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APRIL 16, 2003

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Taxes and the Southern states
I am writing this on April 15, tax day. It is fitting that tax day falls in the center of Southern History and Heritage Month. After all, an unfair tax program was the leading cause for the Southern Rebellion of 1861.

Adam Fouche
A dinner fit for Sonny
You might not know it, but the greatest mystery in the world has nothing to do with Sasquatch, the Abominable Snowman or the Egyptian pyramids.


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Mixed results
What’s becoming a “Jeckle and Hyde” type of spring for the Raider baseball team only got more erratic this past week.
The Madison County baseball team trekked to Eastside for a Friday double header and pounded the traditionally sound Eagles by a combined count of 25-6 in the twin bill.

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County grading on Darnell Rd.
Meetings to display plans set
County leaders have reportedly decided to make grading and road work for a new courthouse site the top priority and have been clearing a large swath of land at the site over the last week.

1,000-acre Terry Farm under negotiation
Crossroads Homes wants to provide ‘system built’ homes
By Jana Adams
Crossroads Homes is seeking an agreement with the would-be developer of Terry Farm to put up about 900 “system built” homes on the 1,000-acre South Jackson property.

Grocery chain seeks local distribution center
A grocery store chain will locate a distribution center in Jefferson if a rezoning request for the project is approved.

Council Expresses Frustration With Junked Cars, Yards
Maybe the spring cleaning urge has hit, but members of the Commerce City Council spent a good portion of Monday night's hour-long meeting lamenting the quantity of junked cars, unkempt yards, illegal signs and trash to be found along the city's streets.

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Behind the lines

A Banks County woman was able to get a glimpse of her husband’s life in the Kuwait Desert prior to the war.

44th annual Easter egg hunt ahead April 20
The Garrison family’s 44th annual Easter egg hunt will be held Sunday, April 20, at the home of Mack Garrison Jr. on Lula Road, GA 51 West in Homer.

Elderly woman robbed at gunpoint in her Maysville home
Two Maysville brothers remain in the Banks County Jail this week on charges they broke into an elderly woman’s home and robbed her with a pellet gun.

Jackson EMC to supply power to new middle school
The Banks County Board of Education has chosen Jackson EMC as the power supplier for its new middle school.
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Prom King and Queen

Prom queen Brittany Haggard dances with prom king Jon Arnold at the Madison County 2003 junior-senior prom at the Classic Center in Athens Saturday night. See Page 8B for more prom photos.

