Year In Review- Part 3 -Day 3

December 27, 2013

Into more recent events now in our final segment, as a brutal armed robbery landed an Athens man in a local hospital.

The robbery happened in Athens’ east side near Cedar Shoals Drive, where three armed men forced their way into the man’s home.

There were two victims of the robbery, a male and a female, said Hilda Sorrow with the Athens-Clarke County police department, the male victim sustained serious injuries during the robbery.

“The victim said that the suspects demanded money several times while they were in the residence. The suspects forced the female into a bathroom and detained her there. The male subject was bound and beaten, the male victim sustained facial injuries and burns to his body. He was transported to a local hospital, said Sorrow.”

The female victim was locked into a bathroom inside the home, and was uninjured during the ordeal.

The month of December started off with several Elberton businesses facing repercussions for selling alcohol to minors.

According to Elberton City Marshall Allen Lee, controlled buys took place on October 29th and November 13th of this year, which led to nine businesses violating the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.

Some of the businesses in violation had representatives on hand to address the Elberton City Council during their December regular meeting, of which included Walgreen’s Location Manager William Enger who apologized for the actions of one of his employees.

“I want to apologize for one of my employees selling to an underage person. We go through extensive training, we reinstituted that training to every current employee we have working there now. We have a process that we’re going to have done by December 15th, but again I would like to apologize to the citizens of Elberton along with the chamber here, said Enger.”

Lamar Rousey, Store Director for Bi-Lo, said ID checking will be a lot more common place at the local Bi-Lo.

“We have no excuse, we had someone that made a mistake and did break the law. Our policy that we have is that when that happens that individual can no longer work for us. We have quarterly meetings throughout the year which we reread the policy to our teammates there at the store and on a monthly basis we try to keep it fresh in their mind and make sure I cover that policy with them myself with every teammate in the store, said Rousey.”

Seven other businesses were in violation, which included Circle K, Edwards Package Store, Elberton Shell Hop In, Exxon Tiger Mart, Bill’s Minit Mart, Wal-Mart, and Kenny’s Corner.

Each store had to pay a total of five hundred and fifty dollars in cash fines and bond forfeitures.

Enough was enough for the Elbert County Board of Commissioners when it came to waiting on the final bit of work to be completed at the old Rock Gym.

Since July, the county has been trying to close out the project, but hasn’t been able to since the contractor has yet to complete the final punch list laid forth by the building’s architect.

Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas said the work has to go ahead and get done.

“We as you know have leased that facility for the beginning of January and there are certain things that we have to have available and get ready for that lease, said Thomas.”

He says there is about $26,000 and $27,000 worth of work remaining on the building.

Bids are being received from various contractors to complete that work, which is a process the board of commissioners passed with a unanimous vote at their December regular meeting.