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The April 2 meeting of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled.

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This spring marks 35 years that I have been in the newspaper business. It’s really been longer than that if you count the years that I was on the high school newspaper staff or the years I roamed the neighborhood collecting the community news to put in the family newsletter that I wrote, typ…

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Madelyn Lytle has always had a heart for service. So when she learned of the shortage of face masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, she decided to help.

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The Relay For Life Event Team Leadership and Captain's meeting was recently held at Jackson EMC. Work on final preparations were discussed. The event was to be held May 1, at the Jackson County Courthouse, but because of the coronavirus outbreak it has been postponed and will be held at a la…

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Joel Logan, GIS Manager with Jackson County government, spoke to the Jefferson Garden Club at their February meeting regarding the 2020 Census and how it affects residents of Jackson County. This is an important topic which impacts all residents in the county, Logan said.

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Local Chapter 1344 Woodmen Life members recently shopped for and purchased book bags that they presented to students at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, located on Hoods Mill Road, Commerce.

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The Maysville Public Library recently held an adults Spanish speaking class led by teacher, Esther Smith. The class met weekly for almost one year and started with the basics and progressed over the time period until they were approaching conversational Spanish. In this time, they mastered s…

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The Ninth District Opportunity, Inc., offers cooling help for the elderly and medically homebound in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

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These men and women were elected to serve on the Georgia Angus Association board of directors and are pictured at the 2020 Georgia Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, March 7 in Talmo. Pictured seated from left are Smitty Lamb, Tifton, director; Cole Elrod, Talmo, vice president; T…

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The Commerce Fire Department recently received a donation from Fine Fabrics in Commerce. The donation was used to purchase new rechargeable LED flashlights. The new flashlights are designed to burn brighter and run longer making them an essential piece of equipment for firefighting operation…

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Ever wonder what children around the world do for fun? Find out this month as the Harold S. Swindle Public Library in Nicholson presents its Children’s World Culture Fair on Tuesday, March 24. Children will play games, make a craft and enjoy activities based on other cultures. This free prog…

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Addie J. Sims announces the marriage of her daughter, Felesha A. Sims to the Rev. Charlie Josey Jr., Belle Glade, Fla., son of the late Charlie Josey Sr. and Willie L. Josey, Belle Glade, Fla.

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Final touches are underway for the 22nd Annual “A Night of Hope for Children” Live and Silent Auction on March 20 at 6:00 p.m. at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch. Presented by Akins, the event is The Tree House’s main fundraiser of the year with over 20 live auction items a…

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I rarely wear my hair up in public but decided to go with a messy bun on Friday. With natural curly hair, you don’t have a lot of options with hair anyway. It usually does whatever it wants to do. No cute long pony tail swishing around or two long braids going down my back.

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The annual meeting of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library will be held Thursday, April 2, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be in the community room of the Braselton Library. The public is invited to attend. Shown from (top left) are: Linda Martin, Sheryl Munch, Joanne Gentile, Debbie…

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Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce expects 1,000 visitors to kick-off the new GeoCache trail. On Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m., 1,000 visitors are expected to gather at the new Jackson County Agricultural Center to kick off a new GeoCache Trail. Spearheaded by the Jackson County Area Cha…

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The U.S. Census Bureau's website will be active on Thursday, March 12, for those wanting to participate in the 2020 Census at the Commerce Public Library. The library's patron access computers may be used to complete the census, and patrons are encouraged to bring mail from the U.S. Census B…

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Ever wonder what children around the world do for fun? Find out this month as the Harold S. Swindle Public Library in Nicholson presents its Children’s World Culture Fair on Thursday, March 24. Children will play games, make a craft, and enjoy activities based on other cultures. This free pr…

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Carrie Eloise "Weezie" Tucker recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She lives at Bountiful Hills in Commerce. She is shown with Commerce Mayor Clark Hill. She was born in Carnesville, the daughter of Jim and Eula Tucker, who were sharecroppers. She had four sisters and one brother. She was…

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The Commerce Garden Club visited Gibbs Gardens on Tuesday, February 25. Gibbs Gardens are located in Ball Ground, and at this time of the year daffodils are the main attraction. The gardens have more than 20 million daffodils blooming through mid-April - covering 50 acres. The Commerce Garde…

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Jackson County and Georgia emergency management officials outline communication methods to Rotarians. They discussed the structure and resources of local, state and federal agencies that are available in case of emergencies, especially the planned upgrading of radio and other means of commun…

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The American Legion presented a check to each of the three JROTC programs in the County. A $500 check was presented to Jefferson High School Air Force JROTC Wing Cadet Commander Barady Parham, Jackson County Comprehensive High School Army JROTC battalion cadet commander C.J. Soonah and East …

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The University of Georgia Extension will host a “getting the best of pest green webinar series,” a commercial and private pesticide license credit course, on Thursday, March 12, from 3 - 5 p.m. Registration is at 2:45 p.m.

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Brittany Bryan from the Piedmont Athens Regional speakers bureau was the speaker recently for Mended Hearts chapter 171 of North Georgia , Commerce. She spoke about the leading causes and symptoms of strokes. Stroke is a leading cause of disability She said that 80 percent of strokes can be …

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Annika Sorrow, 14, Reese Sorrow, 12, and Hayden Meeler spent the day at the Georgia Capital on Wednesday, Feb. 19, serving as Page for the House and Senate.

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Children of all ages enjoyed the Mardi Gras celebration at the Harold S. Swindle Public Library in Nicholson. Attendees made a mask, earned beads by playing games and hunted for doubloons. In lieu of the traditional King Cake, the library crew served up cupcakes decorated in purple, green an…

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Library staff member Sunshine Duckett led a program to celebrate Black History Month for the home school group that meets at the Commerce Public Library. She gave the group, ranging in age from five to 13 years old, an opportunity to learn while playing a game about famous African Americans …

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The manager of St. Mary’s Health Care System’s Hospice and Palliative Care program describes the difference between the two types of patient care to Rotarians. RN Petti-Jeanne Sheldon, third from left, said last week most people and many doctors are not aware of the palliative care program, …

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At the American Legion Post 56 meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Jefferson City Police Officer Sergeant Ruth McElory was honored as the American Legion Post 56 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award was based on the recommendation of Jefferson Chief of Police Joe Wirthman. Chief Wirthman …

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A group of local girls were able to learn shadow dance techniques from professional dancers. A group from Graceful Gospel Dance Academy attended a performance and then a workshop led by Catapult, the premiere professional shadow company based in New York, N.Y.

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The Jackson County Community Outreach (JCCO) has announced the appointment of Joe Hicks, District Manager-Jefferson, Jackson EMC and Yolanda Cornelius, IT and Finance Manager, TJX HomeGoods Distribution, Jefferson to the JCCO Advisory Committee effective February 13, 2020.

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Saturday mornings were always our favorite part of the week while growing up. Saturdays brought many things to our agenda for the day. Cartoons came on Saturday mornings only. That meant you got up at 7 a.m. to begin with Scooby Doo and end at 10 a.m. with Looney Tunes. We would be glued to …

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The Braselton Library recently celebrated Dental Health Month with young library patrons with a special visit from "Miss Sparkles the tooth fairy," a pediatric dental hygienist, who read a book and offered tips for good dental health.

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Jefferson Rotarians honored their Students of the Month for February. David Varnedoe, left, chairman of the Students Committee, presented certificates to the students. Club President Jon Howell, right, welcomed them to the club. They are, from left: Juan Marchan-Salcido, Commerce High School…