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Government takes away the fruit of our labor
Why do we celebrate work? This was written on Labor Day 2003, a day set aside to honor workers. FACT: all wealth is generated by labor.

Margie Richards
Life without glasses
Looking at the picture of me at the top of this column, you can see I wear (or wore) glasses.


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Raiders to face new-look Hancock Central team Friday
Hancock Central head coach Wilbert Simmons isn’t just sand-bagging when he says his program is getting its feet wet Friday night when it opens its season against Madison County.

Neighboorhood News ..
County awaits judge’s decision
Courtroom full as arguments over BOC’s plans heard Tues.
The future of the high-profile case between a group of Jackson County citizens and the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is now in the hands of a judge.

Qualifying NextWeek For City Elections
Mayor, 3 City Councilmen, 3
On School Board To Be Elected
Commerce residents who think their government or school board needs some new faces or who just have a desire to get into local politics will have their chance next week.

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‘The people’s decision’
Cain explains need for new county administrator government
When Rickey Cain ran for county commission last year, his platform had only one issue — changing the county’s form of government. And Cain was elected.

Gillsville setting up new regulations to curb problems at city park
The first draft of a new ordinance setting regulations, fee structures and deposits for use of the town park were discussed at the town council meeting in Gillsville Tuesday night.
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Pictured (L-R) are county code enforcement officer Jack Huff, county commissioner Melvin Drake, Keep Madison County Beautiful director Sandra Webb and county commissioner Johnny Fitzpatrick at Saturday’s Used Motor Oil Recycling Center ribbon cutting ceremony.

Used motor oil recycling center opens
The Madison County Solid Waste Transfer Station on Colbert-Danielsville Road opened a Used Motor Oil Recycling Center on Saturday, Aug. 30. The center was funded by a Georgia Environmental Facilities Agency (GEFA) grant.
Citizens are now able to bring used motor oil, in five gallon buckets or less, free of charge during the transfer station’s regular operating hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The center does not accept any other type of petroleum based products, cooking oil, or any other type of used oil at this time, Transfer Station director Sandra Webb stressed. Those wishing to bring used motor oil to the center should ask for the assistance of a pit attendant before leaving the oil at the center site, located near the transfer station pits.
“We’ve been working on this project for two years and are really excited about providing this service to citizens. We hope to expand the project to accept other petroleum based products in the future,” Webb said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to facts from a pamphlet distributed by the Keep Madison County Beautiful program, recycling just two gallons of used motor oil each year can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.
Recycling motor oil keeps it from rivers, streams and lakes, as well as out of ground water supplies which can affect drinking water, the pamphlet states.
Once recycled, the used oil, can be reprocessed into fuel that can be used for heat, or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools and businesses, in industrial and utility boilers, mixed with asphalt, and other uses. The oil can also be refined into lubricating oils that meet the same specifications as new motor oil, according to the pamphlet.
Used motor oil should be stored in a container that will not leak - such as clean milk jugs with a secure cap. Used motor oil mixed with other substances, such as antifreeze or transmission fluid, will not be accepted. The pamphlet also cautions storing the oil away from children (and pets) as well as ignition sources before it is brought to the recycling center.

Qualifying set for local elections
Qualifying for local municipal council posts will be held next week in several Madison County cities.
Here’s a look at what’s up for grabs during this year’s November 4 elections:
The city of Danielsville will hold municipal elections for the mayor’s post and council seats 1 and 2.
The incumbents in these offices are Glenn Cross, Roger L. Watson and Nina Hitchcock.
Qualifying will begin Sept. 8 and end Sept. 12 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the new terms, which will run from Jan. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2005.
Those wishing to qualify may do so at Danielsville City Hall. Qualifying for the mayor’s post is $64.35 and $46.38 for the council seats.
The city of Colbert will hold municipal elections for the mayor’s post and two council seats.
The incumbents in these offices are John A. Waggoner, Chris Peck and Roger Fortson. The terms for each office will be Jan. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2005.
Qualifying will be held Sept. 8 through 10, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Colbert City Hall. The qualifying fee for mayor is $100.80 and $40.95 for council seats.
The city of Comer will hold elections for the mayor’s post and council seats for districts 2 and 3.
The mayor’s position, currently held by William Burroughs, is a two-year term, while the district seats, chaired by Randy Williams and Virgil Morrow, are four-year terms. The qualifying fee is $36 for the mayor’s seat and $30 for the council posts.
Those wishing to qualify may do so at the Comer City Hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 8, during normal business hours, until the qualification period closes on Friday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
The mayor’s seat and two council members’ positions are up for election in the city of Ila.
Qualifying will be held Sept. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at Ila City Hall.
Positions up for election are those of Mayor Mike Coile (who is serving the unexpired term of Mayor Robert Hooper, who resigned in Jan. 2002) and councilmen Troy Butler and Terry Freeman (who is serving Coile’s unexpired term).
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.

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MCHS SAT scores down slightly
The Madison County High School Class of 2003 scored 14 points lower than the previous year’s seniors on the SAT.
The 2003 graduates had a combined college prep and vocational SAT score of 950, down from the 964 of the Class of 2002 and 968 of the previous senior class. The number of seniors taking the test also dropped from 110 in 2001 and 99 in 2002 to 76 in 2003.
The MCHS class of 2003 overall score also fell short of the state average of 984 and the national average of 1,026.
However, 60 MCHS college prep students scored better than the Georgia mark, with an average score of 1,003 (509 verbal, 494 math). But 16 MCHS vocational students in the Class of 2003 averaged 752 (391 verbal, 361 math) on the test.
•College prep students in Madison County’s Class of 2003 averaged 21.2 on the ACT, exceeding the state and national averages of 19.8 and 20.8. The MCHS vocational average was 16.8.
•Madison County had 97 HOPE-eligible students in the Class of 2003.
•Of the 217 graduates of 2003: 2 received college prep and career tech diplomas, 5 received college prep diplomas, 29 received college prep with distinction diplomas, 49 received career/tech diplomas, 36 received college prep with distinction and career/tech with distinction diplomas, 5 received college prep with distinction and career/tech diplomas, 1 received a college prep and career/tech with distinction diploma, 46 received career/tech with distinction diplomas, 12 received special education diplomas and 32 received certificates of attendance.
•Of the students taking the AP exams, four out of six qualified to receive college credit in AP English, two out of three qualified to receive college credit in AP Calculus and three out of four qualified to receive college credit in AP U.S. History.
•Of the 13 students entering the University of Georgia, two exempted English 1101 with credit, three exempted Math 1101 without credit, one exempted Math 1113 without credit and one exempted History 2111 with credit.