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April 10, 2001


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OPINION

Shar Porier
When the court lets him go
Domestic violence.
The very words have a ring of terror, of fear for women who daily live with the threat of abuse hanging over their heads.

Phillip Sartain
Burned out

Without any warning, my pen ran out of ink, my printer used up its cartridge, and my word processors coughed up all the letters of the alphabet onto the floor. All the signs were there, but of course, I was the last to see it coming.
Humor burnout is subtle. In fact, I don't even think I noticed at all.


SPORTS
SPORTS
Leopards seal the deal in six

A four-run sixth inning against East Hall Monday helped the Leopards (9-3, 5-2) secure their third win in a row.
"We came out swinging well," head coach Mike Williams said. "We scored in just about every inning. It made the difference in the ball game."



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JACKSON COUNTY
As Expected, Nicholson Council Votes Down Zoning Ordinance
NICHOLSON -- In the end, there was no impassioned debate, no public outcry. The issue of zoning went quietly, without so much as a comment from its proponents or opponents in a 3-2 vote that included the expected tie-breaker from Mayor Ronnie Maxwell.


BOC may decide rezoning for NJ landfill April 16
Opponents pack room, call for denial of permit. North Jackson residents opposed to a proposed construction and demolition (C&D) landfill on Lanier Road packed the Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night to speak against the project.


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MADISON COUNTY
Guest settles for $10,000, approval of original plat
Developer James Guest will get $10,000 and approval of his original plans for a development on Double Branch Road.
Guest settled a lawsuit with the Madison County commissioners in February and the details of the settlement were released Tuesday.
Guest filed the suit in 1999, claiming the commissioners violated Guest's due process and equal protection rights by illegally thwarting his plans for an 11-home development on 60 acres on Double Branch Road.

Sewage expansion in Danielsville?
Leaders discuss possibility but voice concerns over costs.
Danielsville leaders are looking at expanding sewer services into the southern section of the city.



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HIGH-SPEED CHASE

District 3 firefighters Dana Maddux, David Keilholtz and David Pittman looked for fire inside a van that crashed into an embankment on I-85 after a high-speed chase. A small grass fire was started by the overheated exhaust system.




Man killed in shooting
A 36-year-old man died early Tuesday morning after reportedly being shot in an apparent domestic dispute late Monday night in Banks County.
West Turpin, Commerce, was shot three times by his 16-year-old stepson, according to Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman. Chapman said Turpin, who is separated from the boy's mother, broke into the Hwy. 59 residence where she resides with her three children.
The sheriff said that the 16-year-old and two younger siblings, ages 10 and 4, were home alone when Turpin reportedly began beating on the back door and then the front door. He said that the 16-year-old said that he told his step-father to leave, but that Turpin allegedly kicked the front door down and entered the home, which is when he was shot. He was shot once in the leg and at least twice in the upper portion of his body.
The children then went to a neighbor's house and called 911. Turpin was taken to BJC Medical Center, where he died shortly afterwards.
Chapman said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in the investigation, which is still on-going. The sheriff said no charges have been filed yet in the shooting.
Chapman added that law enforcement officers had been called to the Hwy. 59 residence in the past and that Turpin had been arrested previously on domestic dispute charges.


County planners vote to deny rezoning for day care center.
Plans to bring a day care center to Banks County hit a roadblock last week. The Banks County Planning Commission recommended denial of the rezoning of 2.2 acres at the intersection of Highway 51 South and Welborn Road for the project when it met Wednesday, March 28. The request, by applicant Scott Thomas, was to change the zoning from agricultural, rural residential to C-1, neighborhood commercial for a day care center
Nick Denton spoke in favor of the rezoning. Denton's argument was centered around the growing need in Banks County for day care.
"There are 640 children in Banks County between the ages of 3 months and 5 years," he said.
The facility Denton proposed would serve 104 children in a state-funded pre-kindergarten program.
County marshal Keith Covington noted that the applicant would have to come back to propose the site be used for the center. The planning commission would consider if the property is suitable for a business to be run in this agricultural neighborhood.
Dianne Westmoreland and Randall Jordan spoke in opposition to the rezoning. Westmoreland asked that those present that are opposed to the rezoning stand and eight in the audience rose in opposition. The speakers, who live near the property under consideration, brought many issues to the commission. The one issue that seemed most relevant in the denial of the application was the necessity of a deceleration lane and the influx of traffic to the intersection.
Banks County Planning Commission member Joe Barefoot stated "at 104 children, one per car and 14 employees, that is 236 comings and goings a day."
Others speaking against the plan seemed to believe that rezoning this one tract of land may lead to heavy use of the area. Jerry Gordon, who lives "one mile up the road," said during the meeting, "don't start infringing on our rural community. My cows will be looking at tractors and trailers coming out instead of the woods and creeks they are used to."
The application for rezoning was unanimously denied.
The Banks County Board of Commission will take action on this request and those listed below when it meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.
For the rest of this story , see this weeks Banks County News.


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The Banks County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Garrison Civic Center in Homer.
Rep. Jeanette Jamieson will give an update on the recent legislative session. Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is the sponsor for the breakfast.


Maysville says 'No' to name on county flag
The Maysville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to request the city's name be taken off the county flag proposed by the Banks County Board of Commissioners.
City attorney Gary Freeman suggested the council take steps to protect the city from possible conflicts.
"If any of you have been reading The Banks County News, you know that Banks County has gotten itself in the middle of a controversy over the flag," said Freeman.
He told the council the proposed flag has six stars with the name of each city below it.
"I don't believe any of the cities have been consulted on this," he said.
Since some had not seen the flag, a copy of The Banks County News with a picture of the flag was presented to the council to review.
Freeman said, "Homer's been concerned enough about boycotts and demonstrations that they have asked me to prepare a demonstration/parade ordinance," he said.
He said that the Homer council is thinking about having its name removed as well and that the issue would be up for vote at its next meeting.
"The question is, does the city of Maysville want its name on that flag?" he asked.
He also asked whether or not the council wanted him to prepare a demonstration ordinance as well, "in case we have problems."
Councilman Scott Harper said more of Maysville's residents live in Jackson County and saw no reason to get involved.
Council member Andrew Strickland reminded Harper and the council that the majority of registered voters reside in Banks County.
Strickland said, "I'd leave it off." He made the motion to leave Maysville's name off the flag and Marion Jarrett seconded it. The vote was unanimous.
Mayor Richard Presley said, "The city of Maysville wishes not to participate or have the town's name on the county flag."
Freeman agreed to draft the letter to the BOC and present it to the council for signing.