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Dukes-Weeks plans a sign of the times
Monday's groundbreaking in Braselton for
the first phase of a 500-acre warehouse project is another sign
that the west side of Jackson County is on the verge of massive
Public Skeptical Of Justification For Raid
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno rolled the
dice early Saturday morning and this time she won.
Let the races begin
Qualifying opens for local posts, ends Friday
As of Wednesday morning, a number of candidates had qualified
for local offices.
Storm water restrictions still up in the air
Proposed restrictions on storm water management in Madison County
were discussed at Monday's commissioners' meeting, but no action
Architect firm hired for new county jail
An architectural firm was hired for the proposed
Madison County jail Monday night.
Probate judge and sheriff races heat up
Qualifying ends at noon on Friday
After two days of qualifying, the sheriff and
probate judge races in Banks County are the ones with the most
Four drug charges result of 'interstate interdiction'
Area law enforcement officials netted four
felony narcotics arrests and several misdemeanor citations during
a multi-agency alcohol and narcotics interstate interdiction
Alto council to bring zoning to town
Zoning is on its way to the City of Alto
- on its way, that is, unless any local residents who may be
opposed to the move are able to sway their representatives' thoughts.
Tiger Track Teams Set For Region Meets
McFadden Qualifies For State In 3,200
Rain held up some of the schedule at the girls'
Region 8-A track meet at Greater Atlanta Chrisitan this week.
GHSA Finalizes 5-Class Realignment
Class A Keeps Own Slow-pitch Softball Championship
While final adoption of the new alignment was
the biggest news...
Jackson scores ace in region tournament
JEFFERSON golfer Sanford Jackson enjoyed
a thrill that many hackers never experience.
Local teams begin football practice
JEFFERSON football players will begin spring
Krystal Britt signs with Emmanuel College
Jackson County senior Krystal Britt signed
a basketball scholarship with Emmanuel College Thursday.
Lady Panthers send two to state meet
One was expected. The other was a most pleasant
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Ready For The
Gordon Purcell and his sister Emma
are ready to start the Easter parade last Saturday. The son and
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Purcell of Commerce, their battery-powered
Jeep was equipped with balloons and a bubble maker.
THE SWING OF THE
Brandon Mullins gets into the swing
of the spring baseball season during a recent game in Hoschton.
All over Jackson County, youngsters are taking to the field in
a variety of youth league baseball programs. Mullins plays for
the Hoschton Devil Rays in the boys' 7-8-year-old league.
reports on request for alcohol license
BY ANGELA GARY
A North Jackson man reportedly plans to seek an alcohol license
to operate a business at the corner of Hwy. 129 and Wayne Poultry
Pendergrass Mayor Mark Tolbert reported at the April 24 council
meeting that Rob Joyce had approached him about a license to
sell beer, wine and liquor at his planned business. Tolbert said
he advised Joyce to begin the application process which includes
submitting his request in writing and advertising his intentions
in the newspaper.
Davenport Road lines set for construction
BY DREW BRANTLEY
The Braselton Town Council approved separate measures to fund
and supply water lines to its residents April 24 at a called
meeting for that purpose.
The council voted to close the $1.84 million USDA loan for Phase
III water line projects, which included water line work on several
roads, a water tank and a new well for the town.
"Phase III includes work done at several areas," town
clerk Jennifer Scott said. "New water lines were put in
on Liberty Church Road, Duck Road and through most of the old
part of Braselton. A new water tank was put on Liberty Church
Road, and a new well was put in."
The town also accepted a $468,387 bid to install lines to homes
on Davenport Road as a separate project because of the residents'
urgent need for water.
"We took that out of Phase IV and made it a separate project
because there are 22 homes on Davenport Road without water,"
The council voted to accept the bid of Rider Construction Company
Inc. of Toccoa for the Davenport Road work after Precision Planning's
Jerry Hood recommended the company to the council.
"I'd give them an 'A,'" Hood said. "Their top
notch. I think you'll be very pleased with them."
A portion of the money to fund the Davenport Road project will
come from the USDA loan for Phase IV. The rest of the funds will
come from a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant and a yet
to be determined amount of money left over from a Georgia Environmental
Facilities Authority loan the town used to put in water lines
in Gwinnett County.
Prospects Considering Jackson Sites
JEFFERSON -- A company has signed a lease
to occupy a 102,000-square-foot building for a distribution center,
Pattillo plans to build yet another spec building and a deal
is in process that could open up the 600,000 square feet of Mitsubishi
buildings in Braselton to industry.
