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PAGE 2-A MERIWETHER VINDICATOR - FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 2002 Greenville Takes Pride in Richmond Hill On Saturday, September 28, after several weeks of. planning, Greenville citizens and neighbor- ing towns turned out in masses to attend the dedication services for the late Honorable Richmond D. Hill. Mr. Hill was the first African- American mayor of Greenville and the state of Georgia. Although sev- eral local programs had been imple- mented in his honor, this was the first time a ceremony or a dedica- tion service had been held on a statewide basis. Rev. Robert Reynolds, pastor of the Greenville United Methodist Church did a fine job serving as the Master of Ceremonies. He first allowed the Greenville Color Guard led by Captain Kenneth Knox to present the flag, followed by the National Anthem sung so eloquent- ly by our own Mrs. Katrina Flynn. Next, he introduced Rev. J.D. Daniels to lead us in prayer. Rev. Daniels gave a stirring prayer ask- ing for God to bless America and throw a strong shield of protection around our community as we remember Mr. Hill. Dr. Rubye Byrd, Mayor of Greenville welcomed everyone and thanked the other visiting politi- cians from across the state for tak- ing time out of their busy schedules to join the city in dedicating the Center to Mr. Hill. Jim Mabon, City Councilman, read a letter in lieu of her absence from Atlanta's mayor, Shirley Franklin. She wrote how sorry she was not tO be able to attend due to prearranged activities but said she was with the city in spirit. By Bryan Geter RENAMING THE DEPOT - City employee Calvin Gates and caterer Grace Dawkins await the arrival of the crowd at the depot building. The occasion was the ribbon cutting and dedication of the old depot building as the city renamed it the R.D. Hill Multi-Purpose Center after Greenville's first and Georgia's first black mayor. The center is located on Terrell Street. Mayor Marcia Glenn of Lithonia and First Vice President of the National Council of Black Mayors remem- bered Mr. Hill and her mother who was a city council woman interact- ing and attending several functions together. She presented a plaque to Mayor Byrd from the National Association of Black Mayors hon- oring Mr. Hill as the first Black Mayor of Georgia. Representative and President of the Georgia Black Legislative Caucus Carl Von Epps talked about his long years of acquaintances with Hill. He remembered him as seri- ous about his town of Greenville but at the same time full of joy. It was always an honor to be in his compa- ny. Robert Moreland, former city councilman under the Hill admin- istration recalled his boyhood days with Mr. Hill and how he taught him the value of work. He also remem- bered when Mr. Hill secured a grant for $1,000,000 to develop affordable housing and additional funding to expand the water lines to the Black community and the list goes on and on. Warner Green, former mayor of Greenville felt he was closer to Mr. Hill than anyone other than his daughter in the room because he had worked for him the longest. Zeke Parks introduced Miss Virginia Hill, the daughter of the late Mr. Richmond Hill in a very friendly manner because they have known each other for years. They continue to call on each other for favors and he said he considered her a sister. Miss Hill introduced Mr. Brooks but before doing so she thanked the mayor for taking time to honor her father in this manner. She thanked the Multi Purpose Center Board led by chairwoman, Everelene Clay, for working so diligently with the city. She recognized the City Clerk, Ms. Ellis who worked alongside Dr. Byrd in calling and sending out invita- tions all around the state. She intro- duced Mr. Brooks as a familiar face in their household who spent many days talking with her father. She could not think of anyone else more appropriate to speak at this occa- sion than the Honorable Tyrone Brooks. Longtime politician and civil rights activist, the Honorable Tyrone Brooks served as the guest speaker. Mr. Brooks remembered the many times he had stoppe-4n Greenville to see Mr. Hill and admired his visions for the City of Greenville. He said, there was much oppositio of Mr. Hill's programs, he! sistent and would fight 1 to serve his citizens. integrity and poise energy to grow and stellar citizen.' .... In the spirit of Mr.[ Brooks reiterated the ister to vote and to right. He told the audiencet were over 600,000 Georgia who were and did n register. He r the audience of how ! right was In the spirit of Mr. Hill he, everyone to be aware quences if you do candidates of your choiCe. ly endorsed and urged people to He told the and Meriwether honor and never let his dreamS'. Dr. Byrd made a remarks followed by ReV. of Warm Springs who were not enough of Mr. world. He encouraged keep his dreams alive all let us live as one. The ribbon-cutting was held at the R.D. orate reception. It was a: in Greenville. As in her closing us now." County Moves Forward On Grant Application By BRYAN GETER The Meriwether County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting the grant application and author- ized Chairman Arthur Pearson to sign the grant application which is for $10,000 and requires a $10,000 match. County Administrator Robert Hiss said after reviewing ideas for a local development fund, the best application for this time would involve funding to off- set costs involved with the parcel based zoning map and zoning ordinance review. Hiss said there would be no problem in the budget with the cash match since $25,000 has been set aside for this project. He added that the proj- ect(s) included in this grant application is the digitizing of a parcel based zoning map using GIS software and a comprehensive review and update of the zoning ordi- nance. Hiss said the county does- n't have a parcel based zon- ing map to use when making land use decisions, but with the current and future growth in the county, making informed land use decisions i essential. "The zoning ordinance is over 14 years old," Hiss stat- ed, "and has not received a thorough update to have it comply with the county's comprehensive plan. Hiss said he has asked for letters