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Commissioners to rename thoroughfare for fallen Marine
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
October 24, 2012 03:38 PM | 1441 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A local fallen Marine will soon be remembered for his sacrifice each time someone travels between Chapel Hill Road. and Ga. Hwy 5.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Oct. 16 in support of the naming of a portion of Douglas Boulevard in honor of Scott Harper, a graduate of Alexander High School who was killed in Afghanistan Oct. 13, 2011.

The portion of the street will be honorarily named “Lance Corporal Scott ‘Boots’ Harper Blvd.” at the request of Harper’s father, Brian Harper, to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.

“Rarely do we have a choice to do something that makes you proud to the core,” said McDade, addressing the commissioners and family members who attended the reading of the resolution.

The father had asked McDade for his son to be memorialized in the community, and suggested the place where Harper spent so much time with friends and where he enlisted in the Marines.

Commission Chairman Tom Worthan was visibly moved during the recognition during the meeting. He recalled how Wes Tallon, director of communications and community relations had coordinated efforts to honor Harper when his body was returned home a year ago.

“I want to thank the community for the love and support of this family,” said Worthan, “and thank you for the sacrifice Scott made to keep us all safe.”

The street name will officially remain Douglas Boulevard. The new sign will be an honor designation only.

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In other action, the board voted to authorize a public hearing to consider revoking a burial disturbance permit issued to Cornerstone Development for a small family plot at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Dorsett Shoals Road at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church.

At the Oct. 15 work session, District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare had asked the commissioners to table the request for revocation of the permit, saying that since it is tied in with planning and zoning, legal time should be given to advertise a public hearing on the proposed action.

No project was developed at the site and no action regarding the permit has been taken within the last 24 months, according to Amy Brumelow, county director of planning and zoning.

A proclamation presented by Linda Lee of Wellstar Health System was signed declaring Oct. 18, 2012, as Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Members of the Douglas County Retired Educators Association presented a proclamation declaring Nov. 4, 2012 as Retired Educators Day in Douglas County.

The proclamation was read by organization president Jerry Hollis.
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