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Acreage identified for new school No time frame for county’s third high school to be in West Jackson BY KATIE JUSTICE

The current real estate market ensuring relatively low prices on property, the Jackson County Board of Education is taking the preliminary steps to purchase 98 acres of land off Highway 332. The school board passed a motion for Superintendent Dr. John Green and Board of Education Chairwoman Lynne Wheeler to proceed with securing a contract for the land, which is owned by the Timms Family Limited Partnership. The land would eventually be used for the construction of a third Jackson County high school. How-

ever, the actual building isn’t on the agenda anywhere on the foreseeable future. “We do realize that land prices may not stay as they are, so we feel it’s a good time for us to use allocated SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds to purchase that property,” said Green, at a Nov. 12 school board meeting. “Our current plan is that would be a new west Jackson High School to relieve crowding,” said Green, of the eventual building of the new The Timms family property is located on Highway 332 near the intersection of Highway 124 in Hoschton. school. “We feel very comfortable with about the likelihood of beneficial At a District 3 town hall meeting Before the land can be obtained, what the results will be on those test results. held earlier this year, Green hinted a series of tests must be conducted studies,” said Dennis Patrick, JackAccording to Patrick, the last that the system was seeking to idenbefore the Georgia Department of son County director of facilities, time property prices were this low tify land for a school site in the West Education will approve the purmaintenance and transportation, was during 1999 and 2000. Jackson area. chase.

Hometown Community Bank seized by FDIC, now CertusBank Saturday the

The holidays are here! Debbie Purvis The Paper

Santa Claus was brought into Braselton atop a fire engine for the Saturday morning parade through downturn. He also performed a Santa magic show in Braselton Park before venturing to a special event, Cookies with Santa, R, which included photos with the jolly ol’ elf.

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Float winners in Saturday’s Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton parade included “Bark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Braselton Christian Academy’s entry, which won the Theme Award. It best represented this year’s theme: “The Holidays are Going to the Dogs!” The Spirit Award went to Gerard Prep’s “A Howlers Christmas Carol” which best represented the spirit of the holidays. Whole Foods was the recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for best overall entries with its “Whole Foods Market Holiday Dog Pound.” Oranges and bananas were tossed to those gathered along the parade route. See more scenes on Page 3A and at

Hometown Community Bank in Braselton was closed Friday by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. CertusBank, National Association, headquartered in Easley, S.C., is assuming all of the deposits of Hometown Community Bank to protect depositors. As of Sept. 30, Hometown Community Bank had approximately $124.6 million in total assets and $108.9 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, CertusBank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets. Hometown Community Bank, which was added to the Official Problem Bank List with a consent order being entered in April, is the 50th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the 10th in Georgia. Martha Martin, a member of the Hometown Community Bank Board of Directors, said late Friday that she was saddened by the FDIC’s action. “I hate it for the community and especially our shareholders who had confidence in us,” said Martin. “What other bank supports our Chamber of Commerce and other organizations throughout our community as much as Hometown Community Bank did?” Martin said she is hopeful the jobs of Hometown Community Bank employees will be preserved. A state banking official had previously told


Juvenile Judge Kevin Guidry sees successes in tough cases BY KATIE JUSTICE

Despite having no kids of his own, Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Guidry is a Braselton man who spends the majority of his days working on behalf of children. He sees and hears things that could break the average person’s heart, but that’s just part of the role of being a Juvenile Court Judge. Guidry got his start in the legal system while working for a church bureaucracy. His knowledge of church law eventually led him to law school. In 1998 he began working part time for Judge T. Penn McWhorter. He began his full-time career in January of 2001.

Now, Guidry adjudicates cases involving children in Piedmont Judicial Circuit of Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. “It gets draining hearing about one child being abused after another,” said Guidry, who rules on cases involving the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Guidry handles cases over child deprivation, such as abuse or neglect, child custody and juvenile delinquency about 16 days out of the month. He says that while the numbers show he tends to more cases involving delinquency, they don’t take as much time. Thus, he spends the majority of his time working on cases regarding DFCS.

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Continued from 1A According to Guidry, the worst part of handling juvenile cases is “just the day in and day out” aspect of it, “constantly seeing bad things happen to children.” Guidry uses a lesson he learned during his 26 years with the Air Force Reserves to handle dealing with the negatives of his job. “Don’t take it home. You don’t want to spread the grief,” said Guidry, who admits he copes by talking with those around him working on the same things. However, working with DFCS also accounts for what Guidry says is the best part of his job. “Every so often, you just have a nice success story, and that kind of keeps everyone going,” said Guidry. Guidry says that when it comes to cases involving delinquency there are usually two types that are memorable where he and his staff “either still cringe or spend a lot of time laughing over it.” On such memorable case with an aspect of humor involved a child accused of aggravated assault for throwing a fish at a moving vehicle. Guidry admits that those involved in the case assumed the fish was of a substantial size, when it in fact turned out to be a goldfish. “Don’t assume anything,” said Guidry of what that case taught him, “otherwise you end up with a courtroom full of people just laughing.”

Braselton Police n On Nov. 12, a Braselton woman reported identity theft and fraud after someone emptied her checking account of more than $30,000. The woman loaned money to a family friend and employee who believes his mother is behind the theft. n On Nov. 13, officers reported to a gas station on Highway 53 when one man accused another of stealing his wallet. n A resident of Allee Way reported her mink coat missing on Nov. 13. n On Nov. 14, a car heading northbound on Interstate 85 was pulled over for the driver’s failure to maintain lane. When the officer approached the car, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol and beer bottle in the vehicle’s cup holder. The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, having an open container of alcohol while operating a vehicle, failure to maintain lane and driving without his license on his person. n A Nov. 14, 911 call was placed for a man staying at a local inn having an asthma attack. The man was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. n On Nov. 16, a customer at Kroger on Spouts Springs Road reported her iPhone stolen from her vehicle while she was shopping. n A woman reported her purse and wallet stolen from her vehicle on Nov. 16. n On Nov. 17, a vehicle traveling along Thompson Mill Road was pulled over for failure to maintain lane. The driver stated he had not consumed any alcohol despite the officer noting an odor of alcohol. The driver refused to perform and sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane,

Hamilton State Bank taps Smalley as vice president

Hamilton State Bank relocates Oakwood Branch To expand services and offer better access for its customers, Hamilton State Bank has moved its Oakwood Branch to a new location on Mundy Mill Road near I-985. The new Oakwood branch opened Nov. 13 at 3607 Mundy Mill Road, approximately one mile northwest of Hamilton State’s current location in the Robson Crossing shopping center on Georgia Highway 53. “We have been searching for a larger location for the Oakwood branch so we can expand our services while still providing a convenient location for our customers,” said Bob Oliver, chairman and CEO of Hamilton State Bank. “The new location is bigger and will allow us to us to locate more employees at the branch and offer additional services to our customers, such as safe deposit boxes.” The new branch is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office n On Nov. 17, a woman reported her in-laws repeatedly coming into her 332 Highway uninvited. n On Nov. 18, a suspicious vehicle was reported along New Liberty Church Road. According to the passenger, she and her boyfriend were arguing when stopped the car and got out at an intersection. While standing outside the

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BRASELTON — Hamilton State Bank has named Lee Smalley as Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate. In this new role, Smalley will head up Hamilton State Bank’s newly formed commercial real estate division. “Lee brings an extensive background in commercial real estate to this new position,” said Bob Oliver, Smalley chairman and CEO of Hamilton State Bank. “With nearly 30 years of experience, Lee has strong analytical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. He has experience in business development, client services, underwriting, negotiating and strategic planning.” Smalley has worked in the real estate industry for 28 years with a dozen of those were in banking. He is experienced in real estate acquisitions, permanent lending, and asset management and has served in senior leadership positions throughout his career. Based in Braselton, Hamilton State Bank has 20 branches throughout Georgia with offices in Barrow, Bartow, Cobb, Hall, Forsyth, Jackson, Butts, Jasper and Henry counties. To learn more about Hamilton State Bank ,visit

and having an obscuring tag frame. n A vehicle heading southbound on Interstate 85 was pulled over Nov. 18 after the passenger was witnessed littering. When the officer requested the passenger’s name, she gave a false name. The name she gave was of a woman with blue eyes, and the subject’s eyes were brown. Upon searching through the passenger’s purse her real name was discovered, she was found to be wanted in Gwinnett County and was arrested for an active warrant, littering, and disorderly conduct. n On Nov. 18, a 911 call was placed for a Lakeshore Circle residence when one of the residents pushed open a door on another resident resulting in a know on her forehead and her falling to the ground. The first resident was placed under arrest for battery. n A driver pulled over Nov. 19 for failure to maintain lane admitted to consuming narcotics earlier that day. When the officers searched her vehicle, an additional narcotic tablet was found within the vehicle and the driver’s phone showed evidence of drug transactions.The driver was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane and purchase, possession or having under control any controlled substance.

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car, a Braselton Police car drove by. The passenger said the man was scared since he had been drinking. The man told his girlfriend to meet him at a friends then he ran off. n A vehicle fire was reported Nov. 17 on Highway 60 in Braselton. The driver stated the transmission had been running hot, and he believed it had caught fire. n A driver waiting in a line to pick up her child at Gum Springs Elementary was hit by the vehicle behind her on Nov. 16. The woman wanted the incident reported due to her having neck pain. n On Nov. 15, a report of suspicious activity at a Lanier Road abandoned and uncompleted residence turned out to be the property owners checking on the building. n A woman driving on Holders Siding Road was arrested for driving with a suspended license on Nov. 16. She said she thought it would be OK for her to just drive to the theater without a license. n On Nov. 15, a Windy Hill Road resident reported the outboard motor

stolen from a boat on his property. n A woman was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with disorderly conduct and simple battery after getting into a dispute. The mother says the daughter is upset that she did not get the cable cut off. n On Nov. 14, a man driving a vehicle with no brake lights was found to be driving with a suspended license and was arrested. n A man driving along Mt. Creek Drive was pulled over for failing to maintain lane on Nov. 14. He was then found to be driving without a license and was placed under arrest. n A verbal dispute was reported at a Garner Road residence on Nov. 14 between a mother and her son. n A Trotters Way resident reported having her medication stolen by a man visiting her daughter on Nov. 11. n On Nov. 12, a verbal dispute was reported between a woman and her child’s father at a Meadow Creek Drive residence. n A dispute at a Highway 82 residence led to the arrest of a man on Nov. 12

Hometown directors that the bank was a model bank but one that was started and operated during the worst economic times. “We were known as a real estate bank because that is the type of growth that was happening here,” said Martin. When the real estate industry collapsed, banks like Hometown Community Banks were hit hard. But Martin said the board had asked for time for the market to rebound but community banks are in the crosshairs of the FDIC. FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with CertusBank and the two branches of Hometown Community Bank will reopen on Saturday as branches of CertusBank, N.A. Depositors of Hometown Community Bank will automatically become depositors of CertusBank, and deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Hometown Community Bank had a Highway 53 location in Braselton and a branch in the Traditions Walk development along Highway 124 in Hoschton. Customers with questions can call the FDIC at 1-800-8304725 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Visit http://www.fdic. gov/bank/individual/failed/hometown.html. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $36.7 million. Compared to other alternatives, CertusBank, N.A.’s acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC’s DIF. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Jasper Banking Company in Jasper, on July 27. CertusBank has locations in Jefferson at 1465 Old Swimming Pool Road at Damon Gause Parkway, in the CommerceHomer area at 1989 Historic Homer Highway in Commerce and in the Athens-Bogart area at 1252 Virgil Langford Road in Bogart.

We were known as a real estate bank. Martha Martin Board member, Hometown Community Bank when the man’s parents confronted him about possible drug use. n On Nov. 11, a domestic dispute was reported at a Cecil Clark Road residence. An argument over a text message led to both parties damaging property at the residence. n On Nov. 9, a vehicle pulled over on Old Gainesville Highway when a passenger was not wearing his seatbelt led to a foot chase by an officer. The passenger had an outstanding warrant and, once the officer notified him, he took of running. The officer pursued him over a barbed wire fence and eventually used a taser on the man before eventually catching him. The suspect stated he ran because he wanted to spend the holidays with his children and apologized to the officer. n A driver traveling on the wrong side of the road on Highways 124 was found to be driving under

the influence of alcohol and was arrested on Nov. 11. n A man driving his go-cart on a neighbor’s property along Creekview Court was warned on criminal trespass on Nov. 10. n A Jefferson man began receiving harassing phone calls from the father of a teenage girl on Nov. 4. According to the man’s wife, the teenager had told the man’s wife that her boyfriend looked good to which the woman told the girl to keep her eyes in her head. n On Nov. 9, a civil dispute was reported between two Harold Phillips Road residents. One of the men moved his truck so that he was blocking the installation of new phone lines at his neighbor’s home. n A woman eating dinner at a Jefferson restaurant reported her wallet stolen from her purse on Nov. 10.