Lone Stars
The love of Madison County can stretch for many years — and over many states.
Mary Love Berryman and Jeanne Arguelles are both Texas residents, but both are Madison County, Georgia, history enthusiasts who maintain websites about this county.
Click on to their Internet sites and you can find connections with Madison County’s past. There’s the “Muster Roll” of Company D, 16th Regiment “Danielsville Guards” from the Confederate Army, plus other military records pertaining to Madison County.
You can find biographies on James Colbert, who the town of Colbert was named after, or Crawford W. Long, widely recognized as the world’s first anesthesiologist. There are biographies about those with familiar Madison County surnames: Bullock, Daniel, Eberhart, Gunnells, Meadow, Moore, Power, Scott, Strickland, Thompson and White.
There are also court records, obituaries, property deeds, maps, census information, vital records on births, deaths and marriages, Bible records, information on cemeteries and more.
The old newspaper articles are particularly colorful, with several pieces included about turn-of-the-century crimes in the county.
There’s the chilling 1896 Atlanta Constitution account of a Madison County man killing his wife and four children, before killing himself. There’s an 1892 account of a Danielsville man dying while on a possum hunt. You’ll find an account of an 1893 shooting involving two brothers fighting over a whiskey still.
There’s a Danielsville Monitor story from May of 1900, noting that a William Black, “an old and respected citizen of Hix, this county, has had the misfortune to lose his mind.”
“Judge Boggs went up Monday to try him for insanity,” the story went on to say. “But his wife did not want him carried to the asylum and will take care of him herself.”
There are old wills extending back to the days of slavery.
“To my son William Millican, one Negro boy named Anthony,” read the 1818 will of John Millican. “To my son James Millican, one Negro boy named Lewis. To my son John Millican, one Negro boy named Ci....”
The websites show the more verbose form of writing in the old days, such as a flowery 1893 wedding announcement for Dr. R.C. Morley and Miss Ella Sanders in Danielsville:
“...A large number of relatives and friends were royally entertained at the Morley house...where was tastily spread a wedding supper faultless in design and preparation and long to be remembered by those, who, amid the flow of unity and good cheer, gave substantial evidence of their appreciation of the occasion.”
The old documents are part of the GAGenWeb Archives, which is “a library of documents which have been put into a text format so that they will be long lasting and recognized in any word processing software.”
The two website coordinators first became acquainted through researching a common ancestor, Charles Berryman, who lived in what is now known as the Harrison District before Madison County was formed in 1812. Many of Charles and Nancy Bragg Berryman’s descendants still live in Madison and surrounding counties. The father of Hoyt Berryman Sr., Mary Love’s father-in-law, left in the early 1900s for Texas where he worked in the oil fields. Hoyt Jr. and Mary Love grew up in Tyler, Texas, and married in 1951.
In 1962, the couple brought Hoyt Sr. back to Georgia for a Berryman family reunion on Easter weekend.
“All of the eight children of Jasper and Fannie Guest Berryman attended the reunion and most of the 43 grandchildren were present at the home of Theodore Berryman for Sunday lunch,” Berryman said. “It was truly overwhelming, but at that time we fell in love with the Georgia family and Madison County.”
Sparked by an interest in the family ancestry, Berryman began keeping old letters, some records, pictures, obituaries and other keepsakes. She also made several trips back to Georgia to visit and find out more family history.
“I began to piece together the family and traced it back into Virginia,” said Berryman. “But more than that we became better acquainted with many of the historians of that (Madison County) area. Mary Bondurant Warren and Charlotte Bond became very good friends and contributed a lot to our genealogy. They helped me to know who to talk to and where to go to find records.”
Berryman agreed in 2001 to serve as the file manager for the Madison County GAGenWeb Archives project, though she had been contributing records before then.
She said the interesting thing about the project is “that we had people all over the country working on this.”
“Rick Elliot in California put the files together and added soundex to make our indexes the very best,” said Berryman. “We had people from Alaska, Georgia, Ohio, Maine, Texas and other states contributing money and working on the indexes. Nancy Bedell abstracted the 1820-1840 census records. Madison County researchers can view all the census records which have been released from their computers at home.”
Berryman said she sees similarities between the area she lives in now and Madison County.
“The area is very much the same, rolling hills and lots of trees,” she said. “Guess that is one reason we feel so at home in Madison County. I also do the Smith County TXGenWeb Project and Archives so I really enjoy when I can tie the two counties together.”
Berryman said she would “like to have a lot more records and would appreciate anyone who would send them to us.” Her email address is or she can be reached by mail at 3106 Rollingwood Drive, Tyler Tex. 7570. Berryman’s site is available at
Jeanne Arguelles’ family moved a lot during her childhood, which included a stay in Atlanta during the 1970s. Arguelles said the stint in the Peach State was “exciting for my mother because she had family in Georgia whom she had never met.”
“After watching ‘Roots’ on TV, my mom decided to delve into her family history, which led us to Madison County,” said Arguelles. “Her goal was to learn the origin of her unusual maiden name, ‘Human.’ I was just a kid, but I loved tagging along to the courthouses and traipsing through cemeteries in search of ancestors. And I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Arguelles, who lives in Rockwall, Texas, not far from Dallas, said she still doesn’t know the European origin of the Human family, but that she’s learned a lot about other Madison County ancestors — the Browns, Braggs, Hawks, Thompsons and Berrymans.
“The Berryman family is especially fun to research because I have Mary Love as a partner, and because my great-great-great-grandmother, Frances Penn Berryman, was involved in a ‘Madison County murder mystery’ in the 1840s which we are still trying to solve!” said Arguelles.
Arguelles said researching Madison County ancestors is difficult when living in another state, so she was excited to find the GAGenWeb project.
“That’s where I bumped into Mary Love and learned how much we have in common, not only in our connection to the Berryman family, but also our love of Madison County history and our enjoyment in helping others find their Madison County roots,” said Arguelles, who took over as coordinator of the Madison County GAGenWeb project in 2000.
Arguelles said her goal is to make it as “easy as possible for researchers to find the information they need to trace their family history.”
“The website includes county history, maps, tips for finding records at the courthouse, how to locate vital records and conduct land research, lists of helpful books and publications, information on many Madison County families and links to the hundreds of records in the Archives contributed by Mary Love, myself and many other volunteers,” said Arguelles.
Arguelles said she and Berryman plan to keep expanding their sites.
“Soon we will have all of the Madison County wills 1812-1922 online and fully indexed, and then we’ll find another project to work on,” said Arguelles. “It’s been great fun working with Mary Love and very rewarding to know that our efforts are helping others enjoy Madison County history and genealogy.”
Arguelles can be emailed at:
Her website is available at

