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April 25, 2001


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Frank Gillespie
Jessie Jackson's rhetoric isn't working

Our so-called governor Roy Barnes and his fellow Democrats are near panic. They thought that we the people of Georgia would accept their treachery once the flag change was a "done deal." Now that the reaction of the people is becoming apparent, they are seeking anything they can find to repair the damage.

Ben Munro
Diamond Raiders learning how to roll with the punches

It's a totally unrelated sport, but I can't help but liken this year's Raider baseball team to a championship prize fighter in the middle of a 15-round slugfest.


SPORTS
Diamond Raiders ride six-game winning streak into this week's curcial region contests

Just a few weeks ago, the diamond Raiders postseason hopes were as solid as the team's hitting.
Thoughts of the state tournament were in serious doubt as the team stood at 3-4 in the region 7-8 overall and their offense was in serious need of a trip to the mechanic.


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BANKS COUNTY
BJC Authority honors Barnett, Griffeth
The Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center Authority honored its two "emeritus" members during a brief meeting Monday night.
The authority presented resolutions honoring William Barnett, who served on the board from 1989 until just recently, and Dr. Joe L. Griffeth, who served from 1979 to 2000.

Baldwin looks at request for de-annexation
Baldwin resident John Lowe may be getting a positive answer to his request for de-annexation from the city of Baldwin soon. The matter was discussed at the city council meeting Monday.




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JACKSON COUNTY
Lanier Road landfill going back before planning board
A request to locate a landfill on Lanier Road will go back before the Jackson County Planning Commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Administrative Building in Jefferson.

Sewer line change proposal taken to water board
It seems nothing is easy about the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority's first sewer project.
Last Thursday night, acting at the request of the county commissioners and with the endorsement of its engineers, the authority changed part of the route of its sewer line headed to Mulberry Plantation.


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READY TO PLAY


Jacob Denton (right) and Devin Ford of the Madison County 5-and-6-year old T-ball Red Sox wait on the bench during Saturday's opening day of recreation play.
 




Ila Festival set for Sat.
The Ila Festival 2001 will be held Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ila.
The theme of the festival is "Promoting Unity in the Community." Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship will host the event, which will be located at the ballfield adjacent to the Mt. Hermon Cemetery across from Ila Elementary School.
There will be crafts, food and games - such as horseshoes, volleyball and a dunkin' booth - beginning at 9 a.m.
There will be continuous Christian music by local artists throughout the day.
A 5K run around the scenic back roads of Ila will be held at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15. Race day registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the Ila Elementary parking lot.
Awards will be given to the first overall and master (40 and over) male and female finishers and two deep in each age group: 10-and-under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over.
The Rev. Russell Cash of Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowhip said the event is meant to strengthen community bonds.
"Everybody gets so busy in their daily lives that they build up walls and don't get to know each other," said Cash. "This is a chance for people to come together. It's just a fun day for everybody."
Cash said he is urging people to sign up for the run. Last year's turnout was 26.
"I'd like to see about 100 this year," he said.
Proceeds will go toward the church's youth and outreach programs.
For more information about the event, call Cash at Eagle's Nest at 706-789-3408.
Ila Festival
What: Ila Festival 2001
When: April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: the ballfield adjacent to Mt. Hermon Church across from Ila Elementary School





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Uncovering the past Family in Shiloh Community works to restore old cemetery
For many years, a clump of trees and weeds in an otherwise open field was all that marked an old run-down cemetery near the corner of Faye Carey Road and Hwy. 174 in the Shiloh Community.
But the great-grandchildren of John and Elizabeth Dove, whose graves are located there, just couldn't bear to leave it like that.
"We kept talking and talking about it and we finally decided we better get busy while we're able to," Retta Lowe said.
So for the past two months or so, weather permitting, Retta and her sister Hester Harris and their husbands, Jarrett Lowe and Lewis Harris, have spent at least part of each Saturday clearing brush, cutting and pruning trees, burning off debris and raking back layer upon layer of years of accumulated ground cover.
You might say it is a "labor of love" for their ancestors.
And what they have uncovered is more than even they expected. It seems the area contains numerous graves, some marked, but many others unmarked, within the half-acre patch of ground.
Some of the sites are heart-wrenching, such as the five little cement-covered graves of the infant children of T.A. and M.J. Hill, who are also buried here.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal .