Mary Jo Matthews stood at the podium before a large crowd at Madison County’s new Fine Finish facility Thursday, recalling the days when there was little help for her young, developmentally challenged daughter, who is now in her 50s.
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Hull city leaders discussed potential ways to spend sales tax money June 18.
“We’re still currently taking bids to do the paving of Oak Drive, but are there any other areas where we believe our SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) funds can be put to use?” asked Mayor Paul Elkins.
Councilwoman Paige Phillips said the size of the city affects what could be done.
“We’re such a small city, it’s hard to find places sometimes to actually use the money,” she said. “A lot of the roads have recently been paved already.”
Elkins offered a possibility.
“I would love to see a sidewalk going up Glen Carey Road to Hidden Falls,” said Elkins. “There are so many people that walk up and down that road anyway.”
City attorney Pat Graham said work on sidewalks is appropriate. [Full Story »]
A packed house greeted all five Madison County sheriff’s candidates as they faced their voting public in a political forum June 19 hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau and held at the high school’s performing arts theater in Danielsville.
The field for sheriff includes current sheriff Kip Thomas, who is trying to hold his office not only against newcomers, but also against former long-time sheriff Clayton Lowe, who Thomas defeated by a narrow margin in 2008.
Both Thomas and Lowe are running as Republicans, along with newcomer Brenan Baird, an Athens Clarke County police officer. Former Georgia State Patrol officer William Kenneth White and former Comer police chief Brent Zellner, are both running as Democrats.
Each candidate was given the opportunity for brief opening and closing statements.
Thomas told the audience that he ran on three things during his 2008 campaign; drug enforcement, communication and a school resource officer.
Thomas said drugs are a continuing battle his department fights every day and that he has worked to improve communication. Deputy Mark Jerome was installed as a school resource officer at the high school in 2010, Thomas noted. He pointed to the implementation of firearm training classes for women, inmate detail and other programs he has started.
By Dallas Bordon Just the other day while going through some old VHS tapes, I came across an old recording from 1996 of the closing ceremonies of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. On the recording of that night, the Braves said farewell to their home by bringing back retired players from different years. As I pushed the old VHS tape in a VCR that ...
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We have a legal principle in this country called a statute of limitations. This provision of the law sets a time limit on certain illegal acts. If the authorities fail to take action for any reason in the event of any of these violations within a given time, then the violator cannot be prosecuted.
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A grand opening was held June 14 for Madison County’s new Fine Finish facility, which provides daytime services to developmentally challenged adults.
“It’s an answer to my prayers,” said Dr. Barbara Geter, Advantage Behavioral’s director of developmental disabilities. “This is indeed an occasion created by Madison Countians caring for Madison Countians.”
Fine Finish has moved from its old locale in a structurally flawed building off Hwy. 98, to a former commercial structure in Lakeview Business Park off Rock Quarry Road, not far from the red light in Danielsville.
Fine Finish clients, administrators, parents and employees were on hand Thursday, along with numerous local dignitaries to celebrate the opening of the new facility.
The previous building sat atop an old landfill. [Full Story »]
There’s a summer library class for teenagers called “Enter Portentia.” In it, young people will be taught “how to interpret your dreams, read palms, tell fortunes and become open to the portents (secret messages) around and within us.” [Full Story »]
COLBERT - Killian Dane Merritt Ward, 22, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was born in Athens on February 8, 1990, the son of Michael “Mike” Joseph and Karla Denise Merritt Ward of Colbert. He attended Colbert Elementary, MCMS and MCHS, he was a carpenter employed by Guaranteed Installation and was an ...
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