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October 6, 2000


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Frank Gillispie
No vote is ever wasted

No vote is ever wasted. I say that in response to those who refuse to vote for third-party candidates because they "have no chance to win." The purpose of any election is . . .

Ben Munro
'Remember the Titans' offers a deeper side of football

Leaving the theater Sunday, the gridiron was calling my name.
Adrenaline was pumping and wild thoughts of football glory raced through my head while . . .


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Madison County tops Screaming Devils 20-7
After coasting through the North Hall and Jefferson contests without breaking a sweat, football reality Friday night as it found itself in a slobber-knocker on the road. But, as has been the case all season, the Raiders rose to the occasion, putting away Warren County 20-7 in Warrington.


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BANKS COUNTY
Teen accused in Wendy's armed robbery caught
Former Wendy's assistant manager Carolyn Swain said she didn't know what was going to happen when a man came through the back door of the Banks Crossing restaurant early Wednesday morning with what appeared to be a handgun.

Arbitration held between Baldwin and Demorest over water plant ownership
An arbitration hearing between Baldwin and Demorest over ownership of a water plant was held this week. A ruling on the matter is not expected for several weeks.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Water Wise owner indicted by feds for 'bid-rigging'
Water Wise owner Jerry Wickliffe has reportedly been indicted by a federal court over a bid-rigging scheme in Atlanta.
Water Wise was the firm pursuing a sewage business in Jackson County last year until county officials condemned land, forcing Wickliffe out of the sewage business locally.

Maysville festival to celebrate 33rd year
The city of Maysville is gearing up for the 33rd annual Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival to be held October 6, 7 and 8. The event is sponsored by the City of Maysville and the Maysville Community Improvement Club.


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UPDATE
Escapee remains on the loose
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
Despite a massive two-day manhunt by numerous law enforcement officials, a Comer man remained on the loose Thursday evening, possibly in the Carlton area of Madison County.
Kenneth Martin Glenn, 32, known as "Marty," was last seen around 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe. He had escaped from the Hart County Jail.
Glenn is described as a white male, medium build, 5 feet, six inches tall, weighing around 150 pounds. He has very short cut brown hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue or gray sweatshirt that says "Caymen Islands" on the front.
The two-day search has been centered along the Broad River in eastern Madison County near Carlton where Glenn was last spotted Wednesday evening.
According to police reports, Glenn escaped from the Hart County Jail Tuesday evening after being booked on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court for a DUI charge in that county.
Glenn somehow escaped and traveled overnight to his home on East Paoli Road in Madison County near Comer. Once there, he took his pickup truck, which contained a high-powered rifle, and was sighted and chased by Madison County deputees into Oglethorpe County in the area of Waggoner Grove Church. He abandoned his truck in that area and fled on foot to Comer.
At that point, a team with search dogs from the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with two Madison County deputies, centered the search in a wooded area behind North Georgia Sports on Hwy. 72.
He escaped in stolen pickup and fled down Hwy. 72 toward Carlton, where he stopeed to purchase a six-pack of beer at a local store.
He was then chased onto Broad River Road, where he abandoned the stolen pickup. Dog teams and the deputies then picked up his trail on foot. According to Sheriff Lowe, Glenn fired some 40 shots at the officers around 9 p.m. but none were injured.
Glenn has not been seen since that time and although law enforcement continues to search, Lowe said it is unknown whether he is still in the area.
Lowe encouraged any citizen with any information about Glenn to call Madison County 911 or if outside the county, to call 795-2101.
Glenn is considered armed and extremely dangerous and is not to be approached under any circumstances, Lowe added.
The search is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Georgia State Patrol, SWAT teams and the Georgia Department of Corrections with the assistance of the Madison and Oglethorpe county sheriff's departments.

BUS WRECK

A state patrolman fills out a report after two buses collided Wednesday morning on Hwy. 98 near Fine Finish. At least 20 Madison County students were taken to area hospitals for treatment, but none of the injuries were serious, according to reports at the scene.



Two school buses collide
At least 20 injured in Wednesday wreck, but none reported serious
At least 20 Madison County students were transported to area hospitals after two county school buses collided on Hwy. 98 near the Madison County Service Center (Fine Finish) at approximately 7:55 a.m. Wednesday.
The buses were transporting students from Ila Elementary to Madison County Middle School.
From reports at the scene, the lead bus had stopped or slowed for a vehicle making a left turn, when the rear bus slammed into it.
Three Madison County ambulances and two Athens Regional Medical Center ambulances were called to the scene to transport the students, but according to Madison County EMS worker Clay Nix, the injuries did not appear to be serious, with most children complaining of back or neck pain. Most of those transported were from the first bus, with five or six injuries from the second bus.
No further details were available at press time.

