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Panthers fall to top team in AAA
Jackson County will host Eastside (4-1/2-1)
Friday at Panther Stadium for homecoming. Kickoff is set for
8 p.m. Senior Anthony Collins and his Panther teammates had the
Hart County defense reeling early Friday night in Hartwell.
Gary's Last-Second Field Goal Gives Tigers First-Ever Win
Over Lincoln Co. Red Devils
Commerce picked up one more first down than
Lincoln County Friday night. A personal foul against Lincoln
County gave the Tigers yards that were not as vital as one more
shot at the game-wininng field goal in a 16-15 Tiger victory.
Jefferson downs Social Circle
The Jefferson Dragons will travel to Oglethorpe County Friday
to face the Patriots of region 7-AA. Kickoff is scheduled for
7:30 p.m. The Dragons' Blake Gooch intercepted a Social Circle
pass in overtime last week to lift Jefferson to a 19-13 win,
improving their season record to 3-2.
Two school buses collide
At least 20 Madison County students were
transported to area hospitals after two county school buses collided
on Hwy. 98 near the Madison County Service Center (Fine Finish)
at approximately 7:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Chris NeSmith replaces Booth as Comer mayor
Chris NeSmith has been named mayor of Comer
to complete the term of Kevin Booth. NeSmith was chosen by the
city council at their regularly scheduled meeting
Teen accused in Wendy's armed robbery caught
Former Wendy's assistant manager Carolyn
Swain said she didn't know what was going to happen when a man
came through the back door of the Banks Crossing restaurant early
Wednesday morning with what appeared to be a handgun.
Arbitration held between Baldwin and Demorest over water
An arbitration hearing between Baldwin and
Demorest over ownership of a water plant was held this week.
A ruling on the matter is not expected for several weeks.
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Three Killed In Barrow Accident
Including JHS Student
Three men, including an 18 year old Jefferson
High School senior, were killed in a two car wreck Monday in
Daniel Goza, 18, and Timothy Lee Parker, 28, were both killed
in the accident at Hwy. 82 at the intersection of Bowman Mill
Road in Barrow County, four miles east of Winder. Also killed
in the wreck was Kevin Musgrove, 23, Athens.
Parker was driving a F-250 truck and Goza was a passenger. Musgrove
was driving the other truck and Daniel Wayne Thornton, 26, Athens,
was a passenger.
Parker reportedly failed to yield at the stop sign and struck
the truck driven by Musgrove. Both trucks caught on fire.
AT ANNUAL BONFIRE
Lisa Bergeron, 8, is checking to see if her marshmallow is roasted
enough at the annual bonfire held at Hoschton United Methodist
Church Saturday night.
Water Wise owner
indicted by feds for 'bid-rigging'
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Water Wise owner Jerry Wickliffe has reportedly
been indicted by a federal court over a bid-rigging scheme in
Water Wise was the firm pursuing a sewage business in Jackson
County last year until county officials condemned land, forcing
Wickliffe out of the sewage business locally.
Wickliffe and the Wickliffe Services Company have been charged
with conspiring to rig bids on the sale of equipment used at
water and waste water treatment plants in Georgia and Alabama.
Wickliffe has reportedly been cooperating with authorities in
the ongoing federal investigation and is expected to enter a
plea next week.
The felony charge against Wickliffe was filed in Atlanta in June,
according to reports. But Wickliffe said in an August interview
with The Jackson Herald that none of his firms' records had been
subpoenaed in the probe into bid rigging in Atlanta and there
was no investigation into his dealings with Atlanta officials.
He said he would hire an attorney and threatened the editor of
The Herald if it was reported that he was under investigation.
He also denied ever having any business dealings in Alabama.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the federal charges
against Wickliffe stem from his conspiring to suppress and eliminate
competition and to rig bids on the sale of valves and pumps.
He is reportedly charged with rigging bids at the Hemphill Water
Treatment Plant in Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Clearwell project,
the Lanier Filter Plant Expansion in Gwinnett County, the Town
Creek Water Treatment Plant in Macon and the W.P.C. Digester
Improvement Project in Athens.
Wickliffe's involvement in Jackson County stirred a tremendous
amount of controversy due to the potential impact he would have
on growth and for his involvement with state representative Scott
Tolbert, whose law firm represented Wickliffe's interests in
Jackson County. The charges pending against Wickliffe apparently
have no connection to that Jackson County deal.
790 File Appeals
It's been almost two weeks since reassessment
notices went out and the Jackson County Tax Assessor's office
has received 790 appeals from property owners.
