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FEBRUARY 4, 2004


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Farnk Gillespie
Our history must be remembered
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
Someone needs to remind Kathy Cox about the above quote. Her proposed history curriculum forgets about all American history except the last century.

Maargie Richards
Ice storm ‘paranoia’
Winter weather such as the recent ice storm and its accompanying warnings and power outages makes me, for lack of a better word, paranoid.


SPORTS
Magic in the postseason?

Coile says you just never know what can happen come tournament time
Tournament time is not always an exact science. For every favorite, there’s always a CinderellA that will emerge.


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BANKS COUNTY
Commission chairman meets with UGA Extension Agency
Banks County Board of Commission chairman Kenneth Brady met with a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service representative in a meeting Wednesday to find out why Banks has been without an extension agent for over a year.

DOT’s 25-year plan to be chamber topic
Georgia Department of Transportation officials Teri Pope, communications officer, and Brent Cook, planning and programming engineer, will be the featured speakers at the Banks County Chamber of Commerce breakfast to be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 12.


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JACKSON COUNTY
I-85 industries owe for wastewater violations
Jefferson to test water weekly, add surcharges to two industries’ monthly bills Two I-85 industries owe the City of Jefferson surcharges from 2003 and part of 2002, and still reportedly remain in violation on occasion with wastewater treatment levels.

Seeking Consensus For Community Betterment
30 Consultants Query Residents On City’s Needs
Thirty consultants met with “stakeholders” in Commerce Monday night at the Commerce Civic Center to begin a process designed to come up with a consensus on a plan for community improvement.

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High school history teacher Latana Coile is Madison County’s system-wide “Teacher of the Year.”

Connected to the past
MCHS teacher shares her love of history with students
Teacher Latana Coile’s class has been given an assignment, interview someone they know, such as an older relative, for history class.
“Everyone has a story; find out what their story is,” she tells her students.
And Coile lets them know that while they may not appreciate what their grandparent, or whoever they choose to interview, has to say now, what they learn during their interview will most likely become valuable to them indeed in the future.
“I try to make history relevant to my class and I share a lot of my own experiences and memories with them,” Coile said.
After all, she says that’s what drew her to teaching history in the first place; listening to family stories and relating them to what was going on in the world at the time.
TEACHER AND COACH
Coile has been chosen as this year’s Madison County system-wide “Teacher of the Year.”
She says she’s learned a lot of what she’s found beneficial to her profession in the community around her, not just in the classes she took to reach her goal of becoming a teacher.
Coile has taught U.S. History, Sociology and Psychology at Madison County High School for the past four years. Before coming to MCHS, she taught at Franklin County High School for 14 years where she was also chosen as that school’s “Teacher of the Year” in 1993.
“I was so honored,” Coile said of being chosen the county’s “Teacher of the Year.” “Anytime you’re awarded something by your peers, it’s a very humbling experience because there are so many teachers who put forth so much effort into what they do.”
“I have a love for learning, I enjoy what I do.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Apartment growth?
Danielsville may reduce acreage restriction on multi-family housing
Danielsville may ease off on restrictions aimed at keeping duplexes out of the city.
The city council will soon hold a public hearing on reducing the multi-family acreage requirements from one acre per family dwelling to half an acre per family unit. That hearing is set for 7 p.m., March 1, at Danielsville City Hall.
Under current guidelines, one duplex would require two acres of land.
This one-acre-per-family-unit-rule led the council to uphold a decision to deny Marc Perry’s request for an area variance for an eight-family development on approximately five acres off Hwy. 29 Monday.
After the council voted to turn down Perry, Mayor Glenn Cross said the group ought to consider backing off the one-acre requirement.
“I think we need to change this,” said Cross. “It was done in a quick fashion. I think one acre is a bit much. I think half an acre would be fine.”
The half-acre proposal would apply to duplexes, not homes. Proposed houses on less than one acre would still require an area variance.
Council member Nathan Billy said the council needs to look at preserving green space in the city and he urged citizens to let the council members know their feelings on reducing the acreage restriction.
“I strongly urge people to come out (to the public hearing) and voice their opinion,” said Billy.
Council member April Hitchcock expressed reservations about lowering the acreage restriction on duplexes. She praised Perry and said he is a “responsible person” but added that “not all builders are responsible people.” She said the city has some control over builders
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Colbert to sell old Hart building
The old Hart building in the center of Colbert’s historical block will be put on sale.
The decision was made by the city council at its February meeting Monday night. The council will spend up to $2,500 to paint and repair the front of the building. Then bids for the sale of the building will be taken with a minimum of $12,500 or the amount currently invested in the building by the city. The winning bidder will have a limited time to restore the building while preserving the historic front.
The council voted to install a plaque on the building recognizing the Hart family for donating the facility to the city. The family chose to give the site to the city rather than comply with city rules about repairing or demolishing abandoned structures.
In other business, the council voted to approve the annexation of a small section of a building lot owned by Vestal Davis. A new home is to be constructed on the lot and the builders preferred that it be completely inside the city.
A well on the Benton property has been found to have a limited.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Ila council to regulate use of city hall
Ila’s city council discussed how to regulate the use of city hall’s conference room Monday night, after several groups have approached council members about using the facility for their meetings.
The discussion was prompted Monday night after councilman Terry Freeman said that a local T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight-loss group had approached him about using the city hall for their meetings. An Ila-based Cub Scout group already uses the facility for meetings.
The council decided to bring all such requests forward at monthly meetings for approval and to avoid confusion over when the building will be used. The council also decided that individual councilmen will assume the responsibility of opening and closing the building and resetting the alarm system on the days such meetings are held.
In other business, the council:
•voted to amend the city’s building codes to match the county’s codes “as they exist or are hereafter amended.” The city plans to turn over building inspections to the county for enforcement.
•voted to donate $1,100 to the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter, which is their annual contribution to the organization. “We appreciate what the shelter does for the community,” councilman Nathaniel Hobbs said.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.

