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AUGUST 7, 2002


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Frank Gillespiie
Judge’s poor ruling led to tragedy
A few days ago a reader greeted me with “I like your articles because you don’t care whose toes you step on.” Well, today I have a new set of toes to stomp. The toes belong to a federal judge.

Zach Mitcham
A view on simplicity
“The wife who keeps saying, ‘Isn’t that just like a man?’ and the husband who keeps saying, ‘Oh, well, you know how women are,’ are likely to grow farther and farther apart through the years.”


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Raiders’ Jeffers helps guide traveling baseball team to World Series title
Ben Jeffers’ crafty pitching helped push the Madison County Red Raider baseball team to the second round of the state playoffs earlier this year.


Neighboorhood News ..
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.


Neighborhood News...
BANKS COUNTY
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.

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.

Students start school Friday
Banks County students will return to the classroom on Friday with an estimated 2,450 enrolled.

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GETTING READY FOR THE STUDENTS

Paraprofessionals Mary McCannon (front) and Lynn Norman are pictured Monday afternoon at Comer Elementary School preparing for the 2002-2003 school year, which begins Friday.

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.
Mayor Coile also encouraged fellow council members to participate in seeking and selecting materials and sub-contractors during the renovation.
Coile told the council he will contact Sonny Belk for a price on brick work.
City clerk Susan Steed told the council that probate judge Donald “Hoppy” Royston might be able to provide assistance with the purchase of a central heating and air conditioning system and carpeting since the city hall is used as a voting precinct.
The council agreed to go ahead and obtain a price from Van Jordan of Air Service on a three ton Trane system for the former fire hall portion of the building and a natural gas furnace for the office portion.
Councilman Don Freeman agreed to contact electrician Jack McClellan for a price on electrical work and Coile agreed to get in touch with Wayne Chandler of Chandler Plumbing for a price on plumbing.
In other business:
•the council agreed to have a work day on Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at 8 a.m. to replace and repair street signs around the town that were destroyed or damaged by vandals.
•voted to hold a 2003 budget work session on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at city hall.
•heard from Mayor Coile that the two new water meter hookups were completed.
•voted to submit North Westbrook Street, Glenn Street, Lord Street and Wilkes Street for resurfacing under the state’s LARP program.
•heard that several water line leaks have been discovered and repaired during the past month.
•heard from councilman Troy Butler that water usage has averaged about 25 - 28 thousand gallons per day.
•decided to wait until it rains to flush the water system lines.
•heard from Steed that water usage was up 271,000 gallons (three water tower tankfuls) in July, despite a “no watering” ban inside the city limits.
•heard that Steed has received a number of complaints about the “corner yard sale business” at the town’s four-way stop.


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.
Start and dismissal times for all schools have been announced from the board of education office as follows: Colbert, Comer, Hull-Sanford and Ila elementary schools will begin classes at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m.
Danielsville Elementary will begin at 8:10 a.m. and dismiss at 2:55 p.m.
Madison County Middle School and Madison County High School will begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
BUS ROUTE CHANGES
According to school transportation director Larry Evans, these schedules are tentative and parents will be notified of any changes that may need to be made.
Comer Elementary principal Cathy Gruetter and Ila Elementary principal Carol Douglas say their schools’ new dismissal schedules for the afternoon will not take effect for several weeks as the new routes are finalized.
School personnel will be on hand to supervise students at all schools beginning at 7:30 a.m. according to the BOE office.
AFTER-SCHOOL
PROGRAM
The after-school program begins at all elementary schools on Monday, Aug. 12. There is a one-time $10 registration fee. The cost of the program is $6 per day.
MEAL PRICES
Meal prices increased slightly again this year. Lunch prices are as follows: $1.45 per day for middle and high school students and $1.20 for elementary school students.
Daily breakfast prices are: $1.15 for middle and high school and $1 for elementary schools.
NEW ART INSTRUCTOR
Allison Lewis is the new district-wide art instructor this year. She will divide her time between Colbert, Danielsville, Ila and Hull-Sanford elementary schools. Comer Elementary continues to have its own full-time program.
EARLY RELEASE DAYS
The school system will incorporate two “early-release” days into the school calendar again this year — Sept. 26 and Feb. 6 — to allow time for afternoon parent-teacher conferences.
Each school has an elected school council that meets once a month and these advertised meetings are open to the public.
Here is an outlook for each of the county’s seven public schools:
MADISON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Approximately 1,385 students are expected to enter the doors of Madison County High School this Friday, a jump from the 1,263 students enrolled last year at this time.
School officials say the high school is very “snug” this year with plenty of students and four additional faculty members.
“We anticipate the necessity to add mobile units next year to accommodate the growing number of students and teachers,” officials added.
The school’s daily schedule is as follows: first period: 8:15 - 9:45 a.m.; second period: 9:50 - 11:30 a.m.; third period (includes lunch): 11:35 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. and fourth period: 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Freshmen should report to the gym for orientation Friday morning, while other students should report to their advisors. A list of advisors and their students will be posted in the front of the school.
Parking permits will be on sale daily. A permit may be purchased from new assistant principal Russell Brock before or after school.
Parking permits are $32 this year and parking spaces are numbered and assigned. Students must park in their assigned places in order to retain their parking privileges.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.

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To read more about the local events in Madison County, including births, weddings, sports news and school news, see this week's Madison County Journal.


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, Adams says he has high expectations — in both academics and behavior — for the students who will walk through the doors of Madison County High School this week.
And there’s one message he especially wants those students to know.
“I want you to feel like you’re somebody here and for you to have a sense of community,” he said.”...I want grades to be based on your ability - not a label.”
“I owe it to all these students, not just some, to help them be successful by creating the type of environment that makes that (success) possible,” he emphasized.
“I am the students’ advocate - but I expect them to do the right thing” Adams added.
He also feels that another important part of his job is to educate parents by helping them understand the educational process today. “Everything is so different than when most of us went to school, and it’s important for them to know that,” he said. “I’m a teacher - I work for parents and I’m here to serve.”
And Adams says he will maintain an open door policy to students and parents - no appointment necessary.
“I’m a teacher, first and foremost. Just come see me...I’m here - I want to hear their voice,” Adams said.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madisoon County Journal.