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 May 31, 2000

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Adam Fouche
There ought to be
a book about women

A very dedicated male reader in rural Jackson County recently called me with a very important question.

Diamond Raiders
honored at banquet
The Madison County Red Raider baseball team gathered Monday night to celebrate this past season's 20-win campaign and to also honor the squad's top players.

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Four arrested on drug charges
During two separate "buy-busts" Memorial Day weekend, local law enforcement authorities seized approximately four pounds of suspected marijuana and arrested...

Sales tax from Banks Crossing up since new 'super center' opened
When the Wal-Mart 24-hour super center opened at Banks Crossing in March, county officials knew they could expect an increase in sales tax revenue...

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BOC Chairman Waddell pleads guilty to DUI
Jackson County Board of Commission chairman Jerry Waddell pled guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants in State Court proceedings Thursday.
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Tom Artez (left) of Destin, Fla., and Jim Artez (right) of Montgomery, Ala., reflect on their service in Vietnam during a candlelight ceremony at the LZ Friendly Camp off Hwy. 29 in Danielsville Saturday. The Artez brothers flew together as door gunners in Vietnam. They were shot down together on Memorial Day 1969.


County purchasing policy proposed
County officials say a proposed purchasing policy will lead to a more fiscally responsible government.
The Madison County Board of Commissioners met briefly Tuesday night to review proposed guidelines on purchasing goods and services for the county. No action was taken on the matter and revisions to the policy are expected.
Commissioners hope to implement the policy in September.
The primary benefit, commissioners say, is that requiring purchase orders for any purchase by the county government will help the county maintain a better tab on its finances. For instance, there won't be any invoices for unknown purchases coming in late and wreaking havoc on the county's current budget, a problem the commissioners' office has had.
BOC chairman Wesley Nash said the proposal will "bring instant accountability in how funds are encumbered," adding that the county will soon have an "instant budget instead of a monthly budget."
"We will know at the end of every business day where the county is financially," said Nash.
The BOC recently hired Cheryl Jensrud as a purchasing agent, a new position that will carry a number of responsibilities under the new purchasing policy.
Under the proposal, purchase requests will be made on a purchase order form provided by the county's purchasing agent. The form will provide a full description of the goods or services to be purchased and the budget line item to be charged. Purchase orders will not be issued that will place a budgeted line item in a negative balance without prior approval of the board of commissioners. In other words, if a department needs a lawn mower, but doesn't have the money budgeted for it, the commissioners must approve the purchase.
The new policy will also require price quotes, preferably three, on items costing between $250 and $2,500. For purchases of items between $2,500 and $10,000, at least two suppliers will be required to submit bids in writing. And on all purchases over $10,000, at least three written, sealed bids will be required.
Some exceptions to the policy will be allowed in emergency conditions, such as if an ambulance needs a new part on a weekend.
But commissioners say failure to properly plan for a purchase will not be justification for disregarding the purchasing procedure.
Nash said that under the new policy, if a department head makes a purchase without following the proper procedures, they will have to return the purchased item.
"I don't think we'll run into that problem," Nash added.

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MCHS tassels to
be turned Friday

Two hundred seventeen Madison County seniors will begin a new chapter in life Friday.
The Madison County High School 2000 graduation is set for 8 p.m. in the Athens Classic Center - doors open at 7 p.m.
This year's ceremony is the first MCHS graduation in the Classic Center. The event was moved from the high school to the Athens facility to accommodate larger crowds.
Students scheduled to speak include Lee Allen, Ashley Burford, Timothy Costyn, Heather Hanley, Ryan Hybl, Kimberly Johnson and Tiffany Skelton.
This year's MCHS honor graduates are Lee Allen, Kevin Austin, Karl Ayers, Pam Beck, Crystal Berryman, David Brown, Ashley Burford, Mary Burger, Brandi Carey, Josh Chandler, Chris Clark, Josh Combs, Tim Costyn, Amanda Couch, Brian Deaton, Monica Dominguez, Shannon Drake, Levi Dykes, Tashua England, Natalea Ferrell, Seth Fields, Steven Hackett, Meike Hanke, Heather Hanley, David Harrison, Donnie Hatcher, Catie Hawkes, Ryan Hybl, Nathan Jensrud, Kim Johnson, Clayton Kirk, Erica Lautenschlager, Rebecca Luera, Jami Massey, Nick Mattox, Christy McLendon, Lisa Merk, Tawana Moon, Kimberly Parris, Clifford Peppers, Jessica Perry, Miranda Richards, Sally Rodgers, Jessica Satterfield, Sarah Sjoberg, Tiffany Skelton, Lydia Smith, Drew Sparks, Amanda Strickland, Brian Strickland, Pamela Tolbert, Manny Trujillo, Michael Turner, Clarissa Tyner, Stephanie Tyner and Lindsay Weaver.