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Educational bureaucracy should be changed
Sometimes things fall together when you least
expect it. For example, I have just finished reading "Emancipating
Slaves, Enslaving Free Men" by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel. It
is a well-researched book on conditions before, during and after
the War of Northern Aggression.
Things I have learned
My work here at the paper has taken me on
a variety of journeys, particularly in the last three years since
I have been doing more writing.
And as I've said before, one of the best things about this job
is meeting and talking to a variety of people and then being
faced with the challenge of telling "their story,"
or at least a part of it.
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Raiders top Panthers 21-6
Though it may have been a little closer than
the past two years, Madison County still proved to have Jackson
County's number, downing the Panther squad 21-6 Friday night
Banks County building inspector resigns
Banks County building inspector Tony Vento
His last day on the job will be Friday, Sept. 8, according to
a letter of resignation submitted to the Banks County Board of
Banks County SAT scores again below state average
Water Wise trial set Mon.
The ongoing battle over the Water Wise issue
will move into a Jackson County courtroom next week after months
of controversy and several weeks of behind-the-scenes political
wrangling. The outcome of the courtroom showdown could have an
impact on local taxpayers and the future of county sewage treatment
Go ahead with county manager search, says Thomas
But Beshara says current BOC shouldn't be involved
One candidate for the District 3 post of the
Jackson County Board of Commissioners wants the search to start
right away for a county manager. But her opponent says the existing
board has no authority to do that and labeled the idea "destructive
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A WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
Jean Stephens sits at a table in her home with a picture and
memorabilia of her father, who died in battle during World War
II. A photo of her mother taken during the same time is in the
MCHS still among
best in area SAT scores
Madison County remains at the head of
the class in area SAT results as the high school continues to
improve its numbers.
Eighty college prep students in the class of 2000 averaged 1,042
on the SAT (523-verbal and 519-math), while 18 vocational students
averaged 880 (452-verbal and 428-math).
The county showed significant improvement in the vocational SAT
scores over the previous year - that average rose from 797 to
Scores of college prep students taking the SAT also improved
by seven points.
The combined average of both college prep and vocational student
scores at Madison County was 1,012, making Madison County the
highest scoring school among five school systems in the three-county
coverage area of MainStreet Newspapers, which includes The Madison
Behind Madison County were Jefferson, averaging 990; Jackson
County, 941; Commerce, 993; and Banks County, 859.
The Georgia average was 974, while the national average was 1,019.
Madison County math teacher Sallie Bullock, who leads an SAT
preparation class with fellow teacher Sandra Scoggins, said the
high scores are the product of a lot of hard work.
"We are thrilled and very proud of how that class did on
the SAT," said Bullock. "We hope to continue to improve.
But we have to keep working hard, both the students and the teachers."
The SAT is designed to measure potential for success in college
and continues to be a tool used by university admissions officers.
The University of Georgia freshman class had an average of 1,205.
searches for new mayor
Comer's City Council will give careful
consideration to a number of people to fill the vacant mayor's
position, according to mayor pro-tem Virgil Morrow.
Morrow encouraged "as many people to run as possible"
at Tuesday's council meeting. And he thanked former mayor Kevin
Booth, who resigned last month, for his many years of service
to the city and urged him to continue being an active part of
"I hope he will run again and participate," Morrow
Accepting Morrow's suggestion, Laura L. Myers, of Madison Street
offered a letter asking to be considered for the post of mayor.
She and her husband, Bruce Thyer, have lived in Comer for the
past six years. They have four young children. Laura, who holds
a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Georgia, is presently
a "stay at home mother" who says she would be able
to devote a lot of time to the job. She credited her interest
in the job to her father who once served as mayor of Ft. Myers,
Much of the Tuesday night meeting was taken up by complaints
from two citizens. One man complained at length about his water
bill which, has been climbing for the past four months. He insisted
that he could not possibly be using 26,000 gallons of water per
day. City manager Jere Kemp insisted that he has checked the
man's meter and it is operating correctly. After lengthy discussion,
the city agreed to install a new water meter.
Local businessman Tim McCannon had several problems. He complained
that the city failed to pick up trash from his business that
had been scattered by a cat. Mr. Morrow said he would personally
pick up the paper plates that were scattered.
McCannon questioned the need to buy the three-story building
for a new city hall. Councilwoman Alene Pendelton responded that
she wants to "keep Comer alive." Noting that the city
has made no commitments to the building, she said, "We have
people looking into it and I say 'more power to them.'"
McCannon complained that when an alarm was inadvertently set
off at his home, one of his employees waited 30 minutes for someone
to come and the police never answered. Police chief Barry Reed
said he personally responded to an alarm call at the residence.
McCannon's final comment concerned a possible illegal meeting
at Morrow's office. Both Morrow and Pendelton responded that
they were discussing a cemetery lot and not city business.
Former mayor Dudley Hartel, speaking for the committee appointed
to study acquiring and restoring the old building said they had
found funding for a feasibility study on the building. City attorney
Victor Johnson reported that the Gholston Trust could only donate
the building to the schools, but the Trust plans to sell the
building. He was asked to write a letter to the Trust indicating
the city's interest.
Reed introduced the city's two new patrolmen and responded to
the criticism about responding to alarm calls. He said that nine
out of 10 alarm calls are false alarms and they usually are given
low priority. He said that the monitoring companies will usually
call a responsible person first to verify the problem, then the
911 center, who will then contact the appropriate agency. He
said that he hates to respond to a call without the owner being
present because he has no way of knowing which vehicles or persons
were supposed to be there.
In other business, the city is studying changes to the ordinance
for tap fees. Officials say new, more accurate and more expensive
meters as well as increases in labor costs need to be reflected
in the fees.
A Community Development Block Grant request has been resubmitted
for water and other improvements on Clairmont Avenue. A response
is not expected before March 2001.
Speed bumps have been installed on Spring Circle with good results.
Residents of other streets expressed interest in having speed
bumps on their streets. They were advised to collect petitions
containing signatures of 70 percent of people who would be affected
by the devices.
The city attorney will write a letter to CSX Railroad demanding
that they clean their right - of - way through the city.
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No municipal elections
to be held in county
While a slew of county posts are up for
grabs this year, no municipal elections will be held in 2000.
Qualifying for various city council seats ended last week with
incumbents in four towns keeping their seats without opposition.
Jeff Roberts and Julian Davis will keep their council seats in
Colbert. Don Delay and Kimsey Austin will remain on the Danielsville
City Council. Nathaniel Hobbs and Don Freeman will continue to
serve in Ila. And Mark Cronic and Ken Murray face no opposition
No elections were scheduled for 2000 in Comer or Carlton.
Man killed in Thursday
A North Carolina man was killed and three
people were injured in a two-car collision Thursday night on
Fransisco Auilar, 54, of Burlington, N.C., died when the 1995
Mitsubishi Mirage he rode in was struck by a 1970 Chevrolet driven
by Joshua Jones, 18, of Danielsville.
According to the Athens post of the Georgia State Patrol, Jones,
who had "visible injuries," crossed the centerline
as he traveled north and struck the southbound Mitsubishi driven
by Carlos Pena-agui, 29, of Groveland, Fla. Pena-agui and Robert
Florres, 24, of Danielsville, were seriously injured in the wreck,
the patrolman said.
The accident happened at approximately 9:47 p.m. about a half
mile north of Old Royston Road.
Charges are pending in the case. The investigation has been turned
over to the State Patrol's accident reconstruction team.