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Jefferson supporting Internet options By LEANNE AKIN

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Windstream representatives have agreed to attend the Jefferson City Council meeting of April 28. At Monday’s work session, an Internet service update was provided as momentum has continued to build for a choice of service providers for the community. Currently, Windstream Communications, the Little Rock-based internet and telephone provider for much of the Jackson and Barrow areas, has come under fire. The company was recently penalized financially in a false advertising lawsuit. The Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection took Windstream to task for promoting certain Internet speeds that it could not provide.

Windstream representatives plan to address Jefferson citizen concerns at April 28 meeting

Jefferson residents Clint Roberts and Dana Phillips are the major organizers behind the Jackson County push for an expanded choice in Internet service. An online petition and a Facebook page with a growing following is driving the effort. The City of Jefferson has been exploring the potential for other services with staff and elected officials making contact and holding meetings with other companies and also seeking to get a commitment for improved service from Windstream. Mayor Roy Plott said he has written a letter of support for a joint development authority’s

grant application for fiber to close the loop from the Royston and Hart County area to Atlanta. That loop would result in dark fiber running through Jackson County. Plott said if the grant is approved, the community could then work with the North Georgia Network on engineering. “They have got the route planned,” said Plott, who indicates a one-year buildout is anticipated. “They would go through us to Gwinnett and we could have access to it.” He said the community would have to contract with someone else “to install what we’d need.” Plott said a grant announcement is ex-

pected in June. City Manager John Ward said Windstream representatives will attend the 6 p.m. April 28 meeting at the Jefferson Civic Center. “We have asked Windstream to present their planned upgrades, to provide a schedule of when the work will be completed and to give everyone an overview as to what speeds they should experience once the work is done,” said Ward in an update to citizens. “Additional discussions with other possible providers also continue.” A request for Windstream representatives to attend a public meeting to address the concerns with local citizens in a face-to-face informational format was made during a March 25 meeting.

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Highway 98 sign is unveiled by Ricky Fitzpatrick By Katie Griffin

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Eggs-citing happenings: Like manna from heaven

An estimated 10,000 plastic eggs were dropped from a helicopter Saturday during an Easter event at Crossroads Church of Jackson County’s property on Highway 124. Sunny skies and smiles could be found as food, inflatables and games also added to the festivities. This was the second time a helicopter egg drop was held by Crossroads Church. Another egg hunt was also held for younger children. Look for other Easter egg hunts to be held this weekend with April 20 being Easter. See other Holy Week happenings in Church News on Page 4A. See more scenes at ClickThePaper.com

The Georgia Department of Transportation erected the commemorative signs this week on Highway 98 in Commerce and Danielsville honoring singer and songwriter Ricky Fitzpatrick’s song “Highway 98.” The unveiling ceremony took place Saturday, April 12, at the Commerce location. The sign was uncovered by LeAnne Akin The Paper Fitzpatrick and he Ricky Fitzpatrick removes the black plastic from gave a few com- the new highway signage on Highway 98 durments and then was able to meet ing Saturday’s afternoon ceremony. everyone there. “The event left me with the feeling of fulfillment,” said Ricky Fitzpatrick.

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Pilot safely lands troubled plane on Highway 441 From regional reports

A single-engine Cessna plane forced to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas. Pilot Donald Moffett was flying the airplane with an adult, August Curcio, and two juvenile passengers aboard from Charleston, S.C., to Gainesville when he began experienc-

ing engine trouble. Moffett, unable to make it to the Jackson County Airport, landed the plane on the highway and rolled to a stop in the turn lane of W.E. King Road. “The plane did make a safe landing and none of the four passengers on the plane were injured,” Jackson County Emergency Services Director Steve Nichols. “Luckily, at the time of the incident, traffic was very light

and no damage was reported.” The passengers were reportedly returning from a Boy Scout event. According to a Commerce Police Department incident report, a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration assessed the scene and recommended the plane be removed from the road without further investigation. Moffett was given a ride to a local gas sta-

tion to fill an empty tank, and with the assistance of the Department of Transportation, he taxied the plane north to Ga. 59 and parked it in a pasture behind a tractor business overnight. Moffett reportedly contacted a company in Griffin to transport the plane on Monday. He was then given a “courtesy ride” to the nearest Taco Bell, according to the incident report.

Passion for purple

Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life gearing up for April 25 fundraiser for American Cancer Society

By LEANNE AKIN

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Sweets are right up Lucy Hinson’s alley – just ask any of the regulars at the Hoschton Café. For $2 a ticket, you can have a chance to win featured sweets, such as cupcakes on a recent week. Red velvet cupcakes and strawberry and champagne creations are also favorites along with the peanut butter cake. She’s been making the peanut butter cake for four

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years and it’s a huge favorite. This year’s theme, “Life will be sweeter without cancer” certainly ties in with the fundraising effort of Hoschton Café. Paper cupcakes you can purchase with a donation to Relay For Life will be added to the window of the restaurant which is also sporting a purple ribbon which are part of the Paint the Towns Purple effort for April. “I chose to do my homemade, creative cupcakes in hopes to raise as much money and more this year,” said Hon-

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son. “It really ties into our theme for Relay and gives me a creative outlet to focus my energy on.” This is the second year Hoschton Café has been a part of the Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life efforts and this year, there is an even more important reason to Relay. Lucy’s grandmother, her father’s mom, was diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer. But cancer has been peppered throughout her life since 2006.

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Lucy Hinson at Hoschton Cafe is committed to stamping out cancer which has been peppered throughout her life since 2006. She is helping paint the town purple.

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Fitzpatrick explained the event was well planned, that the signs were erected on the 98th day of the year and about 20-30 people came to the ceremony. He says that he tried to meet everyone there and thank them for coming out. Cheryl Smith, tourism project manager of the Northeast Georgia Mountains for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, was also there covering the event, which was very exciting. According to Fitzpatrick, the song was written in 2002 when he was pursuing the entertainment career full time and was singing in bars and clubs and working hard in the country music industry. The song became very popular and the people in the bars and clubs always requested it. By word of mouth, and the fact that Fitzpatrick’s mother is a good friend of Rep. Tommy Benton, the idea of commemorating that portion of Highway 98 to the song came about. From the year 2002 until 2012, people had discussed it and helped and encouraged Fitzpatrick to stick with it while getting past all the red tape. In 2012, Rep. Benton introduced the legislation and it was approved. But they were surprised to learn that whomever introduces the legislation must also pay for the signs.

It took a while but the Madison County Chamber of Commerce paid for the sign located right outside of Danielsville and Southeast Toyota Distributors agreed to pay for the Commerce sign. After those arrangements were made, the rest of the planning process was very easy. “Me and my family are genuinely grateful to everyone who has supported us and has been persistent with us in this. We are thankful for the many great friends over the years who have helped make not just this song, but everything musically, happen. My success is mostly from the support of everyone locally,” said Fitzpatrick. He says his inspiration for the song was his love for this area. He loves where he lives and he lives here because he loves it, not because he has to. Fitzpatrick’s family resides in the area and he has lived there his whole life. The inspiration for the song has certainly come full circle as he gets to pass the road signs every day. “It’s pretty cool, but also humbling,” said Fitzpatrick. He says that upon reaching a certain age, a man begins to think about the things that will live beyond himself. The road signs are something his children and grandchildren will be able to see and remember him by because it can be hard to find something like this to leave behind. “This is like my legacy. And I hope

to see that this has opened the door for other songwriters to be able to experience the same thing,” said Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick also included that the person he was when he wrote the song is somewhat different that the person he is now. In 2002 he was living a different life with different goals and desires. He no longer is the person who sings in bars and clubs because that is not where his heart is anymore. His relationship with The Lord changed everything. “I don’t think any of this would have happened without the Lord opening doors and keeping them open. I credit Him for all the opportunities and blessings He has given me. I’m very fortunate,” said Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick and his family reside in unincorporated Apple Valley, and he is the school sales account manager at Baker and Taylor. He continues writing and singing and is currently working on a “re-shine” recording of “Mississippi Moonshine.” For more information, visit his website, www.rickyfitzpatrick.com.

It’s pretty cool, but also humbling... This is like my legacy. Ricky Fitzpatrick

C.E.R.T.: Part of the preparedness By ROBERT SIPLE

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Have you ever wondered where those volunteers come from when a disaster strikes? You know, the ones you may have seen in the background of a television news story. Often times, if you pay close attention, you may notice they are donning green backpacks of emergency gear and dressed in green and yellow vests and hard hats with the letters C.E.R.T. These unsung heroes are actually regular folks within their community. They are people just like you – only, they’ve been trained to provide first responder assistance to family, friends, and neighbors until more highly trained Emergency Services personnel arrive. The Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C.E.R.T. members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. C.E.R.T. members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. C.E.R.T. in Jackson County was originally established in 2007 and has graduated 47 certified C.E.R.T. volunteers. Like many organizations, we have recently experienced a variety of growing pains with changes in both the economy and our communities. However, Jackson County C.E.R.T. is excited about a new strategic vision for 2014 that focuses on: 1) Continued C.E.R.T. cer-

tification training - the next certification class was set to begin on April 10 with 12 students already registered. 2) A New Community Outreach Initiative. Towards increasing our reach in the community, we are currently in the process of defining and developing a number of personal emergency preparedness/response courses that may be delivered at either the Fire Training Center in Jefferson, at a place of business, a place of worship, or at other community locations. The intent of these programs is to conveniently deliver basic personal emergency preparedness and response training to groups within our community. These specialized programs will focus on specific skills such as basic first aid, basic fire safety, and home and/ or workplace safety and preparedness. While these programs will not result in

C.E.R.T. certification for the attendees, we believe that the more people we can train with the basic skills to save lives the safer our community will be. 3) A Stronger EMS Partnership. Jackson County C.E.R.T. is working with the Jackson EMS to have team members certified in the operations and management of FEMA Points of Delivery Systems (PODS). PODS are strategically placed during an emergency event to provide items such as blankets, tarps, fresh water, and meals ready to eat (MRE’s). Additionally, C.E.R.T. members will be gearing up to provide the EMS with volunteer personnel support for FEMA certified emergency shelters. It’s been said that “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” This is definitely the case when it comes to both personal and community emergency preparedness. As we move forward, Jackson County C.E.R.T. is striving to become the local emergency preparedness knowledge resource for individual citizens and organizations within our community. We invite you

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Ricky Fitzpatrick with wife Cretia, daughter Emma and son Jude at the April 12 unveiling of the new signage.


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GOP hears Attorney General’s concerns about Rx BY KATIE GRIFFIN

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Guest speakers for the April 12 meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party were Attorney General Sam Olens, State School Superintendent candidate Ashley Bell and several local Republican Party members. The meeting convened at the Jefferson Club House. Olens gave an update on the major cases that he is in the middle of right now. He spoke briefly on his stance for defining underage child sex trafficking and the importance of awareness and getting the public involved in preventing it. He then spoke about the new drug, Zohydro ER, which is a pain medicine that contains hydrocodone, an opioid found in common pain medications such as Vicodin and Lortab. However, Zohydro is the only pill on the market that contains timereleased hydrocodone and does not have any additives. “Zohydro can be prescribed in pills ranging from 10 milligrams to 50 milligrams, which is as much as five times the strength of current hydrocodone medicines,” said Olens, who noted his frustrations with the FDA’s approval of this drug are immense as this country is already dealing with serious prescription drug overdoses. He said allowing another drug to the market with this potency is very dangerous. Olens allowed a time for questions in which he was well received by the locals. He was given several midspeech applauses for his beliefs and his willingness to stand for what is right. Bell was also well received. Bell and his wife live in Hall County and he chaired the Charter School Governing Council for Gainesville Middle School and currently chairs the council for Gainesville High School. Through his work on the council, he works one on one with local school boards and has connections with students, educators and business leaders to help create in-

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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said he is concerned about th new pain medication Zohydro ER because the state already has a serious prescription drug problem. novative education solutions. Bell said he firmly believes students are influenced by their community and that’s who should be making the decisions on their behalf. Bell spoke about his major switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party and how it affected his family and friends. He then spoke on how his past experiences in Hall County have prepared him to make statewide decisions. “I believe the bridge be-

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Ashley Bell, a candidate for State School Superintendent, also addressed the Jackson County Republican Party on April 12.

