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The Jefferson Rotary Club honored its Students of the Month for Sept. recently. They were from Commerce High School (CHS), East Jackson Comprehensive High School (EJCHS), Jackson County Comprehensive High School (JCCHS) and Jefferson High School (JHS). From (left to right) are: Rotarian David Varnedoe, chairman of the Students of the Month Committee; Levi Bell, JHS; Montgomery Garland, JCCHS; Bradley Akin, EJCHS; Nate Ray, CHS and club president, Jon Howell. Chairman Varnedoe presented the framed certificates and president Howell welcomed the students, their parents and each student’s designated teacher. Howell said the club provides a $1,000 scholarship to a student from each high school at the end of the 2019-20 school term. He also explained the requirements for the students to be considered for the scholarships. In addition, he noted that the club provides a $1,000 scholarship to a local outstanding Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadet in memory of the late Rotarian Hal Puett, a World War II veteran who died tragically in a traffic accident.

Jackson County Farm Bureau member, Robyn Johnson, is shown with a group of students she read an agriculture book to.

Commerce library continues library card sign-up month

Continuing the celebration of the annual Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Commerce Public Library is promoting free library cards with a raffle of a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Anyone who signs up for a card during Sept. will be entered into this raffle. Library manager, Angel Abounader, reminds everyone that "as well as books and movies ready for check out, your card provides passes for free or reduced price admission to Georgia State Parks, the Chattahooche Nature Center, the Atlanta Zoo and more." She said, "don't forget that the recent addition of e-reads kids, accessible with your card, helps to promote literacy in the early school grades."

After requests from several patrons Lego Club is returning to the Commerce Library on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. The club is open to ages four and up with an adult and will be held regularly on the fourth Saturday of each month.

New adult fiction titles now available at the library include: Sherrilyn Kenyon's “At Death's Door,” R. A. Salvatore's “Boundless,” Clive Cussler's “Titanic Secret,” “Never Look Back” by Alison Gaylin and Jenny Colgan's “Christmas on the Island.”

New nonfiction books include: “Blended Embroidery” by Brian Haggard, “Murder on Birchleaf Drive” by Steven B. Epstein, “Grief Day by Day” by Megan McDonald and “I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye” by Noel Brook.

Children's programs at the library include:

Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Homeschoolers

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Kidsercise

Thursday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Young Adults Gaming

Thursdays, 6 p.m., Chess

Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Baby and Me

Adult programs coming up at the library include:

Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., Book Vine Book Club

Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Hooks and Needles

Monday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., Beginning computers

Mondays, 6 p.m., Yoga

Thursdays, 6 p.m., Chess

Fall Into Recycling event coming up Sept. 28

Keep Jackson County Beautiful will host its Fall into Recycling event on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Those interested can drop off E-waste such as computers, monitors, printers, fax, etc. Donations are welcome.

A document shredding service will be on site. There is a two-box limit on shredding.

Five gallons of paint can be dropped off free with additional gallons for $2 each.

Six florescent light bulbs can be disposed of for free with each additional bulb costing $2.

Visitors can also drop off old tires. There is a limit to six free tires with a $4 fee for each additional car tire and $7 per truck tire.

Cardboard, auto oil and batteries, clean plastic bags, household batteries, used eyeglasses and hearing aids, aluminum cans, hard and softback books and magazines and good used clothing can also be recycled.

“No console TVs, microwaves or vacuums will be accepted,” state leaders. “These can be taken to the transfer station, where fees will apply. White goods (refrigerators, dryers etc.) and furniture can also be taken to the transfer station for a fee.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s drug take back program will give visitors the opportunity to dispose of their old medications safely. Only a deputy will accept the drugs. No sharps or liquids will be accepted.

The recycling event will take place at 12 Hendrix Drive, Jefferson, across from Lamar Murphy Field, next to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

For more information, call 706-708-7198 or email jdove@jacksoncountygov.com.