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A workforce dilemma
Two conflicting stories crossed my desk this
week that have a direct bearing on Madison County's future economic
Sheriff faces seven challengers
Six seek probate judge post
After the dust settled Friday, eight candidates
had qualified in the sheriff's race and six for the probate judge
Peachy Clean Day has big turnout In Baldwin
For the past three years, the citizens of
Baldwin have committed one Saturday as "Peachy Clean Day"
to clean up the city as part of the Great American Clean-up.
BOC mulling budget requests
More budget hearings slated for Friday
An increase in salaries is expected to make the
biggest difference in next year's county budget.
Moon found guilty of voluntary manslaughter
A Jackson County jury deliberated for almost
four hours Tuesday afternoon before finding a Jefferson man guilty
of one count of voluntary manslaughter.
It's Daisy Festival Time In Nicholson
NICHOLSON -- The annual Nicholson Daisy Festival
will be held Friday and Saturday.
Benton Traffic Plan Worries Nicholson Officials
NICHOLSON -- City officials here expressed
concern Monday night about plans to divert traffic flow around
Benton Elementary School.
Into the 'Elite 8'
Girls' tennis team knocked from state quarterfinals by Marist
Marist allowed no silver slippers on the feet
of the Madison County girls' tennis squad Monday, but the Lady
Raider team launched itself into the state's "elite 8"
earlier in the week with a first round win over North Springs
in the Class AAA tournament.
Madison County track teams participate in region tourneys
Madison County's 2000 track season ended
with some solid individual performances but no state qualifiers
on either boys' or girls' squads.
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VISITS SENIOR CENTER
Senior Center volunteer John Verostko
gives Comer Elementary first grader Tyler Herring a marigold
in the center's greenhouse last week. The first grade classes
of Comer Elementary visited both the Senior Center and Madison
County Library last week. While at the center, the children toured
the greenhouse and each received a marigold plant.
Photo by Margie Richards
Four to seek commission
Qualifying ends with four of five BOC
district posts contested
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Three Madison County Democrats seeking the county commission's
chairman's post will face each other in a July primary, with
the winner taking on Republican incumbent Wesley Nash in November.
Qualifying for county offices ended at noon Friday with Democrats
E. Nelson Nash, Lamar H. "L.H." Akin and Gary Tillman
Adams tossing their hats in the ring for the chairman's post.
But the chairman's seat won't be the only hot election in the
county this year.
Four of five commissioners' seats will be contested, the only
exception being District 4, where incumbent Democrat Melvin Drake
In District 1, incumbent Democrat Bill Taylor will be challenged
by Republican John Brueshaber. Meanwhile, four people are seeking
the District 2 commissioner's seat: Democrats Jim Brown, Johnny
Wilburn Fitzpatrick and Conolus Scott, Jr. Republican Larry Stewart
is also seeking that post.
In District 3, Danny E. Andrews, a Republican, will face Michael
E. Youngblood, a Democrat. Patsy Pierce is not seeking re-election
for that seat.
Also, District 5 commissioner Bruce Scogin, a Republican, will
meet Democrat Edwin Marion Baker in the November election.
In the Probate Judge's race, incumbent Hugh Donald "Hoppy"
Royston, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Donna "Lynn"
Meanwhile, Clerk of Court Michelle H. Strickland, a Democrat,
will face opposition from Republican Michael Conrad Sales.
Only one seat on the county school board will be contested. BOE
chairman Jimmy Patton, a Democrat, will be challenged by Richard
Henry "Ric" Power, a Republican, in District 5. District
3 school board member, John Mason, and District 4 representative,
Jim Patton, are unopposed.
Neither the county's sheriff, Clayton Lowe, nor tax commissioner,
Louise Watson, will be opposed for re-election. Likewise, surveyor
James Smith is unchallenged.