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CHURCH NEWS The annual chicken stew and chili dinner will be from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Hoschton United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6 per quart or dine-pn per person for all-youcan-eat. Tickets sold in advance or at door. HUMC is located at 12 Mulberry Street in Hoschton, three blocks behind the City Square. Contact Pastor Luis Ortiz at 706 654-1422 sss The Church of Hoschton would like to invite you to share-a-chair, pack-a-pew, overflow-a-row with us. If you don’t have a church home, come worship with us and be a part of our family. Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays with worship at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday’s prayer meeting starts at 7 p.m. with Bible study at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 3849 Highway 53, Hoschton in the West Jackson Min-e Shops. For more information, contact the Rev. Cory Sexton at 678-234-9408 sss The Mark Trammell Quartet will be singing at White Plains Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25. A love offering will be received for the group as well. We also want to thank Raymond Church for his faithfulness for 49 years of booking gospel music for White Plains Baptist Church and other churches in the area. sss A Call To Salvation now has Christmas trees for sale from 4-8 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Sunday and Saturdays from10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A Call To Salvation is located at 1295 Jackson Trail Road in Jefferson at the intersection of Highway 11 and Jackson Trail Road. Senior Pastor Arlene Smith can be contacted at 706-367-9612. Visit sss Yoga is offered on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Hoschton United Methodist Church. The class is free but please bring a food donation for the “backpack” ministry. Email HUMC is located at 12 Mulberry St., in Hoschton. sss

Northeast Church’s new ministry, The Caring Place, will 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. to 1 p.m. at Northeast Church. The entrance into The Caring Place is located on the Highway 124 side of the building, at 100 Broadway St., Braselton. Contact Northeast Church at 706-654-3205 or Many thanks to Juanita Duck for coordinating this ministry. sss

Covenant Baptist Church is a group of called-out believers who are committed to following Jesus Christ as Lord. We do this by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are separated from God; and by teaching Believers how to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Depot in downtown Hoschton. Nursery and children’s church is provided. Pastor Todd Coble can be reached at 678-316-0273. God bless you and “See you at the Depot!” sss

A free community Thanksgiving meal will be served at First United Methodist Church of Winder on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The church is at 280 N. Broad St., in Winder. sss

Bethlehem First United Methodist Church, “The Big White Church”, will host a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day from noon – 2 p.m. If you or someone you know is in need, please come to the church at 709 Christmas Avenue and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Make reservations at 770-867-3727 or call David or Kathy Brown at 770-867-3011. sss

A free community Thanksgiving meal will be served at Winder United Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The church is at 280 N. Broad St., in Winder. sss

Bethabra Baptist Church’s Ladies’ Christmas tea is planned for Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road (Highway 211).

OBITUARIES Judge William Henry Cooper Jr.

Died Oct. 17, 2012 Judge William Henry Cooper Jr., 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. He was a United States Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Helen P. Cooper; son, William H. Cooper III and wife Jo of Hoschton; and daughter, Catherine C. Webster and husband Mark of Suwanee; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, with United States Army honors. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

Louise Thornton Dillard

Died Nov. 15, 2012 Mrs. Louise Thornton Dillard, 91, of Lilburn, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. A daughter of the late Robert Mitchell and Lula Bell Page Thornton, she grew up in the Walton County area and later resided in Lilburn. Mrs. Dillard worked many years for the Lovable Company and later retired from Sears Roebuck and Company. She was a member of The Mountain Park First Baptist Church. Mrs. Dillard is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home. Interment was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

Richard L. McColley

Died Nov. 14, 2012 Richard L. McColley, 75, of Winder, died Wednesday,

Nov. 14, 2012. A native of Sedro Wolley, Washington, he was the son of the late Ray Dudley and Thelma Williams McColley. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Laura McColley; sons, Eric (Sherrie) McColley of Lawrenceville and Jonathan (Amy) McColley of Fort Bragg, California; grandchildren, Victoria, Luke, Reagan, Maggie, Shea, Ryan and Brooke; and sister, Jovita Tipton of Cheyenne, Wyoming. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Mack Palmer officiating. Memorials may be made to Hebron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Dacula, GA 30019. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

James Edward McColskey

Died Nov. 18, 2012 James Edward McColskey, 76, of Jefferson, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Born in Whitesville, N.C., he was a son of the late teven and Georgia Alma Williamson McColskey. Mr. McColskey was retired from the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam Wa. He later worked as an auto mechanic. He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Survivors include his sons, Steve (Nedra) McColskey of Jefferson and Wade McColskey of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Nancy (Jay) Nobles of Florence, S.C.; brother, Neal McColskey of Greenville, S.C.; sister, Jewell Green of Whiteville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-

grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike McLemore officiating. The burial followed in the Jackson Memorial Park with Kyle Kasuba, Jeremy McColskey, Wesley Simonton, Tanner Thurmond, Aaron Anderson and Josh Harris honored as pallbearers. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

Frank Lanier Mize Sr.

March 24, 1928 - Nov. 3, 2012 We are celebrating the life of a loving husband, dedicated father, brother and devoted son. On the morning of Nov. 3, 2012 Frank L. Mize Sr., of Hoschton, passed quietly into the loving arms of his savior Jesus Christ. Born in West Point, Georgia, he retired from Interstate and Valley Telephone Company. He raised his family in Lanett, Ala., where he was an active member of Spring Road Christian Church. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years Jacqueline Q. Mize, daughter Ruth, and sons, Hannis and Frank, and daughter-in-law Debbie. He was a grandfa-

Giving thanks should be year-round, not just one day for Thanksgiving In this month of November, we celebrate a day known as Thanksgiving. Something new I have noticed this year on the social media sites, people are taking the opportunity to express their thanks for each day in this month, rather than waiting for the one day set aside as the day to give thanks. Various words of thanks are being shared on the social media sites, such as; thankful to have a job, thankful for family, thankful for a certain pet, on and on the list of thanksgiving expressions are being shared. Seeing some of the items listed by folks has caused me to wonder if one day in the year is enough time to list all the things for which one is thankful or do we need an entire month to be able to compile our list. It does seem whatever route one takes to express their thanksgiving, what we need more than anything else is a spirit and attitude of thankfulness rather than feeling we need to be obligated to find items to add to a list to finish out the days in the month. At my age, I have noticed people who live in a negative mood all the time. Nothing is ever right. They live from one negative event to another. There are always reasons to let others know of their dislike for certain things happening to them. They live in a constant negative drama. Those types of people are always down and out seeing the negative at every turn, and never seeing a silver lining in all the clouds raining the bad luck down on them. I do not want to live my life that way. I have noticed

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ther and great-grandfather, and he will be missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to call him friend, ever needed his assistance, or ever spent any time at all in his presence. Generous, humorous and full of good cheer and encouragement, the world is richer having hosted his lighthearted spirit. He found a bit of humor in most any situation, but always maintained a serious and exemplary love for his God, his family and his friends. We’ll miss you, Daddy. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the graveside in Marseilles Cemetery in West Point. Flowers are optional and can be sent to the McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point, GA or the memorials made to the Driving Magic, Inc. P.O. Box 279 Duluth, GA 30096 or online at drivingmagicinc. org. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

Arlie and Viv Bennett. She was retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company and was a member of Bethlehem First Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marcell Walls. Survivors include her daughter, Ida Walls of Bethlehem; brother, Marvin (Linda) Bennett of Marble Hill; niece, Martha (Lanier) Faucett of Gainesville, GA; and nephews, Carroll (Judy) Walls of Dawsonville, Gary (Sue) Walls of Lawrenceville, Ricky (Stephaine) Bennett of Ball Ground, Todd (Kim) Bennett of Dawsonville and Tim (Kendy) Bennett of Dawsonville. She is also survived by several close friends, Alvor Parten and Melinda Thomas of Bethlehem who were like family to her. They were with her during her long illness from day one to the end. Other close friends include Matt (Sharon) Thomas of Bethlehem, Brandon (Brittany) Thomas of Bethlehem, Sara Griffeth of Winder, Frances Norris of Winder, Charlene Teal of Winder, Henry (Carolyn) Miller of Bethlehem, Mack (Linda) Clack of Winder and Jennie Clack of Winder. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in the chapel of Smith Funeral

Ruby L. Walls

Died Nov. 18, 2012 Ruby L. Walls, 93, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Born In Forsyth County, she was a daughter of the late

Ray Newman

From Where I Stand

the good in everything that happens. Everything happening to them is not always positive but they find a way to know it is going to work out to teach them lessons in life to make their life better, or turn the negative into such an event that it will benefit someone else. These people are not living with their head in the sand; they truly have learned the secret to a better life. The secret to facing the issues of life, positive or negative is in the attitude one demonstrates as a result of what happens to them. Bad things will happen to people as they do the best they can in life. Rather than letting the bad get them down, they turn it around and use it as a positive to be able to face another challenge in life. Our Lord taught us to be able to give thanks in all things. For some people, that might seem as if we are being told to live a fantasy life, ignoring the real issues we must face, but that is not true. Facing the tough times is always better when we face them knowing that others have been challenged with issues also. No matter what we might be facing with the issues and challenges of life, learning to develop a spirit and attitude of gratitude will certainly help

with the inner self being able to cope with the challenges no matter how hard they seem as we are going through them. For me to start making a list of all the things for which I am thankful would take more space than is available. I am thankful for a relationship with Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I am thankful for family and friends who stick by me no matter the circumstances that come my way. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to interact with people as their pastor and help meet their spiritual needs. I am thankful for freedoms purchased by the blood of military men and women over the years. I am thankful to have lived these years and to be able to express my opinions freely through the print media. Wherever you gather this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, I pray that you will take the time to express your heartfelt thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father, and also to let the people closest to you know how much you love and appreciate them. Just as many have gathered over the years to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am thankful we will have good food and plenty of it available with which to celebrate the one day in the year officially set aside to be thankful.

Ray Newman’s “From Where I Stand” column appears on Wednesdays in the Barrow County News. He is also a Pastor’s Pen columnist with The Paper and is pastor of Macedonia Community Baptist Church in Braselton. He can be contacted by email

Home with the Rev. Mike Peavy officiating. The interment followed in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

Dorothy F. Ward

Died Nov. 12, 2012 Dorothy F. Ward, 73, of Winder, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. A native of New Mexico, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Ernest and Lillie Ora Thompson Laxson. She was also preceded by her husband, Harold Dean Ward. Mrs. Ward was a homemaker and a member of the Winder First Baptist Church. Survivors include her children, Derrick Varnell of Ft. Worth, Texas, Darrin Ward of Hoschton and Dawnette Cress of Santa Maria, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Gertrude Davis and Gail Stocking. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with Dr. John Talley officiating. Memorials may be made to the Winder First Baptist Church, 625 Jefferson Highway, Winder, GA 30680. Carter Funeral Home, Winder The Paper, Nov. 22, 2012

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Clockwise, from above, Mike and Mace Strickland, Lem and Cheryl Hayes and Terri Johnson at their table; Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees was selling raffle tickets; the winetasting experience was handled by Chateau Elan; auction items attracted attention from bidders; Pat Graham raised a glass.

Toast to Braselton raises funds for Downtown Development Authority By KATIE JUSTICE

From Drew Brees and Derek Jeter to Hines Ward and Herschel Walker, the autographed items were in abundance at the “A Toast to Braselton” wine tasting, dinner and auction. However, auction items weren’t limited to sports memorabilia. Guests could bid on everything from furniture to jewelry with some art in between. Over a hundred people turned out to the A Toast to Braselton held Nov. 13 at the Braselton-Stover House. “We actually try to limit the event to 100 people but we’ve sold out and added tables the last two years,” said Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees. Tickets cost $25 with proceeds from the event benefitting the Downtown Development Authority. “We’re working on the green space project,” said DDA member Cindy Green, who says the green space will “give citizens a place to walk, to sit, to meet each other, to bring their children to play.” The exactly amount of money raised isn’t final, but

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DDA member Cindy Green holds up a Herschel Walker autographed helmet. Dees estimates it to be “in the $5,000 range,” which she says is consistent with the past two years. According to Dees, in 2010 about $5,300 raised, and in 2011, about $4,800 was made. The evening began with wine provided by Chateau Élan. Guests had the opportunity to sample an assortment of wines including chardonnay, merlot and a variety of muscadine-based flavors.

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Shane Short returned as master of ceremonies and Robbie Bettis portrarying Hattie, served as auctioneer for the event which drew 100 guests to the fundraiser.

