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DiscDogathon event raises funds for CF Foundation

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During the competition, photographer Doug Chellew captured this canine catching a disc. See more scenes from the annual Catch for a Cure Skyhoundz at the Jim Joiner Parks & Rec Center in Jefferson. At the competition, organizer Steve Mize and his chocolate lab Willow earned an invitation to the Skyhoundz DiscDogathon World Championship in September. See more of Doug Chellew's photos in the gallery below.

During the competition, photographer Doug Chellew captured this canine catching a disc. See more scenes from the annual Catch for a Cure Skyhoundz at the Jim Joiner Parks & Rec Center in Jefferson. At the competition, organizer Steve Mize and his chocolate lab Willow earned an invitation to the Skyhoundz DiscDogathon World Championship in September. See more of Doug Chellew’s photos in the gallery below.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
DiscDogathon and Extreme Distance competition held Saturday and Sunday at the Jim Joiner Parks and Recreation Complex on Old Pendergrass Road in Jefferson featured World Championship caliber Disc Dogs qualifying for the Skyhoundz World championships.
The national event for Disc Dogs included competitors from across the southeastern region.
Dogs of all breeds were welcome to try this great sport. Spot landing, freestyle, bull’s eye, time trials and pair distance and accuracy were Saturday’s Discdogathon happenings while Sunday’s extreme distance competition included light plastic, micro dog, classic and unlimited for men and women.
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Rabid fox attacks walker near West Jackson Park

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By LEANNE AKIN

lakin@clickthepaper.com
A 76-year-old Hoschton man is undergoing treatments after a rabid fox latched onto his ankle in the early evening of July 17.
The man and his neighbor, who have asked not to be identified by name, were walking for exercise at West Jackson Park near their residential neighborhood.
As the pair parted, the man crossed into the street to begin walking home when he spotted a small gray fox approaching him. The man said he attempted to dodge the fox but the animal continued running toward him, turned its head and clamped down on his ankle.
The man said he grabbed the animal by the back of the neck and “spiked” it to the ground as you would a football. The stunned animal  scrambled away but was pursued by the man who  grabbed the fox and held it down while getting out his pin knife. The man plunged the long blade under the animal’s rib cage twice and pierced its heart.
The bite victim and his neighbors want the community to learn from his experience which has a health safety message and some humor.
The man cannot help but laugh now as he retells part of the fox experience. Continue reading Rabid fox attacks walker near West Jackson Park

GIANT TALK: NFL player shares encouraging words with high school players

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Former Jefferson offensive linemen and current New York Giants player Brandon Mosley and Jefferson head coach Ben Hall shake hands after Mosley spoke to high school players on July 16 at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp in Flowery Branch.  See more scenes below.

Former Jefferson offensive linemen and current New York Giants player Brandon Mosley and Jefferson head coach Ben Hall shake hands after Mosley spoke to high school players on July 16 at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp in Flowery Branch. See more scenes below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Hearing a kind word from someone who has been in your shoes can go a long way in shaping one’s dreams, goals and self.
Last week, football players from Jefferson, Mill Creek, Archer, Flowery Branch and more had the opportunity to take advice from a true professional player.
Former Jefferson High School football player and current New York Giants offensive linemen Brandon Mosley shared his story and path to the NFL with the high school players at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp at Flowery Branch High School.
Mosley was a guest of Jefferson head coach Ben Hall.
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Four arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested four suspects during a July 14 traffic stop on Highway 332 in Pendergrass.

Love

Love

A quantity of methamphetamine and pills were located within the vehicle being driven by Jeremy Paul Love, 31, of Jefferson, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine along with Harold Demetrice Poole, 30, of Jefferson, and Anthony Jerome Poole, 34, of Jefferson.

Ballard

Ballard

Another passenger, Sandra Elise Ballard, 29, of Commerce, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of dangerous drugs and drugs not in the original container.

Haroldl Poole

Harold Poole

Harold Poole also had an outstanding child support arrest order and an outstanding bench warrant on him.

All four suspects were transported to the Jackson County Jail.

Anthony Jerome Poole

Anthony Jerome Poole

Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. Also please remember that you can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706-367-3784 to report any criminal or suspicious activity.

Hoschton artist shares talents to beautify environment of Gwinnett Co. Animal Shelter

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By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

Sharane Stewart puts her artistic abilities to work at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter while also serving as administrative assistant and adoption coordinator. See scenes of her artwork which is being enhanced by the colorful hand prints of young visitors which become flowers on a wall mural.

Sharane Stewart puts her artistic abilities to work at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter while also serving as administrative assistant and adoption coordinator. See scenes of her artwork which is being enhanced by the colorful hand prints of young visitors which become flowers on a wall mural.

Hoschton resident and animal lover, Sharane Stewart, enjoys spreading warmth and joy in a place that could otherwise be sad and lonely – the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
Filled with animals that have been abandoned, neglected, given up and abused, the animals are at the shelter in hopes of being transported to a loving family with the ability to provide food, shelter and love. Stewart is passionate about animals, so she has made a career out of it – a career to make the shelter a better place and give homeless animals a home.
Not only does Stewart work at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter as an administrative assistant and adoption coordinator, she is an artist who has transformed the shelter to a more positive place by painting beautiful pictures along the walls – making it happier and more inviting where animals can stay temporarily until they find their forever homes.
Stewart is an employee of 15 years at the shelter, and has been an animal lover and artist since she was a little girl. These were two things that she grew up loving thanks to her parents.
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