During the recent child molestation trial of Former District Four Commissioner Scott Dean, two character witnesses came forward to testify as to the fine character of Dean. Remember the “Sexting” scandal last year where a married Dean sent many, many, many text messages to a married female county employee? Remember this female employee’s husband was a member of the military and deployed overseas? We would be hard pressed to testify as to the moral character of anyone guilty of this act. Does everyone feel this way? Apparently not.
Mr. Bob Newkirk, a Harlem area resident, was one of those people who spoke highly of Dean during the trial. Mr. Newkirk was appointed by Dean to the Columbia County Planning Commission, and, in spite of what Columbia County News Times “reporter” Barry paschal says, one of Mr. Newkirk’s most notable acts was to make a motion before the Planning Commission to approve the plat for Magnolia Trace. (The motion was seconded by Mr. Jim Cox who was appointed to the Planning Commission by Ron Cross. We have talked about Cox before and will talk about him again as soon as someone requests his services for their campaign.) Someone needs to ask Mr. Newkirk about his employment status, as we hear his previous bosses have a habit of asking him to leave. Current District Four Commissioner Bill Morris, here is your chance to show you aren’t under the spell of Cross. Replace Newkirk immediately with your own appointment.
Georgia State Representative Ben (Two Poles) Harbin was also quick to testify on behalf of Dean. Seems like we have mentioned Harbin before too! Remember his late night driving escapades? Who was that woman and why was she there? And for that matter, what was Ben Harbin doing there so late at night? Don’t forget Harbin’s connections to Magnolia Trace. Wait until you find out who surveyed the property…….”two” times.
Our opinion of Newkirk’s and Harbin’s character is not very good.
Meanwhile, remain patient, as we anticipate things in Columbia County will liven up quite a bit after Dean’s sentencing on January 27th.