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Karen Fitzpatrick was named Madison County Pilot Club “Ambassador of the Year” for 2020-21. Pictured is vice-president Jayne Lackey making the presentation to Fitzpatrick at the October meeting. She has been a member of the Pilot Club since 2012 and has served in many different capacities, i…

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Pilot International designated Nov. 8-14 as “International Care and Kindness Week.” And, as this week also coincided with Veterans Day, the Pilot Club of Madison County chose to commemorate it by honoring local veterans. Club members wrote notes expressing appreciation to veterans’ for their…

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“Daisies” and “Brownies” from Girl Scout Troop 13072 of Madison County recently visited the statue of Crawford W. Long as part of earning their “Celebrating Community” badge. They learned that Long was from Danielsville and is credited with the discovery of sulfuric ether in 1842. Pictured a…

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On Saturday, Nov. 28, the local Pharoh’s Car Club of Georgia collected over 100 toys for the Winder Fire Department on Broad Street. Organizers said Pharoh’s General Derrick Stidham recently was in contact with fire department representatives, who said the club did not have any Christmas toy…

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Vince Criswell, general manager of North American Stainless, Pendergrass,, a donor to the JCCO 22nd annual Scholarship Fundraiser event, was the winner of the raffle, consisting of a Dina-Glo 3 Burner Grill and a Ryobi Screw Gun Kit. The Grill Raffle was a component of this years JCCO's annu…

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The Tumbling Waters Society of Jackson County will be hosting their first annual Christmas Tour of Homes. This inaugural event will be held on Sunday, December 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature historic homes in Jefferson.

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Plans are underway to hold a Celebration of Life event for the late Coach Jack Keen on Sunday, April 25, starting at 2 p.m. at The Arena at Jefferson High School. The day’s events will include the opening of an exhibit highlighting Coach Keen’s life and career, the dedication of his classroo…

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black spoke last week to Rotarians about the state of agriculture in Georgia, but began his talk by showing a picture of his 5-week old grandchild. Yes, that’s what is really important — people — and as a proud grandfather, Mr. Black started by showing t…

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The Madison County Rotary Club ramp crew constructed its 798th handicap ramp Nov. 17, an eight-foot handicap ramp on Ed Coile Road in Hull for Debbie Seay, who has advanced bone cancer. The ramp will allow Seay to receive required radiation treatment. Seay worked at Precision Manufacturing I…

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The Madison County Rotary Club ramp crew built its 797th ramp for Dawn Hyche on Spratlin Mill Road in Hull Tuesday, Nov. 17. Hyche suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. She recently started feeling tingling and weakness …

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Corey Smith of Jefferson will give a solo-acoustic performance at The Classic Center Theatre in downtown Athens on Friday, December 11. The fan-made artist will perform his most popular hits, including “Twenty-One” and the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again,” among others.

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Commerce Public Library staff member Tami McClung reminds patrons to "come to the table" by celebrating food and family with donations of food and pocket change for the local food bank. This effort will continue into the Christmas season next month.

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The Jefferson Public Library is holding a holiday raffle for ages 10 through 18, who are invited to make a festive or book-related tik-tock with the hashtag #jplholidaygiveaway and tag us @thejpl. or write a book review and submit it to wemakingbuttons@gmail.com.

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I work at Foothills Education Charter High School a few nights a week. I recently called the mother of a student to tell her that we had selected her son to give the welcome and introduction at a virtual graduation ceremony coming up in December. She was silent for a few minutes and, when sh…

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I have received several calls as well as witnessed quite a bit of pruning of various trees over the past couple of weeks. We are still a little early to be heavily pruning fruit or ornamental trees. Most of the county has not received a hard frost yet. Because of this, many trees are not ful…

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National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) has announced that Colbert Cemetery will join in the effort to support the mission “to remember, honor, teach,” as an official location for 2020. This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.

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Joe Ruttar, American Legion Post 56 commander, asks for all veterans to rise to say “The Oath of Enlistment” at the Commerce Public Library’s Veteran’s Day service on Tuesday, November 10.

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Joe Ruttar, American Legion Post 56 commander, told his experience and service as a lieutenant in the US Navy aboard the USS Virginia nuclear cruiser at the Commerce Public Library’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, November 10. His journey to becoming a veteran began on July 5, 1972, when …