This statement is true but if you will recall the Rhatt Watch, it was not because of enriching children but to get what money he and his family could get.

Most of you remember how Spencer Lofton allegedly hired his wife Lisa who did not spend that much time with the children and I understand that Lofton treated the children military style. It was not a learning experience except for Mayor Miller, who allowed Lofton to become the Director. Other s stated how some of the food for the children in the HOPE program was taken home by Lofton so his child could have a wonderful Birthday party.

Karin for the blog

White Springs: Lofton resigns as council member

  • Joyce Marie Taylor
    Suwannee Democrat
  • Jun 20, 2011

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White Springs Town Council member Spencer Lofton resigned from office at the June 14 council meeting and the board accepted. Lofton said he wanted to focus more on HOPE, a summer enrichment program, which he is director of.

His letter of resignation was dated May 10, 2011 where he stated his resignation was effective immediately.

The town council will advertise for his replacement. Deadline for submitting applications will be July 6 at 5 p.m.

“As director of the White Springs HOPE summer enrichment program, I will be able to spend full-time on my number one priority, that is, programming educational and recreational activities for nearly 100 children in four youth groups (ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, and 12-14), as well as beginning an intern (ages 16 – 20) Learn to Earn program,” said Lofton.  

The HOPE program opens its doors on Sunrise Street at 7:30 a.m. and concludes each weekday at 5:30 p.m.

Also at the meeting was Elaine Rozier of the Jasper City Council. The Jasper and White Springs communities have been discussing a partnership for support of the HOPE program. Rozier confirmed Jasper’s support with a commitment of $5,000 to White Springs.

In 2010, there were 20 Jasper children who participated in the summer program. This year the eligible number has been increased to 30.  

Ms. Rozier was eloquent in her support of the HOPE summer program and expressed her appreciation for the cooperative effort.

Mayor Miller stated, “As neighbors, the Jasper and White Springs communities have much to gain by sharing resources, and that a

multi-jurisdictional working group composed of Jasper, Jennings and White

Springs is being formed to address a number of countywide issues,

including summer recreational and educational programs for youth.”

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