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Jackson County Schools set makeup days Jackson County Schools’ plan for a systemwide vacation day on Valentine’s Day may have been nixxed by inclement weather as the winter weather storm of Tuesday through Thursday brought school closings. Due to the impending weather, The Paper published early as area school systems were announcing closings. On Monday, Jackson County school leaders were monitoring weather forecasts for this week and noted on the system website that Friday could be a potential school day in “an effort to protect spring break and to finish the school year prior to Memorial Day.”

At the Jackson County Board of Education’s Feb. 6 work session, the impact of previous weather situations was seen on the calendar. For the Jan. 7 cold weather closure day, school will be held on March 14. Feb. 17 will be a school day to make up for the Jan. 31 snow day and May 22 will be the Jan. 30 replacement day. Post-planning for teachers had been scheduled for May 22 but will be pushed back to May 23. Graduation will not be impacted by the change; East Jackson High will hold commencement exercises on May 21 and Jackson County High seniors will graduate on May 22.

The work session was also a time for members to get additional information on the high school secondary transition which is under way and to receive the recommendation for a high school graduation policy revision. Also at the work session, the board received a schedule for the Feb. 23-26 visit by a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The board will also convene a called meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 to receive the exit report from the SACS team’s lead evaluator. The board of education’s annual retreat is slated for March 13-14 and Superinten-

dent Dr. April Howard provided a draft of an agenda for the members to examine and make suggestions for other topics. Budget planning, facilities planning and personnel planning are possibility for day one while strategic planning will fill a portion of day two. Also included would be a look at learning for the future, technology updates and more on the high school transition from block scheduling to a seven-period day schedule. Principals are being asked to attend the March 14 morning session which will also include a focus on the vision for Jackson County Schools related to leadership.

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The HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children Gala held Saturday at the Braselton-Stover House featured was a successfully sweet fundraiser for Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates. The Best Presentation Chocolatier recoognition went to Nix Confectionery (above) and examples of children’s artwork were displayed. See more on the gala on Page 3B and at

Jackson County voters will have two county commission posts and three board of education posts on 2014 ballots. Qualifying to seek those elected positions will be held March 3-7. The qualifying fees for Commission District 3 and 4 will be $300. The base salary for commissioners is $10,000. District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates has said he intends to seek re-election and will formally announce his intention at a Thursday fundraiser at the Hoschton Depot. Three posts on the Jackson County Board of Education will be on the ballot. They are Posts 2, 3 and 5. The school board posts have a base salary of $1,200 so the qualifying fee will be $36, which is 3 percent of the salary. Questions about elections in Jackson County can be referred to Elections Supervisor Lori Wurtz at 706-367-6377 or lwurtz@ The Jackson County Republican Party will open its qualifying and campaign office thanks to the generous donation of JoAnne Santiago, owner of Higher Grounds Coffee House in Braselton. March 1 is the expected date for the grand opening and all are invited. The Jackson County Republican Party will use the office for qualifying for those interested in being candidate for county commission or county school board. Qualifying will begin at 9 a.m. on March 3 and conclude at noon on March 7. Qualifying can take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-6 and from 9 a.m. to noon on March 7. Call Jackson County GOP chairman Ron Johnson at 770-310-4515 or treasurer Larry Ewing at 706-362-1935. Higher Grounds Coffee House is located at 6700 Highway 53 in Braselton and the office is located on the second floor of the Polaris Building. (See business story on Page 3A.)


Planning board rejects rezone By Joshua Silavent

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After hearing residents’ concerns about the potential impact on traffic and local schools at its Feb. 3 meeting, the Hall County Planning Commission unanimously denied the application of developer KHTW to rezone a

property in Flowery Branch to allow for a mixed-use development. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Planning Commissioner Chris Braswell said during the meeting. “We normally see a lot more information than this.”


West Jackson Intermediate seeing student success with Panther Performance Goals By FARAH BOHANNON

West Jackson Intermediate School (WJIS) is expanding much more than just their school building. Yes, the staff is eager to add 20-plus classrooms and space to the school, but their No. 1 priority will always be the students and their success. In fact, the staff believes that hearing the students’ opinions about what they’d like to see in the new wing will be seriously taken into consideration. WJIS focuses on student-led endeavors and strongly believes this approach will yield confident leaders and problem solvers. This approach and yearning for student success has led to something called Panther Performance Goals which allows the children to set their own goals and fig-

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ure out how they can achieve them. Principal Troy Johnson is a huge advocate for Panther Performance Goals and is thrilled that the teachers at WJIS feel the same way. “At the leadership conference this past summer, our teachers sat down and discussed how the students can not only succeed but exceed their expectations and reach for a higher level. The teachers decided that in order for this to happen, they must individualize as much as possible and ensure that the learning is authentic. This means that kids need to be a part of the process and learning must be studentcentered,” said Johnson. WJIS students are learning to identify what their strengths and weaknesses are, which is known to them as “Grows and


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Secretary of State Kemp talks of election changes

GOP also hosted State School Superintendent Nancy Jester and Congressman Paul Broun By Katie Griffin

The Jackson County GOP held its monthly meeting Saturday morning at the Jefferson Club House with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp as a featured speaker. Other speakers included Nancy Jester, candidate for State School Superintendent, and Congressman Paul Broun. Kemp spoke about several changes that are being made on the election calendar this year. He thanked Rep. Tommy Benton and Sen. Frank Ginn for working hard for the election day change which will save local governments a lot of money. One of the biggest changes is that the new primary date is now May 20, and there will be a run-off nine weeks later instead of a six weeks later so the date for that is now July 2. “When we get past the primary, we will be facing a very energetic Democratic Party so we cannot take for granted that we have always been a solid red state. We cannot be complacent,” said Kemp. Kemp encouraged everyone to speak to their friends, church members and neighbors about the importance of registering to vote and then actually going out to vote on election day or during early voting. Kemp briefly spoke about the dangers of Obamacare, saying that the Affordable Care Act is another example of how some federal laws are not good for Georgians. Nancy Jester and Paul Broun then addressed the group with honest and hopeful comments. Both said they hope to see the leadership of this state remain in the hands of the Republicans but both also wish to see major changes made. Jester specifically wants to eliminate unnecessary spending in the education system and wishes to “thin the bureaucracy” so that the teachers and students see the funds more

From L-R: Laura Meadows, Director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia; Braselton Councilman Richard Mayberry; and Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who is serving as chairwoman of the Municipal Training Board.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (L) and State School Superintendent candidate Nancy Jester (R) spoke at the Republican Party meeting held Feb. 8. Congressman Paul Broun (below) presented a flag to Ron Johnson and his wife because she said she deserves a flag flying over the capitol for having to put up with Ron.

Braselton Councilmember Richard Mayberry received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26. The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit,

including six courses from the required list. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 courses. “This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “We commend Councilmember Mayberry for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.” Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 500 member cities.


Grandview Estates subdivisions — objected to this characterization, saying the development would bring unchecked growth to a residential area that has so far escaped Atlanta’s suburban sprawl. Traffic is “already ridiculously congested” along Spout Springs Road, said resident Liz Fabiny, and the influx of hundreds of new multifamily apartment dwellers would only aggravate the problem. Several residents said they had moved to Flowery Branch to get away from the kind of development KHTW is proposing. They feared South Hall County would soon look like Gwinnett County, dotted with vacant strip malls and massive apartment complexes, with snarling traffic just one of many side effects.

