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New Boys & Girls Club on agenda By LEANNE AKIN The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is expected to move forward on several measures to assist the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County in securing a new facility in Jefferson. A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resolution will be presented at the March 19 meeting and, if approved, would authorize Chairman Hunter Bicknell to execute all documents related to the $500,000 CDBG application for the Jackson County Boys & Girls Club project. Currently, the Boys & Girls Club operates

County commission and county school board will be partners toward block grant effort in modular units located on Jackson County Board of Education property across from the Gordon Street Center. It is woefully inadequate for the number of youth, especially those from low-to-moderate income families, which could be served, say volunteers. The Jackson County Board of Education has agreed to partner with the commission and the Boys & Girls Club Board to make a new facility a reality. The Boys & Girls Club would provide $10,000 for the required cash

match. The commission’s consent agenda would also include giving the nod to Bicknell to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Jackson County Board of Education for use of the site for the future construction of a Boys & Girls Club facility. The building is proposed to be built on the existing site. Another document involves a lease agreement with the Jackson County Boys & Girls Club for the use of a proposed future facil-

ity when the CDBG grant is approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The Boys & Girls Club items were briefly discussed at the March 5 work session. In other business of that session, Edna Sell was commended for her years of service on the Jackson County Board of Assessors. She is electing to retire from the board. Her threeyear term expires June 30, 2013. District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates said Sell had done a great job for many years, including time as chairman. “She has made a great contribution to the county for many, many years,” said Yates.




Vision shared for store’s revitalization By RAMONA GRACE EVANS Representatives from Smith Dalia Architects of Atlanta presented plans for the Braselton Brothers Store rejuvenation at the March 8 Braselton Downtown Development Authority meeting. With awards for historic preservation throughout the southeast, the firm has drawn a model that will both maintain the integrity of the structure but provide for needed improvements as well. The building will now operate from two sides with an industrial aesthetic. Additions include lowered windows and a pedestrian loading terrace.


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The Town of Braselton Police Department was presented its State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification at Monday’s council meeting. Involved in the presentation of the certification which was three years in the making was Braselton Certification Manager Ernie Graham, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Frank V. Rotondo, Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and Braselton Mayor Bill Orr.

State certification is attained by the Braselton Police Department By RAMONA GRACE EVANS Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco accepted the much awaited plaque and shook hands at the Braselton Town Council meeting on Monday night. After three years of tedious work, the Braselton Police Department has received the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification. Only 96 agencies in the state have earned this title requiring that they ad-

here to 118 strict standards. The certification process was created in 1990, and in 1997, the first nine agencies were awarded. Documentation must be provided in the application process proving that each group is in accordance with the “comprehensive set of voluntary, model management, operational and service level standards for Georgia law enforcement agencies.” The standards assist in creating a professional expectation that is the same across the board for the entire

state. Certification has proven to ease legal issues and liability potential that can arise. In the handbook, it states, “These standards reflect the best professional requirements and practices.” Requirements range from a simple need for a mission statement and toll-free emergency call services to complications in searching and seizing property as well as protocol for using deadly force.

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‘Lean, strong’ fiscal year ahead By RAMONA GRACE EVANS For the first time, the Braselton Town Council, its Downtown Development Authority, Urban Renewal Authority and its Visitors Bureau Authority joined forces to set priorities for the 2012 fiscal year which begins in July. With Jim Dove, executive director of the Northeast Georgia Regional Center, as moderator, the group shared visions for the future of the downtown. Points were raised for businesses they hope to come, town amenities to be budgeted for and creation of town jobs. With the economy down, the town aims to keep their budget “lean and strong.” Among the top priorities is an overhaul of the downtown needed to compete with the rise of strip malls. Town Manager and Clerk Jennifer Dees said, “It is amazing how open the downtown is for economic development and expansion. There are over 100 acres for sale

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With home secure, arts council focuses on March 30 event From staff reports

The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council is extending memberships to the community to assist in supporting the development of an arts destination with a focus on preservation. The council is also making ready for its March 30 fundraiser, an Auction Extravaganza at Auction Ventures. Tickets are being sold for the pasta dinner which will accompany the auction. Funds from the event will help the council begin work on its new headquarters, the Dr. L.C. Allen home.

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Work days will be scheduled to get the headquarters operational, and a needs list has been developed. Needed will be 10 rocking chairs for the front porch, office furnishings and materials, folding tables and chairs, easels and art supplies for the art classrooms, a table and chairs for the conference room, a refrigerator and cleaning supplies. The March 30 event, with door prizes and a silent and live auction, will also benefit the Hoschton Historical Commission. For tickets and more information on the council efforts, visit

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Members of the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council took a March 8 walk-through of the Dr. L.C. Allen home set to serve as headquarters for the council’s art classes, preservation efforts and more.

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Foliage Fest is Saturday in Jefferson From staff reports With the second annual Foliage Fest falling on St. Patrick’s Day, the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council and other organizers couldn’t miss the chance to add more “green” to the celebration. The Green Flag Band, among the bands performing Saturday during the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. festival at the Jefferson City Clubhouse, will play traditional Irish music as dancers from Drake School of Irish Dance of Athens add to the occasion. The Jefferson City Clubhouse is located on Old Swimming Pool Road off U.S. 129 in Jefferson. There is no charge for admission and parking is free. The Foliage Festival this Saturday is a celebration of trees with area nurseries on hand to sell trees including oaks, maples and dogwoods. A portion of the tree sales go to the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council. There will also be vendors featuring gardening supplies and sharing information on tree care. Other vendors will have homemade crafts for sale.

The festival will be twice as big and even better than the inaugural event as bands want to be a part of the promotion of Foliage Fest. Beth Laughinghouse Main Street Jefferson director Beth Laughinghouse, executive director of Main Street Jefferson, said the response for vendors and entertainers has organizers scrambling for flat ground. The festival will be twice as big and even better than the inaugural event as bands want to be a part of the promotion of Foliage Fest. “They like what [the festival] stands for and will be performing at no cost,”

Laughinghouse told the Jefferson City Council at its Monday night meeting. She issued a special invitation for the council to attend. On the band lineup, Crystal River Gospel Bluegrass, Center Stage, Curley Maple of Athens, the Red Oak Southern Strings of Watkinsville and Bill Long and Friends are slated to appear. At the council meeting, it was noted that a large tree on Martin Street at Institute Avenue fell Friday just missing a passing vehicle. The tree, which was hollow, was cleaned up by Monday, leaving firewood in the yard. Since its founding, the Tree Council has identified trees for its Jefferson Heritage Tree Registry, a program that recognizes significant and historically interesting trees in the city. The council still has available a 2012 calendar highlighting the beauty of the special trees. For March, the featured tree is the American Elm on Gordon Street behind South Public Square. Dugan photographed the tree for the calendar. The calendar also offers tips are caring for trees in your landscape.

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Agreement to assist Hoschton on March 19 agenda many years,” said Yates. Bicknell added his thanks, commending Sell for “her long, loyal and excellent service to the county.” Nominated by Yates, Larry Ewing was appointed to fill Sell’s position on the Board of Assessors. Also on the consent agenda for the March 19 meeting will be: ■ Authorization of a proclamation proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Jackson County. “Child abuse is a community problem and finding solutions depends on involvement among people throughout the community,” said Poe’s memo to commissioners. In 2010, there were 89 cases of child abuse and neglect in Jackson County with an additional 56 cases added from The Tree House, the child advocacy center serving Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties. Child Abuse Prevention Month calls attention to the problem of child abuse, with the Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services, Jackson County Family Connection, Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and The Tree House working collaboratively to prevent child maltreatment and to promote positive parenting. ■ Authorization for sale of surplus items. Jackson County has a number of items which Poe would like to sell on The commission will be asked to declare the list of vehicles and equipment as surplus per the Jackson County Fixed Asset Policy to authorize the Purchasing Division to surplus the items utilizing the web based auction site Among the items is the old 4-H van, a bus formerly used by

the Sheriff’s Office, several high mileage law enforcement vehicles, a tractor and several work trucks. ■ Authorization for an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Hoschton for various projects including road repairs, stormwater and right-of-way repairs and construction of the multi-use path along Highway 53. The Hoschton City Council approved the memorandum of understanding at its recent meeting. Under the agreement which was on the March 5 work session agenda of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, it is anticipated that Jackson County will provide the labor and use of equipment with the city providing reimbursement for all construction materials, fuel and administrative costs. Instead of contracting out the work, the City of Hoschton will save a substantial amount of money with county help. The city will also be able to get more bang for its buck by using the purchasing power of Jackson County, County Manager Kevin Poe noted in his memo to commissioners about the measure. The memorandum would authorize Poe to determine if the county has the available resources to assist in projects for the City of Hoschton and to schedule the work as appropriate. The cooperative effort is an example of the helping hand Hoschton has been receiving as it recovers from money woes. ■ Authorization for adoption of a resolution for a Mass Fatality Plan as recommended by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) with the State of Georgia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ■ Authorization of Bicknell to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission to assist with the preparation of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Hamilton State Bank opens Ladd’s Mountain Branch as full-service location BRASELTON — To meet increasing customer needs in the area, Hamilton State Bank recently has opened its Ladd’s Mountain branch in Cartersville as a full-service location. The branch had been operating as a drive-thru only location for several years. “Ladd’s Mountain had served as a full-service branch in the past for Bartow County Bank,” Hamilton State Bank Chairman and CEO Robert Oliver said. “As part of their cost reduction measures they cut it back to a drive-thru only facility some time ago. After evaluating the traffic in the drive-thru and

customer demand for the lobby service, we decided to reopen the facility as a full-service office.” The Ladd’s Mountain branch now has additional staff in place to provide the personal and business banking products and services that are available at other Hamilton State Bank locations. The branch is located at 12-A Euharlee Road in Cartersville, with lobby hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The drive-thru will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

About Hamilton State Bank Hamilton State Bancshares, Inc. and Hamilton State Bank are among the highest capitalized banking companies in the state of Georgia. Hamilton State Bank is a full-service bank offering a variety of services to its customers from its offices in Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Cobb, Hall, Henry, Forsyth, Jasper and Jackson counties in Georgia. Hamilton State Bank has 21 branches and approximately $1.4 billion in total assets, $1.2 billion in deposits, and $193 million in total capital. To learn more about Hamilton State Bank visit www.

BRIEFLY DRI paperwork submitted for new Toyota plant coming to Pendergrass Plans for Toyota Industries Corporation’s new 598,800square-foot manufacturing plant in Jackson County have been filed with the State of Georgia. Because of the size of the project, the company had to file a Development of Regional Impact (DRI). The announcement of the $350 million project is the largest investment ever made in Jackson County. The manufacturing plant will be constructed in Pendergrass in the Valentine Industrial Park next to TD Automotive Compressor Georgia’s operations. The new Toyota plant will make the main parts of automotive compressors currently being imported from Japan for assembly at TD Automotive’s operations. Construction may being as early as next March.

Braselton’s A bond rating for water and sewer means $1.1 million savings BRASELTON – Standard and Poor’s, the New Yorkbased bond rating agency which rates more than 80 percent of the country’s municipal and corporate bonds, raised the Town of Braselton’s water and sewer system revenue bonds’ rating to an A. The town received official notification of the rating increase based on the timing and quality of the 2003 bonds being refinanced, projected to save $1.1 million over the life of the bonds. S&P’s credit ratings express the opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. “The higher rating also reflects our understanding that management will continue to manage its future purchased water costs effectively,” said credit analysis Paula Costa of Standard & Poor, enumerating six key economic assessment categories. Major rating agencies assess economy, debt structure, financial condition, demographic factors and best management practices of the governing body and administration. Moreover, a financial analysis is performed with respect to water and sewer system users and rates. “A” bonds are described as having “strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the rating agency. “The rating increase is welcome news and serves as a confirmation of our fiscal management as public stewards as well as our economic projections for future growth,” said town manager Jennifer Dees.

Railroad crossing on Commerce to be closed next week for replacement work COMMERCE – The railroad crossing on US 441/SR 15, just north of the intersection of US 441 and SR 334 in Commerce, will be replaced next week if weather permits. Delays are expected in the area as work occurs. Please avoid the area March 19 and 20 if possible. The work requires lane closures to SR 334 and to US 441/SR 15 Monday during the day. Monday night, US 441 will have only one lane open in each direction. Tuesday, US 441/SR 15 from SR 98 to the railroad crossing will be completely closed while the crossing is repaved. US 441 traffic will be detoured onto SR 98/Ila Road. Norfolk Southern Railroad will remove the damaged roadbed and replace it for a smoother and sturdier crossing for vehicular traffic.

