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Two Former Plant Vogtle Managers Head
Southern Nuclear Operations
By Jimmy Ezzell
True Citizen Editor
Barnie Beasley
President & CEO
Jeff Gasser
Chief Nuclear Officer
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, (SNC) the Southern Company subsidiary that operates Waynesboro’s Plant Vogtle, is in good hands. Two former Plant Vogtle general managers have been promoted to the top leadership positions at SNC.

Barnie Beasley, Vogtle’s plant manager from 1993 to 1998 when he became vice president, has been named president and CEO of Southern Nuclear. Jeff Gasser, plant manager from 1998 until 2002, has been elected executive vice president and chief nuclear officer to succeed Beasley.

The promotions were announced late last week when Southern Company said George Hairston was named chairman of Southern Nuclear. The changes were effective Sept. 1. A company spokesman said this week that the changes begin the management transition for Hairston’s retirement in mid-2005.

Beasley, in his new position, assumes day-to-day responsibility for all operations at Southern Nuclear. Southern Nuclear operates three nuclear plants for Southern Company. Besides Plant Vogtle, the other plants are Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., owned by Alabama Power Company and the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Plant Hatch, and Plant Vogtle are co-owned by Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Company, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the City of Dalton.
Beasley and Gasser will continue to operate out of Southern Nuclear’s headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. While they served at Plant Vogtle, both men were active in the Burke County community and hold close ties with city and county officials.

Beasley, before his promotion served as SNC’s chief nuclear’ officer, a position he had assumed in January of this year. He has been with Southern Company since 1969.
Gasser most recently served as vice president, Plant Vogtle. Prior to that he was Vogtle’s general manager. He has been with Southern Company since 1983.
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Party for the President
Last Thursday night, Sept. 2, Burke County Republicans gathered at the Waynesboro Country Club for a “Party for the President.” Local Republicans running for office were also in attendance to help celebrate George W. Bush’s acceptance of the Republican nomination for President. Those in attendance helped themselves to a hearty spread.

Boggs Pays Delinquent Taxes To Keep
Property From Being Acutioned
Heavy rains from former Hurricane Frances did not hamper the scheduled sale of property Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Burke County Court House. Cynthia McManus, Burke County Tax Commissioner, said 20 parcels of property went on the auction block at 10 a. m. The sale was conducted just inside the front entrance to the courthouse because of the bad weather. About 25-30 persons were in attendance.

McManus said the two parcels of Boggs Rural Life Center Inc. were withdrawn from the sale market on Friday, Sept. 3, when Boggs officials paid the delinquent property taxes totaling more than $26,000.
Boggs owed the taxes for the years 2000, 2001 and 2003, McManus said.

Originally, there were 71 parcels set for sale yesterday (Tuesday) but McManus said the number dwindled as property owners came in to pay their back taxes to keep their property off the public auction block.
During the sale Tuesday, McManus said 17 parcels were sold. She said the remaining parcels that did not sell would go back to public auction at the next sale set for November. In the meantime, McManus said property owners could still keep their land off the sale list by paying the delinquent taxes, which include principal and interest. Tuesday’s sale netted the county $31,483.08, McManus said.
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