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More Donors Of Organs And Tissue Are Needed
By an act of Congress, this week, April 16-22,
is officially "National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness
Week," the idea of which is to make more people aware of
the need for organ and tissue donors and the great amount of
good that such donors accomplish.
Incentive pay idea is heresy in academia
One should forgive Jackson County Board of
Education Chairman Barry Cronic for believing an incentive pay
plan for teachers would be accepted.
New MCHS principal named
Bob Rhinehart is Madison County High School's
Public meeting held on charter school proposal
About 15 citizens, including two school board
members, came out for the first of four public meetings to be
held around the county on a proposed charter high school for
Qualifying ahead for county offices
Qualifying for several Banks County offices
will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 24, through noon on
Friday, April 28.
Lula council opposed to railroad request on bridge
Lula city council members are opposed to
requests by Norfolk Southern Railway that it be permitted to
demolish the Lula overhead wooden bridge.
Landmark claims Jefferson Relays crowns
Local athletes claim four events
The Landmark Christian War Eagles flew into Jefferson Saturday
for the Jefferson Relays, and flew out with a pair of team titles.
Lady Dragons head to region meet beginning Monday
Jefferson's girls' track team will compete
in the region 8-A meet Monday and Tuesday at GAC.
Can Panthers make state?
The Jackson County Panthers take a 10-2 overall
boys' tennis record into this week's region 8-AAA tournament,
as the tournament's third seed from the north subregion.
Parr finishes at home
She saved the best for last.
Jackson County's Carly Parr ran her best time of the season Tuesday
in the 3200-meter run, in her final appearance at home.
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PALM SUNDAY PARADE
The Sunday morning service at Jefferson
Presbyterian Church featured a "March of Palms" by
the children. Shown are Jackson McCreery and Summer Shaw. Similar
religious events have been held at area churches in the past
week and numerous others are planned in the coming days. Photo
by Travis Hatfield
Maggie McClung and a baby chick
get to know each other during last Thursday afternoon's Story
Hour at the Commerce Public Library. Gold Kist Hatchery brought
several dozen chicks in for children to inspect and even handle.
The kids enjoyed it, even if the chicks were a little nervous.
association proposes amendment to city's dumpster ordinance
Council to meet with attorney on matter
By Jana Adams
A handful of Hoschton business owners
concerned with the city's dumpster ordinance met with the city
council Thursday evening in a called meeting to discuss the matter.
Although no conclusion was reached Thursday, a suggestion that
the city's business association work with the council on keeping
dumpsters clean was met with some interest on the part of council
The council will meet with the city attorney at 9 a.m. Thursday
to discuss whether or not the ordinance can be amended to apply
in this manner. To date, the ordinance requires all business
owners to put up fencing, whether or not their dumpster is clean
and in good condition or surrounded with loose trash.
City business owners each received a letter after the ordinance
was passed in December, giving them 90 days to put fencing around
their dumpsters, screening the receptacle from public view. Business
owners attended the April council meeting to object to the ordinance,
which many said they did not know about, and to the council requiring
them to pay for fencing.
Amoco station owner Phillip Gailey pointed out that in a year
and a half, he had never had a complaint about his dumpster,
and that he pays someone every week to pick up garbage.
Another business owner added: "We want to do what we can
(to help), but it is hard. We would have to keep (the dumpster)
up, too. It's just people saying 'You either do this, or else,'
that is the problem."
"Would the city council be willing to work with the business
owners association?" Sam Ward, acting president the Hoschton
business association, asked.
Ward proposed that the ordinance apply only to those who need
it - to those whose dumpsters are in violation - rather than
to all business owners. He suggested that the business association
would back up the council in the instances where fencing is needed,
and would go to the business owners in question, if necessary.
While Mayor Billy Holder said the ordinance can always be amended,
council member Paul Turman said it could not be applied on an
individual basis and that the council would need to discuss the
matter with the attorney.
In response to a resident's question about how business owners
are to know what the council will do next, and why the business
owners weren't notified earlier when the ordinance was under
discussion, Turman responded: "This was done here in council
meetings over four months' time. We couldn't tell you to come
to the meetings. This was done according to law."
Council member Jan Buchanan added: "It took three to four
months for us to come to the agreement for what would work best
for all of us. The reason this even came before council was that
we had citizens come to a meeting concerned about dumpsters."
Turman suggested that the business association have a representative
at every council meeting, and said the council plans to go online
with a web site in the future.
"If you people will have the ability to deal with this (getting
dumpsters cleaned up), that would be a load off our back,"
Turman said, adding that he doesn't want anyone to feel this
is an adversarial situation.
Buchanan said: "We're just trying to make the town a nicer
place to live. I don't understand the opposition. If the letter
offended you, I apologize. Let's work together."
Grant To Provide
Computers To Four Jackson Libraries
The world's richest man has probably never
heard of Jackson County, but each of the county's four public
libraries will get more than $16,000 worth of computer equipment
from his foundation.
Nancy Ray, director of the Piedmont Regional Library, announced
Monday night that the region will receive a grant from the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation to put four Gateway computers, a
hub, a server, and a printer in each of the region's branch libraries.