Commission District 3’s town hall meeting is tonight at Hoschton Depot Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates will host a District 3 town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Hoschton Depot. “As your commissioner, it is my goal to keep our citizens informed on issues facing Jackson County. To meet this goal, we invite you to attend our next District 3 town hall meeting,” said Yates in an email. “Our agenda will include, but is not limited to, important issues expressed to me over the last few months on animal shelters, Sunday alcohol sales, road projects, county budget and State Court,” said Yates. “Come out and meet your new County Manager Kevin Poe,” Yates said. “He will be giving citizens a year-end review of county government for 2011 and a look ahead of what’s in store for Jackson County in 2012.” Topics will include Transportation projects, T-SPLOST, LOST, Correctional Institute, State Aid Paving, the Hoschton memorandum of understanding, EMS, recreation projects and the Comprehensive Plan. Poe

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Members of the Braselton Police Department joined in a photo as the department received its State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification at Monday’s council meeting. Braselton Certification Manager Ernie Graham holds his certificate of appreciation and Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco holds the Certification plaque.

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Ernie Graham acknowledged for his efforts on project Benefits to being certified are better public confidence, greater government support and overall operational effectiveness. The application cost is a mere $300 but the work that has gone into this is immense. Chief Esco shared his gratitude to his staff as well as to Braselton Town Manager and Clerk Jennifer Dees and other town officials. Frank V. Rotondo, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, presented the award and a certificate of appreciation to Ernie Gra-

ham, Braselton Certification Manager. Graham has worked closely with the department and town hall in development of the thick bound documentation required by the certification process. The department was praised for having only one attempt at the application process, attributed to their already professional standards. With a new official title, the Braselton Police Department will continue to focus on the community.

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Requests for Proposals soon to be on town’s website Due to tight budget constraints, all of the town’s desires cannot be accommodated. The firm has categorized the desires and chosen accordingly what will have to be left out. Up to six spaces for rent will be available to an already mile-long list of businesses wanting to open or relocate to Braselton. See more at The tile company, antique store and dentist office are expected to remain on location. Despite requests, a curbside loading area and elevator to the second floor of the antique store cannot be budgeted; however, the historical handicap ramp will remain in place for first floor access. This issue was raised

by DDA members Robbie Bettis and Kathryn Cooper Robinson. The bulk of the project will be to stabilize the shell of the structure, add greenspace for the community and provide adequate parking. The Georgia Department of Transportation has come on board with the project with the exception of denying street side parallel parking. DDA member Pat Graham, with the interest of local economic development, pushed the envelope for providing local companies with bidding opportunities for the construction. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will soon be added to the town website. The Braselton Brothers Store project is expected to be finished Feb. 20, 2013.

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The rendering of the revitalized Braselton Brothers Store would include greenspace for the community and additional parking for customers and clients to be attracted to the proposed six spaces which would be available for rent. A waiting list has already begun of those interested in coming to Braselton.

Deadline of January set for college mergers From regional reports State officials have put a deadline on merging eight public colleges into four, including merging Gainesville State College with North Georgia College & State University. University system officials said Tuesday that the newly formed institutions will launch in January, a year after Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the merger plan as a way to save money by reducing admin-

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Members of the Braselton Town Council, Downtown Development Authority, Visitors Bureau and Urban Renewal Authority convened for a Friday retreat with Jim Dove of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission serving as facilitator.

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Downtown Development Authority is preparing to add full-time employee this summer to assist with redevelopment within town limits.” Plans for an amphitheatre have been in the making and the completion must be prioritized before bonds that were sold on the project expire. Land acquisition for this project will begin in the coming months with the hopes that plans will resemble the amphitheatre already in place in Suwanee. Ideas were raised for a parking deck. DDA member Cindy Phillips questioned the need for a parking deck. The group resolved to hold off with the assumption that parking will come in tandem with the amphitheatre. With the 20-year plan for economic development already 10 years in the making, those in attendance felt the need to urge certain projects

Theatre presents donation for adult literacy in Barrow County Winder-Barrow Community Theatre recently presented a check to the Winder-Barrow Coalition for Adult and Continuing Education from the sale of tickets to their last production of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” A portion of each show’s profit is shared throughout the community with other nonprofit groups as a part of the WBCT Community Service Program. The Coalition for Adult and Continuing Education has dedicated itself to raising the educational level of Barrow County’s citizens since 1993. In less than 20 years, more than 10,000 adult learners have been served through their programs. Their programs now support 12 GED classes and seven English as a Second Language classes in Winder, Auburn, and Statham. For more information about the programs, contact Executive Director Sherri Perry at 770-685-9834. For more information about WBCT and other upcoming shows and events, see the website at

along. The DDA is in the midst of writing a job description for a staff member to be added in July. This person will assist the town in bringing businesses to the community. Many brainstormed what they hoped to come to the area including restaurants, upscale boutiques, hotels, art galleries, office space, etc. Councilman Tony Funari called specifically for an institute of higher learning. This summer, Braselton is to become the second campus for the Brenau University Lifetime Learning Institute, offering courses for continuing education at facilities to

be determined. Town officials will begin the search for funding and land needed for other businesses they hope to come. With more revenue-added advances in technology including a transition to paperless town business processes, it is also hoped additional tag readers for the police department can be expected. Hiring of a new police officer per year may be needed would provide for improved emergency preparedness and safety. With a budget “lean and strong,” citizens can expect the changes to occur, but at a slow pace.

istrative costs across the state. The board will hear recommendations this summer for what to name the merged campuses. The plan will also consolidate Waycross College with South Georgia College in Douglas; Augusta State College with the Georgia Health Sciences University; and Middle Georgia College with Macon State College. How much money may be saved or how many jobs may be eliminated has not been announced.



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CHURCH NEWS Hoschton United Methodist Church will be starting a Wednesday night study on the book, “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent beginning March 21. Free dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the study at 7 p.m. Hoschton United Methodist Church is located at 12 Mulberry St., and Bell Avenue, two blocks behind City Square. Contact the Rev. Luis Ortiz at 706-654-1422. sss Flat Creek Baptist Church will host the Northeast Georgia Shape Note Singing Convention from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 18. Lunch will be served. The church will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pastor Rev. B.H. Bailey during at 2:30 p.m. program on March 25. The Rev. Roger Stephens will be the guest speaker and dinner will be served after the program. Flat Creek Baptist Church is located at 129 Grove Level Road. Call 706-335-8118. sss Bethlehem First UMC announces Easter services. The church is holding Holy Communion during Lent every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel through April 4. A Maundy Thursday service will be held in the Bethlehem First UMC cemetery at 7 p.m. A Good Friday Tenabrae service will be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary on April 6. Easter Sunday begins with a 6:30 a.m. Sunrise service on the front porch of the church. Breakfast will be servied at 7:15 in the Fellowship Hall and all four worship services will be held. Bethlehem First United Methodist Church is at 709 Christmas Ave., in Bethlehem. Contact the Rev. Parker Benson at 770-867-3727 or visit sss Church of God of Prophecy is hosting a Women’s Seminar on April 13 from 7-9 p.m. and April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seminar is titled, “Learning to Love.” Lunch will be served that day. There will be workshops on how to get out of debt, several crafting workshops, doorpriz-

es, gospel singing and inspirational speakers. All women are invited to attend. Contact Pastor Bobby Swafford at 770-605-6313. The church is at 333 E. Wright St., on the corner of E. Wright and King Street. sss The Celebrate Life Banquet to benefit the life-saving work of Come Alive Ministries will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Winder Community Center. The free event includes speakers, special music, food catered by The Masters Table and a chance to win a quilt donated by The Jug Tavern Quilters. The suggested donation for the “4 quarters for Life,” fundraiser is four quarters or $1. To register for the banquet or to donate “4 quarters for life,” call 770-8673000. Come Alive Ministries of Barrow County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women deal with the crisis of an unexpected pregnancy through education and counseling and helping young families meet the needs of their growing children. Come Alive Ministries is located at 38 S. Broad S., in Winder. The website is sss East Side Baptist will host the gospel group, Georgia, will perform at the March 25 evening service. The church is on Bert Day Road and Ga. Highway 8 next to Smith Funeral Home. Contact the Rev. Darrell Gilmer at 770-867-5774. sss First Baptist Winder will host the annual Kids On Mission Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 24, from 8 – 10 a.m. in the church Narthex. Children in 1st grade through 5th grade will host this special day. First Baptist Church of Winder is at 625 Jefferson Highway in Winder. Call 770-867-9255; e-mail: or visit sss Winder First UMC will host a consignment sale on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will be toys, strollers, games, books, children’s clothes, maternity clothes and more. For more information call Allison at 770-867-4594, ext. 28.


Died March 5, 2012 Richard “Dick” Lyle Beller passed on to eternal life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, March 5, 2012. He died during emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aorta. He lived a remarkable life and impacted the world at large through his more than 50 years of service as a missionary. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Evan Jon Beller, and his wife Pat, who went home to heaven in 2007. Survivors include their three children, Richard David Beller, Michael Jon Beller, and Tami Beller Gaddis and their spouses, Heather McPhail Beller, Molly Smith Beller, and Richard Maxwell Gaddis, and 23 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles “Dale” Beller and his wife Marilyn Beller of Tucson, Ariz.; and sister, June Beller Maitland of Commerce, Mich. A memorial service was held Saturday March 10, 2012, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson. He was laid to rest beside his wife and partner of 39 years, Patricia Cowan Beller. Memorial gifts can be sent to Cornerstone Bible Church, 869 Cole Drive, Lilburn, GA, 30047, for the Nahuatl hymnal distribution expenses. Cards for the family can be sent to Dick Beller’s daughter, Tami Beller Gaddis, 3606 Plantation Court, Louisville, TN 37777 The Beller children ask for your prayers as they continue their parent’s legacy and desire to honor and serve God with their lives. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 15, 2012

Mary K. Bradley

Died March 9, 2012 Mary K. Bradley, 81, of Jefferson, died Friday, March 9, 2012. Born in Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late Aaron and Mary Thomas Black. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Melton R. Bradley, son, Allen Harper, daughter, Shirley Nipper, granddaughter, Christina Ledford, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Flora Betty Rogers of Betsy Lane, Ky., Melton R. Bradley Jr., of Loganville and Dorothy Bennett of Jefferson; brother, Lawrence Black of Homer; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Burial was Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 15, 2012

Bertha Mae Dangar

Died March 9, 2012 Bertha Mae Dangar, 93, of Winder, died March 9, 2012. A Barrow County native, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Lissie

Whitehead Elder. She was preceded by her husband, Norman C. Dangar, and children, Laverne Shedd and Mary Ann Siple. Mrs. Dangar was a retiree of Macy’s. A funeral service was held Sunday, March 11, 2012, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with Mr. Joe Watkins, Dr. Kenneth Fogarty and Denise Smith officiating. Interment was in the College Park Cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Vivian Healan of Hoschton and Jean Shoemaker of Winder; son, Charles Dangar of Winder; 14 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and 20 greatgreat-grandchildren. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 15, 2012

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The Christian Index featured Ray Newman as he retires from full-time work as a public policy advocate for the Georgia Baptist Convention. He has founded the Georgia Citizen Action Project, of which he is serving as executive director.

Ray Newman featured in The Christian Index By Lona Panter Regional staff Ray Newman has worn many hats, and recently was recognized for his work under the Gold Dome. Newman was featured in a front-page story of The Christian Index, which told how he has served as the Georgia Baptists’ public policy advocate for almost nine years. Newman, who also writes a weekly column for the Barrow County News, “From Where I Stand,” has spent his years at the State Capitol doing everything from discussing legislation to praying with elected officials. He is also one of the Pastor’s Pen columnists for The Paper. Ray Newman is also pastor of Macedonia Community Baptist Church in Braselton. In the article, Newman says that he has done everything from leading the way to pass legislation to recognize marriage only as a union between a man and a woman, to offering spiritual support and encouragement to all the lawmakers who gather in Atlanta. As a representative of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Public Affairs Committee, Newman has spoken with potential candidates and speaks to groups outside the dome about pending legislation. He recently retired from the full-time position, but will remain on as a representative of the Baptists at the Gold Dome. And with that change in jobs, Newman has taken on a new role, as the founder and executive director of the Georgia Citizen Action Project. GCAP, with the motto “Georgia’s Moral Voice,” is a shared ministry of churches, community groups and individuals. The project exists to help

Newman “lead our state to have an ethical, morally responsible lifestyle based on biblical values.” GCAP aims to undertake a variety of tasks, including: ■ Assisting churches and local communities with moral issues in elections ■ Provide research materials on moral issues ■ Provide speakers for church, civic clubs, community organizations and other groups on ethical, moral and

family values issues ■ To monitor legislation in order to inform legislators and other elected officials on the social, moral, ethical and family values issues ■ To pray for each elected local, state and national office holder ■ To work with other groups supporting pro-life legislation, pro-family interest, anti-pornography, anti-sex slavery, eliminating sexual exploitation of others and to stand for historic Judeo-Christian values ■ To work with the American Council on Alcohol Problems and Stop Predatory Gambling ■ To encourage churches, individuals and community groups to be salt and light to make a difference in the state ■ To educate churches, legislators, individuals and community groups about biblically-based moral values in order to develop an ethical, morally responsible environment for the citizens.

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Knox is Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club From staff reports

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The Gum Springs Elementary School Reading Bowl Team won second place in the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Divisional Competition.

