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EMS fee increase under review By LEANNE AKIN When county employees take Friday, Sept. 28, as a furlough day, it will be the last one of the calendar year. As County Manager Kevin Poe reminded at Tuesday morning’s budget work session, county employees have gone without raises for years but he will still be recommending nine furlough days for Fiscal Year 2013 because of another drop in the tax digest. Anticipating a 4.18 percent decrease in real and personal property taxes from the previous year, Poe said the total net digest of $105,321,345 is down by $755,000. He has been working with Fiscal Analyst Logan Propes and other staff to fine-tune the budget proposal from the Sept. 17 preliminary. Commissioner Chas Hardy said Poe’s bud-

get 90-minute presentation was “the most thorough budget presentation provided to me in the last four years.” During the session, Poe hit highlights of the $63.7 million total annual budget, which is a $1.9 million decrease from the current budget. The General Fund budget is down by $1 million to $34.6 million. Jackson County is seeing $800,000 in savings in transfers out with the refinancing of economic bonds that will represent a onetime savings of $570,000 plus enjoying a reduction in lease-purchase charges with the payoff of several pieces of equipment, said Poe, in explaining some of the budget cuts. Salaries will be increasing with the reduction of three furlough days and some employees will need to be added in the next fiscal year as a fourth Superior Court Judge will be added in January of 2013. Poe said that will

necessitate the need for a clerk position in the Clerk of Court office and a law clerk will be needed in Superior Court by next April. Conversion of a position in the porperty appraisal office, tax commissioner’s officer and buildings & grounds from part-time to fulltime is recommended to handle workloads. Another experienced equipment operator in Roads would help county operations, according to Poe. With employees in mind, Poe is asking commissioners to consider providing a onetime employee supplement to help offset some of the higher deductibles employees will be paying. While the county’s portion of employee health insurance is remaining the same, to get that employees are paying slightly more each pay period. He is suggesting that those making less than $35,000 a year receive $300

Jefferson stays steady on millage

See BUDGET, page 2A

Automatic aid agreement signed Fire departments of Jackson Trail, West Jackson respond to help ease insurance impact

Manager commended for exemplary work


By LEANNE AKIN The millage rate for the City of Jefferson will remain the same as last year, at 6.398 mills. Property owners whose assessments have declined through revaluation may see a drop in the amount of city ad valorem taxes they will pay to help fund the city’s general fund of $7,986,567. The council voted unanimously Monday eevning to adopt the advertised millage rate and approve the Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution. The council also authorized Mayor Jim Joiner to sign the Capital Improvement Element and Short Term Work Program resolution which was read into the record by City Manager John Ward. The documents, which cover the period from 2012-2017, were prepared in according to requirements for development impact fees and the state-established minimum planning standards. In the 2011 annual report, the impact fees collected totaled $90,562 added to the existing fund balance of $7,391. Parks & rec projects for 2011 amounted to $20,000, for an ending fund balance of $77,959. The Maple Square 55 and over apartment project has had the largest monetary impact on generating impact fees. The work program includes a number of projects anticipated to get under way this year and some of the projects are already in the works including the MLK Drive extension from MLK Avenue to Galilee Church Road. On target to begin in 2012 is location of new water towers, reviewing the land use plan to locate potential area for high-density housing and conservation subdivisions, ad-

and those earning more than $35,000 get $200. The source of funding for the supplements would come from a proposed increase in EMS charges to users. Poe said adding $100 to the current charges would help the county offset some of the subsidies coming from the general fund. For 2012, a total of $3.5 million was budgeted for EMS operations and collections are at $1.5 million. EMS fees have not been increased in five or six years, Poe said, and a $100 in base fees plus a $2 per mile increase to $11 should help the county recover $415,000. “This is an opportunity to generate added revenue through user fees rather than subsidies primarily from property taxes,” said Poe.

‘Cowboy Up’ time North Georgia Dance and Music Academy got into the “Cowboy Up” theme for Saturday’s Hoschton Fall Festival parade with a giddy-up dance number that had the crowd cheering. The entertainment got “Spirit Honors” while the Hoschton Cafe and James Lawson for the float carrying the grand marshal and other special seniors of the community aboard. The cowboy theme carried over to entertainment with a bull ride among the entertainment options of the weekend. See more scenes on Page 7A and at

An automatic aid agreement has been signed and put into effect between the West Jackson Fire Department and the Jackson Trail Fire Department. A meeting was held Sept. 19 to sign a new automatic aid agreement between the two fire districts, and both fire departments have already hosted a joint training session. Some local residents, particularly those living in Antrim Glen and Poplar Springs, have experienced increased insurance fees as a result of their ISO, or Insurance Service Office, ratings. Previously, these two neighborhoods were outside of the 5- mile radius extending from the Jackson Trail fire district. However, they were within five miles of the West Jackson Fire Department, despite being outside their district.

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Teachers of the Year announced By KATIE JUSTICE The majority of local school systems have released the nominees for Teacher of the Year. Mike Lasseter, a visual arts teacher, is the Teacher of the Year for Mill Creek High School Lasseter is one of 131 Teachers of the Year within Gwinnett County, up for being Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. “I have extremely high expectations for my students. As an art teacher, I push my students to produce artworks beyond their perceived limitations and to never settle for mediocrity. I want my students to succeed, so my teaching style focuses on high expectations with lots of individualized instruction and motivation,” said Lasseter of his teaching style.

See TEACHERS, page 3A

See JEFFERSON, page 2A

April Davis makes learning fun at West Jackson Middle By KATIE JUSTICE Down the hall from West Jackson Middle School’s office is the classroom of April Davis. However, unlike most of her peers who spend their days teaching language arts or mathematics, Davis’ classroom is home to a mouse, a guinea pig, two turtles and a variety of plants. Davis teaches agriculture to sixth, seventh and eighth graders at West Jackson Middle. Her lessons span the parts of a plant, wildlife and even how science and technology are improving agriculture. In a given day students may take a quiz in the classroom, and then go on to pull weeds or pick vegetables in one of the school’s gardens.

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“I think she’s great. I think she understands us as middle school students, and lets us do things that are fun, but she takes us seriously, too,” said Avery Camp, one of Davis’ eighth grade students. Although new to Jackson County, Davis has been teaching for seven years. “I knew I wanted to work in agriculture, and I knew that I wanted to work with children in some way. The real reason I decided on agricultural education was for me was when I was working at the FFA camp in Covington,” said Davis of her decision to become a teacher. After getting married in April, Davis moved to the Jackson County School System to be closer to

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April Davis assists one of her eighth grade classes to make their own “Chia Pets” as a part of the instruction to help the students understand the growth and parts within a plant.

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The Paper   | Thursday, September 27, 2012

AGREEMENT from page 1A

Subdivision residents are adequately covered With the recently signed automatic aid agreement, both Jackson Trail and West Jackson Fire Departments will be automatically notified of structure fire calls within either fire district. Both departments will automatically respond to house or structure fires within the districts. All fire districts within the county currently have a mutual aid agreement. This means that should any fire department need assistance, every other department will respond if called. Mutual aid is an agreement to respond if called upon, but automatic agreement means that all departments within the agreement are automatically dispatched to calls. An automatic agreement was first drafted between the Jackson County fire districts in 1994, and it was supposed to be revisited periodically. However, the agreement was never revisited, and all the necessary departments didn’t even sign the agreement. Jackson County also has mutual aid agreements with fire departments from neighboring counties.


BUDGET from page 1A

Millage rate to be set Oct. 4 Commissioners will be studying the proposal but seemed agreeable to the increase which would still keep the county charge for services lower than surrounding jurisdictions. Commissioners will also have other decisions to make as Poe offered ways the county could save money in other ways. Poe said the county needs to assess whether the current transit program which must be operated per state and guidelines is worth the $31,000 in subsidies being invested. He suggests the county may be able to provide the service less expensively if, in fact, it is determined to be needed since only five riders a day have been logged in the past three months. If the transfer station does not increase its tonnage, some changes will be necessary. The loss of the largest hauler into the transfer station dropped tonnage from 2,000 tons to 670 tons, meaning revenue dropped from $94,000 to $31,380. A sliding fee schedule will be developed to entice haulers

to use the station. Capital investments of $428,200 are included in the budget with mowing equipment and an asphalt distributor recommended. The mower will allow correctional institute inmates to handle cutting of grass at county facilities and the distributor will aid in tackling more paving projects in-house in a more efficient manner, Poe said. The Sheriff’s Office fleet needs cars as no new vehicles were obtained last year. Since the Ford Taurus will be replacing the Crown Victoria, there will be a need to assess which police package will adapt best to compressed natural gas conversion. Poe said purchase of a Taurus, Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Impala would allow the department to make an informed decision by testing the vehicles. “We don’t really want to be a guinea pig,” said Poe, after talking with Sheriff Stan Evans and Sheriff-elect Janis Mangum. Another public safety related item is the planned rollout of the new mobile

computer-aided dispatch system into public safety vehicles. Poe said $80,000 of the E-911 fund reserve would be utilized for the project. Questioned by Commissioner Bruce Yates about gained efficiencies at the correctional institute since the number of state inmates was decreased from 200 to 150 because there was not sufficient county work to make utilization of inmates worthwhile, Poe said there have been savings. Poe said he is also hopeful the appraisal on the former I.W. Davis facility will be favorable to the county since the State Properties Commission has expressed a desire to declare the property surplus and request authorization from the State Legislature to liquidate the property from state inventory. If the county is able to obtain the building without much further investment (since $600,000 has been put into it), Poe said that would eliminate the $34,000 per year lease being paid. The commission will hold a called 9 a.m. meeting on Oct. 4 meeting to give final approval to the budget and millage rate. Poe asked for direction on the budget matters or he said changes could be made at the called meeting before commissioners vote.

GDOL assists with Tanger recruitment The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help the Tanger Outlet Mall in Commerce fill a number of seasonal and part-time jobs at its 38 retail stores Wednesday, Oct. 3. The recruitment, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at the site of the outlet mall, 800 Steven B. Tanger Blvd. in Commerce. Signs at the mall entrance will direct job seekers to where applications may be obtained. For additional information about the recruitment, contact Simisola Johnson, Sarah Byrum, or June Murphy at the Athens Career Center at (706) 583-2550.

Chamber seeking director nominations Nominations are now open for vacancies on the 2013 Jackson County Area Board of Directors. Through Friday, Oct. 19, the nominating committee will be accepting nominations from the membership for the board of directors. Nominations must be submitted in writing on an official board nomination form available on the Chamber website at Nomination forms must be completed in its entirety and must be received no later than noon on Friday, Oct. 19.

POLICE REPORT Braselton Police

■ On Sept. 21, an irate customer was reported at the Braselton Public Utilities building. ■ A fight at a Braselton bar and grill resulted in one man being knocked unconscious on Sept. 22. The man was highly intoxicated and drew back his fist as if to punch another patron. The second man punched the first in self defense. ■ A driver was arrested for driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, failure to dim headlights and driving on a suspended license on Sept. 22 on Highway 211. ■ An Albany woman requested a police report after the mother of a child in her custody failed to show up to pick up her child on Sept. 22. ■ A hit and run was reported at Kroger on Spout Springs Road on Sept. 22. ■ On Sept. 22, a man and woman were arrested on the grounds of Chateau Élan for criminal trespass. The couple used one of the villas without permission by using a master key card previously reported missing. The couple said they planned to pay a man $200 to use the villa. ■ A White Spruce Avenue resident reported a pistol stolen from her residence on Sept. 22. ■ A driver observed by an officer driving along Thompson Mill Road and Spout Springs Road was arrested for driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and felony possession with intent

to distribute marijuana on Sept. 23. The driver was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane and for nearing coming to a stop while making a turn at a green traffic signal. A baggie with marijuana was within view in the back seat and the driver smelled of alcohol. After being found unsafe to drive, the officers searched the suspect’s car and found a coffee can containing several small baggies of marijuana, a vacuum sealed bag with a large amount of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash. ■ On Sept. 23, an air conditioning unit was reported stolen from a Fisk Falls Drive residence. ■ A traffic stop for an expired license plate led to the arrest of both the driver and passenger for outstanding warrants on Sept. 24. The driver had a warrant for his arrest out of Hall County, and the passenger has a warrant out of Jackson County.

