Euharlee council names stadium for Turner
by Neil McGahee
Apr 03, 2013 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Euharlee city councilman Craig Guyton read a resolution, fellow council member Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner began squirming in his seat, his red face twisting in confusion with every word.

Turner, a council member since 1986, learned that his name would adorn the new baseball complex — Turner Stadium — being built at Joe Cowan Park.

“They totally caught me by surprise,” Turner said, wiping tears from his eyes. “No one said a word. It just feels good to know that people appreciate what I have tried to do.”

Guyton said the campaign to name the stadium for Turner began about a month ago when several council members broached the idea.

“Of course it was a unanimous decision,” Guyton said.

Turner was appointed to the city council to replace longtime member Emmie Nelson who died in office.

“I went to Miss Emmie’s house looking for information about the city,” Turner laughed. “I found it in a cardboard box under her bed. I even found the original city charter in that box. Things sure have changed since those days.”

In other council business:

• Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss updated the progress of phase one of the Trail Grant project.

• A $100,000 grant for phase two of the Trail Grant project was announced.

• Members learned that Georgia Power had made a billing error, reducing the Cowan Stadium electric bill from $803 per month to $363 per month.

Euharlee City Council will meet again Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m.