For 10 years, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation’s (EMC) members have steadily contributed pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters by rounding up their electric bills to the next dollar amount. And that spare change has added up in a very big way, resulting in $10,226,411 in charitable grants that have helped local organizations and people in need, with all of it going into 10 Northeast Georgia counties.
“When the cooperative offered its members the opportunity to participate in the Operation Round Up program and set up the Jackson EMC Foundation to help members channel their contributions where it was needed, I don’t think anyone had any idea that it would have such a tremendous impact. As the foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary, I’m so proud to have played a part in this extraordinary effort,” said foundation board chairwoman Beauty P. Baldwin, who has served on the board since its creation.
The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $67,972 in grants during their September meeting, including $64,472 to agencies serving area residents.
Piedmont Regional Library System, serving Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, was the recipient of a $15,000 which will cover the system’s electronic book system fee and hosting costs, and purchase additional eBooks, providing a quality selection of eBook titles and free access to technology they might not be able to afford.
You can soon be sporting Braselton Main Street attire as the Braselton Downtown Development Authority and Braselton Downtown Director Amy Pinnell will be selling T-shirts and tote bags featuring the new logo design.
The green T-shirt was shown off during the Oct. 8 DDA meeting and will be sold for $15 for regular sizes and $18 for larger sizes.
The tote bag will sell for $15.
The Braselton Main Street items are being sold as a DDA fundraiser and will be available at the DDA info tent during the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival set for Oct. 23-25.
The DDA fundraiser, A Toast to Braselton: Promenade to Downtown, is being held the evening of Oct. 8 at the Braselton-Stover House.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an Oct. 5 traffic stop on a vehicle suspected to be used in several thefts in Jackson County.
The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee, however, law enforcement officers were able to apprehend Billy Craig White, 39, of Braselton, in the backyard of a residence located off Jackson Trail Road in Hoschton.
The truck was stolen out of Hall County.
White was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail where he remains incarcerated.
A search warrant was executed the following day at a Braselton residence and investigators recovered stolen property including items stolen from surrounding counties.
White is charges with fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, failure to signal when turning, removing or affixing license plate with intent to conceal, driving without a license, tires requirement, theft by taking, burglary, theft by receiving, obstruction and forgery in the first degree because White forged a fictitious name on his jail records.
Walton County has also placed a hold on White for a probation violation.
Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706- 367-8718.You can also provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706- 367-3784 to report any criminal of suspicious activity.