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Kids' Photo deadline extended to Dec. 10
The deadline for turning in photographs of children for MainStreet Newspapers' 33rd annual special Christmas kids section has been extended until FRIDAY, DEC. 10 at 5PM. No photos will be accepted after this time.
Photographs of children ages 8 and under are featured free of charge in the special editions planned for the week of Christmas. The children must live in Banks, Madison or Jackson counties. The name, age, address and parent's name must be listed on the back of each photo.
Photos may be turned in at any of MainStreet's offices in Jefferson, Homer, Danielsville, Braselton or Commerce. They may also be mailed to: MainStreet Newspapers, P.O. Box 908, Jefferson, Ga., 30549.



Maysville retains tax lead
But Jefferson moves up with 5% increase
Maysville retained its title as having the highest combined property tax rate in Jackson County for the fifth year in a row. Maysville's combined rate is 31.46 mills, up only slightly from 1998.
But moving into second place this year was Jefferson, whose taxpayers will pay a combined 30.51 mills in property taxes. A hike in city school taxes pushed Jefferson up the list from last year.
Maysville's position at the top is due to the fact that it is the only town in the Jackson County School System district that levies a city property tax. Although both Jefferson and Commerce levy city taxes, those towns have independent school systems with tax rates lower than the county school system's.
Another wrinkle in the picture is that the city of Commerce operates its own utility system and puts income from those sources back into general city operations, thus keeping its city tax rate unusually low.
Because Jackson County has 10 fire districts, each of which sets its own millage rate, net tax rates vary from area to area.

Shoppers victims of crime
Armed robbery, 'road rage' incidents reported
Two out-of-town women with plans of shopping at Tanger Outlet Center were the victims of crime during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
A Michigan woman and her son were walking next to the new Denny's restaurant in Tanger II at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday when they were held up at gunpoint. A"dirty" blue Ford car approached the two and a man in the passenger seat pointed a small chrome-plated hand gun at the woman, according to the incident report.
The woman said the man demanded her shopping bag. While he went through the bag, her son ran into the restaurant to get help. The man then took her purse, which had $100 in cash and several credit cards in it, and left.
The driver and the passenger are both described as black males in their late 20s. The passenger has a beard.
A Gwinnett County woman was the victim of apparent "road rage" when a man pointed a gun at her on I-85. Tammie Phillips, 29, Buford, and her family were headed to Banks Crossing for an afternoon of shopping Saturday when she said a man in a passing car pointed a gun at her.
Cory Watson, 30, Charlotte, N.C, was charged with reckless conduct in the incident. Phillips called 911 after the gun was pointed at her, according to Jackson County chief investigator David Cochran. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Phillips, her two children and her mother were traveling north on I-85 to Banks Crossing when the altercation occurred. Her sister was following her in another vehicle. The woman said she was traveling approximately 80 miles per hour in the fast lane when a man pulled up very close behind her. She didn't slow down and he then passed her in the right lane and made a hand gesture at her, according to the incident report. Phillips told law enforcement officers that she waved at him as he passed.
The woman said the suspect then got in front of her and began driving at a slow speed. She said he then got in the lane beside her and pointed a silver handgun at her.
Phillips then sped ahead and called 911 to report the incident and give a description of the car. She said she felt a bump then and noticed that she had a flat right tire. It was initially reported that her tire had been shot, but this was not the case, officials say.
Cochran said a lookout was given on the suspect's car and he was later stopped by Banks County deputies. Phillips was transported by a Banks County deputy to the suspect's vehicle where she identified him as the man involved in the altercation, according to the incident report. His wife and a child were also in the car when the incident occurred.
Cochran said other charges may be pending following a discussion with the district attorney.

Christmas festivities ahead
Santa will be spotted in three Jackson County towns this weekend. The Jefferson Christmaas parade will be held Saturday afternoon, the Maysville Christmas in the Park celebration will be Saturday night and Commerce will have its parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Jefferson Christmas parade will be held in downtown Jefferson at 3 p.m. Saturday, with floats decorated in honor of "An exciting century of Christmases."
Senior citizens 90 and older will be grand marshals of the parade, which is sponsored by the Jefferson Junior Women.
Line-up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Stadium, with judging to be at 2 p.m. before the parade's start at 3 p.m. The parade will pass through downtown Jefferson and end at Wilkins Industries.
The Maysville Community Improvement Club will host "Christmas in the Park" on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Entertainment, refreshments and door prizes will be among the highlights. Santa will also be on hand for photographs with the youngsters.
The Christmas hay ride will be held after the lighting of the memorial tree. For more information on the celebration, call Cyndi Taylor at 652-2334.
A Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11, in Maysville. Tickets will be available from any Community Improvement Club member or at the Maysville Golden Pantry or the Short Stop Convenience Store.
Local children will have a chance to have breakfast with Santa Claus in Jefferson Saturday, December 11.
The Optimist Club of Jackson County will hold its third annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Electric Membership Corporation's auditorium.
Tickets are available from any Optimist Club member, at Regions Bank and JEMC. Proceeds will benefit area youth programs.
Santa Claus will be at the Hoschton gazebo from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11.
Children will be able to have a free photograph taken with Santa and will receive a surprise stocking.

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