A Danielsville man was recently sentenced to four years in prison on a charge of child molestation. Judge Jeff Malcom also sentenced David Curtis Dean, 48, to 11 years of probation and a $1,000 fine.
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An allegation that Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White broke the law with his campaign advertising didn’t hold water with the state.
Assistant Attorney General Blair McGowan filed a motion for dismissal of the case against White Aug. 31.
White said at the time the charge was levied that the allegation against him was nothing more than a campaign publicity stunt.
“I have not violated the law,” said White. “This publicity stunt is gutter politics by defense attorneys desperate to control the DA’s office.”
White, who defeated Richard Campbell in May to retain his DA’s post, was pictured with the Hartwell Police Department in a campaign flyer. Danielsville attorney Lane Fitzpatrick said the ad violated the law.
“Georgia Law states that no one can display the badge and emblem of a police department in any advertisement without the written permission from the local governing authority,” stated the ad paid for by Fitzpatrick in the May 12 Madison County Journal. “The Hartwell City Council did not approve his advertisement. District Attorney Parks White’s violation of the law is a felony.”
White’s campaign manager David Phillips said the campaign had cleared the photo both the mayor and the police chief.
White said the campaign never received any notice protesting the ad. Georgia law requires public officials to seek permission “to use the nomenclature or a symbol of a department.” The law states that the governing authority has 30 days to respond to such a request.
“If the local governing authority does not respond within the 30 day time period, then the request is presumed to have been approved,” reads the statute (OCGA 35-10-6).
White was first elected DA of the Northern Judicial Circuit in 2012, replacing Bob Lavender.
The 68th annual Madison County Agricultural Fair is coming to the Comer Lions Club fairgrounds Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 20 – 24.
The James Gang will once again provide rides and games on the midway, organizers said.
Gates will open nightly at 6 p.m.
Entrance tickets are $4 each (bring a pair of used eyeglasses, hearing aids or a cell phone and receive 50 cents off admission) for ages 5 and over; for children under 5, admission is free. Organizers say drop your ticket in the drawing barrel for a chance to win a nightly gate prize (you must be present to win).
In addition to rides on the midway, there will be nightly entertainment on the grandstand and livestock shows in the livestock arena.
There will also be concessions and exhibits of handmade arts and crafts, community club and promotional exhibits, commercial business, agricultural equipment and vendors with various wares for sale, organizers said.
“Split-the-Pot” guess the number of peas in a jar for $1 per guess and on Saturday night the winner will be announced. The winner will “split the pot” with the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. “You do not need to be present to win,” organizers said.
Fair organizers also ask attendees to bring donations for the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter and the Comer Lions Club will match their donations.
Opening night, Tuesday night, is “Bluegrass Night” featuring the North Georgia Bluegrass Band on stage beginning at 7 p.m. The FFA and 4-H Swine Show competition starts at 6 p.m. in the livestock arena. Unlimited rides on the midway are available by purchasing a $15 armband.
The gate prize for Tuesday night is a Stihl leaf blower. The drawing is at 10 p.m.
Wednesday night’s entertainment is the country music group Ramblin’ Country, onstage at 7 p.m. The FFA and 4-H goat show competition takes places in the livestock arena beginning at 6 p.m. Unlimited rides with $15 armbands. The gate prize is a Stihl weed eater and the drawing takes place at 10 p.m.
Thursday night Big Daddy’s Band will perform on stage at 7 p.m. The FFA and 4-H dairy show competition will be held in the livestock arena at 6 p.m. $15 buys unlimited rides on the midway. The gate prize is a recliner and the drawing is at 10 p.m.
Local favorites the Holman Autry Band will take the stage Friday night. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. A beef show competition will be held in the livestock arena, beginning at 6 p.m.
The gate prize for Friday is a large flat screen TV and the drawing will be held at 11 p.m.
Unlimited rides are available with the purchase of a $20 armband.
Saturday’s kiddie matinee is from noon to 4 p.m. Children and teens under 15 enter free and admission is $1 over age 15. Unlimited ride armbands will be $15. The Madison County Open Beef Show begins at noon. There will be two special gate prize drawings at 4 p.m. for bicycles.
Gates re-open at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by “Sons of Sailors,” the Southeast’s premier Jimmy Buffet Tribute band, according to officials. The show starts at 7 p.m. Unlimited ride armbands will be $20. The gate prize will be an Exmark zero-turn lawn mower.
A teen mother was arrested recently when a passing motorist found her 2-year old toddler wandering in the middle of Hwy. 106 North of Ila last week. The responding deputy later learned that this is the second such incident involving the same mother and child.
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