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NOVEMBER 3, 2004


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OPINIONS
Margie Richards
A ‘stinky situation’
As this political season comes to a climax I’ve found myself preoccupied with an onslaught of skunks.

Sherri Stephens
The laundry saga
It is Friday afternoon; you have washed, ironed and folded every piece of laundry in your laundry room. Your laundry room is sparkling clean and you are proud! You wake up on Monday morning and, gasp! What happened?


SPORTS
High school student sets state record - in archery
The interest in archery started for 14-year-old Adam Edenfield when he was a small child, retrieving arrows for his father in the yard. Now he holds the state record for the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) youth class.


News from
JACKSON COUNTY
Evans, Bell grab runaway wins
Record set with 86% voter turnout
While the nation watched one of the closest presidential contests in history unfold Tuesday night, the three Jackson County races on the ballot proved to be one-sided yawners.
All three countywide races were won by the Republican candidates by 80 percent victory margins, making those races among the most lopsided results in the county’s history.

Pendergrass plant now hiring for ‘key jobs’
TACG to fill hourly positions in 2005
One of the largest industries to come to Jackson County is now looking to hire employees for its “key jobs.”
TD Automotive Compressor Georgia, LLC (TACG) — which is 65 percent owned by Toyota Industries North America, Inc. and 35 percent owned by Denso International America, Inc.— is looking to fill several professional jobs at its new Pendergrass plant.


News from
MADISON COUNTY
Nash holds on to BOC chairman’s seat
Thomas, Pethel, Scoggins elected as commissioners; Watson re-elected as tax commissioner
Republicans dominate Madison County
Bush gets 73.6%
of county vote

Journal delivery to be late next week
Local mail delivery of The Madison County Journal will be one day later next week because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

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CHAPMAN, HART WIN

Charles Chapman (L) was re-elected as sheriff and Gene Hart (R) was elected as chairman of the Banks County Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s election. The two are shown congratulating each other at the county courthouse after the votes were counted Tuesday night.

Chapman, Hart get voters’ support
Galloway, Jamieson also win their races
Incumbent sheriff Charles Chapman (D) won in his re-election effort Tuesday against challenger Allen Venable with 60 percent of the vote.
Chapman took 3,311 votes, while Venable had 2,175. Chapman carried every precinct except for Anderson, which was close.
“I feel good,” Chapman said Tuesday night after the votes were counted. “I’m thankful and I appreciate the compliments of the citizens for electing me to another term. I feel humbled they entrusted me to this position. I will continue to strive to be the best sheriff Banks County has ever had.”
In the chairman’s race, political newcomer Gene Hart (R) handily defeated incumbent Kenneth Brady (D) for chairmanship of the Banks County Board of Commissioners with 64 percent of the vote. Hart had 3,458 votes, while Brady had 1,954. Hart carried every precinct.
“Thanks to the people,” Hart said. “It was overwhelming that I won by that large of a margin. I’m overwhelmed with the Banks County support I received. I appreciate all of the people who voted for me. The ones who didn’t, I hope I don’t disappoint them. I’m going to try to do the best for Banks County.”
In the coroner’s race, Henry Galloway (R) defeated Billy Poole (D) in a 3,120-2,207 vote. Incumbent Tommy Herbert didn’t seek re-election.
In the State House of Representatives District 28 race, incumbent Jeanette Jamieson (D) was the apparent winner with 9,164 votes to challenger Michael Harden’s (R) 7,817 votes. This was the count as of press time Wednesday morning, with 91 percent of the precincts reporting.


