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Letter to the Editor
A nation in distress
How can our national leaders rally around a flag they allow to
be abused? How can these same leaders speak "God Help America"
or "God Bless America" while forcing us to accept "atheism"?
Bring the troops back home!
I've been thinking about this predicament we've been drug into.
And I wonder, is war the only option?
Directions to Area Schools
Leopards to host Spartans Friday
Friday night will not be the best time for one of the state's
top-ranked teams in Class AA to come to Homer.
Suspect sought in murder
Jackson County law enforcement officers are searching for a 17-year-old
man in connection with the murder of a woman early Saturday morning
Manuel Rosillo is the suspect in the murder of Juana Gonzalez,
38, Borders Street, Jefferson. Another woman, Florinda Dye, Railroad
Street, Jefferson, was critically injured in the incident.
New Method Of Annexation: 'Grandfathering'
Nicholson Council Bends Rules To Qualify Candidate To Run For
NICHOLSON -- The city government here may have set a legal precedent
Monday night: annexation and thereby qualifying the owner of
the property as a resident retroactively by "grandfathering."
Danielsville water rates may go up
Danielsville water rates may soon go up by $1 to $1.50.
The council discussed the possibility of raising water rates
Monday but took no action on the matter.
'To honor and remember'
Scouts bring community together to honor terrorist victims
The track at Madison County's recreation department was lit only
by the soft flicker of candlelight for a short time Sunday evening
as Boy Scout Troop 328 invited county emergency, fire and rescue
workers, law enforcement, politicians and community members to
come together to remember the victims and families of the Sept.
11 terrorist attack.
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Helping to unfurl the giant flag donated to Lula Elementary
School are first graders (L-R) Sara Carney, Carolyn Smith, Billy
Loggins, John Smith and Kevin Carr.
Armed robbers hit
Waffle House Thurs.
$1,000 in cash taken by two masked men, sheriff's department
Two armed robbers went into the old Waffle House at Banks Crossing
on Hwy. 441 early Thursday morning and took approximately $1,000
in cash, according to Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman.
Chapman said two men entered the restaurant around 5:15 a.m.
on Thursday and both were armed. He said one man had a stainless
steel handgun and the other had a sledgehammer. The sheriff said
the two men had their faces concealed.
Two employees and one customer, who was seated at the counter,
were in the store when the robbery occurred. No one was injured.
He said the two men knocked the cash register onto the floor
and beat it open and took the money. They also went into the
back office area and opened a lock box and got a deposit that
had not been made yet from the evening before. They left the
restaurant from the rear side of the store.
Sheriff Chapman said one employee was in the restroom when the
robbery occurred and called 911 from a cell phone he had with
him. Two officers were at the scene in a "few, short minutes,"
the sheriff said. The suspects had already left the store. He
said a canine unit from the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute
was also called to the restaurant.
The sledgehammer used in the robbery was found behind the restaurant.
An exact description of the suspects isn't available because
their faces were concealed, but the sheriff said they were two
"There have been several questioned and we're trying to
work on every lead we have," the sheriff said."
Residents air complaints
at Maysville town hall meeting
The Maysville City Council held a town hall meeting last week,
giving residents the opportunity to discuss issues they would
like to see addressed.
One of the concerns of those attending the meeting is the "dilapidated,
unsafe buildings" along the main street in town. Residents
said leaving the buildings in such a state presents safety hazards,
besides being eyesores.
They requested the city council initiate an "ugly code"
as one resident put it. He suggested the city draw an ordinance
and allow a set time for repairs to be completed. If not repaired,
the owner would be liable for fines for each day of non-compliance.
Brad Morris is the owner of four properties in need of repair,
said Mayor Richard Presley. But, he added, at this time, nothing
could be done about their condition since no ordinance exists.
"If something happens and someone is injured in one of the
buildings, it will be the owner's financial responsibility, not
ours," he said.
One resident suggested the fallen-in buildings just be torn down.
