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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Thomas Lee Adams, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decedent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 24th day of July, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Noland Scott Adams a/k/a Nolan Scott Adams acting as Executor of the Thomas Lee Adams estate.) Address: 1746 Clear Cr Rd., Marion, NC, 28752, Telephone: 828-442-8330
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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE
This is a legal notice that Evangelina Galvan has applied to the Dillard City Council for a license to sell:
Beer and/or Wine Package Sales
Beer and/or Wine Consumption on the Premises
And is located at 1149 & 1157 Franklin Street, Dillard, GA 30537 And such application will be heard and acted upon by the City Council of Dillard at its regular meeting on September 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Dillard City Hall.
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RABUN COUNTY BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF HEARING TO ALL
INTERESTED PERSONS AND
PARTIES
A hearing will be held in the Rabun County Courthouse at 6:00 before the Rabun County Board of Commissioners on the 29th day of August 2017 concerning a proposed amendment to the RABUN COUNTY OFFICIAL ZONING ORDINANCE. This hearing is held under the authority granted by Article XIV of said Ordinance.
For the purpose of Ridley Williams, requesting a variance. Property being located at 4740 Brandon Mill Road to encroach on the front property line to conduct a walkway at the bottom of the house to provide accessibility to part of the house. Tax Parcel LR01 119 Land Lot 130 Land District 13.
Present zoning is VC Vacation Cottage. At the public hearing any interested parties may present data, make a statement or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Lengthy statements shall be submitted in writing for the official record. Oral statements shall be concise to afford all an opportunity to be heard.
RABUN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Max Roy Southards, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decendent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 1 day of August, 2017.
Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Shirley Hoffman Southards acting as Administratrix of the Max Roy Southards estate.) Address: PO Box 178, Mountain City, GA 30562, Telephone: (706) 746-2661.
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Natalie Irma Howard, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decedent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 4th day of August, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Cynthia Yvonne Howard and Bradford John Howard acting as Co-Executors of the Natalie Irma Howard estate.) Address: 29894 Masters Dr., Murrieta, CA 92563, Telephone: (951) 534-6924
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Thomas Mack Fisher, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decendent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 1 day of August, 2017.
Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Susan Kittredge Fisher acting as Executrix of the Thomas Mack Fisher estate.) Address: 216 Outback Lane, Rabun Gap, GA 30568, Telephone: (706) 746-2567.
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NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER
STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in a Deed to Secure Debt given by RICHARD M JONES to WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. , dated 12/11/2014, and Recorded on 01/13/2015 as Book No. N41 and Page No. 487-501, RABUN County, Georgia records, as last assigned to WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (the Secured Creditor), by assignment, conveying the after described property to secure a Note of even date in the original principal amount of $172,500.00, with interest at the rate specified therein, there will be sold by the undersigned at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash at the RABUN County Courthouse within the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in September, 2017, the following described property:
ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN LAND LOT 190 OF THE 13TH LAND DISTRICT OF RABUN COUNTY, GEORGIA AND BEING LOTS 3-B AND
3-AB OF BLOCK C OF SANDY FORD SUBDIVISION, CONTAINING 3.32 ACRES AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT OF SURVEY PREPARED BY T. LAMAR EDWARDS, GEORGIA REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR NUMBER 1537, DATED JULY 14, 1987 WHICH IS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF RABUN SUPERIOR COURT IN PLAT BOOK 39, PAGE 196. REFERENCE IS HAD AND MADE TO SAID PLAT AND RECORD OF THE SAME FOR A FULL AND COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED.
BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO RICHARD M. JONES FROM RICHARD M. JONES SURVIVING JOINT TENANT OF SUZANNE W. JONES, BY DEED DATED SEPTEMBER 18, 2007, RECORDED NOVEMBER 16, 2007 IN BOOK X32 AT PAGE 383.
The debt secured by said Deed to Secure Debt has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the Note and Deed to Secure Debt.
