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Jackson Co. School calendar to be tweaked By LEANNE AKIN
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the leadership of the Jackson County School System in the wake of the resignation of Dr. John Green as superintendent. Dr. April Howard, who is now serving as interim superintendent, told the Jackson County Board of Education at Monday’s work session it’s been a busy but productive time. “We have done some good work,” said Howard, who explained that she and Assistant Superintendent for Operational Support Jamie Hitzges met with every school faculty before the summer break. “Our intent was to bring clarity and hope,” said Howard. “We said we don’t have all the answers but we shared the strategies we have in place and we are making progress on our
Continued furlough days, more natural attrition needed to balance next year’s budget budget and personnel process.” Howard and Hitzges, along with Director of Finance Betty Varnadore and Director of Human Resources Kathy Elrod, have been working with other administrators and school principals to address the budget shortfall. They are also working on development of the budget for the next fiscal year. A preliminary budget may be available at Thursday’s board meeting which will be held in the Jackson County Comprehensive High School auditorium or at the board’s planned June 21 training and retreat. Principals will see the budget proposal at their Friday meeting. The budget hinges on the school calen-
dar and an amended calendar was recommended Monday for the board’s consideration. Approval of the calendar may come at Thursday’s meeting or the June 21 retreat. The retreat will include a budget overview, personnel updates, information on next year’s SACS accreditation process and other items. Calendar reduction days, also known as furlough days, are included but not as many days as originally projected. The potential had been for 13 furlough days for teachers. Howard said the system would need to apply to the state for a waiver on instructional time by going to 176 student days and 180
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Bid awarded for new Boys & Girls Club
Annexation for IDI acreage tied to new project with 800 jobs By Kyle Funderburk
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JEFFERSON – Annexation and rezoning of 38.078 acres of land off of Highway 82 and RACO Parkway was discussed at Monday’s work session of the Jefferson City Council. Industrial Developments International (IDI) owns the acreage and adjacent property which has already been annexed into the city limits of Jefferson. The annexation is being sought for a new distribution center suitable for light industry. Another 38 acres is needed to provide sufficient room for parking as well as 800,000 square feet for trucks to deliver products to and from the distribution center. A site plan for Project Carrier was shown to the city council. Project Carrier predicts that on startup, the distribution center will initially employ 500 people. In three years, the center will employ around 800. Action on the annexation request is expected at the council’s June 24 meeting. The annexation request for the distribution center wasn’t the only project discussed at the meeting. The Quick Trip distribution center on Highway 129 will be expanded and a Hardee’s fast food restaurant will be coming to Jefferson on Old Pendergrass Road right behind the CVS and across the street from Kroger. The extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is nearing completion, reported Public Works Director Jeff Killip,who also noted enhancements and improvements to the water treatment facility have been hampered lately because of the rain. However, rehabilitation work on the filters has started and materials have been ordered. The city has authorized final surveying and design engineering to the SR 15 re-alignment and improvement project. The project to restore 55 College Street is continuing. New gates are being made, dumpsters and dumpster enclosure walls are in place, and the trash cans on the sidewalk have been removed. The sidewalks have also been pressure washed. The building of a new city barn is also in the works, with plans for a building that can serve employment numbers now and in the future. Construction on Jackson County Baptist Church and a Jackson County methodist church are getting under way.
teacher contract days. Pre-planning days have been shaved back from five to two, Aug. 7-8, with the first day of the 2013-2014 school year on Friday, Aug. 9. The calendar includes the Sept. 2 Labor Day holiday and Oct. 11 and 14 as holidays with the week of Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving. Winter break would be Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 with students returning Tuesday, Jan. 7. Teachers would have a work day on Monday, Jan. 6, “to reboot for the second semester,” said Howard. Spring break would be March 31 through April 4 to give some additional instruction time before the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) administration. Post-planning would be cut to one day.
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Michael Williams, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, shows off some of the large pledges helping to push the capital campaign closer to its goal of $1.3 million. Safelite Auto Glass is donating $100,000, Southeast Toyota Distributors has pledged $250,000, Community Bank & Trust is giving $10,500 and Huber Engineered Woods has committed $10,000.
Support of clubs’ campaign noted at Chamber session
“Our Dream, Our Kids” is the capital campaign under way for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, and $948,000 has been pledged toward opening a door to a safe, positive place of hope and opportunity at the club. A new facility will be built in Jefferson. Executive Director Michael Williams and board chairman David Varnedoe gave a brief update on the effort at the June 5 meeting of the Jackson County Area chamber of Commerce. More on the campaign in the June 20 edition of The Paper. After the meeting, the board convened to discuss the candidacy of a potential new President/CEO and Economic Development Director. Board chairman Mark Valentine said the executive committee is recommending a candidate which board members met during recent gatherings which included an oral presentation by candidates and a roundtable luncheon. After discussion of ongoing concerns related to operational guidelines and policies for employee firings and the desire of many to have the entire board more involved in the process, those present voted unanimously to extend a contract offer to the lead candidate who has experience in economic development and Chamber work.
Work on the new Jackson County Boys & Girls Club building in Jefferson will soon be under way as the Jackson County Board of Commissioners awarded the construction bid during a called June 6 meeting. Jim Shaw, a member of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, thanked the commissioners for their support which is helping to make the new facility a reality. He credited the board for sponsoring the Community Development Block Grant application which brought in $500,000 toward the $1.3 million in support needed to replace the double-wide trailers that currently house the Jefferson Club. Some improvements will also be made at the Commerce club and three years of operating expenses are also included in the capital campaign goal. Shaw told commissioners the seven bid packages for the club project were opened May 31and CRS Building Corporation ofAlpharetta was the low bidder at $753,600. 2WR Partners, the architect, notified County Manager Kevin Poe of the bids received from CRS, BM&K of Braselton, Bowen & Watson of Toccoa, Driver Construction of Athens, Hartley Construction of Gainesville, Keith Hayes Construction of Jefferson and Phillips Brothers Contracting of Hartwell. Shaw said the capital campaign has been very successful and additional support is forthcoming. Commissioner Jim Hix said the community is excited about the project. He offered the motion to award the project to CRS Buidling Corporation. Commissioner Dwain Smith and the motion was unanimously approved by those present. Shaw said as soon as building permits are pulled bu the county, the contractor can begin. The construction area will be fenced off so that the club operations can continue in the existing facilities. “We’d be thrilled if we can hold the trailers together to get this built,” said Shaw. “We’ll get the termites to hold hands,” joked Smith. In other business, the board authorized refunding of the 2003 Certificates of Participation which funded the courthouse construction. The measure will save the county $922,00 with $200,000 coming in 2013 and $370,000 saved in 2014 and 2015. The county’s good credit made the bonds attractive.
Man is charged with murder of wife, son By LEANNE AKIN
JEFFERSON – A mother and her 13-year-old son are dead and her 47-year-old husband, the child’s father, is in jail on murder charges. A June 5 call to 911 reported shots were fired at the family’s Gordon Street residence. The shooter was thought to still be at the home or next door. Marty Reeves, 47, was taken into custody by law enforcement who had weapons drawn as they approached the single-family home located behind the Shell station facing Athens Street. The man was located in the garage and he surrendered when Detective Chris Foster ordered him to show his
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hands. Reeves laid on the ground, put his hands over his head and was handcuffed. Asked if he was the shooter, Reeves replied, “Yes, I did it.” The body of an white adult female, identified as 42-year-old Andrea Reeves, and her son, Austin, were discovered by law enforcement. Lt. Steve Bannister, K9 Officer Johnny Wood and Detective Foster had entered the house through the kitchen. They made their way into the dining room where the two lifeless bodies were found lying on the floor. Blood was pooled around the head of one of the victims, according to a police incident report.
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GBI agents joined Jefferson Police and other responders at the crime scene on Gordon Street.
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Continued from 1A “Once we get through next year, we’ll be in a better place,” said Howard, who noted that the executive leadership summit just held developed the plan for more teacher support. “We recognize it will be a challenge with so little preplanning,” said Howard, who contined that the teachers and staff have been sports and she has confidence in their abilities and commitment. “They just make it happen.” Another area weighing heavily on the budget is personnel, and Hitzges shared with the board some of the ever-changing spreadsheet which shows how the system is working to address its financial crisis. (See related story.) Work has been under way to transfer personnel into positions. “We still have a few we’re not sure where they will be but they will have a position in the system,” said Elrod. Elrod said 15 resignations and/or terminations and one retirement have come recently, some related to people moving. “We will have to have some new hires,” said Elrod. She noted a high school counselors and foreign language teachers may be impossible to find within the system. It was noted that some teachers are going out to get certified in other areas to make themselves more marketable. The right place for the right people are being found as Elrod and Hitzges have been going over the staff rosters from each principal. “We are matching up and getting close,” she said. A formal recommendation is expected on Thursday. Financial update At the work session, Varnadore gave an overview of the May financial report with the fiscal year 92 percent complete. The system’s revenues and expenditures are currently at 95 percent. Year-to-date revenues were $77,586,677.67 but expenditures totaled $81,045,710.86, prompting the use of nearly $4 million from reserves. The system’s beginning fund equity was at $6,188,668.32 and the ending fund balance was $2,690,166. The system is dipping into
those reserve funds. Some good news was shared by Kirby Ingram, who handles the system’s workers’ compensation policy. The system will see a savings in the coming year thanks to the $283,518 quote from Employers, the current provider. However, Hitzges noted that a $45,000 increase is expected for property and auto insurance coverage as a result of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the recent tornadoes on the bottom line of insurance companies. “We will definitely celebrate this victory,” said Hitzges, who commented that he wiped his brow when he learned the lower cost for workers’ comp would offset the added expense for the other insurance premiums. The budget had anticipated use of reserves as austerity reductions of more than $4 million and a drop in the tax digest meant revenues are down. It is the erosion of those funds that has put Jackson County school officials into work mode, trying to get spending down to a sustainable level. Calendar reduction days are one of the ways to drop spending and Howard anticipates another year with furloughs. If the measure, along with natural attrition,
does not have spending at a workable level in the coming years, a reduction in force is possible. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues for May were $449,875.24, meaning SPLOST was down $35,857 from the April collections but was $23,000 more than last May’s proceeds. Related to SPLOST, Hitzges said a plan of priorities will be part of the information to be presented at the board retreat. He said feedback is being sought on the plan. Proceeds from the TAVT were up $1,000 from the previous month but the system is to review $23,000 to “trueup” the amount to what the system should have received before the new Title Ad Valorem Tax. The new law provides for the state to make communities whole during the initial years of implementation. Varnadore said there was a brighter note on the FY 2012 audit report which is forthcoming to board members. “We got a good audit review with no findings,” said Varnadore. This audit was more extensive due to the change in superintendent and finance director. Facilities updates Also on Thursday, the
Jackson school finances still a ‘work in progress’ By LEANNE AKIN
The average Jackson County teacher is worth approximately $76,000 when you factor in benefits, according to Assistant Superintendent for Operational Support Jamie Hitzges. The value of a teacher has a price tag which the Jackson County Board of Education is examining in this ongoing economic situation which finds the system being forced to dip deeper into reserves. To balance its budget which is heavily weighed by personnel costs, the school system has been attempting to rely on what former Superintendent Dr. John Green called “absorption.” Interim Superintendent Dr. April Howard prefers “natural attrition.” During Monday’s work session, Hitzges shared the
current reality with the board of education. The information is a similar message which he and Howard shared with the faculty of each of the schools in the system prior to the end of the school year. He pledged to provide monthly updates as the effort is “a work in progress” which is continually evolving. According to Hitzges, Jackson County Schools earned 494 teachers, counselors and media but had 548 just after the May 3 board of education meeting. With 54 more than the earned, “We have a problem,” he said. “We’re in a world of hurt.” As of June 5, the system was a 520 with resignations and retirements. Whenever there is a resignation, the bottom line of running the school system adjusts downward by $75,000. “We’ve seen some great
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“We have a problem. We’re in a world of hurt.” Jamie Hitzges Assistant Superintendent for Operational Support gains,” said Hitzges. “We want to continue to do that.” Once the salaries are figured in, the system has $3 million remaining to pay substitute teachers, make utility payments and buy gas for the buses. The system spent $550,000 for substitute
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board will decide whether to proceed with the purchase of the Skelton Road property. According to Dennis Patrick, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Transportation, the closing has been tentatively set for July 18. All requirements have been met, but the board needs to authorize the system’s request for site approval to be submitted to the State Department of Education. Patrick also said the Panther Project at Jackson County Comprehensive High School is on target for the July 16 scheduled completion date and it is in line with the budget. A tour is anticipated at the board retreat. The move of teachers of East Jackson Middle School to East Jackson Comprehensive High School, the relocation of Kings Bridge Elementary School to East Jackson Middle, the shift of South Jackson Elementary School to Kings Bridge and the move of Gordon Street to Jackson County Comprehensive High School is slated to begin on Thursday and take approximately three weeks, said Patrick. “This is a pretty massive undertaking,” said Howard, who commented on the organization required to make relocation of the teachers’ boxed items.
