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									4C — Savannah Morning News •Thursday, March 16r20OO




                                                                                          Eye on Bryan/Liberty
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                                                          S                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Bryan County Board of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Education will meet at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             today at the Richmond Hill High
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             School oh Wildcat Drive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             First District U.S. Congressman
But protest against the                for office <an't be challenged until                     supporters, of Car-                                                                          about $1.2 million. The* Georgia However, until qualifying ends there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jack Kingston will have an office
                                       qualifying ends.                                         olyn Brown do not                                                                            Supreme Court ruled in October may be little Sage can do about
tax commissioner may                      Brown, who is under state investi-                    have any means of                                                                             1999 that Brown was not entitled to Brown's re-election plans.                                 day from 11 a.m.-noon at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Richmond Hill's City Hall, 40
have been filed too soon.              gation of whether she mishandled                         bringing their own                                                                           collect fees and commissions and a         "Until you have qualifying and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Richard R. Davis Drive and from 2-
                                       public funds and gave preferential                       candidate      for-                                                                          superior court judge has said she until an official has qualified there's
By Anne Cordelro                                                                                                                                                                             wasn't entitled to legal fees.          no way tp challenge the qualifica-                      3 p.m. today at Hinesville's City
                                       treatment to some taxpayers,                             ward. 1 don't want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hall on Martin Luther King Jr.
Savannah Morning News                  announced her intentions to seek a                       that to happen,".                                                                               Brown has since Tiled a lawsuit tions of a candidate," said Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Drive.
                                       third term for the office.in February.                   Sage said.                                                                                   against the county to recover her of State spokeswoman Kara Jones.


F      ormer liberty County grand
       jury foreman Reginald Sage now.
       wants to block Tax Commis-
sioner Carolyn Brown's bid for re- Brown said.
election.
                                         She doesn't plan to back down

                                         "I plan to run, and run 1 will,"
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                                                                                                  Sage's tenure as Brown
                                                                                                a Liberty County
                                                                                                grand jury fore- '
                                                                                                man ended Feb; 20, when a new
                                                                                                                                     .
                                                                                                                                                                                             legal expenses. That suit has not Once qualifying has ended, a citi-
                                                                                                                                                                                             been settled.                           zen has up to two weeks to challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                As for the fees and commissions, a 'candidate's qualifications. The
                                                                                                                                                                                             she doesn't think she needs to repay superintendent of elections can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     challenge a candidate up until the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Hinesville City Council will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             meet at Z.p.m, today at City Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

                                         However, qualifying won't begin                        giand jury was sworn in. Since then                                                          those.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Liberty County Development
   Sage filed a letter to the Liberty until April 24. It ends at noon April                     he has been sworn in as an adviser                                                              "The Supreme Court said the tax election, Jones said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sage said if Brown Would return                      Authority will meet at 5 p.m."
County Elections Committee on 28.                                                               to the sitting grand jury. Sage can-                                                         commissioner is not entitled to fees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            today at the Courthouse Annex, .
Monday challenging Brown's qualify-      Sage hopes he can convince the                         not be present during grand jury                                                             It didn't say you need to go back and the money he would drop his chal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            112 N. Main St.
ing. Sage said Brown has funds that county's election committee to act                          votings •                                                                                    pay it back," Brown said.           . , lenge.
are unaccounted for.                   now. He plans to speak with the com-                       "I'm doing this as a private citi-                                                            If the county wants to pursue get-     But if she doesn't, he plans to pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                             ting-the money back, that's another sue it.                                                    The Liberty County Board of
   However, Julie Martin, the county's mittee at its meeting at noon Mon-                       zen," he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                             case, she said..                          "I think she's wrong and I'm trying                  Commissioners will meet at 7:30
election supervisor, and.the-Secre- day at the Voting Registrar's office on .                     He wants Brown to return the fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a.m. Monday in the commission .
tary of State's office said Sage filed Commerce Street in Hinesville.                           and commissions she has collected                                                               Sage, though, wants to end ; what to make her do the right thing," Sage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            meeting room of the Liberty
dte letter too soon. A candidate's bid   "If I wak until after qualifying, the                  and her legal expenses, which total                                                          he says is dividing the community. said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            County Courthouse Annex. 412 N.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main St. The meeting topic is the

            NEED CASH?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      personnel hearing decision of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            former 911 director Mike Gibbs.

