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Field day fun

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hula-hoop-DSC_0531How can you tell the end of the school year is approaching? Field day, of course.

These West Jackson Middle School students are enjoying field day today on the ball field.

LeAnne Akin captured these scenes of the fun and games.

MOMS Club is providing connections to Jackson County mothers

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When local mother, Katie Griffin, celebrated Mother’s Day this year, she had the satisfaction of knowing she is helping to connect with other mothers thanks to the MOMS Club.
After realizing there was more she could do for the mothers in her community, she decided to stop complaining about the fact that she did not have any local mom friends and do something about it. She did some research and decided that if she wanted other mom friends, there had to be other stay-at-home moms who also wanted more friends. So she filled out the paper work and started the MOMS Club of Jackson County.

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Cultivators’ Market will be May 16 at Shields-Ethridge Farm

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At April's kickoff of the Cultivators' Market at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm in Jefferson, Tina Harris, Denise Temple and Susan Chaisson showed off some of the products available -- from vegetables and flowers, to historic books, weaved baskets, blacksmith creations, cookies and other treats including tamales. May 16 is the next Cultivators Market. See more scenes from the April session below.

At April’s kickoff of the Cultivators’ Market at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm in Jefferson, Tina Harris, Denise Temple and Susan Chaisson showed off some of the products available — from vegetables and flowers, to historic books, weaved baskets, blacksmith creations, cookies and other treats including tamales. May 16 is the next Cultivators Market. See more scenes from the April session below.

The April Cultivators’ Market at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm had a great turnout in spite of the soggy ground.  Vendors were busy greeting and selling, while the Sunroom Gang Band played all morning. The Farm Bureau and Extension Agent Greg Pittman were on hand to answer gardening questions. The next market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, with planting of cotton with the mules planned since it was postponed due to wet conditions.  Vendor’s booth fees are $25 per month from May through October. Vendors can go to www.shieldsethridgefarminc.com for an application or contact Denise Temple at dftemple@gfb.org or call 706-367-8877. Judee and Tom McMurdo shopped with Farmer Cass at the open air market and Tina Harris, Denise Temple and Susan Chaisson showed off some of the products available.

Cultivators Market at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm

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The Vine promotes ‘Our Community Our Kids’ initiative to address foster care crisis with action

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Zach McCalvin and Laura Merriem McCalvin shared information about their care for 3-year-old Mason at the Saturday “Our Community Our Kids” meeting about the foster care crisis in the region hosted by The Vine.

Zach McCalvin and Laura Merriem McCalvin shared information about their care for 3-year-old Mason at the Saturday “Our Community Our Kids” meeting about the foster care crisis in the region hosted by The Vine.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
As of March, Barrow and Jackson counties had 164 children in foster care, and only 14 foster homes with zero space available.
“Our Community Our Kids” is an initiative recently launched to raise awareness about this foster care crisis, particularly in this region of Georgia.
This program also connects the community to ways to get involved, which include becoming foster parents, providing meals for new foster families, transportation assistance, donating gift cards for restaurants or clothing stores, becoming a certified foster child babysitter, donating gently used clothing and much more. Providing love and support to a foster family is just as important as well.
Our Community Our Kids made an appearance at The Vine church in Braselton on Saturday morning with a two-hour meeting that discussed all things foster care.

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Hundreds of Galilee Christian volunteers get busy to Serve the City

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Before the group of Galilee Christian Church volunteers and community members began cleaning efforts Saturday as part of the Serve the City initiative in Paradise AME Cemetery, a prayer was offered up. See more scenes from the 2015 Serve the City effort below.

Before the group of Galilee Christian Church volunteers and community members began cleaning efforts Saturday as part of the Serve the City initiative in Paradise AME Cemetery, a prayer was offered up. See more scenes from the 2015 Serve the City effort below. Prayers are also going up today at several locations around the community in observance of the National Day of Prayer. From noon to 1 p.m., prayer ceremonies are being held at Brockton Road Baptist Church in Jefferson and at Spencer Park in Commerce as well as in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Commerce and in Maysville City Park and the historic courthouse in Homer.

 

More than 300 volunteers from Galilee Christian Church dispersed out into Jackson County on the morning of Saturday, May 2, to take on a massive one-day service project meant to Serve the City.
These volunteers teamed up to tackle approximately 30 projects large and small across the county in an effort to serve the people of Jackson County.
Galilee Christian Church and the Serve the City project’s goal was to reach out and impact the people of Jackson County in a powerful way.
“It was quite a day,” said Pastor Nick Vipperman, “I couldn’t be more proud of our people.”
Several volunteer teams served at many of the Jefferson City Schools and Jackson County Schools by helping take care of lawn maintenance, trash pick-up and flower planting jobs.

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