Some 233 of these were forwarded to the board of equalization
and hearings began Monday. Another 263 were checked out by county
appraisers and corrections were made. These property owners have
another 21 days to decide whether to continue with their appeals.
The remaining 294 appeals have not yet been checked out by appraisers.
Chief tax appraiser Cathy Johnson said those who think their
property is not assessed correctly can file a formal written
complaint within 45 days from when they received the notice.
Property owners have four main avenues for a successful appeal.
1. To show that there are factual errors in the county's appraisal
data; 2. To show that the property is not valued at the real
fair market price; 3. To show that the property's value isn't
uniform with surrounding property of a similar configuration;
or 4. To show that the property is exempt from taxation.
to celebrate 33rd year
The city of Maysville is gearing up for
the 33rd annual Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival to be held October
6, 7 and 8. The event is sponsored by the City of Maysville and
the Maysville Community Improvement Club.
It all begins on Friday with arts and crafts booths opening at
noon. The stage entertainment will start at 5 p.m. and ends at
9 p.m. when the booths close for the evening. A Friday night
street dance will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Booths will open again at 9 a.m. Saturday, and a parade will
begin at 10 a.m.
The food booths this year will have a large variety, including
barbecue sandwiches, fried apple pies, philly steaks, fish and
chips, corn dogs, jambalaya, kabobs, egg rolls, chicken, funnel
cakes, roasted peanuts, burgers and more.
Entertainment will be non-stop throughout the day Saturday. The
street dance, held from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., will feature
the band "Georgia Overdrive." Ben Burgess and his Nashville-style
street show will appear before the dance band.
Other events will include a cake walk, talent show, pony rides,
petting zoo, haunted hayride and an antique auto show at 11 a.m.
Saturday. Festival T-shirts and caps will be available at the
Booth spaces for the arts and crafts may still be available.
For booth information, call Cyndi at 652-2334 or Nancy at 652-2413.
For information on the antique car show, call Mike at 652-2044.
Parade entry info will be available from Candice at 652-2967.
The parade will have awards and trophies being given for the
following categories; "Grand Marshal's Pick," "Best
Parade Entry," "Best Equine Entry," "Best
Interpretation of Theme (Victorian Charm)" and "Most
The antique auto show will be held immediately after the parade.
Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: "Best
in Show Rod or Custom," "Best in Show-Antique Post
48," "Best in Show Pre 49 Antique," "Best
Engine," "Best Paint" and "Best Interior."
There is no entry fee for the car show.
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Waddell Seeks Job
With W/S Authority
Jackson County Board of Commissioners
chairman Jerry Waddell is one of five applicants for the position
of superintendent of the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority.
With his term of office expiring Dec. 31, Waddell has put in
an application to a group whose members he and fellow commissioners
Pat Bell and the late Henry Robinson appointed.
Also seeking the job are Eugene Carlson, Summerville; John Caldwell,
Newnan; Jess Ray Shell, Lexington, KY; and Robert George Mascianica,
Scarsdale, NY. The authority has not decided upon the process
or time frame for filling the position.
Members of the authority met in a closed-to-the-public session
Tuesday afternoon to discuss the applicants and released the
names to a reporter after being advised to by authority attorney
The position became vacant after the authority changed Paul Mims'
job so he could spend more time with authority work outside,
including inspecting construction projects.
The new superintendent would be responsible for day-to-day office
Local man dies
in road construction accident
A Jackson County man died Tuesday after
falling off a work truck on Hoods Mill Road.
Christopher Davis, 26, was in the back of a truck owned by Mid
State Striping Inc., Eatonton. He was striping the road when
he lost his footing and fell into the westbound lane, according
to the state patrol. He was hit by an oncoming motorist and trapped
under the left side of the vehicle. He was dragged approximately
Local school test
results mirror those of state
Around one-third of students in Jackson
County's three school systems fell short of the minimum standards
in last year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Those results
basically mirrored state-wide results on the tests, which were
administered last spring to fourth, sixth and eighth-graders.
But those results weren't uniform from school to school in the
county as some grades performed better than others.
Generally, the math part of the test caused the most problems
for students. Statewide, 38 percent of fourth graders, 34 percent
of sixth graders and 46 percent of eighth graders fell short
of the state's minimum standards.
Locally, Commerce Elementary School and Commerce Middle School
turned in the best performance at the fourth and sixth grade
levels based on the percentage of students who didn't fall below
state standards, while Jefferson Middle School had the best performance
at the eighth grade level.
The CRCT tests will be used in the coming years as an evaluation
of school performance by state officials.
For more on the test scores and their meaning, see this week's
Commerce News and Jackson Herald.