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IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LINSIDEDEALS AETNA. INGLES. SMARTSOURCE-. LOWE 4~i~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~ CVS, SEARS IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII the Monroe County STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS BUT ONLY 77 CENTS USPS 997-840 Join the Discussions FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 47 No. 46 By Richard Dumas forsyfh@mymcr.nef Monroe County Commissioners on Tuesday, Nov. 6 allowed a cattle process- ing facility/slaughterhouse to be built on Hwy. 42 South despite the objections of about 75 nearby residents. After nearly two-and-a-half hours of discussion and after the clock struck midnight, commissioners granted May- nards Mill Road resident Joseph Egloff a conditional use variance in agriculture enabling him to operate the facility on a 60.18-acre tract that formerly housed the Wilson dairy. say Egloff, representing JRE Services, LLC, said he has been consulting with University of Georgia officials on the proposed project and said it would be the only U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Talmadge-Aiken (TA) plant between Tifton and Carrollton. Egloff said the facility will be smaller in size than a chicken house, is expected to use fewer than 30,000 gallons of water per month at max capacity and will have a non-domestic septic system. Egloff said a USDA inspector would be on site for any kill and renderings (any part of a cow that's not eaten) will be housed See COWS Page 6A 4 Sections 28 Pages Wednesday. November 14, 2018 Cattle farmer Jo- seph Egloff of Rock- ing Chair Ranch won county approval to put a slaughter- house on Hwy. 42 despite neighbors' opposi- tion. (Photo courtesy Facebook) i!ili:i i!!ii 7 ~ ~;~ d i! i i =.- = = By Will Davis Monroe County's two final- ists for sheriff, Lawson Bittick and Brad Free - man, have agreed to appear L. BmrlCK at the Report- er's final debate at 6:30 p.m. on Monda) Nov. 19 inside the county FREEMAN commis - sion chambers. The debate will come sev- en days before early voting begins on Monday, Nov. 26, and 15 days before the Dec. 4 runoff that will decide the county's first new sheriffin a generation. See RACE Page 6A T A Wesleyan College student from Stockbridge, bot- tom right, was cited for driving too fast for conditions and failing to maintain her lane after she hydro-planed off 1-75 causing a wild, four-car pileup on Hwy. 42 on Monday morning. Arjia English, 20, of Stockbridge was on her way back to Wesleyan on 1-75 south in her Toyota Camry when she lost control and hydroplaned in the rain, sliding off the shoulder and taking a Kia Optima driven by Cedric Jefferson, 35, of Vista, Calif. with her. The two vehicles caromed off the highway, through a chain link fence and demolished a DOT sign. As English slid onto Hwy. 42 she struck a northbound Nissan Frontier driven by Austin Dean, 32, of Barnes- ville. Dean's Frontier then struck a southbound GMC Sierra driven by Jennifer Johns, 41, of Angler, N.C. English was trapped in her car as the engine caught fire when Jefferson helped pry open her door to free her. Monroe County EMS and Forsyth firefighters put out the car fire and cleaned up the mess, including five pounds of screws that scattered over Hwy. 42 from one vehicle. Georgia State Trooper Nathan Truitt handled the wreck. (Photo/Will Davis) II 1 Monroe County appears dose to landing two small companies with about 60 employees combined, the development authority announced on Tuesda)n After a closed door session, the authority agreed at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 to move toward dosing the sale of two authority-owned properties with each of the companies. Authority president Bo Gregory said an industrial arts company with about 40 jobs is working to buy a tract in the industrial park off Hwy. 18. And he said a high-tech firm with about 20 jobs is looking to buy property in the vacant Indi- an Springs Business Park offHwy. 42. Gregory said once the com- panies close on the properties the authority will have two successes in parks that have either (Hwy. 18) not landed a new business in many years, or (Hwy. 42) doesn't have any businesses. Moreover, Gregory said the high-tech firm that would locate in the Indian Springs park may attract more related businesses around it. L "They're not big elephants" said Gregory, "but they help us diversify and that's what we want." Gregory said they'll be able to release the names of the new businesses once they dose on the properties in the next few weeks. He said the companies will likely be hiring some local employees as well. I