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September Saturdays tops 25,000 visitors in 10th year
by Liz Marino
October 10, 2012 02:16 PM | 1306 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Celebrating its 10th year, September Saturdays topped the 25,000-visitor mark during the two-day event, making it the largest festival held in Douglas County, Wes Tallon told Douglas County Board of Commissioners during a work session last week.

The county director of communications and community relations said that the festival brought in almost $19,000 in sponsorships, which was enough to cover expenses, allowing the festival to be free of charge.

The board voted to accept the donations from the festival at its Oct. 2 voting meeting and modify the departmental budget for revenues and expenses.

Tallon said it takes months to plan the festival, which evolved from a movie and band performance on four consecutive Saturdays at the courthouse.

“Its purpose was and is now simply to bring the community together,” said Tallon.

In other action, the board approved accepting a check from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department commissary account for $177,541 to be used for the purchase of a Guardian System.

Chief Deputy Stan Copeland explained that the Guardian System will help control inmates stealing from other inmates by use of a radio frequency identification (RFI) bracelet. The bracelet contains a microchip and will be given to each inmate. This will control services accessed by inmates such as the commissary and telephone.

The Guardian System is a one-time expense, said Copeland, and comes with 5,000 microchips, which should accommodate need for at least three to five years.

The board also voted to accept a $67,200 Highway Enforcement for Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) grant on behalf of the Sheriff’s office from the state of Georgia.

HEAT, Copeland explained, is a three-year matching grant paid in part through the Governor’s Office of Highway. He said that Douglas County had received the grant for the past six years.

The program is designed to reduce traffic fatalities and teach young drivers the dangers of distracted driving.

In other action, a proclamation was signed declaring Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week in Douglas County.

A proclamation was signed declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Douglas County.

A proclamation declaring Oct. 23 through 31 as Red Ribbon Week in Douglas County was also signed.

Animal advocate Carl Pyrdum announced that October is National Adopt a Shelter Animal Month and encouraged families and individuals to visit the Douglas County Animal Shelter and adopt a pet.

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