Omission of New Boys and Girls Club from Habersham Budget Noted by Commissioner


During a review of the proposed Habersham County budget Monday, Commissioner Bruce Harkness noted what he says is a glaring omission: the new Boys and Girls Club.

0:29 {HARKNESS: “We have a great rec department, but I also believe in the Boys & Girls Club, and it is a lot better to try to get children out of the home where parents are not there instead of them sitting at home watching television alone, when we can have them engaged into something at a managed facility where we’re trying to teach them things – and even an extension of the homework centers. We want to have tutors at the Boys & Girls Club. We want to have computers. We want to have a summer program.”}

Harkness says residents who want to see the Boys & Girls Club included in the upcoming year’s county budget should contact the commissioner who represents them.

It’s no secret that gasoline is in short supply across the Southeast as a result of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. News Director Rob Moore has been monitoring the situation around Habersham County.

0:59 {ROB AUDIO: While panic buying across the area is causing many gas stations to run dry or limit purchase quantities, Habersham County leaders say the county’s government agencies are not in a crunch as of now. County Manager Phil Sutton says the county’s tanks are full and officials will continue to top them off as needed. The county’s fuel pumps supply gas for fire trucks, ambulances, road department vehicles and the rest of the county fleet, as well as some cities. School Superintendent Matthew Cooper says the school system transportation shop is scheduled to receive a shipment of diesel today. If that shipment arrives as scheduled, the system can make it until the end of the school year. Cooper says the system received a shipment of gasoline last week, so that sector of its fleet is in good shape. So far, Troopers from Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa are not having an issue finding fuel in their territory, but Post Commander D.O. Saddler says his troopers are keeping an eye on the situation.}

Habersham Electric Membership Corp. officials also report the utility is not having fuel issues so far.

The Habersham County School System is beginning the transition to a new special education director, following the announced retirement of Jill Maxwell.

But Maxwell is not leaving yet, says Superintendent Matthew Cooper.

0:30 {COOPER: “The board accepted a retirement letter from our special education director, Jill Maxwell. Ms. Maxwell will be retiring at the end of the year. The good news is she’s going to stay on part time for a year and train a new person, so at the next board meeting we will be approving an assistant special ed director who will train with Ms. Maxwell for a year and eventually will become the new special education director for the Habersham County School System.”}

The Habersham County School System currently serves about 1,200 students who receive special education services from the PREP program through high school, Maxwell says.

And, the Boil Water Advisory for View Street in Clarkesville has been lifted. Customers can resume using water normally.