangements.
A proposal to annex an older 25-lot subdivision into the city of Auburn sparked a small political brushfire at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Auburn City Council after two local citizens complained about what they said was a lack of transparency in the process.
Top elected and administrative officials support the annexation of the Green Tree Acres subdivision because it would open up for future annexation other property along Highway 324. That state highway is slated for four-laning and is likely to attract revenue-generating commercial development. The annexation also is in line with the city’s plan to loop a water line in that area instead of dead-ending the line in the adjacent Wynfield subdivision.
Green Tree Acres property owners favor the annexation because their private well and distribution system built in 1980 are showing signs of wearing out, according to city planner Larry Lucas.
But some question the cost of the plan and were critical of how the matter was handled at last week’s meeting.
The Auburn City Council may vote on the matter as early as next month.
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“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte
Now that Valentine’s Day is over I can talk about true love. I don’t like Valentine’s Day – never have. It’s like everyone in the room is having a good time and there I sit, all Hallmark carded-up with no where to go and no one waiting for me.
New Year’s Eve is the same way. It’s supposed to be all celebration and midnight kiss, but instead it’s just sort of sad. As well-blessed as I am in the love department, you’re not going to see my life in a beer commercial or a jewelry store ad, especially not on those holidays. True love just hasn’t done me that way.
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A truck driver damaged a railroad signal in Statham last week, according to an incident report filed at the police department.
A Freightline FL3 tractor trailer truck clipped the arm of a railroad signal on Dooley Town Road. The driver stated he heard the train after he crossed the tracks, but before he could make his turn onto Atlanta Highway, he clipped the signal arm with the trailer of his truck.
Other incidents reported last week to the police department include the following:
•a probation revocation by a judge in Statham Municipal Court. The suspect was placed into handcuffs and transported to the BCSO for booking.
•a warrant arrest for probation violation on Ventura Street. A suspect was spotted walking down the road and an officer approached him because he knew the man had a warrant. The man smelled of an alcoholic beverage and when the officer asked him if he knew why he’d been stopped, the man stated “I have not gone to see my probation officer.” The man was taken into custody and transported to the Barrow County jail.
•deposit account fraud on Broad Street. A woman reported that someone had drafted her checking account for $387 without her permission. The woman had already contacted the bank and the funds were to be returned to her account.
•two motor vehicles reported missing from a Jefferson Street address. The owner stated that he knew the vehicles were on the property earlier that day, but when it was checked out later, both were gone.
•motor vehicle accident on Atlanta Highway. A man stated that he was stopped to make a left turn and another vehicle struck him in the rear.
•family violence on McCarty Road. A woman reported that her son had yelled obscenities at her and she slapped him across the face. The woman stated that she woke her son up and asked if he wanted to go to church with her and he got angry and started yelling at her. She stated she slapped him defensively. After it was established that the son does not have residence at his mother’s home, the man was removed from the property. The woman filled out a prohibited entry form that forbids her son to come onto her property for one year. The woman said the son was supposed to be going to Kentucky to live with his father and that she was afraid to have her son in the house with her other children.
While results of an autopsy are still pending, law enforcement officials in Rockdale County believe the remains of a man found in the back of a burned pick-up truck are those of an Auburn man who had been reported missing by his family.
Martin Mendoza Villa-Gomez, 36, of Auburn was reported missing by his family Feb. 4. He reportedly spoke with his long-time girlfriend that day but never returned home from work.
The pick-up truck, was which identified as Villa-Gomez’s, was discovered off Turner Road in Rockdale County Saturday morning. His remains were discovered in the back of the truck.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 770-278-8100.
Villa-Gomez was arrested by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department in 2008 for driving without a valid license.
Parents expressed some mixed emotions about the proposed attendance zone changes in the Barrow County School System at public hearings last week.
“I have a mixed reaction,” said Sherri Kellog, whose children Reagan and Lee attend Yargo Elementary School this year, but will probably go to Auburn Elementary School next year.
“I’m glad for the convenience. It (Auburn) is closer and the bus won’t have cross Hwy. 316, but we’re going to miss the teachers at Yargo.”
The proposed changes affect the “Yargo Cluster” of elementary schools and two middle schools that feed into Aplachee High School. Some 400 students will be affected by the changes.
The affected schools are Auburn Elementary School, Bethlehem Elementary School, Kennedy Elementary School and Yargo Elementary School, along with Haymon-Morris Middle School and Westside Middle School.
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What do you usually say to folks you meet? Hello? Hi, how are you? Yo, Homey?
How we greet other people may depend, in part, upon the occasion. A smile with a warm “hello” at the grocery store to someone you’ve never before met can really make the day of one who was feeling pretty invisible up to that point. We never know what relationship may be forthcoming from a simple “how are you?” to a complete stranger. The first words spoken between two people can set the tone for an entire conversation, as well as begin cementing a critical partnership among co-workers or lay the foundation for cultivating the trust upon which solid relationships must be built.
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