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Dearing is interim Chamber president By KATIE JUSTICE

knows most of the people involved in the Chamber and the community,” said Valentine. Bryan Dearing, former CEO of Two weeks ago, Director of Northridge Medical Center, has been Economic Development Courtnamed Interim President/CEO of ney Bernardi announced plans the Jackson County Area Chamber of to officially resign April 12, addCommerce, according to a Monday ing to the vacancies the Chamannouncement by Chamber Chairber has to fill. A search commitman Mark Valentine. tee had been unable to fill the “We are very excited about bringPresident/CEO position since ing Bryan on board as our Interim the departure of Shane Short President/CEO,” said Valentine. last August. He had been with the “He brings with him an impressive Dearing Chamber since October of 2007. resume and a skill set ideal to our However, with Bernardi’s resneeds at this time, particularly in ignation, a new plan was devised the areas of leadership, management and that Valentine says will make the position communication. more desirable and easier to fill. “As a past board member, Bryan also Instead of replacing both Bernardi and

Short, the positions are being combined. This will enable a more competitive salary, which Valentine says is part of what has kept the post from being filled in the past. “We were not able to attract much attention out in the job market with the salary that we were offering. But now, by combining the two positions we feel very confident that we will get a lot more attention and interest,” said Valentine, who admits that without even placing an ad for the job, interest is already increasing. In the wake of Bernardi’s resignation and with Dearing’s appointment, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce now pushing forward, says Valentine. A new committee has been formed to continue the search for a permanent president, and both the job description and job postings

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have been revised to reflect the changes to the position. “We will initiate a dual pronged search both on our own by way of networking with Chamber’s throughout the state, and we will also be utilizing the services of a professional search firm,” he said. The goal is to have the new president in office within two months. In the meantime, Dearing’s role will be to assume leadership in the chamber and support the rest of the team. “Bryan comes to us with a great deal of management experience and, as a former board member and recent Leadership Jackson graduate, he already knows the staff and the key players in the community. We are


Airport manager points to paving project as needed stewardship plan Runways, taxiways, aprons have dropped in condition ratings By KATIE JUSTICE

With Doctors’ Day falling on Easter weekend, the community’s observance of the national day commemorating Crawford W. Long’s use of anesthesia was held early. On March 20, volunteers including Diana Bagwell, Gail Dailey, Mayor Jim Joiner and his wife, Ruth, and Jefferson Main Street manager Beth Laughinghouse readied red carnations to be delivered to doctors. Above, Lindsay Starnes, delivered carnations to Dr. Jonathan Weiss, dermatologist, and Courtney Renner, PA, at River Place Medical Plaza in Braselton. Guy Dean Benson delivered carnations to doctors in Commerce and at Northridge Hospital. Also commemorating Doctors’ Day, Jefferson City Manager John Ward, Vicki Starnes, manager of the Crawford W. Long Museum, and Ryan Gurley, Pharm. D., of Crawford W. Long Pharmacy placed a red carnation wreath at the foot of the monument honoring Dr. Long. See more Doctors’ Day scenes at

Tom Strong has held the role of Jackson County Airport Manager for barely a month, yet he’s already directing the airport toward progress. At the March 19 meeting of the Jackson County Airport Authority meeting – Strong’s first since being appointed manager – he hit the ground running as he talked about improvements. First on Strong’s list was the impending need for improvement to pavement at the airport. According to Strong, the airport had recently received its copy of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) pavement management plan. The plan rates the pavement at the airport according to a pavement condition index. Strong said the longer things go without improvement, the worse and more expensive the projects get. “You go from crack sealing to having to doing major repairs, something like pot holes that’s more expensive. Reconstruction is the worst where you have to actually resurface the runway or taxiway and put down new asphalt,” said Strong to members of the airport authority. Currently, the taxiways are rated at 70, the runway at 84 and the aprons at 76. The overall value for the facility was 77, down from the mid-80s in 2007. According to strong, a rating below 70 means an expensive fix. “What that equates to, according to DOT, over the next five years to keep this place in tip-top condition is about $1.4 million on pavement, and that’s kind of the high end number,” Strong said. “To really put it in perspective, what they have listed for us to keep the wheels on the place for 2013 is a little over $5,000.” Strong has already scheduled some crack-sealing on the pavement, which will help get the airport in top shape before its April 9 GDOT inspection. “To show we’re good stewards of the airport, a little money spent on that can go a long way, not only for keeping the runway together but for keeping DOT realizing that we’re a good place to put assets,” Strong said. Strong has also begun a string of other improvements to prepare for the upcoming inspection. So far, trees have been removed, lights have been replaced, and fencing has been moved, all according to airport standards.

GDOT: Extension of managed lanes would give drivers option By LEANNE AKIN

Traffic on Interstate 85 will continue to get worse as more and more people move into the area so the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking to be proactive in spite of limited funds. Plans to extend northbound and southbound Interstate 85 Express Lanes from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road are being presented to get public comment. New lanes would be constructed for the full distance of the extension.

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The second of two open house events will be held today from 4-7 the Braselton Police & Municipal Court Building, located at 504 Highway 53 in Braselton. The first meeting was March 21 in Duluth, and representatives from GDOT, the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority and the Federal Department of Transportation were on hand to field questions. HNTB, the architecture, civil engineering consulting and construction management firm working on the project with David Hannon was propject manager, was also represented.

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Motorists traveling the I-85 corridor are invited to learn more about the plans, and several attending last week’s session had differing opinions on whether managed lanes are what will be needed to address the future of transportation along the I-85 corridor. “I live out here in Gwinnett and we need to have the choices,” said Matt Houser, who serves on the Gwinnett County Planning Commission. The Peachtree Corners resident is a current PeachPass user but has only used it on Georgia 400.


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Continued from 1A very confident that he has all the right tools to hit the ground running and do a terrific job,” Valentine said. And while Dearing isn’t an economic development professional, he will be working closely with Bernardi to become comfortable with the position and ongoing projects. “The other thing that is important to point out is that county wide we have a very good economic development team. On a regular basis, we work closely with the folks in each of our cities and with the county as partners, and this will definitely continue,” said Valentine, who says citizens need not worry about possible negative effects from the continued lack of a permanent chamber president. According to Valentine, the ongoing changes at the C=chamber will have very little if any impact on the county’s economy. A native of Roanoke, Va., Dearing holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary, as well as a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia. He has more than 20 years experience as a healthcare administrator in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. “Bryan’s immediate task will be to help stabilize the chamber team’s workload, and to get up to speed on the demands and challenges of the Economic Development Department,” Valentine said. “One of Bryan’s responsibilities in the short run will be to work with our partners throughout the county to respond to any site development inquiries.” Valentine explained the search committee will continue seeking candidates to fill the President/CEO position on a permanent basis. The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business member organization serving the needs of the community in the Jackson County area. “Through access, opportunity and relationships, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce can help you grow your business,” said Valentine. The chamber serves as the official economic development arm of Jackson County and its nine municipalities, and Bernardi was an major part of the team which saw much success in attracting new investment as well as supporting existing industry with expansions. “I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’ve have three great years in Jackson County,” said Bernardi, who officially resigns on April 12. “It’s been fun. We’ve grown a lot,” she said of time working for the Chamber. According to Bernardi, Jackson County has been one of the state’s leading job creators for the past three years. In fact, for the two years prior the county actually led the Bernardi state in job creation. “As a community, they’ve really come together to create a climate of success,” said Bernardi. Before working in Jackson County, Bernardi worked as a regional representative for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), a position she earned after interning with the DCA during college. Upon assuming the role of director of economic development, Bernardi worked directly with companies to help bring new jobs and businesses to the county. Growth during her tenure includes development by Toyota; Kubota; Bed, Bath, & Beyond; and Carters. Bernardi isn’t worried about the continued success of the county after her departure. “This is a great community, no matter who’s here.” Visit or call 706-387-0300 for more information.


Continued from 1A Tom Greenlee, however, is for the “no build” option on the project. He said he favors building lanes for all drivers to use rather than managing lanes to generate money. He said his commute is worse since the managed lanes went into use. He was looking for individuals to listen to his concerns which include the fact that the state wants to spend more money on roads and it’s costing him money as he sits in traffic. “I’ve got a longer commute time than before,” said Greenlee. Georgians are not accustomed to toll roads with the exception of Georgia 400, and California, Minnesota and Florida are among the states featured in the meeting displays about the success of managed lane. GDOT is citing an Atlanta Regional Commission study which indicates there will be more than a 50 percent increase in levels of peak period vehicle miles traveled and vehicle hours traveled between 2005 and 2030, On the I-85 corridor, traffic congestion will reach unacceptable levels without mitigation efforts. Integrating managed lanes will help kept highways free flowing with pricing. When the cost of using the managed lanes goes up, some drivers will opt not to use the lanes, thus freeing up space and providing for a more consistently timed ride, says Makila Wilkins of the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority. Wilkins said the current lanes have reached capacity and more and more drivers are choosing to use them. Since they opened in October of 2011, a chart of usage shows a consistent demand. The number of PeachPasses also continues to rise. The evaluation period is still under way. “We are encouraged by the performance data,” said Wilkins, who notes the dynamic pricing is based on volume, speed and throughput. The goal is a reliable trip for drivers who “will pay to get there faster.” Wilkins said as of Jan. 30, more than $5 million has been generated by the man-

aged lanes but she reminds that it will take three or four years for the state to break even. The defeat of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum in the region meant plans to add capacity along I-85 would not be funded through an added penny of sales tax earmarked for transportation. Learn more about the proposed extension of the I-85 Express Lanes at Those using the I-85 Express Lanes must be registered on an active PeachPass account and have a PeachPass transponder mounted inside or on the vehicle.

‘Officer Creeper’ suspected in Braselton burglary, 2nd attempt By KATIE JUSTICE

The man dubbed as the “Office Creeper” hit closer to home last week with a burglary and attempted burglary at two Braselton businesses. The “Office Creeper,” who police have identified as Antonio Hornsby, 54, left The Country Inn and Suites in Braselton empty handed on Thursday, March 21, thanks to a suspicious employee. According to Brittany Thomas, who is the director of sales but was filling in at the front desk, Hornsby arrived and claimed to know the general manager. When Thomas responded that the general manager was out of town, he told her he was supposed to be there to clean carpets and asked if he could see the carpets behind the desk. When she opened the door ,he immediately walked in and approached the back offices. “This left me on my guard,” said

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■■ On March 18, a driver traveling on Highway 21 was cited driving without insurance and failing to maintain lane. The passenger was found to be wanted and was arrested and also charged with having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. ■■ On March 19, a Braselton salon owner reported vandalism when a flower pot in front of the salon was turned over and scattered in front of the business. ■■ On March 19, a motorist experiencing vehicle trouble reported being almost hit by another driver on the southbound ramp for Exit 126. The man said cars were backing up due to excess traffic, and two cars almost struck his vehicle. ■■ On March 19, an investigation into a domestic disturbance lead to a physical altercation between a subject and two officers. The subject refused to comply with officers and became physical when they attempted to handcuff him. He was arrested and charged with two counts of obstructions involving force against a police officer and disorderly conduct. ■■ On March 21, a woman reported the tenant renting her Mossy Oak Landing home throwing away items belonging to

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Thomas of finding Hornsby in her office. So she asked for him to leave a business card and come back later, to which he replied he’d get one out his car. Hornsby immediately left, although security footage got images of him and his vehicle. “I didn’t feel threatened, but as soon as he left I went automatically to my purse and checked it, and had the other woman that uses my office check her purse as well.” Thomas didn’t realize the man was the “Office Creeper” until another employee did some digging and called her later that night. After which, she contacted a detective from Winder and the Winder Police Department and Braselton Police Department. “It’s scary to think about now,” she says of the incident, fearing what might have happened if she had walked in on him while he was going through her purse. “They don’t know if dangerous or not.”

the owner. The owner also reported several of her items missing when she evicted the tenant. The tenant was also reported as having opened the owner’s mail. ■■ On March 21, a driver headed northbound on Interstate 85 was stopped and cited for having an expired tag. A passenger was found to be wanted in Jackson County and was placed under arrest. ■■ On March 22, a woman requested a report be written for her having hit a deer earlier in Auburn. ■■ On March 22, a man reported damage to his car by another car striking his vehicle while he was inside Kroger on Spout Springs Road. ■■ On March 22, a driver was stopped and cited on the 129 exit ramp on Interstate 85 northbound for having no valid insurance and a suspended registration. A beer can was visible between the front passengers leg, and when the passenger exited the vehicle a marijuana

