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NOVEMBER 12, 2003


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Farnk Gillespie
Democrats have written off Southern vote
Zell Miller has it partly right. It is clear that the national democrats have abandoned the South.
Nothing makes that clearer than the uproar caused by one Democratic candidate for President, Howard Dean, when he declared that he wanted the votes of “Southerners who fly rebel flags from their pickups.”

Zach Mitcham
Need for heroes shouldn’t overshadow need for truth
No offense to Jessica Lynch, but the hype surrounding her story seems more an example of our strange societal psychology than heroism.

SPORTS
From famine ....to feast
Raiders rebound from blowout loss with 48-0 win
The Raiders were certainly outmatched against a bruising Buford squad the week before, but the Madison County team got to feast at the other side of the table Friday, devouring Cross Keys 48-0 in the 2003 finale.


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BANKS COUNTY
Game, set, match
BOE considering tennis courts at BCHS
Banks County High School’s tennis program got a much-needed show of support Monday night.

Chevron station in Baldwin robbed at gunpoint
Al Patel found himself at gunpoint last Wednesday night during his shift at Mac’s Chevron service station on Highway 441 North in Baldwin.

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JACKSON COUNTY
County BOE considering Sept. bond referendum
The Jackson County Board of Education is considering holding a bond referendum in September to help fund future building projects in order to keep pace with the county’s rapid growth rate.

Property tax bills are mailed out
Jackson County property owners should have received local property tax bills in the mail during the past week.

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‘A day of medic memories’

A Snapshot from the Madison County EMS’s ‘Manic Medic Marathon’ Saturday. Zac Patton, 3, gets a first hand look at an Emory Life Flight helicopter with the help of his granddad, EMS director Dwayne Patton, at last Saturday’s open house for the new Emergency Medical Services Station One on Hwy. 98 west of Danielsville. The event, which also included demonstrations, food, and games, raised $1,200 for EMS services.

Veterans ceremony set for Sat.
American Legion Post 39, Danielsville, is hosting an “All Veterans Day” this Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the historic Madison County courthouse on the square in Danielsville. The MCHS band, under the direction of Johnny Hallman, will play patriotic music, including “Taps” with drum and bugle. The band and area scout groups will then march to the county complex flagpole, repeating the flag ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance.
Sheriff Clayton Lowe will provide a patrol car and deputy for crossing safety, officials said.
“Since 1919, the American Legion, whose motto is ‘serving God and country,’ has encouraged its members to support and become involved in scouting, as a primary part of their service to God and country, their community and their nation,” officials said.
The schedule of events is as follows:
•10 a.m. MCHS band is assembled, facing flagpole, at historic courthouse. Cub Scout Pack 377 (with leader Holly Coder) and LZ Friendly assembles behind the high school band.
•10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Patriotic music, drum roll and bugler for “Taps,” BSA Troop 777 (Scout Master Brooks Brown), BSA Troop 152 (Scout Master Steve Brand, of Jones Chapel), GSA Troop 3025 (Scout leader Barbra Galvon, of Union Baptist), will all assemble in front of Cub Pack 377, LZ Friendly and Legion representatives, with GSA Color Guard in rear.
The Girl Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and leader Galvon will recite “Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance.”
•11 a.m. - noon: The entire group marches to the county complex where the ceremony is repeated with the Boy Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
•11:05 a.m. - Introduction by CW4 (Retired) Richard Patrick.
•11:10 a.m. - Benediction by Rob Spivey, Union Baptist Youth Pastor. Followed by Scout Master Brooks Brown who will also recite “Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance.”
The ceremony concludes with BSA retrieving colors while “Taps” is played.


Madison County jail supervisors approved
County commissioners approved raises for four jail shift supervisors Monday of approximately 69 cents per hour.
Sheriff Clayton Lowe appeared before the commissioners, providing them with job descriptions of the supervisors. The sheriff said the jail must have supervisors designated to make decisions when administrators are not around, such as during the middle of the night.
Lowe proposed that the jail reimburse the county for medical expenses with inmate commissary funds. The county will then provide an equal amount of funding back to the jail to cover the raises for the supervisors. This redirection of money was necessary because the use of inmate commissary funds cannot directly pay for jail staff raises. The pay increases will cost $629 for the remainder of the year and $6,441 for 2004.
Lowe also addressed concerns about the cost of keeping inmates in the county jail, as opposed to housing them in other counties. He said the lower cost of housing inmates out of the county versus keeping them in the county jail does not reflect the hidden costs of medical expenses, employees’ salaries and transportation that the county still has when housing prisoners elsewhere. He pointed out that the jail has significantly reduced its meal costs since moving into the new jail, from $3.84 per meal to $1.33.
COUNTY PARKING
In a separate matter Monday, commissioners agreed to designate an area at the government complex for employee parking. Commissioner Melvin Drake said he felt spaces closest to the building should be open for public use.
On a related note, the board agreed to have the state Department of Transportation perform a traffic and parking study at the courthouse square in the center of Danielsville. The county owns the parking lots around the courthouse, although the lots serve businesses. The board heard from one Danielsville business woman who said the county needs to do something to improve the parking situation in the lot next to Subway.
ROAD UPDATES
Nash gave a brief update of county road projects Monday. He said the widening of the remainder of Nowhere and Neese-Commerce roads is expected to start within a month. He said the McCarty-Dodd bridge project is “50 to 60 percent complete” and that Abercrombie Circle has been widened. Nash added that road projects funded by the state’s Local Assistance for Roads Program (LARP) probably won’t get started until at least May.
In a related matter, the board approved a contract with APAC for $392,775 for the widening and resurfacing of Jot-Em-Down Road. At the request of commissioner Drake, the board also agreed to make Hope Thompson Lane a one-way street with traffic moving toward Hwy. 98.
NEW SOUND SYSTEM
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