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than the board of education members do. Broun specifically wants to see changes made so that the spending and national debt issues get under control because he thinks the national debt is the greatest security threat to this county. He wishes to see the Patient Option Act approved so that Georgians can choose their own doctors and the diagnosis for each Georgian can be decided between the patient and the doctor, not federal law. The Jackson County GOP is also selling Constitution Books, which are coloring books for children that will teach them about their rights as Americans. They are for sale for $2.75 each. Jackson


Glows.” Successes are celebrated and, when improvement is needed, a Panther Performance Goal is set. It is student-guided, and the teachers serve as facilitators and help as needed. Students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their teachers or in small groups to discuss progress, struggles and ask for help if they need it. This opportunity happens once a day for about 45 minutes to an hour, and is called Extended Learning Time (ELT). For example, children who need improvement in long division can get together and help each other, or it can be the perfect opportunity for a child to spend time reading if his or her goal is to improve reading comprehension. ELT teaches the students proper time management as well. Assistant Principal Laurie Hitzges stated that the students are more motivated than ever. “Panther Performance Goals are more meaningful to the students because they are the ones setting the goals. The teacher isn’t telling them what they need to do and what they need improvement in, so the students feel empowered. They are the ones monitoring their progress which elicits a sense of independence and ownership,” said Hitzges. WJIS students also have the opportunity to join leadership groups where they will learn the characteristics of a leader, understand what it means to have good character and how to have integrity. One of the leadership groups even allows students to become school ambassadors who greet guests and help give tours. It’s a great way to boost confidence and teach students the qualities of a great leader and how to effectively work as a team. All of the student-led learning has led to a sense of confidence in the children and has caused the wheels

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in their heads to turn. They are constantly thinking of ways to improve their learning, ways to meet their Panther Performance Goals and ways to make their learning environments better. “Many of the classrooms aren’t traditional stand-anddeliver rooms with rows of desks. Some classrooms are filled with beanbags, yoga balls and other types of unique seating since that is what the children have requested for an ideal learning environment. We’ve even asked the students what their ideal classroom would

County Republican Party chairman Ron Johnson said he hopes to see more children learn the truth about their heritage and their history through these coloring books. There are also tickets available for the Senate Debate in Gainesville on Feb. 22. Contact Ron Johnson for tickets or questions. There will be several vans that are going so if anyone wishes to ride the van; the cost is $10 per person. For more information about the Jackson County GOP, contact Chairman Ron Johnson on the Facebook page, Jackson County Georgia Republican Party or visit the website JacksonGOP. org.

look like to help get ideas for the new wing. We really want to ensure the classrooms are built for the learners,” said Johnson, who made a presentation to the Feb. 6 Jackson County Board of Education work session about the successes already being seen as students response to the flexibility of their learning environments. WJIS has seen a huge improvement in student performance since switching to a more student-led learning environment. The staff’s decision to bring this success and confidence to the expansion of the school is being well received. WJIS cannot ask for better helpers than the students themselves.

The proposed development, on a nearly 30-acre tract along Spout Springs Road near its intersection with Hog Mountain Road, calls for a 352-unit apartment complex and 5,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The land slotted for construction consists of an undeveloped parcel and a closed golf course. “It will give individuals a place where they can come live and have a community feel,” said KHTW developer Kent Henderson. “It’s almost just a natural fit.” But several residents — many of whom reside in the Sterling on the Lake and

OBITUARIES Mendal Bailey

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and Chris Hassler of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lucille

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Higher Grounds Coffee House serves up coffee and so much more By LEANNE AKIN

The passion that Michael and JoAnne Santiago have for aviation and their love of coffee and travel plus their faith in God are wrapped up in the logo for Higher Grounds Coffee House, the new business located on the second floor of the Polaris Building. The new coffee house’s logo features a jet and a cup of coffee with a globe on it. JoAnne loves coffee houses and the atmosphere of the various establishments she had visited around the world so the vision of creating such an attractive place where positive impacts can be made was sparked when the Santiagos were able to purchase the former Hometown Community Bank for their business, Polaris Aviation Solutions. The company touts itself as a leader in private jet service. Michael is the president/CEO and Director of Operations while JoAnne is Director of Administrator. Their three children, Mike, Christopher and Ashley also work for the company. They have four grandchildren. Since the FDIC assumed Hometown Community Bank, the property has been sitting – a reminder of the loss of an important part of the community. For the Santiagos, the building seemed aptly suited for their aviation office but they put faith in the Lord that if it was meant to

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JoAnne Santiago is sharing her love of coffee with specialty brews. There is also a selections of teas and Higher Grounds Coffee House is also mixing up delicious smoothies – sweet treats or nutritious recipes to which protein can be added.

be, their offer would be accepted. The decisionmakers noted it was important for the building to stay in the community so Higher Grounds came to be after JoAnne was determining how the extra space upstairs could be utilized to share the building with the community. “We want to share this glorious building,” said JoAnne, who says they are being blessed and building relationships with people from all walks of life and from all religions. Open only a short time, Higher Grounds has already developed regulars and is serving new customers daily with made in-house breakfast selects, lunches including healthy options and daily specials. JoAnne says, “God willing, Higher Grounds will be able to support itself in short order. The commuity will know we are relying on them to make this work.” Regina Longabaugh, who had dreamed of opening a tea house in the community, connected with JoAnne and is now the barista at Higher

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Regina Longabaugh is the barista manager of Higher Grounds Coffee House where you can enjoy a homemade chicken salad or pimento cheese sandwich. Follow on Facebook to get the daily specials. Breakfast is also served Grounds. It seemed they were destined to meet and team up. The staff is paid so what would normally be the tip jar is actually a fund which will be returned to the community, primarily going to organizations caring for children’s needs, such as Piedmont CASA. Polaris and Higher Grounds sponsored the recent gala and also supported the Rotary Club of Braselton’s holiday help for children in need. Polaris donated boxes of food which

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One of the featured artists at Braselton Gallery, Catherine Cosenza – CC – has created a number of items which are perfect for gift-giving for Valentine’s Day. She also has CC sewn a canvas cross body bag that holds your wallet and phone and a matching larger tote holds everything else. She also has items which can ease what ails you.

Open house was showcase of Braselton Gallery offerings By FARAH BOHANNON

Braselton Gallery hosted a Valentine’s Day open house on Feb. 8 that showcased the local artist’s work. Many of the pieces were on sale to encourage customers to buy Valentine’s Day presents for loved ones. It was a beautiful day to support a local business and local artists. There was a wide array of treasures at the open house such as paintings, jewelry, home decor, woodwork, bags, pottery and more. Jen Dick, who owns Jewels by Jen, said that the open house was a hit. “There were several people who came in and out throughout the day. I think we had a great variety of artwork to choose from and a lot of nice gift ideas,” said Dick. CC, who owns SerendipiTea Art of Interpretation, also enjoyed showcasing her masterpieces and telling customers what she is all about. She sold her homemade notecards and customized tote bags, to name a few. “It is such a beautiful day outside that people have just been in and out to take a look at what we have. Open houses like this help me get my name out there and show people that this is my passion,” said CC. Some examples of artists that provided artwork at the open house were Terry Short (Old American Folk Art), Sheila Hughey (Beads & Beadazzles), Charlotte Shirley (Creative Art by Charby), Terri Estes (Commission Graphite Portraits), L.W. Page (The Creative Page), Livingston Oden (Photographer, Artist, Filmmaker), Martha Moore (Art Lover & Teacher), Lisa Dempsey (Lisa D Pottery) and Astra Graham (Starlight Stained

Glass) to name a few. Customers raved about certain items such as the homemade deer antler rack that is for hanging items in the home, pea pod and bird’s nest necklaces and pink glass heart earrings. There was also a registry available for those who wanted to make a list of most-wanted items. The Braselton Gallery has a Facebook page that is updated on a regular basis

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Thompson Bailey of Buford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Rev. Morris Shadburn officiating. Interment followed in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens in Buford. Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Rusty Cook

Died Feb. 9. 2014 Russell “Rusty” Todd Cook, 43, of Hoschton, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Born in Athens, he was a son to Edwin and Diane Perkins Cook of Jefferson. Mr. Cook worked for Quality Foods and was a member of the Northeast Church in Braselton, where he played drums in the Praise Band. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Melissa Jane Owensby Cook; daughter, Sydney Cook of Hoschton; son, Bryson Cook of Hoschton; brother, Chuck (Becky) Cook of Jefferson;, grandmother, Hazel Bruce of Winder; nephews and nieces, Kallon, Mallory, Noah and Greyson; mother- and father- in-law, James and Judy Owensby of Maysville; sister and brother-in-law, Tim and Jennifer Nichols of Commerce. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Northeast Church with Pastor Russ Harbin and the Rev. Verlin Reece officiating. Burial followed in the Evans Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northeast Church, 2001 Cherry Drive, Braselton, GA 30517. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Kendra H. Ferguson

