An agreement between Dunkin’ Donuts developer Lou Patel and state Rep. James Beverly is notable not only because it’s central to a lawsuit, but also because of some unusual typos.
The agreement is key in Patel’s lawsuit against Beverly, which accuses Beverly of fraud in the recent demolition of the historic Douglass House. Based on the letterhead, the agreement was drafted by Patel, who didn’t spell Douglass correctly on either of two attempts.
Also, the typed words under Beverly’s signature line originally read “State Reprehensive James Beverly.” That was crossed out and changed to “State Representative.”
Another interesting typo is in a news release from state Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, whose pre-filed legislation to legalize medical marijuana would reach much further than efforts backed by state Rep. Allen Peake, D-Macon.
Thompson apparently proposes legalizing the drug for conditions including “Chrone’s Disease,” which may or may not be related to old women in the forest (also known as crones) who suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s.
RAISE A GLASS TO THE LOBBYIST
The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to hire a lobbyist.
The group, of which Macon Beer Co. is a member, raised $4,805 of its $30,000 goal on the Indiegogo site by Wednesday afternoon. Those donations were averaging about $150 each.
The guild is trying to relax some of Georgia’s laws. Most states allow, for example, breweries to sell beer directly to the public, the group said.
Visitors can stop by many breweries across the nation and bring back a jug of fresh beer.
The campaign also includes an advocacy website, www.GaBeerJobs.com, which says Georgia is one of just five states that disallow breweries to sell directly to the public. Georgia has a three-tier system that keeps distinct differences among retailers, wholesalers and brewers.
Jeremy Knowles, one of the founders of Macon Beer Co., said for his beer to get about a mile to The Rookery and other downtown sellers, it first has to travel to a warehouse in Atlanta, get unloaded and even get a $2 city tax before being trucked back to Macon.
“The beer has to go up there and come back,” he said.
Legislation may not fix all those peculiarities.
MIDDLE GEORGIANS APPOINTED TO BOARDS
Gov. Nathan Deal recently made appointments to state boards that included Middle Georgians.
Roger L. Folsom, of Dublin, president and owner of Med1st, was appointed to the Board of Community Health.
Folsom is a past chairman and current trustee of Fairview Park Hospital and is also a past chairman and current vice chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Valdosta State University and completed graduate studies at the University of Georgia.
Russ Childers, of Dublin, also was appointed to the Board of Community Health. He has served as president and legislative chairman of the Georgia Association of Health Underwriters and was named the 2000 Health Underwriter of the Year in Georgia. In 2010, he was president of the National Association of Health Underwriters. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.
James. W. Andrews, mayor of Sandersville for the past 15 years, was reappointed to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
He retired from the kaolin industry and was also a part-time funeral director. He serves on the Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission, Southern Municipal Conference Board of Directors, Washington County Board of Health and the Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Greg Grosch, of Dublin, was appointed to the State Well Water Standards Advisory Council. He is manager of Grosch Irrigation Co. in Dublin and began his career as a geologist in Nebraska. He serves as president of the Georgia Association of Ground Water Professionals and has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Georgia Southern University.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.