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EMS station still a citizen talking point BY LEANNE AKIN
No resolution has come yet in the lawsuit challenging Jackson County of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) expenditures for the new EMS station in West Jackson. At the Monday meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Larry Ewing of Hoschton, in the public comments segment of the session, directed questions to Chairman Tom Crow. Ewing asked Crow if he helped initiate litigation against the county and if he was aware of the cost the lawsuit
had racked up for taxpayers to pay. A judge’s order halting work on the station, located off Lewis Braselton Boulevard, was lifted in mid-December after a temporary restraining order was granted Nov. 20, 2012, by Superior Court Judge David Motes. The merits of the case could not be heard in the absence of the attorney for Gilbert & others v. Jackson County. Crow said he provided some information to the individuals who brought the lawsuit. Ewing took issue with the actions by Crow and Smith to go to the media with information rather than discussing their concerns in a public meeting.
Ewing has previously raised questions about the lawsuit. “In my professional opinion, you could have discussed this in an open meeting with the county manager and commissioners,” said Ewing. Instead, he said Crow and Smith, while contending to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, chose to have taxpayers’ money spent on defending a lawsuit. “Do you think that is being a good steward?” “I am very concerned about you, Mr. Chairman and Commissioner Smith, and what has happened thus
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Crow questioning spending for new EMS station coded to Zion Church Road project BY LEANNE AKIN
Was some of the property acquired as a part of Zion Church Road realignment project really needed? Or was financial coding to the road project just a means of securing property for a new EMS station in West Jackson? Those are among the questions County Commission Chair-
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Service contract with Chamber will be discussed The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce will receive the first quarterly installment of payment for economic development services, however, County Manager Kevin Poe wants to discuss the proposed contract with new Chamber board chairman Mark Valentine and – hopefully soon – a new President/CEO. The contract calls for payment to the Chamber for $100,000 to be paid to the Chamber in quarterly installments on Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 for economic development services, similar to the 2012 contract. The Chamber has recruited and promoted economic development in Jackson County to foster job growth and enhance the tax base. The Chamber board’s search committee, now chaired by Valentine, is working with the search
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The Jackson County Board of Commissioners recognized three elected officials who concluded their service to the citizens at year’s end. County Manager Kevin Poe presented a resolution commended Margaret Deadwyler, who served as Probate Judge for 20 years. Longtime Sheriff Stan Evans, who was also commended, thanked each of the commissioners and also shook hands with Assistant County Clerk Ericka Johnson, whom former Chairman Hunter Bicknell also acknowledged. Commissioners joined in congratulating the honorees. See more at ClickThePaper.com
firm Spherion Staffing to locate a new president and CEO. While the search committee had previously narrowed potential applicants to three for interviews, the board agreed in December after much discussion to allocate a maximum of $20,000 toward recruitment of a new CEO. Chamber treasurer KathyWilbanks said interviews may be conducted later this week for the position, and Vice President of Member Services Linda Foster is currently interviewing for someone to assume the marketing role at the Chamber. The Chamber is holding down spending as income is below budgeted amounts. Without a CEO, there has not been sufficient staff to be out actively recruiting new members and renewals have been down.
Airport authority OK’s capital plan BY KATIE JUSTICE
The Jackson County Airport Authority (JCAA) is jumping into the new year with full force. With a new member, a new chairman and a new airport manager on the horizon, moving forward is the JCAA’s approach to 2013. During the JCAA’s first meeting of 2013 on Jan. 15, the newest Airport authority member, Rick Massey, was introduced. Massey is filling the position left vacant by former member and chairman Ken Botts. Stanley McClain was elected chairman of Airport Authority for 2013. “Two of us have strong aviation backgrounds and the other three have a strong background in business and finance, and I think
that makes a good mix,” said McClain. “I feel I have probably the most available time to devote to it, but as far as a chair, I don’t see myself as the head of the group,” said McClain. “I just consider myself one of the five.” Max Allen was chosen as vice chairman. The authority also voted to have the airport manager to always serve as secretary of the JCAA. Currently, that position is held by interim manager Len Bernat, and will be assumed by whoever is hired as the new manager. The position of airport manager will soon be filled. More than 60 applications were submitted. That number was narrowed down
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Construction on campuses
Work at JCCHS, Jefferson City Schools is progressing BY KATIE JUSTICE
Jackson County Comprehensive High School Panther Project is purring along nicely, with completion dates on the horizon. “We’re in line with the budget, and we’re in line with the completion [schedule],” said Jackson County School System Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Transportation
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Dennis Patrick. The Panther Project entails a new gymnasium and fine arts facility at the high school. The fine arts facility is expected to be completed on Feb. 6 and the gym will be completed this summer on July 16. “[JCCHS Principal] Scott Smith and I talked today about a ribbon cutting, and we would like to do that in March to get the building furnished,”
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said Patrick, although an exactly date is yet to have been set.
Jefferson City Schools With the ongoing construction projects at Jefferson High and Elementary Schools running ahead of
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Continued from 1A far,” said Ewing. “We do appreciate your opinion,” said Crow. District 2 Commissioner Chas Hardy thanked Ewing for speaking to the issue for the citizens of Jackson County but he said he and other commissioners were elected to speak for the citizens and to be good stewards of taxpayers dollars. “I felt like all along we’ve done that,” said Hardy, who called for the issue to be placed on the agenda of the next meeting “to get a full report…from ground zero.” He called for a presentation
of “an unbiased, unaltered look at the actual case.” Hardy also questioned the publication of misleading information, “Who’s hiding the money?” which is “borderline scandalous,” making accusations about expenditures and calling people’s integrity into question. Hardy said there may be split votes when commissioners disagree, but “we can disagree as men and elected officials.” Hardy said, “It’s crap like this that gives politicians a bad name.” He said he felt the commission had made sound decisions based on the information and recommendations provided “but if we’ve been ‘hoodooed,’ let’s put it to bed
POLICE REPORT Braselton Police ■ A suspicious person report resulted in the Jan. 14 arrest of a man wanted in Gwinnett County. The man was reportedly driving through the parking lot of Spout Springs Road business looking at vehicles. When officers spoke with him, he was found to be wanted for a violation of probation. ■ On Jan. 16, an aggravated assault was reported between two residents of Chateau Élan after an incident at the gate. Each driver claimed the other was irate and instigated an altercation. Eventually, one of the drivers reportedly followed the other to his home and then
threatened to “get his gun and make it a gun fight.” ■ A driven heading southbound on Interstate 85 Jan. 17 was pulled over for failing to maintain lane. When officers approached the car, the smell of marijuana led to a search of the vehicle. An herbal vaporizer and pipe with marijuana residue, a small bag of marijuana and a bag of pills were found within the car. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane. ■ On Jan. 18, a fire was reported at a Chardonnay Trace residence. A
before it costs the taxpayers another” penny. Hardy said he wished Judge Motes had been able to hear the merits of the case but hopefully having the matter on the agenda will “get all the information out there” and put an end to “misinformation and half truths.” District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates seconded Hardy’s request. County Manager Kevin Poe reminded there would be only one meeting in February due to a Feb. 4 Association of County Commissioners of Georgia legislative meeting conflict. The commission will convene at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, in the grand jury room.
resident sustained burns and lacerations after breaking out a window to get out of the home and help his wife and baby out the house. Another resident reported smelling something a few weeks ago that smelled like burned wires but at the time, thought someone was burning something outside. See related fire report. ■ A Braselton school official reported a student’s mother alerting the school of a potential risk on Jan. 18. The woman works with a group to get women out of prostitution and sex slavery, and one of the women she helps was recaptured and beaten up. She said the offenders know who she is and that her son attends the school, and she warned the school just in case. ■ On Jan. 20, Chateau Élan security guards reported a man entering a vacant
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man Tom Crow has. He also questions why the West Jackson station has gotten priority over the Commerce EMS station. After an advertisement appeared in another publication raising questions about spending on the new EMS station under construction off Lewis Braselton Road, County Manager Kevin Poe met with Chairman Crow. Questions of finger-pointing about the spending of $1.3 million or as much as $1.6 million toward the EMS station prompted concerns.
house, and they said they didn’t know how he got into the subdivision. The home was secured and the alarm was set by a representative from the real estate company. ■ An employee at a Highway 124 business was arrested Jan. 21 on charges of theft by taking after admitting to stealing items from the business and pawning them. ■ On Jan. 21, a man moving his vehicle at a Blue Ash Court residence caused damage to another vehicle at the residence when a door came open and hit a door on the other vehicle.
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■ A man reported a Jan. 11 fraud in reference to an iPhone which he had listed on Craigslist. A caller wished the man to ship the phone to one of two addresses in Nigeria. The man then received
Poe said Chairman Crow and Commissioner Dwain Smith are offering a perspective on the situation to which he cannot really speak. The actions predate his employment. When the Zion Church Road realignment project was under way, the county obtained 6.72 acres of property for $351,900 in May of 2009 and paid $125,000 for easements in addition to financing a $74,150 fourlane road into the property. Those expenditures were coded to the Zion Church Road project which was financed with economic development funds. Crow questions whether the property was actually
two false emails from Western Union and, when he confronted the caller, the man said he no longer had interest in the phone. ■ On Jan. 11, a civil dispute was reported between a woman and her ex-boyfriend over the ownership of some furniture and a computer. ■ A woman driving on Highway 124 on Jan. 12 drove off the road and struck a driveway before stopping in a ditch. The driver was found to be too impaired to drive and was under the influence of drugs. She was also charged with failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions. ■ A dispute was reported between a man and his father on Jan. 12 at the man’s Hog Mountain Road residence. ■ On Jan. 12, a man reported his electric drill stolen from his camper kept at a Pendergrass storage facility. ■ The same day, another
needed for the road endeavor and raises the point of investment into a roadway which will enhance the future development potential of a private citizen’s adjacent land. The new EMS station is being constructed on the acreage, just a stone’s throw from the existing countyowned house from which EMS operations are being conducted. The county has since swapped the parcel on which the house sits for another piece of property. Crow points to two other county-owned structures which could have been used. “We didn’t need that much land for an EMS station,” says Crow.
