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Let's return power to the people
Over the past several weeks I have described the way Georgia's
ruling politicians have taken away our right to control state
The ant versus the ant hill
While we pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency and insist that
government stay off our backs, we recognize that we are helpless
alone versus global threats.
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MCHS squeezes by Warren Co.
Raiders force two crucial miscues in 14-7 win. Madison County
has rushed down the field like an avalanche at times this year.
Not so Friday night.
Armed robbers hit Waffle House Thurs.
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.
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.
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."
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SALUTING THEIR HEROES
Joshua Johns (L), 13, and his 11-year-old
brother Will, stood with other Troop 328 members to salute the
fire trucks and other emergency vehicles as they left the recreation
department's track Sunday night. The Troop honored county firefighters,
law enforcement and emergency workers at a fund-raiser and candlelight
service to remember those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist
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.
Council members say the city's water rates are much lower than
surrounding municipalities. Mayor Glenn Cross said the city is
having a hard time breaking even with current rates.
"We're not looking to make money, but we at least want to
break even," said Cross.
The issue will be discussed at the council's budget hearing set
for 6:45 p.m. Oct. 8. The group will meet at 6 p.m. prior to
the public hearing to discuss "personnel."
In other business Monday, the council tabled "indefinitely"
a land development ordinance which would restrict residential
developments in commercial zones. The group approved an amended
soil erosion ordinance which basically allows local authorities
to keep control of soil erosion enforcement instead of handing
the duties to the state.
In a separate matter, Cross said the city is replacing all city
locks, including locks securing the city water system, with ones
that can't be removed with bolt cutters.
The council met briefly in closed session to discuss "personnel"
but took no action. The council also discussed whether police
chief Joe Merk is entitled to overtime, compensation time or
neither. City attorney Victor Johnson said he would research
'To honor and remember'
Scouts bring community together to honor
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.
In addition to bringing the community together, the troop raised
over $1,300 to benefit New York rescue workers and the Sept.
11 Disaster Relief Fund.
And according to troop volunteer Mary Jane Ledford, more money
was still expected from pledges and other sources as of last
After the service, as a return tribute to the Boy Scouts, more
than a dozen fire trucks, rescue vehicles, patrol cars and an
ambulance that lined the track turned on their lights and blared
their horns and sirens.
A WAY TO HELP
The idea for the event came from Barbara Bugg, mother of troop
member Joshua Bugg.
Bugg, like most Americans, said she spent most of the week after
the events of Sept. 11 glued to her TV at every opportunity,
watching the stories of horror, pain and heroism unfolding before
Finally the following Tuesday afternoon, while watching an interview
with two of the wives of men who had died trying to thwart the
plans of terrorists on Flight 93, she says she finally broke
down, unable to watch anymore.
"I thought to myself, 'I've just got to do something,'"
And she knew just where to turn; Boy Scout Troop 328 was meeting
that night and she quickly drafted a letter to troop members
and parents asking for their ideas and help.
"They and their parents were excited about the idea of helping
out," she said.
"This is what we're (Scouts) all about - helping others
at all times," Scoutmaster Greg Ledford said after the ceremony.
And Ledford said he was pleased to see so many representatives
of the community there to participate.
Among those present were State Senator Mike Beatty and State
Representative Ralph Hudgens.
"We do so appreciate all the EMS, fire, rescue, sheriff's
department and others for all they do for us. We wanted them
to be honored - they're what keeps us going," Bugg said
after the service.
ruled a homicide
Deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's department and agents
of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the
death of a 17-month-old child.
Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to a Madison
Boulevard address in Colbert Saturday night around 11:30 p.m.
Ceasar Bolton Jr., the son of Hope Buie and Ceasar Bolton Sr.,
was transported to an Athens hospital where he was pronounced
An autopsy performed at the state crime lab revealed evidence
that the death was a homicide.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the cause
of death was said to be "peritonitis, which was the result
of a severed intestine."
The cause of the injuries and the person responsible is the focus
of a continuing investigation, according to Sheriff Clayton Lowe.
No further information was available from the sheriff's office
as of press time.
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slight tax reduction
Colbert's 2002 budget, adopted by the
city council Monday night, calls for revenues and spending of
$269,393 and a slight reduction in property taxes.
The council agreed to reduce ad valorem taxes from 5.5 to 5.25
mills. Mayor John Waggoner said the reduction is possible due
to increases in the city's tax base. Colbert annexed two new
subdivisions during the year. The new rate will generate approximately
the same income as last year.
The budget includes $73,465 for general government, $78,000 for
police protection, paid to the sheriff's office, $30,132 for
sanitation and $54,996 for maintenance. The city expects to collect
and spend $32,800 providing water services to city residents.
Mayor Waggoner told the council that improvements in safety of
the water system are under way. Changes include more secure doors
to the well houses and a fence around the water tower.
Tom Munro, who is developing a three-acre tract on Peachtree
Street, asked the council for permission to change his plans.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.
Jail escapee found
hiding under a bed
An inmate who escaped from the Madison County Jail last weekend
is back in custody.
Terrell Dwayne Moore, a trustee, who was being held in jail on
a probation violation charge, walked away Saturday evening.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, he was
recaptured Monday morning at the home of Cindy Stamey on Holman-Autry
Road near Danielsville, "hiding under her bed."
Moore was charged with escape and Stamey was charged with hindering
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Madison County, including births, weddings, sports news and school
news, see this week's Madison County Journal.