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DECEMBER 24, 2003


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OPINIONS
Farnk Gillespie
The story behind ‘Jingle Bells’
When you hear the song “Jingle Bells,” you probably have a picture of snow-covered trails in New England where a horse-drawn sleigh is caring a loving couple to a Christmas party.

Margie Richards
A thought for the ‘season of giving’
I was trying to come up with an appropriate seasonal column for this week when a lady walked into the office at The Journal and handed me a perfect subject. (Thank you, Ms. Hudson.)


SPORTS
Winning another close one
MCHS boys outlast Oglethorpe County
Raider head coach Steve Crouse said he wanted to create a rivalry-type atmosphere with his team’s two-game series with boarder-foe Oglethorpe County this year.


News from
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.

News from
JACKSON COUNTY
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.

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.

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O’ Holy Night

Madison County’s Booger Hill and Moon’s Grove Road communities held their 19th annual luminaries and live Nativity scene in the cold Saturday night. Pictured is the live manger scene on Booger Hill Road. Those pictured include the wisemen Charles Connolly, Joel Bacon and Don Delay. Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus were Tracy, Amy and Alexis Hollis of Winterville. Others pictured in the manger are Tyler Rickman, 10; Brooke Shead, 5; Robert Brown, 6; Jeannie Bowen, 10; and Jarod Rickman, 10.

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.
The BOC turned down a request by Randy Vick and Brenda Jung for owner Dorothy McGuffey — represented by civil engineer Phil Munro — to rezone 53.08 acres on Lem Edwards Road from A-1 to R-1. Only commissioner Mike Youngblood voted in favor of the request.
The BOC has voted on several occasions in recent months to reverse planning commission decisions on major developments.
Monday's action followed protests from three neighbors concerning the proposed 46-home subdivision.
Randy Crowe of Lem Edwards Road said he felt the subdivision would be inappropriate for the area.
"I'm not against progress, but I do believe that's too many houses," he said.
Crowe said he felt the subdivision would make Lem Edwards Road more of a safety hazard and that the subdivision would decrease values of neighboring properties. He also questioned what the subdivision might do to the water table and neighboring wells.
Karen Lautenschlager of Lem Edwards Road said she lives on a "substandard road" and that a subdivision would create more traffic problems. She said something needs to be done to improve access to Hwy. 72, noting that trains often block access to the highway. She questioned whether it's safe to add more homes to an area when trains can block access by emergency vehicles.
Youngblood, a Hull fireman, assured Lautenschlager that emergency responders are aware when roads are blocked by trains and have pre-determined alternative routes to the area.
Munro told the board that there was adequate road frontage for the subdivision, that the proposal is within the county's high-density area as defined by the county's land-use plan and that the development would help improve the county's tax base.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal..


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.
County commissioners approved a request by the Madison County Youth Association to construct a 16-foot by 38-foot, two-story concession stand, restroom and conference room facility at the football field.
The first floor will include the concession area and handicap-accessible restrooms and the second floor will include a conference room.
The MCYA hopes to have the facility constructed by June.
In other business Monday, the commissioners heard a report from Madison County Industrial Authority secretary Marvin White, who said the transfer of about five miles of water line in Hull from Athens to the county IDA will be completed by Jan. 15. He also reported that the county added 100 jobs over the past year.
Also Monday, the board tabled a decision on a new drug and alcohol policy for county employees. County attorney Mike Pruett advised the board that allowing employees to keep their jobs while getting treatment for drug problems is not a very viable option for the county. He noted that most every county in the state "has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol."
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Early deadline for next issue
The Madison County Journal 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 and news deadlines, including church and social announcements, will be at 3 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 office will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day.

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All I want for Christmas is....
Colbert students share their holiday wishes
Colbert Elementary first grader Sarah Chastain, 7, is bubbling over with excitement about Christmas.
And she wasn't the only one, as kids all over the county prepared last week for Christmas and the winter holiday break from school.
But Sarah and some of her classmates took some time before school got out to talk with The Journal about their plans for Christmas.
First of all Sarah said she wants “baby doll stuff,” and doll "kitchen stuff from Sam's," under her tree this Christmas morning. She plans to spend a lot of time playing with all her toys while there's no school.
Mya Moss, 6, wants an Easy Bake Oven and a new bedroom suit from Santa this year; she said Santa is going to replace the one that got broken last year.
But Jed May isn't talking about what he wants Santa to bring. He says his Christmas list is "a secret" — he isn't telling anyone but Santa — not even his mom and dad.
Jed hasn't been to see Santa and sit on his
For the rest of this sstory see this weeks Madison County Journal.