While Thomas may have scared off Hornsby, two workers at Community Southern Bank on Highway 211 in Braselton weren’t so lucky. Hornsby arrived posing as a carpet cleaner and left with two workers’ wallets in tow. According to police reports, Hornsby entered the bank offices and told the tworkers he was there to clean the carpets, and they needed to leave while he measured. The workers saw him leave a few moments later and, upon returning to work, they found their wallets missing. Altogether, Hornsby has burglarized at least 14 establishments in several cities and counties including Athens, Winder, Duluth, Acworth, Cartersville and Henry County. Hornsby is a bald, black male who weighs about 260 pounds and stands 5-foot-11, and he walks as if he has a knee injury. If you have any information, contact law enforcement authorities.

cigarette was found underneath him. There were also beer cans by the back seat passenger. Both passengers were cited for open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and the front passenger was also cited for the possession of marijuana. ■■ On March 23, a driver leaving a Thompson Mill Road bar and grill was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane. He was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested. ■■ On March 23, a driver headed northbound on Interstate 85 was stopped and cited for his window glazing, or tint, being too dark. The driver admitted

to drinking alcohol, and was under the legal limit to drive. However, a search of the vehicle resulted in additional charges for the driver and passenger of possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21 and the possession of marijuana. ■■ On March 24, a driver stopped for failing to obey a traffic control device on Thompson Mill Road at Spout Springs Road was eventually arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and having an open container of alcohol while operating a vehicle. See POLICE, 7A

Sheriff’s office arrests man for molestation Stephen Howard Green, 37, of Hull, has been arrested and charged with child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree. In the early morning hours of March 21, following the incident, the witness and the juvenile victim confronted Green about the assault. Green then struck the witness, with the juvenile present, and took control of the witness’ phone obstructing her from making a call to 911. As a result, Green will also face charges of family violence simple battery, family violence cruelty to children in the third degree and obstruction of a 911 call.

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Having the HeART to give children a voice Katie Justice The Paper

Barry Cronic and Barbara Wilson peruse through the art while eating chocolate goodies.

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The group from Ferranti’s Cakery – Ester Santos, Sue Quinn and Chassy Evans – placed first overall for their chocolate mousse. By KATIE JUSTICE

Chocolate, art, wine and dinner were in perfect combination at the first CASA HeArt for Chocolate, Heart for Children event held Saturday, March 23, at the Jefferson Civic Center. Piedmont CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, serves the juvenile court in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. CASA volunteers aim to help children in foster care achieve safe, permanent homes and speak on behalf of the children in court. The money raised by HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children will go directly to CASA, and help provide funds to train additional CASA volunteers. It is planned as an annual event. “We’re not serving more than about 65 percent of the children in our three counties who need an advocate, and you’re here tonight to help us overcome the problem with that because it’s mostly a matter of funding,” said Tom Murphy, Piedmont CASA board chairman. The night included a silent auction of goods ranging from art produced and donated by local children and artists to office furniture and salon services, and a live auction of items including golf lessons and a weekend getaway. In addition to a dinner by Cornbread and Caviar, guests got to sample a variety of chocolate items and vote for their favorites. The chocolate confections were provided by local merchants and included cakes, brownies, fondue, mousse and fudge. After tasting the chocolate goodies, guests were able to vote for the best. At the end of the night, votes were tallied and winners for each of three categories were announced. Cream and Shuga earned the title of Best Tasting for its espresso fudge, Just Desserts was awarded the honor of having the best presentation for its variety of cakes and cupcakes and Ferranti’s Cakery was named Best Overall for its chocolate mousse. “I think it’s a fantastic idea. I told [my husband] there’s going to be chocolate, art and wine, and he said I’m there,” said Lisa Weinwurm of the event. “Our CASA volunteers are out day after day after day helping children in our three-county area and travel great distances throughout the state but, we really can’t tell you great detail about it. You don’t see us in the newspaper, so we have a hard time getting the word out,” said Murphy, who admits events like this help spread the word. “It’s incredibly satisfying. I’ve never done anything that satisfied me as much as helping a child,” said Annette Bates, who has served as the executive director of Piedmont CASA for eight years. “I love it. A regular person can become an influence in the like of a child and make such a big difference.” “Lots of people attended and enjoyed the evening,” said Bates. “CASA volunteers Vicki and Jerry Hellums, who have been volunteers with the program for over 10 years, talked about what it meant to them to be CASA volunteers and shared a story about a child they are working with.”

Attendees loved the art from local artists and from children, spending time looking at the art and placing bids on it. Nathan Cagle provided auction services and kept the bidding flowing with his reminders that people needed to raise their hands to bid on items and support Piedmont CASA. The event committee, headed by Charm McCall, worked long hours to make this event memorable, said Bates. Plans are being made for next year’s event which will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Jefferson Civic Center. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun event, said Bates. 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 at 6 p.m. on April 9 in Jackson County. For more information, go

Above: Tom Murphy walked items from the live auction, including a giant stuffed pony from Wells Fargo, through the crowd so they could get a better look. Right: The staff at Cream and Shuga earned the title of best tasting for their espresso fudge, made by Madyson McKinney. Below: Auctioneer Nathan Cagle reminded guests not to be tight with their wallets because it’s “for the children.” See more scenes from the event at

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CHURCH NEWS White Plains Baptist Church will hold sunrise services at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Please join us for music and message as we worship our risen Savior. No greater time than this to renew your Christian walk. White Plains Baptist Church, A Church for All Ages, is located at 3650 Highway 124W, in Jefferson. Contact Cary Pittman at 706367-5650. sss

held at Jefferson Presbyterian Church. Both services begin at 6:30 p.m. Contact 706-3675577 or for more information. All are welcomed. sss

Jefferson Presbyterian Church will observe a traditional Easter Service of Worship on March 31 at 11 a.m. with communion served by intention. Child care is available for infants through age 4 and Children’s church ages 5 through 12. A joint Maundy Thursday service will be held with the Jefferson United Methodist Church and a joint Good Friday service will be

A benefit singing for Brother Tim Lark will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, Braselton Church of God of Prophecy. Featured singers will be Living Waters of Cleveland, Jammie Twitty of Cumming, The Hicks Family of Monroe, Grady Hester of Tucker and One More of Gainesville. The church is located at 137 Ednaville Road in Braselton. The Rev. T. E. Flowers is the pastor. Call 706-684-0052 or 423-4008839. sss The Church at Chateau celebrates its first Resurrection Sunday on March 31 at 8 a.m.

at The Country Inn and Suites, located at 925 Highway 124 in Braselton. This day represents the foundation of Christian beliefs and as such all Christians should take some time to reflect on our Living God. In “The Word and the World” discussion, we will explore the various traditions that people hold on this special day, according to Pastor Barrs. The message will be “Because He Lives.” Pastor Barrs said, “We hope that you can start a new tradition with us and celebrate Resurrection Sunday at The Church.” sss You are invited to special Easter services at The Springs. Join Pastor Jamie Hudgins on Good Friday at 7 p.m. to contemplate the gift Jesus gave us, and Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The Springs is located at 6553 Spout Springs Road in front of Flowery Branch High School. Also on Easter Sunday, from

10:30-11 am, check out project “Hug-A-Bunny.” Purchase a bunny stuffed animal for $11 (or two for $20), and the toy will be donated to the Hall County Fire and Police Department to comfort children in crisis. Proceeds help The Springs Youth Ministry’s summer Mission Trip. Questions? Contact Youth Pastor Jillian Matthews at Jillian@thespringschurch. org, 770-965-9506 or visit www. sss Blackshear Place Baptist Church announces Easter services. Awaken to hope and life. This is the message of Easter. Awaken this Easter and receive freedom from the burden and struggles that keep you from being fully alive. Awaken and receive life from Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Join us at Blackshear Place for our lifechanging Easter worship and come awake to be all that Jesus

wants you to be. Blackshear Place Baptist Church is passionate about loving others like Jesus loved people. Visit us on the web at for more information. Awaken this Easter. Services are at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30; at 8:08, 9:30 and 11 on Sunday morning, March 31, with 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship at The Venue. Servicio Hispano a las 11 am, Teatro de los niños. No Bible fellowship. No Kidz church. Preschool childcare available. sss Community Chapel, located at 103 Thyatira Community Church Road in Jefferson, welcomes The Stephens Sisters for its monthly singing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. sss The Church of Hoschton would like to invite you to See CHURCH NEWS, 5A


Died March 24, 2013 L.C. “Boney” Bell, 83, of Jefferson, died Sunday, March 24, 2013. Born in Hall County, he was a son of the late L.C. and Gussie Lee Allen Bell. He was a lifelong member, Deacon and past youth choir director of Belmont Baptist Church and was a member of the Johnnies Hill Masonic Lodge. Mr. Bell was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War and was conductor for the Gainesville Midland and CSX Railroad for 43 years. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Ethelda Maddox and Oneida Ivey Maddox, and brother, Nathan Bell. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Agnes “Teeter” Payne Bell; daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Don Porter of Jefferson, Beth and John Hudgins of Gainesville and Amy and Alan Dial of Jefferson; grandchildren, Lora (Kelley) Gary, Joe Porter, Sara Hudgins, Clay Dial, Amelia Dial, Hannah Hudgins; great-grandson, Sebastian Gary; sister and brother-in-law, Lala and Randall Fowler of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Corman and Carolyn Bell Demorest and Sandra Bell, all of Gainesville, and Elton Bell of Jefferson. The funeral services were held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Belmont Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Compton officiating. The burial followed in the church cemetery with Don Porter, Joe Porter, John Hudgins, Mike Bell, Alan Dial and Clay Dial honored as pallbearers. Flowers are optional with memorials made to the Belmont Baptist Church Building Fund, 3635 Belmont Highway, Gainesville, GA 30507 or the Historical Courthouse Committee Fund, 67 Athens St., Jefferson, GA 30549. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 28, 2013

James Arthur Doughty Sr.

Died March 22, 2013 James Arthur Doughty Sr., 74, of Bethlehem, died Friday, March 22, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Alfonso and Elizabeth Jane Martin Doughty. Survivors include his wife, Agnes Doughty of Bethlehem; sons, Artie Doughty of Bethlehem and Al (Robin) Doughty of Flowery Branch; daughter, Bo (Greg) Marshall of Bethlehem; brother, Cleveland Doughty of Ellijay; sister Jeanette Guest of Montgomery, Ala.; grandchildren, Christopher Doughty, Dustin Marshall, Jessica Doughty, Jason Doughty, Chad Doughty and Taylor Doughty; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee Doughty, Crystal Hollis, Alyssa Doughty, Dakota Doughty, Lily Marshall and Logan Doughty. The funeral service was held Monday, March 24, 2013, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Britt officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Tree House, 173 Highland Drive, Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 28, 2013

Patsy Dudley Elrod

Died March 21, 2013 Patsy Dudley Elrod, 70, of Auburn, died Thursday,

March 21, 2013. She retired from Durden Enterprise as a human resource manager and was a member at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church in Auburn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lamar Elrod; her parents, Flaudie C. and Birdie Ethridge Dudley; brother, Bobby Dudley; sister, Shirley Spence; and several nieces and nephews. Survivors include her son, Thomas (fiancee’ Mary LeJeune) of Auburn; daughter, Connie (Johnny) Herrin of Cornelia; brother, Bill Dudley of Williamson; sister, Betty Williamson of Lake Burton; and grandson, Johnathon Herrin of Cornelia. The funeral service was held Sunday March 24, 2013, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Romigh officiating. The interment followed in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 28, 2013

Grace Gilbert

Died March 21, 2013 Mrs. Grace Gilbert, 80 of Dacula, died Thursday, March 21, 2013. A native of Sanford, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Lawton and Edith Withrow Riggins. Mrs. Gilbert was a retired accounting assistant with The Federal Reserve Bank.Survivors include her daughter, Susan Turner of Monroe; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dewey L. Gilbert Sr., of Knoxville, Tenn., and Johnny M. Gilbert of Dacula. A graveside service were held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park with Shavonne Wells officiating. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 28, 2013

Annie L. Housmer

Died March 18, 2013 Annie L. Housmer, 70, of Bethlehem, died Monday, March 18, 2013. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Highway 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-6540966, The Paper, March 28, 2013

