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Place A Classified
1998 Building Permits
to Banks County
to Madison County
County opinion page
Directions to Area Schools
Tigers Miss Upset Of No. 1 Lincoln County
The ingredients for another instant classic were all there. All
it lacked was the ending.
get much-needed break to heal up, reflect on 2-3 start
After Fridays 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.
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.
new place to learn
New middle school centered around students
When Banks Countys new middle school opens next year, students
will find a vastly different learning system.
ahead in Lula
Candidates in the November 4 city election
in Lula have been invited to participate in a candidate debate.
time on the way
Madison County BOC to set rates at Monday
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, its nearly that time again.
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
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A lesson on Community Helpers
Firefighter Michael Tate talks
with Jefferson Elementary School kindergarteners in Cindy Griffiths
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
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.
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 citys 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
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
Were having more kids to educate and were going
to have less state dollars to do it with, Jefferson superintendent
Dr. John Jackson said.
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,
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.
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
Saturdays festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the parade
scheduled for 10 a.m.
This years parade theme will be Maysvilles
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 childrens 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)
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 didnt vote
to deny or approve the request because additional information
has been submitted from the applicant. The planning commission
couldnt table the request because it has already been tabled
one time. The regulations require that it be sent on to the BOC
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
The BOC will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Administrative Building
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Seat To Be Filled
In Nov. 4 Election
Long-Time Ward 3 Councilman Died On Friday,
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. Thats 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 Browns
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.