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Economic development outlook positive

By Katie Griffin

Commission gets update from Chamber CEO

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An economic development services agreement with the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. In the absence of Commission Chairman Tom Crow, District 4 Commissioner Dwain Smith presided at the meeting and work session. The Fiscal Year 2014 Economic Development Services Agreement between the commission and the Chamber provides for updates on economic development activities. Josh Fenn, President/CEO and Director of Economic Development of the Chamber, gave a very positive update on the progress made to date. He explained funds for economic development are released monthly

and quarterly so if commissioners have questions, they can contact him for information. “We’ve had a very busy first of the year with attracting jobs, marketing this area, educating residents on the benefits of this area and all aspects of economic development,” said Fenn. He explained the focus has been on the county’s strengths and trying to address the weaknesses. The community’s economic development team has shown 51 private managers total potential locations in Jackson County. They have been focusing on market tours of each industrial park in the county and so far they have been very successful. Tours are kept to two hours and the move is away from bus tours because they were

not interactive and people would be on their phones and not paying attention. Fenn said car tours with three to four people are more interactive and have been more successful. Fenn said the recent addition of Ollie’s to Commerce and the Hitachi Expansion in Braselton, which are adding 240 jobs, is proof of forward motion in the economic development in Jackson County. “Companies are reinvesting in Jackson County. This is a great metro Atlanta location that we are working hard to market and are making as many contacts as possible right now,” said Fenn. “I would like to commend Josh Fenn for all of his hard work and good use of county dollars. I appreciate all that you have done

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for this county so far and look forward to seeing all that you will bring to this county,” said District 1 Commissioner Jim Hix. Also discussed by the commission ws the matter of building inspection services. The county can either continue to outsource building inspection services or hire a chief building official to put on staff to handle building services. “We’ve been looking at the level of activity of inspections and it is picking up so it is time we look at making a decision,” said County Manager Kevin Poe. Poe explained there are pros and cons to either option. If the county hires someone, there are added costs to having another employee and that employee will have sick days and vacation time which may leave the county to scramble to find an inspector.

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Exciting time to be involved in agriculture, says Black By LEANNE AKIN

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Debbie Pergantis, Angie Pascual, Carol Burrell, Anthony Williamson,Nancy Colston, Jim Moore, Lona Pope and Judy Pennebaker were on the runway after the April 3 luncheon and fashion show presented by Women of Northeast Georgia to celebrate the event had raised $54,833 for the Medical Center Foundation. Thanks to support from the community and the donation of all the food from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery, the entire ticket price of $100 went toward emergency services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton which is projected to open in May of 2015.

Nearly $55,000 raised for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton’s emergency services at luncheon at Chateau Elan By LEANNE AKIN

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Women of North Georgia, supported by a lengthy list of sponsors and a banquet room filled with guests, coordinated an April 3 luncheon and fashion show which raised nearly $55,000 for emergency services at the new hospital under construction just a short distance from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery where the event was hosted.

Chateau Elan was the presenting sponsor. “Chateau Elan Winery and Resort presented the meal so that all of your money went to the hospital foundation,” said Judy Pennebaker, who co-chaired the event committee with Debbie Pergantis. As ticketholders made their way in for a champagne reception, they were greeted by sponsor Nancy Panoz of Chateau Elan and the Spa at Chateau

Elan, and Janice Braselton, one of the Tony Burch sponsors. There is so much energy in this place, noted one attendee, who joined others in seeing the selection of silent auction items donated for additional fundraising. Jason Brown of National Distributing provided the champagne. Mitzi Boyd provided the blessing.

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The Medical Center Foundation celebrated its first outdoor philanthropic gift for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton as the Rotary Club of Braselton will be sponsoring the flag plaza at the hospital entrance. Nancy Colston and Maggie were at a recent club meeting with Rotarians Tony Funari and Paul Maney when the club voted to support the project. See story on Page 7A.

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Georgia is the No. 1 place to do business in the nation and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black credits Gov. Nathan Deal for making economic development a top priority. And the business of agriculture and agribusiness is alive and well in Georgia, he says. “It’s an exciting day to be involved in agriculture in Georgia,” said Black in speaking to the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce on April 2. He talked about the good, better and best in agriculture. Black, who lives in Jackson County where he and his retired school teacher wife Lydia are involved in agriculture, said his department is, like everyone else, doing more with less. The department is now better accountable for its budget. No longer are the holders of the 75 licenses his department oversees waiting months for processing of those licenses which formerly were stapled to a check for payment. By implementing best practices, licensing is now promptly handled and checks are deposited. “We are helping people get into business rather than making the process more difficult,” said Black, whose department is also committed to working to help keep them in business “so Georgians can prosper without us getting in the way.” Some of the burdensome regulations which hampered businesses such as the pest control industry have been replaced by more streamlined policies which still keep consumers safe. Black Black said he is proud of the 520 full-time staffers at the Department of Agriculture. When he took office as Georgia’s 16th ag commissioner, there were 633 employees. Restructuring and addressing budgetary mandates reduced the numbers but Black said he works with some of the finest people he has ever met. He said the department has been brought into the 21st century with technology and the 136,000 Georgians who do business with the department’s 75 activities can handle all their operations through the website if desired. Black thanked State Rep. Tommy Benton and State Sen. Frank Ginn, who attended the meeting, for their support of raises for ag department workers to help raise the professionalism of the staff by offering improved career paths. A $1.3 million increase was a legislative priority. “There is not a better place and time to be in agriculture,” said Black, who noted that agriculture is a $77 billion enterprise in Georgia. From the farm level where $15 billion of that economic impact comes, there are also jobs generated in support areas such as at Kubota where farm equipment is manufactured to be used here as well as around the globe. Black said prices for corn, cotton and peanuts, for example, have dropped off but a decline in corn prices would be welcomed news for Wayne Farms. There remains good strong demand for basic commodities and there is also excitement building for innovative use of canola as a biopolymer in southwest Georgia . Black said Meredian’s PHA resins (Poly Hydroxide Alkanoates) are being used in plastic trash bags, for example, which break down and returned to the soil in six to eight weeks.

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Suggestions for Jefferson heritage time capsule sought In celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month, the Jefferson Historic Preservation Committee is pleased to invite the public to attend a special celebration dedicating its Heritage Time Capsule. The Heritage Time Capsule Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26, at the Crawford Long Museum. The ceremony will follow the American Legion’s Memorial Day Ceremony which will be held at the Historic Jackson County Courthouse from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Time Capsule is scheduled to be re-opened in 18 years on Jefferson’s 225th anniversary. Normally, time capsules are opened 50 to 100 years after they are buried, however, the memebrs of the HPC felt it would

be a good idea to get on a typical rotation to start this tradition, with the hope that future Historic Preservation Commissions will continue this tradition. The Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission is requesting suggestions of items to be included in the time capsule. Items should give a glimpse of what life has been like in Jefferson not just in 2014 but in years past. The items can represent the City of Jefferson, civic organizations, schools and local businesses, as well as individual citizens of Jefferson. “We are very excited to preserve some of this community’s artifacts for future generations,” said Nick Bledsoe, chairman of the Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission.

“It is our goal to showcase a day in the life of the people of Jefferson. When residents open up this Jefferson Heritage Time Capsule in 18 years, they will get a true taste of our lives in Jefferson over the past several decades.” Items will be on display for public viewing at the Crawford Long Museum from May 6-23. There will be no charge to view the display. The deadline for submitting suggestions is April 25. Suggestions may be sent to blaughinghouse@cityofjeffersonga.com or by calling the Main Street office at 706-367-5714. The Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission reserves the right to have the final determination of items to be included in the time capsule.

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For example, he points to company commercials touting that they use no hormone additives to their chicken. Black points out that is deceptive since it’s illegal to add hormones to chickens. He urges people to view “Farmland” which debuts May 1. He said he was among those at a recent private screening at Fernbank of the feature length documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll. Doing business with people who are local is a growing trend as consumers desire a closer connection to their food’s production, Because of that, the Georgia Grown initiative is growing in appeal. For example, 180 Kroger grocery stores will be adding a Georgia Grown section to highlight locally-grown products. “There is power in local and it’s great for consumer choice,” said Black. “We also want more local foods in our schools.” Exportation of Georgia’s agriculture is an important part of the economy of the state and poultry is a large part of that equation. That is why the deepening of the Port of Savannah is vital to the economy. Half of the Georgia’s ag products leave through the Port of Savannah and 40 percent of the chicken grown in the state is exported. Cotton and timber products are also in exports with wood pellets being produced in Georgia providing a heating source in Europe. A lot of pine trees grown in Georgia become part of the global marketplace, according to Black, who notes the Port

of Savannah is a net exporter: it ships out more than is imported into the port from other nations. Black also fielded questions about whether Jackson County could be an inland port option because of its geographic location and if the state would back additional farmers market sites because of the focus on agriculture and tourism. Black asked if there was a broad base vision for an inland port similar to the successful venture under way in Crisp County. It would be necessary for the community to come together on an endeavor. Related to farmers markets, Black said Farmers Market Week in Georgia will be observed in June and the community-based growth of farmers markets seems to be meeting the immediate need. Enterprises such as Bouchard Farms’ The Veggie Patch is one example of private industry addressing a community need. He said he doubted the state would venture back into the real estate business and invest in state farmers markets due to land prices. He acknowledged that some existing state farmers markets are no longer in the right location and may have ceased to meet the need for farmers to get their products out from the field. Many have developed their own shipping operations. He said if counties come together with their industrial development authorities, Chambers of Commerce and Farm Bureaus on a vision, his department may be able to provide staffing support during the market season.

liability insurance and there was not a termination clause. A few clarifications were added to provide for some flexibility. “We need to send this to the Commerce Fire Department and the City of Commerce so that we can begin working together on this,” said District 2 Commissioner Chas Hardy. In other business, the commission approved two proclamations – one for National Donate Life Month and the other for Child Abuse Prevention Month to spotlight child abuse. The commission also authorized

the chairman to execute a community services contract with The Tree House to provide community services for the qualifying citizens of Jackson County for the annual sum of $5,000. The board had many good things to say about The Tree House and how important the child advocacy center is to the county. Related to organ donation, 270 people die each day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant. This proclamation brings awareness to this issue and allows people to reconsider becoming an organ donor.

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“You can link production in agriculture to help solve some other challenges we have,” said Black, noting that the wintertime crop production of canola could provide an alternative crop for farmers which could help address concerns about longlasting plastics going into landfills. “I’ve got beef cattle at my house and prices are pretty good right now,” said Black. Herds are at their lowest level since 1954 which means prices are up. When prices are $2 a pound, it may be a little tougher to put that 600-pound heifer back into the herd, he said. Black said there is a resurgence of connectivity with American consumers wanting to know where their food and fiber comes from and that is an opportunity to reach the 90 percent of folks who speak “food” but not “farm.” “It is incumbent upon us to bridge the gap,” said Black. There is a generational gap since people left the farm for work elsewhere and their children have not developed an appreciation for how their food and fiber is produced. Educating people about farming is important and Jackson County is still a big supporter of agricultural education in its schools systems. Because of the amount of incorrect information out there about agriculture, people can be deceived.

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However, the pro to hiring someone in-house would mean the staffer could take over the soil and erosion aspect, too. After discussion, the board opted for further review. An amendment to fire services contract for the East Jackson Fire District was also discussed. The county attorney explained the amended version was clarified but not changed because there were problems with the

Fire captain is living his dream By LEANNE AKIN

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Josh LeBlanc’s inspiration to be a firefighter can be traced to childhood. As a 3-year-old in his hometown in Massachusetts, visits to the fire station were frequent family outings. “Since I was a kid, being a firefighter was one of my dreams,” said LeBlanc, who is now living that dream with the West Jackson Fire Department. He was recently promoted to the rank of captain. With attorneys and law enforcement in his family, he was considering a career in the fields of medicine, law or big business but he couldn’t stop that dream of the fire service. It became his challenge to fulfill that aspiration. As a West Jackson Fire volunteer, LeBlanc took more and more classes and was mentored by others within the department. Completing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training through Lanier Technical College, LeBlanc interned at Grady Memorial where he responded to many EMS calls and gained great experience. Full-time with the West Jackson Fire Department since 2005, LeBlanc also works with another metro area department. At West Jackson, he has worked through the ranks and had an opportunity to test for the captain’s position. When his promotion was announced by Chief Ben Stephens, he was joined by his wife, Cassie.

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West Jackson Fire Department Capt. Josh LeBlanc with his wife Cassie when he received his promotion. “My wife works across the street and we live local with family and friends nearby,” said LeBlanc. “I have a second home with the fire department.” The LeBlancs moved to the area for a job opportunity for his father when Josh was 8. LeBlanc enjoys motorcycling, mountain biking, exercise and PT and swimming. He grew up on the beach so water sports come natural. For LeBlanc, family is at the top of

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Ralph Richardson Jr., a candidate for District 3 on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, recently held a meet the candidate event at the Hoschton Depot. He visited with friends and made some new ones. A Jackson County native, Richardson retired from 26 years of military service. He also served as a member of the Braselton Town Council from 20032010. Ralph and his wife Becky live in Braselton.

ELECTION 2014 May 20 is primary election day in Georgia and the deadline to register to vote for those who are not already registered is April 21. Advance voting in Jackson County for the May 20 primary will begin April 28. See below for the correct dates, times and locations for voting. The Administrative Building 67 Athens St., Jefferson April 28 - May 16 Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (at this location only) The Commerce Parks and Recreation Center 204 Carson St., Commerce May 12- 16 88 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday- Friday The Police and Municipal Court Building 5040 Highway 53, Braselton May12-16 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday May 20 Primary Election 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vote at your precinct: Attica, Center, Cunningham, Harrisburg, Hoschton, Miller, North Jefferson, North Minish, Newtown, Porter, Randolph, Redstone, South Jefferson, South Minish, Talmo and Wilson.

