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Input is sought on DOT projects The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced public meetings on federally funded transportation projects planned in Northeast Georgia. One of the meetings will be held Nov. 1 in Jackson County. Residents will be able to look at a draft of the fiscal 2013-16 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, Georgia’s four-year transportation and capital improvements program. Projects include highway, bridge, public transit, bike, pedestrian, railroad and other improvements as identified through the DOT planning efforts. The projects specifically will target work planned for Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun,

Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties, which are not designated as “metropolitan.” In the 15 metropolitan areas of the state, including Gainesville-Hall County, public involvement is the responsibility of the local metropolitan planning organizations, according to the DOT. The counties in Northeast Georgia that have metropolitan planning organizations are Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall. Hall County projects are developed by the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning District, which maintains a long-range document, the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, as well as the four-year Transportation Improvement Program. At the Northeast Georgia meetings, the public also will be able to look at maps of local

projects and discuss them with DOT staff. The 2013-16 plan calls for $8.6 billion in projects statewide, with a fiscal 2013 amount of $2.13 billion, according to the nearly 400page document. The funding breakdown is $6.12 billion, federal sources; $1.5 billion, state sources; and $970 million, local sources. The Draft FY 13-16 STIP IS available on the internet at For Jackson County, the twin bridge project in Jefferson is included with preliminary engineering slated for 2016. The bridge replacement on State Route 82 at the North Oconee River is estimated to cost $5 million. Another bridge repacement project on State Route 334 at Sandy Creek is also on the STIP list at a projected cost of $8.6 million.

A Transportation Enhancement project is planned for Highway 53 from the BraseltonHoschton city limits to Highway 124. That represents the first phase of the project and is estimated at $625,000. A railroad crossing warning project on State Route 98 is planned at a cost of $769,734 and preliminary engineering was authorized for 2012 to work toward eliminating the crossing hazard. Signal work is planned for three locations on State Route 15 and one location on Highway 11 at a projected price tag of $848,823. A Thursday meeting is set for Helen City Hall and the Nov. 1 meeting is at Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department’s Pat Bell Conference Center, 7020 Highway 82 Spur in Maysville. Both will be from 5-7 p.m.

Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival is this weekend By LEANNE AKIN The Braselton Antique and Holiday Festival will be Oct. 27-28 in Braselton Park, and vendor Debbie Turner is again looking forward to being a part of the festival. Turner will be returning to the festival which she touts as one of the friendliest festivals around because of the dealers and sweet customers who come to it. “The weather will be beautiful and I am looking forward to it,” said Turner. “I have been doing this festival for years, almost since the start of it.” This year, Turner said she will have a a blend of rustic antiques including an old mantel and old furniture to compliment her vintage jewelry which she considers her specialty. Hand-poured pewter pieces and other jewelry designs handmade from vintage pieces will be available along


Mulberry River area is target of Rivers Alive effort

Serving up lunch Last week during National School Lunch Week, Master Sgt. Keith Bryson, donning a chef’s hat and an apron, served lunch to West Jackson Primary School kindergartners who wanted to know “What are you standing on back there?” because of his height. Byrson was among the celebrity chefs taking part in the promotion in lunchrooms across the county. At right, Gum Springs Elementary School fifth grader Rachel Brown, also sporting a chef’s hat, encouraging student to try the “healthy brownie” which was served up. See more on the celebration on Page 5A.

By LEANNE AKIN The Mulberry River is important to both Jackson and Barrow counties, and volunteers from both counties are joining forces on Saturday for a Rivers Alive cleanup along – and in – the river. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at 9 a.m. in the Community Room in the Braselton Police & Municipal Court Building, located at 5040 Highway 53. After a safety briefing, volunteers will carpool to the locations be-


Joseph H. Booth approaches his 10th year on the bench By KATIE JUSTICE From murder trials to divorces, Judge Joseph H. Booth has faced it all during his almost 10 years as a judge with the Piedmont Circuit. However, Booth’s career in law goes back much further than just a decade. Prior to serving Georgia’s 10th Judicial District, Booth worked almost 25 years as a lawyer. For 12 years, Booth worked at a law firm in Decatur before returning to Apple Valley. “When my daughter turned 3, a lot of things just came together, and it seemed like it was time to come home,” said Booth.

Booth grew up in Apple Valley and attended school in Commerce before going to North Georgia College. While at North Georgia, Booth was set on a career in the Army until a motorcycle accident during his junior year left him searching for other options. “My friend and classmates were going into the Army. [Law school] was a place I could go back into school. It was something I could do physically. I’ve been in a wheelchair since in was 20 years old,” said Booth. His fallback plan, developed into a 35-year career that’s still going strong.

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The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Burglars empty Braselton residence By KATIE JUSTICE Ariella Guzman’s house is for sale in Braselton, while she currently lives and works in Atlanta. She left the home fully furnished, hoping that would help to quicken its sale. However, instead of decreasing the amount of time the home spent on the market, Guzman is now afraid she’ll never see her possessions again. Burglars pretending to be repo men cleared the house of all Guzman’s belongings. The men stole the entire contents of the house, even taking Guzman’s personal family photos from the walls. The burglars visited the home four times according to neighbors, even posted a fake foreclosure notice on the door. Then, they returned and loaded

up Guzman’s belongings. When neighbors question the burglars, they presented a work order and foreclosure notice that appeared to be from a bank. “This is the first time I’ve heard of such a brazen crime, in all of my career,” said Braselton Detective Sgt. J.J. Gille who is handling the investigation. Currently, officers have little to go on. The neighbors who interacted with the burglars have been out of town. “They’re the only one’s who have interacted with the suspects,” said Gille, who says he believes they can help provide descriptions of the thieves. All police know now is that the burglars drove a white pickup truck. The police hoped to find and use fingerprints within the home to identify the thieves but haven’t been successful. “Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything.


Event includes LifeSouth drive with Christmas items and “lots of fun things.” “I’ve talked with several friends who are doing handmade pieces as well,” said Turner, who will also offer rustic tools and bit of pottery. People are interested in an array of designs and Turner has variety. “I do anything from Victorian jewelry to signed costume jewelry from top designers and fun pins plus a lot of sterling pieces,” she said. Saturday hours for the festival are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Sunday hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission is free. Turner will be among more than 70 antique and collectible dealers will be participating along with three local plant nurseries and two local potters. Festival coordinator Donna Cannella says to look for potted and dried herbs, holiday crafts, antique furniture

and primitives, ironworks, advertising, vintage jewelry, folk yard art, woodworking, handmade soaps and candles, wooden duck decoys, hand-stitched dolls, local jellies and honey. Food vendors will also be on hand. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, LifeSouth will be hosting a community blood drive. Valerie Wheeler of I.G. Nursery says the time is right for purchasing and planting trees and shrubs to enhance your landscape. This weekend, she and husband Mark will be bringing an assortment of unusual and uncommon plants. One of the new items I.G. Nursery will have available will be three varieties of Japanese persimmons. “These are very unique and different from the American varieties,” said Wheeler, who notes that she and her husband have the trees growing on their

RIVERS ALIVE from page 1A

Volunteers sought for cleanup ing targeted for cleanup, says Yvette Wise, Environmental Specialist with the Town of Braselton. She is coordinating the effort with Roy McHaney, Jackson County’s senior development inspector, and Matt Treeter, Barrow County stormwater field inspector and equipment operator. The focus of the latest joint effort of Jackson and Barrow counties will be on the Mulberry River, Highway 124 and Thompson Mill bridge areas. “We will sign everyone up for different clean up areas, give out trash bags, gloves etc. and then carpool to those sites for trash clean-up,” said Wise. “For those of you willing to get in the river,please dress appropriately, rubber boots or waders and a change of clothes in case you get wet and muddy.

“Don’t worry if you’re not wanting get in the water, we will have other areas in need of cleanup,” said Wise. She encourages participants to bring along a reusable water bottle to take to the field. Volunteers will get a free lunch and a chance to win some of the door prizes which Wise and others have assembled including meal vouchers for several area restaurants, concrete statues of turtles and frogs, T-shirts and more. Pizza, soda and fresh fruit will be served. Other donations are welcome. Wise can be reached by email at or by phone at 706-654-3915 ext. 1012. You can also contact Roy McHaney at rmchaney@ or Matt Treeter at Rivers Alive, a joint program of the

Only smudges, and marks that we can’t really run through AFIS,” said Gille. Guzman and Gille are also working to spread information about the crime in effort to prevent it from happening to someone else. Guzman reached out to local television news station 11 Alive in Atlanta, and Gille believes press coverage of the burglary will raise awareness. “It’s the only way to definitely be able to reach out to the community, and say ‘hey this happened once and it can happen again.” Gille also encourages citizens to confront people who seem suspicious or are claiming to be repossessing a neighbor’s home, or to call the police. He also says neighbor’s should call the homeowner and check the truth behind the situation and take down information such as vehicle tag numbers.

property and they are harvesting the fruit. “Japanese persimmon is a wonderful fruit with healthy properties and a long shelf life, which I appreciate.” Japanese persimmon and Asian pears, of which I.G. Nursery will have two varieties, grow and produce here, said Wheeler. Japanese maples and some of the more unusual conifers will also be coming from their Baldwin nursery. “We’ll have a couple of types of dogwoods and flowering magnolias as well as an assortment of shrubs and possibly perennials,” said Wheeler. “It’s definitely the most planter-friendly time of year although you can plant all year around.” With the cooler temperatures, the roots can put more energy toward getting established rather than expending energy fighting the heat. While in Braselton, also visit the community’s antique shops including Countryside Antiques, A Flea Ant’iques, Braselton Antique Mall and Our Nana’s Attic. For more information, call 706-8247204.

Environmental Protection Division Outreach Programs and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, offers residents a chance to help clean up rivers and streams in their communities. Rivers Alive is part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve more than 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams. The April joint Rivers Alive effort of Jackson and Barrow involved 58 volunteers collecting 103 bags of trash totaling 1,200 pounds. McHaney encourages involvement. “I feel very passionate about the ecosystem that starts with the stream. All the way from the macro-invertebrates to the catfish in the larger rivers, ponds and lakes,” he said. “We, as volunteers, at this time will physically see little improvement in the overall contamination of the waters of Northeast Georgia and beyond. We are trying to help keep waters clean for our children and grandchildren. They will be the ones who will benefit.”

Exchange creates friendships for Jefferson and Hermitage students By KATIE JUSTICE For two weeks this past summer, 20 Jefferson High School students had the opportunity to travel more than 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to Helensburgh, Scotland. The Jefferson students spent two weeks with their counterparts in an exchange program with Hermitage Academy in Scotland. Then, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12, the Hermitage Academy students visited Jefferson. “It’s a cultural exchange. The premise behind it is to give our students the opportunity to explore other cultures,” said Jefferson principal Dr. Kevin Smith. During the two-week visit to the United States, the Scottish students and their Jefferson hosts visited a variety of cultural, historical and entertaining destinations. The day after the Hermitage Academy students arrived, they spent the day in Atlanta at Six Flags. Then, they headed to St. Augustine, Fla. There they visited historic locations around the area, saw alligators at a farm and saw the beach.

Throughout the remainder of the trip the Atlanta Cyclorama, aquarium and Martin Luther King Center were visited as well as areas closer to Jefferson such as Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm. “A lot of people in Scotland think the U.S. is New York, Las Vegas and Disneyland, and coming to Georgia lets them see America is more than those three places,” said Geoff Urie, principal at Hermitage Academy. For the students, the most memorable part of the trip is the friendships they have formed. “We all fit so well together. It’s like one big, giant family,” said Isabella Hisky, a junior at Jefferson. “I pretty much have a family of 40 now,” said Shelby Webb, also a junior at Jefferson. Webb’s exchange partner Sara Gilchrist agreed that the best part was the people, saying that she and Webb were like sisters. Some students have already begun planning trips to visit each other again. “I would definitely recommend it, it was the best experience I’ve ever had. I’m definitely planning on going back to Scotland and hope he’ll come back to here,” said John Burton, a senior at Jefferson of his exchange partner Jack

Turnball. Jefferson students have already taken their turn overseas, during the summer. The program is in its 13th year. At Jefferson, any rising junior or senior is eligible to apply. Applications are accepted before Christmas break, and participants are chosen by the end of January. Smith says that there are usually more than 80 applicants for the 20 spots available. Once the Jefferson candidates are chosen, students fill out biographies which are sent to Scotland. Those biographies are used to choose appropriate Scottish partners for the Jefferson students. By early April, the students are told who they have been paired with and begin using social media site to get to know one another. The cost of the trip for Jefferson students is the price for half their airfare and any spending money they use while in Scotland. The Jefferson City School System pays for the other half of the student’s airfare, and there are fundraisers to help students pay for their half. “No one has not gone on the trip because they couldn’t afford it,” said Smith.

Oct. 25 meeting will focus on charter school amendment An Oct. 25 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northeast Church in Braselton to discuss the proposed charter school amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot. “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?” will appear on the ballot. The Conservative Citizens of Jackson County organization is hosting the Thursday meeting which will feature Jackson County School Superintendent Dr. John Green and District 97 State Rep. Brooks Coleman, who serves as chairman of the House Education Committee. District 101 State Rep. Buzz Brockway will also be participating in the discussion. Questions are being provided to the speakers who will share information. Questions will then be received from the audience. The public is invited to attend. Northeast Church is located at 2001 Cherry St., in Braselton.

Advance voting is available Saturday, expanding locations With the third and final presidential debate in the books, the countdown is on toward the Nov. 6 General Election day. Jackson County voters who have already made up their minds for their candidates have been taking advantage of the convenience of early voting. “We are still seeing around 500 voters each day in the administrative building,” said Election Supervisor Loir Wurtz. “Waiting has been minimal, complaints are very few, voters seem to be a little more prepared this time.” Another convenience for voters is the addition of Saturday balloting. On Oct. 27, Georgia voters have a Saturday option. In Jackson County, voting on Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Jackson County Administration Building. “We are ready for Saturday, and will be setting up the satellites in Braselton and Commerce this weekend so they will be ready for voting at 8 a.m. on Monday morning,” said Wurtz. For Jackson County voters, the satellite voting locations will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at the Commerce Recreation Building at 204 Carson Street and at the Braselton Municipal Building, 5050 Hwy. 53. In Jackson County, voters can contact the Jackson County Elections and Registration Office at 706-367-6377. In Barrow County, call the Office of Elections and Registration at 770-307-3110. Gwinnett County voters can get information by calling 678-226-7210. In Hall County, voters can call 770-531-6945. Regular polling precincts for the Nov. 6 General Election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Gov. Barnes made his judicial appointment The-Gov. Roy Barnes appointed Booth to take over the remaining two years of a term vacated by now Senior Judge Penn McWhorter. The Piedmont Circuit covers Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. Both said, “I don’t think anybody is ready to be a general trial judge. There are things you must learn on the bench.” As a judge you develop listening skills, enhance the ability to be patient, and are better able to discern, evaluate and analyze, he continues. “You hear a lot of things on the bench that are heartbreaking,” said Booth, who went on to say that there’s no way, as a human being, that you can sit on the bench and not be moved by certain stories. “We’ve tried murder trials in each of the three counties. I hate to call them interesting because they’re always so sad. It was a tragic event that’s now making its way to trial,” he said. However, Booth says that as a trial judge, you’ve taken an oath to uphold the law, and that’s what you have to do. “For me, I deal with it off the bench, when I’m not in the courtroom, when I’m repairing at the end of the day,” said Booth, who admits confiding in his wife of 28 years is how he handles some of the tougher situations he faces. In a given day, Booth can face over a hundred people or he can be focused on a single trial that can last a few weeks. Booth hears nonjury, criminal plea motions, like plea arraignments and lifting of bench warrants, but he also oversees jury trials. There are also days where Booth says the majority of cases are civil, and they are handled out side of court. On days like these, Booth can spend time catching up. Although Booth says his favorite hearings are those for adoptions. “It’s the most gratifying thing we do,” he says.

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The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012


Holiday tradition is continuing in Braselton For The Paper The Braselton Antique Mall will carry on a longtime tradition of the Braselton Brothers Store. Beginning in November with their big anniversary sale, the brothers gave a ticket for every dollar spent. They drew the winning numbers on Christmas eve. People would flock to the front doors on Christmas day to copy the numbers or bring their tickets to see if they won one of the many prizes from a packaged turkey from the grocery department to a hammer from the hardware department. to a rocking chair or other piece of furniture from the furniture department. “I remember the amount of tickets given away grew so large the Braselton Brothers had a large turning drum built. It was covered with chicken wire so you could see all of the tickets,” said Robbie Bettis, owner of the Braselton Antique Mall. “The list of items given away was generous and was always written on a large piece of poster paper with room to right the winner’s name beside the prize. “We want to capture some of the excitement and loyalty of the customers with our own drawing,” said Bettis. “The dealers of the Braselton Antique Mall will donate prizes and the tickets will be distributed starting Oct. 27 with the Antique & Holiday Festival. One ticket will be given to a customer for every $10 spent. The drawing will

be on Dec. 24 and the winning numbers will be posted on the front door.” Bettis also said a new aspect will be posting the numbers on the mall’s website and facebook page. Some of the items include: earrings by Margaret Hobe’, a Cow on Parade from Kristi’s Country Store, a Tiara relish dish, handloomed bracelet by Donna Bailey, a lamp from Fred’s Lamp Repair and a 6-foot tall curio cabinet. “We will offer at least 10 nice items and the items will be on display at the Braselton Antique Mall,” said Bettis. A list may be found on the website “The Braseltons always gave back to the community. They gave every child a bag with an orange and candy during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s because so many people could not afford much for Christmas,” said Bettis. The Town of Braselton carries on this tradition with the annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 10. “We want to carry on another one of their contributions by giving away items for Christmas. We hope the local people will respond as kindly as people did when William, Green and John Oliver Braselton and their children ran the store,” said Bettis. The Braselton Antique Mall is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. For information, call 706-654-3693.

