McDuffie web portal gets approval
The McDuffie County Commission put its stamp of approval on the proposed web portal for the county's agencies during its Sept. 21 meeting. The commission approved a $30,000 redesign plan to consolidate the web sites of McDuffie County, Thomson, the Chamber of Commerce, Forward McDuffie and the Tourism Department.
The Augusta-based i-Genuity company was contracted to do the initial redesign as well as the maintenance of the web portal. The project should be complete by early 2005.
Ivery's and the IRS
Officials from the Internal Revenue Service paid a visit to Ivery's Restaurant on Sept. 17 to collect back pay on taxes. The IRS officials seized the day's receipts from the cash register.
"I was behind on some payments, and they came in and demanded payment," Mr. Ivery said.
IRS Spokesperson for the North Georgia office, Eric Erickson would not comment on the specifics of the case due to disclosure laws.
He also said he could not comment on the IRS protocol in back pay situations because his comments might be construed as being in reference to the Ivery's case.
Local Certified Public Accountant Lewis Smith said the IRS is not in the business of putting people out of business.
"If anybody is late paying some kind of taxes owed, all they want to do is get the money. They're not mad at anybody. All they want is to get the money owed to them," Mr. Smith said. "The only time that they ever get stronger than letting people pay on time is if somebody has promised to pay and then they quit paying like they should have."
According to Mr. Ivery, everything has been taken care of. He said he has worked out an agreement with the IRS, and the restaurant is up and running.
No alcohol at Jay's
McDuffie County Planning Director Fred Guerrant recently reviewed the regulations in regards to the newly-approved C1 zoning of Jay's CafÈ.
Initially Mr. Guerrant thought a C1 designation would allow for package sales but no consumption. After further review, he found that the regulations state no alcohol can be served or sold.
He said the owners could still operate a similar business to what they had in the building such as a restaurant, provided no alcohol was involved.