March 19 is next Life Choices program offered by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office


March-19-JCSO-Life-Choices-programLife & Reality is the next Life Choices program being presented March 19 by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Comprehensive High School auditorium with a series of speakers on tap to share the realities of making poor choices.

Among the speakers will be an inmate from Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute and Fire Chief Tammy Ayers. A Jackson County Correctional Institute inmate will also speak.

Drug Enforcement Agency agent Chuvalo Truesdell, Danny Riddell of New Directions, Alfred Brooks of Respect Institute, Tony Sanchez and James Guffey of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and Pastor Wayne Norris of New Beginnings Church.

This program is part of an ongoing series of program presented by Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum to share information with youth of the community, their parents and other adults who could positively impact their lives about the possible outcomes of poor choices.

“We need to fill up the Jackson County High School Auditorium. Remember, if we make a difference in the life of one, it is well worth the time and effort put into this,” said Sheriff Mangum.

‘Smoke on the Mountain opens tonight in Winder, continues next weekend

Winder-Barrow Community Theatre’s presentation of “Smoke on the Mountain” by Connie Ray opens on Friday, night, Feb. 27, at the Winder Cultural Arts Center.

This musical comedy takes place in 1938 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina.  The Rev, Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting evening of singing and witnessing.  The show includes more than two dozen songs and hilarious stories so come out and enjoy an evening of funny entertainment.

The show will close on Sunday, March 8, with the 3 p.m. matinee.  Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  Be sure to purchase your ticket in advance to guarantee a seat since large audiences are expected.  Tickets can be purchased by credit card at the Winder Customer Care Center (770-867-3106 Prompt one for payments and Event Ticket Sales). They can also be purchased at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance office at 41 S. Center St., in Winder.  Advance tickets are only $10 for seniors (ages 55 and older), students, and teachers.  Adults are only $12.50 in advance.  If there are any tickets available for purchase at the door, they will be $13 and $15.

Part of the proceeds of this show will be donated to the Barrow County Food Bank.  If you would like to bring canned goods or donate money for the Food Bank, just bring them to the show with you.  For more information about WBCT and other upcoming shows and events, please see the website at www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.

Rockin’ the Green 5K is among March 14’s activities in downtown Braselton


Untitled-1Registration is open for the annual “Rockin’ the Green 5K” race in downtown Braselton.
The popular fitness run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.  A $25 registration fee is required by March 1 and guarantees runners an event tee shirt.  Registering after March 1 is $30.  Runners may register online at www.tinyurl.com/braselton2015  or by contacting the downtown office at 706-684-0369.
Tracey Shelton was last year’s race winner in the 30-39 female category.  She said “what a great way to kick off spring – a little running and lots of fun with friends and neighbors taking in the sights of our beautiful downtown.”
The run will begin a day of fun festivities for families including tours of the historic grist mill, a sidewalk chart art contest, painted benches and chairs for purchase and food vendors.

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Arbor Day event in Jefferson postponed to March 6


Jefferson-Heritage-Tree-CouncilThe Jefferson Heritage Tree Council is set to hold the city’s annual Arbor Day recognition at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
While the date had originally been announced for Feb. 20, freezing ground temperatures and the threat of rainfall prompted the Tuesday decision for the date change.
The public is encouraged to join in the tree-planting event on Kinney Hill at the Jefferson City Park.  The ceremony begins first with an Arbor Day proclamation read by Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott.
The event activity will then move to the end of Memorial Drive at Highway 11 where five newly-planted cherry trees will be dedicated to the five Jefferson Mill workers who died in World War II.  These soldiers were PFC Willard H. F. Doster, PFC Lammoth Joe Hanson, PFC Francis Marion Hollis, PFC Ostell Franklin Jarrett and Lt. Bassford Redd.

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‘Author of Year’ triologist featured at Brenau event

Victoria Wilcox was welcomed to the Friends membership appreciation gathering by president Dan Aldridge. See more scenes below.

Victoria Wilcox was welcomed to the Friends membership appreciation gathering by president Dan Aldridge. See more scenes below.

Victoria Wilcox Friends of the Library was special guest at recent membership gathering

More than 125 years after the death of legendary Georgia-born Old West gunfighter and gambler John H. “Doc” Holliday, Brenau University will host a special program Tuesday, March 3, that explores the continuing prominence in popular culture of Holliday and others whose principal claim to fame was a 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral in  Tombstone, Arizona, Oct. 26, 1881.
Free and open to the public, the program features Georgia “Author of the Year” Victoria Wilcox, who has produced a trilogy of novels based on the life of Holliday. The Last Decision, the third book in the Wilcox series titled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday is scheduled for publication in May.

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