Rabies clinics at 14 locations are being planned in Madison County April 30.
The clinics are sponsored by Madison County 4-H in cooperation with local veterinarians.
Rabies vaccinations cost $10 for one year and $15 for a three-year vaccine. An animal must be current on its one-year vaccine and be over one year old to receive a three-year vaccine.
“Please bring proof of current vaccine in order to receive a three-year vaccine,” organizers said. “Let’s protect the health of our dogs, cats, families and neighbors by vaccinating or by keeping your precious pet’s vaccine up to date against this preventable disease. It’s the law!”
Other vaccines may be available, including canine distemper, feline distemper, leukemia, heart worm, tick and flea preventative and parvo.
“You will need to ask at the location you visit what is available,” said organizers.
Animals must be kept under control while at the clinic sites. Animals should be kept in vehicles. 4-H volunteers and vets will visit the vehicle. [Full Story »]
Stalking was reported last week on Cleghorne Road.
A woman told deputy Joe McGuffin that she had moved to Madison County in secret to hide her whereabouts from her ex-husband. She said he has been texting and calling her, at first saying he wants her back and then angrily telling her he would “hunt her down” and hurt her. [Full Story »]
Local officials gathered at the Madison County Jail April 5 with blue ribbon and over-sized scissors to recognize a moment that was eight years in the making — a bigger jail.
Sheriff Kip Thomas welcomed board of commission members, New South Construction members and others to the new 32-bed pod at the Madison County Detention Center Tuesday morning, saying it was a long time coming.
“It is something we needed and we actually needed more (space) but we are glad to have it,” Thomas said. He praised the contractors and chief deputy Shawn Burns, who oversaw the construction.
“This is an excellently built facility,” he said.
Board of Commission chairman Anthony Dove also praised Burns and New South Construction for their diligence and hard work and remarked that one of the best things about the new jail addition is that it is already paid for with special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds.
Dove added that the project actually came in about $91,000 under its budget, leaving that much in the 2008 SPLOST account. Madison County voters approved $3 million in sales tax funds for a jail expansion in a 2008 referendum.
Chief Burns said the new pod would be full “by nightfall” on Tuesday. He said they were hoping to transport male prisoners currently being held at other facilities to fill the new pod that afternoon. The group also took a tour of the command tower, the maintenance area and a portion that has been roofed and stubbed out, ready to add 16 more beds when it becomes feasible to do so.
While the expanded area will help alleviate overcrowding at the facility, it isn’t sufficient in size, according to Burns in a recent interview about the jail. Burns said the state government addressed its jail overcrowding problem by transferring the incarceration burden to counties, which hurt the local jail.
“The Criminal Justice Reform Act basically put the burden off the state and on the local counties,” said Burns. “Instead of them going to prison for burglary or probation violation or whatever, they’re sentencing them to county time. They’re serving time here.” [Full Story »]
A 61-year old woman was killed in a Tuesday afternoon collision on Hwy. 72 East near Noble Road in Carlton.
Ruby Lynn Stowe, of Carlton, died at the scene after her 1995 Saturn was struck head on by a 1999 Nissan Frontier driven by Randy Blackwell, 58, of Elberton.
According to Sgt. Scott Andrews of the Athens post of the Georgia State Patrol, Blackwell and his passenger, 26-year old Taylor Blackwell, were headed west on Hwy. 72 when Blackwell reportedly lost control of his truck as he was negotiating a curve and crossed the centerline, striking Stowe’s car, which was headed east.
The accident happened about 6:11 p.m.
Both Blackwell and his passenger were transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Andrews.
The accident remains under investigation by Troop B of the SCRT (Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team) and charges are pending against driver Blackwell, Andrews stated.