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MAY 22, 2002

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Angela Gary
Advice to graduates entering the work world
As hundreds of students in our area approach graduation, I thought it would be a good time to offer some advice for those entering the work world.

Phillip Sartain
Speaking in code
As a kid, I spent almost my whole career trying to outsmart my parents. On the whole, I wasn’t very successful. And that’s because we didn’t speak the same language. Then I got married and started a family of my own. Now I spend all my time trying to outsmart my children.


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BCMS to host summer hoops camps
Banks County Middle School will be hosting several girls’ basketball camps this summer.
The first camp will be held June 24-28 from 8 a.m to 12 noon for upcoming seventh and eighth grade girls.

Neighboorhood News ..
Britt submits Hwy. 129 courthouse site for study
Meeting set up for May 28 to hear from three architects
Jackson County commissioner Stacey Britt put a third option for a new courthouse location on the table for BOC consideration Monday night. In addition, commissioner Emil Beshara set a public meeting for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. for three architectural firms to give presentations about what they believe are the most important aspects of a site selection.

Towns forming alliance on sales tax negotiations
In the first-ever action of its kind, municipal leaders in Jackson County appear ready to form an alliance for the re-negotiation of the county’s local option sales tax distribution.

Neighboorhood News ..
For MCHS Class of 2002
Some 200 Madison County seniors will bid farewell to their high school at the Classic Center Friday as they eye a new phase of life.
The 2002 MCHS commencement ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Athens Classic Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are required.

Touchdown Club speaks up for Hybl
Parents, players and Touchdown Club members crowded the May meeting of the Madison County Board of Education Tuesday night to make clear their support of Madison County High School football coach and athletic director Tom Hybl.
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger Josh Chambers gives a Captain Bear to one-year-old Madison Vassey for wearing her life jacket. Vassey was at Lake Hartwell Saturday with her parents Clay and Heidi Vassey. Madison was the first child in Georgia to get one of the bears. See this weeks Banks County news for more information.

Lula puts up a fight
City to fight Hall County BOC annexation opposition
The Lula City Council voted unanimously Monday night to fight the Hall County Board of Commissioners’ denial of the town’s request to annex a 138-acre plot north of Belton Bridge Road that would extend the city limits to Highway 365.
The vote to seek litigation came during Monday’s council meeting.
Mayor Milton Turner said the BOC denied the request on the grounds the proposed development is not consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan. The plan designates the area from the beginning of Highway 365 north to the county line and east to the railroad tracks as an industrial corridor. Some of that area includes the area of Lula that is mostly residential.
Commission chairman Gary Gibbs, who was at the Lula meeting, said the county had plans to utilize Highway 365 for light industrial development. He said the commissioners want clean industry that would not impact water and sewer usage.
Ray Gunnin, president of DAC Enterprises, presented the Lula City Council with a plan to build 114 homesites with a playground/recreation area that would abut Talon Drive in Lula. Along Highway 365, the company proposed developing a light industrial area and a 500,000-square-foot commercial building, which could house a grocery store and a bank. He said he would also give the city a well that would be drilled on the property.
During the meeting, Gibbs indicated the commissioners might change their minds about the annexation.
Coming on the heels of a suit over annexation filed by the city of Clermont, Gibbs said he would prefer sitting down with representatives of the municipalities before legal action is taken.
In the Clermont case, an error was made by the commissioners office and it was incorrectly determined the annexation would create an island, officials said.
Clermont mayor Steve Gailey insisted it did not and the city filed a lawsuit. Deeds and plot maps proved Gailey was right, as Gibbs admitted Monday night.
Turner questioned why the deeds and plots had not been thoroughly checked before the commission made the vote to deny Clermont’s request.
Gibbs replied that the county was under a time limit to make the determination.
Turner then asked how much money the county had spent on legal fees in suits concerning annexations.
“These are our tax dollars you’re spending,” he said. “I’d like to know how much the municipalities have been spending as well. Those are citizens’ tax dollars, too.”
Gibbs did not answer.
Gunnin said he had retained attorney David Syfan to represent his company should a suit against the county be necessary.
A private meeting between Turner, Gunnin, Syfan and county officials was set for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the matter.

A Day at the Fort coming up Saturday
A Day at the Fort is planned for Saturday, May 25, at Fort Hollingsworth White House, located on Wynn Lake Road, off Highway 441, between Cornelia and Homer.
Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a marker dedication by the Currahee Chapter 2588 UDC for John Lane, who was killed in the Civil War.
Tours of the fort will be given throughout the day. Food, music, dancing, storytelling and old-fashioned arts and crafts will also be included.
Leaders invited guests to bring a folding chair and spend the day.
For more information, call (706) 754-4538 or email:

Schedule of Events:
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:20 a.m. Cheryl Sumpter, gospel recording artist
10:40 a.m. White Family Bluegrass Band
11:15 a.m. New Image, Southern gospel
11:35 a.m. Edith Goodson, storyteller and author of White Tales From Hollingsworth
11:40 a.m. Crystal River, gospel bluegrass band
12:20 p.m. Confederate soldiers re-enactment
12:50 p.m. Brotherhood Quartet, Southern gospel
1:20 p.m. Crystal River, gospel bluegrass band
2 p.m. Edith Goodson, storyteller
2:10 p.m. Dusk Wilson-Weaver, Americana recording artist
2:30 p.m. Simply Southern Cloggers
3 p.m. Mercy Tree and Alan Wayne Baker, gospel bluegrass
3:40 p.m. Chosen, Southern gospel

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Countians to honor veterans Monday
Local citizens who wish to honor America’s veterans and fallen soldiers will get their chance Monday.
The Banks County American Legion is hosting a Memorial Day celebration at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on the square in Homer.
Glenn Whitaker, a post commander from Covington and retired Georgia State Patrol Sergeant, will be the keynote speaker.
Lester Wood will place the memorial wreath at the eternal flame during the ceremony.
Officials will also present flags to the families of deceased veterans. The flags are being provided by Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin.

Fouche joins BCN staff full time
Adam Fouche, Commerce, has graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Fouche, who has been employed with MainStreet Newspapers for the past five years, will join The Banks County News staff on a full-time basis.
Fouche will cover all aspects of Banks County government, including the board of commissioners, planning commission and development authority.
He will also cover crime and court, the Maysville City Council and education-related news features.
Fouche will also continue to cover Banks County sports, including middle school, high school and recreation.
Fouche can be reached by phone at (706) 367-2348 or by e-mail at