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JULY 9, 2003


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Frank Gillespie
We need to help Liberia
As I write this, President Bush is touring Africa where he is being urged to send the Marines to help stabilize the fractured nation of Liberia.

Zach Mitcham
The legacy of Clinton in the South
The flag gets a lot of people riled up. The issue of abortion does it for others. For many, it’s the gun debate.
But hardly anything fuels fires in the conservative Southern psyche like Bill Clinton. He’s been gone a while now, but many still curse “Slick Willie,” saying he was a superficial, moral abyss, representing everything wrong with government.


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9- and 10-year-old softball all-stars advance to state
Note: The 11- and 12-year-old National League all-stars were in the semifinals of their district tournament as of press time.
With his team scoring a combined 70 runs over four games in sweeping the District 7 tournament this past week, 9- and- 10-year-old softball all-star coach Tony Croya doesn’t see a reason why his squad would slow down anytime soon.


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JACKSON COUNTY
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.

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.

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.


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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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Covered ears in Colbert

Presley McCarty, 2, covers her ears from the sound of sirens as she rides on the Happy Kids Daycare float in the Colbert Fourth of July Parade.

Wanted!
A surveillance camera photo has been released of the man who robbed Merchants and Farmers Bank on June 30 in Danielsville.
The “wanted” poster describes the fugitive as “slender black male between 5’9” and 6 feet tall.” He is in his “late 20s to early 30s.” He “had a goatee and was wearing a knit-type cap” and “should be considered armed and dangerous.”
Authorities say that a reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction. The reward amount has not been disclosed.
Anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 795-2101, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-597-8477 or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 706-549-6477.
The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank on June 30 after giving a teller a note demanding money and showing her a gun hidden in his pocket.
The teller complied and the man left the building without anyone being harmed. The teller then shouted “I’ve been robbed,” and the bank’s alarm was sounded as the robber fled on foot.


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.
The group wants to rezone the initial 10 acres, located at the corner of Hill and Flint Streets, from R-R to R-3. The R-3 zone allows the smallest house sizes available in the Comer zoning code.
Members of the council wanted to ask a number of questions about the request, but no one from Habitat was present. Areas of concern to the council include access to water and sewage, the number of homes to be constructed on the site and construction of necessary streets.
The initial plot shows 16 building sites, six of which would front existing streets. Water and sewage lines would have to be extended to service most of the sites. City codes require that any dwelling within 200 feet of a sewage line must be connected to the system. State rules require a lot size of 1.3 acres for the construction of septic tanks.
The council tabled a decision until their regular meeting on Aug. 5. They were cautioned by the city attorney that if they failed to act by that date, the rezoning request would be automatically approved.
In other actions:
•The council asked the city attorney to determine if any action was necessary to comply with the state’s adoption of the International Building Code.
•The group agreed to clear brush and poison ivy from a city-owned alley in a residential area.
•The council accepted an offer from Gene West to assume caretaker responsibility for the city park on a volunteer basis.
•The group agreed to seek a state permit to increase the city’s groundwater extraction from 100,000 gallons per day to 200,000 gallons per day.
•The council discussed the sale of a Mazda 626 automobile that was seized in a drug raid.


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.
The council voted to allow Mayor Mike Coile to coordinate having the job done after obtaining the best price for the work.
The council also agreed to install concrete parking curbs to protect the fence that surrounds the property. City clerk Susan Steed will check on prices for the curbing.
In other business, the council agreed to hold a 2004 budget work session following their regularly scheduled council meeting on Aug. 4.
In other business, the council:
•voted to have Mark Perry install a “stand pipe” drain on King Street while replacing a drain pipe on Westbrook Street. The drain on King Street will allow for better flushing of the water system in that area and provide an emergency access to water in case of fire.
•heard that the health department is unable to provide any assistance with clean up of the properties on Crawford Street and Pine Street, since the septic systems appear to be functioning properly. However, county code enforcement officer Jack Huff has contacted the properties’ landowners about cleaning them up and will follow up to make sure the work is done.


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 council members told developer Albert Sanders Monday that they would not provide city water to his proposed subdivision near Lord and Stephens Funeral Home.
However, the council did not officially deny Sanders’ request for water, since Mayor Glenn Cross was not at the meeting and the council did not have the required three votes for denial.
Council members Nathan Billy and Stanley Watson were against providing water to Sanders’ development, along with mayor pro tem Nina Hitchcock, who — as the secondary mayor — could only vote to break a tie. Councilman LaVerne Watson favored providing water to Sanders’ development.
Hitchcock told Sanders, whose request will likely be officially turned down next month, that city attorney Victor Johnson had advised the council that approval of his request could lead to “potential litigation” by two other developers whose request was previously denied by the council.
She was referring to a request by Phil Munro and Gerry Burdette for a conditional use permit for eight, multi-family duplex units behind the Huddle House off Hwy. 29.
Council members turned down their request last year, saying that granting their request would put an undue burden on the city’s water and sewer capacities, which they said were nearly maxed out. The developers refuted that claim and filed suit against the city, saying the denial was unfair and unlawful. A judge later dismissed the lawsuit.
LaVerne Watson said the requests by Sanders and by Munro and Burdette were not similar, saying that Sanders had offered to drill a well for the subdivision and that the other developers did not make such an offer.
Sanders may still proceed with the development by establishing a private water system.
There was also some mention Monday of Sanders trying to annex his property into the city. This would require approximately 10 property owners between his land and the city limits to agree to annex their land into the city as well.
Johnson noted that under the state-mandated “service delivery strategy” implemented in 1999, the city can provide water to a subdivision within 1,000 feet of city limits if the county government approves of the plan, but the city is not required to do so.
In other matters Monday, the council agreed to repair the sidewalk in front of Richard Patrick’s home on Madison Street. Patrick also asked that the city not cut down the poplar tree on city property in front of his home. He said it is the largest poplar in the state. But council members said the tree is dying and poses a safety risk to those walking on the city sidewalk.

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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.
Dr. Thomas Godwin Dickson, III, 74, was pronounced dead at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston after he apparently lost control of his Ford F-150 pickup truck, crashed, and was ejected from it at approximately 12:45 p.m.
No one else was involved in the accident.
Dickson, a retired veterinarian, was the husband of Colbert Elementary School principal Doris Young Dickson.