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Artistic Expressions in new space In Braselton Brothers Store, salon creating warehouse chic atmosphere By LEANNE AKIN

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Tracy Brandenburg says relocating her full service hair salon, Artistic Expressions, from Hoschton Towne Center into the revitalized Braselton Brothers Store building was bittersweet but exciting. “I built my business here,” said Brandenburg of the Hoschton community , but going over the Braselton is a great move move. “The people of Braselton have been so welcoming.” Artistic Expressions closed on March 29 in the Land Holding LLC-owned retail development when lease negotiations were unavailable. The move to Braselton began. “My heart will still be in Hoschton, but I can share my heart and make new friends,” said Brandenburg, who remains committed to her leadership role with orchestration of the Hoschton Fall Festival parade. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of that communitywide celebration. “This is a nice change in location.” She said she and her talented staff will be bringing longtime and newfound customers with her. “Thank you to [Braselton Town Manager’ Jennifer Dees for being so helpful and [Braselton Downtown Director] Amy Pinnell is a gem,” said Brandenburg. “They are such good people and I

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Tracy Brandenburg and the staff of Artistic Expressions Hair Salon will be joined by the Braselton Downtown Development Authority for a ribbon cutting at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. A grand opening will be held at a later date.

am blessed to be welcomed with open arms. They care about their businesses and support them to make them successful.” The investments being made in downtown Braselton are already reaping dividends. A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) along with money budgeted from the Town of Braselton made revitalization of the Braselton Brothers Store possible. The town has additional retail and office space available in the building which will overlook the future Town Green park. A restaurant space is also carved out to address needs identified in a community assessment survey/ study. The town is primed and poised for complementary residential development in keeping with the strategic master plan and

historic overlay district into which the community invested input. The Braselton Downtown Development Authority has formed an economic development committee to be an added resource for investors exploring opportunities to invest in the historic downtown. As the work by contactor BM&K was under way, Brandenburg said she was really excited to see her vision of her new space come together. “It is looking beautiful.” The building’s historic character provided the inspiration for the décor. Brick walls, industrial looking features, an old town look with vintage-looking chandeliers and other accents blend well with the warehouse chic look. “I am thankful for the years of friendship and sup-

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Chef Josh Aaron, below with a growler, talks with diners in the dining room of The Savory Spoon. See more on the Small Business of the Year on Page 5D of today’s Progress section.

The Savory Spoon has dining options, growlers By FARAH BOHANNON

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The Savory Spoon in Jefferson celebrated its second anniversary on Tuesday, April 1. It was also the first day that restaurant guests were able to order beer growlers to-go. There is now a wide variety of new beer options available since the beer and liquor license was officially approved. Owner and Executive Chef Josh Aaron says he believes last Tuesday night was a celebration for both the anniversary and the growlers and new beer selection. “I am thrilled that we’ve been successful for two years,” said Aaron. “We have come so far as a restaurant. We expanded our dining area, obtained our liquor license, and have a few big plans in the works. The Savory Spoon even has its own website which was launched on the second anniversary as well.” The newly launched website is ready for viewing. Visit www.savoryspoonga.com to see everything The Savory Spoon has to offer. Their Facebook page (https:// www.facebook.com/thesavoryspoon) is also updated regularly. The two-year anniversary celebration was an all-day event that ended with a successful night. Hostesses and servers said the restaurant stayed fairly full the entire day with a short break between lunch and dinner, so

it was nice for Aaron and his staff to see the community supporting this eclectic and unique dining establishment. The customers raved about the food throughout the day – especially the crab cakes. “The crab cakes are to die for,” said Stephanie Jones of Commerce. “They are pure crab meat and spices with no unnecessary fillers.” Other menu favorites include the wide variety of unique burgers, appetizers and entrees that include fresh, seasonal ingredients. The new beer list has a lot to choose

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“I want to be proud of work we did in the salon in capturing the looks of this special building,” said Brandenburg, who researched history of the area and the period of the building’s construction before investing in furniture. She is now looking for pictures of Braselton and other elements for salon as there remain some finishing touches to be done. Brandenburg said being in such a historic building is giving her unique into history and architecture so she is honored to have been invited by Robbie Bettis and Carol Holzhalb to assist with plans for the grand reopening of

the Jackson County Historic Courthouse later this year. Working with Brandenburg at Artistic Expressions is her daughter, Jordan Brandenburg, Jamie King, Amanda Davis, Madison Coffey and Katie Hill. With eight stations, the salon is gearing up to expand its service to the community. Additional personnel will be added. “It’s great to be here,” said Brandenburg. Artistic Expressions is now located at 9924 Davis St., Suite 6, in Braselton. Call 706824-0224. The salon is open 9 a.m to 7 p.m Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday.


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OBITUARIES Larry James Cain

Died April 3, 2014 Larry James Cain, 69, of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, April 3, 2014. Mr. Cain worked for Coca-Cola in Lawrenceville for many years and was a member of Woods Grove Baptist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Woods Grove Baptist Church with interment following in the church cemetery. The Rev. Chris Gaddis officiated. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Faye (Clack) Cain; his parents, Dock and Susie Spriggs Cain; grandchildren, Christopher Kiley and Caitlin Spencer; and several brothers and a sister. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Judy Cain of Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Trent Sanders of Gainesville, Jennifer and Trey McPherson of Woodstock and Elena and Fernando del Aguila of Athens; grandchildren, Dan Kiley, Jennifer Lavalle, Rebecca Freeman, Brittany Atkinson, Jared Atkinson, Victoria Atkinson and Joseph Farmer; brother, Ray Cain of Dacula; sister, Jeanette Black of Chamblee; seven greatgrandchildren, a brother-inlaw; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 10, 2014

Ella Janet Chapman

Died April 3, 2014 Ella Janet Chapman, 69, of Gainesville, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following an extended illness. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Sylvester. The Rev. Wallace Willis will officiate. Local services will be held at a later date. Born Dec. 27, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Buford Sander and Anne Inez Wilder of Waynesboro. She was the director of human resources for Habersham Medical Center and attended Lakewood Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Woody Chapman of Gainesville; daughter, Amanda Chapman of Athens; sister, Nancy Hill of Waynesboro; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia, 2150 Limestone Pkwy, Gainesville, GA 30501 (770-219-8888). Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 10, 2014

Louise M. Hulsey

Died April 4, 2014 Louise M. Hulsey, 87, of Gainesville, died Friday, April 4, 2014. Born in Cumming, on April 11, 1926, she was a daughter of the late John and Pearl Martin Phyfe. She graduated from Dawson County High School in 1943. She was employed as a seamstress for Hoschton Garment. She was a charter member of Living Hope Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Hulsey; grandson, William Spivey; brother, J.H. Phyfe; and sister, Hazel Reeves. Survivors include her

daughters, Brenda Spivey of Gainesville, Melba Ree Hulsey and Melva Ann Orr, both of Gillsville, and Juanita Hulsey of Braselton; son and daughter-in-law, Larry Franklin and Grace Hulsey of Gainesville; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. A celebration of her life was held Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Little & Davenport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in the Alta Vista Cemetery with the Rev. Frankie Spivey and the Rev. Everest Carlisle officiating. Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville The Paper, April 10, 2014

Shawn Ripko Hydrick

Died April 1, 2014 On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Shawn Ripko Hydrick passed away. Born Aug. 18, 1962, she was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Robert Anthony Chauppette and Sharon Ann Amelia Cureau, and was raised by her wonderful Grandma Cureau. Shawn married Charles Ripko in 1986; he passed away in 1999. She then married Bryan Hydrick in 2008 and has been a local of Flowery Branch since December of 1998. In her passing, we said goodbye to a mother, a wife, a sister, a cousin and a devoted friend. We know that Shawn knew the Lord personally and is now with Jesus, and we take comfort in that. Survivors include her husband, Bryan Hydrick; daughter, Rachel Block; son-in-law, Daniel Block; brother, Dennis Farmer; cousin, Alexis Smollok; aunt, Delmere Cureau; and the Mauro family, especially Brianna Mauro. Shawn was an incredible woman, who loved to give to complete strangers and loved to serve her family and friends whenever possible. She had a love of gardening, her puppy File, Cajun food, music, and absolutely loved children. She served at Christ Lutheran Church as a nursery director and spent many years pouring God’s truth into the lives of so many children. Shawn was quick to tell a joke and quick to yell “Who Dat” at any Falcons fan. It is hard to lose her and we will miss her, but she would tell you as quick as anyone that we will see her again, sooner than we think. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Christ Lutheran Church in Oakwood with the Rev. Andy Seibert officiating. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 10, 2014

Patricia Ann Iglinski

Died April 5, 2014 Beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Patricia Ann Iglinski, 67, of Gainesville, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Northside Hospital – Forsyth, following an extended illness. Her amazing spirit and attitude toward life was truly one of a kind. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Christ Lutheran Church in Oakwood. Pastor Andy Seibert will officiate. Born Jan. 4, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Deston and Marguerite Paddock She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Chris

Walking on the road Have you had experiences that have dramatically altered the way you view life and understand the world? If you are a person of faith, have you had experiences that have significantly shaped that faith? I’ve had a number of those experiences over the course of my life, but there are several specific situations that relate to the season we are in and my approach to Easter Sunday. During my junior year of college, I had become active with the Wesley Foundation. This is the United Methodist Campus Ministry on collegiate campuses. I made friends, discovered ways to grow in my faith that were relevant to my stage in life, and found social and creative outlets that were separate from some of the other trappings of the college expe-

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rience. During the spring of that year, I was asked by several friends if I would help to coordinate and participate in several special services during Holy Week. For those that may not be familiar with that phrase, Holy Week is the time period between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. It is a week that begins by remembering Jesus coming triumphantly into Jerusalem and ends by celebrating that the grave and death could not hold him in their grasp.

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and Jaimie Iglinski of Flowery Branch; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Stephen Simpson of Gainesville; and granddaughter, Stephanie Simpson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patient Access Network at http://fundraise.panfoundation.org/pattyiglinski Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 10, 2014

John Ernest Kesler

Died April 4, 2014 John Ernest Kesler, 73, of Jefferson, died Friday, April 4, 2014. Born in Jefferson on March 16, 1941, he was the son of the late G.T. and Oris Massey Kesler. He attended North Georgia College and graduated from the Athens Business College. Mr. Kesler worked, along with his father and brother, in the family grocery business at Kesler’s Supermarket for many years. He later retired from the I.W. Davis Probation Detention Center with 18 years of service. He was a natural athlete, participated in many sports in high school, and was most proud of wearing No. 29 for the Jefferson Dragons football team. He remained an avid sports fan throughout his life. In 1998 he was recognized at half-time for his loyal support of the Jefferson Dragons, where he pulled the chains at home football games for 36 years. He was also an avid fisherman, and especially enjoyed the family tradition of trips to St. Mark’s, Fla., started by his father, and continuing in recent years with his brothers, Theron and George. Mr. Kesler was a longtime member of Bethany United Methodist Church. He loved his extended family and many lifelong friends. He especially enjoyed church music, and often joined with, and supported, his wife and daughters in their musical endeavors. Because of his birthday on 3-16, he had a special fondness for John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Joseph Hensley. Survivors include his wife, Lynda Massey Kesler; daughters, Mendy Kesler Alford and her husband John of Houston, Texas, and Becky Kesler Jordan and her husband Todd of Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Theron and Janice Kesler of Jefferson and George and Ladson Kesler of Hoschton; and grandchildren, Claire Kesler Alford, Marjorie Ann Alford, Emma Louise Alford, Jaron Jordan and Ben Jordan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike McLemore and the Rev. Charles Crabbe officiating. The body will lie in state at Bethany from 1:30-2 p.m. prior to the service. The burial will follow in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews Louis Dennis, Jason Hensley, Carter Cain, Cody Cain, Walt Massey, Franklin Kesler, Joe Elrod and Andy Brooksher. Flowers are optional, and memorials may be made to the Bethany UMC Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, GA 30549. The Paper, April 10, 2014

Les Konig

Died April 4, 2014 Les Konig, 55 of Social Circle, died Friday, April 4, 2014. A native of Tampa, Fla., he was preceded by his wife, Louise Knight Konig; father, Thomas L. Konig; and brother, Tommy Konig. He was a machinist at Versatile Mold and Design of Rutledge. Survivors include his children, Lauren (Joshua) Phillips of Kingsport, Tenn., Amber (Jonathon), Jeremy

Konig and Holly Kelley, all of Social Circle; 10 grandchildren; mother, Helen Whatley of Cleveland, Tenn.; and sister, Karen (Mike) Gordon of Murphy, N.C. A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with interment in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, April 10, 2014

Glenn S. Krebel

Died March 31, 2014 Glenn S. Krebel, 73, of Hoschton, died Monday, March 31, 2014. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Patricia G. Krebel; children, Melissa and Eric Scoggins of Hoschton and Scott Krebel of Lilburn; grandchildren, Ashlynn Bower nad Makenzie Scoggins; brother, Willard Krebel, Waterloo, Ill.; sisterin-law, Mickey and Steve Shirley of Greenville, S.C.; brothers-in-law, Richard Gallamore of Greenville, S.C., and Bill and Rosemary Gallamore of Fairplay, S.C.; stepchildren, Deidre Yvonne Cribb of Lawrenceville, Larue and Lara Cribb of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Brian Cribb of Badin, N.C.; four stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Born March 5, 1941, in Fults, Ill., he graduated in 1959 from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo, Ill. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired from NCR National Cash Register after 28 years of service. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford The Paper, April 10, 2014

Edward Eugene Mann

Died April 5, 2014 Edward Eugene Mann, 49, of Statham, died Saturday, April 5, 2014. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Lawson Funeral Home. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, April 10, 2014