   WHEN OTHERS SAY NO, WE CAN SAY YES!                                                           CITY SUSPENDS                                                                                                                                                                              The Bryan County Board of
                                                                                                                                                                                            his termination. Gibbs was hired in                Middle School on April 25; a business
   Credit Trouble Bf Overextended 0              Self Employed 0      Bankruptcy &               ADMINISTRATOR                    ..... '                                                                                                      breakfast for city employees, city and       Commissioners will meet at 6:30
                                                                                                                                                                                             1992 and fired in January. Gibbs has
         DEBT CONSOLIDATION LOANS • REFINANCING                                                                                                                                             asked the.county to erase his termi-               county officials, community leaders          p.m, Monday at the Bryan County
                                                                                                     Public Works Administrator Ed
      HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS • DELINQUENT TAX LOANS                                                                                                                                         nation and let him resign..                        and chamber of commerce members              Commissioners meeting room in -
                                                                                                 Bacon has been suspended by the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Gibbs' assistant, Rhonda Hawkins                at 9 a.m. April 29 at Magnolia Manor;        Pembroke. The commissioners will
 MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE:                    CHECK OUT THESE PAYMENTS;                       Pembroke City Council again.
                                               $10,000 CmA. ..asliAvas $ 7 4 monthly*                                                                                                       is serving as the interim director                 and a day in the city's new park on          discuss the Special Purpose Local
  W FKEE Credit Analysis!..                                                                         A year ago, Bacon was fired,
  V FREE Financial Analysis!                   $25,000 Cash...as low as $194 monthly*                                                                                                       while the county searches for a hew               'April 29.                                    Option Sales Tax, Black Creek
                                                                                                 rehired, suspended arid reprimanded
  IX FEES House Inspection!                    $50,000 Cash...as low as $3t7 monthly*                                                                                                                                                                                                       School property, tax digest
                                                                                                 within a matter of days in light of sev-                                                   director.                   ..    .                   During the park celebration, resi-
  «" NO Application Fee! - .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                changes, appointments to boards,,
                                                                                                 eral allegations, including dumping                                                           Eight people have applied for the               dents can see a demonstration of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            an animal control ordinance and a
  Homeowners, Call Now! (912) 691-2300                                                           trash on private property.                                                                 director's position, County Adminis-.              police canine unit, tour the city's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            well agreement with the
                                                                                        iQie        This time Bacon, who is also a                                                          trator Joey Brown said.                            walking trail in golf carts, canoe and
                                • ContiMortgage                                                                                                                                                                                                more. The city will also announce the        Environmental Protection Division.
                                                                                                 Bryan      County       Commissioner,                                                         On Monday the county's 911 advi-
                            -    Wt Make It Hatpin!
                                                                                                 allegedly moved debris from private                                                        sory board narrowed the list of candi-            winners of its an contest and trivia
              6605 Abercom St, Ste 204, Savannah, GA 31405                                                                                                                                                                                    quiz on the history of Richmond Hill          Hospice Savannah will host a free
                                                                                                 property.                                                                                  dates to five people. They are sched-
                           80O-290-0341                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     seminar, "Safe, Comforting
                                unlit hurory mJ the *
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                                                                                                    "We were going to have the county                                                       uled for interviews on March 27.                     In Pembroke, the activities will
                                                                                                 remove it and he went ahead and did                                                           The 911 director would supervise               include: a City Hall open house 8:30          Physical Care Techniques." at 6
                                                                                               • it," City Clerk Betty Hill said.                                                           16 full-time employees and oversee a              a.m.-8:30 p.m. on April'24; a business        p.m. Tuesday at the Bryan County
                                                                                                    The. Pembroke City Council voted                                                        department with a budget of                       breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 25 at San-       Health and Rehabilitation Center.
                                                                                                Monday to suspend Bacon without                                                             $858,000. The job has a salary range              dra's Seafood and Cafe; an after-             127 Carter St. The workshop is
                                                                                                pay for three days beginning March                                                          of$39,000-$47,000.                                riours social 7-9 p.m. April 26 at the        designed to helpthose giving
                                                                                                20 for working without a work order.                                                          The County Commission will make                 Pembroke Telephone Co.; a brown               care to a loved one. Call Gretchen
                                                                                                The reprimand he signed in 1999 said                                                        a decision on Gibbs' appeal.at a 7:30             bag lunch noon-2 p.m. April 27 in             McKivergan ai 756-6131 if you plan
                                                        We've let spring out                                                                                                                                                                                                                to attend.
                                                                                                future violations could result in ter-                                                      a.m. meeting Monday.                              downtown Pembroke, which will
                                                            of the bag                          mination of his employment.                                                                                                                   include the dedication of a park
                                                                                                    Bacon, who has worked with the                                                          BRYAN COUNTY CITIES                              bench and collecting canned goods
                                                                                                city for seven years, could not be                                                          CELEBRATE GOVERNMENT                             for the food bank; a family night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             street dance 8 p.m. till midnight on          Mail: PO. Box 1308
                                                            VEIVV'BRADLEY                       reached for comment Wednesday
                                                                                                afternoon.                                                                                     Richmond Hill and Pembroke plan               April 28; u city clean-up from 8:30           Richmond Hill. GA'31324 or
                                                                                                                                                                                            to clean up, show off and have fun               a.m.-l p.m. followed by a cookout                                        G
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           P.O. Box 2255. Hinesville, . A 31313
                                                                                                                                                                                            during thp Georgia Municipal Associ-             April 29.                                     Phone: Contact Bryan/Liberty
                                                                                               LIBERTY COUNTY SEARCHES
                                                                                                                                                                                            ation's celebration of City Govern-                  For more information on the Rich-         reporter Anne Cordeiro
                                                       Great Gifts!                            FOR 911 DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                            at 756-5566.:
                                                                                                                                                                                            ment Week in April.                              mond Hill activities, call Richmond
                                                    UniQue AntiQues!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Richmond Hill fax: 756-4264
                                                                                                  Liberty County's 911 Advisory                                                                In Richmond Hill, the activities for          Hill's City Hail at 756-3345. For more
                                                    Affordable Prices! ".'                     Board has asked five candidates to                                                           the celebration April 23 to April 29             information on the Pembroke activi-           Hinesville fax:-369-2097
                                                                                               interview for the job as director of the                                                     include: removing yard debris, stove,            ties, call Pembroke's City Hall at 653-
                                                                                               county's emergency call center.                                                              refrigerators; customer service train-           4413.
                                                        The Boyds Collection                      Meanwhile, Mike Gibbs, the coun-                                                          ing for city employees; holding a City
                                                           Yankee Candles                      ty's former 911 director, has appealed                                                       Council meeting at Richmond Hill                                  From staff reports