The silent auction allowed guests to wander through the selection of items and bid at ease. “We had items that ranged from home goods to sporting goods to jewelry and experiences like golf lessons from a former Masters champion,” said Green. Dinner was provided by Cornbread and Caviar catering, and was followed by the announcement of door prize and silent auction winners. The event culminated with the live auction hosted by Robbie Bettis, who assumed the persona of Hattie, a delightfully witty and notso-sweet southern lady. “We older ladies can wear bright red lipstick and not look like we had an adventure with a jam jar,” she said, of the perks of being an older lady. Assisting Bettis, Kathy Cooper Robinson and Cindy Green walked the items up for auction around the room, so guests could get a better look. “I think this was the kind of auction where there was something for everybody,” said Green. The event also included a raffle of a three or four night cruise to the Bahamas. Tickets were $5 each or $6 for 25, with Gordon Telford winning the cruise. “People seemed to have a really good time and enjoyed themselves,” said Green.


Thursday, November 22, 2012



Thankful for our platefuls of blessings There is an old hymn called “Count Your Blessings” that suggests if we count our blessings individually, we will be astonished how many we have been given. This is the season that we should be thankful for all of our blessings. The way I see it, if your day is spent on the green side of the grass, you have been blessed. I am thankful for the blessing itself. Call it grace or returning thanks, but asking God’s blessing on our food is a beautiful thing. I’ve noticed more and more these days that many people take the time, whether in a group or alone, to ask God to bless the meal they are about to enjoy. Now, sometimes people turn that into an editorial, but that’s OK. I am thankful for the blessing of family. My original family consists mostly of people who have passed on. I miss them all but they still bless my life. I am still blessed when time is spent with those I love. First, there is my extended family of cousins. We got together twice this year. Unfortunately, it was to bury two members of our clan. The good thing is that we still have each other at times like that. In both instances, I was asked to speak at the funerals. I am thankful for the blessing of good words at the right times. Secondly, there is my more recent family. That’s the crowd I affiliated with when I got married. I’ve come to know and love people I didn’t even know before then. They seem to like me and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for my stepdog, Buttons. She is almost 16, which means she is living on borrowed time. She has lost both her sight and her hearing, but our veterinarian tells us that she is in no pain. She used to bark when I would come home, now, she just sniffs to see who is

Harris Blackwood there. I’m am blessed when I can guide her back toward the house when she loses her way in the yard. I’m thankful for my prayer partner, John. If you don’t have somebody who prays for you, you’re missing a real blessing. John is a real blessing for me. I don’t like to talk about my work in this space, but I’m thankful for law enforcement and public safety professionals in our great state. They are a real blessing. It shouldn’t happen, but somebody might get in an actual fight over a drumstick on Thanksgiving. If you call 911, there will be somebody who will respond and they won’t get up from their Thanksgiving dinner to do it because they will already be at work. Bless them today and every day. Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the foods we enjoy at this time of year. There is just something about good cornbread dressing and sweet potato soufflé that is just incredible. I’m thankful that folks who live up North have stuffing in their turkey and drink unsweetened tea. Bless their hearts. I’m thankful for people who bless you. It may be with words or it may be a real touch when somebody says they care by a hand on your shoulder or a hug around the neck. I’m thankful for the words on this page. I started out with a blank page and filled it up with a handful of blessings. I hope you find a truckload of blessings of your own. Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear weekly.

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Acts of kindness brighten holidays This isn’t really a Thanksgiving column. It’s more of a Christmas column. Well, actually, it is a Thanksgiving column because it’s about being thankful enough for your blessings that you share them at Christmas. I thought I’d share these thoughts early enough that you could put them into practice over the next month if you would like. Over the last six months, three of my favorite people have left this earth to step into the presence of the Lord. Their absences mean that I’m going to be losing two favorite holiday traditions. After Mr. Bobo’s wife died, he went for eight years without a Christmas tree. He didn’t think he missed it until the day that I showed up on his doorstep with a tree, lights, decorations and a treetop angel. Tears ran down his cheeks when the tree was set up and lighted. “How do I get this angel to stop blinking?” I mumbled to myself as I read the instructions but still couldn’t figure it out. A little of a blinking angel goes a long way and it was making me

Ronda Rich nervous. “I love that it blinks!” he exclaimed. “It is the most beautiful angel that I have had to privilege to view. I believe I shall name her ‘Ronda’ for the angel who has brought this beautiful tree.” The next day, he called. “I sat here late into the night and watched this wonderful tree and angel. It has brought me such joy. Words can never express how indebted I am to you for this gift.” I bought him a remote so he could easily turn on and off the lights. For four years, it was the happiest gift I gave — a decorated Christmas tree to a man lonely for his departed wife and living in a retirement community. Every year, he would call several times to tell me how much enjoyment the tree

brought him. He would insist that friends come to see it. I shall miss terribly putting up that tree for my dear Mr. Bobo because it gave me joy to repay a similar kindness. Many years ago, I was facing a lonely Christmas, too, and, disheartened, I wasn’t planning on having a tree. My sweet friend, Reid, showed up at the door with a big, freshly cut pine and set it up. It was the most cherished tree of my life so giving one to Mr. Bobo was simply paying forward the kindness that Reid gave me. My dear friends, Guy and Pinky, are gone, too, this Christmas. For the past few years, they had been growing wearier and feebler. While Pinky gave me a subscription to Southern Living every year, I had given her casseroles and desserts so that when she hosted her precious family – her happiest tradition – she would not have to worry so much about cooking. It meant more to her than any jewel or book I could have given. Every year, the readers of my weekly newsletter submit names of those who are

elderly, lonely or shut-in and would appreciate receiving a card in the mail. I post the list, then readers select names and mail a card to cheer someone’s day. Some even take the time to mail a card of cheer and encouragement to every person on the list. It is humbling and heart-warming to learn how many days are cheered by our annual Christmas card list. As you reflect on your many blessings and celebrate them for Thanksgiving, please think of how you can share those blessings during Christmas. A card, a casserole or a Christmas tree could be the most important gift you give. I guess what it boils down to is this: A merry Christmas starts with a happy, blessed Thanksgiving. This year, let us all not just give thanks for our blessings, let’s share our blessings with others during the Christmas season. Ronda Rich is the best-selling author of several books, including“There’s A Better Day A-Comin’.” Sign up for her newsletter at www. Her column appears weekly.

Who is that? Clever tips to find out Other than the time I accidently went to work naked, the most embarrassed I’ve ever been was when I walked up to that person I thought I knew and started talking to them — only to realize that I didn’t know them at all. In fact, I wasn’t even talking to a person, but a wellcoiffed mannequin at JC Penney’s. The episode wouldn’t have been so embarrassing if the security cameras hadn’t caught the entire one-way exchange and sent the tape into the Fox TV program, “America’s Greatest Car Chases, Public Hangings and Dumb People Doing Stupid Stuff.” But since that well-publicized incident, I have acquired some wisdom in terms of facing this type of familiar scenario. We’ve all been there; you see a person and you are sure you know them from somewhere, but can’t quite place them. You wrack your mind, trying to remember the name that goes with the face, and how and why you recognize them. I’ve conjured up a few

Len Robbins alternative approaches to handle such situations, each with their own pros and cons. You’re welcome in advance. 1. The direct approach. You can simply walk up to the person and say, “I know you from somewhere, but can’t recall how. My name is (insert name or alias here). And you are?” Pro: Cuts through the bull. Con: You may not know them at all. They may just look like someone you went to Bible school with in the second grade. They could respond with “I’m (their name), and I’ve never seen you before in my life. If you and your T-shirt will kindly step two paces backward, I will be able to continue my life uninterrupted.” B. The indirect approach. Grab a piece of paper and a clipboard and go up to the

person and pretend you are conducting a poll. Then ask questions that will help you determine who the heck the person is. Pro: Could find out quickly who the person is, and how you know them. Con: They may punch you in the mouth. Also, if they agree to the poll, and you find out who they are, you can’t go back in good social acumen and speak to them. That would be especially vexing if they owed you money. 3. The indirect direct approach. Walk up to the person and ask them something like, “Dr. Gibson told me to tell you hello.” When they ask you who Dr. Gibson is, say “He’s my doctor.” If they ask “Who are you?” just say “I’m his patient,” and walk away. Pro: If they don’t ask who you are, they know you and you can figure out who they are in the resulting conversation. Con: They may know Dr. Gibson and you may have to listen to a lengthy discourse about an appendectomy from a person you don’t

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know. D. The criminal approach. Get a good running start and bump into the person and grab their wallet or purse during the ensuing hubbub. After apologizing, walk out of the room and scavenge for a form of identification. Once you find out who they are, you can figure out if you know them or not. If you indeed do know them, just approach them and broach conversation by telling them you found their wallet or purse. If you don’t know them, throw the wallet/purse back in the room where you found it and run like mad. Pro: Could find a winning lottery ticket in the process. Con: Could get arrested and incarcerated with Tex Cobb as a cellmate. As for accidently going to work naked, I’ve found there’s no socially acceptable alternative approach to avoid embarrassment there. Len Robbins is editor and publisher of the Clinch County News in Homerville. His column appears weekly.

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Dr. Marissa Mercardo welcomed to Hoschton Dr. Marissa Mercardo was welcomed to the community with Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group office in Hoschton located in Hoschton Towne Center. On hand from Northeast Georgia Health System was administrator director Brian Jones, executive director Tina Walden, administrative director Jonathan Hecht, outreach coordinator Kathy Williamson and Dr. Antonio Rios. Representing the Chamber was Director of Economic Development Courtney Bernardi and Director of Member Services Linda Foster. Also on hand was Jackson County District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates, Braselton

Councilman Tony Funari and Chamber ambassador Tom Murphy. Foster said the Chamber was excited to welcome Dr. Mercardo to the community. Tabitha Gooch, who has been with the 6year-old medical practice for three and a half years, said they were excited after being acquired by Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. As practice manager, she said the partnership is allowing the practice to go to the next level in Hoschton. Also on the team are Jessica Flores and Candace Casas. Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Hoschton is located at 115 Towne Center Parkway in Hoschton. Call 706-658-2452.

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Wendy and Matt Sims and year-old Luke will be the ambassador family for the 2013 Barrow-Jackson Walk for Babies, a March of Dimes fundraiser set for April 26, 2013.

Sims family will represent March of Dimes in 2013 By KATIE JUSTICE

The 2013 March of Dimes March for Babies has been scheduled, and with the event comes the need for an ambassador to lead local efforts. Each year, an ambassador family from the community is chosen for the BarrowJackson March of Dimes. The 2012 Ambassador Family is the Sims Family. Matt and Wendy Sims had their son Luke last year on Oct. 23. Luke was 3 months early and weighed just 1 pound and 15 ounces. “He fought hard and is a miracle,” said Barrow-Jackson March of Dimes committee member Michelle Gilreath. A year later, Luke is 1 year old and healthy, and will be with his parents at the March of Dimes kick off Jan. 31, 2013, when they tell their story to participating teams. “We chose this family as Matt was born and raised in Winder and Wendy is from Jefferson. They are very special family and we have kept in touch with them over this last year in hopes they would accept this ambassador role for us,” said Gilreath. More than one million babies died worldwide this year due to complications from being born too early. In fact, almost one in

2013 ambassador baby Luke Sims fought hard and is a miracle. Michelle Gilreath Barrow-Jackson March of Dimes committee member every eight babies born in the United States is born premature according to the March of Dimes. In order to spread awareness, World Prematurity Day was celebrated Nov. 16. Supporters were urged to wear purple or a “Blue Jeans for Babies” T-shirt to support the March of Dimes. See ClickThePaper. com to see some of the local participants in “Blue Jeans for Babies.” The 2013 Barrow-Jackson Walk for Babies is set for Friday, April 26, 2013, at Fort Yargo State Park. The kick-off will be Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, and the Sims will share their story of the miracle of Luke’s life. The Sims will participate in the Dec. 1 Jefferson Christmas Parade, the Dec. 2 Commerce parade and the Dec. 15 Winder parade.

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The Men’s Room Barber is currently collecting donations to benefit one of its own who is battling cancer. Shawn Pickens was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is currently at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville undergoing chemotherapy. “The Men’s Room will be having a Cut-A-Thon from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, with all proceeds going to help pay Pickens’ bills so she won’t lose her home and will have her rent paid up for a while hopefully until she is able to come back to work,” said Belinda Hughes of The Men’s Room. Haircuts and massages will be given on that day. “Anyone who wants to help on that should contact me at 706-684-0371 or,” said Hughes.



