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Raglands Give Land To Town
Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:18
The Town of Lyerly has taken ownership of the Ragland Brothers Service Station on Ga. Hwy 114. The .48 acre lot and 5,600 square foot, two-story building was recently donated to the town by Harold and Wilburn Ragland.
“Lyerly is very grateful for this donation and we’re looking forward to cleaning up the site and putting it to good use,” said Councilwoman Ellen Wyatt. “It’s an important part of the town.”
At its July monthly meeting, council members discussed several possible uses for the site, including as a farmer’s market and as a home for batting cages for youth sports.
Harold Ragland told The News that the building was built in the early 1940s by Earl Gayler who operated a service station and fixed cars there. Ragland said his father, Ben, later worked at the station for George Sitton who had begun renting the building.
Menlo Will Use Grant To Pave Part Of Jamestown Rd.
Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:17
Menlo Council approved paving 650 feet on Jamestown Road beginning at Ridge Street and going south.
The work is a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) through the Georgia Department of Transportation. The city’s part of the $11,278 project is $2,602.62.
The council also approved the qualifying dates for the municipal election. The dates will be Monday, Aug. 29 until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.
Seats up for election this year and the present council members are Seat 3, John VanHorn; Seat 4, Patricia Settoon and Seat 5, Patricia Bentley.
Judge Threatens To Close Carousel Inn For Problems
Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:15
A judge threatened to shut down a Trion motel after a health official, police chief and building inspector complained.
Trion Municipal Judge Tracy Maddux told the police to shut down The Carousel Inn, at 14230 Hwy. 27, if smoke detectors were not installed in all guest rooms.
About 30 minutes before the judge's deadline, Trion Building Inspector Eddy Willingham examined each room and discovered motel management had hired an electrician to install the smoke detectors.
"They didn't even have a fire extinguisher on the property," Willingham said.
The town filed 122 citations against the property. The violations ranged from electrical issues to sanitary problems. 
"They had open spliced wires and put electrical tape on it," Willingham said. "A lot of the other things had to deal with doors and door locks that were not installed properly."
Not only did the motel face being shut down, Judge Maddux also fined the owner $12,200. The judge did stipulate that if motel owner Mahendra Patel corrected all 122 violations within 30 days, the court would reduce the fine to $6,100.