Political Notebook

Houston clears up 1924 land issue with Publix project

The Houston County Commission this week cleared up an issue over 14 acres it bought in 1924 that was holding up the sale of property for a proposed shopping center.

At its meeting Tuesday, the board voted to issue a quit claim deed for land that the county bought in 1924 in a tax sale. County Attorney Tom Hall said the taxes have been paid for many years and are current, so that is no longer a problem. A release is believed to have been issued by the county at some point after the back taxes were paid but the release was never recorded.

The property is owned by Mary Talton Sims.

The quit claim deed was requested to clear the way for the sale of property on Ga. 247 at the intersection of the new Ga. 96. A Publix shopping center is planned for the property and the quit claim deed will clear the title for the sale, Hall said.