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August 1, 2001


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OPINION
Angela Gary
Plenty of laughs during yard sale

Cleaning your house from top to bottom, pulling out all of the stuff (junk) that you don't want any more and the clothes you are tired of (that don't fit any more) and piling them in the corner.

Rochelle Beckstine
The fate of the last to be picked

My mother and father dubbed me "Grace" at an early age and made me a strong believer in self-fulfilling prophecy.


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Leopards put on pads for 2001
The Banks County Leopards strapped on the blue helmets and began practicing in pads Monday on the practice field behind the school.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Haverty's to locate distribution center in Braselton
Haverty's Furniture Companies Inc. has announced plans to locate a $25 million regional distribution center in Braselton next to Mayfield Dairy. The business is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to the county.

Bear Creek Dedication Moved To Next Spring
Scratch the plans to dedicate the Bear Creek Regional Reservoir this fall. Because of concerns over when the project would actually be done, the possibility of bad fall weather and the inability to get an access road paved, the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority voted Wednesday to postpone its dedication until the spring.


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MADISON COUNTY
A day in the life of a Madison County deputy
The mention of a ride-along with a cop often evokes thoughts of high-speed chases and high-dollar drug busts.

Crew shoots for Dec. 25 completion of prison
The company in charge of construction of the new Madison County jail off Hwy. 98 hopes to complete the project by Christmas.


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Homer Baptist Church children

The children of Homer Baptist chose "Shake the Devil Off" as the song they wanted to sing at the Banks County Sunday School Celebration. See more photographs in this week's Jackson Herald.


124th Sunday School celebration held
Gray clouds provided a welcome relief and cooler temperatures than the usual 90 degrees on the last Saturday of July for the several hundred people gathered in Homer's Veteran's Park for the 124th Sunday School Celebration.
Under the old oaks, joy and love were shared as church members of different faiths united to sing praise in the longest-standing Christian Sunday School event in the world. Some voices were shy and some were boisterous; but all sang words that proclaim their devotion to their faith.
The celebration is a time for reminiscing about celebrations past, catching up on news of old friends and the gathering of generations of families. Anelia and Alex Chambers set up a display of photos from past celebrations and most took the opportunity to look for themselves, friends and family. Going back through time, they remembered buggy rides, long walks and stiff, starched "Sunday-go-to-church" clothes. One man recalled "that old 1960 Chevy Dad used to drive." A woman in the crowd, said: "I remember that hat Mom wore" as she pointed to a face in a photograph.
The record of the celebrations is kept by Jonnie Emmett Dalton, 83 years old. She says she goes through all the papers and does her best to keep up with all the notices. She then passes the list on to Sherry Ward, who prints up the list and places the names on a special display.
It is also a time to show cooking skills and lay out what seems to be an endless spread of different, delicious specialties. Under a tent, fresh homemade ice cream -- vanilla, peach, chocolate - awaited those who left room enough for some.
This year, Van Earl Chambers, chairman of the Sunday School Celebration committee, was pleased to see so many young people there and wanting to sing. Rev. McClendon echoed the sentiment, "Isn't it just wonderful to see so many young people here?"


