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Jackson EMC is assisting Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation with power restoration efforts in northeast Georgia, where heavy rain, strong winds and severe thunderstorms on Saturday resulted in widespread power outages for members. Jackson EMC sent 16 linemen Jan. 12 to assis…

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After three unsuccessful votes, Braselton leaders voted Jan. 13 to defer a request for a large residential development near Chateau Elan.

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have announced an agreement on a new contract that covers the care NGHS provides to Anthem commercial (employer-sponsored) health plan members.

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The cost of the new county agricultural facility went up a little more Dec. 16 after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a $715,000 paving contract for the facility's parking lot. The vote was split 3-2 on the issue.

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The fallout from efforts to recall two of its members continues to roil the Hoschton city government and might force the town to petition a judge to allow it to continue to operate.

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Jason Wester was named principal of Jackson County Comprehensive High School when the Jackson County Board of Education met Dec. 9 for its monthly meeting at East Jackson Middle School.

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Carroll Daniel Construction was named as the construction manager at-risk to do Phase 1 of transforming the existing Jackson County Comprehensive High School into a multi-use facility to be known as the Empower College and Career Center. The Jackson County Board of Education chose Carroll Da…

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Approximately 239,000 Jackson EMC members will receive a check in the mail this month. Both current members and former members will receive their share of a total $12 million in margin refunds in December.

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Hoschton adopted its FY2020 budget and decided on a waste disposal company at its meeting on Dec. 9, but both were contentious and required Mayor Theresa Kenerly to break a tie vote for the items to pass.

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Political tensions in Hoschton boiled over at a Dec. 5 council meeting as one of the town's newest council members became embroiled in a heated discussion with embattled Mayor Theresa Kenerly over the form of the meeting's agenda.

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Visitors to HallCounty.org will notice an updated, more streamlined user experience as part of a scheduled redesign. The updates went live on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Locals wishing to donate blood have a few options throughout the month of December. The American Red Cross plans the following blood drives in the area:

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Several Municipal Court clerks from Jackson County recently attended training held at St. Simon’s Island. Those attending were: Mary Beth Echols, Commerce, Annette Studivant, Jefferson, Dawn Farris, Braselton, and Barbara Thomas, Maysville.

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Jackson County was recently awarded an Employee Safety Grant from the ACCG – Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWCF). The Employee Safety Grant Program is available to fund members that foster a culture of workplace safety through additional training, equipment or services.

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The Supreme Court of Georgia has denied an appeal by Hoschton mayor Theresa Kenerly, challenging a decision made in a local court that allowed the recall effort against her to move forward.

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An oversight board has been created to oversee the operations of the county's new agriculture facility when construction is completed in 2020.

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Around 460 new homes could start going up in the West Jackson area after two rezonings got the green light from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 18.