camper at the same Pendergrass storage facility was reported as damaged, but no items appeared to be missing. ■ A woman and her son were arrested Jan. 13 on charges on disorderly conduct at their Rock Forge Road home. The woman had been drinking all day and when officers went to arrest her, the son became irate and stated, “If you arrest my mom, you will have to arrest me, too.” They did. ■ A woman reported her son in his 30s missing on Jan. 13. She said he was off his medication. The man was later found at the Jackson County Airport. He was attempting to enter a plane and later attempted to get into the driver seat of the patrol car before being hit twice by the officer’s taser. ■ See more law enforcement and fire reports at ClickThePaper. com
Arrests made in area theft ring Fugitive arrested for armed robbery
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Further investigation led to additional charges. The Banks County Sheriff’s OfSuspects in an area theft fice charged Gailey with ring are in jail thanks to ef- one count theft by taking, forts led by the Jackson one count entering auto and County Sheriff’s Office. one count criminal trespass; Three individuals were Gailey was charged with one arrested in connection to sev- count of burglary by the Eleral area thefts. Terry Dean berton Police Department. Gailey, 46, of Carlton, was He was charged with theft by arrested and faces charges taking from the Gainesville in five counties. Police Department Gailey was traced in relation to the back to a Dec. 23 theft vehicle stolen from at a poultry farm in the Hall County Pendergrass. VendBoard of Educaing machines were tion. The Oglethobroken into and an rpe County Sheriff’s unknown amount of Office charged him money within them with two counts was stolen. Gailey burglary and one Then, on Jan. 3 Gaicount entering an ley, Thomas Joshua auto, and the JackBrown, 34, of Comson County Sheriff’s merce, and Tonya Office charged Leann Stockton, 30, Gailey with felony of Nicholson, were all burglary, felony connected to a burtheft by receiving, glary at a cattle farm misdemeanor theft in Pendergrass. The by receiving and owner had experi- Brown criminal damage to enced multiple burproperty. glaries and installed Gailey was found motion detecting camand arrested in Eleras which captured bert County on outvideo of the incident. standing warrants On Jan. 4, a fire was from the Jackson reported at Diamond County Sheriff’s OfHill Church Residence fice. in Maysville. The fire, Brown was also at the home where arrested on charges Stockton Stockton and Gailey of felony burglary, were staying is befelony child support lieved to have been arson. arrest orders and a misdeHowever, while investigat- meanor hold for probation. ing the fire, officers found Stockton was arrested and a car tag from a vehicle charged with felony theft by stolen from the Hall County receiving stolen property, School Board. The vehicle, felony being party to the with a different tag — stolen crime of burglary and misdefrom Madison County — was meanor theft by receiving. nearby. email@example.com
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controlled substance; robbery; four counts of aggravated assault; reckThe arrest of a fugitive wanted by less driving; fleeing and attempting to authorities was announced last week elude; and multiple traffic violations. by Jackson County Sheriff Janis A hold has also been placed on Mangum. Pressley by the Banks County James Alvin Pressley, 32, of Sheriff’s Office. Pendergrass, was arrested Jan. Pressley had been sought for 15 in Commerce. Pressley, who a week after attempting to flee was being sought on numerous deputies who had located him felony warrants was located and attempted to arrest him by an alert off-duty Jackson on the initial criminal charges County deputy who called for of aggravated assault, robbery Pressley on-duty deputies to make the and armed robbery related to arrest. a Dec. 28 incident in Arcade. Pressley resisted arrest but was The initial warrants were taken by the taken into custody after a struggle and Arcade Police Department. attempted to flee. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Pressley atPressley is being held in the Jackson tempted to hit a deputy’s patrol car County Detention Center on numerous head-on, forcing the deputy’s vehicle charges including two counts of armed off the roadway to avoid a collision. robbery – intimidation – taking of a A Jackson County deputy responding
to the call for assistance in Pressley’s apprehension lost control of his patrol car and crashed. The deputy was transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Sheriff Mangum met with the deputy and his family after he arrived at the hospital. “Pressley is a prime example of those carrier criminals who steadily become more and more violent jeopardizing the public and the law enforcement officers who engage him time after time,” Sheriff Mangum said. Mangum further stated she “intends to see that the court is well aware of the violence, injury and expense involved in this particular case and work to assure that it doesn’t happen again for a long time.” The deputy was treated at the hospital and released.
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Akins Ford going green inside for energy savings Integrating state-of-the-art technology and recycling, dealership drives toward stewardship By LEANNE AKIN
Akins Ford Dodge Chrysler Jeep is going green and integrating a leaf in its logo. A massive energy makeover has been undertaken to update the 37-year-old family dealership’s facilities to bring modern efficiencies and future savings. Lighting is new in every part of the buildings – from the showroom where uniform, two-lamp fixtures shine on new cars to the service area where 97 domed prismatic lights bring sunlight in and keep heat out. The efficiencies gained from lower wattage bulbs in dimming ballasts mean less energy utilized and savings adding up. State-of-the-art refuse oil furnaces are providing even more savings with the $12 minimum gas bill providing substantial reductions to natural gas costs and for maintenance. An 18 percent drop in usage from December a year ago is just a snapshot of the savings being seen. Three big fans push down the heat to keep the working environment favorable. Replacement of HVAC units with more efficient systems is also netting savings. “The skylights do a tremendous job, tripling the light level,” said Steven V. Hawn, business development manager for Frazier Service Company, a partner in the Akins energy makeover. Jody Bishop is vice president of Frazier Service Company. Chris Akins and Brad Akins were already exploring some ways to make the dealership more efficient when Hawn stopped in to talk about how Frazier could help with the total package of energy management and green solutions. Frazier Service works with commercial, industrial and government entities, including the 31 million square feet of buildings of the Gwinnett County School System. The economic downturn has prompted most businesses and governments to seek ways of reducing spending. Going green is a means to show some long-term, ongoing savings at the dealership where the culture has been changing to more environmentally friendly practices since recycling cardboard, plastics and paper has been reducing landfill expenses for several years. Working with Republic, diverting materials from the landfill is a savings of money and the environment. Thinking outside the box drove the excitement to pursue other means of going green and reducing energy costs after Chris was able to see tangible savings. Akins Ford invited Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols for a walk-through of the dealership and its operations to see the results of the green transformation. “Brad and Chris Akins have made over $1 million in energy efficiency upgrades to their Winder dealership,” said Echols. “If we could get just half of the businesses out there to do the same thing, it would decrease demand and lower everyone’s power bills.” Echols said that he was most impressed with how the dealership heats the shop area with old motor oil instead of conventional means. “Most people think that energy savings only benefit the one making them,” said Echols. “But when we reduce demand across the state, especially in the summer, it keeps our most expensive power plants from having to be fired up, and that savings is passed
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Brad Akins, left, of Akins Ford and Steven N. Hawn of Frazier Service Company update Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols about the energy makeover at the Winder car dealership which also recycles its cardboard and plastics including bumpers. along to all customers on the system.” Echols, having put solar on his on Athens home, says that renewable energy has come down in price substantially and now has a more attractive payback. Akins also looked at solar but found opted for other energy upgrades for now. “Akins’ customers ultimately will see the benefit of these savings,” said Echols. “By cutting their energy bill 40 percent in some months, they can pass those savings along in terms of lower prices.” Accent lighting now better shows off the inventory in the parts and sales area. With an Internet-driven energy management system which Chris Akins can access remotely, a building by building check can be conducted and an analysis of trends can help Akins Ford fine tune for even greater efficiencies as time goes by. Alarms tied to phones to alert when problems arise so issues can be quickly addressed. In the parts warehouse as in the showroom where the sales team’s offices are located, occupy sensors are located to turn lights off in areas where no one is. With a $1.2 million investment into the energy upgrades, Akins Ford expects to see a return on investment in three years. A total of 1,400 fixtures and 3,000 lamps along with ballasts were replaced. A 45 percent savings was gained by going from 57 watt to 32 watt lamps. The focus will now shift to outside lighting and working with Georgia Power, the plan will be to go to LED lights for efficiency and improved lighting. The Georgia Power rebate program will mean another savings avenue for Akins Ford. “We want to be good stewards,” said Brad Akins, who enjoyed seeing the results of the domed prismatic light on the buildings. Corporate sales and marketing manager Kevin Meyers captured Akins on the roof. “This is now part of the culture,” said Akins. “We are now making a concerted effort and are planning to be a part of going green.” Computers are being timed off to net savings but it’s not just about saving a dollar. It’s about being about the drive ahead to compete in an ever-changing world which needs the stewardship of all.
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Corporate sales and marketing manager Kevin Meyers captured Brad Akins on the roof as he checks out the domed prismatic skylights that allow dimming ballasts to reduce the amount of light needed when sunlight can brighten the workplace and the showroom. Hundreds of lights were replaced and efficiencies were gained, thus saving money.
State jobless rate up The Georgia Department of Labor recently announced Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago. “The unemployment rate ticked up slightly because of a combination of factors,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We had a modest increase in new layoffs, along with a small job loss driven primarily by seasonal layoffs in education. Basically, the December numbers are flat, but even
so, this is the best November to December job market report since 2007. “The most important thing to remember from this report is that our unemployment rate is much lower, the pace of new layoffs slower, and the number of jobs significantly larger than a year ago,” Butler continued. “Our economy has definitely improved in the past year.” While the number of jobs decreased by 400 to 3,985,800 in December, it rose by 70,200, or 1.8 percent, from 3,915,600 in December 2011. Most of the over-the-year job growth came in professional and business services.
Jackson EMC Jefferson District Manager Scott Martin (far left) and Jackson EMC Foundation Board Chairman Shade Storey (far right) present a $15,000 Foundation grant check to Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County Executive Director Michael Williams, Board Member David Varnedoe, Board Chair Mitch Chapman and Board PresidentElect Annette Studivant. The funds will be used for the clubs’ Power Hour program, which provides members with support, resources and guidance to complete their homework.
