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NOVEMBER 26, 2003

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Farnk Gillespie
Time for vultures to let go of Kennedy murder conspiracies

“What are those things with big black wings circling, descending from up overhead,” ask the lyrics of an old country song. We all know what the writer described. They were vultures, scavengers of dead bodies.

Zach Mitcham
Deregulation and our dying radio
Our sports writer Ben Munro is tired of Guns N' Roses “Welcome to the Jungle," which he says he hears just about every time he flips through stations on his car radio, where there are always "the same old, predictable songs."

Getting the job done
Madison County whips Hart County in 26-point season-opening victory Sat.
Note: Due to early Thanksgiving holiday deadlines, results of the Raiders’ tournament championship game with Eastside weren’t available. See next week’s issue for details.

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Baldwin holds off on water rate hike
City tables the fee matter for vote at later meeting
Though the Baldwin City Council has approved a hike in wholesale water rates, they have yet to determine how to pass that increase on to customers.

Assistance to families continues to go up
The Banks County Department of Family and Children Services is continuing to see a rise in the number of families seeking financial assistance, according to director Renota Free.

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Holiday happenings announced
Parades, home tours, luncheons among events planned
The holiday season has arrived in Jackson County and festivities are planned throughout the next month. Parades, tours of homes, visits with Santa and luncheons are among the holiday events planned throughout the county.

Hopes Dashed
Walgreens ‘Loss’ To Test City’s
Commitment To Industrial Growth
When Walgreens announced that it will not locate a $300 million distribution center in Commerce, the city lost more than potential jobs and tax benefits.
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Breanna Mullins, 6, says she will be eating turkey for Thanksgiving this Thursday, but she also enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast in her kindergarten class Monday afternoon.

Colbert man charged with murder
Suspect held without bail, claims he fired after being startled by girlfriend
A Colbert man was charged with murder Sunday by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office following the early morning shooting death of his live-in girlfriend, 25-year-old Dana Brookshire.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Joseph Derek Gabriel, 21, was charged in the death after deputies responded to a 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning call from him, stating that he had “shot his girlfriend.”
Ms. Brookshire was found dead at the couple’s home on Peachtree Street from a single gunshot wound to her upper body, the sheriff’s office said.
Gabriel was denied bond in a Monday afternoon hearing.
According to sheriff Clayton Lowe, Gabriel told law enforcement officials that Brookshire had awakened him earlier to tell him that she was “going out to get some fresh air.”
Sometime later, Gabriel allegedly said he was startled to hear the door open, and called out his girlfriend’s name.
Gabriel said that when she didn’t answer, he fired one shot from his .45 caliber handgun that he kept near his bed, killing Ms. Brookshire.

Time for turkey — or pizza?
Children share their Thanksgiving thoughts
Dylan Vanderford, 5, says he’s going to Mamaw and Papaw’s house for Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday where he plans to eat grilled cheese.
No turkey for him, thanks.
Dylan was just one of a room full of students with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on their minds Monday afternoon as they shared samples of some of what the first Pilgrims and Indians would have eaten at that long ago first Thanksgiving dinner.
Susan Beck’s kindergarten class at Ila Elementary were all decked out themselves as Pilgrims and Indians Monday afternoon to share some traditional Thanksgiving fare with each other as well as some of their parents and grandparents.
Seated near Dylan was “Pilgrim” Courtney Cox, who says she’s grateful for everything and says she does plan to eat turkey at her house on Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile Andrew Croya, 6, says Thanksgiving began a “long time ago” with other Pilgrims and Indians sharing a similar meal. But as for him, Andrew says he wants to have pizza from Pizza Hut for his Thanksgiving dinner.
Tyler Hanley, 5, says his favorite food is fish and that he plans to have that for Thursday, along with carrots — for dessert.
Brianna Horne, 5, says she’s grateful for her Teddy Bear, and her baby brother William too.
Lucas Aragon says he can’t wait to sample some turkey and pumpkin pie at Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.
Tiffany Morgan, says she plans to go to “Uncle Speedy’s house” for Thanksgiving; while Morgan Porterfield says she will be enjoying pizza at Grandma’s house.
Blaine Little, 5, says he plans to “eat a bunch of stuff” at his Aunt Robbie’s home and at “Mama and Papa’s” house as well.