Ashley Holman Pacesky

Died April 4, 2014 Ashley Holman Pacesky, 31, of Flowery Branch, died Friday, April 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sharron “Dianne” Lewis Holman; sister, Allison Holman; nephew, Zachary Holman; grandparents, Travis and Gilda Lewis and Chestley Holman Sr., and Mary Lizzie Holman; and aunts, Jackie Lewis Everett and Linda Lewis Moore. Survivors include her husband, Justin Pacesky; sons, Gage Pacesky and Spencer Chestley Pacesky, both of Flowery Branch; father, Chestley M. Holman Jr., of Buford; sisters, Melissa “Missie” Holman Whitmire and husband, Ed Whitmire of Cannon and Christy Holman of Buford; brother and sister-in-law, Skip Seawell III and wife, Renee Banks Seawell of Hoschton; niece, Madison Gray Holman; nephews, Ethan Cain Renfroe and Jackson Whitmire; aunt and uncle, Terri and Gary Johnson, Payson, Ariz.; uncles and aunt, Biff and Donna Lewis of Dacula and Bud Moore of Douglasville; and several cousins. Born March 16, 1983, in Decatur, she was a 2001 graduate of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, and was a member of the Junior ROTC Air Force while at North Gwinnett High School. She received her degree in Cosmetology from the Georgia Institute of Cosmetology. She was a hairdresser at Great Clips at Old Peachtree Road in Lawrenceville, and was also a pharmacy technician. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Buford. Funeral services were

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held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Wade officiating. Interment followed at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Buford. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International Faith Fund, P.O. Box 2914, Gainesville, GA 30503 or Zion Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 3390 South Puckett Road, Buford, GA 30519. Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory The Paper, April 10, 2014

Victor Louis Quiles

Died March 29, 2014 Victor Louis Quiles, 72, of Winder, died Saturday, March 29, 2014. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Lawson Funeral Home with the Rev. JoAnna Pence Quiles officiating. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, April 10, 2014

Joe Satterfield

Died April 5, 2014 Joseph Larry “Joe” Satterfield, 54, of Gillsville, died Saturday, April 5, 2014. Born in Gainesville, he was a son of Ann Mincey Satterfield of Gainesville and the late James Satterfield. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Homer, where he served as choir director. He was a 1977 graduate of Johnson High School, a 36-year employee of Baldor/Reliance Electric of Flowery Branch and was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and motherin-law, Dennis and Ruth Edwards. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Melinda Edwards Satterfield; son, Dennis Brantley Prickett of Gillsville; daughters, Brittany Ruthann Satterfield, Breelee Lynn Satterfield, all of Gillsville. Brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Debra Howington of Gainesville; sisterin- law and brother-in-law, Sheila and Thomas Caudell of Commerce; brothers-inlaw and sisters-in-law, Matthew and Pam Edwards of Commerce and Phillip and Nan Edwards of Jefferson; special friend, Frances Vandiver of Jefferson; and several nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Segars, the Rev. Robbie Ledford and the Rev. Jason Arrowood officiating. The burial followed in the Temple Baptist Church Cemetery with Blake McDaniel, Ben Ramsey, Will Ramsey, Keith Roberts, Kevin Brown and Lee Davis honored as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 Temple Road, Homer, GA 30547. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, April 10, 2014

Betty Gene Shoffeitt

Died April 6, 2014 Betty Gene Shoffeitt, 65, of Braselton, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at New Horizons Limestone following an extended illness. A celebration of her life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow in Hillside Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. James Kanaday will officiate. Born Jan. 26, 1949, in Cleveland, she was a daughter of John Henry Shoffeitt and Imogene Etris Voyles. She was the owner of Betty’s Personal Care. She loved people and wanted to help them.

Survivors include her daddy and stepmother, John Henry and Glenda Shoffeitt of Dahlonega; mother, Imogene Etris Voyles of Braselton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene Cagle of Lula, Joe and Loyce Shoffeitt of Cleveland, James and Anna Shoffeitt of Dahlonega and Johnny Shoffeitt of Dahlonega; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Geneva and Larry Jones of Flowery Branch, Joyce and Bobby Southers of Gainesville and Cheryl Knapp of Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501. Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville The Paper, April 10, 2014

Ruth Blauss Shymkiw

Died April 4, 2014 Ruth Blauss Shymkiw, 82, of Suwanee, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Peachtree Christian Hospice, following an extended illness. Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Camp Memorial Park in Fayetteville. Born Sept. 9, 1931, in Stuttgart, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Rosa Blauss. She had worked at TDK Inc., as a circuit board operator and was of the Lutheran faith. Survivors include her sons, Andrew Shymkiw of Suwanee and Bill Shymkiw of Auburn, N.Y. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 10, 2014

Roy A. Swett

Died April 1, 2014 Roy A. Swett, 69, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Roy lived in Woodstock before moving to Hoschton eight years ago. He was a member of the Local 72 Union, Shady Grove Baptist Church and the American Street Rodders. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy Swett Jr., and Elsie Swett. Survivors include his wife, Robin Swett; sons, Roy Swett Jr., Travis Swett and Joel Swett; and grandchildren, Logan, Gabe, Braylen, Alexandria and Toby. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Lawson Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Hawkins officiating. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, April 10, 2014

Gene Turk

Died April 3, 2014 Rev. Gene Turk, 79, of Winder, died Thursday, April 3, 2014. A native of Flowery Branch, he was a son of the late Joe L. and Ethel Crane Turk. He was also preceded by a son, Danny Turk. The Rev. Turk had served as pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church of Jefferson, Tabernacle Baptist Church of Hartwell, Open Door Baptist Church of Flowery Branch, Freedom Baptist Church of Hartwell and Antioch Baptist Church of Bowman. He was a retiree of Amerigas. Survivors include his wife, Carol Kiley Turk; son, Rickie (Sherrie) Turk of Winder; daughter, Deborah (Michael) Brewer of Warner Robins; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys (M. T.) Lyles of Oakwood; and brothers, Thurmon (Nell) Turk of Buford and Rayburn (Janet) Turk of Homer. A funeral service was held Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Cole and the Rev. Barney Gerrin officiating. Interment was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, April 10, 2014

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CHURCH NEWS Mulberry Baptist Church will host a singing starting at 6 p.m. on April 13 with guest singers, Georgia. For information, call Doug at 770-534-0023. The church is located at 5970 Thompson Mill Road in Hoschton. sss Northeast Church in Braselton will host an AARP Smart Driver Course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 12. The course is open to any driver. Cost to non-AARP members is $20 and cost to AARP members is $15. Please bring AARP card to course. This course may enable participants to be eligible for a reduction on their car insurance. If interested, please call B. Gordy at 678-516-1137. sss New Hope AME Church cordially invites the community to our Pastor’s Appreciation Sunday events on Sunday, April 13. There will be an 11 a.m. service, and an afternoon service at 3. For the afternoon service, New Bethel AME Church in Lithonia and their pastor, the Rev. Richard Washington, will join us. For Easter Sunday, New Hope AME Church invites you to the morning worship service at 11 a.m. on April 20. New Hope AME Church is located on Highway 53 in Hoschton. sss A community Easter egg hunt will be held at CrossView Church, located at 1219 Highway 124 in Hoschton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Come and enjoy the Easter egg hunt, games, jumper and free food and drink. Sunrise service at CrossView Church will be held at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 20. Please join us, rain or shine, as we celebrate our Risen Christ. For more information, call 678-425-9831. sss Hoschton United Methodist Church will host an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, on the church

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But, like so many other people who believed the basics of this story, I had never really walked all the way through Holy Week. I had never felt as though I had accompanied Jesus as he experienced each day. In preparing for these special services, I had a chance to truly and deeply consider this Jesus in whom I placed my faith. I felt his joy mixed with sorrow as he entered Jerusalem to the shouts of the people - “He has come to save us.” I felt his love as we re-enacted his example of washing one another’s feet on Maundy Thursday. I felt his pain as I heard the sound of nails being driven into hard wood on Good Friday. I can remember sitting in an empty chapel and weeping on Saturday as the gravity of God’s love weighed down on me and I experienced for maybe the first time the true cost of divine forgiveness. My Easter Sunday was a different kind of celebration that year because I had walked with Jesus all the way down the road. I’ve never experienced the Easter season – and specifically Holy Week – the same since then. Another experience that shaped my experience of the Easter season was my trip to the Holy Land in 2008. We began the trip in the country’s northern section, along the banks of the Sea of Galilee. We ended our tour in Jerusalem after having visited various sites along the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean coast and other points of interest in between. During our time in Jerusalem, we retraced a traditional walking path called

lawn to begin Holy Week activities. On April 13, Palm Sunday services will begin at 11 a.m. On Thursday, April 17, a service to commemorate Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be held at 6:30 p.m. For Easter Sunday, a sunrise service will be held at 7:15 a.m. and the worship service will be at 11. Hoschton United Methodist Church is located at 12 Mulberry St., and Bell Avenue behind City Square. Contact Pastor Marvin Mason at the church office at 706654-1422. sss The Knights of Columbus Council #15212 at St. Catherine Labourne will be sponsoring a Lenten fish fry each Friday during Lent from 4:30-7 p.m. The remaining date is April 11. The annual fish fry will be held at Crow’s Lake at the intersection of highways 129 and 11 in Jefferson. Adult plates are $7 and a child’s plate is $3. Plates include fish and tartar sauce, French fries, hush puppies, cole slaw and choice of tea or lemonade. Dessert can be added for a nominal charge. Dine in or carry out will be available. Proceeds from the fish fry go to the funding Knights of Columbus projects which support both the church and the community. sss Join The Springs on Palm Sunday for a joyous celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on April 13. There will be fun for the whole family. Palm Sunday service will be held at 11 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt, an outdoor family picnic with chicken, great sides and desserts. Childcare provided for children ages 0-3 during church service. Need more information? Contact Jeannette Peterman at 770-335-9073, email office@thespringschurch. org or visit www. thespringschurch.org

the Via Dolorosa, or “The Way of Suffering.” This is a very deliberate path through the streets and alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem, and it is meant to bring to mind Jesus’ path as he carried his own cross to his crucifixion. It was incredibly moving as we considered that Jesus lived, moved, breathed and bled under the same stretch of sky where we were walking. It was real and not some fable. And it was made even more real by walking on the road where he walked. I believe that Jesus really did live and walk among us. I believe that we can know his love and forgiveness – regardless of our situations, experiences, or failings – if we will choose to walk with him. I intentionally joined him on that road during that Holy Week in college. I’ve continued to walk with him on the road, and I can say with confidence that my days are filled with a different hope because of my traveling companion! During this season – and during Holy Week – I encourage you to walk through the experiences that lead to Easter Sunday. Many of our community churches will offer special worship experiences during the week. Our church, Arbor Pointe, will host a “Living Last Supper” on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. and a casual sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6:45 a.m. You’re invited to come and experience Holy Week with our congregation. But regardless of whether you join us, my best encouragement is that you join him on the road! Brad Greene is Lead Pastor of Arbor Pointe Church, located at

at 115 Towne Center Parkway in Hoschton. Contact him at brad@arborpointe.org or 770272-6778

Easter weekend is full of wonderful worship opportunities at The Springs. On Good Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m., there will be a Tenebrae Service contemplating the Cross of Jesus for the entire family. On Easter Sunday, April 20, there will be two Easter services available to celebrate the risen Savior – a special outside sunrise service at 6:45 a.m., and the 11 a.m. service. Childcare is provided for ages 0-3 during our 11 a.m. Sunday service. The Springs is located at 6553 Spout Springs Road, in front of Flowery Branch Highway School. sss Join the Hoschton United Methodist Church Relay For Life team, The Joyful Jelly Beans, in an early celebration of National Jelly Bean Day from 5-7 p.m. on April 16. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served accompanied by a Jelly Bean appetizer. The price is $6 per person. An assortment of Jelly Bean items will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In addition, luminary bags will be available for purchase and decorating to honor survivors and caregivers and to memorialize those who have lost their lives to cancer. The bags are $5 each. These luminaries will be used to light the track at the Relay For Life celebration beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Hoschton Park. sss

CROSSTALK: THE LAST STATEMENTS OF JESUS is an ongoing worship series at Arbor Pointe Church. These worship experiences that began March 9 are focusing on the last seven sayings of Christ from the cross. You’re invited to worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 115 Towne Center Parkway in Hoschton. Nursery is provided, and Sunday School is offered through fifth grade. For more information, visit www.arborpointe.org. sss A ladies’ Bible study called “He Speaks to Me” by Priscilla Shirer is being offered on Wednesday nights at Northeast Church. The cost of the book is $11. Childcare is provided or all ages. Susie Larkin and Linda Fisher will facilitate the study which began March 19. This is great way to make new friends and get to know other women in our community. Contact Northeast Church at 706654-3205. sss Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 19. The Church of Hoschton will host a community wide Easter egg hunt with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20 join us as we celebrate Easter sunrise service and breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. The Easter cantata will begin at 10:30 a.m. The community is also invited to regular services which are as follows: Sunday - Bible Study at 9:30 a.m., Worship at 10:30 a.m., Evening service at 6 p.m. Wednesday - prayer

service at 7 p.m. and Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 99 E. Jefferson St., in Hoschton. For more information, contact Pastor Cory Sexton at the church office 706-6548415 or on his cell at 678234-9408. sss New Community Church has a new series, The Starting Point, beginning April 13. Church starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays at 4532 Highway 53 in the auditorium of Lawson Funeral Home. Easter service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 20. For more information, call the church office at 706-658-0300 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. New Community believes that if we can move people along in their faith journey to passionately love God, then consistently loving others will be the result. Our vision is that everyone who comes to New Community will be accepted, loved, and encouraged to connect with what God is doing at New Community and in Jackson County. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, we can be all kinds of great things, but if we don’t have love, we are only noise (paraphrase). If there is one thing that will define New Community, it will be LOVE. Join Pastors Mike McGuire and Joey Durmire as we gather together as a faith community. sss

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Arbor Pointe Church invites the community to a covered-dish lunch and egg hunt on Sunday, April 13. The fun will begin at noon at the Hoschton Depot. Fun, food, games and more. See www. arborpointe.org. sss Arbor Pointe Church plans special Easter Services: On Thursday, April 17, Arbor Pointe Church will host a special “Living Last Supper” that will bring to life DaVinci’s famous painting. This service will be at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center. On April 20, you’re invited to a special Sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. Bring a folding chair or blanket to 115 Towne Center Parkway and celebrate Easter as the new day breaks. Arbor Pointe will hold its regularly scheduled worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Easter morning. sss Covenant Baptist Church is now meeting in West Jackson Primary School on Highway 53 in Braselton. Covenant Baptist Church is a familyintegrated, gospel centered church whose mission is to make disciples of Christ and equip families to grow in Him. We invite you to join each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible class and 10:30 a.m. for worship service. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Todd Coble is the pastor and you may reach him at 678316-0273. To learn more, visit covbc.org.

