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Halloween safety advisory from the Barrow Co. Sheriff’s Office

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The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office would like Barrow citizens to remain vigilant and cautious during the upcoming Halloween holiday on Friday, Oct. 31. Following some of the simple steps below can help keep our children safe: Continue reading Halloween safety advisory from the Barrow Co. Sheriff’s Office

Haints & Saints: Cemetery tour focuses on people from Jefferson’s past

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On the porch of the Pendergrass Store are the characters and supporting cast of volunteers bringing part of Jefferson's past to life. See more rehearsal scenes below.

On the porch of the Pendergrass Store are the characters and supporting cast of volunteers bringing part of Jefferson’s past to life. See more rehearsal scenes below.

Local figures from the Civil War to the early 20th century are telling their stories this week as the Crawford Long Museum Association and Jefferson Community Theatre presents the third annual Haints and Saints cemetery tour Oct. 24-26.

Tommy Benton is portraying G.J.N. Wilson with Jani Taylor sharing her sorrow as Mary Jane Patrick, a widow of a Civil War soldier. James Mauldin, who returned from the War Between the States to live out his days in Jefferson, is being portrayed by Dr. James Jackson.

Scenes captured by LeAnne Akin during the Oct. 19 dress rehearsal appear in the gallery below. Continue reading Haints & Saints: Cemetery tour focuses on people from Jefferson’s past

Fall Fun Fest in downtown Jefferson is Saturday

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Heather Head from Jefferson Drugs recently visited with Boys and Girls Club members at the Jefferson club to assist with pumpkin carving. The club member are entering their creations in the pumpkin carving contest being presented Saturday during the Fall Fun Fest, sponsored by Jefferson Drugs. You can carve your own pumpkin or enter one you have already created during the 4-8 p.m.  happenings in downtown Jefferson. See more scenes from the Boys and Girls Club carving event in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Heather Head from Jefferson Drugs recently visited with Boys and Girls Club members at the Jefferson club to assist with pumpkin carving. The club member are entering their creations in the pumpkin carving contest being presented Saturday during the Fall Fun Fest, sponsored by Jefferson Drugs. You can carve your own pumpkin or enter one you have already created during the 4-8 p.m. happenings in downtown Jefferson. See more scenes from the Boys and Girls Club carving event in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

The Fall Fun Fest will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18,on the South Public Square in Jefferson with a pumpkin carving contest as the highlight of the event. There is no charge to enter, so invite friends and family to join in on the fun. Participants can bring in their own carved pumpkin to enter the contest or they can carve one for free at Jefferson Drugs and submit it to the contest.

Judges for the pumpkin carving contest will include the Fall Fun Fest guests, so anyone who attends the event is eligible. This event will also include face painting, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals, food and drink, kids’ activities and much more. For more information, visit www.jeffdrug.com.

October’s Movie on the Green will take place later that evening when the sun sets, and the movie will be “The Haunted Mansion.” However, prior to the movie, there will be a costume contest for all with some pretty great prizes for the winners. Activities start at 8 p.m. The big screen will be set up behind Regions Bank drive through on the hill. There are no bad seats.

Boys and Girls Club members work on pumpkins

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Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing

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The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will conduct the last of three public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, in the jury assembly room at the Jackson County Courthouse. (See related story)

Also during the commission meeting, items from the commission’s Oct. 6 work session agenda will be on the agenda including:

- Approval of the extension of the contract with Home Development Resources Inc., for the execution of the 2012 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) Grant. HDRI has been serving as the grant administrator and an extension is needed since the program is actually just getting under way with the release of funds to the county. CHIP funds will pay HDRI’s not to exceed proposal price of $39,910.

Community Development Director Gina Roy reminded that Jackson County had received the CHIP grant for 2012, 2013 and 2014, however, the 2012 funds had only been released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs approximately three months ago. Jackson County is to receive approximately $1 million funds to assist qualifying elderly in certain census tracts to renovate their homes. Areas of County Commission Districts 2 and 4 included and local contractors are hired to handle the renovation work, Roy said.

Roy said the purpose of CHIP is to invest in the community by helping current homeowners rehab their own homes to bring to building code standards and to help home buyers be placed in current homes in Jackson County by helping them with down payment assistance. Home values increase thus helping the tax digest. Continue reading Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing

TICA celebrates grand opening with ceremonies, scholarship announcement

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Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Josh Fenn hands over a large pair of scissors to TICA President Haruhiko Kimata and Gov. Nathan Deal for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening event held Oct. 9. A community scholarship being established was also announced during the event. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery of the celebration below.

Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Josh Fenn hands over a large pair of scissors to TICA President Haruhiko Kimata and Gov. Nathan Deal for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening event held Oct. 9. A community scholarship being established was also announced during the event. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery of the celebration below.

Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America, Co. (TICA), a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), held its grand opening ceremony on Oct. 9.
Approximately 160 invited guests attended the ceremony, including Governor Nathan Deal and TICO President Akira Onishi. TICA associates, wearing blue TICA T-shirts, filled a large section of the assembly room,
“I want to express my appreciation to Governor Deal, Mr. Akira Onishi and all our invited guests for attending our ceremony,” said Haruhiko Kimata, TICA’s President.
“The start-up of TICA marks an important milestone in TICO’s history. For the first time in 20 years, the complete compressor is made 100 percent in America. We could not have achieved this milestone without the hard work of our associates, who are our most important asset,” said Kimata.

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