Winder sets curfew for juveniles

WINDER -- In the interest of safety and order, Winder officials on Tuesday approved a Juvenile Curfew Ordinance that sets a curfew for those age 16 and younger.

The ordinance also specifies penalties ad enforcement procedures.

City Administrator Donald Toms presented a first draft of the ordinance to city leaders last month. The law prohibits children 16 and younger from loitering, wandering, strolling or playing in or upon public places between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

Minors traveling to and from school-related events, church activities and work qualify to be exempt from the restrictions.

The ordinance specifies that parents or guardians will be held responsible for knowingly allowing minors to break curfew, and business owners will be held responsible for allowing minors to remain in their establishments.

Police chief Dennis Dorsey said that the issue of minors being out too late and possibly getting into trouble becomes a problem in the summer months when children are out of school.

Black Leadership Council sponsoring event

Representatives of the Northeast Georgia Black Leadership Group addressed mayor David Maynard on Monday and City Council members on Tuesday, presenting his organization's plans for a June 23 festival in Winder.

Named "Juneteenth" Festival because of the two-year delay, ending in June, that Texas slaves experienced in hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the celebration will offer family fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joe McCarty said Tuesday that storytelling, face painting, inflatables, food, a health fair, music and more will be offered to the public at the festival.

"This is not just an event for the black community; the city will benefit as well," McCarty said. "There are historical components to this."

McCarty and the organization's Executive Director, Ruthie Wallace, asked city leaders for their help in facilitating a smooth, successful event for everyone.

Police officers recognized

Dorsey recognized two of his police officers during Tuesday's council meeting.

Officer Andrew Wall is the department's newest addition. Coming to Winder from Opelika, Ala., and graduating at the top of his police academy class, Wall "will be a fine addition to the Winder police department," Dorsey said.

Officer Tim Harrell earned the coveted "Top Gun" award, scoring a perfect 300 in the department's marksmanship competition.