Gum Springs’ Reading Bowl Team is state runner-up For The Paper Gum Springs Elementary School’s Reading Bowl Team rocked the house in Statesboro on Feb. 25 at the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Divisional Competition. The team proudly brought home the second-place trophy. The 2011-2012 competition season proved to be a successful one for these panthers. Earlier in the season, the team placed first at the local Jackson County elementary competition and soon there after, won first at Regional. Way to go, Panthers. Team members included Noah Avrett,

Nicholas Bergeron, Serina Bergeron, Sam Darling, Haley McMenomy, Sebastian Nunez, Brooke Simmons, Tristen Spooner, Carson Tullis and Wright Wilson. Coaches are Jennifer Ellis, Angie Konarski and Jennifer Saine If you are a rising 4th or 5th grade student at GSES and are interested in trying out for the 2012-2013 Reading Bowl team, log on to the media center website for next year’s book list - Students, listen to the Gum Springs Panther Network morning news show or stay tuned to the media center web page for tryout updates coming soon.

Barrow taking Pre-K applications From staff reports Applications for the Barrow County School System 2012-2013 Georgia Pre-K Program will be accepted from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 30, at the Barrow County School System (BCSS) Professional Development Center, located at 179 W. Athens St., in Winder. Children must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2012, in order to apply for the Pre-K program. Children who are 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2012 and have not attended Georgia’s Pre-K Program as a 4-year -old may enroll in the Pre-K program. Parents are encouraged to consider the child’s date of birth, physical maturity, emotional maturity and prior experiences when making the decision to enroll their child in the Pre-K program at age four or at age five. Families should come to the Barrow County School System Professional Development Center to pick up and complete a lottery application. This information is now available online at Parents will be required to show current proof of residency to verify their elementary school attendance zone. Proof of residency is a utility bill (electricity, gas, water, cable/ satellite, garbage or house phone), settlement statement, or a rental/lease agreement. A

lottery number will be issued to each applicant. The Pre-K Lottery application information must be turned in to the BCSS Professional Development Center Pre-K Program by the end of the day on Friday, March 30. No faxes will be accepted. Any applications received after March 30, will be placed on the waiting list and will not be eligible to participate in the lottery. Completion of an application does not guarantee that a child will be enrolled, but instead places the child on the list for the BCSS Pre-K Lottery for 2012-2013. On April 6, eight separate lottery drawings will be held to determine the class lists and waiting lists for each elementary school. The lottery consists of random drawings from all applicants within that elementary school attendance zone. These drawings are open to the public and will be held at the BCSS Professional Development Center. Families who are interested in attending these drawings may attend. See for the schedule. The Barrow County School System currently has two Pre-K classrooms at AES, BES, CLES, HES, KES, SES and YES, and one PreK class at BRES, for a total of 15 Pre-K classes. All Pre-K students must attend a Pre-K class within their school attendance zone.

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Alexis Brianna Knox will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Georgia Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County, 17-year old Alexis Brianna Knox is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. “It has been my privilege and honored to know ‘Bri-Bri’ over the last four years, she is an amazing young lady who gives so much of herself,” said Stacey Ramsey, Commerce Unit Director, BGCJC. “Alexis has a positive attitude and has strong leadership skills that is reflected in her every endeavor.” A fellow club member says, “Alexis overcomes obstacles and encourages others to keep God first and to never let the negative be a distraction.” Alexis has attended

both the Commerce and Jefferson Boys & Girls Clubs. She has been part of the organization as a member, summer youth staff and a volunteer. She currently volunteers at the club where she has lead the Spiritual Dance Team, volunteers at her local church in the youth departments, works a part-time job and steps in to help her father with her younger siblings all while maintaining honor roll status at school. She is a senior at Com- Knox merce High School and If Alexis wins at the state carries a 3.6 GPA. She was recently crowned 2011-12 level, she will compete for Miss CHS. She is the captain the title of Southeast Reof the Basketball Cheer- gion Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholleading Squad. She hopes to attend Val- arship from Tupperware dosta State University and Brands. Five regional winpursue a Bachelor’s degree ners will advance to Washin Sociology. Alexis says she ington, D.C., to compete for has a passion for children National Youth of the Year and aspires to have a career and a $50,000 scholarship where she can be a voice for from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation. children in need.


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Warm winter means’skeeters on your ’maters Many years ago, Jim Stafford recorded a song that sums up my thoughts pretty well. “I don’t like spiders and snakes, “ wrote Stafford and his co-writer, David Bellamy, who later performed with his brother, Howard, as The Bellamy Brothers. I’m glad there are snakes, because they devour some creatures in need of devouring. I don’t like it when people try to bring snakes like pythons into their homes. In the Florida Everglades, there are folks who will dump pythons on the side of the road. It is causing all sorts of havoc with the ecosystem of the Everglades. Spiders, on the other hand, just creep me out. I have no desire to let a spider crawl on me, but there are some people who do. I hope you enjoy that experience. There used to be Saturday matinees of scary movies about giant spiders that invade a town and spin a web of trouble. I was not frightened by these movies because I was pretty convinced that you couldn’t grow a spider that big. I was troubled by a Frankenstein movie where they did a head transplant on a guy made in a laboratory. I digress. I also do not like mosquitoes. I am not in fear of them, but I don’t care for their method of operation. As we draw within a few days of the start of spring, I am concerned about the recent winter (or lack of one). Because we didn’t have much cold weather, we may have a visit by some rather large mosquitoes. We may have people who are abducted and taken away by some really big mosquitoes. By the way, for the purposes of this column, I am using the Southern pronunciation of “mus-skeeters.” It is on the same page with ’maters, a red fruit grown in

Harris Blackwood many Southern gardens and best enjoyed on fresh bread with mayonnaise. This is also the season that I fear for my friends who grow things like peaches and grapes. There is usually a cold snap before Easter. It happened a few years ago and wiped out nearly the whole crop of peaches in North Georgia. Folks always have some great explanation, like one of those disturbances in the tropics. I don’t know much about the tropics, except for they usually have a bad mosquito outbreak all year long. Weather in our area can be quite unpredictable. You can have all the super Doppler, HD, lightning tracking radars in the world and still not get it right. Many folks may remember that on March 13, 1993, we had a blizzard right here. There was snow as deep as your backside (that is, if you are my height.) I hope that we might avoid such a mess this year. The truth is, there is not a lot we can do about it. I’m not sure we really know what a normal year looks like. Every year, it seems like it is too hot, too wet or too cold, depending on the season. I’ll take it however it comes. I’m just going splash on some of that mosquito spray and make me a ’mater sandwich. I’m looking forward to it already. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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Hoschton Hertitage Arts Council plans auction, dinner as fundraiser The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council is a newly formed nonprofit organization with a mission of education and enhancement of visual and performing arts and the preservation of history in Hoschton. The HHAC will improve the economy of Hoschton and the surrounding communities because people will come here to (1) participate in classes in visual, performing and culinary arts, and (2) take classes in our future folk school. Local businesses will benefit from people’s needs while here. As a nonprofit organization the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council must be privately funded through the generosity of members, individuals, corporations and foundations. No support is warranted from the city, county or state. Fundraising events will help us get started as we seek to move into a beautiful historic home of Dr. L.C. Allen at 74 White St. built in the late 1800s. The home is in dire need of exterior repairs. On March 30, the HHAC will holds its first fundraising event, an Auction Extrava-

ganza and a Pasta Dinner. We are seeking items for our live and silent auctions. Your contribution to this fund raiser is tax deductible. Because we are so new we must wait for funds to incorporate before we can apply for a 501(c)3. We will send a copy of our letter proving our 501(c)3 nonprofit status to anyone who needs this. You should phone 706-6542693(Tuesday-Friday) to arrange for pick up of your donation. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and any business who contributes will be recognized at the Auction Extravaganza. You are also welcomed to come to our big event. Pasta Dinner tickets are $10 each and you may phone 706-654-2693 for tickets. Please help us make Hoschton a destination for art!

Robbie Bettis President, HHAC Board of Directors

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Washing up the dishes a lost ritual A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal. That’s Southern hospitality as we’ve been taught to practice it — the comforts of our home shared with a friend. Deb is a country girl, raised in the mountains of North Carolina, so I felt pretty confident that I could cook up a country dinner and she’d appreciate it. And she did. I simmered a pot of crowder peas — a neighbor had given them to me from their garden the previous summer and I had blanched and frozen them — potatoes chopped fine, fried with onions; flour-coated okra mixed with peanuts and fried; and a thick cake of cornmeal with a handful of butter mixed into the batter. I ate like this nightly growing up, but these days, it’s only an occasional treat. The experts say that such food eaten on a daily basis is bad for you, but Mama and most of her people lived well into their late 80s, some into their 90s.

Ronda Rich And trust me — Mama never met a tablespoon of grease she didn’t eat. Mama used to make fried biscuits because she could stir them up quickly and fry them fast as opposed to making them the traditional way. I called her one day to ask how she made the batter. “Do I work the shortening in, just like I do when I’m baking them?” I asked. “Oh no,” she replied. “You don’t put shortenin’ in them!” “Why not?” “Because you’re frying them in grease, you don’t want shortenin’ in ’em, too. That’d be too much shortenin’.” I laughed. I never suspected that Mama thought there was such a thing as “too much shortenin’.” Every time I cook like that, it brings back strong memories of Mama. How

thought back to those days. “It’s just like supper when I was growing up,” she said at one point. When supper ended, I put the food away and, instead of using the dishwasher, I filled the sink and began to wash by hand as we shared stories, laughing and learning. Just like back in the days in Mama’s kitchen where there was not a dishwasher but always plenty of conversation. A few days later, Kim, a high school friend, emailed to say that her dishwasher had gone out so she spent a few days hand washing dishes. “It took me back to Granny’s kitchen and those pearls of wisdom she’d give me as we performed this after-supper ritual,” she wrote. “I was almost sad to buy a new dishwasher.” Yeah, I thought as I read it, I know what you mean. Ronda Rich is the Gainesville-based author of several books, including “What Southern Women Know About Faith.” Sign up for her newsletter at www. Her column appears weekly.

Turns out, writing down your dreams is tiring I don’t mean to brag, but the other day I read an article in Scientific American magazine. In the magazine, it had a story about something scientific which I didn’t understand, so I did what I usually do when I am not interested in the magazine sitting on my lap at the doctor’s office: I pretended I was reading it while I looked around and wondered what was wrong with the other patients. Just as I had concluded that the man sitting next to me had rickets, I glanced down at the magazine and something caught my eye. “A dream journal.” According to what I could comprehend of the story, a doctor somewhere had prescribed that a patient record his dreams in a journal. Why? To determine if he was nuts, probably (I didn’t get that far). I decided that this was something I should do. Why? To determine if I am nuts? No, silly reader. We all know the answer to that already (I’m not, technically, according to the state of Georgia). The reason I wanted to do it is simple: As an excuse to do more sleeping. So that evening, I put my trusty reporter’s notebook

Len Robbins next to my bedside with the notion that I would awake at every dream, record what happened, then review it in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. Here is a synopsis of my night-bynight dream journal for the last five nights: Night 1: I never woke up. Apparently, after I fell asleep, I forgot to wake up to record my dreams. In the morning, I had no recall of any dreams I had. Night 2: Nothing again. I decided to set my alarm the next night on all three of its settings, waking me up every three hours. Night 3: Finally, a dream. The first alarm woke me up and I remembered what I had recently dreamed about. Here’s what was in my dream journal the next morning: “Water skiing with my current family in what appears to be Switzerland. My third-grade class from elementary school is also in the water with us. Guy driving the boat is that

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she rose before the rest of the family every morning and cooked a hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, sawmill gravy and biscuits. By the time I was a teenager, I was so sick of cornbread, pinto beans and the such that I swore I would never eat them again. Now I often crave them. “I can tell you right now,” Deb said when she saw the humble meal, “that I’m gonna make a pig of myself.” She pleased me by loading down her plate then filling it up again and eating every bite. I served the meal as Mama always did for the family — in pots and pans on the stove. “Dip yourself up a plate,” I said with a smile, echoing Mama’s words. With her, it was always “wash up,” “clean up,” “dip up,” “cook up,” “make up,” “take up” and such. We sat there in the kitchen, at the island, and savored the taste of our childhood suppers, pulled back in time by the taste of grease and a summertime garden. Long pauses of silence fell between Deb and me as we savored the taste of years gone by and

dad from ‘Gimme a Break.’ The water is cold and all these eels are in the water. One of the eels rubs against me, and me and everyone else simultaneously start swimming for the shore.” Then I woke up and wrote it down. Then I went back to sleep. Then the second alarm went off. Then I threw the alarm clock against the wall, busting it in a thousand pieces. Night 4: Without a functioning alarm clock, I resorted to winging it, with positive results. From my dream journal: “Had a dream. I was in the jungle. With the cast of the movie, ‘Predator,” except it was a musical. Carl Weathers is a surprisingly good singer.” My second entry from that night: “A nightmare. A man who smelled like pickles was chasing me all around the streets of Manhattan (New York, not Kansas). I couldn’t get away from him. Taxis are no help. Muppets are involved. Woke up before he caught me.” Third entry: “I’m in a debate for president of the United States. I’m not dressed properly (I’m wearing a sweatshirt, khakis, and a baseball cap), and am totally unprepared.

