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Schools should not ban Southern emblems
The drive to punish anyone who takes pride in his or her Southern
heritage has expanded to the Georgia school system. In several
schools, students who wear clothing with Confederate emblems
have been suspended or ordered to stop wearing the emblems.
Thinking about the Braves
My most vivid Braves memories prior to 1991
included some less than stellar moments. There was the time Claudell
Washington charged the mound with his bat in hand against Mario
Soto of the Cincinnati Reds. Soto hurled the ball at Washington
as he raced to the mound but missed and nailed the umpire instead.
There was the time the Braves and Padres fought all night.
Raiders split contests over the week, stay at .500 mark
The diamond Raiders neither gained nor lost ground during the
week, topping Jackson County and Eastside 5-0 and 9-7, while
falling to Winder and Stephens County 5-4 and 2-0.
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.
BOC tables flag vote
Large crowd debates merits of proposed flag.
Banks Countians wanting some resolution to the flag proposal
left the board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night disappointed.
Third landfill request goes to county
Rezoning to be on April 26 planning commission agenda.
A third rezoning request from developers trying to locate a landfill
in Jackson County will go before the planning commission at its
Split Council Endorses Duplex Development
The Commerce City Council was split 4-2,
but a Mississippi developer Monday night won the city's endorsement
for a project that could place up to 150 units of duplexes on
Georgia 98 at the U.S. 441 bypass.
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FEEDING A GIANT
Roberts Brothers performer Marcie Hanley of Pennsylvania feeds
Boo the Elephant during the circus at the Comer Fairgrounds Friday
Where the lines
County leaders want the state to include all of Madison County,
Oglethorpe County and part of Clarke County in one district in
the state House of Representatives when new district lines are
drawn this summer.
And the board of commissioners agreed Monday to pass a resolution
to voice that request to state legislators. The board also agreed
to ask that Madison County "be combined with other similar
counties" in the new state Senate district and that the
county be grouped with Athens-Clarke County in the new U.S. Congressional
Rep. Ralph Hudgens warned county commissioners Monday that Madison
County could be divided into as many as five state House districts.
"I'd like to keep Madison County together as a unit,"
said Hudgens. "And I'd like to combine it with a complete
BOC chairman Wesley Nash suggested the county be grouped with
Oglethorpe and part of Clarke County. Hudgens agreed that this
would be a good plan.
"There are a lot of similarities between the three of us,"
said Nash, pointing out that none of the three counties have
interstates. "We are tied in to Clarke County, but we are
also very similar to Oglethorpe."
Districts are redrawn after every census and the latest numbers
show that House districts must include approximately 45,000 people.
on county water management issue
The debate continued Monday on whether the Madison County commissioners
should give more power to the Industrial Authority in handling
county water services.
Those interested in the matter recognize that the issue will
help determine how the growing southern section of the county
After a lengthy talk the board took no action on approving an
intergovernmental agreement which will give the industrial authority
the responsibility of providing water and sewer services to customers
in unincorporated areas of the county. (See box for terms of
The matter will be discussed again at the board's next meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the county government complex.
Proponents of the plan say the agreement will help the county
"avoid duplication of water services" - such as having
two lines where one will suffice - while helping the county speed
up the process of providing water and sewer services.
Colbert mayor John Waggoner has spoken against the agreement
as well as the proposed purchase of water lines from Clarke County
and a proposed temporary ban on installation of water systems
in unincorporated areas in the county.
"It's too much power to place in the hands of an unelected
board," said Waggoner of the proposed intergovernmental
Others shared his feelings.
Realtor Bill Fleeman has repeatedly voiced dismay with the proposal,
saying it's a "heavy power grab." He also said the
people of Madison County have not spoken in support of a "multi-million
dollar enterprise." And he suggested that the county hold
a referendum before proceeding on major water projects. Fleeman
has also asked for a referendum to disband the water authority,
saying it already has too much power, such as the authority to
issue bonds and sell land.
But industrial authority chairman John Scoggins said the county
held a referendum in 1966 in which 75 percent of the voters approved
the creation of an industrial authority with its current powers.
He pointed out that the commissioners may kick members of the
industrial authority off the board at any time with a majority
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Men save teen from
Two landscape workers saved a life Monday afternoon by rescuing
a juvenile hanging victim.
Rick Herring and James McElroy were working on the lawn of a
house on Glenn Carrie Road when the teenage victim climbed a
tree and attempted to hang himself from a limb.
McElroy and Herring drove their front end loader across the road
and used the bucket to lift themselves up to the young man's
position. McElroy lifted the teen, relieving the pressure on
his neck. Herring cut the rope, then lowered the victim into
The victim was awake and talking as he was loaded into the ambulance.
The two men were shaken by the event.
"I am just glad we were able to keep him alive," McElroy
Looney pleads guilty
John Barry Looney of Bogart, who was accused of helping Randy
Gordon murder Raymond Conway in 1984, pled guilty to a perjury
According to court documents, the charge of murder was reduced
Gordon was convicted of the murder and and is serving a life
sentence. His attempts for a new trial have been unsuccessful.
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Easter Egg hunt
set for Saturday
The 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April
14, at the Madison County Recreation Department at 2 p.m. The
egg hunt is free of charge and is open to all children ages 8
Children will be divided into four age divisions: 2 and under,
3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-8 year olds. There will be
over 3,000 eggs and 100 prizes.
In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, April
22. For more information, call the recreation department at 795-2182.
call up Westbrook
Former Madison County Raider pitching standout Jake Westbrook
is set for his second tour of duty in the big leagues.
The Cleveland Indians called up the 23-year-old right-hander
from AAA Buffalo Monday night to replace Indians reliever Steve
Woodard, who sustained an injured right elbow during the team's
9-2 loss to Chicago.
Westbook had only made one appearance this season for the Bisons
before getting the call, going 5.1 innings, surrendering four
hits and two runs, while striking out six in picking up a win.
Westbrook's second trip to the major leagues will see him donning
a new uniform.
The pitcher appeared in three games last summer for the New York
Yankees, compiling an 0-2 record and a 13.50 ERA before being
dealt to the Cleveland organization July 24.
Though this is only his sixth year in professional baseball,
Westbrook has been well traveled in his brief career. Originally
a first-round pick with the Colorado Rockies in 1996, he was
dealt to the Montreal farm system before his stopover with the
New York organization. Nearly a month after being sent back down
to the minors by the Yankees, the club then swapped him to the
Indians in a deal that sent power hitter David Justice to New
Westbrook, who grew up in Danielsville, holds three pitching
records from his days as a Red Raider from 1994-1996, including
lowest career ERA at 1.37.