Three new Hull council members sworn in Monday
All the seats were filled at Monday night’s council meeting at Hull city hall for the first time in over a year, with three new members joining Mayor B.W. Hutchins and his wife, councilwoman Becky Hutchins, at the table for Monday night’s regular business meeting.
Attorney Pat Graham began the meeting by swearing in new members Paul and Rebecca Elkins and John Barber.
The three were the top vote getters in a special election held last month in Hull to elect new council members to serve the expired terms of Mark Cronic, Ken Murray and Trina Hill.
Graham said he will research how to set the terms of each of the three, as the three former members have terms that expire at different times.
Mayor Hutchins and city clerk Janet Seagraves briefly went over the duties of the council. Hutchins said he would provide each new member with a copy of Hull’s current budget for their review.
“It’s (budget) not cut in stone, it’s a guide and you can change it at any time you wish,” he said.
Hutchins also advised the council to “definitely represent the citizens of this town” in all their decision-making.
Seagraves said the new council members are required to attend training sessions, which will be paid for by the city. The next training session for newly elected officers of municipalities will not be held again until next spring.
As their first order of business, the council voted unanimously to donate $1,000 to the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.
Mrs. Hutchins made the motion, saying that she felt the shelter has been a valuable asset to the county.
The council also discussed implementing animal control and animal cruelty ordinances in the city. Attorney Graham told the council they would need to employ a trained officer, and have a kennel to temporarily house stray animals and a vehicle to transport animals to the shelter. He also recommended the city to have its own contract with the shelter to take stray animals.
Animal cruelty laws could be added to the ordinance as well, he said.
Graham also advised that state laws on animal cruelty allow any citizen of the county to file an animal cruelty complaint with the magistrate court or report such incidences to the sheriff’s office.
In other business, the council:
•heard from Graham that the Industrial Authority will not require a right of way deed from Hull to place a county water main under Glenn Carrie Road since the city has already voted to approve the procedure.
•heard that Charter Communications, the cable company that services Hull, will now receive all calls from customers at their Greenville SC offices but that payments can still be made at the Athens office.
•received a five percent franchise rebate from Charter in the amount of $170 for the year 2000. Charter reported that it had received $3,405 in revenue from city customers during that year.
•heard that a new Hull city sign, installed by the Rotary Club, is in place along Hwy. 72.
•were encouraged by Mayor Hutchins to attend Hull community festival committee meetings. Hutchins said that funds from the festival are used for beautification projects around the town.
•heard that the Department of Transportation would like the city to help them with the problem of old residential driveways being used as illegal driveways to businesses. The DOT requested that council members inform them of any such violations.

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New principal expected to be hired Tuesday
The replacement for outgoing Madison County High School principal Robert Adams is expected be named at the county school board meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Keith Cowne will recommend one of two finalists at the BOE meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school media center.
The high school principal hiring committee received 28 applications for the post. The field was narrowed to four and then two.
Adams’ resignation takes effect at the end of this school year. He turned in his letter of resignation in February, without another job lined up and without offering comment on the reason for the departure.
The new principal will be the fifth person to hold that post in eight years.

Trial for woman accused of killing infant son set for May 5
The trial of a woman accused of killing her infant son is set for May 5 in Madison County Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s office.
Hope Buie was charged with the Sept. 29, 2001, murder of her 16-month-old child, Ceasar Bolton Jr.
The victim was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center after sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to a Madison Boulevard home and found the baby bruised and unresponsive.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, the cause of death was later ruled to be “peritonitis, which was the result of a severed intestine.”
A separate Madison County murder trial is expected to take place “sometime in June,” according the DA’s office. No official trial date has been set, but criminal trial week under Judge Lindsay Tise is set for June 16-20.
Henry Mckisey Bolton Jr., Athens, will stand trial for the murder of Willie Frank Smith, who was found shot to death outside of his car on Helican Springs Road on Sept. 14, 2002.

Colbert man reports being kidnapped at gunpoint
A Colbert man was allegedly kidnapped at gun point by three men in the parking lot of Ingles grocery store on Hwy. 29 South last Friday afternoon.
According to a report on file at the sheriff’s office, the man came to the sheriff’s office on Saturday to report that he had been kidnapped at gunpoint and his truck stolen.
The victim told deputies that three black males, approximately 17 - 18 years old, approached him as he was unlocking the door of his truck. One of the men allegedly pulled a semi-automatic pistol out and told him to “get in the truck.”
The men were described as between 5’8’’ - 5’10” tall, one with a light complexion and the other two with dark complexions.
At that time, according to the report, the victim and the armed offender got into the back of the truck and the other two got in the front.
The men allegedly put the victim out on Smokey Road early Saturday morning, unharmed.
Neither the perpetrators nor the truck, a 1998 white Toyota pick up, have been found as of press time.
Also taken in the alleged kidnapping, hijacking and robbery were a power saw, leather tool belt, two credit cards and cash.