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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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.
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,"
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.
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
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
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
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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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
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.