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August 8, 2001


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OPINION
Shar Porier
Talking animals

Recently, while waiting for the teams to come in from a golf tournament I was shooting, a friend and I were watching TV. A commercial came on for that talking bass.

Todd Simons
Eight, eight, eighty-eight

August 8, 1988, was a day that baseball took a giant step. The way we perceived the game changed.


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BC Recreation Department is registering for fall activities this month
The Banks County Recreation Department is begining registration for tackle and flag football, cheerleading and soccer this month.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Covered bridge has BOC irate over rising costs
Escalating costs in locating a covered bridge at Hurricane Shoals Park is a concern of some members of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

NJ landfill firm sues BOC over project denial
Earth Resources has filed a lawsuit against the Jackson County Board of Commissioners over the denial of the company's request for a conditional use permit to locate a landfill in the North Jackson area.


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MADISON COUNTY
Madison County school opens Friday
School bells will ring earlier than ever in Madison County this year, as students all across the county head back to the books for another term this Friday.

A look at Madison County's new head of schools
Keith Cowne's father, William, was a traveling salesman. And he was good at his job.


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Getting a little help from the family

Julia Martin had a hard time picking the right prize at the Banks County Public Library summer reading party on Monday, so her sister, Angie, and mom, Jennifer, and baby brother, Micah, offered their help. For the story and additional photos, see this week's Banks County News.


License renewal available in county
Drivers in Banks County no longer have to go to Gainesville or Athens to get their driver's licenses. It can be done at the county courthouse in Homer on the first Monday of each month.
Georgia State Patrol troopers Larry Ramey and David Parker start at 8:30 a.m. and so does the line of people. But, unlike the hours-long wait at the larger cities, the average wait at the courthouse is only around 45 minutes, according to the troopers.
"The people who need to have driving tests sometimes have a longer wait," said Parker.
Commissioner Pat Westmoreland said: "This is a great thing for our citizens. It saves them time and the long trips. For our older residents, this is a big help."
Troopers say they process between 80 and 160 people a day. Some are renewing their licenses, while some are applying for a learner's permit.
"We stay very busy," said Parker. "There are times we could sure use some help."
Parker said that around 30 percent of the people come from as far away as Blairsville and Macon to go through the process.
"They'd rather drive than stand in line," he said.
Normally, five to 10 of the people applying for a learner's permit fail the written exam. But on Monday, only one missed enough questions to fail, said Ramey.
"We had one take the motorcycle written exam and he failed," Ramey added.
They stop doing road tests at 4:30 p.m. but continue renewals until 5 p.m. "Sometimes it's a little later by the time we get out of here," said Parker.
The two troopers rotate between 12 counties to administer the tests.




School councils to meet Aug. 30
The newly formed school councils will be meeting in the coming weeks to adopt bylaws, elect officers and set meeting dates.
The Banks County Primary School council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
Members of the BCPS council are: Donna Reed, principal, chairman; Linda Hawks, first grade teacher; Heather Nicholson, kindergarten teacher; Tracie Ruark, parent; and Tondra Boswell, business partner.
The Banks County Elementary School council will meet at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Members of the group 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 Banks County Upper Elementary School council will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Members of the group include: Janice Allen, principal, chairman; Donna Martin, teacher; Lisa Enslen, parent; Bob Christian, business partner; and Kim Ledford, business partner.
The Banks County Middle School council will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Members of the 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 Banks County High School council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Members of the council include: 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.


Planners approve rezoning for needlework shop
The Banks County Planning Commission recommended approval Tuesday night for a rezoning request that would allow a needlework shop to open on Apple Pie Ridge Road.
The Banks County Board of Commissioners will take action on the request when it meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the courthouse.
The request was made by Richard and Sylvia Price concerning an 18.69-acre lot from which approximately an acre would be rezoned for commercial use. The property is currently undeveloped agricultural use property.
The Prices want to open a shop that would help educate and supply those interested in sewing, needlework and crochet. The Prices' neighbors wrote letters to the commission which stated their support of the business.
For the rest of this story, see this week's Banks County News.

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BOC to purchase ladder truck for fire department
The Banks County Board of Commissioners agreed Friday to purchase a ladder truck from a fire department in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The truck, which new starts around $460,000, is being offered for sale for $15,000. The 1970 truck has been U.L. certified for 2001 and will be purchased after someone is sent to Hyde Park to inspect the vehicle.
In other business Friday, it was reported that the price for connecting onto the county's water line is going up. Applications were due before August 1 that would allow connection for the old fee of $400. These applications will be considered through September 5. Applications received after August 1 will have a $575 connection fee.
For the rest of this story, see this week's Banks County News.


29th annual Banks County Festival planned Sept. 8-9
The 29th annual Banks County Festival will be held on the historic courthouse lawn in Homer on September 8-9.
Festivities begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the traditional parade. The parade is a special highlight of the festival. Entries are judged and trophies are awarded in the following categories: Best float, best antique auto, best classic auto, best truck, redneck award, best equestrian entry, most unique entry, yesteryear award, best children's entry, best buggy award, most unique tractor and oldest tractor award.
Beginning this year, judges will highlight a special auto class. This year, judges will highlight Volkswagon entries with a special "Best Bug" award.
Entries wishing to be considered for these awards must be registered and set up by 8:30 a.m. No entries will be judged after 8:30 a.m. Registration forms may be picked up at the chamber office and turned in to parade officials on Sept. 8.
There will be no four-wheelers, mini/dirt bikes or go-carts driven by minors or unlicensed individuals allowed to participate in the parade.
For further information, call the Banks County Chamber of Commerce at 677-2108.