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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
So what if he decided to skip the Tiger Woods school of media
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.
Directions to Area Schools
Rec. Dept. announces all star teams
The Madison County Recreation Department
recently announced its 2001 baseball and fast- and slow-pitch
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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.
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
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
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
The board met in closed session for 40 minutes to discuss litigation
but took no action.
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.
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.