2017-12-28 / Front Page

‘Year in Review’ hightlights events of 2017


Back in May, a collision at the intersection of Highways 47 and 220 at Cliatt’s Crossing left traffic backed- up for hours, and one one of the drivers was life flighted from the scene of the accident. According to representatives with Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred on Thursday, May 4, around 7:16 a.m. at the intersection when allegedly the driver of a Dodge Magnum turned left off of SR 220 W, and into the path of, and struck, a Ford F250 that was traveling north on SR 47. At the initial impact, the Charger also struck a tractor trailer on the opposite side of the road. At the time of the accident, the driver of the Magnum was extricated from the vehicle by Lincoln County OES and volunteer forces and life flighted to a hospital for non-fatal, but incapacitating injuries. Other minor injuries were also reported of those involved in the incident. The scene of the wreck was not cleared by Georgia State Patrol troopers until after 10 a.m. Other responding forces were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services, area Volunteer Fire Stations, and other area volunteers. Back in May, a collision at the intersection of Highways 47 and 220 at Cliatt’s Crossing left traffic backed- up for hours, and one one of the drivers was life flighted from the scene of the accident. According to representatives with Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred on Thursday, May 4, around 7:16 a.m. at the intersection when allegedly the driver of a Dodge Magnum turned left off of SR 220 W, and into the path of, and struck, a Ford F250 that was traveling north on SR 47. At the initial impact, the Charger also struck a tractor trailer on the opposite side of the road. At the time of the accident, the driver of the Magnum was extricated from the vehicle by Lincoln County OES and volunteer forces and life flighted to a hospital for non-fatal, but incapacitating injuries. Other minor injuries were also reported of those involved in the incident. The scene of the wreck was not cleared by Georgia State Patrol troopers until after 10 a.m. Other responding forces were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services, area Volunteer Fire Stations, and other area volunteers. January 5 – Lively Reports on recent arrests; reminds motorists to slow down… Seniors shake, rattle, and roll to 50s tunes… Gray faces murder charges for death of Brandon Smith… GBI gives Sheriff’s Office favorable status on registry… Banks and Martin will support team Georgia in Border Bowl.

January 12 – New and familiar faces sworn into office… Elam will be guest speaker at MLK birthday observance… Sheriff reports on incidents and arrests… Income tax credit offered for donations to hos­pitals… Red Devils participate in Senior Bowl… Health department offers advice on healthy living dur­ing winter… Border Bowl kicks off at noon Sat.

January 19 – BOE Welcomes Mattison, Freeman; examines 2016 CCRPI test scores… City names Lively police chief; begins bond validation process… LCHS students will serve lunch to public Jan. 20… Reid Cabin gets a new lid… Jurors requested to report for duty at courthouse Mon.… Local businesses and employers invited to take part in career fair… F&M pledges $50,000 to hospital through Georgia HEART program.

January 26 – Proclamation de­clares Feb. 10 as honorary ‘Elijah Clark Day’… Swift aid stifles grass fire… New nature center in the works will give kids hands-on ex­perience… Newspaper seeks inter­esting people for future features… Eugene Bryant named finalist in Hasbro’s game competition.

February 2 – Inman Solar gets green light on a half-megawatt farm site… Elijah Clark State Park will celebrate ‘Heroes of the Hornet’s Nest’ Feb. 10… Indict­ments handed down in January’s term of court… Red Devils take the diamond for 100 Innings Game on Sat…. Horse club offers Valentine picture with Cupid’s pony… STAR student and teacher selected… Nicholson helps contain structure fire… Lake carp release awaits ap­proval… GDOT alters off-site de­tour around Soap Creek Bridge.

February 9 – County discusses a contract rewrite of comprehensive plan with CSRA-RC… Report from Sheriff’s Office highlights drug and abuse charges… Elam awarded scholarship to play slot receiver at GMC… Lee may look a little different form others, but he’s just your average, red-blooded kid… Despite commercialization, Valentine’s Day is still rotted in love… Williamson surprises STAR teacher.

