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When the court lets him go
The very words have a ring of terror, of fear for women who daily
live with the threat of abuse hanging over their heads.
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
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."
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
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.
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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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
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.
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
"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
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,
For the rest of this story , see this weeks Banks County News.
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Public Meeting Dates
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.
'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
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
"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.