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Braden Knebel getting help on transplant road By KATIE JUSTICE

He’s not even 3 years old, yet toddler Braden Knebel has already had three heart surgeries. Now he’s in need of a heart transplant. Most transplants cost in excess of $500,000, but with the help of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, COTA, Jefferson citizens are aiming to help ease that cost. “Currently, our goal is to raise $50,000 over the course of the next few years,” said public relations coordinator Julie Carder. “All funds raised are turned over to COTA in honor of Braden K. The funds raised are accessible to Braden and his family over the course of his life to help cover all transplantrelated expenses.” Braden was born in December of 2009 and, within

six weeks, had undergone two heart surgeries. Then, in January of 2011 he underwent a third surgery at just over 1 year old. Now Braden has been diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and needs a heart transplant. COTA is a national charity that helps communities organize and hold fundraisers for transplant-related expenses. An event held Nov. 10 at Johnny’s Pizza in Jefferson raised about $6,000. “The benefit on Nov. 10 was amazing. Our family was very overwhelmed with gratitude at the amount of people that came out to support us,” said Carder. The next event in honor of Braden is a Spirit Day at Waffle House in Winder on Friday, Nov. 30. From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., 20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to COTA in honor of Braden.

Knebel Individuals or groups interested in participating in the fundraised can contact Community Coordinator Courtney West at 678-2314935 or courtney524@gmail. com. Donations can be sent by mail to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA with “In Honor of Braden K” in the memo line. Credit Card donations are also accepted online at

Dr. Jonnica S. Dozier opens Premier Podiatry in Winder Barrow Regional Medical Center announces the addition of Jonnica S. Dozier, D.P.M. to active medical staff. Dr. Dozier is a podiatrist and has opened Premier Podiatry in Winder. The practice is located at 363 Resource Parkway in the Resource Parkway office complex. “We are excited to welcome Dozier Dr. Dozier to our growing medical staff and we welcome her to the community” said Todd Dixon, CEO of Barrow Regional Medical Center. A Florida native, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Pre-Medicine from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and her Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. After completing her Masters, she went on to earn her doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in 2006. Dr. Dozier completed her residency at the

Atlanta Veterans Medical Administration Center in 2009. Dr. Dozier is also a published author in a podiatry surgical techniques textbook. Prior to opening her own practice, Dr. Dozier was employed by the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center, Choice Podiatry Centers and most recently Carl Vinson VAMC. “I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to provide premier foot care to the community of Barrow County. It is my mission to keep the community of Barrow county on their feet by resolving any foot and ankle problems.” said Jonnica Dozier, D.P.M. Dr. Dozier looks forward to becoming a part of the community and has already given several free educational talks to several organizations in town. She is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurances. For more information, call 678-963-5950 or visit

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently hosted by the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce for North Atlanta Center for Surgical Weight Loss, located in Braselton.

North Atlanta Center for Surgical Weight Loss has ribbon-cutting event The North Atlanta Center for Surgical Weight Loss is offering options for the individual whose obesity is negatively impacting their life and interfering with their health. Christopher Kaczmarski, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been a surgeon for more than 25 years and has specialized in bariatric surgery for the past 13 years with more than 2,100 surgeries performed. He is now affiliated with Barrow Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kaczmarski.completed his Doctor of Medicine at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, and did his residency at Saint Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, New York. His surgery internship was also at Saint Luke’s. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and has been a member of the American Society of Metabolic Surgeons since 2000. Niki Ozbolt is the office/program coordinator. Weight loss surgery is a journey of taking back control of your life after the decision to make substantial changes in lifestyle. The

commitment to long-term weight loss to get on the road to better health by addressing morbid obesity begins with a free seminar or consultant with the surgeon. Individuals with a body mass index of 40 or a BMI of 35 if other health problems, including Type 2 Diabetes, exist, may be candidates for weight loss surgery. Free seminars for those between the ages of 18-65 are held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. The next seminar will be Dec. 11. Register online or call 1-855-7GET-SLIM for more details. Consultations are also held with a registered dietician, exercise physiologist and behavioral health specialist as a patient embarks on their road to better health. Gastric bypass, the United States’ most frequently performed bariatric surgery, may be an option, with adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy being other procedures available. North Atlanta Center for Surgical Weight Loss is located at 5767 Old Winder Highway in Braselton. Call 1-855-7GET-SLIM.

Looking to address your obesity problem? Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) Surgical Associates is offering a free, no obligation informational session about morbid obesity’s impact on health and a discussion of contemporary surgical treatment options. Alex Nguyen, MD, a surgeon with NGPG

Surgical Associates and medical director of the Robotic Surgical Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, will provide individual consultation. For more information,or to register, call 770-536-5733 or visit the Northeast Georgia Health System website at

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Christmas in the Mountains is a magical time in White County. One of White County’s favorite holiday activities will take place November 21, 2012 and continue through 2:00 p.m. December 8 at Unicoi State Park and Conference Center and is FREE to the public. The Festival of Trees is a free holiday activity that you and your family are sure to enjoy. Many have made this a Thanksgiving tradition and attend annually. The Festival of Trees features approximately 39 decorated trees and 24 wreaths, all sponsored by local businesses, churches and non-profit agencies. Each display is available to purchase through a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to United Way of White County. The restaurant at the Lodge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bid on your favorite tree or wreath or just take time to stroll through the display. You will be amazed at the imaginative decor of the originally decorated trees and wreaths

Cleveland will celebrate their 13th Annual Christmas in the Mountains on the downtown square Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Festivities include pictures with Santa, children’s activities, choral groups, arts & crafts vendors, and a lighted Christmas parade at 7:00 p.m.


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Hawks win thriller against Raiders Mill Creek lives to fight another day as they move on to the second round of the state playoffs BY BRANDON RICHARDSON

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Coming in as the underdog, the Hawks of Mill Creek High School proved they were the superior team after defeating the Raiders of Alpharetta High School 41-39. After a scoreless first quarter, MCHS took nearly eight minutes off the clock with 16 plays to take a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. The 32-yard field goal by kicker Bryson King was only his second on the season. Alpharetta was only able to convert one first down and was forced to punt. On the next drive, senior running back Jacorey Lewis did what he has done all season long and that’s score touchdowns. Lewis touched the ball all four plays on the drive including a 52-yard reception that brought the Hawks to the 1-yard line. On the next play, Lewis punched one in for his first touchdown of the night. An interception by defensive back Chris Dickhute gave the Hawks a chance to add cushion to their lead. On his third straight carry of the drive, Lewis scored his

second touchdown of the night on a 14-yard run. Despite only taking a 7-point lead into the half, the MCHS game plan seemed to be working as the Hawks’ defense dominated the first half. They held the state leader in passing yards to nine completions, 104 yards, one touchdown and forced one interception. The 22 rushing attempts by the Hawks kept the ball out of the talented hands of Josh Dobbs, allowing Alpharetta to have only 17 pass attempts. Both teams found their offensive groove going into halftime and came out scoring in the second half. MCHS received the ball first and the drive began with a 26-yard Lewis run and he finished the drive with a 37-yard touchdown run. The Raiders responded with a score of their own but kept the momentum on their side when they blocked a field goal attempt by Mill Creek. Alpharetta took the ball 94 yards down the field for the score. The Hawks returned to Lewis on their next drive. He responded with a 15-yard run followed by a

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Jacorey Lewis scored all five touchdowns in the Hawks win over Alpharetta. Mill Creek will take on Brookwood High School Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Broncos survived 24-21 against Lassiter High School last Friday night. 43-yard touchdown run. A sack by linebacker Michael Leonard re-

sulted in a 15-yard loss for theRaiders’ offense, ultimately ending their next drive. Lewis achieved his fifth touchdown of the night on the next drive, giving the Hawks another comfortable lead on the night. After a sack by defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, the Raiders answered when Dobbs threw this third touchdown pass on the night. “We could never get more than two touchdowns up on [AHS] and two touchdowns to them is nothing,” said Mill Creek Head Coach Shannon Jarvis. The next drive included six straight runs by Lewis including a 30-yard run to bring the Hawks into a position to score. On third and two, the Hawks were stopped behind the line of scrimmage and attempted another field goal. The snap was bobbled and the Hawks came up scoreless yet, they kept a 7-0 lead. The MCHS defense didn’t let Dobbs set his feet many times on the night even on his touchdown passes but, when he did set his feet he was able to throw his second biggest pass of the game -- a 33-yard

pass to wide receiver Daniel Clements. Dobbs used his scrambling abilities to complete a 2-point conversion with 2:19 left in the game, giving them their first lead of the night at 39-38. There are not many games that can compare to the excitement that this matchup brought as MCHS had nearly two minutes to keep their season alive. After no success on their first three attempts to achieve a first down, David completed a 25-yard pass on the sideline that was well defended to wide receiver Michael Cheeks to keep the drive alive. Lewis continued his big game with short yet effective runs that eventually placed the Hawks at the 2-yard line with less than 20 seconds to go. The Hawks would have preferred to reach the end zone but it gave King the opportunity to seal the game winning field goal and he did just that. “Coach [knows] me and he knew I was [going to] make it,” said King. Mill Creek will face the Brookwood Broncos at home next week in the second round of the playoffs.

Jefferson takes down KHS Cherokees 42-8 BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

It wasn’t a typical night at Memorial Stadium for the Jefferson High School football team. The Dragons are used to slaying their opponents early on without too many mistakes. However, the Cherokees of Kendrick High School were able to expose some of Jefferson’s weaknesses that were previously nonexistent. Rodney Carr of Jefferson brought back the kickoff return to the 39-yard line and nearly broke free but his breath-taking run was cut short. After two short runs and not a lot of movement, quarterback Bryant Shirreffs rolled out and drilled a 24-yard pass to Isaiah Blake. Chandler Thompson picked up a few yards for Jefferson and Shirreffs put the Dragons at the 15-yard line. Jefferson had a few struggles on their first down attempts but rebounded with a 14-yard touchdown catch, courtesy of Shirreffs to Donnie Hatfield. Kendrick came out in the wishbone formation but their offensive stance didn’t fool the Jefferson defense. On the ensuing punt, Carr made a risky catch but made up for what could have been

a disaster and took it to the 43-yard line, giving the Dragons great field position. Tristen Jackson finished things off with a 1-yard touchdown run. Up 14-0 on their next drive, Thompson fumbled, an error that Jefferson usually doesn’t commit. The surge of momentum propelled the Cherokees into Jefferson territory. After knocking on the door for a while, KHS punched one in from one yard out and topped things off with a two-point conversion. The Cherokees had a quiet drive down field where they utilized the running game to pick up a small yardage while squeezing through defenders. However, Jefferson answered with a short run to pay dirt by Jackson, who got some assistance by a teammate who helped him keep his balance as he spun into the end zone. With less than four remaining in the first half, Jefferson was in a crucial third down situation and Shirreffs was heavily pressured by the KHS defense. Adding another score to put Kendrick away early would have been more satisfying but the Dragons settled for a 13-point lead at the half.

Jefferson came out of the locker room fired up with a 21-8 lead and shut down Kendrick’s running game immediately. Yet, KHS came right back and intercepted a pass from Shirreffs. The Dragons got revenge when a punt by KHS was tipped, allowing them to start their drive in Kendrick’s territory. It seemed as if the Cherokees practically gave Jefferson its next score as Sammy Williams marched 10 yards into the end zone. On the next possession, the Dragons moved at a turtle’s pace but their patience paid off as Jackson made his third trip in between the pylons. Evan Shirreffs, the backup quarterback who led the junior varsity squad to an undefeated season, stepped in for his older brother Bryant and nailed a touchdown pass to Dalton Hill. With a 35-8 lead, Jefferson didn’t have to put anything else on the scoreboard but, since it’s the playoffs, you can never be too safe. The Dragons made one more journey to end of the field and took a 42-8 win over Kendrick in the first round of the state playoffs. Jefferson will play host to the Westminster Wildcats this Friday. Showtime in Memorial Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Sammy Williams may not have an advantage in size but the speedster blazed right past a number of defenders in the Dragons playoff win over Kendrick High School.

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Jefferson will host Wesminter High School this Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The Knights are just 5-6 on the season while the Dragons moved to 10-1 on the year.



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The Dragons of Jefferson High School look to extend its winning streak as they host Westminster High School this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Jefferson is 10-1 while the Wildcats are 5-6. Wesminster defeated Pepperell 34-0 in the opening round. Mill Creek High School will take on Brookwood High School Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks gave Head Coach Shannon Jarvis his first eight wins in his career at Mill Creek with a big victory over Alpharetta High School. Brookwood is 7-4. Check next week’s edition for a look at the epic season of the Jackson County Comprehensive High School Panthers. JCCHS fell 5621 to Cartersville High School in the opening round.

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School girls’ team will have a game on Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. against Douglass High School. The boys will compete against Eagles Landing Christian Academy on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at ELCA. The Jefferson boys’ squad will host West Hall High School at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. The girls’ team will take on WHHS as well on Nov. 30. Show time is set for 7 p.m. The Mill Creek High School girls’ and boys’ teams will host Norcross High School on Nov. 27. The girls will kick things off at 6 p.m. and the boys will compete at 7:30 p.m.

