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AUGUST 7, 2002


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OPINIONS
Angela Gary
Are there any side effects?
Anyone who has read my column before is probably aware that I read my medical book entirely too much. The huge volume was a birthday gift from my sister one year.

Support Chamber
The Banks County Chamber of Commerce has many exciting plans in the works or already under way.


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Moore reports good summer football camp for Leopards
Leopards have scrimmage set next week
With only a few weeks to go before the first game, the Leopards are preparing for their season opener.


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JACKSON COUNTY
BOC buys more Darnell Road property for courthouse
To pay $362,250 for house and seven more acres
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed in a split vote Monday night to purchase seven additional acres at Darnell Road for a courthouse.

City Council Ready To Move On Truck Parking Regulations
Aimed At Big Trucks In Residential Areas
The Commerce City Council appears poised to accept the recommendation of the Commerce Planning Commission Monday night on the subject of heavy trucks parking in residential areas.

Chateau Elan residents say zoning change a ‘done deal’
The fate of a proposed change in a large residential and commercial development in Braselton is now in the hands of the Braselton Town Council following a unanimous nod of approval from the Braselton Planning Commission Monday night.


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MADISON COUNTY

Ila to go ahead with city hall renovations
Renovations on Ila’s city hall building will soon be under way.
The town’s mayor and council decided Monday night to proceed with the renovations using sub-contractors they select as the work progresses.
Mayor Mike Coile agreed to contact contractor and lone bidder Terry Seagraves to begin carpentry work as soon as possible.

School bells ring Friday
Madison County kids will head back to the classroom again this Friday.
The most significant county-wide change this year is a new afternoon bus routing schedule placing elementary age bus riders on buses separate from high school and middle school students.

High expectations
New MCHS principal says he has high hopes for students
Robert Adams already looks very much at home seated behind his desk in the new principal’s office at Madison County High School.
Officially on the job since July 1,

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Banks County High School cheerleader Tiffany Vaughn paints a sign to welcome students back to school. The cheerleaders made signs to hang in the school to greet students as they file to classes Friday morning.

Baldwin seeks counties’ help
City needs aid on building inspections
The Baldwin City Council may be asking Banks and Habersham counties for help in performing building inspections.
At Monday’s meeting, the council discussed the problems occurring with having only a part-time inspector. Mayor Mark Reed said there had been complaints about slow inspections.
Currently, the city’s inspector, Andy Waldrop, is vacationing for two weeks and has indicated to city clerk, Betty Harper, he may retire.
Reed said Habersham County has three inspectors and an office staff that can schedule appointments for the next day. Cornelia and Clarkesville are also considering going through the county for inspections.
Both counties have helped the city when it has been in a bind as a “courtesy,” said Reed.
Habersham County officials have indicated a contract with the city would be required.
The council decided to inquire further into contracting with the counties and discuss the issue later.
In other business:
•Reed reported Waste Management Inc. “had read the story in The Banks County News” about the problems with the trash pickup. The tipping truck that was said to be unavailable until September had been delivered to the city. WMI said it would be used once the tags are obtained.
•Reed also said the city’s trash cart inventory would be completed by Friday. He said the city was being charged for 200 carts that it could not account for. He said it was “unlikely” that 200 carts had been stolen. Street crews are painting the E-911 addresses on the carts and logging them.
•the council discussed cleanup efforts by some residents after complaints were made at the last meeting by resident Linda Caudell. The property across from the cemetery she had complained about now has a six-foot wooden privacy fence around it, said Reed.
•council member Kevin Gaddis said he wanted to address the city’s abatement ordinance at a future meeting. He said he has gathered ordinances from other cities for comparison.
•the council discussed complaints about the number of people living in a single-family dwelling.
•Reed read a letter from Lester and Frances Haynes concerning the refund of the tax money owed them.
•at several residents’ request, the council discussed installing three speed tables on Wilbanks Street. The council will hold a public hearing during the September 9 meeting to get input from residents.
•the council discussed replacing the ice machine that provides ice for the fire department, street crews and water lab tests.
•the council approved the rezoning of 31.97 acres on Duncan Bridge Road owned by Don Hammond from agricultural to industrial.
•agreed to let the city clerk write checks for bills payable to avoid late charges when held for approval at council meetings.
•the council discussed applying for grants to install a below-ground water storage tank, an above-ground water storage tank and the laying of new water lines down to Anderson Village.
•the council discussed turning over a number of water customers on a dead-end line on Hwy. 105 to Banks County. The bridge on Hwy. 105 is scheduled for work by the DOT and the lines will have to be moved.
•the council held a closed session to discuss personnel, land acquisition and pending litigation. The council did not re-open the meeting and adjourned with no further business.


