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 July 19, 2000


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OPINIONS
Frank Gillispie
Hospitals should provide better
parking for patients
Have you ever found yourself looking around at some situation and thinking, "This is not right?" That was my reaction when I carried my step-mother to a local hospital for a blood test.

Margie Richards
What teenagers need

This column has been on my mind for some time now. As the parent of two teenagers, it is doubly difficult to write. I don't want to preach, don't want to sound superior, self-righteous, or any of those things.


SPORTS
13-14 National League all-star team cruises on, picks up two more more wins at state
No one has yet to derail freight train that is the Junior League National all-star squad from the track to the state championship-and they're picking up more steam.


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BANKS COUNTY
Whisnant, Thomas to face in runoff while incumbents sweep field in other posts
Betty Jean Evans Thomas and Ben Whisnant will have three more weeks to campaign for the Banks County probate judge seat. Neither of the two could get enough of the 2,923 votes cast for a full victory in Tuesday's primary, leading to a run-off Tuesday August 8.

Alto increases fee for opening water account
In a move to end the problem of people moving out without paying their water bills, the Alto City Council voted unanimously last week to up the deposit required to open a water account.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Fletcher Vs. Stephenson In Run-Off; Thomason Wins Big
Republicans Harold Fletcher and Tommy Stephenson will meet again in the Aug. 8 primary run-off for the right to chair the new five-member board of commissioners for the next four years.

W&S Authority Buys Option On 150 Acres
The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority voted unanimously Thursday night to front $40,000 for the option to buy approximately 150 acres adjacent to the Jackson County Wastewater Treatment plant.


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DIRTY WATER

Tammy White of the Hidden Forest Subdivision off Hwy. 106 holds a milk jug partially filled with orange-brown water from the subdivision's well. She also shows two dirty filters from her house. White was told those filters would last three to four months, but she said they only lasted a week. White and other subdivision residents are fed up with the water system operated by Piedmont Water, but company officials say they are doing all they can to provide quality services.

County subdivision struggles with unsavory well water
Four to five times a month Madison County's Kathy Reese pulls clothes out of her washing machine to find "big globs of yellow, gold gunk" in the middle of her white loads. And when Reese finishes a drink, she often finds golden flakes in the melted ice from her refrigerator.
"The worst thing is not knowing what you're drinking," said Reese.
Several of her neighbors in Hidden Forest Subdivision off Hwy. 106 share Reese's frustration. The Piedmont Water Company well, which supplies water to 16 customers in the subdivision, is a nightmare, according to several residents, who say the water is unsavory and unsafe.
They say Piedmont Water has given them the runaround and appears unwilling to address the problem in a substantive way.
"We're tired of paying for water we're afraid to use," said Hidden Forest resident Elaine Rowe.
Rowe points to the back of her coffee maker, where water has turned the white plastic an orange-brown. She says clothes have been eaten away by chemicals put in the water by the company.
"You can't see the bottom of the tub," said Rowe. "There's a greasy film on top of the water. We have company and I have to apologize for the water conditions. It's embarrassing."
But a company representative, Tim Smith, says Piedmont Water works hard to maintain the system and has invested a lot of money in improvements. He admits the water is not perfect, but says the company is doing what it can to provide quality service, noting that the company drilled a new well in recent years to replace an old well with high iron content.
See this week's Madison County Journal for the complete story.


ELECTION 2000

Run-offs set in two elections; Fitzpatrick wins Democratic race
The Madison County election field narrowed Tuesday as Johnny Fitzpatrick won the Democratic nomination for the county commission's District 2 seat. Two other races - the Democrats' nomination for BOC chairman and the Republican primary for coroner - ended with no clear victor. An Aug. 8 run-off is set to determine those two races.
Madison County Democrats will choose Nelson Nash or Tillman Adams as their candidate for county commission chairman that day, while county Republicans will hit the polls to select either Phyllis Dickinson or John Scarborough as their candidate for coroner.
Nash received 48.4 percent of the vote Tuesday to Adams' 41.7 percent. L.H. Akin was eliminated from the race, collecting 9.9 percent of the vote. The winner of next month's runoff will face Republican incumbent Wesley Nash in the November general election.
In the coroner's race, Dickinson received 43 percent of the vote, Scarborough, 35.5 percent; and Frankie Crane, 21.5 percent. The winner of the Aug. 8 runoff will face Democrat Michelle Cleveland.
In District 2, Fitzpatrick received 58.7 percent of the Democratic vote Tuesday, topping Jim Brown, 24.8 percent; and Conolus Scott Jr., 16.5 percent. Fitzpatrick will face Republican Larry Stewart in November.
A voter's choice of ballot Tuesday will be binding in the Aug. 8 run-offs, meaning those who voted on the Republican or Democratic ticket Tuesday must stay with that ticket next month. However, the choice of ballot is not binding in the Nov. 7 general election in which voters will be allowed to vote for any office on the ballot.
In other contested primaries Tuesday, Madison Countians favored Mac Barber over fellow Democrat David L. Burgess, 968 to 597, as public service commissioner. County Republican voters chose John Linder over challenger Vince Littman, 692-96.
Twenty-one percent of the county's registered voters, 2,621 of 12,317, hit the polls Tuesday.

 
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Saturday wreck
kills one

A 16-year-old Kentucky girl was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Parham Town Road in northern Madison County.
Jennifer Yates, of Radcliffe, Ky, was a passenger in a 1998 Ford F-150 driven by Michael Duncan, 20, of Royston.
According to the Athens post of the Georgia State Patrol, Duncan was traveling north on Parham Town Road when he struck a deer, ran off the east edge of the road, crossed back over the road, running off the west shoulder before overturning in a ditch.
Other passengers in the vehicle were Megan Ashworth, 17, of Bowman, and Jason Stone, 23, of an undetermined address. Ashworth was listed as suffering serious injuries, while Duncan and Stone were reported to have visible injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.




Madison County home destroyed by Tuesday fire
A Madison County family lost their home in the Neese Community Tuesday morning, despite the efforts of four fire departments.
The home, located at 7227 Hwy. 106 south across from Jackson EMC, was owned by Larry and Marie Barnett.
No one was at home at the time of the blaze.
The E-911 Center received the call around 11 a.m., dispatching Hull and Neese-Sanford fire departments to the scene. Ila and Danielsville were later called as back-ups and to provide water.
The fire was believed to have started due to a malfunction in the central heating and air conditioning system, according to Frank Edwards, Chief of Hull Volunteer Fire Department.
Although the home was destroyed, Edwards said firefighters were able to save a basement apartment, which suffered only water damage, as well as a number of personal items belonging to the family.
Firemen were on the scene until 3:15 p.m., using 8,500 gallons of water to fight the blaze, he added.
According to David Camp, director of the 911 Center, two other structure fires were reported in the county over the last week, one at 3376 Transco Road and another at 960 River Road. Firemen also assisted Jackson County firefighters at the scene of a chicken house fire off Cooper Road.