Challenger, incumbent offer differing views on how Madison County should be managed
The two candidates for the Madison County commission chairman's post have distinctly different views on how the county should be managed over the next four years.
Both candidates - Republican incumbent Wesley Nash and Democrat challenger Nelson Nash - spoke of their vision for the future, while offering their own spin on the past four years during a political forum in the courtroom of the county government complex Monday.
Chairman Nash said he has made the county government accessible to the public, while managing the county's money efficiently with no tax increases.
"I'm running on my record of what we've accomplished, I'm not running from it," said Nash. "If I could go back and change anything, I wouldn't."
Challenger Nash, the county's District 2 commissioner and a distant relative of the chairman's, said he will work to maintain the rural integrity of the county and search for new water sources for the county. The challenger questioned the chairman's performance on several occasions Monday, saying chairman Nash had failed to keep the board informed. He also maintained that the chairman "sidesteps" issues.
While tensions were evident during some portions of Monday's forum, a number of issues were discussed. Here's a rundown of audience questions and candidates' responses:
·If another sales tax is approved, how would you recommend the funds be used?
Nelson Nash said some of the money would go toward the new county jail and that he would spend more on public safety (i.e., capital outlay for cars, ambulances). A large part of the funds would also go toward road paving.
Wesley Nash said more money should go toward the new jail. He said the county must also look at resurfacing roads. He said some county roads haven't been paved in 20 or 30 years and the county will run into real maintenance problems if these roads aren't resurfaced.
·What is your vision for growth and development of the county?
Wesley Nash said "growth is coming; we can't stop it, but we can try to control it."
He said he felt that his role is to follow what the citizens have put forth through the comprehensive plan - which is the main way to control growth.
He sees a water system as a main revenue source for the county's future.
The chairman said the county's major development will be in the Dogsboro area and along Hwy. 72 in the form of both industrial and retail businesses. He feels there will be continued residential growth to support this development.
Nelson Nash's catchwords on the subject were "green and clean."
He was angered over the BOC's decision at their last meeting to split a four-acre parcel in the midst of an intensive agricultural area, feeling that this will open the area up to more such rezones. And he predicted three more will come back before the commission in the immediate future.
"If the BOC continues to make this type of decision on zoning, they might as well take (the zoning ordinance) and throw it in the trash," said Nash, who voted against the rezoning.
He sees a sewer treatment plant in the near future, but not a county-wide water system for some time. He said $30 million had been estimated as the cost for the water main alone.
"The taxpayers are not able to take on this burden," he said.
·How will you improve the chairman's working relationship with the five commissioners and the county
government?
Nelson Nash referred to a $40,000 "handshake deal" that took place recently between chairman Nash and the former BOE superintendent Dr. Dennis Moore.
"I would never do that," the challenger said, adding: "I will provide leadership, which is something I feel we haven't had."
Chairman Nash pointed out that his opponent was referring to a $40,000 agreement between himself and Moore for the BOE to pay for part of the road paving at the entrance to the new Hull-Sanford Elementary School.
He said he did not regret the decision and that "the next superintendent that comes in - I'll take him at his word. He's in a leadership position in this county."
·What qualifies you to manage county finances?
Nelson Nash pointed to his seven and a half years of experience as a District 2 commissioner and his experience running a cattle farm as qualifications. He said he is familiar with government with government contracts.
Wesley Nash said the job he's done over the past three and a half years shows he's qualified. He said the percentage of ad valorem taxes had "decreased from 49 to 30 percent."
"I look for revenue increases (in the future), but not from citizens' pockets," he said.
·Should the county courthouse be restored? How?
Wesley Nash said the courthouse is a valuable asset. "My view of how to go about its restoration is different than some," he said. He advocates contracting another prison crew of 12 inmates at $35,000 per year to restore the exterior of the courthouse.
For the interior, he would like to see civic organizations in the county each agree to take on the project of restoring a particular room to its original appearance.
Nelson Nash said he doesn't like the idea of prison crews working on the courthouse. "We'll not get much out of that," he said. But he did favor the idea of civic groups being allowed access to the courthouse.
·How do you feel about the county scraping private driveways?
Nelson Nash said "that's a pretty hot subject."
He said it would be a service to citizens to scrape their driveways if a county road crew is already in the area. And he pointed out that the county currently buries animal carcasses on private property with county backhoes.
Wesley Nash said state law dictates that the county has no authority to maintain roads that are not part of the county system. As to dead animals, he said it is legal for the county to bury them if it is determined by the sheriff that they are a health hazard.
"It's a criteria of law, and we follow the law," he said.
For more on the question and answer session, see this week's Madison County Journal.

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Chris NeSmith replaces Booth as Comer mayor
Chris NeSmith has been named mayor of Comer to complete the term of Kevin Booth. NeSmith was chosen by the city council at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. He will be sworn in within the next few days.
NeSmith is a nine-year resident of Comer who had previously served on the city council for five years. He is an attorney who has just left the firm of Graham and Associates.
In other business, the council ended restrictions on water use in Comer but urged users to voluntarily conserve water. The change is in effect immediately.
They decided to explore purchasing speed breakers from the city of Colbert. Colbert experimented with speed breakers and decided to discontinue their use. Jason McCannon, a summer worker for the city, received high praise from the council. They voted to send a letter of commendation to be added to his high school file.
City manager Jere Kemp will seek estimates for repairs to city hall. He estimated that repairs would cost $1,000 to $1,500.
Police Chief Barry Reed reported that his office conducted 60 traffic stops in September. They cited 10 drivers and warned 49 others. They served three warrants, filed 19 incident reports, made five misdemeanor and one felony arrests and answered 45 calls.