Three charged with attempting to elude law enforcement
Three people were arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department
last week for fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement
Those charged and other violations given to them are as follows:
·Lavon Yearby, 38, 202 Dogwood Apartments, Athens, also
no proof of insurance and reckless driving.
·Winford Dean Bales, 34, 5230 Pond Fork Church Road, Pendergrass,
also driving while license suspended or revoked, reckless driving,
no proof of insurance and operation of a vehicle without a current
·Kevin Bernard Bradley, 25, 314 Cedar Road, Winder, also
reckless driving, speeding.
Others charged by the sheriff's department include:
·Edwin Henry Johncox Jr., 19, 310 Pleasant Acres Drive,
Maysville, simple battery.
·Antonio Tovar Cortez, 25, 108 North Ridge Drive, Athens,
no license and no proof of insurance.
·Timothy Scott Carter, 30, 2373 Brockton-Thyatira Road,
Jefferson, parole violation.
·Troy Paul Kiley, 34, 678 Brockton Loop, Jefferson, bad
·Ronald John Oliverio, 42, 324 South Main Street, Winterville,
·Candido Jorge Onofre, 30, 1465 Hwy. 29, Athens, no license
and driving unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle.
·Kevin Drake Wright, 31, 2950 Old Oakwood Road, Gainesville,
failure to appear.
·Helena Dusty Lynn Laport, 17, 360 Heritage Heights Ave.,
Jefferson, driving while license suspended or revoked and windshield
·Jeffrey Shane Reed, 28, 337 High Tower Trail, Jefferson,
failure to appear.
·Randall Glenn Goss, 34, P.O. Box 844, Colbert, permitting
unlicensed person to drive.
·Ron Allen Goss, 31, Rte. 2 Box 12, Colbert, driving while
license suspended or revoked, alteration of license plate and
·Sheila Denise Maddox, 40, 134 Crowes Circle, Hoschton,
·Michael William Perry, 43, 134 Crowes Circle, Hoschton,
·James Gerald Strieker, 25, 165 Mary Collier Road, Athens,
driving while license suspended or revoked.
·Gary Michael Tootle, 41, 24 Kelly Court, Braselton, failure
·Judy Angelina Robertson, 25, 485 North Washington Ave.,
Reidsville, N.C., speeding and no license.
·Thomas Roosevelt Lewis, 59, 9681 Davis Street, Braselton,
child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
·Grady Ned Anderson II, 28, 165 Etheridge Road, Jefferson,
Those charged by the Hoschton Police Department include:
·Terrell James Pittman, 17, 248 New Street, Hoschton,
underage possession of alcohol.
Those charged by the Arcade Police Department were:
·Kawanis Lamonte Spearman, 22, 314 Mark Dodd Road, Jefferson,
no proof of insurance, brake light violation and no license.
·J.B. Young, 46, 3984 Athens Hwy., Jefferson, speeding
and driving while license suspended or revoked.
Those charged by the Commerce Police Department were:
·John Antrone Hitchcock, 19, 406 Benning Street, Athens,
·Charles William Bales, 64, Rte. 2 Box 392, Ila, no proof
of insurance and driving while license suspended or revoked.
·Kevin Hugh Massey, 25, 77 Hillwood Circle, Danielsville,
disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
·Roger Paul Hanley, 18, 126 College Ave., Commerce, criminal
trespass to property and underage possession of alcohol.
·Tracy Elaine Saxton, 33, 1902 Groaning Rock Road, Commerce,
theft by shoplifting.
Those charged by the Jefferson Police Department were:
·Christopher Robert Reed, 28, 959 A.C. Smith Road, Commerce,
driving while license suspended or revoked and operation of a
vehicle without a current plate.
·Kevin Lewis Reed, 23, 92 Brooks Drive #1, Nicholson,
·Michael Tyrone Williamson, 34, Gordon Street, Jefferson,
simple battery and criminal trespass.
·Dorothy Delores Roper, 36, 815 Harrison Square, Gainesville,
carrying a concealed weapon.
·Ronald Lee Gibson, 33, 3637 Morris Field Road, Charlotte,
N.C., carrying a concealed weapon, driving while license suspended
or revoked, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and parole
·John Howard Sorrells, 36, 89 Curry Street, Jefferson,
possession of crack cocaine, obstruction or hindering a law enforcement
officer, not keeping drugs in original container and drug transactions
within 1,000 feet of government housing.
for DUI charges
Seven people were charged with driving under the influence of
intoxicants (DUI) last week by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Those cited and any additional charges filed against them are
·Daniel Eugene Greer, 34, 1053 Davenport Road, Braselton.
·Odis Lee Searcy, 42, 5617 Hwy. 52, Gillsville, also no
head gear or eye protective device and no license.
·Ralph Lee Minter Jr., 39, Rte. 1 Box 303, Goshen, Va.,
also fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, driving on
the wrong side of the road, obstruction or hindering law enforcement
officers and driving while license suspended or revoked.
·Jacquelyn Dale Reid, 47, 5447 Nowhere Road, Athens.
