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DECEMBER 3, 2003


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OPINIONS

Farnk Gillespie
Recent news brings back childhood memories
“Skeletal remains found near the North Oconee River,” the headlines screamed in the Athens newspaper. That story immediately caught my attention.

Margie Richards
Some holiday thoughts
Maybe it’s just me, but all the hoopla surrounding the “commercial” Christmas seems to get worse every year.
We hardly have Thanksgiving anymore.

SPORTS
Facing the new and the old
MCHS faces latest installment of rivalry with Franklin; travels to Salem for first time under Crouse
It will be a weekend of both new and old acquaintances for the Raider basketball team.


News from
BANKS COUNTY
At Banks Crossing, there’s A whole lotta shopping going on
Banks Crossing scores big with shoppers from near and far
Though it was a rainy and cold start to the holiday shopping season during Thanksgiving weekend, shoppers at the outlet centers at Banks Crossing bundled up and hit the stores looking for that special gift.
Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger, said traffic was off a bit on Friday due to the weather, but it picked up on Saturday and Sunday.

Light dedication planned in Homer
The Homer mayor and council will sponsor a “dedication of lights"

DOT to seek public input at Dec. 11 meeting
The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss a transportation study for Banks County on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Banks County High School.

News from
JACKSON COUNTY
Radar back on in Pendergrass limits
DOT says police were working within the law
After a short hiatus, the radars are once again catching speeders on the Pendergrass Bypass (U.S. Hwy. 129).
Last month, the Pendergrass Police Department voluntarily halted using radar when officials learned a small strip on the bypass wasn’t in the city limits.

Local holiday events kick off this weekend
The holiday season has arrived in Jackson County and festivities are planned throughout the month, beginning this weekend in Jefferson, Maysville and Hoschton.
Parades, tours of homes, visits with Santa and luncheons are among the holiday events planned throughout the county.

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The Holiday Spirit

Wesley Chapel Community Church, of Poca, helped celebrate Danielsville’s first Christmas tree lighting in the county park on Hwy. 29 South last Saturday evening by entertaining the crowd with several Christmas carols and songs. The Georgia Gospel Eagles also provided entertainment.

Comer Christmas Parade set for Sat.
Madison County will welcome “Santa” Saturday in Comer, as the city holds its annual Christmas parade at 2 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Christmas, A Family Gathering.”
Local leaders, citizens and organizations will don their Christmas apparel and parade through the town to help celebrate the holidays.
There will be a morning “Reindeer Run/Walk.” (See Page 2B for details.)
There will also be an all-day festival at Comer Elementary School, with a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with many of North Georgia’s best artists and craftspeople selling their wares. There will also be a Sweete Shoppe and concessions offering hotdogs, pizza, drinks, chips, pickles, nachos and other items. From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will be indoor games, outdoor games, and activities including bingo, a raffle and a cakewalk.


