The following articles were authored by LeAnne

Charges made in fake diploma case

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The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a series of reports, filed by students, stating they have received fake diplomas from their school. The school used the name New Life Technical Academy and was operated by a married couple, 43-year-old Stanley Jean and 35-year-old Yessica Jean.

The investigation revealed there is a real, accredited school by the name New Life Technical Academy in Hapeville but the school operated by Stanley and Yessica Jean is not accredited; they are not affiliated and used the school name without permission. Yessica Jean worked for the real school in 2012.

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Lanier Tech’s new campus in Barrow nearing completion

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Transferable general education courses as well as career training available

The new Winder campus on Austin Road will be ready to be showcased in January. See inside the facility in the photo gallery below.

The new Winder campus on Austin Road will be ready to be showcased in January. See inside the facility in the photo gallery below.

By ZAC TAYLOR
Regional staff
With keys now in hand although work is still under way on the new Lanier Technical College campus in Barrow County, Winder  Campus Dean Lisa Maloof is already giving sneak-peak tours of the facility capable of serving 1,000 students.
As Welding and Joining instructor Tom Rieger had several students assist in moving in some of his department supplies into the large new welding lab with 22 booths, the students beamed with pride at the new learning facilities they will soon occupy. It includes a robotic welder like the one at the nearby Caterpillar plant in Bogart.
Among them was Evan Lucky, a student who has already secured a job at RAI USA in Athens. He is among Rieger’s students who are in demand at companies including Kubota, Caterpillar and R&R in Watkinsville.
The just-under 69,000-square-foot building, which completes the Barrow County Workforce Development Campus just south of Highway 316 along with the schools system’s Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology next door, is set to open in January.
The new campus includes an automotive department “classroom” complete with nine vehicle bays and a fully-functional alignment setup. The room, which is multiple levels and includes space for a number of other projects, like HVAC repair as well. The career academy will be partnering with the college with automotive and many other programs as a means of getting students ready for careers in the region.

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Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot

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The Romero family visited with Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot. The Hoschton Women's Civic Club hosted the annual holiday gathering which found families taking home a photo of their children with Santa.

The Romero family visited with Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot. The Hoschton Women’s Civic Club hosted the annual holiday gathering which found families taking home a photo of their children with Santa.

Santa Claus visited with children at the Hoschton Depot on Saturday as the Hoschton Women’s Civic Club hosted the annual holiday event as a community outreach.

See scenes from the event in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Santa at the Hoschton Depot 2014

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Pajamas and Poetry draws crowd to Crawford Long Museum

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Twas the Night Before Christmas was read by Andy Garrison during Saturday's "Poetry and Pajamas" event at the Crawford W. Long Museum. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery.

Twas the Night Before Christmas was read by Andy Garrison during Saturday’s “Poetry and Pajamas” event at the Crawford W. Long Museum. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

“Poetry and Pajamas” was hosted Saturday morning at Crawford W. Long Museum with Andy Garrison  presenting a dramatic reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Donned in a long sleeping shirt and hat, Garrison entertained a crowd of children as he asked them about their favorite Christmas carols.

The children enjoyed donuts and hot chocolate before listening to the story and then relocating to the upstairs classroom to make a Christmas ornament to take home. Miss Tracy showed children how to make several designs of a paintbrush Santa and children crafted their own designs.

Pajamas and poetry at CLM

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Downtown in December: Santa visits Jefferson

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Hudson Barton, the 2-week-old son of William and Stacy Barton, had his photo made with Santa Claus. See more scenes from the Friday Downtown in December happenings in Jefferson.

Hudson Barton, the 2-week-old son of William and Stacy Barton, had his photo made with Santa Claus. See more scenes from the Friday Downtown in December happenings in Jefferson.

The holiday season was officially celebrated Friday so Downtown in December is under way as the Christmas tree in Marlowe Park was lit by Mayor Roy Plott, wife Debra, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, members of the Jefferson City Council and guests.

Weather likely kept more people away as the sprinkles of rainfall looked like falling snow as a cameraflash hit the precipitation. (See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below)
Before the tree and the garland in Marlowe Park was illuminated. a duo from the Fifth Row Theatre performed Christmas carols and other singers arrived later to join in some caroling at downtown locations.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Marlowe Park horse-drawn carriage and then made their way back to Crawford Long Museum so that Santa could visit with children.

Downtown in Dec 2014 in Jefferson

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Santa Claus with 2-week-old Hudson Barton.
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Avery Walton, 5, with Santa.
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Santa Claus poses with 5-year-old Avery Walton.
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Stacy Barton holds 2-week-old Hudson as 3-year-old Jacy enjoys her peppermint stick while sitting next to dad William.
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Carolers sang at different locations in downtown including in Marlowe Park before the lighting of the tree.
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Carolers sang at different locations in downtown including in Marlowe Park before the lighting of the tree.
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Darren Hogwood, who will turn 2 on Dec. 18, visited with Santa.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus rode in a beautiful horse-drawn wagon to Marlowe Park to be on hand for the lighting of the tree.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus rode in a beautiful horse-drawn wagon to Marlowe Park to be on hand for the lighting of the tree.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus were ready to assist with the tree lighting.
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Debra Plott said she hadn't had her picture made with Santa in years.
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The tree was lit in Marlowe Park.
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Santa cradled Hudson Barton for a photo.
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Helpers were busy getting photos ready for families to take home.
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The Jefferson Pilot Club again decorate its tree outside the museum.
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In spite of the weather, families lined up outside so children could visit with Santa.
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In spite of the weather, families lined up outside so children could visit with Santa.
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Downtown Jefferson is aglow for the holiday season.
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It's officially the Christmas season with Friday's lighting of the tree.
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Hudson Barton, who is 2 weeks old, had his picture made with Santa Claus.
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Jacy Barton, 3, was ready to tell Santa what is on her Christmas list.
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Outside the museum, Scot Chalmers entertained.
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Scot Chalmers showcased his juggling in front of Marlowe Park.
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Stacy Barton gets her 2-week-old son Hudson ready for a photo with Santa.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.