- Associated Press - Monday, October 16, 2017

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia judge is trying to force a surveyor to testify in a county border dispute.

Bibb and Monroe counties have been fighting over their boundary for more than a decade. At stake is the tax money from about 400 pieces of land, including a Bass Pro Shops store.

The Telegraph reports that a judge, at Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s request, has ordered surveyor Terry Scarborough to appear at a Nov. 2 hearing. Scarborough didn’t show for hearings Aug. 2 and earlier on the matter.

In 2005, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Scarborough to identify the boundary. Through surveying, archaeological evidence and maps, Scarborough concluded Bibb County had encroached into Monroe County.

Kemp later rejected the surveyor’s boundary, but said Scarborough would be allowed to present evidence at future hearings.

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