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June 6, 2001

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Frank Gillespie
Israeli gov't should rebuild Temple of Solomon
Were you as disturbed as I by the latest news from Israel? A suicide bomber walked into a dance hall full of teenagers and killed himself and 20 innocent kids. Then the father of the bomber appeared on TV to say how proud he is of his son!

Ben Munroe
Graduation thoughts

From my mug shot, you might think I just turned by my tassel this past Friday night, but my actual high school days have long since been recorded in the history books. (Well, sort of.)


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Swann and diamond Dogs bound for College World Series
Adam Swann should feel right at home in a dramatic postseason run. As a senior in high school, he helped guide the 1998 diamond Raiders through an improbable ride to the AAA championship series.

Neighborhood News...
Maysville council to handle hirings, firings
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.

Homer's Evans St. project bid out
The Homer City Council awarded the Evans Street project to Charles Sullivan Construction Company in a called meeting Tuesday morning.

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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.
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Members of the Madison County Class of 2001 hurl their graduation caps into the air at the end of graduation ceremonies Friday night at the Athens Classic Center. See this week's Madison County Journal for more graduation photos.

Danielsville woman killed Hwy. 98 wreck
A Danielsville woman died and three people were seriously injured in a two-car collision on Hwy. 98 about two miles west of Danielsville Wednesday shortly after noon.
Angela Dye, 68, was killed when the west-bound Toyota Corolla she was a passenger in collided with an east-bound Toyota Camry driven by Linda Cheek of Danielsville.
Cheek and Mildred Reeves of Danielsville, a passenger in the Camry, were seriously injured in the wreck, along with Dye's husband, William, who was driving the Corolla.
Four Madison County ambulances responded to the accident and transported the victims to Athens Regional and St. Mary's hospitals.
The accident happened in the east-bound lane, but the state patrolman investigating the wreck said the incident is still under investigation and that more details could not be released.

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 of life.
The theme of the Madison County High School Class of 2001 graduation was "I hope you dance," a song by Lee Ann Womack. The lyrics of the tune were printed on the back of the graduation programs and the song was played in its entirety early in the ceremony.
Valedictorian Shelly Bates told her classmates and the audience that the song is about "dancing through life...making the most of each day."
"One choice you have is the choice of being a part of this world and making something of yourself or sitting back and watching everyone else succeed," said Bates. "This is a time when I hope everyone makes the choice to dance. This is something I feel the Class of 2001 should never forget."
Bates said the step into adulthood is scary, but that she feels she is prepared.
"I am ready to face what the world has to offer because of the life lessons taught by my parents, teachers and coaches," she said. "I often took them for granted, but tonight I want them to know that I truly am thankful for what they have done for me."
Other Madison County students took the podium as well Friday. Jason Chappell talked about the importance of the Pledge of Allegiance and led the audience in reciting that pledge. Brad Kirk, who earned the class's citizenship award, spoke on the need to hold on to childhood wonder. Drew Brantley talked about how he had been reluctant to participate in a dance class that his parents enrolled him in as a sixth grader. But he said he soon learned that he loved to dance and told the audience that the dance is symbolic of risks and dreams.
Rebecca Booker remembered classmate Randy Carroll, who passed away a couple of years ago, saying that he has graduated to a better place. She also spoke of the typical teenager belief that adults don't know what they're talking about and how that begins to change.
"We're starting to see that parents and teachers are not nearly as inept as we thought," said Booker.
She added: "Life is so precious, we owe it to ourselves to live it fully."
Madison County salutatorian Drew Perry reflected on how the decisions of high school - such as whether to participate in sports or get a part-time job or whether to take college prep or vocational classes - have already shaped the lives of the Class of 2001. But he said there are many more mountains to climb.
"Our high school days have been full of relationships; football, basketball and baseball games; tough tests, the prom, laughter at lunchtime, more tough tests, and great teachers who not only taught the subject matter well, but also taught us lessons in life," said Perry. "We should look back at these experiences to help us in future decisions."
Perry quoted Proverbs 4:26, which states, "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established."
"Solomon tells us here to keep our heart with all diligence, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. We should place boundaries on our desires and not go after everything we see, looking straight ahead, with our eyes fixed on our goal."

Speed humps to be installed on Comer streets
The Comer City Council instructed public works director Gerald Kemp to proceed with installation of speed humps on city streets. The humps will be used to replace a number of speed bumps and be added to additional streets as the public approval process is completed. Citizens who want speed humps on their street need to pick up a petition form from city hall.
The humps, which cost $1,500 each, are longer and lower than the old bumps and create fewer problems for emergency vehicles. Initial locations include Madison Street, Spring Street and College Street.
Other streets that may receive the speed-reducing structures include South Street, Claremont Street, Clover Street and Arnold Park Street.
The old speed bumps will be used to prevent people from parking on city sidewalks.
The council has been asked by CSX railroad to allow the closure of some crossings within the city. The railroad is under a court order to reduce the number of crossings over its tracks as a safety measure. The council felt that closing any of the crossings within the city would cause other safety problems by limiting access to areas of the city for emergency vehicles.
An attorney for CSX has responded to the city's complaint about maintenance along the railroad right-of-way. He promised to contact the company's maintenance office in Athens to see what can be done.
In other actions:
·The council renewed a contract with the EPD to conduct monthly testing for the city's water supply.
·The council formally adopted a resolution setting out paid holidays and vacation policy for city employees.
·The council promised to review the city's dangerous animal ordinance following a complaint from a new city resident about a neighbor's dogs who attacked her dog, causing $248 in vet bills.
·They were reminded that statewide water restrictions are still in effect. Outdoor watering is prohibited from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents must use an odd/even system for watering days.

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Fitzpatrick resigns as school attorney
Lane Fitzpatrick has resigned as Madison County's school board attorney after more than 20 years on the job.
The attorney said he was stepping down because the increasing demands of his school duties conflicted with his other obligations.
"In the past several years the school district's legal work load has grown tremendously," Fitzpatrick wrote in his June 4 letter of resignation. "I am now at the point with having to decide whether to continue representing the school board or give up some of my other work. After much thought I have decided to resign as school board attorney effective at the close of the June board meeting unless the board chooses the new school board attorney before then....It will always be great to be an Ila Gator and Go Big Red!"
School board chairman Robert Haggard said superintendent Keith Cowne will now begin talking with local attorneys about filling Fitzpatrick's post. The chairman said the board will look both in and out of Madison County for a replacement. He said he wasn't sure when the board would fill the post, but said it could be by the end of the month.
Fitzpatrick, who also resigned as attorney for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners at the end of 2000, has been criticized by some who said the attorney had too much influence over board decisions, but Haggard said many people in the county don't realize the good Fitzpatrick did out of the public eye.
"I think he (Fitzpatrick) did a great job," said Haggard. "A lot of people don't realize the things he did for the schools and for the kids."

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.