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got mail, somewhere
I remember being very skeptical of the
whole email thing, spouting off my theory (and that
of many others at the time) that electronic mail would serve
to only further detach and alienate people from one another in
our technological society.
in useless treasure
Growing up with a sister just 13 months
younger meant that we did nearly everything together. And, as
is the case with most girls, we were into Barbie dolls. With
two of us together, we had twice the Christmases and twice the
birthdays of a normal girl so we racked up.
Defending sub-region champions returning a lot of talent in 2004
The Banks County Lady Leopards are looking to
repeat last years successful season with key returning
players. The team finished the 2003-2004 season as north sub-region
champs. And they finished third in the region, despite having
a losing season, 13-15.
A two-year-old dispute between the Jackson
County Sheriffs Office and the county marshals department
came to a head Monday morning when Sheriff Stan Evans impounded
three vehicles belonging to the marshals department.
Arcade water deal
But county authority, new BOC members
opposed to plan
Jefferson city officials gave final agreement Monday night to
a plan being pushed by the current board of commissioners that
will take away a large area of water and sewerage service from
the county water authority and give it to Arcade.
BOC to seek judges
order on tax digest
County commissioners are tired of waiting
on a tax digest. So Monday they voted to do something about it.
The board of commissioners (BOC) agreed 5-0 to seek a judges
order giving them the right to use the 2003 tax digest instead
of the incomplete 2004 digest as they set next years
budget and approve tax rates. County commissioners did not set
a date Monday on when they would present the request to a judge.
BOC creates new pay
classification, promotes Salter
County commissioners created a new class
14 tax appraiser III position Monday, then they promoted
Mechell Salter to that classification, with pay reflecting five
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BRINGS GOOD NEWS
Bob Waldorf, Stephens County extension agent who has been
working as the Banks County extension agent, told those gathered
for the Banks County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night
funding was approved for the placement of a county extension
agent in Banks County. Banks County has been without an agent
and working towards acquiring a new agent for over one year.
The county will have to contribute a minimum of $9,000 towards
the salary for the position.
to have full-time agent
After over one year of asking the University
of Georgia to find the funding for a county extension agent in
one of the states leading agricultural counties, Bob Waldorf,
Stephens County extension agent, told the Banks County Board
of Commissioners at a meeting held Monday that a county agent
would move into the county as soon as the application process
There are finally some funds from the Board of Regents
to pay benefits for extension at UGA and because of that funds
are available to put an agent in your county, Waldorf said.
The county agent will cost Banks County at least $9,000, or 25
percent of the total salary. The agent could cost more if commissioners
want to pay for an experienced agent looking to relocate. The
commissioners agreed to pay part of the salary for the county
Also discussed at the meeting:
the BOC decided to leave the sewage system change order
on the table for further discussion and action later.
the Magistrate Court and Probate Court asked to amend their
budgets to include funding for state-mandated technology upgrades,
including software, scanners, servers and computers aimed at
enhancing the day to day operations of the court,
according to a letter from the Magistrate Court. The BOC approved
an additional $12,000 for the Magistrate Court and an additional
$4,000 for the Probate Court.
the BOC agreed to purchase a mower and tractor from Thorne
Equipment Company, located in Homer, for $69,537 for the road
the BOC renewed the gravel haul contract with Larry Shubert
Hauling at a price of $2.13 per ton, plus a $2 a load loading
charge. BOC chairman Kenneth Brady said that with fuel prices
increasing, Shubert asked for additional money in the form of
a fuel surcharge. Brady said the truck could travel six miles
on one gallon of gas and equated that a .10 cent per mile fuel
surcharge would be fair. Other members of the BOC agreed and
unanimously approved the contract.
Fire chief Perry Dalton suggested the county and the city
of Homer enter into a mutual aid and first response agreement
to decrease the ISO rating in the county. The agreement would
state that the Banks County fire department would automatically
respond to calls made to the Homer fire department and the Homer
fire department would automatically respond with Banks County
when the county was assisting those in Homer. The BOC agreed
to have Dalton speak to the Homer City Council about the agreement.
Homer would have to accept the agreement as well in order for
it to be approved.
the BOC met in closed session for 10 minutes to discuss
possible litigation. No action was taken once the meeting was
re-opened to the public.
request another ag teacher
Students are being turned away, Duckett
Michelle Duckett, a Banks County FFA alumni member, asked the
board of education on Monday to consider hiring additional staff
to accommodate the growing interest in agricultural courses at
the high school.
The request for enrollment in agricultural classes at the
high school has far exceeded available openings for several years
now, she said. Every class is maxed out with students
not being able to take the class until they move up on the priority
list as a junior or senior.
