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Braselton planners Ok 106-home project

The Braselton Planning Commission recently voted to recommend approval of a request by Old Norcross Investments, Inc., to annex and rezone 55 acres on Hoyt Wood Rd. at Ednaville Rd. for a subdivision.

The request for an R-3 zoning request would allow the construction of 106 homes adjacent to the Fox Creek subdivision, under the condition that the developers provide amenities such as a pool and cabana accessible to Fox Creek residents. Developers agreed to include trails so that the subdivision’s amenities are accessible to Fox Creek residents.

Representatives of Old Norcross Investments said that a playground is likely to be included in the

amenities offered.

Another condition requires that amenities be maintained by a joint homeowner’s association.

The homes built will be at least 2,000 sq. ft. per dwelling, constructed of brick, stacked stone, cedar shake, stucco or fiber cement siding. Double garages will be included for each unit.

The Braselton Town Council will have final say on the project.

Hoschton woman celebrates a century

It was a small and humble celebration for such a big occasion as Connie Hakes Warren’s friends and family rallied together to celebrate her 100th birthday on the patio at her Hoschton home tucked away in Southampton Falls, where she lives with her son and daughter-in-law.

As the family had to forfeit their Thanksgiving and Christmas reunions as the pandemic continues, they said nothing would stop them from celebrating this very special day.

“We have all been vaccinated for COVID-19 so we are praying that we will be safe,” said Warren’s daughter, Wanda Green.

“I’m very happy to see my family,” said Connie Warren. “I haven’t seen them in months.”

Though Warren knew her birthday celebration would be a little different from years past, there were still a few surprises. She received many bouquets of flowers and a basket full of cards from her loved ones stopping by to wish her a happy day and to enjoy a slice of cake and some punch.

“I can hardly believe I reached 100,” she said.

Warren was born in Mississippi on March 21, 1921, and is the youngest of her of six siblings. She attended Sunflower College in Mississippi which is currently known as Mississippi Delta Community College. After obtaining her general Bachelor of Arts degree she managed the office of the Sharkey County rationing board during WWII where tires, gasoline and food were the main items rationed.

It was during this time when she met James Warren who later became her husband. Mr. Warren was stationed in Greenville Mississippi in the United States Army Air Corps where she began working at the base shortly after her friend introduced the two. The couple married on July 8, 1944, and continued their life in Mississippi until James was discharged.

The couple eventually moved to Atlanta where they raised their seven children and operated “Connie’s Children’s Shop” a clothing store for children.

Among her many occupations, Connie taught the children’s and teens Sunday school class at Oakland City Baptist Church in Atlanta where James also served as a deacon.

She retired in 1992 at 71 years old from bookkeeping at her local drugstore.

James passed away in 2009. Shortly after his passing, Connie, moved in with her son and daughter-in-law, where she resides today.

Among the many memories that Connie shared with guests during her celebration included the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which she referred to as one of her scariest childhood memories.

“It flooded our home and we all climbed out the second story bedroom window to be rescued by boat,” she said.

When asked what her secret is to a long healthy life, she replied “I have no idea, I wasn’t expecting it,” but she feels blessed to still be able to see to read her Bible every day and to be able to walk.

“I pray that everyone here that the heavenly father would help everyone of us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to him,” she said.

Man dies in West Jackson house fire

A man was killed in a West Jackson fire last week. The fire occurred on March 24 on Davenport Rd.

The West Jackson Fire Department, North Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Trail Fire Department and Jackson County Correctional Institute made an “aggressive interior attack on the structure along with interior search for a victim,” according to a WJFD update.

Lt. Nate Shuller and FAO Chris Spruill, with the Jackson Trail Fire Department, rescued the man from the structure. He was transported to an area hospital by Jackson County EMS.

He later died from his injuries.

The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Hice announces run for secretary of state against Raffensperger

After echoing falsehoods about the 2020 elections in Georgia pushed by former President Donald Trump and many of his proponents over the last several months, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice announced Monday, March 22, that he will challenge incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for the office in next year’s Republican primary.