Catherine Daniels, organizer of the meeting, said the facades
of the buildings could be saved, according to Precision Planning,
which did a survey of the buildings. The suggestion of the Beautification
Committee is to leave the facades and replace the sides and backs
of the buildings to maintain the Victorian look.
The discussion also turned to economics and the problems the
town may be facing with a sales slowdown.
"We're going to have to tighten our belts," said Daniels.
"The way the economy is going, we may be seeing a decrease
in sales tax money coming from the counties. We may be faced
with a rise in our city property tax."
Presley added: "We have kept the millege rate down for the
past 15 years, but we know a down-turn is coming in sales tax.
When we lose $3,000 in sales tax, we have to come up with it
from somewhere. We've tried to keep the budget as low as we can.
The city employees probably will not be getting a raise this
Councilman Scott Harper said: "Nobody wants to raise taxes.
But with our growth, our water system has become the top priority.
Presley continued: "Over the past two years, Maysville has
had 100 new homes built and about 400 people added to the population.
The more people we have, the more water we'll need. Our world
changed two weeks ago and we're going to have to change with
In other business last week, the council also discussed:
·painting the fire hydrants. Daniels said she has spoken
with the Maysville fire chief and was told the volunteer force
has 100 hydrants to look after, including ones not in the Maysville
city limits. She said he told her it would take time to get them
all painted and checked to be sure they are operational. The
city council has purchased paint for the hydrants.
·cutting the grass in the city. The town council has hired
a landscape company to cut grass. Town attorney Gary Freeman
said there is a possibility that Banks and Jackson counties be
approached about cutting grass along county roads.
·more police presence. Some residents feel their roads
need to be patrolled more often by Maysville police officers.
Presley said the town has four full-time officers and two part-time
officers. Presley said police chief Ricky Armour makes sure there
is an officer at the school during drop-off and pick-up hours
and at closing time of businesses. "They do a lot they don't
get credit for," he said. Armour said he would like to have
more officers and have more coverage, "but we just can't
afford it now."
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ahead this weekend
The annual Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival will be held this weekend
with arts and crafts booths and a parade among the plans.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday with entertainment
on the stage in the downtown area. A cake walk, sponsored by
the Maysville Booster Club, will be held at 7 p.m.
Other plans for Friday night are a hay ride and a street dance.
Booths will also be open.
On Saturday, the parade will be held at 10 a.m. and the welcoming
ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Entertainment will be featured throughout
the day and a street dance will be held at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, booths open at noon. Entertainment will also be featured
throughout the afternoon.
Schedule of events
5 p.m. -- Stage entertainment begins
6 p.m. -- Cake Walk, sponsored by the Maysville Booster Club
7 p.m. -- Hay ride, sponsored by The Booster Club
8 p.m. -- Street Dance featuring "Kickin' Country"
9 p.m. -- Booths close
10 p.m. -- Street dance ends, festival closes
10 a.m. -- Annual parade begins
11 a.m.-- Welcoming ceremonies
11:30 a.m. --Lingerlongers Bluegrass Band
12:30 p.m. -- Commerce School of Dance
1 p.m. -- Talent Show
1:30 p.m. -- Hula hoop contest
2 p.m. -- Sherry Whitworth
2:30 p.m. -- Eddie and Judy Patrick
3 p.m. -- Amber Garrison
4:30 p.m. -- The Musketeers
5 p.m. -- The Womanless Fashion Show
5:30 p.m. -- Karaoke, by Showtime Karaoke and D.J., Inc.
7 p.m. -- Hay ride
8 p.m. -- Street Dance featuring "Simple Life"
11 p.m. -- Street dance ends, festival closes
Noon -- Booths open
1 p.m. -- Lingerlongers Bluegrass Band
2 p.m. -- Crystal River Bluegrass Gospel Band
3 p.m. -- No Boundaries
5 p.m. -- Booths close, festival ends.