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I am debating President Obama, Mitt Romney, Ross Perot and Michael Douglas (the actor). Chuck Woolery is the moderator. “He asks some question about something. Luckily, I’m the last to answer. While I’m waiting my turn, I’m trying to scribble down something to say on a piece of paper but the lead on the pencil breaks. I start gnawing on the pencil to find some lead. Right as Michael Douglas finishes answering his question (he nailed it), and it’s about to be my turn, a kick in the shin wakes me up.” The kick in the shin came from one of my children. Not Michael Douglas. Night 5: Only one entry: “I dreamed that I heard some noises downstairs of someone breaking in the house. It is the cast of ‘Predator,’ looking to murder me. Instead of going downstairs to check on it, or defend myself, I go back to sleep.” For the record, recording a dream journal is not a good excuse for more sleeping. It’s entirely too tiring — even in my dreams. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of The Clinch County News in Homerville.

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Community yard sales scheduled for West Jackson Year One, a car enthusiast destination, will be holding its annual community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Paying $20 will get each participant four parking spaces with the opportunity to buy an addition two spaces for $10. The community is asked come out and “turn their trash into cash” on a first come, first serve basis. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hot Rodders Children’s Charity. His Hands Ministry and The Quinn

House will pick up any left over items from donation after 1 p.m. The City of Hoschton will be hosting an Earth Dayinspired community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21. A recycling event will be added as well as a possible pickup for used computers and paint. There will be 44 lots available for participants allowing two parking spaces per $15 fee. Contact Hoschton City Clerk Cindy George for details.

Rodders to cruise-in at Hoschton City Square beginning in April American Street Rodders to relocate

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■ A medical call was answered on New Cut Road on March 4. Assistance was provided to Med 3 to load the patient for transport to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ A Jackson Trail Road resident was transported to Barrow Medical Center by Med 3 after a medical response to the location on March 5. ■ Also on March 5, responders went to a Pocket Road location on a medical call. The patient was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ A call to an Emma Circle location was answered on March 6, The patient was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ Units responded to an East Jefferson Street address on March 6. Med 2 arrived and assumed the scene. ■ Med 3 was assisted at a Davenport Road location on March 6. ■ On March 7, units responded to Piedmont Avenue to assist Med 3 with a patient and also assisted Med 3 at a Hawthorne Way

Ray Vaughn of Hoschton acted as the spokesman for the American Street Rodders at a recent meeting of the Hoschton City Council. The organization has been a part of Hoschton since 2007 and has previously been meeting at the Hometown Community Bank in Braselton. With spring approaching, Vaughn said the club would like to hold monthly cruise-ins in Hoschton Square. The nighttime events will kick off in April showcasing member vehicles with 50 spot openings for guests. Spill over and community parking will be in the Hoschton Depot parking lot. According to Vaughn, the 120 members say they feel Hoschton Square will provide a nostalgic setting as well as a great central location for the support of the club’s charities.

residence. ■ On March 10 just after midnight, a motor vehicle accident was reported on Davenport Road. Arriving on the scene, responders found a car off the roadway in the woods behind a house. The driver had left the scene. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the scene. ■ Units responded March 10 to Serenity and assisted Med 3 at the scene with a year-old child. ■ On March 10, units were called to East Lake in Braselton on a medical call. After returning to the station, the responders were called back to the scene to assist with transport of the patient to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. ■ A medical call was run to a Sam Freeman Road location. The scene was turned over to Med 5. ■ A March 10 call was answered to a Buck Trail address where a patient was released to Med 3.


In the past few years, the club has succeeded in raising upward of $70,000 for organizations supporting our Armed Forces as well as for the American Cancer Society. Vaughn said he expects the cruise-ins to draw 200 visitors, providing customers to the local businesses such as Little Hooties and the Hoschton Café, which have already agreed to stay open through the events. The council agreed the club’s efforts will benefit the charities as well as the provide fun for the community. Mayor Erma Denney said, “It sounds likes a wonderful addition to the city square and a positive, family-oriented environment.” With the unanimous approval, the American Street Rodders look forward to the warmer weather and to see a great deal of local support at the monthly cruise-ins. Visit for membership and event information.

Georgia State Patrol gets stuffed animals from Loyal Order of Moose For The Paper

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At the presentation of 650 stuffed Tommy Moose toys to be distributed to children was Don Gilmer, Project Chairman for the Georgia Moose; Tommy Moose; Moose International Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder; and Col. Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents. Tommy Moose, the plush moose doll, will be given to children as a means to help ease their fright which often accompanies traffic crashes where the child is involved. Moose International Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder and Don Gilmer, Project Chairman for the Georgia Moose, presented the Tommy Moose on behalf of the more than 10,000 Georgia members to Col. Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, at a news con-

ference in McDonough. “The Tommy Moose donation will allow the Georgia State Patrol to place the stuffed animals in our patrol cars and then help calm children who have been through a horrible incident,” Col. McDonough said. The Tommy Moose program was founded in 2003 by Moose International to provide police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel with the Tommy Moose animals as a means to comfort children in traumatic situations. “This is the first time we have presented the Tommy Moose program to a statewide law enforcement agency, and we are extremely proud to have Tommy Moose on patrol with the Georgia State Patrol,” Gilmer said.



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Jefferson High Dragon Group competes at state The Jefferson High AFJROTC Dragon Group competed at the Air Force JROTC State Drill Meet on March 10 and had an overall finish of fourth place. The Dragons brought home one state Championship. Dominick Stanziale and Talon Smedley finished

Number 1 in the Armed Dual Exhibition Category. “I can’t believe this. State Champion!” exclaimed Smedley. The two had been working together in their spare time to put a routine together that is a combination of drill movements and rifle spins at the same time

for the past few months, and it paid off. In the team competition, the Unarmed Color Guard Team of Maribel Rodriguez, Heather Simerly, Rachael Maxwell, and Taylor Bailey placed second. The Armed Color Guard Team of Wesley Butler, Mark Weaver,

Jordan Bailey and Christian Edens finished fourth. “Our Color Guard Teams stayed near the top, which is where they have been all year.” said Major Bryan Watson, team instructor. The Armed Exhibition Team made a statement with their first “Top 3” finish at a State Meet for JHS. Jordan Bailey led the team of Christian Edens, Talon Smedley,

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Dominick Stanziale, Jonathan Mogan, Drew Ivey, Noah Vincent, Ryan Romano, Matthew Weaver, and Zach John to a third place finish. The Unarmed Exhibition Team led by Taylor Bailey had an impressive finish by coming in third place. Arah Berry, Mielan Barnes, Heather Simerly, Savannah Bailey, Heather Smith, Evita Flores, Drew Ivey, Suzane Sowards, Talon Smedley, Matthew Weaver, Wesley Butler and Mark Weaver worked very hard to make this happen. Edens led the Armed Drill Team to a fourth in Armed Drill Inspection and sixth

in Armed Regulation Drill. The finishes in all eight categories gave the Dragons the points needed to finish fourth overall. Edens then competed in the Individual Exhibition Competition and brought home second. Dominick Stanziale finished sixth in Individual Regulation Drill and Evita Flores finished seventh. The Dragon Group will be traveling to Macon to compete in the Air Force National Drill Meet on March 17. For more photos and information, go to

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The Winder-Barrow High School Junior Reserve Officers Traininig Corps (JROTC) Color Guard Teams competed at Jackson County High School on Saturday, Jan. 28, turning in a stellar performance for the first competition of the season. The female color guard team, consisting of Lisa Woodard, Jenny Davila, Stephanie Gomez and Rafaela Jimenez, placed second in the female division, missing first place by just 21 points. Overall, the Color Guard Teams finished third place out of 12 schools and 26 teams.

African American men and women have higher rates of colorectal cancer and are more likely to die of colorectal cancer than any other racial or ethnic group of people.* *According to the American Cancer Society

Protect yourself and your loved ones by having regular screenings performed. Northeast Georgia Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of colorectal cancer care in Northeast Georgia. We endorse the following guidelines: • Regular screening beginning with a colonoscopy at age 45 and a yearly fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) • Patients at higher risk* should begin screening earlier and may need it more frequently. *Personal history of colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps or inflammatory bowel disease *Family history of colorectal cancer and polyps

Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about screening and treatment options for colorectal cancer: Wednesday, March 21 6 – 7:30 p.m. Hall County Library Spout Springs Branch Flowery Branch Registration and a light supper begin at 5:30 p.m. The seminar is FREE, but registration is required. Please call 770-219-3840 to register or email us at

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Despite injuries, No. 2 Mill Creek is off to 8-0 start By MATT MAUNEY Even as a second-year program, the Mill Creek girls’ lacrosse team is getting use to having a bull’s eye on its back. The Lady Hawks are off to an 8-0 start this season and have kept an undefeated streak against Gwinnett County opponents intact since the program began varsity play in 2011. After finishing 15-3 overall with an Area 4-AAAAA title in its inaugural year, Mill Creek head coach Brian Williamson expected his team to be competitive in year two, but wasn’t sure just how good they might be. “We had a lot of kids returning that played together in the offseason, so we knew we would be strong,” Williamson said. “It wasn’t until the first couple games of the season that I think we found out we

were better than we thought we would be.” Williamson’s Lady Hawks opened the year with blowout wins over area rivals Parkview and Norcross, downing the two teams by a combined score of 44-2. They followed that by once again winning their bracket in the Gwinnett County tournament Feb. 25, beating Collins Hill 22-9 and Peachtree Ridge 15-6 to take the Gold Bracket after taking the Silver Bracket last year. “We were excited about that,” Williamson said. “To play as well as we have against other county teams that have been around a lot longer is great to see.” Mill Creek hasn’t just gotten it done in county play. The Lady Hawks have picked up quality non-area wins over Newnan — a 15-5 playoff team from a year ago — and, most recently, state ranked No. 10 Johns Creek last Friday.

The 15-10 win over the Lady Gladiators Friday at home avenged a 19-4 thumping last season in Johns Creek and moved MCHS to a No. 2 state ranking, according to “That was a game that we circled early on in the schedule as one that we couldn’t wait for,” Williamson explained. “That was a really big game for us.” Perhaps more importantly than winning that game was how they managed to win it. The Lady Hawks were playing without its best player, captain and Gwinnett County’s top goal scorer, Alexis Ordini. Ordini fractured her fibula during the March 3 game against Newnan and now is sidelined in a walking boot for at least 3-4 more weeks. Ordini’s injury was followed by a possible season ending setback for Abby Hood a day later at a team practice when the sophomore broke her foot.

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Mill Creek junior Tori Windom (11) has been the team’s leader offensively after the injury of top goal scorer Alexis Ordini.

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Jackson County brings ‘swagger’ Panthers rolling with new found confidence in 2012 By MATT MAUNEY

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Baseball fans had the chance to come out to Coolray Field in Lawrenceville Saturday for the Gwinnett Braves Fan Fest. Fans had the opportunity to take a stadium tour, play catch in the outfield, test their hitting skills in the batting cages and numerous other activities. Above: Two young players walk across the outfield. Top right: Braselton residents Steve Segars and daughter Gracie play a game of catch. Bottom right: Fans listen to a Gwinnett Braves staff member during a clubhouse tour.

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Mill Creek preparing for region play By MATT MAUNEY With the Region 7-AAAAA schedule kicking off Friday at home against North Gwinnett, the No. 6 ranked Mill Creek girls’ soccer team is scrambling to correct mistakes, perfect strengths and minimize weaknesses. The Lady Hawks started the season strong, with a 3-0 record and shutout wins over West Forsyth, Central Gwinnett and Etowah. Since then, Mill Creek is 1-2 and suffered two one-goal defeats at the hands of Milton and, most recently, Dacula last Friday. The 1-0 Dacula loss happened in an overtime shootout, something coach

Brent Leitsch’s team is unfortunately used to — the Lady Hawks lost in the state semifinals last year in the same fashion to North Gwinnett. With a 4-2 record going into Tuesday’s non-region contest at Westminter, Leitsch said that he believes his team needs to just keep working at correcting mistakes and be able to finish games out. This came into play against Dacula, as the Lady Hawks had several scoring chances in the second half but couldn’t find a way to score. “We just didn’t finish,” Leitsch said. “We worked hard and played pretty well and had opportunities but we just couldn’t finish, so that’s something we have to work on.”

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Mill Creek’s Cortney Emmert gets possession of the ball in Friday’s game at Dacula.

