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EMS station is March 18 meeting topic By LEANNE AKIN

The March 18 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be followed by the rescheduled discussion of the questions raised about the new West Jackson EMS station under construction. The session had been requested by Commissioners Chas Hardy and Bruce Yates after Chairman Tom Crow and Commissioner Dwain Smith continued to question the new station’s site selection and costs. The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 25 but was cancelled as the funeral for Crow’s mother was being held earlier that day. At Monday’s work session, Hardy asked about rescheduling what he has called an air-clearing meeting. The March 18 meeting is expected to have several items of business plus the consent

agenda but the EMS discussion will likely be lively as the finger-pointing surrounding the project remains an issue. Litigation remains in the aftermath of a superior court hearing at which the attorney for the plaintiffs did not appear due to illness. The expense of the project’s delay prompted by the lawsuit has added to the cost of the new station. Also at the work session, County Manager Kevin Poe was requested to obtain additional information about Juvenile Court proceedings of other counties being conducted in Jackson County, host of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit’s juvenile court office. Poe will be talking with Juvenile Judge Kevin Guidry to determine if there should be some adjustment to the annual cost-sharing intergovernmental agreement between Jackson County, Barrow County and Banks County for Juvenile Court services in Fiscal Year 2013. The proposal agreements call for Banks County to pay $2,884.74 per month and Bar-

row County to pay $11,298.57 a month toward the cost for juvenile court services. The three counties divide the expense based on a percapita ratio. Poe said it had been noted that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office must provide security when cases from other counties are heard at the Jackson County Courthouse. If Jackson County is being burdened with additional expenses, he may be making a recommendation to gain credit on the agreements. Expected on the consent agenda are intergovernmental agreements with five other municipalities seeking to have Jackson County conduct city elections. If approved, agreements with Commerce, Pendergrass, Jefferson, Nicholson and Maysville would find the cities paying a fee equal to $1 per registered voter. The Town of Braselton and the City of Talmo are the remaining municipalities expected to request similar intergovernmental agreements. The measure is expected to

Zip code issue is on Braselton strategic plan By LEANNE AKIN

For the residents of West Jackson who want their zip code to reflect their connection to the Town of Braselton, help may be on the way – although making a change to 30519 will be a process that will take a couple of years. At the council’s annual strategic planning session held March 1, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey broached the subject of the identity crisis which residents complain about as they may live and vote in Braselton but have a different postal code. Wanting to identify themselves with Braselton, the residents want to have a 30519 zip code. Jim Dove, executive director of the Northeast

Georgia Regional Center, who facilitated the strategic planning session with administrative assistant Mott Beck, said those citizens are not alone in wanting to be affiliated with another town. Recently, he said officials for the Caterpillar plant at the Clarke-Oconee line expressed a desire for an Athens zip code, rather than the current Bogart zip. He also said Baxter Pharmaceuticals wants a Covington zip code for its new plant being built on property which currently has a Social Circle zip code. Town Manager Jennifer Dees explained the process for changing the boundaries of Braselton’s zip codes would be easy enough if it just involved Braselton and Hoschton as employees could be


Eastside community sessions set By KATIE JUSTICE

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The Town of Braselton held its annual strategic planning session on March 1 with Councilman Richard Mayberry, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Tony Funari and Councilwoman Peggy Slappey working with Town Clerk/Manager Jennifer Dees and facilitators Jim Dove and Mott Beck of the Northeast Georgia Regional Center. They developed policy directives to aid staff in producing a budget and plan of action. shifted, However, with property in four counties, some of the residents live in Hall County while others are in Gwinnett., and have zip codes of Buford and Flowery Branch, so the change would be a “big deal.” The situation will require initial contact with the U.S. Postal Service representative of this area, Dees said. A two-year timeline would be likely as a survey of all affected residents would be required. Residents of The Gates at Braselton have been the most vocal of those who want to see a change from a Hoschton zip code to Braselton’s

Controversy and public disagreement may have ended the Jackson County Board of Education’s discussion of a sixth grade center, but a new proposal for the East Jackson side of the county is up for discussion. The Jackson County Board of Education will be hosting two community meetings – one on Thursday, March 7, and the other on Monday, March 11. Both meetings will take place in the Jackson County Comprehensive High School gymnasium starting at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to public discussion

zip plus 5. The Village at Deaton Creek, Reflections and other subdivision residents have also asked about having a Braselton zip code. Chateau Elan originally had a Hoschton zip code as did the property where the new hospital is under construction. Dees said efforts were made to get Braselton zips for both. The council agreed to add the zip code matter to its set of priorities and Dees will begin working to see if the measure can “get some traction.” There would be costs associated with the process, Dees said.


Apply now for Pre-K By KATIE JUSTICE

Committee seeking Hoschton clerk


Discussion was held in executive session Monday as the Hoschton City Council seeks a new city clerk. Five of the applicants interviewed last week for the Hoschton city clerk position were discussed but the council took no action after 30-minute closed door session with City Attorney Thomas Mitchell. At the Thursday work session, it was announced that more than 60 resumes had been received and six interviews were to be conducted on Friday. It was noted there were good candidates

be on the March 11 meeting of the Braselton Town Council. Also expected to be on the consent agenda after the Monday work session is authorization of the approval of an annual letter of engagement between Jackson County and Bates, Carter, & Co., L.L.P. for professional audit services of the Fiscal Year 2012 financials, internal controls and policies and procedures. Poe said the former finance director had been signing annual engagement letters for $65,000 although he was not authorized to approve expenditures of that value. Poe is requesting the commission approve the auditing firm for another year since it is too late to pursue requests for proprosal. The commission also directed Poe to talk with Sheriff Janis Mangum about additional equipment and vehicles she would like to purchase. The equipment, including new Dodge Chargers, is primarily for the patrol division which is in need of updates.

and it is hoped the selection committee can “fill the position as selectively and quickly as we can.” Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilmen Jim Cleveland and Jim Higginbottom are serving on the search committee. Former clerk/administrator Cindy George, who concluded her last official day on the job, assisted in interviews. “Nobody knows her job better,” said Cleveland. George will also be assisting with transitioning the new clerk once hired. The council approved payment on the consent agenda of up to $1,000 to compensate George for hours she helps to train the new

Jackson County is currently accepting applications now through April 10 for its school system’s pre-K. The county currently has eight classes, with each elementary school having one class except Gum Springs Elementary (GSES) and West Jackson Primary School, which each have two. Students will be selected based on a lottery held in each respective school zone. Students not selected will be offered the opportunity to be put on a wait list for the program. Like Jackson, Barrow County is expecting waiting lists at each of its eight schools offering pre-K. Barrow currently has 15 pre-K classes which amounts to a total of 330 students. Last year, there were more than 571 applications for

employee. With only two current city employees, Hoschton City Hall may be temporarily closed around the lunch hour or for city business errands. Patience was requested during the interim period until a new clerk is hired. The council’s March 4 business session was short with approval of the consent agenda granting the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council use of City Square for a June 15 arts event. The square will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow for vendor setup and takedown.


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Jackson County Airport’s new manager on the job From staff reports

Tom Strong is now serving as the manager of the Jackson County Airport. His first day on the job was Feb. 26, according to County Manager Kevin Poe, who made the announcement on Monday. A graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University, Strong joined the United States Navy and earned his wings as a Navy pilot. After a stint with the Navy during Operation Desert Storm, he transferred to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad- Strong

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ministration (NOAA), spending most of his aviation career as a NOAA pilot. With NOAA, he flew numerous weather related missions which included gathering important hurricane and tornado information. He also flew specialty aircraft equipped for conducting missions such as oceanographic research, coastal mapping, and remote sensing. Before retiring from NOAA in 2008, Tom served as both deputy director of NOAA’s Aircraft Operation Center and its chief of staff. After retirement, Strong and

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his family moved to Jefferson and he went to work with Habitat for Humanity in Athens initially as a volunteer. He was later brought on staff as the construction manager leading groups of volunteers in constructing and renovating numerous homes and apartments for deserving families. Since the departure of former airport manager Greg Garner, Poe has been overseeing day-to-day operations at the facility. Strong’s role as airport manager will be management of day-to-day operations of the Jackson County Airport. Working with the Poe and members of the Jackson County Airport Authority, he will pursue new revenue opportunities to attain the long-term goal of

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making the airport operation self¬sufficient. He will also plan for and secure funding for airport improvements to foster growth and increase economic potential for the airport and the county. “We are excited to have Tom Strong join the county’s management team,” said Poe. “We feel that with his background, experience and desire to get back into the aviation field, Tom will do a great job managing airport operations while working with the county and airport authority to develop the airport to meet the needs of Jackson County.” In issuing an invitation, Poe said, “We invite the public to come out and visit the airport and meet Tom.”

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Hoschton honors outgoing clerk By LEANNE AKIN

The Hoschton community gathered at city hall Feb. 28 for a reception honoring Cindy George, who served as city clerk/administration for nearly three years. She reported Monday for her first day on the job as chief accountant for Jackson County, working in the finance office directed by Logan Propes. George said she was proud of the team she assembled including utility clerk Karen Butler and technician Mark Marchand. She called their efforts amazing. She also credited Bruce Davis for assisting the city with code enforcement and with Jackson County CERT. Attorney


Continued from 1A The consent agenda also included giving the nod to a proclamation for St. Baldrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17. On that day, Tracy Brandenburg of Artistic Expressions Hair Salon will be hosting a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteerdriven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Members of the area community are collecting pledges for the foundation and will have their heads shaved to show their support for children with cancer. (See related story on

Thomas Mitchell of Carothers & Mitchell of Buford and Planning Director Guy Herring of McFarland-Dyer and Associates of Suwanee were also thanked for their efforts on behalf of the city. Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority, which “takes care of us 24-7,” said George, is also part of the city operations. “It really takes a village to run a city,” said George, in thanking everyone for the support she has received. On behalf of the city, Councilman Jim Cleveland presented a plaque recognizing George for “a great, fabulous job.” He said George will be missed. Councilman Jim Higginbottom said while he has only been on the council for a short time, “she took me right in.” He said the city

Page 3B.) Because of the short business meetings, Councilman Cleveland had previously asked the council to consider changing to one meeting night a month rather than holding a work session on the Thursday prior to the business meeting on the first Monday of the month. Because of the limited amount of business on recent council agendas, the Monday sessions may last less than five minutes. No change in the meeting schedule for the Hoschton City Council will take place before at least May. The council will reconsider the proposal and advertisement of any new meeting schedule will be required.

POLICE REPORT Braselton Police ■■ On Feb. 26 around 11 p.m., a vehicle traveling south on Highway 211 was stopped for having one of its headlights out. As the car was pulling over, possible synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine were thrown out the passenger side window. Both the passenger and driver were charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and a Schedule II controlled substance, and were arrested. The driver was also charged with driving on a suspended license. ■■ On March 1 around 2 a.m. , a traffic stop was attempted on a vehicle failing to maintain its lane on Thompson Mill Road. The driver attempted to flee the officer and was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to maintain lane. ■■ On March 2, a Highway 53 resident reported receiving terroristic threats from her cousin. ■■ A driver headed southbound on Interstate 85 on March 3 was pulled over for following too

closely and failing to dim her headlights. She was eventually charged with driving on a suspended license, failure to dim headlights and following too closely.

Jefferson Police ■■ A March 3 burglary was reported at a Mayberry Lane location where the back door was kicked in. A resident saw a suspect running from the back of the house from which an engagement ring, $40 in change and small bills and three packs of cigarettes were taken. ■■ A March 1 burglary was reported at a Monte Lane location. A door had been kicked in at the home. ■■ A 17-year-old Braselton resident was charged with possession of marijuana and having a weapon on school grounds on Feb. 26. Christopher Allen Fuhrmeister was taken into custody after Jackson County Comprehensive High School Resource Officer John Ward received confidential information that the student had a knife in his backpack. During a search, two knives and a plastic bag of suspected

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Cindy George was joined by her husband at the Feb. 28 reception held in her honor. didn’t realize the asset they had in George. Cleveland said he was proud that he was one-third of the committee that hired George. Citizens also thanked George. Tracy Brandenburg of Artistic Expressions Hair Salon, located in Hoschton

Towne Center, said George was a true asset to her when she decided to open her own business. She also acknowledged George’s support of the Hoschton Fall Festival. “Thank you so much for all you did for me,” said Brandenburg. Others said George made

it pleasant to visit city hall. “As a citizen of Hoschton, I appreciate everything you did for us as a whole,” said Jo Nan Warwick. “You made us all smile again, and we are going to miss you.” Refreshments were enjoyed in advance of the start of the council work session.

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Bad business practices are what West Jackson Fire Department Chief Ben Stephens said led to a fire behind a Hoschton business on Tuesday afternoon. The business owner had been burning boxes behind Northeast Georgia Motorsports on Highway 53 earlier in the day, and said he didn’t properly ensure the fire was out. The remnants of the fire eventually spread to a stack of tires beside the building and smoke

marijuana were found in the backpack. ■■ A Johnson Street resident notified after arriving home to find a broken window on Feb. 26. A check revealed the home had not been entered; the damaged was caused by a BB gun. ■■ Responding to a 911 hangup at a Park Drive location on Feb. 27, police heard a woman inside yelling for help. She indicated a man had a knife and she could not get out. Backup was requested and, a short time later, the man and

about the superintendent’s recommendation to close South Jackson Elementary School (SJES), reassigning students and their teachers to Kings Bridge Middle School (KBMS). KGMS’s current students will be absorbed into East Jackson Middle School or into the eighth grade classes to be at East Jackson High School. The future use or disposal of the current SJES is undecided. Thus, the facility will be maintained until decisions are made. The Jackson County Board of Education is inviting the public to attend the hearings and provide input on the plans. Speakers are asked to sign in before the meeting, and only those signed in with be permitted to speak. Individuals can also submit requests to speak by e-mail prior to the meetings by messaging Comments or suggestions can also be submitted via e-mail to that address.

The fire occurred Tuesday afternoon behind Northeast Georgia Motorsports in Hoschton. Special photo was found throughout the business. Employees had already left the building as smoke was showing from the roof and rear garage doors. The fire was extinguished by firefighters of the West Jackson Fire Department’s Engine 31 before it fully

spread to the building. Firefighters of the Jackson Trail Volunteer Fire Department responded to assist and Jackson County’s Med 3 provided EMS support at the scene No injuries were reported. According to Stephens, moderate damage to the

woman exited. The man was taken to the ground and placed under arrest. The woman said the man was acting as if he was attempting to kill people with a large kitchen knife but she was not afraid for her life. The pair had been smoking methamphetamine earlier in the day. Claud Chesser III, 23, of Jefferson, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and theft by taking. A Park Drive street sign was found at the residence and was taken as evidence of the theft.

The woman, who was the subject of a drug-related medical call two days earlier, was taken into custody on marijuana possession charges. ■■ An Athens man who reported the loss of his debit card on March 2 learned someone used his card for three purchased at Pendergrass Flea Market the following day. The financial transaction card fraud involved Top Jewelry Store purchases in the amounts of $329, $30 and $45. ■■ A fight at a Gordon Street location on Feb.

the school system’s pre-K program. Barrow also selected students through a lottery based on school zones. Each application get a number respective to a bingo ball. On April 5, a drawing will be held for each school, and once the classes are full, the leftover balls will be drawn to determine the order of the waiting list. “We try to be as fair, and use as fair of a process as we can,” said Barrow County Schools Pre-K Coordinator Tonya Royal. Applications were accepted in Barrow County through today, and will be accepted again March 18-29.

