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Finds column on dress codes 'excessive and offensive'
I found Adam Fouche's comments on the dress
code excessive and defiant. I also found the call for "teenagers
to revolt" as a bit misplaced.
Adam's revolution begins
Hyperbole, rhetoric and exaggeration are all stock tools of a
ITBS is one part of the picture
Standardized test are both loved and loathed: Loved when the
scores are high, loathed when the results are low.
Sanders named coach of the year
Ricky Sanders, Pendergrass resident and North
Georgia College and State University's Lady Saints softball coach...
State Meet: Gary Takes Third, Perry Claims Fifth
Commerce's representatives claimed two medals...
Harold Gaulding says he believes in standing
up for what he believes is right - even if it means being arrested.
Hull spring festival set for Saturday
The city of Hull will hold its second annual
Community Spring Festival on Saturday, May 20, beginning with
a parade at 10 a.m.
'One good call'
When Wendy Rice went into labor one night
a few weeks ago, she and husband Brian knew they were probably
not going to make it to St. Mary's Hospital in Athens for the
County students above national average on ITBS
The 2000 Madison County ITBS report card
closely resembles the 1999 results, with county students generally
above the national average in basic skills.
Baldwin advances toward stricter animal control laws
Dog owners must now register their pets with
the City of Baldwin.
The first reading of the new animal control ordinance was read
at last Monday's meeting of the Baldwin City Council.
Homer makes move to regulate cell towers
The Homer Town Council has made a move to
regulate the location of cell towers in the city.
Homer ready to move forward on new city hall facility
It's time to get serious about a new town
hall for citizens and officials of Homer, council members agreed
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This was the scene early Wednesday morning in a
field off Old State Road at Martin Road in North Jackson as members
of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department investigate an apparent
some foster care reimbursements
BY ANGELA GARY
The Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services
approved slight increases in the reimbursement money foster parents
get for clothing, birthdays and Christmas.
In its monthly meeting Thursday morning, the DFACS board increased
the yearly clothing allowance by $50 per year. The reimbursement
for birthdays was increased from $10 to $20 for infants to 12-year-olds
and from $15 to $25 for 13-18-year-olds. The Christmas reimbursement
was increased from $75 to $100 for infants through 11-year-olds
and from $100 to $125 for children ages 12 and up. The increases
will go into effect on July 1.
"People think people get into foster care for the money,
but there is no way," DFACS director Jerry Payne said. "They
end up adding extra."
Board chairman Caroldene McEver added: "It takes a special
person to do what our foster parents are doing."
NJ man killed in
Wed. a.m. stabbing
mostly good news for local schools
A North Jackson man was apparently stabbed
to death early Wednesday morning following a domestic dispute.
Warren Albert Martin Jr., 31, of Old State Road was pronounced
dead on the scene in a field near the intersection of Old State
Road and Martin Road. The body has been sent to the state crime
lab, according to David Cochran, chief investigator for the Jackson
County Sheriff's Department.
Being questioned at the Jackson County Jail Wednesday was Brandon
Cody Self, 17. Self had not been charged in the incident pending
a further investigation by the JCSD and the district attorney's
Cochran said Self had been living at a Gainesville address until
Tuesday when he moved into an Old State Road address with his
mother, Samantha Hulsey. Both Hulsey and Martin had been living
at the address, said Cochran.
The stabbing occurred during an early morning domestic dispute
between Hulsey and Martin. Self apparently intervened in the
situation and knives were drawn by both men.
Cochran said that after the incident, Self went across the road
to the father of Martin and called 911.
Results of the annual ITBS testing in
Jackson County schools showed general improvement this year,
according to school averages released last week.
The biggest jump in overall composite scores were East Jackson
Middle School eighth graders, who this year increased 13 points
from last year's eighth grade class. Also showing a significant
jump were Benton Elementary School third graders, who this year
scored nine points better than last year's third grade class.
The highest composite score in the three Jackson County systems
was Jefferson Elementary School first graders with an average
composite of 79. The lowest this year was North Jackson Elementary
School fifth graders, who averaged a 50 on the composite results.