But four people are seeking the county's coroner position: Democrat
Michelle Cleveland and Republicans Phyliss M. Dickinson, John
S. Scarborough and Frankie Crane.
Both of Madison County's state legislators will face opposition
this year. State representative Ralph Hudgens, a Republican incumbent,
will be challenged by Democrat Douglas McKillip. And incumbent
state senator Eddie Madden, a Democrat, will face Mike Beatty,
In the Northern Judicial Circuit, which includes Madison County,
neither the District Attorney, Robert Lavender, nor the three
Superior Court Judges - John H. Bailey, Thomas Lumpkin Hodges
and Lyndsay A. Tise - will be opposed for re-election.
contract for sidewalk project
BY ZACH MITCHAM
The Danielsville City Council approved an $80,000 contract for
the installation of sidewalks this summer down portions of Hwy.
29 north, Crawford W. Long Street and Madison Street.
Riley and Ephriam Construction was awarded the $79,980 contract
by the council. The bid from the Stone Mountain company includes
all materials, labor, equipment, grading and insurance for the
project. The sidewalks will include handicapped accessible ramps.
The original bid from Riley and Ephriam was for $78,480, but
that did not include installation of a necessary culvert on Madison
Street, which will cost $1,500.
The state promised the city a grant of approximately $29,000
in 1998 for the project. But the council is hoping that number
City officials have also discussed seeking help from the county
school board on covering the $24,000 cost of installing a sidewalk
from the creek on Madison Street to a point across from the middle
In other matters, the council approved a contract for $1,850
for the cleaning of the city's water tank. The group also approved
$200 to improve handicap accessibility at the Danielsville Medical
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Relay for Life
2000 set for this weekend
Madison County's Relay for Life is scheduled
for May 5 and 6 at the Recreation Department track. The event
is intended to raise funds and public awareness in the fight
Organizers say the public is invited and that there will be hamburgers,
hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches.
Schedule of events:
·11 a.m. - Track opens to begin setting up campsites.
·5:30 p.m. - Hospitality tent opens for cancer survivors.
Luminaria sales begin, survivor registration begins, Relay Store
opens. Children's Corral performs
·6:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies, Survivor Lap, Caregiver
Lap (family members and friends walk with survivor), Team Lap
(team banners and costumes, if desired)
·7:30 p.m. - Relay for Life begins, one member/team takes
to the track. Entertainment during this time will be Bill Ashley
- Bluegrass Ramblers.
·8:30 p.m. - Seniors Lap. Entertainment by the Hess Family
and Victory Singers.
·9:30 p.m. - LUMINARIA SERVICE.
·10 p.m. - "Couples lap," entertainment by the
Ricky Miller Band. (This is the time for team captains to vote
·11:15 - Musical chairs, potato golf game. Entertainment
will be provided by a DJ.
·11:30 p.m. - "Miss Relay" contest.
·12 a.m. - Crowning of Miss Relay 2000. Entertainment
will be provided by the Ricky Miller Band. Midnight pizza buffet.
Pizza box games (stack, Frisbee). Best Friend lap.
·1:15 a.m. - Toga lap, Crazy Hat contest and SHOUT!
·2 a.m. - Beach music, Shag contest, Twister contest,
Marble trap and Limbo.
·3 a.m. - Swing music
·3:30 a.m. - Latin music, the Macarena
·4:30 a.m. - Blues Brothers (dress up), Football throw,
Lap Poker, 50's Jitterbug contest, bubble gum blowing, "squirt
the butt" and Hoola Hoop.
·6 a.m. - Country music, line dancing, tater relay and
karaoke. New Friend and Scavenger Hunt begins.
·7 a.m. - Luminaria Lap and breakfast, Newspaper fashion
show, "Reduce Your Risk" skit, Saturday A.M. disco.
·8 a.m. - Really Rowdy Relay Olympics Egg Toss, Slip/Slap/Slop
relay, Fill the Bottle relay, Life-saver Relay, cross country
skiing, water balloon toss, and cheese puff toss.
·9:45 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Closing ceremonies, announcement
of money raised Team and Individual awards. Final lap by everyone.
(Organizers ask that participants commit to being at the relay
and not tearing down campsites until the relay ends at 10 a.m.)
·10 - noon - Clean up.