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DECEMBER 25, 2002


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Frank Gillespie
My most memorable Christmas
I knew when I left camp that I would experience a memorable Christmas. But it turned out to be much more than I had imagined.

Zach Mitcham
The Christmas meal
It is standard Christmas chit chat, the amazement we share about our gorging abilities, the five to 10 extra pounds we’ll discover when we step on a scale after the holidays.


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Holiday hoopfest
Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to open with Commerce in Tigers’ “Holiday Classic” tourney
After already hosting one pre-January tournament, Madison County’s basketball teams will look to hone their skills in another.


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JACKSON COUNTY

Christmas gifts provided by Holiday Connection, DFACS for hundreds of children this year
The hallways at the Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services office in Jefferson were lined with toys, bicycles, clothes and boxes of food last week as caseworkers and volunteers readied to play “Santa” for hundreds of children in Jackson County.

DDA Office Among Decorating Contest Winners
The Commerce Garden Club Council has announced the winners of its annual decorating contest. Judging was Tuesday night, Dec. 17, and winners are as follows.


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BANKS COUNTY

Spreading Christmas cheer
Couple works with seniors in Christmas spirit
Though they’ve lived in the county only two years, Paul and Michelle Skeggs have showed they are concerned with the welfare of the residents

BOC approves fire contract for Bold Springs area
The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a five-month fire contract for the Bold Springs area in a brief called meeting Friday morning.

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

George Nale was home from the hospital in time for Christmas this year, thanks to Madison County emergency medical service workers who saved his life during a heart attack earlier this month. Nale was instrumental in bringing the enhanced 911 system to the county several years ago. Pictured (standing, L-R) are: Scott Bridges, Randy Saye, Rudolph Nix, (seated, L-R) Millie Temple, Nale and Scott Harpold.

A true holiday blessing
“Before I shocked him (Nale) the first time, I said a prayer...
I remember thinking his guardian angel was surely with him that day.”
— Paramedic Millie Temple
Man who helped bring 911 to the county credits 911, EMS for saving his life
George Nale is feeling pretty blessed this Christmas.
The victim of a serious heart attack earlier this month, Nale credits the quick response of 911 emergency personnel for saving his life. And in passing out credit, he might also look to himself for chairing a committee that was instrumental in bringing the enhanced 911 system into the county just three years ago.
Nale, 73, knew just what to do when he began to feel the symptoms of a possible heart attack on Friday Dec. 6 — he dialed 911.
“He told the dispatcher he thought he was having a heart attack,” Paramedic Millie Temple said.
Nale, who has been helping with restoration work on the old Madison County courthouse in Danielsville, headed home earlier than he planned to that day when he began to feel dizzy, thinking he just needed to rest.
“I don’t remember much at all, but I must have dialed 911 as soon as I got home,” he said. “I remember pulling over on the way home and waiting for a dizzy spell to pass.”
Veteran First Responder Rudolph Nix arrived at Nale’s home on Minish Lake Road just a few moments after the call went out, followed quickly by First Responder Randy Saye.
Nix located Nale in the basement, where he and Saye took his vital signs and waited for an Emergency Medical Services ambulance to arrive.
Paramedics Millie Temple and Scott Harpold were at EMS Station 2 in Danielsville when they got the call out for a possible heart attack.
The two picked up EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Scott Bridges at EMS Station 3 in Ila for assistance on their way to Nale’s home.
Once there, Temple said it didn’t take long to assess the situation. “He said he felt better and that the ‘tightness’ was gone,” Temple remembers. “And I thought, ‘Uh-oh, it’s the calm before the storm and we need to get him transported.’”
“Chest pain does not always mean a heart attack — but when someone mentions tightness — that’s a red flag for sure,” Harpold said.
Harpold administered two baby aspirin to Nale (standard for a possible heart attack) after loading him into the ambulance in his front yard and that’s when things got really rough.
“The last thing he said was ‘Boy this baby aspirin sure tastes good,’ and that was it, he passed out,” Temple said.
“Before I shocked him the first time, I said a prayer,” she said. “I remember thinking his guardian angel was surely with him that day.”
That was the first of seven times the EMS team used a defibrillator and other means to resuscitate Nale on their way to the hospital.
Mrs. Nale, who was visiting relatives in Alabama at the time, said she was told he was resuscitated 15 more times — for a total of 22- in the next few hours as emergency room and coronary care doctors worked to keep him alive.
“I didn’t know who he was when we picked him up,” Temple said. “It wasn’t until later that someone told me he was the one that helped 911 get started.”
“It was just one of those things where the system worked just right,” she added. “And I remember thinking ‘I’m especially glad it worked for him.’” For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Planners vote to stick with uniform water system standards
Future developments will have to adhere to the Industrial Authority’s new water system standards, no matter where they are located in the county.
The commission didn’t have any rezoning hearings to deal with last week, so the group focused on the possibility of having a different set of standards for small (nine or less) lot subdivisions not connected to the county’s expanding water system.
“We took some standards from the EPA and the IDA’s minimum requirements to offer an option for less stringent standards for those with smaller developments, but the commission decided to stick with the current standards for everyone,” county planner Jay Baker said.
Baker said the commission wants to encourage developers to stick closer to cities and follow the current comprehensive plan for the county.
“The commission feels that will help control where the growth is,” Baker said.
Established subdivisions with community water will not be required to upgrade their water systems; the standards will apply only to future developments.
The BOC will make a final decision on the planning commission’s recommendation at its next regular business meeting.
In other business, the planning commission discussed the formation of a sub-committee to develop a soil erosion and sedimentation control ordinance.
The commission also has three candidates to consider to replace Pat Mahoney, who resigned from the planning commission in November.

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BOC to discuss subdivision
regulations
Three proposed amendments to county subdivision regulations are on the county commissioners’ Monday agenda.
The BOC will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, in the county government complex.
Those amendments include:
•a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the subdivision regulations regarding open space development.
•a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the subdivision regulations regarding water system standards.
•a public hearing on the proposed amendment to Article XI, Section 11.0, of the subdivision regulations.
Other agenda items include:
•Probate judge Donald Royston — 2002-2003 budgets and Mill District election poll.
•County attorney Mike Pruett — SPLOST.
•Chairman Wesley Nash — services agreement with the Madison County Board of Health.
•Chairman Nash — schedule a special called meeting to adopt county policies for 2003.
•Chairman Nash — schedule a work session to discuss phone system.
•Chairman Nash — reports and recommendations.