Jackson Conty Sheriff’s Office ■ On Sept. 13, an armed robbery was reported at a Hoschton store. A male entered the store with his face covered by a bandana, brandishing a pistol. As the suspect was removing money from the register, the store owner walked out from a back room. The manager, not knowing what was happening, asked the man what he was doing, leading the man to fire

JEFFERSON from page 1A

John Ward credits city staffers for their efforts dressing the Westside pump station and force main, the Dixon Street sewer upgrade, update of a systematic road maintenance/overlay program and applying for grants to assist with projects such as upgrading parks and rec playgrounds and keeping a community forester or arborist on retainer. Also planned to begin in 2012 is placement of a gateway sign per year to market downtown, implementation of a downtown revitaliza-

a round into the ceiling. Once finished collecting money, the suspect fled the scene. ■ A Jacob Drive resident reported someone had stole the pad lock from his fence Sept. 20. ■ A domestic dispute was reported at a Jesse Cronic Road residence on Sept. 20. A woman had purchased items for her son, which her husband did not approve of. An argument ensued between the man and his stepson. ■ On Sept. 20 a domestic dispute led to the arrest of Kingston Place resident. The man and his wife got into a dispute over the volume of the television. The man was arrested on charges of simple assault/battery. ■ A driver traveling northbound on Interstate 85 reported damage to his vehicle resulting from a tractor trailer losing part of its tire on Sept. 21. ■ A Jefferson woman was arrested for failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence of drugs on Sept. 20 on Athens Street. ■ On Sept. 19, an abandoned vehicle was reported at the intersection of Legendary Drive and Maddox Road. ■ A Haskin Martin Road resident reported a toolbox and extension cord stolen from his barn on Sept. 19. ■ A suspicious man was reported outside a Highway 53 store on Sept. 19. The man stated he recently discovered his wife was cheating on him and he needed to get out of the house to think. Officers advised him it was not

tion plan/business incentive program and seeking Transportation Enhancement funding to assist with the downtown revitalization’s courthouse phase. Improvement and expansion of the water system, sidewalks improvements, a new city barn/public works facility and phase II expansion of the civic center are also in the short-term work program for the near future. The approval of the proj-

a good idea to just hang around the parking lot, so the man said he would go to a friend’s house. ■ A Commerce man was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane on Highway 129. After being pulled over, it was discovered the man had a suspended drivers license and registration. The man was arrested for Driving While License Suspended and Suspended Registration on Sept. 20. ■ An Adams Road resident reported someone putting trash in their trash can on Sept. 19. ■ A Cecil Clark Road resident reported receiving threats from the man whom he is renting his residence on Sept. 18. The man said the owner told him that he had to get out of the residence or “he would bead him out with his fists.” ■ On Sept. 18, a Holly Springs Road resident reported her mailbox being knocked down. ■ A Sept. 18 traffic stop for a windshield violation led to the arrest of Jefferson man who was wanted for probation violation. ■ Suspicious activity was reported at a vacant Highway 82 residence on Sept. 15. ■ A domestic dispute occurred Sept. 15 at a Highway 60 residence. ■ A dispute was reported at a Bradford Court residence between a mother and son on Sept. 15. ■ On Sept. 15, a domestic dispute was reported between a Braselton couple by the wife’s mother. The mother was afraid the man beat her daughter, although the

ect list serves as the council’s endorsement of the plans to move forward with the defined projects identified with the council’s input. Discussion at the council’s annual retreat provided staff with insight into the projects to include on the list which will now go to the Northeast Georgia Regional Center. The council convened back into regular session and Mayor Joiner said the council reviewed the evaluation of Ward who, over the

wife told officers the argument never became physical. ■ An Ebenezer Church Road resident reported a problem receiving her mail on Sept. 14. ■ On Sept. 14, a man leaving Jackson County Comprehensive High School reported finding damage to his vehicle. ■ Gun shots being fired were reported behind a Wayne Poultry Road residence on Sept. 14. ■ A Jefferson River Road resident filed a Sept. 17 report to complain of her neighbor’s chickens always being on her property. ■ An Old State Road property owner reported a man trespassing on her property on Sept. 17. ■ A Jefferson business owner reported table and cart stolen from outside her property. on Sept. 15 ■ A traffic stop for a windshield crack on Highway 332 led to the arrest of the driver for a suspended license on Sept. 14. ■ A Clover Mill Drive resident reported receiving harassing and threatening communications on Sept. 14. ■ Several manhole covers were reported missing from a vacant Hoschton subdivision on Sept. 16. ■ A Jefferson man surrendered all his firearms Sept. 12 to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as a condition of his bond from jail. Eleven firearms were turned over.

past year, has done and exemplary job. “I want to publicly thank him for the good work on behalf of the city,” said Joiner. Ward has served as city manager since 2006. Outside the session where the audience and staffers in attendance gathered to wait for the executive session to wrap up, Ward complimented the staffers for their work which helped make him look good.

Car theft suspect stopped for speed A driver, whose speed was estimated at 100 mph on Damon Gause Parkway, was cited for reckless driving and speeding in excess of maximum limits after a Sept. 20 incident on Damon Gause Parkway in Jefferson. But the traffic charges are only part of the driver’s concerns. When a Braselton Police officer had stopped at Exit 138 to check something and turned on his blue lights, an oncoming car nearly ran the officer over. The Braselton officer notified Jefferson Police and followed the car in an effort to get the license plate number, according to Assistant Braselton Police Chief Lou Solis. Apparently the driver thought the blue lights were meant for him. According to reports, the man had stolen a car from a Gainesville roadside after a traffic accident. Spike strips deployed by Arcade Police flattened the tires and stopped the vehicle which struck the guard rail. The driver, later identified as Steve Alex Bowman, 24, of Cleveland, exited the vehicle and was ordered to the ground. He complained of injury and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where Gainesville Police took him into custody on the auto theft charges.

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End of Course Test shows need for math concentration By KATIE JUSTICE kjustice@clickthepaper. com There was an overall increase in the number of students statewide who met or exceed the standards for all but one End of Course Test. The only area not showing improvement was the test for Mathematics II. However, several local counties exceeded the state average of students meeting or exceeding performance standards. Jackson County exceeded the average state performance in every test area. “We have excellent teachers who spend time collaborating with each other to improve classroom instruction. Because of professional learning opportunities provided in our district, our teachers are well-versed in the standards and all their elements,” said Chanda Palmer, the Assistant Principal for Instruction at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. In the county, more than 90 percent met or exceeded the performance standards on both the 9th grade and American literature and composition tests. About 68 percent of all Georgia students met or exceeded the standards for the test on United States History, compared 87 percent of Jackson county students. While exceeding the state levels on the math II section,

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just fewer than 65 percent met or exceeded performance standards. “We struggled most in Math 2. Because of this data, we have organized our school schedule so that our Math 2 teachers have common planning time to review student data and revise lesson plans,” said Palmer. “Those teachers have re-organized the order in which they are delivering math units this school year. One of our teachers piloted the new arrangement of lessons with our summer school students, and those students were very successful,” Gwinnett County also exceeded the state averages for students meeting or exceeding performance standards. More than 80 percent of students within the county met or exceeded performance standards on the Biology and Economics tests, while the state averages were about 72 percent and 77 percent respectively. Barrow County students

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did not meet the state averages in 9th grade literature and composition, physical science, math II or the newlyimplemented Georgia Performance Standard Algebra. However, the majority of students met or passed every test except Mathematics II. In excess of 80 percent of students met or exceeded state performance standards in Biology, Economics, American literature and composition and 9th grade literature and composition. Hall County students exceeded state standards on all tests but American literature and composition and United States History. The county average for meeting or exceeding standards on the literature EOCT was about 1 percentage point less than the state average, but the average percent of students in the county meeting or exceeding performance levels for United States History was about 60 percent, almost eight percentage points less than the state.

Systems honor top-picked teachers Brandon Mitchell, an Advanced Placement environmental science and physical science teacher, is the Teacher of the Year for not only Winder-Barrow High School, but also for all of Barrow County. The Hall County Teacher of the Year, also the West Hall Teacher of the Year, is Belinda Sauret. Sauret teaches Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Spanish, and has been teaching for more than 25 years. “I know how innovative and successful Hall County School System is and I know that many teachers throughout the county have been given the chance to incorporate the research and conference ideas that we have been reading about. Since so many teachers have broken ground with their work, I can only be humbled that this year my work is highlighted,” said Sauret, on being Hall County’s Teacher of the Year. “I look forward to seeing what next year’s teachers of the year have accomplished. Many, many teachers work wonders with their students. This year I’m lucky enough to represent them,” said Sauret. Jefferson City School System won’t announce its overall Teacher of the Year until October. However, the Teacher of the Year for each school has been announced. Becki Garner, who teaches first grade, is the Teacher of the Year for Jefferson Elementary. “I feel that being named Teacher of the Year for JES is a high honor, as I see every

day how our entire building is filled with dedicated teachers. Jefferson Elementary’s teachers love their students, which makes me proud and honored to work with each of them,” said Garner. Lynn Roberts, who teachers third grade, is the Teacher of the Year for Jefferson Academy. Matt Stephenson, an inclusion teacher, holds the position for Jefferson Middle. He serves as the self-contained teacher for grades sixth through eighth, teaching students academic, social and life skills. “I have always had a passion for middle school-aged kids. These kids are so easily influenced during this time in their life. I always wanted to be that positive influence. I was fortunate enough to have teachers throughout my childhood that made a difference in my life. This is my way of thanking them,” said Stephenson as his reason for teaching. Lastly, Sanford Freeman, who has been teaching social studies for six years at JHS, is the Teacher of the Year at Jefferson High School. Freeman says he’s an “old school” teacher that believes in the value of basic reading, writing and critical thinking skills. “My style is intense, emotive and demanding of my students. My focus is on the connections between events and the human stories behind the facts. I like hard workers with good attitudes that I can push to do more than they thought they could,” said Freeman. Jackson County Schools haven’t released nominees for Teacher of the Year.

Homecoming week for Mill Creek High School From the touchdowns to the marching bands, football season is under way, and in addition to the helmets and pads worn on Friday nights, Mill Creek High School students are dressing like Disney characters and picking out a twin. The Hawks of Mill Creek are gearing up for Homecoming week and the game against the Blue Devils of Norcross High School. The Friday game kicks off at 7:30 p.m., but that’s not where the school spirit began not where it ends. Homecoming spirit week kicked off Monday with Disney Day on which students dressed like their favorite Disney character. On Tuesday, students paired off for Twin Day, Wednesday was Studious Day and Thursday was Neon Day. Then, Friday is all about Mill Creek spirit with students dress in school colors with their favorite Hawk attire. After the game Friday night, the Homecoming Dance will take place Saturday from 7-11 p.m. The theme will be the Masquerade Ball, with an overall gothic feeling. Homecoming royalty is



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also to be crowned with each grade level voting for their prince and princess. Then, an overall king and queen will be named for the school. Girls running for freshman class princess are Tayala Hickson, Summer Janney, Tiffany Newton and Mackenzie Payne, and the boys running for prince are Alec Beard, Jake LaRosa, Matthew Lewis and Riley Snyder. Sophomore nominees for princess are Jordan Bone, Nicole Fronzak, Danielle Houston and Madison Schwefler. Nominees for sophomore prince are Kyree Bussey,

Ryan DeCook, Cole Ford and Patrick Steimer. Nominees for junior class princess are Lyndsey Crawford, Ebun Dada, Taylor Hopkins and Tabatha Mulkey, and nominees for prince are Bryson C. Bonta, Stephen Day, Evens Fontaine and Tione Jones. Nominees from the senior class for senior princess and Homecoming queen are Alexis Berry, Cassady Gwin, Briana Landbeck and Kristina Poole. Nominees for senior prince and Homecoming king are Cullen Allen, Tyler Brice, Patrick Lavelle and Glenn Starr.

At Jackson County Comprehensive High School’s Homecoming game on Sept. 14, the Homecoming Court was announced. From left to right: Maura Davidson, Freshman Princess; Dani Griffis, Junior Princess; Homecoming Queen Holly Flowers; and Sophomore Princess Jenna Stinchcomb.

LEARNING from page 1A

Farm to Schools lessons in classes her home in Winder. She said being a newlywed is much easier being on the same schedule with her husband, who is a world history teacher at Apalachee High School in Barrow County. Davis is also the FFA advisor for the school and is in charge of the West Jackson Middle’s Farm to School program. As part of the Farm to School program, Davis will incorporate lessons to teach students where their food comes from. She will also work with students in the school’s garden growing vegetables such as lettuce,

kale and radishes. In addition to her work within the school, Davis is the Junior Advisor for the Georgia Limousin Cattle Association, while her husband, Skyler Davis, is the president. “He works on the farm doing something with cattle every day,” said Davis of her husband’s work on his family farm. When asked how she kept handled their busy lives, Davis said, “We just make it work. We both love [teaching] so much that it just makes it easier, and it’s a lot easier to do something you enjoy.”



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Covenant Baptist Church extends a warm welcome to come and join us at 10:30 a.m. at the Hoschton Depot in downtown Hoschton for Sunday worship. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Pastor Todd Coble may reached at 678-316-0273. God bless you and “See you at the Depot!”

sss Northeast Church announces a new ministry, The Caring Place, to provide assistance to those in need and meet physical and spiritual needs in the community. This is the combined ministry of Hope for the Hungry and Duds and Spuds, and offers food, clothing and free haircuts monthly, thanks to a host of volunteers. It will be held the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Northeast Church, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3. The entrance into The Caring Place is located on the Highway 124 side of the building, at 100 Broadway St., in Braselton. For more information, contact Northeast Church at 706-654-3205 or Many thanks to Juanita Duck for coordinating this ministry.

sss Union Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk ‘R Treat from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, in the church parking lot. Bring the family to enjoy lots of fun with an inflatable bouncy house, candy, games and food. The public is invited. The church is located at 527 Union Church Road in Winder. Call 770-8677273.

Galilee Christian Church, located at 2191 Galilee Church Road in Jefferson, is hosting a LifeLine Screening on Oct. 5. Athens Regional Medical Center is sponsoring the event. Because the risk of suffering a stroke is high, having a simple ultrasound screening could reveal dangerous plaque buildup or blockage. Screenings help detect the risk for stroke and vascular disease. Stroke affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men. Screenings are being offered for $60 each with all five recommended screenings available for $149. Screenings include: Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening; Heart Rhythm Screening (Atrial Fibrillation); Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening; Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening; and Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Call 1-800-395-1801 to schedule your screening.

sss The fifth Sunday night singing at Auburn Baptist Church will be Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a sandwich and snack supper. Auburn First Baptist Church is at 1385 Sixth Ave., in Auburn. Contact Pastor Chris Parkin at 770-9621807 or visit

sss Calvary Baptist Church will host its first Friday night singing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, featuring the group, Georgia. Calvary Baptist is at 1975 Highway 82 in Statham. Visit www.calvarybaptiststatham. org.



A southern gospel singing will be hosted at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 4403 Winder Highway in Flowery Branch. Strait Way will be the featured group. For more information, contact 770-5977742.

Vessels of Praise, featuring Keith Broach, Tammy Vickers, Robin Broach and David (Happy) Marston will perform at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church is at 260 Pleasant Hill Church Road in Statham. Call 770725-2404.