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Come spring, everyone is young again A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day. It sits in the shadow of the old maple that has been dying for years. Once again this year, the old tree has brought forth a respectable showing of new leaves. There are parts of it that are as dead as a doornail, but I’m not quite ready to cut it down. The old tree is somewhere north of 70 years old. It was planted by our late neighbor, Claude Bagwell, along with about four or five other maples. Sadly, they are all showing signs of old age. On days when it is warm, I take my step-dog, Buttons, out to walk among those trees. She is approaching 17 and is both blind and deaf. Her steps are tentative and uncertain. She also cannot remember the way back to the house and will either freeze in place or walk in circles when she gets frustrated. According to all of the charts, 17 in dog years equates to 119 in people years. If she were a person, Willard Scott would have had her on a jelly jar for the last couple of years. Sometimes when we are out in the yard, folks walk by with much younger dogs. They bark a friendly greeting, but in her world of darkness and silence, Buttons is oblivious to the visitor waiting just a few yards away. The old maple can’t see the young ginkgo, but in a few weeks, the new tree will be waving at the old, as if to say, “Look at me, old tree.” I love the start of spring. The bright greens that appear on the lawn and in the trees and shrubbery are like

Harris Blackwood a welcome mat for the new season. But standing in contrast are the old dog and old tree. I look at them both and wonder if this will be the last spring for both. The old dog cannot see the coming of spring, but she clearly smells the freshly mowed grass and seems content to enjoy her moments in the warmth of the sun. The tree looked like it was a goner, but then, just a few weeks ago, the buds started popping. It isn’t pretty or stately, but I can’t bring myself to call a tree cutter to bring down the final curtain. I love this season, despite the fact that it generates something that makes me sneeze like crazy. I’ll gladly pay that price in exchange for the beauty. In the next few days, one of the most beautiful sights of spring will appear on our TV sets, when the Masters takes place in Augusta. This winter, a horrendous ice storm was tough on the old course, but those magicians who work there will have every tee, green and fairway looking like a picture postcard. There are a lot of pictures of Georgia that are beamed across the country in a variety of so-called “reality” shows. There is nothing more realistic and beautiful than Augusta National Golf Club and watching its springtime show never gets old. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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Dale’s advice: Head for the pileup A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don’t like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person, then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is “whenever possible, step out of the way.” Now, know this, less you think I’m a wimp — if it comes down to it and the need arises, fight I will. I won’t enjoy it but if I must, I will stick to my ground. “Let me tell you somethin’, kid,” Daddy said once when I was squirming to avoid a disagreement. “You stand up for yourself and for your rights.” And then, of course, he quoted the Bible: “Be ye cold or hot but if you are lukewarm, I will spew you from my mouth.” “Just what,” I asked plaintively, “does that mean?” “Choose a side. It’s despicable to see someone who is mealy-mouthed and doesn’t stand for one side or the other.” He’s right. I developed a philosophy that I stick to it. I wrote about it in my first book in a chapter called “Choose Your Battles Care-

Ronda Rich fully: If Custer Had, He Wouldn’t Be Buried in the Middle of Nowhere.” That’s what I do — I choose my battles. Is it something that will matter tomorrow? Will it matter six months from now? If it is something that will have a lasting effect, it’s something worth fighting. As you’ve heard me say many times, I learned a lot of life’s lessons while working in NASCAR racing as first a sports writer then a publicist. I learned those formative lessons that you can’t learn from books or college but only from life itself. Lessons in risk-taking, generosity, dream-chasing, kindness and loyalty. I learned them from mentors with some of the most famous names in the sport, for they were men who made their way and learned about life as they went.

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putting the period on that philosophy. I had asked him, out of curiosity, why he seldom got caught up in a wreck. Earnhardt, it seemed, was charmed. He’d be coming out of a turn when suddenly a big pileup started happening in front of him and, almost without exception, he’d slide through unscathed. This genius racer had a brilliant answer. He didn’t try to avoid it. He drove straight toward it. “Remember that,” he said, pulling a strand of my hair. “You might need to know that one day.” “Right,” I replied with a bit of a sarcastic tone. “I’m sure I’ll use that one a lot.” But you know what? Starting now, I’m gonna drive straight toward the wreck ... uh, the problem. No more swerving to avoid it. Earnhardt was right — it’s useful information. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of several books, including “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at www.rondarich.com. Her column appears weekly.

On my plate: Coins, buttons, used gum I was on the couch, chewing on a straw, watching the zillionth commercial where a middle-aged man takes a pill and he’s suddenly happy as all get-out, when my 11-year-old son approached my throne. “Arggh argghzhin rumblph,” he said. He obviously had something in his mouth that was prompting even more garbled gibberish than usual. “Boy, what’s in your mouth?” He proudly opened his jaws wide, where I witnessed a huge, mangled eraser atop his tongue. “Son, don’t ever put erasers, or anything else that isn’t food, in your mouth,” I commanded, straw betwixt my incisors. He spit out the offensive toy in my open hand and merrily went his way. This, unfortunately, wasn’t an isolated incident. It’s been going on for years. Every day, we find new

Len Robbins and unique items in our children’s mouths – gem clips rather than gem squash; cutlery instead of cucumber. I tend to blame any of our children’s shortcomings on my wife, but I can’t lie (which is a lie). Truth is, this one is on me. I have a long and detailed history of eating, chewing and sometimes choking on inedible objects. At 3, I ate dirt with my grandparents’ dachshund. From what I remember, it wasn’t that bad. At 5, I swallowed a quarter. My parents took me to the doctor, where an X-ray was taken. I still have that

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For some reason, a piece of advice from Dale Earnhardt popped into my head recently. I don’t know why for I hadn’t thought of it in years. And for that, I don’t know the reason either because it’s a doggone good piece of advice. “When you see a wreck happenin’ in front of you,” he offered on a day when he was a particularly good mood, the kind where he liked to share, “don’t let off of the accelerator. Keep your foot to the pedal and head straight for the center of the wreck.” He grinned that most famous of grins, the one where he was completely confident in what he was saying. “By the time you get there, it’ll gone.” He paused a moment, tilted his head, squinted one eye. “If you swerve to miss it, you’ll hit something, because by the time you get there, one of the other cars will have hit and drifted down to where you’re goin’ and you’ll hit it. The center of the wreck will be clear by the time you get there and you can drive right through it.” He smiled and gave a sure nod as though he was

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X-ray – my wee skeleton with a shiny quarter dead in the middle of my rib cage, so clear you can almost read “In God We Trust.” At one point during my youth, I had swallowed a quarter and a dime in the same week – the only time I was actually worth 35 cents in my life. In fourth grade, I grew tired of coin-swallowing and decided to chew on a giant button for some reason. I swallowed the button and an alert substitute teacher — Mrs. Stevens, God bless her — saw me gasping for air on the playground. She utilized the Heimlich maneuver and the giant button came flying out. I haven’t chewed on a giant button since, no matter how tempting. This habit of chewing on unchewable items isn’t limited to the males of the Robbins clan. A number of years ago,

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we were at a high school basketball game and my wife noticed our daughter, then 4, now 15, was chewing something. “What are you chewing?” Our daughter opened her mouth to reveal a wad of gum. “Gum,” she gleefully exclaimed. “Where’d you get that gum?” Our daughter pointed under the bleacher seat in front of her. “I got it from under there,” she said, my wife’s jaw dropping in horror. “There’s more if you want some.” They immediately went to the bathroom, probably to wash her mouth out with soap. I immediately went into convulsions of hilarity. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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FASHION SHOW Continued from 1A

Pergantis announced the centerpieces, live topiary, were available for sale to add to the fundraising ally along with the proceeds from a silent auction. Pennebaker said she and Sonia Steffes go way back to when Sonia was a personal shopper and fashion consultant with Nordstroms at the Mall of Georgia. “We just connected,” said Pennebaker. Steffes’ 30 years in retail

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During the fashion show, Aimee Gilbert’s Bigio polka dot dress popped with a pink toile wrap.

and her commitment to personal service prompted her to establish her own boutique in her hometown of Athens a decade ago. Pennebaker said this fashion guru and her good friend would give the crowded Debussy Ballroom a great fashion show and she delivered. Steffes said the community has grown so much that it’s like a city in itself, one deserving of its own hospital. She thanked Medical Center Foundation Board Chairman Jim Moore and Anthony Williamson, Vice President of Greater Braselton Development for the Northeast Georgia Health System, for assisting the models on the runway. Chanel sponsors included Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and The Spa of Chateau Elan. Diane von Furstenberg sponsor was Milton Martin Honda/Butch Miller for Senate. Ellen DeFoor, director of development for the Medical Center Foundation, manned a table which displayed the rendering of the outdoor philanthrophy opportunities available. DeFoor said she anticipates the announcement of the Rotary Club of Braselton sponsoring the flag plaza will create momentum and others will seek out opportunities for their own support of the hospital’s gardens and other outdoor spaces. There are also indoor opportunities such as the chapel. To share some information about the emergency services at the new hospital, the emergency services physician who will be staffing the ER was introduced. Dr. Douglas Morrison acknowledged he was a little nervous when asked to be a part of the fashion show. Modeling is not his strong suit, he said. Relieved when he learned he would be speaking about the emergency services Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton will be offering, Morrison said he was inspired by the Gainesville campus’ black and white photos of the ladies who helped raise money in 1951 for that hospital. The beauMorrison tiful stylishly dressed ladies who were community leaders, stay-at-home moms and volunteers were looking into the future at that time as they sold baked goods in the gift shop and did other fundraising. They were com-

mitted to bringing such an important service to the community just as the Women of North Georgia are looking to do now. Those who can trace their roots back to this community and those who have made this their home and are now a part of its history. Morrison said because of the growth of the area it has been said that the community needs this hospital. “This hospital really needs this community,” said Morrison, who noted he was part of providing medical care to those injured in the Olympic Park bombing, those hurt as tornadoes ripped through North Georgia, individuals who have suffered heart attacks and strokes and thousands of injured children – all scary situations. But scarier is needing care and being in a community that doesn’t have an ER, said Morrison. “We will have a highly advanced ER right around the corner,” said Morrison. With 17 bays in the ER, there will be staffing by trained board certified physicians and nurse practitioners and physician assistants with ER specialized training. He said the staff is currently working with EMTs and paramedics of the region to educate about what will be offered and how all the emergency care providers can work together. Morrison said the fashion show and luncheon was a wonderful fundraiser in support of this community. He noted it would help improve outcomes for patients and improve healing provided at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. After the meal, wine and fellowship were enjoyed, it was fashion time. “Debbie and I love to shop,” said Pennebaker. They were in an Athens boutique “Sonia Says” and saw Lona Pope, treasurer of the Foundation board, who was scheming with Sonia Steffes about a fundraiser. Pope said if there are to who can put this together, it was Pennebaker and Pergantis -- and eight months later, they, along with a busy committee, made it happen in a big way. The fashion show featured models who are stay-at-home moms, volunteers and professionals. closed its doors on Thursday to provide the stylish looks of the models. Cache’ Salon and Spa closed its doors on Thursday to provide the stylish looks of the models. Steffe said the spring looks are being put together to present confidence and attitude. There are different fashion looks but we want flair.

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Brenda Thompson wore a Sara CAmpbell aqua pique jacket with Lior pants, which are among the popular at Sonia Says. See more scenes from the luncheon and fashion show fundraiser at ClickThePaper.com “I hope you got some great fashion ideas,” said Steffe as the models made their way off the catwalk and into the audience to present colorful balloons. Fashion show committee members included Michelle Colluro, Deb Hempen, Eileen Howard, Theresa Huss, Karon Martinez, Caryn McGarity, Debbie Moore, Mary Neuman, Nancy Panoz, Angela Pascual, Lona Pope, Peggy Slappey, Kathy Spivey, Mary Stanford, Diane Stephens, Katie Steffes, Sonia Steffes. Jonathon Wise and Angela Zubar. Foundation annual gifts officer Sonya Smith said lots of volunteers put in so much work to make the event happen.

