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JULY 31, 2002


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OPINIONS
Shar Porier
Purses keep eating my 'stuff'
I've been having this problem. It seems my handbags have taken to eating my "stuff."

Jana Adams
On the party line
Short-short, long-long or short-long — did you have your own ring on the party line?
That’s a thing of the past, right?


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Gym floor getting new look
Two years ago, water leaks resulted in the replacement of Banks County’s new high school gym floor.
Since that time, the floor has been without the graphics orginally painted on it. But for this upcoming season, the gym will have its designs back again.


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JACKSON COUNTY
County agrees to Hwy. 53 road cuts for project
But DOT will have final say on the number of entrances allowed to planned retail center. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners tentatively agreed in a called meeting Monday night to assist with road improvements on Hwy. 53 in Braselton for a major retail center.
Water pressure jump will ‘blow’ systems without special valve
A lot of customers of the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority will get a surprise next Wednesday.

New subdivision, shopping center planned for WJ
The Jackson County Planning Commission recommended approval of two rezoning requests Thursday night that would bring a large subdivision and shopping center to the West Jackson area.


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MADISON COUNTY
And the drum roll please....
New director hopes to put a spark in MCHS band program.
When the Red Raider band takes to the field for the season’s first football game, Aug. 30, they will be marching to the commands of a new director.

Hudgens can run for senate District 47 post
State representative Ralph Hudgens can run for the District 47 senate seat, a judge ruled Friday.
The senate hopeful faced a challenge from Robert Johnson of Hartwell, who contended that Hudgens is not actually a resident of the district he is seeking

to represent.
Suspects nabbed for Clover Farm robbery
Two men who allegedly robbed a local grocery store at gunpoint last week didn’t get very far before they were captured by law enforcement.

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LEARNING TO CHEER

Chelsea Smith and Bridget Ivey learn several cheers under the direction of Banks County High School’s cheerleaders. The girls are participating in a camp this week at BCHS.

County planning commission to meet Tuesday evening
The Banks County Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the courthouse in Homer.
The planners will consider a request from Richard and Martha Pusbach for a conditional use permit for a corral and stables at 792 W. Ridgeway Road. This property is zoned ARR, Agricultural, Rural-Residential.
The recommendation of the planning commission on this request will go to the Banks County Board of Commissioners for final action.
The BOC will hold a public hearing on the matter at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, at the courthouse in Homer.
The BOC will vote on the request at its regular meeting, which follows the public hearing.


Baldwin council says garbage service stinks
For some time, Baldwin residents and the city council have been complaining of the service received from Waste Management Inc., the company that handles sanitation.
Complaints of trash not being picked up, houses missed, trash bags being ignored and trash strewn in the streets from careless handling have been coming in since the company was hired over a year ago, said city officials.
Ed Gibson, WMI representative, was asked to appear before the council to address the complaints.
Council member Kevin Gaddis said there had been numerous complaints of trash left in the bottom of the trash carts purchased from WMI.
“I’ll be the first to admit, I buy the cheapest bags,” he said. “But your guys could dump the carts so nothing remained in the bottom. Why don’t you have a truck that tips the carts?”
Gibson said he had requested a truck to do just that from the company. The new trucks were supposed to be delivered by mid-July. However, he said he was told the new trucks would not be available until September.
Council member Ray Holcomb suggested the company put two men on dumping trash so the carts could be tipped and end the problem.
Gibson said that wouldn’t be possible because of the concern of physical injury in lifting the trash-laden carts.
Holcomb also derided Gibson for continually missing streets in the city. He also said he personally saw a worker attempt to throw a bag onto the truck and missed. The bag split open when it hit the pavement and the worker just left it in the street.
Gaddis said: “This issue has been deliberated since the beginning [of the contract]. People are paying for trash pick-up and you’re not doing it.”
Gibson said if garbage is clogged in the bottom of the carts, the residents should take responsibility for cleaning them out.
“I can’t ask my men to dig out trash from the bottom of the carts,” he said.
Council members said if the carts were being tipped the trash wouldn’t accumulate.
Mayor Mark Reed said one of the residents told him if the trash wasn’t picked up he would come and dump it at city hall.
“One week, it gets picked up, the next it isn’t,” he said.
Another complaint the council aired was about the trash haulers leaving the carts in the middle of the residents’ driveways. Residents have to leave their cars in the streets, move the carts and then move forward into their driveways. That presents a traffic hazard.
Gibson said: “A lot of these messages are not getting to me. This is the first I’ve heard of some of your complaints. I want to know immediately if there are problems. I tell the men they are employed by WMI but they work for Baldwin. If we don’t have these contracts, they don’t have a job.”
Gibson said he would discuss the complaints with the crews and tell them to leave the carts out of the driveways.
City clerk Betty Harper told Gibson the city is currently auditing all the carts and painting the 911 addresses on them. She said there may be a discrepancy in the number of carts the city is being billed for and the number the city actually has.


Two local races to be on Aug. 20 ballot
Two local races will be on the ballot in the Aug. 20 primaries.
In the Banks County Board of Commission Post 2 race, incumbent Ernest Rogers and Sara Yarber Cross both qualified as Democrats. The winner of this race on Aug. 20 will face Republican Ricky Cain in the Nov. 5 General Election.
In the Banks County Board of Education Post 3 race, two Republicans, Ben Ramsey and Willene Parson Boyle, will face each other. The winner will be on the Nov. 5 ballot with Democrat Rob Boswell.
One other local race will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. In the BOC Post 3 race, incumbent Pat Westmoreland (D) will face Don Shubert (R).


‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ to show Aug. 1-4
The Renegade Players, Peace Place co-partner event
“A Streetcar Named Desire” will be presented at the Commerce Cultural Center Thursday through Sunday, August 1-4. All performances, with the exception of the Sunday matinee, will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday showing will be at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at Commerce radio station WJJC.
The show is being produced by The Renegade Players, with Peace Place, the area shelter for battered women, as a co-partner. Peace Place will host two fund-raising receptions prior to the August 1 and 2 shows, with proceeds from those receptions going to Peace Place. Patrons may attend both the reception and the play for $25 or attend just the play for $8.
In addition to the fund-raising receptions, Peace Place will sell concessions at both intermissions. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about Peace Place and displays throughout the Cultural Center will heighten awareness for theatre-goers.
For more information, contact James Dumas at WJJC, 335-3155.



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Prayer time at BCHS planned
Prayer time will be held Wednesday, August 7, at 8:15 p.m. at Banks County High School.
“Our schools need the prayer support of God’s people,” organizers said. “Tell as many people as you can and let’s pray together for all of our children, teachers, bus drivers, the board of education and all who will be involved during the school year.”
For more information, contact Vaughn Howington, Charity Baptist Church, at 677-5253 or 367-1757.


Banks County school year starts next Friday
The Banks County School System will kick off the 2002-2003 school year at each school next Friday, August 9.
Next week’s issue of The Banks County News will feature back to school stories, including updates on new staff, new principles, school calendar and other information.
The school systems will hold an open house on August 8 at each school to welcome students and parents.
Phone numbers for the county’s five schools and the board office are: high school, 677-2221; middle school, 677-2277; upper elementary school, 677-2190; elementary school, 677-2308; primary school, 677-2355; and board of education office, 677-2224.