You are invited to join The Church of Hoschton for Sunday worship beginning with Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church is available for children 7 and under during Sunday morning worship. Sunday evening service begins at 6. Wednesday night prayer meeting has a 7 p.m. starting time with Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Study of Daniel has just begun. The church is located at 3849 Highway 53 in Hoschton and Pastor Cory Sexton can be reached at 678-2349408.

Faith Fest 2012 is coming to Winder First United Methodist Church at 280 N. Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, out on the front lawn. Bring your family and lawn chairs or a blanket and join in for a day of Christian fun featuring: Christian music on a big outdoor stage; craft vendors; food vendors; 2 Kid Zones with Games and Jumpies. Musical artists scheduled to appear include Luke James, Last Flight Out, The River Hills Church Band, Broken to Light, Daily Dying, Against the Downpour and The Museum.

Church is offering help with personal finances Hamilton Mill Presbyterian Church believes everyone can benefit from a growth with personal finances. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 30, the congregation is offering a five-week intensive course entitled: “Winning with Your Money and Your Life.” The course kicks off with worship at 10:30 a.m. and a free copy of the Amazon best seller, I Was Broke. Now I’m Not, available for every family who attends. In the weeks that follow, participants gain knowledge through a free personal finance workshop, led by finance consultant Diane

Duane, with opportunities for practical help through personal finance tools and small group participation. “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to do a better job managing money, “ said Lead Pastor Tom Bagley. “With the uncertain economy, we need all the help we can get to use our resources to accomplish godly-dreams and provide the day-to-day needs of our families. Everyone is welcome.” The church is located at 5152 Highway 124, Hoschton, GA 30548, two miles west of Mill Creek High School.


Died Sept. 24, 2012 Emma “Nanette” Cato, 87, of Flowery Branch, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Willow Wood Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. David Matthews officiated. Born on Jan. 29, 1925, in Gillsville, she was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. A homemaker, she loved gardening and canning. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Cato; mother and father, Omie and Will Griffin; brothers, Louis, Acie, Ernest, Albert and Randolph Griffin; sisters, Kathleen Hewell, Mary Griffin, Carrie Mae Thomas; and a number of nieces and nephews. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Judy Cato of Hoschton; granddaughters, Lori (C.J.) Clarke of Jefferson and Carla Cato of Cumming; and brother, Rudolph Griffin. The family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff at Willow Wood Nursing Home, especially the nurses of the “C” wing. Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Frances Blanchard Cox

Died Sept. 21, 2012 Frances Blanchard Cox, 81, of Braselton, died Friday,

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Sept. 21, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Leon Cox Jr. Survivors include her son, Allen Cox and wife Kaye of Indiana; daughters, Donna Lynn Stewart, Linda Chamber and Alecia Cole, all of Pendergrass, LeeAnne Cook of Winder, Linda Chamber of Pendergrass, of Pendergrass, and Lorraine Griffin and husband Jackie of Braselton; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Dublin. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Williams Fred Evans

Died Sept. 21, 2012 William Fred Evans, 79, of Winder, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. He loved the Lord, NASCAR and was a United States Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Ann Evans; daughters, Monica L. Foster and husband Chris, and Karen F. Lockhart, all of Reno, Nev.; sisters, Mary Lake of Burson, Calif., and Elaine Anberg and husband Bill of Buyson, Calif.; a grandson; four greatgrandchildren and two greatgreat-grandchildren. A memorial service was Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Lawson Funeral Home. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Died Sept. 19, 2012 Hank Hill, 61, of Bethlehem, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Born in Fulton County, he was a son of the late Henry Griffin Hill Sr., and Margaret Jones Hill. He was a 1969 graduate of Towers High School. He was a veteran of the United States Marines. He served as vice president of J&D Heating & Air for more than 30 years. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Denise W. Hill; son, Jason (Amy) Hill of Auburn; daughter, Nikki (Todd) Wright of Bogart; grandchildren, Morgan Wright, Michael Wright, McLaren Wright, Trey Hill, Justin Hill and Jake Hill; and sister, Sharon Hill Wilson of Bethlehem. Memorial services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Carter Hill Christian Church with the Rev. Steve Ray officiating. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the USO, P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Allen Montgomery

Died Sept. 22, 2012 Allen Montgomery, 65, of Winder, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Born in Monroe in Walton County, he was a son of the late Grover Allen and Dorothy Montgomery. He was the owner of Montgomery Electric Company. Survivors including his

Any Sunday is a great day to go in church – start week out right Fall is my second favorchurch. ite time of the year, my faWith all the unrest in the vorite time being Spring. world we would be much School has started, footbetter equipped to face ball season is going full, personal, familial, national the early morning sunrise and international issues is beautiful as the autumn having started our week leaves shake on the trees in God’s house of worship. Ray Newman and there is a new quiet to When you attend church From Where I Stand nature. this coming Sunday, say a I know many men special prayer of thanksgivwould also add hunting season opening ing for God’s mercy and grace which where they can go into the woods and allowed for seeing another change of hunt deer. I have never been a hunter, seasons and for making the fall of the though I do not oppose those who do. I year one of the most beautiful of the do enjoy, however, going for a walk in four seasons. the woods during this time of the year I believe when we begin our week in to enjoy the various shades of the leaves church, worshipping our Lord, we will falling from the trees. see things differently through the week. It is hard to watch the changing of Life is hard, and for many people who the seasons without the realization that are unemployed or underemployed it is behind all of creation is the Creator who easy to become depressed by trying to spoke the word and all of this came into deal with just making it through another being. Driving through the mountains week. on a sunny Saturday afternoon one canBy starting the week singing with not help but be impressed with the variother people in church and listening to ety of colors crashing into the scene. the sermon, we focus our attention upon With a nip of colder air blowing our Maker thus giving us a jump start on across one’s face while walking up a the week and moving us forward with mountain trail causes the pace to pick a positive attitude to be able to handle up a bit and walk faster even while takwhatever life and the world would ing in the beauty of nature as it unfolds. throw at us during the week. While we are enjoying our favorite Plan now to attend church Sunday football game, walking through the and enjoy the day as you see the ever woods, or making that mountain drive changing colors of the fall season all taking in all the colors of fall, let us rearound you. member Sunday is a great day to return to church to worship God who gave us all the beauty we have enjoyed through Ray Newman’s “From Where I Stand” the week. column appears on Wednesdays in Recently, there was a national experi- the Barrow County News. He is also a ment called “Back to Church Sunday” Pastor’s Pen columnist with The Paper encouraging people to return to church and is pastor of Macedonia Community after the vacation days of summer. Baptist Church in Braselton. He can be As I think about that day, I realize any contacted by email at hnewmansr@aol. Sunday is a good Sunday to go back to com

Sunday is a great day to return to church to worship God who gave us all the beauty we have enjoyed through the week.

Presidential search committee for ERLC includes Braselton pastor Ray Newman For the first time in 25 years, the Southern Baptist Convention will have a new person to lead the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission after Dr. Richard Land retires after leading the ERLC for a quarter of a century. Ray Newman, an at-large trustee with the ERLC, serving in his second term as been appointed as one of the seven persons to serve on the President Search Committee that has the responsibility to select the next person to serve in this vital position in Southern Baptist Convention. The first meeting of the committee is Tuesday August 28. “I am honored to be asked to serve on this vitally important committee during such an important time in our nation’s history,” said Newman, who serves as pastor of Macedonia Community Baptist Church in Braselton. “With the 25-year record of standing for Religious Liberty

wife, Deborah Montgomery; children, Reginia Montgomery, Kimberly Butler, Blake Montgomery and Lauren Mongtomery, all of Winder; grandchildren, Shantel Schexnayder, J.R. Wright, Kayla Kaufman and Isabella (Bella) Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Braylee, Lucas and Graci; and sisters, Catherine Montgomery, France Costley and Evelyn Edmondson, all of Tucker, Faye Parham of Loganville and Janice Hall of Dacula. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Smith Memory Chapel with the Revs. Mike Peavy, Wright Humble, Jason Britt and Terry Casper officiating. Interment was in Sorrell Spring Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Walton County. The family requests memorials be made to the Barrow County Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Julie Ann Register

Died Sept. 18, 2012 Julie Ann Register, 57, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Antioch Christian Church in Watkinsville with the Rev. Scott Bartholomew officiating. Contributions may be made in memory of Julie to The Register Family at Bank South, P.O. Box 1499, Watkinsville, GA 30677. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton

and individual freedom that Dr. Land has set our work will be challenging as we seek a person to serve as the new President of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. We believe however that as we pray and seek God’s will He will lead us to the person that will serve in this role for many years to come.” The first meeting, ehld Aug. 28, included tome for each member of the committee to share information about their background and service as trustees for ERLC. “Because we are from many different states, many of our meetings will be conducted via conference call,” said Newman. Members of the committee are from Texas, Maryland, Washington D.C., Arkansas, Virginia, Kansas, and Newman represents Georgia.

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William Bruce Rooks

Died Sept. 23, 2012 William Bruce Rooks, 55, of Auburn, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Arrangements will be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First St., Hoschton, GA, 30548,, 706-6540966. The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

Dorothy Eugenia Borders Shirley

Died Sept. 18, 2012 Dorothy Eugenia Borders Shirley, 81, of Winder and formerly of Stone Mountain, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Born in Commerce, she was a daughter of the late Brandon and Rilla Borders. She was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was also a licensed cosmetologist and volunteered at DeKalb Medical Center for many years. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. Mrs. Shirley was also preceded in death by her

husband, Gene Clayton Shirley; and brothers, Thurmond Borders, Lamartine Borders and Larry Borders. Survivors include her son, David C. Shirley of Atlanta; daughters, Lisa M. Shirley and Terri J. Shirley, both of Winder, and Pamela J. Ferebee of Athens; sister, Joann Wallis of Cumming; grandchildren, Heather Johnson and Natalie Topham; and great-grandchild, Ashley Topham. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Barrett officiating. Burial followed in the Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with Kyran Murnane, Robin Lord, Wayne Wallis and Philip Merk honored as pallbearers. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309 Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Sept. 27, 2012

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New Dart can’t Dodge colorful past My ears perked up when I heard that Dodge was bringing back the Dart, a model that was last around in 1976. We had two Dodge Darts that my dad drove until they were worn out. One of them became a car that I drove for a while. The designers of the first one, back in 1962, proposed the name “Dart.” The executives of Dodge didn’t care for the name and commissioned a study that recommended the car be called “Zipp.” After the expensive study, they decided that Dart wasn’t a bad name after all. A few years ago, Dodge brought back the Challenger, a high-performance muscle car that was very popular in the early ‘70s. It was built on the same platform as the Plymouth Barracuda, another hot car of the era. The current Challenger looks a lot like the Challenger of old. The Dart, thankfully, does not. The old Dart was not necessarily ugly; it just wasn’t flashy like other Dodge models. A Dodge engine called a “Slant 6,” a six-cylinder engine where the pistons moved at an angle, rather than straight up and down, powered the ones we had. I knew just enough about engines to be dangerous. For example, I proved on one occasion that a Slant 6 would run without oil. I didn’t run very far, but I discovered the problem before I blew the engine. I also proved that the Dart would run without a battery. I loaned a boy my battery after starting the car. First of all, I learned a lesson about loaning car batteries, but I did drive around town all night without one. That last Dart was green with green vinyl seats. That year, Dodge did away with a button for the horn and put some tubing around the ring

Harris Blackwood of the steering wheel. It was awful.You would make a left turn and unintentionally blow the horn a few times in the process. My dad replaced it with a doorbell button taped to the dash. The trouble was the steering wheel kept coming apart and we tried everything from rubber bands to duct tape to hold it together. I ended up using a pair of Vice-Grip pliers to hold the wheel on. You were essentially driving the car with a pair of pliers. This was not a repair that was listed in the owner’s manual. I sincerely hope if anything from the old Dart is brought back for the new one, it isn’t that steering wheel. That first Dart was a car we drove on several vacations. It did not have air conditioning and we would wait until dark before leaving. My dad would down a pot of coffee between our house and the beach. They weren’t fancy cars and I think Dodge designed them that way. The new one says it is the most technologically advanced car in its class and it boasts 60 safety and security features. That’s a far cry from its older cousin. I don’t think we knew where the seat belts were in the first one. I wish the good folks at Dodge well with their new car with old name. I’ll never see one without thinking of the past. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose column appears weekly.

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Be sweet: Kindness begins at home When I was growing up — probably well into my college years — Mama’s last words as I walked out the door were always the same. “Be sweet.” Not even when I started driving and she should have said “be careful” did she deviate. Somewhere along the way, though, she gave that up. Perhaps because she decided I would never be sweet or perhaps she thought I had finally learned it well enough. But, truthfully, I think it was because she finally switched to “love you” as I left. It was embarrassing when my date and I stuck our heads in the den door to say goodbye before we left for the evening and Mama, normally hemming a garment, would chime happily, “Y’all be sweet. Y’all hear me?” I’d roll my eyes and sigh heavily — that age-old teenage favorite — and moan, “Yes, Mama.” My boyfriend, always well mannered, would cheerfully replied, “Yes, ma’am. You can count on me, and I’ll make sure she is, too.” Not long ago I made a perfectly witty, private one-line

Ronda Rich observation about someone and entertained myself so deliciously that I threw back my head and laughed. My sister, tempted to snicker, bit the edge of her lip, tossed me an amused look and said, “Now, be sweet.” To be honest, I never thought much about it until recent years as the talk of bullying and mean kids has become so prominent. Are there really that many mean kids out there now? Kids who taunt and criticize? If there are, it’s because they aren’t taught better at home. I was reading a book about the actress Farrah Fawcett by her longtime love, Ryan O’Neal. In the book, he included a handwritten note from the well-mannered, Texas-born Miss Fawcett to their son, Redmond. He was a young boy at the time so she was reminding him to do his spelling homework and a

couple of other things about school. She ended the note with, “Be good and be kind.” Kindness. Sweetness. Though harder to find these days, those teachings begin at home, along with manners. In our family, teaching kindness to the children is as important as saying “yes ma’am” or “no sir.” When I was a child, no more than 7 or 8, Mama got a call from my teacher who explained that I had been going without lunch for a few weeks, choosing instead to buy lunch for a poor, halfstarved classmate (in the days before free lunches). The next morning and all the days that followed until the girl moved away, Daddy gave me enough for two lunches. I wasn’t complimented. I had simply done what was taught and therefore expected. My nephew, Rod, was 4 and spoke in that endearing way of children who mix up consonants. In his pre-school class was a pretty blonde girl who was severely challenged, physically and mentally. She walked with great difficulty, couldn’t communicate and drool poured in a steady stream from the corner of her mouth. One day at recess, several children

mocked her, saying, “No! You can’t play with us.” She crumbled in tears, sobbing at the unkindness. The teacher watched as Rod, gentle and sweet always (as is the man he grew to be) walked over to her, put his little arm around her shoulders and said comfortingly, “Don’t twry Ashwey. Me will play with you.” A mother approached my niece, Nicole, one day at carpool and said, “Let me tell you about your son.” Nicole froze a bit, not knowing what was coming. The mother, who began to cry, explained that her son is autistic and faced daily taunting and jeering by classmates. Every day, he came home sobbing, heartbroken. One day he stopped crying suddenly and smiled brightly. “But I do have one friend. Nix. He’s my angel sent from God. He always takes up for me.” Be sweet. What a powerful parental teaching. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of several books, including the forthcoming “There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at www. Her column appears weekly.

