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MAY 08, 2002


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Frank Gillespiie
Remembering NE Ga’s best known voice
Northeast Georgia lost its best known voice Monday with the death of H. Randolph Holder at the age of 85.
Those of you who recently arrived in the area will not be familiar with that name, but those of us who have been here many years will remember that deep voice opening the morning news with “It’s a lovely day to be in Athens,” no matter what the weather report said.

Phillip Bond Sartain
The right equipment
For Christmas several years ago, my Mother gave my brothers and I each a coloring book and a box of crayons. To hear her tell it, she searched for a long time to find just these gifts. And when the wrapping paper was finally torn away, she laughed and laughed at her boys, and the three of us, grown men all, laughed back.


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Resilient Raiders gear up for state
Take any classic sports flick—”The Natural,” “Hoosiers” or even the light-hearted “Major League”— and there’s always a common thread.
The good guys avert a disaterous season with a timely and emotionally charged lateseason run.
The diamond Raiders’ 2002 story has followed a similar silver-screen plot line.


Neighboorhood News ..
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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BANKS 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.

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.

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CHAMBLISS IN ILA

U.S. senatorial candidate Saxby Chambliss (right) was in Ila Saturday, meeting with local Republicans. Photo by Frank Gillispie

Two face murder charges in Fain death
A second man faces charges in a murder case that began last week with a man-hunt in Madison County.
Phillip “Bobby” Fain, 61, Cornelia, was found murdered 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, who 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.
A Madison County deputy went to the residence where the vehicle was located. Another vehicle, which was stolen from Banks County, was also at the residence.
The Banks County sheriff said the suspect ran from the home when the deputy arrived. He said additional officers and a canine unit were called in and 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
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


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.
Well over 100 people were present at the Ila Restaurant as candidates shook hands, passed out stickers, sought supporters and spoke of their plans for our area’s future.
Keynote speaker for the event was senatorial candidate Saxby Chambliss, currently U. S. Congressman from the eighth district. Chambliss is challenging Democrat Max Cleland for the upper house seat.
Chambliss wasted no time in attacking his opponent, painting him as a national Democrat with liberal leanings.
“Our senior senator votes with Hillary Rodham Clinton all the time,” he said scornfully.
While Chambliss noted that Cleland has won several state-wide elections, he said that this is the first time Cleland will have to run on a legislative record. He quoted a survey asking voters how they feel about Washington.
“We don’t think we are being well represented by our senior senator,” was the answer.
Chambliss accused Cleland of voting to withhold funds from schools that allow Boy Scouts to use their facilities. This was in response to the Boy Scouts refusal to allow homosexuals to serve as scout leaders. He said that Cleland supports needle exchanges for drug addict, that he has voted 115 times to increase taxes, but refuses to vote to make the 2002 tax cuts permanent.
In contrast, Chambliss points to his own record in support of family values, Second Amendment rights, tax reform, veterans’ benefits and efforts to assure that “we will
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


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.
The park committee, which was formed to come up with a concept plan to help determine how the controversial Hwy. 72 land recently purchased by the Industrial Development Authority should be used, has developed a concept plan for the 30 acres located nearest to Hull on the western side of the 75 acre tract.
According to park committee chair Kenny Beck, who also serves on the IDA board, the committee has developed a concept plan for that portion of the park, along with guidelines of operation for any businesses that locate there. The guidelines include recommendations for noise, light and storm water run off restrictions.
The property is divided into five-acre tracts, Beck said, which will allow up to six businesses, all of which will most likely be light industrial businesses, professional offices, or retail.
The location of warehouses there is also a concern because of truck traffic.
The committee was expected to begin tackling plans for the second half of the park; approximately 45 acres on the eastern side, at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m in the public meeting room of the county government complex in Danielsville.
The committee considers the eastern half of the park to be more controversial, Beck recently told the IDA, because of land use restrictions formerly placed on 15 acres located there, the terrain, and the proximity to established residences.
The proposed backup well for the county’s water system is also located on the eastern half of the park.
The committee has until June 17 to complete the concept plans for presentation to the IDA..


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Relay for Life raises $80,000
The Madison County Relay for Life teams managed to raise a total of approximately $80,000 despite last weekend’s inclement weather.
Relay chairperson Louise Watson said there were 25 teams participating in the Relay this year.
Relay events continued until around 4:30 a.m. when a heavy downpour and lightning forced participants to break camp.
There were 143 cancer survivors registered to walk, and 105 of those participated in the Relay.
Closing ceremonies and presentation of awards have been rescheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison County Library.
Trophies, awards for the most money raised and other recognition will be given at this time, Watson said.
All team captains and team members are invited to attend. “We ask that teams have at least one representative present,” Watson said. “And be sure to bring your ‘Relay Bucks.’”
Relay Bucks will be used to determine the ‘Most Spirited’ award winner.
Watson said she was very pleased with the turnout this year.
“The turnout was really great, despite the inclement weather,” she said. “We were really blessed to do as well as we did...that just goes to show that we can brave the elements to show our support for the cancer survivors in our community.”
“I want to thank our sponsors and everyone who donated their time and money to this event to make the Relay a success once again,” she added.