Because the debt remains in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as provided in the Deed to Secure Debt and by law, including attorney's fees (notice of intent to collect attorney's fees having been given). WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. holds the duly endorsed Note and is the current assignee of the Security Deed to the property. WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., acting on behalf of and, as necessary, in consultation with FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION (the current investor on the loan), is the entity with the full authority to negotiate, amend, and modify all terms of the loan. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 44-14-162.2, WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. may be contacted at: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., 3476 STATEVIEW BLVD., FORT MILL, SC 29715, 800-288-3212. Please note that, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 44-14-162.2, the secured creditor is not required to amend or modify the terms of the loan.
To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party/parties in possession of the subject property known as 592 MOUNTAIN STREAM LANE, LAKEMONT, GEORGIA 30552 is/are: RICHARD M JONES or tenant/tenants.
Said property will be sold subject to (a) any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), (b) any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, and (c) all matters of record superior to the Deed to Secure Debt first set out above, including, but not limited to, assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, easements, restrictions, covenants, etc.
The sale will be conducted subject to (1) confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; and (2) final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the security deed. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 9-13-172.1, which allows for certain procedures regarding the rescission of judicial and nonjudicial sales in the State of Georgia, the Deed Under Power and other foreclosure documents may not be provided until final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan as provided in the preceding paragraph.
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. as Attorney in Fact for RICHARD M JONES. THIS LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 00000006921001 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER LEVINE & BLOCK, LLP 4004 Belt Line Road, Suite 100 Addison, Texas 75001 Telephone: (972) 341-5398.
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NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER, RABUN COUNTY
Pursuant to the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed given by Robert Lynn Shook to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as a nominee for TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP dated 5/15/2007 and recorded in Deed Book B32 Page 225 Rabun County, Georgia records; as last transferred to or acquired by Nationstar Mortgage LLC, conveying the after-described property to secure a Note in the original principal amount of $79,000.00, with interest at the rate specified therein, there will be sold by the undersigned at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the Courthouse door of Rabun County, Georgia (or such other area as designated by Order of the Superior Court of said county), within the legal hours of sale on September 05, 2017 (being the first Tuesday of said month unless said date falls on a Federal Holiday, in which case being the first Wednesday of said month), the following described property:
All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 190 of the 13th Land District of Rabun County, Georgia, designated as Lot 31, Block A, Sandy Ford Subdivision as described on a plat of survey dated March 2, 1971, prepared by James A. Long, G.R.L.S. No. 1579 and of record in Plat Book 8, page 147 in the office of the Clerk of the Rabun Superior Court. Reference to said plat and the record thereof is for the express purpose of incorporating its description of said Lot 31, Block A as depicted thereon.
The debt secured by said Security Deed has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the Note and Security Deed. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as provided in the Security Deed and by law, including attorneys fees (notice of intent to collect attorney's fees having been given).
Said property is commonly known as 333 Koala Cir., Lakemont, GA 30552 together with all fixtures and personal property attached to and constituting a part of said property, if any.
To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party (or parties) in possession of the subject property is (are): Estate / Heirs of Robert Lynn Shook or tenant or tenants.
Nationstar Mortgage LLC is the entity or individual designated who shall have full authority to negotiate, amend and modify all terms of the mortgage.
Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 8950 Cypress Waters Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019
1-888-480-2432
Note, however, that such entity or individual is not required by law to negotiate, amend or modify the terms of the loan.
Said property will be sold subject to: (a) any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), (b) unpaid water or sewage bills that constitute a lien against the property whether due and payable or not yet due and payable and which may not be of record, (c) the right of redemption of any taxing authority, (d) any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, and (e) any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security Deed first set out above.
The sale will be conducted subject to (1) confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; and (2) final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the Security Deed. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 9-13-172.1, which allows for certain procedures regarding the rescission of judicial and non-judicial sales in the State of Georgia, the Deed Under Power and other foreclosure documents may not be provided until final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan as provided immediately above.