Lifestyles of the rich, famous & dumb We are allowed to dream, aren’t we? “If you won the lottery, say $60 million, what would you do with it?” It’s a conversation I hear, and engage in, often. We probably all do. In this case, there were three of us. “Well, first of all, I’d build a big house – the biggest in town, with a huge Olympic-size swimming pool, a stocked pond out back, and build a golf course for just me and my friends to play on whenever we wanted,” said the first to respond. “I’d also hire a personal masseuse, a butler and a chef that only cooked pizza. Whatever I had left, I’d just blow it.” Our pretend second lottery winner had a similar plan. “First thing I’d do is get a chartered plane and all my friends and we’d go to Vegas,” he said. “We’d go gambling and I’d spend about $2 million that night. Then I’d hire AC/DC and Willie Nelson to perform at my birthday party, even if it wasn’t my birthday. Then, whoever was left, we’d just travel around

Len Robbins the world – to London, Rio, Greece, Rome, China, wherever we wanted to go. We’d have a great time.” When it came to my turn to dream, I paused, deep in thought. “What would you do with $60 million, Len?” “I would start a foundation to provide college scholarships for underprivileged children,” I said solemnly. “I would use about $30 million to fund that. Then I would tithe at least $6 million. The rest I would donate to missionaries working in Third-World countries in an effort to combat world hunger and eradicate guinea worm disease.” There was stunned silence for at least a minute before the first guy to speak chimed in. “Yeah, I meant I would

buy a big house and all that after I started a foundation to combat world hunger and emancipate worms.” In all my times of having that lottery dream dialogue, I have never heard anyone respond, “If I win the lottery, I’m going blow it all at TGI Friday’s.” But that’s apparently what Vince Young did – with his “lottery” of a $30 million salary and $30 million in endorsements, over the past six years. According to published reports, Young, the third pick in the NFL draft six years ago, is broke and looking for work after being cut recently by the Buffalo Bills. Young was, not long ago, an All-Pro quarterback for the Tennessee Titans worth around $60 million. Young claims his former agent and other financial advisors misappropriated millions, and he has filed a lawsuit to that effect. But other reports have surfaced about lavish spending patterns by the young quarterback, including: Frequently hanging out

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at a TGI Friday’s in Nashville when he was with the Titans, spending $6,000 one night on dinner. Yes, that’s right – $6,000 in one night at TGI Friday’s. Wanting to be alone on a flight, he bought all but 10 or so tickets on a Southwest Airlines flight. That’s an estimated 120 tickets. Spending $5,000 a week for nearly a year at the Cheesecake Factory. I find this hard to believe. But, then again, I choke if my family’s dinner check is more than $60. Investing in the Vince Young Steakhouse. Is it a requirement for all rich professional athletes to have a failed restaurant bearing their name on their resume? Suddenly, having AC/DC and Willie Nelson perform at your birthday party doesn’t seem like such a foolish financial investment. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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Hoschton Fall Festival scenes From Saturday morning’s 5K benefiting Food 2 Kids to the “best Hoschton Fall Festival parade ever,” said a winning entry to the car show, musical entertainment followed by fireworks, the Hoschton Fall Festival provided lots of family fun that extended into Sunday. See more at

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Hoschton Mayor Erma Denney presented Fall Festival recognitions to North Georgia Dance and Music Academy, recipient of the “Spirit Honors” for taking the Coyboy Up theme to heart in the 46-entry parade. The Hoschton Cafe and James Lawson, who got the Mayor’s Award for carrying the grand marshals (inset), were also honored for the parade.


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Panthers knock down archrival

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Chris Foster means business on defense. The rowdy Panther made the most of every play and prohibited the Eagles from having a chance offensively. Foster will need to put up the same performance tomorrow against North Oconee. By LATRICE WILLIAMS Head Coach Benji Harrison averaged 40 points a game while at Flowery Branch High School, and the brains behind the operation has begun to see his Panthers team take use of his skill set. Putting up 40 points in the first half alone sounds unimaginable, but the Panthers set their sights on racking up a ton of yardage over their cross-county rival - East Jackson High School. The Panthers took a 47-7 win at home. “Our offense wants to score points - score as many as we can. If we practice well, we play well. I thought we had another good week of practice. I [think] our offense is starting to gel [and] they are starting to understand what we are trying to do,” said Harrison. Wide receiver Xavier Harper had a stellar night and spent most of his time vacationing in the end zone; Harper landed three touchdowns on the night. The Jackson County defense

showed no compassion against the Eagles in their opening drive on offense. Chris Foster and the rest of the defensive unit were on and off the field in a jiffy after making a couple of big stops. Running back Dustin Scott made a nice run through a gaping hole and continued to be the workhorse in the running game, and quarterback Kyle Daniel finished things off with a quarterback keeper into the end zone. Birthday boy Trevor Logan drilled the extra kick to the put the Panthers up 7-0. Last week, the Panthers’ field goal unit really struggled to notch their kicks and, although Logan was not in the lineup against Athens Christian School, he offered his analysis on how they were able to be successful against EJHS. “We just executed better,” said Logan. “We had great snaps [and] great holds all night on field goals.” “We really challenged our kickers,” said Harrison. “They worked hard and they are going to get bet-

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Quarterback Kyle Daniel helped the Panthers achieve 40 points in the first half against the East Jackson High School Eagles. The Eagles defenders couldn’t find a way to slow down an offense coordinated by Head Coach Benji Harrison.

ter. They are freshmen. That was their first time playing football and I am proud of them.” Keyshaun Curry put his foot on the gas on the Panthers’ punt return, and Xavier Harper accepted a beautiful pass in the back of the end zone on the Panthers’ next drive to take a 13-0 advantage. JCCHS continued their offensive streak with a touchdown run by Harper, who notched two touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Logan added another one through the uprights for Jackson County. At the top of the second, sparks ignited when Scott brought the crowd to its feet with a huge sprint for another score, and didn’t stop there as he went on to add another touchdown midway through the first half. As time came to a close in the first half, the Panthers decided it wasn’t the time to get comfortable. Big lanes opened up during the Panthers’ kickoff return and Curry took one to the house in what ended up being a wild goose chase for the Eagles.

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The JCCHS defense leaves the Eagles befuddled as they cause a fumble against East Jackson High at home last Friday night. JCCHS opened the third quarter with Harper shattering the Eagles defense with another trip to the end zone. Much of the battle in the third quarter was a blunder of struggles on both sides of the ball until the

Panthers ended the drought with a big interception, and continued to dominate on both sides of the ball. JCCHS will close out their threegame homestand against North Oconee High School tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

Hawks battle back, 20-10, in conference contest By BRANDON RICHARDSON For the Paper Mill Creek High School spoiled the home opener for the Lions of Peachtree Ridge High School, winning 2010 in comeback fashion. The contest was a tale of two halves. “That was a character win for our guys. It was not pretty in the first half. We had jitters, both offensively and

defensively,” said Mill Creek Head Coach Shannon Jarvis. The first half of this game would prove to be a stark contrast to the Hawks’ 49-0 blowout win over Mountain View High School last week. After giving up only one first down last week, the MCHS defense gave up multiple first downs on the way to a Peachtree Ridge touchdown pass on the first drive of the night. On the following drive, the Hawks were

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The Hawks’ defense were able to hold off the Lions in the second half as they did against Dacula High School. MCHS will have to match of maximize their defensive efforts in order to stop a strong Norcross High School football squad.

stopped on third down and forced to punt. The punt was deflected, giving the Lions the football in Mill Creek territory. As the Lions drove inside the 20, the Hawks defense came alive with a sack by defensive end Ben Otiwu - forcing a third and long. Forced to pass, middle linebacker Andrew Sciara intercepted the Lions’ pass which ending the drive. The Hawks opened up the second quarter with their third three-and-out of the night - matching their total from all of last week’s game. The Lions’ next drive stalled on the MCHS 28but Peachtree Ridge completed a field goal to give a 10 -0 lead. After a Peachtree Ridge punt on 4th and 47, the Hawks ran their first play of the night from scrimmage into Peachtree territory. The drivebegan with two consecutive first downs receptions, but a sack and holding penalty ended the drive, sending the Hawk’s into half down 10. The defense was able to keep the score from getting out of hand in the half after allowing the Lions to score a touchdown on their opening drive. The first two quarters saw the Hawks record two sacks and an interception plus force a fumble. An error committed by the Hawks created an ominous start to the second half for Mill Creek. However, the third and fourth quarters half would be a totally different half for the Hawks offensively. “I told our guys to just settle down. We came here to play four quarters and that’s what we did,” said Jarvis. Quarterback Daniel Davis showed off his dual threat abilities - picking up two consecutive first downs with a 19-yard pass to tight end Matthew Pursell and 17-yard run of his own. MCHS picked up three first downs on its

first five plays of the half. David nailed two straight completions to cap off the drive, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Cheeks. With MCHS on the board for the first time, their defense continued to dominate. On the first drive of the second half for the Lions, a tacklefor loss by star senior defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin gave him the school’s all-time record for tackles for loss. The third quarter ended with the Hawks driving and gaining momentum. After an incomplete pass on third down, the Hawks converted on 4th down with a 10yard completion to receiver Kyle Nichols. After two straight runs, a 21-yard pass to senior receiver Jin Han gave the Hawks their first lead of the night. A blocked extra point kept the score at 13- 10. David’s leadership skills were on full display in the second half. He passed for 186 yards on the night and two touchdowns along with 32 yards rushing. “Boy, he did show [his leadership skills],” stated Jarvis. “He made some great reads out there.” MCHS’ defense continued to shut down their opponent. After two first downs, the Lions were forced to punt to a surging Hawks’ offense. With 5:13 left in the game, Jacorey Lewis delivered a dagger. Lewis tied the schools all-time rushing touchdown record with a 47-yard touchdown run, putting the Hawks up 20 -10. An interception by defensive back Gary Holness sealed the game for the Hawks. The win improves the Hawks to 3-1 on the season and are still undefeated in conference play. The Hawks look to defend their home turf tomorrow night against the Blue Devils of Norcross High School at 7:30 p.m.

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Race fans, start your engines! Gresham is getting ready up for the JEGS Pro Late Model 50 and Local Division Spectacular on Oct. 13. This will be the final race at Gresham for the year. The race will feature Mini Stocks, Sportsman/Renegades, Trucks, Pro Late Models and Outlaw Late Models. General admission is $20. Military and seniors 55 and up can enjoy a fee of $15, while kids 12 and under will receive free entry. Pit passes are priced at $35. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. Come out and bring your friends and family to enjoy a great night on the track. Visit for more information.

Area teams are starting to get settled into the season and have six more games to prove they are the team to beat. Mill Creek High School will celebrate Homecoming at home against Norcross High School at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks are currently 2-2 on the year. The Dragons of Jefferson High School will travel to Greene County High School for a 2A region showdown. JHS stands with a 3-1 record. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. Jackson County Comprehensive High School is on the move and looks to continue their winning streak at home this season with a matchup against North Oconee High School. Showtime will start at 7:30 p.m.

Local junior varsity football coverage has begun at Each Wednesday, look for recaps and previews from Mill Creek, Jefferson and Jackson County. The Hawks will face off against Peachtree Ridge High School. Kickoff at the away game is at 6 p.m. Jefferson High School will have a home game today against Madison County High School at 5:30 p.m. Before the varsity gets their chance, the Jackson County Comprehensive High School JV squad will test their luck against North Oconee High School today at NOHS at 5:30 p.m. The JV teams are also in the peak of their respective seasons with a few games left on their schedules.



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Shining under the Friday Night Lights

Dragons look to heat things up as the region tournament approaches By LATRICE WILLIAMS

Defensive back Keyshaun Curry Jackson County Comprehensive High School The sophomore scored on a kick off return for a touchdown that put the game far out of reach for the Eagles. Curry was lights out for the special teams unit and continued to gain a decent amount of yardage for the Panthers all night. Look for Curry to be a huge contributing factor against North Oconee.

