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Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

There's a scan of it here: http://blairsville .com/images/splost 2007.jpg  (Jan 25, 2013 | post #122)

Blairsville, GA

The Battle of Blairsville (david's letter)

There is a huge difference between an investigation and a witch hunt.  (Dec 11, 2010 | post #35)

Blairsville, GA

The Battle of Blairsville (david's letter)

The citizens of Union County voted on and approved the monies spent on repairing the old middle school gym when they voted on and approved the renewal of the SPLOST tax on February 5th, 2008. As part of the SPLOST notice and multiple county meetings in late 2007/early 2008, a list of projects were identified that the SPLOST money would be used to fund. Item 11 stated, as listed in the official notice published in the North Georgia News as the legal organ, "(11) Renovations to Old Courthouse, Old Gym and other Historic Facilities - $1,350,000" The rest of that legal notice can be found on this page, about halfway down: www.blairsville.co m/forum/topic.asp? whichpage=8&AR CHIVEVIEW=&TOP IC_ID=5673  (Dec 11, 2010 | post #31)

Blairsville, GA

friendly business

BoemannS. If you're going to spell it out, you should try to do it correctly. Anyone can get a topic removed from here on Topix without paying if you can show that the topic or post isn't true and is potentially defamatory. *** Let me repeat that for everyone reading - anyone can get a topic removed from here on Topix without paying if you can show that the topic or post isn't true and is potentially defamatory. Just use the "Feedback " or "Report Abuse" button. It might take a day or two, and it might take more than one submission but they do listen to reasonable requestsNo one who knows me has questioned either my credibility or my ability to keep information. I'm part of a family of three generations of lawyers. My grandfather was a city judge for Blairsville. I daresay I learned far earlier than most what discretion and privileged information was about and internalized it appropriately. That said, the premise that this complaint about "can't trust with information" or "has access to personal patient information" has been wrong from start and shows such an ignorance of information technolgy and computer systems that they should be red with embarrassment if they only had the wherewithal to understand just how far off base they were. It's like saying the guy that fixes boat engines down at the local marina knows where every person went and what they did when they took a boat out through that marina. The disconnect is so wide as to be unbelievable - unless this poster has an ulterior motive and is trying to cast myself in a bad light because of some past unknown slight. I've asked before - did I hurt you? Did I write something that caused you pain and in consequence you're lashing out like this at me? Is there something I can do to ease that pain or right that wrong? Was it my words or words of another on a website that my brother and I own? I'm only responsible for my own words. We have rules to govern the rest. Those rules weren't there from day 1 though - we had to learn and develop and grow them. But I take responsibility for the words I post here and on my own site. I post as Mr Bill and ShadowMan on Blairsville.com - the latter being the ID I had well before my brother and I bought the site. I post as BlairsvilleBill here on Topix. So tell me what I need to do to gain your forgiveness. Let me see if I can accomodate you. It's simple enough to reach out to me - my email address is bill (at) boemanns (dot) com . As an aside, I'm sorry that any business, including mine, got listed here on Topix and set up as an easy target. No matter how well intended the topic, you readers should know by now that any kindness will quickly be trounced by the other malcontents that Topix has gained a reputation for.  (Oct 26, 2009 | post #33)

Blairsville, GA

Reward Fund for Information

The reward notice is listed on craigslist. You can see it at atlanta.craigslist .org/nat/vnn/13240 44563.html I tried to contact the person that posted the listing around lunchtime to see if it was legitimate and haven't received a response back yet. I haven't seen any news media mention it yet either. I would be wary of it until it can be confirmed independently as a legitimate reward fund.  (Aug 15, 2009 | post #4)

Blairsville, GA

Listening to blairsville scanner

There is a topic there on our site under Blairsville New about Kristi's disappearance. If you care to read it, it clearly notes we couldn't find any official corroboration for the latest "news" that was being discussed and did not put it on our site. We are not in competition or, um..."match " with the NGN and I'm glad Norman is there doing what he's paid to do. It's apples and oranges from us though. The NGN is a once a week news source that sometimes provides mid-week online updates if it is a big story. Our site is a community website that shows off our city and county and also has a forum where members can converse about current topics, especially as they relate to Blairsville and Union County. It's that local conversation that led to the creation of our tagline a couple of years ago: "The place to go to be in the know - Blairsville.com " The NGN liked it so much they started using a modified version of it for themselves. That causes us much amusement since we know every time they run it they're thinking of usWebsites have different rules applied to them than publications like newspapers and other periodicals. The posters have individual responsibility for their words, not the medium carrying it. For the average person though, we've got identified rules that we try to apply to the best of our ability to address grievances. Public figures have different standards applied to them though and the most vocal critic of our forums to date is a public figure. It's hard to find a happy medium in this regard, but we do the best that we can by themUnion County citizens have used scanners far longer than I can remember to keep a pulse on what is happening within the county, whether it's the result of a rainstorm, Friday night full-moon craziness, or even significant police events. Our site has been providing online scanner access to its members since December of 2008, and has been documenting things happening on the scanners for more than two years before that. It not in competition with the NGN, but out of interest in what's going on in our community and a fondness towards radios and computers and the marrying of their technologies. For those of you that appreciate the resources we put out there for use, we thank you and appreciate you also. For those that don't, it is my wish that you find something or somewhere that meets your needs. It's a big Internet with lots of space for all of us.  (Aug 15, 2009 | post #46)

Blairsville, GA

Listening to blairsville scanner

Hi all. I wanted to pop out here and clarify a few things about the online scanner in response to certain criticismsI disagree - it wasn't me scaring anyone. The various agencies were broadcasting that information across the public airwaves for anyone to pick up. Anyone with a scanner (which used to be about half the population - that may be closer to 35% now) could hear what was going on (and did). I'm actually rather proud of the documenting I did and the way that thread progressed. I didn't make anything up. I just put down what I heard and I posted it with that caveat as well. I also noted inconsistencies that I found. Then a member of the site reported on it being a drill. But don't take my word for it - feel free to read for yourselves: www.blairsville.co m/forum/topic.asp? TOPIC_ID=8193 And if you care to look father back into the forum archives, you'll see the reasons we started documenting things happening in the community and heard on the scanner (this will take you back to 2006): www.blairsville.co m/forum/topic.asp? whichpage=1&AR CHIVEVIEW=&TOP IC_ID=2377 I've got another post to follow after this.  (Aug 15, 2009 | post #45)

Blairsville, GA

Sign Ordinances

Go back an read the newspaper articles again about this. The ordinance is already in place. It's been written, read twice in city council meetings, and adopted already. The current controversy came from revisiting it and wondering how to administer it and enforce it. That was where it was pointed out there weren't any fees set up yet or application available to hand to people who came in wanting to stay in line with the ordinance.  (Jun 24, 2009 | post #35)

Blairsville, GA

Sign Ordinances

It is indeed a beautiful building now with the expansion and addition of the drive-thru while maintaining the rock facade. But it isn't the LED sign or the night spotlights that make it soThree things here - no one said it had to look like a park. Those 18-wheelers have to abide by the same traffic laws you do, so if they're not playing nice you should be calling your local law enforcement about it. And it is a place to hobnob every time there's a Friday night concert in the old courthouse, when there's a classic car Cruise-In on the Square, when there's a music festival, when there's an art festival, when there's a Halloween on the Square, and when there's a parade. Improving downtown Blairsville does help all by promoting tourism and tourism dollars, by encouraging businesses to locate there, and by building a sense of community between those who grew up here and those who moved here.  (Jun 24, 2009 | post #23)

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