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 December 13, 2000

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Letter to the Editor
Memories of Christmas

Dear Editor:
I am writing this about what Christmas is about in Banks County. My name is Kenneth Poole. I live on Brady Creek Road.
On Dec. 9, we had a Christmas dinner in memory of our parents, James Wilson and Florence Poole.

Shar Porier
Hunters at the door

Well, maybe not at the door, exactly. But Tommy Glavin could sure nail one with a fast ball easy enough.
Now, it's not I'm against hunting, exactly. It just . . .

Banks teams slam White County

Whether or not the White County Warriors knew it, they were in for a rough ride at Banks County Friday night. Banks' teams swept White County, at both the junior varsity and varsity levels.

Neighborhood News...
New deputy warden charged
The new deputy warden at the Jackson County Correctional Institute has been charged with theft by taking.

Jackson County gets greenspace grant of $139,450
Jackson County has received a $139,450 state grant for its greenspace program. The Georgia Greenspace Commission approved six grants under Gov. Roy Barnes' new Georgia Greenspace Program.

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Budget on hold amid commissioners' conflict
Approval of the 2001 budget was put on hold Monday amid the conflict over the payment of commissioners' legal expenses.
The board voted 3-2 to deny the budget proposed by chairman Wesley Nash. BOC members Nelson Nash, Patsy Pierce and Melvin Drake voted against the proposal, while Bill Taylor and Bruce Scogin voted to approve the budget.

16th annual luminarias and live nativity planned
The 16th annual Booger Hill/Moon's Grove Luminarias and Live Nativity is planned for Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Roy Garrett, fisheries technician, is shown flipping a batch of channel catfish into the lake at Scales Creek County Club in Homer. The 2,000 fish should be ready for the baited hooks of kids up to the age of 16 at the fish rodeo in June.

Commissioners approve longevity raises
The Banks County Board of Commissioners completed the third phase of its county employee salary upgrades Friday, approving several longevity raises.
The BOC voted to give raises to employees who have worked for the county for seven or more years. The raises, ranging from two to five percent, were based on one-quarter percent for every year of employment and also on how close each employee's salary is to the mid-grade level for that position.
The BOC did not decide on raises on EMS personnel, instead leaving that decision up to the department head. The commissioners agreed that that EMS department head would be better able to access employees' performance and responsibilities in that department.
The board also upgraded grants writer/purchasing administrator Michael Fisher to an administrative financial officer and approved a 10 percent raise for the position. His salary will now be $33,000. Board members cited Fisher's completion of financial officer training and the responsibility he will take on to ease the transition to a new BOC chairman at the beginning of the year.
The BOC also decided to raise the salary of several other county employees to correct discrepencies between newly hired employees and veteran employees within several offices. Some of the raises compensated for additional work loads.
Employees who received raises included: fire chief and EMS director Perry Dalton, five percent; assistant fire chief and EMS director Jim Crisp, five percent; county maintanance employee Kenny Crumley, five percent; assistant county clerk Erin Decker, two percent; road crew equipment operator A.J. Murphy, two percent; tax clerk Susan Kesler, one percent; tax clerk Nancy Rylee, two percent; and chief tax clerk Rebecca Taylor, three percent.

BOC agrees on tentative SPLOST allocations
The Banks County Board of Commissioners is one step closer to finalizing the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) allocations.
Friday, the BOC agreed on a tentative percentage breakdown for the SPLOST, planned to come before citizens for a vote in March. The BOC must finalize the breakdown by mid-January.
Of the estimated $12 million in SPLOST revenue, the board tentatively agreed to devote 40 percent to water and sewerage, 25 percent to a new county jail, 15 percent to fire and EMS, 12 percent to roads and bridges and eight percent to the recreation department.
Next Friday, the BOC will meet again to fine-tune the SPLOST allocations, including a decision on a dollar amount for the new county jail. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the BOC conference room.
Last week, after viewing floor plans and pictures of a $1.2 million recreation building in Roswell, the BOC agreed to allot nearly $900,000 for a similar building in Banks County. The roughly 23,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility will likely house two separate basketball gyms, restrooms, a game room, a community room and office space.
"If we are going to do something, we want to do something we're proud of," BOC chairman James Dumas said.
The BOC has yet to decide what amount of the proposed SPLOST the county must devote to the cities. SPLOST regulations mandate that SPLOST projections must benefit more than 50 percent of the citizens in the incorporated areas of Banks County.
The BOC's decision of how much SPLOST money to give to which cities will revolve around county attorney Randall Frost's opinion of whether the jail and recreation department can be counted as benefiting citizens living within Banks County cities. If those projects are determined to benefit at least 50 percent of the citizens in the county's cities, the county will be able to use all of the SPLOST money.
If not, the county will have to give a portion of the money to a city government or a combination of city governments.
Dumas said he would ask Frost to render an opinion on the matter.
Under the current SPLOST, Homer and Maysville receive funding.
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Dalton recognized
Dr. Len Dalton attended his last Banks County Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Dalton, who has served on the board for eight years, did not run for re-election.
Chairman Don Shubert presented Dalton with a set of pens and his nameplate from the board table.
"Your being an educator has brought balance to our board," Shubert said. "We may have to be calling on you for your wisdom and insight."
Dalton said: "I'm real excited about the direction our system is heading in. It's been an honor to serve with y'all."
Board member Ron Gardiner told Dalton he needs to keep coming to the meetings: "You could sit in the back and just shake your head at us."
"I leaned heavily on him when it came to school situations with him being a teacher," said Gardiner. "It meant a lot to know how he felt about things from a teacher's standpoint."
Superintendent Deborah White said, "His leadership has just been outstanding."
John Williams will replace Dalton in January.

Maysville bust nets $62,000 in drugs and cash and four arrests
A weekend drug bust in Maysville resulted in the recovery of $43,000 in drugs and over $19,000 in cash and four arrests
Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman said the Northeast Georgia Narcotics Task Force, the Banks County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant on a Comer Street, Maysville, house in the early morning hours Friday.
Chapman said officers seized 12 ounces of methamphetamines, one pound of marijuana, various prescription drugs, $19,000 in cash and one vehicle. The methamphetamines and marijuana have an estimated street value of $43,000, Chapman said.
"That is a lot of methamphetamine," Chapman said. "It was a good lick for us."
Four people were arrested in connection with the drug bust, Chapman said, including:
·Russell Keith Cochran, 42, Maysville, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
·Kimberly Ann Cochran, Maysville, one count of trafficking methamphetamine.
·Steve Aubrey Doss, 44, Commerce, possession of cocaine, possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana less than one ounce.
·Kirby Michael Gary, 45, Commerce, possession of hydrocodone.
Arrest warrants for two other suspects in the drug bust have yet to be completed, Chapman said.