Pepe Cummings, president of the Jackson County Area Chamber of
Commerce, reported on those activities to the chamber's board
of directors at its April meeting last Friday at Galilee Christian
"Thank goodness for the Pattillo Company," said Cummings,
reporting that QSP has signed a lease on Pattillo's 102,000-square-foot
building in the Walnut Fork Corporate Center. The company, a
subsidiary of Readers' Digest, will distribute items related
to fund-raising and incentive programs from the site, Cummings
Having leased that building, Pattillo apparently plans to either
build an 80,000-square-foot building expandable to 160,000 square
feet, or a custom-made building for a manufacturing company.
"There's probably going to be some good news about the Mitsubishi
site soon," Cummings added.
According to Cummings, an investor has a contract on the site,
which, if a multitude of details can be worked out, would be
divided up for industrial use. There are two buildings with a
total of 600,000 square feet. Mitsubishi continues to use part
of the larger building for a warehouse.
Not to be outdone, Harold Fletcher, chairman of the Industrial
Development Author-ity, announced that the IDA would close on
Tuesday, April 25, on the sale of seven acres in the Central
Jackson Industrial Park.
"That will leave us debt-free with 60 acres to sell,"
Fletcher said, adding that the IDA is working with two other
companies, one interested in the East Jackson Industrial Park,
and the other in the Central Jackson Industrial Park, and with
the Jackson County Airport Authority, which plans an 80-acre
Other good news for the directors was a report from Jim Shaw,
chairman, that the group's membership drive has surpassed its
goal of 100 new members. Winners of the membership drive competition
will be announced Saturday night at the chamber's annual banquet.
Cummings also reported that more than 30 firms had sent in their
BREP (Business Retention and Expansion Program) surveys to the
Department of Community Affairs for tabulation. "By and
large, industry is happy here and business is happy," said
Cummings. "Only one of the 30 businesses who responded listed
something other than labor as being the number one concern."
·Shaw reported that a committee is making progress toward
implementing a Leadership Jackson County class in August.
·Cummings reported that the chamber has a draft copy of
a lease from the city of Commerce for its office.
·Keith Ariail, chairman of the Retail Task Force, discussed
efforts to bring together the Commerce and Jefferson merchants'
groups to coordinate events and to work on a "buy in greater
Jackson County" theme.
·Cummings reported that the committee working on a 24-hour
day care center in Commerce is getting close to making its final
recommendation on what kind of facility to build. Shaw called
the project "one of the most exciting things ever done in
the chamber, one of the most value-added things the chamber has
BY ANGELA GARY
More than 50 people gathered under a white tent Monday afternoon
in Braselton to celebrate a new industrial development venture
by the Duke-Weeks company.
Although it was planned as a groundbreaking ceremony, a downpour
led company leaders, along with city and council officials and
Braselton residents, to the tent for the brief ceremony.
Braselton Mayor Henry Edward Braselton welcomed those gathered
and said the occasion was the culmination of efforts town leaders
have made for years.
"Duke-Weeks has found the prize egg in purchasing and committing
to developing this wonderful piece of land," Braselton said.
The first building will be on a 100-acre site in Barrow County
and will be 503,000 square feet, according to Eben Hardie, Duke-Weeks'
senior vice president. It is expected to be completed by December
and will be the largest spec building in the I-85 corridor.
"It will be the best building of its type in the metro Atlanta
area," he said. "...This exit will be the premier distribution
center in this corridor for the next 10 years.
Bob Chapman, Duke Weeks' executive vice president, called Monday
a "milestone day" and said the company is excited about
the project and looks forward to a 15 to 20 year development.
While the first building will be in Barrow County, it shouldn't
be long before the project moves into Jackson County since the
majority of the land to be developed, some 400 acres, is in Jackson
County. Over the next 10 to 15 years, company leaders estimate
five million square feet of space will be covered.
County BOC opposes
A request from the McEver estate to annex a 191-acre tract into
Pendergrass is on hold following opposition from the county.
Councilman Monk Tolbert reported at Monday's council meeting
that city attorney Walter Harvey had received a letter from the
county stating several reasons it opposes the property being
annexed into the city. Under House Bill 489, the county must
agree to annexation requests in cities. If the city and county
can't resolve the matter, a mediator will be called in to make
a decision on the request.
County attorney Lane Fitzpatrick sent the city a letter April
5 outlining objections to the annexation, including that the
tract is within the water and sewer service area designated to
the Jackson County Water and Sewer Authority. Fitzpatrick also
pointed out that the land is designated as A-2 zoning by the
county and the city doesn't have a compatible zoning designation.
The McEver family approached Pendergrass in March about annexing
the property, which is located behind North Jackson Elementary
School. Development plans for the property have not been disclosed.
Chamber banquet set Sat.
The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its second
annual awards banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Galilee Christian
Church Family Life Center, Jefferson.
