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OCTOBER 1, 2003

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So Close
Tigers Miss Upset Of No. 1 Lincoln County
The ingredients for another instant classic were all there. All it lacked was the ending.

Dragons get much-needed break to heal up, reflect on 2-3 start
After Friday’s tough loss at Monticello the Jefferson football team is bruised, battered and ready for a break. Luckily for the Dragons (2-3) a break is just what the schedule has in store for them this week as much of Region 8-A is off this week as they prepare for the beginning of the region schedule next week.

Off-week allows Panthers to focus on next big challenge
After surprising many with their play thus far this season Jackson County will be able to sit back and rest while gearing up for what coaches are deeming the next big step for the program.

Neighborhood News...
A new place to learn
New middle school centered around students
When Banks County’s new middle school opens next year, students will find a vastly different learning system.

Debate ahead in Lula
Candidates in the November 4 city election in Lula have been invited to participate in a candidate debate.

Neighborhood News...
Tax time on the way
Madison County BOC to set rates at Monday meeting
The nip is back in the air, the chill that brings thoughts of coats, cold hands around a warm drink, Christmas...and tax season.
Yes, it’s nearly that time again.

Local program helps those struggling to learn English
Enrique Bautista, 29, works on a farm in Colbert, taking care of cows and doing any other farm work he is assigned. Bautista is a Mexican native who has lived in this country for the past three years, and like many who have immigrated to the United States, he has had a difficult time learning English.
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A lesson on ‘Community Helpers’

Firefighter Michael Tate talks with Jefferson Elementary School kindergarteners in Cindy Griffith’s class during a “Community Helpers” program Friday morning.


Two JCCHS students involved in fatal accident
Two Jackson County Comprehensive High School students were killed in an accident on Tapp Wood Road, West Jackson, Thursday night.
Around 9 p.m. Thursday, Lee Ryan George, 17, Jefferson, a JCCHS junior, and William Shane Self, 14, Hoschton, a JCCHS freshman, were traveling south on Tapp Wood Road in a 1991 Buick when the car left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to the Gainesville Georgia State Patrol office, the vehicle was traveling at a speed too fast for negotiating a curve. Both teens sustained fatal injuries.
Jackson County EMS transported George and Self to BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Visitation for Lee Ryan George will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson, the burial will be in Clearwater, FL.
Visitation for William Shane Self will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 4 at Smith Funeral Home in Winder. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Smith Memory Chapel in Winder. Burial will be at Center United Methodist Church.

Big changes ahead in Pendergrass?
Two subdivision requests call for 600-plus housesAbout 400 people call Pendergrass home, according to the 2000 Census. But if plans for two residential projects are approved, the North Jackson city could welcome more than 600 new houses.
Both residential projects are located on Hwy. 332 and were recently submitted for state review as a development of regional impact.
Talmo Developers, LLC is asking to rezone 130 acres on Hwy. 332 and John B. Brooks Road from M-1 to R-1. The company is seeking 420 lots with a 1,200 minimum square-footage for each house.
About 20 acres of greenspace will be dedicated and a park along the Walnut Fork River will be available to Pendergrass residents, according to the request.
The second request, submitted by Scott Tolbert, is seeking to have two parcels of land totaling 50 acres on Hwy. 332 and Gary Watson Road rezoned from A-R and A-G to R-1.
Tolbert said he has no intention to develop the property now, but is seeking the rezoning for possible future use.
The property, however, could accommodate about 200 houses, explained Gina Mitsdarffer, director of planning and development for the Quad Cities Planning Commission.
The Quad Cities Planning Commission will hear the requests by Talmo Developers and Tolbert on Oct. 21, Mitsdarffer said.
One of the reasons both requests could see more than 600 new rooftops is a new sewage line heading to the Toyota plant. The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority plans to have the line installed by June 2004.
“Typically, with water and sewage (service) lots, you have smaller lot sizes,” Mitsdarffer told the Pendergrass City Council on Tuesday.
Mayor Monk Tolbert said the county plans to provide sewage service to Pendergrass, provided it has the capacity.
The Quad Cities Planning Commission recently recommended an ordinance change that would allow subdivisions to have a density of four lots per acre. The ordinance also requires 1,500 square-feet for one-story houses and 1,900 square-feet for two-story houses.
Pendergrass council member Sandy Beck, however, wanted to table approval of the ordinance change to view similar subdivisions with four houses per an acre. The council agreed to table the text change to the city’s ordinance.
Another request located on Hwy. 332 and John B. Brooks Road calls for a warehouse and distribution center.
Collier Properties, LLC submitted plans for two buildings totaling 862,800 square-feet to the Jackson County Planning Commission to consider. The Atlanta-based company is seeking to rezone 60.60 acres from A-R to M-1 for the proposed Collier Properties Industrial Park.

