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Column: Summerville residents to consider creating a new town



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While most of us were celebrating Thanksgiving, several residents of Summerville and Forrest Hills were plotting another Fourth of July. They want independence ...

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  1. Go for it Summerville! A corollary to this action is the separation (dare I say, “Secession”) of parts of West Augusta and annex it onto Columbia County. Normal, reasonable, level-headed people in West Augusta don’t deserve to be under the thumb of that corrupt (and dare I say “Racist”) Augusta-Richmond County cabal. Set my people free!

  2. Since infancy I was raised, schooled, and worked in Augusta Georgia, and having had careers in LEO and the Fire Services for over 37 years; It became clear to me that the “NEW CONSOLIDATED” wasn’t upon the path to attain the full potential achievable.

    Over those years, I was afforded the good, bad and ugly of “workings” from a “unique” perspective behind the scenes of the politics, witnessing the misgivings, and disappointments of both those of good will, and those having bad intentions, and, yes, knowing the corruption within each of Augusta’s Governments. (Both prior and “new”)

    During that time individuals, of both good, but many bad, came and went. And unfortunately Augusta never achieved her greatest potential. So once one realizes all efforts to change an undesirable environment aren’t fruitful, seeking greener pastures is a practical idea. For me, I found my peace of heaven in a few acres, formally Cherokee land, in the North Georgia Mountain.

    As the song says “Everyone knows” the dice are loaded. Districts should have communities with residents have things in common. Likewise the argument, Eastbound and Summerville, share common issues, are like in nature, or in benefit to each simply doesn’t meet the requirement of being a reasonable conclusion.

    • Both Mr. McLeod and Mr. Barbee, I think, have given good advice.
    Try, or you regret not trying or determining it’s not the best plan. There are pros and cons. My take right now is the pros outweigh the cons.” ~ Wright McLeod .

    • “It just depends on whether they have the will to do it.” Barbee said. “It’s up to the folks who live there to do it. It is legitimate. I don’t live in the district, but it depends on the geographical area they want to take in.”
    There is both legal and legislative precedent for creating new cities in Georgia . . . creating the city of Summerville could be done. ~Dave Barbee

  3. Sylvia, I truly enjoyed this installment. Being an “Atlanta Boy”, I watched the evolution of Johns Creek, through the eyes of my brother, who lives there. They were tired of the escapades of Fulton County, which sadly included our hometown of Atlanta. Thankfully, what used to be known as North Fulton was comprised of many affluent neighborhoods that were no longer willing to put up with the City of Atlanta. They possessed friends in high places within the State Legislature, that lived in the area. Since breaking free, business is on the rise, and Emory Healthcare has built the most beautiful Hospital and Medical Center complex. On the cookbook angle, when we were cleaning out Mom and Dad’s house after the “Living Estate Sale”, I was amazed at how many of Mom’s old cookbooks were gone before I had a chance to go through them. BUT, I was able to find Mom’s old Blue Horse notebook, buried in the bottom of the pantry. It was like Mom hid it away, just for me. Take Care…..Rip

  4. Sylvia, you are as sharp as ever. You and I conversed about 30 years ago on my distant kin, Hyta Plowden Mederer. I bragged on Hyta’s great writings and documentation on Plowden History and Genealogy, since 1702 in South Carolina. She had her driver bring her to the every-other-year, in June, to the Plowden Family Reunion in Manning, S.C.. After she passed about 25 years ago, her papers given to the Clarendon County, S.C. History Museum. Yes, you did “fill me in” on the murder down in Valdosta. You’d mentioned of going to their home, but now, enjoying reading of her flower garden, day lilies and peacocks. I’d would have enjoyed “being a fly on the wall”, to watch Hyta and you share stories. Thank you for each weekly piece you write.

  5. So, help me understand please. Isn’t this the same group that spent thousands and thousands of dollars fighting to remove it from downtown, as well as likely millions fighting the store on Gordon Highway? Now, let’s spend more not only to allow it, but to encourage more than ever before,,,,,,,,,

    Here’s an idea. How about we hold the elected officials in these falling down parts of town accountable for progress. I cannot think of a single thing done over the last number of years to actually improve these run down districts.
    Adult entertainment won’t fix the problem, just put a little lipstick on the pig. Literally and figuratively.

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