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'We intend to get our flag back'
A most important word to all Americans is sovereignty. Why? Because
that word carries within it the authority of governments to make
decisions for us.
BOE should reinstate Kesler
Everyone knows coaches take the heat. But it's still an awful
shock to see one get burned in a bad way, particularly after
a stellar season.
Raiders to hold Friday scrimmage
The Madison County varsity football team will hold an intrasquad
scrimmage in Raider Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the
squad's two-week spring practice session.
MCHS soccer players recognized
Madison County soccer players were recognized at a Sunday banquet
for their achievements during the 2001 season.
Chigger Mountain saw mill burns
Chigger Mountain Saw Mill, on Yonah-Homer Road in northwest Banks
County, burned to the ground Friday afternoon.
Upcoming seniors score higher than state average on grad
Banks County juniors scored higher than the state average in
every subject on the high school graduation test.
Salute to 'The Greatest Generation' planned Friday
More than 100 Jackson County veterans who served during World
War II, known as "The Greatest Generation," will be
among those honored at a special Memorial Day program planned
BOC seeks sit-down with BOEs, fire districts
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday night
to seek joint meetings with two other groups.
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SHOWING OFF THE MOVES
Crystal Mosko and Larry Hardy show off their dance moves at
the Madison County prom Saturday night at the Athens Classic
Center. See this week's Madison County Journal for more prom
BOC focuses on courthouse
What to do in the long run with the grand old building in the
center of Danielsville remains to be seen, but the fog cleared
a little Monday on what the near future may hold for Madison
County's historic court-house.
No decisions were finalized, but BOC chairman Wesley Nash told
commissioners and a small audience Monday that he'd like to see
the county provide local organizations use of office space in
the old courthouse if they agree to renovate the room they use.
The chairman said he'd like to see organizations work on a five-year
plan, in which lease is free for the group for five years, provided
they work on restoring a portion of the courthouse.
The Broad River Watershed Association has requested office space
in the building and there's been talk of the Madison County Chamber
of Commerce moving into the old courthouse since the Strickland
House, where the Chamber is currently housed, is slated to be
moved across Hwy. 98 due to a planned road-widening project.
Nash also said he'd like to solicit the help of people in the
county with knowledge of restoring old structures, including
one man he said who had offered to work on the courthouse for
The chairman said the downstairs of the courthouse could be renovated
without too much trouble. It's the upstairs, he said, where more
restoration problems may arise.
Pat Segraves, who heads the county's courthouse restoration committee
which raised money for a new roof for the structure, said he
was not opposed to short-term use of the county courthouse as
office space. However, he voiced concern that renovations done
in a piecemeal manner by many different people could jeopardize
the historic integrity of the building.
"We don't need to overlook the fact that we have a historically
unique structure," said Segraves. "I'd like to do it
in a way that we maintain that integrity."
Nash said he would like to know to what time period the courthouse
should be restored - the 20s, 30s, 50s, etc.
"When you talk about renovation are you going back to gas
lamps?" Nash asked Segraves.
Segraves said the courthouse could have modern amenities that
do not damage the historical integrity of the building. He pointed
out that there were over 20 fireplaces in the building when it
was built and said that, of course, going back to that wouldn't
"We'd like to have it historically restored back as close
as feasible," said Segraves.
Commissioner Bruce Scogin emphasized that the first priority
of the restoration project should be completing any rewiring
or any other work that might require tearing down walls, etc.
so that the county is never put in a situation where it needs
to remove renovated areas.
Also on Monday, the board agreed to tour the old courthouse.
No date has been set yet, but Nash said the public will be encouraged
"We need to get the board involved," said Nash. "We
need to get the public involved. We need to get going on this
Hull Festival set
The third annual Hull Spring Festival gets under way this Saturday.
The festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a 5K Fun Run beginning at
Joy Baptist Church on Glenn Carrie Road. According to organizers,
approximately 70 runners have signed up for this event.
