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The Jackson Herald will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, in observance of the Christmas holiday.
The Herald office will also be closed Friday, Dec. 30, in observance of the New Year's holiday.
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Builders vow to fight subdivision moratorium
But Robinson says action will allow county time to develop plan for growth
Leaders of the Jackson County Builders Association said this week the group would fight a subdivision moratorium put in effect last week by the county government. In a statement release Wednesday, the group called the action "illegal," saying it "demonstrates a blatant disregard of Georgia law."
The JCBA said the action was illegal because no public notice or hearings were held before the moratorium was enacted.
"No hearing was held to debate the issue and no notice was provided that the moratorium was even being considered," stated the group's release.
"I don't think doing what they've done has accomplished anything," said David Healan, chairman of the JCBA and a member of the Jackson County Planning Commission. "I think it is unwarranted at this time."
Jackson County commissioner Henry Robinson, who made the motion to enact the moratorium, said Friday that the county needs some breathing space to develop policies to control the growth of residential developments.
Robinson told the board of directors of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Friday that the moratorium buys the county some time.
"This gives us six months to do a lot of stuff," said Robinson.
Robinson said the county needs the time to get a handle on its new sewage treatment system, to reconsider the size of lots and the density of developments in the county, to come up with new costs charged for rezoning land for residential developments and to hire a "professional planner" to help in the county planning office.
Clearly, the density of developments is one of Robinson's major concerns.
"We had one developer who wanted 119 septic tanks on 120 acres," he said.
The spate of recent lawsuits were also on Robinson's mind.
"It looks like every time we do a rezoning, we get sued," the commissioner complained. "If we don't rezone, we get sued by the developer. If we do, the neighbors sue us."
Robinson also expressed concern over the proliferation of mobile homes in the county. In the first 10 months of 1999, some 29 percent of housing permits were mobile homes, he said, but that number soared to 50 percent in November.
"If we talk to 100 people in Jackson County, 90 percent of them will tell us we're growing too fast," Robinson said.
'Tis the season for... shoplifting
BY ANGELA GARY
An out-of-town woman was robbed at gunpoint after an evening of shopping in the Banks Crossing area.
Thieves broke into four vehicles parked at area restaurants and stole money and merchandise.
And shoplifters have hit 15 Banks Crossing stores since the first of November, including five in the last week.
All of these crimes have been committed in the Banks Crossing area since Nov. 1. Law enforcement officers say it will only get worse as the Christmas holiday approaches. Shoplifting usually increases during the holiday period and officials in Banks and Jackson counties expect this year to be no different.
"It poses a problem for us," Jackson County sheriff Stan Evans said. "I'd like to have someone posted over there all the time but I have no manpower or resources to do that...That place has put a strain on our office."
In the past week, five shoplifting incidents have been reported at Tanger Factory Outlet Center. Details on these incidents are listed below.
On Thursday, Dec. 16, a deputy was called to Music for a Song in reference to a shoplifting incident. An employee of the store said a male had stuffed a box of CDs under his shirt and started toward the door. The man was charged with shoplifting.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15, a Jackson County deputy was called to Rue 21 by the store manager. She said one young female had a jacket and a shirt from the store in a bag from another store that she was carrying. A girl with her had a pair of blue jeans from the store rolled up in a shoe box from another store. The two women were charged with shoplifting.
On Tuesday, Dec. 14, a deputy was patrolling at Tanger Outlet Mall when he noticed an employee of Tommy Jeans motioning for him to stop. The store manager said that he had confronted a man as he left the store about a suspected shoplifting incident. The manager said the man pulled five jackets out of his jumpsuit, threw them on the floor and ran from the store. The officer patrolled the parking area but didn't spot the suspect.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, a deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle parked behind Polo Jeans. The deputy found three people in the car who had two new pairs of shoes. They didn't have receipts for the shoes and were charged with shoplifting.
Also on Dec. 11, a woman was charged with shoplifting after someone traveling through the parking lot told a deputy she had stuck a bag underneath a car. Suspected stolen merchandise from three stores was found in the bag.
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