In Banks County, the race was closer with Jamieson taking 2,775 votes and Harden having 2,690.
In the State Senate 50 race, Nancy Schaefer (R) won with 32,525 votes, over Bob Stowe (D), who had 23,551 votes. This was with 91 percent of the precincts reporting. Schaefer also carried Banks County in a 3,554-1,850 vote.
Banks County voters overwhelmingly favored George Bush (R) over John Kerry (D) in a 4,410-1,149 vote. Libertarian Michael Badnarik received 31 votes and there were two write-in votes.
In the U.S. Senate race, Banks Countians favored Johnny Isakson (R) over Denise Majette (D) in a 4,168 to 1,181 vote. Libertarian Allen Buckley had 112 votes and there were two write-in votes.
In the U.S. House District 9 race, Banks Countians joined voters across the state in favoring incumbent Charlie Norwood (R) over Bob Ellis (D) in a 4,187 to 1,163 vote.
Banks Countians also joined the majority of voters across the state in voting yes on the constitutional amendment on designating marriage as between a man and woman. Some 4,883 countians supported this, while 653 did not.
Banks County had a 79 percent voter turnout, with 5,628 of the county’s registered voters.


New mayor, council member named for City of Maysville
Baker, McNeely beat incumbents
The City of Maysville will have a new mayor and Ward 3 councilman as of Jan. 1.
In the city election on Tuesday, Jerry Baker defeated incumbent Richard Presley with a 199-158 vote. A third candidate, Catherine Daniel, had 113 votes.
In Ward 3, it was a very tight race with Rebecca McNeely winning by only two votes. She had 43 votes, while incumbent Andy Martin had 41 votes. Richard Parr had 15 votes.
There will not be a run-off as the city charter calls for the top vote-getter to be declared the winner.

No liquor by the drink in Baldwin
A special election on allowing liquor by the drink failed in Baldwin on Tuesday.
Some 145 Baldwin residents voted against allowing liquor by the drink, while 94 voted to allow it. There was also 23 provisional ballots cast, which had not been counted at press time, however, that would not change the outcome.


CVB sets 2005 budget, gives highlights of the year
Convention and Visitors Bureau holds final meeting in 2004
The Banks County Convention and Visitors Bureau held its final meeting of the year Wednesday, October 27. The 2005 budget was set, officers and directors were announced and a presentation of highlights and accomplishments was given.
Gordon Eanes, budget committee chairman, presented the proposed 2005 budget to members at the meeting. He said the group would see little change in the 2005 budget over the 2004 budget.
“In terms of revenues, we’ll have the same gross amount as 2004, based upon where we stand at this time, looks like revenues will remain approximately the same,” he said. “Essentially, expenses stayed the same in 2005 as in 2004.”
The group unanimously approved the budget.
2004 highlights and accomplishments were also given.
“We’re so proud of 2004,” said CVB president Bonnie Johnson. “Many, many things have been accomplished and we’re going to stay on track and do even more this year.”
Johnson said the group achieved goals set for 2004. The first goal was to attract and document at least five large groups to Banks Crossing. She said CVB advertising, along with set hotel rates, brought The Pottery Floral Design Show attendees, the fourth annual Folk Potter’s Festival, SAC’s educators group, home interior regional show at the Pottery, softball tournament participants, city lights Atlanta Dragway Event and other groups.
The CVB also worked on a meeting and conference center project. A task force was assigned, including Craig Armstrong, Don Rains and Gordon Eanes. The task force has been meeting to evaluate options for the development of a center, they are currently researching land options and have met with state representative Jeanette Jamieson and tourism deputy commissioner Janis Cannon for state assistance in planning and development, Johnson said.
A third goal for the group was tourism development, specifically “to increase tourism traffic to Banks County by three percent.” Johnson said calls to the CVB requesting tourism information have increased 25 percent.
The following is a listing of highlights and accomplishments presented by Johnson:
•increased distribution of Banks County promotional materials via the Lavonia Welcome Center and display built by Don Rains.
•created new Banks Crossing brochures for distribution
•welcomed the following new businesses to the Banks County community: Northeast Georgia Bank, Home Depot, MaMa Dots, Remax Select and Sonic.
•participated in the 2004 tourism day at the capitol; 2004 winter Chautauqua tourism workshop; M.E. Buster Garrison bypass dedication ceremony and Georgia on my mind day at the Lavonia welcome center.
•celebrated the final payment of the Banks Crossing beautification project and the county commissioners’ agreement to maintain the landscaping.
•hosted a successful golf tournament
•assisted Fred Schlegel in the quest and ultimate success in getting a Beef Baron sign.
•began quarterly hoteliers’ meetings
•received permission from the state visitor information center coordinator to place a brochure display cabinet at the Lavonia Visitors Center to be accessible 24 hours for distributing area tourism information.
•continued distribution of the CVB newsletter
•participated in an advertising and marketing program via: the Travel Association’s Co-op ad program; the Banks/ Jackson County ad co-op; Northeast Georgia Living magazine; Holiday radio/ tv ads and tax free holiday radio ads.
Also discussed at the meeting
Other items discussed at the October meeting of the CVB were:
•the CVB presented the 2004 Tourism Excellence award to Mark Valentine, Tanger Outlet general manager. A letter submitted on behalf of Valentine said he was: “a professional in the highest degree.”
“All of you have done a great job, but this person has done so much to promote Banks Crossing,” Johnson said.
Valentine was also the recipient of the award in 2003.
•the 2005 officers and directors were announced and include the following: Don Rains, chairman; Mark Valentine, vice-chairman; Doug Cheek (Homer mayor and Radio Shack), board of directors; Vimal Modi (Howard Johnson Inn), board of directors; Stuart Grimes (PowerVision Productions), board of directors; Polly Godfrey (Regions Bank), board of directors; and Deyon Corey (Admiral Benbow Inn), board of directors. The newly elected directors will serve with existing directors to make up the 2005 Board of directors. Existing directors include: Dilip Patel, Joe Craven, Brent Edwards, Joe Cook, Wayne Parker, and ex-officios: Johnny Solesbee, Ed Lindorme, Randall Pugh, Bobbie Foster and Gordon Eanes. Directors leaving office are: Charlie Patel, Natalie Thomas, Fred Schlegel, Shirlene Allen and Bonnie Hill.
•CVB 2004 chairman Craig Armstrong presented Johnson with gifts from Lenox.
He said: “With out your leadership, drive, vision, we couldn’t do this.”