Hospital’s flag plaza will be sponsored by Rotary By LEANNE AKIN

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Next year, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton will be opening and those coming into the healthcare facility will pass by the flag plaza which the Rotary Club of Braselton will be sponsoring. At a recent meeting of the civic organization which currently meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at The Legends Clubhouse at Chateau Elan, members voted to be the philanthropic supporter of the flag plaza. “This is a major project, possibly a very important legacy for this club,” said Rotarian Tony Funari, who along with fellow Rotarian Paul Maney, a member of the hospital board, formulated the proposal for the Braselton Rotary Club to become the first donor to the outdoor naming opportunities at the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. Private anonymous donors and public donors, including IBM, will be joining with Rotary in the project which will evoke a sense of pride of country when guests arrive and see the flags flying in the breeze. The club becomes the first civic organization to give at the signature gift level. “We are talking about a 50-year legacy to be had at very little cost,” said Funari before welcoming Nancy Colston, medical foundation

“This is a major project, possibly a very important legacy for this club.”

executive director, to the podium. She was joined by campaign manager Maggie James. Funari mentioned the hospital’s support of the club’s golf tournaments and other projects and support of employees as Rotarians. He also noted the membership attraction potential for Rotary with signage prominently displayed. The Hospital Foundation feasibility study found the community was looking for creation of a healing environment and an extraordinary destination for wellness and the design of the hospital, the first new net, not replacement, hospital in Georgia in 20 years, incorporates the goals identified by the community. Also included in the design are outdoor spaces created as destinations for wellness. Hope, healing and wellness are part of the master plan and there are 12 naming opportunities among the gardens and other outdoor spaces. One of those

Tony Funari Braselton Rotarian is the Rotary flag plaza at the entrance to the hospital’s rotunda. This is gorgeous property and the plans are to enhance it with green initiatives to capitalize on the natural beauty, said Colston. Partnering with two firms, the health care system and the foundation have a design which patients, families and staff can enjoy and be a part of, said Colston. Colston said the flag plaza was actually designed with Rotary in mind. Service Above Self is the Rotary motto and Rotarians have

long been involved with the health care system’s mission. The flag plaza is an opportunity for the Braselton Rotary Club to have a partnership with the new hospital for years to come. The Northeast Georgia Health System has been a sponsor of the Rotary Club’s golf tournament and other fundraisers for years and both have been involved in sponsoring the Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life since its inception. Colston said she wants to educate other people about the community partnership opportunities with the new hospital. There are plans for an area of honor inside the rotunda where those supporting the hospital will be recognized. Acknowledgements will also be provided at the grand opening festivi-

ties. Charter member recognitions and acknowledgement in Communicare, the health care system’s publication which is distributed to 70,000, will be provided. The new hospital will be a meeting destination, according to Colston. An educational component will be provided to tour groups and visitors about Rotary as well as about the power of serving one’s community. “Philanthropy is the difference between a good hospital and a great hospital,” said the late W. Woodrow “Woody” Stewart, when he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Foundation. An honor graduate of Jefferson High School, he earned a football scholarship to Furman University, where he graduated with a

bachelor’s degree in 1960. Colston said the example you set for others to follow is important and Rotary is making a difference in the community by being the first to support the new hospital’s outdoor naming opportunities. There are also opportunities to enrich the hospital within its walls such as in the chapel. For information about assisting the Medical Center Foundation in its efforts on the Braselton hospital campus, call 770-219-8099 or visit www.TheMedicalCenterFoundation.org. The Medical Center Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Northeast Georgia Health System. The Foundation is a volunteer-driven and supported program.

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BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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Head coach Tom Parker believes his team is shooting low enough for a top finish in the 8-AA region tournament April 15. The competition will be stiff, with Social Circle being one of the top teams. Greene County, Riverside Military Academy and others will take the course in Bacon County. The Jefferson High School boys’ golf team finished as the runner-up in the county championship next to Jackson County and want to carry that momentum over to the region tourney. The absence of several players, who were on a school field trip to Europe, was evident but their return may help Jefferson secure the trophy. “We are shooting scores low enough at times to compete for a top place in the region and potentially move on to sectionals and/or the state tournament,” said Parker.

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The Jackson County Comprehensive HIgh School soccer team could clinch its first ever playoff berth with a win over Elbert County tonight at home. The Panthers are 5-4-1 as of April 7 and are undefeated in region play. Admission to the game is free.

Hawks in the middle of the pack entering region VII tournament

Confident Hawks ready for second half of region play

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Senior singles player Madison Hahn said she and the Lady Hawks don’t want to surrender anymore region games, but it’s a tall order for the No. 4 seed going into the Region VII tournament April 14. Head coach Tim Schroer said he believes if the Lady Hawks can disrupt the gifted play of the Lions, then they’ll have a legitimate shot. “I think the top four teams are very tough this year. Peachtree Ridge has the advantage on everyone in the region,” said Schroer. “They have a No.1 and No. 2 singles combo that is very strong. If you can crack one of them, you definitely have a chance.” Mill Creek has forced five shutouts in region play; not allowing opponents to score definitely builds confidence and should help their fight. But Schroer said he believes the door is wide open for at least half of the region to win the title. “Our girls have played well in our region play this year. We need to make sure we are ready and focused on the region tournament which starts the week after spring break. I think there are four teams in our region who have an opportunity to win it,” stated Schroer. See MILL CREEK TENNIS 2B

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Top: Athletic Director Tim Corbett and Brenau cheerleading coach Krista Britt. Bottom: Bill Mitchell, Craigan Mitchell and Patty Mitchell. Lady Dragon Craigan Mitchell will make the short drive to Gainesville on a cheerleading scholarship to Brenau University where the Tigers compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. BU placed fifth last year at the NCA National Championships.

Rogers adds spark to JHS gymnastics BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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The Jefferson High School gymnastics team continues to make small strides with the hopes of qualifying for the state meet. Freshman Sara Rogers is one of the building blocks for a young team that has great potential but the high school newbie knows the stakes are high. Rogers, who competes at a level six, is up against more seasoned gymnasts, some competing at a level 10. Although she feels like it’s not a fair fight, she is putting her attention on what she can control - and that’s scoring an 8.5 or better for a trip to Westminster May 2. “The level of difficulty is pretty high. In high school gymnastics, they don’t separate the lower and higher levels when it comes to scoring so, in my opinion, a beginner gymnast is being scored unfairly because they are being compared to more experienced gymnasts,” said Rogers. “However, I’ll have a

chance to [show off my hard work] April 15 with the hopes of scoring high enough to attend the state qualifier meet.” Rogers is a skilled tumbler with numerous first-place finishes with trophies and medals to prove it. But with aspirations to be a collegiate gymnast [and help Jefferson win a state title], Rogers hopped back on the balance beam and the bars. Although she was timid at first, she is getting past the learning curve with a little more ease. See ROGERS 2B

The month of April means a second go around and potentially a shot at revenge in region play for high school baseball teams. For Mill Creek, it will be another showdown with Mountain View April 11 after a game they lost by one point. Left fielder Austin Geist said there’s no doubt the four-time defending region champs have the rest of region VII gunning for them. “Our region is really competitive and we feel like we have a target on our back every game so we have to perform to the best of our ability,” said Geist. And the Hawks are allowed to have an ego to a certain degree since they’ve been a dominant force in the region for so long. The team’s confidence and timely hitting should help them get the crown but center fielder Will Zimmer knows they still have a long road ahead of them. “We always expect there to be a fight for the region championship. This year is no different and there are still a lot of games to be played,” Zimmer stated.

The Hawks booked a handful of the state’s best teams with the hopes of beating the non-region ranked opponents. But Gainesville, Marist, Milton and Parkview got the best of Mill Creek who struggled offensively in all but one of those games. However, the Hawks rebounded well, clinching a six-game winning streak and are tied for second in the region with North Gwinnett. “We were able to work out all the kink and we learned how to fight as a team,” Geist said. Mill Creek has found its rhythm, averaging 10 runs in its five games. And every now and then, they can hit the ball out of the park as Zimmer proved against Peachtree Ridge. “That was my first home run of the season and it felt good being able to help the team get the lead,” stated Zimmer. The Hawks know most games won’t be a walk in the park but they like the way they’re playing right now and hope the hot streak continues. “We want to limit our mental errors, continue to make plays and hit the ball well,” said Zimmer.

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Freshman Sara Rogers has high hopes to be an allaround gymnast after taking time off from the beam and bars.

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The deadline to register your child for the Jefferson Sea Dragons swim season is right around the corner. The deadline is April 18, however, space may be available afterward. Jefferson began registering swimming athletes March 17. The cost is $125 per person; $160 for non-residents. The season will start June 7 and will end July 26. Additional space may be available after April 18 which is the deadline.

The Gwinnett Braves are set for its home opener against the Durham Bulls April 11 and will have Chipper Jones on hand to throw out the first pitch April 12. Jones had his No. 10 jersey retired last year after a remarkable 19-year career. The G-Braves have single game tickets on sale as well as other promotions, including free t-shirts to the first 2,000 fans opening night. For more information, call 678277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department has a host of spring sports that the entire family can enjoy. To start, two T-Ball games will take place today. The MES Express vs. EJES Reds will start at 6 p.m. at the East Jackson Park and the WJP Red Sox vs. NJ/GS Muckdogs will kick off at 6 p.m. as well at the West Jackson Park. The track and field team will compete April 12 at 9 a.m. There are also a ton of Jackson County adult mens softball league games starting at 6:45 p.m. April 16. There is also a volleyball academy offered by Jackson County. Visit jacksonrec.com for more information or call 706-3676350.


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Continued from 1B “I’ve wanted to get back into all-around gymnastics for a while and I’m glad to be moving outside my comfort zone by doing something I’m not used to doing. I decided a year ago that I wanted to get back into all around gymnastics and realized that I missed doing the beam, vault and floor, so I haven’t had much experience in those areas,” Rogers stated. “I came in this year scared to do anything on beam and falling off just walking on it and now I have many skills that I didn’t think I would be able to compete in only one season. I love doing my floor routine because I can incorporate all of my tumbling skills. I always seem to score pretty high in that area,” Rogers stated. And the beam will be the primary focus for the national champion in the Junior Olympics for the Intermediate Division of Tumbling. “I feel that I have improved most on bars and the beam. When I started back in the fall, I couldn’t even do my kip which is a skill that you must have in order to move to the next level,” Rogers. “I have been training for about a year and am finally feeling a little more confident in this area.” Lovett will host Jefferson, Stockbridge and others in the regular season finale April 15. For The Paper

Sara Rogers is ready to take her skills to the next level, knowing if she makes it to the state meet, it will be as tough as it gets.

Jefferson Dragons set to host county championship meet

MILL CREEK TENNIS Continued from 1B

boys make up a young Hawks team and “If you can crack one willThe have to believe they can play on the same as the best teams in the region. of [the Lady Lions court “I feel like the boys have done a great job of competing in our matches. They work hard, from Peachtree challenge each other and compete daily in practice,” Schroer said. Ridge], then you Schroer believes the boys’ team is beginning to create some separation which is what definitely have a the team needs to get through the tourney as the No. 5 seed. And the Hawks have been more chance to win the competitive in practice despite a lack of experegion tournament.” rience. “I do feel like our boys have done a great job of creating some separation within the lineup. We still have to continue to battle and get better. We are closer to where we want to be but still have a long way to go,” said Schroer.

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Madison Hahn plays with a great deal of intensity; her leadership and experience will be needed as the Lady Hawks enter the region tournament as the No. 4 seed.

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Typically the running events is what gets the crowds attention but at the county title meet today, expect the field events to steal the show. Keep an eye on Jefferson’s Satchel Turpin and Tradd Porter (long jump and triple jump) and Jackson County’s Destiny Gaudlock and Layson Giles (high jump). All have the potential to do well at the state championship meet.

A BALANCED ATTACK Strong hitting could aid Panthers to top of the region BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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Pitcher Coleman Barbee says he doesn’t believe there’s a secret remedy the Panthers can use to win the region. Simply put, if you play the game the way it should it be played, you’ll have success. And a little good fortune along the way never hurt. “It will take good pitching, good hitting, good defense and a certain amount of luck. As a coach of mine told me in rec football once, ‘Defense wins games and offense sells tickets.’ If we go with that philosophy, then good pitching and good defense are the keys to winning. But we better be able to put the stick on the ball and have a little luck too,” said Barbee. The Jackson County Comprehensive High School baseball team, 14-4 (as of April 7), has thrived with having multiple people make plays. Patrick Overstreet has blasted six homers and leads the team in RBI with 26. Add Nick Corso who has become a professional thief, swiping 18 bags complete with 23 runs and Andrew Fogarty’s key wins over Oconee County and Pike County and the Panthers may have cemented themselves as one of the better teams in AAA. “[I believe just about] every player on the team has the

“If I’m going to help my team the best I can, I need to be as perfect as possible when I toe the rubber.” Coleman Barbee Jackson County Panther potential to put the bat on the ball and get on base,” stated Barbee. While it’s obvious Jackson County has a lot of weapons, Barbee said maturity and leadership have been the key difference between this year and last years’ team. “We had two seniors and seven freshmen on last year’s team. This year, we have seven seniors and one freshman. We are still a young team but we have more players that have been

battle tested,” stated Barbee. In regard to the postseason, Barbee doesn’t let his mind wander that far yet. “It’s way too early in the season to think about playoffs. The football expression many people use is, ‘Any given Friday night.’ Well, the same applies to baseball, “Barbee stated.” “On any given night, the best team can be beat and we are not the best team. We have to take every game and win every moment in those games. There is a lot of baseball left to be played before any team can start looking to the playoffs.” And the Panthers lived up to that motto. On March 26, Fogarty earned the win over No. 10 ranked Oconee County, which includes Coastal Carolina signee Bobby Holmes. Fogarty also saw a key victory over Pike County, which was ranked No. 2 in AAA. With just a few weeks left in regular season play, Barbee looks to fine tune all areas of his game, saying he wants to be more versatile. “If I’m going to help my team the best I can, I need to be as perfect as possible when I toe the rubber. I like to hit and want to be able to contribute offensively, too, so I am working on trying to improve my play at the plate,” said Barbee.

