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MAY 08, 2002


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OPINIONS
Kerri Garffius
Women, the workplace and everything that’s wrong in America

Not too long ago, I read a book by Bernard Goldberg that included a theory that most of the problems with America’s youth could be traced to the fact that so many women have opted to leave the home place for the workplace.

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Remember Mom every day
Being a Mother can be one of the most difficult, and rewarding, things a woman can do. Motherhood is also, unfortunately, one of the things that is often taken for granted.


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Oh so close
Leopards fall just five strokes short of state tournament
A putt here and a putt there.
That’s all Leopards head golf coach Chris Colwell said stood between his team and a state tournament berth.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Four-town planning board under discussion
A municipal planning commission comprised of the four cities along Highway 129—Talmo, Pendergrass, Jefferson and Arcade—could become a reality, said Talmo mayor Larry Wood.

GBI to investigate Hoschton police chief
Citizens question potential cover-up
After citizens called the recent handling of accusations surrounding Hoschton police chief Dave Hill a potential political cover-up, the city council decided Monday to call the Georgia Bureau of Investig-ation to the case.


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MADISON COUNTY
Campaign season is here
....and so were state Republicans Saturday
The 2002 election campaign reached Madison County Saturday as Republicans gathered in Ila to meet and greet several key local, regional and state candidates.

Plans continue for Hwy. 72 park development
The first half of a two-stage plan by the Hwy. 72 Business Park Study Committee has been been completed.

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FAIN FOUND IN BANKS COUNTY

Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman is shown standing near where the body of murder victim Phillip “Bobby” Fain, 61, Cornelia, was found on a remote dirt road in the central part of the county.

Murder charges filed against two Banks County men
Two Banks County men were charged Wednesday in the shooting death of a Cornelia businessman.
Phillip “Bobby” Fain, 61, Cornelia, was found in a remote, wooded area of central Banks County on Friday.
Patrick Henry Cagle, 29, Alto, and Thomas Harold Pruitt, 35, Gainesville, were charged with felony murder, according to Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman.
Cagle was taken into custody on Wednesday, May 1, after Fain’s stolen vehicle was found at Cagle’s sister’s residence in Madison County. Pruitt, whom authorities believe was also at the residence when deputies arrived, was later apprehended.
Fain was reported missing on Wednesday, May 1, by an adult daughter after he failed to show up for a business meeting. He had an On-Star tracking device in his vehicle and it was found mid-day on May 1 in Madison County, according to Chapman.
Chapman said that a Madison County deputy went to the residence where the vehicle was located. He added that another vehicle, which was stolen from Banks County, was also at the residence.
The sheriff said the suspect ran from the home when the deputy arrived. He said additional officers and a canine unit were called in and that Cagle was on the run for four hours. He was taken into custody late Wednesday, May 1, and held in Madison County on two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, parole violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Chapman said Cagle led authorities to the wooded dirt road where Fain’s body was located on Friday, but that he did not confess to the murder.
Chapman said both suspects have criminal records and are currently on parole.
Fain was found on the dirt road, off of Emory Chambers Road, Friday and taken to the crime lab in Atlanta where he was identified on Saturday through dental records. Chapman said the cause of death was gunshot wounds. The sheriff said it hasn’t been determined yet if the men knew Fain before the crime was committed. He added that it is believed that the shooting took place in Banks County.
The sheriff said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.


Rodeo days
The Banks Crossing Saddle Club, which includes members from Banks and Jackson counties, is planning a second annual rodeo for May 10 and 11 at the Banks County Park and Recreation Arena, Homer.
This year’s event is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA). Riders from Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia will test their skills at bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding.
The park opens at 6 p.m. and there will be pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and barbecue sandwiches (donated by Hart’s in Commerce) with french fries available at the concession stand.
Banks County Cub Scouts Pack 106 will be selling popcorn, cotton candy and funnel cakes.
The competition starts at 8 p.m.
During intermission, Banks County football teams and FFA members will have a tug-of-war.
Funds raised will be used to help needy families in the area at Christmas and to improve the Banks County arena for future events.
This year, the Jackson County Humane Society will have a fundraiser “moon walk” at the rodeo and the Banks County FFA and area Boy Scouts will help out with the event.
A highlight this year will be the 35-yard football toss to win a 2002 pick-up truck from Commerce Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep. Each night two names will be drawn and those people will have a shot at throwing the football into the back of the truck. The first person to throw the football into the back of the truck and not have it bounce out, wins the truck.
There will be drawings for prizes throughout the evening.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6- to 11-years old. Children 5-years-old and under are free.
The 2001 rodeo raised money to help six families in the Banks and Jackson county area at Christmas and 10 percent of gate fees were used for facility improvements at the arena.
Last year’s rodeo had an attendance of some 3,000 people. The event has the support of the Banks County Board of Commissioners and also garners volunteers from various community groups.
For more information on the club or the rodeo, contact saddle club president Katie Harrison, 335-9125, or secretary Cathy Wallace-Wilson, 757-2658.