Howell’s ‘Sweet Swap’ benefits Wellspring Camp By KATIE JUSTICE Got braces? Well, one local orthodontist wants to make Halloween a braces-friendly holiday. Howell Orthodontics will be hosting its fourth annual Halloween Sweet Swap throughout the month of November. Trick-or-treaters are welcome to bring in any candy that could damage braces and trade it for chocolate bars and cotton candy. “Every year Halloween is an issue for orthodontists. Patients get excited and want to eat all their candy, and forget that they have a ‘no-no’ list,” said orthodontist Emily Howell. The “no-no” list contains items like caramel, nuts, hard candies and chewy candies that have the potential to bend a wire or break a bracket.

The Halloween Sweet Swap is open to anyone in the community, and for every pound of candy collected Dr. Howell will donate $50, up to $1,000, to Wellspring Camp. Wellspring Camp in Jefferson is a nonprofit Christian camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. For more information on Wellspring Camp, call 706-353-2324 or visit “The first year I didn’t put a cap on it and ended up donating $1,250,” said Howell who has since put a cap of $1,000 on the event. “Since then, we’ve always reached our goal every year.” Halloween candy can be exchanged at Howell Orthodontics at 2614 U.S. 129 Business in Jefferson during normal business hours throughout the month.

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Newell Orthodontics is excited about its second annual Halloween Candy Give Back which will support Operation Gratitude, in honor of David Mathews, who recently returned from serving in Iraq.

Something sweet for the troops

Local orthodontist supports Halloween candy give back For The Paper JEFFERSON – October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and in an effort to promote a safe and healthy Halloween, Newell Orthodontics is encouraging trick-or-treaters to bring in their excess candy to donate to American troops overseas through a partnership with Operation Gratitude. “Halloween is a fun holiday for all ages,” says Dr. Bill Newell, “but too much candy can contribute to tooth decay. We encourage our patients and friends to enjoy their trickor-treating candy in moderation and donate their excess candy to our troops serving overseas.” For the second year in a row, the Newell Orthodontics Team decided to partner with Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization, to provide candy for their Holiday Care Packages in honor of David Mathews, husband of team member, Linda Mathews, who recently re-

turned home after serving in Iraq. In exchange for donating their excess candy, everyone who participates in the Newell Orthodontics Halloween Candy Give Back will receive one entry for every pound of candy donated into a drawing for one of three gift cards, and the first 100 to donate their candy will receive a voucher for a free chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A Commerce. Candy for the Halloween Candy Give Back may be brought to Newell Orthodontics at 1681 Old Pendergrass Road, Suite 195 in Jefferson (next to the Jefferson Kroger on the Damon Gauss Bypass) during regular business hours from Nov. 1-9. Dr. Bill Newell is a board-certified orthodontist and the only provider of the Damon System in the Jefferson area. For more information, call Newell Orthodontics at 706-3870122 or visit online at



The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Penny provides a lesson about how we treat people Last Thursday I them on the checkout pulled into Publix to counter and reached grab a quick snack for my wallet. To my before going to a chagrin, the cashier meeting. As I raced totaled my purchase toward the door of and asked me for the store, my eyes $4.01. caught the glimmer With a five dollar of a penny that was bill and no coins in Mike Day lying on the pavemy pocket, my initial The Pastor’s Pen ment near the curb. thought was to tell the For a brief moyoung lady behind the ment, I thought about taking four counter to wait a moment, while steps off my directed path to go I ran back outside to pick up that and pick up this misplaced coin. penny. All of a sudden, that worthConsidering it not worth the trouless coin had value to me. ble, however, I continued on my After my Publix incident, I way into the store. wondered how many times I had After darting up and down a treated people as pennies. You few aisles to grab a Powerade, see, “penny people” are those crackers and an apple, I tossed individuals who we do not view

CHURCH NEWS A special ceremony is planned for Oct. 28 at White Plains Baptist Church to praise the Lord and celebrate payoff of a loan taken last spring for purchase of 4 acres to expand the church’s property for future development. According to the church’s pastor, the Rev. Cary Pittman, “payoff of the loan in less than six months is evidence that God’s plan, done God’s way, will never lack God’s provision. The faithfulness and sacrificial giving by members of today’s congregation will insure room for the church’s growth to fill tomorrow’s needs.” White Plains Baptist Church is located at 3650 Highway 124 West in Jefferson. Call 706-367-5650 or visit sss

Walnut Fork Baptist Church will be hosting a fall festival for everyone in the community on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4- 6:30 p.m. After the festival, a movie, the title to be announced, will start at 6:30 p.m. and be over around 8-8:30 p.m. The festival will include a car show, games, trunk or treat, hay ride, kids bounce house, cake walk and much more. Also, everyone will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, chips and drink. This will be an evening of fun, fellowship and

family time. Please come prepared for if there’s cool weather during the movie. Come and enjoy this evening with others in the community. The church is located at 557 Highway 60 in Hoschton. sss

Northeast Church is excited to host its annual Family Harvest Fest on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4-7 p.m. We invite all in the community to join us for a great night of fun, featuring Trunkor-Treat, a chili cookoff, cake walk, hayride, inflatables, games, and more. The event is free to the community, and all are welcome. The event will be held at Northeast Church, located at 2001 Cherry Drive in Braselton. For more information, contact the church office at 706-654-3205 or sss

Covenant Baptist Church is a group of called-out believers who are committed to following Jesus Christ as Lord. We do this by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are separated from God; and by teaching Believers how to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Depot in downtown Hoschton. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Pastor Todd

as wielding much power to help us achieve our goals. We often give them a head nod and quickly move on. Unlike the key players in our lives, we may not know their names and, most definitely, have never invested the time to have a cup of coffee and learn of their life dreams. We would not be so bold to say these people are insignificant but our actions speak loudly. When I read the Bible stories about Jesus, I often move from words on a page to imagining the scene and becoming a participant in the story. I am one in the crowd clamoring to be near him and waiting to hear his next words. Just when I think he is about to share some nugget of divine wis-

Coble can be reached at 678-316-0273. God bless you and “See you at the Depot!” sss

CrossView Church is holding a Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 pm. Please join in by bringing friends, family and neighbors to enjoy all of the food, hayrides, inflatables, games and fun at no cost. Come meet some new friends at CrossView Church, located at 1219 Highway 124 in Hoschton. Call 678-425-9831. sss

Share a traditional worship service with Jefferson Presbyterian Church beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday school for children more than 4 years of age and youth begins at 9:45 a.m. A nursery is available for infants to age 4 during worship. Pastor Doug Hilliard leads a study for adults, “What It Means to be Presbyterian,” at 9:45 a.m. Jefferson Presbyterian Church is located at 243 Washington St., in downtown Jefferson. Office hours are by appointment; call 706-3675577, visit or email jpc_pcusa@windstream. net. sss CrossView Church would like to invite anyone who wishes to pray for our country to join us in our Worship Center on Monday, Nov. 5. Doors

dom with us insiders, he stops and walks over to a poor beggar sitting on the curb. This misplaced man, who society has deemed to have no value, has the full attention of the Son of God. A beat up penny that had lost its shininess long ago captures the eyes and heart of Jesus. By pausing for just a few minutes to focus on this beggar, Jesus changed this man’s life course. As I left the store on Thursday with my snacks in one hand and 99 cents in the other, I took the time to go back over to the entrance pathway and pick up that penny that several other shoppers had walked past. This new found penny will not go toward my next snack purchase. Instead, I will tape it to

will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for this specific Day of Prayer for our nation. CrossView Church is located at 1219 Highway 124 in Hoschton. Call 678-425-9831. sss

“Fall” for The Springs Church at the annual fall festival from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. It’s free. Join in for the 3-4:30 p.m. for Trunk or Treat, games, cake walk, costume contest and more. The famous chili cook-off begins at 4:30 p.m. Contact Jeannette Peterman at 770-3359073 or email childrens@thespringschurch. org. The Springs Church is located at 6553 Spout Springs Road. Visit www. or call 770-965-9506. sss Primetimers Seniors Group at Hoschton United Methodist Church will meet for lunch and Bingo at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26. Hoschton United Methodist Church is located at 12 Mulberry St., three blocks behind Hoschton City Hall. Visit; email hoschtonumc@ or call 706-654-1422. sss “Trunk or Treat” will be from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Hoschton United Methodist Church. Candy, games and prizes for best trunk and best kids’ costume. A chili cook-off will be held during Trunk or Treat – at no charge.

the dash in my car as a constant reminder that every person has immense value and deserves more than a passing glance. Mike Day, who holds a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., is pastor of Celebration Church, located on Thompson Mill Road near Reunion, Deaton Creek and Chateau Elan Subdivisions. In addition to his responsibilites with Celebration, he works with Positive Management Leadership Inc., (www.mikeday. com) a leadership development company that motivates and inspires leaders in many of the top Fortune 100 companies. Reach him at mday@celebrationfamily. com

Following Trunk or Treat at 6:45 p.m., there will be a Spirit Walk and Ghost Tour starting at the church for $5 per person. Part of proceeds will go to the West Jackson Fire Department. Hoschton United Methodist Church is located at 12 Mulberry St. sss The Church of Hoschton invites the community for a special night of Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church property, 3849 Highway 53, West Jackson Min-e Shops. sss The Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 171 W. Jefferson St., in Hoschton, will host its annual fall festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Enjoy lots of fun, face painting, a cake walk, food for sale and a raffle for electronics. All proceeds will go toward the building fund. Contact Pastor Julia Demory at 770-297-3561. sss New Beginning Baptist Church will be having the annual fall fundraiser and BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. Plates are $8.50 and include BBQ, bread, slaw, baked beans and dessert. Drinks will be available for purchase. If you eat at the church, you can get water or iced tea. All proceeds go to the

church building fund. Everyone welcome. The church is at 4403 Winder Highway in Flowery Branch. Call 770597-7742. sss First Baptist Church of Winder will host a Fall festival on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. featuring Trunk or Treat and a chili cook-off. First Baptist Church of Winder is at 625 Jefferson Highway. sss The First United Methodist Church of Winder is planning a trunk or treat on Halloween night immediately following the Wednesday night supper buffet which is at 5:45 p.m. The church is at 280 N. Broad St., in Winder. sss Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church will host a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the hellowship fall. Everyone is invited to attend this day of un, games and good food. The church is at 260 Pleasant Hill Church Road in Statham. sss St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church invites all veterans and their families to join us for worship and celebration of the Eucharist in their honor on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.. A hot luncheon will follow the service. RSVP to Gail 770-823-7857 or e-mail twoxyanks@

OBITUARIES Judge William Henry Cooper Jr.

Died Oct. 17, 2012 Judge William Henry Cooper Jr., 98, of Statham, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. Survivors are his wife, Cooper Helen P. Cooper; son, William H. Cooper III and wife Jo of Hoschton; daughter, Catherine C. Webster and husband Mark of Suwanee; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First St., Hoschon, GA 30548, 706-654-0966. The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Elaine Corrnett Coleman-McMullan

Died Oct. 6, 2012 Elaine Corrnett ColemanMcMullan, 64, of Jefferson, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Born in Louisville, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Vergie Sergent Corrnett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Steve Coleman. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jennipher and Paul Perry of Jefferson; sisters, Glenna Wheeler of Commerce and Carol Martin; brothers, Terry Corrnett of Marietta and Marvin Corrnett of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Elaina Richelle Perry, Kellie Kathleen Perry, Mariah Elize McNeill, Dylan Lee Perry and Amber Michelle Perry; and great-grandchildren, Triton Nathanel Smith, Dalton James Wiley, Aubrey

Nichole Wiley, Miles Harlen Murray and Skyler Storm Perry. A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Thompson officiating. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Nikki Craig

Died Oct. 17, 2012 Nikki Craig, 27, of Flowery Branch, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, with her family by her side. Born July 8, 1985 in Riverdale, she was a daughter of Bill and Lisa Craig, joining her big sister, Angie, and a year later baby sister, Mandi, joined the family. Most of Nikki’s childhood was spent in Riverdale, with the family moving to Gray for her middle school years, and finally settling in Hall County where she graduated from West Hall High School in 2004. Nikki’s greatest joy were her children. She settled into her role as a full time “mommy” without a moment’s hesitation. Nikki’s girls were her life and she never missed an opportunity to show them off. Survivors include her parents, Bill and Lisa Craig of Flowery Branch; daughters, Abigail Hope, Ava Maria and Amelia Dawn; sisters, Angela Brackob of Flowery Branch and Amanda Craig of Jefferson; nieces, Taylor, Hannah and Alexis; nephew, Armani; grandmothers, Frances Peters of Flowery Branch and Carolyn Craig of Hampton; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins that loved her dearly.

Nikki is preceded in death by her sister Angela Grace Craig; grandfathers Charlie Peters and Gene Craig and great grandmother Drusilla Craig. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Mt. Salem Baptist Church in Flowery Branch with Pastor Clyde Self officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made on behalf of her children to the Nikki Craig Memorial Fund at Peoples Bank & Trust in Buford. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Mildred Aiken King

Died Oct. 19, 2012 Mildred Aiken King, 77, of Snellville, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Mrs. King enjoyed sewing, baking, reading, and most importantly, spending time with her family. She was a member of Orrville Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Monroe and Thelma Louise Snipes Aiken; her husband, Horace King; and brothers, Willie Ray Aiken and Melvin Aiken. Survivors are her daughters, Debra King and partner Kelly of Decatur, Donna Hobgood and husband Rick of Alpharetta, Dottie Daniel of Hilton Head, S.C., and Juanita Holcombe and husband Terry of Hoschton; grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan, Jessica, Kyle and Jared; brothers and sisterin-law, John J. Aiken and Charles and Peggy Aiken, all of Anderson, S.C. A memorial service for Mrs. King will be held at 2

p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Smith Memory Chapel in Winder. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Simone Mattis

Died Oct. 14, 2012 Simone Mattis, 39, of Loganville, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First St., Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966. The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Jennifer Nichole Mitchell

Died Oct. 21, 2012 Jennifer Nichole Mitchell, 29, of Jefferson, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Blackshear Place Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Crook officating. The family will receive friends from 4:30-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blackshear Place Baptist Church. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Shelby Griffeth Sims

Died Oct. 22, 2012 Shelby Griffeth Sims died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and was retired from ABB Inc., of Athens.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Mallory; sister, Nell Harvey; and stepdaughter, Marion L. Sims. Survivors include her husband, Ray M. Sims of Statham; daughters, Gail Mallory Rain and Lynn (Rick) Mallory Yother; sisters, Hilda (Crew) Brewer, Sue (Walter) Chancey, Pam (David) Bradshaw and Kathy (Duane) Hakes; brothers, Andy (Harriet) Griffeth and Mark (Connie) Griffeth; grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Meeks, Danielle (Justin) McMillian, Ryan Youther and Russell Youther; greatgrandchildren, Colby and Shelby Meeks and Belle and River McMillian; and caretaker, Robin Noland. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Dewey Mallory officiating. Interment was in the Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

Wes Whitlock

Died Oct. 23, 2012 Wes Whitlock, 76, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, Oct.

23, 2012. Born in Jefferson, he was a son of the late Wesley and Edna Mote Whitlock. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, where he was a member of the Adult III Sunday school class. Mr. Whitlock was a State Licensed Electrician, and was a manager at Buhler Quality Yarns in Jefferson. Survivors include his wife, Helen Whitlock; daughter, Tara (Bruce) Simonton of Jefferson; son, Jeff (Mary) Whitlock of Clarkesville; grandchildren, Katie, Betsy and Wesley Simonton, Jeffrey, Amanda and Hannah Whitlock; and a number of other relatives. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with Dr. Michael Helms officiating. In lieu of flowers, make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association-Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346 or the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Oct. 25, 2012

CMYK Schools

The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012


Celebrity chefs mark school lunch celebration By KATIE JUSTICE In celebration of National School Lunch Week, Jackson County Schools aimed to make lunch a celebration, or at least that’s how it seemed Wednesday, Oct. 17, at West Jackson Intermediate School. Schools hosted “celebrity chefs,” and at the intermediate school, that chef was the Jackson County Comprehensive High School mascot, the JCCHS Panther. That day the cafeteria wasn’t emitting the usual lunchtime buzz. Instead students were chanting, “Panther, Panther, Panther,” as the Panther dutifully danced and gave students high-fives and hugs. At West Jackson Primary, camouflage was the celebrity chef’s attire. “That’s our chef. He came from the airport,” said kindergartner Danny Smith, as he excitedly pointed out the temporary member of the cafeteria staff. The man in camouflage was Master Sgt. Keith Bryson, a member of the U.S. Air Force, and not in fact from the airport as the kindergartners believed. Some of the other visitors included Sheriff-elect Janis Mangum, State Rep. Tommy Benton, South Jackson Assistant Fire Chief Jake Stringer, future Olympic hopeful Cannie Ash and Crunchy Critter, the Georgia School Nutrition mascot. National School Lunch Week festivities continued throughout the week with Friday being the day to “Give Beans a Chance,” by taking part in a taste test. Students were pro-

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The JCCHS Panther dances as the students cheer on the mascot during the National School Lunch Week celebration observed last week. vided black bean salsa, and encouraged to try “healthy brownies,” which unknown to the students also contained black beans. “Black beans are very nutritious, very good for you, but it doesn’t do any good to just look at them,” said Andy Gentry, who is in charge of the school nutrition program at Gum Spring Elementary. The brownies seemed to be an overall hit, with students at West Jackson Middle School asking for seconds, and students at Gum Springs gladly accepting the treat. However, the black bean salsa wasn’t as big of a hit. “I don’t like it,” said kindergartener Haeden Teague, who wouldn’t even try the salsa. His reason for not liking it, simply because he just knew he didn’t like it.

