Demorest leaders stand by decision to purchase less expensive fire truck

Despite an indication the city could face a lawsuit over its decision, the Demorest City Council is standing by its vote last week to purchase a less expensive fire truck.

Chuck Miller, vice president of Fearless Flames, the Marion Bodyworks dealer for Georgia, expressed his frustration and concerns to the city council during its meeting last night. Miller said he has talked with two attorneys who both share the opinion the city violated its purchasing policy by not advertising before buying an alternate truck from another manufacturer.

Demorest City Attorney Thomas Mitchell told the council he and his legal partner do not believe the city has violated its own policy in purchasing a less expensive truck.

:15 {MILLER: “I just wanted to voice my opinion. We will see if we’re going to continue this. I will speak with the manufacturer and see if they want to go a little bit further on legal grounds.”}

The council voted last week to purchase a truck from E-One at a cost of just under $450,000.


A deadly shooting Sunday morning claimed the life of a Demorest man and landed a Toccoa man in jail.

27-year-old Cody Jacob Stancil of Demorest died in the driveway of an Eastanollee home early Sunday, said Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley.

An investigation by sheriff’s personnel and the GBI led to a murder charge against 19-year-old Spencer Ray Reason of Toccoa.

Shirley said GBI agents determined that an argument occurred at the home and ended with a shot fired by Reason. That shot struck Stancil, who later died at the scene.

Bond for Reason, who also faces a weapons charge, was denied Monday.


Now that restrictions on gatherings are beginning to ease, plans are underway for the 58th-annual Mountain Laurel Festival and Parade.

The Clarkesville Lions Club is in charge of the parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in downtown Clarkesville.

0:19 {RICHARD GAY AUDIO: “We sort of had the hiccup last year, because of COVID, but right now we’re planning everything out. We’ve already got a commitment from the Band of Blue to march, so we’re trying to make this one of the biggest parades we’ve had in a long time.”}

Entry fee is a $10 suggested donation, except $20 for politicians.

The theme this year is “Eyes to See Our Community”.