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December 4, 2000


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Tigers Hope To Get It Right In Wrightsville

Call it the quarterfinals. Call it the "elite eight," but when the Commerce Tigers head south to Wrightsville Friday night, they go with the knowledge that any of the remaining eight teams could win the Class A state high school football championship.

Panther Invitational this weekend
Jackson County Comprehensive High School will host the 7th annual Panther Invitational beginning Friday evening.
A number of strong teams are expected to compete, including 2000 class AA state champion Morgan County, class A runner-up Jefferson and class AA top-tens Loganville and Gilmer County, both of whom moved up to AAA this year.

Dragons to remember Goza Saturday night
The Jefferson High School basketball program will remember former Dragon star Daniel Goza in a special ceremony Saturday at home, when the Hart County Bulldogs are scheduled to visit. The Lady Dragons are set to tip off at 6 p.m., with the ceremony following prior to the boys' game.


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MADISON COUNTY
Board hires help in superintendent search
Frank King, a former school superintendent from Thomaston, has been hired by the Madison County Board of Education to assist in the search for a new superintendent.

Contract approved for new Madison County jail
Madison County commissioners gave the thumbs-up Monday to Boatwright Construction Company from Cumming to build the new county jail.




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BANKS COUNTY
School rankings mixed
The rankings of Banks County public schools on the annual Georgia Report Card for Parents were mixed this year, with the high school ranking showing a climb while the middle and elementary schools fell.

City of Maysville begins preparing 2001 budget
An increase in insurance and salaries projected for next year will likely lead to the largest hike in the budget for the City of Maysville.


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UPDATE:
Pendergrass man charged in Winder murder
A Pendergrass man has been charged with murder in connection with a domestic shooting Friday in Winder.
James Ladon Nix, 30, was also charged with aggravated assault in the domestic dispute at Hillcrest Apartments on Hwy. 53. Winder Police Department investigator Robert Scheuenamann said that Nix's wife, Catina Nix, 27, was injured and her friend, Gerald Thomas Tatum, 43, Dacula was killed in the shooting. Mrs. Nix, who was separated from her husband, is listed in "good condition" at an area hospital.
Nix remains in custody in the Barrow County Jail.




OLD MILL


This historic mill at the old Sells Property on Jackson Trail Road is part of a site the board of commissioners recently purchased to develop into a recreation area.

Recreation park planned in West Jackson
A recreation area with walking trails, a lake and a historic mill that will be open to the public is being planned in the West Jackson area.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners recently purchased 30.6 acres on Jackson Trail Road for $360,000 for the project. The funds will come from special purpose local option sales tax money set aside for recreation purposes. A time line has not been established for the project.
The Old Sells Mill property includes a wood-frame grist mill built around 1914. It is a two-story, wood-frame structure with a partial basement containing the drive and gears for the mill. Power is supplied from a metal water wheel with the water source coming from a mill pond. The drive system has been converted to a hydraulic system powered by the water wheel with the original drive system still in place.
A shop is also located on the property. Officials believe it to be approximately 25 years old.


Building boom ahead in Braselton?
Plans call for new shopping center, manufacturing business, 550 homes
A shopping center with a grocery store, a manufacturing and distribution business and a 550-home residential development are among the plans in the works in the Town of Braselton.
The city council will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, to hear rezoning requests that would bring two of the developments to Braselton. One of the projects will be in Barrow County and another in Gwinnett County.
The council will take action on the requests at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.
One request comes from Château Élan and is for the annexation and rezoning of 115.247 acres on Hwy. 211, which is located in the unincorporated area of Barrow County. Château Élan is asking that it be rezoned from RA-200 (residential) to PUD (planned unit development) for the commercial office and retail space planned. Braselton town clerk Jennifer Scott said the plans include a grocery store, although no names have been given. The development will be 1.364 million square feet.
Another request on the agenda Dec. 7 is from Ace Industries for a conditional use permit to relocate its business to Jesse Cronic Road. The business, which is now located on Hwy. 124, will be a distributor and manufacturer of overhead hoists and cranes. The manufacturing portion of the business will be 80 x 135 feet with a 50 x 75 foot office.
Another big project planned in the Braselton area is a 280,000-square-foot commercial shopping center, which will also include a grocery store, at the intersection of Thompson Mill Road and Hwy. 211.
Concordia received approval for the annexation and rezoning of this property at its October meeting. Plans also call for 550 homes. Scott said plans are for construction of the project to be one year away.


School rankings show mixed results
The rankings of local public schools on the annual Georgia Report Card for Parents were mixed this year, with all local middle schools showing improvement, but half of the local elementary schools showing a decline. High school rankings were about the same as the year before.
Sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, the rankings are limited, reflecting only math and reading averages in the fifth grade ITBS results in elementary schools, eighth grade math and reading ITBS results in middle schools and the Georgia High School Graduation Test in high schools.
Schools are ranked geographically by area of the state and statewide. For elementary and middle schools, only the math and reading portions of the ITBS are calculated.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Commerce Elementary School was the top-ranked local elementary school, ranked 14th in Northeast Georgia out of 106 schools and 183rd statewide out of 1,086 schools. South Jackson Elementary School was the lowest ranked in the county at 77th in Northeast Georgia and 593rd statewide.
Both Jefferson Elementary School and Benton Elementary School improved their rankings from 1999, but all other local elementary schools dropped this year.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Jefferson Middle School was the top-ranked middle school in Jackson County at 5th in the region out of 45 schools and 54th in the state out of 416 schools. East Jackson Middle School was the lowest ranked from Jackson County at 21st in the region and 139th statewide.
All Jackson County middle schools improved from last year's rankings.
HIGH SCHOOLS
At the high school level, Jefferson High School was ranked fourth in the region out of 35 schools and 53rd statewide out of 323 schools. Commerce High School was almost the same as the year before, finishing 17th in the region and 103rd statewide while Jackson County Comprehensive High School was 25th in the region and 154th statewide.

