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Junior League National all-stars cruise to tourney
The 13-14-year-old Junior League National
all-stars took the competition by storm in the area tournament
held in Danielsville, then landed themselves in the state all-star
tournament Saturday by toppling Toccoa American 5-0 in Hart County
to claim the district title.
Banks County residents file suit against Baldwin over
Twenty-nine Banks County residents of the City of Baldwin are
finding out what it's like to fight city hall. They're taking
the City of Baldwin to court and they say they need Banks County's
help to prevent the city from taxing them unfairly.
County planning commission says 'yes' to hunting lodge
The Banks County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend
approval to James and Shirlene Allen's request to rezone approximately
two acres on Vaughn Road from ARR to C-2 general commercial...
Commerce BOE To Fingerprint Staff
The Commerce School System has always required fingerprinting
and a criminal records check for its certified staff but, under
a new state requirement...
County BOE sets Aug. 9 work session on attendance policy
An increasing number of requests from students living outside
the school district to attend county schools has led the Jackson
County Board of Education to take a closer look at its attendance
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Latasha Bailey grimaces as she clutches a large bullfrog Tuesday
afternoon at the Madison County Library, while Kevin Argo waits
for his turn to hold the creature. Peter Loose and his wife Sandy,
of Hull, entertained children of all ages with a program called
"Frogtastic Frogs," featuring various species of frogs
and toads from around the world. Loose is the artist for Summer
Reading Club 2000 and the couple has been traveling to libraries
around the state promoting this year's reading club theme, "Open
a Book...Jump In!" The couple has worked at nearby Sandy
Creek Nature Center and now create children's books, written
by Sandy and illustrated by Peter.
Madison County voters will narrow the field for three posts next
week - the chairman of the board of commissioners, the BOC District
2 seat and the coroner's position.
Primary elections are set for Tuesday, July 18. All precincts
in Madison County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Three Democrats - Nelson Nash, Gary Tillman Adams and Lamar H.
Akin - will face off in the primary election for the chairman's
seat. The winner will challenge Republican incumbent Wesley Nash
for the post in November.
Three Democrats are also vying for the chance to face Republican
Larry Stewart in the BOC District 2 race. The Democratic candidates
for that post are Jim Brown, Johnny Wilburn Fitzpatrick and Conolus
Republicans seeking the chance to face Democrat Michelle Cleveland
in the coroner's race include Phyllis M. Dickinson, John S. Scarborough
and Frankie Crane.
Voters will be required to choose between a Democratic or Republican
ballot. A voter's choice of ballot in the primary election will
be binding if there is a run-off for any race on Aug. 8. But
the choice of ballot in the primary and run-off is not binding
for the general election set for Nov. 7. Voters in the general
election will be allowed to vote for any office on the ballot.
All voters are required to show identification at the polls.
council focuses on
water issues at Mon. night meeting
Water was the focus of the Danielsville city council Monday night.
The council passed an emergency water conservation plan, approved
new water rates and delayed a zoning decision on a new Laundromat
until developers could produce an estimate of their water needs.
The new water ordinance contains five stages of water restrictions
to be determined by weather conditions. Restrictions can range
from the current odd-even plan to prohibiting all water use except
for health and sanitation if conditions become critical. City
rules require a second reading on all ordinances before they
can be legally adopted unless an emergency exists. The water
conservation ordinance was passed on an emergency basis, meaning
that it can go into effect immediately. It will be considered
for final approval at the August meeting.
The council set new water rates designed to shift costs to heavy
users of water. Inside the city, users of up to 2,000 gallons
per month will pay $4.50 plus $2.50 per month up to 15,000 gallons.
Any amount above 15,000 gallons up to 50,000 gallons will cost
$6 per thousand and additional use over 50,000 gallons goes up
to $8 per thousand.
Users outside the city will pay $9 for the first 2,000 gallons,
$5 per thousand up to 15,000 gallons, $9 per thousand between
15,000 and 50,000 and $12 per thousand for any amount over 50,000
gallons per month.
SEE THIS WEEK'S MADISON COUNTY JOURNAL FOR MORE.
Tracy Lea Fortson will remain in jail without bond, a judge ruled
in Madison County Superior Court last week.
Fortson, a former Oglethorpe County sheriff's deputy, is the
lone suspect in the murder of Douglas Benton of Colbert. Investigators
believe Fortson shot and stabbed her ex-boyfriend, then left
his body in a cement-filled water trough in a wooded area in
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Bill Malueg said Monday
that no murder weapon has been recovered. Investigators say evidence
was recovered in Fortson's home that linked her to the murder,
but Malueg would not specify what that evidence is.
Fortson is being held in the Jackson County jail, since Madison
County currently has no facilities to house female prisoners.
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looks at purchasing Athens-Clarke water lines in Hull
The city of Hull could soon have an answer to its water system
City attorney Pat Graham confirmed at Monday night's Hull council
meeting that there is "some very preliminary discussion
between the (Madison County) Industrial Authority Board and Athens-Clarke
County exploring the possibility of purchasing the water system
The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) government currently owns the
water lines in Hull and provides water to the town's residents.
But there has been a long-standing dispute between the city of
Hull and Athens/Clarke County over a water main loop installed
in the city in 1991.
The matter stems from a water line extension contract signed
by former Mayor T. Wayne Phillips with ACC in January 1991 for
ACC to run a new water main loop down Davis Road to Old Elberton
Road and back to the red light.
According to the contract, Hull was to be "financially responsible"
for the extension of the new line. No payments on the line, which
was to be paid back over a 20-year period beginning in 1994,
were ever made, according to ACC water department head Gary Duck.
The problem came to a head in 1998 when ACC began refusing to
install any new water meters in the city limits of Hull until
back payments in the amount of approximately $24,000 were made.
Recently, developers of Hidden Falls, a new duplex subdivision
under construction in the town, have threatened legal action
against both Hull and Athens-Clarke County because they have
not been able to establish water service.
Madison County Industrial Development and Building Authority
(MCIDBA) chairman Steve Sorrells confirmed Tuesday that the board
is taking steps to "look into the value of the Athens/Clarke
County water system" with an eye toward purchasing it.
If the Authority does decide to purchase the water system, the
water lines will be connected to Madison County's new water system
in the Dogsboro area, which currently furnishes water to Ingles
and the new Hull Sanford Elementary School, Sorrells said.
SEE THIS WEEK'S MADISON COUNTY JOURNAL FOR THE COMPLETE STORY.