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Time to reduce bureaucracy
President Bush has made an interesting proposal that federal
money be used to finance the charitable activities of "faith
based" and private organizations. I have a better idea.
How did we get these names?
There's Buzzard Flopper Creek in Cherokee County, a waterway
believed to have been named for an Indian named Buzzard Flopper
(or flapper) who lived on the Etowah River.
Madison County topples Loganville; locks up first state
tourney berth since 1988
The Madison County girls' basketball team soundly defeated Loganville
61-32 in Hartwell Tuesday night, earning the Lady Raiders' first
state tournament appearance since 1988.
Probate judge calls for audit
Banks County's new probate judge presented a plan to the board
of commissioners Tuesday night that will ensure that the financial
records from her office are audited each year.
Home and garden center gets approval
The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request
Tuesday night that will bring a home and garden center to the
Opponents Of Sewer Line Get Reprieve From County
Property owners enraged over plans to build county sewer lines
through their property got at least a temporary reprieve Thursday
Jefferson votes to hire city manager
Despite the opposition from one city council member, and to the
obvious dismay of Mayor Byrd Bruce, the Jefferson City Council
voted Monday night to hire a city manager to run the town's government.
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A LOOK BACK AT LOVE
Danielsville Elementary fourth graders performed a scene
from "Romeo and Juliet" for their peers on Valentine's
Day. The scene was part of a play called "A Look Back at
Love" that portrayed "love scenes" from different
periods of history. Pictured are: Cody Esco, Josh McBride, Katie
Eliopulos, Meredith Cole and Lisa Abercrombie.
BOC makes county
complex more accessible
All county complex doors were unlocked for business Tuesday morning
in an effort to make the building more accessible to the public.
The move was pushed by those who feel citizens shouldn't have
to make the long trek from the back parking lot to the front
of the building, particularly in poor weather. But those who
opposed the action said the door is now open for security breakdowns.
The Madison County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to
make the building "more accessible." Commissioners
Bill Taylor, Johnny Fitzpatrick, Melvin Drake and Bruce Scogin
voted for the measure.
District 3 commissioner Mike Youngblood provided the lone "no"
With all entrances to the building unlocked, the complex's security
guard, Marlin Carithers, will now patrol the halls instead of
sitting at the front desk by the metal detector, which has been
moved to the Superior courtroom entrance.
District 5 commissioner Scogin made the recommendation, saying
that he has received numerous complaints from people about the
inconvenience of only one entrance.
After some debate on the matter, Scogin suggested that the two
back doors of the building be opened, leaving the side doors
At the end of the meeting there was some discussion of what motion
had been made.
County clerk Morris Fortson read the motion back to the commissioners,
which stated that the building be made "more accessible."
Scogin said he thought the motion was for just the back doors
to be unlocked. The board agreed to check the tape of the meeting
the following morning.
Fortson said Tuesday that the motion was for the building to
be made "more accessible," noting that such a motion
can be broadly interpreted.
BOC chairman Wesley Nash agreed with Scogin Monday that the building
should be made more accessible. He said that he receives complaints
every day from those upset about the complex having only one
Nash added that every door in the complex should be open during
employees can receive dental coverage
Full-time Madison County employees and their families will now
be offered dental insurance.
The board of commissioners unanimously approved a plan from Protective
Dental for county employees at no cost to county taxpayers.
Full-time employees have the option of a plan that covers regular
checkups and other preventive dental work. This plan costs the
employee $6.73 every two weeks. A second plan offers coverage
for more involved dental work, such as dentures and cavity fillings
- braces are not covered. This plan costs employees $9.86 every
County personnel coordinator Connie Benge said that about 50
percent of county employees have expressed interest in the insurance.
In other personnel matters Monday, the board approved the promotion
of Kristie Fox from part-time to full-time in the EMS department.
Travis Legg was hired as a part-time worker in that department,
taking over Fox's old job. The board is also seeking a receptionist
for the BOC office, but no action was taken on the matter Monday.
The board approved the 2001 county personnel policy. Changes
from last year include a requirement that employees with access
to county vehicles provide a motor vehicle report every two years.
Last year's pay scale included 17 pay classes, but that was increased
to 24 this year. The BOC also plans to begin random drug testing
of county employees. County commission chairman Wesley Nash reported
recently that he and Benge have already submitted to the tests.
For the rest of this story, see this week's Madison County
Purchase of Athens
water line yet to be finalized
Madison County officials have yet to finalize a deal to purchase
a water line operated by Athens in Hull.
The county industrial authority continued negotiations Friday
with Athens-Clarke County on purchasing the water line installed
by Athens in the Hull area in 1991. The water line loops down
Davis Road to Old Elberton Road and back to the red light in
Authority chairman John Scoggins said that once the deal is finalized,
connecting the Athens and Hull lines will be a two-day project,
costing approximately $27,000.
The Madison County Board of Commissioners and Industrial Authority
held a joint meeting Thursday in the county government complex
to discuss the deal. Before a purchase is made, the two boards
must establish an "intergovernmental agreement," allowing
the authority to act on the county's behalf. The BOC postponed
approval of that agreement at its regular meeting Monday.
Thursday's joint session was also an opportunity for the new
commissioners to learn about the industrial authority.
Scoggins updated the commissioners on the authority's powers,
its current assets and its goals. Scoggins emphasized that developing
water services in the county helps bring in retail businesses,
which boost sales tax revenue. Other benefits include potable
water for more citizens and improved fire protection.
Scoggins also spoke of development in the Hull-Dogsboro area,
the fastest-growing part of the county, saying the authority
is interested in putting a sewer system in the area. Madison
County, under the guidance of the industrial authority, recently
opened a water system in the Hull-Dogsboro area to serve the
new elementary school and Ingles.
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scheduled in search for superintendent
The Madison County school board will conduct more interviews
Thursday in its search for a new school superintendent.
"We just want to get a better feel for people before we
start eliminating candidates," said board of education chairman
Haggard said the BOE may narrow the field from six to three candidates
Thursday, or it may do so at its regularly scheduled meeting
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Of the six candidates interviewed, four are from Georgia, one
from Florida and one from South Carolina.
Haggard said he was pleased with the interviews conducted by
the school board in Athens this past Thursday through Saturday.
He said he felt that there is a better overall field of candidates
than the last time the board searched for a new superintendent
"All of them had done their homework," said Haggard
of the candidates.