PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE
President Jim Stapleton and Chairperson Mary Barnes turned the podium over to Craig Head, Chief Assistant of the Public Defender’s Office of the Waycross Judicial Circuit. About 40% of his cases are in Ware County. There are nine attorneys, one investigator, and administrative staff for the six counties in the circuit handling all felonies and felonies and misdemeanor cases in Brantley County. The office handles about 2500 cases per year. All the attorneys are licensed and deal with criminal cases only with no outside practice of law. The Public Defender’s Office starts at the beginning after the arrest and first appearance in court through the entire process even if the case is appealed. Mr. Head is an attorney specializing in appeals and may have a dozen cases under appeal at any time. The Public Defender’s Office is of great value to the community by offering a lawyer to those defendants without the ability to pay. Since 1963, the courts have recognized the importance of legal representation throughout the proceedings. There have been various ways to accomplished this from state to state usually with court-appointed attorneys. The Georgia system of Public Defender’s offices began with the implementation of the Indigent Defense Act of 2004. In a joint effort of the state and counties, the office provides a competent attorney at a fair cost to the government and the defendant. The system has decreased the instances of conflicts of interest and balanced the consistency of competency. Thanks to these public servants we have the best judicial system in the country and the world!
JADA DEEMS YOUTH OF THE MONTH
It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you Jada Deems. Jada is the daughter of Ricky and Penny Deems. She is currently ranked 44th out of 348 Ware County High School seniors.
Jada’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
• BETA Club 10th – 12th Grade
• National Honor Society 11th – 12th Grade
• Varsity Sideline Cheerleader 9th – 12th Grade
• Varsity Competition Cheerleader 9th -12th Grade
• Varsity Soccer 9th – 12th Grade
• HOSA Member 9th -12th Grade
• HOSA Community Service Chair 9th – 12th Grade
• First Southern Bank Jr. Board of Directors 12th Grade
• First Southern Bank Jr. Board Public Relations Officer 12th Grade
• Most Spirited Sideline Cheerleader Award 10th Grade
• Honor Student 9th – 12th Grade
• SGSC Academic Honor’s List 11th Grade
Jada has been involved in a number of community activities including:
• Assisted with Wacona Fall Festival
• Assisted with the Rec Dept. Fall Festival
• Assisted with Zion Hill Freewill Baptist nursery
• Donated canned goods to WCHS food pantry
• Donated food and drinks to hurricane victims
• Fed WCHS staff during BETA week
• Prepared Thanksgiving baskets for needy families
• Purchased Christmas gifts & clothes for children in group homes
• Mowed an elderly woman’s yard
After graduation from Ware County High School, Jada plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in nursing.
EXCHANGE CLUB FLEA MARKET
Starting 7th month of operation with over $10,300 net earnings for the club. Great way to increase income for our Club! The flea market will be extending its hours to include Friday and Saturday.
EXCHANGE CLUB BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, March 22, 2021 – exceeded our goal of 120 pints, to 127 pints, Good job!
WARE COUNTY REC DEPARTMENT EASTER EGG HUNT
On April 3rd, Ware County Rec. Dept. will have an Easter Egg Hunt, Trembling Earth Park, at 10:00 am.
APRIL – CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, Wear Blue Mondays, special club activities, donation opportunities.
EXCHANGE ORIENTATION, II
President Jim Stapleton called on Chairperson Mary Barnes for this week’s program. Mary introduced Mr. Lance Adamson, Ware County Recreation Director from the Land of The Trembling Earth Park. Mr. Adamson stated the sports and recreation department is about improving the quality of life for all citizens of Ware County by providing the best services possible in Youth, Adult, and Leisure Activities! Youth Activities are in full swing mode beginning with baseball, softball, and T-ball. Then comes Volleyball, Track, Golf, Tennis Activities for the spring and summer seasons before closing out the year with Football and Basketball. Adult Activities are rounding out their softball rosters in Church League, Open League, and Coed Divisions. Basketball and Flag football and getting ready for registration to commence. Leisure Activities are on-going activities for all ages including youth after school, spring break, and summer programs and camps. The Senior Activities are underway with Computer classes and Wednesday/Friday Bingo plus special activities like dances, trips, and Movies in the Park. These are VERY busy days for sports and recreation and Ware County has been fortunate to continue to keep up the services to the community on a six days/week basis. This weekend alone brings 40 teams to the parks for tournament time with rooms in motels and meals in restaurants impacting our economy. So if you want to be busy too, get involved with other youth and adults at the Land of the Trembling Earth.