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Silent auction items at A Night of Hope for Children were getting attention from those attending the 16th annual fundraiser for The Tree House including Allyson Summerour. At right, Doug Garrison was one of the spotters pointing out bidders during the live auction segment of the April 4 special evening at the Winder Community Center. See more scenes from A Night of Hope for Children at ClickThePaper.com

All for kids By LEANNE AKIN

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Silent auction items filled a banquet room and lined the walls of the Winder Community Center on April 4 as the community came together to raise money for children. As the 16th annual Night of Hope for Children, benefiting The Tree House, was getting under way, a beautiful rainbow painted the blue sky. As night fell, stars could be seen bringing to life the event’s logo featuring a child with a teddy bear pointing toward the heavens graced by planets and constellations. The evening with food and fundraising and a silent and live auction gave supporters from Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties a chance to learn more about what The Tree Jackson House does and how support of the child advocacy center, which has locations in Winder and Commerce, is helping children and families of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit and beyond. Sandra Holliday, who chairs the board of directors of The Tree House, welcomed the packed community center. She thanked everyone for their support of The Tree House, saying, “You never stand taller than when you bend Maddox to help a child.” Larry Rary gave the invocation and offered prayers for the children, The Tree House staff, the event com-

mittee and everyone who came together to be a part for the children. While guests roamed around the silent auction items to record their bids for an assortment of lots for children, adults and families – from a tricycle and a painted child’s rocking chair to a grill, pottery, jewelry and lots of sports memorabilia and collectibles, the focus turned to auctioneer Chris Maddox on the stage. Let the bidding begin, and Maddox challenged the crowd to push the numbers higher. Popular live auction regulars had the spotters staying busy to keep up with the incremental bids. A hay ride on the Holliday farm netted $400, a kid’s birthday party at a fire station thanks to Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services Chief John Skinner and Lt. Scot Dakin brought in $350 and a low country boil for 10 prepared by Tree House supporters Gwen Hight, Beverly Jackson and Linda Shoaf added $550 to the fundraising tally. Gold packages at The Legends at Chateau Elan and Currahee Golf Club also had bidders battling it out. Spotters included Bill Brown, Scott Dakin, Doug Garrison, Steve Loggins and Seth Thompson. It was noted that longtime spotter Terry England was missed. University of Georgia items including a quilt made by Jean Murray from an assortment of University of Georgia T-shirts, club level seats at the GeorgiaFlorida game and a BBQ and UGA vs. Vandy football day with Tara and Michael Farmer were live auction attractions. But it was the travel opportunities that got the

Fundraiser for The Tree House includes auctions plus presentation of special donation

During Friday evening’s Night of Hope for the Children, the 16th annual fundraiser for The Tree House held at the Winder Community Center, two representatives from First Baptist Church of Jefferson’s Morning Glory Circle presented a $1,000 check to Becky Lee, executive director of the child advocacy center which serves Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties. Glenda Blackstock and Sandra Jones made the presentation. Blackstock said they learned about The Tree House six years ago when now-Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum spoke so passionately about what The Tree House does for families that the circle wanted to support its child advocacy efforts. A quilt was donated to be raffled off as a fundraiser for The Tree House. “We know you will do a lot with this $1,000,” said Blackstock as she presented the check to Lee. most attention – with a St. Simons Island getaway and a Panama City Beach condo stay ramping up the bidding. Lee commended the staff of The Tree House and said they work long, nontraditional in order to meet the needs of children. The staff includes Ida Segars, Jason Simpson, Tina Mingus, Debbie Nelson, Paige Sanders, Debra Schreve, Rebecca Crowe and Christina Thomason. Interns were also recognized. During breaks in the live auction, Tree House staffers shared information about the work they do. Jason Simpson, child services program manager, explained why the fundraising was taking place by reading a letter from young Josiah who was the victim of an

assault at school. After working with a counselor for several months, Josiah gained the confidence he needed not to be scared and to go into court and testify against his attacker. The child’s letter was poignant and shared Bible scriptures about strength and forgiveness. Because of what he had learned during his sessions at The Tree House, Josiah was able to give advice to a fellow student who was being bullied at school. “Helping children like Josiah is what we do every day,” said Simpson. “That, folks, is what it’s all about.”

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An artistic and giving spirit

Katie Griffin The Paper

Delores Garrison of Jackson County crafts treasured handkerchief dolls in a time honored tradition. She is also an accomplished artist.

By Katie Griffin

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Jackson County’s Delores Garrison has been commissioned to make and sell her famous “church babies” at the Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson. “We are thrilled that Ms. Delores will be making some church babies to sell in our Museum gift shop. We are always looking for special items that are from Dr. Long’s era and the church doll is a perfect example of something that children would have played with back then,” said Vicki Starnes, manager of the Crawford W. Long Museum. As the story goes, fathers and brothers that went off to the Civil War, not knowing whether they would ever return, left the little girls of their families one of their best handkerchiefs which seemed to say “don’t

forget me.” The handkerchiefs were often all the girls had left of their fathers, brothers. “Little girls treasured these gifts and made them into dolls. They could carry them to church and if dropped on the floor made no noise,” said Starnes. Garrison, who is almost 85 years old, has been making church babies for years. She always gives them to friends and family members. She explained that back in her day, churches did not provide nurseries for children and babies so mothers had to bring toys to church to keep the children quiet and occupied during the sermon. Many times the children would drop the toys on the floor making an awful noise and disturbing the service. Like Starnes said, the church babies were designed to keep the children occupied but did not make a noise if dropped on the floor. This was the

Commissioned by the Crawford W. Long Museum, Delores Garrison will be sharing her ‘church babies’ perfect solution to mothers bringing their families to church during that era. Garrison recently took a lady handkerchief of one of her dear friends, Marion Porter, who is now deceased, and made a bonnet for Porter’s great-granddaughter. Garrison has long been an important aspect of the Jefferson community. She owned and operated Dot’s and Dee’s Flower and Gift Shop in the square in Jefferson. She was also one of the first women to work in advertising at the Athens Banner-Herald. “The men at the Herald didn’t think I could sell anything so they sent me to their hardest clients and when I came back with ads sold to almost all of them, they couldn’t believe it! That’s when I knew I liked that

job,” said Delores Garrison. She would go to each business in the area and talk to them about buying an advertisement and then she would go back to the office and write the advertisement up herself. “We didn’t have all the graphic options that businesses have now a days. A good ad back then was a written ad with maybe a picture or two. So I had to be a good writer and a good saleswoman,” said Garrison. She is an accomplished artist and excels in oil painting, water colors, china painting, jewelry making, embroidery and porcelain doll making. She has made countless porcelain dolls with her own moulds

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Paige Sanders, who joined the staff a month ago, shared about Katie, a young girl who disclosed she was being inappropriately touched by someone in her home. Her family did not believe her and she had felt unloved in her home for a long time. The girl confided that at The Tree House she felt valued and loved. Forensic interviewer Rebecca Crow said she and Victim Advocate Program therapist Debra Schreve are working with a group of teens who are having difficulty coping with their emotions and mood swings after being abused. One of the girls recently said she integrated some of her newfound skills in dealing with family in order to have a great outing with her family. Beverly Jackson said her committee works well together

with several being involved as long as she has chaired the Night of Hope for Children which is marking its 16th year. “I have a committee of woman and one very special man, Marshall Britt,” said Jackson, who, along with other committees, was presented a rose of appreciation. There was also a progressive dinner with the Grants, Manuses and Hamiltons at The Georgia and a BBQ dinner served up by the Brad and Christine Smith. Hollis Hart was the winner of the UGA football tickets on the 40-yard line but the lucky winner wasn’t at the event and failed to put contact number on her ticket. “Where in the world is Hollis Hart,” asked Maddox. Come to find out she is a University of Georgia who purchased her $10 ticket from a fellow student interning at The Tree House. The amount of money raised from the event is still being tal-

lied but is expected to be in excess of Big Dipper sponsors included Akins, Community Bank & Trust, State Rep. and Mrs. Terry England, District Attorney Brad and Christine Smith and Verity Bank. Solvay, the Winder Woman’s Club, K&B Fabricating and Community and Southern Bank were Hero sponsors. Serving as Great Hunter sponsors was the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick’s Towing and U-Haul, Republic Services, Farm Bureau, Larry and Peggy Rary, Peachstate Federal Credit Union, People’s Equity and Deborah Worley. Little Dipper sponsors were Auburn Elementary, Pam Veader State Farm, Holsenbeck Elementary School, WinderBarrow High School, Don and Shannon Hammond, the Winder Lions Club, Dottie Reynolds, the Winder Noon Lions Club, Synergy Church and Bob and Mary Cullerton.

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Jackson County was well represented at A Night of Hope for Children benefiting The Tree House with Teddie and Don Lohmeier, Commission Chairman Tom Crowe, District 4 Commissioner Dwain Smith and Tobie and Doug Haynie and others attending. The catered dinner from Trumps Catering included a beef carving station.

The staff of The Tree House includes Ida Segars, Jason Simpson, Tina Mingus, Debbie Nelson, Paige Sanders, Debra Schreve, Rebecca Crowe and Christina Thomason. Interns were also recognized.

How people found out about child abuse/neglect and how the community can help prevent it The treatment of children has become important to us as Americans only very recently. The first reported child abuse case was in 1874 and was brought by an agency not affiliated with children. Here’s what happened to Mary Ellen and how her case came to be heard. Mary Ellen was taken from her mother’s care because her father had died, her mother was working full time and could not provide for her nor take care of her. Her foster mother beat her, locked her in a room, rarely allowed her outside and didn’t provide adequate food or clothing. A neighbor heard Mary Ellen screaming and told a mission worker, who didn’t know where to get help. The mission worker finally talked to Henry Bergh, founder and president of the ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He took up Mary Ellen’s cause and was able to persuade a judge to hear her case. Mary Ellen was carried into the courtroom wrapped in a blanket. This is an excerpt from the newspaper report of what she told the judge: “My father and mother are both dead. I don’t know how old I am…I call foster mother mamma. I have

never had but one pair of shoes, but I cannot recollect when that was…My bed at night has only been a piece of carpet stretched on the floor underneath a window….Mamma has been in the habit of whipping and beating me almost every day. …I have no recollection of ever having been kissed by anyone — have never been kissed by mamma….Whenever mamma went out, I was locked up in the bedroom...I do not want to go back to mamma because she beats me so.” Mary Ellen was removed from her foster home. The case got a lot of public attention which caused an outpouring of reports of child beating and cruelty. Citizens called a meeting and formed an organization “for the defense of outraged childhood.” That group became incorporated the year after Mary Ellen’s case came to light as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. By 1965, mandatory reporting of child abuse by school teachers and medical

professionals had become law in all states. In Georgia, a new law was recently passed making many more people required to report any suspected child abuse. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act became law in 1974. Other laws have since been passed which protect children in many other ways. (Excerpts above are from the National CASA Association Volunteer Training Curriculum.) We all have relationships with children at church and in our neighborhoods. If we become trusted adults for these children, they will tell us when something isn’t right. When we see a possible case of neglect or abuse, we need to call and make a report to DFCS; contact our local DFCS office or the local police department during working hours; after hours (between 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.) call 1-855-GACHILD (1-855-422-4453). Resources in our community include: The Tree House holds free parenting classes and support groups for children; Peace Place has support groups for teens and parents who have been victims of domestic violence and has a shelter for victims; DFCS has lots of resources for families in trouble (they don’t take children out of the home unless there’s a risk of those children being hurt); Family Connection can provide

information and resources for families and individuals; Piedmont CASA provides and coordinates trained volunteers who advocate in court for children in foster care; Barrow County School System social workers help with food for kids on the weekends and with

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other needs. Our children deserve the best that we can provide for them so that they may grow up to become happy and productive citizens of our communities. Let’s work together to make our communities safe from child abuse, one child at a time.

Annette Bates is executive director of Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), one of the agencies collaborating to help prevent child abuse and provide services to victims. She can be reached at akbates@jacksoncountygov.com

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Woman’s Club ‘hamming’ in up By LEANNE AKIN

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Easter eats call for ham and eggs. For the Braselton Woman’s Club, some tips about making the Easter holiday meal – and any meal – more spectacular were provided April 3 by Angie McCullough. After the welcome by president Jan David and the devotional by Janie Holbrook, J.B. Smoot introduced McCullough as the senior account manager for David Ray’s Northeast Georgia Deli Provisions, distributors of Boars Head products. With a variety background that includes work in law enforcement and psychology, McCullough McCullough said her boss got a call from lady she had spoken with in a grocery store and a Braselton Wom-

an’s Club program resulted. McCullough said she appreciates the club’s efforts to preserve the heritage of a small town and she was delighted to be a part of the club’s monthly gathering. The Braselton Woman’s Club, which celebrated its founding with a special celebration held last fall at the Braselton-Stover-House, meets on the first Wednesday of the month at noon at Country Inn & Suites in Braselton but does not meet in July and August. The June meeting will be an awards luncheon at which the “cookie scholarships” will be presented to selected high school students who will be continuing their education after graduation. Proceeds from the club’s sale of cookies and other goodies at the monthly YearOne car shows fund the scholarships, thus the “cookie scholar-

ships” name. In the past seven years, $9,000 in scholarships has been awarded, noted B. Gordy, who chairs the scholarship committee. The first YearOne car show of the year which has a public safety awareness theme will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Gathering around the dinner table to celebrate Easter is also part of the region’s heritage. A time of celebration of a special season can be made even more special with a ham which yields more than a spiral-cut variety with a bone. If you are looking for that bone to be a part of a future ham and beans meal, that may be a better option. However, if you are feeding a crowd and are looking for quality and value, Boar’s Head should be explored as the Boar’s Head Brand Sweet Slice® Boneless

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and she hand paints them and then makes the doll’s clothing herself, too. Her home is filled with framed art, embroideries, painted china and dolls and many items that she has handcrafted. “She is the most creative woman I know and all of us are very proud of her,” says her son, Andy Garrison. She has four other children: Kay, Chris, Bobby, who passed away at 10 years old, and Wayne. She has two grandsons, Chip and Benjamin, and two great-grandchildren, Haley and Logan. “My Mom has taught us all how to dream. Through her creativity and optimism she has instilled in her children that anything is possible. Success is measured in relationships, not money,” said Andy Garrison. Her whole life she has raised and loved children, some of which were not even her own. One example is Hilda Johnson Smith, whose mother was a close friend of Garrisons. Smith’s mother had a stroke and back then (more than 50 years ago) if someone had a stroke they did not go to the hospital in Athens or Gainesville but they went to Georgia Baptist in Atlanta. Smith’s parents did not have to worry about her because Delores and Albert Garrison stepped right in and welcomed Smith into their home, not knowing how long she would have to stay. The Garrisons already had five children to take care of, but Delores did not hesitate to take Smith in. It turned out that Mrs. Johnson stayed in the hospital for two weeks. “Throughout those two weeks I was made to feel just like one of their many children, or so it seemed to me,” said Hilda Johnson