A reception to welcome new members will be held from 5:30 to
The keynote speaker will be Neely Young, editor and publisher
of Georgia Trend Magazine. Awards to be given include: Business
of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year and William
H. Booth Citizenship Award.
Metal firm to locate in Jefferson
The Jefferson Industrial Development Authority approved a $5
million inducement resolution Thursday afternoon for a new company
locating in Walnut Fork Industrial Park at I-85 and Hwy. 129.
MM Systems Corp., headquartered in Tucker, will locate in the
industrial park. The company manufactures specialty metal products
for the construction industry, such as expansion joints and column
In other business, Tommy Healan was welcomed as the newest member
of the IDA. He replaces Jim Joiner, who resigned after being
elected to serve on the city council. Roy Stowe was named to
serve as secretary/treasurer.
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Bell To Challenge
County Commissioner To Make Run For State
JEFFERSON -- A week ago, the Democratic
Party was so desperate for a candidate to take on Rep. Scott
Tolbert that it ran newspaper ads seeking a candidate. This week
the Democrats' prayers were answered as county commissioner Pat
Bell announced plans to try to unseat Tolbert from the District
Rumors had Bell running for the position long before the Democrats
ran their ad, but she made it official this week.
"I'm about service, not self," she said. "That
will be my campaign theme. I think I've demonstrated in the past
30 years that I care about this county. It's not for personal
gain. I really care about the county."
Bell is serving in her fourth year as a member of the Jackson
County Board of Commissioners.
Bell said the accomplishments she is most proud of during her
term in office include the county being in the black for the
past three years and her openly campaigning and working for a
five-member board of commission. She is also proud that water
needs in the county will be taken care of over the next several
decades through the Bear Creek Reservoir.
"As for quality growth, I'm proud of some of the ordinances
we've approved, such as no subdivisions on dirt roads and the
tower ordinance that is in place," she said. "I'm proud
that a farmer can take his land and square it off in 10 to 15
lots and get a return for his investment."
Bell said her concerns for the future include "children
who can't read in the third grade, teachers that are frustrated
with being bogged down in paperwork, the average person who struggles
to survive and senior citizens who are on fixed incomes."
"I'm concerned about these people," she said. "I'm
also concerned about people who think we don't need farmers because
we have grocery stores. Another major concern I have is our current
representative who puts his own interests and his client, Water
Wise, ahead of the people of this county."
Bell worked for 30 years as a University of Georgia Extension
Service agent with 23 being as director in Jackson County. During
this time, she supervised and assisted over 1,000 4-H'ers per
year, including 81 state and 19 national 4-H winners. She also
worked one year at Apple Tree Farms in Cornelia as retail store
Bell has a B.S. degree in home economics with a minor in biology
from Western Carolina University. Her adult leadership work includes
the Beautification through Conservation program, working with
18 Jackson County Homemaker Clubs, conducting an economic profile
for Jackson County, helping organize the Human Resource Council,
assisting with the Regional Evening School, handling various
programs for the Farm Bureau, serving on the committee for a
Floyd Hoard memorial and the Jackson County mentoring program.
She has also provided leadership toward the development of Hurricane
Shoals Park and served on the Northeast Georgia Governor's Economic
Development Program and helped write grants to obtain funds for
the county Administration Building.
Bell is a member of the Jackson County Human Resources Council
and the Tumbling Waters Society and has received numerous awards
and honors for community service.
3 Running For District
2 Board Of Commissioners Post
JEFFERSON -- Several races are set after
two days of qualifying for county and state offices up for grabs
this election year.
In the District 1 (Jefferson area) seat on the Jackson County
Board of Commissioners, three Republicans, Travis Boles Sr.,
Felton Rainey and Stacey Britt, have qualified. Democrat Thomas
H. Benton has also qualified for this post.
In District 2 (Commerce area) on the board, Democrats Sammy Thomason
and Thomas H. "Tommy" Ford and Republican Don Blalock
In District 3 (North Jackson), Republican Emil Beshara is the
only candidate to qualify so far. Qualifying ends at noon Friday.
No one has qualified for the District 4 (Nicholson/South Jackson)
seat on the board of commissioners, and Harold Fletcher is the
only candidate to qualify for the chairman's seat. He is a Republican.
Others to qualify for county seats include: Stan Evans (R), sheriff;
Billy Chandler (D), chief magistrate judge; Reba Parks, clerk
of courts; Don Elrod, tax commissioner; Keith Whitfield (D),
coroner; Al Venable (R), county surveyor; Don Moore (R), state
court solicitor; Jerry Gray, nonpartisan, state court judge;
and Ed Tolbert (D), Jackson County Board of Education, district
4. All are incumbents.