Those moves also impact Director of Information Services and Technology Bob Betz, who indicated the plans were in place for the relocation of computers, Smartboards and other technology. “The classrooms will be equipped as well or better as the classrooms they left,” said Betz. He also reported on the core wireless project at Jackson County Comprehensive where Bring Your Own Technology is now available. The board will be utilizing the wireless network at its retreat. Benton Elementary, Maysville Elementary and the Central Office are also included in the $232,732.23 project which came in $119,637.77 under budget, Betz announced. SPLOST funded the project which was delayed as the system awaited production. The timing of ordering and installation of cable allowed the system to see savings. He also said state grant technology funds will be sought to move toward a wireless network on the east side where three schools will be tied in. Betz said the project – with expanded band width -- should have a 15-year life projection. The effort is needed to prepare for online offerings and get student access to the
FIRE REPORT Around 9:30 Friday night, a storm moving through Barrow County caused a lightning strike in the 1300 block of Beringer Drive. Communication officers received a 911 call reporting a gas leak at 9:36. “The lightning damaged an outdoor water sprinkler system and traveled under the sidewalk and damaged a gas line,” said Barrow County Fire & Emergency Services Battalion Chief Rob Nowakowski. “This caused a leak in the gas line and forced an evacuation of the immediate area.” In total, six homes were evacuated for several hours until the gas line could be repaired. While on scene, firefighters also found light smoke in one residence. This home was also damaged by the lightning strike causing one outlet to be destroyed. This caused smoke in the home. Firefighters checked the home for any further damage or fire and found none. Firefighters remained on scene until the gas crews could bring the gas leak under control. sss Units from South Jackson, Harrisburg
Internet for instructional opportunities. The system will also be utilizing digital online access of materials to enhance efficiency and realize cost savings. That type of management of materials will mean fewer textbooks will be required. Other west side technology enhancements could be funded with remaining SPLOST dollars. School meals A 10-cent increase in student lunch costs and a 5-cent hike in breakfast charges are being recommended by Director of School Nutrition Dr. Debra Morris. She said the United States Department of Agriculture is requiring a move toward equity between the federal reimbursement and the price paid for meals. There was a 25 cent difference but rather than raising the cost at one time, Morris has for the past two years recommended small increments of 10 cents per student for lunch and 5 cents for breakfast. Student lunches would be $1.85 at the elementary level, $2.25 for middle and high school and 40 cents for reduced meals. For breakfast, the cost would be $1.45 for elementary students, $1.55 for middle and high school students and 30 cents
and the Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Departments responded to 4730 Jefferson River Road in Jefferson on a reported structure fire just after 7:30 p.m. on June 8. Upon arrival, firefighters found a singlewide mobile home and wooden structure with heavy smoke and fire showing. The fire was extinguished in the wooden structure with moderate damage and the mobile home was listed as destroyed. No injuries were reported and the homes were unoccupied. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the South Jackson Fire Department. Units left the fire scene just before midnight. sss Units from Maysville, Commerce and the Jackson County CI Fire Departments responded to 5990 Maysville Road in Commerce just before 12:30 a.m. on June 10 on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a singlefamily residence with smoke showing. The fire was out on arrival and damage was contained to the rear bedroom and porch. The resident was home at the time of the fire but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maysville Fire Department. The home sustained moderate damage.
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For the 1,043 graduates of Lanier Technical College, it was time for celebration at the 2013 commencement activities.
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Lanier Technical College proudly graduates 1,043 students in the College’s 2013 commencement ceremony. Proud family members and friends looked on and cheered the accomplishment of the students in the 2013 commencement activities. Dr. Ray Perren, President of Lanier Technical College, conferred the degrees, diplomas, and certificates to those students who have completed a program after Dr. Linda Barrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Lanier Technical College, certified that the students had accomplished their educational goals. Many of the graduating students made great sacrifices to arrive at this special day and receive their academic award of an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate of Credit or Diploma. Many students were awarded multiple degrees, certificates, and diplomas. The graduating students represented every county and campus in Lanier Technical College’s service area at the commencement ceremony. The total number of graduates from the College’s seven county area included: Banks County - 29, Barrow County - 96, Dawson County - 80, Forsyth County - 172, Hall County - 301, Jackson County - 79, and Lumpkin County - 44. The oldest graduate was 67, and the youngest was 16 years of age. Lanier Tech’s 2013 graduation class had 734 females and 309 males, and the average GPA was 3.49. The top five programs from which students graduated included Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Business Administration Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Accounting. As Dr. Perren told the graduates and their guests, “The best statistic of all is, if you are like the classes ahead of you, over 98 percent of you are either employed or continuing their education.” Dr. Perren further added, “Eighteen percent of you are earning the associate of applied science degree, 45 to 46 percent of you are earning a college diploma, and 37 percent of you are earning a technical certificate of credit. You are graduating from over 80 different programs.” As the newly-appointed President of the College, Dr. Perren delivered the
Continued from 2A teachers last year although only $150,000 was earned from the state so Hitzges is recommending $350,000 be budgeted for subs with the system working to find permanent subs in-house. Looking at the bottom line, the system is currently $4 million short. “That’s the gap we’ve got to fill,” said Hitzges, who noted strategies to close the gap are being worked up including the 10 furlough days for all staff with additional days for Assistant Principals for Instruction and 15 days for 240-day administrators. “We’ll be as bare bones as we can,” said Hitzges. The number of custodians will be reduced as the system has earned 54 based on build-
commencement address. Dr. Perren assumed the leadership role at Lanier Tech on May 1. This commencement ceremony is his first at Lanier Tech. Dr. Perren has a long and successful career in Georgia’s education, having served 20 years in K-12 education and 13 years in post-secondary education. During the commencement address, Dr. Perren challenged the graduates. “How do we assure that our nation will continue to produce strong leaders tomorrow? In his book The Leader’s Legacy: Preparing for Greater Things, David McKenna asks two questions, “Where have all the leaders gone?” and “Who will lead us in the future?” I think the answer to both questions can be found in the very place in which we sit. There are so many times I wish I could be your age again. You are living at a special time in history. You are living at a time of great change and great challenges. You are also living at a time of great opportunity. Our state, our state and our nation are looking for leaders. We need look no further than those of you assembled tonight in this room. Every one of you has demonstrated leadership or you would not be here tonight. As time goes by you will be called upon more and more to lead. One day YOU will be the leaders of this nation. You will be college presidents, governors, senators, and business leaders. Are you prepared to take on this mantle of leadership? Dr. Perren further inspired the new graduates when he shared five strategies that Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert wrote about in The Servant Leader. “The legacy of your generation will not only be measured by how well you lead during your time, but also how well you prepare the next generation to become leaders in their own right. I have shared five strategies as you continue to develop into the leaders of today: upend the pyramid, raise the bar, blaze the trail, build on strengths and run with purpose.” “In closing, the great purpose of the servant leader is to serve others. When we are most effective, those around us will become servant leaders, too. It is important to remember that our legacy will not only be remembered by how our community prospers while we are the leaders, but also
ing square footage. There were 67 on staff although that number has already dropped to 63. “That’s a step in the right direction,” he said. With the two high schools and one middle school remaining in the roster matching process being undertaken by Hitzges and Director of Human Resources Kathy Elrod, there may be additional changes. Some rosters have included individuals who have been transferred or left the system so there may be additional progress toward reaching a sustainable staffing number. Another 25 positions may be part of the continuing natural attrition process. Board chairwoman Lynne Massey-Wheeler thanked Hitzges for the update. “It’s important to know where we are,” she said.
how our community carries on after we are gone. My hope is that you will wear the mantle of leadership in such a way that we assure that our most prosperous days are still ahead.” The ceremony concluded with awarding of the academic credentials. Members of the College Board of Directors and the Lanier Technical College Vice Presidents assisted the President with the academic credentials. Lanier Technical College offers more than 40 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. More information about Lanier Technical College and the programs of study may be obtained by calling 770-531-
6300 or by visiting www. laniertech.edu. Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Jackson EMC recently awarded Sydney Ellen Bain, a Jackson County Comprehensive High School senior, a 2013 A.T. Sharpton Scholarship. Bain was one of six recipients selected from nearly 300 applications. Named after a former chairman of Jackson EMC’s board of directors, the scholarship program honors Mr. Sharpton’s commitment to education. The daughter of Ted and Pamela Bain of Braselton, Bain participated in National Honor Society, Beta Society and the International Thespian Drama Club. Sydney will attend University of North Georgia and plans to major in Anthropology. “This year’s winners participated in many organizations, held numerous academic accomplishments and honors, and we’re very proud of each of them. These students embody Mr. Sharpton’s commitment to education,” said Randall Pugh, Jackson EMC president/CEO. The A.T. Sharpton Schol-
Sydney Ellen Bain arship fund awarded six scholarships to Northeast Georgia students this year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities, personal biographies and letters of recommendation. For more about youth opportunities, visit www.jacksonemc.com/youth or see the Jackson EMC pages on Facebook and Twitter.
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Different, yet the same “All religions are the same.” As a minister, this is something I hear quite often. And while you might expect a Christian pastor to balk at this statement and immediately begin to argue that Christianity has many key beliefs that distinguish it from other religions and try to convince you of this by touting key Christian beliefs and virtues, you may be surprised to know I agree with this statement. Yet, it is not for the reasons you may suspect. First, let’s explore the idea that “All religions are the same.” This is put forth today as the basis for religious tolerance. And while all religions should certainly be tolerated, and everyone should be allowed to freely choose which religion, if any, they will follow; does this mean all religions are the same? If so, the claims
and beliefs of the various religions must be essentially the same. However, in terms of specific beliefs and teachings, there are stark differences. For instance, one of the tenants of Islam is that Mohammad was the only true prophet sent from God to speak His truth. Judaism, on the other hand, adamantly rejects the fact that Muhammad was a prophet at all, and instead recognizes Moses as a prophet sent from God to speak His truth. Assuming the existence of one true God, since the teachings of Islam and Judaism are so different, either Islam is right, Judaism is right, or both are wrong, but both cannot be right. These kinds of competing claims in the various religions of the world do, in fact, make them fundamentally different. However, there
is one thing that does unite all the religions of the world, and, in essence, makes all religions the same, allowing me to agree with the statement. All religions promote belief in a divine being or supernatural power(s) that is/are to be revered, worshipped and obeyed as the ruling authorities of the universe. All religions lead their followers to adopt a certain set of beliefs, follow a specific code of conduct and worship through ritual and ceremony. All religions seek to gain the favor of the god(s) or supernatural powers they revere through acts of obeisance and obligation. And, nearly all religions encourage acts of service and good will to raise one’s spiritual awareness, increase moral character and attain greater virtue, understanding and enlightenment. In
OBITUARIES Stan Allen
Died June 9, 2013 Lewis Stanley “Stan” Allen, 62, of Winder, died Sunday, June 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Morris and Thelma Ruth Smith Allen; a brother, Kenneth Allen; and sister, Linda Gail Allen. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Hatcher of Winder; stepdaughter, Alicia Walton of Locust Grove; brother, Keith (Tina) Allen of Bethlehem; sister, Johnnie Allen Clunn of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and four grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Barrow Memorial Gardens in Winder with the Rev. Al Garvin officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until the 2 p.m. Thursday service time. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, June 13, 2013
Bessie Cash Allison
Died June 10, 2013 Mrs. Bessie Cash Allison, 99, of Chestnut Mountain, died Monday, June 10, 2013. A lifetime resident of Chestnut Mountain, she was born on Oct. 7, 1913. She was the daughter of the late James and Hester Cooper Cash. She was a homemaker who loved flowers and gardening. She was a member of Chestnut Mountain Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Homer Allison; sisters, Myrtle Martin and Ruby Cash; and brother, Hoyt Cash. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Lynda Allison of Chestnut Mountain; grandchildren, Dana McClure of Chestnut Mountain and David and Sandy Harkins of Gainesville; great-grandson and fiancée, Dave and Carly Smith of Gainesville; stepgreat-granddaughter and husband, Jessica and Danny Underwood; sister, Kathleen Hudgins of, Buford; sistersin-law, Inez Allison and Stella Allison, both of Chestnut Mountain; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill McKinney officiating. Interment was in Chestnut Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville The Paper, June 13, 2013
Tracy Yvonne Banks
Died June 9, 2013 Tracy Yvonne Banks, 46, of Jefferson, died Sunday,
June 9, 2013. Born in Barrow County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Ray Banks and Barbara McDougal Banks of Jefferson. She was a granddaughter of the late Homer and Sallie Banks, Buck and Sally Mae McDougall of Jefferson. She was a member of the Living Word Worship Center in Jefferson. Survivors include her son, Justin Banks of Jefferson; daughter, Mary Kristen Brown of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Corbin Banks and Daniel Banks, both of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Jakob Banks and Jazmin Banks, both of Kentucky; sisters, Elaine Nabors of Braselton and Judy (Jeff) Roberts of Winder; aunts and uncles, Lavern and Austin Jones of Winder, Nancy McNeal and Shirley and Brannon Wilson, all of Hoschton, and Clara Banks of Jefferson; a number of nieces; and one great-niece. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Abundant Life Worship Center of Arcade with the Rev. Dwayne Carroll officiating. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, June 13, 2013
