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July 6, 2001


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OPINION
Angela Gary
I 'braduated'

Now that I've finally become more adept at looking things up on the Internet, I check in at least once a week to see what's new on the Brad Paisley web site. It's a great resource for fans.

Todd Simons
College sports need a clean up

I am pretty sure that the Knight Foundation Commission means little to most people reading this. Except to the conscience of a few academic bigwigs who have been caught in the middle of their university's greed, it probably means little to anyone.


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Lula driver wins Pro Truck race
Lula's Mike Davidson pushed his Chevrolet past polesitter Chet Chester on lap 50 of 100 to score his first win of the year in the PARTS Pro Truck Series.


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JACKSON COUNTY
County to pitch animal control plan to towns
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners took the first step Monday night toward bringing animal control to the county. The BOC unanimously agreed to approach the nine municipalities in the county with a proposed animal ordinance presented by commissioner Emil Beshara.

Rogers seeking earnest funds in home sale effort
Country music star Kenny Rogers believes he should get the $634,250 in "earnest money" for the purchase of his Oglethorpe County home, Beaver Dam Farms.


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MADISON COUNTY
Ila considers legal action to collect license fee
The city of Ila may soon be forced to take a business to court for refusing to purchase a business license.

Danielsville to try speed 'humps' for Madison St.
In an ongoing effort to remedy school traffic problems on Madison Street, the Danielsville City Council voted unanimously Monday to equip the road with speed humps (not bumps), if they can receive approval from property owners on the street.


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MEN AT WORK

Zane Hill, Homer, and Tim Banks, Gillsville, have begun construction on the handicap-access ramp for the Banks County Adult Education building. Fund-raisers planned by Patti Reed, adult education director, and Robin Trotter, director of Banks County Family Connections, will help pay for the $4,000 project. One of the fund-raisers, the sale of hamburgers, is to be held Wednesday evening at the 4th of July celebration in Homer.


Photos Now Available to Order Online
MainStreet Newspapers Inc. announces that photos from its four newspapers available for the ordering of prints on-line at its website, mainstreetnews.com. Based in Jefferson, MSN owns The Banks County News, The Commerce News, The Madison County Journal and The Jackson Herald.

"We get a lot of demand from readers in all three counties to have prints made," said Mike Buffington, editor of The Jackson Herald and one of the owners of MSN. "This service allows readers to access an on-line catalogue that shows thumbnails of each photo. From that, prints of various sizes can be ordered."

In addition to photos that run in the four newspapers, companion photos from events that are not published are also available on-line.
"For example, we may not have printed a photo of your daughter at a basketball game, but she may be in another photo that was taken, but not published," Buffington said.

Access to the photos catalogue will be available from a button on the mainstreetnews.com web site. The photos are hosted by DotPhotos Inc., a firm which specializes in making prints from digital photographs and which manages photos for a number of newspapers across the country.

There will be around a one week delay between the time photos are published and their availability at the on-line site. Click HERE to view photo albums.


Wetland site planned by DOT for 85 acres in Banks County
Banks County is the location of one of the Georgia Department of Transportation's re-created wetland sites.
According to Susan Knudson, of the DOT ecology and permits department, a wetlands site is being designed for 85 acres south of Homer. The site has already undergone some wetland planting of willows and green ash, she said.
"We plan to do more construction and planting in 2002," she added.
The DOT is required to replace any wetlands that road construction eliminates, said Knudson.
"We have to build back more than what is lost," she explained.
In order to obtain the Banks County site, the DOT had to receive permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. The purchase and design also had to be approved by the state mitigation banking review team.
"They have to know what we're doing and what sites we're mitigating for," she said.
The Banks County site is actually a small one, she added.
"We have one site that is 3,000 acres that we're mitigating for due to the impact of roadway construction."