27 resulted in the arrest of two parties when the two had conflicting stories about who was the attacker with a box cutter. Festus Cornelius Mason, 50, and Douglas Eugene Hardman, 41, both of Jefferson, were charged with affray. Hardman was also charged with firstdegree forgery after $420 in counterfeit $20s was found in his possession. The Secret Service was contacted because of the amount of phony currency. See POLICE, 3A

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The Paper   | Thursday, March 7, 2013

Boys & Girls Club kicks off capital campaign

‘Help open the door to a new beginning’ For The Paper

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County has kicked off a $1.3 million capital campaign, “Help Us Open the Door to a New Beginning,” to raise funds to build a new club in Jefferson. “The existing club has been in use for nearly 10 years, and the two double-wide trailers that house the club are deteriorating past the point of being a safe and healthy environment for the kids, not to mention a facility that the community can be proud of,” says CEO Michael Williams. Through Jackson County government, the club was awarded a $500,000 State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant in late 2012 that will go toward the cost of building the new facility. In awarding the grants, Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty said the grants provide “an essential resource to Georgia’s smaller more rural communities in their efforts to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. As communities large and small are making difficult choices, [this] announcement represents an important investment in various local health and safety, economic development and job creation programs, helping preserve Georgia’s quality of life.” The capital campaign will raise the $800,000 balance necessary to complete construction, furnish the facility and cover three


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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office ■■ On March 4, a man stopped for erratic driving on Highway 129 was found to be wanted out of Madison County and was arrested. ■■ A March 3 verbal dispute was reported between a woman and her mother at a W.H. Hayes Road home. ■■ A man walking his dog along Hampton Creek Road March 3 reported his neighbor’s dogs attacking his dog and biting him several times. ■■ A Brooks Road resident in Pendergrass reported his vehicle tag either lost or stolen on March 3. ■■ On March 3, a Lebanon Church Road resident reported a neighbor and two women trespassing on her property repeatedly. ■■ Several 911 calls led to a traffic stop and arrest of a man driving under the influence of drugs on Interstate 85 on March 2. The driver was all over the road and admitted to taking several prescription pills. He was also charged with having prescription drugs not in their original container. ■■ On March 2, a 911 call about a drunken man causing a disturbance at a Jefferson business led to the man’s arrest for public drunkenness and a Barrow County warrant. ■■ A disturbance was reported March 2, when neighbors reported kids riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes on roadways and on private property in a Jefferson Subdivision. ■■ On March 2, a wallet found near a swimming pool in a Hoschton subdivision was returned to its owner. ■■ Copper, Freon tubing and a hot water heater were reported stolen from a vacant Woodland Hills Drive home on March 2. ■■ Two residents of a Trotters Trace home

years of operating costs. A small amount will also be used for necessary improvements to the Commerce Club. Designed by 2WR architecture, interiors and planning, the new, approximately 7,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will be able to accommodate up to 225 children, nearly triple the capacity of the current club. Williams said the new club will be located adjacent to the current facility, which will be moved out when the new club opens in December 2013. The Jefferson Club serves an average 75 members a day, and jumps to 105 members daily during the nine-week summer program. “The Boys & Girls Clubs’ slogan – Great Futures Start Here – isn’t just a saying. Our clubs have touched the lives of so many children in Jackson County, and we hope to increase its community impact through this facility,” Williams says. He noted that 95 percent of club members are making As and Bs in school, and that 100 percent of the club’s seniors are on track to graduate. “With the help of those within our community, we will be able to make this new facility a reality, and provide our children with a safe place to play, learn and develop into productive members of society.” Area residents and businesses who would like to support the capital campaign may mail a check to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, 412 Gordon St., Jefferson, GA 30549. Donations are tax deductible.

reported receiving harassing phone calls March 2 from a couple from whom they previously borrowed a DVD. ■■ On March 2, a driver who gave his brother’s name to the police was arrested for driving with a suspended license. However, once fingerprinted at the jail, his real name was discovered, and he was found to be wanted out of Cherokee County. ■■ On March 2, a Magnolia Pointe Drive resident reported damage to his mailbox after it appeared to be struck by a vehicle. ■■ A vehicle traveling on Highway 53 in Braselton was stopped March 1 for the driver not having on a seatbelt. He was found to be driving on a suspended license and placed under arrest. ■■ On March 1, several items, including an xBox, Wii, television, laptop and several pieces of jewelry were stolen from a Hidden Oaks Lane home. ■■ An attempted burglary and criminal trespass were reported March 1 at a Highway 82 home in Jefferson. ■■ On Feb. 28, an Adams Road resident in Jefferson reported financial transaction card fraud when his bank reported

his credit card being used in Chicago. ■■ On Feb. 27, a well pump was reported stolen from a Lebanon Church Road property. ■■ A man reported two ceiling fans that UPS/ FEDX left at his River Chase home stolen sometime between Feb. 13 and 15. ■■ A civil dispute was reported at an Ebenezer Church Road home on Feb. 26. ■■ On Feb. 26, an Old Pendergrass Road resident reported damage to his mailbox sometime the night before. ■■ The owner of a Jackson Trail Road business reported receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from a former employee on Feb. 25. ■■ On Feb. 25, a driver stopped for speeding on Highway 129 was issued a citation for driving without insurance. ■■ On Feb. 25, graffiti and obscenities were reported on two outside doors at West Jackson Primary School. ■■ The driver of a vehicle stopped for failing to dim its headlights when passing other vehicles while traveling on Sycamore Street in Jefferson on Feb. 25 was arrested for driving without a license.


Arts council announces spring offerings, contests For The Paper

The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council will host Saturday night Bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. on March 16. Pay $1 for two cards and you can also purchase pizza slices and beverages. Another Bingo night is slated for April 19. A members’ show is on the calendar for April 13-14. Artist-members are welcome to participate. The show will be from 5-7 p.m. on April 13, when refreshments will be served, and from 2-5 p.m. on April 14. Details will be announced. Refreshments will be served at the April 13 event and “We certainly hope each artist will be with their art to boost the sales appeal,” said Bettis of the judged show. Awards will be announced. Quilting, a truly historical art form, has started under the direction of Susan Rice. She teaches a class on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and then offers the opportunity for “old quilters” to get together and have fun quilting and yacking until 2 p.m. This group may produce a quilt to auction for the HHAC! If you wish to join just come on over and help us with a small fee to pay for utilities of the arts center. This class and “Friends of the HHAC” Quilters will be offered again in the spring. Three-year-olds are learning Spanish on Tuesdays and have a great time in their Music & Movement class on Thursdays. Sarah McGrath is of fe ring these classes as well as a Mini Monet class for 3- and 4-yearolds again in the spring. “Redo” is the name of the big June 8 gala event to raise money for the Arts Center. The “Redo” will be at the Arts Center and tickets are $35 each or $195 for a table for six. Redo your wardrobe and wear something old or make something out of recycled items. An award will be given for the best costume. A live and silent auction

featuring repurposed and repainted items with a lot more items donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. The gala will also feature several competitions. In the Painted Furniture Competition, participants must paint a piece of furniture as a piece of furniture or a piece of art. The piece becomes the property of the HHAC to be sold at auction at the “Redo.” The top three winners receive monetary awards. Applications for this event are due May 10, and the art piece must be brought to the Arts Center by 5 p.m. on May 30. The Repurpose Item Competition will find participants making something new out of another object such as an old trunk becoming a coffee table, a dresser with mirror becoming a bathroom sink, a musical instrument becoming a light fixture, etc. “You can find many ideas on the Internet,” says Bettis. The item becomes the property of the HHAC and will be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Applications are due on May 10, and the item must be submitted to the arts center no later than 5 p.m. on May 30. The top three winners will receive monetary awards. “Arts Fest” is June 15, and the summer concert series will kick off that night at 8 p.m. on the Veranda. “The HHAC will be asking the mayor and council to allow us to shut down the Town Square for this event,” said Bettis. “Some vendors will be inside the arts center and the entertainment will be on the veranda.” Artists and artisans are invited to participate in Arts Fest, and quilters may enter a quilt show with judging in several categories. “We will continue the Jackson County Shoot Out photography competition and have a new event called ‘Quick Draw’ for artists who will paint a specific area


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OBITUARIES Arthur Fay Bell

Died Feb. 28, 2013 Arthur Fay Bell, 62, of Winder, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Arrangements were handled by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Highway 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706654-0966, The Paper, March 7, 2013

Elbert Stanley Best

Died Feb. 27, 2013 Elbert Stanley Best, 68, of Braselton, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. In the milk business for more than 30 years, he retired from Quality Food and was a Free Mason. Woodworking and Best hunting were favorite pastimes. He loved his family and served in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Best, and son, Clifton Best. Survivors are his beloved partner, Joyce Brock Lee of Braselton; sons, Lee Best and Sonya of Braselton and Greg Best and Laura Lynn Martinez of Auburn; daughters, Sanya Hardigree and Robert of Winder and Kimberly Valentin and Jose of Pooler; brothers, Junior Best, Burle Best and Randall Best, all of Alabama; sisters, Wendy Williamson and Barbara Sue Lowery, both of Alabama; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 2, 2013, in the chapel of Lawson Funeral Home with Pastor Tommy Baker officiating. Interment to followed in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Dacula.Pallbearers were Cliff Best, Justin Best, Jose Valentin, Robert Hardigree, Michael Best and Josh Hardigree. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, March 7, 2013

Bob Duncan

Died Feb. 28, 2013 Robert Alman “Bob” Duncan, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Born in Springfield, Va., he was a son of the late Norman Alman Duncan Sr., and Laura L. Kinney Duncan. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margie C. Duncan. He was a 1945 graduate of Winder High School and was a member of Winder First Baptist Church. A World War II veteran, he retired from Lockheed Aircraft. He traveled extensively and lived overseas before returning to his roots in Winder. He was beloved by his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie and Ellen Duncan of San Antonio, Texas, and Chris and Beth Duncan of Columbia, S.C.; daughters and sonsin-law, Connie and Nick Craft of Douglasville and Catie and Tracy Bonner of Fort Mill, S.C.; grandchildren, Catherine Branch, Teddy Craft, Greg Duncan, Lauren Duncan, Rachel Bonner, Caleb Bonner, Matthew Bonner, Michael Bonner, Adam Duncan, Michael Duncan, Cassidy Reeh and Tanner Reeh; great-grandchildren, Jackson Craft, Riley Craft, Abigail Branch, Jake Branch and Rylann Bonner. Funeral services were held

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of downtown and the art will be judged and winners announced,” said Bettis. Doug Thompson as Elvis, who kicked off the season last summer, will return to the stage all the way from Sevierville, Tenn. A different performer will be on the veranda the second Saturday night of July, August and September for the free concerts with refreshment

Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Winder First Baptist Church with Dr. John Talley officiating. Memorials may be made the Winder First Baptist Church, 625 Jefferson Highway, Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Ellen Gaskins Faulkner

Died Feb. 28, 2013 Mrs. Ellen Gaskins Faulkner, 97, of Jefferson, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Born in Berrien County, Nashville, she lived in that community, along with her husband, Carson Daniel Faulkner until 1948, when they moved from their farm and purchased Willacoochee Cash Store. They later added The Fabric Shop and operated both businesses until retirement in 1982. Carson Faulkner passed away in 1984. Mrs. Faulkner remained in Willacoochee until 1991, and with much prayer and God’s guidance, she moved from the community that she loved so dearly to Lawrenceville to be near her daughters and their families. In 2006, she moved again with family to Jefferson. She was a member of Riverside Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. She was also preceded in death by her father, Lacey Leon Gaskins; mother, Tennessee Vickery Gaskins; sisters, Tishie Vickers and Ila Mae Crosby; brothers, Roy Gaskins, Preston Gaskins, Leon Gaskins and Manning Gaskins; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel Madison Goza and Carson Mackenzie Lisle. Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Jenetta (Wayne) Lisle and Brenda Armstrong, all of Jefferson; grandchildren, Dareyl Wayne Lisle and wife Sallie, Jennifer Lisle Goza and husband Lee and Ellen Lisle Semones and husband David; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation for the Jefferson friends and family was held Saturday, March 2. In lieu of flowers locally, donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church Missionary Fund, P.O. Box 427, Jefferson, GA 30549. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Riverside Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, with the body laying in state from noon to 12:45 a.m. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery. Please join the family immediately following the service for visitation, hugs and memories, light refreshments and video of life and times of the Faulkner family. In Nashville, flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Riverside Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 707, North Jackson Street, Nashville, GA 31639, or to The Bennie Gaskins Foundation, which supports missionaries in Haiti to spread the gospel of Jesus and feed and clothe), 4607 Hwy 112 S., Bridgeboro, GA 31705. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 7, 2013

Janet Kelly Hanson

Died Feb. 27, 2013 Janet Kelly Hanson, 78, of Winder, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. A native of Stamford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late George and Ann Purdy Kelly. She was a

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member of Calvary Chapel Gwinnett and was a retired trust officer with Boca Raton National Bank. Survivors include her children, Glenn C. Hanson of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Peter G. Hanson and Maria S. (Carroll F.) Fisher of Bethlehem; grandchildren, Karlee Fisher and Khristain Fisher; and special friend, Faith Clauser. A celebration of life service was held Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Calvary Chapel Gwinnett with Pastor Mark Byrd officiating. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Albert Douglas McGaha

Died Feb. 26, 2013 Albert Douglas McGaha, 68, of Bogart, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. A United States Army veteran who served in Vietnam, he retired from IBM as a service technician. He attended services at Bogart United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Smith McGaha; parents, Roscoe Samuel and Annie Maude Jackson McGaha; and siblings, Eldon Jackson, Sammy McGaha, James “Buddy” McGaha and Jeneva Coile. Survivors include his son, Richard McGaha of Bogart; brother, Tommy McGaha of Weatherford, Texas; sisters, Annelle Maxwell of Lavonia, Deloris Belk of Danielsville and Frances Jordan of Royston; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held Friday, March 1, 2013, in the chapel of Smith Funeral home with interment following in the Bogart United Methodist Church Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Bogart United Methodist Church. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 20133

Mary F. Martin

Died Feb. 26, 2013 Mary F. Martin, 76, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Born in Winder, she was a daughter of the late Carl D. and Ruth M. House Tanner. Mrs. Martin retired from Rite Aid Pharmacy as a cashier with many years of service. She was also preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, James Edward and Phyllis Martin; and brother, James Tanner. Funeral services were held on Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, in Evans Chapel with the Rev. Terry Chandler officiating. Interment was in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Bethlehem. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Kendall Strickland of Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Debra Martin of Winder; stepchildren, Tony and Carol Martin of Conyers, Geraldine Barnes of Winder and Calvin and Pam Martin of Monroe; grandchildren, T.J. and Tammy Ayers and Erica and Joseph “Bubba” Harrison; and a number of other relatives. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 7, 2013

Maureen Dorothy Mashburn

Died March 3, 2013 Maureen Dorothy Mashburn, 58, of Jefferson, died Saturday, March 3, 2013. Born in Brockton, Mass., she was a daughter of Dorothy May Galligon Easton of Lilburn and the late Ralph Moody Easton. She graduated from Brockton High School in Brockton, Mass., in 1972 and was employed with Jackson County Board of Education for the past five years as a bus driver. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Terry Mashburn; daughters, Meredith Overton of Hoschton and Marissa Loose of Sugar Hill; sons, Robert Hudson and Quincy Mashburn of Jefferson; brothers, Ralph Eugene (Lea) Easton of Johnson City, Tenn., and

Gary Winthrop (Loretta) Easton of Lady Lake, Fla.; grandchildren, Zoe Hudson, Brandon Hudson, Michael Overton and Shelby Overton; nephews Andrew Easton and Scott Easton; niece, Pamela Langlois; and a number of other relatives. A visitation service will be held at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 Source Code:IIQ040799001, Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Georgia Council, P.O. Box 399, Jefferson, GA 30549 or American Transplant Foundation, 410 17th St., Suite 2200, Denver, CO 80202. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 7, 2013