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                                                                                               By Paula Reed Ward                      identified by police, was caught                                                                       City police.                                 PEWARp O H • 3 i . T - '
                                                                                               Savannah Morning News                   breaking into a safe at Hughes Sup-                                                                      Officers from Garden City,
Q: What has 800,000 pairs of                                                                         »   •   '   •   .•   • • .   •   .
                                                                                                                                       ply Inc. off Dean Forest Road about
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chatham County Police Department             A $1,000 reward is being offered;
                                               Wouldn't you like that many                       A man suspected of more than 100 10:20 p.m. by two Garden City police                                                                        and Georgia State Patrol searched for        for information leading to the '
    eyes looking at it?
                                               people looking at your ad?                      burglaries at local businesses is still officers: Before they could catch him,                                                                 the suspect using a helicopter and           arrest and conviction of the
                                                                                               being sought by.police after an all- though, the man ran through the                                                                           dogs from Reidsville until about 4:45        suspect in the burglaries. Anyone
                                              Call 652-0377 for information;                                                                                                                                                                                                               with information is asked to call
                                                                                               night manhunt. .                        building and escaped on foot, said                                                                     a.m. Wednesday.
                                                                                                 The suspect, who has not yet been Sgt. Thomas McCook, bf the Garden                                                                            t h e man is believed to be the same       the Chatham County Police       :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             person responsible for dozens of              Department at 652-6507, or Crime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             commercial burglaries in Savannah,            Stoppers, anonymously, at 234-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pooler, Garden City, Chatham and            .2020/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Effingham counties, said Lt. Robert          Although there are few details on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Merriman, bf Chatham County                  the suspect's physical description,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              police.                         .            he is believed to wear a white
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            air                 The rash of burglaries began in            baseball cap with a black brim,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday, April 25th                    October and has continued regularly           and a heavy nylon-type jacket.
              Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.                                                                                                                                                               Savannah                           since then, Merriman said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Investigators are concerned that,       versed in police procedure and reac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Civic Center -
                       106+ Acre Working Horse Farm                                                                                                                                                   9:00 AM-4:30 PM                        in addition to stealing from the busi-     tion times.         .      ;
           10 Miles East ofGlennville on Hwy. 121 in Tattnatl County, GA                                                                                                                                                                     nesses, the suspect is causing exten-         Authorities hope by bringing
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reserve your booth                    sive damage by his. methods of             attention to the suspect that mem-
                          "Setting in Parcels or as a Whole"                                                                                                                                           for the Spring 2000 .                 entrance, Merriman said. The sus-          bers of the'public might be able to
      1 100 Sq. Ft. 3 Br., 2 BA House                                                                                                                                                                       Savannah                         pect is known to break into business-      help. They, doubt, however, that he
      Burn with Shop                                                                                                                                                                                     Morning News                        es that are in commercial complexes        will stop despite the attention, Merri-
      Hay Burn                                                                                                                                                                                        Job Fair. Job seekers                  surrounded by chain link, fence and        man said.                 .
      20* x 20' Metal Office Bldg.                                                                                                                                                                     • from all over the                   also break windows by throwing a              "This guy's cocky enough, he's still
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Coastal Empire will be                  heavy piece of pipe through them.          going to do it," he said. "I Ic thinks he
      35OOBu. Grain Bin
                                                                                                                                                                                                       there. Don't wait!                       "(Tuesday) night we afforded the        can probably outwit us."
      55 Acre Pasture Fenced                                                                                                                                                                                                                 perfect opportunity to catch this
      with Cross Fencing, well established                                                                                                                                                             There are a limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             individual, and he slipped out of our      Crime and public safety reporter
      with Certified Tift 44 Bermuda Grass                                                                                                                                                              number of booths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             hands," Merriman said.                     Paula Reed Ward can be readied at
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