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June 29, 2001

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Jana Adams
Nothing if not contradictory
Obesity, obesity, Americans are increasingly obese. It’s the cry of the media these days, with sidebars on related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease and how children and adults today are more overweight than they’ve ever been.

Rochelle Beckstine
Wives’ Tales abound even in 2002
Any pregnant woman can attest that everyone has an old wives’ tale to impart about how best to tell the sex of the baby they’re carrying.

Frank Gillespiie
Bureaucrats mess up
our educational system
King Roy has to be troubled by the latest education news. After all, he is spending a great deal of money bragging about his education policy. Now, we learn that Georgia is now last of 50 states in SAT scores. Only the District of Columbia has a lower figure.

Zach Mitcham
Looking back
at ‘Ground Zero’
The breakfast customers left their food to evacuate the Bankers Trust building next to the World Trade Center.


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Oh so close!
One yard doesn’t seem like much. But Friday night, one yard meant everything to the Leopards.

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9/11 remembered
Remembrance services are being planned throughout Jackson County on Sept. 11 in observance of the tragedy a year ago in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Developer drops $2.5 million Hoschton lawsuit
A $2.5 million lawsuit against the City of Hoschton has been dropped by the plaintiff.
David Healan, a developer and former Hoschton City Council member, filed the suit in June alleging racketeering of a rezoning request that was denied by the council in 2000.

Ban on outside watering begins Friday
As Georgia’s four-year drought worsens, mandatory water conservation measures go into effect this week in Jackson, Barrow, Oconee and Clarke counties.

CHS SAT Scores Jump
Georgia's average on the Scholastic Assessment Test may have stayed flat at 860 and slipped to 50th among the 50 states, but the news is a lot better in Commerce.

Neighboorhood News ..
Never seen it so dry
The “dry weather” pond in one of Charles Hart’s pastures is not much more than a muddy puddle these days.
Designed to catch rain water, the pond, like others all over the area, just hasn’t had much rain to catch lately.

Arrest made in Paoli Junction armed robbery
An Elberton man was arrested in connection with a Labor Day armed robbery at Paoli Junction at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and Hwy. 172 around noon.

College prep SAT scores up, overall totals down
The SAT scores of the 2002 Madison County High School’s college preparatory graduates were up by some 50 points over the scores of the previous class.
The Banks County News
Homer, Georgia
Telephone: (706) 367-5233
Fax: (706) 367-8056


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Laboring on Labor Day

Medic Carla Crisco inventories the supplies on an ambulance, just like on any other normal Monday.

Banks County SAT scores up again
For the second year in a row, Banks County has seen a jump in its average SAT scores.
The county’s math score increased 12 points while the verbal score was up three points over the 2001 scores.
Students scored an average of 479 on the math portion and 482 on the verbal. Banks’ average total for both sections was 961.
Though the county improved its scores over last year, it still falls below the state average.
Statewide, students scored an average of 491 on the math portion and 489 on verbal, a total average of 980.
Banks scores were above the average for rural high schools in the state.
Among rural schools, students averaged a 468 on the math and 472 on the verbal, a combined scored of 940.
“We are very proud of the gains that have been made in the past two years and the five-year trend of improving SAT scores,” county school superintendent Deborah White said.
White added that in the last five years, the county has increased its math score by 24 points and its verbal by 37.
“We are closing the gap,” White said. “A more challenging curriculum and additional academic courses have provided students opportunities to increase their achievement levels.”
White said the high school will be offering SAT prep classes to students this year to improve their performance on the test. She also said that about half of the county’s high school students take the SAT.

Voters to decide state races Tuesday
Mike Beatty of Jefferson will face Steve Stancil in a run-off election Tuesday in the lieutenant governor’s race.
Beatty was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot in the primary election held Aug. 20 with 44 percent of the vote. Stancil had 43 percent of the vote.
Beatty carried over 100 counties in the primary election. He finished first in overall votes with nearly 200,000.
The winner in the run-off will face incumbent Mark Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 5 General Election.
Beatty has served in both the state House of Representatives and the Senate.
He was the first Republican elected to the House of Representatives from Jackson County and was also the first Republican to win Senate District 47.
Beatty and his wife, Judy, have one daughter, Amanda, and two grandsons.
He is a former school teacher and head football coach. He operated a cattle and poultry farm before opening his own business.
Republican voters will have one other race to decide in Tuesday’s run-off.
In the secretary of state race, Charlie Bailey will face Vernadette Brooks. Bailey had 47 percent of the vote, while Brooks had 26.5. The third candidate, Jerry Wyatt, had 26.4 percent of the vote.
Democrat voters will only have one race to decide in Tuesday’s run-off. In the state school superintendent race, Barbara Christmas will face Joe Martin. Christmas had 38.3 percent of the vote, while Martin had 24.1 percent.
There were six candidates in this race.

