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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.

Danielsville bypass planned
A Danielsville bypass is slated for construction perhaps by 2006.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials will meet with local government and utility officials at 10 a.m. Friday in Atlanta to get a Danielsville bypass and Hwy. 29 improvement project rolling.
Danielsville city council members read a letter notifying them of that meeting Monday night. They also viewed a DOT map of the proposed bypass with some concern, noting that the map shows the bypass running around the west side of the city. With three schools - Danielsville Elementary, Madison County Middle School and High School - on the east side of Hwy. 29, a bypass across town may not do much to relieve traffic congestion from the schools, they said.
But Madison County's district DOT communications officer Teri Pope said Tuesday that the concept plans for the bypass have yet to be drawn. She said the DOT must conduct historical, archaeological and environmental studies before the actual route of the bypass is set, which also means that the number of homes that might have to be relocated for a bypass has not been determined.
Pope said the bypass and Hwy. 29 improvement project is scheduled to come in three phases. One phase, costing approximately $17.8 million, will establish four lanes for 5.1 miles on Hwy. 29 from county road 228 (Diamond Hill-Colbert Road) to a spot north of Danielsville. A separate step will be upgrading the bridge at Brush Creek and the south fork of the Broad River on Hwy. 29 from two lanes to four lanes at an estimated cost of $1.4 million. Another phase on Hwy. 29 will establish four lanes from Hwy. 106 to the Diamond Hill-Colbert Road, a 3.9 mile project, costing an estimated $14.9 million.
Pope said Madison Countians won't see any action on the bypass for quite some time.
"We're looking at a good four years to start the bid process," she said.
Pope said that a tentative starting date for construction is 2006. She said DOT construction projects take an average of 30 months, which would put the completion date for the bypass sometime in 2008 or 2009.
Public hearings for the project probably won't be held for another two years, she added.
Pope said the project's estimated construction cost is $34.1 million. Federal funds will cover 80 percent of the project's costs with the other 20 percent coming from state funds collected through a 7.5 cent per gallon fuel tax.
Here's a rundown provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation's district office in Gainesville of other scheduled DOT projects in Madison County,
·Hwy. 72 - widening the road from two to four lanes for 4.9 miles from county road 393 (Glenn Carrie Road) to 392 (Colbert-Danielsville Road). Construction set for the fiscal year 2000. Estimated cost - $9.4 million.
·Hwy. 72 - widening the road from two to four lanes (divided) for 1.5 miles from Colbert-Danielsville Road to 100 feet east of Hwy. 172. Construction set for the fiscal year 2000. Estimated cost - $3.9 million.
·Hwy. 72 - widening the road 2.8 miles from Hwy. 172 to the west Comer city limits from two lanes to five lanes (two lanes in each direction plus a turning lane). The project is still in preliminary planning. Construction is projected for sometime beyond 2006. No estimated cost available.
·Hwy. 72 - road widening 9.2 miles from two-lane to four-lane from the west city limits of Comer to east of the Broad River. Construction slated for beyond 2006. No estimated cost available.
·Hwy. 106 - a turning lane established for 1.2 miles from the 1.35 mile post to the 2.55 mile post north of county road 177 (Sanders Road). Securing of rights of way scheduled for 2001 with construction slated for 2004. No estimated cost available.
·McCarty Dodd Road - bridge replacement at Brush Creek, 2.2 miles northeast of Colbert. Right of ways to be secured by local government. Construction slated for 2003. No cost estimate available.


