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Early voting ends today; Reminder about traffic around Nov. 4 polling sites at Barrow schools

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Early voting concludes today and there is no voting on Monday, the day before the General Election.

At the end of the work day on Thursday, Barrow County had seen 4,077 voters cast ballots in-person.

Barrow County has 33,841 active voters, and 2,272 had cast ballots at the close of the business day on Friday, Oct. 24. On Oct. 25, when the Barrow County Board of Elections and Registration Office was open for Saturday voting, 217 votes were cast.

Barrow County Schools will be in session on Election Day, and since the Barrow County Board of Elections and Registration Office utilizes seven schools for polling locations, citizens should remember traffic issues may occur during peak drop-off and pick-up times at those schools, according to election supervisor Monica Franklin. Continue reading Early voting ends today; Reminder about traffic around Nov. 4 polling sites at Barrow schools

Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

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The Afterschool Alliance announced Thursday that Tina Fleming, division director at Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year. She is one of just 13 leaders from across the country chosen for the honor this year.

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Fleming will continue directing local out of school time programs while also serving her one-year Afterschool Ambassador term. As an ambassador, Fleming will help organize public events, communicate with policy makers and build support for afterschool and out of school time programs. She also will focus on promoting physical activity in out of school time programs and is one of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors whose work to expand the quantity and quality of physical activity out of school hours is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the Afterschool Alliance. Continue reading Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

Fall festival time for area schools and learning centers

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Fall has arrived and so has Fall Festival time at area schools and day care centers. These little ones at Discovery Point were checking out a pumpkin - perfect autumn activity for tiny hands and curious minds. See some of the creativity where book characters were brought to life at Gum Springs Elementary School.

Fall has arrived and so has Fall Festival time at area schools and day care centers. These little ones at Discovery Point were checking out a pumpkin – perfect autumn activity for tiny hands and curious minds. See some of the creativity where book characters were brought to life at Gum Springs Elementary School.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
Local schools have officially gotten themselves into the fall spirit and have been celebrating all month with festivals and fun activities. It is a great way to kick off this beautiful season that serves as a transition from summer to winter. Whether it is fall festivals, pumpkin carving and costume wearing, both students and teachers are having a blast. Parents are involved as well, so these fun times serve as a great way to bring teachers, students and parents together.
West Jackson Primary School will celebrate fall on Oct. 24 with Zaxby’s chicken and several fun activities for the children including a bounce house, petting zoo and games galore. Both parents and children will make the perfect fall dessert — s’mores and participated in a cupcake walk if they please. It is a great way to get together as a school body and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Continue reading Fall festival time for area schools and learning centers

Career exploration: Crime scene education

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JCSO-investigators-teach-at-skolJackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Richard Vickery and Capt. Rich Lott of Criminal Investigations Division taught a Forensics/Crime Scene class on Oct. 22 at Gum Springs Elementary School for third, fourth and fifth graders.  Demonstrations were given of collecting fingerprints, tire and footprint casting, DNA collection, social media evidence gathering and more.

‘Georgia Grown’ is celebrated at East Jackson Elementary

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

East Jackson Elementary School believes in serving up “Georgia Grown” food in its cafeteria while helping to keep Jackson County economically strong.

On Sept. 24, students, teachers and staff gathered in the school’s gymnasium to kickoff the school’s Farm 2 School activities. Also in attendance were several local farmers in attendance looked forward to sharing what they do on a daily basis along with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Chef Josh Aaron of Jefferson’s The Savory Spoon, School Superintendent Dr. April Howard, Jackson County Schools’ Director of Nutrition Dr. Debra Morris and East Jackson Elementary chef Rich Freeman.

 

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