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Tigers Hope Holidays Bring Hoop Victories
Jeffersonıs Ryan Gurley commits to North Georgia
Among the items on the Commerce Tigersı holiday wish list this week will be halting a two-game skid.
After falling to Athens Academy and Banks County this past weekend, the Tigers will look to generate Christmas cheer when they match up with Prince Avenue Fridaya team they beat 58-53 last Tuesdayin the opening round of the Spartan Christmas Tournament.
Jefferson outfielder Ryan Gurley recently signed a letter of intent to attend North Georgia College and State University. Gurley will receive a scholarship to play baseball for the Saints.
Panthers fall to Hart; Morgan tourney up next
As if last weekıs losses to Hart County werenıt difficult enough, Jackson County basketball teams will face even more stiff competition next week, when they participate in a holiday tournament at Morgan County.
Neighboorhood News ..
.BOE approves multi-districtsı Patton says action is self-serving
Madison County school board members voted 3-2 Tuesday to create multi-districts on a new district map, a move aimed at keeping current BOE members from facing off in future elections.
Almond served certificate suspension
Former Comer Elementary School principal Mac Almond received a one-month suspension of his certificate as an educator in the state of Georgia following an investigation by the stateıs Professional Standards Commission.
Chamber wants changes in new year
The Banks County Chamber of Commerce is ready to embrace a new year, but with a few changes in mind.
BJC patients could get Internet
For a startup fee of $2,800 and $650 per month, BJC Medical Center could align itself with a medical Internet search engine that would give patients a powerful tool to research injuries and illnesses.
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Joy Holmes (R) and Kara Perry are shown painting ornament hangers in Suzy Davisı art and crafts class. The program was offered by the Jefferson Recreation Department.
David Clabo named Jefferson city manager
David Clabo, Jackson Countyıs director of planning and development, has been hired by the City of Jefferson as its first city manager.
The city council unanimously agreed in a brief meeting Monday night to hire Clabo. Details of his contract, including the salary, were not given. City officials said the details are still being negotiated and are not finalized.
³Welcome to the city of Jefferson,² Mayor Byrd Bruce said. ³I know youıll do a great job.²
³Itıs a great honor and I appreciate the confidence you have shown me,² Clabo said to the council. ³Weıve got a lot of challenges ahead, but it will be fun to work with them together as a team. I look forward to it.²
Clabo has served as the countyıs director of planning and development since January 1998. Prior to that, he had served as the community development director for the City of Roswell, the planning director of the City of Gallatin in Tennessee, the code compliance director and the assistant county administrator for Spotsylvania County in Virginia, the town planner for the Town of Ashland in Virginia, a research associate for the Institute of Government at the University of Virginia and county administrator and director of planning in Goochland County in Virginia.
Clabo has a bachelorıs degree in sociology and psychology from Augusta College and completed course work for a master of city planning from Georgia Tech in 1972. He is also a certified building official and has certification in various zoning and planning areas.
New planning board holds first meeting Jefferson conditional use permit approved
With the recent changes to the Jackson County Planning Commission occurring so suddenly, the three newest members were greeted at their first meeting Thursday with paper name plates, replacing the names of the men who sat there before them.
Donald Lord, Randall Duck and Billy Norris officially began their appointed terms to the planning commission amid political controversy and uncertainty. On Dec. 3, the board of commissioners passed a resolution that abolished the former planning commission and reorganized the committee, with the three new appointees.
In their first move as the newly reorganized commission, members named Wayne Wilbanks as chairman and Billy Norris as vice chairman.
Shortly into Thursdayıs three-hour meeting, the planners recommended approval of the proposed conditional use permits amendment to the zoning ordinance for the city of Jefferson. The Jefferson City Council approved conditional uses a month ago, but it needed the planning commissionıs recommendation on the matter before being sent back to the city council to become effective.
³This is a section that has been in the county for many years and for some reason or another, it was not included in the cityıs,² explained planning director David Clabo.