Jackson EMC Foundation awards $97k to agencies serving area residents During its December meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $98,620 in grants, including $97,000 to organizations and $1,620 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $95,000 to seven agencies that provide programs or services to area residents: ■ $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County for its Power Hour comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, which provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework, and to renew licenses for Kidstrax membership tracking software that will enable the club to track and report membership information. ■ $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta’s Lawrenceville Club for its Academic Success program, a comprehensive homework help and educational program that uses high-yield learning activities designed to involve members in actions that reinforce what they are learning in school, such as a food preparation class that teaches fractions. ■ $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Winder-Barrow County for its Power Hour comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, which provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework. ■ $15,000 to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides clients with emergency food supplies, buying them time to deal with the difficult and frequently temporary circumstances they are facing and helping them get back on their feet. ■ $15,000 to the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry for its Medication Assistance Program, which covers the cost of non-narcotic/controlled substance pre-
scriptions for senior citizens and families that qualify for assistance when the amount of medication is too much or the co-pays are too costly. ■ $10,000 to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides emergency rent funds to families who are experiencing temporary or long-term hardship, many of whom are referred by local churches, schools and agencies. The ministry provided rent assistance to 609 families in 2011. ■ $10,000 to YMCA-Piedmont (Brad Akins Branch) in Winder to enable underprivileged children from kindergarten to 8th grade to attend the PrYme Tyme afterschool program for a year, participating in activities that include homework, sports, arts, crafts and more in a safe environment while their parents are at work. The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.2 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 704 grants to organizations and 252 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the Foundation. Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at http://www. jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.
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CHURCH NEWS Primetimers Senior Group of Hoschton United Methodist Church will be held Friday, Jan. 25, with Lunch/Bingo at 11 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall, located at 12 Mulberry St. Contact the church at 706-654-1422. sss Hope Resource Center in Jefferson will be offering a confidential post-abortion Bible study, “Forgiven & Set-Free.” If you have been affected by an abortion and are struggling emotionally, call the Center today at 706-3675304. The study will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 2. sss Yoga is available at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Hoschton United Methodist Church. The class is free but please bring a food donation for “Back-pack” ministry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. HUMC is located at 12 Mulberry St., in Hoschton. sss The Church of Hoschton has relocated to the former Hoschton First Baptist Church at 99 East Jefferson Street in Hoschton (beside the Hoschton Post Office) and would like to invite the community to join them. Sunday services begin with Bible Study at 9:30
and worship at 10:30. This Sunday, we will be observing communion during the morning service. Sunday night we begin service at 6 p.m. and are currently studying Psalms. Wednesday night service begins with prayer meeting at 7 and Bible study at 7:30. We are finishing the study of Daniel and soon will be starting to study Revelations. Sunday, Jan. 27, we will have a Restoration Sunday with special guests and music. Come and join us for any or all of these services. For more information, contact the Rev. Cory Sexton at 678-234-9408. sss
Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Braselton Library. The current topic is the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. For information, contact the Rev. Brad Greene at 770-272-6778 or brad@ arborpointe.org. sss God’s purpose for New Community Church will be revealed in a Jan. 27 vision casting as Pastors Jody Durmire and Mike McGuire present their prayful message during the 10:30 a.m. service. New Community Church is located at 3955 Highway 53 in Hoschton. Services are Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Call the church office at 706-6580300. sss
White Plains Baptist Church will host its fourth Sunday night singing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. White Plains Baptist Church members will be the special singing guest. The music will be wonderful as White Plains has many talented people in the church, so come visit and be blessed. “A Church For All Ages” welcomes you. White Plains Baptist Church is located at 3650 Highway 124 in Jefferson between Hoschton and Jefferson. Pastor Cary Pittman can be reached at 706-367-5650. sss Arbor Pointe has a friendly and inviting Bible study that meets every
Covenant Baptist Church is a group of called-out believers who are committed to following Jesus Christ as Lord. We do this by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are separated from God; and by teaching believers how to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Join us at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school followed by worship service at 10:30 a.m. at the Depot on Highway 53 in downtown Hoschton. Nursery and children’s church is provided. If you don’t have a church home, looking for a new church home or if you are lost See CHURCH, page 5A
OBITUARIES Maureen Lee Garrett
Died Jan. 21, 2013 Maureen Lee Garrett, 76, of Jefferson, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Born in Lula, she was a daughter of the late Terley and Lillian Wright Lee. Mrs. Garrett was a member of Faith Baptist Church where she served as the church secretary/treasurer and was very active in Vacation Bible School. She retired from Belk Department Store and also as a cosmetologist. Mrs. Garrett was a very fashionable lady who loved her family, her friends, her cat “Sundae” and loved canning fruits and vegetables. She was also preceded iom death by her brother, Robert Lee, and sister, Winnie Cagle. Survivors include her husband, Roy Garrett; daughter, Regina (Windsel) Martin of Gainesville; stepdaughter, Judy (Mike) Beatty of Jefferson; sister-in-law, Betty Lee of Maysville; grandchildren, Natasha Martin Prater, Nathan Martin and Amanda Beatty; great-grandchildren, Marley and Audrey Martin, Easton Martin and Lane, Logan, and Lincoln Sorrow; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Keith Cudd and the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Interment was in Jackson Memorial Park. Honored as pallbearers were David Lee, Mike Beatty, Lane Sorrow, Jimmy Benton, Roy Martin and Wesley Prater. Honorary pallbearers were Richard O’Kelly, Hoyt Garrett and James Lance. Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 427, Jefferson, GA 30549. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Loyed Jasper Hillard Jr.
Died Jan. 12, 2013 Loyed Jasper Hillard Jr., 47, of Hoschton, died Satur-
day, Jan. 12, 2013. Born in Decatur, he was a son of Sheila Wilson Hillard of Hoschton and the late Loyed Jasper Hillard Sr. He was a pressman in the printing profession. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his sister, Sheilena Ittner of Danielsville; nieces, Aprilea Hillard and Mary McKern; nephew, Mike Ittner; and great-niece and great-nephew, Hali Sauls and Kaden McKern. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Brook officiating. Cremation followed the service. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Died Jan. 21, 2013 William Charles “W.C.” James Jr., 75, of Statham, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at his home. He was the son of the late William Charles “Charlie” and Kelsie James of Powellton. A native of Sparta, he graduated from the University of Georgia and served eight years as an Army Captain at Fort Benning in Columbus. He retired after 38 years of service from the U.S. Soil, Water and Conservation Division serving in offices all around the state of Georgia. After retiring with his last office in Watkinsville, he moved to Statham and was a member of Freedom Fellowship Church. He was an avid Civil War historian, enjoyed farming, horses, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, and was most often seen in his cowboy hat and boots. Survivors include his devoted wife of 53 years, Gloria Mock James; two sons, the Rev. Terry (Judy) James of Colbert and William Charles “Bill” James III (Jeff Keen) of Ila; daughter, Susan James and (Scott) Peacock of Duluth; grandchildren,
Kelsey James and (fiancé Daniel Morris) Colbert and Jamie and Mason Peacock of Duluth; brother and sister-in-law, Walter (Sonya) James of Waycross; sisters and brother-in-law Brenda (Fred) Wheeler of Greensboro and Cathy James of Thompson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry C. James and Pastor Ned Davis officiating. Interment will follow the service at Barrow Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Crossroads Baptist Pavilion Fund, Hartwell. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Died Jan. 17, 2013 Ovid “Kitty” Pierce, 88, of Monroe, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. She was a member of Carl Baptist Church and retired activity director of Russell Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. and Elise Goode Campbell; and husband, James R. Pierce. Survivors include her sons, Richard (Margie) Kinton of Alpharetta and Thomas (Cabell) Kinton of Richmomd, Va.; daughter, Linda (Paul) Jastrzemski of Winder; five grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and brother, William “Bill” Campbell of
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The Rev. Cory Sexton and members of The Church of Hoschton have been working to have the historic former Hoschton First Baptist Church ready for Restoration Sunday.
