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3 big projects on Braselton planners' agenda

Braselton planners will hear requests for three large projects at its upcoming meeting.

Among the requests is a massive multi-family, commercial and warehouse project off Hwy. 53; a multi-family development off Thompson Mill Rd.; and a senior living facility off Thompson Mill Rd.

The Braselton Planning Commission will hold a hearing Monday, Sept. 23, on the requests. Braselton's Town Council will hear the requests Oct. 10 with a possible vote Oct. 14.

Projects include:


Stolz Partners, LLC, is requesting annexation and rezoning of 77 acres at the corner of Hwy. 53 and Braselton Pkwy.

Developers plan 240 multi-family units, six commercial outparcels and nearly 500,000 square feet of warehouse/distribution space.


Callicott Holdings, LLC, is requesting annexation and rezoning of 36.24 acres off Thompson Mill Rd.

Developers plan to construct a 289-unit multi-family development.


Lastly, Fountainhead Residential Development, LLC, is requesting a master plan change for a planned unit development at the corner of Thompson Mill Rd. and Hwy. 211.

Developers want to amend the 56.6 acre PUD to allow senior independent living, senior assisted living and senior memory care facilities.


A conditional use request from Car Wash Atlanta, LLC, for a car wash off Bayberry Ridge Dr. at Hwy. 211 has been deferred.

The request was initially set to come before the planning commission Sept. 23, but was deferred until the October planning meeting.

Kevin Gardner, 9, took a few photos of a Timber or Canebreak Rattlesnake. This was one of the many venomous snakes on display at snake day at Elachee Nature Science Center. The snake belongs to Jonny Hester. He brought nine of his 22 venomous pit vipers to the show. Some of the cages for the snakes were made by local boy scouts. Originally from Decatur, Hester has lived in Braselton for 29 years.

Lorelai Neal, 3, from Toccoa, is shown at the 27th annual fall festival snake day at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainsville. Here, she learns about a sand boa from Jefferson Middle School student, Celeste Martin.

Area school tax rates set

In an early-morning called meeting Sept. 13, the Jackson County Board of Education approved a tax rate of 18.655 mills for general operations and 2.7 mills for bond repayments.

The operations rate is slightly less than last year, which was 18.858 mills.

It will net $34.9 million this year with that rate, up $2.3 million from last year. 


The Hall County School System set its budget and millage rate in June.

The system lowered its operations rate to 17.55 mills, down from 18.2 mills in 2018.

Hall County schools do not have a bond millage rate.


Gwinnett County schools have set their millage rate at 19.70 mills for operations and 1.90 for bond repayments.

The system is one of the largest in the state.


The Barrow County School System has set its millage rate for this year at 18.5 mills, the same as last year. The rate is expected to generate around $41 million in local tax revenues for the system.

1 killed, 2 seriously injured in Sept. 11 wreck

An Auburn man was killed and two others were seriously injured after a wreck on Sept. 11 in the Braselton area.

Georgia State Patrol troopers were called to SR 124 on Sept. 11 around 9:45 a.m. for a three-vehicle wreck.

A Ford passenger car driven by Stephen Bryant, 22, of Auburn, was traveling on SR 124 when Bryant failed to maintain his lane, according to the GSP. It's not clear why Bryant failed to maintain his lane.

The vehicle traveled into the westbound lane and sideswiped a Volkswagen Beetle driven by Sheila Freeze, 63, of Winder, before striking a Chevy panel van head-on.

The driver of that van, Lafonzo McLean, 44, from Lumber City, and a passenger, Jennifer Poston, 27, from Stone Mountain, were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville with serious injuries. Seatbelts were not used in the panel van, according to the GSP.

Bryant died at the scene.

Freeze was not seriously injured and was not transported.

Driver impairment is unknown at this time pending crime lab autopsy results.

Farmers market transitions to monthly schedule for fall

The Braselton farmers market moves to a monthly schedule for the fall, beginning Friday, Sept. 20, on the patio of the Braselton Brothers store downtown. Hours are 4-7 p.m.

Market manager Peg Sheffield invites customers to “savor the wonderful tastes of late summer and early fall with our healthy and nutritious items at the market.”

Products directly from the farms and gardens are carrots, potatoes, cabbage, okra, squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. Farm-raised meats and free-range eggs will be offered.

From the vendors’ kitchens will be breads, rolls, biscotti, cookies, cakes, pies, jams and jellies, syrups and honey, seasonings and rubs, empanadas, lasagna, specialty coffees and teas and all-natural dog treats.

Free parking is available in the town’s parking deck.

For more information, follow Braselton Farmers Market on Facebook.