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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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
ahead in Braselton?
Plans call for new shopping center, manufacturing business,
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.
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.
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.
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
All Jackson County middle schools improved from last year's rankings.
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
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
"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 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
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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
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.
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
For more information on the parade, contact Kelly Doster at 367-9949.
Deadline Fri. for
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.
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.