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Bishop to honor mayor in April

By Sarah Coyne

The city of Bishop plans to honor Mayor Johnny Pritchett at Spring Fest on April 21, with council members saying it is a way to show gratitude for his 18 years of service in the community.

The city council unanimously voted in its March meeting to declare April 21 as “Johnny Pritchett Day.” Council members Drew Kurtz, Mindy Porterfield and Deborah Lucas attended the meeting.

“I think it would be really meaningful to him,” Kurtz said.

Pritchett is on an extended leave of absence for health reasons, city clerk Lacy Armstrong confirmed after the meeting. Pritchett and council member Chuck Hadden did not attend the meeting.

The council also voted to hire an inspector for the town’s community center and to make repairs to the center.

“We are at risk of being liable,” Kurtz said.

Kurtz expressed urgency for repairs and inspection for the “dangerous” interior of the center, including a sign that he said needs to be fixed.

“I don’t want to delay,” Porterfield said.

William Whitefield, executive director of Collective Artists Workshop, advocated for the community center to become home for the nonprofit. The workshop is located at Oconee Presbyterian Church and offers classes in the arts for all ages.

“It could be an incredible thing for the community, I feel,” Whitefield said.

Another member of the public updated the council with concerns of speeding in the area. Two temporary, 45-mph flashing light signs that collect and send data to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be placed on Macon Highway near Bishop City Hall.

The council also announced dates for three community events:

  • Easter Egg Hunt March 30 from 1-2 p.m. at Bishop Baptist Church
  • Spring Fest April 21 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Fall Festival Sept. 21

This story was written by the Cox Institute’s Journalism Writing Lab at the University of Georgia for The Oconee Enterprise.

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