The grant will also include training, a $500 wiring allowance,
a full year of free telephone technical support and a variety
There are four branch libraries Commerce, Jefferson, Maysville
and Nicholson in Jackson County, one in Banks County and
one in Barrow County. The "book deposit" libraries
in West Jackson and Pendergrass did not qualify for the grant.
Gates is co-founder and the largest single stockholder in Microsoft,
the computer software giant.
"That's excellent. This should take care of this library's
(computer) needs for years," noted Don Fischer, chairman
of the Commerce Library Board. The grant will bring the Commerce
library's total number of computers available to the public to
According to Mrs. Ray, staff training for the computers begins
May 5 in Athens. Library director Susan Harper and assistant
director Claudia Markov plan to attend.
The equipment is expected to arrive in August.
While the grant is good news for the Commerce library, it is
even more crucial for some of the smaller libraries where there
are few computers available to the public. The Harold S. Swindle
Public Library in Nicholson, for example, has but two computers.
The grant will bring its total to six.
Patsy Lentz hired as Jefferson Elementary
By Jana Adams
A veteran educator who has served both Commerce and Jackson County
school systems will return to this area next year as the new
principal for Jefferson Elementary School.
Patsy C. Lentz was hired Thursday by the Jefferson Board of Education
to serve as JES principal for the 2000-2001 school year.
"I feel really good about this," said Jefferson Board
of Education chairman Ronnie Hopkins. "She is an experienced
Lentz will begin work as JES principal on July 1, a little over
a month before the new school year begins. She will replace Pam
Smith, who was approved for resignation by the board Thursday.
"I am extremely pleased to be coming home," Lentz said.
"I am very pleased to be working with Jefferson City Schools,
they have always had such support from the community. Dr. (John)
Jackson has a vision for Jefferson City Schools that is impressive
and he and the board of education seem to work together well
to do what is best for the children. It is a growing school system
and they are making a lot of progress. I am looking forward to
working with them."
Lentz has served as principal of Whit Davis Elementary School
in Clarke County since 1994. She was Benton Elementary School
principal from 1990 to 1994 and was special programs director
for Jackson County Schools from 1985 to 1990. She was speech
pathologist for Commerce City Schools from 1974 to 1977 and has
worked for the Northeast Georgia RESA and several other school
Lentz lives in Athens with her husband, Mac, who works at the
University of Georgia. They have two children, Walter and Charlotte,
both of whom are Jefferson High School graduates.
Trio in robbery,
stabbing of cab driver plead guilty during trial
Judge calls actions a 'definition of violence'
BY ANGELA GARY
A Jackson County judge called the attack on a Gainesville taxi
cab driver "the very definition of violence" Tuesday
morning when three people were sentenced in the attack after
changing their pleas to guilty.
Archie Frodl, Bobby Lafleur and Donna Loggins had first pled
not guilty and the trial began Monday afternoon with four hours
of testimony being heard. The most crucial evidence came from
the victim, Juan Pablo Alfaro, who said Frodl stabbed him and
Lafleur hit him with his fist and rocks. He had taken the two,
along with Loggins, to a Pinetree Circle, Maysville, residence
after picking them up at Wal-Mart in Gainesville at 1:45 a.m.
Loggins admitted after changing her plea to knowing about the
planned armed robbery in advance. She was inside the Pinetree
Circle residence when the attack occurred, according to testimony
Frodl and Lafleur were both given life sentences on the charge
of kidnapping with bodily harm and 10 years each on charges of
armed robbery and hijacking.
"The three acts that you've been convicted of are the very
definition of violence in our society," Judge David Motes
said. "They are attributes our society most fears. Mr. Alfaro
was just going about his job...you left him for dead...Hopefully,
you'll have some time to reflect on your actions."
He added that he hopes the prison authorities hold the three
for a long enough time that they are no longer a danger to society.
Loggins was given a 15-year sentence on charges of aggravated
assault and robbery.
Lafleur and Frodl had at first attempted to place blame on each
other in the incident. Lafleur's attorney, Walter Harvey, said
in his opening statement Monday that his client's only part in
the crime was to hit Alfaro in the face with his fist after he
thought the taxi driver was attacking him. Frodl's attorney,
Donna Avans, said in her opening statement that Lafleur was responsible
for the stabbing and beating. Harvey and Avans were both appointed
by the court to represent the suspects. Chris Elrod was appointed
to represent Loggins.
In his opening statement, district attorney Tim Madison outlined
the attack which began in the cab (a mini-van) when Lafleur began
hitting Alfaro and Frodl began stabbing him with a 99-cent paring
knife they had purchased earlier at Wal-Mart. He said Alfaro
was pulled outside onto the ground where the two continued to
beat and stab him. When Alfaro was unconscious, the two put him
back in the van, drove him a short distance away and left him.
They also damaged his CB radio wires. Lafleur also admitted to
taking his money, more than $800 in cash and change. The two
then walked back to the residence where the incident occurred.
Alfaro, who testified through an interpreter, pointed to scars
on his back and stomach and said his medical bills were over
$12,000. He said he still has headaches and vision problems and
no longer works the night shift.
