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October 3, 2001


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Frank Gillespie
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 government.

Zach Mitcham
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.


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BANKS COUNTY
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.



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JACKSON COUNTY
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 near Jefferson.
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 Office
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 attacks.

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.
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 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.
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 Tuesday.
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 her.
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,'" she remembers.
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.


Infant's death 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 dead.
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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Colbert approves 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 his apprehension.


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.