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Wet and wild in Braselton Park

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DSC_0771Water Day at Braselton Park is an annual rite of passage marking the close of the Summer Reading Program at the Braselton Library and the approaching start of the new school year. Held July 25, Water Day again found an engine from the West Jackson Fire Department pumping gallons of water high into the air to fall onto the awaiting youngsters looking for a cool way to spend some time. After programs including a magician, a petting zoo, a juggler, learning about the importance of clean water and more, Braselton Library summer reading program participants enjoyed some wet and wild fun.

Water Day 2014 at Braselton Park

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Jefferson Station is celebrated as a successful project

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A large crowd including Jefferson elected officials and staffers, Jefferson Police, Jefferson Public Library and Piedmont Regional Library staffers, architects and engineers who worked on the project and community members were at the July 23 celebration. See more scenes below.

A large crowd including Jefferson elected officials and staffers, Jefferson Police, Jefferson Public Library and Piedmont Regional Library staffers, architects and engineers who worked on the project and community members were at the July 23 celebration. See more scenes below.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
With more than 150 people in attendance, it’s safe to say that the July 23 dedication and ribbon-cutting for the brand new Jefferson Station, which includes the Jefferson Police Department and the Jefferson Public Library, was a huge success.
Residents, employees and even people from neighboring cities are thrilled to see such a nice, new upgrade happen in Jefferson and were ready to explore both places. Both the police station and the library, which also houses the Piedmont Regional Library offices, were open for business and ready to officially celebrate the grand opening.
An afternoon open house for the community was also held for families to visit the library as well as the police department.
Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott served as the main speaker for the morning and enthusiastically shared the history of the project, the ins and outs of the project itself and recognized those that made the project possible. He mentioned that without the help of these particular individuals from certain organizations, the project would have been very difficult to complete.
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Winder-Barrow Community Theatre presents ‘Anything Goes’

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Director Elinor Hasty works with Beth Mappes, Emily Baker, Daniel Johnson, Bruce Nunley and other cast members in the final scene.

Director Elinor Hasty works with Beth Mappes, Emily Baker, Daniel Johnson, Bruce Nunley and other cast members in the final scene.

The Cole Porter Musical, “Anything Goes,” will open Friday night at the Winder Cultural Arts Center on Athens Street.

Winder-Barrow Community Theatre will be presenting the show Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10 with the Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.  Continue reading Winder-Barrow Community Theatre presents ‘Anything Goes’

Jackson County singer, songwriter, actor and veteran Dustin Wilkes launching new project

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Dustin Wilkes, singing at WingSlingers in Hoschton on July 19, has written the theme song for a new TV series called Warrior Outdoors which has ties to a new nonprofit organization.

Dustin Wilkes, singing at WingSlingers in Hoschton on July 19, has written the theme song for a new TV series called Warrior Outdoors which has ties to a new nonprofit organization.

By KATIE GRIFFIN

klgriffin@clickthepaper.com

Jefferson native Dustin Wilkes performed live at Wing Slingers in Hoschton on July 19.
The singer has performed previously through the band name Wilkes and Dalton but, as of last week, the band is no longer a team. Shane Dalton and Dustin Wilkes are simply too busy as individual artists so they decided to part ways and focus solely on their careers. They both will continue to post on the Wilkes and Dalton Facebook page and hope to one day be able to perform together again as they are very close friends.
Wilkes composes almost all of his songs himself. His desire as a songwriter is to get back to the classic feel of country and rock music, the way music used to be.
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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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