ITBS scores are measured by comparing how well a student does
against all other students in the nation taking the test at his
grade level. A score of 60 means that a student did better than
60 percent of all test-takers nationwide in that grade. The numbers
do not reflect what percentage of the questions are answered
ITBS testing has become controversial in recent years as it has
become the de facto way many parents evaluate local schools.
Some education leaders, however, say that is a misapplication
of the results.
Many school administrators have begun using the results as one
measure of individual teachers. That has increased pressure on
teachers to better prepare their students for the testing. Some
critics claim that such pressure leads to "teaching the
test" and takes away from other learning time in the classroom.
Critics also say that each class is unique and that some classes
are just "smarter" than other groups. The two should
not be compared with standardized test scores, they say.
For their part, teachers and curriculum directors use the test
results to look for individual student weaknesses and, more broadly,
holes in curriculum plans. Although the overall "composite"
score is the one generally reported, that score comes from a
number of sub-parts which measure a student's ability in reading,
math, language, social science and science. Administrators look
for patterns in the results to see if a particular class, grade
or school shows a consistent weakness. Curriculum plans are then
adjusted to work on the weaker areas.
Another way the results are used by school leaders is to track
the progress of a particular class over time. For example, if
last year's third graders did well on the ITBS, but as fourth
graders this year did much worse, administrators take a close
look at the fourth grade instruction in that particular school.
READING A KEY
Most school administrators consider the improvement of reading
skill as the key to improving overall performance on the ITBS
tests. For one thing, a student's ability to read well often
translates into a better understanding of ITBS questions.
But as a general rule, lower reading scores on the test also
correlate to lower overall composite scores. For example, this
year's results from the three local school systems show that
out of 36 grades in the elementary and middle schools which got
composite results, only four grades had reading scores above
that of the composite score. That means that other parts of the
ITBS tests, such as math and language, are pulling the overall
score up in spite of low reading results.
set Fri. night
Jefferson High School will hold its commencement
ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Memorial Stadium.
Valedictorian Jason Lee and salutatorian Jason Carter will be
among those speaking.
Other honor graduates are: Lisa Adams, Emilyanne Barnwell, Andrew
Carloss, Alan Faulkner, Patrick Herring, Christina Lindsay, Pamela
Little, Matthew Newton, Leslie Pearson, Michael Seibert, Laura
Smith, Matthew Strickland, Caleb Todd and Ashley Wheaton.
JHS leaders ask that anyone planning to attend graduation who
needs handicap assistance should contact Raye Jackson at 367-2881.
On a related matter, school leaders say that on Thursday and
Friday, May 18 and 19, final exams will be given and all students
in grades nine through 12 will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Bus
service will be provided.
County water stolen
at record pace
From tanker truck operators who fill their
trucks at hydrants to builders who tap county lines for construction
water, people are stealing county water at a record pace.
So complained Paul Mims, superintendent of the Jackson County
Water and Sewerage Authority, at Thursday night's meeting.
The problem is catching the thieves, Mims noted.
"When we catch a tanker truck, we charge them $20 per 1,000
gallons the first time," he said. "If we catch them
again, we charge them $100 per 1,000 gallons."
The authority's new attorney, Julius Hulsey, suggested that the
authority talk with the county government about having an attachment
in the permitting policy to deal with water use and to pass an
ordinance making violation of the water authority's rules a violation
of any applicable building license such as a contractor
must have to build in the county.
"You can do a lot through the business license," Hulsey
In other business Thursday night, the authority approved a $189,200
labor-only bid from Dale Construction, Jefferson, to remove lines
affected by the construction of the Pendergrass bypass. The total
project will cost about $303,000, most of which will be paid
by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Hoschton hires new judge
BY BEN MUNRO
The Hoschton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to
hire Mike Strickland as the city's new municipal judge and also
approved a compensation of $100 per session for Strickland.
Strickland has been an attorney in Winder for over a decade and
also has served as a judge for other municipalities in Barrow
In other business conducted Tuesday, the council:
·requested that citizens refrain from outside watering
due to the current shortage in the water supply. The council
said the water supply starts to run low in the summer months
since the city currently has one source of water.
