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Georgians encouraged to prepare for winter weather

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Gov. Nathan Deal has proclaimed the week of Dec. 1-5 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. During this week, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for severe winter weather by stocking supplies, making a plan and learning about the different types of winter weather.

“By making a winter weather plan and staying informed, all Georgians can do their part to stay safe as the temperature in our state drops,” said Governor Deal. “During Winter Weather Preparedness Week, an initiative of the Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, our citizens will be provided with information to help equip their families and homes with the tools necessary to prevent dangerous winter weather situations before they happen.”

Winter Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different preparedness topic each day. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland security’s (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign is urging residents to learn about different ways to prepare.

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Dragons’ basketball teams struggle in day 2 of tip-off tournament

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

 cphelps@clickthepaper.com

 JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Dragon basketball teams lost on Tuesday night in day two of the Tabo’s tip-off tournament.

 The Lady Dragons struggled in a 68-49 defeat at the hands of the Flowery Branch Lady Falcons.

 Abbie Franklin led the Lady Dragons’ scoring with 13 points.

 The Lady Dragons started off hot, jumping out to a quick 9-2 lead after Franklin, Chandler Bragg, Hope Forrester and Jerilynn Williamson all dropped baskets. They held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter ended.

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Hawks soar to tip-off finals, down Cambridge, 70-61

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – The Mill Creek Hawk boys’ basketball team may have not played flawless basketball, Tuesday night in Jefferson during the second round of the Tabo’s Tip-Off Tournament.

But, there play was good enough to vault springboard them to the finals.

The Hawks downed the Cambridge Bears, 70-61. They play Dacula High School in the tournament finals on Saturday.

“Different guys stepped up and had some big shots in the second half,” Mill Creek head coach Chad Rogers said after the win. “(But) we are not where we want to be defensively. Gave up way too many points.”

The Hawks were led by Scotty Chadwick’s 17 points. Keetone Glover added 12 and Christian Mancillas had 11 points.

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Barrow firefighters collecting toys on Saturday for Holiday Connection

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Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services will be joined by members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in conducting the annual Empty Stocking Toy Drive.

“Crews and team members will be at the Barrow Crossing parking lot for three Saturdays accepting new unwrapped toys,” said Lt. Scott Dakin. “Again this year, all donations will be distributed to Barrow County children through the Holiday Connection.”

Crews will be out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Citizens can come by to drop off their new unwrapped gifts and see the firefighters, fire truck, ambulance and CERT members. If citizens cannot come by during these times they are welcome to drop by any county fire station.

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Pouring wine and exploring leisure learning options

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Chateau Elan wines were servedand enjoyed along with refreshments during the BULLI in Braselton winter term registration event.  See more scenes in Farah Bohannon's gallery below.

Chateau Elan wines were servedand enjoyed along with refreshments during the BULLI in Braselton winter term registration event. See more scenes in Farah Bohannon’s gallery below.

BULLI in Braselton winter term registration is under way

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
The Braselton BULLI Winter term is gearing up to begin on Jan. 5, 2015, so registration is in full swing.
On Nov. 18, BULLI members gathered in the Avignon Room at Chateau Elan to listen to each of the instructors explain the courses they will teach. The evening began with a wine and social hour complete with small bites and good conversation. Registration will continue until Dec. 5, so contact Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees at 706-654-5720 to secure a spot. The winter term lasts from Jan. 5 until Feb. 20.

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