Madison County isn’t leaving the region, but the current region foes are leaving Madison County and jumping into bigger classifications.
The Georgia High School Association has increased the number of classifications in public school athletics from five to six, beginning in 2012.
That means no more Flowery Branch, no more Rockdale County schools, or foes from Athens for the Red Raiders.
Instead, the Red Raiders will welcome new faces to Region 8-AAAA.
Madison County will be grouped with Chestatee, Johnson-Gainesville, Lumpkin County, Stephens County, Eastside, Lanier, Monroe Area and Walnut Grove.
Madison County athletic director Randell Owens and high school principal Dr. Chad Stone recently met with representatives of the new Region 8-AAAA schools to discuss arrangements for the next couple of seasons. No official actions were taken. The Georgia High School Association is still hearing appeals from schools that are seeking lateral transfers from one region to another. Likewise, a threatened secession of some south Georgia schools from the GHSA could shake up the new classification system, rending the new region alignments moot. [Full Story »]
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
I have noticed that a number of verses in the Bible are directed toward mankind as a whole in one instance, and at individuals in another. The above verse does just that. It takes all mankind to find peace on earth, but the display of goodwill toward men has to be done one person at a time. [Full Story »]
A 17-year-old Danielsville man was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach.
John Wayne Strickland was charged with aggravated assault and possession of marijuana after officers were called to 116 Gunnell Road between Danielsville and Comer at 11:47 Thursday night.
Strickland allegedly stabbed Butch Lee Towe, 22, Danielsville, in the stomach area. Towe was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
According to a report from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Strickland claimed he stabbed Towe in self defense.
Jason Luke, the responding officer, said Strickland was speaking in a rapid manner and was out of breath. [Full Story »]
Transportation, healthcare, scrap metal sales laws and reforming the criminal justice system were just some of the issues “on the table” during the Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast this week, which was sponsored by Jackson EMC.
The transportation SPLOST vote, or “T-SPLOST,” which is currently set for a vote next July, was perhaps the most significant topic discussed.
State Rep. Tom McCall, who serves on the transportation committee, said that if the T-SPLOST, which adds a penny tax on the dollar to all items already taxable, passes in the scheduled July vote it will double the amount of funds Madison County receives from the state for transportation costs over a 10-year period. Projects will be funded in three-year blocks, McCall said, with the top three projects in the county being the widening of Hwy. 72 from Comer to Elbert County; widening and providing turning lanes at the Hwy. 29/ Hwy. 98 red light in Danielsville and the third would be widening Hwy. 72 West from Comer back toward Colbert.
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As each year comes to a close, I like to look back at the year and reflect on my many blessings. Despite the year’s challenges, I have been very fortunate this year. Many families I know have been touched by illness or death, financial strain, or marital difficulties. Others have lost jobs or homes. We all know someone who has faced a year filled with difficulty. I have been blessed. Despite some low points, my year has been a good one. [Full Story »]