Virginia C. Bentley
Died June 8, 2013 Virginia C. Bentley, 92, of Winder, died Saturday, June 8, 2013. Before moving to Winder, she was president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post #222 and worked in the VA Hospital in Thomasville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winder where she enjoyed playing the piano. She was paraprofessional at Winder Elementary School which later became Kennedy Elementary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Harry Bentley; grandson, Shane Alen Kokaly; parents, John Oscar and Eunice Archie Horne Bentley; and brothers, Keith and John “Cotton” Culpepper. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Elaine Bentley of Tuscan, Ariz., and David Bentley of Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Gail and Bill Kokaly of Gainesville; grandchildren, Jeff Bentley and Tim Bentley, Travis Wilder, Valerie and Phillip Kokaly; great-grandchildren, Donivon, Jordan, Carson and Kendall Kokaly and Brandon and Oliver Bentley; niece and nephews, Eunice Vining and Charles Culepper and Ernie Culpepper. The funeral service was held Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home in Winder with Pastor John Talley and Pastor Mike
Walston officiating. Burial followed at Barrow Memorial Gardens. Flowers will be accepted for donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Winder. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, June 13, 2013
Brenda Lou Davis
Died June 11, 2013 Brenda Lou Davis, 58, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Born in Chamblee, she was a daughter of Mary Ann Camp Johnson of Jefferson and the late Luther Johnson. Mrs. Davis was a LPN with Northeast Georgia Medical Center and was a member of the Sanctuary Baptist Church in Loganville. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ronald Johnson and Tommy Johnson. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Terry Davis of Jefferson; sons and daughterin-law, John and Stephanie Davis of Winder and Jason Davis of Auburn; brother, Steve Davis of Braselton; grandchildren, Brianna Davis and Jacob Davis, both of Winder; godchildren, Linda Martin and Robert and Nera Watkins; and aunts, Betty Sue Johnson and Ophelia Camp. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Ferguson officiating. The burial will follow in the Jackson Memorial Park. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, June 13, 2013
Died June 10, 2013 Ricky Moore, 50, of Gainesville, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Lanier Hills Church with interment to follow in Flowery Branch City Cemetery. The Rev. Randall Popham and the Rev. Mark Smith will officiate. Born Feb. 10, 1963, in Athens, Ga., to Sara Coker Moore of Athens and the late Dan Ellis Moore, he was employed with Gainesville Ma-
this way, “all religions are the same.” But it is precisely at this point that biblical Christianity is vastly different from other religions. In fact, biblical Christianity is not a religion at all because it does not teach its followers to please God through acts of obeisance and obligation. Jesus actually rebuked the religious leaders of his day for striving to please God through religious efforts (Matthew 23:23-28); and the Bible teaches it is impossible to please God with the things that nearly all religions advocate and encourage their adherents to do in order to gain His blessings (Hosea 6:6 & Galatians 2:16). Biblical Christianity is not about trying to please God by following a specific code of conduct, worshipping Him through ritual or ceremony, nor is it about working to achieve or improve our standing before God and thereby attain His favor. The difference between
biblical Christianity and religion is that biblical Christianity teaches that the only way to gain favor with God is to receive His forgiveness and grace, which He offers freely through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that all men are inherently sinful and fall short of God’s favor (Romans 3:23), and worse, we are all at odds with God and deserving of His judgment with no hope of working our way into His favor (Romans 6:23a & Ephesians 2:9). But, thankfully, the Bible also tells us the wonderful news that God “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). When in faith a person turns away from his/her sin and surrenders to Jesus Christ, favor with God is granted — no more working to please God, no more wondering if I am good enough, no more trying to appease
rina as a service manager. He was a member of Lanier Hills Church. Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Dan Ellis Moore. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 31-1/2 years, Suzanne Moore; daughter and sonin-law, Molly and Nicholas Nigro of Gainesville; stepmother and husband, Moncell and Hugh Blackstock of Gainesville; brother, Fredrick Moore of Gainesville; sisters, Carol Daniel , Cathy Sorrows and Donna Hutchens, all of Athens; brother, Terrell Moore of Athens; stepbrothers, Micky Cain of Jefferson; and Ricky Cain of Dawsonville; special niece, Ellie Moore; and a host of other family and friends. Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville The Paper, June 13, 2013
Flanagan, Sherry (Gary) Crowder, Kathy (Ron) Bridgefarmer and Gaye (Eric) Farmer; sister, Shirley Patrick; grandchildren, Kelly, Katie, Patrick, Carrie, Brandon, Brett and Paige; and great-grandchildren, Peyton, Mackenzie, Connor, Addison, Alivia, Kylie, Emma and Madilyn. The funeral service was held Thursday, June 6, 2013, at First Christian Church of Winder with the Rev. Jim Brooks officiating. Burial followed in Barrow Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Winder, 275 N. Fifth Ave., Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, June 13, 2013
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Died June 5, 2013 Andrea Lyn Stone Reeves, 42, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. During her life, she was a graphic artist for Network Productions. She was a loving mother, sister and daughter. She departed this life along with her son, Austin Glen Reeves, and she was preceded in death by her father, Larry Gene Stone. Survivors include her mother, Donna Stone Garner of Braselton; and sisters, Tammy (Greg) Woods and Stacie Stone, both of Winder. A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Winder with the Revs. Bobby Moore and Chris Conner officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Austin Reeves Memorial Fund, 942 Muscovy Lane, Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, June 13, 2013
Died May 28, 2013 Pa Yang Moua, 76, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 9, 2013, in the chapel of Lawson Funeral Home. Interment was held at Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, June 13, 2013
Died June 4, 2013 Bennie “Ben” Joe Patrick, 83, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013. During his life, he was a member of First Christian Church of Winder. He retired from Lockheed and the Gwinnett County School System. He served in the United States Air Force as an Airman First Class during the Korean Conflict. He participated in Operation Deep Freeze with Lockheed, going to the South Pole in December of 1960 through the early part of 1961. It was one of the many projects he volunteered for when he left the Air Force and went to work at Lockheed from 1954-1972. He was an integral part of the flight test team where he participated in tests of the C141, C130 and C5A. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Luther and Effie Rutledge Patrick. Survivors include his wife, Sara Elder Patrick; son, Scott (Shelby Price) Patrick; daughters, Nancy (Dave)
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God through my own efforts. All religions are the same in that they teach God’s blessings must be earned, but for this reason religion leaves us lost and without hope. However, because of God’s grace, faith in Christ grants us God’s favor both now and forever.
Todd Coble is the pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, which meets in the Hoschton Depot, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about biblical Christianity or Covenant, visit covbc.org.
Austin Glen Reeves
Died June 5, 2013 Austin Glen Reeves, 13, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Austin loved to play football and swim. He departed this life along with his mother, Andrea Lyn Stone Reeves. Survivors include his paternal grandparents, Marshall and Margaret Reeves of Monroe; maternal grandmother, Donna Stone Garner of Braselton; and aunts, Tammy (Greg) Woods and Stacie Stone, both of Winder. A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Winder with the Revs. Bobby Moore and Chris Conner officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Austin Reeves Memorial Fund, 942 Muscovy Lane, Winder, GA 30680. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, June 13, 2013
Eugene Weiland Sr.
Died June 6, 2013 Eugene “Cookie” Weiland Sr., 68, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 6, 2013. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Highway 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-6540966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org. The Paper, June 13, 2013
Cecil Lee Wilson
Died June 6, 2013 Cecil Lee Wilson, 77, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 6, 2013. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Highway 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-6540966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org. The Paper, June 13, 2013
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POLICE REPORT Jefferson Police
■■ A driver involved in a June 5 traffic accident on Damon Gause Parkway was taken into custody for following too closely, new resident required to register within 30 days and driving on a suspended license. ■■ A Brooklyn Chase Apartment resident called police June 5 to report she had been attacked by a man she described. The woman suffered a brain injury and is treated with medications which cause hallucinations. No crime could be determined. ■■ A Pine Street Apartment resident advised police of harassment by telecommunications on June 5. The complainant has repeatedly asked the suspect to leave her alone but he refuses to stop texting her. The man texted she should kill herself. She was advised how to obtain a temporary restraining order. ■■ A man was advised he is not to return to Pine Street Apartments after a June 8 complaint that he continues to create problems. ■■ A man fled on foot from Jefferson Drugs Pharmacy on June 7 after he became nervous at the pharmacist’s action. The pharmacist had been alerted by the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency that the suspect was attempting to obtain narcotics with forged prescriptions. ■■ A bicycle left at Haney’s Car Wash on June 4 was reported missing on June 6. ■■ When he received a welcome package in the mail, a Jefferson man learned someone had gotten service from Verizon using his Social Security number. ■■ A verbal dispute was reported June 6 by a Pine Street Apartments resident. Alcohol and drugs were involved, the report shows. ■■ A Silver Bell Avenue resident reported his vehicle was rolled with toilet paper on June 5. A description of a truck with male juveniles inside was provided but no suspects have yet been located. ■■ A driver notified police he struck a deer on Highway 15 in Jefferson on June 1. ■■ An Elrod Avenue resident reported someone stole his wallet on June 1 and his debit card was used at the Shell station. The wallet contained $100 in cash, a $44 money order and the debit card. A possible suspect was identified. ■■ A Pendergrass resident who went to shop at Kroger reported June 3 her Coach wallet was stolen out of her vehicle. The wallet contained $150 in cash and check worth $1,000 made out to the victim. ■■ A mother reported interference with custody on June 3 when she said the father of her child who has no legal rights to the child is refusing the return the child. The father’s mother said her son had a text message from the mother allowing him to keep the child until June 10. The mother denied that and said the father has since turned off his phone so she can’t reach him. ■■ The man and woman having an argument were involved in a criminal trespass incident on June 10 on River Mist Circle. Both were taken into custody. The woman cut Antiques and the tires on a vehicle to Collectibles preventShow: her husband from oin us for these dates: leaving in the car. The February man 1st shouldered : 9 AM tothe 5 PM door of2nd the house open get y February : 9 AM to 5to PM keys to another vehicle y February 3rd : 10 AM to 4 PM was attempting & Lunchand served by Angie’stoCafe leave the scene when law enforcement arrived.
■■ A Cleveland man reported he had been threatened by the exhusband of his girlfriend’s sister on June 7. ■■ A 5-year-old child struck another child while they were playing on the playground at the Jefferson Rec Department on Old Pendergrass Road on June 9. When the father of the child who was struck went toward the baseball field to advise the other child’s father, a woman, the mother of the child who did the hitting, attempted to intervene. When she grabbed the man’s arm, he yelled at her. She said he cursed her and he did not recall if he had cursed her. He said he was going to advise the man to keep his son off the playground if he was going to fight. Police were then called. She said the other father was threatening her husband, who has a medical condition. ■■ A harassing by telecommunications complaint was filed June 8 by two persons who say they are being harassed by her ex-boyfriend. ■■ Five traffic accidents were investigated; no injuries were reported.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office ■■ A Pendergrass resident reported her new lawnmower was stolen from her Holly Springs Road home where it was padlocked to the propane tank on June 3. The complainant, who had provided the name of several possible suspects including a family member’s former drug supplier, notified authorities that her son had returned the mower after using it. ■■ A dispute was reported June 3 at a Holiday Cemetery Road location where the parties involved were intoxicated. ■■ A June 3 verbal dispute over getting a new cat was reported at an Ednaville Road location. Alcohol was a contributing factor, the report shows. ■■ A case of road rage was investigated June 3 on Interstate 85 at mile marker 137. A tractortrailer driver notified 911 that a UPS truck was driving erratically and then received a call from the UPS driver that he was being harassed by another driver who was shining a flashlight into his cab and interfering with his vision. Law enforcement talked with both parties at the Flying J and both went their separate ways.
■■ Things got heated in a 10-year-old girls’ championship softball game on June 1 at the county ballfields on County Farm Road and two coaches were ordered to leave the property for the remainder of the event. Rec officials indicated that the two had to be physically restrained and one grabbed a bat although did not use it in a threatening manner. Because there is an ongoing issue between the two teams, the two men were asked to leave. ■■ While a deputy stood by, a family member retrieved belongings from a Meadow Creek Drive home on May 31 and was advised not to return. ■■ After a June 1 dispute in West Jackson Mobile Home Park, a driver reported damage to her vehicle. Another subject had repeated slammed the door during the incident and now the door will not open from the inside. ■■ A Woodland Hills Drive resident reported a June 2 criminal trespass and harassment by phone in which an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend is harassing him. The complainant is uncertain why he is being harassed but had to replace $500 worth of tires after roof tacks were found in his driveway. The man who has also been shining a light into the man’s home and driving by in a harassing manner is suspected. ■■ On June 2, a Braselton resident reported damage to the drywall of his Cedar Ridge Drive basement after a family member and his girlfriend argued and the family member punched holes in the drywall. The girlfriend left the premises and no charges are being pursued against the family member. Alcohol was involved in the incident. ■■ A dispute was reported outside Our Store in Pendergrass when a mother and father exchanging their children and the father attempted to talk with the mother about her new boyfriend’s registered sex offender status. The boyfriend arrived on the scene and an argument ensued between the two men. The woman said she was familiar with the boyfriend’s status. The deputy advised the parents to pick a neutral place to exchange the children to avoid a confrontation. ■■ A driver stopped at Jefferson River Road and Archer Grove Road on May 30 was taken into custody on charges of driving while unlicensed and affixing a license plate to conceal a vehicle’s I.D.
