Habersham's New Boys and Girls Club will Honor Late Former County Developer

Habersham County will have its own Boys & Girls Club beginning this summer.

After a presentation by Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier CEO Steven Mickens yesterday, the board of education committed $40,000 annually toward the effort.

0:10 {COOPER AUDIO: “I can’t think of a better use of tax dollars than to support programs that are going to build great citizens. Right? I mean this is what this is all about. This is nothing new that you would be doing.”}

The club’s steering committee has a goal of raising $1 million in combined one-time and annual financial commitments.

Already, the group raised the $142,000 necessary to serve 100 students in grades 4-7 at no cost to Habersham County families in an all-day camp this summer.

The club will be named for the late Tim Lee, Habersham County’s former economic developer who, while serving as Cobb County Commission chairman, negotiated the deal that moved the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County.

It will be housed in the former Faith Christian Academy building on Highway 197 at Highway 365.

Also during the meeting, representatives of Peach State Federal Credit Union announced a $60,000 commitment by the Peach State FCU CARES Foundation over the next six years.

You may have noticed extensive grading on Clarkesville’s west end.

Sutton Terrace on Highway 115 West will include 72 apartment units in three three-story buildings, said Clarkesville Zoning Administrator Caleb Gaines.

The complex will include a clubhouse and playground and is a project of Piedmont Housing Group in Roswell.

A family cemetery on the property will remain undisturbed, with a 50-foot required buffer.

Demolition of the house on the property could take place this week.

Georgia House District 28 Representative Chris Erwin there are a lot of misconceptions about the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021, and some groups are trying to mold the dialog to their advantage.

That happens because most people have not read the full document.

0:31 {ERWIN: “What I am seeing is that there are a lot of people that aren’t reading the bill, don’t know exactly what is in the bill, and it is a long bill. It’s over 90 pages long in there. Then there’s a lot of rumor out there and misconceptions about what it does, so if there can be just more communication out there about just these things I just said – if we could continue the communication about what’s really in the bill.”}

Erwin said the bill allows at least one ballot drop box in each county, but also provides for 24-hour security of those collection boxes.