of support from Sen. Dan lee, Rep. Carl Epps, May McDaniel, Kip Purvis and Herman Ward. The resolution states that Meriwether County supports efforts to enhance the quali- ty of life within the commu- nity and the community has actively taken steps to chart its course for the future through participation in a comprehensive planning process. The resolution goes on saying the goal of providing adequate mapping was iden- tified as an important proj- ect for the community in the Joint Meriwether County Comprehensive Plan and gives the Chairman the authority to sign the grant application on behalf of the county which commits the county to provide the neces- sary 50% cash match or in- kind match required for an application to the Department of Community Affairs for Local Development Funds and request technical assistance from the Chattahoochee- Flint RDC in the preparation of a Local Development Fund grant Application. Fair Vendors Sought at Lone Oak Lone Oak Country Festival has been set for November 2. For booth information, call Ann Johnson at 770-927-6440. Booth deadline is October 15. Rally with Friends. Come Join the Fun. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Xc., t,t',ugm HospJ,. HO.l,tt t aGrangc Registration starts at 9 a.m. Run begins at 10 a.m. Pick up registration packet at We;ahets ltonda or I Iospicc IaGrarvene bel&'e October 26. Door Prizes " Food 1st 100 participants will recelve a t-shird For more inlbnnation cMl. (706) 884-7527 o,. (706) 845-3905 All brands of motorcycles welcome. ii :i i' : : J rtospce POPULAR- Once again waters of the natrual brought Franklin area filled the historic arrived to see hydrotherapy technic hear the history of famous by FDR. Nancy trayed the therapist, the patient. Security Cameras to be Installed at By BRYAN GETER The Meriwether County Commissioners approved a request by Sheriff Steve Whitlock to purchase secu- rity camera equipment for the jail at a cost of $7,256.20. Whitlock said lightning caused approximately $3,100 worth of damage to the cameras at the jail. He said the same cameras has been inplace since the building was built in 1986. Whitlock said insurance has paid for the damage, but he wanted to add a recorder to the camera system which brought the price to $7,256.20. ers voted unanimously to purchase grav- el from Concrete Company for FY 2002- 2003. The prices for each type of rock are: (1) crush and run - $8.20/ton, (2) No. 5 washed - $9S5/ton, (3) No. 89 washed- $13.50/ton, (4) No. 7 washed - $14.45/ton, (5) No. 4 - $9.75/ton, (6) large surge stone - $12.95/ton. The price includes delivery to the public works camp in Greenville. The commissioners tabled the busi- ness of payment of Timber Reserve Fund until Commissioner Carl Garner was present since he made'the motion during July 10 meeting to borrow $380,000 for use as operating expenses from the account and to pay it back by He assured the commissioners that December 31 with 2.5% interest. the funds would be used out of the jail In other business, the board voted fund and will not cost taxpayers any- unanimously to approve a request by thing money. Melvina Crawl for a conditional use of In other business, the commission- her property for a "Family Day Care" in her home. Crawrs home Cleggs Ferry Road and between 2-6 children. In other busi missioners voted Arthur Pearson to sign for probation services with Supervision Services LLC. Clay SpRier, ny and lives in Greenville form the majority of the ices while employed by Interventions. The Magistrate Judge and Superior enter into an agreement wi The board assured Robert Hines that the countY v striping roads again next The Commissioners a letter to One Georgia Industrial Develo request for a loan of; Mathews Will Turn 100 This Continued From Page 1A Arizona, Alaska or Hawaii. Mathews favorite food, of course, is catfish, which he eats about twice a week. He enjoys Jeopardy, Matlock and programs about the Civil War. Mr. Dick was too young to enter into World War I and too old to enlist in World War II, his daughter, Janice said. Mr. Mathews could be call a "work-a-holic". he drove a truck for many years and owned and operated the Shell Station in Gay for many years. He is an avid reader enjoying Louis L'Amour books in his leisure time. In his younger days, Mr. "Dick" enjoyed square-danc- ing. But his most enjoyable past time is watching the Atlanta Braves. His daughter said he was a big fan even before the Braves began their winning ways. Mathews didn't marry until he was 38 years old. On GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN - Pop Mathews children. Pictured above are his favorites. (Not in Order)Shawn Cain, Shannon Montgomery, Patrick Cain,,McKenzie Cain, Abby MontgomerY, and Joe Garrett. Not pictured are Jake Garrett and Grant Garrett. November 7, 1940, he mar- dren and four great grand- long live as just ried a 22 year old beauty, Irene Elizabeth O'Neal and the couple had two daughters, Janice and Dixie. Children have always been near and dear to Mr. Mathews and he has been blessed with five grandchil- children. Even though he was very young, Mr. "Pop" was here when the first hand cranked Victoria orginial boombox was invented as well as the first box of Kelloggs Corn Flakes was produced. He gives credit for his genes. His 87 and 91 to keep such good answered, "I day, chew all can get and eat of hot Square to Get Spruced Up, Thanks to Garden County to provide services ent contract with BI comes Continued From Page 1A CSS is a private probation agency that will work with each agency to specifically tailor the probation supervi- sion and services to meet the needs of each court. He said he has already contracted with Meriwether for the probate, magistrate and superior courts in the county. Spitler said the City of Manchester has also con- tracted with CSS. "It is great that two com- panies want our business," Mabon said, "when our pres- up, we can bid them out." Ginny Nichols, Program Manager for BI, who is the current probation service company for the city said things seems to be going well in Greenville. 'Ne want to keep the con- tract with the city of Greenville on a yearly basis. about BI. Spitler, several years can't say about BI. can be if needed, he