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Karlee Bishop, 5, wore an Indian costume last week for Thanksgiving celebrations at Colbert Elementary, where she is a student in Crista Cook's kindergarten class. Bishop said she is thankful for her "three big dogs - Taz, Levi and Susu and two cats" and will be going to her grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Giving thanks
Colbert kindergartners thankful for Kool-aid, dogs, toys, family and turkey
Teacher Crista Cook and her kindergarten class at Colbert Elementary were busy last week preparing for a kindergarten Thanksgiving feast at their school.
"Each child gets to choose whether they will be a pilgrim or an Indian," Cook said, adding that all kindergartners bring canned vegetables to contribute to a big pot of "friendship stew" that is cooked with venison in the lunchroom to give the children an idea of what the first Thanksgiving feast might have been like.
"Left over cans go to the food bank," Cook said.
And they've all spent a lot of time talking about what Thanksgiving means and what they have to be thankful for, just like other students all around Madison County.
Five year old Emmett James said he is grateful for his "nikenese" (Siamese) cat named Dipstick.
"He's a big cat," Emmett said.
He is looking forward to Thanksgiving because his family has a "big, big, big turkey in the freezer" for dinner that day.
Dustin Smith, also five, said he is thankful for his dog "Tee," who is blue in color.
He looks forward to eating turkey, which he says will be served with pepperoni pizza as a side dish and his favorite dessert - chocolate pudding.
Afterwards Dustin said he would be ready to "play in the dirt," but doesn't think his big sister Autumn will join him.
Five-year-old Titus Poss says he is grateful for his dog, house, toys "and that's all."
"I'm thankful for my toys, dog, mama, daddy and turkey," Mikeyta Glaze, also 5, said.
Devonne Brooks, 5, said his plans include staying home with his family on Thanksgiving day, watching Nickolodeon on the TV in his room and eating turkey and cake.
He is most thankful for his blanket that is made up of "a lot of different colors."
Tyler Colquitt, 5, said he is thankful for his "mama, dog and friends."
Brittany Meneville, 5, said besides eating turkey, she is looking forward to eating string beans and some dessert on Thanksgiving day. She is thankful for her three Barbie dolls and "really thankful" for her big computer.
Meanwhile, Sally Hozey's kindergarten class across the hall is also thinking about the holiday and what they have to be thankful for.
D.J. Dorsey, 5, said he will be going on a "vacation to Grandma's house." He is also grateful for his new dog, a Dalmatian named Spike. His other dog, he said, "went to heaven."
Taylor Hall, 5, said his family is going to his grandma and papa's house in Bowman to eat turkey - "if they catch one" he added, licking his lips. He is also looking forward to some of his grandma's apple pie.
Afterwards, he'll go outside to play with his cousin, Madison.
Sebastian Jones, 5, said he is very thankful for his mama, daddy and Kool-aid.
Cynthia Moseley, 5, said she is grateful for "a glass, doll and two flowers," pointing to a poster of these items she has drawn that hangs from the ceiling of the classroom.
Aril Sorrells, 5, says she will eat turkey at Grandma's and then go to the skating rink afterwards to work off the big meal.


Rezoning approved for Hwy. 72 subdivision
A new Hwy. 72 subdivision is in the works.
Madison County commissioners unanimously approved a request by Mark Bracewell Monday night to rezone 30.487 acres on Hwy. 72 from A-1 (agricultural) to R-1 (residential one-acre minimum with community water) and B-2 (business).
Bracewell wants to develop a portion of the property as a residential subdivision with protective covenants. He also wants to develop a one-third portion of the property facing Hwy. 72 across from Trus Joist McMillan as a business "compatible with the residential area," such as a nursery or pick-your-own berry farm.
The subdivision will include "stick built" homes in the $90,000 to $100,000 range.
In other business Monday, the commissioners:
·approved by a 3-1 vote a request by Margie Adkins to rezone two five-acre parcels on Eustus Carter Road from A-2 (agricultural five acre minimum) to R-R. Adkins wants to be able to put mobile homes on the property for her children in the future.
·approved a request by Jimmy Drake to rezone 4.85 acres on Drake Woods Road from R-R to A-1 (agricultural). Drake wants the parcel, which is part of a recorded subdivision, rezoned to blend with his adjoining farm land.
·denied by a 4-0 vote a request by Lee Porterfield to rezone four two-acre parcels on Bullock Mill Road from A-1 to R-R. Porterfield wanted to divide the land for himself and family members. The commissioners said the request was not in line with the agricultural use of the surrounding area.
·approved a request by Ronnie Jordan, represented by his sister, Irene Beck, to rezone two acres on David's Home Church Road from A-2 to R-R. Beck, with Jordan's permission, wants to move her mobile home onto a two- acre portion of the property.
·approved $4,200 in Christmas gift certificates for county employees from Ingles.
·approved the promotion of Tracey Patrick as office manager in the zoning department.
·agreed to pay overtime expenses for probate employees, though the overtime funds were not in that office's budget. The board agreed to take the money out of the probate court's office supply funds.

Jail site, architect to be decided soon
Madison County leaders will soon finalize a site for a new county jail and pick an architect to oversee construction of that facility.
The county commissioners nearly approved a jail site off of Hwy. 98 across from the recreation department Monday, but the group agreed to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fine Finish on Hwy. 98 to examine the proposed site before officially approving it.
The tour of that site is open to the public.
Board chairman Wesley Nash reported Monday that requests for proposals on the jail were sent to 15 architectural firms with six replying. The county jail committee was scheduled to meet with Nash at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss those proposals.
The commissioners will also meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the county government complex to discuss financing for the jail.
Madison County voters approved a one-cent sales tax in 1998 for county projects, with $2.3 million going toward a new county jail. The proposed 60-bed prison will cost an estimated $3 million.
Madison County's existing jail consistently ranks as the state's most overcrowded county detainment facility.

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