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NOVEMBER 17, 2004


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OPINIONS
Frank Gillispie
French attitude: ‘do as
I say, not as I do’
For the government of President Jacques Chirac, the policy is “do as I say, not as I do.” Chirac has been one of the leading critics of the American intervention in Iraq.

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A river of news flows by us every day. And overshadowed by the wave of headlines of war, the economy and the environment, are the stories of a 59-year-old soon-to-be mother of twins, or a man in India pronounced dead waking up at his own funeral, or a cat saving a man from a fire.


SPORTS
An encore?
The Raiders look to reproduce last year’s success with a host of new faces Last year’s Raider basketball team did some heavy lifting raising the bar for the boys’ program.


News from
BANKS COUNTY
Honoring those who served
BCMS recognizes area veterans at special program
The mood at the middle school was somber on Thursday as the students, faculty and citizens welcomed veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America for a special Veterans’ Day program.
Some came dressed in uniforms with rows of medals hanging over their hearts, others wore suits and ties, but all the men and women who came to the program had memories and stories of a different time.

Proposed subdivision topic of discussion in Lula
Lula residents voiced their concerns about a proposed 120-lot subdivision during a public hearing held Monday night before the city council meeting.


News from
JACKSON COUNTY
Jefferson man charged in shooting step-grandfather
A 73-year-old Jefferson man is expected to make a full recovery after being shot in the head by his step-grandson Monday.
Sydney Pope was shot as he drove on Hwy. 11 with his step-grandson, Robert Thomas Johnson, 20, Jefferson. Pope was taken to an area hospital.

Arcade customers could lose water service
Political feud over service area could force county to turn off water
Some 411 residentS of Arcade could find themselves without water as the result of a bitter political fight in Jackson County.

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Pam Moore is the special education parent mentor for Madison County. She is trying to let people know about a new support group for parents of special needs children.

Special connections for special parents
New support group forms for parents of special needs children
Pam Moore knows what it’s like to feel isolated while caring for a special needs child.
And now through her position as parent mentor for the county school system, she wants to help other parents of special needs children avoid some of that isolation by telling them about a parent support group that has recently formed in the area.
Moore’s youngest daughter, Callie, was born 10 years ago with a number of physical and cognitive disabilities, including cerebral palsy, which render her unable to care for herself.
“I quit my job to take care of her; she became my life,” Moore remembers. And as much as she loved her daughter, she remembers how exhausting, frustrating and lonely her days were, caring for Callie around the clock.
Callie received early intervention services before transitioning to the Madison County Special Education Preschool. Since then, Callie has been served by a special education teacher as well as physical, occupational, speech and vision therapists.
Moore says it is with the help of the school system and by seeking out other parents with whom to share her experiences that she is able to handle the challenges of caring for Callie.
For example, Moore says she didn’t know she could obtain in-home nursing services for her daughter, thinking her only choices were to care for Callie herself, or institutionalize her; something Moore says she didn’t consider an option.
“I found out I could get nursing services for Callie from another mother when I went to an advocacy training session in Atlanta,” she said. “No one, not even her doctor, had been able to tell me where to go to get the help I needed.”
With these things in mind, Moore seized the opportunity of becoming the special education parent mentor for the Madison County School System when the position was created by the state three years ago.
“I’m one of 50 such mentors in the state; we’re all parents of a special needs child who act as a resource for other parents,” she said.
And now Moore is anxious to spread the word about a new support group for parents of special needs children that has formed in the area.
Connections for Special Parents (CSP) meets the first Monday of each month in the Family Life Center of Royston Baptist Church in Franklin County.
“We’re really fortunate in that not only is Royston central to the counties, but that we all have a lot of the same issues and utilize the same resources for our children,” Moore said.
About 30 people are currently attending the group each month. Among those, Moore says, there are those who are parents of newborns all the way to adults. “There are some to whom this is all new, to those who have been at this for 20 years or better,” she said. There are also a wide variety of disabilities among the group, from those whose children have cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome or high functioning autism.
“What that tells me (about this area) is that this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are a lot more families out there who could benefit from this group,” Moore said.
CSP was the idea of Jean Davison, one of Callie’s therapists who had worked with a similar group in another area.
Moore says the general goals and objectives of CSP are to provide moral support for each other and to find ways to get kids more involved in their community; for example, the group is currently planning a Christmas social.
CSP meetings also focus on a variety of issues facing today’s families, such as funding sources.
Last month’s meeting focused on Medicaid and how the budget cut-backs will affect their children.
“That was the primary topic of our last meeting,” Moore said. “We plan to go to Atlanta to express our opinions about Medicaid cut backs.”
The group’s mission statement is as follows: “To reach out and advocate for children with special needs in our community by informing ourselves and others and by identifying, locating and sharing resources.”
“There are a lot of families out there that need the help this group can provide — some that may feel their families are falling apart,” she said.
“Families helping families is what makes the difference,” Moore said.
Who to call:
For more information on CSP, call Pam Moore at 788-3428, or if you would like to attend the next CSP meeting on Dec. 6 from 7-8 p.m. at Royston Baptist Church Family Life Center and need child care, call 245-9701 or 245-6095 at least a week before so arrangements can be made.


Early deadlines for next week
The Madison County Journal will have early deadlines for next week’s Thanksgiving issue.
The deadline for news and advertising will be at noon on Friday, instead of on Monday.
The paper is being printed one day ahead of schedule due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be on the news stands Tuesday night and delivered in the mail on Wednesday.
The Madison County Journal office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26.


Thanksgiving meal offered to those in need
Proverbs 11:25 Ministries, hosted by Carmine’s Pizza Time, will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
“You have the choice of eating at the restaurant, picking up your food or if you are homebound we will have volunteers who will deliver the food.” organizers said. “There is no charge, but you need to call to reserve your meal.”
To make a reservation, call Enid Costello at 797-3679.
For the rest of the story see this week's Madison County Journal.


