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December 26, 2001


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Frank Gillespie
A traffic solution
When my father finally saved enough money to start his own house, he decided to leave Athens and return to our native Madison County.

Ben Munro
Even Santa remembers sports
Several in sports have been naughty and nice, but everybody deserved to get at least something under their tree yesterday.


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Raiders to rest, then hit the road
The red-hot Raider wrestlers will take a break after an 11-2 start, then hit the road.
Madison County isn’t scheduled to wrestle at home again until Jan. 22 versus Hart County and Washington-Wilkes. Following Christmas break, the Raiders will travel to Commerce, Jan. 4; Washington-Wilkes, Jan. 5; Johnson, Jan. 8; Oglethorpe, Jan. 12; Wesleyan, Jan. 15; Stephens County, Jan. 18; and Social Circle, Jan. 19.


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JACKSON
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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.


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BANKS COUNTY

Local collector’s village highlights home
The sun room in the home of Mitchell Gailey, Baldwin, does not have the greenery of plants brought in from winter’s chill as one might expect.

Historical society offers calendars
The Banks County Historical Society has a keepsake 2002 calendar available.


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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The completion of the new Madison County jail, pictured Friday, is set for Feb. 1.

Jail completion set back to Feb. 1
The completion of the new Madison County jail has been moved back to Feb. 1.
The construction crew originally planned to finish the jail by Christmas. But the installation of security systems remains, as well as plumbing work and placement of a roof over the prisoners’ cells.
County commission chairman Wesley Nash said the delay is due primarily to difficulty finding skilled labor.
“There have been a few rain days,” said Nash. “But the major problem has been not being able to get enough skilled workers in the area to work on the job.”
The new 60-bed facility, located off Hwy. 98, will replace the current jail, considered one of the most overcrowded county detainment facilities in the state, with an official capacity of seven inmates.
Voters approved $2.3 million in sales tax money in 1998 for the construction of a new jail.


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.
Madison County commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter Inc. last Wednesday. The agreement stipulates that the county will pay the committee for the building if it closes the shelter. Conversely, the committee cannot abandon the shelter and leave the county with the expense of the building.
The approval of the contract followed negotiations between attorneys over the county’s liability on the project. A proposed contract raised concerns of shelter committee members who felt that the county could take the building without fair compensation.
The revised agreement, approved last week, put those fears to rest.
“The shelter board and I are happy to have these issues involving the lease resolved, and we would like to thank the board of commissioners for working so closely with us and for their cooperation and support,” said Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter, Inc. board president Susan Fisher. “We look forward to getting construction under way and with getting the shelter in operation in 2002.”
Fisher also said the community as whole has been very supportive of the committee’s efforts since the beginning.
“We are just so grateful and we hope the community continues their involvement with this very important project as it evolves,” she added.
Commissioners in Madison and Oglethorpe counties have approved an annual $3 per person in each county to operate the shelter. An anonymous local donor is also providing a large sum of money to help fund the project.


‘Home for the Holidays’
Local missionary travels home for Christmas
Tommy Dove shared Christmas dinner with his family this year at their Madison County home for the first time in five years.
A missionary for the worldwide Campus Crusade for Christ, Tommy usually spends Christmas with fellow missionaries wherever he might be stationed, which for the past several years has been in Budapest, Hungary.
Last year, he and other members of his team took 60 new missionaries, mostly recent college graduates, who were alone and far away from home for the first time, on a ski trip to Switzerland.
As a young boy growing up in the Diamond Hill Community, Tommy never thought his life would lead him so far from his Madison County roots.
In fact, he admits he didn’t know where many of the countries he has since lived and worked in were when he was growing up.
“I’m always amazed at how my life has turned out,” he said. “It feels like an adventure all the time.”
But life has led him home for Christmas this year, along with his new bride, Dana (pronounced Donna).
“I usually come home for a visit for several weeks during the summer,” Tommy said. But this year, he wanted his first Christmas with Dana to be spent with his family in America.
Tommy met his wife, a Romanian native, during his second missionary term of service in Bulgaria in 1998.
Tommy says although they became friends, they didn’t begin to think of each other romantically until they met again in a training session in January of this year, but weren’t able to begin dating until April.
In July, Tommy came back to the United States from Budapest where he has been training other missionaries for the past two years, to visit his family and to attend a conference in Colorado. Dana also attended the conference — her first visit to the United States. Tommy made the visit even more memorable by asking her to marry him.
Dana accepted and the pair were married in Hungary in November in what Tommy says was a “Romanian - American” style .
For the rest of this story see this weeks madison County Journal.

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Deadlines moved up for New Year’s edition
The deadlines for news and ads for the Jan. 2 issue of The Madison County Journal have been moved up due to the New Year’s Day holiday.
The ad deadline will be at noon on Friday. The news deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The Journal office in Danielsville will be closed Tuesday for the holiday.


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.