Looking ahead to the best of local matchups on the field tomorrow By LATRICE WILLIAMS

Jackson County The most surprising team on my radar has been Jackson County Comprehensive High School. Some may be scratching their heads as to how they currently have a 3-1 record, so for those who are still be fuddled, here is your enlightenment. The Panthers have what is called hidden talent. It seems as though the talent was always there, but they needed someone to bring it out of them. From the looks of things, the players have responded well to Head Coach Benji Harrison. Quarterback Kyle Daniel is not the best of the best, but he isn’t the worst of the worst. He has good pocket presence and, if given enough time, he may be able to fire one down field to playmakers like Dustin Scott or Xavier Harper. The Panthers defense, led by Chris Foster, has been outstanding, especially when you factor in the size differential between the some of the offensive linemen they have had to go up against. The Panthers will contend against North Oconee High School, a team that has been on the rise in recent years. JCCHS will be at home, but it is uncertain whether or not having the advantage of the Panthers fan base behind them will be enough to stop a team that is on the rise. There is always a chance for an upset; however, the Panthers will have to eliminate any penalties as well as find more strength in the kicking game. This is a matchup that could get out of hand early if the Panthers are not well prepared.

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Bryant Shirreffs is starting to click with his offensive linemen and with two weeks to prepare against Greene County High School, this team should have all their ducks in a row. JHS will look to move to 4-1, a strong record that many teams would like to have right now. Luckily the Dragons have already proven that whether they have to come from behind or simply take control of the game from the moment the clock starts running, the Dragons know how to put the icing on the cake. JHS will be far away from home, but should be able to handle GCHS.

Mill Creek Mill Creek High School will celebrate Homecoming this week against Norcross High School, and with a 2-2 record, this will be a crucial match up for the Hawks. Defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin will have to anchor the defensive front and prove why he is one of the most soughtafter athletes in the country. Running back Devozea Felton tied the all-time rushing touchdown record for the school when he ran for his 47th trip to the end zone against Peachtree Ridge High School. With that status, the Hawks can be confident knowing they are stable in the running game. Quarterback David Daniel has really stepped up to the challenge under center after projected starter Eric Strickland went down with a foot injury eight weeks ago. Their come-from-behind win against PRHS should give Mill Creek an added boost of confidence against Norcross High School. NHS finished last year with a respectable 6-2 record; the Hawks are 0-6 against Norcross, and look to break that losing streak on a night that will more than likely be heavily populated.

Griffin seals spot in 2013 Under Armour All-American Game By LATRICE WILLIAMS If being recruited by some of the top schools in collegiate football isn’t enough, try adding a selection to the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game. Nationally televised by ESPN, the match will take place Jan. 4, 2013, and the nation’s top athletes will showcase their talent at what is arguably the best high school Griffin football performance on turf. The Mill Creek High School football team proudly announced that Kelsey Griffin, senior defensive tackle, has been selected to compete in the contest. Under Armour, a sporting gear company that has gained national prominence, is the sponsor of the matchup and has put together a list full of studs for a chance to prove to college football fans what they can bring to the table. As for Griffin, having his name added to the roster came as a big surprise. “I was shocked at first. I know I’d been nominated, but being chosen is a big deal,” said Griffin. While the rest of the country may not be

in shock that he was selected, Griffin said he is excited to be in an area filled with so much talent. “It’s such a big honor. I’m glad I got to play to that level and get selected,” Griffin stated. Griffin says he is not nervous to play in front of one of the most popular networks in the world. After all, he has already been on that stage before – just in a different way. “I played on ESPN in a junior bowl, but it was online. I [will] just play my game, and do my best,” Griffin stated. Griffin competing in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game is a sure thing. One thing that is not certain is which college football team will have the pleasure of naming Griffin to its roster. The controversy of whether the University of Georgia accepted Griffin’s commitment exploded this past Friday, and now Gamecock fans at the University of South Carolina are flapping their wings over the four-star defensive tackle. As of Monday, Griffin said, “Stuff just happened. It didn’t go as planned. Right now, I’m just uncommitted and I’m going to [focus] on the [recruiting] process.”

Oct. 11 marks the date of region tournament time for high school volleyball teams, and the Jefferson High School squad is making a name for themselves leading up to the tourney. Head Coach Mike Paul earned his 300th career win this year and looks to have a strong squad that not only possesses physical attributes, but is intelligent as well. Behind Paul’s coaching and star-studded talent on the floor, it’s no surprise that this squad has brought the school a lot of success. Ross Photo Labs For the Paper “We have good kids to work with and they have a high volleyball IQ,” The Lady Dragons, led by Head Coach Mike said Paul. “That being said I do try to Paul are a well disciplined, well coached unit keep things as simple as possible. Our girls are very competitive as well. that should have a nice run in the region tourMany play off-season volleyball plus nament. working hard in the summer to get in “To be honest, I don’t even mention the shape.” JHS has earned wins against Grayson, post season until the regular season is over. I Winder-Barrow and Tallulah Falls High know it sounds like a cliché’ but I try to focus School, all while graduating some of their on the next match and only the next match,” key players. The Dragons have had some said Paul. “I think it is easier for the kids that memorable matches this year, and hosted way, too. We have a tough enough regular Jefferson’s first tournament on Aug. 25 while season and every match is equally important to us.” taking home a 4-1 record in the tourney. Sometimes the sting of a loss is hard to get With all their success, Paul says he finds it hard to pinpoint one moment to emphasize; rid and, as of last Thursday, the team’s losses however, there was one occasion that was had not reached the double-digit mark. Going undefeated is a difficult feat, but trying definitely worth celebrating. “There really isn’t any one thing that is a to take back losses is even harder. However, highlight for me. I am very pleased with how JHS is in a great position to continue to add we are playing right now and hope that will more wins under their belt and solidify the continue for the remainder of the season,” Dragon volleyball team as a serious threat said Paul. “I have been surprised at the suc- and make a deep run through October. “As of this writing, we have seven losses cess of this team at times knowing that we graduated eight seniors from last season in- and I would like to play them all again,” said Paul. “We have played some very strong cluding five starters. “On a personal note, having the team rec- competition this season including several ognize my 300th win was amazing and I am teams ranked [top 10 in the state in] bigger classifications. very humbled,” said Paul. “My team loves competition. I am a firm The Dragons do not back down from stiffer contestants, and performances against some believer that playing that type of schedule is of the best in the area should prove to be bene- what makes a team better,” said Paul. ficial when the region tourney rolls around.

MCHS Hawks named Gwinnett Co. champs By LATRICE WILLIAMS Mill Creek head cross country oach Andy Christie has got to be pretty satisfied with his boys’ cross country team, which has already notched two first-place finishes this year. “This weekend was the Gwinnett County Championships. This is the first county championship for our program in school history so we are obviously thrilled,” said Christie.

The Hawks were up example to all of his teamagainst some of mates. I know his best on pavement, best races are still to and MCHS rose to come this season,” the occasion and Christie stated. put up a remark“We knew going able performance. in that Norcross, Eric Westog led the Brookwood and pack with a time of Peachtree Ridge 15:53.16 – setting would be tough. the pace for the Halfway through Christie Hawks. the race, Norcross “This is Eric’s was winning, but second year bethankfully we had a ing our No. 1 runner. He is great second half of the race a great leader for our team and came through with the and really provides a stellar victory,” Christie said.



UGA College of Education honors 2 in area Congratulations are in order for two local University of Georgia employees who were recently recognized by the College of Education. These two women have maintained assiduous and diligent attitudes toward their careers which have led them to receive recognition for outstanding work with 2012 awards for excellence. The University of Georgia is proud to call these Farah women employees and is glad to see Bohannon the positive impact their hard work Columnist has made. The first nominee was Krista Vanderpool, an Administrative Specialist I in the Office of Academic Programs. Vanderpool is from Winder and has served as the Administrative Specialist I at the University of Georgia’s Office of Academic Programs for eight years. She recently received the 2012 STAR (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability) award, which is a huge accomplishment and very prestigious. The STAR award is given to an employee who has worked at least three years in his or her current position while excelling. The recipient fully serves the college while promoting teamwork across departments. He or she is always improving while maintaining a positive attitude at all times. She maintains a positive attitude and is always willing to Vanderpool help her fellow employees. Her positive demeanor is contagious and her employees can always count on her. Vanderpool truly enjoys her career at the University of Georgia — it is obvious that she is passionate about her career because of the excellent job she does. “Krista is a treasure,” said Andy Horne, dean of the college. “She has a quiet and unassuming manner that provides confidence while she manages records and data. She truly is a major reason others can sleep well at night, because we know that she is on top of the demands for accounting, recording and reporting, and she will do it in such a thorough and professional manner that the college and all involved will look great.” Vanderpool’s co-workers and supervisors truly cherish her and are thankful for her contributions to the University of Georgia’s College of Academic Programs. Vanderpool was awarded $1,200 cash and a plaque. Diane Lofton, of Hoschton, recently received the Hidden GEM (Going The Extra Mile) award. Lofton is an Administrative Associate II at the University of Georgia’s Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology. The Hidden GEM award honors an employee who goes above and beyond to succeed in his or her job. Lofton always “goes the extra mile,” meaning she doesn’t simply complete her duties — she perfects them and Lofton strives to serve those around her. She is fully committed to her career and is a reliable employee who shows a daily commitment to precision in her work. She received a $600 cash prize. “Lofton has an unfailingly positive attitude and willingness to help in whatever way,” said Nancy Knapp, a professor in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology. There were several other recipients of prestigious awards which included: Meagan Gravitt, an Administrative Associate I; Sandra Weir, a university custodial member; Ron Braxley, Amanda Cole, Linda Dunbar, Beth Giddens, Suzanne Hall, Patricia Hill, Stacy Isbell, Gabrielle Mason, Melissa Montalvo, Keith Morgan, Peter Norris, Martha Pruet, Helen Rogers and Kyle Williams, five years; Lisa Conley, Cathy Frosh, Andy Garber, Kim Norton, Nathaniel Parker and Michael Wisenbaker, 10 years; Troy Bassett, 15 years; and Denise Collins, Diane Fields and Becky Hendren, 20 years. Farah Bohannon is a freelance writer living in Winder. She loves to utilize her skills to write inspiring stories. Reach her at

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Heather Wayne Dance Company learned from guest instructors Will Wingfield, below, and Moe Borromeo.

Heather Wayne Dance Company gets artistic instruction By LEANNE AKIN Will Wingfield of “So You Think You Can Dance?” fame and his partner, Monique “Moe” Borromeo, were the weekend guests of Heather Wayne Dance Company for a special instructional seminar. The dancers worked four days with who Wayne calls “one of the most sought after and well respected choreographer/dancer/artists in the world, Will Wingfield.” “Having Will come to our studio is truly an experience for all of us. What makes this opportunity so special is that Will is more than a dancer, he is an artist,” said Heather Wayne, who is marking her 10th anniversary in business. “What he is able to teach the Heather Wayne Dance Company and to the community, is more than dance steps. Will has a special gift that pulls out the artist in everyone. He inspires us to be better and to work as hard as we can to achieve our goals,” said Wayne. Will and Moe, who also had their dog, Sweet Georgia Brown, in tow for the trip, also provided a Saturday instructional session for community members. “The Saturday community master class from Will had approximately 30 young adults ages range from 10-18,” said Wayne. “This was a pre-professional class of teaching kids and the world who they really are. Will inspired all the kids to think outside their comfort zone to reach higher levels they did not know they had.” Wayne said she is pleased to be able to expose her students to this type of talent and learning experience. “The dancers who experienced Will Wingfields class and choreography will stay with them forever. Through his amazing worldly experiences, he brings his knowledge of dance, performing and individual growth in each and every dance,” said Wayne. “The HWDC Dancers are trained every week from top professionals in their weekly Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary classes. That prepares them for the professional dance experience including learning from new instructors and choreographers at fast paced classes,” said Wayne, who annually welcomes guest teachers. “This is a special opportunity to learn and experience from the very best,” said Wayne. On top of her very highly-trained professionals, you will see guests like Broadway dancer David Rosetti, John Cartin from the Las Vegas show “Le’Reve” and Jessica King of “So You Think You Can Dance?” just to name a few that have been to her studio this year alone. Next month, the studio will welcome back Gregg Russell, Michael Jackson’s Tap teacher. Heather Wayne Dance Company will have a community concert on Feb. 16, 2013, at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville. The show is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Academy. Also, the Heather Wayne Dance Company, a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is holding a fundraiser “So You Think You Can Run? Fun Run and 5K” this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Aqualand Marina. All funds go to supporting performing arts, scholarships and amazing opportunities for kids in this community. “Come support the arts and run with us for a fantastic cause,” said Wayne.

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Recent GED graduates from Jackson County participated in the graduation ceremonies.

The pride on the faces of the graduates was evident as the 2012 GED (General Education Development diploma) graduates marched into the auditorium for their graduation ceremony Friday, Aug. 17. This ceremony was the culmination of a tremendous amount of time and hard work on the part of the graduates and their families. The Lanier Technical College Adult Education graduation ceremony was held at Free Chapel Worship Center Oakwood, with graduates from eight counties participating. Family and friends watched and cheered as the participating graduates had their names read by Brenda Thomas, associate vice president of Adult Education at Lanier Technical College.

