COLBERT - Anne Gentry Gill, 84, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015. A native of Athens, Mrs. Gill was the daughter of the late Allen Pascal Gentry and Karl Ophelia Faust Gentry. She was a graduate of the Class of 1952 from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Fla. and worked as an operating room nurse at St. Luke’s ...
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By Dallas Bordon firstname.lastname@example.org The Raiders are in their toughest part of the schedule facing the three of the four top teams in the region. Madison County helped Stephens County remain unbeaten in the region by losing to the Indians 39-13 last week. Take away three crucial turnovers and the battle with the Indians would have been ...
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Our fall weather has already given us a few cold nights with light coatings of frost. Whenever frost comes into the forecast, we have to keep in mind the potential of prussic acid poisoning. [Full Story »]
Fall is in the air, Christmas is just around the corner and The Madison County Food Bank is getting ready for its annual toy drive for the county’s families in need of a little extra help this season.
Beginning next Monday (Oct. 26), the food bank will be open on Mondays through the end of the year.
Food bank director Bobbie Rooker said those families who wish to apply for toys for Christmas for their children (0 to age 12) should come by the food bank on Mondays only, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to apply for aid. The cutoff to apply is Monday, Nov. 23.
Those applying should bring in Social Security numbers for all those in the household, proof of income, a photo ID and proof of their address (utility bill, etc.).
Those who wish to donate a new unwrapped toy or toys should drop them by the food bank Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monetary donations are also accepted, as are gently-used toys in good condition. Donors can also sponsor a family for Christmas, if they prefer.
Rooker said the food bank is particularly in need of Christmas items for older children.
“We just want to thank everyone who has donated so frequently and faithfully to make this program a success every year,” Rooker said. “This truly is the most generous county around.”
And as always, the food bank is in need of donations of food — canned, fresh or frozen.
Some folks are bringing in their fresh fall garden items and Rooker said clients especially enjoy receiving fresh fruits and vegetables with their monthly food bags.
“Their faces just light up,” she said. “And we love being able to provide them with fresh, nutritious food.”
The Madison County Senior Center donated young plants from their greenhouse in the spring and Rooker said at least three clients who received those plants have returned with fresh produce donations of squash, bell pepper and cucumbers from their gardens.
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ELBERTON - Wiley Brock, 82, died Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Heardmont Nursing Home. Mr. Brock was born in Commerce, the son of the late Fred and Lizzie Hooper Brock. He was a retired truck driver. Mr. Brock was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Haynes Brock. Survivors include a son, Pete Brock, Commerce; daughters, Flossie Brock, ...
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WINTERVILLE - Florence Lee Norman Faulkner, 82, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015. A native of Madison County, Mrs. Faulkner was the daughter of the late David Hugh Norman Sr. and Codella Eberhart Norman. She retired from SunTrust Bank after 41 ½ years and was a member of East Athens Baptist Church. Survivors include nephews, Chris (Lynn) ...
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It is very difficult to offend a redneck. We know we come from the bottom of the social status. But I am deeply offended by an effort by a New York radio station to create a new flag for Dixie. These arrogant Yankees still think they have a right and a deep responsibility to tell us Southern residents how to live our lives.
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It’s been just over six weeks since that August afternoon when a gunman on the run from police climbed into Don Davis’s loaded logging truck at a work site in Oglethorpe County and pointed a gun in his face, taking him hostage and trying to force him to drive through a police barricade.
As has been reported previously, Davis refused to comply, and so Ryan Edgar Arnold, 23, struggled with the 58 year old and took control of the truck. Davis continued to grapple with Arnold, putting his foot under the gas pedal to try to prevent Arnold from forcing the truck forward.
Arnold was taken into custody after police opened fire on the cab, and Davis, who suffered seven gunshot wounds during the melee, was airlifted to Athens Regional Medical Center where he underwent two surgeries that evening.
Since that day, Davis’s wife of 38 years, Kathy, said she often feels like she’s living in a dream world, where everything that’s happened is still so hard to comprehend, especially when she looks at her husband, who after all, she reasons, shouldn’t even be here after such a horrendous event.
“I am just so thankful,” she said, but admits that at the same time, her overall feeling of security has been shattered.
“It’s hard to feel secure anymore,” she said. “Even when we go out somewhere, like to doctor’s appointments, I’m always watching.”
For Davis, in addition to the memories and mental toll of what happened, these days are filled with unrelenting physical pain from his multiple injuries, particularly the one to his right hand, which suffered severe nerve and muscle damage. Two fingertips also had to be amputated.
But despite the many gunshots his body withstood, amazingly not a single bullet struck a vital organ.
“The Lord had me in his hand; that’s all I can say,” Davis said. He remembers waking up in the hospital and “hollering for Kathy,” who had gotten a call from the logging company owner’s wife on her way home from work that her husband had been shot at the work site.
“I didn’t know if he was dead or alive or even where he was for a while,” she said. She just sat on the side of the road, making calls to her kids and others, trying to find out where he had been taken. [Full Story »]