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December 29, 2005

Remerton - The streets of Remerton were quiet Thursday, but come Saturday night, this place will be packed with people ringing in the new year. "We'll have dynamite crowds, lots of fun, good time, giving away all the typical New Year's things you do," said John Cane, Owner of Mellow Mushroom.

It's the main entertainment district in Lowndes County, and many people partying here will probably have one too many drinks. That's why city leaders are giving up their New Years plans to be a designated driver. "We want to be a good neighbor, want to get people home safe," said Scooter Hines.

Councilman Scooter Hines and City Manager Brian McDougal will offer free rides to anyone in Remerton who's had too much to drink.  Their designated driver service will run from 10:00 until 2:00 a.m.  "We're trying to send a positive message to the public to come to Remerton, we want you to come here, have a good time, spend your money, and then get home safely," said McDougal.

Two vans will be parked here in front of the Mellow Mushroom. All you have to do is ask for a ride home, and they'll take you anywhere within the Remerton or Valdosta city limits.  "This is a great service, you can't beat giving free rides home," said Cane.

Remerton bar owners are thrilled at the idea, and say it will help draw more people to their businesses. "If people have got a way to get home, they're going to come out, no problem," said Cane.

This is the first year city leaders have given free rides home, and if this event is a success, they hope to offer them every New Year's.

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