Railsplitter receives rave review
There were plenty of positive responses
from those in attendance at this year's Railsplitter festival.
County board Chairman Dale Voyles complimented the Railsplitter
chairman, Celeste Rogers, for the good job she did pulling it all
together this year. "You should watch her in action," he said. "I'll
tell you what, it's like watching a tornado. You've really got to
keep going to keep up with her."
The first-time rodeo Saturday night
was a big success. Celeste has more new ideas for next year to help
grow it more and bring it back to prosperity, Voyles said.
Clerk's office to close for election
The county clerk's office will be
closed for recording purposes for Election Day, Nov. 2. The office
staff needs to focus on the election-related activities, County
Clerk Sally Litterly said. "We have a brand-new system, and I have
five employees and I have 45 precincts," she explained. "We go from
near San Jose all the way down to Latham, Middletown, over to Beason.
That's a lot of area for me to cover myself." Litterly said she will
be going and checking to see if things are going OK at the
In addition to election activities,
the office services all vital statistics, genealogy requests, all
recording, all tax levies and every other entity that has to come in
and file with the office, she said. All that is usually going on at
the same time as the office is trying to perform its functions for
an election. All along, election judges are calling in, checking if
individuals are registered to vote and if they are at the right
spot, and the county office is checking with the secretary of
state's office to see if people have registered under the "motor
voter" law and what type of ballot to give them.
Everything needs to be focused on
election for that day, Litterly said. Employees will be in the
office from 5 a.m. to when they are done, at about midnight that
day, she said.
If someone has a time limitation,
the matter can be handled the same as with holidays, either by drop
box or file stamped with the Election Day's date, Litterly said.
"I appreciate your consideration in
this and so do my employees," she concluded.
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On the lighter side
County board member Paul Gleason
addressed Dale Voyles at a recent Tuesday evening meeting, saying,
"Mr. Chairman, I'd like to thank you for sending the sheriff after
me." Chuckles spread through the room.
Gleason was absent from the previous
Thursday evening meeting, and during the meeting law enforcement
committee chairman Dick Logan said he thought the sheriff could
maybe better explain some things, but when he looked over to address
him he was gone.
Voyles said, "I sent the sheriff on
an errand." The errand was to check on the whereabouts of Gleason.
Gleason went on to explain that he
had gone to Indiana to see four of the most famous Abraham Lincoln
writers. In his haste he thinks he may have forgotten to notify the
board of his absence. When he called home to check on things
Thursday night, his sister asked, "Do you know the sheriff's after
He said his first thought was that
the sheriff delivers papers and the next thing you know your tail's
in jail. "Anyway, I appreciate you checking on me. I always dreamed
one day I was going to go to sleep and never wake up again, and you
never know," Gleason said, bringing more laughs.
The Indiana experience was intense
and he gathered a lot of great information. "After a day and a half
of nothing but about Abraham Lincoln, you're just hoping somebody
will talk about George Washington or something," he said. Gleason
said that Lincoln College hopes to bring four of the "big people"
back here next February for Founders Day at the college.