Lois Maynard

Died March 2, 2013 Lois Maynard, 85, of Winder, died Saturday, March 2, 2013. During her life, she worked several retail jobs including Belk and WalMart. She was a member of Winder First United Methodist Church and attended the Fellowship Sunday School class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Picket Hayes and Mary Addelia Hayes; and several brothers and sisters, William Hayes, Helen Hayes, Edward Hayes, Dewey Lee Hayes, G.W. Hayes, Ralph Hayes and Marie Skelton. Survivors include her sons, Bill Maynard of Lexington, Ky., Paul (Linda) Maynard of Winterville, Jerry (Kathy) Maynard of Statham and David (Happy) Maynard of Winder; sister, Margie Blackmon of Statham; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held Monday, March 4, 2013, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating. The burial followed the service at Rose Hill Cemetery in Winder. Memorials contributions may be made to Winder First United Methodist Church, 280 N. Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Dorothy F. Miller

Died Feb. 27, 2013 Dorothy F. Miller, 82, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William Judson and Louisa List Brennan. She attended St. Catherine Laboure’ Catholic Church in Jefferson and was a homemaker. A funeral mass was held Friday, March 1, 2013, at St. Catherine Laboure’ Catholic Church in Jefferson with Father Terry Crone and Deacon John Burke officiating. Interment was held at North Atlanta Memorial Park in Dunwoody. Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Miller; daughter, Donna Thomas of Sugar Hill; sons, Gerald R. Miller of Columbia, Tenn., Thomas Miller of McDonough and Timothy Miller of Marietta; brother, Robert Brennan of Rochester, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Heart Association, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108-383, Athens, GA 30606 Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 7, 2013

Mark Edward Moore

Died Feb. 25, 2013 Mark Edward Moore, 55, of Braselton, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, while in Washington, DC, on Wiss, Janney, Elstner business. Funeral services were Saturday, March 2, 2013, in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with interment following at Memorial Park South Cemetery. Bishop Todd Haycock officiated. Born March 30, 1957 in

Fullerton, Calif., he was a son of Tommy English Moore of Lawrenceville and the late Vernon Moore. He Moore was a Senior Principle of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., headquartered in Northbrook, Ill. He earned his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Structural Engineering from The University of Texas. He was president of The Executive Estate Chateau Elan Homeowners Association for the past five years. He was the committee chair and Life to Eagle Adviser for Boy Scout Troop 534. His three sons are all Eagle Scouts. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Carrie Moore; sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Amanda Moore of Hampton, Va., Drew Moore of Atlanta and Matthew Moore of Braselton; and brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Judy Moore of St. Louis, Mo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark Moore’s name to Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts of America (NEGA BSA), Box 399, Jefferson, GA 30549. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch The Paper, March 7, 2013

Sheila Mavis Noblett

Died March 3, 2013 Sheila Mavis Noblett, 55, of Winder, died Sunday, March 3, 2013. Arrangements were handled by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Highway 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706654-0966, The Paper, March 7, 2013

Bertha L. Shedd

Died March 2, 2013 Bertha L. Shedd, 86, of Winder, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at her residence. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress with Empire Manufacturing Company. She had resided in Barrow County all of her life. Survivors include her son, Tim L. Shedd of Winder. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Gilmer officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Winder. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Billy Lee Smith

Died March 3, 2013 Billy Lee Smith, 82, of Cottondale, Ala., died Sunday, March 3, 2013. He was a retiree of Central Foundry in Tuscaloosa. He was preceded by wife, Mary Lou Smith; son, Jerry Wayne Smith; and parents, Thomas and Mag Smith. A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Patton Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Wiggins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Survivors include his children, Phyllis A. Anderson, Billy C. Smith, Thomas N. Smith and Terry L. Smith; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Georgie Martin. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

W.H. Stephens

Died Feb. 25, 2013 William Harold “W.H.” Stephens, 94, of Winder, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. He was a retired CW4 Warrant Officer with the United State Army National Guard and served for 33 years. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps. A

member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church, he was a deacon for 34 years and was a member of the adult Bible class. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blonderer Hulsey Stephens; parents, William High and Beulah Skinner Stephens; and brothers and sisters, Gertrude Wright, Dessie Mae Bailey, Iva Lee England, Clara Bell Kinney, Edward Stephens, Talmadge Stephens, Mitchell Stephens and Jarrold Stephens. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia (David) Beckman of Winder; sister, Lunelle Adcock of Monroe; grandson, William Spencer (Shelly) Beckman of Auburn; granddaughter, Christina (Gregory) Guldensupp of Winder; five great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. The funeral service was held Saturday, March 2, 2013, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Pastor Shuford Jones and the Rev. Huey Brock officiating. Interment followed in Barrow Memorial Gardens in Winder. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Lonnie Strickland

Died March 2, 2013 Mr. Lonnie Strickland, 94, of Auburn, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, after a brief illness. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Ruth Wages Strickland; children, Dennis and Gayle Strickland of Auburn, Wayne and Linda Strickland of Flowery Branch and Karen and B-Bomb Smith of Winder; grandsons, Steve Strickland, Rob Strickland, Chris Strickland, Jon Strickland, Jud Smith and Andy Smith; and 22 great-grandchildren. Lonnie was proud to be a World War II Army veteran, having served in the European campaign. He was honored in the Dacula Memorial Day Parade for several years. He was a lifelong member of Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer for many years. He was a retire farmer, truck driver and heavy equipment operator, regarded as one of the best around in his day. One of his greatest accomplishments was just being outdoors, whether working in his vegetable garden, flower gardens in his yard of which he was very proud, or planting more fruit bushes. He was also a member and past Worship Master of the Auburn Masonic Lodge #230, and was honored a few years ago with a ceremony recognizing his 50-year membership. The funeral was held Monday, March 4, 2013, in Smith Memory Chapel with interment in Gwinnett Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Children’s Home of Georgia, 1417 Nottingham Drive, Macon, GA 3121 or Peachtree Christian Hospice, 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096, or a charity of your choice. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

Patsy Woodall

Died Feb. 22, 2013 Patsy Woodall, 64, of Winder, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold C. Woodall, in 1975. She was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. A memorial service was Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home. Survivors include her mother, Frances Rockmore Woodall of Winder; brother, Wayne Woodall of Winder; three nieces; and two nephews. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 7, 2013

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Worship war that ended with murder Each week, millions of people gather in houses of worship to offer their worship to God. There is something unique that occurs when a person worships. Worship can relax a person and cause them to better focus on making correct choices. Worship also brings people closer together in friendships and relationships when they join together in acts of worship. Worship also enhances a person’s relationship with God. The Bible tells the story of the first two brothers (Cain and Abel) and the experience they had when they came to worship God. We will take a look at their experience, but before we do, we know that in our current culture there are as many different worship styles and preferences as there are churches and houses of worship. Some people see the worship experience as highly emotional. Others believe there should be no emotion registered when a person comes before God to worship Him. Personal choices of the types of musical instruments as well as the types of songs to be used in worship have been known to cause a break in fellowship in churches, and in some cases, churches have found they split away from each other and form another church because of the inability to agree about the worship style. It has come to a point that we hear of “Worship Wars.” Members of churches have left one church in anger to attend another because they do not like the current worship style of their church. Staff members, including pastors, have been dismissed from churches because of the style of worship they seek to lead the congregation in as they worship. This is not new to our current age, however. Church history tells us that down through the ages fights have erupted among members, staff members, and even denominational leaders over personal preference in how to express worship to God. In Genesis 5, we are given the true story of the worship rivalry occurring between the first two brothers, Cain and Abel. As the story unfolds, both young men prepare to go before God in worship. Cain, the older brother, brings from his garden the produce of the ground as an offering to God. Abel brings from his flock the best of the flock to offer as a sacrifice. When Abel’s worship offering is received and blessed by God, Cain becomes very angry because his offering was rejected. As a result of the rejection and anger Cain felt, he turned on Abel in the open field and killed him. It is hard to imagine someone being so angry over a worship rejection they would murder someone. In this tragedy, Cain is exposed by God for this act of violence resulting in the murder of his brother Abel and held accountable for the heinous crime of murder. A close reading of the scripture reveals the at-

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titude of the heart of both brothers as they came to worship. Abel brought of the first and best of what he had, and Cain pulled up a few green vegetables from his garden with little thought about his offering to God as a symbol of praise and worship. Cain was also told that his worship was rejected because there was sin in his heart. Cain’s attitude was not pleasing to God, so therefore, God rejected the worship of Cain. Some suggest that the lack of advance thought by Cain and his obvious belief he could offer anything and God would receive it also went into the rejection from God of Cain’s worship. We know Cain had an anger management problem, and felt so little about the life of his brother that he was willing to kill him over the issue of worship. There are lessons we must learn from this story of the worship war that ended in murder. The first and important lesson is the right way to approach God in worship. There must be advanced preparation as we approach God to worship Him. We must take the time to evaluate what we are offering to God and the attitude we have in giving praise and worship to Him. We must also know that sin can keep us from worship. In the book of the Psalms we are told to approach God with “Clean hands and pure hearts.” Last, there is no greater joy than to know God is willing to receive our worship of Him. As we worship God each day personally, we are ready to join with others at the church house to worship God together in a group. Ray Newman is Pastor of Macedonia Community Baptist Church in Braselton. Reach him at hnewmansr@

CHURCH NEWS The Church of Hoschton will be hosting Missionary Aaron Vance and his family on March 17. Aaron will speak to Sunday school classes as well as sing during the morning service. He will also be preaching that night. Sunday’s services begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school and 10:30 a.m. worship. The evening services begin at 6. The church is located at 99 E. Jefferson St., in Hoschton. Contact Pastor Cory Sexton at 678-2349408. sss Mulberry Baptist Church will welcome The SalvationAires for a 6 p.m. singing on March 10. The church is located at 5790 Thompson Mill Road in Hoschton. Call 770-534-0023. sss Union Baptist Church begins Sunday services with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. 11am Worship Service Children’s Choir for K-5th Grade and the Good News Club for ages 3 to Pre-K meet at 5:15 p.m. A parenting class is offered at 5:30 p.m. Meeting at 6 p.m. is preschool choir for ages 3 through Pre-K, Good News Club for K-5th grade, adult worship / Bible study and Acteens / Challengers on the second and fourth Sundays. Wednesday services at 6:30 p.m. include prayer meeting/Bible study, Youth Celebration, RA / GA / Mission Friends and parenting class. At 7:30 p.m., the adult choir is in rehearsal. Easter Sunday will include a sunrise service at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Worship service will be at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11. There will ne no 6 p.m. service and no children’s church. Nursery/ Extended Care will be provided Union Baptist Church

sss is located at 527 Union Baptist Church Road in Winder. Contact Pastor Larry Williams at 770867-7273 or visit www. sss Arcade Community Church will host a singing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, featuring StraightWay as well as others. Food will be served afterward in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 171 Highway 82 South in Arcade. Contact Pastor David Maddox at 706202-7321. sss The Bowling Family will be in concert March 8 at 7 p.m. at Grove Level Baptist Church located on Grove Level Church Road in Maysville. Call 706-652-3372 or 706-658-6545. sss Northeast Church’s “The Caring Place” ministry provides assistance to those in need and helps meet physical and spiritual needs in the community. The ministry offers food, clothing and free haircuts monthly, thanks to a host of volunteers. It is held the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast Church, with the next session scheduled for Wednesday, April 3. The entrance into The Caring Place is located on the Highway 124 side of the building, at 100 Broadway Street, Braselton. Northeast Church is at 2001 Cherry Drive in Braselton. Contact the church at 706654-3205, admin@ mynortheastchurch. com, or visit www.

Holy week begins on Palm Sunday at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian with procession of palms, a Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion, the Seven Last Words service on Good Friday and Easter with flowering of the cross and ringing of bells. Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church is at 260 Pleasant Hill Church Road in Statham. Call 770-725-2404. sss The Peoples Baptist Church is having a Youth Revival with services beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, and continuing Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Come worship with us and be revived. The Peoples Baptist Church is located on at 3917 Highway124 W., in Jefferson. Contact Pastor Albert Whitlock at 770867-4454. sss The people of Arbor Pointe Church invite the community to celebrate the Easter season by joining them for worship, brunch, and a children’s Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 24. The brunch and egg hunt will take place immediately following worship on March 24, and both will take place at West Jackson Middle School. Worship begins at 10:30 in the school cafeteria. Nursery is provided, and classes are offered for pre-K through high school. sss Sunrise at Sell Mill: Arbor Pointe Church will be hosting a community sunrise service on Easter morning, March 31. The service will begin at 7:15 a.m. at Sell Mill Park on Jackson Trail Road.


Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. sss Free Beginning Lessons on Learning the Bible in Spanish, at Hoschton United Methodist Church, taught by Rev. Luis Ortiz, on Wednesday nights until May. The community is welcome. Join us for a free dinner at 6:30 p.m. and study from 7-8pm every Wednesday. Along with learning a new language, the goal of the class will be to learn how to recite Bible scriptures in Spanish. The church is located behind City Square at 12 Mulberry St., and Bell Avenue. Call 706 654-1422 or email: hoschtonumc@ sss Covenant Baptist Church, a group of called-out believers who are committed to following Jesus Christ as Lord, meet Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school and 10:30 a.m. for worship at the Depot in downtown Hoschton. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Pastor Todd Coble can be reached at 678-316-0273. “See you at the Depot!” sss AWANA is now under way at Bethabra Baptist Church from 5:30-7 p.m. each Sunday. New and exciting events are planned including music, scripture memorization, awards, games, snacks and much more for ages 2 years through 5th grade. Visit the website at or call the church office at 770-867-3755 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is at 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road (Hwy 211). Contact Pastor Landon Frymire at 770-867-3755.

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March toward spring worth waiting for We used to have this drawer where we kept all of the trading stamps. There were S&H Green Stamps, which were given by the Big Apple supermarket. You also had Top Value Stamps from Winn-Dixie and Gold Bond stamps from Colonial stores. I only remember one lamp that Mama got from putting Green Stamps in books. I can’t remember, but it took several books to have enough to get that lamp. I don’t know if it was worth the wait, but we waited nonetheless. When I was born, we had a Kodak Brownie camera. We later graduated to the Kodak Instamatic with its turning flashcube. We would make about two pictures at every birthday or other event and after we had shot 12 pictures, we would take them to the drugstore, where they would send them off to be developed. This took about a week. When they came back, we were all excited to look at them and, of course, not put our fingers on the pictures. There was a time when we would wait until the weekend to make long distance phone calls. The rates were much cheaper on the weekend, but that didn’t keep Mama from stepping into the hall and reminding you that the call was long distance. “Don’t run up a big bill,” she would say. Today, we are not content to wait for anything. We want to see the picture now and we make a million of them. Someone was showing me pictures of a family get together and they had three different pictures of their granddaddy eating the same piece of pie. We would never take a picture of someone eating pie. A picture was reserved for standing in front of the fireplace or on the front steps and you had to stand

Harris Blackwood nice and straight with your hair combed and say “cheese.” I never remember calling anyone when we were on vacation. Now, we call people from our vacation trip and tell them about the place we are visiting and the flight that got us there. We’ve also emailed pictures home from remote locations. There isn’t much that we are willing to wait for. But there are a few things you just can’t rush. I’m reminded about that as the calendar turns to March. It is a month of great transition and inside of 31 days, we can go from the dead of winter to the first blooms of spring. This year, Easter is in March and I like that. I like to see the early baseball games and spring football practice. I like seeing the earth wake up from the slumber of winter into the color of spring. No matter what you do, you can’t rush the arrival of spring. The official date is March 20. But the buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio, on March 15 and the swallows return to the mission at San Juan Capistrano, Calif., on March 19. Two decades ago, we had a blizzard here on March 13. You never know what will happen in March. I have an early deadline, but it appeared that March was going to come in like a lion. We will hope that it goes out like a lamb and leaves us a beautiful picture that is truly worth waiting for. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

letter to the editor Help is needed to find an affordable home I am living on a fixed income and can only afford to pay $300 in rent unless some utilities are included. I am 78 years old and live alone, although I may have company sometimes, but not often. I am looking to rent a

one-bedroom trailer or onebedroom house. I pray the Lord will help me find one in Braselton or close by. Thank you and may God bless you.

