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SEPTEMBER 22, 2004


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OPINIONS
Frank Gillispie
Cultural terrorists have struck again
The cultural terrorists have struck again. Acting on a request by the Augusta NAACP, city officials have removed a Confederate flag from the riverwalk in Augusta.

Zach Mitcham
When the storm rolls in
It'll wake you up in a sweat, the mind turning the sky dark, the wind howling — the tornado coming. We see it in our sleep.
But it was no dream for Madison County this past week, even though there was sort of an unreal quality to everything about it — the approach of the storm, the chaos of the moment, the aftermath.


SPORTS
When MCHS and JCCHS get together, it’s a barn-burner
Legend has it that the phrase “barn-burner” stemmed from the story of a Dutchman — so irate with a rat problem — that he burned down his barn to get rid of the hated vermin.


News from
BANKS COUNTY
Trees, power lines down, flooding reported across Banks County
The considerable remnants of Hurricane Ivan blew through Banks County Thursday bringing down power lines and trees, flooding streets and bridges and causing erosion of some roads.
According to E-911 director Deidra Moore, 73 trees up-rooted over a 12-hour period as wave after wave of heavy rain and strong wind gusts passed through.

Regions Bank held up by armed robber
“Don’t do anything stupid, I have a gun,” read a note handed to a teller working at Regions Bank on Friday, September 17.


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JACKSON COUNTY
$70 million school bond vote narrowly approved
A close vote
A low voter turnout and a narrow margin weren’t what county school officials were looking for in Tuesday’s $70 million bond vote.
The measure, the largest bond referendum in the county’s history, passed by only 137 votes — 886-749. Only nine percent of the county’s registered voters turned out.

Storm damage reported
Trees down, power out across county
Hurricane Ivan hit areas of Jackson County last week, although only minimal damage was reported. That was not the case in nearby Madison County, where a torn

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Picking
up the pieces

Dwayne McElreath (pictured) sifts through his Ingram Road mobile home of approximately 30 years Friday morning. McElreath was at work Thursday when a tornado destroyed his home. “I’m just glad I wasn’t home,” he said.

Ivan encounter leaves parts of Madison County...
Twister damages homes, county facilities; injuries reported, but no fatalities
A tornado tore through Madison County Thursday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., injuring three people, completely leveling two homes, damaging numerous others, harming several county facilities off Hwy. 98 and leaving some 8,000 households temporarily without power.
While the storm led to a death in Franklin County and several other fatalities in Georgia, no one was killed in Madison County.
Emergency Medical Services director Dwayne Patton says EMS was called out to three injuries involving a demolished home on Alberta Drive (pictured above).
“It was a miracle, but they had only minor injuries,” he said. Other than that Patton said there were some weather-related wrecks, but no reported injuries and no other injury calls directly related to the storm(s). “We have had some public assist calls such as folks without power who were on home oxygen and things like that, but none involving injuries and no fatalities that we know of... We’re very fortunate,” he said.
SERIOUS PROPERTY
DAMAGE
While the county was fortunate to avoid fatalities and serious injuries, the property damage was significant.
“Madison County got the worst of the damage as far as property and people displaced,” said Frank Edwards, Red Cross Disaster Assessment Volunteer, comparing Madison to neighboring counties.
Numerous homes were damaged, particularly in the Kingston Greens subdivision and the nearby neighborhood of Alberta Drive — both off Colbert-Danielsville Road. The storm also tore down Hwy. 98 just west of Danielsville, causing damage to several public facilities (see related story on 2A).
An exact figure on the number of homes damaged is not easy to pinpoint. And official numbers could take awhile to finalize.
As of Tuesday, two Red Cross damage assessment crews surveying Madison County had made contact with residents of 52 homes suffering property damage from the storm, according to Jennifer Bridges of the Red Cross East Georgia Chapter. Bridges added
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.