The News wins nine GPA awards
The Banks County News won nine awards in the Georgia Press Association 2001 Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards included a third place in general excellence. The BCN has placed in the general excellence category for the past six years.
Other awards include first place in sports section and lifestyle coverage; second place in humorous column, religion coverage and editorial page; and third place in serious column, news photograph and editorial writing.
Editor Angela Gary and other staff members accepted the awards at the annual GPA convention Friday in Savannah.
FIRST PLACE
The sports section award was for three sections written, photographed and compiled by staff member Adam Fouche. The judges wrote: "Excellent variety of coverage and probably reflects reader interest in your market. Good writing goes with very good photo usage."
The lifestyle coverage award was for the series of pages with features, local correspondence and society news. The judges wrote: "Each entry showed an interesting snapshot of the community. Nice variety helped with reader appeal."
SECOND PLACE
The humorous column award was for the following articles written by Miss Gary: "Time to stop the self-diagnosis," "What politicians really mean" and "Pedaling full speed ahead." The judges wrote: "Wry observations about topics we all deal with. Good original ideas."
The religion award was for three articles written by reporter Shar Porier: "Radical rally in Lula," "Banks County Sunday School Celebration to feature area gospel music groups" and "Sunday School Celebration 2000." The judges wrote: "Well-written features and different events bolstered overall coverage."
The judges wrote the following about the editorial page: "Newspaper does a good job explaining and opinionizing issues. Strong writing, strong positions. Good job taking on secret meetings."
THIRD PLACE
The news photograph award was for an Aug. 16, 2000, photograph taken by Fouche at the new bridge being constructed off of McCoy Road. The judges wrote: "Good angle and composition."
The serious column award was for the following columns by Porier: "Heart to Heart" and "Christmas conversation with Dad." The judge wrote: "Nice people stories. People love to read about each other."
The editorial writing award was for these editorials written by Miss Gary: "Openness in government good for all," "Jamieson solves annexation worries over Banks Crossing" and "A vision for Banks County." The judge wrote: "The open government piece was an excellent primer­an equally good reminder about what government needs to be in our society. The agenda for the year was clearly stated."
OTHER WINNERS
Other newspapers owned by MainStreet Newspapers of Jefferson won a total of 27 awards in the annual contest.
The Jackson Herald, Jefferson, won 15 awards, including the following: first place in sports section, editorial writing, hard news writing and spot news photograph - Travis Hatfield; second place in spot news photograph - Fouche; and third place in general excellence, lifestyle coverage, web site, feature writing - Rochelle Beckstine, local news coverage, headline writing, page one, sports photograph - Hatfield, humorous column - Fouche and editorial page.
The Commerce News, Commerce won eight awards, as follows: first place in editorial page, headline writing, photo essay-Hatfield and religion coverage; second place in general excellence, sports section and special issues; and third place in sports writing.
The Madison County Journal, Danielsville, won four awards, including: second place in sports photograph-Hatfield, and business coverage; and third place in sports section and feature photograph-Hatfield.


Planning commission to meet July 9
The Banks County Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 9, in the courtroom of the courthouse in Homer.
Items on the agenda include:
·James McClure for a conditional use permit to move a 1986 manufactured home to Dodd Road. This property is zoned ARR, Agricultural, Rural-Residential.
·Thomas Whitworth for a conditional use permit to operate a machine shop as a home occupation at 3633 Hwy. 198. This property is zoned ARR, Agricultural, Rural-Residential.
·Marty Robinson for a conditional use permit to move a 1993 manufactured home to Borders Road. This property is zoned ARR, Agricultural, Rural-Residential.
·a Class I subdivision of property located on Barefoot Road and Barefoot Circle. The property is the estate of Millard Mulkey.
·a resolution to amend Article IX of the Zoning Resolution of Banks County, Georgia entitled "C-2, General Commercial District" so as to provide for theaters, indoor and outdoor, as permitted uses; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting ordinances and resolutions, and for other purposes.
·an ordinance to provide for the posting of a bond by any individual or entity engaged in pulpwood, logging, or timber operations in Banks County; to provide for the repair of roadways, ditches, and bridges damaged by pulpwood, logging, or timber operations; to provide for the forfeiture of bonds for failure to repair roadways, ditches, and bridges damaged by pulpwood, logging, or timber operations; to provide for an administrative fee; to provide that tracts of land of two acres or less are exempt from the requirements of a bond; to provide that cash bonds are non-transferable; to provide that each pulpwood, logging, or timber operation must have a separate cash bond; to provide penalties for violations; to provide for an effective date; and to repeal conflicting ordinances and resolutions and for other purposes.
The Banks County Board of Commissioners will consider the planning recommendations on the above requests when it meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, in the courtroom at the courthouse in Homer.

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BOC approves new position for 911 department
The Banks County Board of Commissioners agreed Friday to spend $1,730 for a computer server to back up files and a new employee to cut down on overtime at the 911 dispatch center in Banks County.
The BOC met with 911 director Deidre Moore, who said that she fears that information may be lost without a backup system.
"Fire and EMS cannot function when the computer system needs to be backed up,"she said. "The backup server will cost $2,225, and some of this amount comes from money already budgeted to 911."
The commissioners also met with engineer Ben Turnipseed to discuss the expansion of the sewer system at I-85 and property which the county needs to purchase to locate spray fields.
Turnipseed answered questions the commissioners had concerning water treatment and the best way to plan for industrial growth in the county over the next decade. The commissioners agreed to continue with the expansion of the water system and will accept bids for the project until August 2. The money for the project will come from a $500,000 community block grant.
For the rest of this story, see this week's Banks County News.



Moss Mill Rd. project to be finished
Residents living on Moss Mill Road in Baldwin will soon be getting the water pressure they need.
Council member Mitchell Gailey, who oversees the water department, said at Thurday's meeting that the contractor installed a new two-inch line 2,900 feet down Moss Mill Road, at a cost of $3,200, prior to determining the junction at the main.
Now, the city has to run another 3,000 feet to get to a four-inch main. He said he estimated the cost to be around $3,300. The project was approved at Thursday's regular meeting by the city council.
Last summer, Reece Simmons, a resident on Moss Mill Road, complained of inadequate water pressure to his home at the end of the road. Simmons said he had installed a one-inch line, but it was some years ago. He told the council that it connected on to a larger main.
At Thursday's meeting, Gailey said new homes are being built and he thinks another seven or eight customers would be asking for water service.
Mayor Mark Reed said: "I hope we've learned something from this. As much as we'd like to trust people's judgment, we need to do more investigation before we jump in to do something."
For the rest of this story, see this week's Banks County News.