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Haeden Teague tasted the special ingredient brownie during National School Lunch Week. He wouldn’t find out the recipe for the brownies contained black beans until school announcements on Monday.

State funding cuts are impacting local school systems, shows report By KATIE JUSTICE kjustice@clickthepaper. com A report released by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute recently shows that state cuts to education funding have visible results in local school systems. The GBPI surveyed the 180 school districts on the impact of the decreased funding, and 150 districts responded, including Barrow County, Gwinnett County, Hall County and Jackson County. The overall results of the survey showed the funding cuts, which have hit a decade low, have resulted in fewer teachers, fewer days of school and bigger class sizes. The 150 school districts that responded to the survey represent about 1.53 million, or 92 percent, of Georgia students within the public education system. Statewide, two out of three schools decreased the number of calendar days students have attended classes since 2009. Jackson County students attend classes 176 days a year, not the full 180 days. In the fiscal year of 2011, Hall County students had a 172-day school calendar, and last year they attended classes 176 days out of the year. However, Barrow County students have seen the greatest change in the number of calendar days they attend class, which has dropped to 160 days from 176 last year. To compensate for the loss of school days, students attend class about and extra 15 minutes per day. Since the 2008-09 school year, there has been a de-

crease of 8,500 classroom teachers in the state. The Barrow County School System has decreased the number of teacher contracts provided by 11 since 2009. Jackson County has decreased the number of contracts it provides by 22 from 2009 to 2012; however, thanks to the recent absorption plan of Superintendent Dr. John Green, there wasn’t a decrease in the number of teachers this year. Hall County has decreased its number by 188 from 2009 to 2012, and from 2009 to 2012, Gwinnett decrease the number of contracts it offered by 1,157. “It is most assuredly in direct correlation to state budget cuts. We are having to look up every avenue and make sure we’re being extremely frugal and caution,” said Barrow County superintendent Dr. Wanda Creel. According to Creel, Barrow County has not directly cut any teacher positions. Typically a teacher is paid a full contract of 190

days per year, however, that number has decreased as well with three out of four systems admitting they would cut teacher work days. Barrow County teachers are paid for 184 days a year, as are Jackson County teachers. Hall County teachers are paid for 180 days, a full 10 days less than a full contract year. The contract for Gwinnett County teachers is for 188 days a year. “No one is happy about [a loss of paid days], but teachers want to do what is right for the students and right for their colleagues,” said Creel, on teachers accepting fewer paid contract days. Barrow, Hall, Gwinnett and Jackson counties all admit to an expected increase in class sizes as a result of budget cuts, despite projected enrollment increases. “This is not something we would be doing if not for experiencing state budget cuts that we have been experiencing for a number of years,” said Creel.

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Ninth grader Margaret Paiter sits beside the garden she tends to. It contains squash and wax beans.

Farm to School Program connects students to food By KATIE JUSTICE kjustice@clickthepaper. com Jackson County Comprehensive High School is taking part in a national program to incorporate more vegetables into students’ lives. JCCHS is one of about a hundred schools involved in the Farm to School Program. “It’s an initiative to bring local foods into the school lunch cafeteria,” said JCCHS Agricultural Science teacher Robbie Buchanan. “It’s the process of teaching students where food comes from, and that they can enjoy fresh produce and other items from their own experiences.” JCCHS became a part of the Food to School program last January. That’s also when the school planted its first garden. Now, students are in the midst of their second season on planting, and are already enjoying what they have harvested. “They don’t connect the actual growing process to what’s on their plate,” said Buchanan. Thus far, the gardens outside JCCHS served as the produce supplier for a salad at a local advisory council meeting. However, students have also had the opportunity to eat salads made from the vegetables they have grown, which include types of lettuce, mustard, kale, cabbage, radishes and Swiss chard. Another part of the program is to provide students with lessons on how to prepare what they have grown. One local chef will even be Buchanan’s classes to show and demonstrate how to prepare those vegetables. Already, students have been introduced to kale chips, which a school counselor prepared using kale from the garden. Eventually, Buchanan hopes to develop the program so that enough vegetables are grown, that they can be utilized in the cafeteria’s salad bar. ““It’s healthy, and personally I think that whenever you grow it yourself it tastes better,” said Margaret Paiter, one of Buchanan’s ninth-grade students. “I think it’ll help our schools and I think students will enjoy it,” said Walt Palmer, also a ninth grader. Palmer admitted that growing his own vegetables can influence his picky palate. “I grew it, so I had to see what I grew, and I liked it,” said Palmer, admitting that

despite what he would have thought, he actually liked what he tried, especially mustard greens. All the seeds and plants used within the garden are locally grown. “I always try to be mindful of the community,” said Buchanan. In fact, it’s Jackson County’s rural communities that

have led to the development of the program. “With rural communities we need to. There’s not a lot of interaction between students and the land,” said Buchanan. “They don’t know that ‘Mr. Farmer’ that lives next door actually grew the vegetables and meat they’re eating. It directly impacts our economy.”

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JCCHS agriculture instructor Robbie Buchanan instructing students tending to greenhouse upkeep.



She’s come a long way from Shirley Feeney Prior to this month, Cindy Williams had seldom set foot in Georgia, but she knows a thing or two about things Southern. “Do you have fried okra?” asked Williams, who is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the ABC series “Laverne and Shirley.” Williams was born in California, but grew up in a suburb of Dallas, where her grandmother’s Sunday dinner often included fried okra and fried chicken. Wednesday, Williams and a touring company took the stage at Pearce Auditorium for the musical, “Nunset Boulevard.” When I told her she would be playing in the Poultry Capital of the World, I gave her assurances that I could point her in the direction of her beloved okra with all the chicken she might want. It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since “Laverne and Shirley” completed its run. Harder to believe is that next year will mark 40 years since a very young Cindy Williams played Ron Howard’s girlfriend in “American Graffiti.” But Williams still has that charming girl-next-door demeanor as we chatted by phone as the show is working its way toward Gainesville. She has strong stage credentials, including the 2007 Broadway production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” where she played the role of Mrs. Tottendale. “I’ve been playing before audiences for a long time,” said Williams, who pointed out that the episodes of “Laverne and Shirley” were filmed before live audiences at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Her current role is the Rev. Mother Mary Regina in “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in Dan Goggin’s successful “Nunsense” series. The sisters of Hoboken are off to Tinseltown believing they have been booked to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. As it turns out, they are actually booked at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama.

Harris Blackwood The musical comedy takes a few wild turns from there. The show includes a little audience participation and Williams said that the reaction of the audience at various locations on the tour have made the show incredibly fun. Williams left “Laverne and Shirley” in 1982 to begin her favorite role, that of mother to her two children, who are now grown. She continued to be active in the entertainment business including being a coproducer of the successful “Father of the Bride” films starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Williams is quick to admit that she is most often remembered for her role as a bottle capper at the fictitious Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee. The show was a spinoff from “Happy Days” and was filmed on an adjoining studio at Paramount. While Williams and her “Laverne and Shirley” co-star, Penny Marshall, parted the series on lessthan-good terms, she said that she maintains contact with her colleagues from the TV show. Her television role earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. She has found acting success in every medium and enjoys her current role and gives much credit to the talented ensemble cast. Ask if there is anything on her bucket list that she would like to complete. “Oh, I’d like to win an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy in the same year,” she said with a laugh. Maybe she’ll settle for some fried chicken and okra at Longstreet Café. I’ll buy. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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It’s Gate-gate at the Rondarosa It all started with a break-in, then continued to a breaking point when a crazy woman showed up at my door, ranting about aliens who had landed at her house. She needed me to write an article to warn their commander not to send them back to her house. When Tink heard I had run off a car full of Jehovah Witnesses with my shotgun, he said, “That’s it. We’re putting in a gate. For your safety as well as the safety of aliens and Jehovah Witnesses.” For a while, I had demurred over installing a privacy gate, but finally, I was ready to agree. The crazy woman and her aliens had persuaded me. “But I’m not going to be in charge of construction,” I warned. We had just had to make what started as minor repair to the balcony but became major. To anyone who has ever had to work with a contractor — especially those who look at women’s ideas and questions with disdain — you’ll understand that my nerves were stretched to the max. “Great,” he said. It didn’t work out that way. He was working 14hour days in Los Angeles, executive producing a

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Ronda Rich television series and I was home. “Just get it started for me. Get the quotes and I’ll take it from there.” I called for five quotes. I drew a picture and gave a list of what we wanted. One contractor, the friend of a friend, came but never followed up. Two dawdled at putting the quote together which left two vying for the job. One man — Brian Parks — hustled to get the job and strived to get it close to our budget. Brian was going to custom weld the wrought iron gate. Tink, who had been preoccupied with script rewrites and a star with laryngitis, suddenly arose from oblivion when he saw the gate I had sketched. “Not arched,” he said. “Something straight across and not so high.” “OK, send me a sketch of what you want and I’ll give it to Brian.” After a few days of reminders and not receiving the sketch, I met

Where: Frames You-Nique, 104 Main St., Gainesville When: Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, author discussion; 1-3 p.m., book signing, sale More info: 770-532-7074 with Brian and gave him a revised sketch. “You can meet with Tink next week and go over it with him.” Suddenly, out of nowhere, Tink roared to life. He got online and started looking at gates. From an airport somewhere, he texted a photo of the gate he wanted. Sit down. Get ready for this. A cattle gate. The kind that you can go to the local hardware store or farmer’s supply and purchase. The kind that when I had a board fence built, I shunned. I had a wood gate built to keep from using the plain, utility gate. I thought it was a joke. I’m still in hopes that it was, that I haven’t married a guy who was serious about using a cattle gate for an entrance gate. “Please, baby, please,” he said. “Please let me have this gate. It’s perfect for the Rondarosa (which he has christened our place).” I laughed it off. “No way.” I couldn’t believe

we were in a disagreement over such. Normally, when it comes to style issues, we agree unfailingly. Facing defeat, he said, “Let me send an email and ask your family to vote.” “Go ahead. We may be simple, country folks but we have class, style and taste. No one will vote for a cattle gate.” I had complete confidence. Tink attempted to win votes by offering to help get up hay. Still, one by one — with nary a word from me — voted zealously for a wrought iron gate. Rodney, after casting his vote, added, “See you this weekend. We’re gettin’ up hay.” Tink, somewhat graciously, accepted the unanimous vote. But get up hay? Huh, no. He chose a weekend at the Cloister instead. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at Her column appears weekly.

Don’t be fooled by Amendment 1 The preamble to Amendment No. 1 on Georgia’s Nov. 6 ballot states that it “provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options.” The preamble to that preamble should read: “Dear Georgia voter: We think you’re stupid enough to fall for this misleading and deceptive wording.” Amendment 1, the charter school commission amendment, continues the long and disturbing tradition of confusing Georgia voters through ambiguous or manipulative language on ballot questions. In this case, there’s a compelling reason the amendment’s proponents have inserted the dishonest wording: Their idea is a magnificent loser. A little background: Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that school boards have exclusive authority in creating public charter schools. If passed, this amendment would change the state’s constitution to allow an appointed commission that could create charter schools without local school board approval. There are several glaring problems with this setup. Among them are: The cost: At a time when the state has made more than $6 billion in funding cuts to public education in the last nine years, this proposal would cost taxpayers

Len Robbins an additional $430 million over the next five years. Where will this money come from? No one seems to know. “Until all our public school students are in school for a full 180-day school year, until essential services like student transportation and student support can return to effective levels, and until teacher regain jobs with full pay for a full school year, we should not redirect one more dollar away from Georgia’s local school districts,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. Amen. Some children in Georgia are only going to school 144 days this year due to financial constraints. It will only get worse if we divert funds for more charter schools. Accountability: When I have an issue with my local public school, I have someone I can hold accountable at the ballot box – my school board representative. Let’s say you have an issue with how a state-commissioned charter school is using your taxpayer money. How are you going to hold them accountable? You can’t.

Following the money: When something is proposed by politicians that defies logic (like creating an expensive governmental bureaucracy for no compelling reason during a recession), our collective antennae should arise and search for the “real reason.” That means following the money. A group promoting this amendment, Families for Better Schools, has received significant donations from private, for-profit companies that operate charter schools. Those out-of-state “charter school companies” have also made generous donations to many of Georgia’s politicians who are – gasp! – fervently supporting the amendment. I could go on about how this amendment to our constitution makes zero sense, but, instead, I’ll jump to the bottom line: This antipublic education agenda by our state’s elected officials has to be stopped. For the past decade, you and I have been paying state taxes at roughly the same rate, but less and less is coming back to our communities for our schools and kids. Furthermore, the state is actually taking what used to be tax monies ($50 million annually) and have set up a scholarship program to recruit public school students to private schools (GOAL scholarships). If this amendment is approved, a charter school

can be created, use public funds, hire a private company to run it and cherry-pick the students they want. Basically, they will be creating “private” schools with public dollars, and then wealthy parents in Georgia’s larger cities can save the $10,000-plus they are currently spending on private-school tuition. Meanwhile, students at regular public schools (who account for 90 percent of school-age children in Georgia) will be funded at a lesser rate than those who attend the charter schools. If the state wants to create more small public charter schools, fine. I’d enthusiastically support the creation of a slew of smaller schools with smaller class sizes. But it has to be done the right way. And the right way is to fully fund our public schools across the board and quit with this nonsense of trying to trick the public into a ruse that we can’t afford, we don’t need, and only serves a privileged few. It’s past time for “the 90 percent” to stand up for our state’s children, and how our tax dollars are spent. Send a clear message that you won’t tolerate this folly and vote “No” on Amendment 1. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville.

CMYK Health

The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

High radon levels can be life-threatening situation Easy, inexpensive testing is urged, says educator By LEANNE AKIN Federal Radon Action Week was promoted Oct. 15-21, according to The Surgeon General, and a radon educator in northeast Georgia says the message of testing for elevated levels of radon in your home could be a lifesaver. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive. Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s No.1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided. While National Radon Action Month is promoted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in January, Becky Chenall, who has been a part of the University of Georgia Radon Education Program since its inception a almost a decade ago, says any opportunity to share information about radon awareness and radon testing is good. Chenall works out of Walton County but serves as the radon educator for a number of counties including Jackson and Barrow. According to Chenall, in the past six months, she has seen an increase in the number of people testing their homes for radon. While she said she is unsure what to attribute the spike to, she is grateful to see it. “It’s great,” said Chenall. “We want people to get that message.” She is also seeing an increase in mitigations. As households find there is an elevated level of radon in their homes, they are taking action. More reports of mitigations have been coming into Chenall’s office in late spring and early summer. “That is very good news because it means lives are being saved,” said Chenall. Identifying a high radon level and fixing the problem greatly reduces the chance of lung cancer, she said. Individuals who smoke and live in a home with high levels of radon have an even greater chance of developing lung cancer. “You want to reduce the level as low as possible,” said Chenall. Any result of 4.0 pCi/L or above is considered high by EPA and should be fixed. Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types although in Georgia the incidence of radon is primarily above the fall line.

“We look primarily in the northern third of Georgia because of the granite rock,” said Chenall. Granite contains uranium which breaks down into radium and then radon. “While radon can be anywhere, we primarily target north of the Macon area.” Chenall said a woman in Walton County who was experiencing stomach problems went to her doctor who found a spot on her lung. A nonsmoker, she was diagnosis with lung cancer. “They caught it early,” said Chenall, who reports that the woman’s son suggested they check the home where his mother had lived for a number of years for radon. “The home tested high and they took action to lower the radon level. “Her physician attributes her lung cancer to radon,” said Chenall. Since you cannot see, smell or taste radon, all homes should be tested for radon. It does not matter if your home is old or new or if you have a basement, crawlspace or slab constructed home, Chenall said. “Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk.” Testing is easy with kits available for order for $10. Some extension offices have the radon testing kits available but it’s best to call and check. However, Chenall said ordering online from is easy and the $10 cost includes the lab fee and postage. “Ten dollars covers everything and it’s the best deal,” said Chenall, who notes that some hardware stores carry test kits but the cost is higher and there is an additional analysis fee. The radon test kit is hung in the lowest livable area of the home-a basement if you have one and if not, on the first floor. The best place to hang the kit is in a bedroom or living room. While the kit is hanging, it is absorbing the radon in the air in the home. The short -term radon test kit is used for three to seven days. The kit is mailed to the laboratory where it is analyzed and the results are then sent to the homeowner. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the United States and caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires and handguns combined, according to the Surgeon General. The federal commitment made by EPA, the General Services Administration and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Veterans Affairs are focusing efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary. Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at www. Visit to order your radon test kit. You can also get more information by contacting Becky Chenall at 770-267-1324. In Gwinnett, contact radon educator Ines Beltran at 678-377-4010, and in Hall County, contact radon educator Ginger Bennett at 770-535-8290.


