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Highlights of the holiday season for Graceful Gospel Dance Academy students included spreading cheer through the Special Needs Dance Recital and performing at local assisted living facilities.

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The cast of "I Don't Want to Talk About It" is shown following a performance at Foothills Education Charter High School.

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Quandra Burns of Commerce was the first-ever female finalist in the “Roadeo Challenge” truck driver competition for Auto Zone held in Memphis, Tenn. The group of drivers in the competition represented the top three percent of the drivers.

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The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council and Heart and Soul Open Studio will host calligrapher instructor Maria Turk's Flourishing and Hearts Class on Saturday, Jan. 11. The program will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Karen Hutchinson won the Friends of the Nicholson Public Library, Booklover's Basket. The basket included a handmade Dr. Seuss throw and book buddy pillow, an original painting by local artist Chris Embrick, a variety of children's and adult books, a T-shirt, and other goodies.

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The Commerce Public Library will ring in the Lunar New Year with the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. This educational, yet entertaining, lecture-demonstration is a visual feast of colorful ribbons, fans, handkerchiefs, drums and more. It features live, costumed Chinese dance performances inte…

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Andrea Peace and Jordan Thomas of Little Rock, Arkansas, announce the birth of a son, Luke Henry Thomas, born Wednesday, Dec. 18. He weighed six pounds and eight ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud grandparents are Kevin and Melanie Weatherby of Maysville, Robin and April Thomas of Ca…

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Mr. and Mrs. Bret Haggard announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah BreeAnne, to Joseph David Sanders of Commerce. Mr. Sanders is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Sanders of Commerce.

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Rotary Club District Governor Don Martin (second from left) spoke at a recent meeting of the Jefferson Rotary Club. He is shown with (L-R) Rotarian Andy Garrison, who is portraying Dr. Crawford W. Long; Jon Howell, president of the Jefferson Rotary Club; and Chad Bingham, assistant governor.…

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Jefferson Rotary Club member Doug Cleveland (left) received a "100 percent Paul Harris Membership Award" from District Governor Don Martin.

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Kodigh Vanderburg, 10 months, Maysville, just wasn’t sure about the jolly man in the red suit. Bobby Vanderburg, Maysville, is shown holding Kodigh, during the annual event at the Maysville Community Improvement Club.

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Jase Seiple, 5, and Lily Seiple, 10, Jefferson, were two of the kids that turned out at the Maysville Community Improvement Club on Dec. 14 to give Santa Claus their wish list.

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Tyler Chapman, 8, Maysville, talked to Santa at the Maysville Community Improvement Club on Dec. 14.

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Several youngsters turned out Dec. 14 at the Maysville Community Improvement Club to give Santa their wish list. Here Zoe Chapman, 4, Maysville, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

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When the Wanda and Joe Massey were enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, Joe Massey asked their five grandchildren what they wanted for Christmas. He was getting the typical answers when his 11-year-old grandchild gave an answer that he wasn’t expecting.

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Many homes, including this one on Stapler Bridge Road in Nicholson, are covered with festive lights for the Christmas season. Holiday decorations are also in the yard, which has led to many people driving by to see the festive decorations.

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Hudson Lodge #294 F and AM in Commerce, hosted its annual Public Awards Ceremony. Included in these awards were officer Tevin Dunbar from the Commerce Police Department recognized as the 2019 Officer of The Year and Investigator Charlie Timms from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office recogniz…

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Todd and Trisha Harper, founders of TNT Visions Outreach, held a dinner banquet to honor educators from Jackson, Barrow, Elbert, Clarke, and Gwinnett counties for their dedication and commitment to their students at the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation building on December 7.

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The Maysville Public Library held its annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 12. Santa Claus was the star attraction, reading a story, taking photos with children and entire families and listening to the children give their wish lists. There was food, games, crafts and prizes.

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Linda Harper took time on Dec. 14 to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas during the Maysville Community Improvement Club’s annual event.

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The Jackson Electric Membership Corporation float is shown in the Jefferson Christmas parade on Saturday.

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Santa’s favorite elf, Kathryn, will be hosting the Holiday Cookie Decorating Program at the Harold S. Swindle Public Library from 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The program includes a story on cookies, Pass the Story Game (children add their creative ideas to make a unique Christmas cookie …

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In an effort to assist the Commerce High School FFA, the Commerce Kiwanis Club donated $500 towards the chapter’s collection to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Atlanta. Pictured with Skyler Davis and FFA members is Commerce Kiwanis Club President, Kathy Lamon.

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I drove to Athens to check out a sale that I go to every year. I thought I might find a few stocking stuffers for the family. I have been to this sale several years and I always find something.

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Kelly and Hart Sanders are throwing candy from a Jefferson Fire Department vehicle.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town. Join the Harold S. Swindle Public Library, Nicholson, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. for an annual Yuletide Magic event. Children of all ages can make a craft, enjoy cookies, listen to seasonal music and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.