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Drainage issues swamp Long commissioners
1 for Sun 10-26 Drainage Problems Plague Long Co Comm
Crawford subdivision by resident Gregg Knuckle shows pictures of flooding to Long County Commissioner Willie Thompson at the October meeting. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

More complaints of inadequate drainage were heard by Long County commissioners during their recent monthly meeting.
Crawford-subdivision resident Gregg Knuckle went before the commissioners to claim that the roads in his neighborhood flood when it rains. He said that fingers had been pointed at the county and developer in the past, but all he cared about was getting the problems solved. He said that despite the ongoing issues of flooding, contractors still are being allowed by the county to build there, and the additional construction is making the matter worse.
Knuckle requested that the commission respond to him in writing with a plan to correct the problems. After a brief discussion, Chairman Robert Long told Knuckle that they will take his request into consideration and get back with him.
Also during the meeting, Pastor Ernestine McCray requested that Smith Cox Lane Northeast be changed to its original name, Smith Cox Road Northeast. She also requested that it be paved.
After a brief discussion, the commission approved changing the road back to its previous name. However, Long said that there was no way that the road can be paved due to funds not being available.
Walt Pelton went before the commission and provided information on the county’s first Diabetes Awareness Day. He said that the activities for the event would be taking place on Nov. 7-8. He said that on Nov. 7, there will be a “Paint the Town Red” campaign and a dance. He said he hopes that everyone will wear red to honor those people diagnosed with diabetes. The dance will be at 6 p.m. in Long County Middle School, with three bands and all ages invited. Tickets to the dance will be $10.
Pelton said the main festivities Nov. 8 will take place at the Long County Recreation Complex. He said activities will include a 5K run/walk, a motorcycle ride, a Cross-Fit competition, free health screenings and a raffle for a 75-quart Grizzly cooler.
For more information on the events, call Pelton at 912-656-6289 or 912-572-4989. To register for activities, go to

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