THUMBS UP: To the Lanier County Sheriff's Office for receiving a $500,000 grant. Sheriff Nick Norton said the money will be used for upgrading communications, increasing interoperability among emergency service agencies and gathering and collecting criminal data and information.



THUMBS UP: To Clinch County, which will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 6 for the new Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville. The new 25-bed, critical access hospital should be operational in 12-14 months.



THUMBS UP: To Clyattville Elementary and Moulton-Branch Elementary schools for being recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as 2005-06 Title I Distinguished Schools. Hahira Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Parker Mathis Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary were recognized for having at least three years of adequate yearly progress.



THUMBS DOWN: To Hahira city councilmen Temple Ogundu and Terry Benjamin for their absence at Thursday's city council meeting. Despite a packed room of citizens with urgent requests and issues needing to be addressed, the meeting had to be rescheduled to Monday due to a lack of a quorum. When you are elected to serve, you have an obligation to the citizens to attend every meeting.

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