Raider basketball season tips off Saturday
Madison County’s varsity basketball teams will tip off the 2004 season Saturday at home, with the girls starting at 7 p.m. and the boys taking the court at 8:30 p.m. For the rest of the story see this week's Madison County Journal.


 Planners turn down Serenity Lane rezoning request
The county planning commission turned down a woman’s plans to subdivide two tracts of land she owns on Serenity Lane, a dirt road in northern Madison County.
The commission voted 7-0 to recommend the board of commissioners deny two related requests by Ellen Miles to rezone a 10-acre portion of 16.6 acres (consisting of a 7.9-acre parcel and an 8.7-acre parcel) from A-2 to R-R. Miles wants the remaining six acres to remain A-2 and divide the rezoned portions into four 2-plus-acre lots: one to give to her daughter and three others to sell for site-built homesites.
Several neighbors showed up to protest the rezoning, saying the rezoning was not a “good fit” for the area which has mostly larger lots and that the dirt road, which is supposed to be county-maintained, is frequently in poor condition, primarily due to a commercial sand operation on the road.
Commission member Walter Searcy made the motion to deny, saying the rezoning is not consistent with other lots in the area which are larger.
The board of commissioners will make the final decision on this and other rezoning requests at its next regular business meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the county complex.
In other business:
•The commission recommended approval of a request by Wayne Heath for a conditional use permit on a five acre portion of a 16.62-acre parcel on Homestead Road for a future church, cemetery and ball fields.
•The board voted to recommend approval of a request by Theresa Bradberry representing her father, Fabian Worley, to rezone 4.98 acres on McGinnis Chandler Road from A-1 (agricultural) to R-1 (single residential) for a one-acre homesite for Ms. Bradberry and A-2 for the remaining 3.98 acres. The property is served by the Commerce water system.
•The commission voted to recommend approval of a request by Phil Piche’ representing Henry Brubaker, to have a zoning designation of B-1 (commercial) placed on an existing parcel on Edgewood Drive. The property was not given a zoning classification when zoning was adopted, but has had a business located on it for a number of years.
•The board recommended approval of a request by Terry Wood, representing his father, Donald Wood, to rezone 5.17 acres on Jot-Em-Down Road from A-1 to R-R (rural residential) in order to divide the property into two equal parcels for homesites for family members.
•The commission recommended approval of a request by Robyn Baxter, representing her father, Wayne Baxter, executor of the Baxter Estate, to rezone 1.67 acres on Nowhere Road from A-2 to R-1 for a future homesite for herself. The remainder of the 10-acre parcel is to remain A-2.
•The board voted to recommend approval of a final plat review for Jacob’s Field subdivision presented by Phil Munro.
•The commission voted to recommend approval of a preliminary plat review of Tumbling Creek subdivision presented by John Phillips.

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IDA water line, sewer projects on track
Industrial Development Authority (IDA) members heard that all their current projects for water line and sewer development and expansion are either on or slightly ahead of schedule Monday night.
Utility director Tyson Culberson reported that both Division A and Division B of the Colonial — Colbert Grove Church Road water line project which will ultimately link Madico Park, the South Madison Water System, Colbert and Danielsville water systems, are both ahead of schedule.
Renovations by Tank Pro to the water tank at Madico Park have been completed, Culberson reported.
IDA executive director Marvin White reported that a pre-construction meeting is scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. with representatives from the Rural Development Center (RDC), utility companies and project engineers Carter and Sloope to work out details to proceed on the Hwy. 98 sewer expansion project.
White said they are ready to complete the second phase of sewer lines from Irwin Kirk Road to the jail.
White also reported that work has been completed on extending water lines from the Golden Pantry on Hwy. 29 South northward to Piedmont Road. A 12-inch water line is also set to be installed under Hwy. 29 to the Brice Landing commercial/residential development.
White also said work should soon begin in a couple of weeks on the 12-inch water line extension from Piedmont Road further north to the site of the new Bryant Wood subdivision. “We’re waiting on a D.O.T. permit,” White stated.
The IDA will also bore under Hwy. 29 at Piedmont Road to place a water line for Garnet Ward Road in readiness for a new subdivision there.
In a related matter, the IDA voted to seek bids for hooking Millbrook Subdivision’s 19 homes on Spratlin Mill Road onto the county water system.
Several Millbrook Subdivision residents were on hand to discuss water access for their subdivision, including county District 3 commissioner Mike Youngblood and Millbrook Homeowner Association president Steve Ellis. Ellis said residents of Millbrook feel their “quality of water is not up to par” under the community water system, which is run by Fortson Well, and want to hook onto the county’s water system.
Ellis said the homeowners are not under contract to Fortson for water services.
The IDA members said they will seek bids for now and work with homeowners in the subdivision as to how the expenses of hooking onto the system will be handled.
The IDA also requested that attorney Victor Johnson check to make sure the county will own the right-of-way in Millbrook.
In other business, the IDA:
•agreed to purchase and place 12-inch by 18-inch warning signs at the Madico, Hull-Sanford and James Holcomb Road well sites to protect the county from liability issues. The signs will state: “Keep Out — Property Under Surveillance.”
•agreed to provide water line hook-ups for the Brice Landing Development on Hwy. 29 South (Billy Chandler property).



City of Hull to host Christmas celebration
City of Hull officials and community members will host a “pre-Christmas celebration” beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Hull City Well, located on Hwy. 72 at Glenn Carrie Road (adjacent to the Golden Pantry). Afterwards, there will be fellowship and snacks at the Hull Baptist Church fellowship hall, plus a special “visit from Santa.”

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