Died Feb. 8, 2014 Kendra H. Ferguson, 51, of Monroe, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was a member of the Bethlehem First United Methodist Church, past president of the Walton County Historical Society and Cham-

ber of Commerce and the Monroe Ladies Golf Association. She was active in various breast cancer support groups and fundraisers including Relay For Life, and Susan G. Komen’s “Babes for Boobs.” Survivors include her husband, Mitch Ferguson; son and daughter-in-law, Jordy and B.J. Ferguson of Monroe; parents, Charles and Carolyn Harrison of Bethlehem; and sister, Kim Judy of Monroe. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Gordon Griffin officiating. Interment will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Babes for Boobs Chapter c/o Janice Baldwin (678-410-7551). Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Lou Belle Satterfield Gaines. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Gene, Matt, Raymond, William, Luther and John Henry Gaines; and sister, Irene Whisnant. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Martin Gaines; son, Randy Martin of Maysville; sisters, Betty Jones of Commerce and Nellie Fay Lee of Jefferson; and brothers, Rudolph Gaines of Nicholson and Clyde Gaines of Maysville. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Marty Smith and Winfred Bingham officiating. Burial followed in Evans Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the family at 854 Old Miller Road, Maysville, GA 30558. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Betty A Fravel

Died Feb. 5, 2014 Alvin Hugh Gray Jr., 69, of Statham, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. He retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service and also retired from Athens-Clarke County after 33 years serving as a firefighter and a communications officer. He was a member of the Statham American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Hugh Sr., and Eunice Mae Aaron Gray; and a grandson. Survivors include his wife, Rita Gray; sons, Kelly Gray and Scott Gray, both of Belfair, Wash., and Brandon Hicks (Melissa) Hicks of Commerce; daughters, Tammy Forst (Greg) of Belfair, Wash., Sharon Goodwin (Mike) of Port Orchard, Wash., Cheryl Ahart (Trace) of Canton, Sandra Brooks (Frank) of Bishop and Eileen Martin (Charlie) and Amy Sims, both of Winder; brothers, John W. Gray (Beverly) of Athens and Charlie L. Gray (Jerre) of Statham; sister, Mary Gregory (Gary) of Arnoldsville; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Conine officiating. Smith Funeral Home, Winder

Died Feb. 8, 2014 Betty A Fravel, 71, of Flowery Branch, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Graveside services were held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Memorial Park South Cemetery with the Rev. David Edmondson officiating. Born Sept. 19, 1942, in Verona, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Richard and Marie Warntz. She was a member of 12 Stone. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Warntz. Survivors include her husband, Ross Fravel; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Todd Gailey of Gainesville; son, Ross Fravel of Oakwood; four grandchildren; and sister, Susan Contrino of New Jersey. Memorials may be made to Downs Syndrome Association of Atlanta, 4355 J Cobb Parkway #213, Atlanta, GA 30339, 678-340-0674, www. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Donald Gaines

Died Feb. 8, 2014 Donald Gaines, 59, of Maysville, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Born in Pendergrass, he was a son of the late Luke and

Alvin Hugh Gray Jr.

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Sis Helton

Died Feb. 5, 2014 Vivian “Sis” Helton, 84, of Helen, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Bell Minor Nursing Center, following an extended illness. Services were held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with interment following at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. Rick McQueen officiated. Born in Gainesville on Feb. 22, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Robert Ford and Mary Ellen Clark. She was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Luis Clark and Earl Dean Clark. Survivors include her husband, John Steadman; sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Nathaniel McQueen of Flowery Branch; niece, Dianne Grizzle of Dahlonega; nephews and wives, Rick and Brenda McQueen and Mike and Joy McQueen all of Flowery Branch; niece and husband, Lynn and Tim McNeal of Cumming; and several great nieces and nephews as well as several great-great-nieces and -nephews. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Joey Johnson

Died Feb. 4, 2014 Joey Johnson, 46, of Hiawassee, formerly of Winder, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. He was employed by Tull Metals as a machine operator. He was preceded by his father, Larry L. Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Tina Hardy Johnson; daughter, Amanda Johnson of Clarkesville, Tenn.; granddaughter, Samantha Johnson; mother and stepfather, Betty and Ed Cravey of Gainesville; brothers, Chris Johnson of Grayson and Jim Cravey of Lawrenceville; sisters, Belinda Peacock of Bethlehem, Carla Cravey of Atlanta and Susan Jones of Lawrenceville. A graveside service was held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Henry Rudolph Kidd

Died Feb. 7, 2014 Henry Rudolph Kidd, 83, of Gainesville, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at his residence. Services were held Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with interment following at Memorial Park South Cemetery. The Rev. Shane Evans officiated. Born Dec. 14, 1930, in Winder, he was a son of the late James Henry and Mildred Rosalee Kidd. He was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army and was a member of IBEW Local 613 Electrical Union. He was also preceded in death by daughter, Yvonne Kidd, and brother, Lonnie Kidd. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Jo Kidd; daughter, Wanda R. Roper; sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Rhonda Kidd and Mitchell and Lisa Kidd, all of Gainesville; grandsons, Josh Kidd, Robby Kidd, Bryson Kidd and Loy D. Roper; granddaughters, Tricia Owens and Tammy Thompson; great-grandsons, Rafe Thompson and Dakota Owen; great-granddaughters, Josey Thompson and Taylor Mott; sister, Glenda Carr of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

Danny Parten Died Feb. 6, 2014 Danny “D.C.” Parten, 67, of Statham, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Feb. 6,

2014. An Athens native, he graduated from Athens High School and continued his education at Athens Technical College where he received his electrical degree. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and served his country for four years. He retired from Bell South with 32 years of service. He was actively involved in the Cumming Lions Club and was president of the Statham Booster Club and a member of the Statham American Legion. A devoted Mason and member of the Statham Masonic Lodge, he served an influential role as a coach of the Statham youth baseball and football teams. He was a firefighter/paramedic who reached the rank of assistant chief of the Statham Fire Department and chief of the Holsenbeck Fire Station in Barrow County. He was also an accomplished SCUBA diver, serving as a member of the SCUBA search and rescue team. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Davis Parten. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Charlotte Yarbrough Parten; children, Tiffany Parten Beatty (Kyle) and Clay Parten , both of Statham; grandchildren, Abby, Justin and Emma Beatty and Christian Parten; father, R.C. Parten of Winder; brother, Ricky Parten; and sisters, Peggy Parten, Janie Vaughn and Teresa Trammell. Graveside services were held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Barrow Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ned Davis officiating. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Feb. 13, 2014

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Love songs to fit every heart’s mood On the Internet, the source of all information, there are all kinds of lists. In preparation for this column, I conducted a search for the top romance songs and found a variety. There are songs for the crush, the romance and happily ever after. For several years, a woman named Delilah hosted a nightly syndicated radio show featuring callers making romantic song dedications to someone they love or, at the very least, have strong feelings for. Delilah is part psychologist and encourager. Some of her callers are going through a breakup or separation, while others are celebrating years of happy love. The show is geared to women between the ages of 25 and 54. Sometimes, the callers request a particular song. Others rely on Delilah’s musical prowess and ask her to select a song suiting their particular situation. Unfortunately, Delilah isn’t carried in the North Georgia area. I occasionally catch her show from time to time when I’m traveling. The truth is, Delilah records her calls and plays them back, sometimes on a different night. It’s not as spontaneous as it seems. People and songs are an interesting mix. Back in the day when I was spinning country music on the radio, I had a woman who would called regularly and request Conway Twitty singing “It’s Only Make Believe.” She called nearly every day and asked for the same song. The song is a lament of a broken-hearted man, who says people see the couple everywhere and think the woman really cares, but it is all only make believe. That’s a song of love hoped for. I worked at a station where we read the wedding anniversaries each morning and had a jingle that sang “Happy Anniversary” to the tune of the William Tell Overture. It was not

Harris Blackwood romantic. I worked at another station that had special collections of songs for two purposes. One group was for immediately following the reading of obituaries. That was usually someone like Tennessee Ernie Ford singing a hymn, like “The Old Rugged Cross.” The other collection was songs that were to be played after the daily announcement of anniversaries. The songs included an instrumental version of “Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)” from Dr. Zhivago, Ed Ames singing “My Cup Runneth Over” and Ray Price singing “Sweetheart of the Year.” You have to be older than 65 to have any appreciation of those. The Internet poll, by the way, said the top romantic song is “Something” by the Beatles. The top crush song was Paul Anka’s “Puppy Love” and the top happily ever after song was “Solid” by Ashford and Simpson. I used to play the keyboard at horse shows. When my wife and I were dating, she would sit and look adoringly at me. I would play, “You Belong to Me” and she would smile. I guess that will always be our song. My other favorite is “More” by Andy Williams. I’m just partial to Andy Williams. Whether your romantic love is a work in progress or is a memory of times past, I hope on Valentine’s Day you’ll either listen to or remember your special song. May it be a good memory of love on the day we celebrate it. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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The art of frying biscuits, and more Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn’t surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush. Should you not know what mush is, it’s probably because you aren’t from poor Southern mountain people who ate whatever would fill their stomachs. Corn, Mama used to say, sustained them because it grew plentiful in the hard, rocky, nutrient poor red clay. That’s how moonshine came to be, because resourceful mountaineers figured out how to turn the corn into “likker.” Just before Mama died, corn prices went crazy to the point that all the news shows were talking about the high price of corn. “I’m glad that I lived long enough to see corn worth something,” she said, shaking her head. “My daddy wouldn’t believe it. There was a time when you couldn’t give corn away. It was practically worthless.” But it could quiet their hunger and that, to the poor Appalachian people, was worth its weight in gold.