Nationstar Mortgage LLC as agent and Attorney in Fact for Robert Lynn Shook
Aldridge Pite, LLP, 15 Piedmont Center, 3575 Piedmont Road, N.E., Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30305, (404) 994-7637. 1006-2405A
THIS LAW FIRM MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
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NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER, RABUN COUNTY
Pursuant to the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed given by Sandra B. Hutchinson and John R. Hutchinson to Washington Mutual Bank, FA dated 2/9/2007 and recorded in Deed Book Q31 Page 336 Rabun County, Georgia records; as last transferred to or acquired by U.S. Bank NA, successor trustee to Bank of America, NA, successor in interest to LaSalle Bank NA, as trustee, on behalf of the holders of the WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-OA3, conveying the after-described property to secure a Note in the original principal amount of $ 2,005,000.00, with interest at the rate specified therein, there will be sold by the undersigned at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the Courthouse door of Rabun County, Georgia (or such other area as designated by Order of the Superior Court of said county), within the legal hours of sale on September 05, 2017 (being the first Tuesday of said month unless said date falls on a Federal Holiday, in which case being the first Wednesday of said month), the following described property:
All that certain parcel of land situated in Land Lot 6 of the 1st District of the County of Rabun and State of Georgia, being known and designated as Lot 4 consisting of .88 acre more or less and Lot 5 consisting of .82 acre more or less, Block C of Waterfall at Lake Burton, said lots being located on the road known as Gray Fox Trail, and more particularly described upon that certain plat of survey dated April 14, 1999, by Leonida J. Sears, III, Georgia Registered Land Surveyor No. 2628, said plat recorded in Plat Book 42, Pages 222-226, Clerk's Office Rabun Superior Court, reference to said plat being for the express purpose of incorporating its description herein.
Tax ID: 014C/403
The debt secured by said Security Deed has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the Note and Security Deed. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as provided in the Security Deed and by law, including attorney's fees (notice of intent to collect attorney's fees having been given).
Said property is commonly known as 260 Grey Fox Trail, Clayton, GA 30525 together with all fixtures and personal property attached to and constituting a part of said property, if any. To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party (or parties) in possession of the subject property is (are): John R. Hutchinson and Sandra B. Hutchinson or tenant or tenants.
Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. is the entity or individual designated who shall have full authority to negotiate, amend and modify all terms of the mortgage.
Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., Loan Resolution Department, 3217 South Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119, (888) 349-8955
Note, however, that such entity or individual is not required by law to negotiate, amend or modify the terms of the loan.
Said property will be sold subject to: (a) any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), (b) unpaid water or sewage bills that constitute a lien against the property whether due and payable or not yet due and payable and which may not be of record, (c) the right of redemption of any taxing authority, (d) any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, and (e) any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security Deed first set out above.
The sale will be conducted subject to (1) confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; and (2) final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the Security Deed. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 9-13-172.1, which allows for certain procedures regarding the rescission of judicial and non-judicial sales in the State of Georgia, the Deed Under Power and other foreclosure documents may not be provided until final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan as provided immediately above.
U.S. Bank NA, successor trustee to Bank of America, NA, successor in interest to LaSalle Bank NA, as trustee, on behalf of the holders of the WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-OA3 as agent and Attorney in Fact for Sandra B. Hutchinson and John R. Hutchinson
Aldridge Pite, LLP, 15 Piedmont Center, 3575 Piedmont Road, N.E., Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30305, (404) 994-7637. 1012-4960A
THIS LAW FIRM MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
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NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER GEORGIA, RABUN COUNTY
THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed given by Sherry J. Welch to Stephens Federal Bank, dated July 29, 1999, recorded in Deed Book A19, Page 188, Rabun County, Georgia Records, as last transferred to Georgia Housing and Finance Authority by assignment recorded in Deed Book C19, Page 563, Rabun County, Georgia Records, conveying the after-described property to secure a Note in the original principal amount of SIXTY-NINE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE AND 0/100 DOLLARS ($69,355.00), with interest thereon as set forth therein, there will be sold at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the courthouse door of Rabun County, Georgia, or at such place as may be lawfully designated as an alternative, within the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in September, 2017, the following described property:
SEE EXHIBIT "A"
ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A PART HEREOF
The debt secured by said Security Deed has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the Note and Security Deed.
The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as provided in Security Deed and by law, including attorney's fees (notice of intent to collect attorney's fees having been given).
Said property will be sold subject to any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security Deed first set out above. Georgia Housing and Finance Authority is the holder of the Security Deed to the property in accordance with OCGA 44-14-162.2. The entity that has full authority to negotiate, amend, and modify all terms of the mortgage with the debtor is: State Home Mortgage, 60 Executive Park South, Atlanta, GA 30333 404-679-4908/-3133.