Duckett said some kids are turned away because there are not
enough instructors to meet the demand of students wanting the
classes. Currently, six agricultural courses are offered at the
high school, Duckett said enough students are interested that
eight classes could be filled.
Students are taking courses they are not interested in,
therefore, they are not doing very well in those courses,
She said she is concerned about students taking other elective
courses not related to their career choices.
Adding another teacher would open the doors for unlimited
possibilities of courses that would benefit the students,
Duckett suggested adding courses in horticulture, animal science,
landscaping, agri-science, equine science and veterinarian technology.
On a related issue, she said the FFA chapter at the high school
currently has 160 members and has been recognized as a 100 percent
membership chapter for the past 11 years. The chapter has received
superior ratings for the past 10 years.
The FFA program is not limited to classroom experiences, it also
includes supervised agricultural experience projects, career
development events and state and national activities, all of
which require supervision, instruction and hours of practice.
Duckett said Scott Wheatley, FFA advisor at the high school,
does not have enough time to monitor all the students projects.
Student interest is high; however, having only one teacher
limits the opportunities to all of the students involved in the
program, Duckett said.
Many of the board members agreed with Ducketts concerns.
I agree we need to offer what we can, but we need to be
as efficient as we can with what we have, said BOE member
Ramsey asked the board to look at schools with similar involvement
and determine how many instructors they designate for agriculture.
Johnny Williams, BOE member, said: What I learned from
agriculture programs in school, I use it everyday - thats
how I make my living.
Superintendent Chris Erwin said he looked into funding a position
at the beginning of the year, but couldnt secure funding
for the position.
The first thing you have to look at is student involvement,
then space, you have that, he said. I see us going
to at least a part-time teacher. We feel we will be in a better
position next year to fund the position.
Also discussed at the meeting:
principals from the five schools gave their reports on
past and upcoming events and training.
Mike Beasley, financial director, said three schools are
currently working with a new accounting system, Quicken. He also
said last months SPLOST check came in at $228,535, which
brought the cumulative surplus total to $840,000. Since the current
SPLOST began, in September of 2002, the school system has received
over $6 million. The SPLOST will end in September 2007.
the final construction costs for the middle school was
reported at $8.9 million, some $132,000 under budget. The primary
school expansion cost $1.5 million to complete, $44,000 under
Erwin said plans for the new elementary school have been
submitted to the state and the fire marshall for review.
Erwin made an announcement that Ron Gardiner, BOE member,
will act as the legislative liaison for the school system this
the BOE recognized Anna Gailey, Sarah Wolf, Taylor Kennedy,
Dakoda McDuffie, Logan Walterhouse and Kara Murphy for ranking
in the top one percent, 99 percentile, on the recent ITBS test.
The students are in the top one percent of all students who took
the test nationwide.
the BOE recognized Tammy Byrd for being selected to the
Whos Who list for the Piedmont College graduate program.
the BOE recognized Wendy Fuschetti for being selected as
runner-up in the Wonderful Walls bulletin board contest,
sponsored by Instructor magazine and Fiskars.
the board met behind closed doors for 45 minutes to discuss
personnel, no action was taken when the meeting was re-opened,
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Day program set Thurs. at BCMS
Banks County Middle School will hold its
Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., in
All veterans are invited to attend, school organizers stated.
The school is located on Thomas Street, Homer.
For more information, call (706) 677-2277.
to planning commisison
Replaces Lindorme; Reese re-appointed
The Banks County Board of Commissioners made changes to several
boards at a meeting held Tuesday, including replacing Ed Lindorme
on the planning commission.
Commissioner Rickey Cain made the motion to replace Lindorme,
whose term expired in October 2004, with Al Ward. Commissioner
Pat Westmoreland voted in favor of the motion.
Sammy Reece was also up for reappointment on the planning commission,
Westmoreland and Cain agreed to reappoint him to the board.
Appointments to the planning commission are for four year terms.
Last month, planning commission chairman Harold Ivey exchanged
heated words with Westmoreland because he believed Lindorme and
Reece were not going to be re-appointed.
The BOC had to nominate three Banks County citizens to sit on
the BJC Hospital Authority. Only one will be chosen by the authority
to serve on the board.
The BOC nominated existing member David Payne for another six-year
term, along with Mike Gordon and Billy Leachman.
Bill Jackson resigned as a member of the NEGA Regional Board
of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse before
his term expired and had to be replaced.
Westmoreland nominated Grant Reed to finish the three-year term
that will expire in June 2005.
to Alto Nov. 27
Citys Christmas tree to be lit during
The town of Alto will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting
on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., at city hall.
The event will feature Christmas caroling, refreshments, lighting
of the Christmas tree and lights, and the arrival of Santa on
a fire truck.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this special event,