Ann Appleby Jarrett

Died March 22, 2013 Ann Appleby Jarrett, 91, of Jefferson, died Friday, March 22, 2013. Born in Jefferson, he was the daughter of the late George Douglass Appleby and the late Annie Stockton Appleby. She was a graduate of the Martin Institute, attended West Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia. She was a former school teacher and a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. Mrs. Jarrett was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Marshall Jarrett. Survivors include her daughter Angie Jarrett (Byron) Smith of Barrington, Ill.; son, Harold (Beth) Jarrett of Jefferson; daughter, Ceil Jarrett of Berkeley Lake; and grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Bradley Smith, Hal Jarrett and Charlie Jarrett. The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. In lieu of flowers, memo-

rial donations may be made to the Jefferson Public Library, 379 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson, GA 30549. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 28, 2013

Ott Kennington

Died March 25, 2013 Oscar “Ott” Homer Kennington III, 62, of Winder, died Monday, March 25, 2013. Ott loved his family, NASCAR, hunting, truck driving and animals. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Kennington; sons, Matt Kennington of Cumming and Chris Kennington and Tanya of Winder; stepdaughter Kathy Marie Waldron and Rob; brother, Perry Kennington and Rebecca of Snellville; grandchildren, Christopher Kennington and Madison Kennington. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Calvary Chapel, located at 1969 McDaniels Bridge Road in Lilburn. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, March 28, 2013

Lois Thorne Love

Died March 23, 2013 Lois Thorne Love, 69, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, March 23, 2013. Born in Leaf River, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Pauline Buisker Thorne. A graduate of Jefferson High School Class of 1961, she was an office manager for Koch Foods for 37 years. Mrs. Love was a member of the Monday Night Ladies Bowling Team and traveled the United States participating in bowling tournaments. She was a member of the Pendergrass Baptist Church and was a great wife, mom, sister-inlaw, grandma and greatgrandma. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jim Love; daughters, Mary Harris and Sandy Love, both of Pendergrass; sister, Myrna Umphlett of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Bo Harris, Karlie Harris, Will Harris, Lauryn Roberts Parrott, Wade Roberts and James Cason; and great-grandchildren, Bryson Parrott and Dawson Roberts. The funeral service was held Monday, March 25, 2013, at Pendergrass Baptist Church with the Rev. Irving

Goss officiating. The burial followed in the church cemetery with Mike Love, Jerry Love, Stanley Love, Macko Parks, Dwayne Major, Joey Love honored as pallbearers, and Jack Love as honorary pallbearer. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 28, 2013

Agnes McWilliams

Died March 21, 2013 Agnes McWilliams, 86, of Auburn, died Thursday, March 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond C. McWilliams; parents, Floyd and Ina Mae Otwell; and a sister, Frances Farr. Survivors include her sons, Billy McWilliams of Auburn and Tom McWilliams of Decatur; daughter, Teresa Olds of Danielsville; grandchildren, Brian Olds, Joe Olds and Kelly Powers. The memorial service was held Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Kent Barrett officiating. Interment was in Fairview Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, March 28, 2013

Rosemarie Ann Reilly

Died March 19, 2013 Rosemarie Ann Reilly, 74, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Ro was a wonderful, loving, and caring wife, mother, Mommom, sister and friend. She loved to travel and visit, and spent many of her last years all over the world vacationing with her beloved family and friends. Memories of crowded dinner tables and tailgates full of Mommom’s meatballs, gravy, pierogies and candied yams are with all she left behind. She was a fixture at her children’s and grandchildren’s events – football, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, high school and college graduations – were some of her most cherished special events. She also played a mean game of Scrabble to all who challenged her. In her later years, she took up knitting and painting and her blankets, scarves and pictures adorn the houses of so many friends and relatives. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Highland Mills, N.Y., where she was at Knights of Columbus and at St. Cath-

erine’s Catholic Church in Jefferson. She served on the Ladies Auxiliary in the Highland Mills Fire Department. Rosemarie worked for the Monroe-Woodbury School District for 15 years. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John Reilly; sons, Michael Reilly and Nora of Prosper, Texas, and Jim Reilly and Karen of Hoschton; daughter, Terry Lein and Brian of Ft. Belvoir, Va.; sisters, Fran Young of New Haven, Conn., and Terry Bassellini and Larry of Washingtonville, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kristin Lein, Matthew Lein, Sean Lein, John Reilly, Stephen Reilly, Allison Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Sara Simpson and Corina Huckelberry. Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, 2013, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church with Father Terry Crone officiating. A Rosary was held Thursday, March 21, at Lawson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ronnie Green Heart Center, 743 Spring St., NE, Gainesville, GA 30501 or to Halcyon Hospice Foundation, 1435 Haw Creek Circle, E, Suite 402, Cumming, GA 30041. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, March 28, 2013

Francesco Scioscia

Died March 20, 2013 Francesco Scioscia, 88, of Winder, died Tuesday, March 20, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 201, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Winder. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, March 28, 2013

Johnnie Lynn Lee Sisson

Died March 25, 2013 Mrs. Johnnie Lynn Lee Sisson, 87, of Jefferson, died Monday, March 25, 2013. Born in Lindale, Mrs. Sisson retired from Richie’s Department Store where she was an accountant for many years. Mrs. Sisson was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. Mrs. Sisson was preceded in death by her parents, Mr.

and Mrs. Grogan; her husband, William “Bill” Earl Sisson; sons, Gary and David Sisson; and a number of brothers and sisters. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Amazing Grace Baptist Church, located at 787 Paden Drive in Lawrenceville. The Rev. Bobby Moore will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2 p.m. before the service. Survivors include her daughters, Donna Stone and Nina Jody Melton, both of Braselton, and Jackie Cantrell and Vicki Melton, both of Jefferson; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 787 Paden Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 28, 2013

William Steven Wheeler

Died March 22, 2013 William Steven Wheeler, 59, of Maysville, died Friday, March 22, 2013. Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was a son of the late William and Ouida Wheeler Sr. He was a diesel mechanic with Sikes Fleet Service and was a member of the Dry Pond United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Regina Marie Collis Wheeler; grandchild raised in the home, Callie Elrod of Maysville; stepchildren, Sarah Battle of Florida, Stefan and Steven Payne of Ellijay, Shannon Usalavage of Carnesville and Ashlee Elrod of Jefferson, and 12 additional grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine (Rick) Chambers of Statesboro; and niece, Jill Crunkleton. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605 Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, March 28, 2013

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Easter services. A community Easter egg hunt is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Sonrise service is at 7:30 a.m. on March 31 with breakfast to follow. Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and the Easter cantata is at 10:30 a.m. Contact Pastor Cory Sexton at 678-234-9408. The Church of Hoschton is located at 99 E. Jefferson St., in Hoschton beside the Hoschton Post Office. 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

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Jackson County Baptist Church will hold a sunrise service on its property at 79 Memorial Drive in Jefferson at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 30. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Jackson Trail Christian School, located at 371 Hope Haven Road in Jefferson, where Easter Sunday morning service will be held at 10:30 a.m. There will be no evening service. Jack Lawson is pastor of Jackson County Baptist Church. Contact him at jacklawson@ sss Center United Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 with lunch to be provided. The Easter sunrise service will be on Easter morning March 31. Center United Methodist Church is located at 7641 Jackson Trail Road in Hoschton. Contact Pastor Blane Spence at 706-654-4862. sss Yoga is available at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Hoschton United Methodist Church. The class is free but please bring a food donation for “Back-pack” ministry. Email

CrossView Church will host a Spring fling and Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, jumpy for the kids, a cake walk and lots of fun for everyone. The church is at 1219 Highway 124 (Braselton Highway) in Hoschton. The church is a mile on the right after crossing Hwy. 211 (going toward Hamilton Mill). Contact Pastor Danny Ashworth at 678-425-9831. sss A friendly and inviting Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Braselton Library. The current topic is the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. For information, contact Rev. Brad Greene of Arboe Point Church at 770-272-6778 or brad@ sss You’re invited to join Arbor Pointe Church on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM for a friendly worship environment. The church meets for worship at West Jackson Middle School, and the current worship series is called “Red Letter Reset - Jesus’ Words Coming to Life, and Changing Your Life.” Visit for more information. Arbor Pointe Church invites local 7th-12th grade students to gather each Wednesday night at 6:30 at The Warehouse on Skelton Road for a

time of foods, friends, fun and faith. Visit www. for more information. 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.-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 St., in Braselton. For more information, contact Northeast Church at 706-654-3205 or admin@ sss Covenant Baptist Church is a group of called-out believers who are committed to following Jesus Christ as Lord. We do this by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are separated from God; and by teaching Believers how to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for

Sunday school and 10:30 for morning worship at the Depot in downtown Hoschton. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Todd Coble is the Pastor and you may reach him at 678-316-0273. God bless you and “See you at the Depot!” sss Center United Methodist Church will be hosting an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as well. It is located at 7641 Jackson Trail Road. sss Bethabra Baptist Church invites you to celebrate Easter. Sunday school is at 9:45 and regular morning worship is at 11a.m. Sunday evening activities include AWANA at 5:30 p.m. for ages 2 years through 6th grade. Discipleship classes are also being taught for Middle School and High School. A nursery is provided at all services. Contact Pastor Landon Frymire at 770-867-3755. The church is at 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road (Highway 211). sss The annual Holy Week services are planned at Winder First United Methodist Church at noon with a free sandwich lunch to follow. Evening services at 6:30

are also planned on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with a sandwich dinner to follow. Speakers for the week include: Thursday-Rev. Greg Moore of Winder Wesleyan at noon and a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service will be held at 8; Friday – Rev. Alfred Hazel of White Oak Springs Baptist at noon. The noonday services will be held in the sanctuary and the evening services will be held in the Fellowship Hall. sss Pleasant Hill Presbyterian continues Holy Week continues 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 Union Baptist Church will hold Easter sunrise ser-


vice at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. A worship service is at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:45 and a worship service at 11. No evening service will be held. Union Baptist Church is at 527 Union Church Road in Winder. sss Auburn First Baptist will host a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. An Easter sunrise service will be Sunday at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. Auburn First Baptist Church is at 1385 Sixth Ave., in Auburn. Contact Pastor Chris Parkin at 770-962-1807 or visit sss The Mitchells will be in concert on Sunday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church located on Hospital Road in Commerce. The church will host The Homeland Boys on April 5 at 7 p.m. For information, call 706335-3429.

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This week, find a church that suits you

If you’re in the church business, this is the big week. It’s hard to make comparisons, but if you used sporting events, this would be the World Series, Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and the Masters all rolled into one giant happening. Coming next Sunday to a church near you, it’s Easter. And on Easter some of you, who will be at a church only once this year, will be there. That’s OK. When I was growing up in Social Circle, the church choices were limited to Baptist or Methodist. Today, there are all kinds of churches. Chances are you will find one to your liking. There are places of worship that have done away with the word “church” in their names. They have adopted names like “fellowship” or “worship center.” That’s OK, too. Some have dropped any hint of denominational affiliation; again, that’s OK. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are as big as a stadium; others are as small as a trailer. They also don’t look like churches once did. My childhood memories of churches were basically two kinds: brick or clapboard, and both with a steeple on top. We used to play a finger game about churches. “Here’s a church, with a steeple. Open the doors and there’s the people.” I saw a church the other day that was in the same kind of portable building used for additional school classrooms. In this case, somebody had built a little steeple on top. I liked it. I like the names that some people select for their churches. I passed a church recently and I think they decided to name it after they built the sign. It was a homemade sign made of plywood. It was called “The Holy

Harris Blackwood Church of the Everlasting Lord who Died on the Cross for All.” The last few words flowed downward, like you might have done if you ran out of space on a sheet of notebook paper. I had to make a Uturn to go back and jot down the same. I also ran out of space. I don’t know if they have a phone, but you could get winded just answering with the church name. Someone told me the story of a church that was named Harmony Baptist. Some folks left and started a new church and called it -- drum roll, please -- New Harmony. I don’t know if the original Harmony was any less harmonious. The oldest Baptist church in Connecticut is called Old Mystic Baptist Church. In the tiny community of Hopeful, Ga., you’ll find the Hopeful Baptist Church. Even if you were a less than hopeful person, being a member there might make people think otherwise. The point in all this is that we, as a society, have changed a lot and so have churches. If you want to wear blue jeans and hear contemporary music, there is a church for you. If you want some place that they sing old gospel songs, ditto. The same is true for folks who like traditional, fancy, simple, long-winded or exceedingly brief. If you are a person who celebrates Easter, this is your week and the choices are many. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly,