Northeast Georgia Health System welcomes new physicians GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) welcomes 15 new physicians: ■ Kelly Adams, MD Neonatology The Longstreet Clinic Department of Neonatology ■ Olga Azad, MD Internal Medicine Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Inpatient Medicine ■ Sara Bigsby, MD Anesthesiology Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville ■ William Chafin, III, MD Rheumatology Arthritis Center of North Georgia ■ Ryan Fogg, MD Urology Gainesville Urology ■ Matthew Gill, MD Otolaryngology ENT Institute ■ Georges LaFleur, MD Internal Medicine Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Clayton II ■ Marissa Mercado, MD Family Medicine

Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Hoschton ■ Anna Powell, MD Family Medicine Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cleveland ■ James Richardson, MD Critical Care Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Critical Care ■ H. Keith Robinson, MD Pain Medicine Specialty Clinics of Georgia ■ Katherine Tolhurst, MD Family Medicine/Sports Medicine Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Sports Medicine Dawsonville ■ Mehrdad Seilanian Toosi, MD Cardiology Northeast Georgia Heart Center ■ Kim Tran, MD Nephrology Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic ■ Hasit Vasoya, MD Internal Medicine Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Inpatient Medicine To learn more, visit or call 770-219-3840.

Nell’s Prayer Garden dedicated GAINESVILLE, Ga.— On Oct. 15, The Medical Center Foundation dedicated Nell’s Prayer Garden at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) to honor the life of long time hospital volunteer and leader Nell Whelchel Wiegand, who passed away last year. Her daughters, Mary Beth Begley and Ginny Crumley, along with their families, attended the tribute to their mother. Nell’s Prayer Garden was made possible through donations to The Medical Center Foundation from more than 140 donors who helped create a lasting legacy in honor of Wiegand. The 2,200square-foot garden intimately surrounds the exterior of the Dawn McKibbon Memorial Chapel outside NGMC’s North Patient Tower. The garden is complete with a stone privacy wall, a water feature and plantings of hydrangeas and a tea rose brought from Nell’s home garden. “It was Nell’s dream to make the garden outside of the chapel come to life,” said Foundation Chairman Jim Moore. “From her life experiences, Nell knew first-hand what the garden would mean to so many. Nell’s Prayer Garden is no ordinary garden and appropriately serves as a spiritual place of reverence and solitude for patients, their families and staff.” Nell provided 60 years of service as a

Medical Center Auxilian and served in almost every volunteer position within the hospital. “Nell’s passion and vision for helping those around her gave her a unique ability to understand the needs of patients, family members and staff,” said Northeast Georgia Health System CEO Carol Burrell. “She was a woman of great faith and hospitality, and, as I look around this beautiful prayer garden, I know Nell would wish for those visiting to relax, reflect and take refuge in this wonderful setting outside of the clinical environment. ” Nell Whelchel Wiegand’s service to, and love of, NGMC began before it even opened its doors in 1951. She first helped prepare the community for the new modern facility, then she went on to serve as a volunteer, president of The Medical Center Auxiliary, member of the Hospital Authority, and was the founding chair of The Medical Center Foundation in 1986. She served in that capacity until 2008, when she became chair emeritus. “Nell was a friend to all,” shared Nancy Colston, executive director of The Medical Center Foundation. “The garden allows Nell’s legacy of genuinely befriending and caring for others to live on. We are grateful to those who were influenced by Nell so much that they chose to be a part of creating it.”



The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Man threatens to interrupt Haints & Saints event Jefferson Police


■ A man called to threaten that there would be trouble at the Historic Haints and Saints Cemetery Tours if the event was not cancelled. The man said he had relatives buried in Woodbine Cemetery and would be at the event to protest the city making money while “people were stomping on their graves.” ■ An older model vehicle from North Carolina was seen crossing the fog line several times on Interstate 85 on Oct. 18. At a traffic stop, the odor of marijuana was smelled and a handgun was seen on the dashboard. The driver initially denied having marijuana in the vehicle and then acknowledged there was 20 grams of marijuana in the door along with some digital scales. Five clear small plastic bags of suspected marijuana and a larger bag were located. The driver, Derek Lamont Cherri, 26, of Charlotte, N.C., was charged with possession of Schedule I, II, III and IV controlled substances, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a drug-related object. The passenger, Bryant Aaron Boulware, 25, also of Charlotte, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and use of a communication facilities to violate the law. Boulware’s cell phone showed contacts for drug transactions. ■ A first-degree forgery complaint was filed Oct. 18 from Racetrac where a female had attempted to use a Visa card to purchase two cartons of cigarettes and two Foot Locker gift cards. When use of the card failed twice, the clerk notified police. The customer left the store but the vehicle description and tag number provided an identity of the suspect. ■ A harassment complaint was filed Oct. 18 from an Elrod Avenue address where a man in a burgundy truck was reportedly harassing the residents. ■ A 29-year-old Lithonia man was taken into custody after a theft by shoplifting at Family Dollar on Oct. 18. The man was seen concealing two Halloween masks valued at $15. The man was also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after the odor of marijuana was smelled in the police vehicle and the man reportedly chewed up a small quantity of marijuana. The suspect attempted to kick the window and a supervisor was called to the scene.

■ A 20-year-old who passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the Kroger parking lot on Oct. 18 was cited for underage possession of alcohol. ■ A battery case was reported Oct. 18 at an Old Pendergrass Road apartment. An injured female was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment and the man was charged with battery and taken to the Jackson County Jail. ■ The entrance gate at Equestrian Estates was damaged by vandals, according to an Oct. 19 criminal trespass complaint. ■ An Oct. 17 accident on Lee Street at Railroad Street was investigated. No injuries were reported. ■ An Oct. 10 simple assault was reported at the residence of a man currently being evaluated in Augusta. Family members are concerned about what may happen upon the man’s release. ■ A driver stopped Oct.19 for traveling 75 in a 55-mph zone on Damon Gause Bypass was taken into custody for a suspended license. ■ The driver of a vehicle stopped Oct. 19 on Damon Gause Bypass for an obscured tag was also charged with driving while license is suspended. ■ A local high school student told her guidance counselor that another high school student was asking her to send nude photos of herself but she had not. The incident is being documented in case the male subject should begin harassing the female. ■ A vehicle speeding on Damon Gause Parkway was stopped Oct. 16 and the driver and passenger were questioned about work equipment piled into back of the car. The items had not been reported missing but both persons had extension histories of burglary and motor vehicle theft. Photos were made of the equipment and the men were told warrants would be later issued for their arrest if the property were later reported stolen. ■ A driver in the drivethru at Taco Bell struck a water faucet, causing a leak. ■ A man who moved from an Elrod Avenue apartment reported his Toyota Avalon title was missing. He wanted to filed a report in case his ex-girlfriend attempts to forge the document and sell the vehicle. ■ A Jefferson man reported someone used his Regions debit card at the Redbox at Kroger

without his authorization. ■ A Magellan Roadmaster GPS and a black calendar binder stolen from a vehicle were returned to the owner after the items were found in the possession of Raemonda Inscho, who is charged with a number of entering auto cases in several counties including Jackson County. ■ An Oct. 15 two-car accident was investigated in the Bells parking lot. No injuries were reported. Also on Oct. 15, a two-car accident was reported in the city hall parking lot. ■ At Pocket Change Coins in the Pendergrass Flea Market, a man purchased a $1,000 bill and four Silver Eagle coins using a forged company check. The company indicated forged checks have been presented at Lowes and QuikTrip. The purchaser had his photo made with the vendor at the time of the Oct. 7 sale and police also have a copy of the suspect’s driver’s license. ■ On Nov. 3, 2011, Pocket Change Coins sold a woman two gold coins for $2,475 and the purchase was made on a credit card. On Oct. 19, Jefferson Police received a report that the credit card was stolen and the victims were refunded their money. ■ An employee of Regions Bank on Lee Street in Jefferson reported a bag containing her children’s personal information and her tax documents were missing from her work station on Oct. 5. ■ A Jefferson female was reported as a runaway. She was last seen Oct. 19 but has since been located. ■ A driver stopped for speeding and reckless driving on Interstate 85 on Oct. 20 was taken into custody. ■ A man requested extra patrol for a Park Drive residence which is being remodeled.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office ■ On Oct. 18, an abandoned vehicle on Interstate 85 since Sept. 23 was towed from the interstate. ■ A Hoschton woman called 911 after her exhusband began loading up belongings from the woman’s residence on Oct. 18. ■ A New Liberty Church Road resident was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct on Oct. 18 after he called 911 when his roommates woke him up early for work. ■ On Oct. 19, a man driving along Barber

Road was arrested for driving with a suspended registration and without insurance. ■ A civil dispute was reported on Oct. 20 between a woman and her ex-boyfriend in regard to their pet dog. The woman met with her ex-boyfriend so that he could see the dog, but the man grabbed the dog and ran into the woods. Both claimed proof the dog belongs to them. They were advised to go to civil court to determine ownership of the dog. ■ On Oct. 20, a Braselton man reported a game feeder he built on his property missing. The man stated that over the past three weeks he’d heard shooting and found bullet casings on his property as well. ■ On Oct. 20, a resident of Joshua Way reported a car speeding through the neighborhood and almost hitting him as he was walking his dog. ■ On Oct. 20, a Forest Lake subdivision resident reported a speeding vehicle drive very close to her as she took her morning walk. She said after yelling, “The speed limit is 25,” the truck drove by again even closer to her. The driver of the truck stopped, got out and told the lady he was doing 30 mph. The lady stated she was going to call the police with his tag number, and the man left. ■ On Oct. 21, a dispute was reported between two neighbors on Caldwell Lane when a resident went on a camping trip and left his dogs in the yard. A neighbor claimed the dogs barked all weekend, and upon the man’s return from his trip a verbal dispute

ensued. ■ A verbal dispute was reported among residents at a Caboose Court residence on Oct. 21. ■ Two individuals at a Savannah Lane residence were arrested for outstanding warrants on Oct. 21. ■ A man who got his truck stuck in a creek on private property was issued a warning for criminal trespass on Oct. 21. ■ A Redstone Road resident reported hearing a suspicious noise outside her home late on Oct. 21. ■ A Jackson Trail Road resident discovered the home next door on fire on Oct. 22. However, the resident next door was recently vacated, and no one was injured. ■ On Oct. 21, a verbal dispute arose at a Lavender Road residence between a man and his girlfriend who was in the process of leaving him. ■ Two Clover Ridge Road residents got into a dispute on Oct. 21 when one man’s dog reportedly began chasing the other’s son. The two men got into an argument and the sheriff’s deputies told the men not to trespass on each other’s properties.

Braselton Police ■ The suspect in an aggravated assault in Braselton on the evening of Oct. 18 who barricaded himself in a Thompson Mill Road house in Buford died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Braselton Police and Gwinnett Police attempted to negotiate with the man, however, when a robot went into the house before day-

light, the man was found dead. The investigating is ongoing. ■ The Braselton Police Department responded to a Kilchis Falls Way residence in response to reports of disorderly conduct on Oct. 18. ■ On Oct. 18, an aggravated assault involving a gun was reported at a Walnut Woods Drive residence. ■ On Oct. 19, driver heading northbound on Interstate 85 reported damage to his vehicle. ■ A vehicle traveling on Highway 211 was pulled over after 1 a.m. on Oct. 20 for not having its headlights on. Once pulled over, the driver was discovered to be driving under the influence, while being under the age of 21. The driver was also charged with the possession of an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle and possession of marijuana. The driver was arrested. ■ On Oct. 20, a vehicle headed northbound on Interstate 85 was pulled over for failure to maintain lane and headlight requirements. The driver was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. The driver was placed under arrest. ■ A wanted man was arrested at a Spout Springs Road residence on Oct. 20. ■ A driver heading northbound on Interstate 85 was pulled over for failure to maintain lane on Oct. 21. The driver was then arrested on charges of driving under the influence. ■ On Oct. 22, a man at a Rue Charlemagne Drive property was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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SECTION B | THURSDAY, october 25, 2012

Prost and company earn first ever Petite Le Mans title; Hawks look to bring another title home 2B

Two Shirreffs lock up Oglethorpe

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Collin Anthony seals off the running lane for Sammy Williams in their shutout against Oglethorpe. By LATRICE WILLIAMS Usually there is just one sheriff in town, but quarterbacks Bryant Shirreffs and Evan Shirreffs split the duties in a 43-0 win over the Patriots of Oglethorpe County High School. Once again, the Dragons picked a part a team that couldn’t handle a squad that is truly in a league of their own. Jefferson forced its second shut out of the year – the first coming two

weeks ago against Washington-Wilkes High School. Jefferson didn’t have to do anything fancy; they just played good ol’ fashion defense. “We knew no. 6 was a really good quarterback. They had good skilled people and a lot of speed. I’m proud of the defense. They played well,” said Head Coach T. McFerrin. Oglethorpe achieved a first down within minutes of their opening drive, but the Dragons’ defense read the next two plays so effectively – putting the Patriots in an uncomfortable third down situation. With a gain of five yards, the Patriots could have taken their chances and rolled the dice, but opted to punt – which didn’t turn out to be the smarter option as Jefferson was given great field position on a 12-yard punt. Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs served up a nice dish to McKay Dickens who landed at the 6-yard line. Running back Sammy Williams put Jefferson at the 1-yard line on the next play, and Tristen Jackson finished things off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give JHS a 7-0 lead with less than 6 minutes to play in the first quarter. Williams became the workhorse for the Dragons late in the first, and Jackson capped the drive off with another short run – putting Jefferson up 13-0; however the Dragons hit their first road block when the Patriots blocked their extra point. Jefferson continued the torrential downpour of scores when Shirreffs aired a 37-yard touchdown pass to Dickens to go up 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Things continued to roll for the Jefferson when freshman Antonio Strickland punched one in for the Dragons later on to take a 27-0 lead. The Dragons attempted to put another one on the board

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Freshman running back Antonio Strickland met the end zone twice against the Patriots. before the end of the first half, but Trent Sorrells run was stopped by the Patriots. However, Chandler Schlutow notched a field goal to take Jefferson up 30-0 with one second left on the clock. Junior Varsity quarterback Evan Shirreffs – who just finished an undefeated season with the JV team – took over under center in the fourth quarter and finished with nearly 100 completed yards. Williams and Strickland each put another one on the board for the Dragons in the second half and Jefferson went on to take a 43-0 win over Oglethorpe. The Dragons will take on Social Circle High School next week at SCHS at 7:30 p.m.

Jackson County takes third loss of year from Hart County Bulldogs

Lewis shatters another record in 56-21 win over Duluth Wildcats


Jacorey Lewis becomes the all time leader in almost every rushing category for the Hawks

The Panthers needed another dramatic fourth quarter comeback in order to stun Hart County High School, but the offense was too busy trying to play catch up after falling behind 14-2 in the first half. Jackson County Comprehensive High School Head Coach Benji Harrison has a group of players who are willing to fight, but certain circumstances prevented them from getting past HCHS. “After a huge penalty, that really shifted the momentum. I just told the guys at [the] half that we could win the game,” said Harrison. “Our kids knew that if we kept fighting that we would make enough plays to win at the end. Unfortunately, we just missed too many opportunities and were unable to do so.” Both touchdowns for JCCHS were given by running back Dustin Scott, who ran it in from one yard out each time. Scott is usually able to produce longer runs, proving the Bulldogs defense meant business. “We just never got our running game going like we needed to. We have to continue to work to get better movement up front. Fortunately, in our offense, we feel like if

they want to take something away in our running game, we can move the ball effectively through the air,” said Harrison. “We just made some critical mistakes the other night that we could not overcome.” Chris Foster is the leader of the defense, but Hart County had an offense that was too much for the Panthers. However, Harrison found some positive things to note about the way his defense played. “I thought the defense played well and kept giving us opportunities to win the game. Chris Foster continues to anchor down the DL and play well,” said Harrison. “I also thought River Bryant played his best game of the season the other night. Hart has great team speed and our defense ran to the ball well kept them contained much of the night. “They got away from us a couple of times, but I thought we played physical and with great effort,” Harrison said. Oconee County High School has just two wins on the year, and the Panthers will compete against them tomorrow night in the finale of their three-game road stretch. “We have three games left and we still control our own playoff picture,” said Harrison. “Oconee is a game that we really need to win and I expect our team to come out ready to play this Friday.”

By BRANDON RICHARSON For the Paper The Wildcats of Duluth High School came within seven points of tying Mill Creek High School early on, but the Hawks ran away with the lead and never looked back. The Hawks notched their fifth win on the year with a score of 56-21. The first half was one full of momentum swings, touchdowns and big plays. Mill Creek received the ball first and drove 80 yards for Jacorey Lewis’ first rushing touchdown of the night. Duluth drove into Mill Creek’s territory before a sack by Kelsey Griffin ended the drive or so everyone thought. Duluth attempted a fake punt pass that was dropped by a wide open receiver. Mill Creek responded with a rushing touchdown by Lewis and an interception that led to another Lewis touchdown. Up 210 in the first quarter, MCHS looked to send fans home early, but Duluth then grabbed the momentum. The Wildcats wide receiver Myles Campbell scored from 72 yards out to put Duluth on the board for the first time. MCHS committed a three and out and on the ensuing punt, Campbell took the punt all the way home to bring Duluth within seven. Lewis scored his fourth touchdown of the half on the following drive, but the defense gave up at 55-yard touchdown pass, leaving the score 28-21. On the next drive, the MCHS offense continued doing the same thing the Hawks had done throughout the first half. Lewis carried the ball for all six plays of the drive. His duties as the workhorse put him in a position to tie two records for rushing touchdowns in a game when he notched his fifth touchdown of the night. The defense returned to form on its next series as Griffin intercepted a screen pass

and 45 yards later, he was in the end zone. Up again by 21, Lewis had the chance to punch his sixth score, but fumbled on the 3 yard line. A tipped pass by Griffin and a failed fourth down attempt by Duluth gave the Hawks the ball on their own 17. Quarterback David Daniel rushed six yards for a touchdown, sending the Hawks into the half up 49-21. The half was a true clash of styles offensively. MCHS attempted three passes while Duluth only had five rushing attempts. Of all of their rushing attempts, Lewis carried the ball 22 times for 212 yards. He already holds all except two MCHS rushing records and was not going to be stopped from getting another record to call his own on this night. On his final carry of the night, Lewis went 73 yards into the end zone. That sixth score of gave him 295 yards on the night, surpassing the Mill Creek records for rushing touchdowns and rushing yards in a single game. Coincidentally, Lewis set the same records last year against Duluth. Up 56-21 with the game well in hand, the MCHS reserves entered the game. The running clock limited both teams offensively as the score remained the same. Mill Creek has a bye next week before it faces Habersham Central at home for senior night Nov. 2. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. Mill Creek is now 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in the region. Much of the credit in the success of the Hawks’ running game has to go to Lewis, who has been unstoppable. He set the MCHS record for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and rushing attempts in a season. He also increased his lead all-time career rushing yardage to 2,412 yards. Lewis now has 1,301 rushing yards this season and needs 36 more carries for the MCHS career carries record, and has set the standards high for future running backs and defenders wanting to shut down his running game. Shelby Rowe The Paper

Mill Creek High School fans show their school spirit against Dacula High School on Aug. 31 in 35-0 victory. Doug Chellew The Paper

Defensive back Keyshaun Curry moves past the North Oconee High School in a tough road contest. The Panthers fell 35-6, but rebounded with a win over Franklin County High School.

