County employees due to get a pay raise with the recent passage of the new budget by the county commission, can expect those raises to be included in their next paychecks.
After recently discovering that the 2011-12 fiscal year covers a leap year, County Mayor Mike Foster said some re-figuring had to be done to accommodate 27 bi-weekly pay periods instead of the traditional 26. "We had figured the pay raises like any normal year. Every normal year has 26 pay periods in it because its every two weeks. But this year, due to leap year and because the last pay date for the last year ending June 30 fell on July 1, which counted in the 2011-12 year, that made us have 27 pay periods. All the salaries were already figured (in the new budget) at 26 pay periods but when we found out that there were 27 pay periods, it through everything out of kilter. We talked to CTAS and several other people in the state and county audit division and found out we would have to do 27 pay periods. That's what they told us to do. So everything had to be re-figured. The pay raises will be on the next pay check and retroactive back to July 1st," said Foster.
Typically, salaried employees receive a certain amount of pay a year, and each bi-weekly paycheck represents a portion of that total. In order to accommodate the extra pay period, paychecks of salaried employees will most likely have to be adjusted (reduced) but they will get the full salary for the year to which they are entitled.
Foster said this will only affect salaried employees ."If they are hourly, their pay is based on the time sheet that their department head sends in so it won't affect them at all. The ones who are salaried people will get 27 checks instead of 26," said Foster.
This situation is not unique to DeKalb County. Foster said other county governments who pay their salaried employees on a bi-weekly cycle are facing the same circumstances.
A disgruntled former employee of Shiroki has been charged with harassment of two industry supervisors.
Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said 47 year old William H. Bogle, Jr. of Smithville is under a $7,500 bond. He will soon make a court appearance.
According to Chief Caplinger, Bogle, who was fired in January, has allegedly telephoned the local industry on four occasions since then and made verbal death threats against two of the supervisors there. The last incident apparently occurred on Tuesday, August 23.
In other city crime news, a 19 year old Liberty man, Terry Lee Jones, III has been charged with underage consumption of alcohol, DUI, and evading arrest.
Chief Caplinger reports that on Friday night, August 19 an off duty officer spotted someone riding a four wheeler east on Highway 70 between DeKalb Market and Kilgore's Restaurant. The off duty officer reported the incident to central dispatch and continued to follow the ATV until it turned from Broad Street onto Anthony Avenue. An on-duty Smithville Police Officer got behind the ATV but it wouldn't stop, going from Anthony Avenue, to Miller Road, and then onto Georgia Lane. The four wheeler then crashed into a ditch on Georgia Lane, throwing the operator off and into the street. Jones, the operator of the ATV, was not seriously injured but was charged in the case.
Meanwhile, 31 year old Amanda Lynn McElrath of Carthage was arrested on Wednesday, August 24 and charged with a third offense of driving on a suspended license. She was pulled over on Highway 70 in a traffic stop. McElrath's court date is in October.
24 year old Jonathan Adam Rice was arrested on Tuesday, August 23 for evading arrest. Police were called to a residence on South Mountain Street on suspicion of drug activity. No drugs were found but Rice, who had a capias against him and a violation of probation warrant, was found hiding under a bed in the home. His bond on the evading charge is $1,500.
24 year old Alberto Rojas Gonzales was pulled over in a traffic stop on South Congress Boulevard on Saturday, August 20 and charged with DUI and no drivers license. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 1.
35 year old Lonnie Wheeler was arrested for DUI on Saturday, August 20 in a traffic stop on Hayes Street. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on October 13
75 year old John Judkins was arrested for driving on a revoked license on Wednesday, August 24 after a traffic stop on South Congress Boulevard. His bond is $1,500.
Robert E. Ferguson was arrested for driving on a revoked license on Friday, August 19 in a traffic stop on West Main Street. He will be in court next month.
50 year old Sammy Gene Taylor was arrested on Saturday, August 20 for driving under the influence after being pulled over in a traffic stop on West Broad Street. He is under a $1,500 bond and will be in court on September 1.