To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party in possession of the property is Sherry J. Welch or a tenant or tenants and said property is more commonly known as 59 Forrester St, Clayton, Georgia 30525. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the security deed. Georgia Housing and Finance Authority as Attorney in Fact for Sherry J. Welch McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC 1544 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076, www.foreclosurehotline.net
EXHIBIT "A"
All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 9 of the Second Land District of Rabun County, Georgia, and being designated as Tract 1 in the City of Clayton, Georgia, containing 0.86 acres as shown upon that certain plat of survey prepared by William P. Rolader, Georgia Land Surveyor No. 2042, dated October 4, 1996, and recorded in the office of the clerk of Rabun Superior Court in Plat Book 37, page 321. Reference is had and made to said plat and recorded of the same for a full and complete description of the property herein described.
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF RABUN COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
Civil Action File No: 2017-CV-0201C
SHAWN E. CLONTZ PARDON,
Plaintiff
-vs.-
TRACE RAY PARDON, Defendant.
TO: Trace Ray Pardon
State of Ohio
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
By order for Service by Publication dated the 7th day of August, 2017, you are hereby notified that on the 2nd day of August, 2017, Mary Strickland filed suit against you for a Complaint for Divorce.
You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court and to serve upon plaintiff's attorney, Lorne H. Cragg, 1286 B Washington Street, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523 an Answer in writing within 60 days of the date of the order for publication.
WITNESS, the Honorable B.Chan Caudell, Judge of this Superior Court. This the 14th day of August, 2017.
Amy Alderman, Deputy Clerk, Superior Court.
Filed in Office of Superior Court, Rabun County, Georgia. This the 14th day of August, 2017. Holly E. Henry-Perry, Clerk.
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Rabun County Superior Court
January 2017 Term
Grand Jury Report
Foreman: John L.Raymer
Assistant: Wanda W. Dye
Secretary: Denise F. Wood
The 2017 Grand Jury Term consisted of 23 Rabun County Residents. A big thanks to the Superior Court staff as they were very helpful throughout this very educational process. This was a great opportunity to be involved in and watch the legal justice system from the inside.
A team of five (5) people volunteered to tour and examine the Rabun County detention center. This team was lead by Robert M.Grant. The attached report generated by Robert details the teams analysis and findings. Many thanks to Robert and his team.
This was a great opportunity to serve the community of Rabun County. Regards John L.Raymer
Rabun County Detention Center
Inspection
Janua ry 23, 2017
Inspection Objective
To ensure that the Rabun County Grand Jury meets its annual obligation to review the operation of the Detention Center. The Committee also seeks to identify opportunities to improve the facility from a public safety and quality of life perspective.
THE RABUN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER IS EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY OPERATED AND POSES NO APPARENT ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD TO THE INMATES. THE CENTER'S SECURITY USES LEADING PRACTICES TO CONTROL THE MOVEMENT OF INMATES AND MINIMIZE DISTRUPTIONS AND OPPORTUNTIES FOR ESCAPE. THE CENTER'S MANAGEMENT IS VERY COST CONSCIENOUS AND DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB OF MANAGING ITS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES. HOWEVER, THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE CENTER'S AVERAGE DAILY POPULATION AND PLAN FOR EXPANSION SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE.
The current Rabun County Detention Center (RCDC) was built in 2004 using a prefabricated steel building for the outer shell. There is a robust physical detention structure built inside this shell of steel with individual pods which house the inmates. The administration department and prisoner receiving and booking abut the outer shell. Exhibit 1 shows the entrance of the RCDC.
Exhibit 1- Public Entrance to RCDC
There are two central points of control within the facility. First is the security camera system in the administrative area, which provides coverage for all operating areas within the walls and surrounding property. Second is the physical pod observation tower which permits pod common area observation, inmate communications with tower and automated access control. The pods have eight cells with each designed to hold either two or four inmates. The RCDC facility is designed to house 102 inmates including seven holding cells in the booking area. Six of the seven holding cells are designed for two inmates, while the seventh (the Bullpen) can accommodate five to six people.
