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Snapshots from my mind
I'm outdoors in this tree house with no walls. It's raining sideways
and I'm on the lower level with the boys.
Some are confusing emblem of slavery with Southern
Mississippi voters last week rejected, by
a nearly 2-to-1 margin, a proposal to remove the Confederate
emblem from their state flag.
Directions to Area Schools
Banks County Recreation Department summer events
June 18-June 22
Boys' Basketball Camp (Ages 8-12)
Sponsored by Banks County head basketball Coach Mike Ruth
Château Élan residents want tighter zoning
A group of homeowners from Château Élan want more
restrictions added to a proposed new Braselton zoning ordinance.
Two killed in NJ wreck Tues. night
Two people were killed in a wreck Tuesday night on Hwy. 129 North
just inside the Jackson County line.
209 graduate from Madison County High School
The video cameras rolled and the flashes flickered in the Athens
Classic Center Friday night as 209 Madison County students clasped
their diplomas and "danced" their way into a new stage
Fitzpatrick resigns as school attorney
Lane Fitzpatrick has resigned as Madison County's school board
attorney after more than 20 years on the job.
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Haley Sparks tried on the cap of Banks County High School
graduate Cassie Davis after the BCHS graduation Friday night.
to handle hirings, firings
Discussion not legal for closed meeting
The Maysville City Council reclaimed the responsibility of hiring
and firing personnel for the town at its meeting Monday night.
After a 55-minute closed session, the council came back with
that decision, but no one was hired or fired. This discussion
is not one that legally should have been held behind closed doors.
The Georgia Open Meetings Law only allows personnel discussions
involving specific hirings or firings to be held in closed sessions.
The council's decision changed the department heads' duties from
having the final say in personnel decisions to one where the
department head will screen applicants before the final decision
is made on the hiring of a new employee by the city council.
Firings will also be brought before the council for a vote.
The council also voted to establish the Downtown Development
Authority. The DDA can now meet and make bylaws and will work
toward getting grant money for beautification projects as well
as attracting business to Maysville.
Kurt Richardson and Nolan Pritchett asked the council to supply
gravel on Pritchett Road. The road, which is a city road, has
been maintained by Pritchett and Richardson, they said, but is
in need of gravel. The men said they would scrape the road before
the gravel was delivered.
The council agreed to supply the gravel as soon as the council
is contacted that the road had been prepared.
The council agreed to place advertisements for bids for someone
to cut the growth along the roadways in the city. They also agreed
to have individuals who have been given community service hours
by the court to cut back growth at the intersection to make a
sight line for motorists where this is needed.
Baldwin may set
In an effort to recoup some of the expense of sending fire and
medical personnel to a wreck scene or on medical calls, the Baldwin
City Council is considering imposing emergency fees.
City attorney David Syfan had been asked by the city council
to look into the legalities of charging fees for emergency services.
At Monday's work session, he reported to the council there is
no general municipal law preventing such fees. Further, he said
that the city's charter has a provision that would allow a fee
Fire chief Joe Roy said that there are municipalities and counties
that charge insurance companies for extraction. In 1995, the
Baldwin department tried to develop a system, he said, but only
charged for extraction.
"There is some indication from the records that hourly rates
for engine response in an active situation and engine response
as standby were charged," he said. "But we couldn't
make it work. We couldn't collect from the insurance companies."
He said there are many circumstances that would require consideration
in determining what to charge. He listed out-of-towners, extractions,
someone who refuses their medical intervention but wants to be
taken to the hospital and a non-injury accident that presents
toxic spills with leaking fluids.
All council members wanted to exempt all city residents and suggested
that the policy extend to the contracted populations of Banks
County and the city of Alto.
The council asked Roy to check with other departments and with
the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs to find out what other
departments are doing. They also asked that he talk with Syfan
and come up with a proposal.
They requested Syfan draw up a fee ordinance that would apply
to commercial vehicles.
At a previous meeting, Roy had suggested some method of reimbursement
be sought as the number of wreck and medical calls have increased
dramatically over the past year. Many of the 911 calls his department
responds to are accidents involving people from outside city
limits, most out on Highway 365 or Highway 441, he said.
The issue will be discussed at a future work session, possibly
on Thursday, June 14.
Under blue skies, with flags waving in the brisk wind, the Maysville
Community Improve-ment Club honored veterans on Wednesday, May
30, with a special Memorial Day service in the town park.
Those gathered heard songs and prayers and shared memories of
wars past, from World War I to the Gulf War.
Members of the improvement club decorated Veterans Park with
patriotic red, white and blue ribbons and flags. A moving addition
to the park for the occasion was the Veterans Wall. Two four-foot
by two-and-a-half-foot signs were built and painted with over
50 names of the veterans, living and deceased, of Maysville who
served in a war. Club member Catherine Daniels said that next
year, the deceased will have a cross added by their names.
Present among those gathered was the oldest Maysville veteran,
Joseph Lyle, 92 years old. He was honored by Sen. Mike Beatty
in his address to the crowd.
Beatty held the helmet of his grandfather, a World War I veteran,
as he showed the crowd medals won by his grandfather and father,
who had also served. Beatty's father, at the age of 16, had joined
the military to fight in World War II.
"We need to measure up to what these fellas have sacrificed
for us," Beatty said. "How can we measure up? That's
Also speaking was the Rev. Brian Stowe, pastor of Maysville Baptist
Church, who said, "Memorial Day and Indepen-dence Day are
two of our great holidays. They spur on the patriotism we should
have in our hearts. We enjoy wonderful freedom. We should thank
God for those who gave their lives."
Wade Lott, Maysville Baptist Church music minister, sang the
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project bid out
The Homer City Council awarded the Evans Street project to Charles
Sullivan Construction Company in a called meeting Tuesday morning.
The Evans Street project, which the city has been working on
for two years, will widen the road and repave it.
The council called the meeting after Tugalo Region/Sloan Construction
withdrew their bid because of a $57,900 error. Mayor Leon Ray
said that one of the company's representatives did not add the
figures right, causing their bid to be $40,000 lower than Sullivan's
bid. When Tugalo realized their error, they withdrew their bid.
Ray told the council they could either accept one of the other
two bids or advertise for bids again. He said that if the city
calls for new bids, then the project could not be completed this
year because the road must be worked on when school is not in
The council decided to accept Sullivan's bid of $207,404 since
it is $82,000 less than the next highest bid by APAC GA Inc.
The state will pay a portion of the cost for the road work.
Ray told the council that Sullivan will begin the project soon.
names new board
The new executive board members of Banks County Family Connections
were announced at the appreciation dinner held May 24.
The new members are: Kurt Frederick, chairman; Henry Slocum,
co-chairman; Carol Denton, secretary; Erin Decker, treasurer;
and James Dumas, family advocate.
The executive board members were nominated by a committee and
voted in by all the members.
The group's next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday,
June 26, in the Family Connections office in the old health department
building. Ariane Krause will be speaking about a program that
could help children in need.
People who are concerned about helping community families and
children are welcome to attend, leaders say. For more information,
call Robin Trotter, director, at 677-1303.