·hired the firm of Armentrout, Roebuck and Matheny to
take over the city's engineering services. The new firm will
develop a master water plan for the city along with a funding
analysis and a rate structure analysis; correct the sewer problems
in the Panther Creek Subdivision and develop a long-term sewer
plan for the city; review and revise the water and sewer construction
standards; and develop and outline and a strategy for plan review
for the city.
Woman treated for
A woman was bitten on the foot by a poisonous snake Tuesday night,
according to a spokesman for BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
While walking in her North Jackson yard barefooted, the woman
was reportedly bitten on the toe by a small Copperhead. The snake
was captured and the woman transported to BJC for treatment.
She was released Wednesday morning.
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City Budget To
Contain 4-6% Salary Increases
When the 2000-2001 city budget is approved
in late June or July, city employees will get raises from four
to six percent, it appears.
The Commerce City Council held its first budget "work session"
Monday night. Among the items reviewed was personnel, appearing
to support City Manager Clarence Bryant's proposal for a four
percent cost of living increase and merit raises of one to two
The budget also calls for the creation of a new position, director
of water and sewer operations, and Bryant said a second investigator's
position may be added in the police department.
After it reviewed personnel expenses, the council went quickly
through the budget's capital expenditures proposals, which amounted
to almost $4.1 million. Most of that, $2,816,980 is planned for
the water and sewer department, with $513,700 targeted for the
beginning of an upgrade at the waste treatment plant and $2,114,080
aimed at the water and sewer distribution systems.
Water projects include the B Wilson and Traynham Road line at
$85,000 (construction is under way), $485,000 for a water tank,
$115,000 for a southeast bypass main, $260,280 for a loop going
out Georgia 98 toward Ila, Mize Road, Williams Road, Blacks Creek
and back to 98, $180,000 for the first phase of Progress Road,
$152,400 (covered by a grant) for Cedar Drive improvements, $100,000
for miscellaneous line extensions, $55,000 for a line from Poplar
Street to Clayton Street and $50,000 for valve replacements.
Sewer projects on the agenda include $135,000 for the first phase
of Progress Road, $181,200 (covered by a grant) for improvements
on Cedar Drive, $78,000 for a pump station on Lathan Road, and
$50,000 each for miscellaneous main extensions and for main repairs.
The council took no action. In fact, those numbers are likely
to change, Bryant said, because Jackson County Board of Commissioner
Chairman Jerry Waddell wants the city to provide sewage treatment
for land along a new road running parallel to Interstate 85 north
of the interstate and west of Georgia 98.
Bryant agreed to try to organize a meeting, probably next Monday
night, with the board of commissioners and the Jackson County
Water and Sewerage Authority to discuss the proposal. He suggested
that the council sell Jackson County 200,000 gallons of treatment
capacity "for $1 million cash, and let them build a system
But down the road, Commerce faces daunting tasks in its sewerage
"We need to do $12 million in sewer improvements in the
next eight years," he told the council. He added that he
is working out numbers for water and sewer rate increases, possibly
in the 20 cents per 1,000 gallon range. Those would be the first
rate hikes in water and sewer since 1991.
City Council Shows
Interest In Impact Fees
Members of the Commerce City Council developed
a sudden enthusiasm for charging impact fees for new development
during a city council "work session" Monday night.
The meeting had been called to begin budget discussions, but
before it started, city manager Clarence Bryant handed out a
"development impact fee schedule" drawn up by the city's
engineering firm showing what it costs for the city to provide
just water and sewage service to residential and commercial customers.
The figures, which include the cost of distribution or collection
systems and treatment, but not the tap fee itself, were staggering.
The engineers put the cost of a residence, whether mobile home
or house, at $1,316 for water and $2,065 for sewage service based
on a 300 gallons per day usage.
"Using this formula, we calculated that the (impact) fee
for the little Denny's Restaurant would have been $56,000,"
Bryant was not proposing that the cost schedule be adopted, but
council members seemed to like the idea.