The six inmate pods, have eight cells (four on each level). Each cell designed to hold either two or four inmates. The pods have the following designations:
Pod A - maximum security,
Pods B & F - medium security,
Pod E - Female inmates, (as there is only this pod for females, there is,
no separation by security risk), and
Pods C & D - minimum security.
For 2016, the facility ran at an average daily population of 86 percent.
This level is 11 percent below other Georgia county prisons with an average daily population of 96.4% in 2016 The facility's population is currently running above 91 percent, but at times can exceed 100 percent putting the facility in an overcrowded condition. Presently the female pod (E) is over capacity with at least one two-person cell with a temporary cot. The only option for additional capacity is to send inmates to the Stephens and Habersham detention centers if space is available. The higher usage of the facility is due to a number of issues, but the two most prevalent are:
A higher percentage of repeat offenders for lesser crimes, e.g., DUI, disorderly conduct and parole violations; and
The slowdown in moving convicted felons to state facilities due to overcrowding at those facilities.
The above issues are putting pressure on the facility's capacity limits. As a side note, less that 20 percent of the inmate population is being held for trial.
Outdoor space is available for expansion, but would require a future capital expenditure. Alternatively, the county could consider more aggressive treatment solutions for alcohol/drug related crimes to help reduce the recidivism currently being experienced. Sheriff Chad Nichols

Interview with Captain Chris Bartolomey.
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is proactively exploring other programs for both repeat offenders and preventative solutions to address some of the systemic issues facing a portion of our population, particularly our youth.
The physical housing for inmates is divided into pods which carry the following designations: maximum security, medium security, minimum security and the women's pod. There are two levels of cells with electronically controlled doors on each level. Each pod has a common area with metal tables and attached seats with a single television. Inmates use this area for walking and out time during the day. Some pods have more restricted access to the common area. In addition, there are two designated recreation rooms where they can use a basketball. There are kiosks in each pod where inmates can order reading material, legal information and a limited selection of food items. Access to the pods is controlled by automatic interlocking doors which is also the same for the entire Detention Center.
Inmates have three general classifications:
Approved inmates that are allowed to perform cleaning and maintenance activities inside the prison (green striped outfits;)
Short-term/or near the end of their sentence, non-problematic inmates (black striped outfits) who are authorized to work outside of the facility; and
The remaining inmate population dressed in orange.
There is no exercise equipment or "yard" time and all prisoners not on outside detail are kept inside. Generally, exercise is limited to their cell or walking around the common area. The recreation room is offered three to four times weekly per inmate for the purpose of exercise.
While there are no formal solitary detention cells, unruly inmates spend 23 hours in confinement locked in their cells.
As of this inspection there have been no escapes. There are about two fights weekly, which the guards break up followed by appropriate disciplinary action. On occasion, the correction staff has to call for backup from sheriff's deputies to help subdue fights.
Due to the modern design of the facility, it operates with 26 Correction Officers which includes five qualified deputies. The officers are divided over four 12-hour shifts to provide 24 hour, seven days per week, 365 days per year coverage. There are five officers per shift with a sergeant in charge. This is a one to twenty ratio which appears to be reasonable given the tools available to manage inmates. Should the staffing drop by two officers, they will call in supplemental help. There is additional day staff for administrative work plus the Captain and lieutenants of upper management. All report to the Sherriff. There is also a kitchen manager who has support from approved inmates. The Correction staff appears to be very professional.
The kitchen manager has responsibility for ordering provisions and overseeing preparation for three daily meals. Usually breakfast and dinner are hot meals while lunch is a cold meal -- typically a sandwich. The kitchen is well designed with stainless steel equipment and all surfaces were clean during our inspection. The entire facility is very clean and efficient.
The starting annual salary for a Corrections Officer is $26,528. Compared to the 2015 newly instituted pay rate for State Correction Officers ($27,472) our officers are earning 3.5 percent less. The majority of officers have about two years' experience and there is high turnover in the staff. There are two primary reasons for the turnover. First, the newly hired corrections officers realize that the job, "is not what they expected it to be." Second is the opportunity to earn a higher salary elsewhere. Notwithstanding these reasons the Correction Officer position is considered an entry level position with the opportunity to become a full sheriff's deputy.