Jackson County head baseball coach Tommy Fountain noticed a different attitude with his players in the offseason that he hasn’t seen much in his first four years with the program. “I felt like, going into this year, that our guys had a confidence about themselves that has been missing in previous years,” Fountain said. Confidence isn’t the only factor that has led to one of the best starts in recent program history, but it certainly is one to pay attention to. The Panthers are 4-2 as of Tuesday and are riding a four game winning streak since opening the season with back-to-back losses to Alabama state power Beauregard High School. In that four-game span, Jackson County has outscored opponents 34-8. After rebounding from two shutout losses to a talentloaded Beauregard team, the Panthers rebounded with a 10-1 dismantling of Washington-Wilkes. JCCHS followed that with a win over Clarke-Central at home and road wins over Madison County and Clarke Central on the road. The rematch against Clarke Central in Athens was a complete turnaround from the 12-2 rout the Panthers put on in Jefferson. The second meeting in Athens was a defensive battle that saw JCCHS come out on top 1-0 after starter Kolin Zimmer threw a no hitter and Quinn Grogan scored the game’s only run on a double steal in the second. A few days following that game, Fountain was watching a Clarke Central coaches show online and heard something interesting. “I saw where coach (Kyle) Kirk quoted one of his players as saying our infielders had ‘swag’,” Fountain said. “It was one of those moments that make you proud, because one of the things I told our guys at the end of last year was that we were

missing that ‘swagger’ that good teams have and that we needed to develop some ‘swag’ this offseason.” Kirk isn’t the only one beginning to pay attention to the Panthers and their new “swag.” With Region 8B-AA play right around the corner, Fountain wants to make sure to keep this new confidence under control, using it to help pull out close games but not letting it grow into overconfidence. “I’ve had to tone some stuff down to make sure we don’t come off as arrogant, but I believe good teams must walk that line between confidence and arrogance,” Fountain said. “It’s my job to not let us cross it and so far, so good.” Fountain pointed out that another benefit for this new positive attitude is the fact that nobody currently on the team was a part of the 5-21 or 6-20 teams back from 200407. “Sometimes losing like those guys did has residual effects that last for a few years, particularly from a confidence standpoint,” he explained. The last time Fountain’s team had a comparable start was in 2010, when the Panthers started the season 8-0. They would go on to finish 13-12 and a disappointing 612 in Region 8-AAA. Fountain said that he believes this group is experienced and mature enough not to have a similar result, but admitted that the region schedule will be a constant battle. “Things are only going to get tougher going into the subregion,” he said. “So, in the midst of all our confidence, we have to be realistic about the fact that our sub-region is going to be a battle.” Regardless, Fountain has to be happy with what he has seen out of his squad thus far. The Panthers are strongest on the mound, and have benefited with the addition of Jesse Tallent. Tallent, a senior, transferred in from nearby Jefferson High and

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High school soccer

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Fifth annual UGA Dawg Trot scheduled

Mill Creek boys drop first game of season

Lefebvre commits to Georgia Tech

The fifth annual Dawg Trot 5K run/walk is set for this Saturday. University of Georgia alumni and friends are invited to gather for Athens’ largest 5K. The course will begin and end at Stegeman Coliseum. Early bird registration (before March 5) cost $20 per person and $10 with a no T-shirt option. A family of four can register for $55 and teams of 10 cost $150. Visit for more information and to register. A welcome reception is also available for $20 per person and $10 for kids 10 and under.

The Hawks fell for the first time this season Monday against out-of-state foe Wade Hampton High School (S.C.), falling 2-1 in a game played at Furman University. The loss broke a six game win streak for the Hawks. Mill Creek stayed unbeaten in-state last Friday with 3-2 overtime win over rival Dacula. Tajay Hoppines scored the overtime goal for the Hawks. Tyler Chiu and Zach Mruk each added a goal for the Mill Creek, while Tony Baza had two assists. The Hawks (6-1) open Region 7-AAAAA play Friday against North Gwinnett.

Mill Creek senior captain Frederique Lefebvre signed a letter of intent last week to swim for Georgia Tech in the fall. Lefebvre is a three-time All-American and a four-time All-State swimmer. She holds three school records and carries a 3.97 GPA. According to Creed, Lefebvre plans on majoring in Biological Science and hopes to attend medical school. Lefebvre will become the third Mill Creek swimmer to swim for Georgia Tech, joining Zach Tillman and Jordan Evans, both currently seniors for the Yellow Jackets.



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Tracking Success All photos by Foster Peters The Paper

Above: Distance runner Eric Westog begins to make a pass on a Brookwood runner during the 3200 meter run. Westog won the event with a time of 9:33.9 and placed second in the 1600 meter run. Below: Angee Mills takes the handoff in a relay and sprints ahead of an Oconee County opponent.

For more photos, visit The sixth annual Jerry Arnold Challenge took place Saturday at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton. The track meet featured boys and girls teams from 26 north Georgia and metro Atlanta schools competing in 17 events. The Mill Creek boys took second overall with 67 points, behind first-place Brookwood (103). The Mill Creek girls took seventh out of 24 teams. Above: Trevor Joyce took second in the discus throw with a finals throw of 147-08 feet. Top middle: Mill Creek’s Quen Moore prepares to clear the bar in the pole vault event. Bottom middle: Norcross’ Curtis Whisby competes in the long jump. Whisby took second place with a jump of 22-07.75.

Chateau Elan golf event looking for volunteers

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Lady Hawks looking for consistency One thing that will certainly benefit Mill Creek moving forward is getting key players back. “We’ve got a lot of new starters and a lot of young players and are still waiting to get a few back from injuries, so we’re just trying to figure ourselves out at this point,” Leitsch said. Standout forward Lauren Tanner missed the Dacula game as she was taking part in the ODP Nationals and senior starter Nicole Ruggieri is just returning from injury after missing the start of the season. “We’re just working toward getting a more consistent lineup and then maybe we can start playing with more consistency,” Leitsch said. Courtney Emmert had to recently be moved to forward from her natural position as a midfielder

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with the absence of Tanner. “We hope that when we get everybody back and in the right spots, we’ll find more consistency,” Leitsch explained. Leitsch also pointed out senior defender Megan Gil and junior defender Victoria Schillinger as other keys to success moving into region play. The Mill Creek defense has held tough so far this season. The Lady Hawks have only allowed more than one goal once this season in a 3-2 loss against Milton. Goalkeeper Rachel Allred has been strong in goal for the Lady Hawks after having to step in to the role after the team lost standouts Taylor Cornelius and Tessa Lukens to graduation.

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is seeking volunteers to help run its Taylor Made-Adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan April 5-8. The event will be held at the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan and will feature some of the best young golfers from around the country. Benefits of volunteering include an AJGA hat and pin, on-course beverage and lunch, letter for community service (great for students) and a chance to watch the next generation of golf. To learn more about volunteer opportunities available, contact Teresa McKain at or call her at 770-868-4200 ext. 1755.

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Hood, a midfielder, is coming off a hand injury in 2011 that saw her miss the majority of her freshman season. Despite being down to just 16 active varsity players, Mill Creek never waivered, as they topped first-year program Archer 15-3 before taking down Johns Creek. “To play the way we have without our top goal scorer and one of our midfielders is very encouraging,” Williamson said. Williamson attributed this success to the versatility of his team. The Lady Hawks had six different players score against Johns Creek. Another key has been the addition of senior goalie

has been a key part of the success for JCCHS on the mound. “Jesse expects to win every pitch, every at bat and every defensive play,” Fountain said. “He’s a bulldog and a competitor.” Tallent is 2-0 on the year and perhaps had his best game in an 11-5 win over Madison County, where he threw five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five. He also delivered at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. “We knew he would add a lot to our lineup offensively, but never would have imagined what he’s done on the mound,” Fountain said. “He has increased his velocity and added a changeup over the offseason, which has made the difference.” Tallent joins a deep starting lineup that doesn’t feature one dominate pitcher, but is one of the deepest and most experienced groups in the sub-region. Jalen Banks, Austin Robinson and Zimmer have all shared quality innings on the mound to this point. The Panthers could get even deeper with the return of Hunter Poole, a transfer from East Hall that is recovering from a

Windom stepping in as leader, Griffin performing well in goal Chandler Griffin. As a softball standout that is committed to Troy University next fall, Griffin was swayed to join the lacrosse team after softball ended and has been a key cog in the Mill Creek defense. Despite allowing 10 goals, Griffin made 19 saves against Johns Creek, as the Lady Hawks pulled away late after a close first half. Offensively, junior midfielder and co-captain Tori Windom has stepped in to lead the Lady Hawks in scoring since Ordini’s injury. With the way the team has been playing without Ordini and with the senior

expected to be back as early as the out-of-state showdown with Florida’s Gainesville Eastside and Buchholz High April 13-14, Williamson is confident that another area title and state berth are highly achievable, but said that he knows the pressure will be higher than ever. “Sometimes it’s hard for the girls, because a lot of people expect them to win by five or 10 goals every game,” he said. “We just have to stay focused and play our game and let what happens happen.” The Lady Hawks will have a week off before facing county rival Peachtree Ridge March 21 for the second time this season.

Panthers possess deep pitching nerve injury in his non-throwing hand. Offensively, Fountain said that his team needs to improve the “small ball” game, but the Panthers have had no trouble hitting so far, despite new GHSA bat rules that limit power hitting. “I thought that with the new BBCOR bats, we’d be hard pressed to score 10 runs all year, so to do it in three games in a row was nice,” Fountain said. JCCHS has been able to put runs on the board, but Fountain knows that there are still many areas to address. “We had some poor approaches the first two games and we also had some guys that were fundamentally/mechanically out of whack,” he said. “We really stayed inside the ball the next three games and improved our approaches, but for some reason a couple of guys we’ve been counting on went back to a couple of bad habits (against Clarke Central last week).” The Panthers opened region play Wednesday at home against Elbert County. For results, visit



ZUMBA Fitness: Come dance with us Zumba was originated in 2001 and has grown into the world’s largest and most successful exercise Farah programs with more Bohannon than Columnist 110,000 locations across 125 countries. It has finally entered into the Braselton area and become the new fitness craze over here! The official Zumba website states, “it is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance party.” How fun does that sound? A lot of people are joining this fun dance party and ditching the treadmills and ellipticals that tend to become tedious and boring. Anytime Fitness in Braselton recently started offering Zumba classes a few months ago, and I’ve been attending regularly. At first, I was a bit intimidated to participate because I am not an experienced dancer and I honestly thought dance experience was required. Fortunately, this is not the case at all. You don’t have to be elegant, graceful or experienced to participate in Zumba classes. After I attended one class, I was hooked. All you need is yourself, a bottle of water and the willingness to sweat, learn some new dance moves and have fun! The instructor leads the group with heart-pumping dance moves and songs that will make you ready to groove. You may feel lost or confused at first, but after a few classes, you’ll become accustomed to the songs and be able to dance your heart out without even watching the instructor! You can go at your own pace, or challenge yourself and keep up with the instructor. Trust me, you will get a much better workout than running on the treadmill for an hour — you’ll have more fun as well! The good thing about Zumba is that your body doesn’t get used to the workout. Running at the same speed for the same amount of time or doing the same weight lifting routine for weeks on end will not produce results since your body becomes accustomed and you aren’t giving your muscles a variety. In Zumba, the songs are played in different order throughout the hour-long class, and every few weeks, new songs are introduced. You will also use muscles you never knew existed and will get an amazing cardio workout. Maria, the spunky Zumba instructor at the Braselton Anytime Fitness has several women addicted to this calorieburning dance party — some even stay for back-to-back classes because it is that fun! Maria is full of energy and challenges her classes to break out of their shells and “shake it!” She leads every class with a huge smile on her face and enthusiasm that is contagious. One of my favorite things that she does is vanish from the front and snake her way through the class and dance with the middle and back row. She also explains what the Spanish songs mean — she keeps us laughing and energized the entire time! So if you’re bored of your workout routine and are looking for a way to get into shape and have fun at the same time — try Zumba fitness! You won’t regret it. Farah Bohannon is a freelance writer living in Winder. She loves to utilize her writing and marketing skills with inspiring stories. Reach her at farah.

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Dancers at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Dance Academy reach to the sky during a recent practice session.


Dance studio aims at higher cause


Pirouettes, Broadway numbers and Samba variations are some of the movements that can be observed at any given time in Heather Wayne Dance Academy. Students ranging from ages 3-18 crowd the hallways of the stylish building, waiting to express themselves as well as to spend some time with friends and mentoring dance instructors. “Dance means to have fun and show who you really are,” explained Lillian Trippe, age 9, of the World Language Academy. The 10,000 square feet are not only a fitness haven for minors but one for adults as well, offering Jazzercise and Zumba classes. The woman behind the vision and the name has been craving more and more dance ever since she was a small child. Heather Wayne made her beginnings in the professional dance world with a scholarship to Brenau University in Gainesville. After instructing in Atlanta and marrying a native of Flowery Branch, she sought out the perfect spot to open her own dance studio. “Dancing is a way to unlock the inner riches of each individual,” Heather says, sharing her belief in dance. “Every lesson I teach to my

students is a life lesson that children and adults use everyday.” Now a landmark of Hoschton, the studio employs 10 well-trained teachers with 75 weekly classes specializing in tap, jazz, creative

movement, musical theater, ballet and more. Success has not missed the students at the academy. With multiple prizes from two recent competitions under their belt, a handful of

dancers came away with scholarships. They received awards for Best Choreography, overall dance awards and placing for individual

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Lifesaver recognized with top Scout honor By RAMONA GRACE EVANS Jonathan Bennett of Troop 774 in Auburn utilized years of Boy Scout training when he freed himself from a crushed vehicle after a traffic accident. Then, he went to work saving lives. On the side of College Station Road in Athens,

Bennett did the unexpected; he risked his life three more times for the safety of friends. Having just survived the rollover himself, he prioritized and triaged the wounds of the fellow victims. Using items in his gym bag, he provided a tunicate for a severe head wound and partially detached hand. His efforts not only halted the extreme bleeding but his calmness eased the shock of his three friends as well.

