Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 10, 2014

New Hahira mayor, council members sworn in

HAHIRA — It was a packed house at the Hahira Courthouse Thursday night as new Hahira Mayor Bruce Cain was sworn in, along with new council member Mason Barfield and re-elected council member Terry Benjamin.

After being sworn in by Valdosta Municipal Court Judge Vernita Bender, the first thing Cain did was thank former mayor Wayne Bullard for his service to Hahira.

“It's been a privilege to work with Wayne,” said Cain. “He worked for the citizens hard and he has the city and the citizens of Hahira at heart.”

“I'm going to turn it over to you,” responded Bullard. “May God bless you and the good citizens of Hahira.”

With that, it was straight to work, with the council voting for Council Member Benjamin as Mayor Pro-Tem and Cain assigning Ralph Clendenin to the Hahira Parks and Recreation and Street Department, Kenneth Davis to the Fire and Planning Department, Mason Barfield to the Police Department and Terry Benjamin to Water, Sewage and Sanitation.

The council voted unanimously to adopt a Truck Traffic Restriction Ordinance, restricting through truck traffic in the city, particularly in residential areas.

After hearing from a representative of Ameris Bank concerning refinancing the city's Water/Sewer Bond, the council decided to hold the issue over until February's meeting.

The council voted to accept the interchange lighting contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation, approving the installation of lighting at Exit 29.

Work on Exit 29 is scheduled to begin in 2016 and to be completed by 2019. At that time, the city of Hahira will pick up the bill for the lighting, estimated to be $25,000 per year.

The council also:

• Voted to change weekly department reports to every other week.

• Voted to renew the city's sanitation services contract with G Waste.

• Approved putting out an Request for Proposals for a new fire truck.

• Voted to have an architectural assessment done of the Odom Building.

• Agreed to move the work meeting agenda deadlines from the Monday before to the Tuesday before the meeting.

• Re-certified Hahira as a City of Ethics with the Georgia Municipal Association.

• Voted to begin the procedure for closing an unnamed side street off Barfield Street.

• Approved City Clerk Lisa Mashburn to travel to the Clerk's Winter Conference in Athens in February.

• Approved City Manager Jonathan Sumner to travel to the GCCMA Conference in Athens in March.

The next meeting of the Hahira City Council is scheduled for February 6 at 8 p.m. in the Hahira Courthouse.

Text Only
Local News
  • FallenTree003.JPG More spills reported

    City of Valdosta employees have spent the weekend responding to spills caused by several inches of rain that have again drenched the city during the past few days.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Underwater Easter_Rich copy.jpg Stories behind ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

    Christ comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418_valwood001.jpg Valwood students register to vote

    Valwood teaches its students about the importance of voting. Each year, the school has encouraged eligible seniors to register to vote and participate in local elections.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • wadebrandon14.jpg Police still seeking missing mother, son

    Though their assignments have changed during the past dozen years, Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw and Sgt. Chris Crews continue working the case of a missing mother and her son.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Minor flooding expected

    Minor flooding of the Withlacoochee River is expected this weekend thanks to the day-long rains across South Georgia Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Wastewater hazards assessed

    During heavy rain events, five to 15 manholes throughout the city are at risk of overflowing into local waterways, according to the City of Valdosta.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418-VSU_HSBA003.jpg Valdosta State cuts ribbon for health, business building

    Eighteen months after breaking ground on the project, Valdosta State University held the official ribbon cutting Friday for its Health Sciences and Business Administration Building.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417-Rail_Plan-001.jpg State Transportation seeks public input on rail plan

    The Georgia Department of Transportation held public meetings across the state this week to discuss its 2014 Georgia State Rail Plan.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417-valdosta_appr#10C8BA.jpg Officials serve lunch to city employees

    The City of Valdosta hosted its annual employee appreciation luncheon Thursday at John W. Saunders Memorial Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417-Wiregrass003.jpg Wiregrass learns through play

    For three years, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has hosted its Wired Up! event to engage students, faculty and staff in a fun but educational activity day.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results