Ila’s City Council members voted to approve an event venue inside the city limits at their June business meeting. Brad and Morgan Barnett and Beverly Barnett made the request and the council approved it after hearing from zoning committee chair Dr. Eric Sjoberg, who said he didn’t see any problems with the request.
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A Demorest man was arrested last week on charges stemming from a May 17 wreck on Hwy. 106 North that left a woman seriously injured and took the life of her unborn child.
Clifford Jay Tuck, 63, was charged with serious injury by vehicle, feticide by vehicle (second degree) and having an unsecure load.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, who was identified by the Georgia State Patrol as Yanzhuo Zhang, 36, of Athens, lost a foot in the accident when the UGA pickup truck she was driving southbound on Hwy. 106 north of Ila was struck by a boom (retrieving arm) that came loose from the Fielddale Farms Mac 700 feed that Tuck was driving north on Hwy. 106. The vehicles were reportedly negotiating a curve in the road when the accident occurred.
Madison County sheriff’s investigator Pat Holl said at the time that the boom impaled the cab of the truck, amputating one of Zhang’s feet. She and a female passenger were both transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with what the GSP listed as “non-fatal lower extremity injuries.”
Tuck was not injured in the wreck, according to reports.
Madison County Investigator Jimmy Patton said Tuck was released the same day as his arrest on a $11,650 bond.