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Plenty of emotion in awards show
I realized why I love country music so much when watching the recent Country Music Association (CMA) Award Show.
The news of the absurd
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.
Leopards fall to Dragons in tip-off tourney
Turnovers, shot selection decide the outcome
Banks Countys Leopard basketball team fell to the Jefferson Dragons Saturday in the first game of the three-game tip-off tournament scheduled to conclude on Saturday, November 27.
Water board takes defiant stand in Arcade dispute
County water leaders took a defiant stand Monday night, saying they wouldnt be intimidated by efforts to undermine the systems service territory.
In a 3-2 vote, the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority approved a resolution to make its water and sewer facilities available to the public within Jackson county, including municipalities located inside and outside Jackson County....without regard to any service delivery agreement entered into pursuant to House Bill 489...
Niekro to speak Tues. to chamber
Atlanta Braves pitching legend Phil Niekro will speak at a Tuesday, Nov. 30, luncheon meeting held by the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Women In Business. The event begins at 11:30 at Jackson EMC, Jefferson, with the meal at noon.
Reasons for Thanks
Hull-Sanford Elementary School students talk about why theyre grateful
Hull-Sanford first graders, like kids all over the county, were contemplating the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays Monday afternoon while they drew, colored and wrote stories about all the things they have to be thankful for.
Luminarias set for Dec. 18
The 20th annual Madison County Luminarias and Live Nativity will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Booger Hill and Moons Grove roads in Danielsville.
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This turkey showed up at Bobby and Miriam Blackwells home in Homer just in time for Thanksgiving.
Turkey shows up at Homer residence
When a large bird showed up at Bobby and Miriam Blackwells home in Homer, they thought he was a buzzard. They later discovered it was a turkey.
Mrs. Blackwell said she shooed him away from their garden the first time she saw him. He was picking beans.
Rufus, as named by the Blackwells, showed up two months ago. The couple thinks the bird was separated from his flock, saw a pair of peacocks that nest at the Homer house and decided to stick around.
He thinks they are his family, Mrs. Blackwell said.
He eats cracked corn and sunflower seeds provided by the couple and they say they hope he stays around, long after Thanksgiving.
Turkeys are not uncommon in north Georgia, although it is rare to have one stick around for a long time. Georgias wild turkey population hasnt always been as large as it is today. The population dropped to alarming rates in the mid-70s, but now, thanks to a state-wide restoration program, the population in Georgia is estimated at 300,000.
The return of the wild turkey to Georgias forests is credited as one of the greatest success stories in modern wildlife management. An average Tom weighs between 17 and 21 pounds. A projection of hair-like bristles, or what is known as a beard, grows continuously throughout the life of a Tom at a rate of three to five inches per year.
Turkeys, like other wildlife species, need a mixture of forests and openings to meet their seasonal habitat requirements. An average turkeys annual range can exceed 12,000 acres. In a single day, a turkey may cover over two miles.
Armed robbery reported at Banks Crossing
The Chevron Station located at Banks Crossing was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night by a man wearing a ski mask. The perpetrator made off with $300 from the register.
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on November 20, a man described as six-feet-tall with a medium build walked into the gas station on Hwy. 441. The attendant, who was the only person in the store at the time, said the man was wearing a ski mask, gloves, a dark blue jacket and blue jeans.
Banks County sheriff Charles Chapman said the man produced a weapon described as a stainless steel revolver and said to the female attendant: Give me the money in the drawer or I will kill you. She handed over the contents of the register, $300, and he walked out of the store, according to the sheriff.
Chapman said the area is not well lit and no one saw which direction the man headed or if he left in a vehicle.
Not knowing which way he went and not having cameras inside the store to provide us with a picture, we have very little to go on at this time, very little, Chapman said.
He said the first officer to arrive on the scene came two minutes after the original 911 call. Canine units from Lee Arrendale Correctional Institution were brought on the scene, but were unsuccessful in picking up tracks, according to Chapman. Customers at the Waffle House and patrons at a local motel were questioned about what they saw.
We were unable to locate anyone who noticed anything, Chapman said.
Anyone with information that might assist the sheriffs office in solving this robbery is asked to call (706) 677-2248.
Chapman said the sheriffs office is still looking into the recent armed robbery that occurred at Regions Bank, located at Banks Crossing. He said he doesnt believe the robberies are connected.
