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proposed for city of Danielsville
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
The city of Danielsville could soon
have another subdivision, if two men are allowed to move forward
with their annexation and rezoning plans at next month's council
Todd Higdon and Stanley Martin approached the council Monday
night with their plans to purchase and develop land on Crawford
W. Long St. and Veteran's Drive into a 56-lot subdivision.
The two are purchasing 36.5 acres inside the city limits and
approximately eight acres outside the city. The land is part
of the Crawford W. Long homeplace estate.
Watson and Higdon were told they will first have to apply for
annexation for the part of the property which is located outside
the city limits. They will then have to apply for two rezonings:
one for the portion inside the city, and another for the portion
outside the city.
The men told the council that they would like to develop the
property into 56 half-acre lots with either duplexes or single
residential dwellings, similar to Northridge Subdivision, with
But council members Laverne Watson and Nina Hitchcock informed
them that the city's current zoning ordinance calls for a one-acre
lot minimum for single family homes, and two-acre lot minimum
for duplexes. There is no allowance for half-acre lots.
Hitchcock said she "had heard that they planned to do this"
and had spoken with several residents of Northridge who had expressed
their disapproval of the plan.
The council will most likely consider the matter next month,
providing all the legal requirements of the zoning ordinance
BY FRANK GILLISPIE
Former Colbert resident and convicted
murderer Tracy Lea Fortson has won a new trial. Fortson was convicted
in July of 2001 and sentenced to life in prison for the murder
of her ex-boyfriend Doug Benton.
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that Fortson, a former deputy
sheriff in Oglethorpe County, was denied effective counsel when
her attorney used one of his jury strikes to remove a juror who
had already been excused for cause. The juror had been excused
because several members of her family were in law enforcement,
but her name had not been taken off the jury list when attorneys
began striking names to reach the final list.
Fortson was convicted of malice murder by a Madison County Jury
after a week-long trial. Judge Lindsay Tise Jr had sentenced
her to life plus 20 years for the crime.
District Attorney Bob Lavender said after the trial that Fortson
could become eligible for parole after 32 years in prison.
Lawyers for both sides have ten days to ask for reconsideration
of the court's most recent finding.
A call to the local district attorney's office had not been returned
by press time.
County gov't considers communications
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
Officials met Tuesday to discuss upgrades to the county's emergency
Madison County voters recently approved $500,000 in SPLOST funds
be earmarked for upgrades to the communications system.
E-911 director David Camp said Tuesday afternoon that the committee
met with Mobile Communications, an authorized Motorola dealer,
concerning a propagation study conducted recently to determine
what upgrades were needed based on the county's terrain and physical
"We spent the last week and a half riding the county with
these representatives, determining low spots and talking on what's
called a 'repeater' on the old WNGC radio tower in Neese,"
Camp said. "The study worked out well and we voted this
morning to use this tower as our primary tower, on the contingency
that we can use it without paying a great deal, if any, money
to do so."
Three other sites were also agreed on to use as communication
towers, using existing sites around the county. These were: the
old Poca tower, the William Gas Pipeline tower between Comer
and Danielsville and the Ginn Hill tower on Hwy. 281 near the
Franklin County line.
Another tower will be constructed in Danielsville, most likely
behind the 911 office, Camp said. Another existing site near
Carlton may soon be named as well.
The committee voted to have BOC chairman Wesley Nash ask county
commissioners for funds, approximately $7,500, to apply to the
FCC for additional frequencies.
Currently, Camp said, volunteer fire departments and emergency
medical services use the same frequency for transmission.
"That causes problems say when there are two fires going
on, and then there's a wreck," Camp said. "We need
more frequencies as the county continues to grow."
Madison Co. Homecoming set for Friday
Whitney Daniel, Abbi Osley, Lauren Sapp, Taylor Sapp or Jennifer
Stone - one of these five girls will be Madison County High School's
2003 "Homecoming Queen."
The crowning ceremony will be held at halftime of the MCHS showdown
with Commerce, which begins at 8 p.m. Last year's MCHS "Homecoming
Queen" was Anna Adams.
This year's Homecoming Court also includes juniors Latoya Cobbs,
Melissa Hall, Ashley Hardigree and Sarah Minish; sophomores Jessica
Grainger, Kelci Wilson and Allison Morris and freshmen Courtney
Stephens and Jodi Torres.
The Homecoming Dance will be held after the game, with $4 admission
per person or $6 per couple.
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