Bennett, an Eagle Scout, was presented the most prestigious award by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of American on March 8 at Northeast Church in Braselton. The Lifesaver Award with Crossed Palms was created in 1938 and has only been presented to fewer than 150 Scouts nationwide.

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Ed Foster, chairman of the Council Advancement Committee, recognized Eagle Scout Jonathan Bennett with the Lifesaver Award with Crossed Palms at a March 8 ceremony.



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Studio plans to be nonprofit, extend its outreach performers. Greg Russell, private dance instructor for the late Michael Jackson, made a visit to the studio to choreograph the Dance Company’s tribute to the pop musician. Russell, who was working with Michael Jackson on a tap number for his show that was in development when he died, shared with Heather Wayne’s girls the dance, The Tribute, which he and Michael put together. It was part of the Feb. 11 show at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium. “He has said Heather’s is the only group he has shared the number with,” said Jon Wayne. Other famous guest instructors have taken the floor at the academy including Jessica King, a top 10 finalist in “So You Think You Can Dance,” who performed at the Feb. 11 Heather Wayne Dance Academy show in Gainesville. According to her husband,

Jon Wayne, Heather hooked up with Jessica and other top dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” when she got backstage passes for some of her girls to meet the dancers when they were in Gwinnett. She got email addresses and has welcomed several to her studio to work with and inspire her dancers. Twitch, Will Wingfield and Brent Borbon are among the performers who have presented masters workshops Last month’s show was mini-show with the big production coming in May. This weekend is the studio-hosted children’s consignment sale March 16-17. Spring/Summer clothes, toys, baby furniture, children’s linens and dance accessories will be available. There will be a seller’s preview sale on March 16 from 6-8 p.m. and the sale will open to the public on March 17 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with all items at half price

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Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Dance Academy’s performances will be on the campus of Brenau University. The recent Feb. 11 performance included “So You Think You Can Dance” performer Jessica King. after 4. Seeking nonprofit status The trophies and ribbons add to the already presti-

gious reputation of the studio but Heather Wayne has set her sights upon an even higher mark. Paperwork has been filed to deem the business as a rec-

ognized nonprofit. Through fundraising the vision has become one of giving back to the community through scholarship opportunities and free performances.

With an auditorium at Brenau University already secured for all of their shows, this dream of reaching out may not be too far down the road.

New Winder-Barrow campus for Lanier Tech may come By Carman Peterson Regional staff Relief is in sight for Lanier Technical College’s Winder-Barrow campus, which has been filled to capacity in its downtown location for several years. The Georgia House of Representatives passed a budget this week which, if approved by the state Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal, will include a $16 million bond for the local Lanier Tech campus. Rep. Terry England, who heads the House Education Appropriations committee, said the budget will probably be approved by the Senate by the end of the month. If approved, the bond will provide funds for the planning, design, and construction of a satellite campus in Barrow. This is not the first time Lanier Tech has been on the verge of state-level funding. England said both the House and Senate approved a $16 million bond several years ago which would have placed a campus on donated land near

the Barrow Crossing shopping center, but the bond was vetoed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue. England said he is not concerned about history repeating itself. “I think we’re in good shape,” he said. “Gov. Deal is a pleasure to work with ... Even though $16 million is a lot of money, it’s a small piece of all we’ve been able to do to move [education in Georgia] forward.” Mike Light, spokesman for the Technical College Systems of Georgia, was also optimistic about the bond. “It’s an outstanding opportunity to expand Lanier Tech’s presence in Barrow County,” Light said. “It’s something that’s overdue, because the current facility is filled to capacity.” According to Light, Lanier Tech will pursue a partnership with Barrow County Schools to build a Career Academy campus for joint use. Last May, the Barrow County Board of Education purchased 114 acres near Highways 53 and 316 to be used for the Career Academy, which is tentatively scheduled to open in 2014.

“This [bond] is the perfect ingredient in that mix, and would be a perfect opportunity for us to partner with Barrow Schools,” he said. England also anticipates a partnership between the college and school district. “If they go ahead with the joint campus for the Career Academy, they’ll get the opportunities for kids who are in dual enrollment or move-on-when-ready to do seamless transitions between college and high school,” he said. “They can walk down the hallway rather than driving across town.” England also said the additional campus would allow more opportunities for adult education and evening classes. If approved by the Senate and Gov. Deal, the bond would be part of the FY 2013 budget which goes into effect July 1. The bonds would then need to be sold. Light said the earliest he expects to see revenue from the bond package is 2013.

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Peace Place Mardi Gras Masquerade raises $7,000 By CARMAN PETERSON Regional staff It’s a long way from New Orleans, but the Mardi Gras spirit recently made its way to Winder when the Peace Place Inc. hosted A Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. “It went really well,” said Peace Place executive director Shannon Willis-Clark. “We were wondering if people would get into the whole mask scene, and people loved it.” Willis-Clark said about 160 guests, many in costume, turned out to the Winder Community Center for dinner, dancing, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the Peace Place. Although she hasn’t received a final count from the auction, Willis-Clark estimates that more than$7,000 was raised


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The Winder Community Center was alive with Mardi Gras festivities for the Peace Place fundraiser.

through the ball. “We had a lot of support from the community,” she said. “Our community is just amazing in responding to things like that ... We’re so grateful.” A second fundraiser benefitting Peace Place Inc. will be held this summer, when Fort Yargo State Park hosts the second annual Race to End Domestic Violence 5K. The race is tentatively scheduled for June 9. Those who are interested in donating or volunteering with Peace Place can also check their web site, www.peaceplaceinc. org, for opportunities to help. Peace Place is the battered women’s shelter which serves victims of domestic violence and their children. Peace Place serves Jackson, Banks and Barrow counties.

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Bennett rescued 4 people after crash “The award is presented to those who perform lifesaving acts while placing themselves into dangerous situations with risk of severe personal injury or death,” explained Vicky Leming, Chattahoochee District Unit Commissioner. Bennett’s returning to the vehicle multiple times with risk of explosion or collapse has categorized him as a deserving recipient of this prestigious honor. Ed Foster of Pendergrass, Chairman Ramona Grace Evans The Paper

Jonathan Bennett with his family and Troop 774 of Auburn.

of the Council Advancement Committee, presented the plaque and penned on the medal. “This is what it is all about,” Foster added when explaining what an honor it is to be a part of the organization. Larry and Linda Bennett have a great deal to be proud of for the bravery their son displayed, it was noted. His courageous efforts and resourcefulness expedited the process the emergency responders would have had to take before transporting the victims to the hospital. It is because of his actions that his friends survived the crash and life-threatening injuries.



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Barrow-Jackson Civil Air Patrol Squadron hosts Safety Day By Cadet Airman Stephanie Martin Cadet Public Affairs Officer, Barrow-Jackson Civil Air Patrol #156 The Barrow-Jackson Civil Air Patrol hosted its annual safety day on March 10. Squadron safety officer 2nd Lt. Phillpotts arranged for a variety of city and county emergency service responders to come out to teach us more about their professions. We started at 1 p.m. with an Air Life Georgia helicopter landing in the field next to the Colleen O. Williams Theater in Winder. One of the senior members in our squadron works for them and was able to get them to come speak to us. Many folks passing by stopped to see and listen in on this class. The squadron learned about the parts of the helicopter and how the pilot, paramedic and the nurse all have to work together to save the patients life. Then when the speaker was done they allowed the cadets to sit in the helicopter and take pictures. The next thing on our agenda was a quick water break, and then we headed over to Winder Fire Engine 1 to take a look into the daily life of a firefighter. Cadets and senior members listened as Firefighter Casey Wright told about the important and life-saving equipment on the truck. Winder has two fire stations, Fire Station One located on North Broad Street, and the other, Fire Station Two is located off Highway 11 South on Fire Tower Road. We found out that a fire engine and its passengers are usually the first to arrive at car accidents and other emergencies. They don’t just fight fires. When going into a fire, the average fireman is carrying around 60 pounds of equipment. That’s like carrying around a 7-year-old child.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Talk about celebrating in Irish style, and you can’t miss Paddy’s Irish Pub, which opened in July 1997. Paddy’s is the place to be to be transported to Ireland since stepping inside the Chateau Elan offering since you can get true sights, tastes and sounds of that country. On St. Patrick’s Day, next door to Paddy’s in the Chateau Élan Pavilion will be an Irish celebration beginning at 11 a.m. with a buffet of corned beef, fish and chips, Irish wings and beef stew plus dessert. Tickets can be purchased outside the pavilion, where Bass, Harp and Guinness will be flowing from a truck. Live music by JP Winston will be heard in the pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. and in the pub from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. The pavilion will be alive with music by Jeff Gillman from 6 p.m. to midnight. sss Leftover Pets offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries every other week at their clinic in Winder (610 Barrow Park Drive). March dates are 19, 20, 22, 29 and 30. Prices are $75 for a female dog over 25 pounds, $60 for a female dog up to 25 pounds, $50 for a male dog or for a female cat and $30 for a male cat. All surgery prices include a free rabies vaccination. We do not add fees for in heat or pregnant animals. For more information on clinic services, visit http://www. Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800-978-5226. sss The Hoschton Business Alliance’s next meeting will be at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Hoschton Town Hall Meeting Room. See the Website at or contact secretary Sarina Roth at sarina@nevertherock. com sss Local author and illustrator, Katie Grant, will be signing her new coloring book, as well as her book, Haven’s Heaven, at LifeWay Mall of Georgia from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. She is donating half of the net proceeds to three area children’s foundations. LifeWay is located at located at 3125 Woodward Crossing Boulevard #2000. See or


CASA Comedy Night will be Saturday, March 24, at the Jefferson Civic Center. Featuring comedian/hypnotist Doc Holiday, the fundraiser evening for CASA will have dancing, great food and beer/wine included. Contact Annette Bates at 706-387-6375 or sss

The 14th annual Night of Hope for Children, benefiting The Tree House, will be held March 23 at the Winder

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The Civil Air Patrol Squadron was visited by Air Life Georgia, the Winder Fire Department and Barrow County Emergency Services on Safety Day hosted March 10.

As the last event of the day, Barrow County EMS came out and spoke to us about first aid. They explained about different kinds of treatment they would use in certain situations and various medical procedures. The EMTs also told us about what supplies they used and when they used them. Saline, for example, is used to put fluids back into a patient’s body. Unfortunately before they could finish the class, they received a call, and back to saving lives they went. Safety Day was a huge success. The squadron learned so much, and had a great time while hearing, and observing everything the people said. Hopefully next year it will be an even bigger event and more people from around the community can come. The Barrow-Jackson Civil Air Patrol would like to thank everybody who came out and participated.

Community Center with a live and silent auction and a catered dinner. Call 770-868-1900 for $35 tickets. sss

The sixth annual Hope…Cure 5K Run/ Walk will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Russell Middle School in Winder. Register the day of the race for $25. Call Victoria Patrick at 770-3207-7956 or email Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society and send to Victoria Patrick at ACS- 1684 Barnett Shoals Road,

Athens, GA 30605. Register online at ACTIVE.COM. Timing will be handled by Classic Race Services. sss The Jefferson High School Air Force Junior ROTC is hosting its inaugural golf tournament on March 30 at Chateau Elan. Proceeds will support the AFJROTC and Disabled Vets. Entry fee is $100 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Call Major Bryan Watson at 706206-5810. sss

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Amount of support really depends on the situation Dear Margo: I have been friends with a woman for many years. A few years ago, she had an affair with a man in her office. When her husband found out, she ended the affair — for a while. Last year, she left her husband and began a new life with the other man. (I suspect he’d stayed in her life the whole time.) Her children have always been great kids, but now they’re having difficulties in school and are disrespectful and unhappy. I think they don’t like the situation, but they also don’t like this new man. I don’t either. Should I express my concerns that her “new life” could be permanently affecting her children, as well as damaging her relationship with them? She seems to feel like the sun rises and sets with this guy. — Watching on the Sidelines Dear Watch: I understand your wish to clue in your friend to the fact that her kids are acting out, but to quote that sage Woody Allen, “The heart wants what the heart