Ronda Rich Many generations of my ancestors knew hunger as a constant companion. “Did your people really eat dirt?” my husband asks from time to time. “Perhaps during the Civil War years, there were some mud pies passed around during the most desperate times.” My grandmother once told me that her grandmother had told her of woeful times during that bitter war when the men were gone and food was hard to get that they had scraped up dirt from the smokehouse where salt had fallen from the curing of hams. They used that salty dirt to season food and keep the hunger slightly at bay. Mama grew up on mush — a mixture of cornmeal (which they ground themselves), water, butter, salt — and developed a love for what is the substantive,

hearty cousin of grits. “I think I’d like to have some mush,” Mama said once or twice a month when I was growing up. I developed a taste for it, too, but when, at 11, I told my best friend’s mother that we ate mush at our house, she laughed. “Oh, you ain’t never had mush,” she said. But I did. Many times. It was usually better the second night because Mama would fry the leftovers in a cast iron skillet with lots of butter. It was delicious and it was an example of Mama’s mountain ingenuity and her lifelong mantra, “Waste not, want not.” Still, of all the things she fried — cured ham, hominy, kale, okra, cornbread, squash, green tomatoes (my favorite) — the one I miss most are her fried biscuits. There weren’t many days of Mama’s life when she didn’t make biscuits. For over 50 years, she made fluffy biscuits every morning by pinching them off by hand, forming them perfectly and placing them on a pan into a hot oven. Fried biscuits were a lazy, quick fix which became her staple after

Daddy died. Self-rising flour and buttermilk (no shortening) stirred up quickly and dropped into sizzling grease in a cast iron skillet. They were delicious hot but almost as good when cold. Oh, to be able to count the times that I stopped by her house and wandered into the kitchen to see what leftovers might be in a dish on the top of the stove. To me, eating those biscuits were like some people eating donuts. If there were three biscuits left, I ate all three. If there happened to be leftover crisp bacon, I was in heaven. I miss those fried biscuits. Yes, I can make them and sometimes I do. But there was something different about Mama’s biscuits and something special about finding the cold ones waiting for me on the stove as though Mama knew I’d be stopping by. It’s a delicious memory. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of several books, including “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at Her column appears weekly.

Older or dumber? I can’t remember There’s a difference in being stupid and being senile. I forgot what that difference was, which reminds me of the mystery of the lost camera. I was at a high school basketball game to take photos for the newspaper. I was standing against a wall, waiting for the game to start, when I noticed I didn’t have my camera. Hmm, that’s odd, I thought to myself. I had the camera just minutes ago. Mind you, this isn’t a camera I can stick in my pocket. It’s a large camera with a cumbersome strap that goes around my neck. I started to retrace my steps. Just five minutes earlier, I had been in the bathroom and remember having the camera then. I then went to get a drink at the concession stand. Aha. That’s where it is. I went to the concession stand. Wasn’t there. And no one had seen me place it on the counter. I went to the bathroom, looked everywhere, even in the trash

Len Robbins can. Went to the ladies at the gate. “Have you seen anyone walking out with a large Nikon camera?” Nope, no dice. They promised they would stop anyone leaving with a large camera. I went back to the wall next to the court where I noticed I no longer had the camera, and started searching my brain. “Brain,” I said, possibly aloud. “I know you don’t like me. But did I go anywhere other than the bathroom and concession stand five minutes ago?” My brain didn’t respond, other than to notice a shiny button on a woman’s jacket on the third row. After I escaped that trance, I struggled to imagine what happened to my

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camera. I had the camera strapped around my neck just moments before. Could someone have bumped into me and lifted it? You would have to be quite an accomplished pickpocket to pull that off. Did I have a blackout of some type and forget what I did for a few minutes? Did I mindlessly leave the camera somewhere (which I’ve done before) and a thief absconded with it? While wondering and wandering around the lobby, I happened upon a deputy, who told me to talk to the school resource officer. He could look at the school’s cameras and maybe find the culprit who took my camera, the deputy suggested. I found the school resource officer and told him of my predicament, and he graciously went to his office, where he surveyed the cameras in the vicinity. We watched me walk to the concession stand with the camera hanging from my neck. We watched me go into the

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gym and lean against the wall, camera still in tow. Then we watched me walk somewhere out of vision, then back to my perch, but without my camera. Suddenly, my listless, uncooperative brain came to life. “I went to the scorer’s table to get the scores from the girls game,” I announced. “That’s where my camera is!” I didn’t see the school resource officer’s reaction, but a rolling of the eyes would have been appropriate. Sure enough, there at the scorer’s table was my camera I had left there 15 minutes ago, but forgot about. A moment of stupidity or a “senior moment?” Well, in order to determine that, we have to ... wait, what was the question again? Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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Hawks send 4 wrestlers to state meet BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

After a long season of ups and downs and injuries, the Mill Creek High School wrestling team can rest easier knowing they’ll have four wrestlers at the traditional state tournament today. Bobby Klemm (285), Wesley Peterson (145), Marcos Rosenkjer (138) and Cody Wheeler (152) wrestled well on their home floor and for Peterson, the feeling left him speechless. “I was so glad I was able to wrestle at sectionals,” said Peterson. Peterson broke his hand nearly a month ago but his doctor gave him the thumbs up to get back on the mat. For a senior who has never been to state, Peterson relishes at the thought of competing in the Gwinnett Arena. “I didn’t want to end my senior year with an injury,” Peterson said. Last year, only Klemm and

Rosenkjer qualified for state from Mill Creek. Sending double this season has been a culmination of more people stepping up and becoming dedicated to every facet of the sport. “I think the team has gotten better as a whole. I think we’ve worked harder this year than we did the previous year. The way we practice has gotten better, too,” said Rosenkjer. Rosenkjer has battled through a thumb injury and had eye surgery during the duals season but has kept his spirits high. “It feels good. I’m having fun this year. I may not have gotten first place but I’m having fun on my way out,” said Rosenkjer. Rosenkjer smiled at his secondplace finish but said the tournament didn’t present the landscape for what the bracket will look like at state. “This is only sectionals so this

doesn’t mean much yet. Hopefully, I can [perform well] at state because that’s when it really counts,” Rosenkjer said. Rosenkjer is 18-4 on the season and doesn’t flinch at the sight of his opponent. He went undefeated at sectionals Feb. 7-8; his only loss was to Walton’s Jacob Murphy. “I don’t look at the bracket to see who I’m wrestling because I would get psyched out. I’d rather just go out there and have fun. If I start thinking too much then I get nervous and then I wouldn’t perform as well. I perform my best when I stick to the same routine,” said Rosenkjer. Rosenkjer’s runner-up finish may have come as a surprise to others but, to him, it’s been a showing of everything he is caLatrice Williams The Paper pable of doing in a short period Wesley Peterson finished in seventh place at sectionals. of time.

Forrester steps up big for Jefferson

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Name: Xavier Harper High School: Jackson County College: Kennesaw State Key stats: Became all time leader in recieving touchdowns in school history.

A weak 8B-AA schedule has allowed bench players on the Jefferson High School girls’ basketball team to introduce themselves to the Jefferson fan base and to the rest of the AA hoops. Hope Forrester, a 6-foot-2 freshman, comes off the bench with her tall frame and immediately knows she can use it to her advance as the Lady Dragons compete in a league where taller girls are hard to come by. Although sometimes she is picked on by the referees, Forrester said she continues to work hard to secure second chance points. “I get a bunch of over-the-back calls on me for reaching over,” said Forrester. “Yet on a positive note, it’s easier to box because I have a longer reach.” Forrester played on the junior varsity team as an eighth grader but played middle school basketball in sixth and seventh. She has nearly two seasons of high school basketball under her belt and said the experience is paying off. “My biggest strength is my post moves and I’m pretty strong in terms of getting rebounds,” Forrester said. Forrester has had more of her fair share of competing against girls that are more mature in the game. As a member of the North Georgia Elite AAU team, she very rarely steps on the court with other freshman which will make even more of a threat as she grows in the sport. In fact, she came off the bench and dropped 10 points against Social Circle Jan. 24 and secured five rebounds. Head coach Jason Gibson says he has been able to rely on her in critical moments. She has nowhere to go but up and doesn’t want to wait until her sophomore year to make a deep run in the playoffs. “It would mean a lot if we [won the region]; I’m ready to play in a state tournament,” said Forrester.