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School wrestling team will take on Washington-Wilkes and White County high schools at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. Jefferson will compete in the Panther Invitational at JCCHS on Dec. 2. The swim team will have a meet on Dec. 14 at Frances Meadows. Mill Creek High School will compete in the Archer Duals on Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. The Hawks swim team will compete at the West Gwinnett Pool on Nov. 30 at 7:15 p.m. against Mountain View and North Gwinnett High School.




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Mill Creek named cross country state champions by LATRICE WILLIAMS

ton. Eric Westog led the pack for the Hawks with a time of 16:04.76 and Tyler Woodrome was not too far beThe Mill Creek High School boys’ hind, finishing 16:14.54. Peachtree cross country team earned the state Ridge High School finished in the championship on Nov. 10 in Carroll- top two spots but Mill Creek had six runners finish in the top 20. Mill Creek was also crowned region champs earlier this season. Prior to the start of the meet, Head Coach Andy Christie offered some encouraging words for his troops before they set out on their quest for For The Paper the state title. “To motivate It’s not your typical shower but Coach Andy Christie the team, I told probably didn’t care about getting drenched in a them they’d Gatorade bath after winning the championship. trained for the moment and that

they were ready,” Christie said. “I also told them that no matter what happened that I was proud of them. I reminded them that if they ran for each other, that they would do just fine.” As the meet began to come to a close, inquiring minds were in a nail-biting situation as they stood by and watched the results but the Hawks didn’t celebrate too early. “I had a good feeling after the race, but I told the boys we were not going to celebrate until we saw the official results. When we finally saw them, words can’t describe the excitement, relief and pure joy we all felt,” said Christie. The season has been filled with some ups and downs. The Hawks had to heal from a significant loss on top of other adversity they faced throughout the year. The drowning death of Mill Creek graduate Tajay Hoppines, who had been a member of the 2011 team prompted the team to dedicate this season to Hop-

pines’ memory. Mill Creek could have had a downtrodden season due to the situations surrounding them but they prevailed when it counted the most. “I’m so proud of the boys and what they accomplished. We faced adversity with the death of their former teammate Tajay, and during the season For the Paper we also faced illness Head Coach Andy Christie and the Hawks and injuries. But they rose above it all, were take the podium after winning the cross counmotivated to run for try state championship in Carrollton. Tajay and got the job now, the Hawks will relish the fact done. I’m just proud that I could that they can send a couple of their help them achieve something that seniors out on top. they will remember for the rest of “We only have two seniors on the their lives,” Christie stated. team so the future looks bright. I It’s never to early too start think- am thrilled that Matt Tippins and ing about next year and it looks as Sven Hope get to go out as state though the Hawks have a strong champs,” said Christie. host of players returning and, for

Hawks looking forward to strong postseason run By latrice williams

us will be up and ready to play when we play them. It is nice to know that your program has a certain expectation and the kids understand that,” said Phillips. The Hawks will have a mixture of young and old on the team but the two returning veterans should be strong contributors in every facet. The two were also on the Final Four team two years ago, so they know what it takes to get through tough region play. “We’ve got two returning starters. Both of them are seniors. Nadiya Miller is a shooting guard [and] I would expect her to lead us in scoring [but], we’ll see,” said Phillips. “She’s our returning leader as far as scoring. India Dillard is a post player. They’ve both started since they were sophomores and they have a lot of [experience].” The Hawks lost three starters and a few more that saw a significant amount of time on the court. However, they return other athletes who are fully aware of the road ahead of them, despite not having as much playing time. The Hawks’ must-see matchup of the year will be against North Gwinnett High School. Mill Creek defeated the Bulldogs in the 2006-07 as well as in 2007-08 season. However, NGHS has been the victor lately, as the Hawks have not beaten them over the last two

seasons. Last season, the rivalry extended through the postseason where the Hawks fell to the Bulldogs in the third round of the state It’s never too early to start thinking about playoffs. the postseason and, if you are a part of the “We played them three times [last season]. Mill Creek High School girls’ basketball team, The game here was fairly close but the other it’s probably on the radar before the season two were not. That’s the one team we have not even begins. played well against the last two years. They The Hawks have suffered just one losing are the only team in the region we haven’t season since the school opened in 2004, but beaten in the last two years,” said Phillips. since then they have become one of the most “Their so loaded right now [and] incredibly storied programs in the state. talented. Norcross and North Gwinnett both In just eight seasons, the Hawks have made are really talented. It’s a tough region,” said two Final Four and three Elite Eight appearPhillips. ances. Mill Creek has built a winning tradiThe Hawks took an earlier exit than they tion that probably won’t slow down any time would have liked last year, but Phillips said soon. Head Coach Ashley Phillips admitted he was satisfied with the season. that nothing has been handed to his team in “We lost in the third round. It was a good terms of winning, but there is a certain level season. We had a couple of ups and downs as of anticipation within the program. far as with our schedule being really tough. “I don’t look at it as a given. It’s not autoThere were a couple of times where we lost matic. Just because we’ve done well in the two or three in row,” he said. “We ended up past doesn’t mean we are going to do well this 21-10 which is a pretty good record. The main year. It helps because the kids have the right thing we’re focusing on is the postseason [and] mindset,” Phillips said. trying to prepare ourselves for the region “They don’t just go into the season [thinktournament and the state tournament. ing] ‘let’s just have a winning record.’ You’ve “I was pretty happy with the way we [fingot a lot of schools that you’ve beaten in the ished] in the postseason. I wasn’t happy with past that really want to beat you. Even a our performance against North Gwinnett, school like North Gwinnett that has beaten but part of that was due to them coming out and playing really well. They came out on fire [as far as] shooting the ball. We didn’t respond as well as we could have but, that was a tough game for us,” said Phillips. The Hawks are looking forward to playing their best ball in regular season play, but it won’t necessarily prove how well they will do in the postseason. “We’ve been pretty consistent in our postseason performances. We’ve been to the Elite Eight the past three years. I think that is the expectation. We don’t get to specific with goals and try to [figure out how far we are going to go]. There’s just too much you can’t control about that. We try to focus on being the best team we can be and hopefully that prepares us for Latrice Williams The Paper the state tournament. The players Head Coach Ashley Phillips orchestrates the girls’ basketball practice with a number of drills to probably think more about that

get his team ready for the season. The Hawks will host Norcross in a home opener on Nov. 27.

Mill Creek survives first match against Sequoyah By Latrice williams

Mill Creek High School survived its first scare of the year as the Hawks ran into a little bit of trouble in the basketball team’s season opener against Sequoyah High School. The matchup was played at North Gwinnett High School, the host of the tournament. Senior Elijah Bryant drew first blood for Mill Creek with a two-pointer and Trevon Shaw nailed a wide open shot from behind the arc to take a 5-1 lead. Bryant continued his shooting spree with a long three from the edge of the court and a put back jumper. A pair of free throws by Brandon Smith gave the Hawks a 12-4 lead but Sequoyah responded with a shooting spree of its own, pulling within one and then taking a two-point lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

Later, Bryant nailed two from the charity stripe to tie that game at 16 apiece. He continued to be the workhorse for Mill Creek and completed a beautiful floater as time expired in the first quarter. At the top of the second, both teams went on a scoring drought but Sequoyah ended the famine yet both teams continued to exchange leads. The Hawks began to pull away late in the first half and went into the locker room with a 39-30 lead. Bryant and Shaw totaled 13 points each at the break. Mill Creek added two to the board coming out of the half but did not have as many quick responses as they did in the first. However, they managed to take a 45-34 lead midway through the third quarter and held a doubledigit lead through much of it. It was only a matter of time before the Chiefs crept back; Sequoyah pushed the ball down the court and pulled

within two with less than a minute left in regulation. However, a foul by Sequoyah put the Hawks at the line and they did not relinquish their 65-62 lead. “We had turnovers there at the end. We have to clean that up,” said Head Coach Chad Rodgers. “We’ll watch film and go over a bunch of stuff. We only had three weeks of practice and that’s including tryouts. We have a long way to go defensively. We have to learn how to move the ball a little faster. It’s just going to take some time.” Rodgers means business when he sends his squad on the court and pushes them to compete at a high level. In particular, Smith clashed all night with athletes who were bigger in size but, being battle tested, will make him a stronger player. “He’ll grow up and he’s going to have to be able to guard some quick guards and not let them get to the hole,” Rodgers said. The Hawks have great shooting capabilities but left many rebounds in the hands of Sequoyah which gave up plenty of second chance opportunities. “They were trying to make it more of a half-court game and we’ve got to get out and run a little bit,” said Rodgers. The Hawks host their first home game of the year against Norcross High School on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

[in wanting] to go farther than they’ve gone in the past,” Phillips stated. “A lot of it has to do with the work ethic that we expect and our kids are really good at working hard in practice and doing what we ask them to do. That’s where you go back to the players before them who established that mindset,” Phillips said. Phillips has one freshman on the varsity squad and she will probably see some playing time this season. It will be a tough, yet rewarding challenge for someone so young to have to compete against girls that are three or four years older. “A lot of it comes down to not just their playing ability but their confidence within themselves and not being intimidated. Those are the kids that can get out there and do it. It’s impressive when you’re 14 and you’re playing against 17- and 18-year-olds. If you can go out there and compete, it’s not really easy to do. I think every year we’ve had one if not two freshmen that have seen significant time or even started for us,” Phillips stated. Going into the season, Phillips has the same mentality he always does but hopes his team can make a deeper run if they reach the state playoffs. “It sounds like avoiding the question but it’s the same every year. My thought is ‘what can we do to be the best team we can be?’ The reason why that works for me is because there’s a lot of stuff you can’t control as far as how many games you win and how far you go in the playoffs,” Phillips said. “We had a year (I think it was the third year the school opened) where we were the third best team in the state but, we lost in the second round in the playoffs because the team we played in the second round was the second best team in the state. Sometimes with the state and even the region tournament there’s a lot you can’t control,” stated Phillips. It’s too early for Phillips to pinpoint exactly how many minutes each player will see on the court and when, however, once the season progresses, he said he will be able to fit all the pieces to the puzzle and hopefully everything will fit just right. “We see certain things in practice but we have to see them in a game to see how things are going to fit together and who can handle certain roles,” said Phillips.

CMYK Thursday, November 22, 2012


Relay For Life 2013

Teams form, honorary chairs share cancer survival stories BY LEANNE AKIN


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Crystal Weise and Kellie Scott, above left, show off the “Why I Relay” cupcake which showcases why volunteers participate in Relay For Life. Above, Honorary Chairwoman Martha Martin posts her reasons she relays. Below, a Relay participant whose husband and mother are cancer survivors also relays in memory of her father and grandparents, who lost their battles with cancer.

“I am a blessed girl,” said Worley, who acknowledged how the support and shoulder to cry on of her mother, Jan Worley, who was in the audience, had been her strength. Her surgeon asked her if she believed in him or in a higher power. A woman of faith, Worley said she knew a higher power had sent this man to heal her. And he did. With prayers and high hopes, Worley’s surgery revealed that the cancer was not invasive and she is celebrating her fourth birthday in February. The birthday theme was evident at the kickoff with tables featuring different party decorations. Kellie Scott provided the welcome and introduced the two chairwomen for the third annual Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton. She described Worley and Kidd as amazing. The top teams were 2012 were rec-

Jessica Worley can’t help but cry when she recalls her cancer journey. At the Nov. 8 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton 2-13 kickoff, Worley shared her inspiring story. “I want to tell you how blessed I am because I know I’m healed,” said Worley, Worley who is chairing the 2013 Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton, with Jennifer Kidd as co-chair. An abnormal pap smear at age 21 found Worley spending two weeks awaiting to confirm that her doctor’s suspicions about an abnormal cervical growth was cancer. She worried that her dream of being a mom may be snatched away. She said she tried to stay hopeful because she couldn’t accept Kidd that she would never have children. When the results of the biopsy were available, Worley learned that her cancer had See RELAY, 4B been caught in the early stages.

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Allan Bredig and Ola McNeil enjoy meeting customers and sharing nutritional hints and recipes as they make available the best produce and products they can provide at Green Acres Farm Market in Braselton. They plan to expand into the commercial kitchen inside the market to expand their own canned offerings and add demonstrations and classes.