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Jackson County Comprehensive High School will take on Oconee County High School at OCHS tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The JV squad will have a home meeting against Oconee County. today at 5:30 p.m. Jefferson High School will face off against Social Circle tomorrow night at 7:30. The JV team finished their season undefeated. Mill Creek High School will have a bye week before returning home to challenge Habersham Central on senior night. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. The JV team will finish their season with a meeting against Duluth High School at DHS. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Both Mill Creek and Jackson County will competing in their final JV contests of the season.

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School girls’ team will step on the court Nov. 23 against Douglass High School in a Thanksgiving tournament. The boys will host the Panther Pre-Thanksgiving tourney Nov. 19-20. Both Jefferson High School squads will open the season on Nov. 19. The JHS boys’ team finished last season with an appearance in the sweet 16, but fell to Greater Atlanta Christian. The Mill Creek High School girls’ team will hit the hardwood Nov. 17. in the Parkview Classic – the Lady Hawks went all the way to the Elite 8 last season. The boys’ will play against Sequoya High School to start their season and finished 21-7 last year.

The Lady Panthers of Jackson County Comprehensive High School have their sights set on winning it all in Columbus this weekend. The challenger will be Chapel Hill High School (24-14) - and the two will compete at 2:30 p.m. today. Jackson County is 21-15-1 on the year. The Hawks of Mill Creek High School (22-13-1) will play against Kennesaw Mountain (29-32) on today at 6 p.m. in Columbus as well. The Lady Hawks are looking to reach the state title game again this year. Both teams have had a season with some ups and downs but have made it high school softball’s biggest stage.



The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012


Shining under the Friday Night Lights

Running back Jacorey Lewis Mill Creek High School It’s usually not a good thing when something gets broken, but in the case of Jacorey Lewis, shattering records is just another day in the office. So far, Lewis has surpassed former Hawk Tyler Cierski – who was the previous all time rushing touchdown leader. Aside from taking first place in that category, Lewis has also set records in the rushing attempts and yards department, and continues to torch his own career rushing yardage record – which currently stands at 2,416. Lewis has just over 1,300 yards this season alone. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that he is splitting his duties with colleague Devozea Felton – which proves that every time Lewis sets foot on turf, he means business. Against Duluth High School, Lewis rushed for 301 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Looking ahead to the best of local matchups tomorrow By LATRICE WILLIAMS

will glisten bright enough to earn a postseason bid.

Jackson County

Jefferson High School

Week 9 is upon us and this will be a huge game for Jackson County Comprehensive High School. The Panthers have four wins on the year, (2-2 in region play) and while they are playing better football these days, they still need to close out the regular season without anymore losses. A loss to Hart County High School may have set them back temporarily, but the Panthers will have their paws full in trying to win out. The only team that will more than likely be a walk in the park for the Panthers should be Oconee County High School. The Panthers will face the Warriors tomorrow night. OCHS has just two wins on the year - including a region win over Franklin County High School. After that, Jackson County will have to buckle down and face off against two stiff competitors, Elbert Countyand Morgan County High School. The Blue Devils are 4-3 and have region wins over Morgan County, Oconee County and East Jackson High School. MCHS is 5-2 with just two losses in the region to North Oconee and Elbert County. Jackson County will have to put out their best show on turf after tomorrow night’s matchup - and if done - this team could finish with a 7-3 record that

Jefferson High School is definitely controlling its own destiny and that of their competitors. Anyone who tries to process the thought of defeating the Dragons may want to think things over. Jefferson can most certainly bump anyone out of the playoff race; no team should rely on a win over the Dragons to enter the postseason. When all you do is win in exemplary fashion, finding flaws is hard. Jefferson will travel to Social Circle tomorrow night to take on the Redskins, a team still searching for its first win of the year. A win likely won’t come against a Jefferson team that is skilled on every side of the ball.

Mill Creek High School The Hawks of Mill Creek High School will have the week off before returning to the gridiron in their final home game of the year against Habersham Central High School. The Hawks steamrolled the Wildcats of Duluth High School 56-21 last week but won’t need two weeks to duplicate a strong offensive performance against a team that is just 1-7 on the year.

Lola-Toyota wins the 14th annual Petit Le Mans By LATRICE WILLIAMS

coming off of an amazing season last yearduring which he took victories in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Imola and the Petit Le Mans. Ashley Freiberg, a 20-year-old from Illinois, set out to represent for the female drivers. Although she didn’t qualify, she didn’t go home without a fight. Freiberg said she was excited to be a part of the Petit Le Mans and even had a better set of wheels to perform in this time around. “My week at [the] Petit was awesome. Last time I was here at Road Atlanta, I was driving a car that had no wings (downforce) and we drove on street tires, so coming here in the Star Mazda for the first time was incredible,”

able to drive any car at any track at the very limit of its abilities is what is more important to me. For the most part, I focus on my Andrea Belicchi , Neel Jani own program and the job I need and Nicolas Prost of Rebellion to do, which is to drive the car as Racing captured their first ever well as I can,” Freiberg said. Petit Le Mans victory. The three Although it’s only been a week musketeers drove to victory in since drivers tested their skills at their Lola Toyota. the Le Mans, it’s never too early An unfortunate accident into begin talking about next seavolving Lucas Luhr and Peter son, as those conversations usuLeSaffre allowed Jani, who was ally arise no sooner than the last more than 15 minutes behind car crosses the finish line. Luhr at the time of the incident, “I am always thinking about to take the lead. my future and where I will be Despite losing more than 40 going next. I have been thinklaps, Luhr and his team managed ing about 2013 on a more serious to stay within the required point side since June-July of this year, sum needed to finish the race. because that is the time when I “I think we had a very good have to start putting money and car to fight funds together Rebellion,” as well as Luhr said. build upon the “The way partners I curthe (Muscle rently have. Milk crew) It really is a acted in the full-time job. pits and the It’s funny beway they cause when stuck topeople ask me gether, they ‘What are you focused on doing over the getting the off-season?’ car back all I can think out. You about in my can be, as head is ‘What a driver, Doug Chellew The Paper off season?’” proud to be part of Overall winners from every category of the Petit Le Mans take the said Freiberg. Freiberg something podium Saturday night. Lola Toyota notched the first place win. isn’t the only strong.” one talking about next year as “We knew we needed to stay on Freiberg said. Freiberg may have been sent discussion about the ALMS is the track,” Belicchi said. “There was so much traffic here. The home early, but she didn’t walk already under way. The Petit Le team on the radio was giving me into the race blindfolded. She Mans will return to Braselton on took the time to investigate her Oct. 19, 2013. so much support. The race, which garners naI was focused to put the car foes but didn’t get intimidated by tional attention, will continue to in a good spot for the end of the anyone’s record. “I actually had been racing be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3 race.” The Petit Le Mans opened against all of these guys all season and ABC. Next year will mark the Thursday with plenty of prac- long, so each of us is pretty famil- 15th anniversary of the Petit Le tice and qualifying rounds. Scott iar with each other by now. Be- Mans. The ALMS will kick off on Tucker took first place in the fore a race season starts, I do look March 16, 2013, in Sebring, Fla., IMSA Lites L-2 Class of the 2012 at who I will be up against, but not at Sebring International RaceCooper Tires Prototype Lites in huge detail. In my view, being way. Race and brought home the title for Level 5 Motorsports in the P2 division. Tucker, a native of Leawood, Kansas, could still be considered a newcomer to the sport as he began racing just six years ago, but he could also be mistaken for a veteran when he’s behind the wheel. Tucker will share the win with Christophe Bouchut and Luis Diaz. Foster Peters The Paper Tucker has two championship wins under his belt and 14 wins Participants spent two days spinning their wheels in the qualtotal. He is also a two-time Ameri- ifying rounds of the Petit Le Mans on Oct. 17-18 at Road can Le Mans winner, taking the titles consecutively. Tucker is Atlanta.

JHS preps for Oglethorpe By LATRICE WILLIAMS The Jefferson High School co-ed cross country team is led by Head Coach Katie Sellers, who has the pleasure of getting double the success from coaching two teams. With the region meet just around the corner, Sellers is looking to put the finishing touches on both squads which need a little bit of sprucing up if they want to take first place. However, the girls’ team has had some top three finishes while the boys’ squad landed a top three finish. “The season has been a work in progress. I feel we keep getting better as each work passes, but we still have some work to do before region in two weeks,” said Sellers. “The girls have had two first-place finishes, one second and one third. The boys have finished at third once this season,” Sellers said. Both squads are competing today in the Patriot Races at Oglethorpe County, which will be the same site for the region

tournament. Therefore, the teams will have an opportunity to get their feet wet on a location that will have state implications written all over it. “The Patriot Race will be a big week for us, as that course at Oglethorpe is also our region course, so we want to go out and race it like it is region so when we head back for region we will be very fresh and familiar with the entire course,” Sellers said. While both squads have brought her much excitement, Sellers said it is difficult to define the biggest highlight thus far; however, every time her team sets out to compete, she is thrilled to see what they can achieve. “[It] is hard to pinpoint one exact highlight. I do have to say that each race is very exciting and each race has its own highlights. Runners hit pr’s (personal records), teams win, we see our hard work pay off. When I see those kids proud of their accomplishments, I can say my job is somewhat complete,” Sellers said.

Jefferson stumbles Hawks in Columbus for 3-2 against Calhoun third round of state playoffs in state playoffs By LATRICE WILLIAMS

JHS came up one game shy of moving on moving on to the second round By LATRICE WILLIAMS The Jefferson High School volleyball team fell behind 0-2 against Calhoun High School, but evened the series with consecutive wins (25-22, 25-14). However, in a win or go home situation, Calhoun stepped up and took an 18-16 victory in the most important match. Although Jefferson came short of bringing home the gold – the squad has had a lot of success this season. Head Coach Mike Paul reached his 300th win on the year; earlier this year Paul noted that he didn’t have special highlights but was humbled when his team honored him for reaching that accomplishment.

The Lady Dragons earned just one win in their region, but were able to defeat teams outside of their conference, including their arch-rival Jackson County Comprehensive High School. In the middle of the season, Paul said his team’s success was due to the fact that, “we have good kids to work with and they have a high volleyball IQ. That being said I do try to keep things as simple as possible. Our girls are very competitive as well. Many play off season volleyball plus working hard in the summer to get in shape.” In the region tournament, Jefferson fell to Rabun County High School and Greater Atlanta Christian – two teams they also suffered losses from in the regular season. However, Jefferson was able to seal a spot in the state playoffs due to a respectable record.

The Mill Creek High School softball team is headed back to Columbus – and is no stranger to the setting. The Hawks have become a household name among the softball realm, and Head Coach Roger Parham says knowing the routine of how things work in Columbus is helpful. “We have made it to Columbus five of the last seven years. I don’t know if it gives us an advantage but I think it allows us the ability to relax and know what to expect around the next curve. We will not be shocked or overwhelmed by the process,” said Parham. The Hawks road to Columbus has been a little shaky – including their second round session against Grayson high School – where the Rams to 1-0 lead in the series early on. “I told them that whoever won game 2 would win the series. Traditionally, the winner of game 2 has the momentum going into game 3. We did the same thing last year at Lassiter. We lost game 1 of the series and then came back and won games 2 and

3,” Parham said. First up at bat will be KenThe Hawks went on to win 5-3 nesaw Mountain High School, but in game 2 and forced a 6-0 shutout the Hawks could run into bigger in game 3. trouble if they have to face Ar“Anytime you are cher High School; fortunate enough to the Hawks fell to get a shutout, three the Tigers 5-2 on things come into play: Aug. 17; this team solid defense, good beat the defending pitching and being national champs fortunate in crucial - Collins Hill High situations,” Parham School during the said. regular season, and Mill Creek doesn’t has not reached need a fancy game double digits in the plan to get them to losing column. the state champion“Several things ship game – they will will have to happen stick with what they for us to play Arknow and what they cher. Personally, I do best. think they have the “The hay is in the Shelby Rowe The Paper best opportunity to barn, we are who we Freshman pitcher Kai- win the state chamare at this point of the tlyn Howell will need pionship. They are season. Our girls have to have solid pitching very athletic and established roles and in Columbus. have the ability know where they fit to get double digit into the each game strikeouts from plan. We will continue to work on the circle. Kris Daniels does a the basics and the fundamentals. super job with his kids. However, Our main focus will be on the it is their first time in Columbus. mental portion of the game and It will be interesting to see how what to expect from our oppo- they deal with the finality of the nent,” said Parham. tournament,” said Parham.



Blessing of the Animals

Fostering animals to ready them for ‘furr-ever’ homelife Since 1931, Oct. 4 has been a day to remember animals — endangered species to be more specific. The day was dubbed “World Animal Day” to highlight the plight of endangered species. Since then, World Animal Day has become a special day to honor animals and the people who love and respect each and every one of them. The interesting thing about World Animal Day is that it is celebrated in different ways in every country with no regard to naFarah tionality, religion, faith Bohannon or political ideology. Columnist World Animal Day has come and gone, but the Humane Society of Jackson County believes that loving and respecting animals should happen every day, not just on a special day that occurs once a year. The Humane Society of Jackson County’s goal is to protect innocent animals from neglect, abuse and exploitation while fully meeting their needs. Pets are available for adoption, but there is another option for those who are not able to make the long-term commitment — fostering. Fostering allows animals to be placed into a loving home rather than a “brick and mortar” facility to house them. This is not a long-term commitment for the owners and the humane society pays for all vetting, medicine and food. It is extremely beneficial for the animal because it allows them to work on house training, separation anxiety, jumping, shyness, manners and more so he or she will be more appealing to someone ready to adopt. The foster home evaluates the animal’s behavior around other pets, children and people, observes his or her personality and temperament. The foster parent is also able to offer a quality explanation about the pet to a potential adopter because he or she has spent enough time with the dog or cat. This will help make the pet more adoptable. Of course, trained professionals will deal with any serious issues or problems. Currently, there are approximately 25 pet foster families in Jackson County. There are always dogs or cats in need of a foster family, so it would be excellent if this number rises. The Jackson County Humane Society also believes that positive testimonials will help raise awareness about pet fostering. Rosmarie or Rosie, also called Rosie Posie, is a Chihuahua mix. She lived with a senior citizen who never took her out in public. This senior citizen eventually had to move into an assisted living facilRosie ity and was unable to take Rosmarie with her. The facility did not allow pets and Rosmarie would not receive proper care. When Rosie arrived at the Humane Society of Jackson County, she was only 18 months old. She was extremely overweight, had never been socialized and was terrified of anyone and everyone. A courteous gentleman in the community decided to foster Rosmarie and transform her into a more adoptable pet. She is now down to a healthy weight and is very sweet. She is available for adoption. Kaia is a shepherd/ husky mix who was surrendered to the humane society when she was 5 months old. She was food aggressive, petrified of everything and had Canine parvovirus (parvo), an extremely contagious Kaia disease. A fundraiser took place to have her parvo treated and she is now in a loving foster family while she works on her aggression and fear. The Humane Society of Jackson County has donated money to have Kaia trained when she is adopted. Kaia is available for adoption. For more information about fostering a pet in need, call the Humane Society of Jackson County at 706-367-1111 and ask for Sherry Aquino, foster coordinator. Fostering a pet is not an easy process, but the Humane Society of Jackson County can assure that it will be worthwhile. Farah Bohannon is a freelance writer living in Winder. She loves to utilize her skills to write inspiring stories. Reach her at

First Baptist Church of Jefferson hosted a Blessing of the Animals, perhaps the first in Jefferson, on Oct. 14, and Lucas and Landon Johnson brought pictures of their pets which couldn’t accompany them for the blessing. senior Pastor Dr. Michael Helms prayed with the boys that God would bless their pets. Helms brought his lab Dixie to church that Sunday morning to stress the importance of pets to families. Below, moving clockwise, Austin Gooch visited with his grandmother and was introduced to Sterling by Daniel Chamberlain. Phil and Susie Thurmond brought their dog, Pogo, to be blessed by Rev. Erica Cooper. Coco accompanied Felicia Hall to the blessing. Lacey, a black and white bundle of love adopted through the Humane Society of Jackson County, was held by April Johnson. Her daughter participated in the blessing ceremony with a reading.

