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March 7, 2001

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Shar Porier
More than chickens are being plucked

As I hear from more and more poultry growers, I believe that more than chickens are getting plucked in this particular business.

Angie Gary
Medical Mysteries
I don't have a bladder infection or kidney stones.My gall bladder is fine and my appendix is OK.
As for my intestines and ovaries, they're OK too.

Leopard golfers off to slow start

Banks County's boys' golf team will take to the road this week.
The Leopards will travel to Providence to face Apalachee at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Neighborhood News...

Nicholson: 6-Minute Meeting Avoids Zoning Issue
NICHOLSON -- The mayor and city council managed to conduct a six-minute meeting Monday night at which they once again avoided the dreaded issue of zoning.

Reservoir operations set for July 1 opening
With the project still on schedule for operation by July 1 and still within budget, the group building the Bear Creek Reservoir is beginning to focus on peripheral details.

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Cowne named superintendent
Keith Cowne is Madison County's new school superintendent.
He will begin working with the school system April 1.

County's long-term goals discussed at joint meeting
Decisions that county leaders make in the next six months could have an impact on the county for the next 20 years.
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Baldwin firemen Bryan Brown and Justin Lunsford watch as a cable attached to a wrecker pulls a tractor trailer out of a yard on Hwy. 441 at Hillcrest Road. The firemen were attempting to keep any sparks from igniting spilled diesel fuel.

New flag on its way?
Citizens pick flag amidst opposition
Banks County voters may have chosen a county flag. But officials have yet to release the final tally.
Unofficially, a total of 706 citizens submitted votes for a county flag. The flag that most resembled the former Georgia flag received the most votes, 571 or 81 percent.
"Response has been overwhelming," said Banks County Chamber of Commerce president Bonnie Johnson. "I think it's great when our residents demonstrate their love of this county by participating in community projects such as this."
Banks County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kenneth Brady said the funds for the flag project would not come from taxpayers' money.
"No county funds are being or will be expended for the flag," Brady said.
Brady would not specify exactly where the money will come from.
Despite the flag project's support, 75 citizens have signed a petition opposing the county flag project. Shannon Gasaway, the spokesperson for the group of petitioners, said the county was acting too hastily on the county flag issue and had not put enough thought into the designs.
"Many of us don't agree with the way the state flag was handled," Gasaway said. "But it's ironic that the county turns around and kind of does the same thing to us, hastily imposing a new flag."
A total of 706 citizens have submitted ballots for a new county flag. Of those, the winning design (at right) received 571 votes. The second design, which featured a white background with a small version of the former state flag, the county seal and a star for each city received 80 votes. The third design, the county seal and a star for each city on a blue background has garnered only 55 votes. Countians have also submitted four other designs.
Sixty-five residents added their name to a petition
The design most resembling the former state flag received the most votes of the choices for a new county flag. It received 571 votes or 81 percent.

SPLOST comes before county voters March 20
Banks County voters will go to the polls on March 20 to cast their ballots on extending the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) for five more years.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the special called election.
Estimates are that this one-cent tax, which is in place now, would bring in $15 million over another five-year period. County leaders have long praised a SPLOST tax for Banks County since much of the revenue comes from the businesses at Banks Crossing that bring in people from throughout the country to shop.
The board of commissioners agreed earlier that the SPLOST revenue would be divided as follows: water/sewer, 40 percent; jail, 25 percent; fire/EMS, 15 percent; roads, 12 percent; and recreation, eight percent.
BOC chairman Kenneth Brady said plans for water and sewer revenue include water expansion in areas throughout the county, including Herbert Segars Road, the Gillsville area, Antioch Church Road and Hwy. 51 South.
Some would also go toward other smaller water projects and sewer projects at the I-85 area.
The jail money would go toward constructing a new jail facility for the county. The current jail is small and outdated, Brady said. He added that if a federal judge came in and found problems with the facility, the county could be ordered to build a new jail.
"If we didn't have SPLOST money to build it with, we'd have to float bonds and pay for it out of county taxpayers' money," he said.
The proposed site for a new jail is on county-owned property on the new Hwy. 441 bypass.
Plans for the fire/EMS revenue include constructing two new fire stations­one on Hwy. 323 to cover the Gillsville area and the western part of Banks County and the other on Carson Segars Road to cover the Maysville area back into Homer and along Grove Level Road.
Brady added that the county is paying $500 a month rent on the building for the county station in Maysville and this wouldn't be necessary with the construction of the new facility.
As for the recreation money, the proposal is for a facility on the county complex for indoor sports such as basketball, wrestling and karate.
"For those kids who don't participate in outdoor sports, hopefully they can relate to some of these indoor sports and anything the community might want to be," Brady said.

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Chamber to meet 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."
SPLOST comes before county voters March 20

Tractor trailer driver loses control on Hwy. 441
The driver of a tractor trailer lost control of his vehicle after a tire blew out, sending the 18-wheeler through a guard rail and into a yard on Hwy. 441 south near Hillcrest Road.
"I gave it everything I had, but, in the end, she won out," said Robert Bowen, Henderson, N.C., the driver of the truck.
Bowen, who was uninjured, said that after the tire blew, the truck crossed the northbound lane, went through a guard rail and passed between two oak trees with only inches to spare.
The truck continued through a flower bed and came to rest as the front axle ripped loose from the truck and oil and gas leaked onto the ground. The tractor trailer was totaled.
A passer-by who witnessed the accident notified officials at the Baldwin Fire Department. Baldwin fire chief Joe Roy and several other fireman responded to the scene, as well as a Banks County ambulance.
Roy said the trucking company would be responsible for removing the contaminated soil from the yard.