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November 21, 2001


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Frank Gillespie
The only wealth that matters

Earlier this week, a friend brought by a new CD containing 10 traditional gospel songs performed on a modern digital keyboard. Jim Auge arranged, performed and recorded the songs, then used what money he had available to have 60 copies printed.

Zach Mitcham
Things to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what's good. So here are some things to be thankful for in Madison County.



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Raiders routed in final game
North Hall rolled out no Trojan horse, no sneak attack.
The Trojans simply outmanned Madison County Friday in a 35-12 win, handing the Raiders only their second loss in as many years while erasing a 762-day, 22-game winless drought.


Neighboorhood News ..
JACKSON COUNTY
County water rates to go up in Jan.
Increase is first in 11 years. Water customers of the Jackson County Water System will see rates go up in January for the first time in 11 years.
The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority voted Thursday night to increase the minimum bill (for the first 2,000 gallons) from $12.45 to $15 and to increase the cost per 1,000 gallons thereafter from $3.90 to $5.

Sewer Ordinance Amendment Aimed At Removing Grease
Commerce will crack down on businesses that generate grease and oil next year by amending its sewer ordinance to not only require grease traps, but to regulate their management.


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BANKS COUNTY

In the spirit of giving
Maysville Baptist Church celebrates Thanksgiving with its sixth annual 'Blessing Baskets' outreach.
It started six or seven years ago with church members passing out a few bags of extra groceries left over from another church's Thanksgiving bounty.

Maysville citizens unhappy with taxes for police and fire services
Several Maysville citizens questioned last week the city council's proposal to raise the millage rate from 1.5 to three mills.
The center of the majority of the citizens' concern at the public hearing Thursday was the city's police department.


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GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING

Students at Ila Elementary's after school program were busy this week constructing cardboard turkeys for their Thanksgiving tables. Pictured are: Tyler Drake, kindergarten; Elizabeth Shore and Hayley Andrews, first grade; Bryson James, second grade; Melina Seagraves, first grade; Dillon Wilson, and Jake Bridges, second grade. Some Ila Elementary kids also tell what they are most thankful for this year .

Comer runoff set for Tues.
Sue Carithers will face William Burroughs in a runoff in the Comer mayor's race, Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Carithers received the most votes Nov. 6 with 92 (41.1 percent). But she did not receive the required majority vote to win the election.
Burroughs received 59 votes (26.3 percent); Grady Mahaffey had 48 votes (21.4 percent) and Gene West tallied 25 votes (11.2 percent).



Nash recommends merit system compromise
Commission chairman Wesley Nash offered a county merit system olive branch to disgruntled elected officials at a county budget work session Monday night.
Nash asked the board of commissioners to consider a compromise in the form of an across-the-board one percent increase for all county workers, whether or not they are under the current merit system. Nash also recommended that the hiring of employees be taken out from under the merit system to allow elected officials to hire whom they choose without BOC input.
Previously, the commission has maintained that employees whose department heads have refused to participate in the merit system would be excluded from the pay increase automatically given to workers that are under the merit system.
No county offices headed up by elected officials, other than commissioner Nash's, are currently enrolled in the merit system.
Most officials maintain that the merit system takes away much of their vested authority to head their departments as they see fit - including hiring and firing.
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.



Property taxes due by Jan. 18
Mixed in with holiday greetings comes less cheerful mail - property tax bills.
Madison County bills were mailed Nov. 14 to property owners and will be due Jan. 18.
This year's tax rates are up significantly for the county government and school system. The rate for taxpayers in unincorporated parts of the county is 28.86, up from 24.58 last year. The incorporated rate is 30.31, up from 26.52 in 2000.
While higher tax rates will cause property owners to dig deeper in their pocketbooks, increases in property assessments can also boost the bill.
County tax commissioner Louise Watson said those who dispute their assessment may challenge the figures between January and April.
"If you feel your assessment is too high, you can come in between January and April and declare what you think the value is," said Watson. "Then after April 1, the tax assessors office will review the values. And if there's a change, the assessors will notify you by mail with an assessment notice. Then you have 45 days to come in and discuss it with them."
While there is an avenue for appeal, Watson said it's too late to challenge the 2001 tax bill. She said it's important for property owners to remember to review tax assessment notices, which are usually mailed in late July or August.

