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Hawks fall to rival Norcross for a 3-game slide; Lady Hawks stumble after quick start

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

NORCROSS – The Mill Creek Hawks have dropped three straight games against region rivals. The latest being a 68-59 road loss at the hands of the Norcross Blue Devils.

The Hawks (14-9, 6-6 Region 7-AAAAAA) were led by senior Davion Clark’s 22 point-performance.

The Hawks led 18-15 after the first quarter and when Ryan Dobbs connected for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half, they were tied 34-34.

They opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run, but the Blue Devils rallied, gaining the lead behind a 12-0 run, a lead they never relinquished. The closest the Hawks could get was two points.

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Caring for the community through action

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Appeal to come together to help homeless man, dog spurs drive to collect scarves for others

At Little Hootie’s in Hoschton, Tori Strickland and Cathy Patrick are collecting scarves and hats to be shared with others. Ritzi Reruns and Arbor Pointe Church are also collection locations. See more scenes below.

At Little Hootie’s in Hoschton, Tori Strickland and Cathy Patrick are collecting scarves and hats to be shared with others. Ritzi Reruns and Arbor Pointe Church are also collection locations. See more scenes below.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
A young man walking along the highway with his companion dog chained to his waist spurred a community to action.
It was cold and rainy and Cathy Patrick, owner and operator of Little Hootie’s in downtown Hoschton, saw the man, who looked to be in his early 20s, and his small German Shepherd type dog and stopped to buy the man breakfast and take it to him.
“We didn’t really speak; he said thank you and he fed his dog. I don’t know that he ate,” said Patrick, who took time to go on Facebook and send a call to action to others before heading out of town to buy supplies for the sandwich shop.

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Fundraising campaign established to assist Flowery Branch family

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Britt and Ciaran are the blind and autistic sons of a Flowery Branch couple with two daughters who help with the boys' care. An online fundraising campaign has been launched by a friend to help raise funds to aid the family in caring for the children as well as secure an attorney to help finalize their permanent residency. See more scenes below and visit the campaign site at AtlantaBraveFamily6.

Geordie and Ciaran are the blind and autistic sons of a Flowery Branch couple with two daughters who help with the boys’ care. An online fundraising campaign has been launched by a friend to help raise funds to aid the family in caring for the children as well as secure an attorney to help finalize their permanent residency. See more scenes below and visit the campaign site at AtlantaBraveFamily6.

A Flowery Branch family is now in a race against time as the breadwinner now finds his work taking him out of state at a time when their efforts to secure permanent residency is now complicated by serious health concerns.
The story of Craig, an IT professional, and Lou Anne and their sons Geordie and Ciaran and daughters Britt and Taylor captured the heart of a real estate agent in New Jersey who asked to use her online skills to help the family. Shari Dua has started a YouCaring.com campaign to assist as the boys are both special needs children. Geordie and Taylor are twins.
“Knowing there was a remarkable young mother in a health crisis of her own; but who was still continuing to raise not one, but two special needs children – both blind with severe autism – all without any outside assistance was unfathomable to me! It was and still is heartbreaking to me to realize they have almost no outside support, physically, emotionally and financially.

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Boots & Bling: Roy Stowe is Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award winner

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Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger Outlets, won Volunteer of the Year; Andy Garrison, owner of The Garrison Company, was selected as Citizen of the Year; Carmen Poblet, owner of Art Design Promotions, was named Ambassador of the Year; the Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Martha Martin for Phil-Mart Transportation; Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Large Business of the Year Award winner which was awarded to Southeast Toyota Distributors was accepted by Rodney Dale. See more scenes below.

Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger Outlets, won Volunteer of the Year; Andy Garrison, owner of The Garrison Company, was selected as Citizen of the Year; Carmen Poblet, owner of Art Design Promotions, was named Ambassador of the Year; the Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Martha Martin for Phil-Mart Transportation; Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Large Business of the Year Award winner which was awarded to Southeast Toyota Distributors was accepted by Rodney Dale. See more scenes below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
“Can we give our biggest YEE-HAWS for our award winners this evening,” said Boots & Bling host Andy Garrison as he introduced the awards ceremony for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 22.
The Chamber recognized outstanding businesses, leaders and volunteers at their annual awards banquet which was western themed with a touch of bling. Event attendees donned cowboy boots, shiny jewelry, hat, and even their finest suits and ties. It was surely an event to remember held at the Jefferson Civic Center.
Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award, which was named after one of the founders of both the Jackson EMC and the Jackson County Chamber. This prestigious award recognizes a life-long distinction in one’s professional field as well as a history of achievement and leadership in service to both the Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County. It also recognizes consistent support of community happenings and the enhancement of the lives of Jackson County residents.

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Hundreds of pieces of artwork featured in weekend’s juried show

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Sell Mill, captured in this previous HHAC photo contest entry submission, will be the site of this weekend’s juried art show.
Sell Mill, captured in this previous HHAC photo contest entry submission, will be the site of this weekend’s juried art show.

‘Not Your Run of the Mill’ art show inside Sell Mill to showcase structure’s heritage and talent

More than 200 pieces of art will be on display at the “Not Your Run of the Mill” juried art show being held inside the historic Sell Mill in Hoschton this Saturday and Sunday.
Nancy Rhodes, who is coordinating the show for the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council’s (HHAC) H’Artist Open Studio group, says said the venue inside the mill, a Jackson Country historical and heritage site, pays tribute to the organization’s focus on art as well as the community’s rich heritage.
The art show will feature seven categories: landscape/still life, pottery/3D, mixed media, jewelry, photography, portrait/figure and wildlife. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and will not be limited simply to viewing the variety of artwork entered by artists – both local and from out of state.
The Best of Show prize, sponsored by Higher Grounds Coffee House, will pay out a $250 cash prize. The People’s Choice award, sponsored by Adornare Salon, is $150. First place in seven categories will pay $100 with second, third and honorable mention receiving ribbons. Other sponsors include Howard Hardaway State Farm, Paul Maney, Funari Realty, Braselton Antique Mall and Phil-Mart Transportation. Two additional sponsors can be added. Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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