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■■ A Bend Drive resident told authorities there was a snake behind the washing machine in her home on May 29. Deputy Steve Thompson was unable to locate the snake and the resident was advised to contact a snake removal company if she sees the snake again. ■■ A Jackson County deputy in her private vehicle was run off the roadway while she was attempting to exit off Interstate 85 at Highway 129 on May 24. She had seen the other vehicle, a Crown Victoria, which had already been reported for erratic driving, running in and out of the roadway. The driver slowed down and pulled up beside the deputy. She asked what was wrong with him and he yelled something and refused to give his name and I.D when she identified herself as a law enforcement officer. When he drove away, she was forced to jump back. The Crown Victoria ran a red light as it drove away. The vehicle was stopped by Pendergrass Police Chief Robert LaRocque, who determined the man had a suspended license. Passengers in the vehicle who said they wanted out of the vehicle because of the driver’s actions indicated they told the driver to stop. The passengers also had warrants pending so they were also taken into custody. ■■ A simple battery incident was reported May 28 on Melvin Phillips Road after two men got into an altercation after one man’s dog went onto the other man’s property and attacked his smaller dog. The two declined to press charges. ■■ A Johnson Mill Road resident lost his tractor to a fire on May 24 after it had been repaired. The man moved the tractor into the basement garage where it caught fire. The
tractor was destroyed and the garage sustained smoke damage. ■■ A 17-year-old wearing only blue shorts was walking down the middle of Brockton Loop on May 24. He said he was walking home from a party at the lake rather than riding with a drunk driver. The youth was taken into custody and cited for pedestrian under the influence and underage consumption of alcohol. Law enforcement checked the location where the party was said to have been but no one was at the scene. ■■ A man reported threats were made against him by a man he had done business with in the past. He was “fronted” speakers to be installed but went into the hospital and has not yet completed the job to get payment to pay for the speakers. According to the complainant, the suspect came to his Jackson Park Drive residence on May 24 and threatened him in front of his son. The suspect said the man told him he had his money and he went to pick it up and was unable to get the man to the door. When he did, the man called 911. ■■ The investigation which linked former Assistant EMS director Michael Gosnell to an Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Internet crimes against children case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children
Task Force. Between October and December of last year, an individual using an anonymous screen name was chatting with the online profile of a 15-year-old girl who was actually an Effingham County investigator. After the screen name user was identified as Gosnell, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on May 17. Gosnell’s employment had been terminated.
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A detour to get my kicks on Route 66
WINSLOW, Ariz. — U.S. 66, better known as Route 66, was once called names like “The Mother Road” and “The Main Street of America.” First opened in 1926, the highway connected Chicago and Los Angeles and a ton of little towns in between. The road wasn’t completely paved until 1938 and less than 20 years later was being replaced by the interstate highway system. Route 66 was immortalized in a song written by jazz pianist Bobby Troup, who later played Dr. Joe Early on the TV series, “Emergency.” The lyrics included references to numerous towns along Route 66. Today, much of the roadway that was Route 66 is now covered by a big, fast highway, the longest stretch is now Interstate 40. When the interstate highways came along, travelers no longer drove through the main thoroughfares of places such as Gallup, N.M., and Holbrook, Ariz. The mom-and-pop ventures, that included motor inns, service stations and ice cream shops, not to mention campy attractions such as reptile farms, began to fade away. A few of the places along Route 66 have turned those memories into a drivethrough museum as a tribute to the once-vital route. During our recent vacation, my wife and I dropped off the interstate for a little trip into a bygone era. We spent one night at the Wigwam Motel, a collection of stucco guest quarters in the shape of a teepee. It was small, but clean. And for $58, we have a lifetime memory. The Wigwam is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of just a handful of the old teepee motels still in business. Winslow, Ariz., was the largest town in northern Arizona during the Route 66 heyday. While that’s no longer the case, the town received newfound fame in the Eagles’ classic song, “Take it Easy.” The opening line refers to “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Ariz.”
Harris Blackwood About 20 years ago, a group of local folks decided to commemorate the very corner songwriter Jackson Browne was writing about. The corner now features a statue of Browne, who reportedly got his inspiration while sitting in a corner drugstore that is now a souvenir shop for everything Eagles, Winslow and Route 66. The corner comes complete with a flatbed Ford, as noted in the song. Farther West, we found an equally charming Route 66 tribute in Williams, Ariz. We stayed in the Grand Canyon Hotel, which boasts it is the oldest hotel in Arizona. Among its guests in early years were famed author John Muir, the Vanderbilt family and the King of Siam and his entourage. All of them had come to see the nearby Grand Canyon. The hotel has an old sign out front boasting rooms for $3.50 and up. You’ll pay about 90 bucks more than that today. An update on plumbing and the addition of air conditioning is about all that has changed. Down the street, you’ll find a store stating it is the largest Route 66 sign in the world. The people of Williams fought the new interstate highway and were the last town served by Route 66 until 1984. There is something to be said for getting off the interstate and driving along what is now called a “historical” route. I came along as travel on old two-lane routes was being replaced by the fourlane. But I fully appreciate the great time those old roads reprint and I was honored to stand on a few of those great corners on America’s Main Street. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose column appears weekly.
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Truth isn’t easy, but admirable The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something. “Why do people lie?” I asked Tink. We know a couple of people who, as Daddy would say, “the truth’s not in them.” They lie about many things, big and small, consequential and not consequential. And if you have them pinned against the wall with absolute evidence of the lies, they will lie about the lies. It’s baffling. Tink shrugged and carefully considered his answer before replying. “Being honorable and honest is learned,” he said. “It isn’t born in us. We’re taught those principles.” I shook my head, again thoughtfully, and pointed out that one of the persons was raised by honorable parents and has siblings who practice honesty. So that, I said, couldn’t be ... well, it couldn’t be the truth. Daddy used to say that a man who’ll lie to you will steal from you. And I have found those to be words of everlasting truth. After all, a lie and a theft are both children of dishonesty.
Ronda Rich A few months ago, I was at a speaking engagement in Florida where dinner was being served. My purse, which was held together with one snap in the middle that left the sides open, was sitting on a chair. I was standing across the room in conversation when I noticed a sudden flurry of activity around my purse. An old woman, her face hard and cracked, watched as a young woman grabbed napkins and rushed around. I hurried over. “I’m sorry. Did I leave my purse in the wrong place?” I asked. The young woman turned to me. “No, no, it’s all right. She just bumped into the chair and spilled some tea.” The old woman turned to me, glowering. “We weren’t trying to get into your purse!” she snapped. Her eyes narrowed. “It just spilled on the floor.” This, I quickly discovered, wasn’t the truth. My
purse had almost an inch of tea — not sweet tea, mind you — and it was quite a mess. “Goodness!” I declared as I began pulling out items. “It’s filled with tea.” The woman plopped down on a nearby chair and continued to act ugly. “No, it is not. I barely spilled any tea and it did not go into your purse.” The young woman, who could see differently, looked at me and smiled sadly. Neither of us said another word. We just cleaned it up while the old woman defiantly watched us. Remarkable. It was a simple accident. Why lie about it? Why deny how much had been spilled? A few weeks later, Tink was home working on a script and I was at a beauty appointment when we both received urgent calls from a friend who was staying in Mama’s house. Our pasture sprawls across the creek from our house to Mama’s so there are three gates, two on Mama’s side of the creek. “The horses are out!” she screamed breathlessly into the phone. “We’re chasing them now.” Trust me: This is not a call you want to get. By
God’s grace, the horses galloped up the road, crossed a major highway but never came close to danger. Tink charged into action while my brother-in-law, Rodney, and nephew, Rod, rode to the rescue. By the time I arrived, the wayward creatures were back safe in the pasture, though Rodney had cut his finger somehow. Bowen, a freckled-faced, redheaded 8-year-old, approached me timidly. “Miss Ronda,” she said. “I think I left the gate open. I’m sorry.” It was so brave. Intensely admirable. I knelt down, hugged her then looked her in the eyes. “You are so courageous,” I told her. “Always tell the truth even in times like this when it isn’t easy. That’s the mark of an honorable person and that’s what you want to be.” The truth isn’t always pretty. Or easy. But it certainly gives respect to those who tell it. Ronda Rich is the best-selling author of several books, including “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at www. rondarich.com. Her column appears weekly.
Sook and the best wedding ever His neck was of red, his face that of white, and his mood blue. Or, at least, I assumed it was blue by the scowl on his face. Moments later, I realized that his wasn’t a frown, but rather a face contorted into perceived sorrow by the bulging dip of Copenhagen between his cheek and gum. He was my wife’s escort to be seated, a groomsmen in one of the many weddings I’ve had the honor to attend in recent times. Tis being wedding season, I’ve decided to recount this particular wedding and its unique environs. The dipping groomsmen was the first tip that this wedding could become an interesting bazaar of the bizarre — certainly worthy of my reception attendance. I was not disappointed. The six groomsmen were adorned in matching tuxedos with tails; three with their hair also sporting tails. When the groom and his best man emerged, all of the groom’s wedding lineup started to giggle. One of them pointed behind us, back up the aisle. I looked back to see a white poster hanging from the eave of the balcony. In red ink (or perhaps blood), it read (verbatim): “Its not to late to run!” I chuckled heartily, then turned back to my wife. She was not amused, giving me a stone-faced sigh of disapproval.
Len Robbins The ceremony was basically traditional. The bride was given away by her father, who took out his toothpick to kiss her on the cheek before he gave away her hand in marriage. The bride then sang two selections -—“Did You Ever Know You’re My Hero,” and “Live Like You Were Dying.” I was hoping for the medley to continue with “It’s My Wedding and I’ll Sing If I Want To.” Instead, I was thrilled when the groom said “I do,” and a man about four rows behind me screamed, “I HEARD THAT!” The vow-sealing kiss was also memorable in both its time span and gusto. Midway through the embrace, I grabbed a tithing envelope and scratched down “So, we get to see the wedding ceremony and the consummation?,” and handed it to my wife. Again, the sigh of disapproval. As they ran down the aisle, properly hitched, I looked back up at the sign on the eave. It had been turned over, and now
read: “Git Er Done!” The reception was held at the father of the bride’s house. The entertainment for the reception crowd was ... the reception crowd. A karaoke machine was set up in the corner of a game room, which included, among other attractions, a pool table, a foosball table, video games, and a Dale Earnhardt pinball machine. I don’t know if they brought all that in special for this occasion or not. We hadn’t been there for 45 minutes when a commotion splintered the mob on the deck around the garbage cans holding kegs of beer. Two women — at least in their late 50s, both in their Sunday best — began to scrap, knocking over one of the kegs during their hair-pulling melee. After witnessing this blessed event, I hustled back to my wife in the more serene inside quarters. “Honey, you missed it,” I gasped. “These two older ladies got into a fight and knocked over one of the kegs. The big guy who set up the karaoke machine broke it up and told them to ‘take it out to the pasture.’ It was great.” Returning to the game room, I was in line at the Galaga machine when I struck up a conversation with the dipping groomsmen, who introduced
himself as “Sook.” Sook and I became fast friends, and he invited me to the “after-the-party party” at the local VFW. “Do you really need an ‘after-the-party party’, Sook?,” I asked as Uncle Keith sang “It’s Raining Men.” “I mean, this one seems to be going pretty well to me.” Rather than risk another sigh of disapproval, I didn’t mention Sook’s invite to my wife. Not long thereafter, keys in hand, she came up to me while I was in line to ride the mechanical bull and indicated it was time to leave. “Aw, come on,” I said, third in line after a 20-minute wait. “I want to ride the bull ... and somebody else may get in a fight. You can’t miss that again.” On our way out, Sook fell in our path. “Leaving so soon? Where ya going?” I explained that we had a babysitter and needed to get back home. “Well, we’ll see ya’ll again next time,” he said. “Next time?” “Yeah, next time they get married again,” he said, cackling as he stumbled off. Blue, he wasn’t. Nor was I. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.
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Continued from 1A According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers, who conducted a 1 p.m. press conference, the cause of death was homicide by gunshot. At the initial press conference, Ayers declined to release the identity of the woman and child pending notification of the next of kin. They were identified later that afternoon. Funeral services for An-
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Gwinnett Fire and EMS to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. A relative said the juvenile suffered a broken scapula, had bleeding on the brain and other internal injuries. The juvenile provided a statement to the relative which was relayed to law enforcement. He said he saw the headlights coming and dropped his shoulder, getting struck by the vehicle on his right side. His forehead hit the hood. The other juveniles said they recognized the driver and told law enforcement where she lived. The fully clothed juvenile suspect was located, asleep in her bed at her residence. Smelling of alcohol, she denied drinking and driving but refused a test. She was taken into custody, transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and charged with failure to report an accident with injury, hit and run, reckless driving and DUI (refusal). ■■ A simple battery incident was reported June 3 at a Mulberry Park Drive location. The aggressor had left the scene when law
drea and Austin Reeves were held June 11. Their obituaries appear on Page 4A. At the initial press conference, Ayers said officers from the Jefferson Police Department and deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the scene of the double homicide, and Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman contacted the GBI requesting assistance with the investigation which is being jointly worked by the GBI and Jefferson Police with the cooperation of the Sheriff’s Office, the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attor-
ney’s Office and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. As Ayers had projected, charges against Reeves were filed that afternoon although information was still being gathered by talking with members of the community and family members. The emergency sirens and helicopter overhead attracted people to the scene. Just outside the crime scene tape, Crystal Shields talked with others from the community as they gathered in the parking of the Shell station, Shields said she was flashing back to her sister’s murderon June 6, 2011.
enforcement arrived. Prescription medication is a contributing factor to the situation. ■■ One June 4, a tractortrailer driver caught a large boulder under his trailer after turning around at Highway 53 and New Cut Road and dislodged the boulder in the middle of Exchange Drive. The driver did not notify anyone but instead went to sleep in his cab. Law enforcement woke up the driver. The trailer had to be towed. ■■ A luncheon customer at Le Clos reported to Chateau Elan Hotel and Resort security the theft of purses from her vehicle on June 5. ■■ A theft by taking was reported June 5 at a White Walnut Way location after a juvenile’s phone went missing while several friends were over visiting. ■■ A runaway juvenile was reported June 5 from a Green Mountain Drive location. The 16-year-old left the pool area after an argument with his girlfriend. A text message was received just after midnight that the teen was safe. His mother said he has run away previously but returned after “cooling down.” It is thought he was at a friend’s nearby home.
