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January 3, 2001

By Adam Fouche
The Jackson Herald
January 3, 2001

I am behind you, Mayor Maxwell
Some may call it politically motivated and some may call it spiteful, but whatever the reason for Nicholson mayor Ronnie Maxwell's refusal to attend the city's meetings, it is justified.
He has garnered attention throughout North Georgia. The great debacle has sent a media tidal wave, at times, through the small, rural town.
But Maxwell is a great social hero, sacrificing his own reputation and political career for the beliefs he holds so true to his own morals-the belief that zoning is a great unjust monster waiting to devour the sleeping citizens of Nicholson.
Mayor, I support you. I stand firm on the shaky ground beside you. You and I shall fight as one.
We will forget about opening the library. We will forget about picking up the trash. We will forget about operating a city hall to allow residents a place to seek vital information.
This is a war, Mr. Maxwell, a war against those "high class folks" who wish to protect the property rights of the citizens of this great city. Sacrifices are made in times of war, but how sweet the spoils shall be, landfills or industries or whatever, when the battlefield is cleared and we stand victorious.
It is essential that you continue to avoid city council meetings. You will be trapped, mayor, trapped into executing your oath of office. But what is an oath, anyway, besides a promise to the citizens who have so bravely elected you? And what are promises besides words that can be voided in times of war?
Let no one deceive you; we are engaged in a great social war against the evils of zoning.
We cannot let zoning, in all its corrupt nature, fall upon the citizens of Nicholson. We all deserve the right to do with our land as we wish.
What does it matter if I choose to build a steel mill in the middle of a subdivision? Or what if I want a junkyard or better yet, a landfill, on my land?
I should have the right. Forget about my neighbors. Let them mind their own land and not worry about what is on mine.
And a landfill may be a good thing. Imagine the revenue from all the garbage trucks converging on the city like aggravated fire ants, dumping their trash into this great town. We could tax them, by the pound even. Imagine the smell, that foul odor of rotting trash. What a sweet time it shall be.
Of course, there's always the threat of illness and cancer from the poisons seeping into the ground water. Perhaps some families may even be able collect large fortunes from the lawsuits over the seepage from the landfill.
Yes, it will be a wonderful time when this war ends, when the battlefield is silenced and zoning is put into its grave for good.
You, I, we shall rejoice as we stand atop city hall and shout to the citizens that we have saved them from a system that pretends to protect them.
And hopefully, when the battle is over, Nicholson can resurrect its glory, the glory that was lost in an election almost two months ago.
Adam Fouche is a reporter for MainStreet Newspapers. His email address is

By Tim Thomas
The Jackson Herald
January 3, 2001

Hit the rewind button
What a year. Though it came in under the false pretenses of being the first year of the new millennium, 2000 lived up to and even surpassed expectations on the local sports scene.
It's not often that teams in our coverage area bring home a state championship, but three in the same calendar year must certainly be a new record.
Beyond the state title accomplishments, though, team performances were better than expected almost across the board.
Consider for a moment the following accomplishments from our area sports teams:
·state championships in slow-pitch softball, football and competitive cheerleading.
·all five area schools qualifying for the state softball tournament.
·two state basketball playoff berths.
·at least six full athletic scholarships signed by Class of 2000 athletes.
·a string of 32 consecutive dual meet wins by an area wrestling team.
·at least four local basketball players reaching the 1,000-point career milestone, including one junior.
·Only two changes in major head coaching positions, one due to retirement.
·a new state career rushing record and fourth in the nation.
·five all-state football players and coaches.
One thing to be thankful for that you may not have thought of: no major scandals involving local sports figures.
The year did have its down moments, as all years will. The sudden death of Daniel Goza made hearts heavy from one end of the county to the other.
Folks at Jefferson were saddened at the passing of one of the most successful and respected coaches in the school's history, Jim Stoudenmire, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
On the national level, we said goodbye to the likes of Tom Landry, Adam and Lee Petty and Kenny Irwin, just to name a few.
The year brought both good and bad, but arguably more good. We can't go back and do it again, nor would we want to, given the bittersweet nature that all years have.
We can, however, hope for as good a year in 2001. Many of the aforementioned things we saw in 2000 could never be duplicated, but the new year will surely feature its own impressive milestones and accomplishments.
To those athletes, coaches, students, families and everyone else involved in the local sports scene, thank you for an outstanding year.
To those whose time has come to shine, we wish God's grace and protection for you. Reach as high as you dare; make a firm mark in the sand, and bask in it while it lasts.
Just be sure it's a positive one.
Tim Thomas is a reporter for The Jackson Herald.

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