2008-09-11 / Front Page

Voter registration for Nov. election set to end Oct. 6

The last day to register to vote in the General Election, set for Tuesday, November 4, is Monday, October 6.

Voter registration is held during regular business hours at the following locations: the Lincoln County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, located in The Lincoln Center on May Avenue; the Lincoln County Courthouse on Humphrey Street; LCHS; Dean's Beauty Salon on Metasville Road; and City Hall, the Lincoln County Library, the Lincoln County Health Department, and the Lincoln County Department of Family and Children Services, all on Peachtree Street.

Mail-in applications may be obtained at these locations or by visiting the secretary of state's website at www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/ applications.htm.

To register to vote, an individual must:

.. Be 17-and-one-half years old.

.. Be a resident of the county in which he wishes to register.

.. Be a United States citizen.

.. Not be serving a sentence for a felony involving moral turpitude.

.. Not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent.

Moreover, the board of elections will provide a free voter I.D. card to electors for the purpose of voting.

Once the voter registration application has been approved, a precinct card is mailed to the applicant. If the individual does not receive his card within two to three weeks, he should contact the elections and registration office at 706-359-6126 or visit the organization's website at www.lincolncountygaelections.com.

.. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good biography, and enjoy.

Public libraries are increasingly more valuable to Georgia communities because they connect citizens living anywhere in the state with the information they need through books, the World Wide Web, etc.

Along with Dawkins, the other members of the Lincoln County Library staff are Carole McGee and Rhonda Hogan, assistant librarians; Keats Thackston, technology specialist; and Dianne Poteat, genealogy librarian. Volunteers include Ramona Chaffin, Marie Smalley, Diana Agurkis, Abigail Minor, Amanda Scott, Cindy Juhasz, Crystal Juhasz, and Elizabeth Aaron.

According to Director Dawkins, "The library is one service that benefits everybody in the community - - Pre-K and school-age children, students at technical colleges and regular four-year colleges, business owners, individuals improving their literacy skills, GED students, immigrants learning English as a new language -- basically, anyone trying to learn new skills or become familiar with new ideas.

"We are so fortunate to have this wonderful facility," the director continued. "People from other places tell us how lucky we are to have such a great library."

She added that she has enjoyed watching the library grow over the years and is grateful to the Friends of the Library, the library board, and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for their support of the library.

Last year, the Lincoln County Library:

.. Circulated 43,368 items.

.. Circulated 3,933 books to children.

.. Had 23,000 visitors.

.. Boasted 17,250 separate checkouts by computer users.

.. Had 1,265 attending programs for adults and children.

.. Counted close to 4,000 attending non-library programs in the Dova Partridge Annex.

.. Circulated 1,034 DVDs and 942 videos.

In other items of information, Dawkins pointed out that the library has one of the best genealogy departments in Georgia or South Carolina. "We have an extensive collection of books, personal family records, local maps, historical photographs and artifacts, and family Bibles as well as two genealogy computers that will access The Augusta Chronicle archives and other genealogical websites such as Ancestry Plus. Access to many of these data bases can only be obtained through the library.

"Patrons may likewise view issues of The Lincoln Journal on microfilm that date back to 1885. Furthermore, the machine is equipped with a copier."

The library director indicated that the genealogy section has grown from two books to over 1,000 books, and by virtue of a generous donation from John Cullars McCrimmon, all of the books and artifacts are housed in a genealogy room that bears his name.

The Lincoln County Library is open 50 hours a week, six days a week.

For more information about the services offered by the library, contact the Lincoln County Library at 706- 359-4014 or visit the East Central Georgia's Regional Library System's website at www.ecgrl.public,lib. ga.us.

The regional system includes libraries in Lincoln, Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Richmond, and Warren counties.

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