Students who had achieved special honors wore various colors or cords. The valedictorian wore purple and the honor graduates wore gold. Those wearing green cords were the continuing education scholarship recipients. There were more than 29 continuing education scholarships awarded to graduates. Dr. Linda Barrow, Lanier Technical College vice president of academic affairs, welcomed everyone to the celebration. She noted the great diversity of the graduates. Three percent of the graduates were age 60 and over, with one having been out of school 42 years. Fifteen percent of the graduates were under 19 years of age. Students in GED classes must be 17 or older to partici-

See GRADUATES, page 4B



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Volunteer at Fort Yargo on National Public Lands Day

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY A crowd of Braselton-West Jackson Library volunteers gathered on the porch of the library Monday for an afternoon appreciation event coordinated by Marilyn Deal. The event was a thank-you for volunteer efforts in the library and as a part of the AFTERWORDS team. AFTERWORDS is the gift shop inside the library with sells books, children’s education toys, gift items and snacks to generate funds used to support the library. The shop currently has an assortment of Halloween costumes for children available. Brandon Simmons of Hamilton State Bank, the sponsor of AFTERWORDS, was on hand to draw the name of the volunteer who would win a Kindle Fire. With the addition of eBooks to the library collection and the growing popularity of devices, such as the Kindle, a prize drawing was planned to recognize a lucky volunteer. Faye Ellison was the winner who proudly showed off her Kindle Fire. “We are very happy to support AFTERWORDS and its volunteers,” said Simmons, who continued that the bank

wants to support all the volunteers and staff who work for the betterment of library and the community. He credits the helpful staff for being a big part of what makes the Braselton-West Jackson Library such a nice library. Lunch & Learn The Friends of the Braselton - West Jackson Library announce the Oct. 10, Lunch and Learn which will be a Halloween Party with ghost stories, eerie music and decorations. If you’d like, we invite you to unpack your scariest mask, funniest costume or just come as you are. “We’ll be serving our wonderful homemade soup and salad lunch along with tea, homemade breads and dessert,” said Judee McMurdo, president. The Lunch & Learn will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Braselton Municipal Building. “The cost is $6 per person and you’ll be supporting your library,” said McMurdo. “Come join us, along with ghosts, goblins, witches and all sorts of unimagined creatures.” Please call Judee McMurdo at 706-654-4822 for reservations or additional information.


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At Monday’s volunteer appreciation with event coordinator Marilyn Deal, Brandon Simmons of Hamilton State Bank who drew the winning ticket of volunteer Faye Eillison with volunteer Gail Zeeb. Winder book sale The annual Friends of the Winder Library book sale will be held Friday, Oct. 5, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Monday, Oct. 8, at the Winder Library at 189 Bellview St. Select from new and gently-used books for all ages including fiction, non-fiction, reference and more. Hardcover books are $1 and $2 with paperbacks for 50 cents and $1. DVDs and CDs sell for $1. Collectible editions are price by value. Members of Friends of the Winder Library can visit the preview sale from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Mem-

berships will be available at the door. Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Winder Library and are used to provide materials and programming for the Summer Reading Program which had 3,964 in attendance last summer. For information, to become a Friend or make a book donation, contact the library at 770-867-2762. The Winder Library is also offering art classes, computer classes, a mystery book club, teen book club, film club and children’s story hours.

GRADUATES from page 3B

GED classes, volunteer opportunities available pate. In students 19 years of age to 24 years of age, the percentage rose to 27 percent. The largest percentage of students, 42 percent, fell in the 25 to 44 year age group. Dr. Barrow praised the graduates for their hard work and for seeing their studies through to the end. The guest speaker was Roger Slaton, a member of the Lanier Technical College Board of Directors. He congratulated everyone on their accomplishments and how much they had achieved. “Each one of you came with a dream or vision of what you want to do. As Dolly Parton says, you need three things to be successful: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. I will also tell you that if you don’t like the road your on, make your own road,” Slaton said. Slaton also told the graduates that there are three milestones they need to achieve to be successful. The first is to recognize that each person is responsible for doing what they want to

do with their life. They must use their dreams and talents to reach their goals. The second milestone is to participate in life and not be an observer. Everyone makes mistakes. It is impossible to live without failing at something, but the big mistake is in not getting up and trying again to make your world the best place you can. The third and final milestone is commitment. You must be committed to what you want to achieve, stick with it and follow through to the end. Know the difference in just earning a pay check and living life. Leave a legacy for those that follow. Help others reach their potential and be a difference maker in someone’s life. Someone will benefit from your dreams. This was the 23rd year for celebrating GED graduation at Lanier Technical College. Their were 714 graduates with 359 already enrolled in college and more will be starting their college careers in the fall. Jackson County had

75 graduates but some chose not participate in the ceremony.

GED classes Jackson County has a full-time GED classes offered in Commerce at the Adult Education Center located in the Lanier Tech campus. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Information on the Commerce class is available by calling 706335-9549. A part-time class is offered in Jefferson in the annex of the First Baptist Church. Class times are Mondays and Fridays, 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information on the Jefferson class is available by calling David Butler at 770-601-1240. There are many volunteer opportunities available and anyone interested in helping either class should call 706335-9549.

Join more than 170,000 Americans as they come together at more than 2,000 national and state parks to help improve trails, waterways, and more. Saturday, Sept. 29, marks the 19th annual National Public Lands Day, in which the U.S. Forestry Service hosts volunteer service events across the country. In this area, Fort Yargo State Park is seeking volunteers to help improve its hiking and mountain biking trails. REI, Friends of Georgia State Parks and the Yargo Area Biking Association (YABA) will be leading the event from 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration should be completed in advance online at 404-656-6533. On the day of the event, volunteers are advised to bring water, work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear. No open-toed shoes will be allowed. Also, volunteers are advised to bring a change of clothes for after the project. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Fort Yargo State Park is located at 210 S. Broad St., in Winder. Contact Penny Wischusen at or by phone at 770-831-0676. “National Public Lands Day has become not only a way for people who love their local, state and national parks to give back and support them, but also a way for other people to learn about the public lands available in their own communities,” said Robb Hampton, program director at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), which coordinates National Public Lands Day.

CASA Superhero Run is slated for Oct. 14 at Yargo Looking for an opportunity to break out your cape and tights? Piedmont CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is hosting the CASA Superhero Run Sunday, Oct. 14, at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. Every child needs a hero, but abused children need Superheroes is the logic behind the run’s theme, and participants are encouraged to dress in superhero attire. A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained volunteer who is appointed by a judge to serve as an advocate for an abused or neglected child during juvenile court deprivation proceedings. The CASA volunteer makes a recommendation to a judge in regards to the child’s future after gathering information about the child’s situation. The volunteer is present through all the court proceedings. The 5K race begins at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, and the 1K starts at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per person for the 5K and $10 a family for the 1K if registered Oct. 5. After that, the price for the 5K becomes $30 person, and the 1K becomes $15 a family. All pre-registered participants will receive event Tshirts, and awards will be presented to the top three female and male runners in each age category. Cash prizes will be awards. The overall first-place runner will receive $100, the second-place overall earns $50, and the overall third-place runner will get $25. All proceeds from the event benefit Piedmont CASA, which serves Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. To register online visit To find out more about CASA volunteer opportunities, visit

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Silence may be golden with self-centered sister Dear Margo: I am a married woman with high schooland college-age children. My younger sister, “Joanne,” and I are very different. She has not always made the best choices and is now divorced with a young son. I am happily married, and according to her, I am just lucky. We have worked hard, and yes, sometimes luck is involved, but hard work pays off. She also feels that our mother favors me. I cannot figure out where that is coming from, and neither can my mother. She has been able to be there for Joanne’s son now that she is retired — something she was not able to do when my children were young, and that’s fine; I don’t keep score. I love my sister, but we are not close, and this is mainly due to the fact that for as long as I can remember our relationship has been one-sided. She calls; she talks; I listen. There is never a reciprocal “How’s work? How are the kids? How was your weekend?” When we are with a

Dear Margo large group, people leave the conversation when she talks about her problems and her son nonstop. This has been going on for 20-plus years, and quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I find myself emailing rather than calling so I don’t have to listen to the constant complaining. I know I should talk to her about this, but she is so defensive that I can’t face it. She was given medication, but I’m sure she’s not taking it anymore. Do you think I should send her a letter to explain why we don’t talk on the phone much anymore? — Confused Sister Dear Con: My father used to say, “The harder I work the luckier I am,” so I’m with you about the luck factor.

What is clear is that your sister’s life has not worked out well, and she’s clearly self-involved and needy. I don’t know whether it will solve the problem or change your sister’s behavior, but go ahead and write a letter. Say that you don’t mind offering advice or even listening, but you cannot plough the same field over and over again. And perhaps suggest that taking her meds might make life a little easier. The result may be silence, but honestly, would that be so bad? — Margo, pragmatically Dear Margo: I am a teacher with many Asian students. They consider themselves as having “dishonored the family” if they don’t do well in school, and I think this may be one reason why many Asian students do so well academically. Our American culture puts greater value on “pursuit of happiness,” which often does not include “completion of homework,” which may be

the reason many students fail. It is heartbreaking to know that a great many students are heading toward a mediocre future, and it doesn’t have to be that way. Why can we not, as a country, get on top of our education system? I know this is not a personal problem, and there may in fact be no answer, but I write on the off chance you might have some ideas or perhaps know of efforts in this direction. — Just a Teacher Dear Just: I suspect that a few more years of the U.S. ranking below Slovenia in math and science will produce much-needed changes and more money being appropriated. Teachers are not well paid, and many inner city classrooms feel like bedlam. When enough people, such as parents and legislators, decide our future is literally tied to the education of our children, then perhaps people will get serious about regaining our place in the world by making education a




top priority. — Margo, hopefully Dear Margo: My wife and I have a 29-year-old daughter. For the past two and a half years, we have been paying her rent and utilities to help her get on her feet and find a job. Her son, our grandson, 7, is in school the whole day. Our daughter lives in the city, has a car, is on the bus line, gets food assistance, and is intelligent, healthy and able to work. When we bring up the subject of getting a job, many excuses are offered as to why she won’t even look for one. She has a certificate in dental hygiene and could use that to get a good job, but she doesn’t want to. Right now, her life is three-hour naps, Facebook and watching TV. She also complains about having few friends. With all that time on her hands, we’re wondering why no friends. Any advice as to how to motivate her to seek employment? — Unhappy Dad in N.M.

Dear Un: I do have some advice for you, as a matter of fact. Stop enabling her threehour naps, Facebook surfing and TV watching. You can do this by reducing your financial help so that she will be “motivated” to utilize her dental hygienist degree. “Not wanting to” is not a sufficient reason for her aversion to getting a job. Remind her she has a child to support. If she were in a lab working on a cure for cancer, then I might say continue to support her, but since that is not the case, I would have no qualms about putting an end to three-hour naps, Facebook and television. As for having few friends, tell her that working women have a better chance of making friends in the workplace than they do in their homes. — Margo, firmly Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at margo.



The Paper   | Thursday, September 27, 2012

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) will host a town hall meeting at 4 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn Express at Banks Crossing. All residents of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District are encouraged to attend and share their questions and concerns. Members of Congressman Broun’s staff will be available to assist constituents who are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies. sss The Braselton Woman’s Club’s has a new meeting location at Northeast Church, located at 2001 Cherry Drive in Braselton (formerly known as Zion Baptist Church). The next meeting will be at noon on Oct. 3. Have you ever had the urge to be an artist? If so, the next guest speaker will be from “Canvas Mixers,” a painting party studio in Braselton. If you have questions, call 678-516-1137. sss The Hanes family reunion - descendants of Archibald Hanes and George Jackson Hanes - will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, at Union Baptist Church, located on Union Church Road in Flowery Branch. Bring a covered dish. Contact Ruth Holliday at 706-865-6098 or HolmesLynda@bellsouth. net. sss Hometown Walk, located on Highway 53 in Braselton, is having a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cork & Keg will offer its discounted products and glasses while Corleone’s Pizzeria will offer pizza samples and coupons. The Men’s Room will be selling products and may offer chair massages. Second Impressions Consignment will have merchandise on the sidewalk as will other participating businesses. sss Team SKF Ride 4 Life 4 Those Who Can’t will be held starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, from the Sam’s/ Walmart in Oakwood for a ride to Chattahoochee Biker Gear in Helen. The event benefits Hall County Relay for Life. Cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger plus a donation of a stuffed animal for the children’s charity. Call 770-967-5314 for registration details. Ride 4 Life T-shirts available with pre-registration. sss Leftover Pets offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries every other week at the clinic, located at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder. October dates are the 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, and 30. Prices are $75 for a female dog over 25 pounds, $60 for a female dog up to 25 pounds or for a male dog or a female cat and $30 for a male cat. All surgery prices include a free rabies vaccination. No extra fees for in heat or pregnant animals. Visit http://www.leftover- Appointments are required and must be made by calling 800978-5226. sss The Movie in the Park on Sept. 28 is “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” at Spencer Park in Commerce. The movie starts at dark. Admission is free and popcorn and water are provided. For information, call 706-335-2954 or e-mail sss Ivy Springs Manor Assisted Living & Memory Care, 3177 Gravel Springs Road in Buford, is hosting a Fall Festival to fight Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music and games for kids of all ages are planned with hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and caramel apples for sale. Local vendors are needed to join the fight against the sixth leading cause of death in the United States – proceeds from the $25 booth rental will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact Sarah at or at 678428-7187 to reserve a booth. sss The Humane Society of Jackson County is participating in the annual Petsense National Adopt-a-thon at the store’s Commerce location, 290 Banks Crossing Drive, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30. Petsense stores nationwide partner with animal shelters, rescue organizations and educational vendors to help educate the public and find loving homes for 1,000 homeless pets during the “Sav-a-pet” weekend. During this event, Petsense has pledged to give every adopter pet supplies valued at more than $100 to help welcome their new pet to their “Forever Home.” Adopt-a-thon hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. sss Pink Party in the Park will be held Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m., at Spencer Park in downtown Commerce. Manicures, refreshments, door prizes, a bra auction, beauty consultants, pink flamingo adoptions and the Northridge Pink Glove Dance will be held in celebration of October as Breast Health Awareness Month. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tricia Massey at 706-335-1180. sss The Piedmont Rape Crisis Center is holding its inaugural Pirates Ball on Saturday, Oct. 6, 6-11 p.m., at the Jefferson Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the adult victims of sexual assault. Come dressed in your best pirate attire and enjoy music, grog and salmagundi. No lads or lassies (under 21) allowed. The event will include a silent auction, costume contest, performance by Hwy. 211, a fortune teller and door prizes. Individual tickets are $35 or

