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JUNE 19, 2002


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Frank Gillespiie
Let’s remember the wise words of Franklin
Benjamin Franklin warned us, in one of his lesser-known quotes, that “Those who would give up essential liberties for a measure of security deserve neither liberty nor security.”

Zach Mitcham
The earliest
anesthesiologist
Most everyone is familiar with the distinct fat feeling that comes with shots of local anesthesia.


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MCHS tennis players named to NE Ga. teams
Madison County had several players selected to the All-Northeast Georgia tennis teams chosen by The Athens Banner-Herald.
Named to the boys’ first team were Kenny Powers, senior leader of this year’s team; Paul Wildes (junior) and Colby Phillips (freshman), who won the 8-AAA doubles championship. Honorable mention went to Chad Coulter, who only lost two matches all year.


Three qualified so far for Aug. 20 election
Three people had qualified for the Aug. 20 primary election as of press time on Wednesday. Qualifying ends at noon on Friday.

BOC moves forward on courthouse plans
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with the new courthouse project.

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JACKSON COUNTY
Developer sues City of Hoschton
Alleging rackteering, a developer has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the city of Hoschton and its council members.


BOC to extend moratoriums
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners plan to extend two moratoriums until August that deal with certain subdivision plats, including “family subdivisions,” and landfills.

Lula residents ask for traffic light
Lula resident Diane Baker asked the Lula City Council Monday night to request the Department of Transportation place a traffic signal at the intersection of Athens Street and Old Cornelia Highway.

BOC rejects Baldwin’s fire contract
Banks County and Baldwin might soon have a contract for fire services in the northern part of the county. The cost for that contract, however, won’t come at the price Baldwin would like.

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BOC, Homer strike deal on Thompson Street work
A dispute over an access road to the county’s windmill farm has ended.
The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a measure Friday that includes widening and straightening Thompson Street from Hwy. 441 down to the new bypass

Enjoying the show

Seven-year old Ben Chandler, right, and his brother, Sam, 4, of Danielsville are entertained Monday by ventriloquist Cliff Patton of Macon at the Madison County Library.

School board approves $30 million budget
Madison County’s Board of Education approved the 2002-2003 budget at its meeting Tuesday night, up approximately $2 million to $30.3 million.
Additional funding from the state and increases in the county property tax digest are expected to prevent any local tax increase this year.
Final millage rates cannot be set until the county tax digest is set, but estimates are that the rate will remain at 16.94 mills for operation and maintenance.
Savings in the SPLOST program will be used to pay the bond retirement expense for the new year, saving taxpayers 1.33 mills over last year.
In other matters, the board heard complaints from a disgruntled parent over the cheerleader program. Ms. Kimberly Keenan told the board that her daughter had not been fairly treated in the cheerleader tryouts. She argued that her daughter and others had been misled about qualifications, that scores were not properly kept and that a promise that health-related absences last year would not be counted against students trying out for the program.
Ms. Keenan described her efforts to obtain score sheets from the competition. She was first told that the scores had been destroyed. Later she received handwritten scores that were not compatible with the required scoring system. She asked the board to reopen tryouts or to direct the coach to properly rescore the event and admit all students who qualified. She made it clear that she did not want any of the students who were named to the team to be removed.
Ms. Keenan questioned the integrity of the coach, suggesting that she had lied to the students and to herself.


Belfield won’t seek re-election
Long-time Madison County Board of Education member Elaine Belfield has announced that she will not be a candidate for the District 2 seat this year.
Belfield, who was behind the effort to avoid placing two incumbents in the same district during redistricting, stated that her daughter is now a teacher at Madison County High School.
She felt that this might create a conflict of interest. This leaves board of education District 2, consisting of the Danielsville and Poca voting boxes, without an incumbent.
Board Chairman Robert Haggard did not make a formal announcement, but is expected to qualify for the District 1 seat, which consists of the Ila and Pittman districts.
Only one countywide office is included in this year’s primary. Democrat and Republican voters will choose their candidates for the office of Magistrate Judge. The seat is currently held by Republican Harry Rice.
Non-partisan elections are scheduled for several city council seats around Madison County. Two seats in Danielsville will be on the ballot. The cities of Ila and Hull each have a seat open due to resignations.