Sheriff seeks $1.230 million budget
Westmoreland, Rogers opposed to $30,000 increase
Two members of the Banks County Board of Commissioners balked at Sheriff Charles Chapman’s request Friday to approve his 2002-03 fiscal year budget of $1.230 million.
The request reflects an increase of $30,280 over the previous year.
Commissioners Pat Westmoreland and Ernest Rogers felt Chapman should hold his budget at $1.2 million. Commission chairman Kenneth Brady said he did not feel the sheriff is asking for too much.
Chapman said the request does not include a three-percent cost-of-living raise anticipated by county employees.
Chapman said he intended to raise his staff’s pay to be more in line with other counties of similar size. He also said he needed to hire one more deputy.
“I need to have three deputies on the road at all times,” he said. “And you have approved all these slots.”
Over the past few years, the sheriff’s department has received grants to help pay for time put in by deputies. That grant had run out, he said, which adds to expenses.
The commissioners requested Chapman to obtain permission before making purchases of over $5,000. Chapman had obtained three bids to replace his sheriff’s car and gone ahead and purchased the car without the commissioners’ approval.
“If we need it, we need it and I went ahead and got it,” said Chapman.
He said he had discussed it with Mike Fischer, county financial advisor, and with Rogers. He said since the money was in his budget, he had the authority to purchase the new car.
Westmoreland asked Chapman to bring high-ticket purchases to the board before following through on them. Chapman agreed to the request.
In other budget matters:
•Leslie George presented the Keep Our Mountains Beautiful budget of $32,772, which is $560 less than last year.
•Margaret Ausburn, tax commissioner, gave the board a budget of $165,349, an increase of $5,000.
•Tim Harper, clerk of courts, projected a budget of $300,000 in revenue and $158,900 in expenses.
•Jeanni Gailey, county clerk, figured the commissioners and administration budget at $196,350, a $6,000 increase over last year.
More budget hearings will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.



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Baldwin council begins budget talks
Every Thursday in May, the Baldwin City Council will be having budget talks with department heads.
Last Thursday, the council went over the proposed budgets for the wastewater treatment facility, water department, streets and the water plant.
Vic Melton, public works director, anticipates nearly $1 million in revenue from the wastewater treatment plant and water department, up $140,000 from last year’s $879,070. Some of the increase comes from new sewer and water customers and tap-on fees.
He submitted $836,802 in expenses, which includes one new employee, a three-percent raise for current employees and one new vehicle. The figure reflects a $6,510 increase over last year.
Melton also submitted a $261,523 budget for the street department, which is a $13,885 increase over last year.
A $5,000 three-sided 25-foot by 85-foot storage building to be used for protecting city equipment, hay, salt mix, sand, PVC pipe and other supplies was requested with the cost shared equally by the water and street departments.
The budget for the water treatment plant, formerly run by Demorest, presented some problems as Jim Holloway, water plant supervisor, tried to estimate revenues and expenses basically from scratch. It is the first time he has had to devise a budget.
Holloway was in charge of the plant when it was jointly owned by Baldwin and Demorest. Baldwin hired him when the court ruled Baldwin could take over operations of the plant.
He estimated revenue produced from water sales at $748,461 and expenses at $725,000.
All the expense budgets discussed are slated for trimming by the council.


Baldwin sets meeting May 23
The Baldwin City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 27, has been changed to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.
It will take place prior to the budget work session.