Remembrance services planned around county for September 11 anniversary
Remembrance services are being planned throughout Banks County on Sept. 11 in observance of the tragedy a year ago in New York City and Washington, D.C.
A community-wide September 11, 2001, remembrance service will be held at Homer Baptist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 7 p.m.
A tribute to local firefighters, law enforcement and rescue teams and their families will be observed.
Banks County citizens are urged to join with Homer Alliance Church, Homer Baptist Church, Homer First Baptist Church and Homer United Methodist church to honor these organizations that respond to the community, leaders stated.
A dessert course will be served following the service.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will hold a special remembrance service at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 11. There will be a candle lighting ceremony and special singing. A local firefighter who helped in New York at Ground Zero will be the guest speaker.
Everyone is invited to attend, leaders say.
The church is located on Hwy. 51 South between Homer and Lula.
For more information, call (706) 677-2795 or (706) 336-6988.
Banks County Upper Elementary and Middle schools will hold a “Remembrance Walk” beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, to remember the September 11, 2001, tragedy and to honor the community’s civil servants.
A short ceremony at the football stadium will follow the walk. All are invited to attend, leaders say.
Synthetic Industries has planned a special observation on Sept. 11 in recognition of the tragic events of last year.
A flag will be lowered to half mast at 8:30 a.m. at the industry, located on the Yonah-Homer Road in Alto. There will also be a moment of silence and fire and EMS personnel will be on hand.
Woodmen of the World Lodge 264 will sponsor a community ceremony to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of September 11. The ceremony, “In Honor and Remembrance — Woodmen Salutes America’s Heroes,” will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, at the Banks Crossing Fire Station #310.
The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will include representatives from the fire department, sheriff’s department and the American Legion, state representative, the mayor of Homer, a Tanger Mall representative, the CVB and others.
President George W. Bush has designated September 11 as “Patriot Day” and has called upon all Americans to observe the occasion with patriotic activities. On September 11, more than 600 Woodmen lodges across the nation will hold dedication ceremonies to present flagpoles, U.S. flags and commemorative plaques to their communities.
For more information, contact Pat Westmoreland at 677-4927 or Phillip Holcomb at 336-8104.
On Wednesday, September 11, a day of remembrance will be held at the Tanger Outlet Center in Commerce. Tanger has announced it will fly their United States Flag at half mast from sunrise to sunset on that day as a tribute to those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
“We will never forget what changed our lives and our nation on September 11, 2001,” stated Stanley K. Tanger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. “We will always remember and honor the courageous and remarkable heroes and the innocent victims of this tragedy.”
The Tanger Outlet Center will also remember the events of September 11 by giving its shoppers a complimentary United States Flag or Flag Lapel Pin. Flags and pins will be available beginning September 4, at any Tanger Outlet Center store and the Tanger customer service center while supplies last. There is no purchase necessary.
Tanger Outlet is located at I-85, exit 149, and US Hwy. 441 in Commerce.

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BOC enacts water ban
Customers of the county water system will have to watch their water use.
Friday, the Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a total 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. outdoor watering ban for county water customers.
Customers with an address that ends in an even number can water outdoors after 10 p.m. or before 10 a.m. on even calendar days, and vice-versa for those at odd number addresses.
The county marshal will enforce the ban. The ban does not affect residents who get their water from a well.

Special feature planned for 9/11
As the first anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history nears, The Banks County News staff is working on a special feature.
What are your thoughts on this event? How have your lives changed? Readers are asked to send their thoughts about this tragic time.
If you, a friend or a relative were in New York City or Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, we want to hear from you.
Responses can be mailed to, Angela Gary, The Banks County News, P.O. Box 920, Homer, Ga. 30549; or emailed to Those interested in responding may also call Miss Gary at (706) 367-2490.
All comments are due by Friday, September 6.