Hice, who is in his fourth term representing Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Barrow County, quickly gained Trump’s endorsement, as well as that of the congressman’s predecessor, Paul Broun.

“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our country,” Hice said in a two-paragraph statement announcing his bid. “What Brad Raffensperger did was create cracks in the integrity of our elections, which I wholeheartedly believe individuals took advantage of in 2020. …If elected, I will instill confidence in our election process by upholding the Georgia Constitution, enforcing meaningful reform and aggressively pursuing those who commit voter fraud.”

Trump, who lost his re-election bid in November to now-President Joe Biden, became the first Republican presidential candidate to lose Georgia since 1992, and the state also elected two Democratic senators in a Jan. 5 runoff, giving the party control of both chambers of Congress. Trump repeatedly has made baseless claims of rampant voter fraud that he and many of his allies say in part robbed him of re-election and has consistently berated Raffensperger — including for his refusal to “find” him enough votes to overturn the state’s election in his favor during a recorded phone call in early January that is now the subject of an investigation by the secretary of state’s office.

State and federal officials have repeatedly said there was no evidence of widespread wrongdoing that would have altered the outcome, and two recounts affirmed Biden’s narrow margin of victory of 11,779 votes in the state. Hice, in his announcement Monday, did not cite any specific examples for his claims against Raffensperger.

Hice drew attention a few hours before the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, when he said in a since-deleted social media message that “This is our 1776 moment.” Hours after the attack, which killed five people, including a Capitol police officer, and injured more than 140, Hice introduced an objection on the House floor to the certification of Georgia’s Electoral College votes, an effort that failed when the measure failed to gain the endorsement of a senator. In the aftermath of the attack, Hice condemned the riots but has continued, without evidence, to charge rampant voter fraud in Georgia, signing on to a since-dismissed lawsuit by the attorney general of Texas to invalidated more than 5 million Georgia ballots.

In the wake of Hice’s decision to run for secretary of state, presumably opening up the 10th Congressional District seat, several Republicans have expressed interest in running for the office. The list includes state Rep. Houston Gaines, who is in his second term representing District 117, which includes a portion of eastern Barrow County.

David Belle Isle, who lost to Raffensperger in the 2018 GOP primary, also has launched another run for secretary of state. Raffensperger has said he will run for re-election.

NGHS COVID totals remain low

The number of COVID cases across Northeast Georgia Health System has remained low over the past two weeks.

As of March 29, the hospital system was treating 40 COVID patients with nine at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

Systemwide, NGHS had a new record low on March 28 (since it began reporting COVID numbers in late April 2020) with 21 COVID patients and six at NGMC Braselton.

NGHS has administered 11,538 vaccine doses to its employees, along with 17,887 vaccines to members of the community.


As of March 28, there have been 849,607 confirmed COVID cases statewide, resulting in 16,487 deaths and 2,439 probable deaths.

In Braselton’s four-county area, there have been:

•Barrow: 8,367 cases; 126 confirmed deaths and one probable death

•Gwinnett: 83,265 cases; 986 confirmed deaths and 66 probable deaths

•Hall: 24,381 cases; 409 confirmed deaths and 23 probable deaths

•Jackson: 8,295 cases; 131 confirmed deaths and 11 probable deaths

Vaccine now available for all over age 16 in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp have announced the state will expand its COVID vaccine eligibility beginning March 25, to include all Georgians aged 16 and older.

Increased COVID vaccine supply and significant progress in vaccinating Georgia seniors, our most vulnerable population, allows the state to move forward and to ensure all vaccine doses are being put into arms.

To find a vaccination location or to schedule an appointment, log on to


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to schedule an appointment at a GEMA mass vaccination site.

Important note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine approved for teens 16 and 17 years old.

Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination

sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available.

Braselton plans all-day planning session

Braselton's mayor and town council will hold a strategic planning meeting on April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town leaders will discuss priorities and goals for the next 12-18 months, along with long-term goals.

The meeting will be held at LaQuinta Hotel, 200 Kaival Ln., Braselton.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government will facility the session.