Thursday, March 12, 2009

Plains Welcome Center saved, for now.

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) - On the outskirts of Jimmy Carter's ancestral home in Plains, miles from the nearest interstate, sits a state shrine to Georgia's native president.

The Plains Visitor Information Center pays tribute to the peanut farmer-turned-president but also is a reminder that even on of the most sacred names in Georgia politics can fall victim to a budget crisis.

Only a ferocious battle led by leaders of Carter's hometown -- and the Democrats who represent his district -- has apparently spared the center from the budget ax. Still, politicians from Plains aren't certain the humble center that resembles a log cabin has been saved for good.

State Rep. Mike Cheokas (D-Americus) of Americus counts Carter as 1 of his constituents and says it's "shortsighted to even contemplate closing the welcome center."

Adds Cheokas: "We are definitely on the map and it would be a mistake in any way, shape and fashion to close it down."

For more go read Americus-Times Recorder.

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