This year, Ludowici will stage a Juneteenth Jubilee, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Hamilton announced at Tuesday’s Ludowici City Council meeting.
The celebration has been marked in various places for 150, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Hamilton said the Juneteenth Jubilee will be June 18 at the park at Main and Walker streets. She said the Long County Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee sponsored event will be an opportunity for youth to “learn where they came from.”
The entertainment and activities will encourage them to “to give up drugs and going to jail.”
In other business, librarian Tammy Goober asked for $1,000 for materials for the Long County Library’s Summer Reading Program, which will be segmented into adult and children’s events to encourage library visits, reading and summer education. She added Family Dollar, which has supported the program in the past, has yet to commit this year. Registration will begin May 31 and continue until June 30.
Ludowici police Chief Robert Poppell asked to use department funds to buy uniforms and flashlights, which was granted.
Mayor James Fuller cited the city’s general fund balance of $63,074, water and sewer department balance of $194,423 and general fund savings of $224,372, with special purpose local option sales tax funds at $46,616.
It was reported that the Long County Wildlife Festival will be held in October.