■■ No charges have been filed in the June 5 disorderly conduct incident at a Broadway Avenue location. After an altercation at the Pilot station, one of the parties followed the other home and threatened to kill him. A short while later, the man returned with a handgun, pointed the gun at the other man and fired before leaving the area. The other party told a differing story of having a shot fired at his vehicle. With conflicting statements from the parties and witnesses, no charges were filed. ■■ A man reported to police June 6 that his painting equipment which had been at a Democracy Drive residence for a job was transported to Home Depot in Buford and some of the equipment was missing. He was called to meet the man he was doing work for and arrived but the man was not there. ■■ A burglar alarm was sounded June 6 at a Legends Drive location. A window had been pushed in but no entry was gained. ■■ An aggressive driving, hit and run and criminal damage to property complaint was filed on
Rapid ID system in use The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has a new gadget to help identify criminals. The Sheriff’s deputies will now have access to the Rapid ID system. The device can run an individual’s identity on the spot by analyzing fingerprints. Deputies will receive training on how to operate the device in the event an individual does not have the proper identification on their person or the deputy suspects that the individual may be trying to conceal their true identity. The Rapid ID device electronically scans two fingerprint images and compares them to a statewide database with information of people who have been arrested in Georgia or have warrants for
June 7 when a man’s ex-girlfriend pursued him from Petco on Highway 124. The woman had reportedly threatened to run him off the road and some damage occurred to the vehicle he was driving. He returned to Petco to get security and call 911. The woman had also made threats to him against his new girlfriend. ■■ Someone pumped $54.47 in gas at Chevron on June 7 and drove off, leaving behind an expired driver’s license and a credit card. ■■ A vehicle on Grand Hickory Drive was entered June 7 after the front passenger window was broken out. The victim’s purse was stolen. A green Ford F-150 was seen driving by the area three times and the victim’s husband heard someone in the vehicle yell about something they had done. ■■ A worker who was parked on Rue Charlemagne Drive on June 7 reported someone busted out the back window of her vehicle and took her Louis Vuitton purse. ■■ A driver reported an object, possibly a cooler, which had blown from a boat being pulled by a truck on I-85 struck his vehicle on June 9.
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Family offers reward for information of missing local man’s whereabouts A $10,000 reward is being offered by the family of a missing Jackson County man to anyone who knows his whereabouts. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua “Josh” Scott Adams’ vehicle was found May 20 on his father’s Brockton Loop property. The man’s cell phone and wallet were inside. Family and authorities searched the property, including a lake, but were unable to locate him, according to Adams’s father, Scott. Adams, 25, stands 6-foot-3 and has a tattoo of “AVA” on his right foot and a tribal tattoo on his right shoulder and chest. According to his father, Scott Adams, Josh had been home from six weeks of rehab in Michigan for only a few days before his disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718.
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Griggs sets sights on making varsity roster
BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
The idea of being a “true freshman” on the Jackson County Comprehensive High School baseball team is pure bliss for incoming ninth grader Chris Griggs. The perks, such as having the potential to letter in the sport, makes the gig even more intriguing but Griggs wants to play with the big boys because he knows he can hang tough. Griggs picked up a glove when he was 3 years old after watching his sister play softball. He picked up a ton of experience last year on the junior varsity team where he earned the Cy Young award. “I played third base and then they moved me to shortstop. I played at West Jackson Middle School and they changed the rules and allowed eighth graders to play on the junior varsity team,” Griggs said. “I actually played on the junior varsity team the summer going into eighth grade.” Griggs could vie for the shortstop role which was handled by Chase Dunlap, who was a natural. Griggs couldn’t help but notice Dunlap went errorless which motivates him to be relentless on defense. The two practiced alongside each other during the season, allowing
Griggs to witness firsthand what it’s going to take to fill those shoes. “He never made any errors on defense - in games or practice,” said Griggs. “That made me realize that I don’t need to make as many errors.” Head coach Tommy Fountain hasn’t put together his spring roster yet but says Griggs has a shot at making the varsity roster. Knowing Fountain views him as a prospect is just one part of the driving force that keeps Griggs on top of his game. “It’s pretty exciting and it makes me feel good to know that people see that kind of potential in me,” said Griggs. Griggs had a front row seat for the Panthers’ unprecedented year as the team broke a 30-year playoff slump. Griggs says he wants to uphold what was started. “I know a lot of the players and I keep in touch with them a lot. It was a pretty big deal in this area because everyone knew what was going on. Everyone was celebrating,” Griggs said. Griggs couldn’t help but say that Jefferson High School is the team he wants to beat and East Jackson High School is the team they want to keep their win streak over.
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Jefferson gives back in 5K scholarship run to youngsters in the community BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
In a time where scholarships don’t come easy or are reliant on grade point average, it’s refreshing to have one for recipients who don’t have to meet academic requirements. At Jefferson Parks and Recreation,
former rec department director Ben Dillard saw to it that children would be able to participate in Parks & Rec offerings despite their family’s financial situation. “It is a private 501(c)3 that was started in 2006 by Ben Dillard. It began as a way to provide recreation oppor-
Jefferson grad thriving at Tennessee despite injury BY MITCH BLOMERT
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tunities for underprivileged youth who may not be able to afford the costs of registration,” said Colton Green, current Jefferson Parks & Rec director. Although Dillard is no longer with Jefferson, the scholarship fund still exists, and on June 29, Jefferson will hold its second annual Freedom 5K Run for which the funds will benefit those who meet the requirements for the scholarship. The June 29 run is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., starting and ending at Jefferson Middle School. The route will take runners through familiar parts of the town including along Lawrenceville Street and by First Baptist Church. The amount of money for each recipient varies but its purpose is to ensure everyone gets as much help as they need. “There are some recipients that have been able to benefit from the scholarship more than once, but many are one time receivers as they are temporarily out of work and want to make sure their kids are cared for as they would have been if their parents were still working,” Green said.
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In a three-year span, Tyler Porter has gone from a broken back to broken personal records. The University of Tennessee pole vaulter and Jefferson High graduate has spent his entire collegiate career battling back from an injury he sustained in the summer before his freshman year with the Vols. Now in his third outdoor season, he’s certainly showing signs of recovery. Porter tied for seventh in the Division-I men’s pole vault at Wednesday’s NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon, clearing the bar with a personal-best vault of 17 feet, 8.5 inches. His top-seven finish secured him a spot on the AllAmerican team, adding him to an illustrious list of Tennessee athletes to earn the distinction. “It’s an accomplishment just to be added that list, because of the rich tradition that surrounds our program,” Porter said. “Both of my teammates are All-American, and I felt like I was kind of beneath them my whole career at Tennessee. Now that I’m finally at the same level as them, I feel like we can keep pushing and competing with each other to make each other better.” Even three years after he broke a vertebra in his lower back when he fell during a high school nationals practice session in 2010, Porter claims he’s still not 100 percent. The incident happened at Jefferson, where he won three state championships with the Dragons. He fell on a concrete portion of the pole vault pit, and was forced to wear a back brace for several months. His core muscles were weakened by the injury, requiring extensive rehabilitation. “I spent the next two or three months doing rehab just trying to get back to full strength,” Porter said. “I’m still trying to get back to 100 percent - I still don’t feel like I’m where I need to be, but it’s coming along nicely.” Nicely is a fitting word for Porter’s performance at this year’s national championships, and not just for his PR jump. Had it not been for a broken pole, he might have placed even higher.
His pole snapped in four places on his way up during an 18-2.5 attempt. After a backflip into the pit, he landed on his stomach. And he wasn’t too happy about it. “The jump felt really nice going into it, and I was really excited how it was developing,” Porter said. “I think it was going to be a good jump, and then all of a sudden it just snapped and everything fell out from underneath me. “I was really mad. I wasn’t even scared that the pole had snapped or that I could’ve just been killed. I was just really mad that the pole gave out on me.” Regardless of the misfire, he’s calling the 2013 outdoor season a success. He entered the year with a PR of 17-1, and reached 17-5 at the Texas Relays in March. He had been closing in on 17-8 all season, and picked the perfect time to do it. “It finally came at the right time at the NCAA meet, so it worked out best,” Porter said. Porter has two outdoor seasons and one more year of indoor competition left, and he’s made his goals clear before he graduates. The first is to crack 18 feet, a far cry from his 16-7.25 vault that won him his third and final state championship in 2010. He continued a long tradition of pole vault success at Jefferson, which began nearly five decades ago. The Dragons have won 19 state championships in the pole vault since 1964. Porter’s grandfather, Jack Keen, set the groundwork for Jefferson track and field in the 1960s. His father, Gary Porter, currently coaches the Dragons’ pole vaulters. “For some reason, pole vaulting has been one of the events that Jefferson athletes can excel in,” Gary Porter said. “Pole vaulting is kind of a cult - you get hooked on it, then they kind of get addicted to it. It’s something they enjoy doing, and they work hard to get better at the sport.” Porter has high goals, but has proven to be relatively good at getting over obstacles, from pole vault bars to broken bones. “You never know - track’s a weird sport,” Porter said. “One year you could be at the bottom, the next year you could be at the top.”
Bailey joins Jackson Co. Panthers coaching staff BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
It’s not very often high school athletes get to work alongside a former National Football League athlete, but the linebackers on the Jackson County Comprehensive High School football team can say they are. The Panthers will be under the tutelage of Boss Bailey this year. Bailey, the younger brother of Champ Bailey, was a standout linebacker at the University of Georgia and played in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. “Last year I worked at my son’s school but this is my first year coaching at the high school level,” said Bailey. “I like the kids at this age. They are still developing and they are still hungry for knowledge. I see myself as more of a teacher instead of a coach. I like to teach fresh minds.” The opportunity to coach the Panthers was brought to him by head coach Benji Harrison. What drew Bailey to sign on was
the fact that he was relaxed around the other personnel and wanted to be a part of a program that has nowhere to go but up. “Coach Harrison came to me sometime last year and asked me how I felt about coaching. After the season he called me and we met up. I like the staff and I like what he is trying to do with this program,” Bailey said. “I wanted to be on a staff I was comfortable working with.” It didn’t take long for word to spread that Bailey would join the Panthers on the gridiron this fall. So far, the kids have been very excited and are eager to learn from someone who has a lot of knowledge about the game and Bailey doesn’t mind it one bit. “I can tell they are excited about it. They ask me a lot of questions about the experiences I’ve had playing in college and in the NFL. I feel as though I am fortunate to share that with them and I don’t have a problem sharing that with them. I like it when they ask me questions because there are some good stories to tell,” said Bailey.
Bailey was a sociology major at UGA and although he hasn’t finished school yet, he picked up a few things in the classroom that the team can benefit from. “I think I can relate more to them and try to understand what kind of background they come from. Every kid is different. You have to coach every one of them different. You have to know who you can and can’t yell at,” Bailey said. Last year, we saw a new and improved Jackson County defense but of course there is always room for improvement and Bailey harped on one word for his linebackers to live up to. “Intensity - I want them to play with a lot of effort and I don’t want them to be afraid to make plays. I want them to trust the things I tell them and work through the drills we put them through. I just want to put them in a position to make play,” said Bailey.
Linebackers coach Boss Bailey stressed the importance of intensity in games and in practice. Photo courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org
30th annual World Crown 300
Brookwood Classic Baseball Tourney
G-Braves return to Coolray Field
If you want to spend the 4th of July at the track, then Gresham Motorsports Park is the place to be. The 30th annual Slack Autoparts World Crown 300 will highlight the day and will feature Mini Stocks, Outlaw Late Models and more. General admission is $30, military and senior citizens can enjoy a price of $25, and students and teachers will be admitted for $15 with their ID. Children 12 and under will get in free.
Jackson County Comprehensive, Jefferson and Mill Creek High School will compete in the Brookwood Mid-Summer Classic Baseball Tourney which starts today and runs through Sunday. Jackson County and Mill Creek will face off today at 2 p.m. Jefferson and the Panthers will compete tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The eighth and ninth grade teams will also be in action. For more information, contact team coaches in regard to locations as they change daily. You can also visit jcpantherathletics.com for more information.
The Gwinnett Braves will return to Coolray Field June 2128. Their eight-game home stand will include two separate series: one against the Syracuse Chiefs and the second against the Buffalo Bison. Both opposing teams are from the International League North. The Chiefs are an affiliate of the Washington Nationals and the Bison are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. For more information, including ticket prices and special promotions, visit gwinnettbraves. com or call 678-277-0340.
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Panthers seek low numbers in summer workouts BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
For most students, just the thought of knowing they don’t have to get up early is enough to enjoy summer but the Jackson County Comprehensive High School cross country teams gladly show up to run every week. Summer workouts are not mandatory and the Panthers don’t see it as a chore. They are burning pavement, grass or whatever they set foot on. “I’m pretty pleased with the turnout. There’s a lot of dedication from the team. The girls and boys are excited about what they can do. Some of them already have goals set in place,” said head coach Joseph Brubaker.
