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Barrow auctions off commissioners in fundraiser

WINDER - How much would you pay to have someone mow your lawn?

What if that lawn was the yard at the Barrow County Courthouse - and the man mowing it was Commission Chairman Doug Garrison?

For Joe Watkins, it was worth $490 to have Garrison spend four hours cutting grass. After all, the cash is going to a good cause.

"The chairman's going to be out there cutting the courthouse lawn, pulling his weight, so to speak," Watkins said. "I think we'll make it a real hot day."

But the joke's on Watkins: Garrison said pushing a mower is his way of relaxing.

Commissioners and other county employees auctioned off their many talents Tuesday evening, raising $3,320 for the county's Relay for Life team. A silent auction of baskets raised an additional $3,309.

Commissioner Isaiah Berry brought in the most money for the team, collecting $525 to coach for eight hours at Hope Christian Academy. Commissioners Roger Wehunt and Jerry Lampp made $225 and $325, respectively, for four hours each of bush-hogging and Commissioner Bill Brown raked in $180 for four hours of cleaning - just not any toilets or windows.

Commissioner David Dyer got $350 for four hours of banking or accounting work, and Commissioner Ben Hendrix was offered $350 for four hours of washing cars. Four hours of computer work brought $125, while a firefighter birthday party went for $375. A weekend getaway at Lampp's lake house sold for $250 to Garrison.

Dyer said he was glad to be able to contribute to the cause - for the past five years or so, he has been involved with Relay for Life in honor of his father, who is a cancer survivor.

The Barrow County Relay for Life will be held Friday and Saturday at the W. Clair Harris Stadium at Winder-Barrow High School. It begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call Victoria Patrick at 770-307-7956.