The Times to Protect and Serve The Sheriff?

Don’t mess with my Sheriff

I would like to think that one of the main reasons we put this site up was to offer a more diverse view than offered by our local paper.  I pondered in the past about conspiracy theories and wouldn’t you know, the same two central figures popped up again in a recent article.  This time, (in my opinion) the Times refused to allow comments on the story while giving the report a minor look over.

I have looked over the report from Frank Norton Jr. and it brings up more issues than reported in the Times.   Feel free to look at this review.

Other than the “super vehicles” covered by the Times, there are a couple of things that should be highlighted: 1- the Cadillac insurance plan for some of the command staff (pp. 4) and 2- the reduced number of criminal indictments (pp. 35) over the past several years.   The insurance plan is “only for contract employees” putting a clear separation in benefits provided to our average deputies.  The projected reduction of criminal indictments by almost 37% since 2008 would seem to indicate a successful program in reducing crime in the county; it also makes one think that we are now overstaffed in our jail and the courts.

Feel free to look over the Norton report and comment here as you feel the need.

It is becoming obvious that there is some bias being shown by our local paper.  I’m not sure if it is the threat of losing the local organ or if it is just the publisher exercising some political influence, but there does seem to be some bias on what is reported and allowed to be commented on when it comes to the Sheriff’s Office.  I believe in what Aidan White said; “There can be no press freedom when journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty and fear.”  However, if you look at the way our local rag reports, you have to wonder if they follow the philosophy of Vladimir Lenin: “The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”

Hugh Hall County Akston

>>View the full  Norton report here<<

  10 comments for “The Times to Protect and Serve The Sheriff?

  1. The Truth
    September 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Set your DVR to Fox 5 tonight boys and girls. It seems that the Hall county Sheriff Dept. will get a another 15 minutes of fame.
    WTF is going on over there?

  2. chunkypeanutbutter
    September 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “It is becoming obvious that there is some bias being shown by our local paper. I’m not sure if it is the threat of losing the local organ or if it is just the publisher exercising some political influence.”

    If you wanted to see if they are concerned with their legal organ status look and see how many stories they have regarding 3 county officials:

    1)Judge of Probate Court
    3)Clerk of Superior Court.

    2 of the 3 can change the status at anytime with proper notice.

    I don’t think it is the legal organ issue. (See the link for confirmation)

    Requirements to be considered Legal Organ.

    “(2) The newspaper shall be published within the county…”

    That requirement means that there is not an alternative to the Times in Hall County.

    Then it must be “just the publisher exercising some political influence”

    It is my understanding that the other papers he is/has been involved seem to use the same tactic. Get cozy with local politicos and then attack anyone that challenges his allies.

    The only way you will see a change at the top is to drive the paper into the dirt. Force them to sell to another owner or fire the publisher. Either way you have it within your power to force a change.

    1) Cancel your subscription.
    2) If you do go to the website make sure if you go to the website do not use multiple ip addresses (that only allows the Times to tell advertisers they have unique views and charge more for web advertising).
    3) If you talk to business leaders that are major advertisers on the Times let them know that you are dissatisfied with the Times failure to report all stories important to the county and would like them to consider lowering their advertising budget to the Times. Suggest they seek other avenues to get their word out (IE Access North GA).
    4) Stop posting blogs and you will stop driving others (traffic) to see your latest vent. You own your opinions and to let the times drive traffic off of your back only helps the little man stay in place.
    5) No letters to the editor. Let them only have the usual opinions and readers will get tired of buying the rag.

    You hear from political radio host they don’t like boycotts. That is because they work. The host don’t want their advertisers boycotted due to the host political comments. That is the only reason they are on the air.

    Boycotts work… ask Jesse Jackson. It is how he has made a living.

  3. chunkypeanutbutter
    September 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I stand corrected!

    (2) The newspaper shall be published within the county.

    I was reading into the term published wrong. I believed that the paper had to be created within Hall County. I was told that the paper only has to be sold in Hall County for the paper to be eligible to be called the legal organ.

    That means there are two options if you want to change the county organ.
    1) The AJC
    2) The Gwinnett Daily Post.

    Both papers sell enough copies within Hall County daily to be that for Hall County residents.

    O.C.G.A. § 9-13-142

    (4) Based on the published results of the 1990 United States decennial census or any future such census, the newspaper shall have and maintain at least the following paid circulation within the county for which it is designated as the legal organ newspaper:

    (C) One thousand five hundred (1500) copies per issue in counties having a population of 100,000 or greater; and

    So you want to see a change contact:

    Charles Baker – Clerk of Courts

    Patti Cornett – Probate Judge

    Steve Cronic – Sheriff

    The impact of loosing the designation is huge to the Times.

    Hall County government would no longer have to spend our tax dollars advertising with the Times.

    Anyone required to place legal advertisements in a paper would no longer have to pay the Times.

    You want to see a change now? Pick up your phone and call:

    Charles Baker – Clerk of Courts

    Patti Cornett – Probate Judge

    I would say call the Sheriff, but that would be a waste of time.

    Tired of all the SPLOST increase propaganda from the Times? Tired of all of the slanted news stories from the Times? Tired of not reporting news that is important to our future to protect political allies from the Times? Had enough of little Denny and the masked puppets?

    Then do something about it!

    Tell your friends to call too! This needs to be a true grassroots effort.

  4. Dainty Lady
    September 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Oh my…

    HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A 25 year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s department claims he was fired for blowing the whistle on a fellow officer, but the veteran’s boss says the lieutenant had no evidence of any wrongdoing and refused to cooperate.

    Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell has been investigating the Hall County Sheriff’s department and has the story.

    • supercooper
      September 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

      The Lt. on the above news story has posted a request on his web page for any and all to watch his wall on facebook. He will announce the day and time of his appeal with the Civil Service Board and asks that as many as possible attend the hearing to hear the TRUTH!!!!!!

      • Dainty Lady
        September 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        Can anyone attend the civil service board hearing?

        • supercooper
          September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

          yes it is open to the public!!

          • supercooper
            September 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

            This will be after he meets with Sheriff Cronic which I’m told will occur Wednesday the 28. The better part of the story though is, the Sheriff had twenty days to respond from his appeal date. Well guess what? Didn’t happen!! Sheriff did what he has been doing. Left it up to the Colonel. Problem is, Colonel was the one who fired him, thus the person he had the grievance with. The appeal goes to the next higher supervisor from the one who took the action. He told me, he got a letter that was not within the twenty days and it was from…you guessed it, Strickland. Said he could meet with strickland again or said he could meet with the Sheriff. Gee whilakers guy, that’s what he asked to do in the first place. Thanks for granting him permission to do what the policy says he is allowed to do anyway. Where’s the Sheriff? Hid in the bushes saying “go away, you cant see me, go find the Colonel, he’s the one you want, not me”!!!

            Well, someone in one of these post mentioned “federal investigation”. Hide and watch boys and girls.

  5. Dainty Lady
    October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Has anyone heard how the hearing went?

  6. David
    October 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Funny how in the Times article about the Dawson Co deputy that was fired, there was a comment calling Cronic ” Sheriff Steve Cronically Absent” and outlining some of the covering up this administration does, which was suddenly deleted from the Times website. The person that commented was comparing DCSO’s willingness to terminate and possibly charge the officer, compared to the covering up of some of HCSO’s rotten apples. WOW!

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