Man ques­tions crowd in park

The Covington News - - LOCAL - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

When res­i­dent John Draper drove by Denny Dobbs Park off Ga. High­way 212 last week­end, he saw the area “com­pletely en­gulfed in peo­ple.”

Draper spoke to the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers at Tues­day’s meet­ing about a scene he called “un­be­liev­able” with tents, grills and peo­ple cov­er­ing the park.

“They had the en­tire park (oc­cu­pied),” Draper said. “There is no way any­one could go over there with their fam­ily or walk around by them­selves.”

Draper said that he didn’t know if they were break­ing any laws, but asked, “How do you take over the en­tire park?”

He said he heard bud­get cuts had caused the can­cel­la­tion of pa­trols by a deputy, but Com­mis­sioner Lanier Sims said later in the meet­ing that he was out at the park a cou­ple of weeks ago on Fa­ther’s Day and saw a deputy there. How­ever, he agreed to ex­am­ine the sit­u­a­tion of the huge crowds.

Draper said there was ev­i­dence of peo­ple do­ing burn-outs in the park­ing lot.

Fac­tory Shoals Park

Com­mis­sioner John Dou­glas said he had a good visit re­cently to Fac­tory Shoals Park, off New­ton Fac­tory Bridge Road, but said the county needs to raise aware­ness in light of an­other drown­ing death.

Dou­glas sug­gested pos­si­bly putting a sign at the en­trance that says, “No Life­guard Present,” or some­thing sim­i­lar.

Peo­ple swim at the pool-like area be­low the shoals on the Al­covy River, which is ac­ces­si­ble from the park.

He said the park was a “di­a­mond for New­ton County” and he didn’t want to go over­board, but thought more cau­tion­ary signs might be a good idea.

Em­ploy­ees con­grat­u­lated

Sims helped or­ga­nize a county em­ployee ap­pre­ci­a­tion day and au­to­mo­bile show re­cently and hon­ored some of the long­est-serv­ing em­ploy­ees.

He said the county has a few em­ploy­ees who have been with the county for more than 37 years, and has 89 em­ploy­ees who have been with the county more than 15 years.

At Tues­day’s board meet­ing, he hon­ored Fred­die El­lis, who has been with New­ton County An­i­mal Con­trol for 23 years.

In­tern­ing

Ris­ing New­ton High School Javarus Stokes led the pledge of al­le­giance at Tues­day’s board meet­ing.

A bas­ket­ball player, com­puter whiz and one of the nicest, most po­lite young men around, ac­cord­ing to Chair­man Keith El­lis, Stokes is in­tern­ing with New­ton County this sum­mer through the Work­force In­vest­ment Act pro­gram.

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