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DECEMBER 4, 2002


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Frank Gillespie
What’s truly divisive
It never ceases to amaze me how the big Atlanta media can pass on quotes from anti-south bigots without bothering to question the accuracy of their statements.

Margie Richards
Animal shelter becomes a reality
The word by definition means a place of sanctuary, protection, safety and security.


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Coach says seniors must step it up
Whatever the sport, be it high school or college, this much is true: seniors are expected to take charge.


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JACKSON COUNTY
Animal control vote falls short
Beshara to again make motion on ordinance Dec. 16
Did it pass or not?
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Commerce Gets Appraisal On Old City Hall Building
Does the city of Commerce have a potential buyer for The Chamber Building?

Ice tonight?
You knew it was colder than normal for early December. Now forecasters are predicting sleet and freezing rain for the Jackson County and Northeast Georgia area Wednesday night and Thursday morning.


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BANKS COUNTY

DA to seek indictment for arson

District attorney Tim Madison plans to seek an indictment on Jay Scott Ballinger for setting the 1998 fire that killed Banks County firefighter Loy Williams Jr.

Gillsville approves tower and zoning ordinances
The Gillsville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the new zoning ordinance and telecommunication tower ordinance.

Planners approve disaster ordinances
The county may be one step closer to having a set of ordinances to aid citizens in times of disaster.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON OPEN HOUSE

The Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter board of directors and staff posed for a picture in front of the new animal shelter during a Sunday afternoon open house party to showcase the completion of the new building. Pictured (L-R) are: board members Margie and Charles Richards; shelter benefactor Sally Adams; board chairperson Susan Fisher; shelter director David Jones; board member Angie McGinnis, board president Marisu Wehrenberg; shelter co-director Catherine Lindsey; and shelter “mascots” Isabelle Cantin (dog) and Morgan Muffley (cat.). Pictured kneeling (L-R) are: board secretary Denise Allen and board vice-president Dr. Paula Loniak. Not pictured are board members Sara Matthews and Maria Withers.

Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter opens its doors
The long-time dream of an animal shelter in the county is finally a reality.
The Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter began accepting animals this week.
The shelter is expected to be fully functional next week, but animals are already available for adoption.
Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter (MOAS) board members and staff held an open house “wrap party” Sunday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the construction phase of their new 10,000 square foot facility.
The shelter building, which is located next to the Madison County Transfer Station and Recycling Center, will be called the “Adams Animal Sanctuary,” according to shelter director David Jones.
“The shelter is a first step to provide humane care to stray and unwanted animals. For now, the shelter will provide only drop off and adoption services, as well as educational programs, but if animal control is ever implemented in the two counties, we’re ready to go,” Jones said.
“We want to thank the Madison and Oglethorpe boards of commissioners, as well as the city governments within these two counties who have lent their support to this project,” Jones continued. “And we wish to give special recognition and thanks to Sally Adams and the Ochiltree Foundation for making this project possible.”
Jones also offered thanks and congratulations to the Madison-Oglethorpe Board of Directors and introduced the shelter’s co-director, Catherine Lindsey.
Also recognized for their work on the project were Greg Jordan, who designed the blueprints for the building, general contractor Gary Adams, and others involved in the construction and development phase.
“We also appreciate the support of the community and of the many volunteers who have stuck with the dream of an animal shelter for this area for many, many years,” Jones concluded.
The MOAS raised $1,500 in donations and proceeds from a silent auction held during the event
The shelter, located at 1888 Colbert Danielsville Road, next to the Madison County Transfer Station and Recycling Center, serves residents of both Madison and Oglethorpe counties. Those who bring an animal to the shelter must provide proof of residency (driver’s license or other form of picture I.D.).
Hours of operation are as follows: Mondays - closed to the public (no drop offs or adoptions); Tuesdays - noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays - noon to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.
For information or to volunteer, contact the shelter at 795-2868.


Shriners provide local teen a prosthetic hand
Blake Pulliam will remember the day he met Julian Davis in a McDonald’s restaurant near Hull.
Blake was born with multiple birth defects. He has a partial hand on the right side and no hand on the left. For all of his 13 years, he has had to live with this handicap.
Davis is an active member of the Georgia Shrine. He spends many hours collecting funds for the Shrine’s children’s hospitals. When he met Blake, he was sure that the Shrine would help him obtain a prosthesis for his missing hand.
Blake was transported to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Greenville S.C. where a new hand was created for him. As he grows, the hand will be refined, refitted and replaced as necessary. All expenses, including transportation, will be paid by the Shriners until his 18th birthday.
“I want people to know that when they see me collecting money for the Shrine, every cent I collect will go to help these kids,” Davis said. “We take no administrative cost from the donations. All work is done on a volunteer basis.”
Since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922, over 675,000 children have received free, expert medical care at a cost of approximately $5.5 billion dollars. The hospitals provide help to children from ages 1 to 18 who suffer from many debilitating diseases. Their burn facilities often save the lives of young victims of fire. They also assist in reconstructive surgery to correct scarring and deformity of the face.
The Shriners invite anyone knowing of a child in need to contact them. Call 1-800-237-5055 or log on to their web site at www.shrinershq.org <http://www.shrinershq.org/.

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Christmas in Comer set for this Saturday
The city of Comer will hold its annual day-long Christmas celebration this Saturday, Dec. 7.
The festivities will begin with the “Reindeer Run/Walk.” Registration is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.
Comer Volunteer Fire Department will host a barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. on a “first come - first serve basis.”
Outdoor entertainment starts downtown at 1 p.m. on two stages. The gospel quartet Fourgiven will perform on a stage in front of the post office, while various school groups will hold performances on North Avenue (commonly known as Front St.).
The Comer Christmas parade with “Santa Claus” will begin at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, Comer Elementary School will host a Christmas festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day as well.
Various crafters and vendors will be set up in the gym beginning at 10 a.m.
After the parade, the school will feature a cake walk and lots of games for kids until 5 p.m.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 8, Comer will host a community Christmas tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. in the center of town, sponsored by local churches and Merchants and Farmers Bank.
Various businesses downtown will also hold different activities all weekend long.