Comer man charged with child molestation
Madison County police arrested a Comer man Friday, July 23, and booked him on charges of child molestation and incest.
Eddie Lee Mack, 62, was taken into custody by authorities for the alleged crimes and remains incarcerated in the Madison County jail.
Other recently reported arrests around the county include:
·Pamela Sue Patton, 39, Hull, theft by shoplifting (7-28).
·Wanda Lynn Outz, 24, Colbert, bad check (7-23)
·Tina Jean, 34, Danielsville, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI), open container and failure to maintain lane (7-23).
·Ellis Tom Cowart, 39, Hull, bad check (7-23).
·Christopher Scott Krause, 29, Winterville, DUI and suspended license (7-29).
·Jackson Robert Wills, 27, Danielsville, criminal attempt (7-26).
·James Clarke Booth, 52, Danielsville, driving with a suspended license (7-27).
·Nancy Jane Beavers, 30, Framitton, bad check (7-27).
·Anna Marie Vinson, 17, Comer, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a railroad signal (CPD 7-26).
·Brandy Sane Watson, 20, Danielsville, probation violation (7-26).
·Rick S. Folds, 22, Athens, bad check (7-26).
·Tommy Lee Fowler, 19, Comer, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving (7-26).
·Kevin Hugh Massey, Danielsville, disorderly conduct (7-26).
·James Louis Smith, 39, Hull, failure to maintain lane (GSP 7-24).
·Anthony E. Arnold, 32, Comer, assault under family violence act (FVA), criminal damage to property and terroristic threats (7-24).
·Kathy Dianne Wills, 28, Danielsville, bad check (7-23).
·Martha Grace Patrick, 34, Hull, no proof of insurance and suspended license (GSP).
·Kenneth William Simms, 27, Danielsville, probation violation.

Terroristic threats reported in Hull
A Hull woman told Madison County law enforcement officials Monday, July 26, that a Hull man made terroristic threats against her son at the Ingles parking lot in Hull.
The woman said that she dropped her son's girlfriend off at the Ingles store where the girlfriend was allegedly picked up by the offender. The man then allegedly told the girlfriend that if he ever caught her with the woman's son again that he would kill him.
Other recently reported acts or threats of violence include:
·Harassing phone calls by an Athens man were reported Monday, July 26, by an Athens woman at her Old Elberton Road home.
·Simple battery was reported on Timber Lane Drive on Monday, July 26.
·Harassing phone calls were reported by a Hull woman at her Pope Miller Road residence on Monday, July 26. The victim says that the offender keeps calling and says nothing when she answers the phone.

Structure fire reported at Comer man's home
A structure fire was reported at a Comer man's Payne Drive residence Wednesday, July 28.
Both the Comer and Colbert volunteer fire departments put out the blaze after they received a call from the homeowner's neighbor who reported the fire.
Only one room of the home reportedly sustained any damage and no injuries resulted from the fire as the man and his family were out of town when it occurred.
Other recently reported incidents around the county include:
·Forgery was alleged Friday, July 23, by a Hull man.
·A Colbert man reported that he found his Honda motorcycle at the edge of his property with the kick stand and throttle both damaged.
·A Hull man said Saturday, July 24, that he returned to his Virginia Lane residence and found that the passenger's side window of his vehicle was broken. No items were reported stolen, however.
·Criminal damage to property was reported by a Comer man at his Della Slaton Road residence Monday, July 26.
·Criminal trespass was alleged by a Hull man at his Noorwood Road home Saturday, July 24.
·A Carlton woman reported Saturday, July 24, that the roof and bed rails of her truck were damaged at her North Fifth Street home.
·Someone reportedly pumped $4 worth of gas at Jot-Em-Down Store and drove off without paying for it.
·A Carlton man said that four of his cows and a bull were killed at his farm on Lexington Road after they were struck by lightning.
·Reckless driving by a Comer man was reported by police on Hwy. 172 at Brickyard Road Monday, July 26.
·A Comer man reported to police Monday, July 26, that three dogs were left on his rental property on Jennifer Lane in Danielsville without food or water.
·A Danielsville woman alleged Tuesday, July 27, that a box of nails had been thrown in her driveway and that windows from two cars in her yard were broken at her New Haven Church Road home.
·Police reported a Danielsville motorist driving with a suspended license on Hwy. 72 in Comer on Tuesday, July 27.

Management of new water system still up in the air
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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