February 16 – ‘Garrison Hearst Day’ proclamation will honor one of county’s favorite sons… Council discusses Tree City USA proposal; new committee appointments approved… Matthews, Hatfield sign on to play college ball in the fall… Cut-A-Thon planned at Just Stylin’ Salon to help Bryce Driver… CTAE provides career pathway through real work experi­ences… Disaster loans now avail­able through SBA… History and hopes for the future celebrated at Elijah Clark Park… Miss LCMS pageant to be held Feb. 23.

February 23 – BOE votes to hire new employees for ‘in-house’ grounds maintenance… Eighteen girls to compete for crown in Miss LCMS pageant tonight at 7… Ninety plus students celebrate ‘National FFA Week’ at LCHS… Permian will be guest speaker at annual NAACP Banquet Sat…. At 80th birthday Murray remi­nisces on time spent with county’s children.

March 2 – New OES facility optimizes EOC space for network­ing… Ellie Layton crowned Miss LCMS… Non-profit organization LC PAWS seeking donations and volunteers… Aycock and Reed to compete in steer and heifer show Sat…. Chief Lively reports on arrests, charges for month of Jan…. Hearst inducted into Hall of Fame… Driver family over­whelmed with love at commu­nity’s support for Bryce… Foster families, mentors invited to ‘Rae of Hope’ kick off event… Dr. Rawlings will be guest speaker at History in the Park tonight at 7.

March 9 – County discusses grant options for expansion of Norman gym… Bobos honored at cattle show, Aycock wins reserve Champion… Students and faculty participate in Nat’l. School Break­fast Week… Residents reminded of why we observe Daylight Sav­ing Time.

March 16 – Board approves grant application for wing expan­sion of gymnasium… LCHS lit­eracy winners will head to state… FOL fundraiser will recognize past, present library patrons… Council votes to raise processing fee by four percent for county water use… Former Braves player to speak at Chamber banquet Sat. night… LCES students learn real life values through classroom ini­tiative payday… Hidden Blessing pop-up shopping to benefit Speed the Light Missions… Pre-k enroll­ment scheduled for March 17 at old HS gym.

March 23 – BOE honors young authors; approves amended bud­get… Chamber recognizes Lee Builders as ‘Business of the Year’ for 2016… Thrift and clothing ministry restocks spring wear items… SADD talent show will feature student entertainers March 28… Night of the Arts to be held tonight at LCES campus… Deten­tion facility will hire locals first… LCHS is recognized by GDA as a ‘High-Progress School.’

March 30 – County prepares to increase rates for area camp­grounds… Three FCCLA students will head to national leadership conference… Biggerstaff brings to life the culture of Gullah people in children’s book… Post 194 offers scholarship to seniors… Gephardt and Hall sworn in as assistant DAs for Toombs… LCHS track and field team places against Evans High… Four named as state champions.

April 6 – PWC discusses con­tract renewal with Advanced Dis­posal Services… Linkous heads to national competition… battery and drug charges top list in recent sheriff’s report… Rand is awarded scholarship to play basketball at Neosho… David Kidd will give history lesson on Georgia gover­nor tonight at 7… ‘Sorry Charlie’ reminiscent of 1940s yet steadily fades from modern speech.

April 13 – Council votes to make repairs to Main St. sidewalk and clock… Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival sets to feature The Oak Ridge Boys… Friends of the Library host book sale week of April 17… Eugene Bryant named winner of Hasbro’s gaming chal­lenge… GBI investigates the recent death of George Hearst… Potential jurors asked to report for April term of court next week… Historical Society looking for Pioneer Day volunteers… Lively issues report on arrests, urges residents to slow down… U.S. Census Bureau re­ports on increase in county popu­lation.

