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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!
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.
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.
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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LET 'EM FLY
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.
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
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
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
"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
Other streets that may receive the speed-reducing structures
include South Street, Claremont Street, Clover Street and Arnold
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
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
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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.