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Southeastern Grocers Above is the current Harvey's Supermarket on North Church Street in Homerville, which will transition into a Piggly Wiggly in mid-May. recently reached a bankruptcy the Piggly Wiggly banner, C&S restructuring agreement, closing Wholesale Grocers will service some stores they owned. This 50 Piggly Wiggly locations in sale is part of that restructuring South Carolina and Southeast agreement, according to a press Georgia. release. Piggly Wiggly was C&S Wholesale Grocers is established on September 6, the owner of the Piggly Wiggly 1916 by Clarence Satmders brand, and the largest wholesale in Memphis, Tennessee as grocery supply company in the first self-service grocery the United States. With the store in the United States. additional stores Converting to Today, there are over 600 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets independently owned and operated in several states, including 48 located in South Carolina and Coastal Georgia. Harvey's has operated a store at its North Church Street location for around 30 years, rebuilding the store at the same location a number of years ago. By Len Robbins said Clinch County School Editor/Publisher Superintendent Dr. Donna Ryan. "The latest Local officials are difference clarifies some relieved after the state items of concern we had. legislature approved an We did what we could do to altered version of a bill bring our concerns to the that they feared would attentionofthelegislature. State Senator Ellis Black significantly harm their I felt like they heard us." sponsored House Bill 85 in budgets. Chad Coffee, who the Senate. The original version represents both the county state level. of House Bill 85 called and school board as their "We're not really happy for amending the state attorney, said the changes about it," saidCoffee. "But constitution to set up made in the Senate it's not a tidal wave all a new classification for version include adding a at once we thought was timber, tract valuation, provision that assessed coming. There will stillbe a Local officials were values on timberland can tax shift from large timber concerned that the bill - be no less than 175 percent owners to homeowners. which passed the House of FLPA (Forest Land It's going to hurt us, but of Representatives easily Protection Act) values, hopefully, not as much as in early March - would The bill changes the FLPA we feared." drastically decrease tax formula that reimburses The bill calls for a revenues for timber-rich counties for tax breaks constitutional amendment counties like Clinch. provided to landownerstobevotedonbystatevoters But the version of HB who participate in thein November, creating 85 passed by the Senate FLPA covenant. Under the new classification for Monday, March 23, placed the bill, the state, not the timberland valuation. protections that seemed local county tax assessors When the bill came to the to have lessened those office, will valuate timber Senate, State Senator Ellis concerns, properties if the property Black became the bill's "It (HB 85) will still owner chooses. AppealsSenate sponsor, impact us, but not as will also be handled on the much as we had feared," (Continued on Page 3) By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Homerville Police pulled over a truck for a seatbelt violation Wednesday- leading to a major drug bust. On Wednesday at around 11 a.m a Ford pickup truck was pulled over by Homerville Police Lt. Byron Morgan for a seatbelt violation. After pulling over the truck, which was driven by David Earl Swearingen, 63, of Homerville, police were given consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Morgan found two pills, Schedule II controlled substances. Morgan reported that Swearingen also admitted he had firearms in his home - a violation for a convicted felon. During the stop, a small plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine was found on the vehicle's passenger, Barney Cassidy Finch, 44, of Homerville. Morgan said police then secured a search warrant for Swearingen's residence at 511 Zeke Smith Road. During that search, they found 19 firearms at the residence, and 362 pills packaged for sale. They also found a notebook ledger with information on drug transactions and $10,000 in cash. The search was conducted with aid from (Continued on Page 3) Longtime county clerk saluted by commission on eve of retirement By Len Robbins held at the county commission office, on board. Commissioners said they wouldn't Editor/Publisher commissioners: Approved the minutes from the A mainstay at the Clinch County Boardcommission's previous meeting. of Commissioners office was Saluted on her Discussed a proposal by the City of way to retirement Monday. Argyle to annex land south of the city. Longtime County Clerk Sherrie Mikell County Attorney Chad Corlee said he has is retiring, and Monday's regular monthly spoken with. Argyle Mayor Kaye Riley about meeting was her last after 36 years at the a proposal to add the Bridges of Hope rehab county commission office, complex, located south of Argyle, to the city "Your retirement is going to leave a void limits in order to supply city water. Corlee. in a lot of folks' lives," County Commission said the county owns the right-of-way along Chairman Kenton McLaine said to Mikell at Antioch Church Road between the current the end of Monday's meeting. "Things won't city limits and Bridges of Hope, and Riley be the same here without you. We wish you wanted tosee if the county was conducive to the best and hope you'll come see us often." allowing water lines be put in the right-of- McLaine, and other commissioners, way if the project goes forward. expressed appreciative remarks to Mikell Commissioners expressed tentative at the end of Monday's meeting, support for the project if the county had no In other action from the meeting, financial liability and Bridges of Hope was act on the matter until more specifics were available. Appointed Casey Daniel and David Hinson to the county elections board. Daniel and Hinson will fill the expired terms of Louise Register and Reid Register' on the elections board. Heard an update on House Bill 85 and House Resolution 51 Coffee gave an update on HB 85 and HR 51. Coffee said HB 85 passed the House and Senate in the recent legislative session (see related story): HR 51 places the measure as a constitutional amendment on the statewide November ballot. The bill creates a separate classification to assess timberland acreage. Coffee told commissioners, it will take some time to realize the full impact the bill (Continued on Page 3) 0 0 0