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|FRONT PAGE - AUGUST 4, 1999 - DANIELSVILLE, GA|
A TOTAL LOSS
A chicken house on Griffeth Road in the Moon's Grove community with 14,000 two-week-old broiler chickens, was completely destroyed by fire last Sat. The blaze started around 6 a.m. and is believed to have been caused by a faulty fan, according to owners Anne and Pete Sisk. The Sisks have been growing chickens for 35 years. The Neese-Sanford Fire Department responded to the call with Hull, Danielsville and Ila departments adding back up. A chicken house next to the one destroyed suffered only minor damage.
Management of new water system still up in the air
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
With plans for a Dogsboro water system hitting full swing, the pressure is on for local authorities to make a decision on how that system will be managed. Yet, how and when the decision will be made is still not clear.
For the past two years, the county industrial authority has led the charge for county water improvements, but some county leaders say the industrial authority has other matters to deal with and should not be saddled with overseeing a fledgling water system.
"I want you to do what you're supposed to do - decide growth and promote retail and industrial sales in this county," board of commissioners chairman Wesley Nash told the industrial authority Thursday.
Nash said he was in the process of having several county employees trained in the operations of a public water system. Zoning Administrator Lee Sutton is currently undergoing Class 4 training and Nash said he plans to have three more county employees trained in the near future.
"I'm going to get people trained in-house - I'll take care of the upkeep and day-to-day operations," Nash said.
Nash also requested that the authority do an evaluation of five recently proposed alternatives for management of a county water system, then provide a recommendation to the BOC.
Those five options include contracting with a private company, forming a county water department, creating a county water authority, leaving water management duties with the county industrial authority or contracting with an existing municipal system in the county.
Journal to hold photo contest
Do you have a great photograph from your vacation? If so, share it with our readers and maybe win some money in this year's Madison County Journal photo contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.
Amateur photographers who live in Madison County may send in their favorite travel and vacation photos taken this year. Winning photographs will be published in a future issue of the newspaper.
There will be two categories: scenic views and people. A first through third prize will be given in each category. The monetary awards will be as follows: $50, first place; $35, second place; and $25, third place.
Photos must have been made during 1999. No more than one entry per photographer, please. The name of the photographer, the date and location where it was made and the names of everyone in the photo should be included.
Photos should be mailed to: Photo Contest, The Madison County Journal, P.O. Box 658, Danielsville, Ga., 30633. They may also be dropped off at The Madison County Journal office off Hwy. 29 in Danielsville across from the county government complex. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the photos will be returned. Photos may also be picked up at the Journal office after the contest ends.
Journal wins eight state awards
Sports section named best among small weeklies; paper earns third in 'general excellence'
The Madison County Journal received eight awards from the Georgia Press Association (GPA) last week, including first place for "best sports section" and a tie for third place in "general excellence" in the small weekly division.
General excellence is determined by tallying the total points received for various awards. The small weekly division includes papers with a circulation of less than 4,000.
About the sports section, the judges wrote: "Good use of color, strong photos - very crisp. Strong, tight writing, good headlines, excellent layout."
The Journal also won second place for religion coverage and third for lifestyle coverage among the state's small weeklies.
About the Journal's coverage of religion, which included stories on Jubilee Partners and Camp Maranatha, the judges wrote: "Excellent writing by Margie Richards."
About the paper's lifestyle coverage, the judges said: "Your blend of community news makes your area of Georgia sound like a good place to live."
Travis Hatfield, a photographer for each of MainStreet Newspapers' four publications, won seven photo awards, including three honors for the Journal. Hatfield's July 15 picture of three inmates in the Madison County jail received third place for "best photo illustration." Hatfield's April 1 picture of Nicole Holloway and a clown at the Roberts Bros. Circus in Comer was named "best feature photo" and his Dec. 9 picture of Madison County wrestler Gary Evans was recognized as "best sports photo."
Journal editor Zach Mitcham received first place for sports writing in the small weekly division. Each contestant submitted three articles to the judges. Entries from Mitcham included a May 13 story on a three-game slugfest between Madison County and Douglas County in the state baseball quarterfinals, a Sept. 2 feature on Raider football coach Tom Hybl and a Nov. 18 preview of Madison County wrestling.
Entries for each award category were judged by press associations outside of Georgia. The Journal's 1998 awards were presented at the GPA convention Friday at the San Destin Resort in Destin, Fla.
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