tween goals and success is discipline. We all need someone to stand in the gap for us and support us,” said Bell. Bell continued to say that local control only works when the control is taken out of the hands of bureaucrats. He believes that Georgia schools need someone who has seen education and all the problems at the ground level and will seek solutions to the problems. Bell’s major stance in education is that community leaders and family members play vital roles in a child’s education so if the school systems and communities can work together then the children will feel more equipped to learn and succeed. Bell then spoke about his issues with “Common Core.” He opposes it because of the confusion it has created and because of what he sees every day in Gainesville City Schools. He says it has created confusion for teachers, students and parents. He has had too many parents and grandparents say they cannot help their child do their homework because the methods of reaching an answer to the problems, especially in math, are different and confusing. Bell says the relationship between home life and school life is essential to a child’s learning abilities, which is why he is against the new curriculum

standards. “When you pull the parents out of the equation, you pull out a major factor in a kid’s education,” said Bell. Bell also says that “Common Core” wants to compare each state to the other 49 states equally, yet the rubrics for comparison are not the same across the country. For example, Bell claims the first year of math scores came back as failing so the passing grade level was lowered to a 23 so that the reviews would look like the students are doing well with the new curriculum. In Florida, the passing standard is a 28 and in New York, the passing standard is a 32. “So there will never be an ‘apples to apples’ comparison with ‘Common Core’,” said Bell. He claims that it is a novel idea, but is not practical. After Bell spoke, a few members spoke about how excited they were to hear Bell’s speech and how they hope to apply what he said in Jackson County schools. Ron Johnson, chairman of Jackson County Republican Party, then addressed several Jackson County Board of Education members who were present. “There have been some hard decisions made recently, so thank you guys for being willing to make them and being willing to put an effort into making changes

as we move forward in Jackson County. I salute you guys for all the work you do,” said Johnson. Johnson would like to remind everyone that the County Commissioner’s District 4 Forum will be on April 24 in Nicholson and the District 3 Forum will be on May 1 at the Hoschton Depot. Both forums will be from 6-8 p.m. Johnson also announced the Jackson County Republican Party has joined the

Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce so if any member is interested in going to the Chamber breakfasts held the first Wednesday morning of the month at 7:30 at Jackson EMC, they are welcome to, just bring the name badge and the cost is $5. For more information about the Jackson County Republican Party, visit the Facebook page or the website at jacksongop.org.

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Congressman Jack Kingston, a candidate for U.S Senate, visited Jackson County Saturday and stopped by the Jefferson Pizza Kitchen to eat and socialize. He met with several families there and met the owner, Vinnie, and said that was some of the best pizza he has ever had.

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CHURCH NEWS 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 New Hope AME Church cordially invites the community to Easter Sunday for the morning worship service at 11 a.m. 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,

OBITUARIES Jean Marie Butts

Died April 11, 2014 Jean Marie Butts, 83, of Gainesville, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Services and interment were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Serenity Memorial Gardens in Theodore, Ala. Born Nov. 16, 1930, in Putnam, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Mitford and Natalie Downey. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flowery Branch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Odell Butts. Survivors include her daughter, Jeanette Emmerich of Gainesville; grandchildren, Gary Jordan and Donald Emmerich; greatgrandson, Caleb Jordan; and sister Shirley Spikes of Theodore, Ala. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501, www.cancer.org. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 17, 2014

Harold Eugene Dowdy

Died April 13, 2014 Harold Eugene Dowdy, 73, of Cleveland, formerly of Buford, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie W. and Tyea Smallwood Dowdy. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Pat Deaton Dowdy; children, Deedee and Kenny Stephens of Flowery Branch, Chuck and Luanne Dowdy of Bethlehem and Scott Dowdy of Nicholas; grandchildren, Brandy and Greg Hooper of Oakwood, Nicole and Josh Lineberry of Flowery Branch, Clay Dowdy of Buford, Claire Dowdy of Athens, Breanna Dowdy of Cleveland and Hailey Dowdy and Dayton Dowdy, both of Bethlehem; great-grandchildren, Ella Hooper, Gavin Lineberry and Weston Morgan; brothers, Jimmy and Linda Dowdy of Cartersville and Kenneth and Sandra Dowdy of Flowery Branch; sistersin-law, Betty Dollar, Bobbie and Wade Queen, Linda and Rannie House, Sherry Adams, Deborah Deaton and Leisha Gearin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Born May 28, 1940, in Clermont, he was a 1958 graduate of South Hall High School. He was owner of D.D. Battery Company in Buford,. He was a member and former deacon of Mount Salem Baptist Church in Flowery Branch. He was a former member of the Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Dunn and the Rev. Kenny Stephens officiating. Interment followed in Mount Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Flowery Branch.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in memory of Harold Dowdy. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford The Paper, April 17, 2014

Chris Garrett

Died April 11, 2014 Christopher “Chris” Damon Garrett, 35, of Commerce, died Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Commerce, he was a son of Ricky and Gloria Dudley Garrett of Commerce. He was an avid race fan and was a successful owner, race car builder and driver of his own car. Chris’ # 49 was a regular on many dirt tracks and in many races in the area. He was an accomplished farmer and diesel technician and worked side by side with his father in the family business. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his son, Ricky Damon Garrett of Commerce; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Garrett of Commerce; grandmother, Louise Dudley of Commerce; special friend, Lisa Akins of Commerce; and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held Monday April 14, 2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Patsy Garrett officiating. Interment followed on the Garrett Farm on Apple Valley Road in Commerce with Robert Dudley, Trebor Dudley, Darrell Garrett, Larry Garrett, Daniel Anderson and Eric Shummer honored as pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108383 Athens, GA 30606. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, April 17, 2014

Ruth Pritchett Hall

Died April 12, 2014 Ruth Pritchett Hall, 74, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. Born in Jefferson, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Annie Perry Pritchett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hall, sons, Michael and David Hall, and a grandson, Scott Nix. Survivors include her son, Brian Hall of Jefferson; grandchildren, Kevin Hall, Melissa Hall and William Hall; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Duncan officiating. The burial will follow in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery with Tommy Hayes, Timmy Hayes, Johnny Hall, Luke Turpin, Jonathan Bagwell and Scott Garner honored as pallbearers.

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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

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

Hoschton United Methodist Church will host a Thursday, April 17, service to commemorate Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to be held at 6:30 p.m. For Easter Sunday, a

The Springs is hosting an Easter weekend full of wonderful worship opportunities. On Good Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m., there will be a Tenebrae Service contemplating the Cross of Jesus for the

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Rev. Jerry Potter officiated. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, April 17, 2014

Joan Kopp Liotta

Died April 13, 2014 Joan F. Liotta (Kopp) of Hoschton, formerly of Vineland, N.J., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 83. A funeral mass was held aWednesday, April 16, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Father Juan Anzora wofficiated. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Vineland, N.J. Deacon William De Liberis will officiate. Born Sept. 29, 1930 to the late John and Elsie Kopp. She was a long time member of Saint Isidore Catholic Church in Vineland before joining her family in Georgia where she became a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Sylvester (Sal) Liotta ; son, Dr. Richard J. Liotta and his wife Ariane; granddaughter, Christina Zieglar and her husband, Dwight; granddaughter, Melissa Pickren and her husband, AJ; grandson, Philip John (PJ) Liotta; and greatgrandchildren, Logan Pickren, Savannah Pickren and Luke Zieglar. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 17, 2014

David Keith McConnell Died April 7, 2014 David Keith McConnell, 57, of Braselton, died Monday, April 7, 2014. A United States Air Force veteran, he was a devout American. He was a big Harley-Davidson biker and loved dogs. He loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Gladys McConnell, and brother, Edwin “Lyn” McConnell. Survivors include his wife, Sherri “Sissy” Sweat McConnell; father and motherin-law, Ralph and Shirley Sweat; daughters, Stephanie Morton and husband Jared of Missouri, Katelyn McConnell of Oklahoma; step daughter, Olivia Szatkowski of Braselton; stepson Oliver Szatkowski of Lula; sister, Dolores Kress and husband Tom of Tennessee; and special friends, Bobbie Jean Murray and Linda Motes. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Lawson Funeral Home. Interment was held Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Pastor Calvin Gooch and

James Michael McDonald

Died April 10, 2014 James Michael McDonald, 57, of Oakwood, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with interment following at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Wilson officiated. Born May 20, 1956, in Gainesville, he was a son of Barbara McDonald and the late Ray McDonald. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and was also preceded in death by his grandparents. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include daughters, Jennifer McDonald, Jamie McDonald, Heather McDonald and Nichole McDonald; grandson, D.C. McDonald; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Donald England and Kathy and Mike LeFevre; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 5086 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville, GA 30506. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, April 17, 2014

William H. Pitts

Died April 8, 2014 William H. Pitts, 88, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from complications from a recent illness. It was a battle well fought with bravery and honor, which is indicative of the way he lived his life. Born in Beulah, he moved with his family shortly after his birth and spent all but the last 15 years in his hometown of Lithia Springs. Bill served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. Upon discharge, he began his 38-1/2 year career with the Gulf Oil Corporation. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather whose devotion showed in everything he did. Bill was a man of strong, quiet faith and was a member of the Lithia Springs United Methodist Church throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Ella Mae Johnson Pitts; daughter, Melanie Ann Pitts Hollis and her husband, Steve. Bill was the proud grandfather of

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. Email office@thespringschurch. org or visit www. thespringschurch.org sss Join the Hoschton United Methodist

Church Relay For Life team, The Joyful Jelly Beans, planned to celebrate 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 were to be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In addition, luminary bags are available for purchase and decorating to honor survivors and caregivers and to memorialize those See CHURCH NEWS, 5A

three grandsons, Garrett, Jacob and Ethan Hollis. Other surviving family members are nephews, Emory Pitts (Mary), Tommy Pitts (Judy); nieces, Shirley Austin Kidd (Larry), Gayle Love and Louann Brush; great-nephews, Mike Pitts (Penny), Dan Pitts, Brian Austin (Julie), Michael Austin (Melinda), Alex Lewis (Rebecca) and great-nieces, Rhonda Austin Chewning, Madison Brush, Ashley Love and Alyson Love; brother-in-law, James L. Fowler; and other beloved extended family members. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Lithia Springs United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Austell. Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, ATTN: Mrs. Kay Comacho, 795 Gatewood Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 or to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundations, 1577 NE Expressway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30349. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, April 17, 2014

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Died April 14, 2014 Hazel Davis Smith, 77, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 14, 2014. Born in Jefferson, she was a daughter of the late Claude B. and Novie Turpin Davis. Mrs. Smith was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She retired from the textile industry and the restaurant business. Hazel was a loving and caring mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde Davis and Ed Davis, and sisters, Dot Pittman and Eva Edwards. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Richard Smith and Tommy and Debbie Smith, all of Jefferson; daughter and son-inlaw, Donna and Vince Patten of Cumming; sisters, Roberta Wood and Claudia Chastain, both of Jefferson; brother, John Davis of Danielsville; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16,

2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Hoard officiating. The burial followed in the Woodbine Cemetery with Jonathan Stancil, Jason Black, Jimmy Chastain, Jason Chastain, Bradley Wood, Dale Wood and Blake Ledbetter honored as pallbearers. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, April 17, 2014

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Died April 15, 2014 Nina Jonette Castleberry “Jo” Wilkes, 90, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Born in Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late John Kalper Castleberry and the late Nettie Turner Conkle Castleberry. Mrs. Wilkes was retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where she was an administrative assistant. She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church. Mrs. Wilkes hobbies included working on genealogy and hybrid roses. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Claude Glenn Wilkes, children, Kenneth Wilkes and Michelle Wilkes, and sisters, Ellen Warwick and Josephine Castleberry. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Wilkes Hale of Nicholson; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Susan Wilkes of Londonderry, N.H.; grandchildren, Claudia Hale-Jinks of Ocala, Fla., and Collis Hale of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Charley Jinks and John Jinks, both of Ocala, Fla.; and sister, Betty Massey of Ellijay. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. The burial will follow in Jackson Memorial Park. The visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 , Source Code:IIQ040799001. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, April 17, 2014

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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 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 678-234-9408. sss New Community Church has a new series, The Starting Point, which began 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

The Paper   | Thursday, April 17, 2014 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 Union Baptist Church in Winder will host Sonrise service on Easter Sunday at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7:30. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. and the worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Union Baptist Church is located at 527 Union Church Road in Winder. Visit www.unionbaptistwinder.org or contact the church office at 770867-7273. sss Covenant Baptist Church is now meeting in West Jackson Primary School on Highway 53 in Braselton.

Covenant Baptist Church is a family-integrated, 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 678-3160273. To learn more, visit covbc.org. 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 706-654-3205.

