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June 21, 2000


Editorial
The Banks County News
June 21, 2000

Time to take water restrictions seriously
The serious drought all of Georgia is suffering from makes adhering to the water restrictions implemented by the state crucial. Water is a resource that everyone takes for granted, but they shouldn't because shortages are possible.
Agriculture commissioner Tommy Irvin recently told a group of Banks Countians that the drought conditions make this one of the most trying times he has experienced in more than three decades working with the state. He gave a heartfelt plea for those present to pray for rain. It is advice that we should all take.
Many area cities have implemented tougher water restrictions than those put in place by the state. Lula has even gone so far as to put a $250 fine and threat of disconnection to those caught repeatedly violating the restrictions. It's too bad that measures such as these are needed, but they are, as many people will ignore the restrictions and continue to take water for granted.
Water is a precious resource and we all need to work together to make sure it doesn't run out.


Letter
The Banks County News
June 21, 2000

Concerned with water service
Dear Editor:
I am writing this letter in the hope that it will draw attention to a serious problem. This is an appeal to the mayor and city council of the City of Baldwin and to the commissioners of Banks County. I live on Hwy. 105 between Harmony Church Road and Spring Road and we are desperately in need of a better water system.
There are six-inch water lines with fire hydrants all over the city of Baldwin and much of Banks County, including areas that have very few homes. It is my understanding that the water system we have from the city of Baldwin is a four-inch line down Hwy. 105 toward Spring Road, which decreases to a two-inch line at Crump Road before reaching my home and continuing on. If we had a residential fire or a brush fire of any size, we would have to stand by and just watch everything burn. We don't have enough water output to save what we've worked hard to build. As more families move into this affected area, the water supply will only get worse. Currently there are over 100 families with this problem.
For several years this little "gray" area of Banks County has been the subject of debate between the city and county. We're presently serviced by the Baldwin water system that, I am told, is willing to sell service rights in this area to Banks County. I've been assured by an official at the Apple Pie Ridge water station that a line could be run from Spring Road along Hwy. 105 to Harmony Church Road, then down Harmony Church Road connecting at Hwy. 441, without any major problem.
The main problem is the dollar amount it would take for Banks County to buy this section and put the line in. I'm making an earnest appeal to both the city of Baldwin and Banks County to please try to reach a compromise that will enable all of us to have an ample supply of water. I'm sure each of you in the position to make this decision ran for office with the promise to serve the people. We're asking that you honor that promise and please help rectify the problem. I urge any of you who live in the affected area to please contact the city and county officials and let them know that we would like to have fire hydrants and enough water just like everyone else.

Sincerely, Gwen M. Carnes, Baldwin

Column
By Adam Fouche
The Banks County News
June 21, 2000

I'm my grandfather's grandson
My grandfather likes to talk. In fact, my grandfather likes to talk a whole lot, even more than I like to talk.
Usually, he's got something pretty good to say. Well, actually, usually he doesn't, but I listen anyway, sometimes.
Just for fun, my cousin and I will often bring up a subject that we know will cause him to go off on a four-and-a-half hour spiel, usually ending in an argument with my grandmother over who married the Smith girl that used to live over on the old Jones home place.
To me, one of the funniest things to ask him for are directions.
"Well, ole boy," he'll say (and he really does call me "ole boy" sometimes), "go down the Old Carnesville Highway out to about where J.D. Smith had the old store and turn left. Then you go down to Five Forks straight on to the Harris home place and go up by the old Plainview School on the upper side of the county. After that, just go down that road where that man that married Johnny Byran's sister used to live and raise those rabbits for the carnivals, and then you should be pretty close."
By this point, or actually way before then, I have become thoroughly confused. I just have to walk off and hope I can find what I'm looking for without any help.
My grandfather's favorite discussion is dealing with how people are related. I think he loves to explain people's relations to each other mainly because he made up some once and twice removed system that only he understands. It gives him a feeling of superiority because none of the rest of the family can figure out what he's saying.
Monday, I asked him how I was related to a girl that is in a picture with me when I was just a wee little fellow.
He sat down, looked at me across the table, adjusted his belt a little and said, "Well, let's see.
"She would be your second cousin three times removed," he told me confidently. "Wait, wait. She's your daddy's second cousin twice removed so that would make her your third cousin once removed, or maybe she's your first cousin five times removed. No, that can't be right. She's your..."
I think that I blanked out somewhere in the middle of the conversation. But we finally settled on her being my third cousin to the second power, minus eight, divided by three, six times removed, times pie. Now I understand. The "times pie" thing cleared it up for me.
My grandfather is a real intelligent man, don't get me wrong. I don't mean to poke fun at him, just aggravate him, which I do a lot. He deserves it, and he knows it.
He does have a pretty tough job though, being retired and sitting at home all day. But he does have to put up with me a good bit of the time. Everyone knows that takes a whole lot of patience and nerve.
And it doesn't bother him a bit to tell me I'm difficult and hard to deal with.
Well, Granddaddy, maybe you're right.
But don't forget, I am my grandfather's grandson.
Adam Fouche is a reporter for MainStreet Newspapers.

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