April 20 – BOE considers in­crease in lunch prices; purchases lawn maintenance equipment… County approves new city water rate; Bolton recognized for years of service… Prom committee invites public to preview ‘Music of the Night’… Boosters will host open house for LCHS students and parents… Jody Hice speaks on tax reform and healthcare at Rotary Club… Ga. Power issues warning to public about scam artists… Hunt is on for Dooly’s grave.

April 27 – GMASS wraps up second year of county-wide reas­sessment… Williamson, Wilkes among those to be recognized at honors night… Corps responds to public concern over lake gators… Graves Mountain opens to public for biannual Rock Swap and Dig… Community invited for jazz, des­serts in LCHS cafeteria… Active new members are invited to join American Legion Post 194.

May 4 – Donors asked to roll up sleeves for blood drive at LBC May 13… Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival starts today… LCHS students prepare to take the stage for spring performance of ‘All Shook Up’… Wheeler signs to play football at LaGrange Col­lege this fall… U.S. Postal Service to hold food drive for pantry May 13… Cicadas return after 17-year absence… Homecoming set for next weekend.

May 11 – Increase in wandering pets leads to leash law revamp… Woodard, Williamson achieve highest academic honors… Music legends take the state at festival… Ninth annual Easter Homecoming celebrates southern gospel mu­sic… Highway collision ends in life flight… Hinesley hands down sentences after hearing several guilty pleas… All Shook Up cast takes the stage for three nights… Devils will host scrimmage game against Jefferson.

May 18 – County approves changes to alcohol sales ordi­nance… Board votes to increase meal prices; reviews Welcome Mason Campus sign… Devils take on Warriors in scrimmage game… Plant Swap and Sale gets underway Saturday… Cullars reminisces over 60 years of working with Spratlin family… REACH Tele­stroke program saves lives at Wills Memorial.

May 25 – Development Author­ity works to bring aquaculture to county… Commencement cer­emony celebrates 77 seniors… Field day fun brings school year to close… Community invited to drive through mock bio-terrorism exercise June 10… Matthews, Hawes receive Dooley award… Leadership Lincoln participants honored at graduation luncheon… Summer reading program kicks off at library Friday… Pilots teach flight safety to volunteers… Swim­ming lessons offered at rec. dept. to kids June 19-22.

June 1 – BOE approves tenta­tive budget, taxes expected to stay the same… Chamber board seeks to increase numbers at open house June 8… Red Devil athletes were recognized for achievements at awards night… Unveiling cer­emony celebrates Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail… Seamless Summer Option provides free meals for kids… Events scheduled at Elijah Clark… Library offers eight-week course on nutrition education to public… Paul Revere rides into town tonight.

June 8 – First arrested through task force sentenced after pleading guilty… Residents encouraged to attend mock emergency drill this Sat…. New nature center at Elijah Clark creates interactive space for kids… Lincolnton Rocks bring messages of hope to lucky treasure hunters… Chamber board seeks to increase numbers tonight at open house…. Morris Museum of Art returns to library for story time and hands-on activities… Shepheard asking for willing donors to aid in shortage.

June 15 – County holds public hearing for joint comprehensive plan… Fan distribution provides relief for seniors… Council tables Tree City USA ordinance; consid­ers replacing broken decorations… Officials reach out to GDOT about dangerous intersection… Reality Leigh Winner detainment sparks local, national attention… Li­brary Loan Program provides free tickets to several attractions… Father’s Day was a late edition to the index of federal holidays… Kids schooled on inner workings of government… Blooming palm draws onlookers.

June 22 – Board approves amendment, gives go ahead to ’18 budget… River of Life mission remains constant after 26 years of serving the community… BOC examines adjustments to end of the year finances… Swain to pres­ent boater safety class to children, adults at library June 28… Canoe safety course offered at Elijah Clark… Sheriff announces increase in patrols with ‘Neighborhood Watch’ program… Future artists enjoy library program.

June 29 – Corps requests public comment on new drought contin­gency plan… Fireworks extrava­ganza set for July 1… Historical park represents commitment to preserving community’s rich heri­tage… Chief Lively issues report on arrests, incidents in city.

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