A parade gets under way at 10 a.m. This year's Grand Marshall
is Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe.
Immediately following the parade, there will be a Scripture reading
by the Rev. Randy Crowe of Hull Baptist Church and a prayer offered
by the Rev. Barry Black of Joy Baptist Church. Cory Adair will
sing the National Anthem.
Special speakers will be on hand at 11 a.m., including Lowe,
Hull Mayor B.W. Hutchins, county commissioners, Tax Commissioner
Louise Watson, Probate Judge Donald "Hoppy" Royston,
Magistrate Judge Harry Rice, Superior Court Clerk Michelle Strickland,
Danielsville Mayor Glenn Cross, and Colbert Mayor John Waggoner.
Entertainment will include a gospel singing to be held from noon
to 3 p.m. featuring: The Songsters, Billy Fowler Band, Plain
Gospel, Cory Adair, Paul Whitfield, Jason Murray, James Hunter
and Joe Tapley.
Door prizes will be given out throughout the singing, with two
special grand prize drawings to be held at 3 p.m. (You must be
present to win.)
Grand prizes are a $100 gift certificate from Ingles and a $100
gift certificate from Shell Kwik Chek.
Other attractions include an antique car show, craft booths and
Fine Finish showcases new facility
Fine Finish, officially known as the Madison County Service Center,
proudly presented its new larger facility to the county last
Sunday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and two-hour
Open House, sponsored by the local Pilot Club.
Director Bailey Grimes welcomed everyone to the new facility,
which clients and staff moved into a couple of months ago.
He gave special thanks to the Pilot Club, which he said has sponsored
various events at Fine Finish over the years, including an annual
Christmas Party for staff and clients. Grimes presented a plaque
to club president Annette Rowland.
Plaques of appreciation were also presented to Century South
Bank for their donation of computers for a computer lab as well
as a financial donation, and the Williams Company for their help
in moving equipment and furnishings to the new facility.
Staff members at Fine Finish include: Grimes, Judy Vaughn, Wanda
King, Darlene Adams, Louise Shivers, Catherine Browner, Margie
Fitzpatrick, Jackie Pinkney, Shelia Bridges and Beth Stiles.
Opened in 1978, the Fine Finish staff serves 51 adults with mental
and physical handicaps. Twenty-two of those receive in-house
training and supervision at the facility each day, with the remainder
involved with supervised work programs that are contracted by
local restaurants or other places of work. Those unable to leave
their homes are served through the facility's homebound program.
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as softball coach
Doug Kesler is no longer Madison County High School's fast-pitch
The county school board voted 5-0 last Tuesday not to retain
Kesler as coach, despite the recommendation by the MCHS principal,
athletic director and school superintendent to keep him in the
BOE member John Mason said the dismissal was "an accumulation
of stuff I can't go into." He said the issue was a personnel
matter and couldn't be discussed in the open.
Board Chairman Robert Haggard said Kesler's removal as softball
coach - he keeps his other duties - was based "primarily
on discipline issues that parents felt weren't handled equitably."
He would not offer specifics on any issues considered in the
dismissal. However, the chairman added that Kesler's termination
as coach was not based on any alleged criminality.
Haggard said he had spoken with Kesler last week after the dismissal
and realized there were communication problems between the coach,
the board and parents.
"There were issues that came up over the last two years
that we thought had been addressed that hadn't," said Haggard.
"It's a matter of getting some issues talked through."
Haggard added that he is not opposed to Kesler continuing to
"Provided we get these issues resolved, I don't have a problem
with him being the coach," said Haggard.
Kesler, who was named Athens Newspapers' Northeast Georgia Fast-Pitch
Softball "Coach of the Year" last week, had no comment
on his dismissal. Kesler's fast-pitch teams have gone 72-27 over
the past three seasons.
To read more about the local events in
Madison County, including births, weddings, sports news and school
news, see this week's Madison County Journal.