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Kids' Photo deadline This Friday
The deadline for turning in photographs of children for MainStreet Newspapers' 33rd annual special Christmas kids section is this FRIDAY, DEC. 10 at 5PM. No photos will be accepted after this time.
Photographs of children ages 8 and under are featured free of charge in the special editions planned for the week of Christmas. The children must live in Banks, Madison or Jackson counties. The name, age, address and parent's name must be listed on the back of each photo.
Photos may be turned in at any of MainStreet's offices in Jefferson, Homer, Danielsville, Braselton or Commerce. They may also be mailed to: MainStreet Newspapers, P.O. Box 908, Jefferson, Ga., 30549.



Senator Warns Of Future Threats To American Freedom
The United States, having won the Cold War and watched the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is now the only true "super power" left in the world. With the Soviet Union gone, the greatest threat to freedom comes from inside our borders, according to U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell. Also see EDITORIAL on this subject.

Christmas Parade Winners

Cub Scout Pack 35's float, which featured "Christmas through the eyes of a Cub Scout," was judged winner of the float competition in Sunday's Commerce Christmas Parade. The float featured a campfire (with Scouts "roasting" marshmallows), and even a fisherman with a real fish. For its entry, the Scouts won the $300 first prize.


City Council To Decide Zoning For Industrial Park
A Hall County man's plans to build a 125-acre industrial park will be on the agenda when the Commerce City Council meets Monday night.
The council will consider the recommendation of the Commerce Planning Commis-sion that the land, located between old U.S. 441 and the bypass, be rezoned from AR (agricultural) to M-2 (industrial). The council's approval is considered likely since the last proposal made for the property was that it be rezoned for a mobile home park.
Broughton Cochran is making the request.
The council has as one of its goals to have an industrial park developed in the city limits. While this tract might not be in the city's electrical service area, Commerce stands to gain from ad valorem taxes and other utilitiy service.
Also on the agenda Monday night are:
·the recommendation of the Commerce Planning Commis-sion that the city's zoning ordinance be amended to allow the chairman to vote on all motions. Currently, the chairman votes only if there is a tie.
·the renewal of beer and wine licenses for 2000.

Maysville Changes Zoning
From Residential To Agricultural
MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville City Council approved an unusual zoning change Monday night for a 20-acre piece of property on Mitchell Road.
Kimberly Carroll told the council that she wanted her property rezoned from residential (R-1) to agricultural. Typically, rezoning requests go the opposite direction, from agricultural to residential.
Carroll said when she bought the property, she was under the assumption that it was zoned agricultural. The zoning change was necessary for her to be able to have livestock on her property, she told the council.
The request was approved with stipulations as suggested by city attorney Gary Freeman.
"Agricultural as it stands allows stuff that could potentially be a problem, such as a landfill," said Freeman.
Under the conditions approved by the council, Carroll can raise livestock on the property. She cannot raise the livestock for commercial purposes, have more than one horse per two acres and must meet a 150-foot setback from any other dwelling or lot.
Carroll agreed to these stipulations.
In other business, the town council:
·held a public hearing and approved the 2000 budget. The water and sewer department budget is $308,000 and the general fund budget is $369,500.
·heard a request from Richard Parr to clean out the ditches on Freeman Street. Parr asked the council to contact Jackson County and ask them to do the work.
·agreed to continue work on the revision of the subdivision regulations in February. Once they are reviewed, the council agreed to begin work on a personnel policy.
·voted to make deputy clerk Nan Edwards' raise retroactive to Nov. 24. She recently received an increase from $7 to $8.
·voted to accept a bid of $548 for a 4 by 8 building to store the base for the police department radio system. The building will be located near the water tank.
·voted to accept a bid of no more than $1,800 for two six-foot chain link fences at the water tanks. The council agreed to install the fences for liability, safety and security.

Nicholson Hopes Fence Will Stop Nighttime Depositing Of Garbage
NICHOLSON -- For $2,487, officials in Nicholson hope to provide security for their vehicles and to cut down on the amount of garbage residents are sneaking into the city truck during the night.
The council accepted a bid Monday night from Healan Fence to install a security fence around the city's shop, which is adjacent to the south side of Benton Elementary School. D&D Fencing submitted a $2,200 bid, but the town officials liked the double gate proposed by Healan over the single gate proposed by D&D.
City officials have discovered that on Monday mornings the city garbage truck has a half load of trash, brought in surreptitiously over the weekend by unknown persons, presumably not people who subscribe to the city garbage service. It is hoped that a fence will solve that problem, but one city councilman had doubts.
"I think whoever is doing the dumping will just drop it outside the gate," said Stanley Fouche.
"The biggest thing is getting the truck secured," argued Thomas Gary.
The council also plans to build a shed onto the building to provide more room to park city vehicles under cover.
In other business Monday:
·City Clerk Dana Wilbanks reported that the city has received word from the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center that it has received a grant that will pay half of the $1,800 cost of preparing the city zoning ordinance. Mrs. Wilbanks added that there is still no set date by which the RDC expects to have the zoning ordinance completed.
·The council voted to spend $1,983 to purchase a Gateway Systems computer to replace the city's three-year-old computer, which is not Y2K compatible. The city will try to negotiate the price. Jay Jackson, a citizen who attended the meeting, suggested that the city see if there is a state bid price on that particular model.
·Raquel Woodall made a presentation to the council asking for "Slow Children At Play" signs for Woodpecker Lane, where she said she is one of at least 10 children who play and ride bikes in the area. The council agreed to ask Jackson County to provide the signs.
·The council voted to donate $300 toward the Certified Literate Community program. "They do a great job," said Margaret Ward, who made the motion.

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