Restoration Sunday to be celebrated by The Church of Hoschton By LEANNE AKIN
The Church of Hoschton is moving toward what God would have it become, and the Rev. Cory Sexton says Restoration Sunday, set for the worship service on Jan. 27, will be a revelation. In recent weeks, as the church congregation prepared for its move from a storefront called home into the historic former Hoschton First Baptist Church, Sexton has
Kilmarnock, Va. The funeral service was Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Linwood Smith and the Rev. Ray Fumea officiating. Interment was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Helen Gertrude Pruitt
Died Jan. 17, 2013 Helen Gertrude Pruitt, 83, of Winder, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, She was a member of Bold Springs Baptist Church and had retired from Empire Manufacturing Company. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alma Lee Nelson Saltz; and husband, J.D. Pruitt. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Dena Pruitt of Winder; daughter, Sandra McDaniel of Auburn; grandchildren, Lisa Collett, Stacey Cordell and Dustin McDaniel; seven great-grandchildren; a greatgreat-grandchild; and sister, Dot Case of Hendersonville, N.C. The funeral service was Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Smith Memory Chapel. Interment was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Died Jan. 19, 2013 Woodfin “Tip” Clair Wall, 91, of Winder, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. During his life, he was the owner and operator of Tip
been preaching from the book of Revelation. His message has been about redemption and more restoration. Much as the Lord spoke to man through parables to share a meaning of an experience so that men could grow and learn, Sexton suggests that he has been witnessing growth in the lives of his members. “I have seen a tremendous amount of healing,” said Sexton, who was called to
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Wall Trucking and a farmer. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He attended church at New Pentecost United Methodist Church in Winder, which he helped to build. He also assisted in building the gymnasium for Holsenbeck Elementary School. He served six years as a Barrow County Commissioner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Arthur and Ola Patrick Wall. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lois Wall. They celebrated their anniversary on Jan. 18, 2013. Also surviving are sons, Phillip (Jackie) Wall of Winder and Tony (Denise) Wall of Watkinsville; daughters, Melissa (Ashley) Saunders of Athens and Melinda (Kendall) Williams of Winder; sister, Helen Davis of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Chip Saunders, Stuart Saunders, Nick Saunders, Joanna Rennie, Scott Wall, Nicole Wall, Russell Wall, Erin Skinner, Patrick Wall, Wesley Cooper, Casey Cooper and Lindsey Williams; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at New Pentecost United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Norman and Mike McLemore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Donations may be made to New Pentecost United Methodist Church. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
Rosie Lee Wallace
Died Jan. 16, 2013 Rosie Lee Wallace, 73, of Braselton, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Survivors are her sons, Bobby Joe Barnes and Jacky Wayne Barnes, both of Braselton; daughters, Patricia Johnson and John of New Hampshire and Deanna Anderson and Lynn of Kansas; brothers, Bobby Smith of Cumming and Kenneth Smith and Robyn of Louisiana; sisters, Joyce Kimbro and Doug of Florida and Rebecca Vogle and Rick of North Carolina; 16 grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Jan. 24, 2013
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and looking for a way back home, come see if God speaks to your heart. Contact Pastor Todd Coble at 678316-0273. God bless you and “See you at the Depot! On Sunday!” sss
lead the church which first formed from former members of Hoschton First Baptist Church who did not embrace a merger with Zion Baptist Church. Some of those who did and others who did not follow others to Northeast Church have moved on but The Church at Hoschton has been growing. “We are coming back to the center of this town,” said Sexton, who can understand the emotion of those who had grown up attending the historic brick church which stood empty for a time until James and Carla Lawson were able to acquire the acreage to expand their funeral home business to better serve families. “This is a celebration time,” said Sexton. “This is something the Lord has made possible. “James has been great to us by allowing us to move in [affordably] as we continue to grow,” said Sexton. In the past 18-19months, The Church of Hoschton has been finding its way. The church has been growing in its storefront and welcoming people who have been looking for a safe haven. “They have come home to Hoschton but may not have
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New Hope AME Church will host Men’s Day on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Men Committed to Christ Through Service.” Reverend Claude James, pastor of First AME Chuch in Athens, will deliver the message. An afternoon meal will be served immediately after morning worship. Sunday morning service is at 11 a.m. and Sunday School begins at 9:30. Bible study is on Thursdays at 7 p.m. New Hope A.M.E. is on Highway 53 in Hoschton. Reverend Karen Bennett is the pastor. sss You’re invited to join Arbor Pointe Church on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for a friendly worship environment. The church meets for worship at West Jackson Middle School, and the current worship series is called “Red Letter Reset - Jesus’ Words Coming to Life, and Changing Your Life.” Visit www.arborpointe.org for more information. sss Arbor Pointe Church invites local 7th-12th Grade students to gather each Wednesday night at 6:30 at The Warehouse on Skelton Road for a time of foods, friends, fun and faith. Coming up in February: “Soul Detox” plus special trips to the Revolve Tour, Winter Jam. and special nights for guys and girls. Visit www.arborpointe. org for more information. sss Holy Ground Baptist Church will host Holy Reign in a singing on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Services on Sunday are at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 5 p.m. Holy Ground Baptist Church is on 4077 Hwy. 11 / Winder Highway in Jefferson. Contact Pastor Jeff Stewart at 770-527-3690. sss Auburn First Baptist will host a Valentine’s banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. Special guest will be pianist David Carnes. Tickets are $10. For tickets or information, call Hazel at 770-867-4633 or Judy at 700- 867-4825. On Sundays, start the day right with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:45; Choir Practice-4:30 p.m. and Evening Service at 6. Auburn First Baptist Church is at 1385 Sixth Ave., in Auburn. Pastor Chris Parkin can be reached at 770-9621807 or visit www.auburnfirstbaptist.com sss Calvary Baptist Church will have its First Friday singing on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. In concert will be Southern Gospel trio Victory Song and the Calvary Baptist Church Choir. A love offering will be taken. Call Matt Dibler at 770-876-7426.
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come into a brick and mortar church but they found us,” said Sexton. “And we will be here for those who need the Lord.” Six salvations were celebrated in the storefront which he admits was left behind with some sentimentality because of all the good that Lord had done there. But the tie to the history of the former Hoschton First Baptist Church and the beauty of its sanctuary was strong and God opened the door where founding members of the community worshiped and many citizens’ names are on the cornerLeAnne Akin The Paper stone and on the pews. “God saw a need and he The Church of Hoschton is now at 99 E. Jefferson St. provided for us,” said Sexfaith as grown as he has wit- or pruning of His church ton. What does God have in nessed the re-energizing of and Sexton says he believes store? Tears come to Sex- Christians who may have that is what has occurred. ton’s eyes as he reflects on been content to sit back and The establishment of The how much God has already watch. Now they are eager Church of Hoschton has to be a part of growing The been a community effort done. and that is what will be cel“We did not expect this,” Church of Hoschton. With additional space, ebrated on Sunday. said Sexton. From their first “Everyone is so pleased Sunday in June to their next rooms can now be divided to provide Sunday school to see this church in workservice, attendance nearly doubled, with Sexton cau- space for children, teens ing order again,” said Sexton, who invites everyone tioning members not to be and adults. “We’ll have six Sunday to Restoration Sunday to disappointed if the crowd dropped back down. “They school rooms and a small celebrate. “This may not be told me I didn’t have enough office,” said Sexton, who our forever home but next faith,” he said, acknowledg- also has a home office and time, it will be a smooth ing the Lord continues to do his office at Gwinnett Hall transition.” Baptist College where he is He says this is a time of his spiritual work. “In my mind’s eye, I see dean. “We will have a place closure of any remaining that we may be in a building for people to come if they wounds for God is ready to take the Hoschton commuprogram within two years,” need to.” The Bible tells of purging nity forward. said Sexton, whose own
Continued from 1A schedule, Carroll Daniel Construction Company is receiving bids for a subcontractor on the new JHS gymnasium building. Bids will be received until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and around 3:30 p.m., the bids will be publicly read. “What we would then do is enter into a time where we’ll qualify each bid that takes, and hopefully be ready to be back to you guys shortly thereafter with a recommendation,” said Steve Hix, Carroll Daniel Vice President and Project Executive, speaking to Jefferson Board of Education members at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting.
The new gymnasium will include locker rooms, a weight room, a wrestling room and classrooms. In regards to the current construction taking place at both the high and elementary schools, Hix says work is more than three months ahead of Katie Justice The Paper schedule. “We’ve made good The fine arts facility on the Jackson County Comprehensive progress,” said Hix. “We High School campus is slated for completion next month. were anticipating on fin- See more scenes of progress at www.ClickThePaper.com ishing the projects in midApril of 2014, and now the addition is expected to be says about 95 percent of schedule, with the progress “dried in” by the end of the first-floor block is complete, that’s been made, shows month, which means the and work will begin on the us finishing the project by building will be sealed from second floor as soon as the Christmas or by the end of the weather and internal concrete structural planks this year.” work and wiring can begin. are in place. The elementary school’s At the high school, Hix
Thursday, January 24, 2013
House clerk is a daily ray of sunshine Every weekday morning, I take a walk through the Georgia Capitol. There is nothing new about it; in fact, next year the old girl will be 125 years old. I often walk by the bust of Peter Early, a former Georgia congressman and governor. He was governor during the Creek War of 1814. When I walk in the other direction, I go by the bust of John Adam Treutlen, the first post-British governor who served after we informed the King of England that we were striking out on our own. Treutlen was murdered in 1782. Occasionally, I look up the staircase and see Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, the man often referred to as our founder. His bust features his image glancing to the side. Another regular fixture at our Capitol is a nice man named Robert Rivers, or Robbie, as most people call him. Unlike Early, Treutlen or Oglethorpe, Rivers is very much alive and is especially busy at this time of year. Robbie Rivers is the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives. While he is a fixture at the Capitol, he is not exactly a household word. When the House Rivers was convened to order last week, it was Rivers who had command of the gavel. The House has to elect a speaker and until it does so, it is the duty of the clerk to preside. It is Rivers and his deep voice that reads the caption of each piece of legislation introduced, referred to committee or being considered for action in the House. He speaks in an almost monotone patter as he rattles off the information. Robbie Rivers does not read to an attentive audience. While he reads a bill, House members are likely to be engaged in conversation with their colleagues. Rivers and his staff keep up with every bill and amendment that is offered on the floor of the House. In
Harris Blackwood a two-year term, the number of bills will go well over 1,000. While he is not a member of the House, he treats the hallowed chamber with a respect that is somewhere between a proud papa and a loving caretaker. If he wasn’t clerk, he could easily be Mr. Congeniality of the House. He is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. When representatives have guests, they will often introduce them to Rivers, knowing that he will have glowing things to say. “We think so much of your representative and he does such a good job, “ he might say. In the offseason, I occasionally bring guests to see the House chamber. Rivers is likely to walk in and personally welcome them to his House. “I’m so glad y’all came by and I hope you’ll come back and see us,” he says, and you know, somehow, that he really means it. Rivers is a resident of Haralson County and began his service under the late Speaker Thomas B. Murphy. He was so beloved by the House that he has continued under the three speakers who followed Murphy. As he concludes almost every conversation with every person he meets, Rivers has the same litany, but I never grow tired of it. “Hey, I know you’re busy, but I need you to do me a favor?” he says earnestly. “Yes?” the person responds. “I need you to have a nice day,” Rivers shoots back. It never fails to make me smile. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.
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Mama didn’t go for short stories It was one of those days. The kind when you have a lot of work to do and none of it you want to do so you just piddle. Tink and I both were piddling. He had a script for a pilot to write and I was rewriting the content for my website. Both creatively “stuck,” we sat in our office — he in a cushiony comfortable chair and I on the sofa — and we piddled. We checked email, discussed the brief rain that came then, just as I set about serious work, Tink picked up the diary on the coffee table. It was Mama’s. And that is where the piddling ended and the story began. My niece, Nicole, had convinced Mama to do a journal of her life, the kind that you purchase and it asks questions such as, “What was your childhood like?” Mama, storyteller that she was, plunged right into the task when Nicole gave her the journal. She loved to talk about herself. Tink began reading. In a moment, he chuckled. I looked up and he said, “Long
Ronda Rich story.” He pointed where Mama had been writing about a romance previous to Daddy and about the breakup. When she ran out of page, she wrote in big, scrawling letters, “Long story.” I laughed. “Believe me, it wasn’t because it was a long story that she didn’t tell it because the longer the story, the better she liked it. It was too long to write.” That was Mama. She didn’t get in a hurry when she was telling a story. She began at the beginning, looped lyrically through the middle and always dramatically ended the story. No amount of prodding, fussing or begging would get her to shorten a story. “Mama, just skip all that,” I would say from time to time. I enjoyed her stories, especially when on a long drive because she
would talk from the moment we left the driveway until we arrived hours later wherever we were going. Listening to her stories made time pass quickly. But there were times, of course, when I was in a hurry and I’d want her to get to the point. Imagine this — she ignored me. She kept on telling her story just as she intended. I would roll my eyes, heave heavy sighs or throw my arms wildly in the air yet she didn’t bat an eye. She kept right on at her leisurely pace. She didn’t even get flustered. One afternoon, Rodney stopped by Mama’s for something. As he was leaving, she commenced one of her tales. He kept edging out the door. Finally, he made onto the porch and down the steps but she had followed after him, never missing a lick in the telling of the tale. He shifted his weight from one foot to the other. Then, authoritatively, he looked at his watch and took charge. “OK, Bonelle, it’s 4:30 and I’ve got to be at
Ronda Rich is the best-selling author of several books, including “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at www. rondarich.com. Her column appears weekly.