Two of the colorful paintings by Delores Garrison which are examples of the kind of paintings she does and shares with others. Her home is filled with artwork, porcelain dolls and hand-painted china. Her heart is filled with graciousness. Smith, coordinator of Great Promise Partnership. Smith explained that while staying with the Garrisons, one day, sitting in a swing in their front yard, Delores was spending one on one time with her when she asked how long she thought it would be until her mother came home from the hospital. Of course she did not have a clue, but she knew Garrison was trying to pull conversation out of her as she was painfully shy. Garrison spotted a dandelion in the grass and suggested they go pick it, blow on it and see how many of the seed heads were left after they blew and maybe that would give them the answer. “I don’t remember how many days it was before my mother came home nor how many fluffy seed heads were left but I do remember her finding a way to give me some undivided attention. To this day, I look at dandelions in a totally different light than most people. To me, a dandelion is beautiful as it is an expression of the love that that family poured out on a family in need. They lived out ‘love thy neighbor’ when so many of us just speak of it,” said Smith. Another example of Garrison’s impact on the com-

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munity is her love for the arts. She has hundreds of paintings in her home that she paints and gives away as gifts and sometimes just to bless someone. She is a firm believer in staying busy and learning new skills as a way to bless others. “Find something you love to do and do it. But don’t just let time go by without leaving your mark here on earth and on the lives of those you love,” said Mrs. Garrison. Another example of Garrison using her talents to help others is when Sheriff Janis Mangum and her husband, Jerry, married more than 31 years ago, the young bride cross stitched their initial “M” and took it to Garrison. She hot glued and framed it in a cross-stitch holder. “This still hangs in my kitchen and every time I look at it, I think of Delores,” said Sheriff Mangum. Garrison’s home is proof of her many talents and is where she has a work room full of painting supplies, ribbon, lace, cloth and other inventory items. She gets most of her lace from curtains, place mats or handkerchiefs that she buys at thrift or consignment stores and she recycles them and makes them into something beau-

Smoked Ham should deliver. McCullough acknowledges she has a great job showcasing the whole line of products available from Boar’s Head. Don’t just think ham when you hear Boar’s Head, which is now available in more grocery stores than ever. Consider turkey, beef, chicken, franks, sausage, bacon, bologna, Italian meats and cheeses. You should complement that holiday Boar’s Head ham with the brown sugar and spice ham glaze cooking sauce. McCullough carved up nice portions of Boar’s Head ham and served a ginger snap topped with a portion of a cream cheese block “iced down” with the remaining glaze from a jar. A tasty appetizer was served up with minimum effort. McCullough also provided information about other Boar’s Head products as well as a recipe booklet and a magnetic shopping list to make grocery store trips more organized. On McCullough’s Easter table expect to see a Boar’s Head ham and a turkey safely deep-fried in her backyard. Also served up will be mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs and green beans. She said Easter eggs are no longer on her table since a relative with whom she shared hard boiled eggs is gone: one liked

the yolk, the other the white so it was a match made in heaven. Without anyone to share the boiled with, McCullough took another relative’s suggestion to make a batch of deviled eggs and put the waiting empty cooked egg whites around for the eater to stuff if desired. Strawberry cake is her holi-

day dessert favorite. For more about any of the Boar’s Head products, visit boarshead.com For more information about the Braselton Woman’s Club, contact Jo Longo at 706-654-9266 or check the club’s face book at wwwfacebook.com/Braselton Woman’s Club.

tiful whether it is a church baby or part of a doll dress or a bonnet. She has a way of taking something ordinary and making something beautiful with it. “Never have I known a senior citizen who has embraced life the way Delores has. Her many hobbies, talents and interests keep her busy and exhibit the vast amount of gifts she displays,” said Smith. During her interview, she asked the writer of this article what her favorite hobbies are and what her husband’s favorite hobbies are. After answering, Garrison looked her right in the eye and said, “Whatever your husband likes to do and wherever he likes to go, make sure to be a

part of it and to go places with him. The little things will be what you miss the most when he is gone.” Her words are so true and so encouraging. Garrison’s husband, the late Albert Garrison, was a lifelong resident of Jefferson. He was mayor of Jefferson, president of Jackson Memorial Park Cemetery, a charter member of the Albert Gordon Post 56 American Legion, an active Lions Club member, deacon and usher of First Baptist Church in Jefferson and an accomplished craftsman, making toys for children and seniors in the community. Mrs. Garrison’s home is filled with pictures and keepsakes from her late husband’s life. She encourages

young couples to find things you enjoy doing together and make time for each other because once people have children and careers, it is easy to forget the spouse. “Delores is a model many of us should follow: staying busy, creating, imagining, thinking, doing for others and sharing her keen mind with those of us who are graced by the brief moments we spend with her on her long yet fulfilling days,” said Smith. Delores Garrison’s church babies can now be found at Crawford M. Long Museum located at 28 College St., in Jefferson. She also takes special orders for them as well and she can be reached on Facebook.

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Physical relationship with co-worker gets complicated Dear John: A couple of months after starting a new job, one of my colleagues and I got physically involved after an office party. Unfortunately, now he has informed me that he is steadily seeing someone else. Still, he’d like us to “stay friends.” By this, he means he wouldn’t mind periodically coming over to pursue our very hot physical connection. Of course, I’m hoping that he eventually sees more in our relationship and will drop her for me. What are my chances that this will happen? — One Cubicle Away, in Richmond, Va. Dear One Cubicle: To be honest, your chances are slim at best. This guy is playing the field, and he’s most likely playing you. If you’re in the relationship just for the sex, then acknowledge this with open eyes and a protected heart. If you want an exclusive relationship, keep looking around until you find a guy you don’t have to share.

John Gray Dear John: I am a single 37-year-old female with thoughts of marriage one day, but I am undecided about children. Recently, I met a divorced man with two children, ages 7 and 12. He has partial custody (every other weekend). He seems like a great guy, and I am definitely attracted to him. My concern is that I am unsure about how I feel dating a man who has two children. — Needing Courage, in Pasadena, Calif. Dear Courage: Being around children, at all stages of their growth, is a truly enriching experience. Sure, it can be daunting to someone who has never had a child, and you will have to understand and accept your partner’s responsibility to

his children and their needs, as they will always be his first priority. This does not, however, preclude you having a happy and fulfilling relationship with him. Take the chance that he wants to make room in his life for you, and open your heart as well to accepting him and his family. I don’t think you’ll regret it. Dear John: I’m a 41-yearold man married for 16 years to a great woman. Unfortunately, many times during our marriage, I have lied to her regarding simple matters, because I thought they were no big deal, and I didn’t want to get her angry. For example, I would stop and have a beer on the way home, and then lie to her about my whereabouts. We married young and immediately had our first child. We put sex on the backburner. Recently, I engaged in paid phone sex, which I lie about as well. I finally admitted this to her, and,

needless to say, she is very angry. I don’t know if she’ll ever forgive me. I’ve entered counseling and have truly examined my actions as a person and have sought the advice of my priest. I am doing everything I can to make amends for my past, but I’m afraid it may just be too late. — Praying Not to Lose Her, in Jackson, Miss. Dear Praying: You’ve come to realize that your actions speak louder than words, and that is a major step toward salvaging your relationship. To reinforce these efforts, stay honest and open with her. Also, take the time to write her a letter about your actions, your regrets and your desire for her forgiveness. In that letter, outline the steps you are taking , and will continue to take, in order to be the husband she needs and deserves. Above all else, follow through on what you promise. Don’t hesitate to invite her to meet with you and

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your counselor if you are having difficult issues that an impartial individual might help you to overcome. Most importantly, remember to take one day at a time. She may well come to forgive you, even if she does not forget the past. That is all you can ask for. Demonstrate love, passion and commitment, and eventually, she will do the same again. Dear John: I have been living with my boyfriend for five years, and I am still having trouble understanding his need to look at other women. He works only with men and occasionally looks at girly magazines around the office. I’ve begun to think that he is unhappy with the way I look. Is there something I can do to cope with him looking, or am I being fair in asking him to keep his mind on me instead of other women? — Me and Me Only, in Corvallis, Ore.

Dear Me and Me Only: When men look at a woman’s physical attributes, they are following a basic biological instinct. This is not to say that your guy can’t be a gentleman, at least in your presence. Ask him again to avoid looking or commenting on other women while you are around, because it makes you feel uncomfortable and unloved. Come up with a mutually agreed-upon signal, such as a gentle tap on the arm, that lets him know he’s forgotten his promise. If, after that appeal, he still does his version of shock and stare, then he’s definitely not the guy for you. Manners can trump instinct when a man truly cares and respects the woman he claims to love.

John Gray is the author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” Visit www. marsvenus.com.

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Time for cleanup focus Wolfgang Ludwig of World Technology Ingredients (WTI) has been urging a concerted effort to be made to clean up the community, and others will be joining in on those cleanup efforts in the coming weeks. Ludwig is just one of the community’s participants in beautification efforts. He has been in constant contact with Jefferson city officials about the lack of regard for Mother Nature. You can join Ludwig and others for Rivers Alive and the GREAT Jackson County Cleanup. Rivers Alive will be held in Braselton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Volunteers can meet in the Braselton Community Room to be a part of this cleanup effort which is conducted twice a year with help from Jackson County and Barrow County. Volunteers get out in the Mulberry River and local streams as well as the along the roadways to clean up trash. The program is one of the many developed by Georgia EPD watershed protection branch. It is a statewide volunteer program that aids in creating and raising awareness of local watersheds and the impacts that pollutants can have on them. For more information, contact Yvette Wise at ywise@braselton.net with Rivers Alive in the subject line or call 706-654-3915 ext. 1012.

The Jefferson Police Department is also cracking down on littering, and you will see Jackson County Correctional Institute work crews focusing on some of the roadways on which litter is a constant problem. Often the culprits are trucks with unsecured loads. On May 3, the community is also being asked to gather together to clean roadways, parks, school campuses, county campuses and anywhere that needs cleaning and sprucing. Planting flowers and sprucingup neighborhoods are also encouraged. Volunteers can choose their area for cleanup and be rewarded with a Jackson County Litter Getter T-shirt, trash bags, a few other goodies and lunch at Hurricane Shoals Park. Bring filled trash bags and debris will be collected on a large truck sto see how much was collected that day. If a group can’t clean on May 3, another time can be set. “We would like to have more than 500 volunteers scattered throughout the county cleaning and sprucing up,” said Keep Jackson County Beautiful executive director Susan Trepagnier said. Give KJCB a call at 706-708-7198 or shoot an email to strepagnier@jacksoncountygov.com and get a form to fill out with sizes of T-shirts and the area you’ll be adopting for the cleanup.

Community Happenings Free round dance lessons. Jug Tavern Squares Dance Club is sponsoring two-step round dance lessons beginning at 7:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Winder YMCA. Lon Bedillion will be instructor. Contact Brenda Strickland at Brendastrickland55@yahoo. com or call 706-654-9847. Food for Barrow families. Barrow Ministry Village is hosting monthly food distributions for Barrow County children and families in need. Residents of Barrow County should bring their own bag/box to the distribution where income and eligibility requirements apply but no documentation is needed. Upcoming distributions will be at 9 a.m. on Thursdays of April 10, May 8, June 12 and July 10 at River Hills Church, located at 416 Argonne Road in Winder, the former location of Homeport. Barrow Ministry Village is a non-profit organization aimed at changing the lives of those in need in the Barrow community. Contact mguthas@barrowministryvillage.org or call 706255-8711. Relay for Life 2-Day Yard Sale. Center United Methodist Church is hosting a yard sale benefiting Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 11-12 in the fellowship hall. Rain or Shine. At 8 a.m., sausage biscuits and coffee will be $2. For lunch, enjoy a slaw dog plate with chips, brownie and drink for $5. If you have something you would like to donate for the yard sale, pickup is available – This is community helping the community. You can also order a homemade cake for $20 for Easter. There will be furniture, electronics, clothing, toys, baby items, books, collectibles, household items, pictures, jewelry and some antiques. Center United Methodist Church is located at 7641 Jackson Trail

Road in Hoschton. Church member Georgia Saunders is one of Relay’s honorary chairs. Supper and Substance .The Crawford W. Long Museum will host Supper and Substance entitled “Summiting Everest” featuring DG Rodgers of Raleigh, N.C., from 7-10 p.m. on April 11. Call the museum at 706-367-5307 for reservations or visit www. mainstreetjefferson.com. BASH at CoolRay Field. The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Braves are teaming up for a Business and Social Hour (BASH – Gwinnett Braves Suite for adults only) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, at CoolRay Field. Chamber members and guests can enjoy the 6:35 p.m. game between the Gwinnett Braves and Norfolk Tide, food and beverages while networking. Registration by April 10 is required. Learn lawn and garden essentials. A special Tuesday, April 15, event is being presented by UGA Extension, Outdoor

Environments and the Jefferson Tree Council. From 5:45-7 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center, the program will include a water conservation and a rain barrel demonstration and soil testing and drainage by Sam Ingram, a session on composting by Michel Hollenback Bowers and information on soil amendments by Austin Waters and Bowers. The civic center is located at 65 Kissam St., in Jefferson. This class is free to attend, but registration is requested by April 11. Register by calling Jackson County Extension at 706-367-6344 or email singram@uga.edu Easter egg hunt. April 19 is the date for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Jefferson by the City of Jefferson and the Rotary Club of Jefferson. The event will take place at the Jefferson Clubhouse. Vendor booths will open at 10 a.m. and the egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. According to City Manager John Ward, the hunt will likely be over by 1:03 p.m. as children quickly scoop up the 12,000 eggs which are “hidden.”