He said Frodl and Lafleur beat him for at least 15 minutes until
he lost consciousness. He said when he awoke in the van, he put
the wires together on his CB radio and contacted a fellow cab
driver, Pedro Arellano. Arellano and two other cab drivers headed
to Jackson County to search for him. They met up with law enforcement
officers at Pinetree Circle who were also searching for Alfaro.
They told the victim to blow the horn which they heard from the
residence. They found him shortly afterwards.
Others to testify included Jill Holderman, who called 911, who
was inside the Pinetree Circle residence and heard the fight
outdoors; Lisa Jones, a neighbor; Arellano and David Cochran,
chief investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Qualifying For County
Elections Is Next Week
JEFFERSON -- It's put up or shut up time
for Jackson County residents seeking political office. Qualifying
for the 2000 elections in which members of the Jackson County
Board of Commissioners' and other county offices will be chosen
takes place next week.
Qualifying will be from 9 a.m. Monday, April 24, through noon
Friday, April 28. The board of commissioners will have four commission
posts and one chairman's seat following the November approval
of an expanded board. The five people elected will then hire
a full-time county manager to oversee the day-to-day operations
of the county.
The salary for the chairman's position will be $15,000 and that
for each of the part-time commissioners will be $10,000. The
qualifying fee for the chairman's position is $1,946, and the
fee for the four commission seats is $325 each. Qualifying is
three percent of the salary based on the previous year's pay.
Two seats on the Jackson County Board of Education are also up
for re-election this year. The terms of chairman Barry Cronic
and Ed Tolbert will end in December. Cronic serves on post 1
and Tolbert serves on post 4.
Other offices to be on the ballot include: state representative,
sheriff, probate judge, clerk of courts, tax commissioner, sheriff,
chief magistrate, state court judge, state court solicitor, coroner
Candidates will qualify with their political party if seeking
a partisan nomination. Republicans qualify with local chairman
Candace Gunn, 652-2967, while Democrats qualify with local chairman
Jack Davidson, 367-5264. Those running as non-partisan qualify
at the Jackson County probate judge's office.
Candidates for positions on the boards of directors of local
fire districts will be held at the same time. They are non-partisan
elections and those interested must qualify with Margaret Deadwyler
at the Jackson County probate court office at the courthouse
The schedule for elections set for this year includes: the general
primary July 18, the general primary runoff (if necessary) Aug.
8, the general election Nov. 7 and the general election runoff
(if necessary) Nov. 28.
Planning Commission Meeting Postponed
The April meeting of the Commerce Planning Commission, which
would have been held Monday night, has been postponed a week
until Monday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commerce Civic Center.
Items on the agenda include:
·a request from Kevin Henderson to rezone 60 acres on
the Mount Olive Road from A-R to R-4. R-4 allows the construction
of multi-family housing.
·a request from the Commerce School System for conditional
use permits to locate a new mobile classroom at Commerce Elementary
School, to keep two existing mobile classrooms at the school
and to keep one existing mobile classroom at each of Commerce
Middle School and Commerce High School.
·a request to rezone a lot on Homer Road from C-2 (commercial)
to R-5 so a mobile home can be replaced.
The planning commission will make recommendations on these issues
to the Commerce City Council, which has the final say on the
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Egg Hunt, Parade Set Downtown Saturday
Several hundred children are expected in Commerce Saturday morning
as the Commerce Area Business Association and the Commerce Downtown
Development Authority host their annual Easter celebration.
The event begins at the drive-in of Community Bank and Trust
on North Elm Street, corporate sponsor of the event, with a 10:45
parade of children through town to the First Baptist Church of
Commerce on South Elm Street, where the city's annual Easter
egg hunt will be held.
The egg hunt, featuring 20,000 candy eggs and 375 prize eggs,
will begin as soon as the parade arrives and disperses. The front
yard of the church will be divided for two age ranges.
"Parents whose children are not in the parade should make
sure their children are at the egg hunt on time, because it's
all over in about five minutes," warns Jan Nelson, executive
director of the DDA.
Both events are open to children ages 2 to 12.
The parade typically features children dressed in Easter costumes
or riding bicycles, wagons or electric carts decorated for the
event. Prizes will be awarded to the children with the best-decorated
bicycles, wagons and battery-operated vehicles.
Gas-powered vehicles will not be permitted.
Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held
at 2 p.m. on Monday, at the site for the first Duke-Weeks development
The Gwinnett County real estate firm will break ground on a 503,000-square-foot
distribution center located on 27.5 acres at the intersection
of Hwy. 124 and Hwy. 211. It is expected to be completed by December.
Duke-Weeks' senior vice president Eben Hardie said the company,
which is the largest landlord in the northeast I-85 corridor,
decided to develop the Jackson County site because it needs a
place for its tenants to grow.
"Once you look at what sites are available north of the
mall (Mall of Georgia), we felt as we looked up the corridor
that this is the best site for the next significant industrial
park," he said. "We needed a significant mass of land
because we want to do parks; we don't want to do individual developments."