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Out front in the Easter parade If Tink had any hesitation about coming into a traditional Southern family, there was only one: our happy, colorful Easter parade. The one we have every year — rain or shine — when we return to Louise’s and Rodney’s house after church and before the ridiculously big meal we have. Tink likes parades but not ones that call for his participation. He’s reserved and firmly believes that his place is behind the camera, whether the camera is in Hollywood or Georgia. I love parades whether I view them from the sidelines or as a participant. Whenever a parade comes to town, I always think of my friend, Margie. Whatever she’s doing, she lays it aside and hurries down to grab a spot on the route. “The way I see it,” she says with a firm nod of her head, “is that life’s too short to miss a parade.” A mighty good philosophy, if you ask me. When there’s a parade to be seen from the sidewalk, Tink happily goes along. When it is suggested that he participate, he balks. At the Christmas parade the

Ronda Rich year before we married, I declared merrily, “Next year, we’ll have a float in the parade.” He set his jaw. “No. YOU will have a float. I will not be participating. But I’ll cheer you on from the sidelines.” He smiled. “I’ll drive the truck and pull the float.” I believe our little town’s Christmas parade needs us. It needs the kind of float we could enter and fill with kids and family, but Tink won’t budge. He won’t even pretend to consider it. For a year, I talked sporadically about the Christmas parade, certain I could talk him into it. After all, I talked him into the Easter parade. That wasn’t easy. In fact, I did what I have done on only one or two occasions: I put my foot down. Almost without exception, if we disagree on something, I let his word be the final

word even if I am forced into a bit of a pout over it. I respect him as the head of our house and believe he deserves that. The Easter parade, though, is 30 years of tradition — a special family tradition and, for the majority of those years, I have walked the parade route by alone. I was determined that since I finally had a husband, he was going to join me. Now, to be honest, in the grand scheme of Easter parades, it isn’t much. We each walk out the front door, cross the porch, down the steps and cross the sidewalk to wave at the camera. It is a “parade” of spring pastels, hats, big smiles and Easter baskets. It is a video recounting of a happy day spent with family as it hints of the delicious days ahead that will be filled with bathing suits, barbecues, shorts and laughing children. In those 30 years of video footage, we are sweetly reminded of those like Mama — who enjoyed the parade most of all — who celebrate Easter in the most precious place of all. Last Easter, Tink saw the determined glint in my eye.

He heard the rare tone in my voice when I said, “Yes, you ARE going to be in the parade.” And so he was. He cleared his throat, took a deep breath, and stepped out into the sunshine and into camera range. It lasted 15 seconds, no doubt the most uncomfortable 15 seconds of his life. When it was over, he relaxed and laughed with joy as he watched the remainder of the parade. But we had a surprise for him. At the end of the parade, two of the kids emerged carrying big signs that Selena had made. Nix’s sign said: “Executive Producer” followed by Tripp’s sign that said, “John Tinker.” I doubled over with laughter as Tink’s face flushed deep red. Now, the Easter parade with Tink is a given. But the Christmas parade? Well, I’m still working on that. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of several books, including “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at Her column appears weekly.

In those 30 years of video footage, we are sweetly reminded of those like Mama — who enjoyed the parade most of all — who celebrate Easter in the most precious place of all.

My toes are aching for night vision As my teachers from grades 1-to-12 can attest, I am no scientist. My most noted scientific accomplishment during my schooling was getting a “C” on my sixth-grade science project: “Why are Draculas Scared of Garlic?” And while I don’t understand anything scientific, I do understand that I have needs, and sometimes, science meets them — like when science developed the remote control, microwave bacon or Netflix. Lately, I have found a new need that science has completely ignored — night vision. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the folly of stumbling in the dark, stubbing our toes, looking for an ill-placed light switch to illuminate us in the darkness. Or driven miles in the evening without any headlights on. Or waken up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, not being able to find the light switch, then mistakenly using the closet. I haven’t, but I’m sure others have, and I smell their pain. One thing I’ve noticed

Len Robbins lately is that my cat has no issue walking around in the dark. He has no problem finding me in bed at 3 a.m. when he wants something to eat. Further research shows that cats have a form of night vision. According to Cat Fancy magazine, which is where I receive all my scientific news, and stock tips: “Cat eyes have a tapetum lucidum, which reflects any light that passes through the retina back into the eye, thereby increasing the eye’s sensitivity to dim light.” Not being a scientist, I have no idea what that means. I’m assuming it means cats can see at night. So if cats can see well at night, basically having night vision, why can’t humans? Why hasn’t science put two and two together for mankind and given hu-

What I’d like is for science to take whatever makes cats have night vision ... and put it in human eyeballs so we can have night vision. mans night vision? Think of the practical applications. First, it would save a bundle on the light bill if I didn’t have to go through the laborious process of flipping a light switch up every time I entered a room at night. Secondly, I wouldn’t have to remember to turn the car lights on when I drove at night. And I could also play golf after midnight. From what I’ve seen in military operations and “Revenge of the Nerds,” there are night vision goggles you can wear, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I’d like is for science to take whatever makes cats have night vision — that taped lucidity thing mentioned in Cat Fancy — and put it in human eyeballs so we can have night vision. And

I’d rather it not be in the form of a contact lens, of which I’m afraid, or surgery. While I’m making demands, I’d prefer to receive night vision the way I prefer all my medications — in the form of a Gummy Bear. C’mon, science, the time for natural human night vision is long overdue. So, if you know a scientist, please forward this plea/command to them at once. Or if you’re a scientist, and you’re reading this, you have already wasted enough time — get to work! We only have so many toes. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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Fur Ball fun Humane society fundraiser benefits new animal shelter By LEANNE AKIN

Taking the theme of Fur Ball Airlines to the skies, the committee planning the third annual black tie gala for the Humane Society of Jackson County got cleared for takeoff toward a major fund-raising boost for the county’s first animal shelter. In its third year, Fur Ball, held March 22 at the Braselton-Stover House, was a sellout for the dinner, live and silence auction and entertainment with dancing to the sounds of the FlyCats, who sported pilot caps to continue the theme. Flight attendants for the evening who assisted in pinning on Eastern Airlines wings, handing out in-flight snacks and serving up beverages included Sloane Thompson, Ashley Shumake and Jessica Beck. The airlines theme also including “passport photos” by Sarina Roth of Never the Rock Photography. Eventgoers had their photos made and they can be purchased online with proceeds benefiting the humane society. “Preliminary numbers show we netted more than $26,000 and the money is still coming in,” said Humane Society president Roxane Rose. “We felt that our goal of $23,500 was a lofty one, especially considering the economy still hasn’t recovered and we dropped the ticket prices back to $75 from $100 last year.” The first Fur Ball raised $18,000 and $20,000 was made last year. The ticket price was lowered this year due to attendee input. The live auction, conducted by Theresa Kenerly, included sports memorabilia such as a Dan Marino #13 jersey which brought $225 and a David Green item which netted $350. The Falcons helmet of Michael Vick, who was convicted for dog-fighting, brought mixed reviews but a chance to mention the importance of funds going toward the spay-neuter program. A South Dakota pheasant hunting experience netted $650.

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Above: Silent auction items caught the attention of Fur Ball-goers. Right, top: Humane society president Roxane Rose showed the rendering of the envisioned shelter to be constructed on land donated by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The Raise the Woof campaign continues to raise capital funds. At right: Eastern Airlines wings were presented to Fur Ball attendees including Judge Rob Alexander and his wife Lori. Below, left: Lisa Martin sang a Patsy Cline song for James Lawson. Below, right: The FlyCats were sporting pilot’s caps. See more scenes from Fur Ball at

The live auction also included several cakes made by Lisa Martin, who also entertained with several Patsy Cline songs. One of those numbers found James Lawson being serenaded and 98-year-old Dorsey Brooks getting a dance with Martin. The silent auction included a number of golf outings, jewelry items, suitcases filled with a variety of gifts, baskets for pets, spa and hair care baskets and even a fishing experience at Crow’s Lake in Jefferson. “This is our dream,” said Rose as she displayed the rendering of the future shelter. “This is the building the community is making possible.” Rose said while hundreds of animals have been rescued and foster families are helping to provide temporary homes for animals, having a shelter will allow the humane society to do so much more and help so many more animals through care, education and expansion of the spay/neuter program. Pet food is also provided to families struggling financially that may otherwise be unable to properly care for their pet, or worse, feel the need to surrender the pet. “Because support of fantastic events like this, we are able to be here for the animals,” said Rose, who spoke the passion to help animals which is shared by humane

society volunteers and supporters. She acknowledged the land donation from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and the pro bono work being provided by Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm with offices in Atlanta and Dallas, Texas, to design an animal shelter for the Humane Society of Jackson County. Urban Design Group has also enlisted the aid of a civil engineering firm which is donating its services as well. Rose said the humane society will be a part of Jackson County’s future by helping enhance the quality of life for humans and their pet friends. A community effort is needed to provide for the animals and she noted a generous $5,000 gift from a couple wishing to remain anonymous as an example of how much support there is for the humane society’s efforts. Rose said Jackson County was No. 1 in job creation in 2011 and the humane society will be part of future job creation as the new shelter will mean employment, volunteer opportunities, serving as a means to help the elderly and handicapped and also help the humane society fulfill its mission of making the community better for the animals. Rose points to the reason

the house a mess and wanted him gone. ■■ On March 22, a driver pulled over for failing to maintain his lane on Highway 129 and Highway 82 attempted to drive off as the office approached his car. He then ran a three-way stop before eventually stopping and admitting to being drunk. The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, attempting to elude an officer, having an open contain, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to maintain lane. ■■ On March 22, a woman reported receiving threats from her ex-boyfriend upon asking him to have his mother call her when she was passing his Cooper Bridge Road home. ■■ On March 22, criminal trespass was reported at a Highway 53 business when an employee noticed damage to a door that resulted from someone prying on the lock. ■■ On March 22, a Brockton Loop Road resident reported trespassing and an

ongoing problem with her neighbor’s kids. She said the kids brag about having broken into her home in the past and frequently fire a rifle in the direction of her home. ■■ On March 21, a Silver Dollar Road resident reported receiving harassing and threatening phone calls from a man, who she said she hasn’t seen in four years. ■■ On March 21, a Holly Springs Road resident reported receiving harassing phone calls from an unknown person. ■■ On March 20, a man who had received a gun from a woman because she didn’t want her son to have it, started receiving harassing phone calls from the son wanting his gun back. ■■ On March 19, a Bunt Drive resident reported receiving threats from his wife, whom he is separated from. ■■ On March 19, a vehicle headed south on Interstate 85 caught fire. ■■ On March 19, a Highway 82 gas station owner reported damage to an overhead light resulting from a tow truck that was attempting to get gas. ■■ On March 19, a driver on Highway 124 at Doster


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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office ■■ On March 24, after investigating a single car wreck on Interstate 85 South, officers located the driver about half a mile from the accident. The driver was arrested for driving without a license, driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of an accident. ■■ On March 24, damage was reported to a power and telephone box outside a Hogans Mill Court home. A man leaving the home was backing out the drive when he went off the drive way into the wet grass and slid down the slope of the yard until hitting the power box. ■■ On March 23, a verbal dispute was reported at a Cooper Bridge Road home in Braselton between a man and his wife and son, who believed he might be high on meth. ■■ On March 23, a verbal dispute was reported between a man and his son at their Highway 124 home. The man said he was sick of his son leaving


for all the effort put forth to make Fur Ball the community event is has become. “All this to support the mission of making Jackson County a better place for animals and establishing a shelter that will put Jackson County on the map, and FurBall is the social event of the season in Jackson and surrounding areas,” said Rose. The grand prize raffle included a man’s and woman’s luggage set valued at $550 plus 31 other items ranging from a $20 gift certificate at Outback in Commerce and $25 gift certificates from other eating establishments including Sweet Peas in Jefferson, Olive Garden in Buford, Joe’s New York Pizza, Little Hootie’s in Hoschton and Jack’s Restaurant in Braselton to $250 for tires and maintenance at Whitehead Tire to $300 in chiropractic services from Dr. Kenny Flint at Braselton Chiropractic Center. Gordon Telford was the winner of the grand prize raffle. He was also a big winner at last year’s Fur Ball. Don Carroll was the winner of the airfare drawing. Martha Martin, a community member who is well known for her raffle-ticket prowess, thanked all her friends for being so supportive of her efforts. Also thanked were all the vendors, including out-of-state friends with a luggage business, who made the raffles successful. The sponsors, including presenting sponsor West Jackson Medicine Center, were thanked for their support. The Kenerly Farm was the First-Class sponsor with The Town of Braselton Visitors Bureau Council as Business Class sponsor and Takeuchi as Coach Class sponsor. Gift sponsors were Cindy Phillips State Farm and The Veggie Patch at Bouchard Farms. Entertainment sponsors, making possible the appearance by The FlyCats with Dave Zibman,

