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Emma Lawrence a seventh grade FFA member at Jackson Trail Christian School exhibited the reserve grand champion at the 30th Georgia National Fair. She also placed sixth in her grade showmanship. Her brother Clay showed his steer in first place in weight class. He is a fifth grade student at …

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ILeta Redmond, a representative from Jackson County Food Service, recently brought a Farm to School lesson to Gum Springs Elementary School. Students were given a lesson about the importance of incorporating a rainbow of fruits and veggies into their diet every day. Students also enjoyed a r…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.