Dear Margo wants,” and I seriously doubt your friend would choose to do anything about the situation ... like remove the heartthrob. As far as I would go would be to tell her that you’ve noticed the children are not adapting well to the new order, and she might want to give them more time and listen to their complaints. Perhaps some family therapy would be helpful. That would definitely crystallize for her that it’s either this guy or her children. — Margo, supportively Dear Margo: I’m a dual U.S./U.K. citizen in my late 20s, and I chose to move to America to pursue my career. My brother did the same. For a few years, it was fun, and I wasn’t thinking too

far ahead, but my brother recently married, establishing real roots over here. My mother is American and would love to come to the States, but my father has such a host of health problems that it would be financially impossible for them to move here. When we were home in England for Christmas, my brother came to me crying one night, upset that once again we were leaving them and saying that when the time comes for him and his wife to have children, our parents will only see them once, twice or three times a year at most. So I guess my problem is this: I love my life over here. I have a good job, friends I love and a boyfriend I can see myself settling down with. Do I give it all up and move back to London? Family should be the most important thing, and I feel guilty I have not prioritized it. My parents have been nothing but supportive and loving my whole life. I know it is a parent’s duty to

wave their children off into the world, but I don’t want to regret anything when they die. I also don’t want to give up a wonderful man and the life I’ve built here. — Confused and Guilty Dear Con: Regarding “family being the most important thing,” you and your brother are family, and you’re here. Perhaps because I have a child living part time in London, I just see it as another city. I hope you will not give up the life you’ve made here. When you say your parents have been supportive and loving, my bet is that, while they miss seeing you more frequently, they are happy for you and your brother. Should your mother outlive your father, my bet is that she will wind up over here, as well. I hope you put this concern to rest and bag the guilt. — Margo, wholeheartedly Dear Margo: I recently was baptized and joined the Mormon Church. I really enjoy my new “family” except


for one person: the bishop. This feeling is taboo because people act like he walks on water. I say he is just a man appointed to a position. This man didn’t like me the minute he met me. When I started at this church, I was in crisis, and I told a couple of people about it. They said go to the bishop. He turned me down flat-out and said, “We don’t help people financially.” That was a bald-faced lie, and I knew it. The excuses I got were that I was not a member yet, that he was stressed, blah, blah, blah. As time progressed, my problem became worse. Again, I was turned down, and he didn’t even call me by the right name. I corrected him twice about my name, and he still got it wrong, which was proof to me that he was doing it on purpose. Do you think I am making something out of nothing? And to whom do I go to let someone know about this person? I think he treats me badly because I am disabled. (I think this because there

are other disabled people who also dislike him.) — Disillusioned Dear Dis: As in the Catholic Church, Mormon bishops are not at the top of the executive chart, and they are, indeed, appointed. Should you feel like voicing your displeasure with this man (which I don’t recommend, because I think it will prove fruitless), you can choose from among his superiors, as listed at this site: www.mormonhaven. com/chain.jpg. While I don’t think you’re making something out of nothing, I also don’t think you should throw away the baby (the Mormon Church) with the bathwater (the bishop). Steer clear of him, and enjoy your “family” in the church you chose. I would look to public service agencies that are perhaps not church-connected. — Margo, evasively Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at margo.

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245-Misc. Help Wanted KENNEL ASSISTANT P/T. Must be comfortable caring for dogs & cats. Apply at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital, 1363 Thompson Bridge Rd Trucking co. seeks person to WASH Trucks & Trailers Call 770-887-6117 or apply: Leon Jones Feed & Grain, 4880 Leland Dr, Cumming UPHOLSTERER 15yrs exp. in cutting & sewing- furniture, cars & boats. Steve, 706-344-7138

250Offices/Clerical PT/FT- 3rd/2nd Shift Outgoing dependable person who enjoys meeting new people wanted for FRONT DESK Position. Apply in person: Holiday Inn, Lanier Centre Hotel, Gainesville, GA. Temporary Asst. Needed, PT, 20-30 hrs/wk., could become permanent. Please fax resume: 770-234-5737

255-Part Time Help Wanted Sports Reporter – Part Time Forsyth County News in Cumming is hiring a part-time sports reporter to join our team. Our 13k circulation newspaper publishes 4 days each week. This part-time sports position involves coverage of local high schools and colleges and related assignments for our award-winning newspaper. Must have a passion for a wide range of sports and be willing to work nights and some Saturdays. Should be knowledgeable of AP style and be able to write game stories and features. It's a large and exciting area to cover with 5 public high schools that will keep the reporter hopping. Please send a resume and 2-4 clips to jputnam@forsythnews. com. TRUCK DRIVER/ LABORER. Clean driving record reqd. Submit copy of DMV report for 7 yrs. NO felonies or DUI’s accepted. Willing to submit to drug screen & background check. Hard worker, strong work ethic & able to lift very heavy loads. 770-718-1070 to schedule interview.


NOW HIRING Production Workers Penmac Staffing is now hiring for multiple positions at Baldor in Gainesville, GA. All positions require two years work experience in a manufacturing or military environment that is no more than 5 years old, good work history, verifiable HS/GED diploma, and ability to lift 50+ lbs repetitively. Must be willing to submit to drug screen and criminal background check. Apply online at DO NOT CONTACT BALDOR DIRECTLY.

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270-Professional GENERAL CLEANERS Flowery Branch area. Part-time, 5pm-9pm. Experience helpful but will train. Applicant must bring local background report to interview. Successful Background & Drug Screen Conditions of Employment. Please call 800-219-1405. Leave Name, message & number Immediate Openings for Assembly, Warehouse, Forklift and MIG Welders. 1st shift, 5 to 6 days a week. Lots of OT. Must pass a drug test and criminal background check. Call Stacey @

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Sports Reporter – Full Time Forsyth County News in Cumming is hiring a sports reporter. Our 13k circulation newspaper publishes 4 days each week. This full-time sports position involves coverage of local high schools and colleges and related assignments for our award-winning newspaper. Must have a passion for a wide range of sports and be willing to work nights and some Saturdays. Should be knowledgeable of AP style and be able to write game stories and features and be able to produce numerous stories every week. Photography skills are a plus. Understanding of social media a plus. It's a large and exciting


270-Professional area to cover with 5 public high schools that will keep the r eporter hopping. Please send a resume and 2-4 clips to jputnam@forsythnews. com. Our compensation package includes competitive pay, medical, dental, life and 401k.


TOP PAY • SERVERS • COOKS Finally a job that pays you what you’re worth!!! Medical, Dental, Life, 401k, Paid Vacations Weekly Pay Apply in person at: Buford location Friendship Rd. off I-985 www.cracker EOE

280-Trades Mechanical Installers needed to temporarily assist with installation of conveyor system. Must pass drug screen & background check. Must have own tools, reliable transportation, steel-toed safety shoes, be able to climb ladders & work at heights up to 40 ft & lift up to 50 lbs. Job is in Pendergrass, GA and will last apprx. 5 months. Competitive pay! Call Intelligrated NOW! 877-297-2170 EOE

285-Truck Drivers Drivers GEORGIA DRIVERS Regional Runs HOME WEEKLY Up to $.44/mile Class A CDL + 1 Yr. OTR Exp. Landair Transport 1-866-269-2119 CHEESEMAN LLC TRUCKING NOW HIRING CDL Class A Driver with min 6 mos exp. for Shuttle Position. Will run nightly from Duluth, GA area to terminal in Duncan, S.C. One round per night w/hourly pay for dock work in Duncan, S.C. Terminal. Must have hazardous material endorsement or able to obtain as well as tanker. www.cheeseman. com 800-762-5793 CDL Tuition Paid/ WIA Approved Transportation Companies hiring CDL Drivers. You may be eligible for federal grants that pay full tuition. 770-614-6022 or 1-877-GET-A-CDL (toll free) to see if eligible Or visit CLASS A CDL DRIVER WANTED. Local & OTR. 678-997-3386 HIRING: OTR Drivers Experienced. Weekend work required. Call 678-989-0506 P & E TRUCKING Pendergrass, GA is now accepting applications for CLASS A CDL DRIVER Must have min. 2 yrs OTR driving. Reefer knowledge a plus. Stay in the S.E. Call 706-693-2285

Stuff 300 310-Appliances WASHER & DRYER Kenmore, Wht, $100 ea. STOVE $150. Can Deliver 678-546-9184 or 678-617-5560 WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507

315-Auctions " Trash to Treasures" auction on March 10th @ 6 and Antiques and Collectables on March 17th @ 6 300 Northside Dr Gainesville GA Questions call Len @ 678-776-2320 AUCTION SATURDAY, MARCH 24th, 10am ESTATE OF GEORGE AND OPAL PUGH 8 PARCELS OF REAL ESTATE 20 ACRES. ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS Dawsonville, Dawson County, GA Call David Hughes, Sales Mgr. at 706-344-9146 10% Buyer’s Premium Dempson Auction Co. Rome, GA 1-800-336-7739 or GAL#101

345-Furniture BEDROOM SUITE, Burlington, dresser mirror, big chest (armoire) King Size headboard with lighted bridge and two side cabinets. $1,000 OBO, call 770-538-0809. D. ROOM TABLE, 6 Chairs and Hutch. Oak. $550 OBO. 770-536-8733 or for photos. LA-Z-BOY recliner exc. cond. $250, TV oak cabinet exc. cond. $125, Computer desk w/ bookcase less than 1 yr. old paid $450 asking $250, Executive pedestal desk less than 1 yr. old paid $500 asking $250, walnut game table w/ leaf & 4 arm chairs, $300 770-967-4666 MOVING! Selling furniture! Beautiful entertainment center. Lighted on both sides $199; Futon (sofa/bed) Like new condition High quality, heavy and well made $99; Nice sofa no stains, rips or tears, heavy sturdy $99. 706-654-1234 QUEEN SETPillow-top, Brand New! $175. Still in plastic 678-617-7353

TEMPURPEDIC QUEEN SPLIT BASES, dual control, like new, $500. 770-534-5091

350-Guns SMITH & WESSON, Chief’s Special, 38 Revolver, nickel, very nice, holster, in box, ammo, $350. 404-310-1396

357-Lawn Equipment RIDING MOWER, Craftsman, 42 in. cut, 15.5 HP, good cond., $350; Snapper RIDING MOWER, 8 HP, 30 in. cut, $250; Honda SELF-PROPELLED MOWER, good cond., $150. 678-943-7436


FISH DAY!!! STOCK NOW!! • 4-6” Catfish $35.00 Per 100 • 6-8” Catfish $55.00 Per 100 • Bluegill, Bass, Grass Carp, Minnows, Black Crappie (If available), Koi. Southern States in Gainesville, GA. Thurs, March 15 from 12 noon-1pm. To pre- order call Arkansas Pondstockers


365-Misc. For Sale DALE EARNHARDT, 39 DIE CAST CARS, $1000. Call John 706-265-9524 PORTABLE GENERATOR Elite Series, Briggs & Stratton, 6000 running watts, 8750 starting watts, $500. 770-561-9016 RIDING MOWERMurray, 12.5hp, 40” cut, $350. RIDING MOWERTroybilt. 17.5hp w/42” cut. $450 RIDING MOWER Husqvarna, 24hp, 48” cut $675. RIDING MOWERWeed Eater One 6hp, 28” cut, $250. RIDING MOWERPoulan Pro 20hp, 42” cut, $550. Ridign Mower Yard Machine. 18.5hp, 42” cut. $450 RIDING MOWERTroybilt. 18hp, 42” cut. $450. RIDING MOWER John Deere LX. 173. w/bagger, 15hp, 38”cut. $450. RIDING MOWER Craftsman II. 15.5hp, 42” cut. $350 RIDING MOWERSnapper 12hp, 26” cut $350. RIDING MOWERSnapper . 12.5hp 28” cut. $350 RIDING MOWERJohn Deere 112L. Kawasaki motor. 38”cut. $300 RIDING MOWERToro LX, 460 Hydro. $425 REAR TIME TILLERPoulan Pro, 205cc, 17” tines. $400. 770-271-3209 YAMAHA GAS GOLF CART. GOOD CONDITION. $1500 706-878-6025

380-Pets & Supplies ROTTWEILER Pups, AKC, Females. $600. Male $700. 706-356-2253


380-Pets & Supplies SHIH-TZU Pups. CKC. 6 wks old. 1st shots & wormed. $250 & $300. 706-491-2311 or 706-491-2436

530-House for Sale - East Hall

735-Autos for Sale

3BR/2BA- 2 car gar, Ranch style, Cane Crossing sbdv. $900. mo. 706-367-7470; 770-597-8986

FOR SALE by owner 3bd/2br house on 2 acres. $66,000. With additional acres available at $5000 per acre. Or for rent $800/mo deposit req. 770-503-4220

BUICK 1999 Century. 4dr, V6. Needs engine work. $500. 770-540-0894

4/2 Murrayville, Imed occ. $1200m + sec. 302-353-0053 4022 SUTTON RD. N. Hall, 3/2, $750m + dep. 770-354-9505

YORKIE, CKC Registered, Tri color Male, 4 months old $600 OBO. Call 706-300-0090.