Glenn Tocci, Reece Harris and Neil Newcomb, was Peach State Federal Credit Union, Hayes Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Dog Gone Cute Pet Grooming Salon and Georgia Power. Catering for the evening featured the meal by Cornbread & Caviar and desserts from Ferranti’s Cakery. Serving on this year’s Fur Ball committee was Tracy Jordan, Martha Martin, Theresa Kenerly, Roxane Rose, Laura Collier, Sarina Roth, Paula Matzko, Angie Bragg and Christie Landers. “I am overwhelmed at the success of the event – both from the public attendance and input standpoint as well as the committee,” said Rose. “It was a group of outstanding ladies who outdid themselves and devoted a huge amount of time over the past few months. Some of them even missed family events and other important engagements to make this happen. “These are the same ladies who have done this for the first two years, with the wonderful addition of Paula Matzko this year, a long time supporter, volunteer fundraiser and adopter of HSJC. We met every Monday morning since the beginning of the year, and that was just the meetings,” said Rose. “The hours put in tracking the ticket, or ‘boarding pass’ sales, raffle ticket sales, col-

lecting all of the raffle and silent auction items, creating most of the decorations from scratch...the dedication to the event, and ultimately the animals, is humbling. I can never thank these ladies enough or convey my heartfelt appreciation. “The event was a sellout, and then some,” said Rose. “Our sponsors who received tables as part of their sponsorships – the Kenerly family and West Jackson Medicine Center – were generous to allow us to seat extra people at their tables.” Donations to the Raise the Woof campaign can be directed to the Humane Society of Jackson County, P.O. Box 567, Jefferson, GA 30549. Pledges can also be made to be paid monthly, quarterly or annually over a number of years. To learn more about the humane society and its efforts to make Jackson County a better place for animals, visit or call 706-367-1111. Memberships in the humane society are $10 for students, $20 for adults, $25 for family, $50 for supporting, $100 for silver and $500 for golden. You can also visit Retail, the humane society’s thrift store, located at 96 College St., in Jefferson. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donations are welcome.

Road reported damage to her vehicle resulting from hitting a deer. ■■ On March 19, a driver stopped another motorist who had a flat tire and almost struck a motorcyclist while running a red light. When police arrived the woman

appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug and was unable to clearly state her name. ■■ On March 19, the driver of a vehicle stopped for having a broken windshield was arrested for driving with an expired license.

■■ On March 18, a woman reported her medication stolen from her Holly Springs Road residence. ■■ On March 18, a verbal dispute was reported at a Wayne Poultry Road home when a woman and her two children got into a dispute over drinking.

Fur Ball committee members Theresa Kenerly and Martha Martin talked up the raffle ticket sales and thanked sponsors and Fur Ball supporters for the three years of successful fundraising for the humane society.


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The Jefferson High School tennis teams are no stranger to success. In the past decade, both teams have made appearances at state. Since 2004, the boys have made three appearances in the Sweet 16, two trips to the Elite 8 and claimed backto-back region titles in 2009 and 2010. The Lady Dragons went to the Final 4 in 2006, made two appearances in the Elite Eight and three trips to the Sweet 16.

Jefferson is ready to return to that status and won’t let this season’s 0-2 start give them a reason to panic. In fact, going 0-2 didn’t come as a surprise to head coach Michael Paul whose intent was to get the tough teams out the way before the Dragons really get down to business conquering the region. “We try very hard to schedule as tough of a preseason schedule as possible. We played four 8-AAA

schools. Morgan County and North Oconee [High School] are two teams that were state qualifying teams from last year,” said Paul. Paul has just seven athletes on the girls’ side, leaving the freshman with a full plate, but they are handling the pressure well. “Fortunately they were willing to take that role because we only have seven varsity players and our number two doubles are fresh-

men,” Paul said. The Dragons are lacking depth on the girls’ side which means they have no room for error in terms of keeping everyone injury-free for the entire season. “We have no substitutes. We have to stay healthy,” stated Paul. On the boys’ side, the Dragons have just one senior and many of the athletes have switched roles from a year ago. “The boys have more age but not as much experience. Only one of the guys has var-

sity experience,” said Paul. So who has been the pleasant surprise this season so far? “On the boys’ side, the most improved player is Wil Roberts. He’s a senior and played junior varsity last year. He has been the biggest and most pleasant surprise. He has really been playing well. On the girls’ side, having three freshmen that are starters is also a pleasant surprise,” Paul said. One of the biggest challenges Jefferson has overcome is winning close

matche. Having more talent physically won’t necessarily determine who wins or loses. With five tie breakers in 10 matches, Jefferson knows how to remain calm in clutch moments. The Dragons assistant coach Fred Gokey has decades of experience on the court and is a big factor when it comes to the mental aspect of the game. “My assistant coach does a great job of helping the athletes deal with the psychological part of the game,” said Paul. “ I give a lot of credit to him.”

Prepping for the postseason

JCCHS girls’ soccer team setting region title as goal By LATRICE WILLIAMS

It’s not too early to begin looking at the postseason for high school soccer. Panthers fans can rest assured knowing that head coach Joe Ridgway of the Jackson County Comprehensive High School girls’ soccer team is fully aware of the teams standing in their way in 8-AAA soccer. Now is the time where teams are scoping out who they may end up seeing down the road. “Blessed Trinity and Greater Atlanta Christian are loaded with talent. Every one of their players could probably play Division I soccer. They are college

bound,” said Ridgway. “Private schools can attract some of the best players in the state. We want to get to a place where we can compete with those girls.” Jackson County is ranked in the top four in the region and in the top 10 in the state but, as of right now, that doesn’t mean much. It’s all about staying in control of your own destiny and the Panthers are in a position where they can’t lose. Ridgway isn’t overlooking the success of his team; he’s just keeping it real. “We are trying to win a region title. The top four teams in our conference will go on to the state tournament. Our conference is tough. There are four

teams in 8-AAA ranked in the top 10 in the state,” said Ridgway. “We’ve done really well. We have had six shutouts. “We’ve given up six goals so far and two of those were to Athens Academy. The girl that scored both of those goals is going to the University of Georgia,” said Ridgway. “We beat Chestatee High School which is an AAAA team and they were 7-2 when we played them.” The Panthers have a well balanced team where shutouts and high scoring have become the theme of its season. “We’ve got Sydney Baird, who is a great anchor in the

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As of March 22, the Panthers have forced six shutouts. They are using their strength and speed in the middle of the field to get ahead of their defenders which has allowed them to be effective offensively.

Mill Creek falls by 1 to Parkview, then rebounds in pitchers’ dual BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

It’s not easy to play two of the top teams in the state consecutively but the Mill Creek High School baseball did so with two dramatic endings made for television. The Hawks baseball schedule wouldn’t be complete without a rematch of the Final Four matchup from last season where the Panthers of Parkview High School defeated Mill Creek and went on to win the state title. In the March 20 game hosted by Parkview, the Panthers started off a little shaky as three big saves at the bottom of the first inning by Mill Creek kept the Panthers from cruising around the diamond. The Hawks drew first blood when Austin Geist notched a powerful hit, stole a base and fled home all within a matter of minutes. Logan Moseley kept the momentum going with a home run to give MCHS a 2-0 lead. PHS loaded the bases at the bottom of the third inning and took advantage of an error by Mill Creek to cut the deficit to one. Later, in what was supposed to be a double play, the Panthers made a remarkable save that stopped the Hawks short. Then, the Panthers fought back after

consecutive errors by the Creek gave them a free ride to go up 3-2. PHS kept the ball rolling with a home run in the fifth and MCHS responded with its own ball out of the park to bring the score to 5-4. With the game on the line, the Hawks needed to get a runner to first to build momentum but, just as the Hawks did so, they were ruled out, leaving Hawks fans in shock at the call and head coach Doug Jones very upset. “There’s nothing we could have done about that. If we would have made some more plays offensively, we would have never been in that situation,” said player Logan Moseley. The Hawks were in jeopardy of facing a similar scenario the next day when they played host to Gainesville High School on March 21. The game was certainly a pitchers’ dual. “Their pitcher is really good and so is his brother but Cody [Pugh] completely shut it down. He is the player of the game. Three hits and no runs in seven innings… we’re going to win with that kind of pitching,” said Moseley.


LOCAL GOLF The Reunion Golf Association will have an Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost for adults is $19.95 and $9.95 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under will eat free. For reservations, call Kate at 770-967-8300 ext. 7 or send an email to kate. The Reunion Golf Association would also like to announce that the RMGA March Two Man Blind Draw has been moved to this Saturday at 9 a.m. The blind draw will start tomorrow at 7 p.m. Those wishing to participate should send an email to brandon.baum@ for more information.


Jackson County relishing triumph BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

Just four years ago, the Jackson County Comprehensive High School golf team was struggling to make a name for themselves. No one could predict what was to come but the unforeseen success was just what the doctor ordered. “Over the past couple of years, we have turned our program around. This bunch holds the school record from last year. The things they have accomplished are just amazing,” said head coach Warren Standridge. “When I look back to where they started four years ago, they had to put in a lot of work. We weren’t very good but we were trying to


Notable sports performances

The month of March is known for a time where college basketball fans are filling out their bracket but there are high school athletes that are making noise of their own in different sports. Walker Boyd and Logan Moseley of the Mill Creek High School baseball team each stole a base against Gainesville High School with Moseley’s run giving the Hawks a 1-0 win over GHS.

compete. Now we are one of the elite programs.” The Panthers have had two big feats that have put their season over the top. “We started out scoring in the 160’s and we have lowered it to 157 to 158 in our last two matches. That is two shots off the school record,” said Standridge. “Our biggest win so far this year came when we defeated Morgan County High School, one of the top five teams in the region this year. We beat them by 30.” The team cohesiveness and brotherhood that has been built plays a key role in the Panthers achievements this season.

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LOCAL RACING Gresham Motorsports hosting memorial race Gresham Motor Sports Park will open the season March 30 with the Larry Fleeman Memorial Race. Students and teaches can enjoy a price of $15 with their picture ID. Outlaw Late Models, Mini Stocks and Renegades will be featured. The 3rd annual Easter egg drop will take place at 4:15 p.m. Military employees and seniors will be charged $20 and adult tickets are $25. Children 12 and under will get in free. The gates will open at 11 a.m. For more information, visit



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Panthers on course to put selves on the map BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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Mill Creek High School Golf: Above, left to right, Walker Head, Katie Plummer, Dylan Pence, Garnett Glaser and Justin Grimaldi. Below, left to right: Head coach Ben Hanes, Garnett Glaser, Laney Hudson, Lauren Kardish and assistant coach Alex Sheffiels.

