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The Jackson County 4-H program, Love of Llamas, attended the Heart of Dixie Llama Show held at the beautiful Willow Tree Farms located in Ringgold. The Heart of Dixie is a Double ALSA (Alpaca Llama Show Association) point, and Double ILR-SD (International Llama Show Association) point show. …

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Piedmont Athens Regional announces winners of the centennial-year essay contest. Piedmont Athens Regional kicked off its 100-year anniversary celebrations with a sponsored essay contest for middle school students in the Athens-Clarke County and surrounding communities.

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Sydney Lee, a senior at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, entered the Ianuario Bluegrass Festival 2019 Writing Contest and won the string instrument of her choice — a ukulele. She was awarded it at the lanuario Bluegrass Festival on September 21.

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Mill Creek High School 12th grader, How'Ron Nesbitt has again been named to serve on state school superintendent Richard Woods' student advisory council. This is the second year Nesbitt was selected for this honor.

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Gum Springs Elementary School recently announced April Duffey (pictured right) is its 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. "Duffey is a dedicated and passionate fourth grade teacher," school leaders state. "We are proud to have her representing our school." She is pictured with Todd Graichen, principal.

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Cherokee Bluff Middle School's academic team competed against Chestatee Academy Sept. 12 at Cherokee Bluff Middle for the first competition this year. Cherokee Bluff won two out of three matches. Pictured are both academic teams: Chestatee Academy in tie-dyed and Cherokee Bluff in spirit wear.

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Gum Springs Elementary recently had the opportunity to run for student council office. The following individuals were elected by their peers to serve as the officers for the 2019-20 school year: Audrey Hutton, president; Will McMahon, vice-president; Olivia…

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Jackson County students recently celebrated the beginning of their 4-H year with a “Back to School Bash.” During the school bash Pat Bell and many new 4-H families joined students in a community service project of the month where they sorted ducks for the upcoming “Art in the Park” Duck Dash…

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American Pest Control introduced the Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarship in May 2016.  Morgan McCall, Jackson County Comprehensive High School, was among the scholarship recipients this year.

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A High Percent Simmental heifer, shown by Morgan McDaniel, Jackson County Comprehensive High School FFA, won the Supreme Champion Heifer honors at the Quality Beef Show, sponsored by Jackson EMC for 50 years. McDaniel, owner and handler of the champion heifer, is a freshman at JCCHS. Standin…

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Stephanie Maytum, of Hoschton, has been named to the chancellor's list at Troy University for the summer semester/Term 5 of the 2018-19 academic year.

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Stephanie Maytum, of Hoschton, has been named to the provost's list at Troy University for the summer semester/term 5 of the 2018-19 academic year.

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Jesse Cronic, Braselton, represented Georgia at the 2019 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference, Aug. 1-4 in Nashville, Tenn. More than 150 juniors from 31 states and Canada attended the conference, “Angus: Live from Nashville,” where they enhance leadership and interpersonal…

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Gum Springs Elementary School recently debuted a Buddy Bench for the 2019-20 school year. The design of the Buddy Bench was chosen by the school's student council and painted by the art club. The bench was donated by Russell and Sara Bell of Jefferson. "The Buddy Bench is a special place on …

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Maegan Stephens, of Braselton, has completed courses with exemplary marks and made the president's list for the 2019 summer semester at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

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The Jackson County School System will continue to honor its "unsung heroes" with Excellence in Service awards in the 2019-20 school year. Community members, parents, students and staff are invited to submit nominations for recognition at monthly meetings of the board of education.

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After looking at a number of options, the Jackson County Board of Education agreed Monday night that expanding the current West Jackson Middle School is the best immediate solution to the school’s overcrowding. The BOE voted to use $600,000 from its SPLOST money to fund the expansion.

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The next step toward the construction of a high school on the west side of Jackson County got a boost last week when the Jackson County Board of Education approved issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a construction management firm to oversee phase 1 of the project. Phase 1 has an antici…

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There is a slight possibility that the tax rate for the Jackson County School System could go down a little this year.

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Should the Jackson County Board of Education keep the same local supplement percentage in place next year, or lower that amount in light of a higher state salary level?

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A threatening phone call directed at a Jackson County school last week launched a confusing situation. The call turned out to be a hoax, but the March 29 incident may lead to real changes in how local emergency personnel respond.

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One Jackson County School System teacher is embarking on a “Year in Space.” Amy Tinnell, a “challenge” teacher at West Jackson Elementary School, was recently accepted into a NASA program for educators.

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In a surprise move Monday night, the Jackson County Board of Education elected Steve Bryant as its chairman. Bryant replaced Michael Cronic who had served the last two years in the position.

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A redistricting map for elementary students in the Jackson County School System got final approval Monday night.

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Many Braselton-area schools scored above the state average on the 2016 SAT. Scores from the 2016 traditional SAT test were released by the Georgia Department of Education last week.

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Jackson County has joined an emerging force of school boards opposing a proposed state constitutional amendment creating “Opportunity School Districts.”