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Who’s kin to whom? You gotta ask It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one if not one of regal bearing. For instance, I tell this dear man — who descended from those who traveled on the Mayflower, and therefore is generations deep in New England — that to be a true Southerner, you have to get into everyone else’s business. Not in a mean way but in a caring-I-can-help kind of way. His family has boundaries. No one over shares or over asks. No one intrudes or inquires with personal questions. Everyone minds their own business. Drives me crazy. Now, my family? Well, no one ever heard of boundaries. We’re appalled at such a thought. If one of us has a problem, we’ve all got a problem. And if one of us doesn’t think we have a problem, the rest of us will be happy to point out why she does have a problem and then offer wise counsel on how to resolve it. Our motto is: You got a problem. We got a solution. We don’t timidly put a toe

Ronda Rich into someone’s business. We dive in, fully clothed and immerse ourselves in the situation. We pull together, we grumble together, we debate and, importantly, at least to us — we pray for each other. Secondly, to be a proper know-it-all Southerner, you have to know people’s names, who they’re kin to and the history of the family. Tink is failing miserably at this. Now, I know he’s new at this but you’ve got to start with the last name. When we started to consider building a new barn, Tink plunged into the task with his typically inquisitive nature. He bought books, studied plans, asked for advice from farmers and visited barns. One day, he returned from a barn field trip. “What was the guy’s last name?” I asked. “Don’t know.” He knows

I hate that answer so he thought for a moment, in order to give me more information. “The folks who own the farm came down to say ‘hello.’” “Really? What were their names?” A sheepish look crossed his face. I rolled my eyes. “Listen, you need to learn that here in the South, we know people, we know who they’re kin to and we have all the background information. You have to know enough that you can keep going until the person you’re talking to knows who you’re talking about.” It’s so simple — if you know enough about the person, you will eventually find a connection between him and the person you’re talking to. The next day, Rodney, my brother-in-law, stopped by the house. He started a story but needed to set the characters before launching into the tale. “Do you know Walter Moses?” he asked me. I shook my head. “He worked for Ben Gooch for years. Used to be his right-hand man.” “No,” I replied. “I don’t know him.” “He went to White

County to high school. I think he graduated but something makes me think he mighta quit before he finished. Nice-looking man. Dark-headed. He comes to church sometimes and sits back there on the last bench. Next to the Roberts. Always smilin’. I know you’d know him if you saw him.” “Hmmm. I can’t place him.” “His brother, Sam, owned that store over off 115 for ’bout 35 or 40 years. I don’t know for a fact but I’m sure there’s a big age difference between ’em because Sam would be in his late 70s now — he’s still alive — and Walter is mid50s.” I got it. I don’t know Sam but I’ve known Sam’s funny, personable wife for years. I had the connection. I knew the family and, therefore, I knew Walter. Sorta. That’s how it’s done in the South, though. It’s six degrees of separation, Southern-style. Ronda Rich is the author of several books. Sign up for her newsletter at www. Her column appears weekly.

Debunking the whole ‘stretching’ myth Science has finally caught up with the Robbins braintrust. I harken back to the early 1990s. My father was the head coach of the Clinch County High Panther varsity basketball team. They were in the playoffs. During pregame warm-ups, I noticed the other team was going through a litany of highly orchestrated stretches and exercises. The Panthers were shooting jumpers and layups. “Hey, Dad, why isn’t your team stretching like the other team?” I asked from my seat behind the bench. “I’ve never seen a high school kid pull a muscle during a basketball game,” he replied. “I have seen them shoot.” His point was well taken, and well proven, as we won by 20 that night. And later won one of two state titles during that era. Fast forward two decades. I’m coaching my son’s Pee Wee football team. The other team of 9-and-10-year-olds is going through a barrage of

Len Robbins stretches on the other side of the field. My team is running through our play (notice that’s singular), hitting each other lightly. One of my players excused himself from our pregame ritual to pose a query. “Coach, don’t we need to stretch like the other team?” “Do you stretch in a game?” I asked in return. “No,” he replied after hesitating to think about it. “Stretching doesn’t help you play football,” I said as I steered him back to our drills. “Practicing football helps you play football.” We lost by 20 that day, but it had nothing to do with stretching. It had everything to do with coaching. Just like that other time, I have been proven correct.

A series of studies released over the last few years supports the Robbins’ thesis: Stretching before an athletic activity doesn’t help your performance. Furthermore, it hinders it. Experts at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in pouring over 100 papers on stretching studies, found that people who stretched before exercise were no less likely to suffer injuries than those who didn’t. According to a story on the matter by the Associated Press: “Traditional stetches, like when people bend over to touch their toes or stretch their legs, often cause the muscles to tighten rather than relax – exactly the opposite of what is needed for physical activity.” When stretching, the story states, your body may think it’s at risk of being overstretched and compensate by becoming more tense. When muscles are tense, they don’t perform as well, and are at greater risk for injury. “It’s like weight training to become stronger,”

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said Kieran O’Sullivan, an exercise expert in Ireland, who studied various types of stretching and its impact. “You wouldn’t do a weight session right before you exercise, and you shouldn’t stretch right before, either.” Instead of stretching, experts recommend warming up with a light jog or sport-specific exercise, like shooting for basketball, throwing a ball lightly for baseball or mimicking actions of a sport at half-pace. Hmm. Sounds familiar. Obviously, stretching can help with flexibility. The scientists, and the Robbins’, can agree on that. But having kids, or even high school athletes, stretch before a football, basketball or baseball game is just a counterproductive waste of time. So says the Robbins braintrust. We try to document when we’re right for historical purposes. This makes two. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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r e n h o s c k a c e n Ja unty’s T o i d t p n e a o c C r Re udent

a t e S Y R e A h ST her of t c & Tea BY: KATIE JUSTICE

The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the cream of the Jackson County student and teaching crop at the 2013 STAR Student/Teacher and Teacher of the Year Reception Monday, Feb. 25. The chamber honored the STAR students and teachers and teachers of the year from all three school systems within Jackson County. “I’ve got to tell you this event is at the top of the list for me because it speaks volumes about what’s going on in our community and we’re excited to be a part,” said Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Mark Valentine. First to be recognized were the STAR students and teachers. A STAR student is the individual with the highest SAT score from a school that must also be in the top 10 percent of their class. That student in turn chooses their STAR teacher, or the teacher who has impacted them most. STAR students received a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives from Rep. Tommy Benton, a certificate from the PAGE foundation, a bank check from First Commerce Bank, a gift card from Tanger Outlets, and a VISA gift card. STAR teachers received a signed resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives and a certificate from the Page Foundation. Teachers of the Year received a certificate for their achievement. System Teachers of the Year also received a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, a gift card from Tanger Outlets, a VISA Gift card, and a gift from Peach State Federal Credit Union. STAR Students and Teachers and system Teachers of the Year were also given four tickets to the game of their choice for the Gwinnett Braves, and will also throw out the first pitch at one of the games this season.

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C o m m e r c e Commerce High School STAR Student Rachael Andrews with her choice for STAR teacher Angela Clay.

Jefferson High School STAR Student Matt Deremer with her choice for STAR teacher Hope Meredith.

Rachael Andrews was voted “Best All Around” by her senior class, is an AP Scholar, and plans to attend Kennesaw State University. Angela Clay is an English teacher at Commerce High School. She is also the Literary Sponsor, Department Chair, and a member of the High School leadership team.

Matt Deremer is a varsity track and cross country athlete, and he earned a perfect score on the math section of the SAT. He plans to attend Mercer University and major in electrical engineering. Hope Meredith has been teaching science for 19 years, and currently teaches chemistry, AP chemistry, physics, and AP physics at JHS.

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Jackson Co. Comprehensive High School STAR Student Caitlyn Martin with her choice for STAR teacher Natalie Peterson.

East Jackson Comprehensive High School STAR Student Sam Derochers with her choice for STAR teacher Lisa Simmons.

Caitlyn Martin is the Jackson Co. System STAR student. She has already graduated from JCCHS, and plans to attend Auburn University. Natalie Peterson teaches English at JCCHS and started the school’s newspaper class.

Sam Derochers said he learned his “strong admiration for healthy competition,” from being one of three brothers. He plans to attend Georgia Tech to study aerospace engineering. Lisa Simmons has taught high school English for over 33 years, with the last 7 being at East Jackson High School.

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J a c k s o n Jackson County Schools Teachers of the Year

Commcerce City Schools Teachers of the Year

Jefferson City Schools Teachers of the Year

Commerce Primary School: Debbie Eubanks Commerce Elementary School: Dawn Gary Commerce Middle School: Adam Bagwell Commerce High School: Matthew Dahlke

Jefferson Elementary School: Becki Garner Jefferson Academy: Lynn Roberts Jefferson Middle School: Matt Stephenson Jefferson High School: Sanford Freeman

Benton Elementary: Diane Hill, East Jackson Elementary: Katie Garner, Gum Springs Elementary: Michelle Kitchens, Maysville Elementary: Bea Samples, North Jackson Elementary: Melinda Thomas, South Jackson Elementary: Jennifer Kimball, West Jackson Intermediate: Wendye Hendley, West Jackson Primary: Rebecca Nemecek, East Jackson Middle: Brooke Williams, Kings Bridge Middle: Thomas Layfield, West Jackson Middle: Sara Cosey, East Jackson Comprehensive High: Taylor Brown, Jackson Co. Comprehensive: Bonnie Roberts

Juliann Watson repeats as Legion’s contest winner By KATIE JUSTICE

Jefferson High School senior Juliann Watson aims to join the ranks of numerous politicians and even CNN anchor Lou Dobbs by winning the national American Legion oratorical contest. For the second year in a row, Watson is on her way to the area competition after winning at both the local and regional levels. The March 9 competition will take place at the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta. Contestants must prepare

and present an eight- to 10-minute speech on the U.S. Constitution. Watson’s presentation “The Right to Vote: A Long Victorious Battle” chronicled the value of individual contribution by the first settlers in America. “When people refer to our founding fathers, they think of those who are carved into Mount Rushmore; but our real founders were those first 100 who arrived on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Watson in her speech. “These 100 were led by Captain John Smith, who famously stated, ‘He who

shall not work, shall not eat,’ and this was the principle those settlers of Jamestown lived by.” Watson used the settlers as a segue into the role an American voter assumes: “As citizens, it is our duty and obligation to elect the most qualified individuals to be our representatives, and those representatives have their own duties and obligations to fulfill, that

are equally as important as ours.” Watson has been working to find methods to help her advance further in the competition, including viewing videos of the top three national winners to fine tune her presentation. “I also changed my presentation from last year to focus more on one specific area. I believe this will improve my chances of moving


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on from the Area contest to the state contest like last year,” said Watson, who has received early acceptance to the Georgia Institute of Technology and plans to study biomedical engineering.


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Oratorical contest winner Juliann Watson is congratulated by local contest chairman Bob Stites and Jefferson Legion Commander Gene Bennett.

Each year, the American Legion oratorical contest awards more than $138,000 to participants with the national winner receiving $18,000.



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Lady Hawks win weekend tournament High school LACROSSE


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The seven other teams in last weekend’s tournament in Buford got to see exactly why the Mill Creek Lady Hawks were seeded as the No. 1 team. The Mill Creek High School girls’ lacrosse team won the championship rematch 17-5 over the Peachtree Ridge Lions. “We know them very well. I know their coach and our players know their players,” said head coach Brian Williamson before the championship game. Despite being familiar foes, Peachtree Ridge High School was no match for the Hawks on this night. The results were the same as when the two schools faced each

other in the championship round of last year’s tournament and Maddie Beck was one of the key reasons why. With the Hawks up 7-0, Beck began a long run down the field and spun left around her mark for her third goal of the first half. Beck had four goals on the night and one assist. The Hawks began their championship run in the opening round of the tournament with a matchup against Spain Park High School, which they absolutely demolished. “We played a good game and got a chance for a lot of our kids to play,” said Williamson. MCHS went on a 17-0 run to open the game on their way to an 18-2 victory. The Hawks

combined suffocating defense, heavy ball possession and pure athleticism to allow only one shot attempt from their opponents in the entire first half. Their second round matchup versus JL Mann High School proved to be a more difficult test for the Hawks. The Patriots finished last season just a few goals short of South Carolina’s state championship title. In its first round matchup, the Patriots advanced with a victory in overtime over Ravenwood High School but the Hawks put a halt to the Patriots’ tournament championship hopes, winning 14-12. The game was not as close as the score sug-

gests. After being tied at 4, goals by Rachel Gann and Maddie Peek gave the Hawks a 2-point lead at the half. In the second half, MCHS jumped out to a six-point lead with nine minutes to play. The Patriots made the score respectable within the final minutes but were never any real threat as the Hawks advanced to the championship round. “[The Patriots] were able to come back in the game. [Our strongest area] is on offense. We can score and get goals; we just have to be able to stop our opponents from scoring,” said Williamson. The Mill Creek Lady Hawks will be in action tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Johns Creek High School at JCHS.

Q&A with the athletes

Get to know Nick Kozlowski BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

vaulter at JHS in the seventies and was a state champion,” said Porter. “The first thing I did was pick up a pole at my first track practice and I immediately fell in love with the sport,” said Porter. “I went from jumping 12 feet and 6 inches and

In its third season, the Mill Creek High School boys’ lacrosse team already has four college signees this year and the team’s top scorer from a year ago is looking to stay on top in scoring among those teammates who will be continuing their playing days after high school. Senior Nick Kozlowski, who is committed to play lacrosse at Mercer University, is averaging two goals per game. The Miami, Fla., native discusses his introduction to the sport and the songs that get him hyped before a game. He acknowledges he is a big fan of Lebron James. Q: How long have you been playing lacrosse? A: I’ve been playing since I was in eighth grade. Q: Who introduced Kozlowski you to the sport? A: Alec Bussink, one of my fellow teammates. We used to hang out all the time. When I would go to his house, he would throw this ball up against the wall and when I asked what he doing, he told me he was playing lacrosse. He let me play and told me I should sign up to play. I told my mom, she signed me up and I’ve been playing ever since. Q: Have you played any other sports? A: I’ve played roller hockey since the age of 5. Q: How does it feel to know you’re laying the ground work for the future of Mill Creek lacrosse? A: It’s good because I help coach one of the younger teams so it’s nice to help them. Some of the kids have been playing since first grade. Q: What did it mean to get a win over rival North Gwinnett High School? A: We’re almost like a family because all of our lacrosse programs started around the same time. We stick together but our region rivalry is [against] North Gwinnett. The last time they



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The pole vault is one of the most decorated events at the University of Tennessee and Tyler Porter seeks to add his name to elite list of pole vaulters that have come through the program.

Former Jefferson athlete talks about UT career


Tyler Porter has track and field embedded in his DNA. The former Jefferson High School track and field athlete has family members who competed in the pole vault event and

Porter’s talent took him all the way to the University of Tennessee. He has cleared 17 feet and 1 inch at Tennessee and must clear nearly 18 inches to be added to the list of the top 10 pole vaulters at UT. “My grandfather, great uncle, uncle and aunt were all collegiate pole vaulters. Also, my cousin Mark Mobley was a

Lady Panthers roll past Bulldogs of Hart County By Charles Phelps

The Lady Panthers’ hot start to Friday night’s game couldn’t be slowed down by the frigid air as they defeated the Hart County High School 10-0. Jackson County Comprehensive High School was led by the foot of junior Katie Phillips, who led the Panthers scoring-barrage with four goals. However, according to Phillips, the goals weren’t just hers but the team’s as well. “(The goals) are never just my goals,” said Phillips.

