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Barrow County Sheriff’s Office awarded $20,000 traffic enforcement grant


The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Deputy David Witte and the Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Powell Harrelson. Continue reading Barrow County Sheriff’s Office awarded $20,000 traffic enforcement grant

Alan Chapman named acting transportation director for Gwinnett


Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24.

County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this transition. I know he will do a good job.”

Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant. He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville.

Picture Perfect: Dragons fly past Eagles, remain unbeaten in 2014



JEFFERSON—Most of the starters for the Jefferson Dragons were pulled before halftime last Friday night’s game against the East Jackson Eagles.

That normally means one thing: dominant performance.

The Dragons posted its second-largest margin of victory in school history, crushing the Eagles 63-0.

Jefferson senior running back Sammy Williams was one of the first starters removed from the game in the first half. He finished with 135 yards on 11 carries with four touchdowns.

Jefferson senior quarterback Evan Shirreffs completed nine of his 11 pass attempts for 110 yards a touchdown before leaving the game as well.

Jefferson (7-0, 4-0 Region 8-AAA) outgained East Jackson (1-7, 0-4) 375-113 total yards. The Dragons running game picked up 203 yards. Three different Jefferson quarterbacks combined for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

“The kids came out focused,” Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said. “We played our game. We played fundamental football. We were able to get a lead and the younger kids maintained it.

“You want to play a clean, efficient ball game. We challenged our kids to play our game to our level and they did that.”

Bitten By Hart: Bulldogs remain perfect in Region 8-AAA, dominate Panthers



HARTWELL — In what has been a disappointing and tough 2014 campaign, the Jackson County Panthers looked to turn its luck around Friday night and put a second “W” in the win column.

The only problem was standing in the way of that goal was one of Region 8-AAA’s best teams, and it wasn’t the Jefferson Dragons.

The Hart County Bulldogs upended the Panthers 43-7 in Hart County.

The Panthers (1-7, 0-4 Region 8-AAA) managed only 180 total yards of offense.

Jackson County senior quarterback Jacob Lewis passed for 154 yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Zane Corley hauled in two catches for 59 of Lewis’ 154 yards.

The Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) were led by senior quarterback Cameron Fouch who passed for 245 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the first half.

Hart County junior wide receiver Zach Maldonado caught six passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

“We had the start we wanted,” Jackson County head coach Benji Harrison said. “We played the first quarter, we were all even there.

“But, then they are a good football team. We are struggling in some areas right now. So, you compound that and make a few mistakes against a good football team and usually, the end result will be what it was (tonight).”

Country Stroll: Kennedys, Eagles take 1st ever Jackson Co. Invitational cross country meet; Lady Dragons finish second

The East Jackson Eagles’ boys’ cross country team. See more scenes in Charles Phelps' photo gallery below.

The East Jackson Eagles’ boys’ cross country team. See more scenes in Charles Phelps’ photo gallery below.


JEFFERSON—The East Jackson Eagle boys’ cross country team showed Thursday afternoon it is ready to make a strong push for the Region 8-AAA championship and have a shot at the Class AAA state championship.

The Eagles downed in-county rivals Jefferson and Jackson County, as well as region foes Hart and Elbert County and six other schools from around the area to take the first ever Jackson County Invitational at Crow’s Lake.

The course featured a new configuration as oppose to past meets held on the same property.

The Eagles were paced by Chase (17:15.65) and Chandler Kennedy (17:17.41) who finished first and second overall, respectively, in the run.

Teammate Noah Hulett finished fifth with a time of 17:34.99. Ethridge Chaisson came in 14th place at 18:26. 53 and Vladik Staples finished in 18th. Continue reading Country Stroll: Kennedys, Eagles take 1st ever Jackson Co. Invitational cross country meet; Lady Dragons finish second