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Star Spangled 5K held in Braselton for Operation One Voice

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The Star Spangled 5K, benefiting Operation One Voice, was held Saturday in Braselton with 168 participants pounding the pavement around Braselton. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin's phot gallery.

The Star Spangled 5K, benefiting Operation One Voice, was held Saturday with 168 participants pounding the pavement around Braselton. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

Joey Brovont of Milton was the overall winner in the Star Spangled 5K held Saturday in Braselton Park. He finished the course with a time of 20:14.4.

A fundraiser for Operation One Voice, the 5K and fun run/walk had 146 participants.

In second was Andrew Lawrence of Suwanee with a time of 20:52.6 and Braselton’s Nathan Atwell was third with a time of 21:59.7.

Carly Ledbetter of Commerce was the overall female winner with a time of 2:58 and she was sixth overall.

As the race ended, other finishers gathered to applaud Cathy Oswald of Buford who didn’t quite until she arrived at the finish line at 58:35.9 after the race start.

See the race results at www.runnersfit.com and learn more about Operation One Voice at www.operationonevoice.org. See more about the event in the July 9 print edition of The Paper and check back here.

Star Spangled 5K 2015 for OOV

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Fireworks for Freedom Festival

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M28A9713The annual Freedom Festival in downtown Jefferson attracted thousands to look skyward June 27 as fireworks filled the skies over the area. After a late afternoon of food, fun and music, Freedom Festival-goers and others from around the area were entertained by the beauty of a brilliant sunset and, after the skies grew dark, they were illuminated by fireworks. While Saturday morning’s Jefferson Farmers Market in downtown experienced some rainfall which returned later in the afternoon, rain clouds cleared and part of the area where market vendors had been was filled with entertainment and vendors for the annual Freedom Festival. Crowds filled the square for musical entertainment by Sons of Soldiers and Tommy Porter. There were bungees and other activities for children and food to be enjoyed including funnel cakes, homemade peach ice cream and pizza. The highlight was the fireworks handled by the Jefferson Fire Department and the show even included a heart-shaped red formation captured on video by a citizen who shared it with the department. See it on the department’s Facebook page.

Jefferson Freedom Festival 2015 Doug Chellew

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Produce galore and so much more: Braselton Farmers Market is open until 7 p.m.

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Farmer-Cass-produce-DSC_0611Don’t miss out on a chance to get some produce and more to enhance your July 4 weekend plans.

The Braselton Farmers Market is now open at the corner of Davis Street and Harrison Street in downtown Braselton and you can pick up fresh squash and zucchini, eggplant, peppers and onions to pop onto the grill with some homemade sausage blended with fine ingredients using a Romania family recipe.

Farmer Cass from Finch Creek Farms added beans to his selection of produce that includes potatoes, squash, zucchini as well as some delicious smelling lemon basil.

Tickle Me Green Farm has tomatoes, squash, beans, zucchini, eggplant, peppers and more while The Back Forty’s heirloom tomatoes were selling quickly.

The R2 Farm was also on hand with onions, bite-sized tomatoes and other fresh-picked vegies.

If you are looking for honey to sweeten up that barbecue sauce or some salsa, jellies and jams, pickles and breads, the Braselton Farmers Market has it. Also you can get some perogies and other ready-to-eat selections to take home to enjoy or get them frozen to enjoy later.

The farmers market continues in Braselton into October.

Braselton Farmers Market July 3, 2015

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I pledge allegiance to the flag….

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Garner-Crow-pledge-DSC_0194Part of the beauty of summer vacation is being able to spend time with grandparents and that’s what Garner Crow, grandson of Jackson County Board of Commission Chairman Tom Crow, had an opportunity to do in June. He visited from the Atlanta area.

When Garner accompanied his granddad to the June 15 commission meeting, he was asked to lead the Pledge Allegiance to the American Flag.

Garner is a Boy Scout in Troop 298.

East Jackson cheerleaders C-H-E-E-R on local youth at camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

Give me an “E-A-G-L-E-S”!

What does that spell? Eagles!

For some aspiring cheerleaders, a youth camp is, possibly, where they got their start on the road to cheering.

Last week, the East Jackson Comprehensive High School cheerleading squad taught chants, cheers and routines at the squad’s kiddie camp.

The campers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“It’s a really great experience for the little ones and (for) our cheerleaders,” said new head coach Andy Potts.

“The best part for me is we really hand it over to our cheerleaders.”

To read the full story, see this week’s edition of The Paper.