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The Vine begins new outreach with gasoline buy down

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The Vine will be reaching outside its wall and into the community with its Second Saturday Outreach starting Sept. 13.

The Vine will be reaching outside its wall and into the community with its Second Saturday Outreach starting Sept. 13.

Members of The Vine, a church located on Highway 211 in Braselton,  will begin a new outreach effort this Saturday by “buying down” the price of gasoline at two local stations to $2.99 a gallon.
According to Holly Avera, the new outreach program will feature a unique means to be out in the community each month.
“The purpose is to be out and present in the community and  love on everybody whether they come to church at The Vine or haven’t found a church,” said Avera. “We want to intentionally demonstrate that God loves you  and this is one way we want to show it.”
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Great Day of Service: 4 churches, 100-plus volunteers, 1 day

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How many of God’s people and places can you serve and show God’s love to in one day?  The members of four area Methodist churches are going to find out.

United Methodist churches of Commerce, Homer, Warren Chapel in Commerce and Hickory Flat in Lula are having a “Great Day of Service” on Saturday, Sept. 6, with the mission “To serve our God by serving His people, reaching out in love to assist with basic physical, relational, and spiritual needs through person-to-person and community ministries.”

On Saturday, these four churches will join together to serve people in the community in many ways.  Projects include “Feed My Sheep,” providing free food to the needy; in-community services such as yard work and cleaning; blanket square crocheting for blankets for senior citizens; baking loaves of bread to be distributed to shut-ins; lunches for the homeless in Athens; assembling personal care kits for use by the Banks Jackson Emergency Food Bank; cookie coloring with seniors at Peachtree Village assisted living home; writing letters to shut-ins, military, local/county/state officials; diaper ministry at Grace Point Retreat; manpower support for Peace Place thrift store in Arcade; and praying without ceasing.

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Catering license approval OK’d for sale of beer at Luke Bryan concert

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Country music artist Luke Bryan’s  Oct. 9 concert at Meldon Farm in Jefferson — part of his sixth annual Farm Tour– will have beer for sale. The application for a catering license was granted by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners during a Thursday called meeting.

In spite of opposition from two residents of the area who voiced concern about traffic congestion and illegal parking which would negatively impact their quality of life as well as the possibility of impaired drivers on the roadways if alcohol was sold, the commissioners unanimously approved the application after the public hearing. The motion to grant the application was made by Commissioner Dwain Smith and seconded by Chairman Tom Crow. Commissioner Chas Hardy was not in attendance.

The commissioners called Thursday’s 5 p.m. called meeting to conduct the required public hearing for the malt beverage license for catering for the concert for which tickets went on sale Aug. 5.
The concert was announced and ticket information placed on Bryan’s website at www.lukebryan.com/farmtour as the application was being submitted to the office of Jackson County Public Development Director Gina Roy.
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Jackson County Chamber Golf Classic under way

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The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic is under way at Traditions of Braselton.

Kevin Poe was the winner of the putting contest.

Kevin Poe, county manager for Jackson County, gets his golf ball back from Tom Murphy, a Chamber ambassador who was helping man the putting contest prior to the start of today's Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic at Traditions.

Kevin Poe, county manager for Jackson County, gets his golf ball back from Tom Murphy, a Chamber ambassador who was helping man the putting contest prior to the start of today’s Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic at Traditions.

Barrow Sheriff’s Office seizes millions in opium

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At a home in Auburn on Aug. 5, Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 5,500 grams of opium which was packaged in 200-plus individual packets.

At a home in Auburn on Aug. 5, Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 5,500 grams of opium which was packaged in 200-plus individual packets.

Barrow County Sheriff’s officials executed an Aug. 5 search warrant at 301 Oak Ridge in Auburn which netted a large quantity of opium.

Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 5,500 grams of opium which was packaged in 200-plus individual packets.  The street value of the opium is approximately$2.2 million.

The search warrant was the product of a “controlled delivery,” where Sheriff’s officials were notified by the Department of Homeland Security of a suspicious package being shipped from a province in Laos to the address in Auburn.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protected scanned the package during transit in Chicago, Ill., and detected the presence of the package’s illegal contents.  Customs then notified the Department of Homeland Security, who in turn notified the Sheriff’s Office.

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