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Zoning request denied for retreat
Bear Creek Ranch hoped to construct guest housing for 'deliverance retreats'
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Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Commission members voted unanimously Thursday to deny a conditional use request by the owners of a religious retreat that has reportedly treated soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder via exorcism. Kathleen Mather, who along with husband Tim Mather owns Bear Creek Ranch on Scarboro Road near Portal, denied the ministry treats soldiers with PTSD anymore, but the ministry has been featured “in the New York Times and other newspapers,” including the Washington Post, where articles highlighted the practice, said Sandra Clark, whose family lives near the Mathers property. “It is on the Internet.”
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