Tax time

Here's a comparison of 2001 taxes versus 2000 taxes on a home with a $100,000 fair market value and $40,000 assessed value.

2001
·$1,154 owed without a homestead exemption
·$1,099.20 owed with a $2,000 homestead exemption, which is granted every year to those who live on the property they own
·$933.60 owed with the Homeowner Tax Relief exemption (the governor set a $6,000 exemption for 2001, up from a $4,000 exemption in 2000)

2000
·$983.20 owed without a homestead exemption
·$937.22 owed with a $2,000 homestead exemption, which is granted every year to those who live on the property they own
·$845.26 owed with the Homeowner Tax Relief exemption of $4,000


Giving thanks
Students share many reasons to be thankful.. The Thanksgiving holiday was on the minds of everyone these past few days, including school kids around the county.
It seems the events of Sept. 11 may have changed the way everyone, including the children, reflects on the many reasons to give thanks, maybe a little more than ever this year.
Ila Elementary's second through fifth graders were recently asked by their teachers to complete the sentence "I am thankful for...
The following are what some of them had to say on the subject.
"I'm thankful for all the love my family gives me," fourth grader Brittany Daniel wrote. "I am thankful for my teacher who helps me learn, ...for my doctor who always does her best to help me get well. I'm thankful for the dentist who keeps my teeth from decaying. ...for my pastor who teaches us about God's word. I'm thankful for my clothing ...for everything the firefighters and other people have done for America. I'm thankful for every second that I spend with my family."
Besides family and friends, fourth grader Joseph Lee Cowart appreciates everything "God put on earth," including the "food we eat and the water we drink. And every day we learn something new at school, at home and in church. I am thankful for God and the life he has gave me and my friends and family. I am thankful for the creatures, trees and plant life."
Some had a little difficulty writing down their thoughts, but their meaning is clear, nevertheless:
"...my techhar and my mom and dad and God my school in Ila Ealmecy I am thankful for my fend Macy and my faveit dog fluf nunder and my faveit ante and my three hous," wrote second grader Nakita Maxwell.
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


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Deadline for kids' Christmas pictures is Dec. 1
The annual children's Christmas section will be published in The Madison County Journal December 19. The newspaper will be accepting photographs of infants up to children 8 years old through the Dec. 1 deadline.
Black and white or color photos can be used, but no Polaroids or photographs printed out from a computer onto laser paper will be accepted, as they do not reprint well.
Please submit the following information along with the child's photo: the first and last name and age of the child, as well as the parents' names, their city of residence and phone number. The photos may be dropped off at or mailed to The Journal office before the Dec. 1 deadline and may be picked up there after the publication runs in the paper.


Man arrested on cocaine charges
A Carlton man is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond after he was arrested last Thursday, Nov. 15, on cocaine charges, only two days after being sentenced to 10 years probation for a previous charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
A sheriff's deputy arrested Stacy Labrund Allen, 25, of 1474 East Paoli Road, after he was pulled over while traveling on Hwy. 72 in Colbert for traffic violations.
Allen is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, reckless driving, expired tag, and no license on person.
A search of Allen's vehicle produced a quantity of cocaine hidden under the vehicle's hood.



Inmate escapes from Madison County jail
A Madison County Jail inmate walked away from the facility last Saturday afternoon.
Terri Langford, 48, of Colbert, was being held on charges of armed robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of firearm during the commission of a crime.
According to Sheriff Clayton Lowe, Langford had been assigned to paint the jail and walked away after finishing the project.
Langford's whereabouts were unknown as of press time. He is described as a white male, six foot four, 225 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. Anyone knowing Langford's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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.