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Winder officials recognize Fire Department Honor Guard

WINDER -- Fire Chief Ray Mattison presented his department's Honor Guard to Mayor Chip Thompson and City Council members Tuesday, asking that the city recognize the service those firefighters have provided for 14 years.

The Guard, comprised of Winder firefighters, "have always answered the call, whether they are on duty or not," said Mattison of the young men.

The Honor Guard marks Sept. 11 every year, attends and stands watch at deceased comrades' and mayors' funerals, attends ceremonies for visiting lawmakers and hails many other national days honoring the armed forces.

Proceeds from the sale of a truck donated to the department by Georgia Power in 1998 will be used for new uniforms for the Honor Guard. The $3,300 will be used to replace old dress uniforms from the late 1980s.

Mayor completes first phase of training

City Administrator Bob Beck presented Thompson with a plaque commemorating his completion of the first level of training through the University of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association. With more than 140 hours of elected official training under his belt, Thompson may choose to complete the second and third levels of training available to him.

"I encourage every member of council to participate in this training, also," said Thompson. "It's very helpful."

April Poetry Month

Every year, the city of Winder hosts a poetry contest. This year's entries must be submitted by April 16 at city hall to be considered by the judges, and winners will be announced at the May 4 council meeting.