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The Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s 15th Annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee last weekend was once again a huge success with many local restaurants, civic organizations, businesses and just plain old Stew cookin’ folks vying for the title of Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. The stews were judged by a panel of experts including: (clockwise from front left) Joe Sousa (Golden Isles Broadcasting) Terry Dickson (Ga. Times Union), Bart Altman (State Court Judge), Matthew Permar (The Islander), Tim Barton (Magistrate Judge), Matt Doering (Police Chief), Keith Purcer (Ga. Pacific), and Cornell Harvey (Brunswick Mayor). Not visible in the photo is Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce president Woody Woodside, who also judged and is sitting between Sousa and Dickson. Photo by and courtesy of Robert Cunningham - Brunswick Kiwanis Club

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Marshes of Glynn Libraries gets nod from County for libraries master plan By Matthew J. Permar

Any Glynn County department heads who want to request a budget increase from the County Finance Committee could take a lesson from Geri Lynn Mullis.
Two weeks ago the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL) Director made an upbeat, well prepared and executed funding presentation that had the committee eager to recommend approval of the request.
Mullis’s request was for $17,300 for a master plan for the interiors of the Brunswick-Glynn and St. Simons Island Public Libraries. The plan will be prepared by McMillian Pazdan Smith (MPS) Architecture of Greenville, South Carolina.
The total cost of the plan is $19,800, but Mullis told the finance committee that the the MOGL Board of Trustees voted the day before to fund the Phase I of the master plan project at $2,500.
The plan was split into two phases for timing reasons.
The MOGL board and library staff need the master plan by the end of the year in order to meet Glynn County’s budget process, which starts in mid-December. In addition, the plan will help with state funding and grants.
MOGL was told by MPS architect David Moore, who will be heading the master plan project, that he needed to get started and hold the kick-off planning session with library staff and the MOGL board by Monday, October 13 if he is to have the plan done by year’s end.

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Assessors decline to appeal Land Trust exemption by Pamela Permar Shierling

The Glynn County Board of Assessors (BOA) voted three to two last week not to appeal the Glynn County Board of Equalization’s (BOE) tax decision regarding the Cannon’s Point property tax exempt status.
This decision was a reversal of their original decision made earlier this year.
Earlier this year the BOA unanimously removed the 2014 tax exempt status for the Cannon’s Point property and sent tax bills totaling $111,140.
This decision was appealed by the St. Simons Land Trust, which owns the Cannon’s Point tracts, to the Board of Equalization.
On Sept. 30 the BOE reinstated the Cannon’s Point tax exempt status.
The BOA then met Oct. 2 and declined to make a decision on whether or not to appeal the BOE decision to Glynn County Superior Court.
The BOA met again on Oct. 16 and voted not to appeal.
A motion for appeal was made by BOA chairman Ralph Powers and seconded by Maureen Miller. Those two voted in favor of making the appeal. Voting no were Mike Harris, Jeff Bennett, and Zaida Clay Harris.

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