Tragedy struck Elbert County in the later part of the year, as two young men lost their lives in tragic automobile accidents in the month of October.
On Wednesday, October 9th, 24-year-old Harley Kane Thomason was heading back to Elbert County along state route 172, and was rear ended by a Chevy pickup truck, while driving his Volkswagon car.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety Public Information Office, that impact caused Thomason’s vehicle to travel into oncoming traffic where his vehicle collided head-one with a Dodge pick-up truck.
Driving the Chevy truck was 57-year-old James Randall Guest, who was charged with Driving Under the Influence and Following too Closely.
Just five days later, another accident occurred, this time in Elbert County along state route 368.
According to Elbert County Coroner Chuck Almond, a truck driving passing by noticed an overturned vehicle on the side of the road, and called the accident in.
Arriving at the scene were deputies with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Georgia State Patrol, who discovered that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Carter was deceased inside of his vehicle.
Almond said it appeared that Carter simply lost control of the vehicle and went off the road.
“As early in the case as it is, that he ran off the run way, struck several trees, turned up on its side Leaving him trapped in the vehicle wreckage for quite some time, said Almond.”
Rescue personnel had to close down a portion of the highway for nearly three hours to remove the vehicle from the scene.
Closing out this portion of the year in review, we look back at some political turnover in the respective cities of Bowman and Elberton.
A big election in the city of Bowman resulted in the residents of the city electing a new mayor to lead them into 2014.
Winning by ten votes (87-77) Bowman citizens elected Councilman Pete Gibbons to the mayor’s seat over current mayor Pamela Johnson.
Speaking on Election Night, Gibbons said he is looking forward to doing some great things for the city.
“Well I’m honored that the neighbors in Bowman chose me to be their next mayor. It really means a lot to me. I think we ran a good clean race. We did everything we could, got out and talked to everyone we could. Yeah I’m just grateful for the support that my community has shown me and look forward to doing some great things in this town going forward, said Gibbons.”
Three council seats were also up for election that night, and the winners of those seats included incumbent councilmember Betty Jo Maxwell, who also spoke on Election Night, saying she is also looking towards the future.
“It is my hope that the people of Bowman will all work together to improve what we have, love each other, forgive each other. Forget the past and move forward. While we might not agree on everything, lets stay focused on accomplishing good things for Bowman. Making a good place to work, live, and play, and thank you for your support, said BettyJo.”
Taking the other two council seats were Rachel Felice and Calvin Wade Bridges.
Keeping on the topic of Bowman council seats, Councilwoman Pauline Seigler recently resigned from her seat on the council, and a special election is coming up in March to fill her remaining two year term.
The City of Elberton had a much quieter election, as only one contested race was on the ballot, and that was for Ward 5’s city council seat.
Incumbent Councilman Joel Seymour edged out his challenger Mart Clamp 76 votes to 20 votes.
It was one of the lowest turnouts on record for both the cities of Bowman and Elberton municipal elections.