See more scenes captured by LeAnne Akin of Blessing of the Animals at

Eagle Ranch houseparents offering love and stability to displaced youth By SAVANNAH KING Regional staff Angela and Jordan Crossland are fulltime parents. In fact, it’s basically their job description. For the last year and a half, they’ve worked as houseparents at Eagle Ranch near Chestnut Mountain. The Crosslands said they felt called to work in the mission field but never expected to find an opportunity so close to home. “We wanted to get outside of ourselves, outside of the 9-to-5. We felt like God was calling us ... stretching us out to extend our borders and open our hearts to needy families and children. It was just really awesome that God led us here, and we can still be close to family,” Angela Crossland said. In addition to their own two small children, the Crosslands take care of as many as six girls in their home at the ranch. Children come to live on the ranch when circumstances make it difficult for them to stay at home. Those difficulties might include changes in the family, problems at school, behavioral or emotional issues or judicial requirements. Houseparents fill in for the children’s parents during their stay on the ranch by providing meals, transportation to and from school, support, guidance, structure and homework help. They hold regular family meetings with the children and their parents, giving them an opportunity to address their issues and practice solutions. Some of the children come from families

with “generational curses” or family patterns of dysfunction. Families have to agree to work on overcoming issues and must participate in counseling programs. The ultimate goal of the program is to reunite and

restore families. “We take a grandparent role; we’re kind of parenting the parent to teach them how

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J. Bryan Styles Regional staff

Housemom Angela Crossland, left, and housedad Jordan Crossland (right middle) enjoy a conversation with children Breana, right, and Rachel on the porch of their home at Eagle Ranch.



The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Columnist Ronda Rich publishes her sixth book By BRANDEE THOMAS For The Paper When you’re walking in your purpose, things just have a way of falling into place effortlessly. Without even trying, you meet the right people and find out all the things you’re supposed to know before you even realize you needed to know them. Just ask syndicated columnist and best-selling author Ronda Rich, who has recently published her sixth book, “There’s A Better Day A-Coming’: How to Find the Upside During the Down Times.” “I have truly come to believe that the childhood games we play, our fantasies, are the true passions born in our hearts to be our true callings in life,” said Rich, whose column appears weekly in The Paper. “For me, it was always stories and books. “I would literally pack the family set of brown leather Samsonite luggage — one of which I still have in my foyer — and would go to New York on book business. That was my game of pretend.” From a childhood spent in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to a stint on the NASCAR circuit as a publicist, Rich’s life has provided her with no shortage of material. “I think the key to great experiences in life is being open to anyone who crosses your path, whether it’s at the airport, at work or at the gym,” Rich said. “I’ve had somewhat of a Forrest Gump life in that I’ve had such incredible opportunities to meet people — like (George, Ernie, Dan and Bill Elliott) or Reba McEntire — before they were famous. “People that I saw as they struggled trying to find their path and who pushed through those difficult times. They have all been such a blessing in my life because I carried their stories, their challenges, with me.” While some may call her lucky or fortunate, Rich would more than likely lean toward blessed. “I have a gift, and it is a true gift — a talent the same as playing the piano or whatever your talent may be — for being able to discern wisdom in stories that I see,” Rich said. “I’m a ponderer. I ponder stories, situations and people and I try to learn from them as much as I learn from my own life.” It also doesn’t hurt that Rich has a steel trap of a memory and Southern charm to spare. “I do have a good memory, which made me a great sports reporter, but it’s the bane of existence to those around me because I remember so well,” Rich said with a hearty chuckle. For her latest book, Rich has chosen to share 37 of those memories in a work that is “part memoir, part celebrity biography and fully inspiring.” “I make my living by writing, but I don’t want to write a book just for the sake of a paycheck. I want to write a book because it brings something to society,” Rich said. “That’s why ‘There’s A Better Day A-Comin’ is so important to me. I’d met all of these incredible people who’d faced the wall of adversity and pushed through to find a better day. I wanted to give these stories to the world at a time when we’re hurting so much.” While the book contains stories of folks like Jeff Foxworthy, John Jarrard and Alan Jackson, Rich also shares inspirational anecdotes she gleaned from people like her Aunt Ozelle. “I wanted to show people

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Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library gathered for a recent Lunch and Learn with a Halloween theme. Librarian Bev Adkins read some spooky stories fitting with the theme of the occasion, the final Lunch and Learn of the calendar year.

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Best-selling author Ronda Rich has recently published her sixth book, “There’s A Better Day A-Coming’: How to Find the Upside During the Down Times.” that I knew, both famous and not, that pushed through incredible odds,” Rich said. “People like Andrew Goudelock, who I came to know when I was a sports reporter at The Times. Andrew lost his leg to cancer. He was 16 years old. “A year later, he hopped out on one leg onto the (football) field at East Hall High School to play again. He ended up making the Georgia All-State team. What I saw from (Goudelock) and his mother during those times was incredible to me and has stayed in my heart for all these years.” Perseverance didn’t just inspire the stories within the book; the notion also inspired the words across the outside cover. “I come from generations of poor, hard-working people. People who literally worked their fingers to the bloody bone to get ahead,” Rich said. “They always believed that a better day was coming and that’s where the title of the book comes from. It was a mantra handed down from generation to generation as they were trying to save their farms through the (Great) Depression, from lack of rain or from high taxes. “They’d always say, ‘There’s a better day a comin.’” Whereas some people would rather keep their family’s hardships and quirks to themselves, Rich has built a career around sharing her truths through her columns and books. Her work will be featured in an upcoming edition of USA Weekend magazine, which appears in Sunday’s Times. “I come from a hearty stock of people with a strong work ethic, integrity and good storytelling roots,” Rich said. “It was their chief source of entertainment and to pass along history. I know that I am a better person from the bloodstock from which I spring.” Although she usually shows herself “warts and all,” Rich did keep one detail of her life under wraps for a bit. Dedicated readers of her “Dixie Divas” column didn’t know that she’d been courted by TV writer John Tinker until her dog, Dixie Dew, announced their vow exchange in a special edition of her column. “I’m very public, but as we were dating and getting to the point of getting married, I held back for the first time in my life,” Rich said. “I held something private and close to my heart be-

“Life is a cycle of good times and bad times. So, if you’re in bad days, you can believe and know that better days will come again.”

cause it was so special to me. It was like my little treasure. “Now we share it happily.” They also happily share ideas. “What I get paid to do, I used to get whooped for. I was always telling stories — great, big elaborate stories of imagination,” Rich said. “I’ve always loved a good story and still do. It’s a lot of fun being married to someone in a creative field who recognizes the value of a good story. I come up with great ideas from him and come across great stories when I travel to Los Angeles with him. “I run everything by him (before I use it). I try to be considerate.So far, he hasn’t stopped one thing I wanted to tell.” Their relationship isn’t a one-way street of inspiration. “One day, he had the star of his last TV show on conference call on speakerphone and she started talking about a line in the script. It was a line from my book where I say, ‘The best a man ever treats you is before he marries you.’ “As soon as he got off the phone, I said, ‘That’s my line.’ He said, ‘I know and it’s so good.’” Relationships, and life in general, aren’t a competition, Rich says. A point she tries to make in her book, which is dedicated to her “Tink.” If nothing else, Rich hopes that folks walk away from her latest work with a renewed sense of optimism. “People get discouraged and think better days are behind them or that nothing good will ever come again, but some of our greatest blessings are born out of some of the most trying adversities that we face,” Rich said. “Life is a cycle. It’s a cycle of good times and bad times. We go out of one and right back into the other. So, if you’re in bad days, you can believe and know that better days will come again. “They always do.”

You can be a Friend of the Library For The Paper Oct. 21-27 marks the sixth annual celebration of National Friends of the Libraries Week, making it a good time to publicly thank the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library’s volunteers, members, both annual and lifetime as well as our community for their support and dedication to the Braselton Library. Our Friends group was incorporated in October, 2003 and over the course of the past nine years, we have donated over $100,000 to the Braselton Library for books, media, furniture, computers, etc. The list goes on and on. Take a few minutes to stop by the library and look around. Much of what you will see has been given to the library through the hard work of the Friends. In addition, the Friends have sponsored children’s summer reading programs as well as the Lit Blitz program for young readers. We have raised our money through your memberships, both annual and lifetime, our Lunch and Learn programs, our annual fundraiser, book sales as well as corporate and individual gifts and donations. You will remember that the results of our Event for E-Books in April of this year netted in excess of $16,000 which was donated to the Piedmont Regional Library System. This money was designated for the purchase e-books for not only the Braselton Library, but all of the libraries within the Piedmont Regional System. The Friends also donated an additional $1,000 to Piedmont Regional to start an ebook collection for children’s books. Starting in February 2012 with 335 books, the collection has grown to 1,438 books. This collection consists of adult, young adult and children’s books. A major part of the collection has been paid for by the Friends of the Braselton - West Jackson Library. Please take a few minutes to think about how much the Friends have done for your library, for your community and for you and your family as well. We are a small group and we need your support. If you haven’t paid your 2012 annual dues, please contact Hector Iglesias at 678963-5423. If you have extra time on your hands, please call Marilyn Deal at 770 965-3319 to discuss volunteer opportunities. If you have gently used items (not clothing) that can be sold in AFTERWORDS, our Friends store located in the Braselton Library, please call Gail Zeeb at 770 9653845. If you would like to talk about how you can help the Friends, please call me, Judee McMurdo at 706 654-4822. We are looking for someone who would like to work on grants for the library.

We are looking for someone who would like to work on fundraisers. We are looking for a new treasurer for our group. If you have recently moved to the area and have been a member of a Friends group, we need your experience. We have an outstanding Friends group and you can make it even better. Call us today to help the Braselton Library. More about AFTERWORDS We would like everyone in the community to be aware that AFTERWORDS Store & Café greatly appreciates your donations of any “gently loved” items (except clothing), including books, videos, new gift items, jewelry, children’s toys and books, stuffed animals, puzzles, games, seasonal decorations, home decor, office supplies and more. After you drop off your donations, stop at the Café that sells beverages and snacks and treat yourself to fresh brewed coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, bottled water, sodas, crackers, candy and other packaged snack items. You may drop off your donations during the hours of operation: Monday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m;. Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Sunday: closed. Contact Gail Zeeb at for more information regarding donations. You can also reach her at 770-965-3845 or 678-923-6113. More in volunteering We would also like to invite the community to become colunteers. Most of the shifts in AFTERWORDS Store & Café are only for two hours per month, but some are even less. We have some quarterly shifts so you would only volunteer for two hours four times per year. Some shifts are for months that have five Mondays or five Fridays, etc. You would volunteer on the day you pick (such as Monday) only when a month has five Mondays. New volunteers will be completely trained. We keep it simple with a cash box (no cash register or computer). We hope you would consider this a worthy donation of your time. If you (or a friend of yours) would like to fill a shift on a permanent basis or just fill in once with another volunteer just to give it a try, please contact Marilyn Deal at or 770-289-7224 or 770-965-3319. All proceeds from AFTERWORDS Store & Café support the Friends’ efforts to support the library.

CMYK Features

The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

EAGLE from page 3B

Assistant counselors are sought to parent their children ... the goal is the families become more healthy and are able to function,” said Angela. But houseparents have a more subtle role in the children’s lives that could go on to influence generations. They are modeling a healthy family with Christian values for children who often come from broken homes. Eagle Ranch staff noted that many of the ranch’s graduates say they learned they could provide a stable, consistent home for their own children by just observing how the houseparents interact with each other and the children. “They’re taking those things and they’re changing what their family looks like. They don’t have to model what they learned growing up. They can say ‘I’m going to start with a new beginning for myself and my family,’” said Stefanie Long, director of communications at Eagle Ranch. The houseparents at the ranch typically stay for three to four years. The

national average for similar programs is less than 18 months, Long said. Houseparents and their families live in one of the large homes built on the 270-acre property. They are trained and work alongside a licensed counselor and an assistant counselor. Houseparents are paid a monthly salary and given free room and board. Jordan Crossland said the best part of life on the ranch is the sense of community and purpose. The benefits, he said, are difficult to summarize. “There are challenging moments, but there are moments of extreme joy working with the kids,” Jordan said. He said watching the children grow and change during their stay at the ranch is a little like watching grass grow. “Some days you think ‘Am I even making a difference in the kids? Do they even care that I’m here?’ And then the next day, weeks, month or a year down the road you look out and

Braselton Woman’s Club to host financial advisor Ralph Brooks as Nov. 7 meeting speaker


The Braselton Woman’s Club will host Ralph Brooks, financial advisor with Edward Jones as guest speaker for the club’s next meeting on Nov. 7. Brooks will speak on “Women and Investing.” “This should be a very informative meeting especially in today’s economic situation,” said club member B. Gordy. The club met at Northeast Church in Braselton on Oct. 3, with 30 members were in attendance. President Jan David called the meeting to order. The minutes read by Shannon Braselton were approved, as well as, other business matters pertinent to the Woman’s Club. All members present were very grateful to have a new facility to meet in and hopefully be able to display pictures and articles of interest about the Woman’s Club. The Braselton Woman’s Club is an active community organization that meets at the Northeast Church, 2001 Cherry Drive in Braselton, on the first Wednesday of the month from September through June at noon. If you would like to find out about our Club or join us, please come to a meeting or call 678-516-1137.

■ A motor vehicle accident with injuries was reported on Oct. 14 on Highway 53. ■ On Oct. 15 the West Jackson Fire Department provided assistance at a structure fire on Whites Bottom Road in Pendergrass. ■ On Oct. 15 a young child in a car seat was locked inside a vehicle at a Highway 124 residence. The door was successfully opened and the child removed. ■ An EMS call was made for a patient at a Walnut Ridge Drive residence on Oct. 17. The patient was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ On Oct. 17 a forklift struck an alarm at a Cherry Dive warehouse accidently setting it off. ■ A motor vehicle accident was reported on New Cut Road on Oct. 17. Those involved in the wreck were assessed for injuries and refused transport to a medical facility. ■ On Oct. 17 a woman fell down the stairs of a Charlie

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the grass is tall,” said Jordan. He said it’s important to celebrate the small victories, like when a child or a parent makes the right decision. The Crosslands both agree the job is extremely rewarding, but they are quick to admit it isn’t an easy task. “I think the hardest thing is just seeing your own humanity come out,” Angela said. “You come to the ranch and you think ‘I’m going to help all of the children who have all of these problems’ and you realize ‘I’m not any better off than they are.’ You realize you need the Lord so much to do this job.” The ranch held an annual open house last Sunday and neighbors, families and those interested in becoming houseparents were welcomed to the ranch to learn more about the program. The ranch, located at 5500 Union Church Road in Flowery Branch, is accepting applications from recent college graduates who would like to apply for assistant counselor positions. For more information, call the ranch at 770-967-8500 or email

Cooper Road residence and had a possible broken ankle. The woman was assisted into personal vehicle. ■ On Oct. 18 an EMS call was placed for a Highway 53 resident who was possibly having a heart attack. He was transported to a medical facility. ■ On Oct. 19 an EMS call was placed for a Keys Drive resident who fell and hit her head. She was transported by family members to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ On Oct. 19 an EMS call was placed for a teenager aboard a school bus on Highway 53 who was transported to Barrow Regional. ■ On Oct. 19 a Braselton resident reported seeing the glow from fire and smoke. Upon further investigation, it was found to be the result of a controlled burn in Hall County. ■ A structure fire was reported on Oct. 19 on Winder Highway. Jefferson, Jackson Trail and the Jackson County CI Fire Departments responded to the fire. The single-family home was heavily damaged by the fire. The resi-



Prepare for winter pruning with free Nov. 13 workshop With cold weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for pruning your trees and shrubs. Local experts are collaborating for a must-attend, free workshop to demonstrate the tools and techniques in pruning that will help homeowners avoid damaging, or even potentially killing, their plants and trees. Residents will be able to put this practical knowledge right to work and extend the life of valuable foliage around their homes. Pruning 101 for Homeowners will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Jefferson Civic Center, located at 65 Kissam St.. Refreshments will be provided. This workshop is offered by the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council and the UGA Cooperative Extension Office of Jackson County. An exceptional panel of experts will cover the proper pruning and care of trees, crape myrtles, roses, shrubs and fruit trees and berries, show the basic tools needed and field questions from attendees. Instructors include Connie Head, Jefferson’s community forester; Sam Ingram, Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in Jackson County; Master Gardener Michel Hollenback Bowers; and Jefferson City Arborist Susan Russell. For additional information, or to register for this important workshop, call Susan Russell at 708-201-7893, or reserve your seat by e-mail at

Order trees and shrubs now for the fall planting season Late fall is the ideal time to plant trees. As trees move into seasonal dormancy with cold weather, planting during the late autumn and winter months decreases the risk of damage to the trees’ roots. The Jefferson Heritage Tree Council and the UGA Cooperative Extension Service of Jackson County are partnering to offer great trees at great prices. The two organizations are taking orders for shade trees until Wednesday, Nov. 14. Residents will be able to select from 25 different species available in 1-gallon and 3-gallon containers. Prices range from $7 to $25. Orders must be pre-paid, and will be accepted through Nov. 14. Order forms and payment can be received at any of these three locations: Ô Jefferson City Water Department, downstairs, 147 Athens St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ô Crawford W. Long Museum, College Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Ô Jackson County Cooperative Extension, 102 Cloverleaf Circle, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Three varieties of Red Maples are available for $20 each in 3-gallon pots. Also available will be 3-gallon containers of Burch, Eastern Redbud and several Oak varieties including Sawtooth Oak, Swamp White Oak and Willow Oak. Tulip Poplar, Red Cedars, several Holly varieties and Cryptomeria can be orddered as can Tea Olive and several Magnolias. To obtain an order form by email, contact Jefferson City Arborist Susan Russell at 706-201-7893, or at e-mail