Name: Keanu James High School: Mill Creek College: East Tennesee State Key stats: Set the school record of most deflected passes at 19. Name: Devozea Felton College: Tuskegee University Key stats: Finished the season with 994 all purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. Name: Andrew Sciara College: Kennesaw State University Key stats: Finished the season with 66 tackles and two touchdowns. Name: Kyle Stepherson College: Point University Why he chose to be a Skyhawk: Key stats: Finished his career with 30 pancakes, including 27 last season. Name: Tristen Jackson High School: Jefferson College: North Greenville University Key stats: Set a school record in touchdowns with 47. Name: Ben Otiwu High School: Mill Creek College:Kennesaw State University Key stats: Finished the 2013 season with 40 tackles and led the team with six sacks.

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Hope Forrester (45) takes a shot against a Lady Tiger from Washington-Wilkes.


Woodrome is a Vol Latrice Williams The Paper

Tyler Woodrome is all smiles at his signing day ceremony with his two state title rings (one from track and field and one from cross country). Woodrome said, “I chose the University of Tennessee because I got along with the coaches and the team. I think we will be really strong in the next couple of years. I know the program is known for its’ pole vaulters and I hope some of their winning ways will rub off on us. I am a little nervous about competing in the Southeastern Conference but I am looking forward to running against my current teammate Eric Westog who is going to Georgia.

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Charles Allen is one of two Panthers to compete today in the Gwinnett Arena for the AAA wrestling title.



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As of Feb. 10, many high school basketball teams were forced to change their region tournament schedule. The Dragons opened the region tourney against the Redskins of Social Circle and the Mill Creek High School basketball teams were in action Feb. 11. The Lady Hawks competed against North Gwinnett and the boys faced off against Norcross. Visit the website for more information on games times and days. There will also be information on the wrestling state tournament which is set to take place today.

Those interested in running or field events will have an opportunity to register with Jefferson Parks and Recreation. Registration will run until Feb. 19 and the season will run March 3 through May 17. The age control date is Dec. 31, 2014. The cost is $80; non-city residents will be charged $115. The team uniform will be provided. A parent/team meeting will be held on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and practices will be held on Mondays and Thursdays.

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JHS ready to vie for state championship BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

With all its players healthy, the Jefferson High School baseball team looks forward to fulfilling its dream of bringing home a state title, a feat they came so close to last year after boasting a 26-4 record. The Dragons lost to Wesleyan in the second round of the state tournament last season and head coach Tommy Knight purposely put the Wolves on the regular season schedule, but said it won’t serve as a rematch. “I wanted to play a good team that has some playoff experience. If you look at our region schedule, we have some teams that are really good but we want to make sure we add [a team or two that has done well outside our region too],” Knight said. Knight bragged about his squad, saying it’s hard to pinpoint which player has stepped up the most but he chose newbie Christian Hutch because of his hard work ethic. “Christian played junior varsity the majority of the season; we moved him around quite a bit. He played outfield and infield and he did extremely well. During the fall, he came and swung the bat every single day. He did not miss one day so hopefully he can step up and help us out this year,” Knight said. Jefferson will return pitcher Max Ford, who suffered a shoulder injury last year, as well as Chandler Thompson. JHS has six seniors and only two have moved up from the junior varsity team. With all the playoff appearances and 30plus games a season, Knight said he expects the Dragons to perform well this season. “We have a really big senior group. We only have one sophomore. These guys have been playing since they were freshman and they have a ton of experience. I’m looking forward to it; it’s going to be fun,” Knight said. The Dragons rode a 16-game win streak which was ended by Wesleyan. Knight says he sees the pros and cons in a long bout of victories but ultimately hopes the team will want to make it 17 this year. “Our guys are used to winning and that’s not just in baseball; that’s in every sport they compete in. They are used to having the mindset of winning and that means when we are in tight ball games, they are going to figure out [a way to win],” said Knight. “The 16-game win streak was fun. It taught our guys that just because we show up doesn’t mean other teams are going to lay down and quit,” said Knight. “At the same time, the win streak can get you a little complacent and we don’t want that to happen.”

Konarksi plans to leave memorable mark with Jackson County tennis by latrice williams

The Panthers don’t want to be known as the team that anyone can beat and, for that reason, senior Nathan Konarski kept a racquet in his hand often during the offseason. “I didn’t attend any camps over the summer but I played a lot. I competed in tournaments, rallies or just simply played with my family,” said Konarski. “Keeping a raqcuet in my hand is what I try to strive for in terms of getting better and working on areas that I am weak in.” A member of the Jackson County Comprehensive High School tennis team, Konarski said he doesn’t want to leave the program the way he found it. He believes the ninth graders, along with himself, have a chance to leave a memorable mark on the Panthers’ tennis courts. “We have a lot of new freshman and a lot of new people on the tennis team this year. Not only do I want to step my game up, but I want to help the newcomers, too, because I know when I leave, I want to watch them play in my spot,” said Konarski. “As a senior this year, I want to leave

this program knowing I made something out of it; that is really special to me. It’s a team sport and I think that Jackson County is going to be a team that nobody can beat,” said Konarski. While success hasn’t come easy for the Panthers, Konarksi believes the varsity boys’ team, made up of all seniors, will step up and play their best in their final go-around. “The 2014 tennis season is going to be fun,” said Konarski. “Playing tennis for four years has made me come to believe that this is my year and my teammates believe that about themselves as well.” Team chemistry has made the Panthers want to go out with a bang and leave other schools in awe at how much they’ve improved. “We have a lot of seniors this year and I’ve become really close to them. Jackson County tennis is really about to take the breath away from a lot of schools that are getting ready to face us,” Konarski stated. What is referred to as the “battle of the

highways” between Jackson County and Jefferson is the match Konarski looks forward to the most this season. “I think the whole team is really looking forward to playing Jefferson. We played Jefferson for two years [now] and they have been really fun matches,” said Konarski.

JHS finishes regular season undefeated

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The Jefferson High School boys basketball team finished the regular season without any blemishes and hope to finish the region tournament strong. Check today for results on how the Dragons are doing in the region tourney.


Continued from 1B Rosenkjer’s runner-up finish may have come as a surprise to others but, to him, it’s been a showing of everything he is capable of doing in a short period of time. “I don’t know [if I’m going into the tournament as an underdog or on top]; I’ve missed a lot of the season. I’ll give it my all and we’ll see what happens,” said Rosenkjer. “If I win a state title, it would be great and a nice memory to have my last year and to enjoy the ride there would be a bonus.”

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It was when Sherry Crane of Commerce began helping her teenage daughter consider college that she had her “lightbulb” moment. “I felt kind of like a hypocrite to myself,” she said. “I never went back and did this. That was actually the motivator to get me to go back to school.” Crane enrolled as a business administrative technology student at Lanier Technical College in fall 2012. She sees herself in an administrative position, a role she assumed while running a business with her husband in the early 2000s. “We were very successful in that, but we were tied to the construction and housing industry,” she said. “When things started taking a turn there, we knew that we were probably going to close that business.” She managed to find other work, but wasn’t enthusiastic about following anything as a career path. “I love what I did with our business,” she said. “I like the paperwork. I like the administrative portion. I liked all of that, and found a degree that catered specifically to what I enjoyed doing, and so enrolled in Lanier Tech.” Crane was named the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership at the Gainesville Lions Club luncheon on Feb. 4. The award is part of a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia to honor excellence in academics and leadership. Local winners move on to regional judging; they will then move to the state competition, the winner of which will be announced in April. For being the Lanier Tech GOAL recipient, she will receive a monetary award, a plaque and an iPad. The state winner will receive a new car, courtesy of GOAL sponsor Chevrolet. “I was speechless,” she said about learning she had won. “Most anybody who knows me will tell you that is odd. I’m usually not at a loss for words. I was excited, I was honored, I was humbled to no end.” She had always contemplated returning to school, but life “got in the way” during multiple moves, getting married and having children. She said her daughter is her main motivator in returning to school and attaining her education. “There are some things that are going to be out of your control,” she said. “Your education is always in your control, no matter when you do it. It’s easier to do it when you’re young. I’ll tell you, it’s a little harder when you’re 40. “But I wanted her to have something, to be able to think about what I told her and put it with the actions that I showed her. I hope it will benefit her down the road. I know it has definitely benefited me over the last couple of years.” Crane, who is set to graduate in spring 2015, hopes she can use this position to be a positive voice for technical schools, and to inform people from all backgrounds about the opportunities out there for them. “If there’s one high school graduate out there or even another 40-something-yearold mom who wants to do something different ... if I can give them the courage to step out of that comfort zone, I think I’ve been a great success as the GOAL winner for Lanier Technical College,” she said. At the Feb. 5 meeting of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Howard Ledford of Lanier Tech, announced “one of our own” Sherry Crane would be among the 26 vying for the state title and the top prize of a new car.

The HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children Gala was held at the BraseltonStover House on Saturday was the biggest Gala yet with an estimated 185 people attending the event attending the fundraiser for Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). “We were so excited to see everyone that came to the event; it was the best and biggest event we’ve had to date,” said Annette Bates, director of Piedmont CASA. Several attendees agreed that just seeing everyone dressed up and enjoying themselves was an additional perk. And for many couples, it was an extra treat right before Valentine’s Day. But the main focus of the night was certainly the children. “I would like to thank the sponsors, especially title sponsor, Polaris Aviation and Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, and the presenting sponsor, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group,” said Bates. For it is the support of sponsors that truly makes the Piedmont CASA organization able to provide the children with the help they need. Guest speaker Charlotte Carpenter addressed the crowd as they ate the delicious meal catered by Cornbread and Caviar. Carpenter gave several examples of cases she has worked with in the past, including a special case Carpenter of a young boy who was one of her first cases as a CASA volunteer. “This particular little boy had a young teenage mom who wasn’t particularly sure who the father was. He was taken from his mother after multiple reports of bruises from his teacher,” said Carpenter. She explained how dangerous the foster care system can be for children. And in this young boy’s case, the home he was placed in after he was taken from him mother was right beside two teenage sex offenders. So clearly the little boy needed someone like a CASA volunteer to tell the judge that this situation is not in his best interest. The young boy trusted Carpenter and relied on her to tell his story in the courtroom. And she did, which eventually allowed him to move in with his grandmother. Sadly, right after he moved in with his grandmother, he got terribly sick and had to be taken to the hospital. He was diagnosed with diabetes and as he was being treated, he

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The dance floor was filled as Line 6 entertained; below, Piedmont CASA director Annette Bates with State Rep. Tommy Benton, who donated a State Capitol tour and more to be auctioned off at the fundraiser. See more at looked at his grandmother and said, “Do you still want me now that I’m sick?” Of course, the grandmother wanted him and she still has custody of him to this day, thanks to the advocacy of the CASA volunteer. Carpenter closed her speech by saying that there are thousands of domestic violence cases in this country each year, and 41 percent of those cases are witnessed by kids. After Carpenter’s speech, the chocolate tasting began. There were chocolate displays from Ferranti’s Cakery, Cream and Shuga, Publix Bakery, Savory Spoon, Just Desserts and Nix Confectionery. All of the chocolate was delicious, making the voting process very difficult. Several people remarked how difficult it was to pick a favorite but the Best Taste Chocolatier went to Cream and Shuga. The Best Presentation Chocolatier went to Nix Confectionery and the Best Over-All Chocolatier went to Ferranti’s Cakery. The band, Line 6, played several classic rock songs that drew the crowd to the dance floor. After the dancing, the live auction began, which featured auctioneer Nathan Cagle. There were several exciting items to be auctioned, including a Capitol Tour with Rep. Tommy Benton and lunch and a photo taken with Gov. Nathan Deal, a Lake Hartwell house and cabin stay for a week, American flag art by Terry Short and a beautiful pearl flower necklace from Frederick’s Jewelers. There was not a serious face in the crowd during the auction, as Cagle and several others had everyone laughing during the bidding process. The silent auction featured several art pieces from

local artists and home décor items as well as gift baskets and desserts, too. “We do not have all the numbers in yet, there are still expenses out on credit cards that have to be accounted for, so we will know for sure how much money was raised by the end of this week,” said Bates. The next CASA training class is in April. They already have some volunteers ready to participate in the training, thanks to the Gala, but it is hoped that more volunteers come out and see what Piedmont CASA is all about. Usually after one class, a person knows if they want to continue training or not. The workers are all volunteers so they give of their time according to their schedule. Some volunteers put a lot of time and some only put in a few hours a week depending on their child’s needs but all agree that it is very rewarding and is also very needed in this area. For more information about Piedmont CASA, visit or call Annette Bates at 706-387-6375.

Troop 146 excels at Scout camporee By LEANNE AKIN

Boy Scout Troop 146 was among the 20 troops taking part in Winter Camporee over the weekend of Jan. 18-19 at Scoutland Boy Scout camp in Gainesville. The weekend weather made the survival skills experience even more realistic. “It was cold. It got into the teens,” said Sgt. Maj. Dutch Hut, Scoutmaster and Camp Chef, who noted the Polar Bear badges were well earned. The Scouts built their own shelters and the troop took nearly 90 percent of the firstplace honors of the camporee. Activities included land navigation and more. (See related story) Luke Avery of Troop 146 was the best patrol leader, earning first place for Outstanding Patrol Leader. Other honors included first place in Best Campsite, Outstanding Troop Honors and Wilderness Shelter constructed by adult leaders. Second-place honors were received for Wilderness Shelter constructed by Scouts and third place was earned in the Scoutmaster Cookoff. Hut thanks Ken Billick of Custom Golf Carts in Braselton for use of a golf cart for a Scout with a medical condition which makes it difficult for him to walk. Last year, Cody Avery was able to walk with assistance to the top of Springer Moun-

tain. Hut said Cody was one proud Scout after the accomplishment and was smiling ear to ear. When there are excursions which require a good bit of walking, having a golf cart for Cody is helpful. A Braselton resident had offered to donate her late husband’s golf cart to the troop but her contact information was lost. If anyone has a golf cart, preferably gas powered, or similar mode of transportation that could be donated to assist with Cody’s mobility at Scouting functions, contact Hut at 678-557-9961. “We also want to reach other boys to encourage them to be a part of Scouting,” said Hut. From hiking and camping to merit badge classes, Scouts also learn leadership skills. When Eagle Scout rank is reached, young men have leadership skills and professionalism that are qualities sought after by colleges, the business community and the military. “People know the professional way they handle themselves, said Hut. According to Hut, there are plans to start a Venture group for girls and boys ages 1421. The group would provide more of an outdoor experience with whitewater rafting, rappelling, boating excursions, 100-mile bike rides and possibly an Appalachian Trail experience. “We would also like to reach the younger boys to join as Cub Scouts so they will learn

there is more than just TV and video games,” said Hut. “There is a new pride in being a Boy Scout and we have some excellent adult leaders who are committed to these young men. We have a great group of parents who are involved with their Scouts.” Other adult leaders include Assistant Scoutmasters Matt Mitchell, Rick Calhoun, Zack Sutton and Jerry Reich; Adviser and Camp Chef Donna Lee; Committee Chairman Chett Welsh; Advancement Chairman Paul Galamba; Treasurer Paul Pesaresi; Quartermaster Mike Beck; and Committee Support Bobby Christopher and Peter Patel. Hut said a trip to Arlington, Va., will be planned and some fundraising such as car washes and a barbecue cookout may be slated to help raised needed money. Scout Troop 146 and Pack 146 meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays at New Liberty United Methodist Church. Hut said the community has been supportive of the Scouts including making donations of camping gear. Hut said he is planning his own Appalachian Trail trek next year when he’ll spent seven months on his journey of a lifetime. “Like Scouting, it’s the things you do that make it the best,” said Hut. To learn more about Boy Scouting or how you can support Troop 146, contact Hut at 678-557-9961 or visit


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Are vast age differences in relationships workable? Dear John: I am a very youthful looking and acting 50-year-old man. I tend to attract and date women who are 10 to 15 years younger than myself. Sometimes, it’s because I am attracted to them and do the pursuing, but most of the time, the attraction is mutual. Currently, I am very interested in a 33-year-old woman, and she seems interested in me. Is this 17-year age difference OK? She is OK with it, but what do you think? — Young at Heart, in Bakersfield, Calif. Dear Young at Heart: When one partner is more than 10 years older than the other, social, emotional and — in later years — physical differences may become issues that place additional stress on the partnership. Still, May/December — or in this case, June/September — relationships don’t have to fail because of a difference in ages.