Hawks looking to stay in charge on the green BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

The recent success of the Mill Creek High School golf teams is keeping them a threat on the course. The girls claimed consecutive state titles back in 2008 and 2009 and were also region champs in those years. The Lady Hawks were also named region champs in 2011 and 2012. Senior Katie Plummer, captain of the girls’ squad for the past two seasons, placed in the top five of the 2012 state tournament and was a low medalist at the region tournament last season. The boys were also dubbed region champions last season. However, the competition has stiffened. The Hawks have a target on their back and the rest of Gwinnett County has a chip on their shoulder. “We have had a lot of success but we also play in one of the toughest golf regions anywhere. Both Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge High School have also claimed state championships in recent history,” said head coach Ben Hanes. “I am proud of the consistent successes of both teams and we hope to continue that great play while also improving the little things that lead to even bigger success.” When asked what stumbling blocks the team has had to overcome so far, Hanes said, “With Coach Nelson passing away in late July 2012, I returned to fill the head coach spot for both the boys and the girls. I don’t think I have encountered stumbling blocks but more an adjustment for me in terms of getting back


into the coaching roll.” Hanes credits his coaching staff and others for the tremendous job they have done in helping him get in tune with his new role. “The Golf Booster Club and the team captains have been terrific in their support and help this season; I have relied on their experience to help with the logistical things. I am also thankful to the other coaches at the other schools that have been very supportive and very helpful,” said Hanes. “I also have some great guys helping me out and learning about golf coaching this season and they are Alex Sheffield, Jeremy York and Joseph Davis.” Two of the Hawks brightest stars are underclassmen, leaving their opponents with the knowledge they will have to compete against them for a few more years with their talent likely only getting better. “Sophomore Phillip Beard has really stepped up for the boys and become one of our better players. I heard about him before the season started to keep an eye on him and he has performed very well in the opportunities given to him. Freshman Grace Choi has also shown herself to be a good player. With a little more playing experience, she has a chance to become something special,” said Hanes. With both teams claiming region championship titles, it’s no secret that it’s on their team goals list but a shot to play for a state title would cap off the season. The Hawks will return to the course April 2 against Collins Hill at the Hamilton Mill Golf Club at 3 p.m.


“They hang out together and they work well together. There is good chemistry and that is what we need for our team right now,” said Standridge. “We’ve got six seniors on the team this year and they have been with the program all four years. They are providing a ton of leadership for our younger guys.” Just like the Lady Panthers, this squad has a young core of athletes that are making headlines and are becoming trailblazers for future Panthers. “We have eight underclassmen on the team. We have one freshman that has started in every match,” said Standridge. “He’s really good and he is providing a lot of leadership for a lot of the other younger guys. One of our freshmen has played a lot of tournament golf which has led him to the starting role that he has now. I think the tournament golf he plays in the summer really prepares him for the challenges and stress the season presents. “I think that makes a big difference when you have already experienced those things. Our older kids really work with our younger kids because they realize they are the future of the program,” Standridge stated.

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Walker Boyd was looking for his moment to be a thief all night long and got his thrill after stealing second base, unbeknownst to Gainesville. To make matters worse for GHS, Moseley, who was on third base, stole home for the game-winning run. “My initial reaction was to hurry. We have practiced that so many times. I [noticed Gainesville’s] pitcher was not throwing to Walker. I didn’t know if I was going to beat out the catcher. It was all a blur,” said Moseley. “I assumed I would beat him.” Mill Creek will return to action April 1 against North Gwinnett High School at home at 5:55 p.m.


Continued from 1B middle. I think Katie Phillips has already scored 20 goals this season. She gets in the weight room during the offseason and that has really paid off,” stated Ridgway. “We have to keep getting

better and better because we will be playing teams that are of good quality. We have never won a region title in the history of the program and [that is our goal],” said Ridgway.



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The breakout year in athletics at Jackson County Comprehensive High School keeps getting better. The Lady Panthers golf team is full of youth but their swagger makes up for their inexperience, and they have the record to back up all the hype. “Overall, our golf program is doing well. The county championship is in two weeks where we play Commerce, East Jackson and Jefferson High School,” said head coach Jeff Algard. “Last year was the first time both teams won the county championship.” “Overall, we are undefeated [as of March 22] in all of our single matches. We haven’t fared well in our tournament matches because we have competed against 6A teams but we aren’t placing dead last. I feel confident with this team and I think they have a very good shot at approaching region, carrying that momentum on to sectionals and then to state,” Algard said. The Panthers want to remain on top of the leader board and knowing they are not the only team with bragging rights will give them the motivation they need to take over the region. “Morgan County High School is [a team we look out for]. Their returning seniors were very good as juniors. In terms of having an overall game, Morgan County has

that right now. Once everything begins to click for us, we should do very well in the region. There are small things we need to work on. We have already defeated Hart and Morgan County by one stroke; however, one stroke really isn’t that much of a difference.” When asked what has been the most pleasing thing to see a coach so far this season, Algard said, “The way the girls are meshing. They are really starting to help each other. We have not had any girl fights. They help each other correct certain areas of their game and that has been working out well.” Their fate from last season may have come as a shocker but this is a new season full of opportunities for the Panthers to flourish. “We did not fare well last season. The coaches were all astounded as to how we finished. We should have finished somewhere in the top three with a chance to go to sectionals but we didn’t,” said Algard. “[When we get to the county championships], my goal is to have the team win again but to also have one shoot the lowest score. I’m trying to get the girls to understand they need to play the course as the course: Don’t think about who you are playing against. If their competitor shoots a good shot and one of our girls shoots a bad shot, that’s OK. Just play the course and make your numbers add up the way they are supposed to.”

Q&A with the athletes

Getting to know Hanon Price BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

It seems like no matter which pair of cleats he is wearing, Hanon Price is hard to tame. Price, who was on the 2AA football championship team, is one of the anchors that helped the Jefferson High School baseball team become the third-ranked team in AA baseball. The Dragons have less than a handful of losses and the center fielder doesn’t have any doubts that Jefferson can bring home another state title this year. Q: What would you say has been the biggest attri- Price bute to the team’s success thus far? A: From the beginning, we knew we were going to be good. We come out here every day ready to work. Our coach tells us after every game that we have to forget about that game and move on, and we have done a pretty good job of that. We have swung the bat well, played well defensively and we play well as a team. Q: If you could have a rematch against any team loss, which team would it be and why? A: It would probably have to be Oconee County High School. That was the first game and it would have been nice to win the season opener. We’ve come a long way since then and, if we could go back and play them the way we are playing now, we

can beat them. Q: What do you think the team has learned from those tough losses, in particularly against Eastside High School? A: [When we played Eastside High School], they hit the ball well and we didn’t hit ball as well as we usually do; that was a big contributing factor. We didn’t seem to wake up until the fourth or fifth inning. They got a hit to begin with and we got a few runs here and there. Our biggest rally was in the seventh inning. Our coach told us that the way we played in the seventh inning should have been the way we played through the whole game. Our main focus is to not take anyone lightly. Q: Who were you looking forward to playing the most this season and why? A: I would have to say North Oconee High School. They have become our rival. They always seem to pull away. We beat them twice this season. Q: Are you superstitious in any way? A: I have to have the same socks and the same arm band. Q: How far do you think this team can go this season? A: I think we can go all the way. We have the potential. If we keep working hard this season then we can do a lot this season. PRICE FAVS Favorite college team: Georgia Favorite food: Steak Favorite college league: Southeastern Conference

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Easter is here: Hop to it with familytime fun Egg hunts, frilly baskets full of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps, pastel colors, bunnies and chicks are all things that make up Easter. Like Christmas, there are “fun” components, but many would agree that spending quality time with family and loved ones is Farah Bohannon excellent. Columnist I remember every Easter my parents would fill a giant rabbit basket with Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Peeps, a giant chocolate bunny, jelly beans and more for my brother and me. The surprise and joy on our faces was priceless for my parents and as an adult, I have several memories that I’ll never forget. I remember spending time with family, eating a huge meal and ending the day with an Easter egg hunt and a sugar high. It’s neat to see how the traditions have stayed the same — as far as I know, children are still egg hunting and chowing down on marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies. Dying real eggs has always been a fun Easter activity as well. Friends sitting together, talking and creating unique dye patterns on the shell makes for good memories, conversation and craftiness. There are plenty of ways to gear up for this springtime holiday. If you have small children who enjoy music, make egg maracas which are easy and fun. All you’ll need are plastic eggs, glue, dried rice or beans, enamel craft paint, newspaper, paintbrushes and bowls of water. Place a line of glue around the opening of the egg and squeeze it shut with the rice or beans inside. Allow children to paint the eggs and let them dry on the newspaper. Invite the neighborhood kids over for a maraca dance party. This will be sure to create wonderful memories and maybe even a tradition. Older children (and adults) can participate in egg relay races. Divide into three teams and race each other without dropping your egg off of a spoon. It’s a lot more challenging as it sounds —you even have to successfully transfer the egg from your spoon to your teammates. Another fun way to celebrate Easter is to have a traditional egg hunt with a twist — use flashlights and hunt at night. Have a happy Easter and don’t forget to make memories.

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Arbor Pointe Church held its Easter egg hunt in the gym at West Jackson Middle School, where the congregration currently meets. An Easter sunrise service will be held at Sell Mill Park on Sunday. See more scenes from the Easter egg hunt fun at

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AREA HAPPENINGS The Jefferson community Easter egg hunt activities will be held begin at the Jefferson Club House at 10 a.m. with the egg hunt at 1 p.m. Bring your basket and join the fun as youngsters from toddlers through age 12 will collect Easter eggs. Prize eggs will be awarded for each age group with Journey Church donating the prizes. Sponsored by Main Street Jefferson, the City of Jefferson and the Rotary Club of Jefferson, the community event will also feature Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, the Jefferson Fire Department with Sparky the Fire Dog, the Jefferson Rec Department, Newell Orthondontics’ “Quaker Barrel” and more fun. The Humane Society of Jackson County is hosting a bean bag toss and Food 2 Kids Jackson County will be offering pin the tail on the bunny. sss

Best-selling author and newspaper columnist Ronda Rich will be signing her latest book, “There’s a Better Day A-Comin’: How to find the upside during the down times,” from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Holly Hill Mall office of the Barrow County News in Winder. sss

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The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council seeks artists for the upcoming Member Show & Sale. Members may submit three entries at no charge. Nonmembers may join the HHAC as an artist and enjoy 2014 membership privileges. The Members Art Show & Sale will be April 13 (5-7 p.m.) & April 14 (2-5 p.m.) with refreshments served. While submissions will not be juried, they will be judged and awards given in 2-D and 3-D works. Call 706-654-2971 or 770-827-6443 or email Information may also be found on www.hoschtonheriageartscouncil. com. sss See HAPPENINGS, 5B

Cold, rainy weather didn’t put a damper on the beginning of Arbor Pointe Church’s Easter festivities on Sunday, March 24. With its biggest turnout to date, the Arbor Pointe fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt was a resounding success. Around 30 kids showed up to hunt the more than 700 eggs hidden around the West Jackson Middle School (WJMS) gym during the egg hunt, which was moved indoors. Pastor Brad Greene joked during the service that the Easter egg hunt could have been outside, “Duck Dynasty style, slogging through the mud,” but he figured the parents wouldn’t appreciate it. “We were blessed to have this space,” said Libby Christiansen, who is in charge of the children’s ministry at Arbor Pointe. “I think it went great despite the weather. The kids always have a good time,” said Shannon Mundy, whose three kids each had baskets full of candy from the egg hunt.

“I got all the candy I need,” said Mundy’s 4-year-old daughter Josie. While Arbor Pointe was able to move its egg hunt indoors, Crossroads Church postponed its heli-

copter egg drop until next Saturday. On March 30, in addition to the egg drop, the church will host a variety of activities for the community from 2-4 p.m. Crossroads Church is located at 828 Highway 124 in Jefferson. There are also several additional Easter egg hunts planned for this

coming weekend: ■■ Center United Methodist Church will be hosting an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as well. It is located at 7641 Jackson Trail Road. ■■The Church of Hoschton will host an egg hunt and other Easter festivities from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at 99 E. Jefferson St. in Hoschton. ■■CrossView Church, located at 1219 Highway 124 in Hoschton, will have an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. ■■Encounter Church of Braselton will also be hosting an egg hunt Saturday. The event begins at 1 p.m. at Hoschton Park where 10,000 eggs will be available. ■■Jefferson community Easter egg hunt for toddlers through age 12 will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Jefferson Club House. Bring your basket and enjoy the pre-hunt fun starting at 10 a.m. ■■ CrossView Church on Braselton Highway is hosting its spring fling with an egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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With seven books under her belt and another scheduled to be out next month, Milam Propst could easily be labeled as accomplished. Her book “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street,” a historical novel based on her grandmother, was made into the 2003 movie “The Adventures of Ociee Nash.” Propst spoke about her writings, working on the movie, and her life as she served as the guest of honor at the Friends of the Braselton West Jackson Library’s first Lunch and Learn of 2013. The luncheon was held Tuesday, March 19 at the Braselton Community Room. Attendees helped themselves to soups, salads, breads and sweets provided by Friends of the Library and other volunteers before being intro-


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Milam Propst at the table with several of her books including “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street,” which was based on her grandmother.