School council members attend training last week on objectives, guidelines
Members of the newly formed school councils attending a training session last week at Banks County High School found out what their role will be.
Banks County assistant school superintendent Linda Holloman guided the group through a training course provided by the Georgia School Council Institute that outlines their objectives, responsibilities and guidelines. The councils are mandated by the Education Reform Act passed last year by Georgia legislators.
The councils must work within a strict framework of legal obligations, she said. They must know and follow parliamentary procedure, the Open Meetings Act and the Open Records Act. Each member was provided with documentation to review.
Each of the councils of the five schools in Banks County consists of the school principal, two teachers, two parents and two business partners. Members are required to meet once a month and discuss ways to make the school program efficient and productive. The end result is to "improve student achievement and other aspects of the school and communicate with the community."
"And by communicating with the community, we mean two-way communication," she said. "We hope the council will talk to the parents and the community, as well as the parents and community talk with the school councils."
The council has a list of objectives that include sharing ideas for school improvement, solving difficult educational problems, providing support for teachers and administrators and assisting the school board, she said.
Their responsibilities include providing advice and recommendations to the school principals, the board of education and preparing a school profile for distribution to the BOE and the community, she added.
Holloman explained the Education Reform Act was devised out of economics. Business leaders say they have had to go out of the state to find employees who will fit available positions, she said. Some 35,000 jobs in Georgia are filled from out of state.
"Only six out of 10 high school students actually graduate," she said. "Of those, three go on to college and only one receives a degree. We need to see what we can do to help students stay in school, graduate and go on to college. If a business says the students need more technical training, we can look into why our students are lacking those skills and how to improve on them."
The business partners on the councils can "provide a reality check to be sure our students are getting what they need, " she said.
In the first meeting of the councils, they will adopt by-laws, elect officers and set meeting dates. The school principal will act as chairperson.
Members of the Banks County Primary School council are: Donna Reed, principal, chairman; Linda Hawks, first grade teacher; Heather Nicholson, kindergarten teacher; Tracie Ruark, parent; and Tondra Boswell, business partner.
The BCPS council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
Members of the Banks County Elementary School council are: Travis Moon, principal, chairman; Debbie Wilbanks, teacher; Shannon Gassaway, teacher; Rhonda Thomas, parent; Lisa Massey, parent; Cecil Worley, business partner; and Sherry Lewis, business partner.
The group will meet at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The Banks County Upper Elementary School council includes: Janice Allen, principal, chairman; Donna Martin, teacher; Lisa Enslen, parent; Bob Christian, business partner; and Kim Ledford, business partner.
The council will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.
The Banks County Middle School council consists of: Gloria Gabriel, principal, chairman; Kelly Walls, teacher; Samantha Smith, teacher; Scott Griffin, parent; Pun Song Wolf, parent; Sammy Reese, business partner; and Shirley Wilkinson, business partner.
The group will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The Banks County High School council includes: Jan B. Bertrang, principal, chairman; Susan Oliver, teacher; Lesa Duncan, teacher; Bethany R. Burns, parent; Tim F. Wilbanks, parent; Gina Hagan, business partner; and Powell Trusler Jr., business partner.
The group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

 

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Girls cut hair for cancer patients
Three Banks County girls gave up their long locks and donated them to the American Cancer Society to make into wigs for children with cancer.
Katie, Porsche and Mercedes Parson saw a show on TV about children with cancer who had lost their hair. The children on the program, who lost their hair to the treatment of cancer, were talking about how they really miss their hair and wished there were more human hair wigs around. The synthetics just didn't do the trick for them. So, the girls thought it would be a good idea to cut their hair and give it to the cancer society so children could have real human hair - hair that could be worked with and changed into other styles.
Katie, 15, said it wasn't easy finding out how to donate hair. Karen, their mother, acknowledged the difficulty and said several phone calls had to be made to find a hair dresser that knew how to cut hair the way the manufacturer of the wigs needed it.
The American Cancer Society found a salon called "Flair for Hair" where a hairdresser wanted to help. Appointments were made and a trip to the salon in Athens was made. The hairdresser cut the hair in a special way, layering it in lengths and placing just-so-many strands in a plastic bag.
At first Porsche, 8, said she wasn't sure about doing it. Her hair was very long, below her waistline.
"Kids would make fun of me at school because, my hair was so long," she said. "So, it was OK."
Parson said it was more of a necessity with Mercedes, 5.
"The teachers at school asked me to cut her hair," she said. "She was using her long ponytail to hit boys."
Mercedes grinned and nodded "yes" she had.
Katie and Porsche each gave 15 inches of hair. Mercedes donated 18 inches.
"They said Mercedes' hair was enough to make three wigs," said Parson.
All the girls are happy with their new shorter hairstyles and that they could help other children, they say.