John Gray If you want this new relationship to have staying power, then remember the key to success is threefold: mutual respect, demonstrated in both actions and words; ongoing personal growth for both partners; and continued passion. A relationship based solely on attraction will eventually fail. Of course, this is true in any partnership, May/ December or any month in between. Dear John: If someone was raised by only one parent and had a miserable childhood, can it affect how he or she treats partners? — Concerned, in Tallahassee, Fla. Dear Concerned: The circumstance in which you

were raised will most certainly have a significant influence on your adult behavior. Some of us try hard to live up to the example of our parents, while others have to try hard to overcome the emotional scars of their youth. I don’t think the issue centers on whether a child is raised in a one- or twoparent home. Of course, it is preferable to have two loving parents, but there are millions of single parents out there who are doing wonderful jobs loving and nurturing their children. As for what constitutes a great childhood, it’s not how many toys you had, or whether you were popular or not, or whether your parents let you do everything you wanted to do. It is judged largely by the inspiration and respect you received during your formative years, and your ability to give this back to others now that you are an adult. Dear John: My husband

of 28 years is 57, and I am 50. I believe that “Carl” is going through a male version of a change of life. His testosterone level has plummeted, while my sex drive is accelerating. Recently, he reduced his work schedule to only 20 hours a week. He appears to be mentally and emotionally well, and is enjoying his newfound time off. However, Carl has no desire to have sex more than once a month. He doesn’t even like to discuss the problem and refuses to seek help or take any medication. In fact, his solution is for me to get off my estrogen pills so I am not always “oversexed,” and let nature take its course with our libidos. We have always had an exciting, very fulfilling sex life, and I am not ready to give that up. — Needing Intimacy, in Costa Mesa, Calif. Dear Needing: You are right to feel that you should not be relegated to


separate sides of the bed because you’re both of a certain age. A healthy sex life is not only good for a happy marriage; it is also important for a healthy life. As you already suspect, Carl’s problem could be physical, emotional or both. In any case, his sex drive won’t change if he is unwilling to address the issue with you, a doctor or therapist. Implore him to do so. Let him know that this is indeed affecting how you feel about your relationship, and that you are also open to the idea of reviewing with your physician your current use of estrogen. This may be what it takes to get him off the couch and into the doctor’s office. Dear John: I’ve had a dating relationship with “Jack” for almost five years and just found out that he married someone else earlier this year!

And yet, he’s still sleeping with me! What’s up with that? — Outraged, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Dear Outraged: The two of you may be sleeping together, but you certainly aren’t doing much in the way of honest communication. The bad news: Both you and his wife are involved with the wrong guy. The good news: At least one of you is aware of his deceptive behavior, and you don’t have to go through the hassle of a divorce to get rid of him. All you have to do right now is lock your front door. John Gray is the author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” Visit www.marsvenus. com. To find out more about John Gray and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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Community Happenings Jackson County Historical Society meeting. Enjoy a program on the history of Jackson County Jails will be presented by Jerry Legg at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the new Jackson County Jail. All are welcome to attend. The jail is behind the Jackson County Courthouse at 555 General Jackson Drive in Jefferson. Mardi Gras Tableau and Ball. The Krewe of Knights announces its Mardi Gras Tableau and Ball -- the

“Good Times Roll Again” -- set for March 1 at the Winder Community Center. The adults only event is traditional Mardi Gras Ball replete with revelers, tableau, dancing, Cajun music and cuisine. After 5 Sunday dress, gowns or costumes for ladies and coat and tie, tuxedo or costumes for men. For ticket information or corporate table details, contact Shelia at OMyShelia@ or 770-962-0520 or Lynn at lynn567@gmail. com or 404-226-6225.

CHURCH NEWs The Church of Hoschton will have High Attendance Sunday for Sunday school and Love Thy Neighbor by Packing-a-Pew for worship, followed by a covered dish meal at the Braselton Community Room on Feb. 16. Youth of the church will be dropping off grocery bags on Saturday, Feb. 22, and asking families to fill the bags with nonperishable food items. Then the following Saturday, March 1, they ask that the bags be left beside the families’ mailboxes and they will come back and pick them up. All food will be donated to a local food bank. This is the youth’s way of paying it forward. To end the month, a representative from The

Gideons will be hosted on Sunday, Feb. 23. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Pastor Cory Sexton at the church office 706-654-8415 or on his cell at 678-2349408. sss Hoschton United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Relay For Life on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. Dine in or take out and the meal also includes salad, roll and dessert and drink. Tickets are $7 adult and $3 child (also available at the door). Contact Julie Clarke at 770 -63-3547. HUMC is located at 12 Mulberry St., and Bell Avenue.

President Cheek

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Amateur radio club installs new officers, gives appreciation awards The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club has installed its new officers for the calendar year 2014. Outgoing club president Al Mieger conducted the installation ceremony for President Paul (Buddy) Cheek, Vice President Roger Cohen, Secretary Carol Goodnight and Treasurer Cheryl Locke. During the ceremony several club members were recognized for their

service to the club. Receiving appreciation awards were Donna Richardson outgoing net control scheduler, Mark Allman outgoing club secretary, Mike Gee, Elmer of the Year and Bob Richardson, Ham of the Year. Following the installation of the new officers, 2014 club president Paul Cheek presented Al Mieger with a special plaque of appreciation to recognize his service as president for the 2013 cal-

endar year. The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club is very active in the Barrow, Hall and Jackson county area that it serves. It takes a lot of work to provide the membership with activities and events that help keep everyone involved. Having a dedicated group of leaders is essential in making that happen and it has been a pleasure working with the team of leaders we had this past year, said Mieger.

Top, L-R: 2014 club president Paul Cheek presented Al Mieger a plaque in recognition of his service as president; Mieger presented Bob Richardson with Ham of the Year; Below, L-R: Outgoing secretary Mark Allman was honored; Elmer of the Year was Mike Gee; Donna Richardson was honors as outgoing net control scheduler by Mieger.

‘Love Letters’ is Valentine’s Day production Jefferson Community Theatre’s Valentine’s Day production of “Love Letters” is a show that follows two people through only the letters that they exchanged...their friendships, near romances and all of life’s ups and downs. This is a dinner show catered by Mama’s Five Sons featuring salad, chicken parmesan and pasta. The show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center. Tickets are $25. For ticket information, call 706-367-5714.

Auditions for ‘Annie’ are set for March 16-17 Auditions for “Annie” being produced by the Jefferson Community Theatre will be held Sunday, March 16, and Monday, March 17. Auditions will be from 1-6 p.m. on March 16 and from 6-8 p.m. on March 17. You only need to attend one audition date and you do not need to be present the entire audition time. Please be prepared for dance, voca, and acting auditions. Songs allowed for vocal auditions include Easy Street, Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and Maybe. Callbacks will be from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. Those called back will be contacted via email. Bring all known summer conflicts to auditions. A cast meeting and read through will be Sunday, April 13, and rehearsals begin April 21. For more information, visit or visit the Facebook page.


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Truck Drivers CLASS A- CDL DRIVERS- Full-Time, Local. 2yrs. experience & Clean MVR. 770-8876117

Stuff Appliances WASHER & DRYER Kenmore. Exc Cond. $250. 770-983-1507 Washer/Dryers Stoves & Refrig. Mattresses. Refrig $125-$550. Washers/Dryers from $125. We do Appliance & Service Calls! 678-714-0493

Cemetery Lots for Sale 2 CEMETERY LOTS Memorial Park Cemetery in Spruce Lawn 1, Grave Lot 1-2 in space 360A. $900 each or $1800 for Both. Call John, 706351-3856 10am to 8pm 4 Cemetery Plots Memorial ParkFloral Garden section. 770-654-3048

Lawn Equipment 2008 John Deere LA125 Lawn Tractor Model GXA125A 059342, 42”Deck, 21 HP, 70 hours. Excellent Condition. $850. 678429-8481

SINGLE AXLE LANDSCAPE TRAILER w/ racks & cage, 6x12 deck size, $1500 new, sell for $750; Hustler Commercial Walk Behind MOWER, 48 inch deck, 18hp Kawasaki eng., 2 yrs old, gave $5,200, sell for $3,200; 50 gal. Lesco SPRAY RIG w/ 18 hp Kawasaki eng., approx. $2,400 new, sell for $1,200. 706-429-6717 leave message.