A man’s guide to planning a wedding Prior to my wedding nearly 17 years ago, my future father-in-law offered this bit of sage wisdom: “It’s hard to screw up a wedding.” We didn’t – which proves his point dramatically. But still much ado is made of planning a wedding. There are actual magazines devoted solely to planning weddings. You may have seen these “bridal” magazines. They are as thick as the Atlanta phone book, and entirely focused on the bride’s perspective. As an equal-opportunity adviser, I am here to give the prospective groom, or his family, some helpful advice on planning a wedding. While the bride is concerned with a thousand bits of minutiae involving the wedding, the beauty of this man’s guide to planning a wedding is that it consists of one, and only one, detail: The Wedding Date. That’s it. That’s your sole responsibility. Everything after that is unimportant as far as you know. Obviously, both the bride and groom want everyone who is special in their lives
Len Robbins to be able to attend this occasion, so picking a date that is conducive to the best attendance is crucial. The date of the wedding is not something to be trifled with – meaning, letting the bride handle it. That’s a recipe for disaster, low attendance, probably fisticuffs and bad attitudes all around. Whatever you do, grooms, follow these guidelines in setting your date. Let her have her way with everything else. That now embedded in your brain, you are not to plan a wedding: During football season. Period. Anything from mid-August to the Super Bowl (late January/early February) is off limits. You may think it’s safe to plan your gala during one of the Georgia Bulldogs’ off weekends – it’s not. First, rehearsal dinners could
interfere with high school football. Secondly, what if members of your bride’s family are (shudder) Florida or Auburn fans? Just stay away from it. During the NCAA basketball tournament. I know this from personal experience. Thinking Georgia wouldn’t make it far in the tourney (why would I?), I planned my wedding for late March. Tubby Smith’s Dawgs made a run that year. A loss in the final 16 saved my wedding. During the first or last week of hunting season. You may want to try avoiding hunting season altogether. During the World Series. You never know when the Braves are going to be in it, so detour the dates of the series if at all possible. On March 17. If this date falls on a Friday or Saturday, you probably won’t get anybody from the Savannah area to attend your wedding. And if they do come, they won’t be sober. Basically, you’re safe with a date from February through mid-March, then after the NCAA tournament
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Wednesday night church at 6. Can you finish by then?” Mama lived 10 minutes from the church’s front door. She paid him no attention. She continued on until, at last, she had the story told as best she could. Mama, frugal in every other way, did not believe in an economy of words. The way she saw it, the longer a story took, the better it was. In truth, though, Mama was not a boring storyteller. She was artful and had a sense of timing that is crucial to the telling of a good story. “Have you ever told a short story in your life?” I asked one day during one of marathon length. She twisted her mouth tightly as oft she did when annoyed. “If it’s too short, it ain’t worth tellin’. Why waste the time?” And you know what? She was absolutely right.
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until about mid-August. There are a couple of dates in December that could be squeezed in as well. A word of caution: The bride probably won’t understand this logic. Insist on it. No offense, but your wedding may be the most important thing in the world to you and yours, but it’s not to everyone else. They’ll skip it if it means missing the seventh game of the World Series, or Bowling Green playing Western Kentucky in a meaningless college football game. Yes, it is very hard to screw up a wedding, but it can be done from the very get-go without the proper planning. And to you, that means what? The date, right. Glad you’re paying attention. No need to thank me for this valuable bit of intelligence. Your gratitude will be shown when you follow it, and I don’t get an invite to a wedding during football season. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of The Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.
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Continued from 1A to four individuals who were recently interviewed by members of the JCAA. The Airport Authority also worked to finalize their Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is a five year plan covering projects the airport needs and wants to complete, and their Airport Layout Plan (ALP), which is a longer, 20-year plan. The CIP was finalized, so that County Manager Kevin Poe would introduce it to the county commissioners for approval. The CIP was previously expected to cost about $26.6 million, which was cut back to less than $11 million at a September work session. “I think we’ve got a pretty good group of folks that mesh well together, and ideas are similar, and I think after our discussions that we’ve had that everybody sort of wants to do the small things that we need to make us a legitimate airport at this point,” said JCAA member Jonathan Milford. “We’re not all about grandiose ideas at this point; it’s about doing what we can with the money that’s available.” “Right now, seeing what’s going on, I see the fuel is a problem. The second thing is the ramp on the other side is a problem,” said Max Allen. “I know money’s tight, but that’s some everyday concerns out here from the safety standpoint. The areas addressed by Allen are areas that are listed under 2014 CIP. Work on the fu-
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Other grants provided in recent months include: $2,500 to Spirit of Joy Food Bank in Flowery Branch to purchase food for the more than 30 families they serve in
eling system and east side apron, or ramp as Allen referred to it — a concrete area where planes can park, be loaded or unloaded, refueled and boarded — will be addressed, and a perimeter fence is hoped to be added for safety reasons. “I’m all in favor of moving forward. It comes to what’s approved for finance. If the funding doesn’t come through [the CIP] is nothing more than a wish list,” said McClain. At the Jan. 21 county commissioners’ meeting, Poe presented the CIP. He said Jackson County would be receiving $150,000 in entitlements funds, the same as last year, with the others projects to be considered by the Georgia Department and Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration for discretionary funding. He reminded there were a lot more applications for funding than money available but the projects at the Jackson County Airport are safety-related and may be favorable considered. Poe noted the Jan. 15 airport authority which included GDOT aviation officials netted a good discussion of the CIP which was approved for submittal. Relocating the fuel station from the safety zone, perimeter fencing and replacement of the eastside apron which is in poor condition have potential for funding. Commission Chairman Tom Crow made the motion to obligate $81,500 as the county’s commitment toward 2014 projects identified in the Capital Improvement Plan. Crow’s motion to allocate the funds was unanimously approved.
an average month. $15,000 to the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center to provide child forensic interviews of child sexual abuse victims, which can include duplication of testimony and evidence for law enforcement, child protective services and the courts, as well
as follow-up exams for at risk children to protect against and treat sexually transmitted diseases. $10,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags donated to mothers in need in nine area counties.
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JarFly Station has an updated look inside and out with new windows and doors brightening up the interior and new paint and a newly-planted garden gracing outdoors.
JarFly Station will help ‘make your house a home’ with furnishings By LEANNE AKIN
More acreage for senior adult apartments sought The development company that obtained a conditional use last year for 80 senior adult apartments on Beaver Dam Road in Braselton is seeking to increase the size of the project site from the original 4.6 acres to 11.4 acres. NorSouth Development Company has applied for a conditional use on the Barrow County Tax Parcel BR023-020,021,022 and 023 which has frontage on Beaver Dam Road near Highway 211. PB Real Estate LLC owns the acreage
which is currently O-I (Office-Institutional). The proposed 80-unit apartment development would be restricted to residents 55 and older. The Braselton Planning Commission will hold a 7 p.m. public hearing on the application on Monday, Jan. 28, and the Braselton Mayor and Council will hold a 4 p.m. public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 7. Both meetings will be convened in the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building at 5040 Highway 53 in Braselton.
JarFly Station will be opening later this week with Mike and Jackie Stowe transforming the former gas station located at the corner of Highway 53 and Peachtree Road into a something special. An airy, open and homey feel has been restored to the former gas station which has seen service in other capacities including a showplace for antiques, artwork and collectibles. With the windows opened up and more windows and doors, drywall and crown moulding added, JarFly Antiques is more like a home. Half a dozen vendors will have their pieces displayed in the rooms. “We’ll have a mix,” said Mike, who says the bulk of what he and his wife offer is repurposed distressed furniture. A unique collection of vintage furnishings and antiques to help make your house a home.
Others will also bring their mix of craftsmanship such as two brothers who turned a bookcase, two louvered doors and some old barn shelves into a functional and funky piece. Gail Tiller’s faux painting artistry comes to life on pieces as she integrates metallics and foils to make a piece of furniture oneof-a-kind special. Gifts, accessories and even bird condos made from plastics so that your feathered friends can make their home for many seasons. The work of the North Carolina artist does not come cheap but the birdhouses are meant to last long after a wooden version has succumbed to the elements. Stowe said his wife’s talent lies in selecting paint and staging a home. “She has a gift,” said Mike Stowe. A grand opening will be scheduled. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 .m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Contact JarFly Station at 706-684-0643.
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JHS READY FOR ERA WITH HALL BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
“You don’t replace T. McFerrin. You just try to carry on and conduct business the way he did.” Those were the words of Ben Hall, who has been officially named the new head coach of the Jefferson High School football team. For the past four years, he has been the offensive coordinator and helped the Dragons grow into one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country. Jefferson is known for having a potent offense with
plenty of weapons and will look to keep that going into next season. “I hired him four year ago and he did a great job for us as an offensive coordinator. He wanted the job and I was glad to recommend him,” said McFerrin. Hall helped the Dragons have countless achievements, including five games with 40 points or more and three with 50 or more. Jefferson accumulated 3,483 rushing yards along with 2,638 passing yards. JHS established themselves through a number of different offensive schemes,
including the triple option, which is thought among some to be the most difficult offense to run. Now, all eyes will be on Hall to see how he manages and leads his team in 2013. Projected starting quarterback Evan Shirreffs says the hiring of Hall didn’t come as a shocker and is excited to play in his offensive system this year. “I think we all expected Coach Hall to take over as head coach when Coach McFerrin retired so I wasn’t very surprised that he got the job,” said Shirreffs. “I’m very excited that he
was chosen because he has brilliant schemes and fits as a head coach very well. It doesn’t really matter to me if the head coach deals with mostly offense or defense because it takes both to win games. We may focus a little more on offense, but I don’t think it will make much of a difference,” stated Shirreffs. With Jefferson being such a tight-nit group, it was pleasing to know they promoted within instead of bringing in an unfamiliar face. “I am pleased with the choice of Jefferson to pro-
mote within the program because many players, including myself, are just starting to learn the offensive plays and defense in depth. If we had hired a random coach, the team would have to learn all new plays. I don’t really think that we need to change much about our schemes,” Shirreffs said. “Most of the players on the team are excited about Coach Hall taking over as head coach. No one was very surprised or distracted by the decision. I think we all are just ready to get to work again for next season,” said Shirreffs.