“They are always the team’s goals,” Phillips said. “It has to work all the way from the defense to the offense and it’s just my job to put (the ball) in the net. It’s never just me. [I have to get the assist from one of my teammates].” Phillips also said the team atmosphere has helped the team play so well early on in the season. Three of Phillips’ four goals were scored in the first half. Head coach Joe Ridgway attributes Friday night’s performance to the team’s leaders. “We’ve got a lot of solid leaders. Pretty much our

whole team is back from last year,” Ridgway said. “They’ve just grown together and they care about each other as a family. They support each other and we’ve got some weapons. “Right now we’re connecting. We’ve got some good distributors who are connecting to our weapons. So we’ve just got to keep healthy, keep getting better and we’ve got a lot of tough competition coming up,” he said. The onslaught of scoring was led by Phillips but, as she said, others had their roles and contributed to the big victory. Maddie Newton,

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The Panthers are not only undefeated but have forced shutouts in all of their wins so far. Kaitlyn Parker, Gabby Kastner, Sydney Baird and Jessica Wells all scored for the Lady Panthers. After taking

a 9-0 lead into halftime, the game ended just 22 seconds into the second half when Phillips scored her fourth

goal of the game. The Lady Panthers will play host tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to Athens Academy.


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Today at Coolray Field, the Gwinnett Braves will host Fan Fest, a day for fans to get a little taste of what their Coolray Field regular season experience will be like. Fans will have the chance to win prizes, purchase tickets and watch the G-Braves take on the Detriot Tigers in a preseason matchup which will be shown live on the big screen. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. For a complete list of the festivities, email or call 678-277-0340.

The Larry Fleeman Memorial 198 will be the season opener at Gresham Motor Sports Park on March 30. Students and teachers can enjoy a $15 entry fee but must have their school ID. Children 12 and under will receive free entry; general admission is $25 and military and seniors will be charged $20. There will be a practice round from 3-7 p.m. March 29 with free entry. GMP will celebrate the start of the season with a host of great prizes. Visit for more information.

Road Atlanta is proud to announce they will host the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series; this is the first time the event will be hosted at Road Atlanta. On April 19-20, the series will roll into town complete with a lineup full of models such as the Aston Martin, BMW and Corvette among others. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will make an appearance at Road Atlanta as well that weekend. Children 12 and under will receive free entry. Those wishing to purchase tickets can visit or call 800-849-RACE (7223).

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Showing heart, Panthers sneak by Hart Co. Bulldogs in extra time



After losing the first two games to start the season, the Jackson County Comprehensive High School boys’ soccer team racked up its second straight victory on Friday night by beating the Bulldogs of Hart County 3-2 in extra time. Head coach Philip Vincent said the team still has some work to do but he was glad to pick up a win in their first region game of the year. “We’ve got a spread of players. We’re kind of senior-heavy and then we’re

freshmen-heavy,” Vincent said. “It’s just trying to get these guys to work together and gel a little bit better. It’s a pretty good gap. We’ve got to work on communication a little bit better.” The Panthers were led by junior Patrick Ventura who scored all three of the Panthers’ goals. His first two came during the first half of play. Ventura scored his third goal 16 seconds in double overtime. With a 2-0 deficit, the Bulldogs’ Sasha Howard scored to cut the

deficit to one heading into halftime. Bulldog Jonathan LeCroy tied the game at 2-2 with a goal near the 12-minute mark in the second half of play. “(Hart County) brought it. They came to play,” Vincent said. “Their goalie played a phenomenal game; he took away some opportunities away from us. His leg put us on our feet all night long.” Vincent also said his team showed a lot of heart on Friday night because they’re

dealing with injuries and illness right now. “[We are] dealing with a few injuries right now, too; we had one with the flu and he’s playing through the game. It showed me one thing about this team: they’ve got some heart,” said Vincent. “They played through the injuries, feeling sick and whatever else and stuck with it. Taking (Hart County) to overtime like that and being able to put one away, especially our first region game, felt really good,” he said. The Panthers will host Athens Academy tomorrow at 7 p.m.


Continued from 1B not even making it to the region meet to jumping 14 feet and 2 inches in one year. I won state as a sophomore and set the single A classification record.” Porter had a ton of success at Jefferson but, just as he was on the verge of becoming a Volunteer, the unthinkable happened. Porter broke his back and was told he would never be able to compete at a high level again. From there, he did what most athletes would do: Prove the doctors wrong. “The recovery was rough. I ended up competing both indoors and outdoors instead of redshirting and I only jumped 16 feet and 1 inch. I thought the doctor might have been right,” said Porter. “Over the next year, I got faster and stronger and the pain has slowly disappeared as I keep training. I jumped 17 feet and 1 inch and it was my first personal record in a year which is huge for me considering the doctor told me I would never jump that high again. I proved him wrong,” Porter said. Porter says he is hopeful that he can someday make an appearance in the Olympics. However, even if he never makes it to the Olympics, he reminds himself that success is not determined by athletic abilities but by character. “If I do eventually jump 18 feet in my time here at Rocky Top, I would consider becoming elite and work toward the ultimate goal – the Olympics,” said Porter. “I believe that UT is the place I need to be if I start to work toward the Olympics. It is the most pole vault-friendly city in the world. “My number one priority is to make my family proud. It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about carrying yourself like you are a champion no matter the outcome of certain meets,” said Porter. For the extended version of this story, visit

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Fighting for possession was key for the JCCHS Panthers in their relentless effort over Hart County.

Dragons boys’ tennis team looking to carry on 2-match win streak BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

They may have started out on a slippery slope but the Jefferson High School tennis teams have refurbished their racquets and the season by earning their first two wins of the season. It is a savory taste to a 0-2 start that left a bitter taste in their mouth. The Dragons opened the season against Morgan County High School where both teams had their fair share of struggles. Head Coach Michael Paul said the loss was “to a very solid Morgan County team. The girls’ match was very close as we won [the] No. 1 and 2 singles but lost [the] No. 3 singles and one double[s]. Morgan won the No. 2 doubles by default as Jefferson was short-handed due to players still involved in basketball.” “In the boys’ match, the Jefferson boys fought very hard and competed in every match but Morgan County proved

to be too tough,” said Paul. “I am very proud of our effort in our first match of the season. We knew that Morgan County would be strong and that is why we scheduled them. We want to play as tough a schedule as possible prior to region play.” In the second match, the Dragons fell 0-2 to North Oconee High School. Paul noted, “while the scores didn’t reflect it, every match had long rallies and close games. Our inexperience showed in many matches. We were not able to win the close points or games. Both teams lost in highly competitive matches to North Oconee.” The Dragons had enough of being on the losing side of things and notched their first win of the year against Franklin County High School. It was a hardfought match that turned into a slugfest for both squads. “[It had] to be the closest match ever for the Dragons. Throughout that day, the boys’ and girls’ teams completed a

total of five tie-breakers in 10 matches. The boys won 5-0 while the girls won 3-2,” said Paul. The Dragons were not satisfied with just one win in the record books and went after another against Elbert County High School and came out as the victor. Paul described it as “what could have been the coldest night to play tennis,” yet JHS was not intimidated by their opponent or the weather. “As we enter region play next week, we feel we have improved greatly as a team and individually. We have a very young team and they are growing up fast with the tough schedule so far,” said Paul. “To say I am proud of this group would be an understatement.” Jefferson will return to the court today at home. The boys will face off against Riverside Military Academy while the girls will take on Greene County High School. Both matches are set for 4:30 p.m.

Panthers improve on the diamond BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School Panthers may have had some early season jitters in the team’s first match of the year as the fell 11-4 to Lumpkin County High School on Feb 20. Head coach Tommy Fountain described the loss as easy things that went completely left field. “[The issues were] walks and errors,” said Fountain. “We walked 16 and made eight errors. Baseball is a simple game of catching and throwing. When you can’t catch it or throw it, you don’t deserve to win and things get ugly. Basically, that’s what happened the last three innings.” Coleman Barbee, the starting pitcher for the Panthers, is a freshman who performed well in his first game at the high school level. Fountain was proud of Barbee’s performance and didn’t think he played timid. “If he was nervous, he didn’t show it. He went three innings and gave up one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts. That’s not a bad stat line for a 14-year-old kid throwing his first ever varsity game. We took him out because of his pitch limit, not because he was struggling,” Fountain said. Despite the loss, Fountain never pressed the panic button. He said he knew the po-

tential and level of talent on the team and said they must learn how to, “stop the bleeding when something goes wrong.” Jackson County returned to the diamond against East Hall High School on Feb. 22 where they fell 7-1. Fountain noted a different spell of issues against EHHS. “We improved from game one to game two, but not enough to get the win. We still had problems throwing strikes, particularly in the early innings and that got us in too big of a hole. We also left too many base-runners on. I’m pleased that we improved but not pleased with the result,” said Fountain. Jackson County took a 13-3 win in an away match

against Central Gwinnett High School on Feb. 26 with Andrew Fogarty leading the way for JCCHS with a whopping four RBI’s. “We played better but still have some things to clean up offensively and defensively. Regardless, a win is a win and we’ll take it. Our pitching is getting better and better each time. We knew with throwing so many freshmen [in] and guys returning from basketball that it would take a while to get them into the swing of things. As we continue to throw more strikes and work deeper into games, we’ll get better all around,” stated Fountain. In the Day at the Diamond Tournament on March 2, JCCHS went 1-1. Commerce

High School got the best of the Panthers in a 3-2 win in nine innings, however, Jackson County grabbed a 7-6 win over Oglethorpe County High School. “I was very proud of the way the guys bounced back from adversity on Saturday to win the second game,” Fountain said. “Our guys really grew up right before our eyes over the last three or four games. We’re getting better and better each game. We’ve just got to keep getting better each game and continue to cut down on mistakes.” The Panthers will have a rematch against Lumpkin County tomorrow at LCHS. The first pitch is set for 5:55 p.m.

beat us it was the perfect setting [for them]. It was at their place, it was raining and they came out and played harder. Q: What has helped you develop into becoming such a sharp-shooter? A: It comes down to the same thing as hockey. In hockey, you learn to release and, in lacrosse, it is the same motion but you just have to learn how to move it up. When I first started playing lacrosse, I was practicing my craft every chance I had. I practiced in the backyard and I practiced with my buddies. I had a stick in my hand all the time. Q: What are your aspirations for the season? A: I just want to do whatever the coaches tell me to do. I like to score and I like to play defense. I want to have better stats from last year. KOZLOWSKI FAVS Favorite food: Chicken parmesan Pre-game music list: Artist: Eminem Song: Lose yourself

MCHS undefeated in Peach Fest Tourney BY BRANDON RICHARDSON

For the Paper

The Mill Creek High School boys’ lacrosse team defeated every opponent they faced in the Peach Fest Lacrosse Invitational last weekend. The invitational featured some of the best teams from states across the southeast. The Hawks faced Spain Park High School in their opening match last Friday night. The Hawks easily handled the defending Alabama state champions 14-3. MCHS welcomed the Jaguars to Georgia with a very resilient defense. Strong defense would be a reoccurring theme for the Hawks throughout the weekend. “From start to finish, our boys were on it -- a lot of assists and unselfish play,” said head coach Bo Adams. The boys faced a very tough defense in their second match of the invitational versus the Red Raiders of Baylor School from Chattanooga, Tenn. The Hawks responded by making sure their opponents saw an even better defensive effort. MCHS took an early 2-0 lead over Baylor but the Red Raiders responded in the second quarter by scoring three straight goals to take the lead. It was the only time the Hawks would trail in the tournament. Nick Kozlowski responded with two straight goals as MCHS retook the lead. Alex Schneider finished up his great first half with three straight blocks to send MCHS into the half up by one. “It’s hard to get going when it’s cold early. We played a little sloppy [early in the game],” said Adams. The Hawks completely separated themselves from their opponents in the second half, breaking down their opponent’s defense while fortifying theirs. A 5-0 run in the third quarter was highlighted by a score from Kozlowski. “The [5-0] run was the difference. The key was our conditioning. Our kids never give up and we can take it to the end,” said Adams. Both teams each added a goal of their own in the final quarter as Mill Creek won 10-4. Kozlowski had arguably his best game of the weekend in the team’s toughest match of the invitational; he tallied five goals and an assist against Baylor. The Hawks breezed through their last matchup versus Webb School of Knoxville, Tenn., winning 13-3. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Once again, the MCHS defense held strong allowing only one goal in the entire second half. Mill Creek will return to action tomorrow against Norcross High School at NHS at 7 p.m.

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Sharing many

at Wellspring Camp

Farah Bohannon Columnist

Thank a teacher Teachers play a crucial role in everyone’s lives — no matter what age. They are responsible for teaching reading, writing, mathematics, science and spelling, but also serve as a shoulder to cry on and give meaningful advice. Teachers are willing to form a bond that could possibly last a lifetime. Teachers enforce appropriate behavior and manners, spend one-on-one time with students who struggle and go out of his or her way to make a student feel loved and important. They are even risking their lives to keep their precious students safe in a dangerous situation — the teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut are prime examples of this. Teachers deserve to be appreciated because of everything that they do — and the Peach State Federal Credit Union realizes this. The Peach State Federal Credit Union’s dedication to education is part of their foundation. Kristen Patton, vice president of marketing and business development, says that Peach State “supports education through sponsorship of the Teacher of the Year awards and awarding student and career advancement scholarships.” In addition to sponsoring the Teacher of the Year banquets in their service areas, the overall system winner wins a monetary contribution and a crystal peach. “We also give the Teacher of the Year at each school receive a special loan promotion as a thank you for all the time and effort they give to the children,” Patton says. If you have a child who has an influential teacher who deserves some appreciation, there are several fairly easy ways to show it. Teachers of young children would certainly appreciate something as simple as a drawing, letter, collage or anything with the student’s personal touch. It will also serve as a sentimental keepsake, which is a huge bonus. Older students could compile a class recipe book, donate school supplies, write a book of thanks, offer to make dinner, purchase a gift card to a spa or salon, or even book him or her a weekend trip away. The possibilities are endless. For more ideas, visit http://www. Shannon Townsend, the 2-year-old assistant teacher at Elite Academy in Hoschton, said she felt appreciated when a parent brought her lunch on a whim one day. “We had just put the children down for their afternoon nap, when one of the children’s father came into the room with two to-go bags full of food. He told us that he wanted to treat us to lunch because he appreciated us teaching his daughter every day,” Townsend said. “Even something as simple as lunch makes me feel appreciated.” Christine Ramsey of Atlanta said she felt the need to show her son’s fourth grade teacher some appreciation after she took extra time out of her day to help him with a math unit he was struggling with. The teacher met with him every day after school for an hour until he fully understood the material — he is proud to say he scored a B+ on his test. Ramsey put together a “spa basket” for his teacher, which included nail polish, lotions, bubble bath and other beauty products all wrapped up in shiny ribbon. She said she has given his teachers gift cards to Target and Amazon, as well. The possibilities are endless. Show our teachers appreciation — they deserve it! Farah Bohannon is a freelance writer living in Winder. She loves to write inspiring stories. Reach her at farah.


Saturday’s trail run showcases land’s beauty while raising funds for special needs facility By KATIE JUSTICE

Whether you walk, run, or jog, you can be certain it’s for a good cause with the Wellspring Camp 5K Trail Run this Saturday, March 9. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Wellspring Camp, a Christian camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs located in Jefferson. The 5K follows a trail through the camp’s property, allowing runners to get a first hand look at the facilities. Registration lasts from 9-9:45 a.m., and the race starts at 10 a.m. The cost of the 5K is $30. Wellspring Camp was the vision of Tammy and Josh Griffin, who actually met working with special needs children in college. They dreamed of opening a camp for individuals with special needs but were always told how impossible it would be. However, they turned their so-called impossible dream, into a thriving camp that hosts both day and over night camps in the summer and a variety of other activities year round. According to Tammy, the first time she worked with a special needs child in college, she “lost her heart,” and her obvious love and passion for her work is contagious. She and her husband, along with their three children live on the 72-acre area of land dedicated for the camp. In fact, when camp is in session the lower level of their home is dedicated as additional lodging for campers and staff. “While it is Josh’s and my camp, our vision is more than just taking care of our campers,” Griffin said. “It’s helping people to see them as people, and not just like a lesser part of society, because they have so much to offer and so much love, and I think it’s their ability to love that draws people here to them.” The camp is completely staffed by the Griffin’s and volunteers, although they do hire some “servants” during the summer camp session. “We call them servants because we all serve God, and he expects us to do our very best all the time, and Josh and I hold very high standards for the people that come out here,” she said.