County planners stumped on rezoning request
County planners couldn’t come up with a recommendation for the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night concerning a controversial rezoning request by a couple who wants to sell some of their land on Katie Beth Road.
The BOC will have the task next Monday night of deciding whether or not to allow Winfred and Annette Beck to rezone a 7.6-acre tract on Katie Beth Road from A-2 (agricultural, five-acre minimum) to R-R (rural residential, two-acre minimum) so they can split it to sell as two lots.
The planning commission was divided 3-3 on a vote to recommend denial of the request. Chairman Pat Mahoney said the motion failed for lack of a majority vote.
Planners originally heard the request at last month’s public hearings and postponed it for 30 days until they could receive more information about the road.
According to a site plan of the area, Katie Beth Road dead ends before it reaches a creek on the Beck property.
But the Becks maintain that the road is actually part of an older subdivision and ends in an undeveloped cul-de-sac at the creek. Mr. Beck says he dedicated a right-of-way to the county in the 1980s that extends the road to the creek, which borders the land he wants to sell.
Based on this, Beck wants to cut two private drives that begin on the


Coile to lead alma mater in girls’ hoops
As a player, Latana Coile helped Madison County win its last girls’ basketball state championship in 1981.
Now she’ll try to carry on the winning tradition as head coach.
The MCHS varsity assistant and JV head coach for the past two years has been named the successor to Tim Cook who took over the head coaching job at Northgate after nine years at Madison County.
Coile, who coached middle school and JV basketball as well as softball at Franklin County for 14 years, said she is excited about taking over the girls’ helm at her alma mater, noting that she has an emotional attachment to the school.
“This is home,” she said. “This is my community.”
The new Lady Raider leader said she follows some great coaches.
“Obviously, there is a long line of tradition, not only players, but coaches — Jim Perkins, Leon Fitzpatrick, Wesley Jenkins, Jimmy Phillips and Tim Cook,” said Coile. “...The (Lady Raider) teams have always been well-coached and I hope to follow that tradition.”
Coile said she will miss Cook.
“He left the program in good shape,” said Coile, noting that in spite of the team’s poor record last year Cook ran a program based on solid fundamentals. “He (Cook) made the road easier.”
Coile, who led the JV teams to a 20-11 mark over the past two seasons, will make the jump not only from JV to varsity this year, but also from Class to AAA to Class AAAA.
“It’s a challenge for us, but we’re taking the attitude of ‘no excuses’,” she said.
And if summer ball is any indicator, 2002-2003 may be a year of improvement for the Lady Raiders. Madison County’s varsity girls’ team went 5-1 during a recent camp at Commerce, including wins over perennially-strong Hart County and Jefferson. The JV squad went 3-2-1.
“It was important for us to gain some confidence and I think we did that,” said Coile of the camp.
The coach said she is also encouraged by the team’s depth.
“I like to play a lot of people,” she said. “It’s better to have five fresh bodies in the game than five tired ones.”
Coile will need depth to put full-court pressure on opponents.
“Defense wins games,” she said. “I think transitions are really important. You have to be a team that can press and break the press.”
The Lady Raiders will hit the court again July 8-10 in a “position camp” at MCHS where post and perimeter players will take turns receiving guidance from former Emmanuel College coach Mike Bona.

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Man faces 3 years in jail for stealing from MCHS band
Gregory Lawton Moore of Danielsville was sentenced to three years in prison and seven years probation Monday in Elberton for stealing from the Madison County Band Boosters.
The former band booster treasurer, who pleaded guilty in April to 11 counts of forgery in the first degree and one count of theft by conversion, apologized for his crimes and asked for leniency from the court.
According to District Attorney Bob Lavender, Moore was also ordered to pay restitution of $33,000 and a fine.