a couple for $50; tickets include dinner and one drink. Additional drink cards are available for purchase prior to the ball. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.piedmontrapecrisis. com, call 706-605-6656 or e-mail Darryl Gumz at dgumz@windstream. net or Sherrie Sigman at ssigman@windstream. net. sss   The Boston Tee Off, a benefit golf tournament for Boston Terrier Rescue, will be held Oct. 12, noon-5 p.m., at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club. Cost is $80. sss Keep Jackson County Beautiful’s fall event, “Fall Into Recycling,” will be held Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-noon at the Jackson County Transfer Station on County Farm Road in Jefferson. A number of items will be accepted for recycling: computers, printers, cell phones, other electronics, TVs ($10 fee), auto oil, household and car batteries, paint and fluorescent light bulbs. For a complete list of items and other information, visit aspx?page=704 or call 706-708-7198. Premier Storage, located at 95 Homer St., Commerce, (behind Hardee’s) will receive items ahead of “Fall Into Recycling,” Keep Jackson County Beautiful’s upcoming Recycling Day. Residents and businesses are encouraged to bring recycling items to Premier Storage if doing so is more convenient. The following items will be accepted: Computers, Printers, Cell Phones, Other Electronics, TV’s ($10 fee), Auto Oil, Household and Car Batteries, Paint, Fluorescent Light Bulbs. The final day to bring items to Premier Storage is Thursday, Oct. 11. Email susantrepagnier@ or Lora Gary at sss On Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m., area residents will wade into East Jackson County tributaries at East Jackson Park in Nicholson as part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams. The effort will be part of Rivers Alive. Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Public Development sponsor this event. T-shirts and other goodies will be available to the first 75 to sign up. Lunch will be provided by Subway. The annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is expected to once

again be the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources. To volunteer for the Jackson County cleanup, contact Susan Trepagnier or Roy McHaney at 706-708-7198 or email sss The Humane Society of Jackson County’s annual Mimosas for Mutts fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Red Hound Antiques in Jefferson. It will feature a champagne brunch, fashion show, costume contest and more. Proceeds benefit HSJC. Visit or call 706-367-1111 for tickets and more information. sss Petit Le Mans, the 1,000-mile or 10-hour road race, will be held Oct. 17-20 at Road Atlanta. Tickets range from $60-$90; visit www. sss Citizens are being asked to “report for duty” and be a part of the fourth annual Ride for the Troops motorcycle ride and car show in Conyers on Oct. 20. Hosted by Operation Sandbox, the family-friendly event will feature a special patriotic program plus food, vendors, live music and raffles. Entry is $20 per bike or car and $10 per passenger – half off for active duty military with ID. The first 200 bikers to register will receive a T-shirt or event pin, a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit and Starbucks coffee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson, located at 900 Dogwood Dr. SE in Conyers. Visit to register. sss On Oct. 20, Tanger Outlets in Commerce will host its annual 5K to benefit the American Cancer Society. The

race will begin and end at the Tanger Outlet Center in Commerce. The first 350 registered participants will receive a race pack containing a commemorative race T-shirt, a race medal, Tanger shopping discounts and other goodies. Prizes will be awarded. Packet pick-up and race day registration begins at 7 a.m; the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children until Oct. 17. To register, visit www.tangeroutlet. com or, or contact Tanger Shopper Services at 706-3353354. sss The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council and the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority are presenting a Plein Air Event. Plein Air participants who enter should capture the unique features of Braselton and/or Hoschton. Artists must register by Oct. 1. Submissions are $25 for the first canvas and $10 for each additional canvas. Artists must have their canvas stamped Oct. 19-20 at The Hoschton Heritage Arts Center. Call 706-654-2693, e-mail jdees@braselton. net or or visit www.HoschtonHeritageArtsCouncil. com. sss “Clue,” a dinner theatre, will be presented by the Jefferson Community Theatre at the Jefferson Civic Center on Oct. 19 and 20. For tickets, visit or call 706-367-5714. sss YearOne in Braselton will hold a car show benefiting Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring on Oct. 20, 4-8 p.m. For details and registration, visit www. sss The first annual Historic Haints & Saints Cemetery Tour spon-

sored by the Crawford Long Museum Association and the Georgia Humanities Council will be held Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tours depart every half hour beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the last tour departing at 10:30 p.m. Learn about history, haunts, legends and restless Confederate and Revolutionary War soldiers in the Woodbine Cemetery. Space is limited for each tour time, so register and purchase your tickets on-line. Cost is $12 per person, advance purchase only. One child under 12 is admitted free with each paying adult. Call the museum at 706-367-5307 to purchase tickets or visit and click the “Coming Events” tab to reserve your tour time and purchase tickets. sss The Antique & Holiday Festival at Braselton Park is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 and will feature paintings from the Braselton-Hoschton Plein Air Event. Visit or call 706-824-7204 for more information. sss The downtown Jefferson Halloween Walk will be held on Halloween this year, from 4-6 p.m. Visit or call 706367-5714. sss Celebrate the birth of anesthesia and Crawford W. Long’s birthday on Nov. 1 with cupcakes and a tour at the museum in downtown Jefferson. Visit www. or call 706-367-5307 for information. sss Calling all golfers – the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual golf tournament for Nov. 2 at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club in Braselton. Teams are $450. Call 706-387-0300 or visit www.jacksoncoun-


Services 000 011-Adult Care EXP.’D CAREGIVER seeking live-in job. Refs. 470-564-4195

028-Child Care Oakwood Daycare McEver Rd. Now enrolling Babies120; One & Up - 110. 770-536-4671

Announcements 100 115-Business Opportunities

CIRCULATION DEPT is seeking prospects for future route delivery in Northeast Georgia. Must be 18 or older w/ valid driver's license & insured vehicle. Must have reliable vehicle & backup substitute. Areas Available: •Gainesville •N. Hall •S. Hall •Habersham •Banks •White •Lumpkin •Dawson For more information, please call our carrier hotline: 770-535-6357. or e-mail: carriers@

160-Lost & Found LOST: DOG. 2 small brn & wht, females Mix Breed. 4-5yrs old. Holy Springs/ Buffington area, Mon 404-797-8076

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Jobs 200 205-Accounting Staff Accountant Wanted for CPA firm. Qualifed applicants send resume to: Accountant, P.O. Box 2335, Gainesville, GA 30503



285-Truck Drivers

MARKETING MANAGER (position located in Gainesville, GA) to manage marketing activities for 7 fast food franchise restaurants. Send resume to: AP, CEO, PFC, Inc. d/b/a Popeyes Famous Chicken-Gainesville, 821 Jessie Jewel Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Candidate will manage high dollar customer accounts and communicate changes and procedures as required. Responsible for working with dealers explaining our products, taking orders, apply credits and pricing on products, dealing with channel partner questions on orders. This position requires written, oral communication, excellent time management skills,attention to detail, strong computer experience with a preference in Microsoft office and AS400, project management skills a huge plus. High school education, associate degree preferred with minimum two to three years’ experience. Navitor offers a competitive benefit package. Submit resume to m.

Want Consistency? Dedicated Routes Class A Drivers •$900-1000/wk avg •$1000 sign on Bonus Exp Drivers 3mo exp •$3000 for Pre-Made Teams •5000+mile/wk-3man •Weekly Hometime or 2-3 weeks out •14 days out/7 home •Day one medical + Benefits Call 866-331-3335

240-Medical The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: MA or LPN (Rotating wkends & holidays) Pediatrics Gainesville Vascular Access Center Clinical Coordinator (RN w/1-2yrs related exp or hold a current RT (R) or RCIS lic. req’d and/or training. At least 3yrs clinical exp in Endovascular environment. At least 1 yr exp in a supervisory role) Vascular Surgery Gainessville Medical Receptionist (8:00am-5:00pm. Must speak English & Spanish. Rotating wkends & holidays) Gainesville Pediatrics LPN or MA. Family Medicine Oakwood Registered Mammographer (Positions is PRN) Imaging Dept Gainesville PA/NP (One year exp req’d) General Surgery Gainesville NP/PA (Exp w/lasers, injecting Botox, Dysport, facial filler and other cosmetic procedures req’d. Part-time- one day per week) Laser & Aesthetics Oakwood Front Office Supervisor (Financial counseling exp preferred) Neurosurgery Gainesville Frnt Off Check Out (Mon-Fri, 8:305:30pm. Must speak English/Spanish) Neurosurgery Gainesville All positions are full time unless noted. Full-time employees may be eligible for paid days off, health insurance and a generous retirement plan. Salary commensurate with experience. Previous medical office experience preferred. Spanish/English skills desirable. Interested candidates may submit resumes via fax to 770-535-7445 Attn: Employment E-mail to: HR@longstreet or complete an application at 725 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Suite 270, Gainesville, GA 30501. For additional info about the Longstreet Clinic., P.C., please visit our website: www.long

210-Adult Care: Help Wanted CNA 24/7. 3 days No smoking. Bkgrnd & refs. 770-540-2348

CABLE TV INSTALLERS needed. Cumming & Winder area. Must have truck/tools. Exp. preferred but, we will train. Great pay. 706-265-5582

217-Construction Browns Bridge Dock needs CONSTRUCTION LABORERS Welding exp. helpful. Must have valid driver’s license, ability to push/pull up to 50lbs., work with hand tools, twist/ bend/pull/push/ reach & stoop, work in different types of terrain- water, sand dirt, exposure to different fumes & exhaust. Travel to various site locations on limited notice & over long periods. Compensation based on experience. Must pass drug test. Call 770-887-9760


Carriage Kia, in Gainesville, GA is looking for an Oil Change Tech and a Greeter/Porter F/T Good benefits. When applying specify which job. Apply at 2815 Browns Bridge Rd or email resume to: Gainesville State College accepting applications for the following F/T benefit eligible positions of: •Assistant Director for Financial Aide •Evening Help Desk Support Specialist •Public Safety Police Sergeant •Foreign Language Lab Coordinator •Assistant to Associate VP for Academic Affairs For full description and application procedure visit our website at: select staff positions. AA/EEO Institution

Are you musically inclined? From saxophones to baby grands, find your next instrument in today’s Classifieds.

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

Stuff 300 310-Appliances ELECTRIC RANGEAmana self-cleaning smooth surface, Like New! $400. 706-693-4520


Now Hiring

245-Misc. Help Wanted

Social Services Flowery Branch, GA Supporting a person with challenging behaviors incl. physical aggression and destruction of property. $10 p/h Robert.o.chandler@

Carriage Nissan in Gainesville, GA is looking for an Office Asst/Errand Runner. Good transportation & great attitude a must. Apply in person or fax resume 770-535-0871


•Welders •Assembly •Machine Oper. •Forklift Operators Please call or apply in person Axiom Staffing Group 5857 Spout Springs Rd., Suite 302 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 678-866-8800 ph Apply online at

270-Professional SEEKING COMMUNITY REPORTER The Dawson Community News, a Georgia weekly newspaper located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and just one hour north of Atlanta, seeks a reporter with the versatility to write both news and feature stories. The ideal candidate will have strength in both writing skills and people skills. Experience with digital photography is a plus. Most importantly, the candidate must have a strong desire to tell the stories and report the news of people in Dawson County. Dawson County is an energetic, fast-growing community and presents many opportunities for an enthusiastic reporter. This is a full-time position with benefits including medical, life and dental. If you're the right fit for this position, and willing to work to help take this newspaper to the next level, the Dawson Community News would like to hear from you. Resume and cover letter to: Stephanie Griffin Editor, Dawson Community News P.O. Box 1600 Dawsonville, GA 30534 Fax: 706-265-3276 editor@dawsonnews.c om

275-Restaurant COOK NEEDED Must pass bckgrnd ck, drug screen & physical. F/T, every other wkend. Exp in Assisted Living preferred, not required. Apply in person: The Oaks at Braselton, 5373 Thompson Mill Rd, Hoschton, GA 30548 DISHWASHER needed. Must pass background ck & drug screen. Must be available wkends. Apply in person: The Oaks at Braselton, 5373 Thompson Mill Rd, Hoschton, GA 30548 SHIFT LEADERS for JIMMY JOHN’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop, Gainesville, GA Entry level management position. jhobbs215@yahoo. com

277-Security American Security accepting application for Part-Time Security Officers Must have a clear criminal history record. Apply in person: Wed, 9/26 from 12 noon to 5pm & Thurs 9/27 from 8am-12 noon at The Hampton Inn, 450 Jesse Jewell Pkwy, Gainesville GA. EOE SECURITY - Full & Part-time. in Gainesville & Clarkesville area. Apply online only at: No phone calls please

WASHER & DRYER Kenmore, Wht, $100 ea. FRIG $125. Can Deliver 678-546-9184 or 678-617-5560 WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507

326-Cemetery Lots For Sale CRYPTS (2), Memorial Park, Section 1, 11 & 12, $12,000/both. 770-532-0063 MAUSOLEUM (2) side by side, Memorial Park, Gainesville, $7,500 obo. Sells for $9,350. (Never used). 678-696-5327

345-Furniture KITCHEN TABLE, natural color wood table top and seat tops, black legs, 60”x36”, about 10 yrs old, good cond., $75. South Hall area 770-561-5308 ROLLTOP DESK & CHAIR - Solid Oak, Excellent Condition. $250. 678-617-1723

357-Lawn Equipment LAWN SWEEPER, Craftsman, exc. cond. 678-897-1240

365-Misc. For Sale AIR PURIFIER New "ALLER AIR" Portable 5000 executive hieffeciency air purifier w/ activated charcoal and HEPA filters Retails $900.00 will sell for $600 OBO. 770-945-2395 ANTIQUE CURIO CABINET; 2 Antique SEWING MACHINES 1 is electric, 1 is pedal; Several ROCKING CHAIRS, $10/ea.; Other Misc. items. 678-346-6106 770-967-6884 Electric RangeAmana self-cleaning, smooth surface, $400; (2) Propane Tanks 50lbs & 30lbs $150/both; Treated Lumber- Finished 1x6x8’. $2.10/board Firewood For SaleWill deliver 706-693-4520 FILL DIRT AVAIL. Mundy Mill Rd area. 770-540-3800 Wood Heater Fireplace Insert with blowers. $300. 770-983-7065; 770-539-1340; 770-530-0011

