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DECEMBER 24, 2003


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Commerce’s Collins Sees Playing Time In First Official Season With Clemson
Peach Bowl Next Up For Former Tiger Receiver
Former Commerce star Michael Collins will conclude his first collegiate season in uniform Jan. 2 when his Clemson Tiger team meets Tennessee — his former team ironically — in the Peach Bowl.

Monday’s Keen Classic full of several top-notch teams
Some 10 teams will converge on Jefferson High School on Monday to take part in the Keen Classic wrestling tournament, named for former JHS coach Jack Keen.

‘Little things’ have Panthers on win streak
Funny thing about sports, sometimes the smallest details can mean the world to a struggling team.
Nowhere was that adage more noticable than at The Pit last Friday night as the Jackson County boys finally picked up their first win, 10 games into the season.


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BANKS COUNTY
Teenage boy severely injured in shooting
Kid takes shotgun blast to the legs
A 15-year-old teenager is recovering in an Atlanta hospital after taking a shotgun blast to the legs last week.

Small amount of marijuana found at BCHS
A random drug dog search at Banks County High School netted a small amount of marijuana recently.


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MADISON COUNTY
Another reversal
BOC turns down Lem Edwards subdivision
County commissioners again reversed a planning commission decision Monday, voting 4-1 to deny a rezoning request for a Lem Edwards Road subdivision.

Concession stand, restrooms approved for rec football field
The track and football field at the county's main recreation park will soon have a concession stand and restroom area.

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AT THE MANGER

Jill Pratt and Josh Lester played Mary and Joseph in the Jefferson First United Methodist Church’s children’s Christmas pageant on December 14. Cody Mills and Addison Brown are the shepherds pictured. For more photographs from area church Christmas programs, seet his weeks Jackson Herald.


Dear Santa
Postmaster shares some holiday correspondence
Around this time every year, the Jefferson Post Office gets an assortment of “wonderful letters to Santa,” David Hollomon, postmaster, says.
Hollomon shared a few of the “Dear Santa” letters — some in original form and some with maybe a little parental help in handwriting — saying, “enjoy the reading.” — Jana Mitcham

by Aaryn
Dear Santa I wish I hade a desk with supplies and makeup and if you have time can I have a picture of mrs. claus & you.

Dear Santa, I would like a surprise from you and your best toy making elfs.
Sincurnle: Raegan

Dear Santa:
I saw your helper at the mall and I waved to him. I have been very good this year. Here are some things I would like for you to bring me on Christmas. A pump gun from the fishing store, a transformer robot, a spiderman walkie-talkie, a goblin puzzle and anything you think a four-year-old would like. Bring the snow with you so me and dad can have a snow fight. I am going to have a brother before Christmas so don’t forget him.
Merry Christmas,
Cody

Dear Santa,
I would like a real meal oven by Esy Bake. Cause I want to learn how to cook real food. You can make mac & cheese, pizza, cookeis, cake and spgety. I would love it if you got it. And I would like a mountain bike like my frenid. We can ride bikes together if you got it. I would love if you did. I would also like if you got me crepen style head barbie. Cause I want to learn how to do hair and brade hair. I would love if you brothg me some supries and you brothg me all thees.
Love Cassidy


Making a holiday connection
Holiday Connection provides Christmas gifts for nearly 460 families and some 800 children
The hallways and conference room at the Jefferson office of the Department of Family and Children Services were arranged with toys and packages and a bicycle here and there Thursday morning, as the Holiday Connection connections were still being made with a week left until Christmas.
Holiday Connection, an effort of Jackson County Family Connection to coordinate Christmas giving in the community, brings sponsors — whether individuals, churches, businesses and civic organizations — together with local families and children needing a little extra help during the holiday season.
This year’s Holiday Connection, the fourth annual, has provided nearly 460 families and about 800 children with gifts, according to Family Connection director Amber Casper on Thursday, with a week to go until Christmas. Referrals for families came from churches, schools and other agencies, and families were screened to determine eligibility. Those numbers don’t include the Jackson County foster children and families who have also received gifts.
“It’s been a truly amazing year,” Casper said. “It really would not have been possible without the donors and sponsors and very generous people.”
Those responsible for keeping Holiday Connection going smoothly included Casper, DFACS staff members Patty Standridge and Janet Fong, SolarTech staff, including Barbara K. Reid, Annie Hughey and others, and other members of the Family Connection collaborative. SolarTech has also helped out with storing leftover items after Christmas.
“We try to coordinate with all the other people who run Christmas programs so we don’t duplicate families,” Fong said.
Standridge added: “That’s so we can serve more people.”
And the gifts are still coming, whether for eligible families who were referred for the service or for Jackson County’s foster children, said Standridge.

