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Liberals put wedge between the races
Last week I had a highly enjoyable experience that reminded me
of a truth about the South that is largely ignored.
I learned that one of my black neighbors was preparing a fund-raising
barbecue to benefit his church. As a part of the meal, he was
cooking a pot of old-fashioned country hash. He told me . . .
The concrete is slowly creeping
It's 95 degrees on a Friday, my car has no air conditioning and
I'm stuck in a traffic jam because there's only one lane open
on the highway due to construction.
And I'm in Madison County.
While I was living in cities like . . .
Madison County Spurs win district, advance to state
The Madison County Recreation Department
recently hosted the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's
Seventh District Women's Open Softball tournament. Nine teams
from north Georgia competed for the right to advance to the state
Planners deny zoning request in split vote
The county's planning board of appeals will likely hear its first
case in more than a decade in coming weeks, following the planning
commission's contentious Tuesday night denial of William Jackson's
New gym floor to be replaced at BCHS
The Banks County Board of Education stood firm in its demand
for a gym floor to replace the one at the new high school, and
it looks like it will pay off.
Construction Of 3-5 Elementary School Planned In 3
to 5 Years
Some time in the next three to five years,
the Commerce Board of Education plans to open a new elementary
school for grades 3-5.
Nicholson 'City Manager' To Resign
Her promotion to city manager shot down by the city attorney
and her ability to do her job hampered by bad relations with
her ex-husband, Nicholson city clerk Dana Wilbanks has resigned.
Jefferson students return to classes Friday
It may still be the middle of summer, but one area school system
is ready to break out the textbooks for another year.
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Pictured (L-R) are : Holly Pilon, Mandy Pilon,
Brody Dudley and Kyle Lackey. They were just four of the youngsters
on hand last week to learn "origami," the Japanese
art of paperfolding at the Madison County Library. The class
was taught by Jocelyn Deal (R) from Athens Regional Library.
Those present were also treated to tales of "lovers, fools
and frogs" by professional storyteller Mary Jean Hartel.
Madison County Democrats will choose
Nelson Nash or Tillman Adams as their candidate for county commission
chairman Tuesday, 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 July 18 to Adams' 41.7
percent. L.H. Akin was eliminated from the three-way race, collecting
9.9 percent of the vote. The winner of the run-off will face
Republican incumbent Wesley Nash in the November general election.
In the coroner's race, Dickinson received 43 percent of the vote
July 18, Scarborough, 35.5 percent; and Frankie Crane, 21.5 percent.
The winner of the Aug. 8 runoff will face Democrat Michelle Cleveland
Those who voted in the July primary must vote on the party ballot
they chose last month. Those who did not vote in the primary
may vote in the run-off on either party's ballot.
Proper identification is required.
Just 21 percent - 2,621 of the county's 12,317 registered voters
- hit the polls in the July primaries.
suit against Madison County school board
A local family has filed for dismissal
of its legal challenge of the Madison County Board of Education's
school attendance policy. But the county school system still
wants a judge to rule on whether the schools' policy is lawful.
As of press time, no decision had been filed in U.S. District
Court on whether the dismissal would be accepted or the constitutionality
of the system's attendance policy would be upheld - the judge
may choose not to rule on the constitutionality issue.
Robin Ansley filed a lawsuit against the county school board
in January of this year, claiming the board's denial of admittance
for her 14-year-old son, Galen Forrest Ansley, was unconstitutional.
The school board would not allow Ansley to enter Madison County
Middle School until his mother, a Madison County resident, obtained
legal custody of her son. The child's great-grandmother, Mildred
Elizabeth Abbott, a resident of South Carolina, is the boy's
legal guardian. The Ansleys said the child moved to Madison County
to strengthen his relationship with his mother.
In February, a District Court judge turned down the Ansley's
request for a temporary restraining order against the school
system, which would have prevented the schools from enforcing
the admission policy.