The dedication of the team shows the discipline they’ll display during the season and their willingness to train despite the humidity. One of the main things they are focused on is adjusting to the heat which will be a huge factor come August. Weather.com reported that July is the hottest month in Atlanta and the numbers recorded there won’t differ much from those in Jefferson. Brubaker is also aware that they could still see high numbers on the thermometer once the season starts. “One of our summer runs is in the morning [but] it’s still kind of humid at 8 a.m. It’s important to get acclimated to the heat. We also run at 6 p.m. [from time to time],” Brubaker
stated. Brubaker got a heads up about the incoming freshman and foresees one or two guys being in the starting lineup. “We just had our first workout June 3. I’ve heard [good things] from the middle school coach and I’m excited to see what these guys can do. I do think it’s possible for there to be a freshman in the top five or 10,” Brubaker stated. JT Wood, who finished 10th in the region last year, will anchor the running attack. “I’m excited to have JT back,” said Brubaker. “JT will be a senior and, in my opinion, he did a good job of stepping into the leadership role last year. Toward the end of the year, he was peaking. I was very pleased.
He stepped up to the elite level. I think it would be essential for our team’s success if he can do that consistently,” stated Brubaker. Assistant coach Carly Ledbetter, who ran at the University of West Georgia, runs with the girls to help keep them on pace and Brubaker said it’s a luxury to have her run with the team. Many teams in the region will return some of its best runners, meaning the Panthers will have to work twice as hard to stay in the hunt for a shot at state. “The main thing we need to have is runners two through five have lower numbers,” said Brubaker. “In order for us to be successful, we have to do something different. We’ve got to train harder.”
Soccer camps thrive under experienced Mangino BY LATRICE WILLIAMS
Robert Mangino, owner of Classic Soccer Academy, is just wrapping up the first of two summer soccer camps. Mangino doesn’t run just any ordinary camp. He has good retention rates as campers return annually to build on instruction from Mangino and his team of experts. “We have a couple kids this week that have been coming since they were 5 or 6,” said Mangino. “It tells
us that our staff is doing a good job and the kids enjoy being here. I feel as though our staff is experienced with kids. We hired the right people.” The Classic Soccer Academy has been in business for 13 years but made its way to this area just three years ago and this marks the third time the academy will hold the camp at the Hoschton Park and the second time at the East Jackson Park. Mangino has a soccer resume a mile long. He started the soccer
program at Dacula High School 20 years ago; his coaching career flourished from there. “Originally, it was my partner Tom Braun, [who is now at South Forsyth High School] and my idea to open the academy,” stated Mangino. “I also spent 11 years coaching at Dacula High School – we were the last school to get soccer in Gwinnett County. I transitioned to club soccer and was the director of coaches at the Dacula Soccer Club for a while there. [I also held other positions at Dacula Soccer
Club].” Now he spends his days tutoring youngsters who want to get involved in the sport at any age. The camp serves a variety of purposes, including introduction to the sport and continued development. “We focus on technical skills: passing, shooting and decision making which is called tactics. We also work on a lot of body movements,” said Mangino. “We get a lot of kids who come out to see if they’ll like it. Sometimes they don’t want to make that full commitment. We
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want them to leave with the love of the game and get better. Our goal is to help them improve.” “We have tremendous coaches and we have such a good relationship with Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Dacula Soccer Club,” Mangino said. The camp is open to kids ages 4-14. Children ages 4 to 6 will play for just one hour. The cost varies per age group and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Mangino at 706-963-0892 or email email@example.com.
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“I think the rivalry is so big between Jefferson and us because we are literally right down the street from each other. Last year we lost twice to Jefferson.” At the end of the day, Griggs says he just wants to have a big career at Jackson County and feels he can get the job done no matter which team he plays on. “I’m fine with where they put me. Either way, it will be a big accomplishment. I strive to be the best,” said Griggs.
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Chris Griggs was the CY Young Award winner for JCCHS.
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“Typically, it covers $65 out of an $80 registration fee but, for events like summer camp or other large fees, it can cover up to $200 per kid per season. We hate to limit anything but if it’s not limited some may deplete the account,” said Green. “Limiting it to certain dollar amounts per season insures that the maximum number of families are able to take advantage of the opportunities,” said Green. When asked why it’s important for Jefferson Parks and Rec to lend a hand to the community, Green said,
“The fund insures that kids who otherwise would be unable to participate are afforded an opportunity. Recreation isn’t just for people who can afford it; every kid benefits from activity.” In its inaugural year, Jefferson saw 165 people participate and wants to see those numbers grow in the future. Those who wish to join in on the action can register at active.com. The cost is $15 if registering by June 20 and $20 thereafter. For more information, visit jeffersonrec.com.
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Interested in learning to sign? Jack Gannon, a professor at Gallaudet University, said this about deaf culture. “Deaf culture is a set of learned behaviors and perceptions that shape the values and norms of deaf people based on their shared or com- Farah Bohannon mon Columnist experiences.” It can be extremely difficult for a deaf person become involved in his or her community if there isn’t some type of interpretation available. Luckily, churches, one being Union Baptist Church in Winder, has seen the need for this and has a team of deaf interpreters who attend the regular services. UBC Winder even has deaf ministries for those who are interested in getting involved. They teach the church’s children songs in sign language and there is a deaf drama ministry as well. The church had a large deaf group from Athens move to Barrow county years ago, which helped grow this ministry. UBC Winder believes that reaching out to the deaf community is important, so they will be offering a sign language class starting from 6:-7:30 p.m. on June 19. It will run for eight weeks. The class is free for anyone who is a teenager and up, but there is an extra expense for the textbooks. There will be two different teachers present at this class -- one for beginners and one for those who are more advanced. In the basic class, students will learn the basics of sign language as well as how to interpret music during the church service. This class is perfect for those who have no previous experience with sign language. The more advanced teacher will guide the students to become more confident in their interpreting skills. UBC Winder is excited to host this first-time class for not only members of the church, but members of the community. The importance of classes like these is to bring together the deaf community with everyone else -- this will allow the deaf community to be able to communicate with more people. For more information, call Union Baptist Church Winder at 770-867-7273. Farah Bohannon is a freelance writer living in Winder. She loves to utilize her skills to write inspiring stories. Reach her at farah. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronda Rich hosted by Friends of the Library By LEANNE AKIN
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library received a $500 grant from Friends of Georgia Libraries (FOGL) to support the June 1 appearance of author, syndicated columnist and masterful storyteller Ronda Rich at its annual membership meeting. Playing host to the Friends membership gathering was Mary Ann Kenerly of Kenerly Farms. The pool house was filled with Friends members and future members who attended to hear the Georgia peach share stories which can be enjoyed in her books. Friends President Dan Aldridge described Mary Ann Kenerly as “one of the kindest, most giving people you’ll ever meet.” He said she was a tremendous asset to the Friends organization and to the community. She was presented with a token of appreciation in a Pandora charm for her bracelet. Her daughter, Theresa Kenerly, was also recognized and thanked for assisting in the setup of the event. Aldridge said Kenerly goes “way beyond the call of duty.” She provided the welcome and prayer before the lovely table and bar spread with snacks, sandwiches, fruits and sweets brought by volunteers. He thanked volunteers for assisting with food, cleanup and setup.
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Kenerly Farms hosted the June 1 membership meeting of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library which welcomed author Ronda Rich, whose novel about a town courting a potential suitor for their bachelor mayor is being made into a movie. Top, Theresa Kenerly, Ronda Rich, Martha Martin and Mary Ann Kenerly posed for a photo at the booksigning segment of the event. Friends President Dan Aldridge, right, introduced Ronda Rich as the guest speaker. He called her a storyteller extraordinaire and purveyor of sage advice.
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Garden yielding its harvest The Braselton Junior Master Gardeners will be selling produce at Nannie’s Children’s Garden this Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. These scenes are from the opening sale date on June 7. This week’s harvest at the garden will include white potatoes, yellow and green squash, radish, cucumbers, red cabbage, peppers, onions and cauliflower. Cut flowers will include liatrus, sunflowers, gladioli, oriental lilies and Japanese iris. Varieties and quantities are limited. Tomatoes and green beans should be ready in about two weeks. Nannie’s Children’s Garden is located on Brassie Lane adjacent to the Braselton Library.
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Emergency preparedness and emergency response were among the topics covered by the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club members at the June 8 presentation to residents at the Village at Deaton Creek.
Tri-County Amateur Radio Club talks with Deaton Creek residents Emergency preparedness and how ‘hams’ play an important role during disasters The Village at Deaton Creek active adult community hosted a June 8 presentation by the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club. The purpose of the presentation was to raise awareness about the need for emergency preparedness and how amateur radio operators (“hams”) train and prepare to support emergency services during disasters. “The Deaton Creek folks attending the presentation were great and expressed a real interest in how their community could take steps to be better prepared for an emergency,” said Al Mieger, Tri-County Club President. Chuck Johnson, who is a resident at Deaton Creek and a member of the Tri-County Club, was instrumental in setting up and coordinating the program. Members of the Tri-County Club conducting the presentation included Nathanial (Nat) Christman, Al Mieger and Bob Richardson. Also participating in the presentation during an on-air demonstration emergency net were Donna Richardson and Warren Walker. Additional club members responded and checked in during the on-air net from various
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Tri-County President Al Mieger was among the amateur radio club members at the June 8 presentation. locations within Hall and Jackson counties to demonstrate communication capabilities.
Artists and artisans will be gathering Saturday for the Hoschton Heritage Arts Fest starting at 10 a.m. on the Hoschton Square and at the Arts Center. Booths will be located outside along Town Square and Bell Avenue and inside the Arts Center. “Artists from as far away as Cusseta are coming to sell their art,” said organizer Astra Graham. “Many artists and artisans are also local and they will offer an array of items.” Vendors will have sweets, glass art, candles, gifts, jewelry, natural pottery, shabby chic painted furniture and accessories, photography, acrylics/watercolors on canvas, quilts, knitted items, bows and bags and more. Food vendors will include Hawaiian shaved ice, gourmet ice cream, polish sausage, funnel cakes, chicken kabobs, chicken tenders, fried pickles, Little Hooties ice cream and sandwiches and Hoschton Café breakfast. “Two big sponsors have come on board to help with the event and will have booths at the Fest,” said Robbie Bettis. “Bruno Leaf Filter and Taylor Construction Co.
are both from Atlanta.” The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council, sponsors of the event, will have a gift shop open in the Arts Center with greatly reduced items donated from a gallery gift shop owner in Snellville. Hand blown glass, metal art, handmade candles and more items will be for sale. Elite Academy will have a special area located in the Arts Center yard to provide kids a do-it- yourself art project they can take home. Entertainment for the day will include chainsaw artist Mal McEwen at noon and 3 p.m. in a booth near the Gazebo. Asia Anastasia from LaGrange will perform at 2 PM on the Arts Center Verandah. The event will conclude with a big Concert on the Veranda with Doug Thompson as Elvis from 8-10 p.m. This is free to the public but everyone should bring a lawn chair. Some concession items will be sold. This is the summer’s first Concert on the Veranda. For information on Arts Fest, call 770540-1099 or email email@example.com.
Hartlage will connect with Tri-County ARC The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club will hold its next club meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in the Braselton Police Dept. Community Room, located 5040 Highway 53. The program this month will be a special presentation by Andrea Hartlage on methods for introducing amateur radio to today’s youth. She received her first amateur license at the age of 11. Today, at 24, she is a Georgia Tech graduate in aerospace engineering. She is working toward en- Hartlage tering the astronaut program. She has been a past Vice Director of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Southeast Division and was the co-founder of the ARRL “Youth Lounge” program. The Tri-County Club is looking to develop its own program to introduce ama-
teur radio to area youth. The club meetings are open to the public and anyone interested is most welcome to attend. Andrea currently lives in Virginia and her presentation will be made utilizing Skype. “Amateur Radio has evolved over the years and, today, utilizes current digital communication capabilities to support requirements during emergencies and it is also a fascinating hobby contacting people all around the world,” said Al Mieger, current club president. Many consider amateur radio the original “Social Media,” and it remains relevant today as a reliable resource during emergencies when normal communications have been disrupted by severe weather or when it is just not possible to use your cell phone.
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Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. The Town of Braselton’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities on the weekend of June 22-23. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and
communications. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Jackson, Barrow and Hall county ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL.
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“From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air. In the Bra-
selton area, the Tri County Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Braselton Town Hall on June 22-23.” The public is invited to come and see some of ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now more
than 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the United States, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all
for free. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www. emergency-radio.org. “The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams,” said Bob Richardson, who handles Tri County ARC public relations. “See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air.”