Plans to expand, upgrade trailer park denied
Plans to expand and upgrade an existing trailer park on Hardman Morris Road were turned down by commissioners Monday night.
The Madison County BOC voted 5-0 to turn down a request by Jay Pridgen to rezone 29.86 acres on Hardman Morris Road from A-2 to R-3 (multi-residential use) in order to combine it with an adjacent existing 8.67-acre mobile home park on Hardman Morris Road. Six people took the podium to voice their opposition to the plans.
Opponents of the measure said the homes will be too close together, creating potential fire hazards. They said traffic in the area is already bad and that new homes will only aggravate the problem. Those opposing the plan also pointed out that mobile home parks may start out as quality developments, but that they often fall into disrepair after a few years. Opponents questioned whether the high-density development is in an appropriate area and whether the development would bring down neighboring property values.
Pridgen, whose development would include about 40 homes, said his plans exceed the minimum distance required between homes. He said that the proposal is in an area designated as “high density,” that there will be sufficient water for the development and that the quality of the homes will bring up neighboring property values. He said that he has operated another park for over 12 years and that he has not let it fall into disrepair, adding that he would not allow the Hardman Morris Road park to decline in quality over the years.
Commissioner Bruce Scogin made the motion for denial, noting, among other things, that the proposal would only aggravate a bad traffic situation in the area.
Two other zoning requests by Pridgen were postponed, while a fourth request was withdrawn.
In other zoning matters Monday:
•The board approved a request by Robert Whitehead to rezone a two-acre portion of a 44.15-acre parcel on Hudson River Church Road from A-2 to R-R. Whitehead wants to sell the two acres to family members to build a home on.
•The board postponed a request by Ryan Benton to rezone 44.15 acres on New Haven Church Road from A-1 (agricultural) to R-R (residential, two-acre minimum).
•The BOC postponed a request by Randy Vick and Brenda Jung for owner Dorothy L. McGuffey to rezone 53.08 acres on Lem Edwards Road from A-1 to R-1.
•The BOC approved requests for Randy Michael for owner Travis Alewine to rezone .26 acres on Hwy. 29 from R-1 to B-2 and for a sign variance for 3.6 acres on Hwy. 29.

Christmas tree lighting set for Danielsville
The Danielsville Fall Festival Committee, along with the city of Danielsville, is sponsoring the First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Danielsville at the Madison County Park (adjacent to the county government complex) on Hwy. 29 South.
The ceremony is set to begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29.
Organizers say “come join us at the new park for the lighting of the town’s first Christmas tree.”
Free hot beverages will be provided, along with a bonfire to keep attendees warm. There will be special singing until the tree is lit at dusk. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Madison County Food Bank will be accepted.

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Eggs and Issues Breakfast set for December 3
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce will host an “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Ila Restaurant.
The buffet breakfast will be hosted by Jackson Electric Membership Corporation. There is a $10 charge for non-Chamber members.
For more information, call the Chamber office at 795-3473.

Send us your child’s photo for Christmas section
The annual children’s Christmas section will be published in The Madison County Journal on Tuesday, December 23. The newspapers will be accepting photographs of children ages 8 years and younger through 5 p.m. Monday, December 8, to be published in the section.
The child must live in Madison County. Photos of grandchildren will be taken only if the child resides with the grandparents, and that residency should be noted.
Please submit the following information along with the child’s photo: the first and last name and age of the child, as well as the parents’ names, their city of residence and phone number. Please print clearly.
Black and white or color photos can be used, but no Polaroids or photographs printed out from a computer onto laser paper will be accepted, as they do not reprint well.
The photos may be mailed to The Journal at P.O. Box 658 Danielsville, Ga. 30633 or dropped off at The Journal office off Hwy. 29 across from the county government complex. (There is a drop slot beneath the window on the front porch.) The photos may be picked up after the Christmas section runs in the paper. Photos may also be emailed to in a .jpeg format. Names and other information listed above should also be included.