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Jefferson Rotary Club donated to iServe Ministry, operated by Jeff and Sherry Grant, to help feed people in Jackson County. The money will be used in the “Bags of Love” program, which helps feed kids on weekends.

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The various departments within the City of Commerce recently challenged each other to collect canned and dry goods for the Commerce Food Bank in a creative way, with each department designing a collection vehicle. "We met the challenge collecting over 200 cans and dry goods," city leaders sa…

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Peyton Miller and Cody Dills of Commerce welcomed the first baby born in 2021 at St. Mary's Health Care System, Athens. Their son, Collson William Dills, was born at 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 1. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. "We were planning to induce tomorrow, but …

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Plans continue for the Celebration of Life event honoring the late Coach Jack Keen to be held on Sunday, April 25, in The Arena at Jefferson High School. An exhibit of memorabilia showcasing the life of Coach Keen will open at 1 pm and the ceremony will begin at 2 pm.

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Brandon Marcus, Worshipful Master of Hudson Lodge #294, (left) is presenting Jailer Joseph Wise with his certificate for receiving a Lifesaver Award.

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The Kiwanis Club of Jefferson recently held a canned food drive at Bell’s in Jefferson. The drive was done to benefit the Food Bank at First Baptist Church of Jefferson. “The people of Jefferson really came out today and showed why this is such a great place to live," said Kiwanis member Nat…

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David and Shirley White’s house is decorated for Christmas on Waterwheel Dr., Commerce. Submit your Christmas decoration photos to mike@mainstreetnews.com.

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The I-85 North Board of Realtors held its annual Fall Golf Tournament on October 22 at The Chimneys Golf Course in Winder. There were over 60 players. Over $2,000 was raised to benefit Peace Place, a safe shelter for domestic violence which provides supportive services and community awarenes…

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Tricia Massey, business development specialist and community relations at Piedmont Athens Regional, was surprised as she was announced as the winner of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year. Here, she accepts the award at The Venue from, Tracy Woodall, Woodall Creat…

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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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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…