Goodness to be had at Green Acres Farm Market BY LEANNE AKIN

If you are looking for something special to highlight your holiday table or to give as a unique and tasty present, a visit to Green Acres Farm Market can fill your shopping basket. Allan Bredig and Ola McNeil operate the farm market and offer specialty products they prepare or acquire from area growers and producers. Green Acres specializes in local natural and organic products and food items such as canned goods created and available at Green Acres Farm Market. “We are the only fresh produce farm market in Jackson County which is open year-round,” said Bredig. He and McNeil have studied nutrition as it related to foods. He is a Georgia native with 38 years of business experience and is associated with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s Geor-

gia Grown program. McNeil obtained a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University, and she utilizes her skills to create and perfect products and develop recipes using those products to be shared with customers. “We want to produce high quality food products and make available both locally and nationally the best natural food products Georgia has to offer,” said Bredig. McNeil enjoys sharing recipes and health-related information to customers, and that service is what sets Green Acres Farm Market apart from other enterprises. “We tell people about our products, including where they were grown,” said McNeil. Health and nutrition information is also provided and questions can be answered. Green Acres Farm Market grew from economic necessity. “In looking for a new business due to the economic downturn, we began selling items at our home,” said Bredig. With a large garden

and a desire to provide a better, fresher food product, they began selling their yield and found tremendous response from local and transient customers. “As we grew, we found it time to expand into our current building,” said Bredig. Green Acres Farm Market, which anticipates expanding into the commercial kitchen inside its building, is located at 8865 Highway 53 in Braselton. Green Acres is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and from, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. These recipes are compliments of Green Acres Farm Market in Braselton:

Ola’s Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts I have been making these for years and friend who say they have hated brussel sprouts end up lov-

ing these. The key is to keep them slightly under cooked not mushy INGREDIENTS 1 pounds Brussels Sprouts 1 tablespoon good olive oil

2 tablespoons real butter 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper




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Continued from 3B ognized, and Scott said there was a lot to be proud of even though the 2012 numbers were just shy of the fundraising goal with $58,402.37 being raised. The top five teams were Hometown Community Bank, $7,467.67; Center United Methodist Church, $6,435; Spring For Life, $5,287; Faithful Fighters, $4,790.75; and Gum Springs Elementary School, $3,862.70. Bob Kindelberger was the top individual fundraiser with $3,005. Why do we do this, asked Martin Scott: For the survivors. She presented gifts to the survivors including 35-year survivor Gail Banks. Scott will reach the 10-year mark as a survivor in January. She then recognized the caregivers with a gift before introducing two very special people. Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brad Smith and Jacob, his 8-year-old son, were special guests. The Smiths also have a 10-year-old son, Aiden. When Jacob was 13 months old, he began crying at night which was unusual and then Christine Smith found a lump in the baby’s pelvis while changing his diaper. At St. Mary’s Hospital, the family learned Jacob had a mass the size of a large orange in his small body. The tumor was Smith meshed around his organ and his kidneys were ready to shut

down. It was necessary to shrink the tumor before surgery, Smith said, and the family hoped the tumor was cancer so that it would respond to the treatment. The mass was removed but it returned in January and was removed. Chemotherapy was given but the tumor returned a third time in March. Accutane was given to turn the cancer cells back into normal cells and for 18 months, the Smiths were at the hospital for Jacob’s chemotherapy and back and forth to the emergency room and hospitalized almost weekly. The Smiths both had full-time jobs so they were tagging-teaming with Jacob at the hospital. “We would have one-hour dates at the hospital as we were trying to keep a normal life for our other son,” said Smith. Over the course of 12 months, Jacob underwent 10 surgeries and he’ll never be an underwear model with the scars he carries. But there is much to celebrate. Jacob will have been off treatment for six years in January. The family celebrated year five with a celebration. “Now it’s time to give back to everybody else,” said Smith, of sharing Jacob’s story through the AFLAC Children’s Center and Relay For Life. Also an honorary chair for Relay For Life is Martha Martin, who credits woman’s intuition for the early detection of her cancer. She had a boil on her hand the size of a BB but he was sore so her doctor ordered an x-ray. While at the hospital, she said

Broccoli Casserole

GREEN ACRES Continued from 3B

Cheesy and delicious, the panko bread crumbs make the dish Serves 4-6 .

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 pinch garlic powder Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves and cut in half. On medium high heat, melt butter with olive oil in a large sauté pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder in butter mixture. Place Brussel sprouts cut side down in pan reduce heat to medium, cook until Brussel sprouts turn golden brown on cut side. Flip sprouts over reduce heat to low and place a lid on the pan and cook 3 -5 more minutes. You want them to be crisp tender, still have a green color to them not cooked to death and mushy. Serve.

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Ola McNeil often cooks up a recipe like this Apple Cake for customers to sample. With the recipe in hand, they can then try cooking it up at home with apples they purchase.

Baked Sweet Potatoes Flavors of New England come through in this dish. Great with grilled chicken or pork. Makes 8 servings INGREDIENTS 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon raisins 1 tablespoon dried cranberries 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup Maple syrup 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup water

and cored apples 1 teaspoon vanillia 2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread sweet potatoes in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with raisins, cranberries and chopped walnuts. In a small bowl, mix the butter, syrup and water. Pour the mixture over potatoes. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven 50 to 60 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender and cooked through. Remove foil for last 6 minutes of baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine oil and sugar until very well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients and blend in. Blend in the apples. Pour into a greased and sugared Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Let the cake cool thoroughly before removing from the pan. You could vary the recipe by adding 1/2 cup of nuts or raisins.

Ola’s Apple Cake

Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon

Taking advantage of the fall harvest, this dessert is a winner. Moist and sweet, it is sure to be a family favorite. Serves 6. INGREDIENTS 1 cup cooking oil 2 eggs beat until foamy 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups chopped, peeled

she thought she should have a mammogram. Although a nurse told her she wasn’t due for a mammogram for another six months and likely her insurance wouldn’t cover the cost, a call to her doctor was made and the mammogram was done. She was told to call the doctor the following day and she thought it was able the spot on her hand. It wasn’t: there was a spot found on that mammogram. Two weeks later, the spot on her hand had totaled disappeared but the spot in her breast had not. The doctor suspected a calcium deposit but it was cancer, requiring radiation. Her sister was not so lucky. Her physician failed to look at the reports of her mammogram so her breast cancer spread and she died of lung cancer in 2005. Scott said she relays for the friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in a short seven months, for the friend who is an 11year breast cancer survivor and for her own son who has the predisposition for the same type of cancer she had. Working to accomplish what can be done for those fighting the battle everyday is why she relays. Scott asked those present to write down why they relay on a card and pin it to a cupcake which will be used during the Relay For Life fundraising. Also sharing the stories of how cancer has touched her life was Kelli Wehunt, who is in the book, Angels and Monsters, which gave her an opportunity to share her story. It gave her the ability to heal. The book raises money to help fund early detection. The goal for 2013 is to have teams committed to staying all night to earn special T-shirts. The all-night event with a birthday theme has added meaning this year as the founder of Relay, Gordy Klatt is now battling cancer himself. Relay For Life is the largest not-forprofit event in the world.

INGREDIENTS 6 slices thick-cut lean bacon 2 pounds fingerling potatoes salt 1 minced peeled garlic clove freshly ground black pepper 1. Cut 6 slices thick-cut lean bacon crosswise into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Put

bacon into a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet and gently cook over mediumlow heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is pink but not crisp, 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, put fingerling potatoes (cut larger potatoes in half crosswise, leaving smaller ones whole) into a medium pot. 2. Add 2 large pinches salt, cover with cold water, and boil over medium-high heat until soft, 10-15 minutes. Drain well and add to skillet with bacon. Add 1 minced peeled garlic clove and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and cook about 5 minutes more.

INGREDIENTS Kosher salt, to taste 2 heads broccoli, cut into small florets 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 teaspoon unsalted butter 4 ounces white button mushrooms, thinly sliced (optional) 3/4 cups panko bread crumbs 1 teaspoon dried sage Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons flour 1 cups milk 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

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Brad Smith talked about how his family handled Jacob’s battle with cancer that began when he was 18 months old. He will be cancer-free for six years in January.

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 2 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 eggs, lightly beaten INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add broccoli, and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 9x9 baking dish and set aside. Heat oil and two tablespoons butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add 3 tablespoons butter to skillet and melt. Remove from heat add bread crumbs and sage; season with salt and pepper and set aside. 2. Heat remaining butter

in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add milk, mustard and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, 1 cup cheddar, mayonnaise. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, once well beaten add 1-1/4 cup of the cheese mixture, pour the egg and cheese mixture in this the rest of the cheese mixture and stir until smooth; season with salt and pepper and set sauce aside. 3. Heat broiler to high. Pour sauce evenly over the broccoli; sprinkle with mushrooms, bread crumbs and remaining cheddar. Broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

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The Paper   | Thursday, November 22, 2012


Make the choice to end it for wishy-washy boyfriend Dear Margo: I’m in my late 20s and have been living with a man roughly the same age for the past year and a half. The relationship has been wonderful. Until a few months ago, I had no reason to distrust him, but I started to suspect something when he didn’t want to answer when I asked about his dinner with a male friend. I looked at his cellphone a few days later and saw he had met with a female friend I did not know. When I confronted him, he said it was a woman he met at the gym, but he didn’t want to tell me because in his culture women frown on their significant others having female friends (he is from a different country). He swears she is just a friend and says she is religious and has invited him to church, etc., which I know is something he wants to get back to. Aside from that, nothing else seems odd, and he continues to share everything that goes on. At about the time of

Dear Margo the “secret meeting,” he announced he’d like to spend time away with the guys maybe one or twice a month. I was fine with that. Then, the time away increased to four days staying with me and three days living with his sibling. Now, he has announced that he wants to step away and think about the relationship to make sure he wants to be with me for the rest of his life, decide whether he wants children, etc. He stresses that he does not want to make the same mistake twice. (He has been married before. It ended badly). He says we will continue to talk and go out, but there will be nothing physical.

I have had a string of bad relationships, so I know what terrible is, but as he’s being a gentleman about it all, I just don’t know what to think. — RAL Dear R.: There are gentleman bank robbers, too, my dear. To this neutral observer, it sounds as though your live-in love is moving out of the relationship in incremental steps. His idea of continuing to talk and go out while he revirginizes himself is highly suggestive of his planning to make a break for it. I would make it easy on him — and yourself — by telling him you’ve decided, in one fell swoop, to call it a day. Why stick around for his dismissal notice? — Margo, efficiently Dear Margo: I had a fender-bender in the parking lot at work. At first, I didn’t notice, but the person whose car I hit did and was understandably steamed. I did something really stupid because I was scared.

First, I said I didn’t notice, and that didn’t go over well. Then, I actually said someone else was driving! It was ridiculous and pathetic, but I was really nervous, and this came out before I knew what I was saying. Anyway, I gave the other person my insurance information and hope that will be the end of it. We’re in different departments, so I don’t think there will be any repercussions as far as my job goes, but I feel like a jerk. Should I try to make some sort of amends or just keep a low profile and hope it blows over? — Feeling Guilty Dear Feel: Because your insurance company will right the wrong, no harm, no foul. I’m sure the other person knows exactly what was going on, and for him or her, it’s a settled issue. If, however, this is eating at you, by all means write a note saying you are feeling foolish, the whole thing came from fear, and you wish you had behaved with




more integrity. Over and out. — Margo, correctively Dear Margo: There is not out-and-out warfare with my mother-in-law; it’s more like an armed truce. My husband and I laugh about it, and he told me early on: “It’s not you; it’s her.” I don’t even have a problem being with her at family affairs, but one little thing does get to me, and I wish I had a better way of responding, or at least a better way of thinking about the digs. No matter what I show up in, she begins the conversation with, “Oh, you’re wearing...” Fill in the blank: last year’s color, such a short skirt, an unflattering fit, etc. I don’t actually care what she thinks (and I doubt it’s even valid), but I would like either something to say in response, or at least some new way to interpret the criticisms when they start flying my way. Considering the problems a woman could have with her m-i-l, I know this is a 2 on a scale of 1-10, but still. — Lorene

Dear Lor: Here’s what to think — and understand. The woman is passive-aggressive. She’s not inclined to come at you with both barrels blazing, so she takes a subtler tack. It’s what we used to call “being nibbled to death by ducks.” Maybe it’s her personality, maybe she wouldn’t care for anyone her son married, whatever. Now here’s what to say, if you think that will make you feel better and if you are disposed to neutralizing her. At the next evaluation of your outfit, you might say, “You could be right. Maybe we should go shopping together, and I could learn from you.” Bingo. (And I seriously doubt she will take you up on the offer.) — Margo, stylishly Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter. All letters must be sent via the online form at margo.