Ebenezer hosts Holy Week services Ebenezer United Methodist Church offers several opportunities during Holy Week 2014 to both worship and serve Christ. As a part of the Palm Sunday Celebration at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, a coat drive will be held. While you tend to only think about coat drives when the weather is chilly, for many, generosity arrives too late to shield others from the bitter cold of the late fall and winter months. By doing the coat drive now, Ebenezer hopes to ensure that some coats are ready for the beginning of the season. In the Gospel reading for Palm Sunday, hear about those followers of Christ laying down their cloaks along with the palm branches. As Ebenezer begins its processional this Sunday morning, instead of wav-

ing palm branches, church-goers will lay new and gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, etc., at the altar in remembrance of this historic event in the life of the church. At 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, meet in the sanctuary to recount Christ’s Last Supper and the events that led up to His ultimate sacrifice. Foot washing will be available for those that wish to participate. The service will conclude with Holy Communion. On Good Friday, Ebenezer will continue Holy Week worship in the sanctuary retelling the Crucifixion story at 7 p.m. How have you felt the despair of those first followers when they lost sight and thought all was lost? Worship in beauty of God for Easter sunrise service in the sunrise under the

portico at 7 a.m. What a vivid way rejoice in the newness of life afforded by Christ’s triumph over death and evil. At 11 a.m., the Resurrection Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. in in the sanctuary of Christ. There will be a special gift for each child fifth grade and below. If you plan to attend, please notify the church office of the number and ages of children that will be with you so we may make sure to have enough gifts for everyone. You are invited to come and fill God’s House as we celebrate the empty tomb. Ebenezer United Methodist Church is located at 1368 Ebenezer Church Road in Jefferson. Call 706-367-4269 or email info@ebenezerumcjefferson.org. Visit ebenezerumcjefferson.org

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Who’s going to see that it’s done? Buck and Lynn Heard of Moultrie own a bird dog named Queen Mary that is worth more than $30,000. The number of championships determines her value and she has won several. Her first national championship came in 2010 when she was named the Purina Top Shooting Dog of the Year. Just this year she was named runner-up in a competition that sported the top 12 shooting dogs in the country. Many years ago, a friend invited Buck to a field trial. Buck borrowed a horse and ran in the gallery. Field trials are run only in areas where there are huge uninhabited tracts of land. The quail plantations where these trials are run will have four to eight thousand acres of land where there are no roads and no houses, just acre after acres of pines and brush. Some of the plantation owners will spend $1,000 an acre cultivating wild coveys of Dr. Michael Helms quail, yielding 2 to 3 birds The Pastor’s Pen per acre. At a field trial a handler and a scout manage a dog from their horses. The handler calls the dog and directs the dog through the woods. The dog runs off the sight of the handler’s horse. Whichever way the horse’s head turns, the dog will turn in response. The dog runs several hundred yards out ahead of the handler, smelling for birds. The scout’s job is to signal to the handler and the judges when the dog is on point. A gallery of riders, which may number from 30-100, ride in to watch the dog hold point until the handler flushes the birds and shoots a .32 blank pistol, simulating a kill. Buck and Lynn have been to field trials in Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee. They have been up the East coast to New Jersey and Connecticut. They have been out west to Montana, North Dakota and into Canada. They once stayed on the road for 32 straight days with four dogs and four horses. Recognizing that their love for field trial running was taking them away from church and the regular gathering with other worshippers, Buck and Lynn decided to ask each host of the field trial if they could invite people to a devotion 10 minutes before the breakaway, the time when the first dogs were let down to run each morning. After doing this for a couple of years, Buck has more empathy for preachers. He says, “You never know who’s listening or what people get out of those devotions. It’s hard to know if the devotionals mean anything to anybody.” Last year they were at a field trial in Lynn Haven, Fla. Buck and Lynn had to pack up early as Buck had a Saturday morning deacons’ meeting back at his church in Moultrie. One of the men saw them packing up and stopped by and asked Buck if they were going to be at the party that night. Buck said, “No, we’ve got some business to attend to and we will not be able to stay.”

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As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time homerun leader. It was a big deal. I have heard the call of play-by-play announcer Milo Hamilton so many times I can almost repeat it. “Here’s the pitch by Downing. Swinging. There’s a drive into left-center field. That ball is going to be ... out of here! It’s gone! It’s 715! There’s a new home run champion of all time! And it’s Henry Aaron!” Hamilton said into the radio microphone. I remember the excitement of just a few years before, when the building of the stadium began. I didn’t know much about baseball, but I knew it was going to change everything. This was big. The dad of one of my buddies was a businessman downtown and was asked to drive one of the convertibles that brought the Braves down Peachtree Street for a parade to welcome the new team. We ended up in the front seat. Sitting on the back was Rico Carty, who played left field. I can still remember he wore No. 43. Aaron was No. 44. There was a young catcher named Joe Torre, who later managed the Yankees during their heyday. It was a great parade with marching bands and all the excitement you could stand. A couple of years later, I remember going to the stadium for “Hank Aaron Night” when they honored him for his 500th home run. They gave him a brandnew Chevrolet convertible, which I think came from Timmer’s Chevrolet, right across from the stadium on Whitehall Street. A lot of people don’t remember, but at the start of

Harris Blackwood that 1966 season, Hamilton shared the broadcast booth with two others, former Brave Ernie Johnson and a guy who did minor league baseball in Nashville. His name was Larry Munson. Early in the season, Ed Thilenius, whose namesake son now lives in Gainesville, announced he was leaving the play-by-play job with the Georgia Bulldogs to become an announcer for the new Atlanta Falcons. Munson expressed his interest in the Georgia job and that fall began a storied career behind the mic for the Bulldogs. We’ve lived through ups and downs with the Braves. When I was in the media, we used to call the Braves PR office for tickets. The old joke was we asked for two and they offered us four. Years later, Bimbo Brewer and I did our radio show from underneath an old cottonwood tree outside the stadium. It was opening night of the World Series in Atlanta. We didn’t have tickets to the game, but we came down, talked about the excitement and went home and watched it on TV. It’s still early enough in the season that fans are wondering if this could be the year the Braves might make it to the series. While they’ve given Atlanta just one World Series crown, they’ve given us a boatload of memories. None of those will ever compare to the night that Aaron fired a shot that broke a record and swelled us with pride. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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Easter brings promise of hope I remember more clearly than any other holiday the many Easters of my life. Christmases blur together. Only a few stand out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely and the two times I wasn’t home — one working in Washington, D.C. and another in London. My birthdays, Thanksgivings, Halloweens and summer holidays are hard to recall specifically. My husband proposed on my birthday so that one certainly stands out. And one birthday, Mama helped me take down my Christmas tree. Since it’s Jan. 20, you can imagine how dead that tree was and what a mess it made. Easters though? I remember them all. If there is a day that is a touchstone for each year of my life, it is Easter. Of course, our family celebrates it for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, while it would be admirable, even noble, if I remembered specific Easters for the sermons, I cannot. It is pretty

Ronda Rich much the identical sermon and the songs rarely vary. Normally, the weather leaves little reason to remember, because it can range from rain to cold to gorgeous. But I will never forget the last time Easter came on the fourth Sunday in April — the latest it can come since Easter falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after spring begins. We were already deep into the throes of spring. Flowers were gorgeous, gardenias were fragrant, trees abundant in greenery, hydrangeas blossoming. We were prepared for the most beautiful of days but awoke to find a rare, deep freeze had killed everything. We were stunned. At lunch, we discussed it. Would the flowers and leaves return or was it too late? No one knew the answer because no one had

seen it happen before. (For the record: by late June, the trees had leafed up again and some flowers were hearty enough to rebloom.) That’s a rare Easter to remember for reasons other than what makes each distinctive to me. It is the parade of Easter suits, dresses and hats that I have worn over the years that ground me to a specific Easter. When I look at the photos or videos of our family’s Easter parade, I remember so clearly that moment in time. I recall the sorrows or joys of that season of my life and all that was happening. The bright green-colored suit and matching hat from well over a decade ago remind me of the heartbreak of watching Daddy’s decline and how feeble he was that last Easter when he grumbled, as usual, about the Easter parade. In the family photo, we all look vibrant and happy while he seems annoyed to be with us because he’s ready to reach his heavenly home. The peach-colored suit, hat and shoes hearken to mind a time when my professional career was un-

certain and I was worried. I missed sunrise service that year, too, because it was so hard to pull myself out of bed. It was not because of laziness but a feeling that loomed close to despair. The year I wore the cream-colored flowing skirt, jacket and enormous broad-brimmed hat was when I said to the family as we gathered for photos, “I have a feeling someone won’t be here next year.” I was right. That was the last Easter photo for Mama and my brother. Of course other Easters of my life were completely joyous, optimistic and sound. But I wanted to share these for this reason: Easter is the time reminding us hope is eternal and all is possible. Those trials, tribulations and sorrows faded away and were replaced by remarkable opportunities and mountain top high successes and happiness. Celebrate Easter for the promise of hope it brings. Ronda Rich is a best-selling author. Visit www.ronda rich.com to sign up for her weekly newsletter. Her column appers weekly

Baseball memories of ‘dang’ Braves Baseball was my first love. Second was having someone clean my diaper. Third was Donna Hopper. Wait, I met Donna Hopper in second grade, so she was my first love, then baseball, then having someone clean my diaper. Or maybe it was... well, never mind, the point is: I loved baseball at an early age. My first sports hero was Hank Aaron, whom I had the pleasure of meeting, and speaking to/babbling incoherently to many years later. I saw him play many a game as a Brave in Atlanta Stadium. I was also at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1978 when Gene Garber struck out Pete Rose to end his 44game winning streak — the night before. I was at a lot of Atlanta Braves’ games from 19741980 where something monumental happened the game before, usually a no-hitter by the opposing pitcher. Mostly, I was at Atlanta Braves’ games from 19741980 where myself, my father, and about 682 people watched J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros strike out 13 Braves or so. Perhaps it was because J.R. was 6-foot-8, but my memories are of him pitching in

Len Robbins about half the games I went to during that time period. I distinctly remember one game where J.R. Richard didn’t pitch. The Braves were playing the Dodgers on a balmy Saturday afternoon. The year was 1977. I was 9 years old and knew every player on both team’s batting averages, where they were born and their birthdates. Braves infielder Rob Belloir and I shared the same birthday. He was born in Germany. The Dodgers were in first place in the division, on their way to a World Series appearance in October; the Braves were 37 games out of first, on their way to an appearance at a Doraville Oldsmobile dealership in October. But on this day, the stadium was full (Bat Day) and hope eternal that the Braves would pull off an upset win and Chief Nocahoma’s tent wouldn’t catch aflame. The Dodgers’ starting pitcher was their ace, Don

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Sutton. The Braves’ starting pitcher was their ace, Phil Niekro. Early in the game, the Dodgers got off to a solid start, up 5-0 after two innings. That’s when the Dodger fan in our midst started taunting the Braves’ fans in our section. He would not shut up. Around the fourth inning, after the Braves had cut the lead to 5-2, my father, usually a genteel sort, had enough. “Why don’t you sit down, be quiet, and let us watch the game,” my dad told Obnoxio the Clown. “Aww, you’re just mad cause your team’s gettin’ beat,” replied the stranger in blue. “How about this,” my father countered. “I’ll bet you $20 the Braves win, but you’ve got to sit down, shut up, and watch the game.” Obnoxio agreed to those terms, sat down, and the crowd behind us lightly applauded. Game back on. The Braves then started chipping away at the Dodger advantage. They were behind 5-3, then 6-3, then 6-5, then in the seventh inning, had a four-run rally, and led 9-6 going into the final two innings. Suddenly, we looked around and our friendly Dodger was nowhere to be

found. The Braves got through the eighth inning unscathed. Still 9-6. Braves reliever Mike Marshall got the first two outs in the top of the ninth. Then Davey Lopes got a single. A Bill Russell single put Dodgers on first and third. Marshall then walked Reggie Smith, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Ron Cey. My dad leaned down to me. “Hey, why don’t we go ahead and leave? So we can beat the traffic,” he said. “What?” I replied. “We can’t miss the end of the game.” “OK,” he said. Then Ron Cey hit one into the second deck. Grand slam. Before the ball got in the stands (and it was travelling at a high rate of speed), I heard our favorite Dodger fan leaping down the aisle, screaming “I want my $20, loser!” Moments later, as my father handed the guy $20, he shook his head and whispered, “The dang Braves.” He might not have said “dang.” As baseball season starts, hope is still eternal.. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of The Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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braselton-hoschton RELAY FOR LIFE SCHEDULE Friday, April 25, at Hoschton Park 6-6:45 p.m. Entertainment brought by Lisa Martin 6:45 p.m. Begging Baby Introductions and Pageant 7 p.m. Presentation of Colors presented by Jackson County ROTC/ National Anthem 7:10 p.m. Opening Ceremonies: Northeast Georgia Medical Center Representative (Presenting Sponsor) Honorary Chair Introductions Safelite Representative (Entertainment Sponsor) 7:25 p.m.

Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap, Team Lap

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Relay Begins; Begging Baby Winner Announced

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24:15 Performance (Northeast Church)

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Dancing with the DJ Dance Party

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Joe Hall Performance

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Ms. Relay Introductions/ Work Crowd

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Joe Hall Performance

11:15 p.m.

Ms. Relay Crowning Ceremony

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Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life begins at 7 p.m. at Hoschton Park with the survivors’ dinner preceding the event’s official kickoff. Are you a cancer survivor? Register online at cancer.org and find the Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life event. You can also email bhrelaysurvivors@gmail.com. Signups are needed so plans can be made to have enough survivor bags and Tshirts, according to Survivor chair Stephanie Westhafer. The Survivors’ dinner is being catered by Jack’s Old South BBQ with Stonewall’s BBQ donating the bread pudding dessert. Reasons to Relay “There are four people near and dear to me and my family that are either fighting this battle or have lost it within the last several months,” said Hinson. “ I would love nothing more than for cancer to just be a memory. I believe that with this wonderful community, we can kick cancer to the curb. Everyone knows someone who has dealt with this devil, what better way to honor them than to fight back. “This year I am more driven to fight this monster,”

said Hinson. “Together we can find a cure and stop another person from hearing the words ‘it’s cancer,’ stop another family from feeling the heartache and pain I feel now. “My Gran was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few months ago. It was heartbreaking to say the least. I was in complete denial in the beginning, but the day I saw her with her chemo bag, anger and tears flooded my new reality,” said Hinson. “I have looked up to and admired her my whole life. She is the rock of our family and she holds my heart. I pray daily for a miracle and spend as much time with her as I possibly can. She hasn’t once complained. The sheer strength she possesses is more than admirable. She is such a special woman and I’m blessed to call her mine. Cancer can’t have her and it won’t take her from me.”

dear friend to cancer. “The hardest part of being in this business and having these relationships, is losing these special people. Mr. Jimmy Phillips, a customer of mine, family to me really, just recently lost his battle with cancer. He was the epitome of a true fighter, there is no doubt he is resting peacefully now. He is missed so dearly, but I was lucky enough to tell him ‘see you later’ one final time.” Hinson says she loves her job. “The customers make my day and I am blessed to have the regulars. For some it may be about convenience, but for most, I truly believe it is the atmosphere and relationships we share,” she said. “The cafés patrons are like family to us. It’s all about the feel of our place. It’s like coming to your grandmother’s for Sunday dinner every day.”

Remembering someone special “The cafe is family-owned and operated, it was my mother’s dream to open a restaurant of the mom-andpop style. I never imagined the lifelong friendships I would create when we began. My customers have truly touched my life, and I am so grateful to call them friends,” said Hinson, who is still reeling from the loss of a

Luminary honors Relay For Life includes a special time to honor those survivors and to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. When the lights of Hoschton Park are darkened, luminaries around the track will glow and a luminary ceremony, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Braselton, will be held. You can have a luminary

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bag with the name of your loved one or friend or you can decorate your bag in a special way as youth at Center United Methodist Church did recently. (See below and see more at ClickThePaper. com) An LED glow balloon can be sponsored for $25 or a Knock-out Rose bush can be ordered for $50. There will also be a caregiver luminary area as well. For a luminary form, contact Jennifer Dees at Braselton Town Hall at 706654-3915 or email jdees@braselton.net

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Continued from 1A During that session, Mayor Plott, Councilman Don Kupis, Councilman Steve Quinn and Ward met with Windstream. “We shared input that we are getting from citizens within and outside of the city limitsm” said Ward. Windstream was represented by Betty Willis, Regional VP-State Government Affairs; Joey Whitfield, Area Manager – South Carolina and North Georgia; and David Eubanks,

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Lynn and Buck Heard with Purina Award winner Queen Mary bring a devotional to field trial competitions.

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The man Buck was speaking with was Ricky Southridge (name changed), a man cut rough around the edges. At Lynn Haven it was Ricky’s job to run the dog wagon. He followed the gallery with the dogs, as every hour two new dogs were set on the ground to run. Buck’s way of describing Ricky was that “he drove a four on the floor with a fifth of Jack Daniels under the seat.” When Buck told Ricky that he and Lynn were not staying another day, he asked Buck, “Well, who’s going to do it?” Buck replied, “Who’s going to do what, Ricky?” “Who’s going to do the devotion?” he asked. “I don’t know,” said Buck, “but I don’t imagine you’ll miss it.” Ricky said, “I haven’t missed one yet. I don’t go to church.” With this confession Buck realized he had at least one in his congregation that was listening. Buck said, “Ricky, I don’t know who will do the devotion but I will make sure it gets done.” Buck and Lynn had friends in the camp, Jack and Fran Miller, that they had called on before to read scripture and to pray. Buck told them about Ricky Southridge. He asked them if they would do the devotion the next morning and his question to them was the same as Ricky’s, “If you don’t do it, who’s going to do it?” While acknowledging

they were not the best public speakers, they agreed to do their best. Ricky Southridge was there the next morning, cup in hand, to hear the good news for the day, to hear God’s name invoked with praise and thanksgiving for another day in His outdoor sanctuary. This week many people will make their way to stained glass sanctuaries to hear the Easter story. Many preachers will ask themselves, “I wonder who was listening.” While all of these sermons are important, they are not nearly as important as the ones that are given by people with no seminary degrees out in the highways and byways of life because there are a multitude of Ricky Southridges who will never darken the door of a church, but that doesn’t mean they are not open to knowing about God’s love. Without knowing it, Ricky Southridge points us to similar questions raised by the Apostle Paul two thousand years ago: “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? (Romans 10:14 The Message). Dr. Michael Helms is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Jefferson. Reach him at michael@fbcjefferson.org

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Manager – Local Operations. Ward said they shared there are upgrades in progress that will remedy up to 99 percent of the issues that are being reported to them. Roberts attended the Monday meeting and updated the council on his Internet speed situation which has gotten the attention of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. While Roberts said he now has the speed he would expect, that is not the case with everyone in his neighborhood. They report their service is slower after Roberts’ speed was enhanced. He also urged individuals to

check their billing statement as fees have now increased. Roberts said he was pleased to hear the One Georgia grant may be a positive for Jefferson area Internet users. “I see hope in all this,” said Roberts. The petition effort information says, “We really hope that a choice will be here soon and we can operate on the internet super highway and not the ‘digital dirt road’ we currently have.” Find the group page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/7442315 88928561/?bookmark_t=group You can also e-mail nomorewindstream@gmail.com


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Aaaaaa-chooo! Allergy season has truly arrived By FARAH BOHANNON

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Allergy season is in full swing – individuals experience itchy eyes, throats and noses while vehicles and pets are covered in a thick layer of yellow after being outside for even just a few minutes. This is a beautiful time of year due to the mild temperatures, blooming flowers and lush greenery after a long, cold winter, but it seems that the only drawback is the allergies that swoop in with a vengeance. Luckily, Dr. John Dean Greeson, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Peach State Health Plan, and Dr. Andy Nish, M.D., of North Georgia Physician’s Group Braselton, have formulated lists with a handful of ways to make allergy season more tolerable. There are ways to completely prevent allergic reactions and minimize their effect on the human body. Below are Greeson’s six ways to make spring allergies more tolerable. Greeson says he believes that coping with stress will reduce allergy symptoms. “Seasonal allergy sufferers can experience severe allergy symptoms following a stressful day thanks to the elevated levels of the hormone cortisol,” said Greeson. Participating in a relaxing activity will help with the symptoms as well as a full night of sleep. Yoga, indoor exercise, reading or a hot bath are a few examples of calming, relaxing activities. Pets can carry large amounts of pollen and are covered in dander during the spring, especially after spending time outdoors, followed by entering the house. Brushing pets with distilled water is a great way to alleviate shedding fur and trap dander. Regular baths can also help with the removal of pollen that has made its way into your pet’s fur. It is also important to create a dander/allergen-free zone

in the bedroom, so keeping pets in other rooms will help with middle of the night symptoms. Pesky dust mites can become a problem in humid homes that are over 70 degrees F. Switching the thermostat to the mid-60’s and the use of a dehumidifier will reduce the amount of dust mites in the home. Greeson also suggests that washing bed sheets in hot water once a week will decrease dust mites and the uncomfortable symptoms they give humans. A weekly wash will also rid sheets of pollen that may have made its way into the bed. Allergy-proofing the home is another important step in taking control of spring allergies. Immediately change clothes after spending time outside because pollen easily sticks to fabric. Vacuum and sweep regularly, and don’t skimp on the showers since pollen can stick to gel and other hair products. Greeson is a huge advocate of www.pollen.com because it is constantly updated with pollen counts and peak allergy times. It is probably better to go for an outdoor run while the pollen count is low or spend more time indoors to avoid allergy symptoms. Lastly, sharing thoughts with a doctor is one of the most helpful tips in managing allergy season. Patients will be informed of the different types of allergy medicines such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin and Singulair. A doctor can also refer patients to an allergist to pinpoint the problem. Dr. Nish, who is Medical Director of North Georgia Physician’s Group (NGPG) Allergy and Asthma, says there are three ways to make allergy season more tolerable --avoidance, medicine and allergy shots. He says there is no need to live with symptoms that can easily be vanquished with three tips -- avoidance, medicines and allergy shots.

Celebrate Healthy North Georgia award for NGHS Northeast Georgia Health System’s (NGHS) Wellness Program was selected as a winner of the 2014 Celebrate Healthy North Georgia awards. Celebrate Healthy North Georgia, an initiative of District 2 Public Health and their partners across the region, honors organizations that work to raise awareness and implement programs that help residents accomplish a healthy lifestyle. This year, 21 organizations were recognized for their programs and efforts to improve the health of residents in northeast Georgia. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Gary Nelson, President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Various workshops were offered

throughout the day about topics such as worksite wellness; education and healthy environments; impacting community with gardens and nutrition; and managing chronic disease. “We are honored to receive this award,” says Donna D. Anderson, director of Employee Wellness at NGHS. “The goal of NGHS’s Wellness program is to engage employees to actively participate in a healthy lifestyle. “We’ve conducted many initiatives, including biometric screenings which involve blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, so we can be sure our program reflects the specific needs and interests of our employees,” said Anderson.

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A new mural in the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine was recently unveiled with the auxiliary, which funded the painting, as well as members of the center, the artist herself and hospital CEO Todd Dixon and Winder Mayor David Maynard present.

Tree mural will promote healing of BRMC patients By Zac Taylor

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Nish “Avoiding common springtime allergens is an obvious way to stay away from the symptoms,” said Nish. “Keep car and home windows closed at all times, avoid excessive outdoor activities, don’t wash clothes outside and be sure to change clothes and shower immediately if you do happen to spend time outside.” Nish also has confidence in the power of both over the counter and prescription strength medicine as well as allergy shots. “It isn’t required to receive shots or take medicine, but it’s very important to know that some of them take a few weeks or even months to start working. That is why it’s crucial to start the process before allergy season begins. There is no need to suffer,” said Nish. Dr. Nish is an allergist at the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group’s Braselton office. For more information, visit http://www.ngpg.org/ ngpg-allergy-and-asthmabraselton/ or call 678-9606000.

Barrow Regional Medical Center has a new piece of artwork that the staff is hoping will never stop growing. The latest artwork is actually a mural of a tree painted on the wall at the hospital’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. The plan the center’s staff have come up with is that, on the mural, patients who successfully complete their recovery will be able to put their pictures as leaves on the limbs of the tree. There’s a lot of room and their needs to be – Jennifer Veason, director of the center, said they’ve already had 300 patients

successfully heal in the program since it’s opening last April. It was her idea to have the mural painted. The Hospital Auxiliary, who paid for the mural, was likewise happy to be able to help, said member Judy Loftin. “We like to do things to help patients,” she said, “and make them happy.” Veason expects the tree to help patients. “It’s a great incentive,” she said. “It’ll make patients want to heal, do what they’re supposed to do to get their name on the tree.” The mural was painted by area artist Donna England, who said it took five days to paint. She based it off a tree that grows in Charleston.

