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February 28, 2001


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OPINION

Letter to the Editor
Legislation to help poultry farmers needs support

Based on our personal experiences over the years, we have concluded greed and unfair contracts with the large poultry companies force growers to accept immense responsibility, placing poultry farmers in an industrial serfdom way of life.

Phillip Sartain
On with the flow

I didn't seek out the job. In fact, I already had a good job.


SPORTS
Banks to host Union County

After falling to a tough Lumpkin County team last week, the Banks County soccer Leopards and Lady Leopards will look to rebound against Union County next week.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Authority Holds County's Feet To Fire On Sewer Line
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will support its water and sewerage authority's plans to create a county sewerage system, if for no other reason than it has to.

Planners say 'No' to NJ landfill
A Carnesville company trying to bring a construction and demolition landfill to the North Jackson area failed the first step of the process Thursday night when the Jackson County Planning Commission recommended denial for a conditional use permit.


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MADISON COUNTY
Residents look to keep the 'rural character' of county
Combating residential "sprawl" and protecting the county's rural character were the focus points of last week's first of two meetings on future land use.

Details unavailable on Guest settlement
Madison County commissioners settled a case Monday with a developer who sued the county, but leaders are not yet releasing details on what the settlement stipulated.


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GETTING A TRIM AT VET DAY

Eeyore, a 6-year-old male donkey owned by David Seagraves, Commerce, got his hooves trimmed by apprentice farrier Shane Stephens, Gillsville, at Vet Day held at the Banks County recreation department horse arena Saturday. The annual event is sponsored by the Banks Crossing Saddle Club. It provides area pet and livestock owners the opportunity to have their animals examined by a veterinarian and receive a basic physical, immunizations and worming as well as having hooves trimmed and shod.



Water rates to go up in Alto
Alto residents will be seeing higher water rates come April 1.
The mayor and council met at a special called meeting Friday night to discuss raising residential and industrial water rates and water meter rates. The agenda also included a discussion on re-wording the regulation on refunding water deposits.
The council agreed to hold the basic charge of $8 for the first 3,000 gallons for city residents and $10 for the first 3,000 gallons for those customers outside city limits. The vote was unanimous to raise the rate to $1 for each additional 1,000 gallons for city residents and $1.20 for each additional 1,000 gallons for customers outside city limits.
It was also unanimously agreed to raise industrial rates from $1.35 to $1.60 per 1,000 gallons.
Councilman Donald Wade said that "60 percent of the water used is gong to industry, with Mount Vernon Mills taking 51 percent."
"Industry should pay more than residents," he said.
The fee for new installation of water meters was raised $100. The increase, which only affects new residents, was raised from $300 within the city limits to $400 and outside the city limits, from $400 to $500.
The council said the increases are necessary for the planned improvement in the water system. Currently, they are looking into drilling two new wells and re-opening an old well, that was closed some time ago due to benzene contamination.
According to Mayor Jack King, that well has been tested and is supplying potable water that the city can use.
As the wells come on line, they will require more electricity to run the pumps and aerators, said King.
Alto needs more water, according to the council, to entice new development to the city. Recently, Wade said, they had to turn down a 120-home development.
"We have lost a lot of revenue due to the lack of water," he said.
The deposit required to establish water service was also discussed. The council approved a change in the refunding of the deposit. The new policy will be that any resident may apply for a return of their deposit after 12 months. Providing there have been no late fees assessed during that 12-month period, the deposit will be refunded. The deposit is forfeit if there have been late fees assessed.
A letter will be sent to all Alto water customers concerning the increase and the deposit changes.


Deadline ahead Monday for vote on county flag
Banks Countians interested in casting a ballot for the three proposed designs for a new county flag have only a few days to do so.
The deadline for voting for the flag is Monday, March 5. Vote forms were in last week's issue of The Banks County News. The forms should be sent to: Flag Project, P.O. Box 57, Homer, Ga., 30547. Leaders say there should only be one vote per household and that all returned forms will be verified for county residency.
The effort is a joint project of the Banks County Board of Commissioners and the Banks County Chamber of Commerce.
"This project was created as a way to get all residents involved in building a unified community identity and increasing pride in historic Banks County," the ad in last week's issue stated.
The first design is similar to the former Georgia flag, but includes six small stars in the left bottom corner representing the towns in Banks County and a county seal in the top left corner. The second design has six stars going across it, representing the six towns in Banks County, a small replica of the old Georgia flag in one corner and the county seal in the bottom corner; while the third design has the six stars across it and a county seal in one corner.
Countians are also invited to submit their own design for consideration. These designs should be submitted with production specifications or camera-ready artwork to the address listed above, along with their name, mailing address, street address and phone number. Leaders say additional designs will be considered only if none of the proposed designs receive a clear majority of the total votes.



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Republican Party to hold county convention Saturday
The Banks County Republican Party will hold the county convention at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Banks County courthouse in Homer.
The agenda will include the election of delegates and alternatives to the congressional district convention and state convention, as well as electing officers for the Banks County Republican Party.
Registration is free of charge and all Banks County residents who are legally registered to vote and believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to participate in this process, leaders say.
The 11th Congressional District Convention will be held April 7 at 10 a.m. at Eastside High School, 10245 Eagle Drive, Covington.
The Georgia Republican Party state convention will be held at 2 p.m. on May 4 in Atlanta.
For further information, contact Bill Sears, chairman of the Banks County Republican Party, at 677-3210.


Chamber to hear about youth apprenticeships on March 8
The Banks County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Garrison Civic Center.
The guest speakers will be Bobby Whitlock of Pioneer RESA and Buster Cleveland of Cleveland Electric Company. The topic will be "Youth Apprenticeship and Job Opportunities."


Five countians are attending
economic development training

Five Banks Countians are attending the "Georgia Academy for Economic Development."
They are: Horace Campbell, Norman Cooksey and Thomas Wilson, all members of the Banks County Development Authority; Kenneth Brady, chairman of the Banks County Board of Commissioners; and James Dumas, former BOC chairman.
The seminar will include leaders from several North Georgia counties and will meet once a month for four months.