New Corrections Officers receive formal training that is well documented in the recently completed training manual. The training covers what is expected of officers, rules and duties. There is a difference between the day and night shifts. The training recognizes this fact and starts the trainees' education on the day shift operation and moves to the night shift training. The night shift has more activity, as those inmates approved for work duties inside the center may be doing activities such as cleaning and laundry during the day.
The Center's management team attends off-site state sponsored training annually.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the actual expenditure for the Detention Center was $1,870,075 or one percent over the budgeted level for the same period. This represents 21.6% of the entire Public Safety annual expenditure. Another way to view the cost is $21,251 per prisoner annually based on the 2016 average daily population. This is approximately $241 per week to keep an inmate in the Detention Center. Comparing Rabun County costs to the most readily available annual inmate cost (calculated for 2012 as $21,039 4 ) puts Rabun County about one percent above the 2012 Georgia average, uncorrected for inflation.
The new Sheriff has made several trips to the correction facility and has begun to adjust the management team's ranks.
Prisoner intake begins with the arrival of the police or sheriff's patrol vehicle being admitted into an enclosed, completely empty garage with automated doors which are shut while transferring the prisoner into booking/holding. If there is going to be a delay in booking there are seven holding cells where up to 18 prisoners can wait for booking or bonding. There are also portable inflatable cots which can be used should space become an issue. These cells can be used for overflow when pod cells are full.
3 Rabun County, Georgia Annual Financial Report, for the Fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, prepared by Rushton Accounting & Business Advisors, Independent Auditor's Report
4 Georgia Community Corrections system 2014 statistics: footnote 11: Christian Henrichson and Ruth
Delaney. The price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers, Vera Institute of Justice 2012.
Booking consists of the following activities:
Criminal history check using a national database,
Electronic finger prints and mug shots,
Depending on the charges or circumstances, a strip search may be done,
Questioning and medical history information gathered,
Bonding if applicable,
Personal items including all clothes are taken, shrink wrapped, and stored until release,
Prisoners receive the rules of the Detention Center, and
Transfer to a cell.
The booking staff has all equipment necessary to perform the booking in the main area.
There are also interview rooms for questioning detainees.
The Corrections officers keep records on inmate behavior and all calls are monitored. Meals are a highly-structured activity to minimize the potential for disruption. Prior to the beginning of a meal the Tower officer instructs the inmates, in all pods, to return to their cells and ensures that all cells are locked. Approved inmates deliver the meals to each pod in sequence, while the individual inmates are locked in their cells. The inmates performing this activity are accompanied by two officers. In addition, the Tower watch officer is monitoring this activity. Once all the meals are delivered, the Tower officer unlocks the appropriate cells so the inmates can eat. Meal time is approximately 30 minutes, at which time the tower officer directs the inmates back to their respective cells and then ensures that all cells are closed and locked. At this time, the inside-work inmates return to the cells and count all the plastic ware, trays and cups. The officers double check the numbers and inspect all paper ware for notes. This meal process is repeated three times daily. Officers deliver meals to inmates who have lost privileges and are confined to their cells. The officers then return and collect the trays. These officers are highly professional in this endeavor and appear to use the appropriate level of authority without being condescending to the inmates.
Recommendations:
Recommendation 1: Consider expanding the facility in five to eight years to accommodate additional inmates, particularly additional space for women, whose incarceration has been increasing. Interestingly, the "Pod" system is modular, which could allow a phased addition of pods. At this time immediate needs would be to:
Expand the external building steel containment;
Construct a new corridor to a new tower; and
Add pod modules as required.
Recommendation 1a:
If the state continues to slowly accept prisoners designated for state correction facilities, the County could explore approaching the state for additional funding for housing this group of inmates. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the transfer process to forestall the need to build additional capacity caused by the slow transfer rate.