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Sports BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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Senior Philip Burzo and his teammates had a goal to make the Jackson County Comprehensive High School boys’ soccer team playoff eligible for the first time in school history when they were freshman. Four years later, the Panthers squad is on its way to the postseason after a 4-1 victory April 10 over Elbert County. “This is exciting. We all earned it. We practice hard every day and we’ve given our coach everything we got in every game,” said Burzo. “I’m ready to go to the playoffs!” The chemistry, which was derived from a desire to have a brotherhood environment on the team, has paid dividends. And the countless hours off the field have sharpened instincts on the field. “We don’t yell or point fingers at each other. We truly are a family. We really know where each other is going to be and it’s helped a lot,” said Burzo. It would only be fitting that the Panthers will face the best team in the region in Oconee County in the regular season finale in what could be the region title game. “We need to stay undefeated in region play so the game against Oconee County will serve as the region championship,” Burzo stated. The unsung hero for the Panthers is its new head coach Elie Viviant whose post-game speeches instill wisdom and encouragement -- win or lose. And while he says he likes the way his squad responds during the game, he wants to see the fight in his team strengthen as they get into the tougher portion of their schedule. “We are trying to build the whole program, even at the middle school and junior varsity level so that we’ll always be able to contend for the region title,” said Viviant. “The season is long so we need to peak at the right time.” “We are playing hard though; we had four different scorers in the Elbert County win and that’s what we need. I think we have a chance to win the region,” said Viviant. “I purposely scheduled Oconee County at the end of the year so that we could grow as a team and play them last. The pressure will be on Oconee County to win. Sometimes it’s not the best team that wins, it’s the team that wants it more.”

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Alex Torres (10) tries to maintain control of the ball while attempting to get away from Elbert County in a critical region game.

Dragons, Hawks dominate at Beef O’Brady Invite BY KYLE FUNDERBURK

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The Jefferson High School track and field team owned its home turf in the Beef O’Brady Invitational while the Lady Hawks of Mill Creek took the crown in the girls division – the Lady Dragons finished second. The field event specialists started the day right as Mill Creek’s Angelique Phifer finished third in shot put with a throw of 33 feet and 2 inches. In the girl’s long jump, Shanelle Valentine leaped 16 feet and 3 inches for second place. Dyani Stringer managed to medal in discus by placing third while Sydney Shaw took home first place in the triple jump, reaching 36 feet and three and a half inches. Larsen Moore added to Mill Creek’s point total with a first place finish in pole vault. In the running events, ValDoug Chellew The Paper entine built on her perforMill Creek head coach Jed Hodges watches Shanelle Valentine build a strong mance in the long jump by point total for the Lady Hawks. finishing first in the 100 meter

hurdles. Her third place finish in the 300 meter hurdles helped her earn the most points scored by a female individual. “It was really hot today with the sun being out but once you’re with your group you have to push to finish and you have that motivation to pull through,” said Valentine. “Coming back and doing this meet gives me a lot of confidence going into the region meet to do better than what I had been doing,” she said. “We like to have a meet right after spring break to help everyone get ready for region; they came out and did a great job today,” said head coach Jed Hodges. “The most exciting part of the meet today was our B-team placing second in the 4x400. Most of those girls hadn’t run a 4x400 this year -they just jumped in there and did a good job.” Another Mill Creek sprinter, Avery Graham, was less than two tenths of a second from taking first place in the 100 meter dash. For the boys, Tyler Vernon had a field day, anchoring the Hawks in multiple events. JD Al-Khatib and Vernon both won medals for Mill Creek in shot put. Vernon also won the boys discus. In the boy’s 400-meter dash, Mill

Creek’s Braden Canamare finished second with a time of 50.29 seconds. For Jefferson, Abby Carson finished in second place by clearing 8 feet and 6 inches. In the girl’s 800 meter run, Jefferson’s Camille Porter and Savannah Dale finished first and third, respectively. In the high jump, Turpin cleared 6 feet and 6 inches to finish second while Dalton Hill finished third in the long jump. Satchel Turpin, who is the second best triple jumper in AA despite this being the seniors’ first year doing track, just missed out on medaling in that event, finishing fourth. “It was hard to learn and I wish I’d done it all four years of high school but it makes me work harder because I know I’m seen as an underdog,” said Turpin. Dalton Hill took second in the boy’s 300 meter hurdles and Addison Cochran placed second in the boys 3200 meter run. Tradd Porter finished second in the 800 meter run. “A lot of things looked really good. We had someone at pole vault that almost cleared 15 feet and 6 inches. At least one person had a personal best in nearly every event,” said Jefferson head coach Tim Corbett.

JCCHS grad seeks to revive Panthers Q&A with Jillian Wissel BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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After the abrupt resignation of former head boys’ basketball coach Mark Defoor, the Jackson County Comprehensive High School varsity team will have someone new at the helm. And this time, it’s one of their own. Chuck Butler, who has served as an assistant coach for the Panthers in separate stints, will now lead the charge. Butler was named the interim coach after the Elbert County game in regular season play. JCCHS gave up the lead and fell victim to a buzzer beater shot by the Blue Devils. However, Butler doesn’t want to focus on the past. A Jackson County graduate, Butler says he is honored to return to his old stomping grounds. “I’ve always had great loyalty to Jackson County. I’ve wanted nothing more than for our basketball program to be successful. To build this program has been a career goal that I’ve had ever since I knew I wanted to become a teacher and coach,” said Butler. “I want to

build a first-class basketball program that can be respected by all. I believe in our kids, our school and I know we’ll represent our county the way we should in the future.” Now the big question remains as to whether or not Butler can bring life to a program that’s been downtrodden for years. With baseball, football, soccer and wrestling on the rise, Jackson County basketball could be the next big thing and a 14-4 record posted by the junior varsity team is a start. “We have a great group of young guys coming up next year,” Butler stated. But before the Panthers can even think about getting above .500 next year, they must believe they belong on the same court with the best of the best. And Butler isn’t wasting anytime inputting a new way of thinking. He’s already booked nearly two dozen games over the summer with the hopes of building confidence and bringing out their skill set, especially with a young group. See JACKSON COUNTY 2B

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In a sport where goals can be scored from different angles, it’s important to have a goalie with great instincts who make monster saves. For the Mill Creek High School girls’ lacrosse team, that athlete is Jillian Wissel. She has been battle tested with tough games in Florida and Tennessee; however, she continues to stand her ground knowing that she owns the net and will defend her end of the turf to the best of her ability. Q: Where do you get the confidence from to defend sharp shooters? For The Paper

Head coach Chuck Butler is living out his dream of being a Panther again.

A: For me, it’s about the right mindset going into a game. See WISSEL 2B

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T-Ball games will take place today; the NJ/GS Muckdogs will take on the EJES Reds at 6 p.m. at the East Jackson Park. The WJP Rays vs. GSE Braves will kick off at 6 p.m. at the West Jackson Park and the WJP Red Sox vs. MES Express will tip off at 6 p.m. on field two at the WJP. Rookie games will take place later that evening at 7:15. The EJP Rattlers vs. EJP Mudcats, the WJP Phillies vs. WJP Bees and the WJP Indians vs. WJP Braves are all set to compete.

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Continued from 1B A: I’ve got to be focused and alert but not too tense. I just let everything else go and that’s when I play my best. Q: As the regular season winds down, where is the team’s mindset in terms of winning the region? A: We are confident as a team going into the postseason. We continually fight hard to gain the region title and approach every practice with the playoffs on our minds. As a team, we are hungry for the competition that the playoffs will bring us. Q: Do you any attend any lacrosse camps. If so, in what ways does it help elevate your game? A: While I haven’t attended camps, I have played both summer and fall lacrosse. The majority of our athletes play year round. We play out-of-state tournaments during the summer and play closer teams during the fall. That allowed me to get repetition in. With every save I make, the more my muscles become familiar with movement and, when it comes down to it, it’s all about how fast I can get there to make the save. Q: How long have you played lacrosse and

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who introduced you to the sport? A: While I’ve played lacrosse for years, I’ve only played goalie for three. My freshman year following the end of the basketball season I was looking for something to try and lacrosse was just starting up so I took advantage. Q: What areas of your game have improved the most? A: While I try to improve my game in all aspects, I have tried to focus on two types of shots this year: grounders and crease rolls. Both of these are hard to defend because they are unpredictable. With the help of my coaches and some practice, I’ve gotten better at predicting where the shooters going to shoot and how I need to move my body to the ball in order to save it. For The Paper

The Mill Creek High School girls’ lacrosse team could make a good run to win the region tournament as they did last year and are ready to make it past the Final Four in the postseason.

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The Mill Creek High School golf teams prep for the region tournament BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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A team that may have been underestimated, the Jefferson High School baseball team has convinced any naysayers that teams should come well prepared to play the Dragons. JHS solidified its No. 1 ranking after Lovett was dethroned and Jefferson captured an 8-6 win over Wesleyan against Georgia Gwinnett College April 2. “It felt good to get that win over them because we wanted to have the momentum. They are ranked in the top 10 in the state,” said Franklin. “We weren’t hitting the ball well at the beginning of the season but now we are killing it.” And JHS will more than likely keep the crown until someone else knocks them off. “It feels good. I’m not complaining,” stated Franklin. “I think people take us seriously now.” The Kennesaw State University commit agreed Union County would be one of its tougher opponents but the Dragons prevailed 3-1. With the win April 10, JHS clinched a 15-game win streak. The Team Georgia player said he’d love to help this squad ink its name in the record book by matching the school record at 17 wins in a row. “It would be awesome. I think we will do it,” Franklin stated. Franklin said he takes the season one game at a time but can’t help but think about the playoffs every now and then, saying Jefferson should not have gotten upset in the second round last year and hopes the team continues to keep the bats rolling when the postseason arrives this year. “This is our year to win it all,” said Franklin.

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Lauren Kardish takes her second shot in the West Hall Invite.

The green will be stacked with some of the state’s best April 21 for the Region VII golf championship where the Mill Creek High School boys’ team will seek the title for the second time since 2012. Freshman Alex Markham knows the squad’s game will have to be spotless and it’s a challenge he gladly accepts. And he has the right to feel strongly about not only what his team can do but what he can do, especially after shooting a 74 or under twice this season. “I know I’ve played well this year which helps me believe in myself a little more. I know I can go out and put up a good number,” Markham stated. Markham said he used his time wisely during spring break, practicing every day to keep his game fresh. He says he believes Peachtree Ridge will be the team to beat; the Hawks and PRHS are split in the regular season series at two all. But the Lions won’t be the only

team watch. Norcross boasts a strong unit with Zach Healy of Norcross being one of the top contenders. The University of Georgia commit was a Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six selection, he won the 2013 Georgia State Amateur Match Play in 2013 and led the Blue Devils in the state championship win where he shot a 67. Other key contenders include freshman Jacob Bayer from Collins Hill and Bailey Up from North Gwinnett. “There are many good players in this region. What I will have to do is play my game and I could beat anybody there,” Markham said. For the Lady Hawks, Grace Choice has been a dominant figure as the Lady Hawks No. 1 golfer. The sophomore has finished as the top shooter against for the team against Collins Hill and at the Brookwood Invitational. The Lady Hawks will also have their work cut out for them with Duluth’s Sally Kim, a twotime individual state qualifier and UGA signee Bailey Tardee of Norcross.

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Patrick Overstreet blasted a homer, his seventh of the season, against Franklin County on April 14 to aid the Jackson County Comprehensive High School baseball team to a 3-2 victory. Overstreet is also the team leader in RBI with 27 and walks with 16. Coleman Barbee threw a complete game as the Panthers move to 15-6 overall and 6-4 in region play. The Dragons of Jefferson are still the top team in the AA polls. On April 19, Jefferson could rewrite the record books by clinching the longest win streak in school history at 18. The Mill Creek Hawks are in third place in the region standings of April 14. They have swept Norcross and split the series against North Gwinnett, which feature standout pitcher and Arizona State University committ Tucker Baca.

“We have to be able to overcome that lack of experience during the summer,” said Butler. “I wanted to provide them with as much game experience as possible. There is a lot of speed at the varsity level and the challenges that will come with that. We have very smart kids in our program with a basketball I.Q. that is growing daily. The summer will be vital to our success as we install our system and style of play.” Butler has an advantage with the newbies at the varsity level, as they were under his tutelage last year. He doesn’t mind inheriting that same group of youngsters who will have to adapt to his style of play. In fact, it’s exactly what he wants. “Our varsity team was more post oriented but our JV squad was more guard oriented. For that reason we ran at a faster pace on the JV level which is what I anticipate our style being like next year. I truly feel it was such a blessing to have the ability to work with our younger guys last year. By already installing that type system, we have truly sped up the learning curve that takes place when a new coach comes in,” stated Butler.

