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We the people must stop the Left Wing Conspiracy
Is this a great country or what? No matter
how hard the Left Wing Conspiracy of big government and their
allies in the liberal media try, they cannot keep we the people
marching in line with their ideas.
Baldwin mayor charged with DUI
Baldwin Mayor Mark Reed was charged with
driving under the influence of intoxicants at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday,
Annexation bill tops session, Jamieson says
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.
Firing range noise a concern for DNR
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.
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.
Raiders beat Brookwood, Central Gwinnett
MCHS now 14-6 on season
The Madison County Red Raiders downed Central
Gwinnett in a pitcher's duel and Brookwood in a slugfest this
past week to improve to 14-6 on the season.
MCHS boys' soccer squad blasts by Stephens 6-0
Paced by another outstanding performance
from senior star Manny Trujillo, the Madison County Raiders trounced
Stephens County 6-0 Friday night on the road.
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SOON TO OPEN
The new Ingles at Dogsboro will
open April 15. Pictured is the meat department in the new store.
Photo by Frank Gillispie.
New Ingles to open
BY FRANK GILLISPIE
The long-awaited replacement for the outgrown Ingles Market at
Dogsboro will open on Saturday, April 15.
The new building, adjacent to the present store, will be the
largest Ingles in Georgia, and will be among the largest of any
chain in the area. At 64,800 square feet, it is slightly less
than twice the size of the current building.
Construction of a new facility was made necessary by the store's
tremendous growth, said store manager Jerry Drake. Ingles #450
has the highest sales figures in the state and is near the top
of all Ingles Markets. The new facility is expected to extend
the store's lead in sales.
The replacement store at Dogsboro will include several new departments
and feature expanded selections in all current areas. New to
the store will be a media center featuring current videos for
sale or rent, music and games. A full florist shop is being added,
along with a branch of Merchants and Farmers Bank. A sit-down
cafe will enhance the expanded deli.
Special emphasis is being placed on perishables, with major expansions
in the meat and seafood department, the bakery and frozen foods.
Many new gourmet items will be included in the store's product
According to a schedule released by store officials, the current
building will be closed at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 14. The new
store will have a grand opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April
15. Many top Ingles officers will be present for the opening
Customers will be greeted with wide isles, new products, plenty
of parking and an enlarged staff, all designed to give them "the
best shopping experience available."
Ingles Markets is a rapidly expanding regional grocery chain
headquartered in Asheville, N.C. Starting with a single market
in 1963, the chain has grown to over 200 stores. All stores are
located within 250 miles of the distribution center in Asheville,
which allows the chain to resupply its stores with speed and
efficiency, according to store officials.
Charter school proposed
Superintendent not in favor of the measure
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
AND ZACH MITCHAM
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. But the school system's superintendent is not in
favor of such a measure, saying the system already has a solid
program to help potential dropouts stay in school.
Charter schools in Georgia are public schools that operate under
agreements, called charters, with their local school boards and
approval from the Georgia Department of Education.
There are currently 37 charter schools in the state but none
in northeast Georgia.
George Thomas, who taught at the University of Georgia, and Michael
T. McCord, former head of Athens Tech's community outreach program,
are proposing a charter school for Madison County. The two will
hold public meetings over the next month to explain the concept
to parents and to "see if citizens feel this is needed."
The meetings will be held April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ila Restaurant,
Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Colbert City Hall, Wednesday,
April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Library and Tuesday,
May 2 at 7 p.m. at Camp Kiwanis on Old Wildcat Bridge Road (take
Hwy. 29 N to first right past Zeb's Barbecue).
According to Thomas, the school would be a two-year program open
initially to a limited number of high school freshmen and sophomores.
He said the proposed curriculum of the school includes "computer
enriched" techniques that teach the core curriculum courses
at a "student's own pace and interest level." Students
would then be integrated back into the school system at the start
of their junior year of high school.
Statistics show that many kids drop out of school in Madison
County. According to the Georgia Department of Education, Madison
County had the 11th highest dropout rate in the state for ninth
through 12th graders in 1998-99 at 11.7 percent.
"Our goal is to appeal to students who may not be particularly
happy in the traditional school environment, especially those
in the transition period of early adolescence," said Thomas,
who published a letter with McCord about the proposal in this
week's paper (see Page 6A).
Superintendent Dennis Moore said he is not going to recommend
approval of the charter school to the county school board, saying
that the high school has Project Success in its vocational system
to help potential dropouts.
Moore said the proposal was sprung on the county without consultation
with school leaders to determine if such a program is wanted
"I don't think we'd be interested at this time," said
Moore about the charter school proposal. "...I'm not going
to recommend it (the charter school) because I feel we have a
great program in place."
Thomas said the State Department of Education awarded a $5,000
planning grant last fall to McCord and himself to develop a plan
for a charter school in Madison County.
A unique feature of the charter school is its local governing
board, separate from the regular school board. The charter school
board consists of parents of enrolled students, as well as community
and business leaders who oversee the curriculum and operation
of the school.
Enrollment into the school would be by application during an
open enrollment period and students would be chosen by lottery
if there are more applications than slots for students. The remainder
could then be placed on a waiting list. If a charter school is
established, approximately 40 students would be admitted to the
school in the first year, according to Thomas.
- For more information on charter schools see the Georgia Department
of Education's web site at www.doe.k12.ga.us/.
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
Georgia's 2001 "Teacher of the Year" will be announced
May 5 at the state "Teacher of the Year" banquet.
Bennett has taught family and consumer sciences at Madison County
High School for the past 21 years.
The five finalists will have a final in-classroom review by a
panel of educators. The review includes classroom observation
and interviews. That panel will then choose the top teacher.
Other finalists include Carol Cain, Troup County; Darlene Callan,
Gordon County; Mary Eager, Lumpkin County; and James Morris Jr.,
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Youth baseball, softball start Saturday in county
BY ZACH MITCHAM
The crack of the bat, the pop of the mitt, the parents' loud
These will be the sounds around Madison County's recreation ball
fields Saturday as the 2000 youth baseball and softball season
Approximately 1,000 kids from T-ball to senior league will suit
up this year, a figure close to last year's turnout, according
to recreation department assistant director Robin Pendleton.
"Overall the numbers are about the same," she said.
"There was some fluctuation in T-ball where we lost four
teams, but we picked up four boys' teams in the pitching machine
This year, there are 16 T-ball teams, which include both boys
and girls. In the pitching machine leagues, there are 12 boys'
teams and four girls' squads. In girls' slow-pitch softball,
there are five 10-and-under teams, three 12-and-under squads
and two 14-and-under clubs. In baseball, there are 10 minor league
teams, 12 major league squads, six junior league teams and three
senior league clubs. There are three major league fast-pitch
softball teams and one minor league fast-pitch squad.
Recreation facility improvements since last year include new
dugout roofs on all five lighted fields, better home plate clay,
a lighted track, a timer on batting cage lights so those wanting
to practice can use the cages at night and a new pavilion at