Last weekend was the Spring Overnight Weekend, and lots of smiles were shared. These photos are courtesy of Josh Griffin, above with a camper, and Tammy Griffin, top left, with a camper. Volunteers come from all over the country and even Canada. “It’s always amazing to me because they’re coming here, and they are changing diapers, and they are feeding people, and they are loving on people, and they love it, and they want to come back. It’s really neat.” Currently, the camp consists of just one cabin to house campers in addition to the Griffin’s home, and there are wait lists for every activity. Thus, the Griffin’s hope to soon be able to expand the camp to include an additional cabin. There are of course other items of the Wellspring Camp wish list, which include an in ground pool with a splash pad, and a kitchen renovation, but crossing items of the list is a result of community support and donations. For more information on Wellspring Camp, including donation and volunteer opportunities visit www.wellspringcamponline. com.

Fund-raising, head-shaving experience to be hosted by Hoschton hair salon By LEANNE AKIN

If Tracy Brandenburg can raise $1,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by the March 17 fundraising event at her Hoschton hair salon, young Jack Geibel will assist in holding the shaving tool for the first stroke of her hair.

Now 6, Jack Geibel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2010 and Brandenburg shaved his head after his treatments made him lose his hair. Treated at the Aflac Cancer Center, Jack’s ALL is a form of leukemia characterized by excess lym-

phoblasts that affects approximately 45,000 people per year, mostly children between ages 2-4. Artistic Expressions Hair Salon, located in Hoschton Towne Center, will be the location of one of a head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research. The event

will be from noon to 6 p.m. with St. Baldrick’s shavees, volunteers, supporters and donors coming together for an afternoon of fun and fundraising. The guys from Renegade Steel Buildings have formed a team, fittingly named Renegades, and Kevin Welch reports that $1,100 has already been raised toward the event’s $6,000 goal. Welch recalls Brandenburg said she needed his help and he said he would ask a couple of his employees about participating. When five took him up on the idea right away, he said, “Let’s just all do it.” Because St. Baldrick’s is such a good cause, Welch says he hopes his team of eight can raise $5,000 by calling on vendors, family and friends as well as members of the community.

He looks at his two young daughters and asks what he would do if childhood cancer struck his family. “We have answered the call to be heroes! We’ve teamed up to have our heads shaved – to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures,” says the Renegade Steel Buildings Facebook page. “Please support us with a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This volunteer-driven charity funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when we

See ST. BALDRICK’S, 4B Katie Justice The Paper

Tracy Brandenburg is busy at her station of her business, Artistic Expressions Hair Salon in Hoschton Towne Center. She invites the community to come and join in the St. Baldrick’s fundraising effort on March 17. If she makes her personal goal of $1,000, a childhood cancer survivor will help take the first stroke of hair from her head. She shaved his head when his cancer treatments thinned his hair so much that a new look was in order. He’ll return the favor.



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Teams’ excitement now building for Relay For Life By LEANNE AKIN

Jessica Worley and Jennifer Kidd are living and breathing Relay For Life as the countdown is on toward the biggest spend the night birthday party around. “It’ll be big,” say the cochairwomen for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton. On April 26, Hoschton Park will be transformed into Relay For Life central with teams taking to the field with their campsites and walkers making their way around the track all night long. The overnight Relay For Life experience is symbolic of a cancer patient’s journey: Cancer does not sleep, and a patient may often be alone during the dark night but they won’t be at the Relay event. “We are asking our teams to pledge to stay all night,” said Jessica, explaining the significance of walking in the shoes of a cancer patient. While there will be some time for reflection, Relay For Life will be entertaining with race cars and drivers on hand for some of the festivities. Dancers and musicians, including karaoke performers, will join in the fun. This year’s Relay will be about the survivors and their caregivers. The survivors lap and the caregivers will be special. Many of those taking part in Relay For Life have a personal connection to cancer whether it is their own diagnosis or that of a family member, friend or coworker. For Paul Jones, the connection is a special little 3-year-old boy while for those at The Children’s Place at New Liberty United Meth-

odist Church are eager to support Relay on behalf of a child who was diagnosed at 4 months old. West Jackson Fire Department is answering the call for teamwork when Assistant Chief Bill McElvery asked fellow firefighters to join him in fighting cancer in honor of his father, who is undergoing treatments. The West Jackson Fire Department has been a part of the public safety personnel on standby for Relay For Life and now 18 team members will be actively involved. “Think of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ and do something nice for them when you see a survivor in their purple T-shirt,” said Jennifer. Whether it’s just walking up and saying I’m proud of you or buying the person a Coke, let a survivor know they are valued, said Jessica. This year’s Relay is not just an event, it is also about education and entertainment. Eating healthy, do the right things and giving of yourself are other aspects of what the American Cancer Society is targeting. The Relay teams are gearing up their fundraising efforts with Georgia Kids Academy set for their annual Krispy Kreme donut orders and “Change Wars” efforts, with classes vying for the opportunity to be the top fundraiser. A special tea will find students dressing up as princes and princesses for activities with parents to include games and fundraising. Jessica’s class won last year’s Changes Wars as students and parents donated change and folding money to put together $800 for Relay For Life, and orders for 500 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts found her class enjoying

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ask for your support, we’re really asking you to support these kids. Thank you,” says Welch. “Click ‘Make a donation’ to give online, or donate by phone or mail.” One of the suppliers for Renegade Steel Buildings, Janus International and its salesman, added $500 to the team’s St. Baldrick’s fundraising efforts. “We are hoping our other vendors will also come through for us,” said Welch, who likes to support community causes where he can see a residual outcome. “You get help from helping others.” The Renegades, joining with Kevin Welch, are Kevin Regan, Phillip Welch, John Kivett, Lee NeSmith, Jim Carroll, Todd Brownlee and Dave Pace. Like Welch, Brandenburg is also using social media to connect with the community and potential donors worldwide. “I need volunteers,” wrote Brandenburg in capital letters. “For our shave-a-thon for benefit childhood cancer. Please send me a facebook message if you are interested. This is perfect for high school students looking for community service hours. Adults looking to do great things in our community. If you want to set up a team or be a shave, call me at 706-824-0224. Visit mypage/599139/2013 Balds Have More Fun and Team McDonald’s are other teams onboard, and Brandenburg is also joined by Pete Fuller and George Pearson as individual par-

ticipants. The West Jackson Fire Department is also planning to be supporters of St. Baldrick’s. “I am proud to be a part of a city with such a philanthropic heart,” said Brandenburg at the Feb. 28 council work session as she invited community participation. “I appreciate your support. We want to stand solid with children. We care and we want to find a cure.” Brandenburg said there would be a children’s center, food and festivities at the St. Baldrick’s event. She said Tilted Kilt will be involved. For information, contact Brandenburg at 706-824-0224 or email love4theocean@ or St. Baldrick’s media team at 626-792-8247 ext. 50 or Brandenburg’s event can be seen at www. mypage/9960/2013 and you can pledge online.

Barrow event to honor Will Wagner Saturday, March 16, is the date of this year’s St. Baldrick’s event at Dakota’s Grill and Bar in Auburn. Last year, more 100 firefighters, police officers, government officials and other members of the area community shaved their heads to show their support for children with cancer. “Last year was amazing,” says organizer Karen Nowakowski. “Not only did we have over 100 shavees, 17 of those were women.”

The overnight Relay For Life experience is symbolic of a cancer patient’s journey: Cancer does not sleep, and a patient may often be alone during the dark night but they won’t be at the Relay event.

Donations are welcome. If you would like to make items for the yard sale and need items picked up, contact Jessica at or Jennifer at jkidd30066@

a McDonald’s celebration party. “The children are learning early how to make people and how to make difference,” said Jessica. Wingslingers is teaming up for special “Dine for Dollars,” Relay For Life days when 10 percent of sales benefits Relay fundraising. Cupcakes are also being sold to display the names of donors. Braselton Spinal Center, together with Commerce Spinal Center, will be conducting a raffle for chiropractic treatments as the team rallies around a 5-year-old relative of Dr. Kenny Flint who is involved in his 5-year treatment plan. While talking with a staffer, Jessica and Jennifer learned the staffer had lost her husband to cancer. The Hoschton Café is busy putting up Relay cupcakes on its storefront windows with donations adding up. Survivors and other customers are showing their support of the team’s efforts which also includes the sale of raffle tickets for specialty cakes. Check out the Facebook page for a look at the sweet treats. “I’ve never had cancer, but it’s such a blessing to be a part of this,” said Jennifer. “You can’t buy this kind of blessing.” She is also finding her involvement in Relay For Life is allowing her to reconnect with friends and

Two Relay For Life nights are being hosted at Canvas Mixers in Braselton. Canvas Mixers of Braselton is located in Suite 105 at 5391 Hwy. 53, in Olde Towne of Braselton. Artist-led, step-by-step group sessions enable nonartists to have their very own 16-inch-by-20-inch original acrylic painting in just three hours. On March 22 and April 12, artists will be creating works of art as they also raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Ten percent of the proceeds from the evenings will be going to Relay For Life.

This year’s event will honor Will Wagner, the 8-year-old son of WinderBarrow High School head football coach David Wagner. In early December, Will was diagnosed with a Nongerminomatous Germ Cell (Brain) Tumor and has undergone surgery. He is currently receiving chemotherapy. “Although the money collected does not go directly to Will or his family, it helps fund the grants that make life-saving research for childhood cancer cures possible,” said Nowakowski. “The Aflac Cancer Center is

family as she grew up in Braselton. “It’s like a reunion for me. It’s all about community.” For Jessica, she finds she has a real passion for Relay For Life. A cancer survivor, she finds her volunteer work to be a hobby she truly loves. Both Jennifer and Jessica are investing time and energies into their “baby teams,” first-time Relay For Life teams assembled with lots of excitement and looking for direction and fundraising ideas. “We have a lot of new teams,” including The Church of Hoschton. “We are their biggest cheerleaders,” said Jessica. “We are in this together.” “If we make our goal of $55,000, we’ll take a cake in the face,” said Jennifer and Jessica, “preferably Red Velvet.” The top two teams will be able to take aim at their faces when Relay prepares to wind down at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Relay For Life yard sale set for March 23 A Relay For Life yard sale and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on the lawn in front of Lawson’s Funeral Home at 4532 Highway 53 in Hoschton. Teams are invited to set up their tables and will proceeds will benefit Relay For Life.

a prime example of a local hospital that reaps the benefits of these amazing fundraisers. “Our goal is to make Will feel like a king that day, and show him there is a community full of people that care about him,” said Nowakowski. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $101 million to support

Canvas Mixers hosts two special events

Luminaries and purple ribbons Jennifer Dees, a co-chair of last year’s Relay For Life, is serving as chairman of the Luminaries committee, and teams are also selling purple ribbons which are going up around the community. When you see a purple ribbon on a mailbox or storefront, know that you’ve found a Relay For Life supporter. If you would like to order purple ribbons, stop by Independence Bank or contact Jessica at or Jennifer at jkidd30066@ You can order luminaries and torches in honor of or in memory of a loved one

lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local

or friend by contacting Jennifer Dees at 706-654-5720 or An electronic copy of the order form can be provided or you can stop by Town Hall and pick up a form. Payments can be made through Dees or directly to the American Cancer Society.

Fight Back 5K Run/ Walk is April 20 The second annual Fight Back 5K Run/Walk will be held starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Braselton Park. The race is sponsored by the Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton and all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Pick-up/race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finisher, the overall male and female masters and grand masters and to the top 3 male and female finishers in select age categories. A T-shirt is guaranteed to all pre-registered runners and will be available on race day while supplies last. Register online by visiting the link: aspx?id=18627

Independence Bank hosts Bank Night Independence Bank will be hosting Bank Night on Tuesday, April 23. The bank also has a Relay For Life team. Keep up with Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton on Facebook.

institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, which may be a child’s best hope for a cure. For more information on supporting the Barrow County St. Baldrick’s event, visit the events website at events/barrowcounty, or call organizer Karen Nowakowski at 678-886-6331.

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Fur Ball Airlines taking off for humane society shelter fundraising flight Get boarding pass for the March 22 event By LEANNE AKIN

Fur Ball Airways will be taking to the sky on Friday, March 22, to benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County, which is soaring to new heights. As plans move forward for construction of a new animal shelter, Jackson County’s first, the Fur Ball committee is set to transport guests back to 1963 when airline travel was glamorous and exciting. Board at Gate K-9 for an evening of dining, dancing to the music of The Fly Cats and auction at the BraseltonStover House. The committee includes Humane Society president Roxane Rose, event coordinator Laura Collier, Martha Martin, Theresa Kenerly, Tracy Jordan, Sarina Roth, Paula Matzko, Christie Landers and Angie Bragg. For Collier, the third annual Fur Ball theme – “Come Fly With Us” – is a tribute to the memory of her father, Eastern Airlines Captain Ernest Cedergren. Attired in an outfit that brings to mind a pilot ready to step into the cockpit, Collier stopped by the office of The Paper with exciting news about the black tie or flight crew costume evening with West Jackson Medicine Center as presenting sponsors. “My mother and father are the inspiration for all of this, since she was a stewardess and he was a pilot – both for Eastern Airlines, when airline travel was actually fun,” said Collier. Her mother, Gladys Cedergren, is a former Eastern Airlines stewardess and current member of Silverliners International

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Becky Lee, executive director of The Tree House, with Brad Akins and Marshall Britt of Akins, anticipates the March 22 fundraisier for the children’s advocacy center.

LeAnne Akin The Paper

Laura Collier, event coordinator for the third annual Fur Ball set for March 22, is wearing in the flight crew attire that ties in with the “Come Fly With Us” theme that pays tribute to her parents and their Eastern Airlines careers. Below: In-flight snacks and a gourmet meal will be served. in Miami, Fla., for former Eastern Airlines flight attendants. Friend, Gloria Lewis, also a former EAL stewardess and member of Silverliners, has donated the 220 pair of commemorative Eastern Airline pilot wings to the Humane Society for the event, which are worth of a total of about $1,400. “The wings will be given to each guest at Fur Ball as a souvenir,” said Collier. The wings will be pinned on each guest as they enjoy the flight itinerary – the gourmet in-flight meal catered by Cornbread & Caviar and dessert by Ferranti’s Cakery. Never the Rock Photography will be taking passport photos. Other aspects of the evening will also follow the in-flight theme. Tickets and information are available by contacting the “Control Tower” at 706-3726465 or Boarding passes are $100 each or $150 per couple, and sponsorships – $1,500 for First Class; $1,200 for Business Class; and $750 for Coach – are still available. Other sponsorships include $500 gift sponsor or $200 entertainment sponsor. Other donations are also welcome. Send to Humane Society of Jackson County, P.O. Box 567, Jefferson, GA 30549, or visit www. for more information on the Raise The Woof capital campaign.

