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OCTOBER 15, 2003


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OPINIONS

Frank Gillespie
Them fools ‘uglified’ our money
Let me say this in a way that reflects the full extent of my opinion: “Them fools done uglified our money!”

Margie Richards
Reunion a fun and ‘enlightening’ experience
Sitting in as a guest at the reunion of the first four classes to graduate from Madison County High School last Sunday afternoon was quite an experience.


SPORTS
A much different task
MCHS to face a Northview program searching for a foundation
Once again, Madison County’s football team will tangle with a coach Savage this week.


News from
BANKS COUNTY
Alto holds illegal closed meeting
Vote on loan payment illegally made behind closed doors
The Alto City Council decided to pay $200,000 on a state loan Monday night after holding an illegal closed meeting to discuss the matter.

BOC calls for two local referendums
County voters will have at least two referendums to consider during elections next year.

News from
MADISON COUNTY
More money for county jail
BOC tags another $100,000 for operating costs
County commissioners approved the shuffling of funds in the 2003 budget Monday to cover an unexpected $103,976 in operating expenses for the new county jail.

School sports complex construction to begin soon
Weather permitting, trees may be cut down this week and work may finally begin on Madison County’s long-awaited school sports complex.
The county school board, under the direction of their construction management firm, Charles Black Construction, recently approved 18 construction contracts for the school sports complex across from the high school.

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MCHS Homecoming Queen

Taylor Sapp, escorted by her father, Lamar, is crowned Madison County’s 2003 Homecoming Queen by 2002 Queen Anna Adams Friday night.

More money for county jail
BOC tags another $100,000 for operating costs
County commissioners approved the shuffling of funds in the 2003 budget Monday to cover an unexpected $103,976 in operating expenses for the new county jail.
The expenses included $91,123 for housing out costs and $11,939 for overtime for the jail staff.
County clerk Morris Fortson told the board that the overtime costs were incurred during the transition from the old jail to the new one, as jailers worked overtime during training.
He also explained that last year, the commissioners anticipated the jail being functional earlier in 2003 than it actually was, meaning they tagged less money for operating expenses than was actually needed.
To cover the shortfall, the board pulled $34,030 out of its remaining contingencies for this year, leaving the county with approximately $65,000 in reserves. The BOC covered the rest of the $103,976 in expenses by pulling money out of several departments, including $21,000 from the road department, $16,000 from the recreation department, $10,460 from the buildings and grounds and almost $7,000 from the elections budget.
Board members will soon approve the 2004 budget, with an estimated $1.1 million going toward the jail. BOC members said they hope the county can avoid such a shortfall next year, noting that overtime costs need to be kept in check.
OTHER BUSINESS
In other business Monday, the commissioners held a brief public hearing to receive input on the proposed 2004 budget of $11.1 million, which includes no BOC property tax increase. No one spoke and no action was taken.
The board approved John Devine as the next county planner, replacing Jay Baker, who is moving out of the state. For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal..


School sports complex construction to begin soon
Weather permitting, trees may be cut down this week and work may finally begin on Madison County’s long-awaited school sports complex.
The county school board, under the direction of their construction management firm, Charles Black Construction, recently approved 18 construction contracts for the school sports complex across from the high school, totaling $2,643,026, approximately $50,000 more than the originally anticipated total cost of the project.
Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations Mitch McGhee said the school system expects tennis courts and the track to be completed by late March or early April. He said construction of a practice football field, along with the baseball and soccer fields should be completed around the same time. However, the grass is not expected to be ready for action on those fields until the spring of 2005.
The BOE has also approved bids for the construction of the 180-seat theater for the high school drama department at $448,392, approximately $20,000 more than the originally-anticipated cost.
The theater is expected to be completed sometime in March. The construction projects are being paid for with sales tax revenue.

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The first Red Raiders gather to reminisce
MCHS classes of 56-59 hold Sunday reunion
It was “old home day” at Madison County High School Sunday afternoon as members of the school’s original student body (Classes 1956 through 1959) gathered to see one another and reminisce about the school’s first days as a consolidated county high school.
Ramona Hawkes Booth, Class of 1956, and an assistant principal at Madison County High School before her retirement a few years ago, welcomed her former classmates to the first reunion of the four classes.
It was 1956 when the four community high schools of Colbert, Comer, Danielsville and Ila came together under one roof in a move by the state government to consolidate the educational system in Georgia.
Dan W. Bramlett was tapped as Madison County High School’s principal and given the job of bringing the four high schools together — academically, athletically and in spirit.
“This experience here, of starting this school, was the nicest thing I did in my career,” Bramlett told his former students.
Former teacher Mary Strickland told the crowd about realizing the faculty and students faced not only the making of a new school, but choosing things for the future, such as the alma mater, school colors, yearbook title and school mascot — all of which are still used by the school today.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.