·Cristal Shanease Shields, 29, 162 Oak Lane, Jefferson,
also probation violation, giving a false name to law enforcement
officer, no proof of insurance, safety belt violation, no license
and failure to appear.
·David Christopher Lee Beck, 17, New Liberty Church Road,
Braselton, also no license and reckless driving.
·Gerardo Ramirez, 30, Country Corners Mobile Home Park,
Athens, also turning violation, no license and taillight violation.
to begin school Fri.
With the heat bearing down on North Georgia, it may not seem
like time for school. But students in the Jefferson City School
System will begin classes Friday in an unusually early start
for that system.
Because of a new calender designed to get two additional weeks
of instruction in before standardized testing in the spring,
Jefferson is starting class earlier than in the past.
Reduced class sizes at the elementary school, a new middle school
program and renovations at the high school are among some of
the things students will find different as they begin class Friday.
For an in-depth look at what's new this year
at Jefferson city schools, see
this week's printed edition. A school calendar, bus routes,
meal prices and bell schedule are also included in this special
named state's top weekly newspapers
Jackson County's two newspapers were named last week as two of
the state's top weekly papers in the Georgia Press Association's
annual contest. The Jackson Herald won first place honors for
general excellence in the large weekly newspaper division (over
7,000 circulation) while The Commerce News finished first in
the small weekly newspaper division (under 4,000 circulation).
In addition, two other newspapers owned by the same parent firm
tied for third place general excellence honors in the small weekly
newspaper division - The Banks County News and The Madison County
Journal. All four newspapers are owned by MainStreet Newspapers,
Inc. Jefferson. Altogether, the four papers garnered 40 awards
in the contest.
"We're extremely proud of the folks responsible for these
honors," said publisher Herman Buffington. "Our goal
is to publish quality community newspapers, and this is just
another indication that we are reaching that mark."
The Herald won a total of 15 awards in the contest, including
seven first-place honors. In addition to general excellence,
The Herald placed first in community service, investigative reporting,
lifestyle coverage, local news coverage, sports photograph, and
spot news photograph. The Herald won five second-place honors
in business coverage, editorial page, news photograph, newspaper
promotion and spot news photograph. The Herald also won third
place in headline writing, serious column and special issues.
"For a weekly, you really have the news covered," wrote
one judge of The Herald. "Color and black and white photographs
are sharp and compliement stories. I like that you have everything
from crime to schools to churches and sports covered. I also
liked the features on the 'friends' page."
The Commerce News won in eight categories, including five first-place
awards. In addition to general excellence, The News took first
place in editorial page, layout and design, religion coverage
and spot news photograph. The News finished second in best sports
section and feature writing and third in editorial writing.
The Banks County News, Homer, took nine awards, including a first
place for community service, while The Madison County Journal,
Danielsville, had eight awards, including first place for feature
photograph, sports photograph, sports writing and sports section.
Photo contest plans set
Do you have a great photograph from your vacation? If so, share
it with our readers and maybe win some money in the second annual
Jackson Herald photo contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday,
Amateur photographers who live in Jackson County may send in
their favorite travel or vacation photos taken this summer. Winning
photographs will be published in a future issue of the newspaper.
There will be two categories: Scenic views and people. A first
through third prize will be given in each category. The monetary
awards will be: $50, first place; $35, second place; and $25,
Photos must have been made during 1999. No more than one entry
per photographer please. The name of the photographer, the date
and location where it was made and the names of everyone in the
photo should be included.
Photos should be mailed to: Photo Contest, The Jackson Herald,
P.O. Box 908, Jefferson, Ga., 30549. They may also be dropped
off at The Jackson Herald office in Jefferson. Include a self-addressed,
stamped envelope and the photos will be returned. Photos may
also be picked up at The Jackson Herald office in Jefferson after
the contest ends.
looking at Jefferson industrial park
A large company that manufactures tires for off-road vehicles
is interested in buying a site in the Central Jackson Industrial
Park for testing its tires.
Pepe Cummings told members of the Jackson County Industrial Authority
about the prospect, which he said expressed interest in the site
because its topography was favorable for testing motorcycle and
"I showed him around," Cummings said. "He really
liked Central Jackson. He liked the elevation changes."
The company is being represented by a local real estate agent
and is reportedly interested in a 5,000 square foot building
for research and development, on a 20-acre site on which mountain
bike, motorcycle and ATV tires could be tested.
plans for new sewage system at Panther Creek
Proposed plans to be on display at
By Jana Adams
Die-hard proponents of a new and functional sewage system for
Panther Creek subdivision in Hoschton got their hands on plans
Monday night that may finally bring an end to their three-year
struggle with on-again, mostly off-again sewage services.
The subdivision residents present at the Hoschton City Council
meeting listened closely as city engineer Don Harris told council
members that a survey for a new gravity flow sewage system for
Panther Creek has been completed and will be submitted Friday
to the Environmental Protection Division and Rural Development
Committee for final approval. After years of hearing complaints
from the Panther Creek residents about sewage problems - and
what seemed to be an unwillingness to claim responsibility for
the problem from all sides, residents, city, county, builder,
developer and state included - the Hoschton City Council applied
for a grant to install a new system.