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New phone books lack Madison Co. gov’t listings
Those planning to recycle their 2003 BellSouth phone book may want to keep those books for at least another year. Because new 2004 BellSouth books lack Madison County government listings.
Phone numbers for most Madison County government and school offices are omitted from the blue pages, as well as directories for the cities of Carlton, Colbert, Comer, Danielsville and Ila.
However, the new phone books do include government information that is not pertinent to Madison County. For instance, the Danielsville directory includes Barrow County, Jackson County, Oglethorpe County, city of Commerce, Jefferson, Winder and Winterville government listings.
The Madison County Journal has mailed a phone book with notations of the mistakes to Adena Puchalski of the BellSouth public relations department. Puchalski said she could not immediately identify the reason for the mistakes, but said BellSouth will look into the matter and work to ensure the mistakes don’t happen again next year.


Comer talks sewage system expansion
Comer’s city government is taking a look at future water treatment needs and ways to finance expansion.
The city facility is adequate for immediate needs, according to city clerk Gerald Kemp. But expected future growth is likely to require an increase in capacity.
The problem, according to city clerk Steve Sorrells, is that sewage treatment is very expensive. Even the environmental studies necessary to request an increase in the city’s discharge rate will cost up to $100,000.
“We can’t afford to conduct the study for future use, because it has a short shelf life,” Sorrells said.
Once the need for expansion is established, new EPD rules make expansion very costly. The preferred method of expanding waste water discharge is a land application system. To install such a system, the city would have to purchase up to 150 acres of usable land, then install pipes, valves and spray heads. Maintaining such a system is labor intensive, Kemp added. This kind of system requires high maintenance.
If a land application system is deemed impractical, the city would then be required to pipe the waste water to the South Broad river. That will require installing a gravity pipe from the present discharge site in a small creek nearly one mile to the river. That would require obtaining rights of way, cutting deep trenches in some areas, and installing the pipe.
Comer’s sewage use has not increased dramatically in recent years, but future growth is expected to impact the system. The city served 250 customers in 1969. Only 44 new connections
For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.