A Madison County man was one of two fatalities in a Franklin County wreck last week caused by an alleged drunk driver.
Billy “Joey” Hart, 41, Hull, died in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 17 in Canon April 16. Bobby William Bland, 77, Reidsville, was also killed in the wreck, according to a spokesperson for the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol.
James Thomas Dixon, 43, Franklin Springs, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident and Julia Sikes Powell, 80, Reidsville, was taken to Anderson Area Medical Center.
Dixon faces several charges related to the accident, including two counts of homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence (DUI) and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
According to the State Patrol, Dixon was traveling north on Hwy. 17 when he drove a 1992 Buick head-on into the path of a southbound 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by Powell. Hart swerved to avoid the collision, but his 2004 Chevy Silverado struck the rear of the Buick and traveled off the roadway, overturning and striking several trees.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict the performance of a high or middle school administrator to begin with. But, the fact that he served as the Assistant Principal for a High School should only add credence to his abilities to serve the children at Madison County Middle School. Mr. Colquitt probably would not even know my name, and mention this only to show that I have an unbiased opinion, or as much as unbiased as it could be where politics are involved. I have three teenagers at Elbert County High School, with my oldest who will graduate in a few weeks an honor graduate, lettering in tennis for four years (and our High School doesn't even have tennis courts---talk about ridiculous). I have worked for years in the Middle School and High School, and both face such challenges that I don't know how any professional of his caliber, even consider such an undertaking. The politics alone in our school systems are causing many highly qualified professionals in the public school system to find jobs in other areas with higher pay, less stress, and MUCH better job security, and that is sad in this economy, that local politics so often determine who is and who is not qualified to teach, mentor, and train our children to be just a little better than us parents, and hopefully turn this mess around one day. Principal Colquitt may not personally know me, but I know him to have the patience, credibility, and know how to serve your school well, and I am one parent at Elbert Co who is sad, and a little angry myself, to see him go and serve your county when we so desperately needed him here.
05/04/12 at 07:47 PM
Another good man's life cut short by a damned drunk.