Last month, the family requested a dismissal of the case from
U.S. District Court after Robin Ansley pled guilty in June to
drug and theft charges. Her son now plans to live with his great-grandmother
in South Carolina and no longer seeks to attend Madison County
The Madison County school board set an attendance policy, effective
July 1, 1998, intending to clamp down on out-of-county families
taking advantage of Madison County school system. The school
system sought to keep out-of-county families from using relatives
in the county as a way to gain admittance into Madison County
schools by claiming that a child temporarily lived with a grandmother,
aunt or other relative.
So the school board set strict admittance standards requiring
that divorced parents in the county have "sole legal custody"
of their child. Those with "joint legal custody" must
show that they have "primary physical custody" of the
child. A minor may also gain admittance to county schools if
he or she has been placed in the home of a relative or unrelated
county resident by a juvenile or probate court order granting
The Ansleys claimed that this policy was unconstitutional under
the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth
The plaintiffs maintained that the county's attendance "policy
creates an irrebutable presumption that children who violate
their policy are there for the exclusive or predominant purpose
of attending school in the district." The Ansleys contended
that the "denial of education to the plaintiff is not rationally
related to any substantial goal of the state..."
Griffeth Road chicken house
A Griffeth Road family suffered hardship
for the second time in a year last Sunday afternoon, when one
of their chicken houses, along with between 20,000 and 25,000
broiler chickens, was destroyed by fire.
Owners Pete and Anne Sisk, who have been growing chickens for
36 years, lost another house to fire almost a year ago to the
day - on July 31, 1999.
The cause of Sunday's fire was still unknown, but the fire in
1999 was believed to be caused by a faulty fan, the Sisks said
at the time.
According to Neese Sanford fire chief John Seagraves, the Neese
Sanford fire department was dispatched at 2:02 p.m. Sunday afternoon,
with Hull, Danielsville and Ila fire departments being sent as
Seagraves said firemen spent two and a half hours battling the
blaze, which also caused minor damage to a second house and ruptured
a nearby natural gas line.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 gallons of water were used to douse
Firemen were then dispatched to a woods and brush fire on the
same afternoon, several miles away on Hwy. 106 near Megan's Country
Store. Seagraves said that fire was spotted by aircraft from
the Georgia Forestry Commission, who assisted on the call. The
wildfire burned about three acres of woodland before being brought
There were no injuries in either incident.
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grave registration project begins
The local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has launched
a drive to locate and register the graves of Confederate veterans
in Madison County. The drive is part of an international effort
to build a database of Confederate burial for memorial and genealogical
At least 400 Madison County men served in the Confederate Army.
The majority of them served in Companies A and D of the 16th
Georgia Volunteer Infantry, a part of Cobb's legion. They fought
in the major battles in the Eastern arena, including the Seven
Days Battle and Gettysburg. Most of the 400 Confederate Veterans
are believed to be buried in Madison and surrounding counties.
Anyone with knowledge of a Confederate gravesite in Madison and
surrounding counties may obtain and fill out a Confederate Grave
Registration form. The forms will be available at the Madison
County Library in Danielsville or from The Madison County Greys,
Sons of Confederate Veterans. Contact Frank Gillispie, Adjutant,
Box 521, Hull, Georgia, 30646 or e-mail email@example.com to obtain
The completed forms will be duplicated, and copies made available
to the public at the Madison County Library. A second set will
become part of the permanent records of the Madison County Greys,
and a third set forwarded to the International Headquarters of
the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be incorporated into the
Each year on Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, the Madison
County Greys place memorial battle flags on those Confederate
graves located in the Old Danielsville Cemetery. Confederate
grave registration forms will be used, in part, to identify other
graves and expand the flag program.
The Madison County Greys, Sons of Confederate Veterans was organized
10 years ago "to honor and memorialize our Confederate ancestors,
to educate the public about the true cause for which they fought
and to protect the icons that represent that effort." Membership
in the SCV is available to all male descendants of Confederate
veterans. The camp meets on the third Monday of each month at
7:30 p.m at the Depot in Colbert.