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The Commerce Garden Club visited Gibbs Gardens on Tuesday, February 25. Gibbs Gardens are located in Ball Ground, and at this time of the year daffodils are the main attraction. The gardens have more than 20 million daffodils blooming through mid-April - covering 50 acres. The Commerce Garden Club members were able to observe the blooms from hiking trails and tram rides. Other gardens were available for viewing but are still dormant at this time of year. Gibbs Gardens are a few hours away from Commerce but well worth the trip, members stated.

Jackson County and Georgia emergency management officials outline communication methods to Rotarians. They discussed the structure and resources of local, state and federal agencies that are available in case of emergencies, especially the planned upgrading of radio and other means of communicating with citizens on an individual basis. From left are Rotarian Mitch Blinn, who introduced the program; Greg Smith, state warning officer; Karry Teper, radio specialist; Bryan Bullock, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director; club President Jon Howell; and Ewin Whitworth, Georgia Emergency Management / Homeland Security Agency. A book was presented by the club to the Jefferson Public Library in honor of Bullock and the EMA officials.

The American Legion presented a check to each of the three JROTC programs in the County. A $500 check was presented to Jefferson High School Air Force JROTC Wing Cadet Commander Barady Parham, Jackson County Comprehensive High School Army JROTC battalion cadet commander C.J. Soonah and East Jackson Comprehensive High School Army JROTC battalion cadet commander Haley Harrison. Post 56 commander, Gene Bennett, said that the money is given each year to provide support for travel, equipment and for other training areas. Bennett presented the checks to the students.

Art, car shows planned as historic courthouse restoration nears completion

The final restoration phase of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse is almost complete.

Meanwhile, the historic courthouse plans two special events:


The first annual Jackson County School System Art Show will be held March 14-27. Art pieces from elementary, middle and high school students will be on display of the second floor of the historic courthouse.

Exhibit hours are Saturday-Wednesday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

"Please come by to see the incredible talent of our Jackson County art students as well as a sneak peek at the almost finished second floor of the Historic Courthouse," organizers state.


The historic courthouse will also host its annual Antique Car Show on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Come by to view beautiful cars on display from Model Ts to modern hot rods." organizers state. "The Antique Car Club of America will be the featured exhibitor but all car lovers are welcome."

This is a cruise-in type event.

There are no registration, fees or judges. Admission is free.

There will be door prizes to win and concessions will be available for purchase.


Although the second floor will be open for activities and tours during these events, the elevator will not be functioning. Access to the second floor will be by stairs.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause until we finish the restoration," organizers state.

"Once the car show wraps up, the contractors will come back to completely finish the second floor. Keep an eye out for the ‘officially open’ ceremony."

For more information, contact the Jackson County Historic Courthouse at 706-387-7685 or smeyer@jacksoncountygov.com

The Jackson County Historic Courthouse is located at 85 Washington St., Jefferson.

University Extension to host webinar series

The University of Georgia Extension will host a “getting the best of pest green webinar series,” a commercial and private pesticide license credit course, on Thursday, March 12, from 3 - 5 p.m. Registration is at 2:45 p.m.

Registration is $20 per person and is payable at the door.

The event will be held at the Jackson County Extension Office, 255 Curtis H. Spence Drive, Jefferson.

Categories will include: Hour 1 – 1 CEU in Cats. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 or 41 and Hour 2 – 1 CEU in Cats. 23 or 24.

Speakers will be: Eric Rebek - pest management in greenhouse production and Clint Waltz - Green-Up 2020: Forecast for turf grasses and pest management.

RSVP for the class by calling 706-367-6344.

Upcoming webinar credit courses will be held on: Thursday, May 14; Thursday, July 16, Thursday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 12.

For full webinar and CEU credit details visit gtbop.com.