The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS The Hoschton Women’s Civic Club will meet on Oct. 25, the final meeting before a break for the holidays. Anyone interest in the civic club can come on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Hoschton Depot. sss Beaux Art and Design Academy, located at 4188 Highway 53, Suite 102, in Hoschton will host a 5-7 p.m. open house and unveiling event on Oct. 25. The community is invited. Re’gie Kennedy, a board member of the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council, recently completed an artistic part of a prize offered as a fundraiser for the HHAC and the unveiling will be a community event. sss The Crawford Long Museum Association presents the first Haints and Saints cemetery tours on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. The walking tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will depart the Museum every 30 minutes with the last tour departing at 10:30 p.m. Cost is only $12 and reservations must be made in advance. Visit www. or call the Museum at 706-3675307 to make reservations. One child under 12 admitted free with paying adult. Participants must be able to walk 5 city blocks. This event is suitable for children aged 6 and older. sss Braselton Prep Early Education Center will be hosting a free Halloween event and everyone is invited. Treats and Trunks/Halloween Fun will be from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the center, located at 401 Lewis Braselton Blvd., in Braselton. The center is located off Highway 53. Contact executive director Kathy Wiley at 706824-0050 or email info@ sss The Antique & Holiday Festival at Braselton Park is scheduled for Oct. 27-28. Contact or call 706-824-7204. sss The downtown Jefferson Halloween Walk will be held on Halloween this year, from 4-6 p.m. Visit www.mainstreetjef- or call 706367-5714. sss Celebrate the birth of anesthesia and Crawford W. Long’s birthday on Nov. 1 with cupcakes and a tour at the museum in downtown Jefferson. Visit www. or call 706-367-5307 for information. sss The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Woman of the Year, luncheon sponsored by the Chamber’s Women in Business, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, featuring U.S. Army Capt. Caitlin M. Hinterman. The luncheon, presented by Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Braselton-Stover House in Braselton. Tickets are $35 with table sponsorships of $400 and corporate sponsorships of $600. Cindy Phillips State Farm, Giftworks at The Joy Shoppe and Buhler Quality Yarns Corporation are also event sponsors. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-387-0300 or email sss Teen Model Magazine and Child Model Magazine are partnering with Sears and the Anti-Bullying Campaign to cast for a new anti-bullying video. Parents of children ages 19 and under can have their children at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport on Nov. 17. No experience is required. Online registration at Questions? Email info@ Child Model Magazine and Teen Model Magazine are sponsoring the casting as a part of the 20120 Top Child Model of the Year Search. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/childmodelmagazineofficial sss Work-based learning will be the focus of the Nov. 7 Breakfast & Business meeting of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. Commerce City Schools, Jackson County Schools and Jefferson City Schools will present the program on work-based learning. Higher Ground Communications is sponsoring the breakfast

Autumn brings lots of activities By KATIE JUSTICE Fall is in the air, and as the leaves begin to change and Halloween nears, there are plenty of things to do. In the spirit of the harvest season, corn mazes are popping up. The Buford corn maze off exit 8 of I-985 is open every day through Nov. 1. Washington Farms in Watkinsville is open Monday through Friday during the day for field trips, and is open Tuesday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for everyone. The 42nd annual Oktoberfest is ongoing in Helen through Oct. 28. Helen’s biggest celebration is filled with German music, dancing, food and drinks. Chateau Élan has a series of events on the horizon. Cooking classes will be held Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. at the cost of $125 per person. Culinary demonstrations will be performed Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. for $25 a person. Also, overnight packages are available on Oct. 26 for the Winemaker Wannabe and Oct. 27 for the Dining Under the Stars event. On Oct. 27-28, Braselton will be hosting an Antique and Holiday Festival in Braselton Park. Babyland General, home of Cabbage Patch Kids, will be holding its Halloween Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Cleveland. Admission is free, and kids are encouraged to wear their costume. Fort Yargo is having an All Hallows Eve Event complete with an autumn hayride on Oct. 31. Other Halloween-related festivities include the haunted houses. Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross is the No. 2 haunted house in the country, according to Haunt World. It is open now through the beginning of November. Lawrenceville Ghost Tours offer visitors a glimpse into Lawrenceville’s paranormal side during a 90 minute stroll. Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. each night. Sunday through Thursday, tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. On Friday and Saturday nights tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

which begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Jackson EMC auditorium. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. sss The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council will present a Cornucopia of Artists Show during November. The artists of the HHAC Board of Directors including Donna Bailey, Debra Swantek-Brooks, Astra Graham, Re’gie Kennedy, Martha Moore, Lynn Page, Sandra Stephens and Carol Tanner will be featured in the first artist show for the Arts Center, located at 74 White St., in Hoschton. A reception kicks off the monthlong event from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 4. Come and meet the artists and see the beautiful paintings, watercolors, jewelry and more. sss The University of Georgia Small Business

Development Center will present its first Women’s Business Expo, planned as an annual event, will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at the Athens SBDC office located in the Chicopee Complex at 1180 E. Broad St., in Athens. The Women’s Business Expo is a chance to network with other women in business and to listen to the Georgia SBDC Network’s social media marketing expert, Kyle Hensel, discuss how to market your business through Facebook and Pinterest. Other presentations on search engine optimization, financing your business and a local small business success story will also be held. In addition to the networking and invaluable information, participants also have the opportunity to have a booth promoting their business. A delicious holiday lunch will be served and door prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. This expo, sponsored by BB&T, is $39 to attend and $50 for a booth. Register online

at www.athenssbdc. org. You can also call 706-542-7436 or e-mail kmurray@georgiasbdc. org. sss Leftover Pets offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries every other week at their clinic locate at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder. Upcoming dates are Oct. 29 and 30. Prices are $75 for a female dog more than 25 pounds, $60 for a female dog up to 25 pounds, $50 for a male dog or for a female cat and $30 for a male cat. All surgery prices include a free rabies vaccination. No extra fees are added for in heat or pregnant animals. For more information on clinic services, visit http://www.leftoverpets. org. Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800978-5226. sss The sixth annual United Way Holiday Market will be held from 5:307:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Hotel Indigo

in Athens. Presented by Athens Magazine and the United Way of Northeast Georgia, the holiday market will feature live and silent auctions with Chuck Dowdle as guest auctioneer. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Early Childhood Literacy Program. Tickets are $10. Call 706-543-5254 or email sss The Albert B. Gordon American Legion Post 56 in Jefferson will host a Veterans Day open house on Nov. 12 from 2-6 p.m. The open house will include a special flag ceremony and 21-gun salute in honor of veterans. Military displays are also planned. A hot dog dinner combo can be enjoyed for $1.50. The event is open to all, especially to veterans and their families. The American Legion is located at 309 Lee St., in Jefferson.Call 706-757-2288 or 404310-7177 or visit www.

The Winder-Barrow Community Theatre cast of “Much Ado About Nothing”includes actors who are performing Shakespeare for the first time. This may be the first fully staged Shakespeare production in Barrow.

Winder-Barrow Community Theatre

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ opens For The Paper

Don’t miss the opening of the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show will run for two weekends, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4 at the Colleen Williams Theater inside the Winder Cultural Arts Center. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. Advance price tickets are now on sale at Winder City Hall (770-867-3106) and at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance Office (770-867-1679). Seniors (55 and older), students and teachers are only $10 in advance. Adults are $12.50. Terri Duffield, who will be directing the show, states the following in her notes for the program. “At the tender age of 7, my mother and I watched Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet. This was my very first exposure to the works of William Shakespeare. I was hooked. I loved the pageantry, the beauty and the coarseness that was presented on that screen. As I aged, my interest never waned, but changed, grew and became more mature as I became able to follow the gist of the lyrical words. This is when I became addicted to the Bard of Avon. It was the beauty of the language; the power

in the words,” said Duffield. “Oh, what that man did with words. Shakespeare had this amazing ability to paint the most vivid pictures with the words he placed in the mouths of his actors. From the lofty and sacred to the base and profane, with just a sentence or two, he could tell you about the character of the speaker and the subject. He could give you a sense of time, place and even the conditions in which we find the characters. A skill that was of utmost importance, as in London in the late 1590’s, the actors performed in their street clothes on a basically blank stage with just a few rudimentary props.” Duffield continues: “Much Ado About Nothing is believed to have been first staged in 1598 or 99. Four hundred and twenty-four years later it is still being performed on stages around the world. Its plotlines have inspired other plays and operas and films as well as paintings, tapestries and other works of art. The reason for this popularity is easy to ascertain. The play’s themes of love, trust, betrayal and heartbreak are still something that audiences find pertinent to their lives. Everyone can relate to the beautiful, sweet Hero and earnest, gullible Claudio. People delight in the verbal sparring of Benedick and Beatrice, who say the type of things that everyone wishes to say from time

to time. We all love to hate the rotten Don John and his smarmy sidekick, Borachio. It may be an old play, but it feels fresh and urgent in our times. “I sincerely hope that you become as enchanted by this show as I have. These actors, many of whom have never performed Shakespeare before, have worked amazingly hard to present for you a Shakespearian production that is quick and lively and fun,” said Duffield. “We wish to erase from your memory sitting in Lit class listening to endless droning of the teacher and the haltingly read iambic pentameter of your classmates. We hope to replace it with the love and excitement for this, and the 38 other plays of William Shakespeare, which we now share. Thank you for coming. Please savor this rare chance to enjoy a classic. Don’t worry if it sounds funny at first. Your ears will adjust.” WBCT is excited to present the first full staged production of Shakespeare in Barrow County (at least as far as is known). Come out and join the fun as the cast members show you the sword fighting that they have learned as they entertain you with this much loved comedy. For more information about WBCT and other upcoming events and shows, see the website at

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Tell son exactly how daughter-in-law is tearing family apart Dear Margo: My son is intelligent, well educated and reasonably attractive. I raised him as a single mother and always put him first, ahead of a career and my social life. He married four years ago for the first time (in his early 40s). He married an intelligent, well-educated and reasonably attractive woman, not much younger than he, from a wealthy family (which we are not). They have good careers and settled in the New England city where I live, and they now have two adorable children. The problem is that his wife is controlling, self-centered and status seeking. My son has always been totally clueless about women and is completely under her thumb. Her mother (who’s just like her) started planting little tidbits to create a division between my son and me. My daughter-in-law, in turn, started passing on these tidbits to my son. Result: He began treating me terribly

Dear Margo and parroting things I knew were my daughter-in-law’s words. We’ve become more and more estranged. She controls my son, as well as how and when I can see my grandchildren. I live 20 minutes away, but can only visit them in their lovely home when she has something to do; I can’t visit when she is there. He brings one child to visit me in my small apartment on the average of two hours every six to eight weeks. I don’t get to have a meal with them or spend a holiday with them. I wasted my life raising my son to be the best he could be, and this is my reward. I expected that when he was successful and had a family,

I would enjoy his success and his family. I guessed wrong. -- Brokenhearted Dear Broke: While your daughter-in-law and her mother sound like statusseeking witches, something is haywire with your son’s values that he would permit his mother to be marginalized. You seem aware of his failings, however, when you write that he is clueless about women. That he would go along with excluding you speaks poorly of his values and suggests that he is weak. I would lay it on the line the next time you are alone, telling him how you feel, how he is being manipulated and how he needs to think for himself, especially about his own mother. If that fails, and I suspect it might, you will have to accept that this is how your only child turned out and begin, even at this late date, to make a life of your own. — Margo, regretfully Dear Margo: A woman named “Cynthia” and I have

been pals for more than 15 years. Within the past eight months, however, whenever I’ve tried to make a date to get together, she always has some excuse. Her mother-inlaw is visiting, her dog has to go to the vet, her husband’s boss’s wife asked her to make cupcakes for a get-together, one kid’s teacher needs her to be room-mother for two weeks, and excuses I can no longer remember. I’ve wracked my brain to see whether I could have said or done something to offend her, and I come up blank. I don’t think I’m being paranoid; I think she just doesn’t want to get together. Shall I say something? (I don’t know what it would be if I did.) — Lenore Dear Len: It would seem that you and Cynthia are pals no more. While I think always being busy is kind of a shabby and certainly an indirect way to end a relationship, it may, for the faint of heart, be preferable to

Dear Margo: I have a really nice marriage to a lovely man who, unfortunately, has one flaw that drives me to distraction. I can never get him to give me his opinion! This might make it sound like he’s easy to get along with, but it feels to me like I might as well be living alone, as I have to make all the decisions. I ask where he’d like to have dinner when we go out, and he always says, “I don’t care” or “Wherever you’d like.” I ask how he’d like to spend the weekend. “I don’t care.” I ask which movie should we see? “I don’t

care.” Is there a “cure” for his I-don’t-care-ism? — Exasperated Dear Ex: I sympathize with you because there are times when I, myself, am not in a choosing mood — or mode. Your guy, alas, sounds like one of those people whose predisposition is “Cogito eggo sum”: I think, therefore I waffle. For whatever reason he doesn’t care where he eats, what he does or what movies he sees. Given that this is the case, I suggest you stop asking for his opinion and plan outings to suit yourself. You will be spared the aggravation of getting no answer, and you will eat/go/see just what you want. There’s a slim chance that, when deprived of being asked, he may just decide he has an opinion! — Margo, decidedly Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at margo.

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saying, “You know, Lenore, I seem to have outgrown you.” If I were in your position, I would stop asking her out. If you can manage it, you might feel better dropping her a note saying you miss the friendship, and if you’ve done anything, you’d appreciate knowing what it was. There really is nothing more to do in such a situation. — Margo, dejectedly

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The Paper   | Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through Nov. 2 as a new President/CEO is sought. “The search committee has decided we have everything in place and are ready to begin the search for a new President/ CEO,� said Keith Johnson, who serves as chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. He said the goal is to fill the vacancy by the first of the year. “Although we

expect to have someone in place within this time frame, the search committee does plan to take as much time as is necessary to find the right person to fill the position,� said Johnson. The search committee is starting its search in the region and statewide. “We should all use our networks, as well, so if any of you know of interested individuals, please encourage them to apply,� said Johnson. Qualified appli-

cants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary history to the search committee at P.O. Box 629, Jefferson, GA 30549. Applicants will need a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, business, finance or related field, and a minimum of five years of experience in leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at a chamber of commerce, private business, non-profit or related field.

Work-based learning will be the focus of the Nov. 7 Breakfast & Business meeting of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. Commerce City Schools, Jackson County Schools and Jefferson City Schools will present the program on work-based learning. Higher Ground Communications is sponsoring the breakfast which begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Jackson EMC auditorium. The cost is $5 Woman of the Year The Jackson County for members and $10 Area Chamber of for nonmembers.

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Commerce’s 2012 Woman of the Year Award heralds the past and present achievements of an outstanding woman in Jackson County. The Woman of the Year Luncheon, sponsored by the Chamber’s Women in Business, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, featuring U.S. Army Capt. Caitlin M. Hinterman. The active military soldier who has served several tours in Iraq, will be sharing her experiences as a female soldier.



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exp pref’d) Neurosurgery Gainesville LPN or Med. Asst Family Medicine Oakwood Registered Mammographer (Position is PRN) Imaging Dept Gainesville Physician Asst/ Nurse Practitioner (1yr exp req.) General Surgery Gainesville Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Asst (Exp with lasers, injecting Botox, Dysport, facial filler and other cosmetic procedures req. P/T1 day per wk) Laser & Aesthetics Oakwood Frnt Off Check Out (Mon-Fri, 8:30am5:30pm Must speak Eng/Span) Neurosurgey Gainesville Check-In (M-F, 8a/4p) Oncology Gainesville All positions are full time unless noted. Full-time employees may be eligible for paid days off, health insurance and a generous retirement plan. Salary commensurate with experience. Previous medical office experience preferred. Spanish/English skills desirable. Interested candidates may submit resumes via fax to 770-535-7445 Attn: Employment E-mail to: HR@longstreet or complete an application at 725 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Suite 270, Gainesville, GA 30501. For additional info about the Longstreet Clinic., P.C., please visit our website: www.long NEED MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. 770-536-1381

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Store Manager Position Circle M Food Shops is looking for hard-working Team Members to join its Store Management Team. We seek Team Members who value safety, have a positive work attitude, and enjoy working with customers. You will be managing the sales, operations, customer service, and accounting functions for the store. In addition, you are charged with providing store associates with necessary supervision and development, and maintaining positive relationships with our vendors. Listed below are all job requirements: -Minimum one-year previous managerial experience in a convenience store, restaurant, or retail environment. -Strong communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and team building skills. -Intermediate to advanced computer skills Circle M Food Shops offers a competitive salary, full benefits package, and career path advancement opportunities. Email us your resume at

240-Medical The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: Licensed Practical Nurse (2) (P/T; Pre-and Post op exp. Recovery exp. IV exp) Vascular Surgery Gainesville Reg. Nurse (2) (P/T; conscious sedation, working in procedure room) Vascular Surgery Gainesville

245-Misc. Help Wanted Exp’d TRUCK TIRE CHANGER needed Driver’s license a must. 770-536-4493 Exp’d. Bar Tenders & Housekeeping Staff. Apply in person: Holiday Inn, Lanier Centre, 400 EE Butler Parkway Mon-Fri, 8-4pm. No Phone Calls please. Handyman Helper Some Lifting. 706-300-0131 LOCAL INDEPENDENT PHARMACY needs honest, dependable, friendly person to work F/T. Resume to: Box 372 C/O The Times, P.O. Box 838 Gainesville, 30503 WE NEED YOU NOW!! FT/PT, daily work, get paid in 72 hrs. Deliver the AT&T Yellow Pages in Gainesville. Must be 18yrs+, have DL, Vehicle & insur. Call 800-422-1955 ext 1, 8:00A-4:30P, Mon-Fri.