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BULLI registration for winter term starting Nov. 27 Winter registration is getting under way for Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute (BULLI), a member-led, memberdriven organization offering a variety of learning experiences. Beginning Jan. 7, 2013 is intermediate digital photography, Celebrating Creativity, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, Archaeology and the Bible, Worlds Within Words and Ogran Recital: How Your Body Works. BULLI will be holding its winter general meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the courtroom of the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building located at 5040 Highway 53. Officers for the 2012-13 year will be elected at the winter registration meeting. Candidates for BULLI office are Lynn Hammond, President; Kathy Ash, Vice President; and Jennifer Dees, Secretary. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. “Please help us by attending the meeting and choosing the officers who will serve you,” said Kathy Amos, director of BULLI. “Braselton BULLI’s continuing ability to meet your interests is very much dependent upon a growing, in-

volved membership. We need your input and ideas. The meeting is also a great time to talk to committee members about what you would like to see at BULLI.” Online registration for members is Nov. 27 and through Dec. 5. Each course has a fee of $35.per course. Multiply your total number of courses times $35 and enclose a check for that amount. You may bring your registration form to the registration meeting on Nov. 27 or you may mail it, however it must be in the Braselton Town Hall, not just postmarked, by Wednesday, Dec. 5, or brought to the general meeting or it will be considered a late registration. You certainly may register late, but you will only be able to register for classes that have not closed out. The earlier you register, the better chance you have of getting in the class that you want. Contributions came be made to the Endowment Fund as an end-ofyear gift to help BULLI thrive. If you wish to make a donation to Braselton BULLI, note that in the “For” section of your check. Any contribution is tax deductible. The mailing address is TOWN HALL, Attn:

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Breakfast of Dec. 5 is a networking event with area nonprofits setting up table displays to share information about opportunities for involvement as a volunteer or donor. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Jackson EMC Auditorium and will be sponsored by the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Contact Linda@ to reserve a non-profit table. sss

On Friday, Nov. 30, Santa Claus will be making his way into downtown Jefferson on a horse-drawn carriage. Photos with Santa will be available at the Pendergrass Store, part of the museum, after his 5:30 p.m. arrival. Color 5x7 inch photographs will be available for $7.50 or parents can use their own cameras to get a photo for $5. sss On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Crawford W. Long Museum invites children ages 5-12 to participate in a miniature gingerbread house workshop from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $5 for museum members or $7 for nonmembers. sss The annual Jefferson Christmas parade will wind its way through downtown Jefferson, beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. sss The Friends of the Jefferson Library will host the third annual Jefferson Public Library Speed Read 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center. The entry fee is $15 per pre-registered participant and $40 per family of four. New this year will be a one mile Junior Jog for kids. All preregistered participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Entry forms can be picked up at the library or go to jeffersonpubliclibrary or www.jeffersonfriends. Call the library at 706-367-8012. sss The Festival of Trees Gala will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at Buisson Barn, located at 6354 J.F. Jay Road in Gainesville. The cost is $85 per person and goes to benefit Challenged Child and Friends. A silent and live auction will be held. To purchase tickets visit www.challengedchild. org or call 770-535-8372 ext. 109. sss A Flea An’tique, located

Amy Pinnell 4982 Highway 53 P.O. Box 306 , Braselton, GA 30517 . Winter term courses, from Jan. 7 through Feb. 22, will include: INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - This course is a continuation of the introductory class that was taught in the fall. Among the topics we will cover are different lenses and their use, composition, focal length and perspective, color versus black and white. You will need a DSLR or a manual capable camera, camera manual and knowledge and/or experience in manual mode and/or semi-automatic mode. Monday, 6:30-8 p.m., Juan Alonso is an award winning fine art photographer, with experience in film and digital printing, and solo photography exhibits. CELEBRATING CREATIVITY - Do you want to explore your creative side? Want to learn how to properly manage acrylic paints? Join us for some fun as your instructor leads you through a variety of visual exercises and then takes you step-by-step as you create your own work in acrylics. You will design and complete several paintings and tap into your own creative abilities,

in Braselton, will hold its holiday open house will be Dec. 8 and 9. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. sss

Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hoschton Hertiage Arts Center, located at 74 White St., in Hoschton. sss

Flowery Branch Christmas Tree Lighting & Roll ‘n Stroll will be from 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 1, in downtown Main Street at the Depot in Flowery Branch. Santa photos will be $7. More details and registration for Roll ‘n Stroll - http:// event-calendar.html Contact Charlotte Cornett at 678-698-1387. sss

Breakfast with Santa will be hosted from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center The cost is $2 per child and $4 per adult. sss

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Westbrook Academy and Braselton Prep will present “The Yule Mule,” a Christmas musical by Ray Lombardi, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, in the gymnasium building. Tickets are $5 with coffee and dessert are included. sss

but more than that, you’ll just have a good time. Supply fee of $15 payable at first class. Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m., Martha Moore is the instructor. FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT - Unlock the doors to understanding and taking control of your retirement. With the proper tools, you can be confident in your decisions on key matters, including asset management and inflation, making your money last, estate planning and taxes, long-term health care and investing. Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Tim Gelinas is the president of Senior Financial Planning. ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE: COMPLEMENTARY OR COMPETITIVE? - What do we really know about Israel’s history? How reliable is the history found in the Old Testament? This course will explore the implications of archaeological discoveries for the traditional history of Israel as seen in the Old Testament. Together, we will decide how archaeology impacts our faith and our understanding of the Old Testament traditions. Thursday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.,

The Jefferson Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Jefferson will be hosting a “Candlelight Tour of Historic Jefferson Churches.” This event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, and begins at 5 p.m. Transportation will be provided from the First Baptist Church of Jefferson parking lot. The churches chosen for the tour are among the oldest in Jefferson and Jackson County. Academy Baptist is the fourth oldest church in Jackson County having been established in 1810. Brief histories of each of the churches will be provided to participants and members of each congregation will be on hand to great guests. The tour will include:

Dr. Edward Simmons is a popular BULLI teacher. WORLDS WITHIN WORDS - Books are windows into another world, In this course we will take a peek at past, present and future by reading Praying for Sheetrock, Blasphemy and Unwind. Group discussion and engaging activities will move us from passive looking through the window to actively exploring the world of each novel as we seek to discover if it really is another world or merely someone else’s view of the world we share. Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m., Amber Strickland is the instructor. ORGAN RECITAL: HOW YOUR BODY WORKS - Ever wonder how your heart keeps pace with all you are doing? Did you know that the capillaries in your lungs equal the size of a tennis court? How can too much salt in the diet cause high blood pressure? The answers to these questions and more will be covered in this stimulating course that describes how the human body works. We’ll look at the heart, lungs and kidneys as they function normally and what happens when they don’t. Thursday, 6:30- 8 p.m., Dr. George Ordway is the instructor.

Academy Baptist, First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, Paradise A.M.E., Saris Presbyterian and St. Paul’s First Baptist. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Jefferson City Hall, PrissEllie’s or the Crawford W. Long Museum. Questions may be directed to 706-3675714. sss The 64th annual Winder Christmas parade will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.15. This year’s Theme is Christmas Movies. You can choose any appropriate Christmas movie. See a list on the city’s website at www. to help with your decision. You can also also find an application The fee is $40 again this year.

sss The Georgia Pageant of Hope will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Winder Cultural Arts Center, 105 E. Athens St. The Pageant of Hope gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, the Pageant invites kids of all ages to shine and be celebrated. Two will earn the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope. Go to watch?v=BnZAxDAqpf4 for a clip from ABC’s Everyday Health. Call Jennifer at 770-307-6283 or Christy at 678-617-


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The Ins And Outs Of ePayments By Jason Alderman Are you ordering far fewer checks for your bank account these days? Does a roll of postage stamps seem to last a lot longer? Like most people, you’re probably performing many more financial transactions electronically, either by choice or because companies and government agencies

have increasingly made it all but mandatory. For example, most gyms require automatic deductions from a checking or credit card account. Utilities, mortgage lenders, insurance companies and others strongly encourage electronic payments. And many states now distribute benefits like unem-

ployment, child support and disability assistance using prepaid cards instead of paper checks. Electronic transactions have caught on because: They’re cheaper. Businesses save on the costs of printing, processing and mailing millions of paper checks and statements; and with firstclass postage costing


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example, in 2010 more than 540,000 mailed federal benefit checks were reported lost or stolen and had to be replaced. That doesn’t mean electronic transactions are risk-free. As with email or any kind of online activity, you should take precautions to protect your computer (and cell phone) from being hacked. For example: s -AKE SURE YOUR anti-virus and antispyware software is up-to-date. s 7HEN MAKING online payments, look for safety symbols like a padlock icon in the browser’s status bar, an “s� after “http� in the URL, or the words “Secure Sockets Layer� (SSL). s2EVIEWCREDITCARD and bank account statements regularly and report duplicate bill payments or suspicious/unauthorized charges to the card issuer. s!SKWHETHERYOUR credit or debit card offers “zero liability,� which means you won’t be responsible for unauthorized or fraudulent purchases. s 2EGULARLY ORDER your credit reports

from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), and review for errors or fraudulent activity. You can order one free report annually from each at www. AnnualCreditReport. com, or more frequently for a small fee from each bureau. s #REATE COMPLEX random passwords and change them regularly. Be a savvy consumer whenever using a bill-paying service: s!SKIFANYFEESARE involved. s"EFORESIGNINGTHE agreement, make sure you understand and accept the terms. s 4O STOP SERVICE you must notify the merchant as well as the bank/credit card company. Cancellation may take a month or two to become effective, so plan ahead. s )F YOUR PAYMENT card expires, the merchant will need new card information to ensure uninterrupted service. s 4RACK EXPENSES carefully and keep your budget up to date.

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Services 000 011-Adult Care Adult Private Personal Care Home. 770-536-5102

028-Child Care KID’S WORLD Christian Childcare Jesse Jewell/985 Now Enrolling 6wks & up. $100/wk. 770-297-1500 Oakwood Daycare McEver Rd. Now enrolling Babies120; One & Up - 110. 770-536-4671

043-Firewood FIREWOODSeasoned Oak. Cut & Split. Free Delivery. 678-630-2775 leave message POP’S FIREWOOD Proprietor: Dylan Robertson. Pick-up or Delivery. Best Prices In Town!!! 678-997-8737 770-540-5372

Announcements 100 160-Lost & Found

Missing Since Monday, November 5. Red & White Boxer. Female. 3years old, wearing a red collar. If found, call 770-861-8247

MISSING: female beagle LEXI from Sardis area. Danielle @ 770-235-1257

170-Notices Public Sale 1998 Buick Riviera. Vin:1G4GD2217W470 2463. at 4505 Trellis Way, Braselton, GA On Sat, Nov. 24th, 2012. 8:00am

Jobs 200 210-Adult Care: Help Wanted CNA Needed9am-1pm. Mon thru Fri. Call Mike 678-316-7809

230-General Sales Agents PRIMEdge, Inc. located in Elk Grove Village, IL is actively seeking a professional Territory Manager for our Southern Territory. This territory is located in the south east portion of the country. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, meet and exceed current sales goals, be familiar with the Poultry Industry with proven experience. Travel will be 60% 70% in this territory and will involve overnight stays. We provide a comprehensive benefit package, competitive salary + commission and auto allowances. All of your travels are company paid. Interested applicants can email a resume to the following email: m

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

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SALES REPRESENTATIVE The Times is seeking enthusiastic and eager professionals to join the established and experienced team in place. Desire to sell in a team environment and seek new business is an absolute must. An individual with high energy and assertive work ethic along with the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fluid environment daily will fit into our sales territory partnerships well. Dependable track record on attendance and attention to details will assure success. Self-starter and self-motivated toward the senior account executive business plan will produce the highest achievements. Primary duties include developing new business in tandem with the seasoned sales staff to exceed monthly territory sales goals. Working knowledge of excel software, reliable transportation with a valid driver’s license/good driving record and ability to comprehend written and verbal instruction are required. We offer you a start in sales culture with comprehensive compensation package to include competitive salary and health & time benefits. Resumes and references to:




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The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: Physician Assistant Neurosurgery Gainesville Registered Vascular Tech Vascular Surgery Gainesville Licensed Practical Nurse (P/T; Pre-and Post op exp. Recovery exp. IV exp) Vascular Surgery Gainesville RN (2) (P/T; conscious sedation, working in procedure room) Vascular Surgery Gainesville Radiology Tech (P/T or PRN; C arm and interventional procedures exp) Vascular Surgery Gainesville Check in/ Registration (Minimum 1yr exp. Span/English a plus) Vascular Surgery Gainesville LPN (Minimum 1 yr exp Span/English a plus) Bariatrics Gainesville Clinical Coordinator (LPN required) Family Medicine Oakwood Registered Mammographer (Position is PRN) Imaging Dept Gainesville Physician Asst/ Nurse Practitioner (Surgical assist experience required) General Surgery Gainesville Clinical Assistant (LPN or CMA) OB/GYN Gainesville LPN or CMA (Rotating weekends/ holidays) Pediatrics Gainesville AR Denial (Prefer CPC & previous neurosurgery denials experience) Business Office Gainesville LPN or CMA (Previous OB or GYN experience) OB/GYN Gainesville Medical Assistant (One day per week Monday; 8:30am-5:00pm) Oncology 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