‘A Night of Hope for Children’ auction marks 15th year with Akins Ford partnership From staff reports

The Tree House, Inc. Children’s Advocacy Center is gearing up for the 15th annual “A Night of Hope for Children,” a live and silent auction set for March 22 at the Winder Community Center. The biggest fundraiser of the year for The Tree House, the event has more than 20 live auction items and approximately 100 silent auction items. Akins Ford of Winder has partnered with The Tree House on the auction for the entire 15 years. “Our partnership with Akins Ford has been such a blessing,” said Becky Lee, executive director of The Tree House. “They are instrumental in getting most of our sports memorabilia as well as helping us sell auction tickets. Once again, Akins Ford is supporting The Tree House in a very big way.” Akins has donated two season tickets for every 2013 University of Georgia home football game. “This is a UGA football fanatics dream with the tickets being on the 40-yard line,” said Lee. “We can’t thank Brad Akins and Akins Ford enough for their continued support and donating such a phenomenal item for the auction.” Tickets for the auction are $35 and raffle tickets are $10. They can be purchased

by phone at 770-868-1900, online at www. under the donation tab and in person at the new location of The Tree House at 173 Highland Drive in Winder. The raffle drawing will be held the night of the auction. You do not have to be present to win. Dinner will be catered by Trumps. For more information, visit or contact Becky Lee at


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‘Motherly wisdom’ so overbearing that it is time to bolt Dear Margo: Two years ago, my mother got it into her head that I should give up my career in law and postpone my wedding in order to become a bureaucrat! I didn’t understand her fascination and made it clear that I wanted to make my own career decisions. Let’s just say she wore me down. She stopped talking to me, refused to attend my wedding and was rude to my fiance’s parents when they called to find out what was going on. I know it’s easy to say this, but I am absolutely sure I was subjected to emotional abuse. I was told I was an ungrateful child undeserving of any respect and love due to my refusal to follow her “motherly wisdom.” Her sister initially tried to help me, but backed off when my mom threatened to break off relations with her, as well. I did not want to lose my mom and disappoint her

Dear Margo for the rest of my life, so I gave up my career, and I have postponed my wedding (indefinitely). I’m now preparing for the tests to qualify as a civil servant. My mom, of course, is elated. She has moved in with me to help me prepare. I now often find myself inexplicably upset ­— with her, with myself, with everything. It’s a wave of rage that ebbs and flows but never goes away. I want to shake her hard and make her realize what she has done, but I am tired of fighting her. She has always maintained that what she’s doing is not selfish because she’s doing it for my benefit. I am starting to think I

will just have to accept that logic before I drive myself mad with anger. What do you think I should do? — Crushed Dear Crushed: Sever relations with your mother, move her out, go back to the law, and marry your guy — if he’s still around. Oh, and get into therapy. Without getting into your mother’s need to control you (and intentionally or not ruin your life), the scenario you describe is quite nutty. If you’re old enough to be a lawyer and to marry, you’re old enough to make your own choices, and they should be choices that do not fill you with rage. Run, my dear, from your very toxic mother, and find a good therapist. Dear Margo: My mother (who lives with us) claims she loves my children very much, but whenever she and I have a disagreement, she wants nothing to do with them. She chases them away

or ignores them. As soon as we talk and things are smoothed over, she then returns to being very loving to them. What I would like to know is: What is that kind of love called? — Resentful Dear Re: To my knowledge, there is no psychiatric name attached to this kind of behavior. I, myself, would call it immature, narcissistic and tiresome -- and I’m not even sure it can be considered love. The rough equivalent in a marriage would be a couple who thrive on conflict and, in essence, get divorced several times a day. I am sorry that there is such commotion, and my hunch is that your mother will not change. — Margo, regrettably Dear Margo: I need help. I am married to a great guy, but I frequently find him annoying. (This feeling did not surface until after we got married).

The poor guy tries very hard to avoid upsetting me, but he fails miserably. I am sometimes disgusted with myself for the nasty and mean things I say to him when I am angry. We stay married because I cannot find a reason to leave him. However, I think staying with him only makes the two of us miserable (he disagrees). On top of that, I want to move back to my home state, which is just a few hundred miles from our current home. My husband likes where we are now. Should I just move without him? There are several practical reasons for going back. I feel trapped. I am not happy if I stay, but it just feels wrong to leave. I do love him, but I do not feel I need to have him in my life to be happy. — Going in Circles Dear Go: Yours is a letter in which one does not have to read between the lines; one can just read the lines.

You are seriously ambivalent about what to do. Finding this “great guy” annoying is a cover for deeper discontents. You are not living where you want to be. You’re feeling trapped. You snipe at him and then feel awful — but you can’t stop doing it. You are unhappy and believe you do not need a mate to be happy. Resentment certainly has to figure in. Were I you, I would have a trial separation, and the time apart will likely give you the answer about how you want to live. Marriage is not for everyone, and a guy doesn’t have to be a bum for a woman to want to call it a day. Not every divorce need be tied to abusive, addictive or criminal behavior. Good luck sorting this out. — Margo, experimentally Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library will host its first Lunch and Learn of 2013 on Tuesday, March 19. Milan Propst, author of “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street” which has been made into the

movie, “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” will be the guest speaker. She also has other books. She will share about the life of her grandmother and you will also see a portion of the movie. The lunch and learn

Chocolate and art event is March 23 For The Paper

The first HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children gala in Jefferson,will be showcasing chocolate and art. Attendees will treat themselves to chocolate creations from local bakers and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. Silent auction items feature the talent of children and local artists, and the live auction includes a weekend in a home in the Georgia mountains. There will be live music, and all this for the low price of $35. All proceeds benefit children in foster care by providing them with an advocate through Piedmont CASA. This event is held in conjunction with the Jackson County Arts Council. Executive Director Annette Bates said, “This is going to be the best event we have ever had. What a great way to spend an evening: chocolate, art, music and friends. Attendees can dress up, have fun and indulge, and know that their presence gives local children in foster care a chance to have a better life.”

Bring your friends and have some fun on March 23 at the Jefferson Civic Center. Sponsorships help the program with funding for more advocates. Art from local artists is still needed. Tickets are available at or call 706-387-6375.

New CASA volunteer training slated Become a CASA Volunteer and help a child in foster care turn their lives around. You will get to know your assigned child, gather information about their family and their situation, and with the help of a volunteer coordinator, report on the child’s needs to the Juvenile Court. You speak for your assigned child in any situation where their voice needs to be heard. Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates training begins April 9 in Jackson County. For more information, go to or call 706-387-6375. GIVE an abused and neglected child a voice. Yours.


Woman’s Club seeks recollections, items

The Braselton Woman’s Club is making plans for a Sept. 4 Founders’ Day Celebration to be held at the Braselton-Stover House. A committee, headed by Jane B. Smoot, is currently working to gather copies of photographs, documents, newspaper clippings and other club memorabilia as well as portraits of current and former members of the club. The committee also wants to gather recollections from past members. If you can help the committee in its efforts on the Founders’ Day Celebration, please contact Jo Longo at 706-654-9266, Martha Martin at 706-654-2966 or Sylvia Wood Schurr at 706684-0280. Club members also serving on the committee are Jane Gladden, Bernice Hurst, Bobbie Kinney and Linda Pugh.

Mule Day will pay tribute to history For The Paper

Preparation is under way at the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm for its annual Mule Day Celebration. The farm, located near Jefferson in Jackson County, has been owned by the same family since its establishment more than 200 years ago. Direct descendant and caretaker of the farm, Susan Chaisson, has been preparing for the event by making sure that the 16 buildings listed on that National Register of Historic Places are ready for visitors. She also coordinates volunteers who demonstrate plowing, quilting, blacksmithing, soap making, and basket making as well as people to cook barbecue onsite. “My late mother Joyce

started holding these celebrations in the 1990s,” says Chaisson. “They’re such a wonderful way for folks to see how a farm operated 100 years ago in Northeast Georgia. It’s a great chance for families to spend a day together and have some good, old-fashioned fun.” The annual Mule Day celebration will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 with lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm is located on 2355 Ethridge Road in Jefferson, Georgia. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children and includes admission to the farm and a BBQ lunch plate with drink. Visit www. for tickets.

will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Braselton Community Room in the lower level of the Braselton Police & Municipal Court Building. The event was originally announced for March 13 but was rescheduled due to a conflict. The homemade soup and salad lunch is still $6 per person. Call Judee at 706-6544822 for reservations. sss Team Boom Zumbathon, a fundraiser to benefit Tripp Halstead, will be held at the Jefferson Recreation Complex gym from 10 a.m. to noon on April 13. Registration, with a $10 donation, starts at 9:30 a.m. T-shirts/ wristbands will also be for sale to help raise money for this sweet family. We are looking for business sponsors. Sponsors will get their name on T-shirts. Register/ donate in advance or at door. Two hours of Zumba and fun that anyone can do for a good cause. Contact Danielle Herring at 770-468-8634 or ZumbaDanielle5@ for info. sss For the first time ever the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits Road Atlanta, April 1920. Get ready for bumper-to-bumper racing like you have never seen. Two classes, the Daytona Prototypes (DP) and the GT cars, feature a diverse lineup including Corvette, BMW and Ford powered DPs racing alongside Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin and Audi GT entries. Also on the weekend schedule is the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for cars right off the showroom floor with only minor modifications. This inaugural event will

give sports car racing fans a taste of the future as GRAND-AM and the ALMS merge to form a new unified series beginning in 2014. Don’t forget, kids 12 and under get in free. Buy tickets online at or by calling 800-849RACE(7223). sss The Jug Tavern Squares (JTS) will be hosting free dance lessons on April 2 , 9 and 16. Classes are held at the Winder YMCA on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The classes are available for ages 12 to 99 and you don’t need a partner or be a member of the YMCA. JTS hold dances at the YMCA on Brad Akins Drive in Winder on the second and fourth Friday of each month. Dancers from all around the state are invited to join and many dancers from other clubs come to Winder for the square dancing and fellowship. JTS has had a resurgence in the past two years and in 2012, Jug Tavern Squares came in second in attendance at the State Square Dance Convention in Macon. If you are interested in joining the fun, fellowship, taking lessons, or just learning about JTS, please contact Rainger or Twila Buehler, at 706-693-1922 H, 770-265-1593 or at raingerbuehler@yahoo. com. sss Leftover Pets offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries at the clinic, located at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder. March clinic days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 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 fees are added for in heat or pregnant animals. Visit http://www.leftoverpets. org. Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800-9785226. sss

The chrome is being polished and the engines are being revved up as members of the American Street Rodders are gearing up for the start of the cruisein season. Beginning April 9, enthusiasts will be driving into Hoschton City Square for the first event of 2013. The family-oriented organization was created to provide a forum for individuals who enjoy sharing their interest in automobiles, reflecting the Cruisin’ 50’s & 60’s era. Cruise-ins are from 4-8 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from April thropugh October, although this year’s opening cruisein is a week later to accommodate the nuptials of the young lady for whom Little Hootie’s in downtown Hoschton was named. Visit www. americanstreetrodders. net sss Everybody CUTLOOSE!! FOOTLOOSE! The beloved 80’s classic is dancing your way April 5-7 at the Colleen O. Williams Theatre. Presented by Apalachee Musical Theatre class, curtain is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and, if you miss those shows, you can “kick off your Sunday shoes” at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cast will “turn you around and take a hold of your soul! ” Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at Apalachee High School or Winder City Hall. Come join AHS for a night of breaking the rules and dancing the night away in this coming of age 80’s based musical about breaking barriers in small-town Bomont. sss The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is presenting “Choosing the Correct Legal Structure For Your Business” on March 20 from 11a.m. to1p.m. at the UGA SBDC. Join Scott Lowry of Fortson, Bentley & Griffin, P.A. as he covers the


basic legal structures (corporation, LLC and partnership), the steps necessary to form each structure and the differences between them all. The presentation will also provide an overview of the different tax treatments and authority issues of each legal structure. Get answers to your legal entity questions after the presentation. The sessions will be held at the UGA SBDC office at 1180 E. Broad St., in Athens, on March 20. Cost is $29 and a catered lunch will be provided. Register online at www. or call 706-542-7436. sss Winder-Barrow Community Theatre’s 2013 Main Stage Season features “Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie this weekend with part of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Food2Kids Program in Barrow County. Help WBCT provide food for hungry children by bringing your donation to the show or by sending a check to the Food Bank. At each production of “Mousetrap,” there will be a donation jar available for donations. Checks should be made out to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and designated for Barrow County Food2Kids. Tickets are available at Winder City Hall (770-8673106) or at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance Office (770-867-1679). sss The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the second annual Jackson Derby, set for May 3 at Bouchard Farms. Wilbanks Law Firm is this year’s presenting sponsor. This event is a springtime party with all the excitement of derby day, complete with onscreen horse racing, big beautiful hats, summer jackets, mint juleps, live music and food. Contact the Chamber at 706-387-0300 for tickets and sponsorship information.

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Services 000 011-Adult Care CNA will care for your Elderly Loved One. Can cook, clean & be a companion. Ref. 706-969-8016

043-Firewood FIREWOODSeasoned Oak. Cut & Split. Free Delivery. 678-630-2775 678-549-6901 leave message SEASONED HARDWOOD $75 Per Load; $45 Small Load. Free Delivery! 706-693-0099

055-Landscaping Lawn Maintenance Over 20yrs exp. 100% American owned & operated. Competitive Rates. Spring clean-up available. 770-967-4660 Yard work, mulching, also painting, minor home repairs. 678-630-4816

Announcements 100 160-Lost & Found $1200 Reward + Free Puppy of Your Choice. LostBrown Female Poodle (7lbs). Wearing pink shirt. Gwinnett/ Hall on 11/19/12. Pls Help! 770-633-1994

170-Notices ATTENTION CLASSIFIED CUSTOMERS The Times Classified Department asks that you verify and proof your classified ad(s) the first day that it is scheduled to print. If any corrections need to be made, please contact our department, Monday through Friday, before 3pm. The Times will not be held responsible for any issues that may arise after the first day of publication. classifieds@ 770-535-1199

Jobs 200 210-Adult Care: Help Wanted Assisted Living Home- Nights & PRN. CPR & bckgrd ck. 770-965-8998

217-Construction Construction Workers Needed. at local dock co. Welding a plus. Call 770-887-9760 HEAVY EQUIPT OPERATORneeded. Exp. only apply. Drug screen req. 770-869-3135

220-Dental PITTMAN DENTAL LABORATORY has an immediate opening for an Entry Level Night/Day Shift Position in CAD CAM Dept. Must have computer knowledge & be detail oriented. Please send resume to:pittmandentalhr@g No phone calls please

230-General Sales Agents LEMONADE MAKER. PT or FT. Office Pro’s needs a highly skilled tinkerer, cobbler & fix-it solver to turn office furniture & machine lemons into lemonade. Must have inventive & creative mind, able to fix anything in the office-furn or elec. We are a drug, smoke, dip, chew & cuss-free workplace. Hourly + comm., full benefits for F/T after 6 mos, incl. vac., holiday, 401K & insurance. Apply in person, or fax or e-mail resume to John or Bobby: Office Pro’s. 2121 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30501. Fax: 770-287-3866 or 770-535-7020 email:

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235-Management Night Supervisor needed to assist with live/feed haul drivers and scheduling in Gainesville. Must have Class A CDL, exp with tractor/ trailer equipment, and exp in live/feed haul. Send resume with salary requirements to or call 804-784-6166 PROJECT MANAGER for small business in Buford. Immediate opening for individual preferably with construction industry experience. Duties include creating, maintaining and scheduling project plans by collaboration with colleagues in a small office environment. •2-4yr degree or comparable work exp •2yrs drafting exp •2yrs project mgmt exp •Proficient in AutoCAD 04 •Excellent attention to detail •Professional verbal and written skills •Customer Service orientated •Cabinet fabrication, Google Sketch Up and QB’s software a Plus F/T position with salary commensurate with experience. Company offers company benefits and is an equal opportunity employer Send resume to: myresume2u@yahoo. com

240-Medical The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: Registrar (P/T, 2pm- 6pm plus one Sat. per month) Business Office Gainesville LPN or MA General Surgery Dahlonega Registered Dietitian (PRN) Obesity Solutions Payroll Clerk (Experience with ADP payroll products specifically ADP HR/Benefits Solution and Enterprise eTIME is required along with experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word) Business Office Gainesville Ultrasonographer (P/T; 2 days/per week. Obstetrics and/or perinatology exp req’d) Perinatology Gainesville MLT (8am-1pm; Mon-Fri; Rotating weekends.) Family Medicine Oakwood Practice Management Systems Coordinator (M-F, IDX experience required. Coding and/or CPC certification preferred) Gainesville Cytotechnologist CT (ASCP) (Part-time; 24 hours per week) InterLab Gainesville LPN or RN (F/T. Tues-Fri; 8a-5p. Will consider P/T candidates as well) Vascular Access Center Gainesville Clinical Coordinator (LPN preferred. Leadership & supervisory skills) Family Medicine Oakwood Registered Mammographer (Position is PRN) Imaging Dept. Gainesville PA/NP (Surgical assist experience required) General Surgery Gainesville LPN or CMA (Previous OB or GYN experience) OB/GYN Gainesville LPN or CMA Family Medicine Oakwood Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Physician Asst. Gainesville All positions are full time unless noted. Full-time employees may be eligible for paid days off, health insurance and a generous retirement plan. Salary commensurate with experience. Previous medical office experience preferred. Spanish/English skills




desirable. Interested candidates may submit resumes via fax to 770-535-7445 Attn: Employment E-mail to: HR@longstreet or complete an application at 725 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Suite 270, Gainesville, GA 30501. For additional info about the Longstreet Clinic., P.C., please visit our website: www.long

LANGUAGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR Set educational standards & goals; Develop teaching materials to create an effective curriculum; Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and rate of learning. Req: Master’s in Management of Language Learning or TESL. Send resume: Maranatha Ministries of Hall County, Inc., ATTN: Delma Simmons, 5135 McEver Road, Oakwood, GA 30566. Maranatha is an E.O.E.

