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Jefferson’s linemen leading way for Dragons’ record-breaking offense


Fifth-ranked Jefferson (10-1) tackles No. 2 Blessed Trinity in second round Friday in Roswell


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JEFFERSON — As Alex Corbett recalls, the normally boisterous Memorial Stadium became nearly silent after last season’s overtime loss to Blessed Trinity.

Only one feeling remained: A small vibration in the back of Corbett’s helmet as Blessed Trinity fans loudly celebrated their victory, which knocked the Dragons out of the Class AAA state playoffs.

This year, with the chance of redemption on the line, the center said he was dedicated to flipping the script.

“It was a sense of shock,” said Corbett after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s something that’s stuck with me ever since then. We saw them on our side of the bracket when we first got to the playoffs this year, and we wanted to play them ever since.”

The fifth-ranked Dragons (10-1) got their wish, and will face the undefeated No. 2 Titans (10-0-1) in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs this Friday at Blessed Trinity Stadium in Roswell.

Colby Wood bursts through the line of scrimmage while Alex Corbett (71) blocks against Jackson County earlier this season in this image captured y photographer Doug Chellew.

Colby Wood bursts through the line of scrimmage while Alex Corbett (71) blocks against Jackson County earlier this season in this image captured y photographer Doug Chellew.

Jefferson’s offense is powered by standout sophomore running back Colby Wood (2,027 yards so far this season), who leads the state in touchdowns (32). Part of his success, according to Wood, has been his experienced offensive line, which returned four starters over the offseason.

The line has paved the way for the Dragons to put up an average of 274 rushing yards per game so far this season.

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Jefferson native’s story to premiere Nov. 8


PBS film details local World War II hero’s exploits

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JEFFERSON — Jokes about red carpets and paparazzi aside, Ginger Gause of Jefferson knows what she wants to say to the audience before the film about her heroic grandfather starts.

“I want to stand up and tell everybody thank you for donating and helping with this project,” she said. “As family, I’m just grateful to everyone for fulfilling dreams. … It’s just God coming on through.”

Gause is an integral part of a group of people, including Garland Reynolds and Abit Massey of Gainesville, promoting a documentary about Army Maj. Damon J. “Rocky” Gause, a Jefferson native and World War II hero.

“It is one of the better individual stories on World War II that I’ve ever come across,” said Tim Gray, chairman of the World War II Foundation and the film’s producer.

“It’s got every element in it. It really should be a full-length movie and someday it will be, but I think we should at least get it into a documentary form.”

The 90-minute film is expected to get broadcast at some point on Public Broadcasting System stations. Before that happens, area residents can view the film at a world premiere set for Nov. 8 at the William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center in Jefferson.

The documentary is a retelling of “The War Journal of Major Damon ‘Rocky’ Gause,” published in 1999 and based on Gause’s journal entries.



Gause, who became a P-40 fighter pilot after joining the Army Air Corps in 1938, was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He volunteered to drive a load of food to Bataan, where thousands of American and Filipino troops were being held by Japanese.

Gause had to abandon the truck, jumping into a river to escape, but was captured. He stole his Japanese guard’s bayonet, stabbed him and ran for a nearby beach.

He set out in an abandoned lifeboat for Corregidor, a small rocky island in the Philippines, but had to swim most of the 3 miles after it sank. Gause passed out, and when he woke up 36 hours later, a familiar face was looking down on him — a classmate from Martin Institute in Jefferson, Army Nurse Mildred “Millie” Dalton.

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Friday night lights – final scores for Sept. 18


Scores for Sept. 18 gridiron play ….

Apalachee High School   0  v. Gainesville –  48    FINAL

Commerce High School   7  v. Athens Academy  14     FINAL

East Jackson Comprehensive High School   21   v.     Franklin County     56     FINAL

Hebron Christian Academy  35    v.  Towns County  0    FINAL

Flowery Branch High School  45   v.    Heritage Conyers    14     FINAL

Jackson County Comprehensive High School  34  v.    East Hall   28    FINAL

Jefferson High School    BYE WEEK

Mill Creek High School    41  v.    Duluth  0    FINAL

Winder-Barrow High School  20   v. Loganville   27        FINAL

Kelly Gissendaner scheduled to be executed by Oct. 6



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Kelly Gissendaner could be executed before the end of the month.

An execution order for the former Auburn resident, convicted of ordering her husband murdered, was set Friday by Judge Melodie Snell Conner according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is set to be executed between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

A lawsuit filed by Gissendaner, the only female Georgia inmate on death row, was dismissed just last month by a federal judge after her attorneys had claimed the state “botched” her execution in March when it was halted at the last minute, following hours of waiting, due to the lethal injection drugs planned for her death becoming “cloudy,” according to corrections officers.

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Ground broken for Dairy Queen in Braselton



Since the Sept. 17 official groundbreaking for the new Dairy Queen being constructed in Braselton, work has gotten under way at the construction site along Highway 53 at the corner of Braselton Parkway at Park 85 at Braselton.

Brothers Sadiq Pathrawala and Asfak Momin are investing in their fourth Dairy Queen. They opened stores in the Mall of Georgia in 2001 and 2003 and have owned a free-standing DQ in Spartanburg, S.C., since 2008.

The brothers were joined by their father, Raja Pathrawala, the groundbreaking which was also in keeping with Indian community custom with Preacher Mr. Nawab conducting the blessing of the land.

Those assisting in the project including Tony Funari, Brenda Branch and Tracy Jordan of Funari Realty, lender Tripp Conner from Independence Bank and individuals from the In-Transition Realty team, including owner/broker Jonathan Gomolak. Bayne Development Group is handling the project.

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