To see the complete table of results, check out this week's Jackon Herald.


Commerce Planning Commission Calls Meeting For 2 Developers
A couple of developers whose projects were delayed by rainy weather got a break Monday night from the Commerce Planning Commission.
The developers of Lakeview Glen and Brentwood Estates subdivisions came before the planning commission hoping to get their final plats approved so they could begin constructing houses. But, because of the rain, neither had completed paving of streets.
Representatives of both asked the planning commission for preliminary approval so they would not have to wait another 30 or more days to begin construction.
"I am asking on their (the owners') behalf if there is any action that can be taken," said Barry Lord, on behalf of the Lakeview Glen project.
But planning commission member Doug Newcomer pointed out that a final plat must be accompanied by "as-built" drawings of streets and utilities. Greg Perry made a motion to table the request until the December meeting.
Then Broughton Cochran, developer of Brentwood Estates, made a similar request for Phase 2 of his project, where recent rains have delayed construction of the road. He proposed that he be given permission to begin building houses, with the understanding that he not receive certificates of occupancy until the roads are completed.
"All I want to do is start some houses on these lots before January," said Cochran.
But under the city's subdivision ordinance, the city cannot issue a building permit without a street address, and lots cannot be sold unless they are platted.
That led Perry to ask Lord, and then Cochran, the time frame by which they could get the streets in. When both responded that it would be a matter of days, Perry proposed that the planning commission hold a called meeting at which it could reconsider the issues.
The planning panel agreed to meet Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 for that purpose, by which time both projects should be to the point where their final plats can be approved.
The planning commission also agreed to hold a work session following the called meeting, at which time they will go over the final drafts of the proposed new zoning and subdivision ordinances.
In other action, the planning commission approved the final plat for the first phase of the second part of Crestwood Village Mobile Home Park.

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Maxwell, Danner win in run-off elections
Ronnie Maxwell was elected mayor of Nicholson in a run-off election Tuesday, while Rebecca Danner was elected to fill an unexpired term on the Pendergrass City Council.
In Nicholson, Maxwell, who is a former city council member, captured 59 percent of the vote in a 178-121 victory over Stanley Fouche, who had resigned his position on the town council to seek election. Fifty percent of the town's voters went to the polls. City clerk Dana Wilbanks said two write-in votes were also cast.
Maxwell was an opponent of the zoning ordinance the city's been working on for more than a year; Fouche supported zoning.
The election means Nicholson can now conduct business. Without a mayor and with two vacancies on the town council, the city government has been unable to meet or make decisions for two months.
The town will have a special election in March to fill the unexpired terms of Fouche and Daniel Sailors, who resigned in an unsuccessful bid to run for county commissioners. Both men are eligible to seek re-election to the seats they vacated.
In Pendergrass, Danner won the council seat with 77 votes to Joyce L. Cooper's 38 votes.
One hundred fifteen votes were cast in the runoff election, representing 61 percent of the registered voters.


Jefferson parade set Sat.
Scottie Mayfield, president of Mayfield Dairy Farms, will be the grand marshal of the Jefferson Christmas parade.
The parade will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday. The theme of this year's parade, which is sponsored by the Jefferson Junior Women, is "The Many Flavors of Christmas."
The parade will start at Jefferson Memorial Stadium. Walkers will end at the Amoco station and floats will unload at Wilkins Industry. Line-up will begin at 1 p.m., with judging at 2 p.m. and the parade beginning at 3 p.m.
Entries may include floats, antique cars, fire and rescue vehicles, walkers, trailers and other approved entries. Horses will not be required to wear a "diaper bag," but every horse rider will be required to immediately clean up after the horse, leaders say. Also, there will be only one Santa Claus in the parade.
For more information on the parade, contact Kelly Doster at 367-9949.


Deadline Fri. for children's photos
The deadline for turning in photographs of children for The Jackson Herald's 34th annual special Christmas kids section is Friday.
Photographs of children ages 8 and under are featured free in the section. The children must live in Banks or Jackson counties. The name, age, address and parent's name must be listed on the back of each photo.
Photos may be turned in at The Jackson Herald office in Jefferson or The Commerce News office in Commerce. They may also be mailed to: The Jackson Herald, P.O. Box 908, Jefferson, Ga., 30549.


Reception Planned For Jerry Waddell
And Pat Bell

A reception is being planned to recognize the two outgoing members of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Board of commissioners chairman Jerry Waddell and commissioner Pat Bell will be honored at the reception set for 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the State Courtroom in the Administrative Building in Jefferson.