BOEs to meet on possibility of tax hikes
State funding cuts affect county, city
State cuts in funding has led the Jackson County and Jefferson boards of education to look at tax hikes this year.
The Jackson County Board of Education will hold two public hearings on Thursday to receive input on a proposed one mill tax hike. The public hearings will be held at 7 a.m. and at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the BOE office in Jefferson. The BOE will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, at the high school media center to take action on the proposed tax hike.
The BOE is considering increasing the current millage rate of 17.5 mills to 18.5 mills. The increase is needed to cover additional state funding cuts, according to school officials.
The Jefferson BOE will meet at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to discuss its proposed tax hike. The BOE is considering increasing its current millage rate of 12.9 mills by 1.4 to 1.6 mills.
“We’re having more kids to educate and we’re going to have less state dollars to do it with,” Jefferson superintendent Dr. John Jackson said.

Appeal in works on courthouse suit
The lawyer for a group of citizens suing the Jackson County Board of Commissioners over proposed financing of a new courthouse said this week he is working on an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Meanwhile, attorney Wyc Orr said he has filed for a Supreme Court injunction against the BOC from pursuing the financing deal until the case has been heard.
At issue is a question over lease-purchase financing for the $25 million project. The citizens’ group argues that the deal is really long-term debt and as such must go before voters in a bond referendum. The group lost a Superior Court ruling on the case two weeks ago.
The BOC argues that the deal is not debt, but a 30-year lease of the as-of-yet unbuilt facility.
Jefferson man arrested in domestic shooting
A 30-year-old Jefferson man was arrested late Tuesday night in the shooting of his estranged wife.
The Commerce Police Department charged Michael Tommy Hollis for allegedly shooting his wife multiple times early Tuesday morning.
“We believe it was the result of a domestic incident,” said Commerce police chief John W. Gaissert.
The woman, 28-year-old Brenda Hollis of Banks County, is said to be in stable condition at an area hospital.
The shooting took place outside Geo-Tech, a small company on Industrial Way in the East Jackson Industrial Park, between Commerce and Maysville. Police say the suspect was waiting when she arrived about 7:20 a.m., shot her four times with a handgun and fled on foot into the nearby woods.
“We were able to establish a perimeter pretty quickly,” Gaissert said.
The Department of Corrections canine tracking unit was called in and the Georgia State Patrol assisted Commerce and Jackson County officers in the search well into Tuesday afternoon.
The police chief said Hollis is a convicted felon with a history of domestic violence.

Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival coming up
The City of Maysville is gearing up for the annual Maysville Autumn Leaf festival to be held Oct. 3, 4 and 5.
The festival begins Friday with arts and crafts booths opening at noon. Food booths will also be open. Entertainment is scheduled all afternoon.
Saturday’s festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the parade scheduled for 10 a.m.
This year’s parade theme will be “Maysville’s Pride in America” which will honor veterans and heroes. Included in the parade will be horses, antique cars and more.
There will be non-stop entertainment throughout the day on Saturday, with children’s activities, pie-eating contests and cake walks. The day will end with the street dance.
The Maysville Community Improvement Club and the City of Maysville asks everyone to bring their chairs and spend the weekend. No admission fee will be charged. For more information, call (706) 652-2944.

Planners ask for BOC to postpone action on Howington rezoning
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will consider a rezoning request for a 117-home subdivision on Jefferson River Road when it meets Monday. But the county planning commission is asking that the BOC hold off on acting on the request for another month.
The planning commission discussed at a brief meeting Thursday night the request from Jack Howington Jr. to rezone 117.56 acres on Jefferson River Road from A-2 to R-1 to locate the 117-lot single-family home subdivision. The planners didn’t vote to deny or approve the request because additional information has been submitted from the applicant. The planning commission couldn’t table the request because it has already been tabled one time. The regulations require that it be sent on to the BOC for consideration.
This led the planners to send a request to the BOC asking that no action be taken and the request be sent back to them for more consideration.
The BOC will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Administrative Building in Jefferson.



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Brown’s Council Seat To Be Filled
In Nov. 4 Election
Long-Time Ward 3 Councilman Died On Friday, September 26
Following the death last Friday morning of long-time Ward 3 city councilman Sam Brown, Commerce will hold a special election concurrent with the Nov. 4 general election to fill the Ward 3 seat.
Brown, 54, had been on the city council since 1989 and was unopposed for re-election this year.
“Like the preacher said yesterday, life goes on,” observed Mayor Pro Tem Archie D. Chaney Jr. in a called city council meeting at noon Monday. “That’s the way Sam would want it. We can truly say we did lose a good man and a good friend. He cared about this city and he cared about Ward 3.”
Qualifying for the Ward 3 seat will begin at 8:30 Monday, Oct. 6, and continue through 4:30 next Wednesday, Oct. 8.
The city council had to act promptly to get the matter on the Nov. 4. ballot. Otherwise, the city would have had to wait until March to fill the position. Absentee ballots must be in City Hall 21 days prior to the election.
The council could have appointed someone to fill Brown’s position until Jan. 1, but chose not to, out of respect for Brown.
Brown had collapsed Thurs-day night, Sept. 18, at his Piedmont Road home and had been on artificial life support until Friday, Sept. 26, when doctors concluded that he had no chance of recovery. He died early that afternoon. His obituary can be found on Page 8A. of this weeks Commerce News.