A love for painting
Mildred (Millie) Hawks David has always loved to create — whether it is a painting on canvas, or sewing a garment, or crafting a lesson for the many Sunday School classes she has taught over the years.
A native of Jackson County, she has been married to Frank David, a Madison County native and a retired army serviceman for 63 years.
During that time, the two have reared three children while traveling the world during Mr. David’s 26-year military career, seeing and sometimes living for a while in such places as Germany, Holland, Belgium and France.
Mrs. David has made many memories for herself over her long life, including climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris (halfway) once and living on the island of Hawaii for several years.
It was while living in Hawaii in the early 1960s that she began to take her painting hobby a little more seriously by taking a few art lessons from a professional instructor. The instructor chose some of Mrs. David’s paintings to hang in the Honolulu Civic Center, alongside not only a few other unknown artists like herself, but also in the illustrious company of an original by James Abbott McNeil called “Whistler’s Mother.”
“Mother has never painted for profit, only for pure pleasure, and has enjoyed giving many of her pieces away to family and friends all over the country,” according to David’s daughter, Anna Martin
MORE THAN MEMORIES
Mrs. David has more than memories and memorabilia of her family’s travels, she has captured much of it in oil paintings.
“When I was little I was always painting and drawing with pencils and crayons,” David said. “And I continued that by painting with oils throughout my life.”
But painting isn’t her only talent, Martin said: “As a child of 10 (Mama) purchased fabric with money earned from picking cotton. On the front porch of (her family’s) farmhouse, she cut out a pattern from a newspaper and, on a pedal sewing machine, created her first ‘Millie original.’”
From that, she soon began sewing clothing for all her family, as well as draperies and other things for her home. To save money, she also cut and styled her own hair, as well as those of her friends and neighbors.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal

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To read more about the local events in Madison County, including births, weddings, sports news and school news, see this week's Madison County Journal.


County to seek engineer for rec pond study
The county will seek an engineer to perform a study of a proposed retention pond on the recently purchased property for recreation expansion.
The county bought about 30 acres a couple of years ago with plans to eventually expand the recreation department off Hwy. 98 with soccer fields, tennis courts, walking trails, a multi-use facility and a retention pond.
An architect recently proposed a three-phase, $6.5 million plan for the expansion. But in a tight budget year, the commissioners put off any decision on the expansion.
On Monday, the recreation board urged the board to go ahead and take at least some action on the expansion. The recreation department has received a $75,000 matching grant (meaning the county must also contribute $75,000 to receive the additional funding) for recreation expansion. Without action, the county could risk losing the $75,000 grant.
Chairman Wesley Nash suggested that the recreation board seek an engineer’s study on a retention pond before the county takes any further action on the property. He also said the board would consider a potential land purchase in a closed meeting later that night that could affect the recreation department’s expansion plans. The board met in closed session Monday to discuss “real estate” and “litigation,” but took no action. No details were provided about the specifics of the potential land deal.


Comer awarded funds for city improvements
Comer has been granted a Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan that will be used to build a new sewage pump station in the Arnolds Park area and a six-inch water main along Park Avenue.
As part of the package, GEFA is also refinancing several long-term city bonds at a lower interest rate. The refinancing will cover the expansion, reduce the duration of the bonds and reduce the city’s debt service rate by approximately $15,000 per year.
The new water line will replace a two-inch line that is insufficient to supply clean water to a laundromat and other businesses in the area. Poor water quality has caused problems for the businesses, especially the laundromat where damage to equipment and to customers’ clothes has occurred. Work on the water line is scheduled to begin in April.
Comer has applied for a matching grant for street, sidewalk and parking improvements in the downtown area. The grant would come from the Transportation Enhancement Activity Program of the DOT. Federal funds will contribute 80 percent of the $585,842 cost. The city’s share will be $117,168. The project will result in repaving of Gholston Street, North Avenue and Main Street. It will replace sidewalks throughout the four-block area and provide handicapped access ramps on the sidewalks. Parking spaces will be redefined and enhanced. Stormwater runoff will be improved.
The city will seek additional grants and loans to meet their matching funds if the grant is approved.
In other city news, Comer’s city council has selected a new police chief. They decided to promote city patrolman Brent Zellner to chief and authorized him to advertise for a new patrol officer. The police chief’s position has been vacant since Chief Barry Reed left in late August to take a job with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.
Comer has adopted a budget for 2004 that is almost the same as the present budget. The plan calls for collecting and spending $436,380. City taxes are unchanged at six mills. The city’s water department expects to collect and spend $167,300, up $6,000 over this year.