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JULY 9, 2003


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A Title Run?
It’s been a perfect all-star season so far for the Commerce 14-and-under all-stars and if they keep that streak intact this week, they’ll be calling themselves state champions.

Local teams prep for state
A host of local all star teams will take to the diamond in the coming days for state tournament play. The first team in action will be the 13-and-14 year-old baseball team from Jackson County. The squad will travel to Loganville today for a meeting with the home team from Walton County.


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BANKS COUNTY
Celebrating a ‘beautiful’ completion

Rep. Jeanette Jamieson will cut the ribbon and serve as the keynote speaker at the Banks Crossing beautification project dedication ceremony planned by the Banks County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Thursday, July 10.

Paperwork mix-up forces changes on new middle school
A mix-up concerning which agency was supposed to get soil and erosion plans on the new county middle school will force builders to make changes to original grading plans.

Former BCPS principal to be new assistant superintendent
Former Banks County Primary School principal Donna Reed was hired Monday to fill the vacant assistant superintendent slot for the school system.

Home Depot shooting for February opening
Although building construction has yet to begin, Home Depot expects to open its Banks Crossing store in early February.


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MADISON COUNTY
Wanted!
A surveillance camera photo has been released of the man who robbed Merchants and Farmers Bank on June 30 in Danielsville.

Habitat subdivision proposed for Comer
The Madison County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is seeking a rezoning from the Comer City Council for 10 acres of a 31 acre tract to be used for a Habitat subdivision.

Ila city hall parking lot to be resurfaced
Ila’s mayor and council contemplated finishing up renovations to their city hall property Monday night, agreeing to go ahead with sealing and re-striping the parking lot.

Council won’t support water to subdivision
A planned 30-lot subdivision just outside of Danielsville off Hwy. 98 won’t receive city water.

Danielsville man dies in Franklin County crash
A Danielsville man died in a one vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Hwy. 106, in Franklin County just north of the Madison County line, according to the Toccoa Post of the Georgia State Patrol.

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‘We relish the fight!’

Attorney Wycliffe Orr Jr. (L) spoke to a large group of citizens last Thursday during a rally to oppose county plans to finance a new courthouse. Looking on are two members of Concerned Citizens of Jackson County, Jean Griffeth Bauerband (R) and Charlotte Mealor (C). The group has vowed to fight plans to use a lease-purchase deal to finance a proposed $25 million courthouse, saying it is just a way for the county to avoid allowing citizens to vote on new debt. In return, county leaders have threatened to countersue the five citizens whose names are on the impending lawsuit. But a number of people reportedly came forward after Thursday’s rally and offered to have their names also added to the suit.

Updated 7/11/03
Wanda David, Clay Dale named to county water authority
Wanda David and Clay Dale were named by the board of commissioners in a called meeting Friday morning to serve on the county water and sewerage authority.
David, who is a former chairman of the water authority, was appointed in a 3-1 vote to replace Keith Ariail. Emil Beshara, Tony Beatty and Stacey Britt voted to name David, while Sammy Thomason voted against the motion.
Since Arial lives in District 2, Thomason was expected to make a nomination for this position. Thomason said he didn't have a nomination to make because he didn't have support from the board for his recommendation. He didn't say who he had planned to recommend.
"It has become obvious to me that the appointee that I have strived to appoint would not be confirmed by a majority of the board," he said. "As a result of that, I'm not going to make any nominations at this time."
Chairman Harold Fletcher then asked if anyone else had a motion to fill this position and Beshara nominated David. Beatty seconded the motion.
"Not to comment on the merits of the appointee or not, I can only say that I've honored the appointments of each of the district people," Thomason said. "I would hope that the board would give me the same courtesy and allow me to appoint someone from my district that represents the 10,000 people in my district. My district will be unrepresented if this nomination takes place. I'm not commenting on the appointee. It's the principle I'm talking about."
Dale was nominated by Britt to replace Tom Crow, who represented District 1 (Jefferson). The other board members unanimously agreed to his appointment.
The BOC is not required to name appointees to the water authority on a district basis, but they have done so since they have been in office.
The appointees were effective immediately. The next meeting of the water authority will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Courtroom in the Administrative Building in Jefferson.


