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Newspaper showed balance on big events
Congratulations are in order for the editors
of the Montgomery Advertiser.
Baldwin backs down on alcohol referendum
Citizens of Baldwin and congregations from
area churches spoke with a mighty voice and persuaded the city
council Monday to vote "no" on a possible referendum
that would allow liquor sales by the drink.
Mobile home developers concerned about proposal
Two mobile home park developers discussed
their concerns about proposed changes to the mobile home regulations
with members of the Banks County Board of Commissioners and planning
commission during a work session on Friday.
Planning Panel Won't Recommend Ga. 98 Annexation
The property of two homeowners will be recommended
to the Commerce City Council for annexation, but not that of
a woman who wants to operate a repo lot, tanning salon and beer
Tax Hike: Extra Penny Of Sales Tax Collection Begins Saturday
JEFFERSON -- An extra one-cent sales tax
will go into effect across Jackson County beginning Saturday.
McEver family seeks annexation of tract into Pendergrass
A member of the McEver family approached
the Pendergrass City Council Monday night about annexing a large
tract of land into the town.
Jobless Rate Up In February
After months of virtual full employment,
the unemployment rate in Jackson County edged upward ever so
slightly during February, mirroring a state and local trend.
Homer lifts Raiders over Oconee, 6-5
Madison County bounced back from two straight
losses Tuesday with a little help from the long ball.
Track teams topped by Stephens Co.
The Madison County boys' and girls' track
teams opened their season Thursday with losses to Stephens County
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TWIRLING TO THE
Madison County sixth graders Mary
Beth Spence (left), Ashley Fowler (center) and Kim Patrick (right)
twirl to the tunes during a middle school dance Friday night.
Photo by Travis Hatfield
Proposal keeps Madison
Co. in Region 8-AAA
Raiders may be joined by seven new foes
BY ZACH MITCHAM
If the Georgia High School Association's proposed region breakdown
is made official in April, Madison County, Stephens County and
Jackson County will remain in Region 8-AAA.
And they'll be joined by seven new region foes - Eastside, Elbert
County, Franklin County, Hart County, Loganville, Monroe and
The Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee is
expected to finalize the region alignments when it meets April
17 and 18.
However, many questions will remain even after the GHSA meets
next month. For instance, will football and basketball coaches
have enough time to revamp their schedules? Many coaches are
very upset that the state's change from four to five classifications
was sprung on them on such short notice.
Madison County football coach and athletic director Tom Hybl
said football schedules are expected to be finalized by May 1.
That would give coaches only two weeks between the official approval
of the region alignments and the schedule deadline. This means
Madison County could have a tough time setting up a non-region
schedule as originally planned for next year, a move aimed at
making the Raiders more competitive on the gridiron. Hybl spent
five months setting up that schedule, but he said it's out the
"I don't know how it's going to work out," said Hybl,
who added that the proposed region is one of the toughest in
the state. "We're just going to do what's best for us."
Hull hires security patrol
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
Priority Security, owned by Comer resident Gene West, has been
hired to patrol the city of Hull on an "alternating schedule."
The Hull mayor and council met Monday night to discuss the matter,
agreeing unanimously to hire West and his company "to patrol
Hull, effective immediately, with (number of) hours to be determined
Priority Security, a security and armed guard service, will be
paid $12 per hour out of a $6,000 carryover amount from last
year's budget. The council also has the option of tapping additional
funds, such as a $1,000 miscellaneous fund and a $10,000 Certificate
of Deposit kept on hand for emergencies, as they deem necessary.
Councilman Ken Murray was selected as the contact person for
Mr. West. Murray will give West instructions as to the number
of hours and patrol times. Mark Cronic was selected as an alternate
contact person, in case Murray is unavailable.
West appeared before the council earlier this month to ask that
his company be considered to provide a security service for the
At that time, West offered to provide a state-certified security
officer and a car to patrol the city on a rotating part-time
schedule at a cost of $12 per hour.
He said he would also like to meet with Hull residents on a regular
basis to establish a Neighborhood Watch committee, at no additional
"If we get a good count on the census, we'll have more revenue,"
Mayor B.W. Hutchins said of the town's limited funds for the
project. "We need to make sure we get a good count."
to receive over $12,000 in back pay for overtime
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Eleven Madison County employees will receive approximately $12,000
in back pay from the county government.
The individuals, including some former employees, will receive
between $35 and $1,900 apiece because the county did not properly
pay them for overtime hours on the job.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, civilian employees must be
paid at a rate of one and a half times their regular pay for
overtime hours on the job.
While sheriff's deputies are not covered by this law, those dispatching
calls for the department are protected by the Labor Act, but
county administrators failed to recognize that. Consequently,
several dispatchers and the 911 assistant director were not properly
paid for overtime hours.
A U.S. Department of Labor official met with the county E-911
director David Camp and personnel coordinator Connie Riley to
determine how much should be paid to those employees.
The county board of commissioners approved the back pay to the
workers during their Monday meeting.
In a related matter, Riley told the commissioners that several
amendments to the county's personnel policy are needed, including
more explanation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family
Medical Leave Act
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