City approves water to sports complex
The Danielsville City Council voted unanimously Monday to provide city water to the new school sports complex across from the high school.
The school system requested that Danielsville supply water to two concession and two restroom areas at the new sports complex, which is in the early stages of construction. One concession and restroom area is within the city limits, while one is outside. The schools have agreed to pay separate in-city and out-of-city rates for water to those facilities.
The council is legally obligated to supply water to the portion of the complex within the city limits.
School superintendent Keith Cowne recently told the council that the school system would drill a well for irrigation of the fields at the complex. That well could later be deeded to the city to incorporate into its water system.
“We’re happy to try to work something out,” Cowne told the council. “We’re not in the water business and we don’t want to be.”
However, the superintendent added that, in order to maintain their construction schedule, the schools needed the council to go ahead and approve water to the concession and restroom areas. He noted that the BOE could not yet provide the council with an answer on whether the school well will furnish drinkable water for the city system.
Last month, the council delayed a decision on approving water to the complex so that they could get more information on the proximity of the school’s proposed irrigation well to the sports complex septic tanks.
COUNCIL APPROVES WATER
TO PLANNED SUBDIVISION
In a separate matter Monday, the council agreed to provide water to a proposed subdivision by developer Albert Sanders off Hwy. 98 outside of the city limits. Sanders appeared before the council earlier this year, offering to drill a well and give it to the city if the council would agree to provide water to the subdivision. Sanders’ request was turned down earlier this year, but the council voted 3-1 Monday night in favor of his request, with only Stanley Watson voting against the proposal, voicing concern that the council may set a precedent of being obligated to provide water to out-of-city subdivisions.
The contract between Sanders and the city for the water services will include several stipulations. For instance, the well must meet all EPD standards and it must provide at least 60 gallons of water per minute. Sanders agreed to pay for the pipes to connect to the city system, provided the city will handle the installation. City attorney Victor Johnson said he would try to have a contract ready by next week.
Commissioner Bruce Scogin read a prepared statement to the council Monday, urging the group to approve Sanders’ request. (The BOC voted to deny Sanders rezoning request in July. Rezoning applicants must wait six months to re-apply after
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Danielsville O.K.’s rezoning for subdivision
Danielsville will soon have a new 30-home subdivision off Crawford W. Long Street.
The Danielsville City Council voted 3-2 to approve a request by developers Todd Higdon and Stanley Martin to rezone 31.41 acres on Crawford W. Long Street from rural residential to general residential.
Council members Nina Hitchcock and Stanley Watson voted against the rezoning, while LaVerne Watson and Nathan Billy were in favor of the request. Mayor Glenn Cross, who only votes when there is a tie, also voted in favor of the proposal.
Higdon and Martin told the council that they would build a quality development with stick-built homes of approximately 1,200 to 1,400 square feet.
They said the subdivision will not be an eyesore for the city.
“We really want to keep this separate (out of view from the roadway),” said Higdon. “So unless you pulled into the subdivision you really wouldn’t know it’s there.”
One Northridge Subdivision resident voiced concern about adding traffic to a busy road that serves as a cut-through route for many motorists traveling between Hwy. 98 and Hwy. 29.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Journal kids’ pic deadline extended
The annual children’s Christmas section will be published in The Madison County Journal on Wednesday, December 24. The newspapers will be accepting photographs of children ages 8 years and younger through noon, Friday, Dec. 12, to be published in the special 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. The photos may be picked up the after the Christmas section runs in the paper. Photos may also be emailed to zach@mainstreetnews.com in a .jpeg format. Names and other information listed above should also be included.


Tiller selected as Grand Marshal of Comer Parade
Mrs. Marian Tiller has been selected as the 2003 Comer Christmas Parade Grand Marshal.
Mrs. Tiller served in the Madison County School System for 39 years; 21 years as a teacher and 18 years as an administrator.
According to a press release from the City of Comer, her administrative expertise was in looking after the social needs of students, including their attendance, behavior, health and economic welfare, with particular attention to those who needed assistance with their education.
She often worked with the local Lions Clubs to obtain assistance with students with sight problems; she solicited food from the Madison County Food Bank for those students with special nutritional needs and consulted with the county Department of Family and Children’s Services when the need of a student warranted.
Mrs. Tiller has served as a Trustee on the Madison County Library Board and volunteered with the Friends of the Library; organizations that were highly instrumental in building the county library facility.
She was born in Hull and raised in the Neese Community. She is a lifelong member of Fair Play Baptist Church where she serves as secretary-treasurer of the senior choir and president of the women’s auxiliary.
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.


Colbert approves zoning restrictions
Colbert’s City Council gave final approval to revisions of the town’s zoning ordinance Monday night.
The most significant changes will disallow several categories of business and residential developments. No longer will property owners be allowed to operate mobile home parks, travel trailer parks, night clubs, bars, taverns, junk yards or mines and quarries within the Colbert city limits. There are no developments of these types in the city, but the council wanted to be sure that none will be developed.
The new ordinance also changes sign rules within the city. No business can erect a sign greater than 32 square feet for one side or 64 square feet for a two-sided sign. Any sign attached to the front or side of a building can measure no more than 64 square feet.
Other changes limit the age of mobile homes being moved into the city and lists set-up requirements, specifies the type of roads and water mains in subdivisions, establishes minimum lot sizes for residential buildings, and limits unlicensed cars to one per lot.
In other actions, the council voted to accept a bid of $10,000 to have debris cleared from the old Hart building. They agreed to advertise for bids for playground equipment that was removed from the old gym.


Man charged with vehicular homicide
A Helican Springs Road man was arrested last week in connection with the Nov. 2002 death of a child that he struck with his motorcycle in a Glenn Carrie Road subdivision.
Nathan Paul Greene, Jr., 48, Athens, was arrested on two counts of homicide by vehicle, DUI alcohol/drugs (third offense), driving while license suspended, and no proof of insurance.
Amanda Edwards, 11, a sixth grade student at Madison County Middle School, died from injuries she received after being struck by Greene’s motorcycle as she walked in her subdivision.
According to a report from the Athens Post of the Georgia State Patrol, Edwards was walking with two other girls north on Kevin Way near the entrance to Windsor Heights subdivision around 5:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, when Greene’s Honda motorcycle struck her.