Dike receives Hawks win 2 but fall to foe Dacula Win for Wyn Scholarship BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
the ball game with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter. Shaw regained the lead with a 3-pointer but the Mustangs responded in a jiffy to go up by one. Once again, Shaw answered from long distance but the back-and-forth battle for the lead continued. However, the Mustangs began to force
creased the Hawks’ lead by 10. stant reminder to the Dacula MCHS continued to fend off High School fan base that they the Mustangs. Meadowcreek were not successful in the sport The newly-found confidence pulled within seven but couldn’t that pays the bills. However the of the Mill Creek High School elevate the score, leaving Mill Falcons evened the series at 1-1 boys’ basketball team has Creek with a 67-60 win. between the two sports. earned them two come-from In their first meeting against Ritland kept the crowd on its behind wins against Norcross Duluth High School, the Wild- feet with consecutive 3-pointand Meadowcreek High School, cats took a 2-point win in over- ers that contributed to a 1-point it because of the story BY LATRICE WILLIAMS time. This time around the advantage midway through email@example.com behind it. I am honored serving as a reminder that although they are down, there is Hawks sought revenge and got the first quarter. The Falcons that they see me in [such] exactly what regained the lead but Ragsdale Every year, thousands a way. I was at a loss for always room for a comeback. In the majority of their they were look- tied things up for the Hawks. of high school students words,” said Dike. losses, the Hawks had ing for. In the third, Shaw pulled receive scholarships to “I was pretty surprised Eric Ritland MCHS within one. Again, the help pursue their ath- that I won it; our coaches relinquished the lead and Bryant Hawks found themselves trailletic or academic goals talk about all the leaders and taken the fall. The helped support ing as the Falcons responded but linebacker Patrick on the team and they re- Hawks may not have the Hawks to a for nearly every basket made Dike of the Mill Creek spected me enough and taken Meadowcreek 9-5 lead yet Du- by Mill Creek. The battle conHigh School football they nominated me,” High School seriously at the time; the Mustangs luth fired back tinued to heat up but the Hawks team was awarded one Dike said. were just 4-9 entering to tie the game. could only play in the fire for that sets him apart from Dike received $1,000 their loss to Mill Creek. C h r i s t o p h e r so long. the rest. and it will be put to good “We came out with no took matters The intensity in the final “[On Jan. 13], we were use once his finalizes into his own minute of the game grew as privileged with the honor his plans for college. He intensity. I was trying to hands with Dacula made pivotal defenof presenting the 17th is in the running for an get the guys hyped [up]. c o n s e c u t i v e sive stops that kept Shaw from Win for Wyn Scholarship academic and athletic Just knowing the hisshots and Shaw tying the game with a potential in seven years to Patrick scholarship and while tory of Meadowcreek, c o n t r i b u t e d 3-pointer. The Falcons flew out Dike. He optimizes the both are still in question, we weren’t really prewith a bucket of Mill Creek with a big win that strength, determination he has some closure in pared,” said Trevon of his own for a will not be forgotten anytime and character the schol- knowing he has a por- Shaw. “They came out 15-9 advantage. soon. arship stands for,” said tion of the funds to get with a lot of firepower. They are a different Austin RagsMCHS will return to action Stephanie Scott. started. team from last year. dale made his against Peachtree Ridge High Scott and her hus“I got accepted to presence felt School tomorrow night at 7:30. band Coach Tommy Georgia State University They have more confiwith a 3-pointer The game will take place atScott (who coaches for so I am thinking about dence. We have to come and Ritland fol- Peachtree Ridge. Mill Creek) founded the going down there. It’s all out with way more inlowed to extend scholarship after their in their hands right now. tensity in every single the lead by 14 son Wyn passed away If they want to offer me a game.” said Once again, the Hawks points. nearly a month after be- scholarship I will gladly were in need of a hero, The foul bug ing born. take it,” said Dike. and that hero was Shaw. struck Mill “It’s an honor to win He scored 10 of his 33 Creek but they points in a pivotal fourth went unpunquarter where the Musished for the tangs were ready to crimes as the gallop out of Mill Creek Foster Peters For the Paper Wildcats could with the upset. not capitalize “My partner in crime, Trevon Shaw stood tall all night against a very athletic at the charity Elijah [Bryant], was in Dacula team but could not save the Hawks this time stripe. foul trouble,” said Shaw. around in a tough 4-point loss to the Falcons. The second “I looked at my team half was a noand said, ‘I am not going brainer for the to let y’all down. We are going turnovers that catapulted them Hawks who continued to utilize to win this game.’ I continued to a 24-17 lead. Meadowcreek’s shots underneath the basket to shoot the ball and it went in lead continued to rise and the and ran away with a 57-42 win. for me. I’m glad that we won Hawks went into the locker Bryant finish the night 15 points the game,” Shaw stated.The room down 29-21. while Christopher followed Hawks cruised to a 6-0 lead Christopher tied the game with nine. Lisa Tarver For the Paper to open the game, courtesy of at 42 apiece at the top of the Losing to your arch-rival From left to right: Tommy Scott, Patrick Dike and Shaw and TJ Christopher. Bry- fourth. Then he took flight for isn’t just another loss in the reant iced a deep 2-pointer while Stephanie Scott . Dike is the seventeenth recepient the defense worked tirelessly a one-hand jam that rocked the cord books; it’s the burning senstands and tied the game yet sation that stings all year long of the Win for Wyn Scholarship. to continue the shutout. While again. Then, Shaw drew a key while your opponent relishes in Foster Peters For the Paper the Hawks got off to an 8-0 foul that shifted the momen- the overwhelming satisfaction TJ Christopher goes up top for start, Meadowcreek went on a tum from the Mustangs to the of victory. the slam against the Falcons shooting rampage and, within Hawks. The chants of “Let’s play the blink of an eye, they tied Up 51-47, Chase Duffy in- football” and “1-9” were a con- but settles for the 2-pointer. firstname.lastname@example.org
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MCHS looks to be region champs BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
The Mill Creek High School girls’ swim team has had just one team standing in their way all year long and that team will continue to be a barricade at the region championship meet this weekend. “Our girls’ team will need to step up in a big way and compete,” said Head Coach Rick Creed. “Brookwood High School has a long history of excellence in their girls’ swimming program. We have a number of young swimmers that are just learning how to compete at the high school level. Many have never been in a big high school meet yet. We’re anxious to see how they respond to the pressure.” Shaw scored 33 points against Meadowcreek High As of Jan. 13, Rachel Muller is ranked School, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
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first in Gwinnett County in the 100, 200 and 500 free for Brookwood. The Broncos are ranked second in the 200 medley and 200 free relay. “The future is bright, but we are hoping the young swimmers grow up in a hurry,” said Creed. “The boys’ team is also excited about the challenges ahead. While we are thin on experienced swimmers, we have a great nucleus that is highly motivated to perform well. We especially hope to swim well on the relays.”
Speaking of relays, the boys are still on top of the leader boards in the 200 and 400 free relay. They have been dominant in that category for quite some time but will have their hands full with Parkview High School. The Panthers lead in the 200 medley relay and have Rory Martin leading the way in the 50 free. “We are excited about the challenges that lie ahead and we are confident that our team will represent our school and community with class and dignity. We are hoping to see a competitive spirit that we haven’t really seen yet,” said Creed. The Gwinnett County Swimming Championship meet will take place on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center.
Southern Super Series comes to GMP
See who is hitting the hardwood
Swimming and wrestling teams are in action
The Southern Super Series 2013 announced it will make its way to Gresham Motor Sports twice this upcoming season. The series will open in Nashville at the Nashville Fairgrounds speedway followed by an appearance on April 27 at GMP. The series will return to Gresham on Aug. 10. The series will also make appearances at the infamous World Crown 300 and All American 400. Dan Elliot of GMP said the series is one of the most thrilling events to happen in the past ten years. Drivers competing in the series will have a chance to win $10,000. Visit greshammotorsportspark.com for more information including ticket prices and scheduled events.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School girls’ team will take on Oconee County High School tomorrow night at home. The tip-off is set for 7. The boys’ team will square off against the Warriors at 8:30 p.m. The Lady Dragons of Jefferson High School will host Social Circle High School at home at 7 p.m. The boys’ squad will take on the Redskins at 8:30 p.m. The Mill Creek High School girls’ basketball team will travel to Peachtree Ridge High School to take on the Raiders at 6 p.m. The Lady Hawks came out in as the victor in the first meeting. The boys’ will look to revenge their 30-point loss. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School wrestling team will compete in the Bowdon Invitational on Jan. 25-26. The Panthers will hit the mat tomorrow night at 6 and Saturday morning at 9. The Jefferson High School wrestling team will have the week off before competing in the Traditional Area Meet at Greater Atlanta Christian on Feb. 1-2. Times have not been announced yet. The Dragons’ swim team will compete this weekend at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville on Jan. 26. The Mill Creek High School swim team will compete in the Gwinnett County Swimming Championship on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
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Mill Creek’s woes Two Dragons sign with GHC continue in area wrestling matches BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
It’s been an uphill battle for the Mill Creek High School wrestling team. While the Hawks have the potential to be dangerous, they have struggled as of late to finish strong in close matches. The Hawks traveled to Dacula High School on Jan. 16 for a showdown against the home team and Winder-Barrow High School. Mill Creek opened the night in a 39-36 win over the Bulldogs. The drama unfolded in the final match where Matthew Suggs was put in a must-win situation and delivered in a big way for MCHS. The Hawks were able to pull through despite having to forfeit in two weight divisions. However, the Hawks fell against Dacula as the Falcons proved to be the tougher bird after coming back from a 22-9 deficit. While DHS was handed 12 points due to two forfeits, the Hawks suffered two consecutive losses that propelled Dacula to a 39-25 lead and Mill Creek finished with a 45-25 loss. Matthew Felbaum, Michael Haynes, Wesley Peterson, Cody Wheeler, and
Ardy Velez all saw wins against Dacula. In the opening round of the North Metro Meet, the Hawks were not prepared for the road ahead of them. They saw matches against Berkmar, Greater Atlanta Christian and Locust Grove among others. Mill Creek endured crucial losses but had memorable performances that sent individuals to round two. Ardy Velez defeated David Torres of Berkmar 4-2; Velez is a relentless fighter who really reads his opponent well and has great instincts. In the second round against Norcross High School, Velez met his match against a defiant Blue Devil who was very sharp and quick on his feet. Marcos Rosenkjer took an easy 11-3 win in the first round but was stifled late in the second round by Archer High School. Peterson and Haynes also saw time in the second round but came up short respectively. The Hawks will return to the mat for the Area Meet at Norcross on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m.