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Auction Ventures marks 200th auction evening Donna Bailey, assistant at Auction Ventures, has worked with the business since the beginning and helped Auction Ventures celebrated its 200th auction last Friday night. More than 100 anxious bidders filled the auction with bid cards in hand to buy antiques, collectibles, home décor and so much more. “They were treated to a few unusual fun things for the evening,” said Ryan Langford, auction clerk. “Customers could guess on the number of candy eggs or the number of Peeps in a jar and the one who came the closest to the actually number won the jar. The normal starting bid for each item is $5 but we started the first 15 minutes with items at $1 or higher. And at special times during the night, door prizes were awarded to lucky customers.” Robbie Bettis, one of Auction Ventures’ owners, said, “I actually cannot believe we have held 200 auctions right here in Hoschton. The time has flown by because we have a lot of fun.” When asked how they get items for the auction Bettis stated, “We try to help people who need to dispose of items from their attic, basement or home. Sometimes people need to downsize or move and we can help them get rid of unwanted items. We have actually

Adult Easter egg hunt . Inside and outside the Brassie Lane businesses, an adult Easter egg hunt will be held April 19 with Kristi’s Country Store & Cafe’, House of Clay, Ivy Cottage, The Garden and Elements A Day Spa participating. Rivers Alive. The Braselton area cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday April 12. Meet in the Braselton Community Room to be a part of this cleanup which is conducted twice a year with help from Jackson County and Barrow County. Volunteers get in the Mulberry River and local streams as well as the along the roadways to clean up trash. The program is developed by Georgia EPD watershed protection branch. Contact Yvette Wise at ywise@braselton.net with Rivers Alive in the subject line or call 706654-3915 ext. 1012.

cleaned out entire houses when someone passed away and the relatives live in another state. Sometimes people bring things to us. We charge a commission and send checks to the dealers/owners. “One big thing about our auction,” said Bettis, “is our Internet presence. We attempt to show as many items as we can on Auctionzip and sometimes on Facebook. You can go to our website www.auctionventures.com, click on view upcoming auctions and look for something of interest.” Auction Ventures is owned and operated by Robbie Bettis, her husband Fred and her son Ryan Langford. Bailey runs the day-byday operations of the business. Table workers include Charlie Callahan, Scott Patterson, Greg Hill and Fred Bettis. The auctioneers are Mike Banks, Robbie Bettis and Scott Patterson. The Farm Table Café is open at 5 p.m. on auction nights. The auction is every Friday at 6 p.m. with the exception of the fifth Friday night of the month. People can bring items on Tuesday and Wednesday but preview for the auction is Thursday and Friday. Auction Ventures is located at 3880 Highway 53 in Hoschton. Call 706-654-2693 for directions.

Open house at Mallards Landing. Mallards Landing, a subdivision in Jefferson which has Faye Spicer as the onsite agent, will have a ribboncutting ceremony and lunch at 11 a.m. on April 22. Earth Day Celebration. Whole Foods Market Braselton Distribution Center will host its fifth annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, benefiting the Whole Planet Foundation. Join in for a day fill of fun and activities for all ages with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas. There will be a community car wash, a kids’ zone area with inflatables, games, planting classes and a healthy eating seminar. Tours will be provided of the distribution center and employees will be taking part in a fork lift rodeo. Enjoy live music and have a chance

to win door prizes. The Braselton Distribution Center is located at 211 BDC Parkway in Braselton. See more about the Whole Planet Foundation at www.wholeplanet. org The fourth annual Race for Williams will be held Sunday, May 4, at Crow’s Lake. Registration for the 5K trail run and a onemile fun run begins at 1 p.m. The fun run starts at 2:30 p.m. and the 5K steps off at 3 p.m. Entry is $20 per individual and $50 for a family of four. Register by April 12 and get a free WSA walk T-shirt. All funds raised will directly enrich the lives of individuals and families affected by Williams Syndrome. Contact Marisa Elrod at 706-2960676 or raceforwilliams@ gmail.com Submit your Community Happenings to editor@clickthepaper. com

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Stuff Appliances WASHER & DRYER Kenmore. Exc Cond. $250. 770-983-1507 Washer/Dryers Stoves & Refrig. Mattresses. Refrig $125-$550. Washers/Dryers from $125. We do Appliance & Service Calls! 678-714-0493 WASHERS $125; DRYERS $100; Elect/ Gas Range-Thermador. $250. Will Deliver. 678765-6645 678-617-5560

Cemetery Lots for Sale 4 Cemetery Plots Memorial ParkFloral Garden section. 770-654-3048

Furniture Girl’s Bdrm Suite Bedroom fit for a princess! Whitewashed pine with handpainted floral touches. Includes twin poster bed with canopy support, semaniere, dresser and bedside chest. Call for photos: 770-630-5967. Lv msg if necessary. $750. MOVING SALE Patio set $40; FutonFull size, wine color $50; Fish Tank w/access & stand $60; Dbl Bed w/ mattress $40 Good Cond. Free Queen bed w/mattress & box springs & More! 770831-8663 One Piece- Dbl Recliner w/center cubby, faux brown leather. $300. 678-316-2156

Lawn Equipment RIDING LAWN MOWERMurray. Industrial rated model, 12hp, 38” cut. $400; Scott Lawn Mower 42” cut, 17 hp, $450. 678-232-2843

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Kawai Baby Grand 5’6” Polished ebony, excellent condition, perfectly maintained, lightly used. Includes bench, dehumidifier and delivery if within 20 miles. Call 770-630-5967; lv msg if necessary.

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3BR/1.5BA- C/H/A. $750/mo + dep 678-316-6721 3BR/2BA Screened porch, 2 car gar, approx 1600 sq ft. $1200/mo. 770-532-7545 3BR/2BA w/Family room. Lake community. $795. Call 770-540-7571

MOVING SALE Antique ice cream table with four chairs $250 obo. Dining room table with extra leaf in good condition, $100. 6 antique cherry rush bottom straight back chairs in very good condition, $600. 18 large U-Haul moving boxes, mixed sizes, $40. Call 706-684-0791

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CARPORT 10x20. disassembled $500; GE Gas Oven XL44 $350; Gas Water HeaterHydro Jet, 350 gal. $400 Fairly new; Sleeper Sofa $150; 19in Sanyo TV $100; A/C- 22,000 btu. $200. (Cash Only, As Is) 770-534-4936 Lonnie or Peggy

MULTI-FAMILY INDOOR GARAGE SALE 4905 Rilla Road Gainesville across the road from North Hall Middle School Saturday, 4/5, 9AM to 4PM

CLUB CAR- Gas. 4 seater, Good Cond. Mag wheels & new tires. 678-316-1051 Serious inquiries only FREEZER- Kenmore $55; Electric Yard Chipper (New) $100; Rotary Mower. 20” Task Force $25; Tiller- Cub Cadet, 18”, rear tines $465; Cell: 678-671-2553; Ph: 770-206-8704 GOLF CART - 2004 Club Car. 48volt, head & tail lights, rear seat, enclosure. $2200. 678617-5286 MOTORIZED WHEEL CHAIR Almost New! $550. 770535-2855 MOVING SALE Billiard Table $750; Body Solid Univ Gym $500; Bdrm/Misc Furniture, old Cassettes + Cabnt., Collectibles, Kitchen items, Golf clubs, Vacuum, Computer Desk, BBQ Smoker, Leather Desk Chair & More! Call 770-965-4954 Oak Hutch, 86” tall, 50” wide. $300; Porch or Yard Swing with cushion$35; Beenie Babies $3; Fire Side Screen opens to beautiful brass fan $25; Old Quilts $50; king size Spread $25; Beautiful Swan Bathroom FIxture $300 Call 678696-5195 OUTBOARD MOTORS*3.5hp Sears $250 *3hp Evinrude $200 *85hp Johnson $600 678-765-6645 678-617-5560

Musical Instruments 1923 Wm. Knabe Baby Grand Piano Good Cond. $3000/obo. 678-778-5528 IBANEZ BASS- with trimmings. 2011. solid maple, stained cherry. (SDGR Sound Gem). 5055R/BM. Includes soft shell case, Korg tuner, Fender Rumble 15 Amplifier, guitar stand, music stand & cables. $600. 770-965-6160

MULTI-FAMILY- Fri & Sat, Apr 11 & 12th, 8-3pm. 182 Durham Dr, Hoschton, GA 30548. Furn, tools, jewelry, Etc

Homes-Rentals ApartmentsUnfurnished APT. SPECIALS! Glenn Cove Apts. 770-536-0508 KINGS WOOD in Oakwood. 2BR/1.5BA $715mo. 770-287-1456 MOVE IN TOMORROW!! Spring Valley 1BR/1BA $650 up 2BR/2BA $750 up Brandon Place 2BR/2BA $700 Efficiency Apt $490 www.GainesvilleGa Apartments.com Jacky Mathis 678-779-2687 UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 1, 2, & 3 BR APTS. Starting at $570/mo. (Move in by April 15 and get a $100 Gift Card) Gated community, Pool, Tennis, Fitness Center McEVER VINEYARDS 1240 Vineyard Way Gainesville, Ga. 30504 770-287-8292

Oakwood - 2/1.5, yard very safe, H/A $645$725. 678-357-5044

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR/1BA, E. Hall, $110/ wk + $300 dep. No pets. 706-654-0958 3/2 White/Hall Cnty line. $150/wk; $400 dep. 678-617-9085 E. Hall Area. - 2BR, private lot, no pets. 770869-0530 770-654-3767 REDUCED RATE Free Rent Starting at $85/wk. N & S Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596

Homes & Real Estate Acreage For Sale LULA 2 ac. $14,500 ALTO 4.66 ac w/creek. $45K. I Need Cash! 850-710-6480

Businesses For Sale 28.9 acres, 2 acre pond, Nice house & 22 Mobile Homes on acres tracts. Well maint’d. Selling due to owner’s age. 770-3313102 770-963-0309

Houses For RentUnfurnished $0 Application Fee $298 Moves You In No Rent Until May 1 Expires 3/31/14 3BR/2BA Homes From$699/month Sun Homes 888-246-2803 Countrysidelake lanier.com EHO WAC 2/1 On Priv lot, Hwy 129 N. $600. Ref & dep req’d. No pets 770-540-3800

I Buy Houses Cash! Quick Sale - Fair Price 470-208-3500

Vacation Property Mountain Lakes Resort Membership in Helen, GA. - Horseshoe Trail. 2014 dues have been paid. Take up membership is only cost. Call Dana, 706865-9801

Recreation Boats & Marine

TOYOTA 1999 Camry. black, leather, sunrf. New Michelins. Great Condition! $3500. 706949-4688

Motorcycles

Wheels Antique Cars/Trucks CHEVY 1963 Impala. 4dr. Has 350 eng to be installed. Good project car. $1500 or Trade. 678617-5560; 678-765-6645

Auto Parts Front Clip Complete for PT Cruiser, 2008, $900; (3) 18 inch Mustang Aluminum Wheels, $100/all; 4 cyl Motor for Chevy Cobalt, 2007, 82,000 miles, $450; 770-519-3123 770-534-8671

Autos For Sale

Mint Cond 2006 Lincoln Towne Car Signature LTD. 68000 mil new tires $10,100 jnmco@aol.com 770-967-1596 appt only

ACURA 2005 TSX, Red, Automatic, Navi. 74,530 miles, Exc. cond. $7,500 (770)580-0452

Andrews, N. Carolina 1999 Fully Furnished 68x28 Clayton Manufactured Home on 1.5 acres. Mountain side with small stream. 3BR/2BA, Formal Liv rm, Family rm with freplc. Priced to Sell! Contact Kandy Barnard at Valley Town Realty, Andrews, N.C. 828-321-4133 or E-mail info-a@ valleytownrealty.com

TOYOTA 1998 Avalon XLS. Sunrf, leather, $2,900. 706-949-4688

TRIUMPH 2011 3200CC, Rocket III Touring, 3500 miles, used but not abused, $11,000. 678-943-2908

Mobile Homes For Sale 3BR/2BA DW, extra room off master, appls furn., small deck, utility shed, S. Hall, $39,000. 678-765-0117

MERCEDES 2008 C-300 Blk, gray leath, auto, dual roof, heated seats, amg pkg, Exc Cond. 101k pampered miles. $14,000. Text or call 678617-7050

BMW 2001 1200LT, 47k miles, good cond, must sell, $4,000. 706-865-0084

Murrayville- Emory Stephens Rd. 3BR/2BA Single Family. Beautiful 1.71 acre lot, Floorto-Ceiling Windows. hardwood Floors. 877535-6274

House For Sale-Hall County

MAZDA 2001-626. Exc Cond. Needs trans work. Sacrifice. $1875 As Is. 706-693-4520

KAYAK Otter XT. Old Town Guide. 9.5’ long, 39lbs, padded seat. Oar included. $225. 770-535-2153

2006 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6, 79,000 miles, very well kept with only minor wear and tear, no accidents or repairs. Lots of upgrades: cold air intake, HID headlights, 18” aftermarket rims with good tread left on the tires, window tint, and aftermarket audio installed including headunit, speakers, tweeters, amp and 12” enclosed subwoofer. Asking $6,500, willing to negotiate reasonably. If interested, call or text 470-362-9997 or email prginn11@gmail.com

Business Property For Rent Professional Office Building For Rent 2 blocks from medical center. 4 exams rooms, patient check-in room, waiting room, break room, office, storage room, 2 rest rooms. Call 770-532-0333

Real Estate Wanted

Sport Utility Vehicles FORD 2003 Explorer black, 136k, $4000. Good Cond. Call David, 678-464-9066

Trucks CHEVY 2004 SSR. Red Hardtop convt pickup. 5.3L, V8. auto, 13,550mi. $26,500/obo. Call 9a-9p 770-534-0077 CHEVY Colorado 2012 4x4 with 20k. Loaded 23500. Call 678-7776791 FORD 1998 Ranger, 4 cyl., 5spd, A/C, 114K miles, $2,750. 770-519-3123 770-5348671 FORD 2005 F150. Work Truck. Ext cab, long bed, p/winds/dr locks, alloys 165k miles. Great Cond! $5900. 770-654-1939

Vans GMC 1996 Safari. Work Van. $2200. Call 770-6166005

TOYOTA Camry XLE White, one owner, Leather interior, Alloys, Roof, V6 engine, Fully loaded, 99k miles $4850 (678)374-9618

Import Cars HONDA 2004 Civic 2dr, 5spd manual, red with black interior. $3700. Exc Cond. 770-540-1215 LEXUS 1999 GS400 Exc Cond. $5000. 941-400-0517

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