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September 26, 2001

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Baldwin approves further plant expansion
The Baldwin City Council has approved further expansion of the town's waste water treatment plant.
At a special work session last week, council members and Baldwin's city engineer met with contractor Sonny McNeil and project supervisor Jack Kent at the facility to show how additions made under the current expansion project could save time and money for future growth.

Health department to charge $15 for flu shots
At the quarterly meeting earlier this month, board members of the Banks County Health Department voted to raise the cost of flu shots for non-Medicare patients.

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Water board puts projects on hold
The economic slowdown ­ deepened by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ­ has led the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority to put several water projects on hold.

Two Die In Wreck On 441 Early Monday
State Patrol Trying To Determine What Caused Head-On Collision.
The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team of the Georgia State Patrol is trying to determine exactly what happened to cause a two-car head-on collision on U.S. 441 Monday that killed two people.
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Kanya Haley buys boiled peanuts from Bill Sewell Tuesday night at the Madison County Fair at the Comer Fairgrounds. The fair will continue through Saturday, with a matinee also planned for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday .

Brakes put on bypass
The Danielsville bypass project is no more, at least for now.
With significant state funds tagged for Atlanta's traffic mess, upgrades of Hwy. 29 in Madison County are on the back burner for at least six years, possibly more and perhaps for good.
"Recently, the focus of the Department (of Transportation) has shifted to developing the Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP)," wrote Ken Thompson of the Georgia Department of Transportation, responding to queries from the Madison County commissioners' office about the project. "As a result of changing priorities, the Danielsville Bypass project - among many others - has been moved to long-range in the DOT's construction work program. What this means is that currently no work is being done on the project and no money has been set aside in the DOT's budget for the construction of the project for at least the next six years."
Thompson also wrote that work that has already been done on the project will have to be redone if the project gets moving again.
"When and if the time comes when the Danielsville Bypass project is no longer a long-range project, the environmental studies which have been previously done (including historical, archeological, wetlands, etc.) will most likely have expired and will have to be redone. In other words, the project will have to start over from the beginning."
Thompson said it's impossible now to tell how properties in the area might be affected by a possible bypass.
"Considering the likelihood of having to redo the environmental studies along with the fact that an environmentally acceptable alignment was never found, it is impossible to determine the location of the potential future alignment and which properties in the Danielsville area will (or will not) be impacted."
The commissioners' office has received numerous calls about how the bypass would affect property along Hwy. 29. Commission chairman Wesley Nash said the public may contact the commissioners' office for documentation from the DOT that specifically states that the DOT won't act on a Danielsville bypass project for at least six years.

Comer council sets clerk's salary
The Comer City Council set the city clerk's salary at $37,000 in a called meeting Wednesday night, Sept. 19, 2001.
The position has been filled by former city clerk Steve Sorrells.
In other business, the council approved an amendment updating the city zoning ordinance by creating a multi-use business/residential district. This new district will allow the development of downtown buildings that cannot meet current rules into apartments, or combination residential and business use.
The council continued discussions of repairing or replacing a city patrol car. The vehicle has a blown engine that will cost up to $1,500 to repair. No decision was made.
Mayor Chris NeSmith read a letter to The Comer News objecting to a headline.

BOC mulls 1.63 mill increase
Madison County commissioners set a tentative 1.63 mill tax increase Monday.
The board won't officially adopt the county tax rate until Oct. 22 when it approves the 2002 budget. The commissioners will hold three public hearings on county finances before approval - Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
The tax increase is inevitable, leaders say, because county expenses are sharply up and revenues are down. The new county jail, expected to open early in 2002, is the primary new expenditure. But county clerk Morris Fortson told commissioners that a number of other factors contributed to the 2002 shortfall: increased funds for county fire departments, funds for an animal shelter, increased library funding, more money for election costs, health insurance and pension expenses, and state-mandated pay increases for elected officials.
BOC chairman Wesley Nash also said the approval of a statewide referendum exempting farm equipment from taxation has cost the county a significant sum of revenue, approximately $100,000 for 2002.
"That knocked a lot off our tax digest," said Nash.
Last week, the commissioners were considering a tax increase of approximately two mills, but revenue projections increased with the approval of raised fees in several county departments (see Page 2A) and the board also approved several amendments to the 2001 budget to put the projected year-end contingency fund at approximately $196,000. These funds will likely go toward jail furnishings.
Commissioner Bruce Scogin said he didn't feel the board should increase taxes at all. He stood at the audience podium Monday and addressed his fellow board members, suggesting that no increases be approved for any county departments - with the exception of public safety. He said times are tough and that the county government should "work harder" and longer "for a little less."
Fortson then listed the increased expenses to the board: the funds for the fire department, animal shelter, library, etc.
And Nash said that there is little that can be cut.
"We've done the best we can to trim the budget," said Nash, who added that the only way he felt more funds could be cut from the 2002 budget is to wipe out a proposed cost-of-living increase for county employees. Fortson said that cutting out these pay increases would cut the tax hike to about 1.4 mills.

Fund-raiser set for Sat.
A fund-raiser for families affected by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Mize Park off Hwy. 29.
All proceeds will go to the Red Cross for distribution.
The event will include live music, though bands are needed. Those interested in performing country, rock, gospel, etc., should call Ricky Miller at 549-5665, 789-3363 or 789-3409.
There will be arts and crafts, a cake walk, a raffle (items needed) and more for kids and adults.

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5-year-old injured in Hart Co. wreck dies
An Ila Elementary kindergartner died last week from injuries he sustained in a Hart County wreck on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Cody Potts, 5, was the only child of Kathy Gable, of Danielsville and the late Gary Dean Potts.
Cody was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C. with severe head injuries after the accident, where he remained until his death last Wednesday.
The accident happened on Hwy. 29 north when Gable's 1985 Mercury Marquis was struck by a vehicle driven by 76-year-old Mildred Loehe, of Hartwell.
According to a report by the Toccoa Post of the Georgia State Patrol, Loehe failed to stop as she was attempting to make a left at the intersection of Liberty Hill Church Road and Hwy. 29 North, striking Gable's car on the passenger side.
Gable was treated and released.
Coile Defoor, 34, of Hull, was also a passenger in Gable's car and remains a patient at Anderson Hospital in Anderson, SC.
Cody attended Friendship Baptist Church and Awana Club and played tee-ball at the Madison County Recreation Department.
A Cody Potts Fund has been set up at all branches of Century South Bank to assist the family with funeral and medical expenses.

Locals pitch in to help victims
Many Madison County residents have turned their outrage into an outpouring of support for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Members of the Madison County Firefighters' Association conducted an American Red Cross "boot drive," raising over $20,000 Saturday . Danielsville, Shiloh, Ila, Colbert and Hull volunteer firefighters participated in the event. Proceeds from the drive will go to benefit New York disaster workers.
Others have worked to raise funds too.
One is Danielsville 9-year-old Courtney Johnson, a fourth grader at Danielsville Elementary School. Johnson said she was "scared" when the terrorists attacked New York and Washington. But she turned that fear into something positive last week, raising $1,025.15 by selling ribbons outside Wal-Mart in Commerce this past Saturday and Sunday. The money was donated to the Red Cross.
Johnson, the daughter of Lorista and Stacy Johnson, is somewhat shy when talking about her accomplishment. But her mother said she wasn't bashful when approaching people about helping those in need.
She said Courtney was impressed with the generosity of those who donated.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.

To read more about the local events in Madison County, including births, weddings, sports news and school news, see this week's Madison County Journal.