In its inaugural season, Georgia Highlands College grabbed Morgan McKinney and Lindsey Miles of the Jefferson High School softball team to start what will hopefully be a long tradition of success on the diamond. McKinney and Miles are excited to be in each other’s company for another two years. “Having her go with me is a lot more comforting than going by myself and not knowing anyone,” Miles said. “I’m really thankful that we can go together.” “It kind of swayed my decision. I am going to school with someone I know so it won’t be as nerve wracking,” said McKinney. Miles described the recruiting process as hectic but is content with the place she has chosen to call home next year. “It was really stressful. A lot of different schools were interested in
me and I had to make a really tough gion play of .24. She did a great job of decision but I know I made the right consistently coming out strong, playone so I’m really happy about that,” ing her best, and giving us a chance said Miles. to win,” said “Lindsey consistently Mullis. hit .350 or above for us. The DragShe was our leadoff batons sure ter, and she did a great job know how to of offensively setting the draw a large pace for us each game,” fan base and stated Head Coach Meis one of the lissa Mullis. aspects of The All-Region Pitcher playing at of the Year caught the eye Jefferson of the GHC’s Head Coach that McKinMelissa Wood who thought ney will miss. she missed out on a great “[I will Latrice Williams The Paper miss] pitcher but was relieved to the find that McKinney had not Jefferson Head Coach Melissa home town signed with anyone yet. Her Mullis speaks to the crowd at crowd and bepoise on the mound and sta- Lindsey Miles signing celebra- ing in the attistics are two of the facets tion which was held in the Jef- mosphere that that garnered McKinney I have been in the opportunity to play at ferson High School library. for so long,” the next level. said McKin“She finished with an ney. “I feel overall ERA of .84, and an ERA for re- like I’ve accomplished a big dream of mine.” Latrice Williams The Paper
Left: Lindsey Miles signs her letter of intent to play softball at Georgia Highlands College while parents Steve (left) and Lucretia Miles (right) relish in the excitment. Bottom on the top row: Head Coach Melissa Mullis and Georgia Highland’s Head Coach Melissa Wood. First row: Morgan McKinney (middle) celebrated her signing day at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson. McKinney along with her parents were joyful to see her take her softball career to the collegiate
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Cody Wheeler of Mill Creek High School makes his job look easy but painful for a wrestler from Dacula High School.
Hawks down rival Dacula, go 1-1 in region play and missed shots galore left Dacula in a 31-13 deficit at the break. The second half saw the Falcons vacation at the free throw line but the Hawks managed to stay ahead by 19. A 49-26 lead put Mill Creek in a secure position to finish with a 57-26 win. Nadiya Miller finished with 15 points and Dillard added 11 to her stat sheet. The Hawks will return to action against Peachtree Ridge tomorrow night. Showtime is set for 6 at Peachtree Ridge. The Lady Hawks defeated the Raiders 55-36 in their first meeting. Foster Peters For the Paper
Right: Madison Phillips looks for a way of escape against the Falcons. Bottom left: McCrosson aims for the glass in a 1-on-3 situation against Dacula. Bottom right: Tatum Ragsdale shows her fiesty ways in a fight for the ball against Dacula. The Lady Hawks didn’t have to fight to hard as they defeated the Falcons in a 31point win.
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India Dillard brought in 11 points for the Hawks in a win over the Falcons. BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
Easy turnovers and easy baskets turned into easy money for the Lady Hawks when they crushed Meadowcreek High School 65-32 at home. Fans couldn’t ask for a better start as the Hawks scored 23 points in the first quarter alone. The Hawks could afford to play lackadaisical against a Meadowcreek team that struggled with ball control all night. Mill Creek was impatient at times but when they slowed things down and played their game, they flourished on the offensive side of the ball. MCHS led 38-12 and heightened its lead to nearly thirty midway through the third quarter. The Hawks emptied the bench and didn’t become stagnant. The Bears were in dire need to be rescued and received a little assistance after the clock was set for just six minutes, which is a standard rule set in place when a team is in the lead by 30 or more at the end of the third quarter; the Mustangs could not stop the bleeding in the fourth quarter. The Lady Wildcats of Duluth High School were out for vengeance against
the Lady Hawks who took a 56–41 win the first time around. Tied at 37 all in the second quarter, Mill Creek saw time at the foul line that extended their lead by two going into the break. The Wildcats went back on top by one out of the half but India Dillard regained the lead for MCHS with two shots at the charity stripe. However, a 3-point play by Duluth elevated them to a 51-47 lead at the end of the third quarter. Shannon McCrosson and Dillard added four to bring the score to 51 each. Yet the fourth quarter belonged to Duluth who took a 10-point lead and never looked back. The Wildcats finished with a 67-57 victory in a significant road game. Dacula High School came in with a 6-12 record and it showed as they were on life support throughout the entire game. Paige Orangio drew first blood for an early 2-0 lead. Dillard drew a 3point play that put the Hawks up by five towards the bottom of the first quarter. Nadiya Miller let one rip from behind the arc and a shot from the free throw line heightened the lead to 15-4. In no time flat the Hawks notched 13 points which grew to a 29-9 gain towards the bottom of the first half. Turnovers
CMYK Thursday, January 24, 2013
Committed to excellence in early childhood education
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Sarah McGrath will be entertaining children as she teaches a series of painting, music and educational classes for youngsters and moms at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center.
Fine arts teacher set to explore art, music with youngsters and moms Sarah McGrath is curchildren’s music, storytime rently the Fine Arts teacher and spanish classes. at Elite Academy in HoRobbie Bettis, chairman schton. She teaches the chilof the art council’s board of dren music, art and Spanish directors, was eager to alas a part of an Early Childlow McGrath to share her hood Education curriculum passion with families in our and does an excellent job community. of engaging them with her “I believe that engagbubbly personality and coling children in a program orful props. such as this helps to Farah Bohannon Her passion for develop their cogniColumnist children grew when tive and social abilishe majored in Human ties,” McGrath says. Development with a concentration This will also serve as an opportunity in Early Childhood Education in col- for parents in the community to conlege and realized that her dream was nect and get to know one another. to make a difference in children’s Children will benefit greatly from lives. these classes and will have a lot of McGrath has always imagined fun while learning. Please contact herself creating a business to enrich Sarah McGrath at sarahmc7@windchildren’s lives, but her dream has stream.net with any questions or sugbeen on hold because she has four gestions. children of her own to raise. She will gladly take ideas about McGrath says she believes she is possible future classes and comready to expand the ideas she has to ments about the current ones — she enrich the lives of the children in the will also welcome class ideas that community by joining the Hoschton could possibly occur at the library or Heritage Arts Council (HHAC). park. McGrath says she would love She first heard about the HHAC to extend these courses to other local in the newspaper and was intrigued, daycares preschools for a fun, benso she researched what it offered eficial field trip. for the community. When McGrath discovered that the HHAC offered Here are the courses that McGrath classes that were mainly geared to- will offer: ward adults, she decided to take the See FINE ARTS, page 4B plunge and begin teaching her own
The Children’s Place at New Liberty UMC gains National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation The Children’s Place at New Liberty UMC, located in Braselton, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “We’re so proud to have earned this gold star of quality from NAEYC. We have always been committed to excellence, this accreditation validates our hard work.” said Cathryn Kelly, program director. “NAEYC Accreditation lets our community know that children enrolled in our program are getting the best early education and care possible,” added assistant director Molly Kosiak. The Children’s Place at New Liberty UMC is a private, non-profit childcare center, sponsored by New Liberty United Methodist Church. Nearly five years ago, the hundred-year-old church saw a need in the community for quality childcare and
See CHILDREN’S PLACE, page 7B
Sunday school class presents bears to law enforcement BY LEANNE AKIN
Pat and Dewey Carpenter recnetly presented teddy bears to the Braselton Police Department to use to comfort children. Their co-ed Sunday school class at Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville holds an annual Christmas party after the holiday and the Carpenters hosted the post-holiday event at their Beringer Pointe home. Rather than the normal white elephant gift exchange the class usually does, Pat Carpenter suggested an idea which would be helpful. She urged everyone to bring a teddy
bear. “Everyone was receptive and we ended up with 58 teddy bears,” said Carpenter. The majority of the teddy bear donations went to the Gainesville Police Department but 10 were presented Jan. 10 to the Braselton Police Department. Carpenter said there are children who are hurting in times of crisis and often law enforcement is on hand. Having a teddy bear in their police cruiser will mean an officer can provide some comfort to such a child. Detective Sergeant J.D. Gille said the stuffed animals would be utilized by the department.
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Pat Carpenter and her husband Dewey presented a collection of teddy bears to Detective Sergeant J.D. Gille of the Braselton Police Department.
