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August 22--  Action is being taken to replace the Toombs County Family and Children Services building in Lyons.

The building has been a maintenance headache for years and County Manager John Jones says the county is in the process of initiating a 20-year lease with an Atlanta-area developer who will build a new building behind the current structure at 162 Oxley Drive and tear down the old building once the new building is complete.  He expects construction will start this Fall and be finished early next year.

At the August meeting of the Toombs County Commissioners, the board approved a change order to a paving contract with Dykes Grassing adding $98,000 to pave Kelly Collins Road and $65,000 for some paving in the Eastwood sub-division.

Jones says he expects the Georgia Department of Transportation will start work replacing the bridge on the Green-Tippett Road in the next six months.

He also reports collection of sales tax revenue in the county is up nearly 12% this year and, unlike in the past, the county E-911 Center is operating in the black.

Also at the meeting, State Senator Blake Tillery presented resolutions passed by the State Senator honoring the service of two Toombs County Deputies on their retirement.

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Captain Bobby Ray Smith (right center) is retiring after more than 30 years and Deputy Skipper Smith (left) has been employed with the Sheriff's Office for nearly 17 years.