380-Pets & Supplies BLACK LAB Puppies, AKC, 3 Males. Champion Blood Lines with Sire Master Hunter & Dam working duck hunter. Ready to go 9/22. 1st shots. 770-861-8006. BOSTON TERRIER AKC puppies 10 weeks old. Shots and wormed. 1 female and 1 male. Call 404-538-6530. $300

391-Yard Sale City LIVING ESTATE SALE 2411 Island Dr. Fri, Sept. 21, 1-5pm Sat., Sept 22, 9-2pm Furn, Ethan Allen, DR ste., armoires, maple BR ste, sofas, chairs, tables, leather ottoman, wicker, Vict hall tree, patio furn, jogging stroller, so. pottery, painting, piano, wshr/dryr, Xmas, toys, dolls, Des clothes, tools, kitchen, scooter, HOUSE FULL !! 770-536-0350


Homes & Rentals 400 410-Apartments Unfurnished $599 Moves You In Affordable Prices! Spring Valley 1BR/1BA $600 up 2BR/2BA $675 up Brandon Place 2BR/2BA $675 Efficiency $475 Comfortable Living POOLS - GATED FREE WATER 678-779-2687

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2BR/1BA $125wk We pay $100 toward utils. No pet 770-289-9142 2BR/2BA Trailer, $450/mo. Gainesville area. 706-247-4750 3/2 RABBITTOWN $620 +dep. No pets. 770-714-1992 3BR/2BA, Water Included, $300 deposit, $150/wk North Hall Area, Call 770-540-5256 DW 3BR/2BA Priv lot. Flwry BR area. Newly remod. Dep & Ref. req’d. 678-316-5338

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

LRG. 3/2 dbl wide, 1 ac, Lula, fireplc. rent/lease purchase. 770-365-9610

1-2BR Oakwood, $535 & up. www.callapartments. com 770-287-1456

Starting at $85/wk 2&3BR, N. & S. Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596

2BR. $725. Pool/ gym avail. Butch Hodges Properties, Inc. 770-540-0417 2BR/1.5BA Buford Apts. Fall Special! $550/mo. No App Fee + Bonus for 1st 5 apps. 678-765-0262` APT. BLOW OUT SPECIALS!! 1-3bdrms $495 1st 10 apps get bonus! 770-536-0508 AVAIL OCT 1st 2BR/ 1.5BA Twnhme 1100 SF. Oakwood. $600 + sec. 770-967-9385 Chestatee Schools 3br/1ba, $600+dp No pets. 770-654-2881 FLOWERY BRANCH 2/1.5BA Apt. $550mo 678-557-6680 G’Ville- 1&2BR $550610. water/trash incld no pet 678-677-1898 NEWLY RENOVATED Townhomes for RENT. $875/Mo, 4BR / 3BA. Call (404)812-8913

465-Roommates Wanted PVT. Bed-BA-DinnerCable-No dep-Free utils-$130/wk. Oakwood/Gainesville. 678-943-5143 Room For Rent N. Hall $375-400. Utils incld 770-576-0722 ROOMMATE Hwy 53 West Gainesville. Cable/Utils incld. $365mo. No smkng 678-438-2886

470-Rooms for Rent Oakwood- Professional to share room Lrg ranch $600/mo. 770-654-3048

Homes & Real Estate 500 505-Acreage for Sale

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

LAND REDUCED LULA- 2 acres. Was: $19,900; Now: $15,900. ALTO- 4.66 ac w/ creek. Was: $59,500; Now: $54,900. 850-710-6480

415-Business Property for Rent

515-Condos for Sale

2 buildings for rent. 5,440/15.000 sq. ft., Old Cornelia Hwy., Gainesville, GA 30507, $995/$1,950 mo., Call 770-532-2137.

420-Condos For Rent 1BR/1BA Brenau area. $650 + dep & ref. 770-714-1992

Moving to Athens 2 CONDOS FOR SALE. ATHENS, GA 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, brick, close to campus, both are contracted until July 2013, great investment. 706-769-0413 706-255-5043 No agents

425-Duplexes For Rent

525-House for Sale - City

Myrtle St. Nice. $150 wk $400/dp. No pets 770-533-3029

1340 Cumberland Dr. Brick ranch. 3BR 1BA. 4th BR/office, hardwoods, nice landscape $119,900 770-540-2348

Oakwood- Pine Forest. 2BR/1BA $660 www.callapartments.c om. 770-287-1456

435-Houses for Rent Unfurnished $0 Application Fee 3BR/2BA Homes All Appliances incld. Starting at $729/mo No Rent until November 1st Call Sun Homes 888-246-2803 countrysidelakelanier. com EHO WAC 2BR/1BA w/garage 150 Mountain View Dr, $750mo; $750dp. References req’d. 770-316-5282 2BR/1BA, appls., No dp. $560/mo. No pets. 770-536-2906 2BR/2.5BA Twnhse. Oakwood, $875mo. 706-969-0522 3/2 E Hall, in Lake S/D, partially fin. bsmt, $1000/m + $1000 dep. Totally remodeled. 706-658-5328 3BR/2BA- Sardis. $850mo. + dep. No pets. 770-714-1992 COTTAGE- Deposit, Clean, No Pets. 706-864-6556 IN CITY 3BR New cond. No pets. $850 Patsy, Norton Agency 770-315-8866 770-536-1250 Large 5BR/3BA Bsmt Great Neighborhood! $1480/mo. 770-539-4400 Maysville 3/2 ranch. all appls,. Handicap accessible. Option to buy. $950mo. $600 dep. 706-652-3366 or 706-340-3495 NICE 2/1, all brick Gainesville. $675mo 678-618-8232 Nice 3BR Brick. Close in. $700/mo + dep 770-536-2189

445-Lake Homes for Rent Lake House for rent! 4/3 w/ full basement. Single slip dock w/ sun deck. $1200.00/ month. Please call 863-990-5008 Lanier- Cabin, guest hse. 2/2, dock 6mo $1000. 724-316-3925

460-Mobile Homes for Rent 2BR Priv lot. $100/wk. $100 dep.No pets 678-614-7607

540-House for Sale - North Hall 3BR/2BA. Renovated. Clean, Pretty. New kitchen $89,900 770-718-8422 QUALITY custom built, very well maintained, 4 sided brick home, on 8 1/4 acres in N. Hall area. Blackboard fencing and barn, professionally landscaped, 2800 sf on main level w/ sunroom, overlooking salt water in-ground pool, w/poolhouse, 2 masonary fplcs., 2000 sf finished terrace level w/ shop area & boat door. Great place for horses. Offering at $449k. Wishing to sell or would consider quality trade situation. For info please call 770-983-2256 or 770-530-1675

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605-Boats & Marine REDUCED PRICE15 ft, 50hp Yamaha mtr, trolling mtr, fish finder, vest, boat cvr, trailer. Lake Ready! $2,250. 770-718-7850; 770-869-0020

610-RVs & Travel Trailers COACHMEN 2011 Mirada 35DS only 1,700 miles mint cond. 2 slides, 2 AC's, 2 tvs, loaded! Selling due to illness. $88,500. 770-519-3210 DUTCHMAN 199135’ Camper. Great Cond. Kept under shed. Everything works. New tires/refrig. $3500/obo. 706-499-6164.

FLAGSTAFF 2006 30’, 5th whl, 2 slideouts, slps 8, $14,300. 706-892-4327 FLEETWOOD 1992 31’ Bounder motorhome $11500 48K miles! 7-KW Onan Gen, sleeps 6, 2 A/Cs, central heat, pwr-steering, w/overdrive, AM/FM CD, 2 TVs, VCR, hydraulic levelers, automatic entry steps, 4-burner range + oven, water-filter, microwave, coffeemaker, gas/electrefrigerator, double sink. Private bath w/shower/tub combo & sink. MBR has Qn bed (best we've ever slept on) Awnings on all windows in great shape, NEW full screen porch, outside shower, spare tire, wheel covers, windshield cover, trailer hitch. Pics upon request. 706-216-2667

MONACO EXECUTIVE 2002, custom built, 20,000 miles, new tires, 500 HP Cummins diesel, kept inside, washerdryer, dishwasher, loaded, Book value plus extras, $168,500. 404-202-3072 VINTAGE 1952 Empire 16ft camper. Exc shape. $2500 Call Don 770-883-7683

Wheels 700 710-Antique Cars/Trucks CADILLAC 1986 Sdn DeVille 89k, Exc 1 owner. $4000/obo. Possible truck trade 770-967-0751

FORD 1934 and trailer, new, all-steel, Corvette 350 crate motor, fuel injection, 700 R-4 overdrive transmission, Heidt independent rear suspension, Mustang II independent front suspension, independent dual frontrear AC, $63,500

Recreation 600 605-Boats & Marine

BRYANT 234 Stern Drive, Volvo Penta 5.7 GXI, Stainless Steel Dual Prop, built in docking lights, changing room, port-a-potty, pressurized fresh water system w/fore and aft showers, Sunbrella full length Bimini top, built-in ski-wakeboard storage locker, Sony AM/FM CD Player with 6 Sony Marine speakers, Fire-boy Engine Compartment fire extinguisher, dual 3-step telescoping stainless steel ladders, bow filler cushion, dual battery control, snap in carpet, Sunbrella bow cover and cockpit cover. Includes all safety equipment, life preservers, docking lines and fenders. Has always been kept under cover and well-loved and taken care of and maintained. No Trailer. Located at Lake Allatoona, GA Sale price $19,995. Call 678 402 1850

PLYMOUTH 1948 price reduced - needs work on transmission and AC, engine is 302 HO, $10,500, 404-202-3072

735-Autos for Sale BUICK 2001 Century, local trade, $3,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 CADILLAC 1993 DeVille, $2950. like brand new, only 65k original miles, Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326 CADILLAC 1999 STS, unheard of deal! $499 down. You have to call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326 CHEVY 1986 Corvette Convt Indy Pace Car! 80K, $10,800. Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326 CHEVY 1997 Z-28 Camaro, sounds too good to be true, not if you call Dan. $599 dn Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

745-Import Autos NISSAN 2012 Altima, 2.5S, $16,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 TOYOTA 2011 Corolla, 17K miles, $12,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 VOLVO 2002 S-60, silver w/ gray lthr, drives like a dream! $499 down. Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

750-Motorcycles HARLEY DAVIDSON 2002 Sportster XL. Limited Ed. 32k orig miles. Mint Cond. Garaged. Seldom ridden. $5469. 678-316-4930

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles CHEVY 2005 Tahoe Z-71. 4x4, 1 owner. serv records, loaded. Exc Cond. $16,995 obo. 706-754-5514 DODGE 2003 Durango, 89K miles, $6,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 DODGE 2006 Durango, rear air, 3rd row & more, $699 down. Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

CHEVY 2008 Impala, $8,288. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

DODGE 2009 Challenger 3.5 HO, black book value $14,990. Call Dan $13,890. Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

FORD 2007 E-150 Motor Still Under Warranty Great Work Van Located In Lula Asking Only $5800.00 Call Justin 770-561-9201

FORD 1998 Expedition, white w/ tan lthr, 3rd row, $499 down. Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

FORD 2011 Taurus SEL, 53K miles, $16,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 LINCOLN 2007 Town car signature 80,595 miles asking $12,000. Great car. Call 770-896-2189 MERCURY 2005 Grand Marquis, lthr, 31K miles, $8900 obo. 706-867-8623 706-974-5858 MINI COOPER 2009, 50K miles, $15,288. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

745-Import Autos

HONDA 2009 CRV EXL, 35K miles, $19,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 KIA 2012 Sorento LX, 3rd row, 6 cyl., $20,988. 18K miles Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 MITSUBISHI 2012 Outlander, 3600 miles, $20,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 TOYOTA 2008 4 Runner SR5, $16,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335


BMW 2006 X3, like new, $17,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

CHEVY 2006 Silverado Ext. Cab, 4x4 Z71, $11,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

HONDA 2007 EXL, $10,288. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

DODGE 2004 Ram 1500 SLT, Crew Cab, 83K miles, $9,588. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

HONDA 2009 Accord EX, 25K miles, $16,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

FORD 1993 Ranger. Auto, Cold A/C, Exc Cond. $3450. 706-693-4520

HYUNDAI 2008 Sonata, $11,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335 KIA 2009 Borrego LTD, $19,488. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

FORD 2001 Ranger Super Cab, 2wd auto V6, 26 MPG new tires and breaks, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, sliding rear window, bed mat, really cold air, only 120,000 miles. has this at "good" for $7,000. Asking $6250 firm. Call Ben at 678-971-4068

MAZDA 2002 Miata Black, fivespeed. Clean as a whistle. 63000 Mi. $9300. Phone 678-971-4337

FORD 2003 F-150, $499 down. Sound too good to be true? Not if you call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

NISSAN 2007 Altima, 71K miles, $12,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

FORD 2004 F250 Ext Cab, $6,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

FORD 1966 Mustang, ground up restoration, only $8,950. Call Dan Jim Waters Motor 770-757-3326

NISSAN 2010 Maxima, $22,588. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

GMC 1995 Sonoma. Runs Great! Low mi. New tires, 30+mpg. $3600. 678-617-4062

FORD 1979 F-250 Truck. 460 eng, 89k. Trailer Special! $3000. 770-534-3789

NISSAN 2011 Versa, 16K miles, $11,788. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335

550-House for Sale - West Hall 3BR 3.5BA 2 car garage. Partial finished basement. Quite subdivision. $170,000 678-859-2838

710-Antique Cars/Trucks



NISSAN 2003 Frontier Crew Cab, $9,988. Make an Offer. CARRIAGE NISSAN 770-532-6335



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