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schedule set at MCHS
Months back, Tom Hybl had a non-region schedule
set for Madison County. Then House Speaker Tom Murphy stepped
Two teens charged in carjacking at Banks Crossing
A Florida couple who stopped at a Banks Crossing
motel last week during their vacation were the victims of an
armed robbery and car jacking.
Planners OK rezoning for Braselton landfill site
A developer's plans to rezone 117 acres on Hwy. 53 to locate
a construction landfill site was approved by the Jackson County
Planning Commission Thursday night in a 4-3 vote.
Courthouse plan approved by BOC calls
for 300 ground-level parking spaces
It looks like there won't be any underground
parking spaces at the new courthouse annex in Jefferson.
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MCHS mourns the
loss of student
The senior class of Madison County High
School has suffered the loss of a class member little more than
a week before graduation.
Jamie Adams, 18, died Monday afternoon after collapsing from
cardiac arrest in a business education class at the high school.
Paramedics were called to the school around 1:30 p.m. and Adams
was given CPR on the scene, according to EMS officials. He was
then transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he
was pronounced dead about an hour later. School officials were
notified later that day after many students had already gone
According to Madison County coroner Donna Perry, an autopsy revealed
that Adams had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart,
a condition that had gone undetected.
Adams was the son of James and Julie Adams of Hull. He had one
sister, Summer, a freshman.
"We're just numb with shock," Principal Allen McCannon
said Tuesday morning. "He was a super kid with so much potential
who made good decisions and was well-liked by both teachers and
Flags flew at half staff and counselors were on hand Tuesday,
offering what comfort they could to an unusually quiet and somber
student body. Several flowers decorated the flagpole.
This is the second death of a student this school year. Junior
Randy Carroll drowned while swimming in Lake Hartwell last September.
Senior class president Ashley Burford introduced the morning's
moment of silence saying, "For those of you who may be unaware
of yesterday's tragedy, the Class of 2000 lost a fellow classmate
and friend, Jamie Joshua Adams. This morning we would like to
make the moment of silence in memory of him. Think of his family
and friends who will miss him greatly. Jamie, darlin', this is
McCannon said Adams, who drove a red Hummer to school, was known
as an avid bicyclist who had participated in various events in
the sport, including the Bike Race Across Georgia (BRAG).
According to this year's annual, the Hilltopper, Adams won the
Georgia Games, commonly referred to as the "State Olympics,"
in Augusta last July.
'A PERFECT GENTLEMAN'
"Jamie was a perfect gentleman... Everybody that knew him
loved him. He was his own person and never caved in to peer pressure
- he could see the 'bigger picture of life.' He was so much fun
and loved to laugh," senior English teacher Renee McCannon
said of Adams.
She said that although last Friday was the traditional "senior
skip day," a day when most seniors opt to play hooky from
school, Adams came to school as usual.
"He was in my classroom that day from 11 a.m. until 3:30
p.m. and we talked and talked," she remembers. "He
had such a warm smile... He was the kind of kid I'd want to know
my whole life and I considered him a friend."
Mrs. McCannon said that he loved to play practical jokes. "He
loved to cut up," she said, adding that he admitted to her
last Friday that he was the one who had placed a monkey face
sticker on her I.D. badge where it lay on her desk each morning
before she came into class.
Math teacher Renee Simmons agrees. "He loved to cut up.
He'd go around the room and decorate my posters with extra things,"
"He was a friend to everybody; we were really hit hard by
this," she said. "It was tense this morning in first
period. I had to tell two of the kids what happened - that was
a hard thing."
Fellow senior, neighbor and friend Chris Clark said Adams had
become an Eagle Scout earlier this year.
"He just loved the 'roast' they gave for him," Clark
said. "He's one of the nicest people I've ever known,"
Chris's mother, middle school teacher Sandy Clark, said Adams
was a familiar sight biking around the neighborhood every evening.
"Every day he would come by our house and I'd call out to
him," Mrs. Clark remembers.
Another senior, Brian Deaton, said Adams was one of the first
friends he made when he came to MCHS in the ninth grade.
"He was the kind of person you could talk about anything
with," he said. "He was a great guy and a good friend
- it just doesn't make sense."
set for June 2
It's a time for joy, but graduation ceremonies
can also carry a dose of stress when things don't go as planned.
So Madison County school leaders are urging graduating seniors
and their families to develop "game plans" for the
8 p.m. June 2 graduation ceremony at the Athens Classic Center.
Over 200 seniors will be graduating from Madison County High
School next Friday and each senior is getting nine tickets for
family and friends to attend the ceremony, which is expected
to last approximately an hour.
Five of the tickets will be for the lower area and the remaining
four tickets will be for balcony seating. This arrangement is
intended to give every family an opportunity to have a graduate's
closest relatives seated in the lower level, nearer the action.
This year's graduation is the first in the Classic Center for
Madison County. The school planned the event in the Athens facility
after last year's graduation marked the third out of the past
five ceremonies moved into the high school gym due to inclement
weather. The gym is not big enough to accommodate graduation
"We had to look for an alternative," said Madison County
principal Allen McCannon. "And this (the Classic Center)
is a good one."
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for animal shelter
A Madison-Oglethorpe County animal shelter
will soon be in the works, thanks to a Monday vote of local leaders
to put $3 for every person in Madison County toward annual operating
expenses for the facility.
The Madison County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously for
the spending measure, saying a shelter is long overdue in handling
the county's stray animal problem.
"We need it (an animal shelter) desperately," said
commissioner Bill Taylor. "We have too many stray dogs."
Leaders aim to open a shelter next to the Madison County transfer
station sometime in early 2001.
According to Susan Fisher, president of the Madison-Oglethorpe
Animal Shelter committee, the $3 per capita figure will bring
in between $85,000 and $90,000 per year from Madison County and
$36,000 to $44,000 from Oglethorpe County, which recently agreed
to help fund the project. The final dollar figures will be determined
by the final counts of the 2000 census.
Fisher estimates that 4,140 animals would be brought to the shelter
each year. This is based on the generally recognized standard
that stray dog populations are seven percent and stray cat populations
3.5 percent of an area's human population, rural or urban.
But Fisher cautioned that the numbers are not set in stone.
"This number (4,140) may actually be much higher,"
Fisher told the board Monday that the International City/Council
Management Association reports that animal shelters should receive
between $3 and $5 per capita to function efficiently, adding
that one area shelter that receives less than $3 per capita is
struggling to stay open.
Fisher said many of the animals brought to the shelter will be
adopted, noting that adoption rates at shelters are generally
20 to 25 percent. She said animals in poor health will be euthanized
and that all spay-neuters will be done in-house. A goal of the
shelter will also be for employees to be trained as animal control
officers to handle dangerous dog calls.
"I feel we'll be able to run a nice facility," said