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Long Courthouse to display Ten Commandments

POSTED: October 21, 2009 11:57 a.m.
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The Long County Commission's Oct. 13 meeting drew a crowd.

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At the Oct. 13 meeting, the Long County Commission voted to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed at the courthouse in Ludowici.
Price Chapman, who brought the issue before the commission at its August meeting, appeared again Tuesday. He said the display would not cost the county and would be funded by the New Sunbury Association. He said about 40 counties in Georgia display the commandments, which are defined as a historic document.
The motion, which passed unanimously, was made by Commissioner Andy Fuller and seconded by Wallace Shaw.
Local businessman Tim Works also spoke to the commission about establishing a liquor ordinance in the county.
Works said, “I think that the voters in Long County should make the decision whether or not the county should establish a liquor ordinance, and I’m asking y’all to put it on a ballot.”
Robert Rice opposes the idea. He said 35 percent of registered voters should be required to show they want the ordinance on a ballot in order for it to appear.
According to County Attorney Jay Swindell, requiring a 35 percent majority is the current prodecure for getting a measure on a ballot.
Works said he thinks most people in Long County want a liquor sales ordinance. However, Shaw said he received several calls opposing it.
Chairman Bobby Walker said the commission may consider putting the measure on the ballot with the governor’s election.
After a discussion, commissioners took no action on the issue, but urged county residents to share their opinions on the matter.
In other business:
• Commissioners voted to make Nov. 1 Georgia Retired Educator’s Day.
• The commission heard from Laura Williams, who lives in District 1. She said previous plans for a recreation complex in the northeast area have not been advanced. She said people in the area still want a park as soon as possible.
• Commissioner Cliff DeLoach said the monthly meetings should always be at the courthouse. After a discussion, Walker agreed and said meetings from now on will be at the courthouse unless there are extenuating circumstances.
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