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When it comes to lyrics, ‘tape it to a biscuit’
Sometimes I find as I’m driving down
the road, singing along with a song, that the wrong lyric is
more fun than the right one.
National sales tax a good idea
The question of abolishing the payroll tax
in favor of a national sales tax is once again before Congress.
Is this a good idea?
Just imagine not having to worry about April 15th. No more payroll
Madison County could never work its way back
from a third quarter funk this past Tuesday night and because
of that, will have to try to find a way to work its way back
to the win column this weekend
New Banks County jail open for business
Anyone needing to fill out an incident report,
report an accident or speak to an officer with the Banks County
Sheriff’s Office should now go to the new Banks County
jail, located on Thompson Street across the new Hwy. 441 bypass.
Holiday open house planned in Gillsville
Friends of Gillsville and the City of Gillsville
invite all area residents to a holiday open house.
2,440-home community being pitched for Arcade
Mega-development would be county’s
A high-density housing planned community in Arcade is being pitched
to area government leaders for comments by the Northeast Georgia
Regional Development Center. And action on the plan could come
as soon as Dec. 21 when an annexation and rezoning request is
slated to go before the Quad Cities Planning Commission.
Isakson speaks at courthouse dedication Wed.
Commends county officials on facility
While its doors have been open to the public for months, the
new Jackson County courthouse was officially dedicated on Wednesday
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Christmas in Comer
READY TO SEE SANTA CLAUS
Hunter Crump (L) and Katlyn Crampton,
both 2, came all decked out in Santa Claus attire, along with
Katlyn’s mom, Lacey Crampton, to enjoy the annual Christmas
parade Saturday in Comer.
in the works?
Major residential development proposed
for Colbert Grove Church Road, Johnny McElroy Road
A 475-home subdivision could be in the works for 400.12 acres
on Colbert Grove Church Road and Johnny McLeroy Road.
If approved, the multi-phase project would be among the most
significant residential developments in county history.
“I dare to say this would be the biggest (subdivision)
we’ve had,” said zoning administrator Kim Butler,
noting that the largest subdivision approved in her time as administrator
is 88 lots.
Butler filed a required Development of Regional Impact (DRI)
form with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Tuesday
for the proposed residential development. (The form can be viewed
online at www.georgiaplanning.com/ Click on DRI online application,
then click on “submissions”) DRI projects “are
large-scale developments that are likely to have effects outside
of the local government jurisdiction.” In “non-metropolitan
regions,” housing developments of 125 new lots or units
must include a DRI plan from the local government.
The DRI form filed Tuesday lists Starke V. Hudson as the developer.
The property owner is listed as Coleman Whitehead. The completion
date is noted as 2010.
Whitehead, who is selling the land to Hudson, said that Hudson
is “a very good developer,” with a reputation for
quality work. Whitehead said there will be “no low-end
stuff here, just medium and up,” adding that he owns other
property near the development and that he wouldn’t want
to do anything that would de-value the neighboring land. (Hudson
could not be reached as of press time.)
A rezoning request for the subdivision is on the December planning
commission agenda. But the DRI approval is not expected before
this month’s public hearings. So Butler said the proposal
is expected to go before county leaders for an actual vote in
January, when three new commissioners will take their seats at
the BOC table. Butler said the public can comment on the proposal
in December, though she said the applicant has told her that
he doesn’t plan to attend the December meetings.
Notably, the proposed subdivision does not conform to the county’s
current land use map. It is neither in the county’s “high
density” area nor its “medium density” zone.
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.
Here is the actual proposal submitted
by the applicants to the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department:
“Star Home Builders proposes to construct a subdivision
on 400 acres of property on Colbert Grove Church Road in Madison
County, and requests rezoning of the property from A-1 (agricultural)
to R-1, Planned Unit Development (PUD). The subdivision would
be served by county water from a line recently installed on Colbert
Grove Church Road and would be constructed in three phases over
a number of years.
Proposed lots on the property would be a minimum of .6 acres
or 25,500 square feet, but with an average size of a little over
28,000 square feet. Minimum road frontage would be 100 feet except
in cul-de-sacs. Roads would be according to county standards
with concrete curb and gutters. No mobile or modular homes would
be allowed. All lots would be sold with protective covenants
and a qualified Homeowner’s Association would be established.
For the rest of the proposal see this weeks Madison County
deadline set for Monday
The deadline for submitting photos for our annual children’s
Christmas section has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.
The kids’ section will be published in The Madison County
Journal on Wednesday, Dec. 22 (not the Dec.16 issue as previously
The newspaper will accept photographs of children age 8 years
and younger. The child must live in Madison County. Photos of
grandchildren will be taken only if the child resides with the
grandparents in Madison County. Please submit the following information
along with the child’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photos may be dropped off at or mailed to The Journal office
in Danielsville and may be picked up there after the publication
runs in the paper. (If the office is closed, photos may be dropped
in the slot beneath the front porch window.)
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Gabriel convicted of murdering Dana Brookshire
A Madison County jury concluded last Thursday morning that the
shooting death of 24-year-old Dana Brookshire was no accident.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty on one count of felony
murder against Joseph Derek Gabriel, 22, Colbert, after deliberating
almost eight hours.
The jury did not find Gabriel guilty of the charge of malice
murder. In his instructions, Judge Thomas Hodges also gave the
jury the choice of convicting Gabriel of involuntary manslaughter
if they felt the evidence did not prove Gabriel’s intention
to kill Brookshire beyond a reasonable doubt.
The trial ended Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. and the jury
deliberated until about 9 p.m. before retiring for the evening.
Deliberation resumed at 9 a.m. Thursday, ending at around 11:30
a.m. when the jury returned with a guilty verdict.
Gabriel took the stand late Wednesday morning to defend his contention
that the shooting of his 24-year-old girlfriend was an accident,
not murder. Gabriel testified that he shot once when he was awakened
about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, fearing that a noise he
heard was an intruder coming into the room where he was sleeping.
He maintained he had started sleeping with the 45 caliber Ruger
semi-automatic handgun next to his bed after hearing of a recent
attempted break-in in the adjoining duplex.
Gabriel appeared calm and spoke in an even tone as he related
the events of the day and evening before Brookshire’s death.
Gabriel said he and Brookshire spent the day moving her belongings
from her grandmother’s house to his apartment. He admitted
that they may have had a “little fuss” concerning
“all the stuff she had” but that she had kissed him
goodnight when he went to bed in the guest room around 9:30 p.m.
so she could finish unpacking in their bedroom.
Gabriel, whose blood tests showed he was on methadone and Xanax,
said the medication, as well as the moving, made him tired enough
to retire early. (Brookshire’s blood also tested positive
for methadone and Xanax.)
Around 10 or 10:30 p.m., Gabriel said Brookshire came into his
room to tell him she was “going out for some fresh air.”
He said he told her it was too late to go walking but she insisted
so he reminded her to lock the door when she came back in.
Gabriel then testified that he woke to a “loud noise”
around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. “I couldn’t see
anything,” Gabriel said. “I called her name (Dana)
and said ‘stop.’ I never got any response so I pulled
the trigger and then turned the light on.”
For the rest of the story see this weeks Madison County Journal.