Were still following up on any leads we get, he said. We are in touch with other departments who are helping us with this case, but, as of now, we dont have anything concrete.
Christmas events set in Alto, Homer
The annual holiday celebrations are coming up in Alto and Homer.
The town of Alto will hold its 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, organizers stated.
The Homer City Council will hold its holiday event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the historic courthouse in Homer. Special music is a part of the program, which also includes refreshments and a visit from Santa.
Alto city hall gives holiday schedule
The Alto city hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving.
News office to be closed Thurs.-Fri.
The Banks County News office will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The office will open on its regular schedule at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
No flu shots for Banks County
The Banks County Health Department has not received a supply of flu shots, yet.
Joanna Dodd announced at the Family Connections meeting Thursday that the center should be receiving some, but she doesnt know when they will arrive. When shots do arrive, they will only be available for high priority patients, children 0-6 months, six to 12 years old and senior citizens 65-years-old and older.
They wont deviate from the guidelines, Dodd said. Some doctors will have a few shots, but it will be the same criteria to get one.
Henry Slocom, BJC Medical Center community relations director, said the hospital will not be administering any of the injections. Shots that would be coming to the hospital will go to the nursing home and will be given to nurses in direct contact with infected patients.
Slocom said flu mist is available at BJC. He said the mist is only recommended for individuals who are young and healthy. He also said the mist is live and can cause those who take it to become ill.
The Jackson County Health Departments opened Monday, November 22, with shots available for high priority patients.
Photos being accepted for Christmas section
The annual childrens Christmas section will be published in The Jackson Herald, The Commerce News and The Banks County News on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
The newspapers will be accepting photographs of children age 8 years and younger through 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.
The child must live in Jackson or Banks county. Photos of grandchildren will be taken only if the child resides with the grandparents.
Please submit the following information along with the childs photo: the first and last name and age of each child shown, as well as the parents names, their city of residence and phone number.
Black and white or color photos can be used, but no Polaroids or photographs printed out from a computer onto laser paper will be accepted, as they do not reprint well.
Digital photos with the above information may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
The photos may be dropped off at or mailed to any of the newspaper offices and may be picked up there after the publication runs in the paper.
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Assessment notices sent out Friday
The Banks County Board of Tax Assessors held a called meeting Friday, November 20, to announce that the 2004 assessment notices would be sent out that day.
Hallelujah, said board of tax assessor director Len Dalton.
Nancy Sims said the office staff worked 14 days straight to prepare the documents for mailing.
Its been a lot of hard work, she said.
Assessment notices were only sent to those property owners whose property values changed from the previous year. Changing values are the result of land owners reporting additions or damages.
Margaret Ausburn, Banks County tax commissioner, said people can expect tax bills to arrive in the mail after the first of the year. By law, there will be at least 45 days between the two mailing dates. Countians receiving new assessment notices have 45 days to appeal the assessed value to the board of equalization and then another 21 days before they receive the adjusted assessment.
However, if either the board of commissioners or the board of education decide to increase the millage rate, each entity will hold three public three hearings and publish the budget from the previous five years to allow for public comment. Once millage rates are set, the tax digest is sent to the state board for approval. Only then will tax bills be sent out to residents and then a 60-day period is provided for payment.
Learning center gets $500,000 grant
Robin Trotter, Banks County Family Connections director, announced at a meeting last week that she recently accepted a $500,000 community block development grant for a new adult learning center in Banks County.
Trotter accompanied Banks County administrative officer Michael Fischer to Savannah to accept the check. She met with an architect who okayed the plans for the new adult education center. She said the grant will fully fund the building, but does not allow any funding for instructors.
We spoke to Jeanette Jamieson about having a full-time staff, she said. The program is growing rapidly. Four or five new people are signing up every week.
Trotter said construction will begin on the new center in March. She said the center is expected to open in January 2006. It will be built on Thompson Street behind the Banks County Health Department.
Legislative breakfast planned for Dec. 9
A legislative breakfast to honor elected officials will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Garrison Civic Center.
The event is being sponsored by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Development Authority and Family Connections.
Everyone interested is invited, coordinators have announced.
The cost is $5 for non-members and free for members.
Call the chamber of commerce office to RSVP at (706) 677-2108.
The Garrison Civic Center is located at 193 Sycamore Street, Homer.