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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.
On with the flow
I didn't seek out the job. In fact, I already had a good job.
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.
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.
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,"
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
A letter will be sent to all Alto water customers concerning
the increase and the deposit changes.
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
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
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
Go to Banks
Public Meeting Dates
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
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
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,
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."
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.