Recommendation 2:
Consider developing a Corrections Officer profile. The profile will be used by Detention Center's management to pre-screen new hires for suitability for the job and for becoming a long-term member of the staff. The profile should be a series of formal questions which will evaluate a potential candidates ability to accept and work within this unique environment. Assess their ability to handle the expected stress brought about by inmate erratic behaviors and their ability to manage stressful situations with words when possible. The development of the profile can begin with examining the current staff's profiles and building from there.
Recommendation 3:
Look for alternative solutions for dealing with recidivism of alcohol and drug abuse crimes. Also support the Sherriff's efforts to identify and start preventative programs, particularly for children.
Inspection Team
County officials:
Holly E. Henry-Perry, 706.782.3615 Clerk of Court
Robert Grant - rivercg@aol .com
Rachel Bogle - rachelnoeljewlry@gmail.com
Wanda Dye - pixeedust@outlook.com
Shelia McClain - mcclain.chelia@yahoo.com
Randy Brown
The team would like to thank Sheriff Chad Nichols, Captain Chris Bartolomey, and his Correction Officers and Sheriff's Deputies for allowing us to tour the facilities and answer our never-ending questions.
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CITATION
PROBATE COURT OF RABUN COUNTY
RE: ESTATE OF Elizabeth Faith Dubois, (FORMER) MINOR
Date of Publication, if any: 8-17-2017
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN AND:
The conservator of the above estate, has/have applied for Discharge from said Trust. This is to notify the above interested party(ies) to show cause, if any they can, why said conservator should not be discharged from office and liability. All objections must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and filed with the above Probate Court, (address) 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 215, Clayton, GA 30525 on or before September 18, 2017, said date being more than 30 days from the date of publication, or if personally served, then 10 days from the date of such service. All pleadings must be signed before a notary public or probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your pleadings, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel at the below address/telephone number for the required amount of filing fees.
If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled for a later date. If no objections are filed, the petition may be granted without a hearing.
Lillian W. Garrett, Probate Judge, 25 Courthouse Sq., Suite 215, Clayton GA 30525, (706) 782-3614
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Kate Stiles King, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decendent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 8 day of August, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Linda King Cleveland acting as Administratrix of the Kate Stiles King estate.) Address: 3742 Timber Walk Drive, Gainesville, GA 30506, Telephone: (770) 538-0252.
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Lexie Zenobia Justus Scruggs, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decendent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 9 day of August, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(William Henry Scruggs acting as Executor of the Lexie Zenobia Justus Scruggs estate.) Address: PO Box 217, Clayton, GA 30525, Telephone: (706) 782-3442.
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Robert James Chamberlin, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decedent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 11 day of August, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(June Anderson Chamberlin acting as Executrix of the Robert James Chamberlin estate.) Address: PO Box 1365, Clayton, GA 30525, Telephone: (706) 782-4770
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STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF RABUN
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS
All persons indebted to Marshall L. Stephens, deceased, are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all creditors of said decedent are hereby notified to render their claims to the undersigned. This the 12th day of August, 2017. Witness my/our hand(s) and seal(s), on the day above written.
(Phyllis M. Franklin acting as Executrix of the Marshall L. Stephens estate.) Address: 731 Whisper Wind Ct., Woodstock, GA 30189, Telephone: (954) 632-5090
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IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT OF
RABUN COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
CASE # 2017-MV-0213
ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
LEGAL PUBLICATION NOTICE
GEORGIA RABUN COUNTY
RE: ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
To Whom It May Concern: Notice of Sale at public auction of motor vehicle:
1998 HONDA ACCORD LX
(Complete Description)
PYH6743AA & 1HGCG5649WA232875
(License & Manufacturing Identification Numbers)
Please be advised that the above vehicle was deemed abandoned in terms of law and will be sold at public auction in the State of Georgia, County of Rabun at
Duvall Automotive, 464 HWY 441 South, Clayton, GA 30525
(Location of Sale)
(A) Said location is a place reasonably available to persons who might de sire to attend and submit bids; and
(B) At which those attending shall be given the opportunity to bid on a competitive basis, and
(C) At which the sale shall be made to the highest and best bidder, and (D) Which sale shall be held on
August 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
This 9th day of August, 2017.
Filed in office of Clerk Magistrate Court Rabun County, Georgia. This 9th day of August, 2017. Holly E. Henry-Perry, Clerk
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