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Patterson, Idol appointed to IDA

County administrator Wayne Patterson and citizen Cheryl Idol were appointed to the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority by the county commission January 13. The new appointees replace former commissioner Gene Hardwick and Bruce Akins on the board. Akins, a longtime IDA member, reported none of those opposed to his continued service had bothered to contact him. Commissioner Bennie Horton nominated Aaron Brown for an IDA slot. That nomination was seconded by commissioner George Brown. Those two voted for Brown with new commissioners Nancy Thrash and Jimmy Hearn, both of whom were attending their first meeting, opposed. Chairman Jay Matthews voted against Brown, breaking the tie. After that vote, Patterson and Idol were approved. Patterson has received rave reviews for his work as county administrator – a post to which he was unanimously reappointed just before the IDA appointment. Idol is a UGA graduate and holds a master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University. She received multiple awards while with General Electric Capital Corp. She is currently a CPA with GH&I. She and her husband, Chase, live near Milner and have opened a satellite office in Barnesville.

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