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December 26, 2001


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Letter to the Editor
Saw Christmas miracle at BJC
Yes, dateline 12/18/2001 6-9 p.m., I saw a miracle at BJC Nursing Home. I saw 165 elderly residents be happier than I thought was possible. The family members of the residents of BJC Nursing Home started weeks ago.

Shar Porier
Blue, blue Christmas
Every Christmas when I go home, I always stop at Dadıs grave. Usually, Iım alone.
But this year, my Sis and her husband came along. Not to keep me company, but to visit his Dadıs grave as well.


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Counting on Kandy
Parks has been keeping the Leopards straight since the ‘80s
Anyone who has ever been to a Banks County basketball game has seen Kandy Parks.
He’s probably wearing one of his many Leopard T-shirts and his blue Banks County hat.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Water authority to borrow $6 million
Move will speed up project completions. The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority took action last Wednesday that could hasten access to county water to thousands of people all over Jackson County.

Blair Assumes Leadership Of Jackson Chamber
JEFFERSON -- The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce confirmed new officers and directors at a changing-of-the-guard meeting Friday.


Neighboorhood News ..
MADISON
COUNTY
Jail completion set back to Feb. 1
The completion of the new Madison County jail has been moved back to Feb. 1.

Contract approved for animal shelter
A Madison County animal shelter will soon be in the works now that a contract for the project has been finalized.


 

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Gailey with his village collection

Mitchell Gailey, Baldwin, takes over the sun porch of his home with a Coca Cola village. Over the past few years, he has collected around 40 different buildings.


Local collectorıs village highlights home
The sun room in the home of Mitchell Gailey, Baldwin, does not have the greenery of plants brought in from winterıs chill as one might expect.
Instead it becomes the site of Gaileyıs Coca Cola Village, a collection of many types of buildings reminiscient of home town life — a movie theater, a gas station, a bus station, a train station, a drugstore, a soda shop, a drive-in, a small airport, a Laundromat and even a small park with a skating pond.
Gailey said he has been collecting for only four years.
³I love putting all this together,² he said as he placed the small train, car by car, on the railroad tracks that surround the village. ³Though, this year, the train is giving me problems.²
He gets the train together and turns the power on and the little train leaves the station, wheels clacking.
It passes by the quaint little church, with stained glass windows aglow, up on a ³hill² in the corner.
³Thatıs the newest addition,² he says. ³You canıt get one of those unless youıre a member of the collectorıs club.²
The little trolley shuttles back and forth from the ice cream store to the sweet shop. A snuggling couple waits by the tracks.
Throughout his snow-covered village, ³people² go about their business. A couple, bundled up for the cold weather, is sitting on a bench outside the theater. Skaters are getting ready for a twirl on the pond. The gas station attendant (³Remember those?² he asks with a smile) waits for the next customer. Others are carrying packages home to sneak under the Christmas tree. Kids and a dog ³romp and play² in the park.
Gailey and his wife, Edith, have 13 grandchildren and all canıt wait to see whatıs new in Grandpaıs village.
Mrs. Gailey said: ³We have to stay in the room with them when they come. But theyıve all been good. They really donıt mess with it.²
Gailey said: ³Theyıre more interested in the train.²
He plans to continue increasing the size of his village over time.
³If I buy any more, though, Iım going to have build a larger platform,² he laughed.
But that wonıt be a problem. A skilled woodworker, he has all the tools he will need in his workshop that he built.
He also has a knack for floral decorations and throughout his home he has tasteful silk flower swags and table decorations.
³Iıve always enjoyed messing with flowers,² he said, as he leaned against the mantel of his fireplace adorned with one of his latest Christmas creations of glistening evergreens, fruit and poinsettias.
³In case you canıt tell, I like Christmas,² he said with a grin.


Historical society offers calendars
The Banks County Historical Society has a keepsake 2002 calendar available.
The cost of the calendar is $7 and they are available at The Banks County News office in Homer or from the Auto Tech Club at Banks County High School. They may also be obtained by mailing a check to the society at P.O. Box 473, Homer, Ga. 305478. A $2 shipping fee should be included with mail orders.
The first historical edition of the calendar includes a history of Banks County in photographs. It includes many historic places and families of the county. The families include: Scoggins, Cobbs, Caudell, Duckett, Chambers, Mize, Cash, Purcell, Kesler, Jones, Jackson, Martin, Kelly, Wilson, Lomas, Barrett and Sisk. The places featured include: the Ty Cobb homeplace, the Bush Marshburn home, Damascus Church, Homer Baptist Church, the Sunday School Celebration of 1910, Fort Hollingsworth and Grady School.
³This is a great historical treasure,² leaders say.
The calendar is being dedicated in memory of Mrs. Nancy Chambers, known as ³Nannie,² who was a charter member of the historical society. She loved Banks County and its people deeply and wanted the history of the county to be preserved, family members say.


Deadlines moved up for Jan. 2
The deadlines for news and ads for the Jan. 2 issue of The Banks County News have been moved up due to the Christmas holiday.
The ad deadline will be at noon on Friday. The news deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The News office in Homer will be open all day Friday, with the office hours being 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The office will be closed from noon to 12:45 p.m. for lunch.
The News office will be closed both Monday and Tuesday for the holiday.




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Small fire reported at Mount Vernon
A small fire in the yarn plant at Mount Vernon Mills in Alto shut down operations for a short while last week.
According to plant manager Bruce Wright, the fire started as a maintenance man was working on a light fixture in the plant canteen. A spark from a connection started a small fire which set off the sprinkler system, he added.
Wright said he was able to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.
³I still had to call the fire department in to check the roof and be sure it hadnıt spread to the roof,² he said.
Baldwin and Habersham firefighters responded to the scene. They checked the roof and found no other problems, said Wright.
Employees used a conference room for their break room and sat busily readying treats for a Christmas lunch.
Alarms sounded again when power was restored to the lab area. The surge caused an arc in an electrical panel and the fire was extinguished immediately.
Mount Vernon Mills has spent over $300,000 in fire safety equipment, said Wright.
³Fire is a serious matter in a textile mill,² he said. ³Yarn fibers can combust so easily.²
The plant has its own fire team and gear to get an early jump on a fire.
³When youıre dealing with 220 lives and $1.3 million in new equipment, you do all you can to keep everything safe,² said Wright.
Mount Vernon Mills is one of the few remaining textile mills in Georgia, he said.
³We stay on line 24 hours a day, seven days a week,² he added.