As has become a tradition, the Walton County TRIAD finished up the year with a Christmas Party at Royal Southern Plantation on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Erroll Jackson provided some old classics of the Christmas season and threw in a couple by Frank Sinatra numbers just for good measure.
TRIAD was started nationwide in 1988 to promote senior safety and to reduce sometimes unwarranted fears experienced seniors. The Walton and Gwinnett County TRIAD meets once a month at Royal Southern Plantation in Loganville.
A brief summary of the final reports of the year from law enforcement included:
Walton County Sheriff’s Department – Chief Deputy Bruce Wright gave his last report as the representative of WCSO. From January, he will be on the bench at the Courthouse after winning the elected position of Walton County Probate Court Judge over the summer. He did give one piece of news in advance of his new appointment - from January, traffic court in Walton County goes to Tuesday instead of Friday. Wright said Tuesday was a better day for several reasons, but he was pleased that it also freed him up to continue to attend the monthly TRIAD meetings next year.
Loganville Police Department – Deputy Chief Dick Lowrey
Lowry gave a preview of the Shop with a Hero event that took place the week before, saying it is a reminder of what the season is all about. The project is a collaboration between different police agencies, including WCSO, the Loganville and Walton County Fire Departments and various sponsors, including Walmart. Underprivileged children and those who might not have had a positive experience with public safety are taken on a Christmas shopping spree. The event took place at Walmart in Loganville on Dec. 1
Loganville Fire Department – Lt. Tim Johnson
Lt. Tim Johnson gave the report as he usually did when the regular Public Information Officer, Capt. Rick Morris, was out of town. However, this also was an introduction of sorts for Johnson as he will be taking over as official PIO next month when Morris retires. In his update he urged that people remember the following at this time
- Keep live Christmas trees watered to avoid risk of fire
- Keep a check on Christmas lights
- Be mindful of extension cords
Walton County Commission –
Commissioner Chuck Bagley was unable to attend as his wife, Fran, was undergoing surgery for a fall. Councilman Skip Baliles took a call from Bagley and advised that the surgery had gone well.
City of Loganville – Mayor Ray Nunley gave an update on the tree lighting and thanked Councilwoman Michelle Lynch for again making it such a great event. Councilman Dan Curry invited everyone to attend the last city council meeting of the year, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Councilman Skip Baliles wished everyone a Happy New year. Ed Warren advised that the city finally had a Planning Commission meeting scheduled.
State of Georgia - Rep. Tom Kirby
Rep. Tom Kirby advised that meeting were going on at the state Capitol in advance of the upcoming session. He promised to keep everyone apprised of what happens during the 2013 General Assembly. A big issue under discussion is whether or not to use taxpayers' money for a new Falcon stadium. Few in the meeting were in support of the idea.
Pat Pippin, president of Walton County TRIAD, asked that next year attendees bring a donated item for bingo prizes for the seniors. Examples given were a roll of paper towels, boxes of Kleenex or seasonal items from the dollar store.