260-Poultry PET Injection Process Tech. Experience required Rotating Shift. Resume to linda.homire@resilux. com

240-Medical NORTHEAST GEORGIA DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC GAINESVILLE Registered Nurse – Responsible for administering chemotherapy and other infusion medications. Minimum 2 years RN experience required. Familiarity with chemotherapy preferred, but not required. Qualified candidates fax resumes & salary requirements to Human Resources at 770-297-5025 or email Resumes without salary requirements will not be considered. No phone calls please. EOE

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



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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Eagle Ranch a Christian children's home in Northeast Georgia, is seeking an experienced educational leader to serve as its Director of Education. The Director leads and manages the Ranch’s SACS-accredited on-campus school for grades 6-9 and serves as a liaison with local schools serving Eagle Ranch residents in grades 3-5 and 10-12. To view a complete job description and listing of requirements, visit Gainesville State College accepting applications for the FT benefit eligible position of Geospatial Technology Research Associate Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Science or related field and 2 years experience in Geospatial Technology required. For full job description, qualifications and application procedure visit our website & link Staff Positions. Application deadline is Nov. 29,2012. An AA/EEO Institution

275-Restaurant Experienced kitchen help wanted. 770-536-7971 JIMMY JOHN’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop, Gainesville, GA Hiring: Drivers; In Shop; & Shift Leaders. jhobbs215@yahoo. com

277-Security ISMG, Inc. has Security Officer positions available in the Gainesville area. Security experience and truck gate experience preferred: • 21 years of age or older • High School diploma/ GED • Clean criminal background • Drug/alcohol free • Available to work any shift/any day • Excellent customer service skills ISMG Benefits: • Pay rate is $9/per hour • Medical/ Dental/Vision plans • Paid vacation • 401k • Direct Deposit • Referral bonus program Apply in person: ISMG, Inc. 8215 Roswell Road, Bldg. 1100 Atlanta, GA 30350 *ISMG, Inc. is an EOE, VPE, and drug free workplace.

280-Trades 25 year old Gainesville Shop Now Hiring! Call Paul Fuller 770-718-3140 Baco Exterminating Hiring for Technician F/T. Exp. preferred but will train. Please call 770-886-7844 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS Contractor seeks heavy equipment operators with minimum 5yrs experience operating scrapers, dozers, packers, or motor graders for projects located in Gainesville. Ability to finish grade a plus. Must have transportation and be able to pass drug test. Email resume to m PIPE LAYERS Site work contractor is seeking experienced pipe layers with a minimum 5yrs experience for project located in Gainesville. Must have experience with storm, sanitary sewer, and water lines, domestic and main. Safety training is a plus. Must have transportation and be able to pass drug test. Email resume to:

Needed Tuition Paid by Federal Grants or VA Benefits. 770-614-6022 or 1-877-GET-A-CDL Call and see if you Qualify in 5 minutes! HIRING: OTR Drivers 2yrs Experience. Weekend work req’d Call 678-989-0506

Stuff 300 310-Appliances WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore, Exc cond $250. 770-983-1507 Washer/Dryers Stoves & Refrig. Also Mattresses. 678-714-0493 770-231-0255

326-Cemetery Lots For Sale 2 CEMETERY PLOTS. Memorial Park. Hillside #2. $4000 each/negot 706-632-2573 3 PLOTS, near 401B & 402B in Rose Garden area of Memorial Park. At $1400/each. Linda 864-980-1773 or Lisa 770-287-8227 at Memorial Park.

345-Furniture 1930’s BEDROOM SUITE, 6 pc ornate, twin beds, box spring & mattress included, $2000 obo; (2) adjustable iron CANDLEABRAS, $100 ea or $175/pair. 678-200-8815 LEATHER COUCH, dark green w/ matching CHAIR, good cond., $160 delivered. 678-463-7006 ORIENTAL CEDAR CHEST Hand carved. Mother of Pearl inlay. $125. 678-994-2946 QUEEN SETPillow-top, Brand New! $175. Still in plastic. Delivery avail 678-617-7353

353-Heavy Equipment NH 2004 LS 180. Skidsteer. 670 hours with equipt. Good Cond. Lula, GA. 770-869-0852

365-Misc. For Sale (3) Tower Drive on Cheetah Frame Machine with all accessories. $12,500. 678-617-2216 ESTATE SALE. Antique furn., toys. By appointment only. 770-744-8721 FILL DIRT AVAIL. Mundy Mill Rd area. 770-540-3800 Garmin Nuvi 2300LM 4.3 w/Lifetime Maps, ILive 27' Sound Bar, RCA WiFi Streaming Media Player w/1080p HDMI output, Disc Gear 100 Container, Black & Decker Convection CounterTop Oven Please call 706-776-6865 if interested in these items GOLF CART 2008 EZ GO. PDS. Completely recond. 1yr old batteries, lights & rear seats. $3250. 678-316-1051 LARGE ALUMINUM TOOL BOX For pickup truck. $150. 678-316-1051

380-Pets & Supplies DACHSHUND Puppies, 6 Weeks old $250. Call Kim 706-968-9165 Sold as "Pets Only"no papers GERMAN ROTTWEILER Adult female. Not fixed. $400/negotiable. Cash. 770-572-5145 GERMAN SHEPHERD AKC Pups, 7 wks old. 1st shots/wormed. Parents on premises 3 Fem, 1 male. Call for price 678-936-8538 GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies, AKC, with first set of shots. $500. Call 678-989-9522

380-Pets & Supplies HUSKY-Female White w/blue eyes, approx 1yr old. $250. 706-693-2337

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410-Apartments Unfurnished Safe, Quiet Efficiency Bsmt Apt $150/wk. All utils incld also TV & internet. 770-548-1128

415-Business Property for Rent MIN SCHNAUZERS AKC - B/S male still available. Ready to go 11/30. Serious inquiries only. (770) 983-1968 SHIH-TZU Pup. CKC Female. 8wks. 1st shots/wormed $350 YORKIE - Pup. Female 706-491-2436 706-599-6068 TOY POODLE AKC. 2 tiny toys, 1 blk male, 1 parti female. Shots/wormed. $350. 706-865-1640

385-Sporting Equipment *POWERTEC HOME GYM* Three station system. Squats/calf raise, lat pull, bench press, tricep pulldown, leg extension, ab crunch, bicep curl, and more. Holds olympic size weights - NOT included. You must pick up. Retails for $1799. My price $650. Excellent condition. 678-936-7385. Can e-mail pics.

397-Yard Sale HOLIDAY BAZAAR GIFT SALE: Friday Nov 30th. 9am-4pm The Barn at Jaemor Farms 5340 GA Hwy 365 Lula 30554. Lots of great holiday shopping!

Homes & Rentals 400 410-Apartments Unfurnished

$599.00 MOVES U IN!! Brandon Place 2BR/2BA $675 Efficiency Apt $450 Spring Valley 1BR/1BA $575 up 2BR/2BA $725 up Call today- Dont delay Jacky Mathis 678-779-2687 1 and 2 BD Apts Avail. $400-$500 + dep. Call 404-643-8302 1-2BR Oakwood, $535 & up. www.callapartments. com 770-287-1456 2BR/1.5BA Buford Apts. Fall Special! $550/mo no App Fee + Bonus for 1st 5 apps. 678-765-0262 3BR PENTHOUSE Completly refinished, 2000sf Apt. Top of Jackson building dwntwn. Call Lanier, 404-202-7290 G’Ville- 1&2BR $550610. water/trash incld no pet 678-677-1898 N. Hall, Lg BR/ 1.5 BA kitch. $750. utils incld. 770-540-4855

2 Bay Warehouse 500 SF, $175/mo 770-540-5339

425-Duplexes For Rent 1BR-$425; 2BR $595. 3BR- $695 In City. 678-617-5073 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 included. NO RENT until January 1st

SUN HOMES 888-246-2803 countrysidelakelanier. com EHO WAC 3 & 5BR Lakefront Great Location. $1150-2250 770-539-4400 3BR/2BA, Brick ranch, Oakwood, $1100. 386-503-3933 4BR/3BAw/motherin law Apt on 3 acs. $1500. 678-897-3974

Homes & Real Estate 500 515-Condos for Sale 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

523-House for Sale BANK OWNED ON-SITE R.E. AUCTION GAINESVILLE Single Family Home 3900 Rosedale Cir 3BR/2BA, 1575 s/f. Sale: Sat, Dec.1, 11am FREE BROCHURE 1-800-229-9793 AuctionServicesIntl. com 5% Buyers Premium Bruce Miller, CO-2488 ASI.FM-CO.02852

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735-Autos for Sale CHEVY 2008 Cobalt LT. 4dr. Blue, electric wind/dr locks. 61k. $6800. 770-519-3123 770-534-8671 OLDS 2002 Intrigue. Real Low miles, A/C wrrty. $4200. 770-536-5858 770-967-8411

745-Import Autos HONDA 2003 Odyssey EX-L, 210k mi. DVD, leather, heated front seats, dealer serviced, new trans. at 130k, 1-owner, garaged, $5,850, ph 770.561.2896.


HARLEY DAVIDSON 2009 Heritage Softtail Classic. 1584cc, Vance & Hines Pipes, dyno'd, tuned and strong. Well below retail, SAVE!!! 11,000mi. $12,500 obo. Call Bob @ 770-654-5373.

755-Sport-Utility Vehicles CHEVY 2001 Tahoe LS. white with tan leather, 4WD, 275k. Good Cond. $5500. 404-229-9042

610-RVs & Travel Trailers

Clermont- 2BR/1BA C/H/A. $600mo 678-316-0505 Reduced Rate Free Rent Starting at $85/wk. N. & S. Hall & Gainesville. 770-534-7596 IN CITY small 1BR. $425/mo. Patsy 770-315-8866 N HALL, 3BR/2BA. fenced yrd. $1000/m. 3343 Ed Dodd Trail. 770-654-4420 S. Hall, 3br/1.5b w/ bsmt, deck & carport $875mo 770-713-1105

445-Lake Homes for Rent Lanier- Cabin, guest hse. 2/2, dock 6mo $1000. 724-316-3925

460-Mobile Homes for Rent CLERMONT 2BR $135/wk. Free heat/ water. 770-654-4073 Hall/White C/H/A 3/2, $150/wk, $400 dep. 678-617-9085. LRG. 3/2 dbl wide, 1 ac, Lula, fireplc. rent/lease purchase. 770-365-9610 MURRAYVILLE 2BR, Total electric. Pvt lot, appls incl. $125/ wk. 770-534-2722 N. HALL 3/2 DW very clean, no pets, 2 acs $170/wk; $350 dep. 770-536-3217 S. Hall 2BR/1.5BA. dbl wide, $450m. No pets 678-828-7068

465-Roommates Wanted MEN-ONLY. Fur Br, All priv + Xtras Oakwd. 770-530-1110

COACHMAN Grand Tour Pop Up W/ Slide Out. $4200 Call 770-503-5885

Wheels 700 705-All Terrain Vehicles

MERCURY 1998 Mountaineer NEW tires, brks, lines, plugs, wires, alternator, water & fuel pump, Etc. 110k. Bargain! 706-219-2933

765-Trucks CHEVROLET 2004 Silverado. 4x4, 52,200 mi. Exc Cond. 1 ownr loaded with options. 706-867-6806 CHEVY 1971 C-10. LWB, 350 eng. ps/pb, auto. $3500. 770-967-7982

POLARIS 2006- 330 Trail Boss. 3000 lb. winch on front. New battery. 1 owner. $1500/ obo. Visa or M/C accepted. 706-344-7283

710-Antique Cars/Trucks CADILLAC 1986 Sdn DeVille 89k, Exc 1 owner. $4000/obo. Possible truck trade 770-967-0751 770-841-4548

735-Autos for Sale BUICK 1997 Park Ave $1500 BUICK 1995 Century $1300 Both good running cond. 678-346-6106; 770-967-6884 CHEVY 1987 Caprice 1 owner. $5000 BUICK 1977 Electra 225. 1 Owner $1000 Both Good Cond. Must Be Seen To apprciate! 706-754-2807

DODGE 2007 Dakota. Ext Cab, pearl blk, chrome grill, sport wheels, bed liner. Exc Cond. 19,900 miles, $11,000. 770-983-3554


HONDA 2007 Odyssey EX-L Excellent condition, navigation, leather, towing pkg, DVD, $14K obo. 102K, service records. 770-561-6415

Legals 552-House for Sale Surrounding FSBO-3/2 brick ranch on 1.55 ac in country setting in Habersham Co. 20x24 workshop + 12x16 bldg. Only one mile to SR365 & 20 miles to Gainesville. Call 770-630-0210. $139,900.


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