 


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Mar Jac seeks permit to expand Maysville facilityEPD to take comments on expansion proposal
Mac Jac is seeking an air quality permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a planned expansion of its Maysville facility.
The poultry feedmill operation is located at 7904 Maysville Road in Banks County. The plans call for constructing and operating two 16.8 MMB/tu/hr boilers fired primarily with natural gas with diesel fuel as backup.
The EPD will take comments on the application through Nov. 26.
Send comments to: Heather Abrams, project manager, Stationary Source Permitting Program, Air Protection Branch, 4244 International Parkway, Suite 120, Atlanta, GA 30354.


Movie theater planned at Banks Crossing
New theater expected to open in spring at Tanger I
Tanger Outlet Center at Banks Crossing will soon offer shoppers a movie theater.
Construction on a new movie theater at Tanger I, located in Banks County, will begin next month. The new 1,000-seat Nova Cinema theater will occupy a 17,400-square foot space on the northwest side of Tanger I. The theater is expected to open in late spring 2005. Complete with stadium seating, six curved screens and digital sound, the theater will present a top of the line movie experience at the best possible price, according to Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger.
“This is the next step in providing Tanger customers with a center that offers more than just the best in outlet shopping.” Valentine adds, “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new theater to our community.”
Buck Kolkmeyer, Nova Cinetech, president and CEO, said: “Our patented Stealth Cinema design is very important because its efficient design enables us to build premium theaters in smaller communities. Every seat is the best in the house.”
Created in July 2001, Nova Cinetech, Inc. specializes in theaters for smaller markets. The company, which is based in Sandwich, Ill., has 20 locations in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Bypass slated to open Nov. 31, DOT reports
The latest opening date for the new Homer Bypass is Nov. 31, weather permitting, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The completion date has been changed several times due to the weather and other delays.
“We are at 90 percent now, finishing up installing guardrails, signs, striping and shoulders,” according to DOT spokesman Teri Pope.
As for other road news from the DOT, the Thompson Street improvement project is moving forward. The county is buying the rights-of-way and the DOT is waiting for the certification that all of the property has been purchased by the county.
“Once we receive that, the next step is for the DOT to send contracts to the county for signatures then complete a work order so the county can let the project for bid and then award the project to a contractor,” Pope said.

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