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The Rotary Club of Madison County completed its 769th handicapped ramp Tuesday, Feb. 4 for George Hill, who lives on Tarpkins Road in Madison County. Hill, 82, has trouble climbing steps. He has fallen a lot lately and his neighbor, Johnny Minish, requested the ramp for him. Hill was a truck driver for several years before being hired as a chauffeur for a wealthy woman named “Mrs. Geordacno,’ who lived in Saint Louis, Mo. He drove her all over the country, including a trip to Commerce for a concert by Whisperin' Bill Anderson, a famous country singer. She was a great friend and fan of the singer’s. Hill liked the area and after 25 years as her chauffeur, he returned to Georgia and purchased his place on Tarpkins Road. He was very grateful and happy to get the ramp, as he had fallen just the day before. Workers on the ramp included Rotarians Jerry Coutant, Roy Gandy, and Ed Brown, and volunteers Johnny Minish, Johnny Westmoreland, Artry Bishop, David McGinnis, Mitchell and Walton Hill and David Phillips.


The Madison County Pilot Club, with assistance from the Madison County High School Anchor Club and Franklin County High School Anchor Club, held a “Pirate and Princess” fundraiser Jan. 25 at Danielsville Elementary. Anchors dressed as “Princesses and Pirates” and entertained the children and Pilots furnished snacks. “The Pilot Club would like to thank Ms. Angie Waggoner and staff for the use of the space at DES and Ms. Robin Hollenbeck and the MCMS art students for creating the beautiful castle,” Pilot leaders said. “Pilots and Anchors are especially grateful to all the girls and boys and their families who supported the clubs’ fundraising efforts by purchasing tickets and attending the magical event.”


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Red Cross to hold blood drive Feb. 18

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Feb. 18, at Madison County Middle School.

“Patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply,” Red Cross officials said. “That’s why this February, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time, ensuring loved ones have the strength and support to battle cancer.”

To schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment or make a financial gift, visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org.


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Madison County Library announces events

The Madison County Library has announced its upcoming events:

•Friends News: The spring book sale is coming. Members only preview sale Thursday, March 5, 5 to 8 p.m. The public sale is March 6 – 14.

•Holiday Market: “Buy a ‘couple’ of books from the bookshop for the price of one,” organizers said. “We now have yarn for sale. $1/skein – all proceeds go directly to purchasing new books for the library. Now accepting donations of gently used spring holiday décor.”

•Donations: The library is collecting food and hygiene items for the Madison County Food Bank all month.

•But First, Coffee: Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon. “Enjoy coffee and camaraderie in the Jere Ayers room,” organizers said.

•Homeschool Hangout: Monday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Homeschool families can drop in each week for a different activity. No registration necessary.

•Toddler Time: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. This interactive program for infants, wigglers, crawlers, and walkers is a great way to stimulate learning for babies and toddlers. Enjoy songs, rhymes, books, and educational play.

•Needlecrafters: Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. “Bring your current project for a relaxing time of sharing and learning about handicrafts,” said organizers.

•Computer classes: Tuesdays, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Join Technology Specialist Camden Joiner and learn computer basics this month. Space is limited; call to register.

•Preschool and toddler storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, finger-plays and simple crafts to foster a life-long love of reading. Appropriate for children ages birth to 5 years. This month's themes are “Kindness,” “Love,” “Library” and “Brave.”

•Elementary Read Aloud: Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. Children’s Specialist Carley Stewart will lead a study of “Little Leaders” by Vashti Harrison while participants complete a related activity to learn about bold women and exceptional men in black history. All materials provided. This program is free and open to the public of all abilities, ages 6 and up.

•Inclusive Book Club: Thursdays at 1 p.m. This book club for adults of all abilities will read out loud and discuss James Herriott’s “Cat Stories” together.

•Teen Study Group: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. “Enjoy a quiet space and snacks while you work on schoolwork,” organizers said. Ages 13 and up.