Livestock STORAGE SHEDRubbermaid. 7’x 7’ Good cond. $275 678-316-8209

Misc. For Sale 40 GAL FISH TANK, sits on black wooden frame, comes w/ pump w/ filter, lights, heater, many extras, $75. 770-869-7132 German short haired Pointer- female. 5yrs old; 15wk old female short haired- solid liver color; ale Weimaranermale, blue, 1-1/2 yrs old. 706-348-3180 New Stroller Car Seat Combination; Play pen; Swing. Baby bouncerHalf price. Used couch, table & chairs $150 , Commercial party coolers, personal Coolers, & More! 678687-5110

Homes-Rentals ApartmentsUnfurnished $599 MOVES U IN!! Spring Valley 1BR/1BA $650 up 2BR/2BA $750 up Furn Corp Apt $1050 Brandon Place 2BR/2BA $700 www.GainesvilleGa Jacky Mathis 678-779-2687

Condominiums For Rent 3BR/2BA Lake Shadow Condo. $900/mo. 1BR $700/mo; 2BR /2BA $800/mo. All w/Gar. 404-216-6399

Duplexes For Rent $650/Mo. w/water. E. Hall near YMCA. 2/1 in private setting. Like new! No pets. Call Tabb (Chestatee Brokers) 770539-9134 PINE FOREST in Oakwood. 2BR/1BA $695mo. 770-287-1456

Houses For RentUnfurnished $0 Application Fee Free Rent until April 1st 3BR/2BA Homes From$699 a month Sun Homes 888-246-2803 Countrysidelake EHO WAC

PIERCE’S PINE STRAW - Open Daily 8am-4pm. Weather permitting . We will Not Be Undersold. Quality For Quality! 1507 Martin Luther King Blvd., Gainesville, GA Across from The Tire Barn. $2.75 per bale. Deliver $3.25 per bale Spreading Available. We also have grade #1 for $3 per bale. 678-617-0403 770-536-4005

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

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

S. Hall 3/2. $875mo. Butch Hodges Properties, Inc . 770540-0417

RADIAL ARM SAW Craftsman, 12in. Commercial grade 110v. $250; Scroll Saw Hawk 20in Floor stand model. $375. 770-536-7217

Mobile Homes For Rent

Musical Instruments Gibson Hollow Body Electric Guitar (ES335) Hardshell Case (ES135) Fender Ultimate Chorus Amp with cover (amp on casters) $2000.00 770-531-1098

Pets & Supplies UMBRELLA COCK-ATOO- Talks 12yr old fem w/cage, $500. 70-540-4613

Apts/Homes. General Property Mgmt. 770-287-1456 www. Gainesville- 3BR/1BA$650 mo. 770-718-6560

2BR/1BA, Lula, $110/ wk + $300 dep. No pets. 706-654-0958 3/2 & 2/2 Avail. Gas & water included. $500 & $550 monthly. No pets! 770-530-8546 3BR/1BA $135/wk . We pay $100 mo twrds utils. No pets. 770-289-9142 3BR/2BA Water incld. N.Hall area. $300dep, $150/wk. 770-540-5256 ALTO, GA 3BR/2BA $135/wk. $300/dp. No pets. 678-989-7923 Land Home Package off Price Rd. $4500 down (wac); $650/ mo. Call Bob’s Family Housing, 706-864-8665

Small office has need of key person with the following skills. Exceptionally well organized. Polite phone etiquette is a must. Able to operate independently. Handle light dispatching. Coordinate travel schedules. Handle light sales duties. Handle complicated appt. schedules. ESP skills would be a bonus. Whse/office position. Aprox 35 hrs/wk, $10$12/hr. DOQ. Apply to: theboss@braselton

REDUCED RATE Free Rent Starting at $85/wk. N & S Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596

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CAMPER TRAILERIncludes all utils, Wi Fi & cable. Ideal for single. $395 mo. 770-666-7360 ROOMMATE Hwy 53 West. Gainesville Cable/Utils incld. $375mo. No smkng 678-438-2886

MAZDA-3- 2006 - 4dr, auto. $499 down. Call Kevin Jim Waters Motor 770-530-1140 MERCEDES 2000. S-430. silver w/blk int., sunrf. loaded. 180K, $6500. 678-315-8069 TOYOTA 1999 Camry LE. 4dr, auto. $499 down Kevin, Jim Waters Motor 770-530-1140

Rooms For Rent $95wk. Furnished, all utils & cable. W/D. kitch. 770-561-0781 Bdrm & Bath. $350/mo. Lady, non smoker. Refs req’d. Call 678-478-0478

VOLVO 2004 XC90 AWD, leather, sunrf, $799 down. Call Kevin, Jim Waters Motors 770-530-1140


Recreation RV’s/Travel Trailers COACHMEN 2006 Popup Camper, perfect cond., used 4 times in 5 years, Asking $3,500. Wife wouldn’t go. 706968-1347 KOUNTRY COMFORT 1995 Travel Trailer, 35 FT, awning on front, good cond., good tires, $3500. 470-201-0648

Wheels Antique Cars/Trucks PONTIAC 1972 Grand Prix. 2dr, 1 owner. Blk w/blk vinyl top, rally whls, 400 dual exhaust. Auto, A/C. All original. Runs Great! $3000. Joe Campbell, 706-878-8971

HARLEY DAVIDSON 2009 Heritage Softail, blk, lots of chrome, 16K, $11,950. 678-779-6971 YAMAHA 2005 V-Star, like new, 7K miles, buy now for $3,000. All offers considered due to medical bills for pancreatic cancer. 706968-1347

Sport Utility Vehicles CHEVY 2008 HHR. SS Series. Factory super charger, sport pkg, sunrf. $5995. Kevin Jim Waters Motor 770-530-1140

FORD 1999 Explorer Sport. 6cyl, dark blue, AT, AC, PW, PL, cruise, CD. New tires. Runs Good. 770-534-2083 HONDA 1998 Odyssey $1450 + fees Call Dan 770-530-3309 Jim Waters Motors HONDA 2003 Odyssey. $499 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-530-3309

Trucks CHEVY 2005 Colorado. Looks great. Exc Cond. Has all the extras. $10,500. Call for info and to see. 770-5356718 or 770-789-4818 CHEVY 2005 Silverado 1500 LS. Ext cab, easy 88,000 miles, Good Cond. pwr wind/seat, bedliner, running boards trailer hitch, $8290. 678943-8966 DODGE 2002 Dakota. Red w/gray cloth, V6, auto. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-530-3309 TOYOTA 2006 Tacoma SR5, dark blue, 4 door, 102K, beautiful, full hitch, $12,000. 941483-0540

Vans HONDA 2000 Odyssey EX-Navi., exc. cond., loaded, $4,350 obo. 770656-3970 Toyota 2000 Sienna LE: leather captain chairs, DVD, roof rack, runs well, looks nice, garaged. 189K. $3650 OBO. Call 678-570-8433.

Autos For Sale

BUICK 2001 Park Avenue, collector’s item, $4,900. 678-455-9640 CHEVY 2008 Malibu 4dr, auto, Exc. Cond. $5995. Call Kevin, Jim Waters Motor 770-530-1140 MERCURY 1994 Grand Marquis A/C, PW, garage kept, 98K mi, exc. cond., like new, N. Hall, $2900 obo. 727-742-8452 PONTIAC 2004 Grand Am. Silver w/gray cloth, drives like a dream. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-530-3309

Import Cars HONDA 2004 Civic 2dr, 5spd manual, red with black interior. $4600. Exc Cond. 770-540-1215

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JAGUAR 2004 X-Type. Burgundy w/leather int, V6, auto. $899 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-530-3309 MAZDA 2003 -626. Exc Cond. Needs trans work. Sacrifice. $2500 706-693-4520

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Office/Clerical Now Hiring Administrative Assistant for strong Northeast Georgia regional firm. We require a self-motivated, multitasking, detail oriented individual who posses some accounting knowledge and reasonable proficiency in Microsoft Office. This position will be open until filled. Please send resume and salary requirements to BOX 123, The Times, P.O. Box 838 Gainesville, GA 30503

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