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Dearing considers starting neighborhood watch program

Dearing citizens and officials met at the Town Hall Monday evening to lay the groundwork for a neighborhood watch program.

Mayor Sean Kelley said approximately 17 people attended the meeting and learned exactly what a neighborhood watch is, the proper way to report something, how to tell if something doesn't quite look right and how to get blocks organized.

"We will probably wind up with three to four little groups in Dearing, and then we will meet quarterly or twice a year. It's just really helping the citizens to do what they should be doing to be good neighbors anyway - just watching out for one another," the Mayor said.

Dearing Councilman Judson Story came up with the idea of a neighborhood watch program and organized the meeting.

"Basically, I was just thinking of ways to improve the community and get the people involved," Mr. Story said. "I think (the meeting) went really well, considering it was the first step toward establishing a watch, and I'm anticipating it to get better."

McDuffie County Deputy Barry Whitfield taught the program. Sherriff Logan Marshall, Major Ronnie Williamson and Deputy Al Reeves were also present. Mayor Kelley said another meeting will be held at the end of May. He said a date has not been set yet, but it will be publicized for three weeks prior to the meeting.

Web posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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