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Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival expanding to three-day event By LEANNE AKIN

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The 11th semi-annual Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival is adding a third day to the weekend which attracts thousands to the area around Braselton Park. “I had had requests for Friday for several years from both vendors and customers and I finally said yes,” said festival organizer Donna Cannella. On Friday, April 25, 120 vendors will open their booths from noon to 7 p.m. with the festival continuing Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This will be our largest so far,” said Cannella, who has personally visited venues in search of additional vendors for Braselton’s 21st antique festival. “Because of the popularity of DYI projects such as paint distressing, we are intermingling so of the do-it-yourself looks in the booth.”

Owner of Countryside Antiques, Cannella said she visited Scott’s Antique Market on her recent day off and she was also at Lakewood 400 last month. Often when she is out, she is called “the Braselton lady.” She said individuals with antique booths wait to see her and anticipate her coming around with cards about the next festival. “That tells me the show is established,” said Cannella, who notes that vendors tell her the show is fun, is well run and they make money. “It has taken years to do that,” said Cannella, who credits a great group of volunteers. The turnout for the festival puts Braselton on the map as a destination for regulars, some who even plan their vacation around the fesitival dates to make it a stop. Cannella said she is not alone in her passion for the show. She even has two relatives flying in from Tampa, Fla., to be a part of the fes-

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Jill Perloff of Weathered Pieces hangs a mod podge piece which features the front of the former school building which is now home to Countrywide Antiques. owned by Donna Cannella, pictured right. Perloff will be one of the vendors for the Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival. Her booth inside the business and outside for the festival on April 25-27 will feature American Paint Company products and her furniture pieces. The mod podge technique is also being used on a furniture piece which can be seen at the festival. tival. “We also have some new and exciting stuff this year,” said Cannella. An old-fashioned soda truck, Amy Lu Soda from Oxford will be on hand to make sodas and you can also opt for a large plastic glass for the three-day event. A new BBQ vendor is joining the food lineup. Ronnie Kelter of Auburn is bringing Mary Sue Q to the festival and Georgia Sweet is

returning for the second year with kettlecorn and hand-squeezed lemonade. You can also buy from Fat Pants Sweets from Locust Grove or Fattie’s of Atlanta which will also be serving up breakfast. Because of the growing number of food vendors, some will also branch out onto Harrison and Frances streets. Southern Girl Funnel Cakes will be on hand and there will be ice cream, pork skins, boiled peanuts

and more. One Blue Duck will have gyros, beer, wine and Saki bloody marys. Apple Annie’s Cupboard will have breads, canned goods, cakes and cookies and Lee’s Southern Sweets will offer roasted nuts and peanut brittle. Vendors will be coming from Tennessee, the Carolinas and Alabama as word has spread about

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Charles Whitman captured these aerial photographs of last fall’s Antique and Holiday Festival with a camera mounted on a small remote control helicopter. Braselton Park was filled with tents and the vendors also stretched down Harrison Street and onto Frances Street. More than 120 vendors will participate in the Antique and Gardening Festival April 25-27.

Master Gardener shares love of digging in the dirt Dave Rusk is BULLI instructor and inspiration behind Junior Master Gardener programs in Braselton area By LEANNE AKIN

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Digging in the dirt is something Dave Rusk was doing while growing up. By the age of 10, he was driving tractors to haul woods dirt, the rich composted leaves from the woods on the family’s 250-acre farm in Maryland on which their Colonial home stood. When his family moved back to New Jersey for his dad’s job, they commuted back to the farm on weekend. His agriculture and horticulture roots began there but it would be years later before he could create his own flower haven. Wherever home was during the 27 moves in his 27-year professional career as a management trainer, Dave always raised flowers although usually in containers, window boxes and small gardens which were left behind when his jobs in fast food restaurant management training and development took him away. After settling in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 195, the family acquired 20 acres in the Braselton area after an aunt inherited property here. A garage apartment would first be their home away from home as Dave got down to serious gardening even before their house was built. A lifetime Master Gardener, Dave Rusk now shares his love of gardening with others. Perhaps the most exciting and most intriguing of his students are the youngsters involved in the Junior Master Gardeners Program. It was Rusk who fostered the program through the Hall County Master Gardeners at

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Dave Rusk provides entertainment to students as he instructs programs on gardening for community organizations including Braselton Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI). At one recent class, he displayed various soil amendments in clay pots and, always a jokester, took a spoon to taste which was best – crushed chocolate cookies.

Chestnut Mountain Elementary School. There is a huge garden there and the Hall County Junior Master Gardeners Program expanded from five schools to 13 schools. Three years ago, Rusk helped to bring to life the vision the late Henry Edward Braselton, a former Braselton councilman and mayor, had for the old mule barn on the property adjacent to the Braselton Library. Janice Braselton was thrilled when Rusk approached her about the possibility of creating a Junior Master Gardener Program learning garden around the structural beauty of the barn’s remains along Brassie Lane. What would become Nannie’s Children’s Garden, honoring the memory of Ottis Braselton, Henry Edward’s mother, became Rusk’s connection to the land and to the young people and adult volunteers who cultivated the garden into a learning experience. Classes were conducted for elementary age students as well as adults, with the vegetables and flowers raised at the garden sold to the public each summer. The garden and the JMG program were sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners with the support of the Braselton West Jackson Library. Mrs. Janice Braselton graciously provided the property for the program. Nannie’s Children’s Garden will no longer be the site of the Junior Master Gardener Program which was coordinated with the Braselton Library. The garden may have another life but without Rusk who is retiring from that Junior Master Gardener Program involvement. Rusk was a recent presenter at a Brenau BULLI class. He shared some of his gardening experiences and invited class members, including another Master Gardener, Harry Hauck, to share their garden-

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Dave Rusk enlisted members of the gardening class through Braselton Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) to talk about their personal gardening experiences and teach others. ing stories. For Hauck, involvement with the Three-County Master Gardeners, including time as president, connected him with friends and

with special projects at Fort Yargo State Park.

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Nannie’s Children Garden will no longer be a Junior Master Gardener class project. The garden was nurtured in and around the surviving rock foundation of an old mule barn on the Braselton property and youthful gardeners learned and sold the vegetables and flowers they grew.


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Continued from 3B Class member Lynn Hammond said she hoped to revitalize her herb garden. She has fond memories of the square foot garden she created with her now-grown daughter. Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees said she hopes to get back to the land and put in a large garden on her acreage and utilize her raised beds since her son is now older. Amy Pinnell, who grew up in New Mexico, is putting her mark – project by project -on the property she and her husband acquired a dozen years ago. A koi pond is her latest project. Other class members commented on their yard challenges including shade farming and attempting to adapt to gardening in Georgia soils and weather after living in other parts of the country as Pinnell. One commented, “I am a novice but have a desire to learn.” That is what BULLI is all about. Lifelong learning opportunities are provided through the program whether it’s about gardening, keeping updated on national and international happenings and their potential impacts on the local level, learning about firearms safety and how to shoot your weapon, discovering pottery and its fascinating heritage or even how to play bridge. And this is just a sampling of this session’s offerings. A curriculum commit-

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Braselton Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) classes this session including the gardening class held weekly, a firearms safety program taughter by Assistant Braselton Police Chief Lou Solis, a Southern folk pottery class focused on history and art and Great Decisions on topics such as defense technology, Israel and the United States, Turkey’s challenges, Islamic awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy and U. S. trade policy. The next registration is May 6 in Braselton. tee works to put together a schedule of unique offerings in Braselton, and BULLI members can also take advantage of course offerings on the Brenau University campus in Gainesville. BULLI is a connection to higher education which town leaders say they hope can be expanded in the future to provide additional educational opportunities for the area. Retirees and those adults with flexible schedules can take advantage of BULLI and perhaps have post-secondary offerings. Also anticipated as part

Working together to prevent child abuse By MEG LOGGINS

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With the month of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, we hope many people are becoming more aware of this issue. The effects of child abuse can not only be detrimental to the child that suffers at the hands of an abuser, but to other family members and people the child comes in contact with. These effects can last a lifetime. Child Abuse Prevention is one of the issues that many members of our coalition deal with every day. For the month of April, pinwheels will be up around Winder and Jefferson, when you drive by we ask that you take a moment to think about these children and what they are being forced to deal with. When you are thinking about it, you may wonder what you can do to help prevent another child from having to face this in their life. As adults, we are all watchful of the children and youth in our community and by doing that we can help a child in need. If you suspect a possible case of child abuse or neglect, you need to call and make a report to the local DFCS office and also call law enforcement. Children sometimes can’t speak for themselves so we need to speak for them, be their advocate and protect them. Help children by becoming a mentor through your local school system, volunteer to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) worker, volunteer your time at The Tree House, the children’s advocacy center, or volunteer with Peace Place, the domestic violence shelter/transitional housing all located in Barrow County.

You can even get your children involved in the Barrow Youth Action Team (BYAT), through Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Barrow County. The BYAT is a group made up of elementary, middle and high school students that make positive impacts on peers and adults by promoting prevention education and community service projects. Every child needs and deserves the five basics: a personal, one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and community, by getting involved, you can give a child a chance at a healthy future. For more information on Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Barrow County or any other agency, contact Meg Loggins at 770-868-2910 or by email at meg@cisbarrowfamilyconnection.org. You can also contact Linda Doster at Jackson County Family Connection at 706367-3021 or by email at linda@jcfamilyconnection. com Come join us and our partners, learn where you can volunteer, give back to the community, and help the children, One City at a Time, One School at a Time, One Kid at a Time...Changing the Picture. Meg Loggins is executive director of Barrow County Family Connection/Communities In Schools. She is a part of the collaborative working to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect, , see that services and advocacy is available for child and bring awareness to the community about the issue.

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of the educational landscape of the region are expanded school environments for elementary, middle and high school students including online learning options. Many educational opportunities are being planted in the area. Let’s see what takes root and grows. Upcoming registration Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI), where intellectual curiosity meets friendship and fun, provides a variety of class offerings in Braselton as well as in Gainesville. There are also other experi-

ences available including a hiking club and dinner club. Summer registration for BULLI is just around the corner. Mark your calendars now for the registration meeting. Registration for Gainesville will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the Thurmond McRae Auditorium, adjacent to the Brenau Trustee Library. The Braselton registration meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the Braselton Police and Municipal Court building in the courtroom.

The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Jackson 2014 class will be hosting the “Tug of Love” event on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crow’s Lake. Funds raised from the event will benefit Wellspring Camp, a special needs camp also located in Jefferson. “We as the Leadership class of 2014 are extremely proud how we have all pulled together and hit the ground running from our first meeting in July 2013. By the end of the day, we had our non-profit organization selected and well on the way to putting together how we wanted to raise as much funds as possible to help support this wonderful camp.” said Leigh Carroll, membership sales representative for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. The main event will feature a fun-filled “tug-of-war” that will challenge competitive businesses, organizations and schools in Jackson County to “pull together” for Wellspring Camp. There is no admission fee for the Tug of Love but will be accepting donations for food.Food items will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water, soft drinks and candy. Snocones will be $1. Another exciting addition to the fundraiser is the local talent, Kevin Whitfield, will be providing music for the event. Whitfield graduated from Jackson County Comprehensive High School and is well known for his country-pop sound which can be heard on his Facebook page.

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Continued from 3B how successful a vendor can be at the Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival. Tony and Shari Haberman will be returning with their locally-produced jams, jellies and salsas. “They are fixtures at the show and they have a following,” said Cannella. “I’m a little overwhelmed but the town is so supportive of this and the Visitors Bureau does so much to help promote downtown Braselton, its businesses and the show,” said Cannella, who says the festival and its vendors are also promoted on Facebook. Antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, upcycling, DIY, primitives, folk art, pottery, sports memorabilia and the works of local artists from painters to bottleworks artists like Cynthia Norman and four metalworkers showcasing yard art are among the vendor offerings.

