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Marshall was being heavily recruited by most of the top college football programs in the nation, inchidingAlabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, and Stanford. Marshall, who has played quarterback, running back and linebacker for the Panthers, was recruited as an inside linebacker for the Bulldogs, but said he could see time at running back in Athens. He also indicated he plans. on graduating from CCHS early, and enrolling at UGA in January of 2019, after the 2018 Panther football season. Clinch teammate Charles McClelland recently did the same after signing with Cincinnati, and Junior Trezmen Marshall (above) is one of the top college football prospects in the country. participated in the Bearcats' spring practice. Marshall has started for the Panthers since his freshman season, being a key cog in two state titles for the Panthers in three years (2015 and 2017) This past season, Marshall had 974 yards rushing on 107 carries, scoring 20 rushing touchdowns. He also p.assed (Continued on Page 3) The Clinch County Panther baseball team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, defeating Seminole County in the first round in a best-of-three series. Above, Bronco Cason leads off third base during Saturday's third game against Seminole at Cecil Barber Field. Head Coach Lee Douglas stands next to third, and Kyle Hendricks is at the plate. ]ritE qIIRE ON PAGE 5 O By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Early voting for the May 22 primary election has started at the Clinch County Courthouse. Voters will decide on two local races, a number of statewide offices, and the regional T-SPLOST referendum in the primary election. Early voting started Monday at the elections office in the courthouse; and will continue during normal office hours until Friday, May 18. Saturday voting will be held on May 12 from 9 a.m 4 p.m. The primary election is Tuesday, May 22, Voters will have to 'choose between a Democratic or Republican ballot in . the primary election, although the T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) will be on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. . Contested races on the Democratic ballot include: CIinch County Board of Commissioners, Post 1: Cecil Barber, Kenton McLaine (incumbent). Clinch County. Board of Education, Post 4: Charlie Mae Cross (incumbent), Doreen Oliver Johnson. Governor: Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans. Lt. Governor: Sarah Riggs Alnico, Triana Arnold James. ofstate: Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Rakeim "RJ" Hadley. Insurance Commissioneri Janice Laws, Cindy Zeldin. State School Superintendent: Sid Chapman, Sam Mosteller, Othha E. Thornton, Jr. Labor Commissioner: Richard Keatley, Fred Quinn. Public Service Commissioner: Lindy Miller, John Noel, Johnny C. White. Public Service Commissioner: Dawn A. Randolph, Doug Stoner. U.S. Congress, 1st District: Lisa Ring, Barbara Seidman. Contested races on the Republican ballot include: Gevernor Casey Cagle, Eddie (Continued on Page 3) cal ls tout m, By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Local officials say approval of the T-SPLOST referendum on May 22 would be a godsend to their budgets, and the community as a whole. Clinch County would receive an estimated $37 million over a 10-year period in transportation funding from the T-SPLOST if it is approved by a region of 18 counties in the primary election. Most of those funds are for the four-laning of Highway 441 from the Homerville city limits to County Road 101 (Cowart Road). That project is $26 million. The remaining $11 million would go to several paving projects in the county, and to the county, and cities of Homerville, Argyle, Dupont and Fargo for use on their own transportation projects and road departments. Local officials are particularly keen on the lowering of LMIG matching funds, if the T-SPLOST '(Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is approved. The current rate is 30 percent If T-SPLOST is passed, the county and cities would only have tomatch 10 percent for any DOT paving or resurfacing projects, which would save the (Continued on Page 3) Beth Jones holds a plaque honoring Iongtime Board of Health Chairman Bill Vest at a dedication ceremony held Wednesday at the Clinch County Health Department. Health Department conference room dedicated in honor of the late Bill Vest By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher The late Bill Vest's 38 years as the chairman of the Clinch County Board of Health were recognized Wednesday, as the conference room at the Clifich County Health Department was dedicated in his honor. Vest, who passed away in October of 2017 at the age of 84, served the health department as the chairman of its board for 38 years - from July of 1979 until May of 2017. "Mr. Vest was always so supportive of the health department," Rosemary Parks, the district health director, said at the dedication Wednesday, held in the health later serving on department's conference room. "You could Council. tell, in everything he did, the love he had for this community and his family. He is certainly missed." Plaques commemorating the dedication will be placed in the conference room, and also presented to his family. At the dedication ceremony, longtime health department manager Beth Jones, now retired, also made comments about Vest's impact on the health department. County Commissioner Henry Moylan and County Commission Chairman Kenton McLaine also commented on Vest's dedication to the health board and the community Vest served as the city manager of Homerville for manyyears before retiring, the Homerville City 0 0 0