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HAPPENINGS Continued from 3B

The sixth annual multi-county Chamber Business After Hours will be held from 5:15-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at The Georgia Club in Statham. Sponsored by Jackson EMC, The Georgia Club and Walton EMC, the social networking event will involve members and guests of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Oconee County Chamber of Commerce and the Walton County Chamber of Commerce. RSVPs are needed for a head count so contact your area chamber. The Georgia Club is located at 658 Barber Creek Road in Statham. sss The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce will spotlight PowerNetworking at its April 3 breakfast in the Jackson EMC auditorium. The breakfast, sponsored by the Town of Braselton, the City of Jefferson and the City of Commerce, begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for future members. The Kash Kitty is up to $300 and you must be present to win. Chamber 101 is offered after the meeting to update you on what Chamber membership provides. sss A Masquerade jewelry sale will be hosted by the Barrow Regional Medical Center Auxiliary from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1, and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in the third floor conference room of the hospital. The sale is open

to the public and cash and credit cards will be accepted. sss An AARP Driver Safety classroom course is being offered at St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church in Winder from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 5. Learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel. Plus, you could get a discount on your care insurance. Cost is $12 for members; $14 for nonmembers. Call Loretta at 678-488-7652 or register. The church is located at 174 St. Anthony’s St., in Winder. sss Apalachee High School Auto Motor Masters Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Holly Hill Mall in Winder. Entry fee is $10 with registration from noon to 2 p.m. Driveins are welcome. The judging is at 3 p.m., with awards including best of Show, People’s Choice, Best Muscle Car, Best Motorcycle and more. Contact Art Gailey at 678886-5407. sss The Winder Noon Lions Club is hosting its annual charity golf tournament at The Georgia Club on Thursday, April 11, with a 9 a.m. sign-in and 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Entry deadline is April 5. A fourplayer team is $360; $100 for individual players. Sponsorships are also available by contacting Nelson McGinnis at 706367-6143. Prizes will be awarded and Akins Ford is sponsoring the holein-one hole where you could win a car. For team information, contact Bob Norton at 682-478-9182, Lloyd McHargue at 770339-6693 or Matt Whiting at 770-867-3212.

sss Jefferson is planning for a communitywide cleanup day on Saturday, April 20, during Georgia Cities Week. Any individual, business or organization signed on as an Adopt A Road participant is urged to participate in a cleanup on April 20. sss The Georgia Legends Event, benefiting the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, will be held April 19-20. The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a residential facility for youth that have been abused, abandoned neglected. A golf tournament, with celebrity and PGA pro flights, will be held April 19, with the Georgia Legends Run for Hope, a 5K and 10.2K qualifier, set for April 20. Also on April 20 is the Georgia Legends Dinner and Auction. Sponsorships are being sought and registration information at www. gwinnettchildrenshelter. org. Contact Michelle Watkins at 678-546-8770 ext. 226 or mwatkins@

gwinnettchildrenshelter. org sss A Books Are Fun book fair will be hosted in the atrium of Barrow Regional Medical Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30. The book fair is being hosted by the Barrow Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. sss The third annual Westbrook Academy golf tournament will be held Friday, April 12, at Traditions of Braselton. A shotgun start for the fourperson scramble is set for 10:30 a.m. The cost is $300 per team or $85 for s single player. Sponsorships are also available for $125 – bronze (hole sponsor); $250 – silver (long drive/ close to pin sponsor); $425 – gold (team and hole sponsor); and $550 – platinum (team and long drive/close to pin sponsor). Registration and payment deadline is April 8. For information and registration, contact Tanya Kimbrough at 706-3090816 or Theresa Head at

706-658-4243. Westbrook Academy Preparatory School, focused on Academics and The Arts, is located in historic Braselton. Donations are welcome. Visit www. sss The Rotary Club of Braselton and the Rotary Club of South Hall will host a golf tournament on Tuesday, April 30, at The Legends of Chateau Elan. The cost is $200 for individuals and $700 for a foursome and sponsorships are available. Register online at www.rotarygolfevent. com or contact Sabrina at 770-256-6595 or Stephanie at 770-5008807. Checks can be made payable to Rotary Club of Braselton, P.O. Box 262, Braselton, GA 30517. sss The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is having a mixer with the Gwinnett Braves on April 18 when the Braves take on the Norfolk Tides in a 6 p.m. game. Gates open at 5 p.m. Early RSVP’ers will

get special VIP treatment. Direct questions to jerry. The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Picky Peach, located at 18 S. Public Square in Jefferson at 10 a.m. on April 19. Leigh Menese and Tracy Kerlin are operating the new addition to downtown Jefferson. sss Leftover Pets offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries at the clinic located at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder. April clinic days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays but the clinic will be closed April 8. 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. We do not add fees for in heat or pregnant animals. Visit http://www.leftoverpets. org. Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800-9785226.

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Relay For Life: Why I Relay Team representatives for the Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life, set for April 26 at Hoschton Park, demonstrated why they Relay at a recent meeting. Kelli Wehunt’s reason to Relay is highlighted, at left. A number of upcoming events are being planned by Relay teams including a Friday bake sale at Independence Bank and an April 11 comedy night being presented in a partnership with Wingslingers and Braselton Spinal Center, together with Commerce Spinal Center. Proceeds of evening between split between Relay For Life and a young relative of Dr. Kenny Flint. See more about Relay at

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Propst recounts a story from filming “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” when helicopters repeatedly interrupted a heartfelt scene due a bomb threat made by local high schoolers.


Continued from 3B duced to the guest of honor. Propst focused on her work with the production and filming of “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” saying that taking about the outtakes was more fun than discussing the film. ““Shhhh, I’m not supposed to tell this,” she said beginning a humorous anecdote. She told tidbits about filming including the spray painting of an actor’s head to cover a bald spot in a scene and another actor’s issues with riding a horse. ““It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had, anywhere, any time,” she said of working on the film. “I still pinch myself. I can’t believe there’s a movie with my grandmother in it.” The movie, based on her book, was adapted by the screen writers Kristen and Amy McGary with a few alterations. Changes included the use of historical figures throughout the story and some minor character alterations. Nonetheless, Propst said that reading the screenplay brought her to tears. “When we had the pre-

mier at the Fox… it was just absolutely the best thing and the ultimate byline, so see your name ‘based on a story by’ in a big marquee like that. It was just fabulous,” Propst said. Propst also brought several of her books with her and copies of movie for participants to purchase at the end of the luncheon. “I’ve just love this. You’ve fulfilled every expectation and more,” said Friends of the Library President Judee McMurdo. McMurdo was the one behind having Propst as a speaker. She previously met her at a BULLI class hosted by Hoschton resident and author Jaclyn White, who is a close friend of Propst. The next Lunch and Learn will be held Wednesday, April 10, and the TriCounty Amateur Radio Club will be presenting “The Fascinating World of Amateur Radio.” The meeting will also serve as the annual meeting for the Friends. The slate of new officers will be presented for a vote. The price is $6 per person and includes a lunch of soup and salad. For reservations call 678-963-5423.

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'Liar' label surely applies to letter writer or her fiancé Dear Margo: I need some insight on the debate between selfishness and being focused. I am a recent emptynester who dedicated the past 25 years to family: an ex-husband, three children, an ailing parent and now my fiancé. This physically and economically drained me, as I also was working as a fulltime professional, just not in an area that allowed for huge savings or moving into higher pay ranges. My fiancé is a multi-millionaire and prides himself on having been “focused” on his business, which came at the expense of his former wives and children. Recently, I asked him for some assistance in the amount of $145 — the second time in five years I have asked for anything. The first time was $1,400 for an air conditioner last summer, the hottest summer in history. I had to sign an IOU and give him a lien against my house, and he followed up with a lecture about how

Dear Margo I should have been more focused on myself and not my family. He also said that I should stop paying into my 401(k), because I need the money now. I did not take that suggestion. My family has never lived extravagantly. My children’s cars are as old as the children. Why is it that there’s a perception that men are focused when they step on others for profit and women are selfish when they ask for assistance in times of need? — Selfless Dear Self: First, I must tell you that I have serious doubts that your fiance is even solvent, let alone a multi-millionaire. If he really is rich, he is the stingiest, skinflintiest SOB I have ever heard of.

And this is your intended, no less, demanding an IOU and a lien? Gotta tell you, this all sounds odd. Also, your mention of a lien makes me wonder if this letter is not concocted (or you are using the wrong word), because a lien can only be gotten through a court order to attach someone’s assets when they are in default on a payment owed. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I will assume your letter is legit for the purpose of answering your question. If you are not lying to me, I’m pretty sure he is lying to you. I think your question about focus pales next to this terrible man, whom I hope you ditch pronto (assuming this is a real situation). Taking all of this at face value, however, I will quote my colleague, “Miss Conduct,” who would say you are like Scarlett O’Hara, desperately making dresses out of the curtains while this dreadful man is ragging on you and demanding an IOU.

We can philosophize about focus some other time. — Margo, disgustedly Dear Margo: I am a working professional who often stops at local restaurants on the way home from work to get a carryout dinner. I consider myself a generous tipper when I dine in a restaurant or when I have food delivered to my house, but I have never tipped for a carryout order. Recently, a friend told me she always tips at least 10 percent when getting carryout food. Is this considered customary? And if so, what is the correct percentage to tip? Have I been wrong all these years? — Jen Dear Jen: I wouldn’t say you’ve been wrong, because many people don’t tip when they pick up something to go. The waitstaff at this kind of place unfortunately often gets the short end of the stick because there is only one interaction between them and the customer. My own rule is that if all

the person does is ring up something already prepared and grabbed from a case, no tip is required. If, however, they make something for you to take, a tip would be in order, and 10 percent sounds right for this. — Margo, thoughtfully Dear Margo: Would you be the referee, please? My fiancé and I are moving into our new house soon, a few months before our wedding. He said he wanted to be totally above board, so he told me he has a box of memorabilia (pictures, letters) from old girlfriends that he plans to put in the back of a closet. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t want to be unreasonable, but I’m not crazy about the idea. I long ago ditched all my similar stuff. I think I just don’t want to be confronted with those kinds of bits and pieces from his past. Really, what’s the point? We’ve agreed to let you decide. — Beth from Orlando Dear Beth: OK, I have my striped shirt on. The deci-

sion goes to your fiance. Here is my thinking: Getting married does not mean plighting your troth and removing all evidence of the past. Some of us are inclined to keep sentimental things, and some aren’t. I, like your intended, have kept some things from other lives, and to tell you the truth, I never look at them. By making an issue of this, you will come across as petty, if not jealous. It seems to me you might want to develop your more generous and trusting instincts. Why nurture a small germ of resentment when there’s no need to? Here’s the thing: The girls, themselves, are not in the house ... just some letters and photos. If you really want to make points, present him with a bow for the top of the box. — Margo, magnanimously Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at www.creators. com/dearmargo. Due to a high volume of e-mail, not all letters will be answered.

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West Jackson Middle School Bands Top, left: WJMS 7th Grade Red Band Top, right: WJMS 7th Grade Black Band At left: WJMS 8th Grade Black Band At right: WJMS 8th Grade Red Band

WJMS bands reach perfection By KATIE JUSTICE

There’s good and then, like the West Jackson Middle School (WJMS) Band, there’s the best. In fact, a more accurate word to describe the seventh and eighth grade bands at WJMS would be “perfect.” At least perfect is how each of the four bands performances went to earn them the Georgia Music Educators Association (GEMA) rank of Superior for the 2012-2013

school year. The GEMA District 13 Large Group Performance is an evaluation that rates the overall strength of a musical program. According to Band Director William Kilgore, he is continuously proud of his students in the bands. “Not only have we carried on an amazing tradition of excellence for the 2013 season, but the individual groups have won an amazing amount of accolades over the past 12

WJIS students showcase talents at principal Carr’s ‘favorite, favorite night’ By KATIE JUSTICE

From singing to dancing and even martial arts, there’s no denying the fifth grade students at West Jackson Intermediate School have got talent. Students showcased their skills at a March 19 fifth grade talent show. The line-up included several outstanding perfor-

mances from the preteens that began with Ellie Cimadevilla singing “Butterfly Fly Away.” Second in the line-up was Tristan Fain who delighted and surprised the audience with his skills on the piano. Elizabeth Sanders performed the classic Hank Williams tune “Hey Good Lookin,” and Alex Ezeta showed off his dancing skills

while popping and locking across the floor. Emily Hillard and Mackenzie Smith performed to the Taylor Swift song “Lovestory,”and Cole Standridge closed out the show with a display of martial arts involving nun chucks. “This is one of our favorite, favorite nights,” said Principal Diane Carr.