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Divorce leaves a deep wound, difficult healing process Dear John: I’m a 46-yearold professional male. I’ve been divorced for one year now. I have two beautiful girls who live nearby with their mother. We were married for 15 years. Prior to our divorce, I asked her, “Why do you want a divorce?” Her reply was: “You’re a good man. You’re not abusive to the kids or me. You don’t gamble. You don’t mess around and you’re a good father and husband. You’re not a drug user or an alcoholic. I want unconditional love, and I just don’t want to be married to you right now.” Since then, I’ve been living with an open wound. I haven’t been able to heal or even get this out of my mind. I still care about her, and I love my two girls, with whom I spend a lot of time. How can I get some closure on this? —Wounded in Billings, Mont. Dear Wounded: Right now, you are focusing on the many things your ex-wife said to justify why she left. What you have not considered are all the things she
John Gray may or may not have said while the two of you were together that would have indicated that she was unhappy in the first place. In order to move forward with your life, you must complete your grieving process. Within this process, you will experience several healing emotions: You will first feel angry at her, yourself and the situation; then you’ll feel a sadness that will allow you to surrender your resistance; next, you’ll feel fear for an unknown future; finally, you’ll move into sorrow when you realize that you are powerless to undo what has happened. These are negative emotions, and the goal is to avoid getting stuck in any one of
them. I strongly recommend you consider counseling to help you move beyond these stages of grief. The end of an intimate relationship is a devastating loss, regardless of the conditions leading up to the break. How we heal from loss will determine how we live the rest of our lives. Dear John: I’ve been in a serious relationship for four years. I was first attracted to my partner for his easygoing nature. Whatever I wanted to do, he agreed to do it. Sounds wonderful, but now it really gets on my nerves! I’m tired of doing the thinking all of the time. Every time we are together, I feel I’m overwhelmed with questions, such as, “Where are we going?” “ What should I wear?” “What time are we going?” I am always responsible for everything, including the food and service at restaurants. If it wasn’t good, it was because I made the wrong decision. When I ask
him to pick a restaurant, he refuses. He sometimes brags about how well he runs his life, but then he criticizes me for mine. He says I’m controlling, and I am so drained from what he does to me. —What’s Going On in Plano, Texas Dear What’s Going On: This pattern is played out in a lot of relationships. In order to avoid the pain of failure to please, your boyfriend has solved this by letting you make all the decisions. Of course, this can drive a woman to distraction. At the same time, he’s showing his resentment of doing this in what he says and how he acts. To remedy the situation, let him know that sometimes you feel you may be too controlling and that you would appreciate to defer to him several times every week. Promise that you will be accepting and appreciative of whatever happens. When it comes to one of you making a choice, defer to him. Then when
he suggests something, just go along with it and don’t correct him. In a healthy relationship, balance is what truly makes a couple happy. Dear John: My husband and I have not been getting along for at least a year now. When he is not yelling about something he is mad about, he will go for days without speaking. When we did get along, we had fun together, but that was usually with our 9-year old son present. Now my husband says we have no friends because of all the time we spend with our son. The bottom line is now he says he does not love me but is not going to leave me at this time. He is going to see a doctor because he feels he is depressed. Can you tell me the best way to handle this situation? I don’t want to leave him either, because I do love him and when we get along, we have fun. —Rocky Relationship in Little Rock, Ark. Dear Rocky: Sometimes
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Aldridge said, “We have a tremendous number of volunteers. We have a strong organization.” He said the membership drive makes it possible to add more volunteers. Cindy Green, coordinator of the membership meeting, was thanked for her efforts. Aldridge also thanked Hamilton State Bank, corporate sponsor of the Friends’ AFTERWORDS café and store. Other sponsors of the day included Whole Foods and Tom Kitchin of Cork & Keg. Diane Blankenship, the first president of the Friends which was founded in 2003, was welcomed as a special guest. “She singlehandedly put together the Friends,” Aldridge said. “She had a vision.” He share briefly that the small facility operated as the library by the Braselton Woman’s Club would become the current library after Blankenship helped to foster a vision for a new library with the Braselton mayor and council. He called the library a first-class operation with Bev Adkins as manager. Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library hold events throughout the year and has raised more than $100,000 for the library. Lunch and Learns, two in the spring and two in the fall, AFTERWORDS, Miles of Pennies, an annual fundraiser and the new membership help to grow the organization and its support potential for the library. “As of today, we have 300 members,” said Aldridge. Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library received a $500 grant from Friends of Georgia Libraries (FOGL) to support Rich’s appearance. Past Friends president Judee McMurdo sought out the grant and Piedmont Regional Library regional director Beth McIntyre and her daughter Sophie attended along with Kathy Ash, president of the Friends of Georgia Libraries. Aldridge introduced Ronda Rich as a storyteller extraordinaire and syndicated columnist and author whose good sound advice is for everybody, not just for women. He said he has read Ronda’s book and her latest with the story of Alan Jackson and Paula Deen are among the stories about people which can be enjoyed. Ronda said she enjoys walking into a library because she appreciates the smell of books and the touch. “You can’t do that with a Kindle,” she said. She began her storytelling, explaining her column, which appears in this and other newspapers, came after her first book. A journalist by trade she was approached about writing a book about southern women since
everyone loves southern women. She said, “Like anyone cares.” She found out they did after she wrote an outline and synopsis – “I made the whole thing up” – it became one of the hottest deals in New York after a four-day auction which netted a $1 million deal. The book remains a “phenomenal, runaway success” and is in its 25th printing 10 years later. Ronda recounts her interview with Barbara Walters in which she had to put her southern charm to work to counter the quips from the veteran TV personality. She got a standing ovation from Walters’ crew for her on camera demeanor. “”She put us on the best-seller list,” said Ronda as she shared how the interview netted hate mail for Walters because of her putdown of the South for which she would later apologize. The daughter of a Baptist minister, she considers her national best-seller What Southern Women Know About Faith to be her favorite, in part because of Dolly Parton’s quote on the book front. Her mother, the subject of many of her columns, had died a few weeks before she began writing the book and her mother’s unwavering faith in God’s ability to strengthen the legs of a calf which the vet said should be put down is evident. She told the story of her using masking tape – “My mama loved masking tape” – to tape 12-inch rulers to the calf’s legs. It grew into one of the family’s strongest bulls. Ronda shared that her husband, John Tinker, who was in the audience, was hearing for the first time the story of Paul Harvey commenting on “My Life in the Pits” on the radio. Somehow Ronda was able to get someone from the show to provide her with a tape of Paul Harvey saying her name. She joked that she rewound and listened to it 53 times from the time she got it out of the mailbox and reaching her house. “As writers, sometimes a great story will find us,” said Ronda about the booksigning that had so many people trying to connect her with the mayor that she knew something must be wrong with him. Out of that experience came her novel, “The Town That Came A-Courtin.’” Her most recent, “There’s A Better Day AComin’” is filled with stories of people she has met and been inspired by including her Aunt Fairy, whose story of faith is awe-inspiring. Ronda responded to questions about her favorite authors and the books she is currently reading. She also shared that she is disciplined in her routine: beginning her day writing from 7:30 to noon or 1. “I could listen to that voice all day,” said Aldridge after Ronda wrapped up her talk to sell and autograph her books.
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Shannon Ferguson, pictured far right, has been named as the newoperations manager for the Humane Society of Jackson County. She was introduced at two recent open house events.
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The Humane Society of Jackson County hosted two recent open house events to allow the community to meet the new operations manager, Shannon Ferguson. On June 1, the HSJC had a large crowd that seemed eager to meet and welcome Ferguson. Refreshments served and guests also visited with several kittens and puppies. Ferguson spoke briefly to the crowd. She introduced herself and gave her background and then allowed guest to ask questions. The event was informal and enjoyable. Everyone left better informed and encouraged to help their community. Ferguson says she feels very welcome in her new Jackson County home. She began her new position on May 1, and says she loves the work as well as the location. Ferguson spent 13 years working for the State of Georgia and has 10 years experience working with Georgia’s 529 College Savings Plan. Her experience in marketing and management has allowed her to easily transition to her new position. Her past experience of fostering animals for five years with the Birmingham Humane Society has also helped her to better relate to foster families and give her the background needed to keep the foster program growing in Jackson County. “I’m impressed with the huge foundation of support in the community,” said Ferguson, “People here want to help and they go out of their way to help”. She expressed her gratitude for all foster families who have stepped up to take in the many homeless animals in the community. She spoke of several families
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Ronda Rich posed with Friends President Dan Aldridge and his wife Judy, and below, Cindy Green, coordinator of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library membership meeting, got books signed by Ronda Rich.
who had multiple children and still managed to fill out the application forms and give several animals a temporary home until a permanent owner was found. Currently, the HSJC doesn’t have an actual shelter to house pet so all cats and dogs brought in are matched with a foster family. In foster homes, pets are loved and socialized so they are more suitable for adoption. A fundraising campaign continues to make the envisioned shelter a reality. (See related story about the pro bono work on the shelter project.) Funds required to run the organization are raised in part through the Humane Society Thrift Store located right beside the Humane Society office, located at 98 College St., in Jefferson. All proceeds from the thrift store go to the Humane Society and the spay and neuter program. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and also welcomes volunteers as well as donations. The HSJC will be present at several upcoming events including Freedom Fest in downtown Jefferson on June 29 and the Braselton Antique Festival. Adoption days at Kroger in Jefferson are held every third Saturday of each month. The humane society is currently in need of a committee to organize the Sluggers for Strays. Another upcoming fundraiser is Mimosas for Mutts, a brunch and fashion show set for October. Details of the upcoming events will be forthcoming. For more information about volunteering at the thrift store or becoming a foster family, contact Shannon Ferguson by phone at 706-367-7791 or email Shannon@hsjc.com.
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Community happenings Braselton’s popular movies under the stars’ series begins anew this year with “Escape from Planet Earth” on Saturday evening, June 15. The 2013 release is rated PG and is an animated adventure which runs 89 minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic downtown. The story takes place on planet Baab where astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. Mastering daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother who heads mission control at BASA. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry and Jessica Alba. Movies are presented free of charge at dusk for families and children. Blankets or chairs are welcomed. Vendors will offer snow cones, funnel cakes, egg rolls and dairy treats. The Braselton Lions Club presents baked goods. The 2013 movie series is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. For additional information on the movie series, visit www. braseltonfestivals.com . sss June 15 is the date for the 2013 Jackson County Brevet, billed as the largest fundraiser for Aplastic Anemia in the country. Visit www. jacksonbrevet.com for information on the event which has Atlanta Cycling as its official bicycle sponsor this year. Additional volunteers are being recruited this year to assist with registration, music, food pickup and to direct cyclists along the route. Check the website for the ride’s route to see how traffic may be impacted during the morning hours. sss Jackson County Habitat for Humanity will host a 5K trail run at Crow’s Lake on Saturday, June 15. Proceeds will go toward Crow’s Lake is located at 155 Crows Lake Drive in Jefferson. Registration is $25 ($15 with no T-shirt). On-line registration is available at www.active.com. Runners may register on race day. Contact Winston White at wwhite@tran-south. com or Carole Black at classicraceservices@gmail. com sss Jackson County Habitat for Humanity is hosting the home dedication for its 10th house in partnership with Desmond Sturdivant and family. At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, the dedication will be held at 931 Lavender Road in Jefferson. The event will be followed by a groundbreaking for the 11th Habitat house in the county held at 953 Lavendar Road in
partnership with Ginger Phillips and family. Come and welcome another family into our Habitat family, said director Paul Brown. sss Jefferson Community Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, A musical of pure imagination, July 12-14 and July 19-21. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on July 12-13 and July 19-20 and at 2 p.m. on July 14 and July 21. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students and pre-sales. Call 706367-5714 or visit the theatre’s website. sss The Tree House, the children’s advocacy center serving families of Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties, is replacing its regular August fundraiser, Turbo Turtle Trek, with a new fundraiser on Aug. 24 at Crow’s Lake. A Primal Rush Obstacle Course Race, which is currently extremely popular, is planned. Individuals and teams will traverse a 4-mile course of water, dirt, mud and obstacles plus an optional swim to finish it up. Individuals will race to the finish as they crawl, climb, run and swim their way to the gritty end. Visit www. primalrushocr.com for registration and details. A work day at the new Commerce location of The Tree House will held Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 770-868-1900 or 678-779-6110 or just show up. A couple of rooms need to be painted and help is needed to move furniture. Murals are desired for the hall walls and a couple of couches/love seats are needed for the waiting room. sss Your kids can learn to Rock this summer at Georgia School of Music’s Rock Camp. Kids will learn to play an instrument and learn the basics of playing in a group, write original music, learn cover songs and record their original songs and participate in a photo shoot and their first Rock show. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-21 at the Jefferson City Rec Department. The cost is $120 per student, only $8 an hour. sss The House of Clay in Braselton is offering several summer camps for kids are planned and registration is under way. June 10-14 and July 15-19 are the dates for a Clay Camp. A Paint Camp is scheduled for June 24-28 and July 22-26. Camps are $75 each and must be paid at the time of registration. For full information, call the House of Clay at 770.519-8900 or e-mail HouseOfClayBraselton@ gmail.com. Visit their Facebook page
www.facebook.com/ HouseOfClayBraselton . The pottery studio is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 5117 Highway 53 in downtown Braselton. sss Summer Arts Camp for Kids will be July 8-12 at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center. Kids 8-10 years old will attend from 10 a.m. to noon and kids 11-13 will have fun from 1-3 p.m. The art classes are $100 per child and includes: Monday – pottery; Tuesday - jewelry making; Wednesday - tie dying; Thursday – painting; and Friday Repurpose or Green Art. Parents can register by sending the child’s name, age, address, parent’s name, phone number and email and the fee to HHAC, P.O. Box 577, Hoschton, GA 30548. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org sss Students of the Braselton Junior Master Gardeners will begin selling fresh vegetables and cut flowers this Friday at Nannie’s Children’s Garden in Braselton. From 10 a.m. to noon every Friday, a variety of vegetables and cut flowers will be available through July. The flowers and vegetables have been tended by the students during their spring classes at the garden. Availability of each will vary from week to week. Nannie’s, including seed germination, planting, weeding and watering of the plants. Twenty varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 13 varieties of peppers, yellow and zucchini squash, green beans, cucumbers, onions, potatoes and radishes will be available during the season. Cut flowers will include oriental lilies, gladioli, sunflowers, liatris and calla lilies. sss
CHURCH NEWS The Church of Hoschton issues an invitation to the community for the premier of The Hoschton Opry, a Christian variety show beginning June 15. It will be open every third Saturday through December. sss Please join White Plains Baptist Church for Father’s Day services on Sunday, June 16, for Father’s Day services at White Plains Baptist Church. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., with worship at 11 a.m. The church is at 3650 Hwy 124 W., in Jefferson. sss Vacation Bible School will be held at Center Union Baptist Church on Ednaville Road in Braselton from 7-9 p.m. on Monday through Friday, June 17-21. sss Hoschton United Methodist Church welcomes new Pastor Marvin Mason and his family. He will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service on June 23. The Primetimers Lunch and Bingo will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, in the Fellowship Hall. Hoschton United Methodist Church is located at 12 Mulberry St., in Hoschton, three blocks behind City Square. Call 706-654-1422. sss Union Baptist Church in Winder, which has a deaf ministry, will be offering a Sign Language Class starting from 6-7:30 p.m. on June 19. There will be a free for the class. For information, contact Beth Rosenzweig at email@example.com or Erica Green at sunnyjune19@aol. com
Union Baptist Church is located on Union Baptist Church Road off Rockwell Church Road and Highway 11 in Winder. Visit www. unionbaptistwinder.org or call 770867-7273. The church utilizes a deaf interpreter for 11 a.m. Sunday services. sss Union Baptist Church of Flowery Branch will host its second annual Summer Fest from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. There will be a car show with awards. Registration is from noon until 2 p.m. Bring the kids wagon, bike, go cart, etc. They will be part of the car show with kids’ awards. Enjoy the kids’ game venues and lunch under the pavilion. The event is free. Come join us for a fun filled day. Rain date is for Sunday, June 23, from 1:304:30 p.m. Normal Sunday services are Sunday school at 10 a.m. with worship service following at 11 a.m. Union Baptist Church is located at 5115 Union Church Road in Flowery Branch. sss Macedonia Community Baptist Church will host its fourth annual “God & Country Night” starting at 6 p.m. on June 30. The night of celebration of worship will feature as special guests, Tommy Fountain of Fountain of Joy Ministries, in concert with music. Fountain is Associational Missionary for the Mulberry Baptist Association. Also on the program will be Kasey McClure, Dr. Rusty Newman and Dr. Gerald Harris. Hosting God & Country Night is Macedonia Community Baptist Church and Pastor Ray Newman, True North Church and Walnut Ford Baptist Church as a Georgia Citizens Action project. A love offering will be taken. Macedonia Community Baptist Church is located at 5507 Highway 53 in Braselton.
