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APRIL 3, 2002


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Frank Gillespiie
No justification in attacking Southern icons
Last week an Augusta College student was charged with arson for burning a Georgia flag. The young man, who is from Tennessee, objected to the flag because of its Confederate symbol.

Margie Richards
Get the test!
My brother was only 47 years old when he died.
No, he didn’t die in a car wreck or in any other type of accident, which is the first thing most people think when they hear of the death of someone that young.
He died of colon cancer.


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Lady Raiders needing region wins down the stretch
After suffering from a rash of injuries the last time they stepped on the soccer field, the Lady Raiders have been recuperating this past week with a 10-day hiatus from action.
Head coach Andy Felt said the rest is just what his 7-5 squad needed.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Mixed reactions
Commerce ‘town hall meeting’ brings support for Darnell Rd. govt. campus
If the Jackson County Commissioners were looking for an endorsement of their Darnell Road county government complex, they got it in Commerce Thursday night.

Downtown Jefferson courthouse site to be presented April 9
The Leo Daly Firm will present information on the downtown Jefferson courthouse site at a meeting planned for Tuesday, April 9. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Building in Jefferson.


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BANKS COUNTY
Asphalt plant battle reaches Capitol steps
Activists hold press conference, get petition signed by Alto residents
Activists opposing the department of transportation site for an asphalt plant in Alto have taken their fight to the steps of the Capitol Building in Atlanta.

CVB reports economic downturn for 2002
Gordon Eanes, Banks County Convention and Visitors Bureau board member, reported an eight percent loss for January in hotel-motel tax receipts over the same period last year.

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HAPPY EGG HUNTER

Two-year-old Cheyanne Schaefer (above) appears to eye her competition as she reaches for another egg to fill her Easter basket at the Madison County Recreation Department's annual Easter egg hunt Saturday. The hunt took place despite rain showers.

Adams named MCHS principal
Madison County’s Board of Education has named Mr. Robert Adams, currently principal at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, to serve as principal of Madison County High School. He will replace Bob Rhinehart who is retiring from the position at the end of the school year.
Adams entered education after completing a career in the United States Army. During his career Adams served as an enlisted soldier for several years before being commissioned. He has held a variety of instructor and leadership positions while serving in the combat arms field. He has traveled extensively during his career with Ft. Stewart being his last duty station. After serving with young men and women in a variety of places and conditions, Adams says he felt that he could “best continue to serve his country by entering the teaching profession.”
Adams taught government, economics, and U.S. History, being named “STAR Teacher” and “Teacher of the Year” before being selected as an assistant principal. In 1996 he was named principal of Long County Schools. In 1998 he became principal of Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, which was named a 2002 Georgia School of Excellence.
He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and graduate degrees from Georgia Southern University. He is a member of several professional and community organizations.
He and his wife, Rita, have been married for 28 years, and they have one son, Robbie, who is a senior at Georgia Southern University.


Park planners get rolling
Committee meets to discuss use of controversial land
What will happen to the controversial land the Industrial Building and Development Authority purchased along Hwy. 72 recently?
The Business Park Study Committee members took their first step Monday night to begin the process of figuring that out.
The committee was to meet again on Wednesday evening, April 3, at the site to get a firsthand look at the area.
“You’ve got an arduous task,” IDA chairman Ed Brown told the group at the beginning of the meeting. “Stay focused on what your goals are and take it one step at a time.”
The purpose of the committee is to come up with a concept plan for the light industrial park to be presented to the IDA and the board of commissioners.
County planner Jay Baker, one of several on hand to offer technical support to the group, presented an overview of the zoning issues involved in the park’s development.
Baker told the group that a business park is “not necessarily at odds with residential development.”
Baker said the key is to develop conditions on the land that could include noise, storm water run off and other restrictions. Buffer zones between the park and neighborhoods can also be required. Another option, according to Baker, could be to keep more intense business operations near Hwy. 72 and the railroad, while allowing only less intensive businesses near residential areas.
Chris McGahee, of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, spoke to the group about the availability of a number of grants to help with infrastructure and other costs once the plan is developed.
Georgia Power’s Roger Tench, also there for technical support, presented an example of a concept plan for the area developed by engineers at the Georgia Resource Center in Atlanta.
The group will also meet on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at the Madison County Library to discuss the types of businesses they want to recruit for the park and to take a look at any businesses known to be interested in the location at the present time.
Committee member Kenny Beck, who is also on the Industrial Development Authority board, said the cold storage plant is “still a possibility.” Beck said the developer was “still interested if Madison County is interested.”
The cold storage plant sparked controversy last year when neighbors’ objected to the proposed rezoning of 17 acres on Hwy. 72 for the location of the plant.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.

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Survivors share a special bond
Elaine Rodgers, Katie Robertson named Madison County Relay co-chairs
Elementary school teacher Elaine Rodgers, of Ila, and high school junior Katie Robertson share a bond that is not exclusive to any age, gender or race.
They are both cancer survivors.
And now they are sharing another bond — both are honorary co-chairs for this year’s Madison County Relay for Life, set for May 3-4.
Relay chairman Louise Watson said the two were chosen to emphasize that cancer can affect anyone.
MIRACLE BABY
Katie Robertson is 16 years old. A junior at Madison County High School, she is excited about her future and wants to be a nurse.
A healthy, lovely teenage girl, no one would guess that — according to the odds — it’s a miracle Katie is alive today.
Katie’s mom Susan Robertson said her daughter was 18 months old when she noticed a limp in her left leg. A specialist found a small break in the tibia bone and said the fracture would heal on its own.
But later when Katie began to suffer from fevers, sometimes as high as 105 degrees, Susan said she knew something was really wrong.
Katie’s pediatrician, Dr. James Maxwell, agreed and sent her to Egleston Childrens’ Hospital in Atlanta where she was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia that was affecting her central nervous system.
At that time, Susan said, the cure rate for this form of leukemia was about 20 percent.
“The outlook for Katie was not good,” Susan remembers.
But three years of chemotherapy, followed by 12 weeks of cranial and spinal radiation, helped Katie beat the odds.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.