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|FRONT PAGE - JULY 7, 1999 - DANIELSVILLE, GEORGIA|
Arnold Park to get new play equipment
BY FRANK GILLISPIE
The Comer City Council voted Tuesday night to accept a $10,000 state grant for new playground equipment at Arnold Park.
The grant, which will be paid on a split basis, will match $11,000 of city money. A check for $5,000 has been issued, and another $5,000 will be paid when the project is finished.
The new playground equipment, to be supplied and installed by Dominican Recreational Products, is similar to the equipment recently installed at the Madison County Recreational sites in Danielsville and Diamond Hill. City workers will remove the old slides and swings and prepare the site for the new equipment.
"We expect to have many more children use the new equipment," said Gerry Kemp, public works director for the city. "The old stuff was out of date and probably dangerous, and many parents were afraid to use it."
In other business, the council met in closed session to discuss potential litigation and personnel. The group took no action on the litigation matter and agreed to hire a full-time employee for the public works staff.
Berry to release new album
BY FRANK GILLISPIE
After three years without a new record, Madison County's John Berry will release a new album on August 24.
The first single from the new project, "Love is Forgiving," is now receiving a warm welcome on country stations across the nation. The album is called "Wildest Dreams" and will be Berry's first effort for Lyric Street Records, a new label owned by the Disney Co.
Berry actually recorded two albums for Capital before asking to be released from his contract with them. Both albums are now the property of Capital Records, and may never be offered to the public.
This is the most positive record I have ever done," Berry said earlier this week. "There is no sadness here."
One song has special meaning, Berry said, because it was recorded just after the Middleton school shootings. Titled "You're the Voice," it carries a strong anti-violence message. Berry quoted a passage from the lyrics: "We're all someone's daughter, someone's son.
How long can we look at each other down the barrel of a gun?"
"We had that song on the list to record before the tragedy," Berry said. "It seemed so appropriate that we did it at that time." He does not know if the song will be released as a single.
Athens Country DJ Tim Cicciarelli of WNGC has nothing but praise for the first single from the new album, "Love is Forgiving."
"In my opinion, it is the best song he ever recorded," Cicciarelli said. "He has a big future with the new record company. The new song has quickly become one of our top requests."
Berry is limiting his schedule this summer to allow more time with his family, and to develop new music. He will play a series of spot concerts around the country until his Christmas tour starts this fall. The Christmas tour will be mostly on the West Coast, he said.
"I wanted to have new music and the new record out before starting another tour," Berry said.
Grand marshall reflects
on life in Madison County
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
Joe Morris knows Colbert, and most of Colbert knows Joe Morris.
Born and reared on Hardeman Morris Road just west of downtown, Morris has lived in the shadow of this Madison County town with the sound of the frequent trains rumbling through it all of his almost 83 years.
"I don't even hear the trains anymore," Morris said.
Since 1962, he has lived on Second Avenue inside the Colbert city limits, and within sight of his church, Colbert United Methodist.
He has seen many changes over the years, the latest being the widening of Hwy. 72 through downtown. Morris can remember a time when the "main drag" was a dirt road that ran along where his street is today.
Morris has faced one of his most difficult challenges this year - the loss of his beloved wife Agnes in March, after 62 years of marriage.
He and Agnes reared five children together and ran a farm; later both worked "public jobs." But Morris is quick to point out that their greatest joy always came from their family, and that joy has continued for him as he learns to go on with life without her.
Morris is grandfather to 12 and great-grandfather to 10, with two more on the way.
And he has reason to look forward to a good many more years to enjoy his family; his father, J.R. Morris, another lifelong Colbert resident, lived to see the age of 103 and was Colbert's oldest living resident for a number of years.
As in years past, the family gathered for Colbert's Fourth of July celebration, bringing out the lawn chairs and placing them next to the road to watch the parade that comes right by Morris's home. But this year, while mourning the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother, the family was also excited to watch their dad and granddad participate as one of the grand marshals in the parade. Morris was one of six 80-plus residents or former residents, of Colbert to serve as this year's grand marshals as the city celebrated its 100th year.
Besides his family, Morris derives a lot of pleasure from his thriving vegetable garden. According to daughter Dee Osborne, there was never a time when her parents didn't have a garden.
This year the garden is flourishing with squash, beans, tomatoes, okra and corn. Morris tends it himself, with a little help with plowing from his family.
Countians named to RDC board
Jan Burroughs, Roy Gandy and Wesley Nash were recently named to serve as the Madison County representatives on the board of directors of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center. They will serve a two-year term.
State insurance commissioner rep. in Danielsville July 20
An investigator from the state insurance commissioner's office is scheduled to be in Danielsville from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. July 20 at the county goverment complex to meet with Madison Countians with insurance problems or questions.
Call (706) 795-5664 to confirm the investigator's schedule.
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