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JULY 3, 2002


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OPINIONS

Frank Gillespiie
Country’s founders had no intention of
disavowing God
When I heard the news that a California judge had ruled that the line “under God” made the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag unconstitutional, I had several reactions.

Margie Richards
For a brand new U.S. citizen
Next week, less than a week after our nation’s birthday, there will be a new member of our family, a little boy named Nolan.


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Madison County hosts high school softball camp
Some of the nation’s best fast-pitch softball coaches and players visited the Madison County Recreation Department last week to share their expertise with local high schoolers.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Mobile homes older than 5 years may have to stay put
Mobile homes older than five years old may just have to stay where they’re parked, the board of commissioners discussed on Friday.

BOC borrows $3 million for courthouse
In a unanimous vote, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed to borrow $3 million to start work on the Darnell Road courthouse site.

Hoschton citizens tell council to resign
Residents of Hoschton are telling their council members to resign from their posts—or they’ll be removed.


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BANKS COUNTY
Lightning causing safety concerns at
E-911 center
Dispatcher supervisor Paige Crocker knows the effects of lightning at the E-911 center.
BOC tables Baldwin fire contract
Banks County and Baldwin still have not reached an agreement for fire coverage in the northern part of the county.

BOC approves new budget
Banks County’s new budget has been approved and a millage rate hike doesn’t seem likely.

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READY FOR THE FOURTH

Colbert Mayor John Waggoner puts the final touches on a city hall banner Monday.

Colbert July 4th parade set for Thurs.
The city of Colbert will hold its annual “Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration” this Thursday, July 4.
Colbert’s Canna Run, a 5K and one-mile race, will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Colbert Elementary School. The 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the one-mile walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The fun starts with the big parade at 10 a.m. Mr. Cliff Cook will be the Grand Marshal. The theme this year is “United We Stand.” Following the parade and opening ceremonies will be a live show emceed by Crazy Old Roscoe Pucannon, along with Colbert’s famous barbecue lunch.
The performers under the big oak trees this year will include, among others, Joy Smith and the Band Counterpoint, bluegrass by “The Blue Ridge Ramblers,” Danny Anthony, Dennis Troy — doing his song “Honey Wagon” with Harold and Darrell — and Franletta Sorrells.
A large lineup of arts, crafts and food concessions will be featured. There will also be exhibits of Colbert’s history. The earliest known home, a log cabin built in the 1800s will be open. The Colbert Museum will be on exhibition in the old Seaboard Depot.


Danielsville may back off duplex restriction
Danielsville leaders will consider easing off a new restriction that requires four acres for a duplex in the city.
The council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss amending an ordinance that requires all family and multi-family dwellings to have a minimum lot area of two acres.
The council is considering reducing the minimum lot area per family to one acre.
The group recently turned down developers Gerry Burdette and Phil Munro who sought a conditional use permit for eight, multi-family duplex units on approximately 8.6 acres behind the Huddle House off Hwy. 29.
Burdette and Munro were represented by two Athens lawyers at last month’s meeting. On Monday, the council met briefly in closed session to discuss “potential litigation” before announcing that a hearing would be held to discuss a possible amendment to the duplex restriction.
TAP ON FEE INCREASE
In a separate matter Monday, the council tentatively agreed to increase water and sewer tap on fees. The “inside the city” tap on fee is $350 with no expense for boring. The new fee will be $500 (plus the cost of boring). The “out of city” tap on fees are $500 (plus the cost of boring). This will be increased to $1,000 (plus boring costs). The residential sewer tap fee will be increased from $250 to $500 (plus the cost of boring). And the commercial sewer tap fee will be increased from $500 to $1,500 (plus the cost of boring).
MAINTENANCE ACTIONS
The council approved several maintenance actions Monday. The group agreed to purchase a Bushhog for $1,568 and a “Gearbox” for an unspecified amount. A “flow measuring device” will be purchased for $3,700 for the city sewage pond. The council approved $4,000 for repairs to lift stations on Crawford Long and Madison Streets. The group approved $1,300 for water testing instruments and $1,500 for maintenance employee Terry Robertson to produce a map of city water and sewer lines. The council also agreed to look into getting mobile phones for the maintenance crew.
OTHER BUSINESS
The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the county which stipulates that the city of Danielsville will provide sewer service to the new county jail when it is completed. The group agreed to renew an annual sewer fund loan with BB&T. The council agreed to pay $1,300 to buy back four cemetery lots from a woman who discovered that someone had already been buried in one of the lots.


Two seriously burned in Ila accident Friday
Two people were seriously burned Friday afternoon when a 55-gallon drum they were welding on blew up at Thomason Tire in Ila.
Joseph Swing, 22, Ila, was transported by helicopter by the Emory Flight crew to the Grady Burn Center in Atlanta. Richard Dempsey, 15, Maysville, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital and then to the Augusta Burn Center.
Madison County EMS assistant director Eric Temple, who responded to the accident, said he was informed Saturday that Swing was “pretty much stable” but “in a good bit of pain.” Swing suffered a fractured skull and third degree burns over much of his body. Dempsey’s condition was not available as of press time. Temple said Dempsey suffered burns to his face and third degree burns to his arms.
Temple said the two victims were welding on the drum while trying to make a skateboard ramp. He said the drum contained a “flammable sludge.”
The owner of the tire company John Cass said he wasn’t aware the victims were working on their own project in the shop until he heard the explosion from a separate section of the building. He ran to the accident scene and used three fire extinguishers to put out the flames. Both victims were coherent and able to speak.
Both Cass and EMS director Dwayne Patton praised the actions of rescue and fire units for their quick response.
“It’s a blessing it wasn’t even worse,” said Cass.


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Ila to move forward with city hall renovations
Ila council members agreed Monday night to serve as their own general contractors for city hall renovations and to move forward on getting the work done.
Councilman Troy Butler recommended that the council act as their own general contractors and hire sub-contractors to do the work themselves in order to save money on the project.
The council will attempt to get some of the work done in time for the general primary on Aug. 20.
Two contractors submitted bids at last month’s council meeting, but city attorney Pat Graham recommended the council provide written specifications for the job and re-bid it before deciding on a general contractor.
In another matter, city clerk Susan Steed informed the council that councilman Nathaniel Hobbs was not present because he suffered a heart attack last Saturday and was hospitalized.
OTHER BUSINESS
In other business, the council:
•heard that the city’s annual audit has been completed at a cost of $3,775.
•asked Graham to draft a letter requesting funds from the Governor’s Discretionary Fund to help in the cost of replacing old water lines in the city. Steed estimated the total cost of the project at $100,000.
•agreed to table a request once again to provide additional funding to Ila Volunteer Fire Department. The VFD is seeking additional funding to help with paving the fire hall’s parking lot. The matter was first discussed at June’s council meeting when several fireman presented the request to the council.
•heard from Mayor Mike Coile that the city will need to install two new water meters and replace a previously capped line on Hwy. 98 West to serve two new water customers.
•heard that a water line leak at the corner of North Westbrook Street and Hwy. 98 was repaired by Perry’s Plumbing earlier that day.
The council felt the previously undetected leak most likely contributed to high water usage during the past month.