250Offices/Clerical City of Flowery Branch Has the following opening: •Accounts Receivable Clerk. Full Time with Benefits. Monday to Friday 8:00 am 4:30 pm Salary: $32,400.00 Please visit the City website at www.flowerybranch for a complete job description The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission seeks FT Program Assistant for the WIA Program. Min. Qual. H.S. Dip. or GED. 2 yrs postsecondary. Salary DOQ. Open til filled. E-mail resume to: gov EOE/Drug Free Workplace

270-Professional Radiology Tech (P/T or PRN; C arm and interventional procedures exp) Vascular Surgery Gainesville Check in/ Registration (Minimum 1yr exp. Span/English a plus) Vascular Surgery Gainesville LPN (Minimum 1 yr exp Span/English a plus) Bariatrics Gainesville

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BROILER BREEDER HEN FLOCK SUPERVISOR Send resume to: CWT Farms International, Inc., 1180 Airport Pkwy, Gainesville,GA 30501. Attn: Lessie Burdette lburdette@aviagen. com

275-Restaurant CASHIER LINE WORKER Tues thru Sat, 3:30pm-8:30pm. Apply in person at Johnny’s BBQ Mon-Fri, 9am-10am 1710 Cleveland Hwy

280-Trades Locksmith Position Need to have the following skills: •Clean driving record •Exceptional customer service skills •Able to follow instructions •Able to work unsupervised •Highly Reliable •Pass full background check •Med included Send resume to: MACHINE OPERATOR ATEX, INC. Automated, nonwoven mfg. plant in Gainesville is seeking self-motivated, dependable, energetic individuals w/mfg exp. to fill MACHINE OPERATOR POSITIONS on its automated meltblown production line. Continuous mfg. operations 5 days/ wk. Must be capable of working 8hr shift, 2nd, or 3rd. Competitive wages; excellent benefits, atmosphere, and growth potential. Apply in person: M-F, 8:30-3:00, 2600 West Park Dr. Gainesville, GA 770-536-7272. EOE MECHANIC needed to maintain fleet of Tractor/Trailers. Must be experienced, dependable, drug free and willing to work. Apply in person Mon - Fri, 8-4pm 875 West Ridge Rd, Gainesville,GA 30501 770-535-8347

285-Truck Drivers Immediate Openings Company Drivers CDL Class A with Hazmat. Flexible Hometime. Driver Friendly Freight. No Northeast Lanes. SIGN ON BONUS 877-893-9645 or apply: DriversRun to Iowa and back! •Up to $1190/per wk regardless of miles •BC/BS benefits •Advance to SE dedicated Call 1-800-851-8651 AIM Your Career in the Right Direction Flatbed Drivers •$1500 SIGN-ON BONUS! •Weekends Off! •Hauling Aluminum to midwest& northeast •Avg 2500 Miles/Wk •Full Benefits & Top of the Line Equipt. CDL-A & Flatbed Experience Required AIM INTEGRATED Call Now!

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CDL Drivers Needed Tuition Paid by Federal Grants or VA Benefits. 770-614-6022 or 1-877-GET-A-CDL Call and see if you Qualify in 5 minutes! FOOD GRADE TANKER DRIVERS 2 years OTR minimum experience required. Good Pay & Benefits. CLEAN MVR NEEDED Apply In Person at: Lawson Trucking 875 West Ridge Rd 770-535-8347

Stuff 300 310-Appliances ELECTRIC RANGEAmana self-cleaning smooth surface, Like New! $400. 706-693-4520 WASHER & DRYER Kenmore, Wht, $100 ea. FRIG $125. Can Deliver 678-546-9184 or 678-617-5560 WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507

326-Cemetery Lots For Sale 2 GRAVE PLOTS White Chapel Memorial Gardens. $1000. 706-778-2642 3 PLOTS, near 401B & 402B in Rose Garden area of Memorial Park. At $1600/each. Linda 864-980-1773 or Lisa 770-287-8227 at Memorial Park. GREAT BUY, Memorial Park Burial Plots, valued at $3,000 each. Make Offer. 678-936-6853


326-Cemetery Lots For Sale MEMORIAL PARK, Hillside #1, Lot 240A, Space 3, Selling for $4000. 678-450-9264

345-Furniture Couch & Matchng Chair- Patterned. $100; TV 19in. $25; 2 Dresser & Chest-O-Drawers; Small Truck Camper Top $50; Lrg Antique Table w/6 Chairs. $300/ obo. 770-297-2781 FORMAL DINING TABLE- Thomasville. Beautiful. 44”x88” with protective glass top & 9 Matching Chairs. $1000; (2) CLUB CHAIRS w/Ottoman-Rust color; (1) wine color Club Chair. All 3 in Exc Cond. $250 ea. 770-534-0500.

380-Pets & Supplies JACK RUSSELL Pups, 1 Fem, 2 males. wormed/1st shots. 706-892-6853 SHIH-TZU Pups. CKC. 6wks. $250 YORKIE - 6wks old 1st shots & wormed. $400 & up. 706-491-2436 706-599-6068

YORKIE'S CKC 8 months old. 1 female $650 and 1 male $550. Call 706-809-9096

390-Wanted To Buy WE BUY TIMBER 706-865-2422

Grandfather Clock Howard Miller. Chiming. 610F983 (Made in USA). New! Reg: $2982 Sell: $1200. Will delv & set-up at N/C. 706-344-7283 KITCHEN TABLE, natural color wood table top and seat tops, black legs, 60”x36”, about 10 yrs old, good cond., $75. South Hall area 770-561-5308 SOFA 1950's Retro Curved 9 ft. sofa. Olive and brown. Excellent condition. $400 firm. (706) 974-5694 SUEDE SOFA (NEW) Country cupboards, headboard, much more. Were $399$499. Now $149$249. 770-519-7301

350-Guns 6 GUN CABINETNew. Lock top & bottom. $100. 706-968-0031

360-Livestock GOLDEN COMET PULLETS. Selling Out. Missouri hatchery. 3 mos old. Grass ranged, 15 left. $8 each or all for $110. 770-983-3070 Gene Harrison

365-Misc. For Sale 25yrs Accumulation of Military & Yard Sale Items. Visit & Make Offer. 770-718-7850; 770-869-0020 Electric RangeAmana self-cleaning, smooth surface, $400; (2) Propane Tanks 50lbs & 30lbs $150/both; Treated Lumber- Finished 1x6x8’. $2.10/board Firewood- hardwood/kindling woodWill deliver small loads. 706-693-4520 FLOOR LOOMKessenich. Solid cherry. 4 harness, 6 treadles, 42in weave. $500. 770-532-6753 Gondola Shelving; Glass Showcase; 6ft Folding Tables; & Credit card Machine 770-503-5036 Kirby Vacuum Cleaner includes all attachments. Used Very Little. Paid: $1500; Asking: $900/obo. Dining Room Set w/4 Chairs. Round table which can convert to oblong. Almost New. $250. Call after 6pm 770-983-0764 Lumber- Yellow Pine Rough or dressed & tongue & grooved; •Rough Hardwood Lumber •Pine & Hardwood & Compost Mulch. Retail or Wholesale. Mt. Yonah Lumber Co., Cleveland, GA 706-865-2422 WOODSTOVE, Huntsman, like new, 40,000 btus, w/ extras, $425. 770-889-9337

380-Pets & Supplies BOYKIN SPANIELS 6 weeks old 10/11/12 Pedigrees TAILS, DEW CLAWS, SHOTS. MALES, 1 LEFT 850. FEMALE 1000. QUALIFIED BUYERS 770-540-2738 JOHN

HUGE YARD SALE!! Sat. Only, 8a-5p. Appls., furn., antiques, gym, toys & more! 80 Gold Crest Dr., Braselton (Liberty Crest North S/D).

Homes & Rentals 400 405-Apartments Furnished 1BR Furn or unfurn So. Hall Lake, no smkg. 770-313-1333

410-Apartments Unfurnished $Move In Special Extended to Oct 27th Spring Valley 1BR/1BA $575 2BR/2BA $650 Brandon Place 2BR/2BA $625 Efficiency Apt $450 Deposit $400 wac Immediate Move In Don’t delay- call today 678-779-2687 1-2BR Oakwood, $535 & up. www.callapartments. com 770-287-1456 2BR. $695. Pool/ Gym avail. Butch Hodges Properties, Inc. 770-540-0417 2BR/1.5BA Buford Apts. Fall Special! $550/mo no App Fee + Bonus for 1st 5 apps. 678-765-0262 APT. BLOW OUT SPECIALS!! 1-3bdrms $495 1st 10 apps get bonus! 770-536-0508 G’Ville- 1&2BR $550610. water/trash incld no pet 678-677-1898 Ivy Manor Efficiency & 2BR. $420-575 770-614-8804 LAKE HOUSE APT. 1BR/1BA, lg. deck & boat dock, cable, internet & water incl. $650. 770-287-3648

415-Business Property for Rent 2 Bay Warehouse 500 SF, $175/mo 770-540-5339

644 Banks St 3 Offices w/Conf. rm. Great Central Loc. off Jesse Jewell Pkwy next to Advance Auto Parts. Multiple mixed uses Handicap accessible. Immed. occupancy $950mo David Pierce 770-530-2771

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435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished

580-Mountain Property

City- 2 Living Areas 1447 Enota Ave. Quiet 4br/2ba Lease/Pur $900m + $2500dep 770-503-6964

NEGA Mtn. Sanctuary: Panoramic views, gated privacy, 5+ac mtn top w/ paved access. 3BR/3BA custom home, exceptional setting, $359,000. 706-892-4672

E. Hall- 3/2 Cute clean, full bsmt, paved drv. $850+ dep 706-201-9544 FLWRY BR. 3br/2ba Ranch. gar. $900/mo 770-287-1456 Free Rent Starting at $85/wk N. & S. Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596

397-Yard Sale

Grandfather Clock Howard Miller. Triple Chiming. 611F009 (Made in USA). New! Reg: $3964.80 Sell: $2000. Will delv & set-up at N/C. 706-344-7283

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Lrg 5BR/3BA bsmt. Great n’borhood. Special at $1380mo 770-539-4400 Maysville- 3BR 2acres, wooded $800. 678-516-4833 N. HALL, 3BR/2BA, Lg. lot, $750 + $700 dep. 770-503-5500 NH- Mt Vernon. Priv, 2/2 w/creek, fp, hd flrs, new paint/carpet, 10x20 bldg, no smkng/pets $850mo + $800dp. Ref. 770-983-9811 Oakwood- Professional share home $600 770-654-3048 Quaint House 2BR. Candler Rd at I-985. $425 706-974-3360

445-Lake Homes for Rent Lanier- Cabin, guest hse. 2/2, dock 6mo $1000. 724-316-3925

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2BR/1.5BA $500m. includes gas & water. 770-530-8546

Recreation 600 605-Boats & Marine CHRIS CRAFT 2000 308 Express Cruiser two 5.0 mtrs. & dual props, gen., fully appointed Galley. Never used. Like New! 145hrs. All options. $69k. 404-483-9231 CIMMARRON 50 gallons of free gas when you buy the bass boat below! 15 ft, 50hp Yamaha mtr, trolling mtr, fish finder, vest, boat cvr, trailer. Lake Ready! $2,250. 770-718-7850 770-869-0020 TRACKER 2003 Bassboat, Tournament V18 model, w/ Mercury 75hp motor, has Minn Kota 52 lb. thrust trolling motor, Hummingbird XP2000 locator & fish finder, has aerated livewell, custom cover, custom Trailstar trailer, exc. cond. NADA listing up to $7100. Asking $6000. 404-292-1798

610-RVs & Travel Trailers

E. Hall 2/1, acre lot, $120/wk; $200 dep. 770-654-6859 E. Hall- 2BR. No pets 770-869-0530 770-654-3767 LULA -2BR/1BA 5158 Whitehall Rd. $540/mo, $500/dep 678-316-8253 REMODELED Lake front 2BR/1BA $400/ mo. 770-532-0811

465-Roommates Wanted FURN RM. w/ bath, $500/mo. N. Hall area. 770-287-4153 MEN-ONLY. Fur Br, All priv + Xtras Oakwd. 770-530-1110 PTV Furn Room w/ cable, no dep/utility fees. $115/wk. 678-943-5143

470-Rooms for Rent $115/wk, Furnished all utils & cable, W/D. kitch. 770-561-0781

Homes & Real Estate 500 515-Condos for Sale Moving to Athens 2 CONDOS FOR SALE. ATHENS, GA 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, brick, close to campus, both are contracted until July 2013, great investment. 706-769-0413 706-255-5043 No agents

540-House for Sale - North Hall

COACHMEN 2011 Mirada 35DS 1,700 miles! Only $75,500. Selling due to family illness. Mint condition, in motion satellite TV 2 slides, back up cameras, awning, loaded! 770-519-3210

Holiday Rambler 2005. 40ft, Excellent Condition $138,000. 770-287-5288

Wheels 700 710-Antique Cars/Trucks FORD 1932 5w Cpe, all steel. 350/350 eng. & trans., disc brakes, many extras. Completed car. $45,000 will consider offer. 770-532-3638 or 678-617-0632 cell

735-Autos for Sale CHEVY 1997 Z-28 Camaro, sounds too good to be true, not if you call Dan. $599 dn Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 CHEVY 2000 Malibu. V6, auto, white/gray, 141k, new tires. $2595. 770-262-8200 CHEVY 2006 HHR LT 70K, 1 owner, Great cond. Leather, alarm, gold. $7900. 828-449-8156

1BR/1BA Brenau area. $650 + dep & ref. 770-714-1992

3/2, full bsmt/ 1.7ac/Pine Valley Rd. $129,900 Don Carter Realty 770-490-5890

CHEVY 2010 Malibu LTZ - 3.6 Engine, two-tone leather, sunroof, remote start, 47k. Call Kacie 912-547-2427

GAINESVILLE, 2/2.5, patio, balcony, fp, dck access, no pets, $595 + dep. 678-617-5527

4/3.5 Covered Bridge S/D, many upgrades $169,750 Don Carter Realty 770-490-5890

CHRYSLER 1994 Lebaron. Cnvt. auto, V6, green/gray. New top/tires. 157k. $1795. 770-262-8200

420-Condos For Rent

425-Duplexes For Rent Oakwood- Pine Forest. 2BR/1BA $660 www.callapartments.c om. 770-287-1456

435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished $0 Application Fee 3BR/2BA HOMES All Appliances included. Starting at $699/mo

SUN HOMES 888-246-2803 countrysidelakelanier. com EHO WAC 3/2 CITY, all brick, total elect. $900. 2 car gar/770-983-7040 3BR/2BA- G’Ville C/H/A, $895; $700 dep. Hall/Forsyth Line. 770-561-8763 3BR/2BA- Sardis w/2BR In-law suite. $1200. 770-714-1992 CABIN - 2BR/2BA fenced yrd, storage bldg, hot tub, 5mi, Cleveland, GA. $795 mo. 770-654-0111

735-Autos for Sale OLDS 1973 Cutlass Supreme w/ 455 Rocket drag car, $15,000 in receipts. $7,500. Must see. 706-247-4750 PLYMOUTH 1995 Neon, $795. Runs good. 706-878-6625 PONTIAC 2007 G6, new body style, exc. cond., white, gray lthr, $799 down. Dan. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 TOYOTA 2007 Corolla CE, Great starter or commuter car. Black, 4 dr, auto trans, pwr windows/ locks, CD player, tinted windows, 17" alloy wheels, new tires and brakes, runs great, well maintained, clear coat damage on hood/ bumper. 93k miles. 37MPG. $9400 OBO. Call 706-776-5467 anytime.

745-Import Autos MITSUBISHI 1996 Eclipse, 4cyl, 5spd, red/gray. 186k. New tires/clutch. $1795 770-262-8200 NISSAN 2001 Altima, black w/ gray cloth, gets 27 mpg, $499 down. call Dan. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 NISSAN 1996 Maxima, Sounds too good to be true, not if you call Dan. $2400 Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 VOLVO 2005 XC90, sounds too good to be true, not if you call Dan. $699 down. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988

3/2 RABBITTOWN $620 +dep. No pets. 770-714-1992 Clermont 2BR $135/wk. Free heat/ water. 770-654-4073


750-Motorcycles HARLEY 1998 FatBoy Spec Ed. only 970mi. all chrome (custom) w/orig title. Bought new. $12k/negot. 678-622-6050 Harley Davidson 1985. Low Rider FXSB-80. Low mileage and excellent cond. $4500. Call Jerry, 706-865-4664 HARLEY DAVIDSON 2002 Sportster XL. Limited Ed. 3200 orig miles. Mint Cond. Garaged. Seldom ridden. Was: $5469 Reduced: $4800/obo 678-316-4930

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles CHEVY 2004 Suburban, sounds to good to be true. Not if you call Dan. $799 down. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 CHEVY 2005 Tahoe Z-71. 4x4, 1 owner. serv records, loaded. Exc Cond. $16,995 obo. 706-754-5514 DODGE 2009 Challenger 3.5 HO, black book value $14,990. Call Dan $13,890. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 FORD 1997 Expedition, sound too good to be true? Not if you call Dan. $2,950. Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 GMC 2003 Yukon, white w/ tan cloth, 3rd row seat, $899 down. Ask for Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 HONDA 2003 CRV, only 62K miles, $10,950. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988

765-Trucks CHEVY 1981 LUV (Diesel) Straight shift. $1000 OBO. 678-316-4861 FORD 1999 F-150 Ext. cab, V6, auto trans., $599 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988

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