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I think milestone birthdays call for an extra special celebration. My sister, Amanda, had a milestone birthday earlier this year, turning 50, so I wanted to do something really special and I wanted it to be a surprise. That is really a challenge since she has a gift for figuring everything out.

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Pop into the Nicholson Public Library to win a handmade quilt made by the Friends of the Harold S. Swindle Public Library Quilting Group. The quilt features UGA, the University of Georgia’s mascot. The back design is paw prints. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 available at the Nicholson Publ…

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Jackson County 4-H held several day camps and summer programs for youth to participate in covering topics including science, engineering, agriculture, environment, weather, technology, food safety, cooking skills and critical thinking.

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When you’re going on a trip, the day you travel to your destination is always very tiring. I had been up very early, traveling to the Atlanta airport and finding my way to the correct gate in the international terminal. 

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Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the 2021 GFB Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at a University of Georgia lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which provides an analysis of the nutritional value of …

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Jackson County Extension will be hosting a free Cutting Costs Course at 6 p.m. on July 29, at the Jackson County Extension/4-H Office at 255 Curtis H. Spence Drive in Jefferson.

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The Langford families will meet again in August after being unable during the 2020 COVID pandemic.

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Ansleigh Williams was a recent guest speaker at the Banks County Rotary Club meeting. President Michael Housworth is shown presenting a book that will be donated in her name to the local school system, as part of the club's literacy program efforts. Williams is owner/director of Pointe of Gr…

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Kaden Goldman, of Commerce, recently attended Aviation Challenge Mach III at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and U.S. Cyber Camp. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visi…

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Free admission to the Crawford Long Museum is offered during the "Dog Days of Summer in July." During the month of July, museum visitors may bring their dog on a leash for one free admission pass to the museum. Dog treats will be provided. Visitors are encouraged to post pictures of pups at …

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Kathy Church of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources charmed the children at the Nicholson Public Library with the “Snakes Alive” Program. Attendees learned about snakes native to Georgia and how to react when you encounter one. The children learned that several snakes are listed in t…

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The Jackson County Area Retired Educators’ Association will meet on Thursday, July 8, at 12 p.m. at the Empower College and Career Academy located in the former Jackson County High School in Jefferson.

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Two years ago, during the 2019 Aker-Burns-Hall-Williamson Family Reunion, a children’s book telling the story of a local teacher was presented to the Jefferson Public Library and to the Commerce Public Library. The book, "Mama Joe’s Kitchen" is about Mrs. Josie Colbert Aker, who lived in Jac…

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The “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program continues at the Nicholson Public Library. To register, go online at http://nicholson.prlib.org for Beanstack or visit the library to sign up. Prizes are earned by reading the required number of points. One book or reading 20 minutes equals a poin…

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The Braselton Woman’s Club recently announced new officers for the upcoming 2021-2022 year. Pictured are: Chris Madonna, vice president; Gayl Kirkpatrick, president; Joan O’Kelley, recording secretary; and Linda Martin, treasurer.

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Heat is not the only thing the month of June brings us. For gardeners, this month delivers a bountiful harvest of produce such as blueberries, cucumbers and peppers.

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Dan Rose was recently driving along Jefferson River Road in Jefferson when he saw an alligator lying on its back in the middle of the road. He said the alligator appeared to be having difficulty breathing so he grabbed it by the tail and dragged it back into the grass and flipped it over. He…