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Voters to cast ballots for SPLOST

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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

Fitzgerald- Herbert Jones says it's the easiest and quickest ballot he's ever cast.

"It is the best penny that we could ever spend," Jones says.

He checked yes on his absentee ballot, yes to a 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the city and county.

"Our people need the services. Other youth need it, our schools need it, everybody does need it," says Jones.

The 6-year SPLOST would mean sales tax in Ben Hill County would stay at the current 7% rate. It's expected to bring in more than $15.5 million.

"Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax has to be for capital projects infrastructure, buildings, or roads, or bridges," says Fitzgerald Mayor Gerald Thompson.

Thompson says Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County will get equal portions of the money, and the city will use most of theirs on restoring their old city hall.

"We're going to take that old city hall building and the jail and police administration building next door and really restore it to it's original. Put the clock tower back on it and the clocks back in it," Thompson says.

Campaign signs around the county remind voters of the previous SPLOST projects which include the law enforcement center and a new fire station.

"Probably 20% or 25% of this money will come from outside the county," says Thompson.

It may have taken only seconds to cast a ballot, but Jones is confident his penny vote will go a long way.

"That one vote is the same as that one penny, it does much for seeing that things are kept right," Jones says.

About 130 voters cast ballots last week during the advance voting period. All five precincts will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM Tuesday. Election officials say voters should be able to cast ballots in less than five minutes.

Posted at 5:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com