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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton marks historic event

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The Braselton family is recognized during the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton grand opening preview and signature donor recognition program. see more scenes from the gala in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

The Braselton family is recognized during the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton grand opening preview and signature donor recognition program. See more scenes from the gala in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

By JEFF GILL

Regional staff

Smoked salmon was in the emergency department and apple cake squares were in the surgery waiting area at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

The hospital, which opens its doors to patients Wednesday, was a showpiece Thursday night as invited guests in tuxedos and evening gowns toured the 100-bed facility off Ga. 347 in South Hall County.

Food, drinks and a program recognizing key donors highlighted the event, a grand opening preview sponsored by the Medical Center Foundation.

“I want all of us to remember this moment, this historic event, a legacy in the life of this community,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System.

“It took a tremendous amount of community support to make all of this happen.”

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Colonial Trade Faire held around Fort Yargo’s old fort

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Children could play hoops, a game of the period, during last weekend's Colonial Trade Faire at Fort Yargo State Park. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Children could play hoops, a game of the period, during last weekend’s Colonial Trade Faire at Fort Yargo State Park. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

The sixth annual 18th Century Colonial Market Faire was held Fort Yargo State Park by the Fort Yargo Living History Society on March 27-29 and more than 2,100 visitors toured the 18th century living history event over the weekend.

Sunday’s weather provided a sunny and warm day for the faire which found exhibitors and visitors facing cold temperatures and windy conditions on Saturday.

The trade faire was a chance to interact with living historians demonstrating frontier Georgia life in the 179os. The old fort was open and 18th century craftsmen and women demonstrated their trades including blacksmithing, woodworking, candle making, cooking and doll making.

The frontier camp was set up and there were Native American warriors, militia drills, children’s activities and a strolling minstrel.

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3-year-old child dies after accidentally shooting himself

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Initial reports indicate that a 3-year-old Jefferson child died in a horrific tragedy on Sunday afternoon.

A 911 call was placed at 2 p.m. Sunday from 395 Fairfield Drive in Jefferson and two Jefferson Police officers responded to find several adults in the yard attempting to assist the child, identified as Jaxon Kullem White, who was reportedly injured when the child accidentally discharged a firearm.

Jackson County EMS responded and transported the child to Athens Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The body was transported to the State Crime Lab.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Athens Office was called to assist Jefferson Police along with the Jackson County Coroner’s Office and the Jackson County Department of Family and Children’s Services.

The investigation remains under way and findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman said his officers responding to the incident included a father whose child was born just last week. He said incidents involving the death of a child are particularly difficult for emergency responders.

“I can’t comprehend what this family is experiencing right now, and it’s also tough on those responding to the scene,” said Wirthman. “It’s just a horrific tragedy.”

Evans Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements for the family.

Body of man found in Flowery Branch

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A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch, with authorities trying to determine cause of death.

A “preliminary examination of the body and the scene do not lead police to a readily apparent cause of death,” Flowery Branch Chief David Spillers said in an email.

“At this time, foul play does not seem to be a consideration but likewise cannot be ruled out until a complete examination of the body is made” by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Flowery Branch police got a report at about 3:20 p.m. of the remains, which were found in woods off Capitola Farm Road near Spout Springs Road.

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Apply now for Jackson County Citizens Police Academy

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Andy Garrison and the law enforcement leaders of Jackson County announce applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2015 Jackson County Citizens Police Academy.

This a seven-week program that introduces the participants to the challenging world of public safety.  Some of the topics included are: The Law, Crime Scene Investigation, Social Services, Firearms, Special Tactics, Drug/Gang Awareness, Defensive Tactics, Terrorism, Traffic Investigation and DUI Enforcement.

Tours of Jackson County Fire Training complex and the county jail are included.

The class meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. beginning on April 14.  Tuition for the program is $65 and includes class T-shirts, meals and graduation banquet.

Applications have to be submitted and approved before acceptance.  Contact Andy Garrison at andy@andygarrison.com to request an application.  The class fills quickly so email today. Only a limited number of seats are available.