Winder TV station up and running, planning new shows

WINDER - WCTV-12, Winder/Barrow's new television station, is already expanding its coverage beyond governmental issues.

In a few weeks, a local gardening show will be offered. Shooting begins soon for the first episode of "Barrow Business," a show intended to feature businesses in and around Winder. The station is also seeking underwriting to be able to broadcast local high school sports events and produce a coaches' show that will air Thursdays during football season.

In September, Michael Jones of WCTV-12 will begin holding workshops that will teach volunteers how to shoot, light and edit for TV use. These workshops will be held the second Tuesday of every month.

"We've put quite a bit of work into this (station). I think our citizens will be proud," Winder mayor Buddy Ouzts said.

Rezoning requests heard

Several rezoning requests came before the City Council on Tuesday night, and most of them were approved.

Diversified Development requested both annexation and rezoning of 11.4 acres located about 1,100 feet northeast of Ga. Highway 53 and Ga. Highway 11. The company plans to build office/retail/warehouse spaces there. The council approved the requests.

Another applicant, Jeff Edrington, petitioned the council to rezone the land located at 197 W. Candler St. from residential to business. Edrington said the traffic on three-lane West Candler Street has become too heavy, hindering his efforts to rent the house at this address. The business zoning would allow him to convert the house to office use. Council members denied Edrington's request, citing their hesitancy to begin spot zoning within the city.

Patrick Mill Self Storage requested rezoning of property at 133 W. Candler St., planning to build office condominiums and restore a house on the property to historic appropriateness for use as an office building. Council members approved the rezoning request, with a condition prohibiting construction of a self-storage facility.