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Garrison offers Guns & Gals training session

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Andy Garrison of The Garrison Company will be hosting another Gals & Guns training session on Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.

A four-hour class session will be held Feb. 18 at the Jefferson Clubhouse starting at 6 p.m. with actual shooting practice on Saturday at Trigger Time indoor firing range in Braselton on Feb. 20.

Class size is limited and seats are going fast. The tuition is $50 plus range time and ammunition.

Sign up by calling 706-369-1830 or email Andy@andygarrison.com.

Woodall Creative Group to mark 25th anniversary with Feb. 11 open house

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Woodall-Creative-GroupHoschton-based Woodall Creative Group will mark its 25th anniversary during a Feb. 11 open house.

What began as a small home-based venture for Marty and Tracy Woodall in August 1980 has been transformed into an award-winning design house with a growing team of marketing professionals.

The drop-in open house, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the firm’s 52-B Jopena Boulevard location in Hoschton, will include a Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, a barbecue lunch catered by Stonewall’s BBQ, drawings with three winners receiving $500 in marketing services from the agency graphic design, website development and content development team.

Founder and president of Woodall Creative Group, Tracy Woodall, who recently joined the Rotary Club of Braselton, said the firm’s success can be credited to each team member being vested in the success of its clients, which include its very first client, now First Redeemer Church, one of the fast-growing churches in Forsyth County.

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Sock hop being hosted Feb. 20

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Feb-20-sock-hopAre you ready for a sock hop with fun for the entire family?

Jackson County Parks & Rec will be hosting a night of fun on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the James Brown Gym at the Gordon Street Center, the new headquarters of the Parks & Rec office.

From 6-9 p.m., there will be a DJ entertaining with 1950s hits so you can dance the night away and also compete in a hula hoop contest. There will be prizes for the best dressed in attendance.

Food and drinks from Spoonful of Heave will be on sale, and advance tickets are $7 for children, $10 for adults or$20 for a family of four. For tickets, call 706-367-6350 or stop by the Parks & Rec office located at 441 Gordon St., in Jefferson.

Sgt. Nathan McDonald is Jefferson’s Officer of the Year

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Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman congratulates Officer Nathan McDonald who was selected as Officer of the Year for 2015.

Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman congratulates Sgt. Nathan McDonald who was selected as Officer of the Year for 2015. See more scenes of other recognitions in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Jefferson Police Sgt. Nathan McDonald was honored Monday as the department’s Officer of the Year for 2015.

Chief Joe Wirthman presented the engraved plaque to the officer who was selected by a panel of four local citizens who reviewed records and information on nominees from the department.

Wirthman said McDonald responded to an October house fire and went into the home to retrieve a family dog after the family had gotten out safely and two other dogs were rescued by a neighbor.

McDonald also assisted in the search for Riley, a dog who ran away from a rollover accident on Interstate 85 involving a Texas family in December. While the family did not sustain serious injury, they were hurt to have to return to Texas after a two-day futile search for the dog. McDonald and others did not give up the search and his Facebook post was shared across the community. On Christmas Eve, Riley was enticed into the basement of Humane Society of Jackson County vice president Becky Davis, who took Riley to Galilee Animal Hospital to evaluation and kept the dog at her home until McDonald took over care of the dog until the owner could return for him.

The plaque reads, “in appreciation of professional service by going above and beyond in rescuing family dogs on two separate occasions” noting that in one of those incidents, “he put his own physical safety in jeopardy.

“Your dedication is making a difference in our community,” Wirthman read.

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Chocolate surprises awaited in downtown Braselton

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Braselton's Chocolate Walk attracted more than 125 walkers on Saturday and Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot, went on the walk to entertain. Here, Chopper shares a hug outside Sweet Delights Bakery. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery.

Braselton’s Chocolate Walk attracted more than 125 walkers on Saturday and Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot, went on the walk to entertain. Here, Chopper shares a hug outside Sweet Delights Bakery. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

A sunny day with lots of sweet surprises was enjoyed in downtown Braselton Saturday during the second annual Chocolate Walk.

More than 125 bags were collected at the Downtown Braselton/Main Street Office by participants in the Chocolate Walk who strolled throughout downtown to stop in at participating businesses offering a chocolate treat. Volunteers were busy handling the arrival of walkers collecting their special bags for collecting their chocolate treats.

Shops were busy with walkers and shoppers and Braselton Gallery gave an opportunity to make a pair of earrings for $5 — perfect for Valentine gift-giving.

Sweet Delights Bakery was a popular spot and even Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot, stopped in for a visit. Chopper took the chocolate walk to entertain and children were delighted.

At House of Clay, Sue Compton was greeting walkers as well as hosting a birthday party rescheduled after a previous weekend’s winter weather.

Braselton Chocolate Walk 2016

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