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People throughout Georgia mourned the deaths
of three children killed in a school bus wreck last week.
County gets state permit for Hwy. 11 sewer facility
Action opens way for development of Mulberry
After months of legal and political wrangling, the Jackson County
government has received a wastewater discharge permit for its
sewage treatment facility on Hwy. 11 in Jefferson.
Cochran gun plot uncovered at Barrow courthouse
A man being held on murder charges from Jackson
County was apparently prepared to shoot his way out of the Barrow
Courthouse plans get BOC nod
Architectural firm selected and financing
After two years of planning and research, Jackson County leaders
cast two key votes Monday for a new courthouse annex.
New Ingles to open April 15
The long-awaited replacement for the outgrown
Ingles Market at Dogsboro will open on Saturday, April 15.
Charter school proposed
Superintendent not in favor of the measure
A charter school is being proposed for Madison
County, aimed primarily at reducing the county's dropout rate,
one of the worst in the state.
Bennett among five finalists for state 'teacher of year'
Madison County High School's Sabrina Bennett
is among the five finalists for Georgia's 2001 "Teacher
of the Year," state school superintendent Linda C. Schrenko
Snipes signs with Emmanuel
BCHS star will make switch to college fast-pitch
A four-year starter at shortstop with a .503
career batting average.
Downing Union breaks up subregion lead
Leopards play in Blairsville Thurs.
Banks County High School's baseball team controls
its own postseason destiny to a point.
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MANY SERVICES OFFERED
AT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Dental services are among the many
services offered by the Banks County Health Department. Above,
Dr. Barbara Megahee, D.M.D., settles Terry Moore into the dental
chair for a check-up. This week is Public Health Week.
Photo by Sherry Lewis
Baldwin mayor charged
Baldwin Mayor Mark Reed was charged with
driving under the influence of intoxicants at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday,
The arrest came after the Baldwin Police Department received
a citizen's complaint that Mayor Reed had been observed in an
"intoxicated condition" at the Beef Baron. A deputy
was sent to check out the report.
The officer reportedly saw Mayor Reed driving in Baldwin and
stopped him. The officer reported that he had a "courteous
discussion" with the mayor and, in order to prevent any
conflict of interest, called an officer with the City of Demorest
to assist with the situation.
A release from the city states that the mayor was "at all
times courteous to the officers involved," but he exercised
his right to not take a breath test. He was then charged with
The city council released a statement following the arrest stating
that it regretted the incident.
"Mayor Mark C. Reed, like every other citizen, has the right
to a presumption of innocence," the release reads. "The
city council of Baldwin recognizes this presumption. However,
the city council regrets this situation both as to its citizens
and for its mayor. The mayor is a positive force for the city
and has contributed numerous unpaid hours in his position for
the betterment of the city."
The release also points out that while the incident is unfortunate,
it is not one which requires the council to take any disciplinary
"The situation does not involve any act by the mayor as
to the performance of his official duties of mayor of the city,"
the release reads. "...Therefore, although the city council
of the city regrets the situation, it is a personal situation
of the mayor and not one as to which the city council is authorized
by law to base any city action upon."
tops session, Jamieson says
BY SHERRY LEWIS
The "anti-annexation" bill, a resolution to increase
homestead exemption, education and the state budget, topped the
list of highlights for state representative Jeanette Jamieson
during the 2000 legislative session.
Jamieson's House Bill 1439, which prohibits cross county line
annexation without the approval of the county being annexed,
was the highlight of the session for her constituents in Banks
County, she said.
"That was the bill of the session for my constituents in
Banks County," she said. "Much has already been said.
People understand the provisions and the protection it brings
to Banks County's revenue sources."
Another important bill for Banks County citizens is the resolution
that will appear on the ballot in November which will increase
the homestead exemption from $12,000 to $16,000 for people over
65 years of age and the disabled at any age, she added.
Jamieson also addressed the Education Reform Package.
"We believe House Bill 1187, the education bill, will finally
bring the classroom teachers conditions they have sought for
many years," said Jamieson, who chairs the House Education
She has a breakdown of the 176 page bill, by section, and said
she would be glad to make it available to anyone upon request.
There are still many questions pertaining to the education bill,
The budget includes $155 million dollars, or an average $1,500
for each classroom teacher.
"The education bill also includes language which will allow
parents to apply for a waiver to send their children to a closer
elementary school. This came about from the situation that exists
at Baldwin Elementary School, according to Jamieson.
The budget also includes $166 million which continues the governor's
homeowners tax credit. This funding is on schedule so that at
the end of seven years the credit will equate to $754 per homeowner.
The budget also includes $58 million which has been appropriated
for the Local Assistance for Road Program (LARP).
One of the most important provisions in the budget is the $3.6
million budgeted to local health departments and the $1.4 million
budgeted for the maintenance and operation of local libraries,
Jamieson pointed out.
At the local level, the budget includes $200,000 for an agriculture
building at the Banks County High School. Additional funds have
been allocated to upgrade the computer equipment in the homes
of foster parents.
The budget also includes $5 million which will allow for an additional
124 mental retardation slots.
The "One Georgia" Program, which came at a cost of
$61 million, will address economic development in rural areas
of the state. The funds will be allocated for land purchase,
equipment purchases, road improvements and water and sewer lines.
"This will allow rural counties in Georgia to compete for
industry with other states and other areas of this state,"
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Firing range noise
a concern for DNR
BY SHERRY LEWIS
A representative of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
said officials are working to improve the noise level around
the firing range at Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Agency.
DNR Ranger Winford Popphan said that his department plans to
raise the back wall and plant Leland Cypress trees to buffer
the entire firing range. Other plans under consideration are
to extend the roof three to five feet and shorten the hours that
the range is open. Presently, the range is open from sunup to
These changes come on the heels of complaints by neighbors who
say the range is ruining their quality of life.
Corrine Campbell, who lives on adjacent property, said she and
her neighbors are bombarded by the noise from high-velocity gunfire
from sunup until sundown almost daily, especially on the weekends.
"The weekends have become unbearable because of the war-like
noise level and the fear of ricocheting shells," Campbell
said. "We're not talking about game rifles, but assault
Popphan said that there is a sign banning automatic weapons from
the site but says he cannot police the area 24 hours a day.
"You get abuse with anything," Popphan said. "I
police the area three or four times a week and I have deputies
go by there for us. I'm not saying there are not automatic weapons,
but we can't man the station 24 hours a day. I have never caught
anyone using an automatic weapon and would cite that person if
I did. It's just like having a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
If someone drives 70, are we going to close the road to everyone?"
Popphan admits that there is still going to be some level of
"If we had unlimited resources, we would enclose the area,
but we don't have that kind of money," Popphan continued.
"We are willing to study this and try to do what is right
Campbell said she believes the land is being used mostly by law
enforcement officials from all over north Georgia. Popphan said
he believes the range is used by a small percentage of law enforcement
officers, but mainly by private citizens across the state.
The land was purchased with part of Gov. Zell Miller's Project
2000 funds, which are paid by sportsmen who purchase hunting
and fishing licenses, guns and ammunition. The range was developed
by the DNR from the same type funds.