Old-fashioned goodness is a taste of the past to be savored Hoop cheese, fresh churned Amish butter and country ham are just a few of the items found in Kristi’s Country Store inside the Braselton Antique Mall. The back corner of the second floor has become what appears to be a real country store amongst antique and collectible booths. The shelves are stocked with old fashioned canned or boxed items. Old tools and vintage signage line the walls. Bubble gum machines, old shaving stuff, stoneware jugs and much more entices customers to visit the back corner. “The Braselton Antique Mall had a great area with shelving and wall space to display items in the true old general store atmosphere,” says Kristi McCook. McCook and Stacie Ricketts have given customers the opportunity to buy handmade soaps and bath salts. They also offer jars of jams, jellies, preserves, pickled okra and salsas. Some customers have made returned trips for the cheese, Amish butter and country ham. For the kids in all of us, you can find old fashioned peanut brittle, various stick candy and divinity. You’ll even find a wooden mule. “Sales have improved overall for the Antique Mall since the road changes around the Braselton
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Kristi McCook and Stacie Ricketts bring vintage country store tastes to Braselton. complex,” says store owner Robbie Bettis. “And thanks to the old country store and the products which customers buy repeatedly we will see customers come back time and again.”
The Paper | Thursday, January 24, 2013
COMMUNiTY HAPPENINGS sss West Jackson Middle School FCCLA will be sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the homeless. The drive will run from Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Thursday, Jan. 31. See more on the collection on Page 7B. sss The Jefferson Downtown Development Authority, in conjunction with MainStreet Jefferson, will present Winter Wine Fest on Saturday, Jan. 26. Some of the festivities will take place at the Crawford W. Long Museum and other events will be in the city building at 55 College Ave., which is currently being revitalized. For tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Call 706-367-5714. sss Apalachee Theatre will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” directed by Susan Pierce, this weekend at the Colleen O. Williams Theater in Winder. Tickets are $8 in advance at Apalachee High School and Winder City Hall, and $10 at the door. The production willbe at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. sss Leftover Pets offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries at the clinic at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder. January clinic days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The clinic will be closed Jan. 25 and 31. Prices are $85 for a female dog over 25 pounds, $65 for a female dog up to 25 pounds, $55 for a male dog, $50 for a female cat and $35 for a male cat. All surgery prices include a free rabies vaccination. No extra fees are added for in heat or pregnant animals. For more information on clinic services, visit http://www.leftoverpets. org. Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800-9785226. sss A chili supper will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center, located at 74 White St., in Hoschton. The supper will be from 5-8 p.m. and chili will be available to eat in or take out. sss Save the date. Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is hosting HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children, a chocolate and art gala, beginning at 7 p.m. on March 23 at the Jefferson Civic Center. sss
sss National Wear Red Day is Feb. 1, and bringing attention to the statistic that finds heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women is the purpose for the observance which is marking its 10th year. To highlight Go Red for Women, come and bring your heart out to Barrow Regional Medical Center at noon on Feb. 1 for a photo opp. “We need to bring awareness of this disease and what a better excuse than to wear our Georgia Red and support this worthy cause,” said Stephanie Sorrells of Barrow Regional Medical Center. “After the photo opportunity, you will have time to network with all who attends and perhaps take someone to lunch and continue building relationships. sss West Jackson Intermediate School is hosting a Shadow Shuffle 5K on Saturday, Feb. 2. Funds earned from the run will assist in the purchase of instructional materials for students and teachers. Visit the school Website for a race application and more details on sponsorships, ranging from $25 to $250 or more. sss Carl House will be hosting “Paws for a Cause,” a Feb. 8 fundraiser dinner with dancing and an auction to benefit Pup & Cat Co., an animal rescue organization headquartered in Winder. Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required by 4 p.m. on Feb. 4. Call 770-586-005 or email info@carlhouse. org. Learn more about Pup & Cat Co. by visiting www.pupandcatco.com The mission of Pup & Cat Co. is to place animals in a loving home and educate the public about the large population of unwanted pets and the importance of spay and neutering. The organization operates solely on donations and has an all-volunteer staff. sss The Jackson County Adult Literacy Program “Leap Into Literacy” Spelling Bee is Feb. 26, 7 p.m. at Jackson EMC. Sponsors are needed and three-member teams are being recruited. For more information, contact Sandra Fite at 706-367-8574. Proceeds from the fun evening will benefit the Jackson County Adult Literacy Program and the Jackson County Schools System’s Work Based Learning Programs. Teams can pick a theme and wear costumes in keeping with their theme. sss “Plunge for Paws” in Crow’s Lake will be presented Feb. 23 by the
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Leadership Jackson Class. The polar plunge event will benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County in their efforts to build Jackson County’s first animal shelter. This event will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, with 10 local leaders plunging into the icy waters at 3:30 p.m. Sponsors are being sought. All contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Plunge for Paws and can be mailed to the attention of Nicole Parker at 2194 Old Gainesville Highway, Talmo, GA 30575. sss A Sustainable Agriculture Series will be starting Jan. 29 in Watkinsville. The series will take place at the J. Phil Campbell research center and topics will include Organic Insect and Disease Control, Food Safety, Grazing Management and Profitable Marketing. Please contact Jackson County Cooperative Extension at 706-3676344 if interested. sss Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Shortcourse will be offered Feb. 1 in Athens. UGA Cooperative Extension will be hosting a great all-day course on minerals, weed control, reproduction, forage quality, etc. The cost of the program is $15. If interested, please contact Jackson County Cooperative Extension at 706-367-6344. sss The Precious Feet 5K Race and Fun Run, sponsored by the Respect Life Ministry, Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch will be held March 9. 1K@8:00, 5K@ 8:30, with awards ceremony to follow. Race start: 5302 Railroad Avenue (the historic Flowery Branch Depot) Flowery Branch 30542. More info and registration can be found online at www.active.com or by contacting Joy Rebello, email@example.com
Continued from 3B KA 101 Mini Monet’s – This 45-minute art class is designed for ages 3-5 years old. Your child will be introduced to three wellknown artists and will replicate a painting to the best of his/her abilities. While painting, your child will be introduced to the calming effects of classical music. All art work will be framed and displayed at a later art show. Fee: 3 classes - $55 members/ $65 non members – supplies included Dates: Fridays -Jan. 25, Feb. 22 & March 29 Time: 1010.45 a.m. KS 102 Mommy & Me Spanish Class (2 year olds) – Hola! This is an intro to Spanish class that will enable your toddler to learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This 30-minute class will teach your child colors, numbers, days of the week, family members, simple salutations and common vocabulary words all through the use of music, puppets and maracas! This is one step up from Dora! Fee: 8 classes - $55 members / $60 non members $8 per class Dates: Tuesdays Jan. 29 – March 19 Time: 11:30 a.m. – noon KS 103 Spanish for Pre K (3-5 year olds) This is an introductory Spanish class that will teach your child the fundamentals of the Spanish language through music and movement. We will sing, dance and learn our colors, numbers, salutations, family members and common vocabulary words in Spanish. Skippy John Jones brings his backpack to every class and it is always packed full of objects that the children can hold and learn to say in Spanish. This is a fun and interactive class so come on vamanos! Fee: 8 classes - $55 members / $60 non members $8 per class Dates: Tuesdays – Jan. 29 – March 19 Time: 12:30-1 p.m.
KM 101 Mommy and Me Nursery Rhymes and Story Time – Close the laundry room door and pack up your little one for a fun and entertaining morning of music and bonding with your child. Children ages birth to 1 year old will explore music of music and bonding through the use of puppets, scarves, bubbles, musical instruments and books. This is a 30-minute class that will expose your child to the powerful influence of music. The best part is you will be able to meet other moms in the area while sharing a special moment with your child. Fee: 8 classes - $55 members / $60 non members $8 per class Dates: Thursdays – Jan. 31 – March 19 Time: 11-11:30 a.m. KM 102 Mommy and Me Music and Movement (2 year olds) – Having a hard time entertaining your energetic toddler? Problem solved…..sign them up for this class and let them shake their sillies out. This 30-minute class will allow your child to sing some fun classic Nursery rhymes and also get up and move around the room with instruments, scarves and bubbles. We will sing, we will march and we will move and grove to some fun movement songs. Fee: 8 classes - $55 members / $60 non members $8 per class Dates: Thursdays – Jan. 31 – March 19 Time: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM KM 103 Music and Movement (3-5 year olds) Are you a stay at home mom, dad, or grandparent this is looking for a fun activity to entertain your 3-5-year-old during the day? Music and movement is the perfect solution! Your child will have the opportunity to explore music with his/her peers. We will sing, dance, and explore some fun activities with instruments, scarves, bubbles and always a favorite…..a parachute! Fee: 8 classes - $55 members / $60 non members $8 per class Dates: Thursdays – Jan. 31 – March 19 Time: 12:30–1 p.m.
The Paperâ€ˆâ€ˆâ€ˆ| Thursday, January 24, 2013
WHOâ€™S WHO in Looking for a business to shop with? Then look no further. Check out our local area businesses listed below who appreciate your business and are looking forward to serving you or seeing you again soon. There is something for everyone from Dance to Travel and everything in between. Check out their ads for specials and information about their business. Call them or stop by today â€“ youâ€™ll be glad you did! In alphabetical order by category: ACCOUNTING Gibsonâ€™s Accounting located at 95 Sweetgum Street in Talmo (off Hwy 129) 706-693-0007 ANTIQUES JarFly Station located at corner of Hwy 53 & Peachtree Rd 706-684-0643 DANCE & MUSIC Dance & Music Factory, Inc. located above Laguna Mexican Restaurant at Traditions Walk Shopping Center 706-658-0200 DERMATOLOGIST Athens Dermatology Group, P.C. located at 1050 Thomas Ave, Watkinsville 706-769-1550
GOLD & SILVER Lighthouse Gold & Silver Buyers, LLC located at 4162-B Hwy 53, Hoschton 678-223-3575 LOCKSMITH Braselton Safe and Lock located in Hoschton 706-654-2662 PHYSICAL THERAPIST Anderson Physical Therapy Associates located at 5775 Old Winder Hwy, Braselton in the Mulberry Place complex 678-866-4104
PLUMBING/SEPTIC Mr. Rooter Plumbing serving Braselton, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Hoschton and surrounding area 770-718-1063 TRAVEL CONCIERGE Susan Rogers Travels located in Buford 770-560-2411 VEIN TREATMENT Maffei Vein Center located at 784 Prince Ave, Athens 706-208-1144
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