BELL MINOR HOME has position opening for an LPN. 7p-7a Please apply in person: 2200 Old Hamilton Place NE, Gainesville,GA 30507 or call 770-532-2066 Part-Time RN ASC seeking RN to assist with interventional pain procedures (20-25 hrs/wk). Fax resume: 770.297.7564 or Email: m LPN- Part-Time at Fieldale Farms in Murrayville,GA. Ability to work various shifts/flexible hours required. Apply in person or FAX resume to: 770-287-9282 EOE M/F/H/V/D

245-Misc. Help Wanted Large co. expanding. Now Hiring several DRIVERS & HELPERS Must be 21 with clean Drivers License. Make around $15.95 per hr. Call to set up interview. 678-456-9189; 678-456-9190

QUIK TRIP DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE Is accepting applications for Part-time SELECTORS at $9.50 per hour. Individuals in this position must be able to perform physical job tasks for long periods of time and must be able to lift 50 lbs or more. Day shifts available. If interested apply at: 41 JACKSON CONCOURSE RD. PENDERGRASS, GA. 30567

250Offices/Clerical Data Entry/Data Analyst needed for Buford location. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, must be deadline driven and strive for 100% accuracy and willing to work global business hours (holidays & weekends). Full-time with excellent benefits. Send resumes to: CLERICAL Position Title experience a plus. Apply in person at Oakwood’s Arrow Auto Auction. 4712 Flat Creek Rd. Oakwood, GA. WANTED REO ASST Office duties, & asst w/ BTO’s. Send resume: 770-406-2389

260-Poultry Harrison Poultry, Inc is now accepting applications for the following position: Poultry Processing Supervisor Pay is based on exp. To apply, stop by to fill out an application at: Harrison Poultry Inc, 107 Star Street, Bethlehem, GA 30620


We are currently seeking a staff accountant to join our team. College degree or equivalent work experience in accounting is required. Must possess working knowledge of MS Office. Strong communication and organizational skills are needed. Primary duties will include: Assistance in month-end close process, including generation of periodic financial statements. Performance of balance sheet account reconciliations. Interaction with customers as necessary for credit and collection purposes. Will perform other duties as assigned. Knowledge of MAS90 a plus. We offer a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefit package. Interested candidates must send their resume and salary requirements to: The Times Attn: Staff Accountant Position P.O. Box 838 Gainesville, GA. 30503 Or, email

275-Restaurant FINE DINING SERVERS & BARTENDERS Experienced, knowledge of wines. F/T & P/T. E-mail resume: or call for interview 706-782-4946 NOW HIRING: ALL POSITIONS The Chattahoochee Country Club is seeking experienced Servers, Bartenders, Banquet Servers & Kitchen Staff. Please apply in person btw 2-4pm at 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville,GA 30506

280-Trades ELECTRICIANS & HELPERS Must have min 5yrs verfiable exp., tools, speak English & valid Driver’s Lic. Must be able to travel. Call Mon thru Fri, 9-4pm. 770-535-5544 Exp PET GROOMER needed immediately. Call 678-316-6683

285-Truck Drivers DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY DEDICATED DRIVERS •$1500 SIGN-ON BONUS! •Medical As Low as $28.62 Family $18.12 Individual/wk •Dedicated Accounts -Get Paid for the MIles you DRIVE •Home Weekends! Home Multiple Evenings •EVERY Friday is Payday •24/7 Live Driver Support •CDL-A Experience Required Call and Compare

310-Appliances Washer/Dryers Stoves & Refrig. Mattresses. Also Appliance Repairs. We Do Service Calls! 678-714-0493

326-Cemetery Lots For Sale 2 Cemetery PlotsMemorial Park. $10,000 for Both. 770-654-5089

345-Furniture Dining room table 6 chairs, severing buffet $700. Leather couch w/ double recliner, love seat and matching recliner. 770-965-2268 Moving Furniture Sale Everything Must Go! Sofa, chair, ottoman (set), Sectional Sofa, Glass dinette set w/4ch, Chaise Lounge, Leather Office Chair, book cases & decor. Bill 770-744-1456

365-Misc. For Sale Diamond Cargo Utility Trailer Brendon 6’x12’ AL-KO Axle-Veh. Tech. Round Front-Rear 2dr. Bar Side door *Very Good Cond. $1750/Firm. 678-963-5502 home HAIR SALON Supplies & Equipt including Color For Sale. Great Prices! 770-519-5468 LIFT CHAIR- Large size. Burgundy. Never used. $700. 770-536-0688 POOL TABLE 4X8 Fischer. Solid slate bed with chrome trim. Over 700lbs. $600. 706-745-7141 Rough Rider Trailer 5’x8’ Low Profile Open Wood Floor & Sides Rubber Torsion Axle Assembly. $450/Firm 678-963-5502 home Treadmill /NordicTrack C1800 Good condition $280. Total Gym XLS new $585. Inversion table Teeter Hang-ups $224 Aquarium 50 gallon w/ all accessories. Good Condition $120 China cabinet, medium oak color 4 doors, lighted w/ 4 doors & 4 drawers hutch separated by mirror. Excellent condition. $775 678-897-8881

370-Musical Instruments

at 855-818-2956 **Get Paid $500 for Referring a Friend** Drivers: Owner Operators Local Driving Opportunities in Atlanta! Two-Man Straight Truck Team & Tractor-Trailer Drivers Needed •Home & B2B Deliveries •Local Runs •Daily Home Time •Great Pay •Weekly Settlements •Unloading Required (T/T) 1 Year Exp. Req & 21 YOA White Equipt. 8 Yrs or Newer Call 614-489-5127 www.driveforceva. com CEVA FM CLASS A CDL Drivers needed. Must have clean MVR, 2 yrs. exp. Must comply with all DOT reg. Apply @ 4880 Leland Dr. Cumming, GA or Call 770-887-6117 Driver

CDL Drivers Needed Tuition Paid by Federal Grants or VA Benefits. 770-614-6022 or 1-877-GET-A-CDL Call and see if you Qualify in 5 minutes! HIRING: OTR Drivers 2yrs Experience. Weekend work req’d Call 678-989-0506 CDL DRIVERS needed at Morgan Concrete in Jefferson & Athens Min. 2 yrs driving exp and mixer truck exp preferred. Full benefits with competitive wages. Call 800-448-2830

ORGAN - Hammond with Bench $5000 Never played.

770-869-7988 380-Pets & Supplies AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD Beautiful Puppies. Born Jan 4th. $125. 706-864-5331

Biewer Yorkies CKC. 1st shots & dewormed. 1 male $600; Female $700. 706-809-9096

387-Tickets HAWAII- 2 round trip air fares. Leave Atlanta. $199 ea. 1-800-518-7293

396-Yard Sale Out of Area MOVING Fri & Sat 8-4. Furniture, small appl., house plants, & motorcycle clothing. 1331 Overland Park Dr. Braselton

397-Yard Sale MOVING SALE Everything Must Go! Sat, 8am-? at 693 Wellford Ave, Jefferson, GA. Formal dining rm, hsehold furnishings, sofa, tables, lawn equipt/ furn. & much more.

Homes & Rentals 400 410-Apartments Unfurnished $599 MOVES U IN! BRANDON PLACE 2BR/2BA $675 Efficiency $475 SPRING VALLEY 1BR/1BA $575 UP 2BR/2BA $675 UP GainesvilleGa $599 Moves U In!! JACKY MATHIS

OTR DRIVER Clean MVR with at least 2yrs exp. req’d. For info call: Mitchell Reddick Trucking 404-668-4554

1 to 3BR‘s starting at $495. Move-in Specials! 770-536-0508

Stuff 300

Clarks Bridge 2/1.5, cul-de-sac. ideal for mature person $600. 770-361-3049

310-Appliances WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507


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


410-Apartments Unfurnished G’Ville- 2BR $610/mo water/trash incld. No pets 678-677-1898 MOVE IN SPECIAL $199 1BR’s Starting at $420/per mo. Pines Of Lanier 770-535-1309 NEWLY RENOVATED Twnhomes for RENT. $875/Mo, 4BR/3BA. Call 404-812-8913 Oakwood- Cedar Springs. 2BR. $675. 770-287-1456 www.callapartments. com Oakwood-2/1.5, yard very safe, H/A $605$645. 678-357-5044

420-Condos For Rent 2BR Units- $695 & $750. Butch Hodges Properties, Inc. 770-540-0417

435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished $0 Application Fee. 3BR/2BA HOMES Now Available!! NO RENT until May 1, 2013 Expires 3/28/13

SUN HOMES 888-246-2803 countrysidelakelanier. com. EHO WAC 3BR/2BA Lakefront Homes. Great Location. $825-$1250. 770-539-4400

545-House for Sale - South Hall OAKWOOD 2BR/ 2.5BA Townhouse. Crawford Oaks sbdv. $70K. 678-668-5288

565-Lots for Sale

Like New 3BR/2BA South Hall. $850. 770-532-0872 LULA Lrg, clean 3BR/2BA dbl wd, on 1+ac. $750; $500dp 770-366-4297 Newly Remodeled 4BR/2.5BA. Exec house. Silver Thorn . $1800/mo. 770-718-8363 Oakwood 3BR/1BA . Newly remod $800 + dep. 770-654-5154

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2/1, close-in. $125/wk 678-936-6791 No pets 770-532-0032 LULA -2BR/1BA 5158 Whitehall Rd. $500/mo, $500/dep 678-316-8253

Efficiencies $115/wk & up incls. utils/ cable. 770-539-2938

N.Hall Area. 2 acres. Lake View. Deep well & septic tank. $45k/obo. 770-262-5994

CHEVY 2008 Equinox, exc. cond., $8,300. By owner. 770-539-2562

CHEVY 1996 SS black, LT1, center console, loaded, rare car, $6,995. 404-401-1083

Recreation 600

LINCOLN 2000 LS. V8, auto, blk, alarm, sunrf, nonsmkr, all maint records. $5400.678-897-8570

605-Boats & Marine BOAT DOCK 30x24 w/gable roof. dbl Slip 4’x40’ gangway w/wheels. $3000. Call Brad, 770-540-1775

610-RVs & Travel Trailers

2010 Forest River Sunseeker 2960. Excellent condition, many extras, less than 5,000 miles, stored under cover. $49,900. 706-968-3966

Wheels 700

CHEVY 2005 Cobalt 4dr. silver w/gray int. $4000/obo. 770-519-3123 770-534-8671

CHRYSLER 1994 Lebaron. Cnvt. auto, V6, green/gray. New top/tires. 157k. $1695. 770-262-8200 FORD 2007 Focus SE. Good Condition. $4800. 770-714-0974

SATURN 2000 factory right hand drive Saturn station wagon. Rebuilt transmission still under warranty, new rack & pinion steering. Great for mail or paper route. $3250 OBO 770-983-0833 or 678-549-5480

745-Import Autos INFINITI 1998 Q45, black, 160K, loaded, snrf, exc. conc., new tires & battery, $5995. 404-401-1083

LEXUS 2005 LS430. 4.3L, V8, 95k, 25mpg Hwy. $20,545 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

725-Autos & Trucks Wanted ANY & ALL Available Automobiles/Junk Etc. $150 & Up. 770-654-5556 PAY CASH FOR Junk Cars & Trucks 678-617-3075

MAZDA 2008 6 Sport, 2.3L, 4 cyl., 67K miles, $11,949. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

735-Autos for Sale

BUICK 1998 Park Avenue. 3.8L V6, 88k, FWD. $5,791. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

Homes & Real Estate 500 505-Acreage for Sale

CADILLAC 2011 DTS Platinum, fully loaded plus. Gray/dark gray interior 27K Excellent $42,850 certified 770-538-0181

CHEVY 2010 Malibu. wht, brn & beige int. elect wind/drs, seats. 17k, $9000/obo. 770-519-3123 770-534-8671

N. Hall. 3BR/2BA $600/mo. 770-861-8464

470-Rooms for Rent

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles

BANK OWNED SALE Bank is selling off all their homesites in a beautiful subdivision in Habersham County, GA. Half-acre to 5 acre lots available, starting at just $4,900. Gorgeous rolling hills and beautiful views, along with heavily wooded lots. Waterfront lots available. Subdivision has its own clubhouse with fitness center, pool, tennis & basketball court. All underground utilities in place including sewer & water. Call bank directly for information! 800-684-4611

4BR/1.5BA C/H/A fenced yrd. $850 + dep. 678-316-6721 HOUSES & APTS Avail. in Gainesville & Hall Co. The Simpson Co. 770-532-9911

735-Autos for Sale

CADILLAC 1999 DeVille, 4.6L, V8, 55K miles, $9,676 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

JEEP 2011 Wrangler Sport, manual trans., 4x4 3.8L, 17k $21,898 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

KIA 2012 Sorento 3.5L, V6, auto, 11k. $21,222. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

765-Trucks CHEVY 1984 C-10. Silverado. Full size V8 Auto, $2500/Sell or Trade.678-546-9184; 678-617-5560 CHEVY 1999 S-10 Extreme. Blk, Regular cab, 4cyl, standard trans, air, needs motor. $2000. 770-519-3123 770-534-8671 CHEVY 2004. SSR. Like New! Only 4800 miles. Priced below Kelly Blue Book price. Buy before Mar. 1st and save nearly $2000 on sales tax. 770-533-2921

CHEVY 2008 Silverado 1500, 5.3L, V8, 68K, $21,898 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

MERCEDES BENZ 2007 C350, 3.5L, V6, 67K, $22,858. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

DODGE 1994 Ram 1500 as is. Runs, needs work. $1,000 or BO. Cash only. 770 965-4912


FORD 1992 F-250. 7.3. Diesel. Great Cond. $3495. 706-219-2621

HONDA 2000 Valkyrie Interstate Trike. Runs Great! Always garaged. One owner. $16,500. 770-965-2268 Cell: 404-697-3362

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles

FORD 1997 F-150 XLT Red, V-6, 5 speed, Air, everything works, clean $2800 678-414-3880 or 706-654-2567 FORD 1999 F-250 XLT. Super Cab. 4WD, 5.4L, gas, 130k, Exc Cond. $9,250/obo. 770-540-0854


540-House for Sale - North Hall Mountain Views. 4/2.5, 2 story, stone tile, 2 freplcs, wraparound front porch, covered back porch w/extended patio & More! $217,900. 770-718-9884

HUMMER 2003 H2. Fully loaded with all the goodies. One owner. Fully Chrome Package inside and out. Three 7-inch Headrest Monitors. 10-inch Roof Mount Monitor. Back-up Camera System. Four Wireless Movie2Go Headsets. Sunroof. Bose Sound System. A MUST SEE!!!!! 18,999.00 Call 706-429-6810

CADILLAC 2000 Deville, 4.6L, V8, 79K miles, $9,888 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

CHRYSLER 2008 Aspen Limited, 5.7L, V8, 98K, $16,898 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

HONDA 2007 Odyssey EX-L, 136K mi, excellent condition, blue, dvd, 6 cd changer. Sole owner, meticulously maintained, leather, new tires. $12,900. 404-791-2399

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