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I'm sure you've seen that truck commercial that boasts, "Hey
man, nobody ever wrote a song about their first hatchback?"
Banning Confederate symbols denies free speech
Do school systems have the right to ban clothing with Confederate
symbols? A federal judge is wrestling with this question.
Directions to Area Schools
Back to the grind
Raider football team starts summer practice Friday nights under
the lights may be where the glories lie, but the players know
they must first pay their dues in the summer heat.
Banks County may get pilot program for recycling project
Banks County may be the site for a pilot program which will use
recycled rubber from tires for paving roads.
Judge rules in favor of Baldwin in tax case
A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the City of Baldwin
in a lawsuit filed by Banks County residents who have been fighting
paying the city's property taxes.
PD Theft Covered By City's Insurance
GBI Pegs Amount Missing At $227,000; Probe Almost CompleteIt
appears that former Commerce chief of police George Grimes stole
$227,000 from the city.
Public safety tops county spending again in 2000
Tax income up 17% over 1999
Public safety continued to be the number one area of county government
spending in Jackson County, according to the 2000 audit. A little
over 25 percent, nearly $7 million, of the county's expenditures
in 2000 went to various public safety departments.
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Angie Dorsey, Blacks Creek Road, is shown
signing up for water. She is one of five families operating off
one well and "very badly needs some water."
Blacks Creek residents seek Commerce water. Residents of the
Blacks Creek Church area began voting with their wallets Tuesday
night on whether to have water from Commerce piped into their
neighborhoods, where wells are no longer dependable.
The Madison County Industrial Development Authority hosted a
meeting at which more than two dozen people put their names,
addresses and phone numbers on a list signifying their willingness
to pay the $600 to $900 it will cost to have municipal water
brought to their property.
Reticence about municipal water and dealing with Commerce and
desperation for reliable water represented two schools of thought
exhibited among nearly 100 people who met with the IDA and the
Madison County Board of Commissioners in the sanctuary of Blacks
Creek Baptist Church.
John Scoggins, chairman of the IDA, moderated, explaining the
options available to residents desiring city water. The first
alternative, he said, is to let Commerce build, operate and maintain
what would be an extension of the city system. The second option
is to let Commerce build and operate the system, with the IDA
purchasing it in five years. The third plan, the one favored
by the IDA, is for the IDA to install, operate and maintain the
system, buying water wholesale from Commerce.
According to Scoggins, Commerce is willing to extend its system
out the Blacks Creek Church Road as far as Red Hill Road, serving
residents of Mize Road and parts of Blacks Creek Church Road,
D. Williams Road and McGinnis Chandler Road about a mile into
"That's as far as they're willing to go," Scoggins
said. Beyond that point, "the size of the area served is
going to be determined by the number of people who sign up,"
he added. "You need a certain number of people per mile."
Scoggins proposed installing six-inch mains through an arc approximately
two miles out from the Madison-Jackson line and selling water
at a rate equal to the average of nine area water systems. He
estimated a base rate of $10 for the first 2,000 gallons and
$4.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County journal.
Restaurant coming to
Booger Hill Rd.
BOC approves rezoning for new eating establishment after lengthy
debate. GeorgeAnna House restaurant will open in an old Booger
Hill Road house near Hwy. 29 sometime in the fall. The owner
says it will be an upscale eating facility comparable to Social
Circle's Blue Willow or the Berryman House in Franklin County.
The Madison County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning
opening the door for the restaurant before a packed meeting room
Most of those on hand were in favor of the proposed restaurant.
Nine audience members spoke in favor of the plans; two spoke
At issue was an application from George Nenes and Jean P. Long
to rezone 2.5 acres of a 9.92-acre parcel on Booger Hill Road
from R-R to B-1.
Nenes said he wants to open a restaurant sometime in September
or October on the house's first floor. Plans also include office
space for "In His Name Ministries," a referral service
for those in need, on the second floor.
After a lengthy debate on the proposal, the commissioners voted
unanimously to grant the request on the condition that the house
be restricted to a restaurant and office space.
The commissioners' unanimous vote for the restaurant was an about-face
turn from the planning commission's denial of the proposal a
Opponents of the plan voiced concerns about possible noise problems,
increased traffic, possible sanitation problems, a potential
negative effect on the area watershed and the possibility that
the restaurant might fail and that a less attractive commercial
development could take its place.
Nenes placed an artist's rendering of the house on a stand before
the commissioners and addressed these concerns Monday, saying
he didn't feel the restaurant would create much noise. He said
the restaurant will use enclosed garbage cans superior to those
most people have at their homes. Nenes said he has cut down on
his original parking lot and agreed to a gravel lot, instead
of a paved one. He said the restaurant will follow all codes
in the county regarding sewage.
Nenes also estimated that the restaurant would bring in approximately
$13,000 in sales tax revenue for the county per year and he said
his proposal is a positive way to revitalize an historic home.
"This house is part of Madison County's history," said
Nenes. "In my opinion the best way to preserve the house
is to open it to the public."
Robert Lowery, of Booger Hill Road, spoke in favor of the proposal
and pointed out that if the restaurant fails, the commercial
uses for the property are limited because of the structure's
close proximity to Living Word Church. He added that the restaurant
won't generate traffic for Booger Hill Road because it's at the
end of the road and traffic will be coming from Hwy. 29.
Others spoke in favor of the plans, saying they felt it could
be a tourist site and a reason for people to keep their tax dollars
in the county.
But six people at the meeting opposed the restaurant.
Dorinda Dallmeyer said she felt the proposal goes against the
county's comprehensive land use plan.
"This is in part of the county that is designated for low
density growth," she said.
Dallmeyer said the restaurant could also threaten the stability
of the area's watershed.
"We don't have the regulations in place to balance the protection
of the watershed with business," she said.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison county Journal.
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School lunch prices
raised 10 cents
Madison County's Board of Education raised the price of student
meals Tuesday by 10 cents each for the upcoming school year.
These increases are intended to overcome an $8,000 to $10,000
operating loss from last year and to allow upgrading kitchen
equipment at several schools.
In other business Tuesday, the board approved contracts for food
with four companies. P.S.G. Milton of Oakwood and Samples Foods
of Atlanta will provide basics. Flowers Bakery of Villa Rica
will provide bread and Pet Dairies will provide milk.
The board voted to continue current banking arrangements. General
funds will be deposited at Merchants and Farmer's Bank and Food
Service money will be placed in Century South Bank.
The board adopted a spending resolution to operate the school
system for the month of August. The BOE set a tentative date
for a budget work session for Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.
The board also learned that all county buses have passed the
mandatory Georgia State Patrol safety inspection.
Comer man drowns
Seventy-nine-year-old James Edward Harper of Comer drowned in
an Oglethorpe County pond Monday.
Harper, of Piney Grove Road, had been fishing in a small pond
off the Lexington-Carlton Road near Sandy Cross when his boat
began to sink. He reportedly swam back to shore, took off his
pants, then swam back to retrieve the boat.
His wife was watching from the bank and saw him disappear on
the far side of the boat.
Oglethorpe County coroner and diver James Mathews, using scuba
gear, located Harper's body by feel in 12-14 feet of murky water.
Attempts to resuscitate Harper were unsuccessful.
Mathews said there did not appear to be anything in the water
which may have hooked or held Harper underwater.