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Be sure and vote Tuesday
Chances are, most of Banks County's registered
voters won't go to the polls on Tuesday. No local candidates
are on the ballot. No local issues are to be decided.
Two ambulances wreck Sat. night
Nine injured from three county wrecks in
less than 30 minutes
In less than 30 minutes Saturday night, nine people were transported
to area hospitals as the result of three wrecks, two of which
involved ambulances rushing to the scene of the first accident.
Construction to begin soon at Freightliner in Jefferson
Freightliner is set to begin construction
on a new $13 million truck dealership in Jefferson.
Marketing Survey Says Commerce Should Concentrate On
Restaurants And Retail
By the year 2003, Commerce could support
possibly seven downtown restaurants, according to the authors
of a $10,000 marketing study conducted for the city at the request
of the Downtown Development Authority.
Ho-Hum: Not Much Interest Seen In Presidential Primary
JEFFERSON -- A low turnout is expected
Tuesday when Jackson County voters go to the polls to cast their
ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary.
Keep it rural!
A controversial rezoning request on Floyd
Road was withdrawn Monday after neighboring residents voiced
fears that the zoning change would spark more residential development
in the agricultural area.
No county coverage
BOC says 'no' to health insurance for county's elected
Madison County's elected officials will continue to seek health
insurance apart from the county.
County voters to show presidential preferences
Madison Countians will get their turn to
select their favorite party hopefuls in the race for president
Lady Leopards kick first goal
Landrum boots end to drought
Every game the Banks County girls' soccer team had played ened
in a shutout before Friday night.
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LENDING A HELPING
A group of 45 volunteers from three
northeastern states spent last week helping to rebuild New Salem
United Methodist Church on Hwy. 59 in Banks County. The church
was destroyed by an arsonist on Dec. 31, 1998.
Photo by Sherry Lewis
Low voter turnout
expected Tues. for Presidential Primary
BY ANGELA GARY
A low turnout is expected Tuesday when Banks County voters go
to the polls to cast their ballots in the Presidential Preference
Banks County probate judge Milton Dalton expects the turnout
to be low with no more than 20 percent of the county's 6,158
registered voters actually voting. Dalton said Monday that only
six absentee ballots had been requested.
The Republican candidates in the presidential primary are John
McCain, George W. Bush and Alan Keyes. The names of Steve Forbes,
Gary Bauer and Orrin Hatch will also be on the ballot, but they
have dropped out of the race. Democrat candidates are Al Gore
and Bill Bradley.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the various Banks
The board of commissioners' chairman's seat, sheriff, two board
of education posts, along with other county and state offices
will be up for grabs in the July 18 primary. Qualifying will
be from 9 a.m. Monday, April 24, through noon Friday, April 28,
for the county seats up for grabs.
The qualifying fees are as follows: commission chairman, $900;
tax commissioner, $838.83; probate judge, $1,000.83; clerk of
court, $982.35; sheriff, $1,112.67; magistrate judge, $744.03;
coroner, $126.75; surveyor, $18; board of education post 1, $51;
BOE post 2, $57; and BOC post 4, $51.
If a run-off is necessary for the primary, it will be held on
Aug. 8. The general election will be Nov. 7 with the run-off
scheduled for Nov. 28.
New Salem UMC rebuild
BY SHERRY LEWIS
In a gesture of good will, teenagers and adults from three northeastern
states spent last week helping to rebuild New Salem United Methodist
"It's good to see the love of Christ and the fellowship
of Christians working side by side," said Marge Gonya of
Millbury Federated Methodist Church in Millbury, Mass. "It's
a great opportunity to work to build the Lord's house back again."
The church on Hwy. 59 is the site of a week-long mission project
for the 45 youths and adults. For Gonya and her group, this is
the fourth year they have traveled south to lend a hand to rebuild
a church that was destroyed by the hands of an arsonist.
"Every year, we can't wait to get back to our church and
share our experiences," Gonya said.
Gonya worked to build the altar, while others put in windows
and did the frame work for a stained glass window.
For Maja Stankovic, 16, of New York, she said she just wanted
to return the good will that she received when her family moved
to the United States from Bosnia 14 months ago.
"My sponsors helped me when I got over to the United States
and I just wanted to return the good will," said Stankovic.
She said it has been a learning experience for her as well.
"It is good to help people," she said. "I learned
to do a lot of things which I didn't know. I had never had a
hammer in my hands until this week."
Many of the members of the group say they will be back to Banks
County later this year for the dedication service. Pastor Luiz
Ortiz projects that the church will be finished by mid-summer.
Ortiz said he has just been overwhelmed by the support the church
"Not only are these people volunteering their time, they
also donated $400," he said. "We've reached $380,000
of our $400,000 goal."
Ortiz said the church will hold its annual Easter Sunrise service
again this year. They will also have a Easter service and lunch.
Bush, Gore win
in 'mock election'
BY ANGELA GARY
Banks County Middle School students favor Republican George W.
Bush and Democrat Al Gore as the top two candidates in the presidential
Seventy-six percent of the 669 students voting as Republicans
cast a ballot for Bush, while 65 percent of the 135 students
voting as Democrats selected Gore.
Students voted Feb. 22 in the "mock election" at the
school. The students have been studying about the election process
all year. They will continue to study the process and vote again
in November for the general election.
"The students had to choose a primary, Democrat or Republican
candidate just like their parents will," said principal
The students also used a real voting booth to cast their ballots.
It was purchased from Polk County.
A breakdown on the number of votes each candidate received at
the school follows:
George W. Bush -- 506
John McCain -- 102
Gary Bauer -- 43
Alan Keyes -- 8
Orin Hatch -- 6
Steve Forbes -- 4
Al Gore -- 88
Bill Bradley -- 47
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