The Raider softball team swept Lanier in the two of three region tournament series Saturday 8-3 and 14-2. Randee Bettis was the winning pitcher in game one and Alexis Damron picked up the game 2 win. The Raiders will now advance to the Region 8-AAAA finals on Thursday versus Walnut Grove at Raider Field.
With regards to the concerns so publically voiced by Mr. Jim Baird in the Sept. 20 issue of The Madison County Journal, (“Comer council’s building purchase makes no sense,” by Jim Baird), I have chosen to respond in the following manner: [Full Story »]
Put your wallet away and bring your walking shoes, picnic lunches and fishing poles to Watson Mill State Park this Saturday.
Visitors to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, including Watson Mill, will not have to pay for parking or admission on Saturday, Sept. 29 as part of National Public Lands Day, according to the Georgia State Parks website and Friends of Watson Mill State Park member Chip Chandler.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. The celebration brings attention to ways that parks enrich communities, plus the importance of local volunteerism. Parking is normally $5 at state parks, and admission ranges from $2.50 to $10 at state historic sites. Activity fees (such as boat rental) will still apply.
“We’re calling this celebration ‘Your State Parks Day’ to remind Georgians that state parks and historic sites belong to them,” said Andy Fleming, executive director of the Friends of Georgia State Parks Historic Sites. “Parks add so much to our lives. We’re hoping more people will visit the state park closest to their homes, and that they’ll join one of the service projects happening that day.”
“This is also a volunteer work day,” Chandler said.
Call 706-797-3501 for more information about volunteer projects. Chandler says the Friends group has about 34 people signed up to do volunteer work around the park over several upcoming work days.
Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Georgia’s state parks and historic sites in many ways. Some members serve as campground hosts, others lead programs such as guided hikes, and some help with basic maintenance.
Most members support the organization simply by purchasing annual memberships.
Free parking and admission during “Your State Parks Day” is available to all Georgia residents and visitors. Participating locations can be found on GeorgiaStateParks.org.
“We are thankful for the support that our Friends members give us,” said State Parks Director Becky Kelley. “We wouldn’t be able to offer this free day to Georgians without their help. Hopefully, more people will take this opportunity to explore parks that are right in their own communities.”
The day-long celebration is also in honor of National Public Lands Day and is a Georgia SHAPE initiative.
Madison County commissioners are still trimming expenses from the 2013 county budget.
The group met for nearly four hours recently to work on a roughly $1 million shortfall in county revenues versus expenses in its approximate $13.5 million budget. The projected shortfall is due to a drop in overall county property values this year, which will lead to a reduction in property tax revenues for the government next year.
By the end of the meeting, the BOC had reduced the projected shortfall by about $300,000 to $646,867.
“I wish we could spend four hours and cut $300,000 every time,” said BOC chairman Anthony Dove.
Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas and county commissioners shaved $100,000 of projected expenses Thursday when Thomas agreed to take a wait-and-see approach on several patrol car purchases for next year. Thomas requested $130,000 in 2013 to replace four patrol cars. The sheriff’s department annually seeks to phase out old, high-mileage patrol cars.
Dove asked Thomas if he’d consider funding for one car, with perhaps more money available in mid 2013.
“Could you do with one and make the call on the rest of the cars in the middle of the year?” asked Dove. “We’ll have the digest in and know where we are then.” [Full Story »]
COLBERT - Jack Burroughs, 85, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was the son of the late Charlie and Tillie Nash Burroughs. Mr. Burroughs was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty Burroughs. Survivors include children, Pete (Bridget Paul), Crawford, and Beth (Darrell) Wages, Colbert; four grandchildren; and a number of ...
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ATHENS - James L. Brewer, 81, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was born in Jefferson, the son of the late James and Grace Ayers Brewer. Mr. Brewer was a member of the Crooked Creek Baptist Church and was retired from SCT Yarns in Jefferson, where he worked as an overhauler. Mr. Brewer was preceded in death by his son, Gary Brewer; ...
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When it comes to the biggest prizes, there’s really only one season — the postseason. That’s when region and state glory are finally in reach. And Madison County’s softball program has collected its share of postseason hardware over the years under head coach Doug Kesler. The veteran coach’s squad wraps up its regular season today ...
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