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September 5, 2001


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OPINION
Jo Evelyn Dean
The truth about being lactose intolerant

Lactose intolerance is a condition where a person develops symptoms of cramps, diarrhea, nausea, gas and bloating after consuming lactose, the sugar found in milk.

Letter To The Editor
Appreciates handling of inspection

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the way building inspector Tony Vento handled a recent inspection on my premises. Considering all the negative banter I had heard from others beforehand, I was expecting the worst.


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Leopards scratch Jackson
Banks defeats Jackson 12-7 in season opener. Banks' defense was hitting on all eight cylinders last Friday as the Leopards helped themselves to a 12-7 victory over Jackson County.


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JACKSON COUNTY
CCHS SAT scores rise while JHS results fall
Both schools below state and national averages.The results of SAT testing last spring showed local results to be mixed, with students from Jackson County Comprehensive High School scoring 19 points better than last year while students at Jefferson High School saw the average score fall 28 points. Scores at Commerce High School were up 15 points over last year.

Jackson Keeps A Representative
Reapportionment Plan Enables Jackson To Still Elect District 25 Representative
She came out bruised and bloodied, but Rep. Pat Bell figures she accomplished what she set out to do in the special reapportionment session of the legislature.


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MADISON COUNTY
Sorrells rehired as Comer clerk
NeSmith announces he won't seek re-election.
Former Comer city clerk Steve Sorrells was rehired Tuesday night to fill the position left vacant by the firing of Elaine McGee-Tate.

Colbert man completes 7,000-mile cross-country motorcycle trek
Lee Dickinson fulfilled a long-held dream this summer - to ride 7,000 miles across the country on his motorcycle, and to cover the first 1,000 of those miles in 24 hours or less.


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CELEBRATING VICTORY

The Banks County Leopards celebrate after beating Jackson County 12-7 in the season opener last week. Friday, the Leopards will host Jefferson in the home opener.
For this story see this weeks Banks County News.


Banks County Festival coming up
Annual parade to kick off festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday
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. This year's grand marshals are Fieldale Farm Corporation executives Gus Arrendale and Joe Hatfield.
Parade entries must register and be ready for judging at 8:30 a.m., officials announce. There is no fee to participate in the parade, however, the chamber of commerce is asking that those who enter make a $2 donation to the Banks County Cancer Society.
Trophies will be 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 Volkswagen entries with a special "Best Bug" award.
Those who wish to be considered for these awards must be registered and set up by 8:30 a.m., leaders say. No entries will be judged after 8:30 a.m. Registration forms may be picked up at the chamber of commerce office in Homer and turned in to parade officials on Sept. 8. Leaders point out that this year there will be no four wheelers, motor bikes or go carts allowed to participate in the parade.
A special treat scheduled for Saturday is the premier of the Renegade Players, a newly formed theatrical group. They will perform "The Trial of Jack B. Nimble," a one- act play, at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the courtroom of the historic court-house. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the festival.
The festival schedule of events offers something for everyone, leaders say. The activities planned include live entertainment, a cake walk and the annual street dance featuring Joe Olds and the Smokin' Joe Band. The street dance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Other plans for this year's festival include plenty of activities for children, including puppets, an inflatable slide, face painting, novelty items and pony rides. Crafters will also attend with their handmade baskets, jewelry, woodcrafts, watercolor paintings, country crafts, ornaments and yard sculptures.
Food vendors will offer funnel cakes, hot dogs, boiled peanuts, ice cream, taco salads and non-alcoholic daiquiris.
"Blue Suede Bob" will return for a third year to emcee the festival. He will be joined by his wife, "The Fairy Godmother," and their dancing daughter, "Airy Fairy." They will kick off Saturday's entertainment line-up starting at 11 a.m. after the parade. He will present "gospel-billy music" and "Bongo Boy" will lead a children's drum circle. Shannon Reeves, 16, the winner of last year's Chattahoochee Mountain Fair talent show, will sing country and gospel tunes.
The festival is sponsored by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 677-2108.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Parade
11 a.m. - 12 noon Applesauce Orchardstra
Noon - 12:30 p.m. Dynamite Dolls Cloggers
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Applesauce Orchardstra
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Commerce School of Dance
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Southern Stompers Cloggers
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Vocalist, Megan Edwards
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Renegade Players, "Trial of Jack B. Nimble"; Cake Walk
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cake Walk
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Renegade Players, "Trial of Jack B. Nimble"; TV Raffle drawing
5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Renegade Players, "Trial of Jack B. Nimble"
5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Hayes MOPAR Cruise Through
6 p.m.- 7 p.m. Homer Square Trackers
8 p.m. -10 p.m. Street Dance with Joe Olds and the Smokin' Joe Band
Sunday, September 9
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Joyful Noise
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. God's Design; Cake Walk
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Diane Young
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Joan Atkinson
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sounds of Zion



SPLOST comes before voters Sept. 18
Voting on renewing the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education will take place in Banks County on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
In an effort to relieve overcrowding, a new middle school would be constructed with funds from SPLOST, according to Deborah White, school superintendent. Also planned are additional elementary school classrooms and renovations and improvements to existing kindergarten through eighth grade facilities. Completion of the athletics complex at Banks County High School is also included in the plans, she said.
"Currently, 14 mobile units are being used for classrooms and the number will continue to increase with growth in the student enrollment and with smaller class sizes," White said. "All available, permanent classroom space in grades K through 8 is being used.
Space designed for other purposes is being used for classrooms, she added, and some classes with smaller required class sizes are sharing a room.
White said the new SPLOST calls for a maximum collection of $16 million over the five-year time period.
"However, plans for utilization of the funds are at the $12 million level," she said.
The SPLOST initiated in March 1997 produced over $6.25 million with interest, she said. That revenue was dedicated to paying for construction of the new high school.

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Qualifying coming up for town elections
Town elections are planned throughout Banks County on Nov. 6 and qualifying for the seats that are up for grabs is coming up.
In Alto, the posts up for election are: Post 1, held by Donald Wade; Post 3, held by Audrey Turner; and Post 5, held by Gary Terrell.
Qualifying will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 10-14. The office will be closed on Wednesday of that week. The qualifying fee is $18.
In Baldwin, seats to be filled include: Mayor, held by Mark Reed; Post 4, held by Ray Holcomb; and Post 5, held by Robert Bohannon.
Qualifying will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 10-14. The office will be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. each day for lunch. The qualifying fee is $35 for all seats.
In Homer, the posts up for election include: Mayor, held by Leon Ray; and all five at-large council seats, held by Roy Broome, Sandra Garrison, John Ausburn, Lannie Crane and Doug Cheek.
Qualifying will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 10-14.
The fee will be $18 for the mayor's post and $12.60 for the council seats.
In Lula, the seats to be on the ballot include: Mayor, held by Tim Allen; Post 2, Milton Turner; and Post 3, Buster Autry. Qualifying will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12.
The qualifying fee is $144 for the mayor's seat and $18 for the council posts.
Maysville will not be having an election in November.
Those who are not registered to vote and would like to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 election must register by Oct. 9.