Colton Standridge reportedly responded to his parents by squeezing their hand over the weekend at Egleston Children's Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
On Monday, plans were to take him off of the sedatives he has been on since the accident on August 18 and see how he responds. He continues to have swelling of his brain with the degree of pressure fluctuating. He also reportedly had a temperature over the weekend.
Standridge, 13, received serious head injuries when he was struck by a car while driving a four-wheeler near Cabin Creek Road.
Colton is an eighth grader at EJMS. His father, Warren Standridge, is a coach and teacher at JCCHS. His mother, the former Tammy Booth, is a kindergarten teacher at East Jackson Elementary School. Both are graduates of JCCHS.
Business is booming at the Banks-Jackson Emergency Food Bank in Commerce. That is never a good thing.
So many people have come to the food bank that its shelves are nearly bare.
“It’s the lowest I can remember, and I’ve been here 14 years,” remarked Christa Shumake, manager.
The slack economy has dealt a double-whammy to the food bank. More people are out of work - and food - so they appeal to the food bank, and donations of both food and money are also down, for the same reasons.
And, said Shumake, August is always the food bank’s worst month.
Located on Georgia Avenue in a building provided by First Commerce Bank, the food bank supplies the short-term emergency food needs of people referred by a local church or by the Jackson or Banks Departments of Family and Children Services. Recipients typically get a one-week supply of food.
“We’re having so many families come in,” said Shumake. “We’ve been having more than 100 a month.”
For the complete story, see the August 13 issue of The Commerce News.
A Lula man died Monday morning after being shot during a standoff with the Hall County SWAT team.
Stanley Tate was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Atlanta after a shootout with law enforcement officers. He died shortly afterwards.
On Monday, August 11, at approximately 8:30 a.m. an off-duty Gainesville police officer heard several gunshots and spotted a white male walking through downtown Lula holding a large caliber handgun. The perpetrator pointed the firearm at the off-duty officer and then walked into a heavily wooded area to his residence, which was later identified as a camper. A warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer was obtained for the perpetrator.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and set up a perimeter around the camper. Due to the serious nature of the call, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded and attempted negotiations with the man. As negotiators attempted to make contact with the man, he fired upon the SWAT Team. A member of the SWAT Team was struck by gunfire and was transported to Grady by LifeFlight, where at this time he is undergoing surgery.
During this incident the Lula Elementary School was placed on lockdown and a number of Hall County Deputies were stationed around the perimeter of the school for the protection of the students.
At this time, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to conduct an investigation into the incident.
A Mainstreet Newspapers Inc. publication, The Jackson Herald in Jefferson, has been awarded the Southeast’s top journalism award by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Herald was named “Best of Show” at the 58th annual Green Eyeshade awards for a series of 2007 investigative stories by editor Mike Buffington, which uncovered theft in the office of District Attorney Tim Madison.
Buffington accepted the award at the SPJ and Atlanta Press Club banquet July 19, 2008, in Atlanta. [Full Story »]
Judge Jerry Gray and state solicitor Don Moore believe the Jackson County State Court system needs to move to full-time but county staff is recommending that it continue to operate as a part-time court.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners heard a recommendation from county manager Darrell Hampton Monday night that the court remain part-time. Gray and Moore also spoke and said the court needs to be full time. The BOC will vote on the issue when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the courthouse.
At the meeting this week, Hampton said he has reviewed the State Court operation and believes it should continue to operate as part-time.
“In reviewing case load information provided by the State Court, for the years 2005 through 2010, it appears that the need, or in this instance case load, has not increased to the extent that it would warrant a change in how this service is provided,” Hampton wrote in his recommendation to the BOC.“…The reasoning for this recommendation is the existing demand for service does not warrant a change. Further, approving this request would increase the expense associated with operating the State Court with no identified offsetting increase in fees or fines, thereby impacting revenues historically generated by State Court.”
Judge Gray said the only legal obligation is to hold one week of court each month. He said he has court more than this.
“You like the way I’ve done it because I’ve acted like a full time judge,” he said. “That is the reason you are not recommending this go to full-time. You are saying, ‘Judge Gray, you are a full-time judge anyway.’ Why would you want to change it.”
Judge Gray also presented information on State Court systems, including that the Jackson County State Court is the largest by way of population than any other part-time State Court in Georgia. Jackson County State Court also handles more civil cases than any other part-time State Court in Georgia. The judge also pointed out that the State Court system in Habersham County, which has a smaller population than Jackson County, was recently changed to full-time status.
“There is no county that has a part time State Court that has a greater population than what we have,” Judge Gray said. ‘Jackson County handles more civil cases than any other part-time State Court in the State of Georgia.
Judge Gray added that the civil cases coming through now are more complex than a part-time court can handle.
Moore and Gray also spoke on the 14 malpractice cases that will be heard in State Court in the next year.
“These cases will compromise this court’s part-time schedule,” Gray wrote in a letter to Hampton and BOC chairman Hunter Bicknell.
Commissioner Dwain Smith said that he supports moving to a full-time State Court.
“We need to get service minded instead of dollar minded,” he said. “We do need to be dollar minded but we also need to be service for the people. I don’t want us to be so far behind that we can’t catch up and we are headed that way.”
Commissioner Chas Hardy said there are have some discrepancies in the numbers the commissioners are being given and asked for this to be addressed.
Jefferson Development Authority approves bonds for company
The Jefferson Development Authority approved a $15 million bond inducement resolution in a called meeting Thursday for Systemax Inc., which plans to locate a large distribution center in the city.
The business will be located at 235 Hog Mountain Road and plans are to initially hire 400 people, with as many as 600 to 700 eventually to be hired. In addition to the distribution center, there will also be a 40,000 square foot retail center on the site.
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Early voting for the July 20 election will begin Monday and be held through July 9. Voters may cast a ballot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Administration Building in Jefferson.
The only local race is in the West and North Jackson areas for the District 5 seat on the Jackson County Board of Education. Steven Bryant and Randall Skelton are both seeking this seat. Incumbent Jill McEver is not seeking re-election.
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