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Tristan Fain surprised the crowd with his renditions of two advanced pieces on the piano.

Fast & furious

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Peyton Lauricella, Avery Crump, Bradi McDonald, Alexis Lowry, Chloe Westhafer, Jessica Fischer, Nathaniel Hutchinson, Colin Hitzges, Lauren Wickenden, Brandon Moua, Nolan Kitchens, Austin Brand, Andrew Kokhanyuk, Quinten Hansen, Pelham Nathan, William Conety, Tyler Rutledge, Dylan Cole McCabe, Isiah Thao and Sterling Bain. The district honor band convened March 22-23, and performed at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa on March 23.

Fast and Furious was the pace at Gum Springs Elementary School on March 22 when students participated in a PTO-sponsored fitness fundraising run, the excitement of which had been building for weeks. Although the weather prompted the event into the gym, students still ran the 35 laps or more to make for a successful event. See more scenes from Fast & Furious at

Ellie Cimadevilla started off the show by singing “Butterfly Fly Away,” by Miley Cyrus.

Cole Standridge showed off his martial arts skills during a performance using nun chucks.

years,” said Kilgore. In addition to every seventh and eighth grade band at WJMS receiving top ratings, 27 students were chosen to represent the school in the District 13 Honor Band. Auditions for the honor band included performing scales, etudes and sight-reading. Students chosen for the District 13 Honor Band are: Cole Nelson, Paige Slancauskas, Jenna Duck, Karrin Swenson, Samantha Jones, Giselle Guzman, Andrea Menchaca,

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365-Misc. For Sale BISQUE & GREENWARE for sale. $.75 & up. 706-865-2398 Dining Room Chairs (12)- Upholtered, pastel stripes, $20ea.; Book Shelf mahogany- 35.5x31 w/3 top shelves, 2 drs on bottom, open storage. $40; Night Stand- Maple, 2 drawer $30; Tall Narrow Cabinet 73x29.5, top has 3 shelves w/door, bottom has 2 shelves w/door. $75; Round Table w/3 Chairs 43x31 $60; 2 Wing Chairs- multi color $35 ea.; Unique mahogany Chairs27.5x19.5, 3”x14” storage under cushion $40ea. Overstuffed Chair Green w/yellow dots. $25; Maple Book Shelf on rollers 23.5x29. $25 770-536-3917 GOLF CART 2009 EZ GO. RXV. 48 volt, fully loaded. Exc Cond. 678-316-1051 HARDWOOD & PINE MULCH, COMPOST TOP SOIL Mt Yonah Lumber Co. 706-865-2422 North Georgia Pottery (Meaders, Ferguson, Hewell & Craven). Riding Mower, Craftsman 18hp $325; 8pc Patio Furniture $ 125; Other Misc items 770-983-7384

OUTDOOR JACKETS- XL, Patagonaia, Marmot & North Face;

BIKE RACK, Swagman XC2, hitch mount w/ trays, never used, $85;

NRS DRYSUIT, never worn, relief zipper, XL, $425; Call for details. 770-634-6993

POOL TABLE BEAUTIFUL, Like New! Length 98.5" Width 55.5" Leather Pockets, Green Felt Slate Top/Brand Name - Unknown Numerous accessories included! $850. Call for more info. & pic! 770-538-0000 PORTABLE GENERATOR-6.5hp, 3250 watts, low oil alert, 120V & 12VDC. New, still in box. $285. 404-406-8981 Walk-behind Comm’l Mower. John Deere. G15, 36”, Like New $1900; Tractor 2007 Farmtrac. 230 hrs. inclds frt-end loader & 6’ Bush Hog. Like New $9500; Renken Boat 1989. 2.3 Ford engine, new back-to-back seats, new radio/ battery. Runs Great! $2100. 706-424-2513

380-Pets & Supplies CHIHUAHUA- pups CKC registered. Short haired, males & female; very tiny. 6 wks old, 1st shots & worming. $250ea. 678-897-7332 770-900-5115 GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies, AKC, 6 wks old, 1st shots & wormed. 770-540-5029



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! Part-Time- CLASS A CDL DRIVERExperienced. 678-997-3386

Stuff 300 310-Appliances WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507 Washer/Dryers Stoves & Refrig. Mattresses. Also Appliance Repairs. We Do Service Calls! 678-714-0493

326-Cemetery Lots For Sale Memorial Park Cemetery. Single Grave Lot in Veteran’s section, Valor. includes vault & granite to hold marker. Value: $5000 Make Reasonable Offer. 706-352-4775 or 706-498-7859

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

397-Yard Sale MOVING SALE Mar 22, 23, 29, 30 8am-4pm. 1217 Overland Park Dr, Braselton, GA Furniture, Household & Much More!

Homes & Rentals 400 405-Apartments Furnished 1BR/1BA Gainesville. State College area. 770-654-1329 between 4pm-10pm

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

2BR/2BA $685 3BR/2BA $785 Includes Water. Call for MOVE-IN

SPECIAL!! 770-533-9220

FLWRY BR. 2BR/ 1.5BA. $500mo. + dep. 770-718-7970 Ivy Manor Efficiency & 2BR. $420-585 770-614-8804 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

415-Business Property for Rent 2 Bay Warehouse 500 SF, $165/mo 770-540-5339

420-Condos For Rent HAMILTON PLACE, Old Cornelia Hwy * I-985 1BR/1BA, $600. 770-540-4705/D 770-869-3889/N

425-Duplexes For Rent New Holland. Clean C/H/A $150/wk. Nopets 770-533-3029 Newly remod 2BR/ 2BA Flowery Br. $600m 678-977-8135

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 2 Y.O. RANCH- 3BR 2BA, Comm. Pool, $950m. 770-967-3230 2/1 HOMES $100-$125/wk E. Hall. 706-654-0958 3BR/2BA Lakefront w/ dock, Great Location $1,250/mo. 770-539-4400 5bd / 3 bth Newly renovated home with finished basement, kitchen, living room, dining room, $1,295/m FREE CRUISE for 2 for signed lease. 404-919-5738 Clermont / Mossy Creek. 3/2 with fireplace. Nice older home on vineyard property. 795 per month. References and deposit required. 706-499-3790 Reduced Rate Free Rent Starting at $85/wk. N. & S. Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596 HOUSES & APTS Avail. in Gainesville & Hall Co. The Simpson Co. 770-532-9911 NE Hall- 3BR/1BA. $700m. Ref & dp. No pets 770-532-1203

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2BR/1BA - $500/mo. 3/2 DW $750. No pets. 678-402-1732 Cleveland 3br/2ba Free heat/$165/wk 770-654-4073 LARGE 3BR/2BA, $500. Water incl. 770-530-8546 MURRAYVILLE 2BR/1BA, Total electric. $400/mo + dep. 5994 Glen Burtz Rd 770-534-2722 Near Murrayville 4BR/2BA on priv lot. $200wk; $400dp. No pets. 770-654-5031; 770-503-9903

465-Roommates Wanted $350/mo. N. Hall. Utilities included 770-576-0722 Furnished Room w/ cable, extras, no dep/util fee. $120/wk. 678-989-7109 Roommate Wanted incl. bthrm, $500/mo next to Brenau + $50 utils. 404-925-4045

470-Rooms for Rent $95/wk, Furnished all utils & cable, W/D. kitch. 770-561-0781

Homes & Real Estate 500 523-House for Sale

Real Estate Auction Nominal Opening Bid: $1,000 18551 NE 60TH St, Williston 3BR 2BA 1,834sf+/Sells: 8:15am Wed., Mar. 27 on site 800-801-8003 Many properties now available for online bidding! A Buyer’s Premium may apply. Williams & Williams FL Broker: Daniel S. Nelson Re Lic BK3223097; Williams & Williams Re Lic 1032049 Auctioneer: Otha Dusty Taylor Auc Lic AU4017; Williams & Williams Auc Lic AB2784

725-Autos & Trucks Wanted ANY & ALL Available Automobiles/Junk Etc. $150 & Up. 770-654-5556

735-Autos for Sale

OAKWOOD 2BR/ 2.5BA Townhouse. Crawford Oaks sbdv. $70K. 678-668-5288

580-Mountain Property Dream Ranch Reduced Dream Ranch in North Georgia, White County. 27 total acres w/stream. 22+ acres in fenced, rolling pasture. Small remodeled brick home, Rustic barn. Awaiting your call for more info. 706-864-5619 or 706-429-6494 www.Dahlonega

Recreation 600

BUICK 2010 Enclave, 3.6L, V6, 36K, $30,810. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

CADILLAC 1999 DeVille, 4.6L, V8, 55K miles, $7,888. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

605-Boats & Marine BOAT DOCK-32 x 32, Two slip Brown's Bridge galvanized steel dock 20 x 32 party deck, 40 ft single span wheel ramp, Built 2004. Brazilian Walnut decking. $30k Excellent condition. phone 404 386 8155

610-RVs & Travel Trailers CONDOR 2003 28FT, 2 slides, 30,000 miles, exc. cond., loaded, $24,900. 706-318-2812 DISCOVERY 2000 36' Motor Home, Cummins, 2 Slides Garaged, Fully Serviced, $49,500. 678-450-0033

Wheels 700

745-Import Autos

CADILLAC 2002 Deville 4.6L, V8, 158K miles, $4,891. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

CADILLAC 2008 CTS, 3.6L, V6, 63K miles, $23,690 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

INFINITI 2006 FX35, black, heated seats, mnrf, $18,822 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

MAZDA 2008 3 Touring, 2.3L, 4 cyl., 81K miles, $11,355. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

NISSAN 1998 Maxima GXE V6 Clean in & out. 142K miles. Asking $2950 678-200-0812 NISSAN 2007 Murano $16,000. Like New! New tires & brakes, window visors, custom tint. Approx 89k Hwy mi. 770-889-7148

750-Motorcycles HARLEY 2006 XLH 1200 Custom. 3k mi. Exc Cond $6500/ obo. 770-654-5154 YAMAHA Roadstar. 2008. 1600 miles. Like new condition. Silverado accessories, Custom seat, batwing faring, factory fiberglass bags. Have original windshield and seats. $6800.00. 770-519-6500. Leave message

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

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles

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

FORD 2001 Excursion Limited, V10, gas, 4WD, 90K, towing pkg, lthr, exc. cond., original owner, $8,500 678-943-8364

CHEVY 2009 Aveo, 1.6L, 4 cyl., 35K miles, $11,788. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

JEEP 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo, 4.0L, 6 cyl., $9,789 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

710-Antique Cars/Trucks 1950 MG-TD Replica. Top, side curtains, boot and Tourneau cover in great shape. Has a dual port VW motor that runs superbly. No “smoking”, doesn’t burn oil.. Complete tune up was performed within last 200 milesas well as front ball joints and tie rods replaced. New carburetor also installed. The car has excellent shocks and springs and handles great! The brakes were all redone just a few hundred miles ago. All tires including spare have less than 1000 miles Though it cannot be documented, this MG replica is believed to have only about 1000 miles. This is an extremely fun TD Replica that is comfortable, quiet & reliable. The fiberglass body is of very nice quality. The chassis is a ’72VW. Asking $7800 or possible trade for equal value truck. Call 770-540-7683

CHEVY 2010 Malibu. wht, brn & beige int. elect wind/drs, seats. 17k, $9000/obo. 770-519-3123 770-534-8671 FORD 2007 Focus SE. Good Condition. $4800. 770-714-0974

FORD 2012 Mustang GT, 5.0L, V8, 22K miles, $26,790 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200

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

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CADILLAC 2008 Escalade EXT, 6.2L, V8, 57K, $33,786 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 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 FORD 1998 F-150 Ext cab, LB. Great Cond. $3750. 770-540-1215 TOYOTA 2003 Tacoma. XTRA Cab. Limited, 2dr, V6, 3.4L, TRD off road, 4x4, 5spd man. Exc cond. 30k. Also includes cross bed tool box, sprayed in bed liner. $16,500. 770-654-8036

770-Vans CHEVY 2004 cargo Van V8, cold air, new tires/brakes. Exc Cond. 145k. $6500. 678-463-7006 TOYOTA 2000 Sienna XLE. 100,390mi, leath seats, $4500/obo. 678-630-5080

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