Lord, Reynolds complete terms on planning board
Talmo subdivision rezoning gets OK
Two of the Jackson County Planning Commission members served at their last meeting Thursday night.
Chairman Wayne Wilbanks announced that Don Lord and Mark Reynolds “will be moving on” as their terms expire at the end of December. Their posts will not be filled until January, when the board of commissioners makes an appointment.
“Thanks to all who served this past year,” Wilbanks said.
Wilbanks also noted that county engineer Stan Brown “will be moving to Oakwood” to work. His last day with the county will be January 10.

Convenience store proposed in WJ
Hwy. 124, Doster Rd. intersection already a ‘death trap,’ neighbors say
In 1998, a B-2 rezoning was approved for 5.42 acres at the intersection of Hwy. 124 and Doster Road, but the conditions for its use were more stringent than the current owners would like.
Marty Clark and Mitchell Clark of B.A.S. Inc. requested a change of conditions to the property at the Jackson County Planning Commission meeting Thursday night that would allow them to locate a convenience store and retail site on the acreage.
With planner Mark Reynolds saying the property was already zoned for B-2, the commission unanimously recommended approval for the change, despite opposition from neighbors to the property.
The matter will come before the Jackson County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, January 5, at the administrative building in Jefferson.
‘DEATH TRAP’
Neighbors to the property cited yearly incidents of motorists wrecking at the intersection, plowing through pasture fences.
Bobby Smith, who lives across from the property on Hwy. 124, said: “It’s a death trap on 124 with speeders. I think it’s a dangerous place, that intersection; 10 to 12 times a year cars go through a pasture fence.”
Smith said he is opposed to the proposed convenience store, “with lights all night and increased crime.”
He pointed out that the site is “pretty close to a church and I’m sure they will sell beer and wine.”
Smith voiced concerns about existing runoff problems that he said would only be worsened by the development; that area property taxes would go up; and that the property “just can’t handle” another septic tank there.
“This thing snuck up on us,” he said. “Next meeting, we’ll have a petition.”
Jim Smith, who also lives across from the property, echoed the same concerns about wrecks, runoff and septic tanks, adding, “there are no trees and the lights will shine directly to my house and my neighbor’s house.”
In rebuttal, Mitchell Clark said he and his brother “couldn’t ask for better neighbors than the Smiths,” but added, “we are paying taxes for B-2 property, but have been restricted with what we can do with it”
“Our county’s changing,” Clark said. “We’re zoned for commercial and need all we can get from our money for our property.”


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CVS Pharmacy Plans New Store At Corner
Of Elm, Jefferson Rd.
CVS Pharmacy plans to build a new 10,880-square-foot store at the corner of Homer Road and Elm Street. CVS is currently a tenant in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center on Jefferson Road.
The site, almost two acres running from North Elm Street back about 200 feet to Little Street, currently contains four houses, which will be demolished, according to preliminary plans submitted earlier this month to the office of the Commerce building inspector.
The property is owned by Sandra Vandiver of Commerce.
CVS has not yet applied for a building permit, said David Lanphear, building inspector.
“They have to get the soil erosion permit first, which they’ve applied for,” he said. That permit will be issued by the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District.
The site will include a drive-through pharmacy window and 63 parking spaces.


Early deadlines for next issue
The Jackson Herald will have early deadlines for next week’s issue due to the New Year’s Day holiday.
The deadline for classified advertisements will be at noon on Friday, Dec. 26, while the display advertisement deadline will be 3 p.m. The deadline for news, including church and social announcements, will be at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The New Year’s issue will be on the news stands on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Mailed subscriptions will also be sent to the post office one day ahead of the regular schedule.
The Herald office will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.