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Lindsey, Carter end Locust Grove leadership tenures

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Locust Grove Mayor Lorene Lindsey receives two proclamations for her tenure as mayor from the State Legislature. State Rep. Andy Welch, and State Sen. Rick Jeffares made the presentations during Locust Grove’s city council meeting Monday.

Special Photo Locust Grove Mayor Lorene Lindsey receives two proclamations for her tenure as mayor from the State Legislature. State Rep. Andy Welch, and State Sen. Rick Jeffares made the presentations during Locust Grove’s city council meeting Monday.

It was the last time she would wave the gavel as Locust Grove’s mayor. It was his last time sitting in a city council seat.

Mayor Lorene Lindsey, and City Councilman W. L. Billy Carter served their last official day as elected officials, Monday, during a Locust Grove workshop meeting.

State Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough) and State Sen., Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) presented Lindsey with two proclamations from the Georgia General Assembly. One was from the State House, the other from the State Senate.

“Out of gratitude for the decades of service ... for her tenure as mayor ... as the first woman elected as a mayor in Henry County,” said Welch, as he read the proclamations.

“Council on Aging, Henry County Cancer Society, Meal on Wheels, Atlanta Regional Commission ...” continued Welch, in listing agencies Lindsey has worked with as a volunteer.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” interjected Lindsey.

The outgoing mayor is scheduled to participate in the oath-of-office ceremony for the new the Locust Grove City Council, and Mayor-elect Robert Price, on Jan. 3.

One after another, government officials praised Lindsey and Carter, for their longevity, and dedicated service. “Billy Carter was on the council when Interstate 75 came through Locust Grove,” said Henry County Commissioner Warren Holder, who, himself, was a Locust Grove councilman.

“Billy was involved when Eagles Landing [an upscale area of the county] was brought into play,” said Holder. “He served as police chief, when [Locust Grove] didn’t have a full police force. I know people will say, ‘is Billy perfect,’ No! He and I had some knock-down, drag-out fights.”

Holder said it is important that Carter and Lindsey be recognized for their contributions to the city. “Mayor Lindsey and her husband, Jake, wanted to be involved with seniors,” continued Holder. “That’s why we have a senior program today. This is something we need to share with people, because history gets lost.”

As each city department head addressed the council, giving their reports, they told stories of how they met, and grew to love, Lindsey and Carter. “I met you 25 years ago,” Locust Grove Downtown Development Coordinator Linda Hutchison said to Carter. “I had 35 acres of land, and I wanted it zoned in Henry County, and you adamantly said, ‘No!’”

“Mayor Lindsey, I do appreciate the many things you have taught me,” she continued.

“I love and respect you both, and I will miss you,” said Locust Grove City Clerk Theresa Breedlove.