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The Jefferson Board of Education recently approved the purchase of surveillance equipment for all four schools, as well as its 2020-21 school calendar.

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The Tree House, Inc. will host its 22nd annual “A Night of Hope for Children” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch.

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Two more candidates have announced for the State Senate District 50 seat being vacated by John Wilkinson who is planning to run for the 9th District Congressional seat.

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The House is taking a break to deal with Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget and Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, said Feb. 10, “we could not get the information that we wanted from the different agencies” of state government.

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After weeks of debate, the Jefferson City Council voted 3-2 Feb. 10 to create a part-time city communications position to be filled by a subcontractor. The council voted to allot $12,000 for the remainder of the year to the communications position.

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Heavy rain and wind slammed into Jackson County Feb. 6, triggering two tornado sirens to go off in Jefferson during the morning.

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Jefferson native Andy Garrison announced this week that he plans to run for the Georgia State Senate District 50 seat, a position that is  currently held by John Wilkinson, who recently announced his intention to vacate the seat to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Buffering property between industrial and residential and between subdivisions and roads were the main topic of conversation Feb. 3 at the Commerce City Council work session.

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The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce presented its William H. Booth Lifeftime Achievement award to Jim Scott, founder and organizer of the Jackson County Community Outreach program that awards scholarships each year to high school seniors in the community at its annual banquet Jan. 31.

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The new Jackson County High School is beginning to take shape in the West Jackson community. The facility's steel structure is being put in place. The JCHS facility will replace the current Jackson County Comprehensive High School in Jefferson. The new facility is slated to open for the 2021…

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The Commerce City Council unanimously approved  pay raises for the majority of city employees as part of a large compensation study at its meeting Jan. 21.

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An application to annex and rezone a large tract for a residential development in Pendergrass was recently pulled by developers. But a large group of people turned out at a Jan. 28 Pendergrass City Council hearing to voice opposition to the proposed project.

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Convicted murderer Donnie Cleveland Lance was executed on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 29. Lance was sentenced to death in June 1999 for the brutal murders of his ex-wife Joy Lance and her boyfriend Butch Wood.

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State Senator John Wilkinson recently announced that he plans to run for the 9th District Congressional seat. This election will be to replace Congressman Doug Collins, who has announced that he will be running for a seat in the United States Senate.

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Scott Martin will be the 2020 chairman of the Jackson County Industrial Authority. Clarence Bryant is the vice-chairman and David Lathem is the treasurer.

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Paul Sergent, veteran Commerce Board of Education member, was elected chairman of the board Monday night, Jan. 13. Sergent was chairman before for “two or three years.”

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Commerce Board of Education members are sworn in at Thursday's work session, Jan. 9. New chairman, Paul Sergent, is right. BOE member Mary Pittman is left. Probate Judge Sherry Moore performs the ceremony. Both were incumbents. Pittman had no opposition on the ballot and Sergent won by six votes.

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The budget may be one contentious issue in the General Assembly this year, state legislators agreed Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the annual “eggs and issues” event of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.