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Virtual story time offered by Nicholson Public Library

Virtual story time is offered on the Nicholson Public Library's Facebook page every Monday.

On Monday, September 14, "Lady Sherri’s Enchanted Story Time." will be featured

"Pick up your craft at the library," O'Keefe states. "Find out how Groovy Joe soothes dinosaurs with ice cream."

On Monday, September 21, Ms. Irma’s Spanish story time, Hora de Cuentos en espanol, will be featured.

This month’s featured Community Reader will be Nicholson’s Mayor Jan Webster. Mayor Webster’s story time will be on September 28.

"Nicholson Public Library is grateful for the sponsors of our programs," O'Keefe states. "We would like to thank: Jaemor Farms, Chik Fil A, Funopolis and McDonald’s all located in the Banks Crossing area plus Subway and Dairy Queen of Commerce. Thank you to these businesses that help support public libraries."


In celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, this September stop by the Nicholson Public Library to trade in your old PINES card for one of our new designs, for free.

Patrons who trade in their old cards or new patrons who sign up for a library card will be entered into a drawing for a Funopolis Family Fun Pack.

"A PINES library card is a gateway to a variety of resources," library manager Rhonda O'Keefe states. "In addition to print books for children, young adults and adults, you can access e-books, e-magazines, audiobooks and DVD’s. Learning Express is a free online learning center that helps with computer skills, GED preparation, professional licensing exams and more. Mango Languages offers over 60 languages to learn. We also have Museum and Park passes available for checkout. Our hope is the Atlanta Zoo Program will be up and running again soon. Our library offers free high-speed internet in our parking lot (available without a password). Stop by today and sign up for the smartest card in your wallet."


The Nicholson Public Library is open the following hours: Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library is located at 5466 U. S. Highway 441 South, Nicholson. For more information, call 706-757-3577 or visit,, or Facebook (Harold S. Swindle Public Library).

Organization meeting to be held for Operation Shoebox project

Jefferson First Methodist Church will be hosting an informational gathering to all church and community organizations interested in participating in Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing for the 2020 collection year.

Operation Christmas Child is a global ministry in which individuals fill shoeboxes with hygiene items, school supplies, small toys, and more to send to children in need in countries throughout the world. Over 10 million shoeboxes were sent worldwide in 2019! This is a wonderful outreach that all ages can participate in! For more information about the organization and its mission efforts, visit

The Kick Off event will take place on Saturday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JFUMC fellowship hall building. Free printed materials and supplies, as well as Free shoeboxes will be given out.

Contact the JFUMC Missions Coordinator, Renee Hilley for further information.

FBCJ offers GriefShare program

First Baptist Church of Jefferson will begin a new semester of GriefShare on September 14. The program will continue on Mondays through December 14.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the classroom of the Student Center (76 Institute St., Jefferson).

"If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you may feel there are few who understand the deep hurt and loss you are experiencing," organizers said. "GriefShare helps you face the challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session incorporates video seminars, group discussion, and personal study and reflection, lead by people who have a real concern and understanding for individuals experiencing the grief of loss."

For more information, contact leaders Kathy and Frank Rizzo at 609-713-7623 or

Jackson County Baptist to honor law enforcement

Jackson County Baptist Church will be honoring law enforcement and families on Sunday, Sept. 13, during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Guests will be served lunch at the end of the service.

The church currently has 51 guests coming.

Nursery services will be available.

For more information, contact Pastor Booher at 706-367-1838.

Robin Richards has been selected as the August 2020 Commerce FFA Faculty/Staff Member of the Month. When the FFA needed to switch locations for the August meeting in a hurry, Mr. Richards really stepped up and helped us to change around the gym in order to accommodate our members and our "Welcome Back Wiffle Ball" game. In addition to this, Mr. Richards mentors and coaches six of our best FFA members each day on the volleyball court. This recognition came with a sign that is displayed outside of his classroom as well as a small gift.

Made possible with donations from Jefferson Middle School parents, JMS students participated in a science lab making homemade ice cream using five ingredients that are typically found at home (ice, salt, milk, sugar, and vanilla). Pictured are JMS students making homemade ice cream with science teacher, Jackie Thurmond.

The Commerce High School FFA is collecting aluminum can tabs this year to benefit the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. The ARMHC annually sells collected tabs to help pay for expenses related to their mission of providing housing and meals to families in need while their child is in extended care at either Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta location. Can tabs can be dropped off at CHS, given to any FFA member or you can contact Skyler Davis via email ( to arrange a pick up.