Tripp’s Trot, a 5K fundraiser to benefit Tripp Halstead, the child who suffering a head injury when a tree limb fell on him outside his Winder daycare center last October, will be held June 22. The Gwinnett Braves will be hosting Tripp’s Trot at 8 a.m. on June 22 and also having Tripp Halstead Night at Coolray Field that evening. The 5K will begin in the parking lot of Coolray Field. Registration is $30 before June 20 and $35 on race day. A fun run, with a $20 registration fee, will also be held. Tickets for Tripp Halstead night are available at gwinnettbraves.com/ tripp with the special promo code TEAMBOOM. Additional information is available by calling the Gwinnett Braves at 678277-0340.
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Stuff Antiques/ Collectibles Antique Pennsylvania Dutch Pie Safe Wood construction. Punched metal doors and sides above. Two drawers and wood doors below. Excellent condition, photos available. $650.00 Call: 678-943-1314
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$599. MOVES U IN! Immediate Occupancy Brandon Place Apt 2BR/2BA $675 Flat or Townhome Spring Valley Apt Furn Corp Apt $950 2BR/2BA $675 up 1BR/1BA $625 Pools Now Open Jacky Mathis 678-779-2687 1 & 2BR Oakwood Cedar Springs. $550/ $660. 770-287-1456 www.callapartments. com 1BR LOFT APTDwntwn on the Square. All utils & cable furn’shd. $900/mo. Call Lanier, 404-202-7290 1BR. Nice. In City $525/ mo. 404-252-3325 2 BD 1 BA Apt. Nice! Dwntwn Gainesville, GA 30501- $650+dep. Call 404-643-8302 BASEMENT APT. 3BR/2BA, refrig., washer/dryer. pool access; $800/ mnth; $75 elec., $20 water, $75 app fee. 770-630-3968. Lamplighter Apartments 3656 BrownsBridge Rd. Only $399 moves you in! Good job = good credit. 1bd and 2 bd town homes. All units have W/D conn. and are total electric. 770-536-6626. LULA area 3BR/2BA Apt. Call 770-540-4426 LUXURY 3BR/2.5BA 1900 sq. ft.. 820 Park St. Refs reqd. Near Brenau & Hospital. 770-534-3577
Condominiums For Rent 2 BR 2.5 BA Townhouse, 1092 Alpine Street, $700. 770-309-0130 3BR/2BA Quiet, Sardis $795m 770-654-1767 770-983-3579 Going to school in ATHENS 2br/2ba, 1st floor, Brick condo for rent. Close to campus Would consider selling 706-769-0413 706-255-5043 No agents
2BR/1BA, E. Hall, $110/ wk. No pets, pvt. lot. 706-654-0958 2BR/1BA, pvt. lot, $100/ wk + $100 dep. No pets. 678-614-7607 3BR/2BA Dbl Wide. No pets. $675/mo; $400 dep. 678-776-2422 N. HALL 2BR/2BA wshr/ dryr, air. $145/wk. 678-936-3658
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For Sale By Owner 457 Holly Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. $225,000. Great City Location! 3Bed 2.5 Bath Spacious Home w/ Bonus Room and Full Unfinished Studded Basement/Stacked Stone Fireplace/ Hardwood/Carpet & Tile Floors/Formal Dining Room/Kitchen w/Granite Counter Tops/Custom Cherry Cabinets featuring Breakfast Nook. Grand Master Suite w/Trey Ceiling/Deluxe Master Bath w/Whirlpool Tub & Doubles Vanities. Fenced in Back Yard! Call Tim Barnette @ 678316-1350 4BR/2.5BA Beautiful 1.3 acre lot, granite, hardwood, whirlpool, fireplace, $219,000. 678936-1713; 678-316-2956 5832 Sweetbottom Lane, Clermont, GA 30527
House For SaleSurrounding House for Sale by Owner in lake subdivision on Lake Lanier (lake access). Beautiful 3/2 ranch with 2 car garage located right off Port Royale Drive on Hwy 369. Many upgrades including tile throughout house and newer carpet in bedrooms. Stone back splash in kitchen. Ideal home for starter, retirement, vacation or for the fisherman that like to have their boat in the water in five minutes. Beautiful yard and fenced/private backyard. Walking distance to marina’s newest restaurant Pelican’s Pete’s. Must see. Will go quick. $147,900. Call for an appt. 770-561-7733. There will be an open house Sat., 6/15 and Sun., 6/16 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm located at 8945 Pine Tree Circle, Gainesville, GA 30506 (Forsyth Co.).
Lots For Sale 3 LOTS w small A-Frame 1/4 mile from Lake Lanier. 843-889-3151
Recreation Boats & Marine 14’ Aluminum Boat $250; Trailer $150; 4hp Evinrude Motor $250 or $600 for all. 678-6175560 678-546-9184 Arrowglass 15’ Fish & Ski Boat w/Trailer. Purchased new in ‘79. Well maint’d. 70hp Johnson mtr needs rebuiling, $1200. 770536-4602
Efficiencies $115/wk & up, includes utils/ cable. 770-539-2938
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REGAL 1999 Bow Rider. 18ft. Volvo eng completely rebuilt. $5000. 770-503-7957 678-232-4096
N. Myrtle Beach- July 5-12. Wyndham Ocean Blvd. 2BR Condo. Ocean view. $1800. 770-5361162
White Cnty- Cleveland. Life style change. Quiet, serene, 8.5 acres. Unbelievable building site with priv lake, mountain view, easy access. $192k. Owner financing. 770-519-2113
Businesses For Sale Established Butcher Shop for Sale! Flowery Branch area. All equipment and supplies included. 770-826-5804/ 770-861-6113
KEYSTONE 2006 Springdale rell Travel Trailer. Excellent condition inside and out. 13.5 BTU AC and heat. Fully duct-ed. Master Bedroom has separate entry door. Full shower and bath. Skylights. Gas stove and large 22” oven. This is a steal at $7900! Call Ken at 706.968.9848 or email at kwagner49@gmail. com COACHMAN 2001Santara 36’, 2 slides with toplpers, side by side frig w/ice maker, new trires, new batt, backup camera, gen, new awnings, Like New inside, 9200mi. $43,000. 770-532-9419
MAZDA 2010 Speed 3, 2.3L, 4 cyl., 25K, $19,843 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
All Terrain Vehicles
SMART 2009 Fortwo, 1.0L, 3 cyl., 42K $9,176 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
Autos For Sale
TOYOTA 2007 Camry, 3.5L, V6, FWD Sedan. $16,620 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 VW 1998 Jetta TDI, 5spd, blk/gray, 40mpg, 267k. New T- belt & W- pump. $1900/obo. 770-262-8200
Motorcycles CADILLAC 2009 DTS Excellent Condition (UNDER 50K MILES) Fully Loaded Black on Black Leather/ Wood Grain Interior (Garage Kept) Great Deal $29,995 Call: 770-595-0318
CADILLAC 2011 CTS-V, 6.2L, V8, RWD, 3K, $58,620 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
DODGE 2002 Neon ES. ES edition. 108k mi. A good car. A sound car, a very reliable car. $2850. 678-200-0812 BUICK 2001 Century Ltd. All serv records, Great Cond! 130k. $3700. 678-463-7006 CHEVY 2005 Aveo. Red, sunrf, 65k. Great mpg, $5500/Firm. Can see at Morningside Assisted Living on Lime Stone. 706-870-1535 770-869-3022 CHEVY 2006 IMPALA. Leather Heated Seats, 3.9 V6 Dual exhaust, 6 disks, onstar, Alloy Wheels, Premium Sound, Auto-Start, Tilt Cruise. 91K. Vincent 404-606-2435. CHEVY 2012 Sonic LTZ Turbo, 4dr. Sdn, 13K mi, Will take payoff of $15k. 706-499-9991 CHRYSLER 1994 Lebaron. Cnvt. auto, V6, green/gray. New top/tires. 157k. $1595. 770-262-8200 CORVETTE 1978 Excellent Condition. $6900. For more info call 770-540-3687 FORD 1989 E-350 Ambulance. Diesel, auto, Fully equipt Very Good Cond. Only 68k orig miles. Well maint’d. Rebuilt trans & fuel inj sys. $8500. 678-316-6780
Acreage For Sale
LULA 2 acres $19,900 ALTO 4.66 acres w/ creek. $59,500 Motivated Seller! 850-710-6480
SHASTA 1999. Class C , 30ft. 2 slides, 21k miles. Loaded. New Cond. $26,000. 706-745-1852
FORD 1996 Mustang Cnvt. GT, V8. Exc Cond. 92k, $4500. Dahlonega 706-864-3377
Homes & Real Estate
2.8 ACRES, N Hall, off Mt. Vernon Rd., hardwoods & sloping land, great for bsmt, creek in back, call for info. 678-656-1078
DUTCHMAN 2003 - 26’, super slide, awning, new tires & battery, Good Cond. $6700. 706892-4155
ACURA 2005 RL, 3.5l, V6, 111K, $12,620 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
BMW 2008 550 I, 4.8L, RWD, 49K, $30,176 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
HYUNDAI 2011 Sonata GLS, 2.3L, 4 cyl., 37K, $15,620 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
HARLEY DAVIDSON 2008 Sportster. 883XL, chrome & blk. 2650mi. Like New! Lots of extras. 678-488-2521
Sport Utility Vehicles
CADILLAC 2011 Escalade. 6.2L, V8, AWD, 4dr. $51,398 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
CHEVY 2010 Equinox. 3.06, V6, 56k miles, 6 speed, auto, $19,612 MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200
NISSAN 2008 Pathfinder, 4.0L, V6, 81K, $14,740. MOSS ROBERTSON Call Today 770-535-2200 CHEVY 1996 Suburban LT 1500. 3rd row seat, dual air, trailer special. Loaded, white & gold. $3250/obo. 706-7787267
Trucks CHEVY 1984. C-10. Silverado. Full size, V8, auto. $2500/Sell or Trade. 678-546-9184; 678-617-5560 CHEVY 2003 2500HD. EXT. 4dr, 8.1 gas, Allsion trans, 85k. Exc cond. $14,000. 706-878-6025 FORD 2011 Ranger XLT, 15,500 mi, excellent condition, red, gray/ black interior, automatic, 2-door, air conditioner, cruise control, power locks, , power steering, power windows, driver airbag, passenger airbag, abs, fog lights. Spay Bedliner, one owner, all Maintenance Records $15,000 , contact Larry, 706-894-2379, email@example.com.
Vans FORD 2001 Windstar Van. 3.8 V6. Exc Cond. Many xtras. $4875. 770287-0183 GMC 1993 Van. V8 auto, ladder racks. Good work Van. $750. 678-617-5560