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‘Smoke on the Mountain opens tonight in Winder, continues next weekend

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Winder-Barrow Community Theatre’s presentation of “Smoke on the Mountain” by Connie Ray opens on Friday, night, Feb. 27, at the Winder Cultural Arts Center.

This musical comedy takes place in 1938 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina.  The Rev, Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting evening of singing and witnessing.  The show includes more than two dozen songs and hilarious stories so come out and enjoy an evening of funny entertainment.

The show will close on Sunday, March 8, with the 3 p.m. matinee.  Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  Be sure to purchase your ticket in advance to guarantee a seat since large audiences are expected.  Tickets can be purchased by credit card at the Winder Customer Care Center (770-867-3106 Prompt one for payments and Event Ticket Sales). They can also be purchased at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance office at 41 S. Center St., in Winder.  Advance tickets are only $10 for seniors (ages 55 and older), students, and teachers.  Adults are only $12.50 in advance.  If there are any tickets available for purchase at the door, they will be $13 and $15.

Part of the proceeds of this show will be donated to the Barrow County Food Bank.  If you would like to bring canned goods or donate money for the Food Bank, just bring them to the show with you.  For more information about WBCT and other upcoming shows and events, please see the website at www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.

‘Author of Year’ triologist featured at Brenau event

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Victoria Wilcox was welcomed to the Friends membership appreciation gathering by president Dan Aldridge. See more scenes below.

Victoria Wilcox was welcomed to the Friends membership appreciation gathering by president Dan Aldridge. See more scenes below.

Victoria Wilcox Friends of the Library was special guest at recent membership gathering

More than 125 years after the death of legendary Georgia-born Old West gunfighter and gambler John H. “Doc” Holliday, Brenau University will host a special program Tuesday, March 3, that explores the continuing prominence in popular culture of Holliday and others whose principal claim to fame was a 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral in  Tombstone, Arizona, Oct. 26, 1881.
Free and open to the public, the program features Georgia “Author of the Year” Victoria Wilcox, who has produced a trilogy of novels based on the life of Holliday. The Last Decision, the third book in the Wilcox series titled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday is scheduled for publication in May.

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Jefferson Community Theatre presents Radio Show dinner theatre

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Radio-Show-is-March-6-7The decade of 1940s was a simpler time.  Everyone tuned in to the radio for their news and their entertainment; and radio brought big name talents right into your home.

Come join the Jefferson Community Theatre for an evening of music, singing, dance and comedy – all while enjoying a great meal.
Reservations are required, so order your tickets today.Tickets are $25 per person or two for $40.

Georgia high court declines to hear Jackson County’s appeal against multi-county water authority

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The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority (UOBWA) has prevailed in litigation with Jackson County over the management of the Bear Creek Reservoir as the Supreme Court of Georgia declined to hear Jackson County’s appeal of earlier rulings.

The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority provides water to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County, Barrow County, Jackson County and Oconee County.

The Court of Appeals of Georgia declined last December to hear Jackson County’s appeal of a Piedmont Judicial Circuit judge’s ruling. Judge Joseph Booth had ruled against Jackson County’s attempt to force a recalculation of the established yield of the Bear Creek Reservoir.

The lawsuit has been ongoing since 2008.

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Benton Elementary School in Nicholson will remain open

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Jackson County Board of Education chairman Michael Cronic announced Monday at Benton Elementary would remain open next year as a K-5 facility. On Tuesday, he said there would be negative impacts on the west side as a result of not repurposing Benton.

Jackson County Board of Education chairman Michael Cronic announced Monday at Benton Elementary would remain open next year as a K-5 facility. On Tuesday, he said there would be negative impacts on the west side as a result of not repurposing Benton.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
After two community meetings at which public input was received about the possibility of Benton Elementary School being repurposed for another education-related use, Jackson County Board of Education chairman Michael Cronic announced Monday that Benton would remain open.
“We are going to leave Benton open but we are going to need your help,” said Cronic, who pointed out that keeping Benton open will come at a price which has yet to be determined. Redistricting of students will likely be ahead to help even out the student population between the east side where classrooms are sitting empty and the crowded and growing west side.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School fine arts auditorium erupted into cheers and shouts from Benton Elementary supporters.

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