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 March 15, 2000


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OPINIONS
Tax the wealth out of this country?
Every time someone suggests giving part of our money back to us in the form of a reduction in taxes, the big spending liberals scream, "a tax break for the rich!"


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BANKS COUNTY
Construction to begin this week on bypass
Construction of the Hwy. 441-Homer bypass is slated to begin this week.
A pre-construction conference with all parties involved in the project was held Friday.

New health department to be ready by mid-April
The new Banks County Health Department building should be ready for occupancy by mid-April.

Republican party to hold convention Sat.
The Banks County Republican Party will hold its precinct mass meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18, to elect delegates and alternates to the Banks County Republican Party Convention.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Jackson Tract Declared 'Megasite,' To Be Marketed Globally By State
JEFFERSON -- A large piece of property near Commerce is one of five sites across the state selected to be marketed globally for development.

Drought Or Not, City Water Supply To Be Adequate
Saturday's rain notwithstanding, weather prognosticators continue to speak of a La Niña-induced drought this spring and summer.

Georgia Power Center facility named 'Plant Dahlberg'
Georgia Power's gas-fired peak generation plant under construction in Center has a name.

Jefferson approves rezoning for offices, subdivision
A professional office complex and another subdivision will likely locate in Jefferson following zoning requests approved by the city council Monday night.


SPORTS
Madison County improves to 9-3 on season
Raider pitcher Dustin Dinsmore made easy work of the North Hall Trojan lineup Tuesday night in Danielsville as the sophomore hurler held the visiting squad off the scoreboard in a complete game, 4-0 shutout.

Madison Co. tennis teams top Hab. Central
Girls down Dacula; boys lose to Falcons
Both Madison County tennis teams swept Habersham Central on the road Tuesday night 5-0.


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STATE RECOGNITION

Sabrina Bennett is one of the 12 finalists for Georgia's "Teacher of the Year."
Photo by Margie Richards

EDUCATION

Head of the class
Reclassification makes Madison County largest AAA school
BY ZACH MITCHAM AND TIM THOMAS
Madison County is now the biggest Class AAA school in the state.
Whether that will translate into more wins for county teams remains to be seen, though many will argue that it won't hurt to be the biggest fish in the 75-school pond with an enrollment of 1,166.
The change came this past week in a controversial high school realignment proposed by the Georgia High School Association, a compromise with House Speaker Tom Murphy, who had pushed for legislation to force most private GHSA members to compete one classification higher than they would under GHSA rules.
Under the agreement, the GHSA will add a fifth classification, and enrollment figures for all private schools will be weighted by a factor of 1.5 in determining classification. All five classifications will contain 75 member schools, except for class A, which will have 77.
Madison County's new region opponents have yet to be determined, but the only current region foes remaining in Class AAA are Jackson County and Stephens County.
The new system will be effective beginning with the 2000-01 school year, a decision which has football coaches around the state scrambling to rearrange their schedules.
Madison County head football coach and athletic director Tom Hybl said Monday that he didn't know how the classification shakedown would affect the school. But he said the school's 2000 football schedule, which he released recently, is apparently flushed down the drain under the new system. He also said the football team may not be able to play a non-region schedule now.
"I don't know if we'll be able to do that," said Hybl. "Most regions will probably have eight or nine teams playing a full region schedule. It will be hard to get people outside of your region."
Under Georgia High School Association guidelines, coaches were required to have filed their schedules for the coming season no later than March 1.
Member schools have until March 24 to submit requests for competing in a higher classification, and regions will be determined after those requests are considered. All regions will then hold their own meetings to decide on a number of issues, before any firm scheduling can be done.

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Tim Costyn named MCHS STAR student
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
Tim Costyn, a senior at Madison County High School, has been named this year's STAR student for the graduating class of 2000.
Costyn is also the brother of last year's STAR student, Joey Costyn.
And like his brother before him, he has also chosen MCHS math instructor Mrs. Sallie Bullock as his STAR teacher.
Costyn and Bullock were honored last week at a morning reception in the MCHS library hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
MCHS principal Allen McCannon praised Costyn, saying that besides having the highest SAT score of his class and an outstanding academic record, he had volunteered to landscape the front of the new classroom wing at the school as an Eagle Scout project.
"Not only did he do all the work, but he laid out the plans and budget for the project as well," McCannon said.
McCannon also formally thanked Costyn's family on behalf of the Board of Education for their contributions to their son's successes, saying the family is the primary teacher.
"He has a 'sponge brain' and can remember anything - even when he's asleep in my class," Bullock, Costyn's Calculus teacher, said smiling,
Costyn said he chose Bullock as his STAR teacher "because she has taught me great lessons about life, not only about math."
School superintendent Dr. Dennis Moore echoed Costyn's praise of Bullock.
"We have a lot of wonderful teachers - but (Mrs. Bullock) is a very special master teacher," Moore said.


Second Hull well appears to be a keeper
BY ZACH MITCHAM
A second well for the new Hull water system currently under construction appears to be a keeper, producing over four times the water the system's first well generates. A test hole for the second well was drilled Friday.
According to county Industrial Authority chairman Steve Sorrells, that well can produce 150 gallons of water per minute.
"That means we could supply 400 to 500 residents with water," said Sorrells, who cautioned that the water from the well still must be tested for potability.
The well supplying the new Ingles and the new Hull-Sanford Elementary school produces 35 gallons per minute.
Sorrells also reported that the construction of the Hull water system is progressing rapidly, with the water tank and well house now functional and line work set to begin within a week.

 
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Colbert woman killed in Hwy. 29 accident
A Madison County mother of four was killed Saturday when her vehicle hydroplaned in heavy rain and struck a northbound truck on Hwy. 29 about three miles north of the Clarke County line.
Ellen Moore Munro, 38, of Colbert died when her 1999 Dodge van crossed the center line and struck a 1972 Ford F-100 driven by 27-year-old Athens resident Abel Martinez, who was severely injured in the accident, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Three other passengers were severely injured in the Ford truck: a 2-year-old male, a 3-year-old female and a 5-year-old male. The patrol spokesman said all occupants in that vehicle shared the last name of Martinez, but he did not release the first names of the children.
Elizabeth Martinez, 22, also a passenger in the truck, received "visible" injuries, the patrolman said.