Beshara presents ordinance on beer, wine sales in county
Commissioner Emil Beshara presented an ordinance Monday night on the sale of beer and wine in unincorporated areas of the county.
He asked the Jackson County Board of Commissioners to review the ordinance and be prepared to discuss it at the meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the Administrative Building in Jefferson. Beshara also asked the public to provide input in writing to: Jackson County Board of Commissioners, 67 Athens Street, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.
Beshara’s proposal would require that any convenience stores that sell wine and beer receive at least 50 percent of its revenue from other sources. The ordinance would also require restaurants that offer wine and beer get at least 70 percent of its revenue from other sources. Beshara said these restrictions would ensure that a package store or bar doesn’t open in unincorporated areas.
The ordinance does not address the sale of liquor, which would have to be approved by voters in a referendum. The BOC does have the authority to approve the sale of beer and wine without a referendum being held.
Beshara said one of the reasons for his effort is that Jackson County is losing restaurants, such as Ruby Tuesday, at Banks Crossing because Banks County does allow the sale of beer and wine. Beshara also said he has been asked by residents from all areas of the county, as well as representatives from Tanger Factory Outlet Mall, to approve such an ordinance.
“The unincorporated county loses money from the municipalities fairly regularly because property owners wish to sell alcoholic beverages and the only way they can is to annex into the city,” he said. “Having unincorporated Jackson County dry does not prohibit one individual from consuming alcohol. It does not prohibit one business that abuts a municipal boundary from selling alcohol because all they have to do is annex. It is a constant stream of eroding away the county tax base. It is a policy rooted in prohibition philosophy and that was soundly defeated and overruled.”


Nicholson Hires A
Building Inspector
Nicholson's newly-adopted land use ordinances required the city to have a building inspector and the position has been filled.
The city, during a 15-minute meeting Monday, agreed to hire Michelle Dills in a part-time capacity, paying her $100 a week.
The city's minimum standard building codes call for a building inspector to issue building permits.
In other business, the council:
•agreed to donate $1,000 to East Jackson Elementary School toward a playground area. Councilman Chuck Wheeler said the school deserved the city's financial support, given its proximity to Nicholson. "We're always asking for donations to help us do stuff," he said. "I don't think it would be too much to go ahead and give them $1,000 ... They're up the street from us."
•approved use of the Harold Swindle Library for English classes for a September to June session. Mayor Ronnie Maxwell said the classes should have little conflict with city council meetings as he expects the city government to be relocated to its new city hall by Thanksgiving. This will be the second session of classes at the library teaching Spanish-speaking residents English.
•approved its 2003-2004 budget which it reviewed last month. The new budget will see an 18 percent increase in spending over last year.
•approved three annexation requests on Cabin Creek and J.S. Williamson roads which will bring 5.58, 11.43 and 6.05 acre tracts into the city.

 

 


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Last large tract to be developed in Jefferson
The development of the last large tract of land inside the City of Jefferson will be on the table when the Quad Cities Planning Commis-sion meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the city clubhouse.
And planners of the proposed development have a unique twist to their rezoning request — they want to leave 177 acres along both sides of the North Oconee River undeveloped for a city wildlife nature park and duck hunting area.
The 555-acre tract is located at the intersection of the Hwy. 129 bypass and Old Swimming Pool Road and wraps around to Hwy. 11. It is owned by Atlanta-based Jeffco Investment Properties, which is represented by Dudley Ottely.
All of the tract except some 30 acres is already in the city limits of Jefferson. One part of the pending rezoning request is to annex that land into the city as well.
A rezoning request for the property calls for a planned unit development (PUD), a mixed-use project including 437 single-family houses, 92 apartments and 73 acres of commercial space.
Jeffco has owned the property for a number of years
The Jefferson City Council will take final action on the request when it meets at 6 p.m on Monday, Aug. 4, at the clubhouse.