YORKIE- $175 Housebroken 912-674-7549

387-Tickets MASTERS Practice Rounds & Badges WANTED. Will Pay Cash. 770-266-6980

Homes & Rentals 400 405-Apartments Furnished 1BR, City. $500. Owner/Agent 770-315-8866

410-Apartments Unfurnished $599 Moves U In! Brandon Place Apt 2BR/2BA $675 mo 2BR/1.5BA $675 mo Efficiency $475 mo Spring Valley Apt 1BR/1BA $600 up 2BR/2BA $725 up Brookwood Apts 2BR/1BA $650 mo 1BR/1BA $550 mo 678-779-2687 1, 2,3 BR ‘s starting at $495. inclds. pool 770-536-0508 1-4BR Oakwood, $525 & up. Visit us at www.callapartments. com 770-287-1770 1BR Apt. unfurn’d in Lake Home, $625mo 770-536-5377 Ga. RE#127363 2 & 3 BedroomsStarting at $500. 770-536-7275 2 APARTMENTS All Bills Paid. Across from Family Dollar and behind Garage. 420 Atlanta Hwy. Apt 5 Only 2 rooms. 1bath $130/wk in Advance. APT6A- 2BR/1BA Liv rm, kitch, $155/wk in Advance $100 Sec Dep on Either Apt. 770-536-4757 2BR/1BA Apt- Sardis area. $675/mo. Utils incld. 770-634-7099 CITY Nice-1BR APT, W/D Conn., $500/mo 404-252-3325 G’VILLE- Special! 1&2bd. $500-610. No pet 678-677-1898 LUXURY 3BR/2.5BA 1900sf. 820 Park St. $900m. Refs reqd. Near Brenau & Hospital 770-534-3577

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E. HALL, 3/1.5. brick, nice n’borhood $700 mo. 770-654-7885 GAINESVILLE 3/1.5, 1126 S. Enota. $795; $795dp Elect, fenced yrd. 678-471-1693 LAKESIDE SPRINGS sbdv. 1816 Kettle Crossing Upscale NEW 4BR/ 2.5BA. $1200. 208-401-5828 LRG 3/2.5 on prvt lake in City. No pets. $875. 770-533-1770 Newly Remod’ld. Good N’borhood, 2BR/1BA. $650mo + dep. 770-532-3688 Nice Clean 2Br/1Ba 107 Odelll St. 1 blk off Pearl Nix Prkwy behind Arrow Sales. $130/wk. No sec dep Lrg 3BR/1BA Bsmt 1908B Driscoll Dr. Bsmt. Priv entrance. Lrg yard. Clean. 1blk from Spring Rd $135 wk. No sec dep 770-536-4757 Oakwood 3BR/2BA No pets. $750; $500 dep. 770-532-7134

445-Lake Homes for Rent DREAMY Lrg White House w/deep water dock. 678-804-2468

455-Mobile Home Sites for Rent RV LOT- Ext. Stay. $350/mo inclds all utils. Full hook-ups 678-250-6465

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2/1-$125/wk; We pay $100 toward utils. No pets 770-289-9142 2BR/2BA Lakefront, w/dock. Lrg kitch. $750. 404-218-6225 2BR/1BA 103 Odell St Clean, Big yrd. Water furnsh’d. $130/wk. 2BR/1BA 109 Odell St. X-tra Clean! $125/wk Both 2 blks behind Pizza Hut on Browns Bridge Rd. 2BR/1BA 1904 Driscoll Dr. Behind El Sombrero on Browns Bridge. Inside mostly Upgraded. Lrg yard Water furn. $135wk. No Sec dep on Either 770-536-4757 3/2 RABBITTOWN $620 +dep. No pets. 770-714-1992 LULA 3BR/1BA. $550 mo, Refs & bckgrnd ck req’d. No inside pets. 770-869-0193 Clermont 2BR/1BA. $135wk Free heat water. 770-654-4073

You Won’t Believe Our Rates! 1, 2 & 3 Bdrms

Hall/White C/H/A 3/2, $150/wk, $400 dep. 678-617-9085.


Large 3BR/2BA $475 month 770-530-8546 or 8541

Oakwood- 2/1.5,yrd, safe, C/H/A $605$645. 678-357-5044

415-Business Property for Rent 5,000+sq.ft.- $1000 mo/(neg) $150 dp. 2528 Old Cornelia Hwy. 770-532-2137

420-Condos For Rent Gainesville 2BR/ 2.5BA Hidden Cove Fin bsmt, Deck & Patio. $750mo; No pets. 770-287-1456 2BR/2BA - Lake Shadow. $750mo + dep. 256-458-0058 3/2 Quiet, Sardis $795m 770-654-1767 770-250-0174

425-Duplexes For Rent

Starting at $85/wk 2&3BR, N. & S. Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596 W. Hall- 3BR/2BA on priv lot, No pets/ smokers. $600+ dep. 678-617-4477

465-Roommates Wanted BE$T $400 Fur Br, all priv + Extras. MEN. Oakwd. 770-530-1110 LULA- 1BR w/access to kitch/bth, must have Ref. $125/wk; $125/dep. Female Only! 678-936-4138. ROOMMATE- Furnished room, all utils, inclds internet & dish. Private entrance, fenced house. $350 Ira, 770-531-9101

Rooms For Rent. (2) Excellent Deal 678-943-5143

2BR Oakwood- $660 www.callapartments.c om. 770-287-1770

Spacious Priv Rm. includes frig, micro wave, laundry, utils. $125/per wk 251-377-0482

Oakwood- 2/1.5,yrd, safe, C/H/A $605645. 678-357-5044

435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished $348 Moves You In! $0 application fee. Free Rent until May 1st. Expires 3/31/12. 3BR/2BA Homes, All appls. incld. Call SUN HOMES 888-246-2803 EHO WAC 2BR/2BA Charming Lakefrt, freplc, dock, Great loc. $985mo 770-539-4400

3BR/2BA, Priv lake off Duckett Mill. $800 +dep. 404-374-2856 3BR/2BA- $850 & $950. Butch Hodges Properties, Inc. 770-540-0417

553-Investment Property 2.13 ACRES, All in grass. build house or Mobile. Septic tank, 1,000 gal. 300ft of field line, live power pole- 200 amp., Harmony Church Rd. Can lease lot out for money. Charles Parker 678-943-7264

Recreation 600

Homes & Real Estate 500 521-House for Sale - By Norton 5bdrm/3 bath, 2 car garage, Almost 2 acres, $104,900 100%Financing Thru USDA. Call Ricky Lewallen The Norton Agency 770-654-7922

525-House for Sale - City 4BR/2BA - 4 sided brick ranch. Kitchen w/breakfast area, formal Liv & Dininig rooms, lrg Family rm w/built-in book cases, hardwood flrs, full bsmt, 2 car gar. Priced to sell at $119,000. Call Owner 770-843-6277

BUICK 2001 Century $699 down. Schedule a test drive. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 CHEVY 1995 Corvette, white w/ black lthr, 350 engine, A/T, & cold air. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 CHEVY 1995 Corvette, white w/ tan lthr, like new tires, $5,800. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988

605-Boats & Marine COVERED BOAT DOCK, 34’ L x 23’ W, single slip (9’ W x 24’ L), lockable enclosed area (15’ x 8’), ramp not included, $500 obo. 770-654-6713

CHRYSLER 2002 PT Cruiser, limited, white, lthr. $6,555 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

610-RVs & Travel Trailers COACHMAN 1995 Santara, Class C Motorhome. 34ft. Great Cond. Only 34k miles. Ready To Go! $9500. 770-967-6884 or 678-346-6106 FOUR WINDS 2007 29’, Pull behind camper. No slides. Furnished. $11,000. 706-654-0966 LEXINGTON 2004 C Class w/ slide, 27 Ft, Ford 450 V-10, like new, loaded, low mi, 12mpg. NADA $42k. Sell $34,000 obo. 706-745-1852 LEXINGTON 2004 C Class w/ slide, 27 Ft, Ford 450 V-10, like new, loaded, low mi, NADA $42,000. Sell $34,000 obo. 706-745-1852 MONTANA 2004. 5th Wheel. 32’, 3 slides Very Good Cond. $17,000. 770-532-3972

Wheels 700 705-All Terrain Vehicles WANTED Reliable late model car with lower milage for my son. Looking around $2,500$3,000. Call (678-516-4833) or email (

710-Antique Cars/Trucks CHEVY 1974 Vega GT. 1 owner. Like New! $10,000. OLDS 1986 Cutlass Supreme. 350 eng, approx 40k miles. Like New! $5000. 678-943-7264 FORD 1966 Mustang Coupe 289 with 3 speed. Automatic. Runs very good. Solid car in great shape. $7500.00 Call 706-768-6136 after 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Anytime weekends.

735-Autos for Sale

CADILLAC 2000 DTS, bought here new,97k miles $9,777 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

CHRYSLER 2006 PT Cruiser, white, Nice Local trade. $7,999 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 CORVETTE 2000. Convt. blk on blk, $19,000/negot. 54k, 770-540-6295

LINCOLN 2003 Town Car, Cartier Edition silver, $7,999. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 TOYOTA 2003 Camry SE package, roof, 4 cyl. engine, 30+ mpg! $1,499 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 TOYOTA 2004 Corolla. Needs engine. Perfect otherwise. $4500 678-617-8369

745-Import Autos HONDA 2009 Accord EXL V-6. 1 owner, 32K easy mi, spoiler, moonroof, garaged, heated seats, adult driven, leather. Like new. $18,900 770-654-3694 MERCEDES BENZ 1998 C-280, silver w/ gray lthr, A/T, $6,989. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 NISSAN 1998 Maxima. Very Good cond. Michelins, sunrf, Bose, leather. $5200. 706-654-4676

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles

DODGE 2001 Durango, silver, $7,888 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 FORD 1998 Expedition, third row seat, white, rear air. $499 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 FORD 2005 Explorer black w/ tan lthr, DVD, CD, & more $11,950 Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988 JEEP 2004 Wrangler. Tan w/ tan cloth, A/T, cold air. $995 down Call Dan Jim Waters Motors 770-532-6988


CADILLAC 2001 Deville, white, only 66k miles. $8,999 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

CHEVY 1995- 14’ Box Truck. 2 owners. Exc Cond. $4500. 770-503-5036

CADILLAC 2001 DTS, cashmere, moon roof, leather. $9,555 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

DODGE 2005 Dakota, Ext cab, red w/ gray cloth. $999 down. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-532-6988

470-Rooms for Rent

1BR $425; 3BR $745 In City. Rents fast 678-637-4052

3BR/1BA - $450. Exit 20 off I-985. 706-974-3360 YORKIE Puppies, CKC, Only $650! Contact Jessica @ 678-316-3820 Or Serious Callers Only Please!!

435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished

CADILLAC 2004 SRX Silver/Green, heated seats, DVD $9,999 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

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Beware Of Mystery Shopper Scams By Jason Alderman

Getting paid to go shopping may sound like a dream job, but buyer beware: For each legitimate mystery or secret shopper opportunity, probably hundreds more are scams. In fact, the National Consumers League (NCL) says complaints regarding fraudulent mystery shopper and work-at-home schemes were up nearly 9 percent during the past six months. Why the increase? It’s due in part to our nation’s high unemployment rates and how desperate people are to earn money while seeking full-time employment. Plus, many people are lured by offers that sound too good to be true (and are). Here are tips for spotting bogus mystery shopper programs: Many retailers hire marketing research companies to gauge their employees’ quality of customer service. Those companies in turn hire mystery shoppers to make purchases anonymously and fill out questionnaires documenting their experience. Many research firms belong to the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (www.mysteryshop. org), a trade organization that links businesses with mystery shopping providers. (MSPA also provides a search engine where people can register for mystery shopping assignments.) Unfortunately, scammers

increasingly are using newspaper and Internet job ads, emails and phone calls to snare unsuspecting consumers with promises of quick, easy money for minimal effort. Here’s how a typical mystery shopping scam might work: You answer an ad and are “hired” as a mystery shopper to evaluate its clients’ businesses. The company sends an officiallooking employment packet containing the business evaluation forms you’ll supposedly use. But first, you’ll be required to complete a so-called training assignment to make sure you’re a suitable employee. That’s where the fraud comes in: • The company claims it’s evaluating a money transfer service like Western Union. • They send you a large check with instructions to deposit it in your personal checking account. • You are told to keep a certain amount as your fee and then to pose as a customer by wiring the balance to a third party – usually within 48 hours. • You then submit a report about your customer experience. What you may not realize is that the original check was fake. Scammers know that by law, banks generally must make deposited funds under $5,000 available within a few days.They count on your completing the

transaction before the check has been cleared by the issuing bank, which may take several weeks. Once your bank discovers the fraud, it will bounce the check and you are on the hook for the whole amount you wired – plus your wasted time. Common red flags include: • Legitimate companies will never ask you to send a money transfer for any purpose. • Legitimate companies don’t charge shoppers a fee to work for them. • Be suspicious if you’re hired on the basis of an email or phone call without any interview or background checks. • Companies that promise you can make a lot of money as a mystery shopper are almost cer-

tainly scams. • If mystery shoppers are asked to make purchases, it’s usually for very small amounts for which they will be reimbursed. • Mystery shoppers are paid after completing their assignments and returning the questionnaires. Shoppers never receive checks upfront. Good resources to learn more about bogus mystery shopper and other fake check scams, include the FBI ( scams-safety), the Federal Trade Commission (, the Consumer Federation of America (, and the National Consumers League ( html).

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