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June 27, 2001


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Ben Munro
You'll be missed Rocker

So maybe his "send me to hell or New York City" attitude toward life ticked off a few people in high places in the sports media world.
So what if he decided to skip the Tiger Woods school of media charm?

Rochelle Beckstine
Naming ceremony

On Sunday my daughter was baptized into the Catholic Church. She wore a long white dress, the same dress her cousins wore before her for their baptisms. Her head and her feet were bare in deference to the heat.


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Rec. Dept. announces all star teams
The Madison County Recreation Department recently announced its 2001 baseball and fast- and slow-pitch softball squads.
The baseball and fast-pitch all star teams will kick into action Sunday while the slow-pitch softball teams will start play toward the end of July.


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BANKS COUNTY
Four children injured in church van accident
Four children were taken to BJC Medical Center Saturday morning following an accident at Highway 441 South and Interstate 85, according to Banks County volunteer assistant fire chief John Creasy.

Homer plans July 4 fireworks
Grab a picnic basket and a blanket and head to Homer on July 4 for the 18th annual fireworks display.
It will begin around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.



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JACKSON COUNTY
Rogers files lawsuit against Jackson County man
Hearing set Monday before Judge David Motes.
Country music star Kenny Rogers has filed a lawsuit against a Jackson County man and his brother for breach of contract in the purchase of his Oglethorpe County home.

It's City Lights Festival Time
Country Music Legends Perform Thursday And Friday; Festival Moves Downtown On SaturdayThe city of Commerce will bask in the lights cast by country music legends this week.


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Winterville man killed in wreck

A 47-year-old Winterville man was killed in a one-car accident on Hwy. 29 south of Danielsville Thursday afternoon. Johnnie C. Johnson died when he was thrown from his 1990 Chevrolet 2500 when the vehicle left the east shoulder of the road, struck two mailboxes and overturned. There were no passengers in the truck.


Mistrial declared in Wymbs case
For a day-by-day summary of the murder trial of Albert Wymbs, see this weeks Madison County Journal.
Despite approximately five hours of deliberation, a Madison County jury could not agree last week on the guilt or innocence of Hull's Albert Wymbs, who was accused of killing Angela Harris in her parents' mobile home off Hwy. 106 in 1996.
The court declared a mistrial in the case Saturday morning after the jury split 11-1 on the case. District attorney Bob Lavender said the case was 11 votes for guilty and one for acquittal.
Lavender said no date for a retrial has been set.
The case opened Wednesday and closing arguments concluded Friday afternoon.
During the arguments, Lavender, who depicted Wymbs as a violent man who lashed out at women, said that "the simple facts" of the case pointed to Wymb's guilt.
The prosecution reinforced what they had built their case on all week - footprints left at the scene leading to Wymb's grandmother's house that they say belong to the defendant.
Lavender pointed to the Thursday testimonies of two witnesses - ex-girlfriend Shlion Dious and longtime friend Terrell Young - who said Wymbs admitted to murdering Angela Harris.
"The evidence says he did it and he says he did it," Lavender told the jury.
However, during his closing argument, defense attorney Scott Davis said that the accusations against the defendant were a shaky solution to attempt to solve a five-year-old murder. Davis said that the prosecution's case left much up to question.
Davis went through three areas in which the defense believed there were several reasonable doubts against convicting Wymbs.
The defense attorney said Wymbs didn't have a motive to commit the crime, that there were several inconsistencies in the testimonies against the defendant and that evidence against Wymbs had been tainted by sloppy police work.


Deadlines moved up
The news and advertising deadlines for The Madison County Journal have been moved up due to the July 4 holiday.
The deadline for news articles, including church, weddings and social events, will be at noon on Friday, June 29. The deadline for advertisements, including classifieds and displays, will be at noon on Friday, June 29.
The paper will be published on Tuesday, July 3, and will be available on the newsstands that night. Subscription papers will arrive in the mail on the regular schedule.


BOC chairman seeks funds for Hwy. 98 sewer system
Madison County commission chairman Wesley Nash said he is still seeking grant money for a sewer system for the Hwy. 98 corridor to service a jail now under construction as well as several established county facilities.
"We're trying everything we can to get funding for a sewer system there," Nash told commissioners Monday. "It would behoove us to have sewage out there."
Nash estimates that locating a sewage system down Hwy. 98 would cost between $200,000 and $225,000.
OTHER BUSINESS
In other business, the board tabled a decision on eliminating the ordinance requiring used car lots to include at least four inches of gravel. The board agreed to meet at 6 p.m. July 3 with the planning commission to discuss possible changes to the county zoning ordinance.
The commissioners agreed to rebid a project to drill 39 wells with federal grant money. The county qualified for an Immediate Threat and Danger grant of $117,000 because of the high number of wells drying out in the county.
The board approved the transfer of a beer and wine license for Chevron Food Mart from Salim Allani to Mohammad A. Beg.
The council agreed to hire Keith Willis as a paramedic and Jimmy Hill to the road department mowing crew. Dawn Black was promoted to a Clerk 3 position in the planning and zoning office and Mandy Porterfield was promoted to an appraiser trainee in the tax assessor's office.
Nash reported that 95 percent of the floor has been poured at the new county jail off Hwy. 98 and that the contractors are "moving up with block work," with most sections of the building up to five feet high. He said the project "looks real good."
The board met in closed session for 40 minutes to discuss litigation but took no action.


Moore cleared by standards commission
Former Madison County school superintendent Dr. Dennis Moore has been cleared by the Professional Standards Commission, which found no evidence of illegal actions by Moore in his former job.
The county school board asked the Professional Standards Commission to investigate Moore months after the superintendent left office amid financial crisis.
Vicky M. Brantley, director of the state's Professional Practices Section, said that the Professional Standards Commission met on June 7 and found "no probable cause to take further action in this matter....this case will be expunged."


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BOE hires asst. superintendent
Mitch McGhee of Newton County has been offered a contract to serve as an assistant superintendent. He will become the second full-time assistant, joining Allen McCannon in that role.
The Madison County Board of Education hired McGhee in a called session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to consider personnel matters. After a closed session they also hired Johnny Sims, formerly of Clarke County, as band director at Madison County Middle School. He will also teach music. He most recently worked in Ohio.
Wanda Krewer of Rockdale County was hired as guidance counselor at Madison County High School.


Colbert July 4th parade set for Wed.
The city of Colbert will celebrate Independence Day with its 32nd annual Fourth of July celebration.
The master of ceremonies for this year will be B.W. Coile and WNGC radio station personalities.
The festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, with a 5K and Mile Colbert Canna Run/Prediction Walk/1 Mile Run.
Entertainment, provided by the First and Second Generation Gurley family, will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The annual parade, following the same route as last year, will begin at 10 a.m. This year's grand marshal is Mrs. Faye Schmittou.
After the parade, the invocation will be given by the Rev. Ronnie Gantt; Brent Cowart will sing the National Anthem; Boy Scout Troop #777 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance; and Mrs. Joan Biles will read "Cannas in the Country."
Colbert Mayor John Waggoner will issue a welcome, and special speaker will be Senator Mike Beatty.
An "Outstanding Citizens Award" will be handed out by Mayor Waggoner.
These events will be followed by a barbecue at noon.


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.