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This week's Herald


Boil, toil and trouble
Ghostbusters Bite Back
We never knew so many people had ghost hunting as a hobby. But gauging from the email reaction to last week's story about a local woman whose ghostbusting is at the center of her child custody dispute, there are a lot of people out there looking for unseen spirits. See the original article and responses from California to England.


DOT chief pledges
75% match for SPLOST
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third part in a series of stories leading up to the Nov. 2 election. Future articles will be on other proposed uses for the SPLOST revenue; the proposed change to a five-member board of commissioners and the various city council seats up for grabs).
Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner Wayne Shackelford is expected to pledge 75 cents in state money for every $1 raised through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds when he speaks at a special meeting Thursday night in Jackson County.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jackson County Comprehensive High School cafeteria in Jefferson.
Shackelford will speak on the importance of using special purpose local option sales tax funds for road improvements. He is also expected to pledge the matching state funds if the SPLOST referendum passes. Jackson County voters will be asked on Nov. 2 to approve a SPLOST with revenue to go to roads, water and sewer, recreation and a fire training facility.
Shackelford made this same pledge in 1994 when the SPLOST passed in the county. Jackson County received more than $1.5 million in state funds, to go along with $1.9 in local funds, for road work in the county.
For the full story, see page one of The Jackson Herald fromOctober 13, 1999.


BOC takes no action on
Mulberry lot size issue

Developer Doug Elam was unsuccessful in his bid to get smaller lots in Mulberry Plantation.
Jackson County Board of Commissioners member Henry Robinson made a motion Tuesday night that Elam be allowed to make the change, but it died for a lack of a second. No other motion on the matter was made.
The project's original plans called for homes on one-half acre lots, but Elam asked to be allowed to place homes on one-fourth acre lots. At an earlier meeting, Elam said that he does not want to put more than the allowed 1,550 homes in the subdivision. His main reason for seeking the change is to allow more homes placed around the golf course.

Waddell supports EPD suit
Air quality problem in metro Atlanta has surrounding counties fuming

Jackson County Board of Commissioners chairman Jerry Waddell doesn't want to see the county become part of the state's air pollution reduction program.
Waddell supports a lawsuit filed by the Monroe County Board of Commissioners asking a Superior Court judge to keep it from being included in the air quality plan. Monroe County officials believe being included in the plan would harm its economic development. Waddell said this week he believes the same thing would happen to Jackson County and plans to ask the BOC to join the Monroe County lawsuit as an interested party.
Thirteen counties in the Atlanta metro area have failed to attain or maintain the national air quality standards for ozone. The state is implementing strict control strategies to bring these counties into compliance with federal ozone level standards. The state has also expanded this area to 32 other counties, including Jackson, Banks and Madison, which will also be required to meet the standards.
Monroe County has brought this action because it believes the adoption of these rules will have no significant impact on safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare of Georgians, but will have a significant detrimental impact on providing for maximum employment and full industrial development of the 32 counties identified in the "area of influence."
"Based on the fact that the EPD has produced no factual information to support Monroe County's inclusion in the proposed area of influence, I move that we proceed with litigation against the DNR," Monroe County BOC chairman Tommy Wilson said. "We believe this is in the best interest of Monroe County and should be pursued as soon as possible."
Attorney James Vaughn said: "Even taking into account the emissions from Plant Scherer, we do not believe the state has a factual basis to include Monroe County. No data has been presented that proves that including our county will help with Atlanta's air quality problems."
Two men denied
bond in stabbing
Two men charged in the stabbing and stoning of a Gainesville taxi driver returned to jail after a bond hearing Tuesday morning, while a woman charged in the incident was given a $20,000 bond.
Judge Bob Adamson granted bond for Donna Rae Loggins, 26, Gillsville. Bond was denied for Archie Wayne Frodl, 24, Jefferson, and the other defendant, Bobby Ray Lafaeur, 20, Louisiana, waived bond.
Frodl and Lafaeur are charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping and hijacking, while Loggins was charged with armed robbery and being a party to the crime.
The three are charged in connection with the brutal stabbing and stoning of Juan Pablo Alfaro on Oct. 5. Some $800 was also taken from Alfaro during the incident.
The suspects reportedly called a taxi at Wal-Mart in Gainesville, where they had bought a knife. The incident allegedly occurred after they were taken to a North Jackson residence. The suspects are alleged to have stabbed Alfaro and hit him in the head with bricks. They allegedly drove his van into the woods and left him for dead. The three suspects were reportedly planning to move to Louisiana on the night the crime occurred.
Alfaro was still alive when he was left in the woods and he radioed the taxi company for help. When officers couldn't locate Alfaro, his Gainesville dispatcher had him honk the taxi's horn. Deputies located Alfaro around 5 a.m. at the end of an abandoned logging road.
Loggins, who is six months pregnant with twins, was given the bond after her attorney, Scott Tolbert, who was appointed by the judge before the hearing began, spoke on her behalf. Public defender Donna Avans is representing Frodl.
Tolbert said that Loggins was inside the mobile home when the stabbing and stoning took place and didn't know what was going on. He said Lafaeur will testify to that.
Adamson granted the $20,000 bond and said Loggins is to be under house arrest at her parents' home in Gillsville until the trial is held. He also ordered that she have no contact with the victim or his family or return to Jackson, Banks or Barrow counties except to appear at court appearances.
Bond was denied for Frodl following an appeal from Avans, who said he would remain in Jefferson with his wife and mother-in-law while awaiting the trial. She said he has no prior convictions and would not return to Hall County.
Adamson denied bond for Frodl and said his concerns are that he might flee the area since he was reportedly planning to leave for Louisiana when the stabbing occurred. The victim's 14-year-old son also spoke at the hearing and asked that the defendants not be given bond.
Walter Harvey, who was appointed by the judge to represent Lafaeur, said his client is waiving a bond request at this time.

The Jackson Herald - Jefferson, Georgia
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