Madison County leaders want to bring business to the county. But Chamber president and industrial authority executive director Marvin White says that’s hard to do without offering incentives for businesses to locate here.
“We’ve had several businesses wanting to locate in Madison County,” White told county commissioners Feb. 24. “But they all want some kind of incentive, like a tax reduction or a tax break.”
Governments frequently ponder the gains of new jobs and commerce in an area versus the potential loss of tax revenue by offering perks. Meanwhile, businesses often shop for the best deals offered by governments when locating in an area.
White suggested county leaders discuss what they’re willing to do to entice businesses to Madison County.
“This is something we need to talk about if we want to get business and industry in this county,” said White.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood agreed that leaders need to talk about the matter. He suggested the commissioners and the county industrial authority meet.
“Why don’t we go ahead and set up a work session and see what we can offer and what we can do?” said Youngblood. “It’s not something we need to take a backseat on.”
The BOC agreed to meet with the industrial development authority (IDA) Monday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m., following the IDA’s regular 6 p.m. meeting. [Full Story »]
Madison County will have contested races for three seats in 2014.
David Patton and Greg Sartain will face off for the magistrate judge’s seat, which will be vacated at the end of the year by Harry Rice, who is retiring.
Incumbent Arlen Johnson will face a challenge from Angie McGinnis for the District 2 seat on the county school board.
And incumbent Jim Escoe, a Republican, will face Democrat Clyde Verhine for the District 5 seat on the board of commissioners.
Three incumbents will run unopposed in 2014: Robert Hooper, District 1 on the school board; Mike Youngblood, District 3 on the board of commissioners; and John Pethel, District 4 on the board of commissioners.
Madison County’s three Republican legislators in the state General Assembly will all run unopposed for re-election in 2014: Alan Powell, representative for District 32; Tom McCall, representative for District 33; and Frank Ginn, state senator for District 47.
Madison County resident David Vogel, a Democrat, will challenge incumbent Republican Doug Collins for the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat. Collins will also face a challenge in the primaries from Bernard “Bernie” Fontaine, a retired military man from Suches.
Qualifying for local, state and national races concluded Friday at noon.
The young men in World War II grew into old men. But many of them never did. They died in that awful conflict. And their contemporaries in battle, who lived, had to spend the rest of their lives with their brothers’ shadows next to them. They lived and others didn’t. They had to question that, had to think about why, probably all the time.
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When I was a kid, there was the famous “agony-of-defeat” crash, that guy flying wildly off the ski jump, totally out of control. I don’t know if that was even in the Olympics, but that’s what I associated with winter competition on skis — treachery.
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A local couple has been arrested for allegedly stealing funds from the Madison County Youth Association (MCYA).
MCYA treasurer Michael Hawkes and his wife, Sherry, both 40 from Colbert, allegedly took over $10,000 from the organization and used the money on various personal expenses, such as groceries and a trip to Panama City. The stolen funds are from MCYA revenues such as fund raisers and children’s participation fees in MCYA activities.
The Hawkes are both charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
According to Sheriff Kip Thomas, the arrests followed a two-and-a-half month investigation, which was launched after MCYA board members contacted the office to report suspicious activities by the couple. Thomas declined to give a specific dollar figure on what was stolen, but he said it was over $10,000.
The Madison County Sheriff’s will soon get eight new vehicles — five Dodge Chargers and three Ford F-150s.
Madison County commissioners unanimously approved the purchases Feb. 10. The vehicle purchases were included as part of the six-year special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in November.
The commissioners agreed to use a portion of the county’s cash reserves to go ahead and buy the vehicles at a total cost of approximately $250,000, with the SPLOST money going back to the reserve fund as it’s collected over the next several years.
Commissioner John Pethel said he didn’t feel comfortable “spending what we don’t have.” But he noted that the board already approved such arrangements with other departments, so he didn’t feel the sheriff’s office could be denied the purchase.
The board recently approved the purchase of two ambulances, which will also be paid for from reserves, with SPLOST money to gradually reimburse that fund.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood said the county is not purchasing anything with money it doesn’t have. He noted that the county has enough in reserves to cover the emergency vehicle purchases until SPLOST money is collected. [Full Story »]