The grass is green and growing fast. Mushrooms have popped up all over the place in soggy soil. And some are projecting an onslaught of mosquito activity thanks to the unusually wet summer.
Oh yes, and flash floods have put a beating on local roads, with Madison County’s 21-person road crew working overtime to repair washed out culverts and other water-related problems.
“I have not seen this amount of rainfall in my life, not in the summertime at least,” said road department and building and grounds director Alan Lapczynski.
Three roads — Audie Porterfield Road, Cedar Grove Church Road and Sam Bruce Road — are closed now due to rain-related problems.
Lapczynski said pipes blew out on Audie Porterfield and Cedar Grove Church Road.
“There’s a big round sinkhole on that one (Audie Porterfield),” said the road head. “On Cedar Grove, it blew out the side of the pipe.”
Lapczynski said water actually rose over the pipes on Sam Bruce Road. Two 90-inch concrete pipes have been installed by the county at the creek on Sam Bruce Road at a cost of approximately $80,000. [Full Story »]
Lance Thomason of Hull sat in his recliner at his Hwy. 72 home July 22 and held the hand of Lillian, his wife of 71 years.
A birthday cake sat in front of him, a sweet reminder of his 95 years on earth.
Lance smiled as he remembered meeting Lillian many years ago.
“She worked at the Five and Ten store and she was waiting on a ride and I was really attracted to her,” said Lance. “I said, ‘Do you have a way home? Do you want me to carry you?’”
Lillian declined the offer, already having a way home. But she agreed to a date. And the two rode to Calhoun Falls in South Carolina the next Sunday. They were married six months later at Hull Baptist Church on June 21, 1942 — the “hottest day the Lord ever sent,” recalled Lillian.
Lance said it was “love at first site.”
The two have been married since the early days of WWII. Lance worked in Marietta during the war, constructing B-29 bombers, like the one that flew over Hiroshima.
“I felt like I had a part in the bomb,” said Lance. [Full Story »]
The Madison County Industrial Development and Building Authority (IDA) has installed water lines in the county as quickly as possible in recent years, with the long-term aim to improve infrastructure and attract businesses to the county.
But customers haven’t signed up for water services as quickly as some have hoped. And IDA chairman Bruce Azevedo raised some questions during the group’s July 15 meeting about the authority’s overall strategies. He suggested the IDA focus on seeking more customers before it commits to installing more lines in the ground. The cost for customers to hook up to county water lines is $1,650.
“We’ve got a certain amount of lines out there and we need people to hook up, but they’re not,” said Azevedo. “And if they don’t have the money to hook up, it doesn’t matter how many miles of lines we have, they’re still not going to do it unless they absolutely have to. Shouldn’t we come up with some sort of marketing plan or incentive plan to get people on the lines that we have right now? If we keep putting lines in the ground and nobody hooks up, sooner or later we’re not going to be able to afford to do anything.”
Azevedo raised the questions after IDA executive director Marvin White presented the authority with a proposed $1.5 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. White noted that the terms would be favorable, with $375,000 of the loan forgivable and the rest paid back over 20 years with a 1.4 percent interest rate.
White suggested the loan funds could be used to install a water tank at Columbia Feed Mill on Hwy. 72 and to install more water lines in the Hull area, adding that the money could probably cover the cost of seven to eight miles of new lines. Azevedo asked White how many customers might connect to those lines and White said he hoped to get 60 to 70 new customers. [Full Story »]
Madison County’s government has started 2014 budget planning.
The county board of commissioners (BOC) heard budget requests from county department heads and constitutional officers July 22-24.
But figures are far from finalized. The only relative certainty is the lack of a tax increase. The BOC hasn’t raised property tax rates in years. And commissioners have given no indication that they want to do that this year. The group also hasn’t received final tax digest — or overall property value — figures. So they can’t make any firm projections on revenues for 2014. If tax rates remain steady, property tax revenues rise or fall with the growth or decline of the digest.
“My thinking is hopefully things will be close to the same as last year,” said commission chairman Anthony Dove of the county digest.
This week’s budget requests included a number of department heads asking for raises for their employees. Government employees haven’t received a raise in five years. County commissioners heard requests for the replacement of aging computers. There was a request for funding for four new sheriff’s patrol cars, for an ambulance, for money for a new sex offender officer (see story) and for a full-time staff member in the Clerk of Superior Court’s office to handle board of equalization duties and offer assistance during superior court proceedings. The recreation department asked for funding to replace aging mowers, Gators and infield machines, along with money for resurfacing cracking tennis courts and parking areas at the main recreation park, along with the replacement of several old scoreboards.
Dove said county commissioners will set a meeting to discuss the requests. No date had been determined as of press time.
I never really knew John Rocker, but I graduated from the same high school in Macon and stood horrified in the back of the batter’s box in a Little League game as the skinny southpaw walked me five times.
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NICHOLSON - Lucille Garrett Barber, 73, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Northridge Medical Center in Commerce. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Flora Nix Garrett of Nicholson and the late Victor Garrett. Mrs. Barber was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Barber. Survivors in addition to her mother include ...
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