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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:40 AM

Dan Griffin, the Houston County Planning Commission chairman, wants people to believe that he is the victim. 

  • Dan Griffin, the Houston County Planning Commission chairman, wants people to believe that he is the victim. 

  • At the Nov. 10 meeting, Judy Storlie presented a proposal to further limit public input at the Houston County commissioner meetings. 

  • On Tuesday, Nov. 10, our Houston County Board of Commissioners took another step toward suppressing our rights, specifically freedom of speech. 

  • Letter: A greener path – an alternative for the veterans memorial

    I would like to suggest a greener option for the veterans’ memorial. I suggest a plan with less concrete and a more flowing memorial that blends into the land, and it will work for our city now and into the future.

  • Please be open minded when reading this letter regarding veterans – deceased, wounded, current residents, active military on duty, and veterans who live in areas beyond Spring Grove.

  • Living and growing up in the heart of beautiful Bluff Country, it’s easy to see what makes this area of our state different from all the rest. From our charming main streets and vibrant communities, to our pristine trout streams and towering wooded bluffs, our corner is truly unique. Even city folk visit to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  


  • Just once in 154 years has Spring Grove constructed a memorial to honor the service and the memory of Spring Grove area veterans. That’s one and a half centuries or eight generations. In 1920, Spring Grove established the World War I monument in the city park.

  • From April 2014 until Oct. 13, 2015, Houston County Chairperson Dan Griffin argued that  the best way to control frac sand mining was to "strictly regulate it."

  • My name is Ted Hanson. I am a taxpayer of Houston County. I would like an explanation of how the Houston County board came up with the cost of living increase for county employees for 2016 and 2017. 

  • The Oct. 8 edition of Houston County News has an article titled “Planning commission says no to frac sand ban.” The article includes a quote from Houston County Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Dan Griffin, saying “I don’t think anyone in this county is in favor of large scale frac sand mining.”  The same article includes a quote from Ron Fadness, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., stating “You can’t have a quarry that doesn’t grow little by little, it’s the nature of a quarry.”

  •  This letter is in response to the three letters to the editor that were recently published in the Spring Grove Herald. The letter writers are Susan Van Gorp, Bryan Van Gorp and Michael Fields. 
  • Houston County is very concerned about miners’ rights. In the recent 4+ hour meeting of the Planning Commission, all we heard about was miners’ rights. The rights of the neighbors or citizens were not once mentioned. Is that a balanced approach?

  • Let me count the ways Houston County Planning Commission Chair Dan Griffin manipulated the process at the recent public hearing on the proposed amendment to the mining ordinance. 

  • Last Tuesday (Sept. 29) the Houston County Planning Commission held a public hearing concerning a mining ordinance (developed by a group of citizens) that would ban frac sand mining.

  • The Houston County Environmental Services and Zoning Department tends to react to complaints and then seek compliance. Instead of being out front in enforcing ordinances, they are engaged in catch-up. The over 100 non-conforming mines and numerous after-the-fact variances bear this out.


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