The town is so supportive of this and the Visitors Bureau does so much to help promote downtown Braselton, its businesses and the show. Donna Cannella Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival organizer

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American Paint Company products are available at Countrywide Antiques. The company offers an all natural, zero VOC, eco-friendly and solvent free paint. The paints contain no acrylic, no fungicide and no co-polymers. Three woodworkers will participate. Steve Sexton will have his intricate trucks and Elfworks will also have children’s games and toys. Hamrick’s will again have the pavilion filled with furniture and more and two coin sellers will also participate. Jay Zepski of Roswell will be set up on Harrison Street with his unique furniture and other woodwork which is popular in cabins and lake houses because of the rustic design. Vintage horse items will be available from the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition and Still Pointe Photography will again have a photo booth for a “take it with me” memory to be made. Other participants will include Adorne with bling wear, Sweet Tea with handmade soaps and more, Puds Attire with dog collars, clothing and bedding and Turner’s Treausurers returning for their 21st show. “Debbie Turner has been involved since the inception of the

show,” said Cannella. Trackside Antiques will also be back for its 21st show while Lucy’s Vintage Finds will showcase the shabby chic put together by Avis Dobbs for the first time. The Old Hardware Store from Dacula is also a newcomer. For the gardening part of the festival, four and possibly five gardening companies will be represented including FernGully Landscaping, I.G. Nursery, Herbs by Deb and Delia Buxton of The Back Forty with angel trumpets. Look for Japanese maples, annuals, perennials and more. Additional nonprofits will be participating in this festival. Fur Kids will be onsite Saturday and Sunday for pet adoptions to begin. Because the group makes home visits to potential adoptive locations, the adoptions will not be completed over the weekend. Cannella is a supporter of the group as she has three dogs and a cat, all rescues.

“We have the most sponsors we have ever had,” said Cannella, who got involved in promotion and coordination of the festival when she bought Countryside Antiques. With its location off the main highway, the festival was a way to bring attention to the antiques to be found in Braselton. “I am passionate about it,” she said. Sponsors of the 11th semiannual Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival include A Flea An’tique, Braselton Gallery, Farm House Antiques, Rain Tree Antiques, Braselton Antique Mall, Countryside Antiques, JarFly Station, Rust to Dust Antiques, Auction Ventures, Elements A Day Spa, Further Down the Rabbit Hole, American Paint Company, Art-Est Fashions, Garbage Hound and the Town of Braselton. Cannella said the festival planning committee includes Countryside Antique, A Flea An’tique, and Brasel-

The Team Sponsors are: Southern Power, Georgia Power, Restore Pros Construction and Environmental Services, Indoor Comforting Heating and Cooling, Gail Yung Properties, Braselton Rotary Club, Fresh Frozen Foods and James Wascher, Wilkins Electric Company Each team consists of five people and is a $250 sponsorship. The sponsors will benefit from advertising on T-shirts, beach towels, flyers as well as announcements on that day. “We are just so thankful to have the support of the Leadership Jackson class this year. Their project has already been great in further connecting us to the community,” said Josh and Tammy Griffin, owners of Wellspring Camp.

The Griffins explained that the funds raised will go toward building a new cabin for campers. They currently can only house 30 campers so they hope to be able to house more campers with the new cabin and they also will be able to host private retreats which will bring in more revenue for the camp as well. Their long term goal is to raise the funds for a therapy swimming pool so the campers who are restricted to a wheelchair can also enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool. “We are honored that they have worked so hard to put together an event that will benefit our campers. We look forward to the Tug of Love event and are excited to see the community come out,” said the Griffins.

Crow’s Lake located at 155 Crow’s Lake Drive in Jefferson. For more information, visit the Leadership Jackson 2014 and Tug of Love pages on Facebook.com or contact Leigh Carroll at 706-3870300.

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Jill Perloff of Weathered Pieces delivers more American Paint Company products which are popular with customers at Countrywide Antiques. Perloff will be one of the vendors for the Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival April 2527. She recently held a workshop at Countryside Antiques to teach others how to use paint distressing techniques for do-it-yourself projects. Future workshops are planned. ton Antique Mall along with Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees. She said she has gotten much needed help this year from Ryan Langford at BAM and Louise Jackson at A Flea An’tique. Braselton Downtown Director Amy Pinnell has also been helpful in promoting the festival and securing vol-

unteers. The National Honor Society of Jackson County Comprehensive High School will also be volunteers at the festival barricades. Handicapped parking this year will be located on the corner of Henry and Harrison streets and also in the parking lot of Northeast Georgia Bank.

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“We knew we had a huge challenge in front of us because of how well the class of 2013 did with their Polar Bear Plunge. They threw down a huge gauntlet by raising the most funds to date and we are all working hard to surpass that amount,” said Carroll. Wayne Garrison with Community Bank & Trust is heading up the leadsership class which also include Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum. The event has several teams which should make it very entertaining for both participants and the crowd. The teams are: Commerce Police Department, Jefferson Police Department, Jefferson Fire Department, Georgia Power, Southern Power –Plant Dahlberg, Wayne Farms, Legacy Landscape, Southeast Toyota, two teams from Jackson County High School, two teams from East Jackson High School, two teams from Jefferson High School ROTC, Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and Cindy Phillips State Farm. Corporate sponsors are: JM Family Enterprises, Southern Power, Cable East and Community Bank & Trust, Toyota-Southeast Distributors

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Divorce leads to emotional barriers, counseling need Dear John: I have been divorced for two years now. I did not want the divorce, so it was a particularly painful experience. My ex-husband still attends my family gatherings. And it hurts every time I see him! Although my children are from another marriage, my youngest daughter and my ex became particularly close during our marriage, since her biological father hasn’t been at all involved in her life. Because of my daughter’s closeness to my ex, I opted to miss her wedding, knowing he was going to be there. Needless to say, my daughter and I haven’t spoken since. — Real Pain, in Bridgeport, Conn. Dear Real Pain: Divorce is truly a painful experience. Those who have gone through a divorce can tell you that it can be as devastating as the loss of a loved one. You have not yet processed your unresolved feelings regarding your breakup. Please consider having a licensed therapist work with

John Gray you on removing emotional barriers that will continue to stand in the way of your future happiness. Additionally, write your daughter a note expressing your love, explaining your feelings and your regret about not being there for her on this very important day in her life. She had hoped that you could have put her happiness ahead of your anxiety. At that time, you simply could not. At this point, you can only hope that the love between you, and her evergrowing maturity, will allow her to acknowledge this, forgive you and move forward. Dear John: My husband, “Bud,” of 10 years told me he wants a divorce and that he doesn’t love me the way

a husband loves a wife, but more like a friend loves a friend. We don’t have sex anymore, which was not my idea. We are, however, the best of friends and talk all the time. We are going through all of our stuff and splitting it up. I need to get on with my life. I have two teenagers from my first husband. Bud has been a father to them all their lives, considering they were very small when we married. How can I be there for them, when I now have to go to work and make ends meet? I do want love in my life once more, but I never plan on marrying or living with anyone again. How do I get beyond missing him? — Disappointed, in Tacoma, Wash. Dear Disappointed: I can tell from what you have written that you are doing your very best to keep a good attitude during difficult times. Do you have a close friend, perhaps a sibling or another person, to whom you can open up?

Seek out that person now and have a long, healthy cry. Release some of your hurt and sense of loss. It’s OK to feel that pain. When you talk about “never,” that’s just all the hurt you feel coming out. Love may have left your life more than once, but it will come again, and you should follow it when it does. Dear John: My girlfriend claims I am very argumentative, which I am. Needless to say, we fight constantly. Sometimes, though, I feel as if she is picking on me and that I have to defend myself. Trying to control my temper is something that has plagued me since I was young and has had an impact on all my relationships and friendships. I don’t like this characteristic and want to contain or change it before I lose the love of my life. — Angry Andy, in Sacramento, Calif. Dear Andy: Change is admitting you have a problem, so you have taken that important first step. Now it’s important you

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devise an alternate behavior for when you feel a fight coming on. For example, if your girlfriend brings up a concern, listen to what she says, but don’t answer. Instead, in a calm voice, ask her for some time to think about what she has said, perhaps two hours. This allows you a coolingoff period. In the meantime, take a walk or work out to relieve your anger. Then write down what you want to say to her.

comments. When I point this out, George replies that it doesn’t mean anything and that he didn’t realize he did it. He says that he used to hate her but now has no feelings for her. Lately, we have stopped being intimate. — Living in the Past, in Boston Dear In the Past: You hit it right on the head: George is not over his previous relationship. Unfortunately, until he gets over her, he won’t be able to appreciate his life with you, or anyone else for that matter. He can ignore these feelings, but they will never go away on their own. George has to face this fact before he can move on. Both of you need to take some time apart. Hopefully, this separation will allow him to sort out his feelings about both of you and move him out of the past and into the future.

Dear John: I have been with “George” for eight months. He went through a bad breakup a couple of years before we met. His exgirlfriend left him. Because of his behavior with her, he felt her decision was justified. At the time, he had suicidal thoughts because he believed he’d lost “the best thing in his life.” I can understand all this, but we have a big problem: George constantly talks about her! He mentions her a couple of times a day. His remarks appear in trivial

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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. People Place Purpose. That is the theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week observance and the Town of Braselton is honoring those volunteers who serve on agencies, authorities and commissions including the Downtown Development Authority, Urban Redevelopment Agency, Visitors Bureau Authority, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Ethics Commission at an April 17 reception at Chateau Elan. A Night in the 1920s. Don’t miss this fun night of entertainment at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 with music, dancing and a showing of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid.” The Jefferson Community Theatre presents “A Night in the 1920s” at the Jefferson Civic Center. General admission tickets are $10. Senior and student tickets are only $7. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 706-3675714 or on the website at www.jeffersoncommunitytheatre.com. Tickets are also available at the door. 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.” 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. 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. Hoschton Women’s Civic Club. The April meeting of the Hoschton Women’s Civic Club will be April 22 at Hensley Automotive. The address is 2766 Highway 53 in Hoschton. Ken Hensley will present a program about the safety features on vehicles and warning signs to be aware of. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Small business financing forum. The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and Celtic Bank will host a Small Business Financing Forum on Wednesday, April 23, at the Athens SBDC. The forum will review the use of working capital term loans of up to $50,000 to finance day-to-day operations. Most companies need

working capital to conduct business and this program will offer an overview of using this resource. Information about this important loan program is essential for anyone wanting to expand the operations of a current business or start a new venture. The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. on April 23 at the Athens SBDC, Chicopee Complex, 1180 E. Broad St., Athens, GA 30602. This is a free program thanks to the generous sponsorship of Celtic Bank. Registration is required. To register visit: www.georigasbdc.org/ce/ athens. For more information please call 706-5427436 or e-mail sspinks@ georgiasbdc.org. Friends of the Library Book Sale. Friends of the BraseltonWest Jackson Library will hold a book sale April 23-26 at the Braselton Library. The cost is $5 for a bag full of books or $11 for a box. Wednesday hours will be from 1-5 p.m. with Thursday hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 Ride to Survive. The ninth annual Ride to Survive fundraiser to benefit Piedmont Rape Crisis Center’s victims of sexual assault will be held Saturday, April 26. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with kickstands up at 11. The ride will start and end at the Winder Moose Lodge, located at 434 Highway 211 NW in Winder. The 70-mile route through Barrow, Banks and Jackson counties, the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, will have Barrow County Sheriff’s office escort. Cost is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers. Lunch will be provided for rider; cost is $5 for nonriders. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing with a raffle drawing for an iPad mini. Hwy 211 Band will provide entertainment. Contact PRCC coordinator/director Susan Schuenemann at 770586-5423 or PRCC president Darryl Gumz at 770-6056656. Learn more about Piedmont Rape Crisis Center on Facebook. Political forum. The Hoschton Women’s Civic Club will host a political forum at 7 p.m. on April 29 at the Hoschton Depot for the District 3 County Commission seat. Both candidates, Ralph Richardson Jr., and incumbent Bruce Yates, will be attending. This is a chance

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for you to ask questions you want answers to as the questions will come from those in attendance. Everyone is invited to attend. 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 Wellness focus sessions in Braselton Park. Elizabeth Stephenson’s involvement with a health and wellness company which she says has changed her life and get her active has motivated her to reach out to others. Beginning in May, she is coordinating a wellness focus each Monday from 7-8 p.m. in Braselton Park. The first session on May 5 will be presented by Alex Lesslie, a dental hygienist from Braselton, who will present information about karate, self-defense and cardio. Week two on May 12, a Lawrenceville Gold’s Gym trainer will lead a boot camp. Stephenson said there is a wealth of knowledge and abilities found in the local gyms and health facilities in the area and she said she sees this Monday evening opportunity as a way to share their expertise with the community in an outdoor setting. You can learn about an array of offerings – from yoga and Zumba to karate and more. Coming out to the park gives everyone a chance to enjoy the sunshine and get a sampling of what is available to get you active. Going to a gym alone for the first time can be intimidating and, for Stephenson who says she has no rhythm, taking a Zumba class for the first time showed her Zumba wasn’t for her. “Come out and bring your friends, meet some new people and try new activities to get you active this spring,” she said. Contact Elizabeth_stephenson@ ymail.com 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 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. Plans for Brewer/Ingram reunion. Plans are being made to organize a Brewer/Ingram reunion for late summer, or early fall. If you or someone you know if part of either family from the Jackson, North Hall or Lumpkin counties area and would be interested in being part of a long overdue reunion, please contact Greg Brewer at Ssuky3@yahoo.com. Submit your Community Happenings to editor@clickthepaper. com

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Health facility open house set The Barrow County Health Department announces the clinic’s new location, 15 Porter St. E., in Winder, will be open for regular operating hours beginning Friday, April 25. The Health Department will be closed April 17-23 for the move from their current location at 233 East Broad St., in Winder. That current facility was renovated for the health department using Community Development Block Grant dollars. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. You can tour the new facility, receive free health screenings, enter for a chance to win door prizes and more. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. Services at the Barrow County Health Department are available to anyone for free or low-cost, including: • Family Planning • Women’s Health Exams • Birth Control and Free Condoms • STD and HIV Testing • Health Education • Adult and Child Immunizations • WIC Food and Nutrition • Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention • Cancer Screenings for Women Ages 50+ • Children’s Services • Additional Testings.... and more. The Barrow County Health Department is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information about the new location or services offered, visit www.LocalHealthDepartment. com or call 770-307-3011.