Woman drives into Golden Pantry
Accident results in DUI charge
When Bonnie Thompson was mopping the floor at the Golden Pantry Saturday night, she did not expect a car to come into the store.
But it did.
“I’m glad I went down the other isle,” said Thompson, a manager at the store. “I threw the mop when I saw her come in.”
After a deputy responded to the scene, Donna Lynn McCulloch, 35, Jefferson, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) and no proof of insurance.
Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman said McCulloch was a passenger in a 1992 Dodge Caravan. He said the driver of the van went into the store and McCulloch tried to move the vehicle while sitting in the passenger seat.
When she did, the van went over the sidewalk and through the store front, damaging a window and a wall.
No one was injured in the accident.


Women in Business to meet
The Banks and Habersham counties chambers of commerce are co-sponsoring the second “Women In Business” luncheon at 11:30 a.m Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Beef Baron Restaurant in Baldwin. Robin Brewley, Athens Regional Medical Center, will speak on stress management.
The luncheon costs $10 and includes meal, drink and tip. Two light fare lunches will be offered. Check or cash payment must be made in advance at the door. Non-members are welcome. Reservations by Monday, Aug. 19, are requested.
For more information contact the Banks County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Carole Moores, at (706) 677-2108, or the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 778-4654 or by email at habinfo@alltel.net.


County to dedicate new fire stations
The Banks County Fire Department will dedicate its two new fire stations at the Hickory Flat station on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m.
Fire chief Perry Dalton said the ceremony will include a ribbon cutting and will give citizens a chance to look at the new station and fire truck. The Hickory Flat and Carson Segars stations are the two new facilities.



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Little contributions, spending among local candidates
There has been very little contributions made to the candidates who will be on the ballot in the Aug. 20 primary election There has also been little spending going on among the candidates.
In the Banks County Board of Commission Post 2 race, incumbent Ernest Rogers (D) and challengers Sara Yarber Cross (D) and Ricky Cain (R) list no contributions. Rogers is the only one who lists an expenditure. He reported $288 in expenditures which went for his qualifying fee.
In the BOC Post 3 race, incumbent Pat Westmoreland (D) listed no contributions or expenditures. Challenger Don Shubert (R) hasn’t filed his report yet due to medical reasons.
BOE RACES
In the Banks County Board of Education Post 3 race, Willene Parson Boyle (R) reports $250 in individual donations of $101 or less each. She listed $45 in expenditures. Ben Ramsey (R) reported no contributions or expenditures. Rob Boswell (D) reported no contributions or expenditures.

Students start school Friday
Banks County students will return to the classroom on Friday with an estimated 2,450 enrolled. New policies and programs and new faces in the faculty are among the changes students will find this year. See this weeks Banks County news for a preview of the school year.
GEMC rep to speak to chamber
Brian Cardoza, senior project manager with Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, will speak at the Banks County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Herbert Garrison Civic Center.
Carole Moores said Cardoza will speak about economic development.
Members will receive a free breakfast , as do first time guests. Non-members will be charged $6. Call Moores at (706) 677-2108 for more information.