He further added that Jeffersonıs conditional use permits would be ³patterned² after the countyıs, but in the draft of the zoning ordinance, all words referring to the county were simply omitted and substituted with either ³Jefferson² or ³City Council.²
³Basically our wording has been wrong,² said Jefferson Mayor Pro Tem Steve Kinney of the cityıs previous zoning ordinance for occupational permits. ³This is a house-cleaning bill that weıre trying to do...we have many occupational use permits in town.²
Conditional use permits allow an applicant to utilize a particular piece of parceled land for specific business uses, without seeking rezoning. Applying only to districts zoned R-1, R-2 or R-3, the proposal would allow applicants to open a business in their home if the use includes a private school or library, group day care homes, bed and breakfast establishments, beauty parlor or model home and sales office, among others.
Following the recommended approval of the proposal, the planning commission next heard from Freddie and Shirley Pethel, who originally applied for a request to rezone their property on Benton Road from R-1 to C-1 for the purpose of a beauty parlor and model home within their home.
In October, the planning commission recommended denial of the application since the Pethelsı businesses didnıt meet some home occupation requirements. During a November Jefferson City Council meeting, Kinney recommended adding conditional uses to the cityıs zoning ordinance to allow applicants, such as the Pethels, to operate a business within their home.
At Thursdayıs planning commission meeting, Freddie Pethel said since he conducts most of his log home business on the telephone and the beauty parlor operates on limited hours, traffic in the residential area would not be dramatically increased.
Speaking in opposition to the Pethelıs request, Martin Roberts said ³locating two businesses in a home goes against the land use plan.² Roberts also said earlier during the meeting that approving the conditional use amendment would ³open up a whole can of worms.²
The planning commission recommended approval of the Pethelıs request for a conditional use permit for the 4.6 acres. The matter will be addressed at the Jefferson City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m.
Deadlines moved up for holiday edition of The Jackson Herald
The deadlines for news and ads for the Dec. 26 issue of The Jackson Herald have been moved up due to the Christmas holiday.
The ad deadline, including classified ads, will be at noon on Friday. The news deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The Herald office in Jefferson will be closed Tuesday for the holiday. The same early deadlines will also be in effect next week for the New Yearıs edition.
BOC takes final action on Crace hiring
Responds to criticism of handling of matter
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners took final action Monday night on hiring Al Crace as its county manager. He was named acting manager two weeks ago.
Crace said he and his family have sold their house in Clarke County and are making plans to move to Jackson County. He also said he has had two ³good weeks² working for the county and is ³delighted² to be here.
BOC chairman Harold Fletcher also asked county attorney Daniel Haygood to address criticism that the county had acted illegally in the process it went through to hire Crace.
³The board was in full compliance of the Open Records Law,² Haygood said. ³All applications and resumes were and are now available for inspection.²
Haygood also said that the law doesnıt require the county to have three top candidates. Crace was the only top choice the county had, but all applications were open to the public at all times, Haygood said.
³There is no requirement in the law that three be identified,² Haygood said.
Fletcher said: ³Weıre going to rely not only on this issue, but on all other issues, on the advice of our legal counsel. We will never, I repeat never, rely on the narrow, self-serving interpretation of others.²
Fletcher also spoke on the work of the BOC this year as the five members complete their first year in office.
³At the beginning of this year, we came together as five members of this board not knowing each other and not knowing exactly what to expect,² he said. ³I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your effort, your time and respect that youıve shown to each other and the cooperation...and the accomplishments weıve seen.²
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Court mixup has Jefferson fuming
Jefferson city court officials who went to Monday nightıs court proceedings had to scramble to find a place to meet.
A county marshal was at the door of the Jackson County Administra-tive Building, which is usually where city court is held, and he refused to allow anyone to enter the room.
Jefferson court officials had moved the date of city court, which is usually held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, because the next session falls on Christmas Eve. Court was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday and the Jackson County Board of Commissioners had a meeting set for 7 p.m. in the Administra-tive Building.
Jefferson leaders had reportedly arranged ahead of time to use the courtroom for at least 30 minutes on Monday night. However, they found the county marshal at the door and had to find another meeting room at the last minute.
County officials were not available Wednesday to comment, but some Jefferson officials were reportedly angry at how the scheduling change was handled.