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Jackson county Deputies will be on hand to collect prescription, over the counter, no longer needed and expired drugs.

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OPERATIONS MANAGER needed for local trucking company in Gainesville, GA. Must have previous management exp, Class A CDL, and 2yrs verfiable exp. Salary based on exp. Email resume to safetyprotrucking@ gmail.com

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Misc. Help Wanted OFFICE & TRUCK RENTAL HELP needed Background check reqd. Must have computer experience, reliable & motivated. Ideal for retiree. Fax resume: 770503-7898 DO YA! DO YA! DO YA! Wanna Dance!! No Exp Needed. Call Sunny, 770-536-3759 Top of Gainesville HELP WANTED EXPERIENCED Electricians, Foremen/ Lead men & Helpers for Comml/Indus - F/T Apply in person at: Wallace Electric Co. (No phone calls please) 117 Park West Dr., McDonough, GA. 30253 Applications Only NO Resumes LABORER- Appliance Install Asst. $8-10/per hr to start. 404-786-7081 Landscape co. in North Forsyth looking for Crew Help. Must have valid drivers lic & speak english. Please call 770781-8464 Moving Crew Drivers & Helpers needed for busy summer season! Drivers need exp. in a 26’ ft. box truck. Class A CDL a plus! Moving or furniture handling exp. preferred. Helpers assist drivers in loading and unloading trucks. Great summer job for college students! All candidates must pass bkgnd check/ drug test and be flexible with work hrs. Apply in person at 800 Georgia Ave, Gainesville. NEED EXPERIENCED STRUCTURAL STEEL IRON WORKER Must pass a welding test, have a valid driver’s license and transportation. Travel is necessary at times. Please do not call unless you have above qualifications. 770-2971494 NEW SUPERCUTS SALON in GainesvilleNow interviewing qualified stylists. ggwsalon@gmail.com

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Trades Leading regional HVAC/R company looking for qualified SERVICE TECHNICIAN 5+ yrs exp in HVAC/R service. Installation exp a plus. Great benefits: vacation, health ins., 401k, profit sharing, schooling. Very competitive pay. We promote from within. Contact Service dept @ 770-614-9214 xt 327 or resume to: dgoligoski@georgia mechanical.com need 3-5 yrs exp service plumbing,decent mvr. Call 678-630-9930

Truck Drivers CDL Class A Drivers 2yrs exp. Clean MVR. 60 mile radius. 770536-2112 CDL Driver for roll off truck. Please call 678-617-9641 Class A CDL Drivers needed to haul solid waste. Home every night. Min 3 yrs. exp. Clean MVR. $190 per day. George 404-6912250 x228 sstapleton@ customecology.com. EXPERIENCED CDL DRIVERS Rolloff, Dump Truck Grading Equipment 953 Loader OPERATORS Send Resume: resumeswithasg@gmail. com or Mail to: 2820 Barrett Road, Gainesville, GA 30507 FT/PT CLASS A-CDL DRIVERS To haul feed/grain and/or live chickens in Gainesville, GA. Must have 2yrs verifiable t/t exp. and good MVR. Night Shift, Local positions, home daily, company benefits. Call 804-784-6166

Stuff Antiques/ Collectibles Trader Jack’s Market Place 5239 Hwy 129 Clermont, GA Unique Antiques, Furniture, Decor, & Garden. 770-983-3636

Appliances Samsung 20 c.f. black refrigerator 450.00 30 inch stainless steel slide in range kitchenaide solid surface with warming drawer 450.00 blonde wall unit with glass curios 150.00 blonde dresser and triple mirror with matching night stands 150.00 stand up freezer 75.00 leather overstuffed chair 100.00 oak cocktail table 75.00 gun cabinet, wood ,glass doors 150.00 706-3799671

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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 2 Burial Plots with Vault, side by side. Memorial Park Cemetery. $3850/obo 256-734-0378 4 Cemetery Plots Memorial ParkFloral Garden section. 770-654-3048 Memorial Park Cemetery- 4 Lots in section Swinging Towers. 770-887-3158

Furniture 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

Lawn Equipment 50 Gal. Lesco SPRAY RIG w/18hp Kawasaki eng., approx. $2,400 New, Sell for $1,200/obo. 706429-6717 lve msg. COMMERCIAL WALKBEHIND MOWER w/ carriage, 23 HP eng., hydrostatic steering, used 5 hrs, selling because of health, always garaged, $1,600. 770-531-1463

Misc. For Sale Boppy “Rock in Comfort” TRAVEL SWING, grey, great cond., $20; Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn HOME PLAYSET, no accessories incl., still in great cond., $20; Leapfrog Learn & Groove MUSICAL TABLE, great cond., $15. Smoke-free, pet-free home. 770-561-5308 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 MOTORIZED WHEEL CHAIR Almost New! $550. 770535-2855 OUTBOARD MOTORS*3.5hp Sears $250 *3hp Evinrude $200 *85hp Johnson $600 678-765-6645 678-617-5560

QUEEN SET- Pillow-Top, Brand New! $175. Still in plastic. Delivery avail. 678-617-7353

Musical Instruments 1923 Wm. Knabe Baby Grand Piano Good Cond. $3000/obo. 678-778-5528

Pets & Supplies MINI DACHSHUNDPups. CKC reg. all males, blk/tan or red avail. $350. 706-809-8388

Yard Sale HOSCHTON, GA. Community Yard Sale Trilogy Park sbdv. off Braselton Hwy (Hwy124) Mark Your Calendar! ! Fri, 4/25 from 9-2pm, Sat, 4/26 from 8-2pm.

Homes-Rentals ApartmentsFurnished LUXURY Lake side Apt. N. Hall. 5 mins to 985. No smoking or animals. Background check. $650/mo 770-539-9266

ApartmentsUnfurnished APT. SPECIALS! Glenn Cove Apts. 770-536-0508 IVY MANOR 2BR/1.5BA. $585. 770-614-8804 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

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

Condominiums For Rent 3BR/3BA- All appls incld W/D, Swim, G’Ville College area. $850/mo 770-639-1201

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CHEVY 2000 Corvette Coupe, 1 owner, no accidents, service records, $12K. 94K miles, runs great. 678-5492770

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LULA 2 ac. $14,500 ALTO 4.66 ac w/creek. $45K. I Need Cash! 850-710-6480

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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

2/1 On Priv lot, Hwy 129 N. $600. Ref & dep req’d. No pets 770-540-3800 3BR HOUSE- Nice S. Hall n’borhood. $700 mo. 770-536-5865 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 Apts/Homes. General Property Mgmt. 770-287-1456 www. callapartments.com LULA -3BR/2BA $850mo; $500 dep. No pets. 770-532-7134 Oakwood - 2/1.5, yard very safe, H/A $645$725. 678-357-5044

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR/1BA-$135/wk. we pay $110/mo on utils 3BR/2BA $125/wk. No pets. 770-289-9142 2BR/1BA, E. Hall, $110/ wk + $300 dep. No pets. 706-654-0958 CLERMONT- 2BR $600/mo. C/H/A. Free Water. 770-654-4073 Hurry While They Last 1wk. Free Rent starting at $85 wk. Gainesville/N. Hall 770-534-7596 N. HALL- 3/2 dbl wide. Private lot. No pets. $685mo. 770-536-3217 Nice 2/2 on priv lot in N. Hall. $125/wk 770540-0800

Roommates Wanted 1 PVT ROOM for 1 person, $100/wk. Near I-985 Oakwood/ Gainesville. 678-328-9980 MEN- Be$t, Pvt home, Fur Br, All Priv + Xtras, Oakwd 770-530-1110

Rooms For Rent $105/wk. Furnished, all utils & cable. W/D. kitch. 770-561-0781

Mobile Homes For Sale 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

Up for quick sale is this beautiful mobile home 28x76. 3 bead rooms 2 full baths Large master bed room. Large master bath with garden tub. Huge walk in closet. large living room dining room combo and a den large den. large kitchen with new stainless steel gas stove. small office. central air and heat pump. Dishwasher. Newly stained deck. New paint all-around. New laminate wood flooring throughout .great neighborhood. gated community. This is a great price At $20,000 it is appraised at $30,000. Must sell quickly. Call. Dan at 678-2675902

Up for quick sale is this beautiful mobile home in Buford. 28x76. 3 bed rooms 2 full baths Large master bed room. Large master bath with garden tub. Huge walk in closet. large living room dining room combo and a den large den. large kitchen with new stainless steel gas stove. small office. central air and heat pump. Dishwasher. Newly stained deck. New paint all-around. New laminate wood flooring throughout .great neighborhood. gated community. This is a great price At $15,000 it is appraised at $30,000. lot rent $477. Must sell quickly. Call. Dan at 678-267-5902

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

SEADOO 1993 Bombardier w/trailer. Good Cond. $1200. 770-781-4427 WELLCRAFT 1988- 20’, 260hp Mercruiser, tandem trailer. Exc Cond. Original owner. $7500/ obo. 770-538-0504 YAMAHA 1997 1100 & 1200 Wave Runners, (2) new seats & battery, double shoreline trailer, $3,600. 706-379-2634

RV’s/Travel Trailers 2007 Gulfstream Super C. Chevy Duramax diesel with Allison Transmission. 2 brand new front tires, new power awning, in motion satellite, 3 TVs, 2 DVDs, large pantry, air suspension, exhaust brake, 2 a/c, ducted heat, Onan generator, hydraulic leveling system, electric double step, 2 large slide out rooms, king size bed in master, rear vision camera, skylight in shower, much storage in and out, inverter, bike rack, new roof overlay, 11-1/2 foot slide in living room, sleeps 8, drives great. 770-654-0433 UNICOI SPRINGS5 Star Resort Membership. $1500. 2014 Maint fee paid. Also Numar Dutch Star 37’ RV. Bought new in “98. Dbl slide out, new tires, lots of xtras. 15,600 actual mi. $40k. 706865-2483

CORVETTE 2003 50th Anniversary Ed. T-top, auto, shale int, maroon ext. 6,900mi, $27,000. 770-536-8649

HONDA 2004 Civic 2dr, 5spd manual, red with black interior. $3700. Exc Cond. 770-540-1215 MAZDA 2001-626. Exc Cond. Needs trans work. Sacrifice. $1875 As Is. 706-693-4520 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 TOYOTA 1998 Avalon XLS. Sunrf, leather, $2,900. 706-949-4688

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

Sport Utility Vehicles FORD 2003 Explorer XLT 4x4. ps/pb/pw/pdr lcks. Trailer pkg. 117,500 mi. , auto, gold & sand, keyless, $4750/obo. 706-778-7267 FORD 2004 Expedition, 4x4, new brakes, new tires, 220K, runs great, tow pkg, $5,300. 706949-4688

Trucks Wheels 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 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

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 FORD 2009 Ranger XLT. Ext cab, black, 85k, Exc Cond. $12,000. 770538-5123

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

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