•LEGO Club: Thursdays, Feb. 13 and 27, 4:30 p.m. “Join us in creating LEGO art and enjoying LEGO-based games and activities,” said organizers. “No need to bring your own bricks.” Open to children ages 6 and up.

•Kids Can Bake: Friday, Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m. “Make and decorate Valentine sugar cookies with Ms. Carley,” organizers said. Ages 4 and up; must be accompanied by an adult.

•Valentine Craft and Movie: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Enjoy a craft and a short holiday film. All ages.

•Dulcimer Group: Monday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m. “Join the “Dirty Dulcimers” led by Marty Phillips for a good time learning to play and read music together,” said organizers.

•Holidays Around the World Carnival: Friday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. Learn about a new culture with books, activities and snacks. Ages 6 and up.

•Dog Man Party: Monday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. “Celebrate the release of the newest Dog Man graphic novel with activities, crafts and snacks,” organizers said. Ages 6 and up.

•Pajama Story time: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Enjoy bedtime stories and a light snack. Ages birth - 7. Please join us for bedtime stories, songs, and a light snack in the children’s area. This program is free and open to the public of all abilities, ages birth to 7 years.

•Lunch and Learn: Heart Health: Friday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and learn about keeping your heart healthy from UGA Extension agent Bradley Averill. Healthy snacks provided.

•Leap Day Party: Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m. Celebrate this rare day with games, activities and snacks. Local artist and author Linda Clayton will be reading from her new children’s book as well. This program is free and open to the public of all ages and abilities.

•February art display: Local artist Linda Clayton has canvas and silk-screen paintings on display in the Jere Ayers room. Patrons may visit during regular library hours. This display is free and open to the public of all ages and abilities.


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Library has new books to check out

The Madison County Library now has the following books to check out:

FICTION

"Heart of Black Ice" by Terry Goodkind

"Country Strong" by Linda Lael Miller

"Look Alike" by Erica Spindler

"And I Do Not Forgive You" by Amber Sparks

"The Convert" by Stefan Hertmans

"Crooked River" by Douglas J. Preston

"Dark Mother Earth" by Kristian Novak

"Everywhere You Don't Belong" by Gabriel Bump

"Evvie Drake Starts Over" by Linda Holmes

"Eye Spy" by Mercedes Lackey

"Get a Life Chloe Brown" by Talia Hibbert

"Golden in Death" by J. D. Robb

NONFICTION

"Barron's Nursing School Entrance Exams" by Sandra S. Swick

"Pollinator Victory Garden" by Kim Eierman

"A Very Stable Genius" by Philip Rucker


Joseph and Diane Costyn announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Laura, to John Douglas Wyatt, son of Douglas and Lila Wyatt. An April wedding is planned.


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Chamber to hold annual dinner Feb. 27

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and dinner will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Madison County High School/Broad River College and Career Academy’s Culinary Arts Center.

“Dress for the event is business casual,” organizers said. “Networking will begin at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7 p.m. prepared by the culinary arts students. The evening will also include a keynote speaker, entertainment, special recognitions, and a silent and live auction.”

Tickets for Chamber members are $35 per person or $250 per table. Tickets for Future Chamber members are $45 per person or $350 per table. There are eight seats per table.

Those planning to attend are asked to submit payment by Feb. 20 to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 381 Danielsville, Ga. 30633.

“Thank you for your support of the Chamber and the community,” organizers said. “We are looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!”


Madison County Republicans to meet Feb. 20

The Madison County Republican Party will meet Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Madison County Senior Center, 1265 Highway 98 West in Danielsville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The focus of this month’s meeting is on the upcoming Republican Party convention cycle. Rebecca Yardley, Chair of the 9th District Republican Party, will explain the purpose and process of the precinct caucuses as well as the county, district and state conventions.

"Please attend to learn how you can be a part of the convention cycle," organizers said.

In addition, the GOP will take nominations and vote for a secretary position due to a vacancy.

The meeting is open to the public.