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Hoschton-based Woodall Creative Group celebrates 25th anniversary

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Tracy Woodall of Woodall Creative Group welcomes visitors to the Feb. 11 open house celebrating the design firm's 25th anniversary. See more scenes below.

Tracy Woodall of Woodall Creative Group welcomes visitors to the Feb. 11 open house celebrating the design firm’s 25th anniversary. See more scenes below.

Hoschton-based Woodall Creative Group marked its 25th anniversary Feb. 11 with an open house featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a Stonewall’s BBQ luncheon and a word of thanks from founder Tracy Woodall to clients, staff, family, supporters and friends who have helped make the award-winning design house successful.

Woodall also said she and husband, Marty, and the talented creative team hope to see more growth and expansion of the agency’s graphic design, website development and content development efforts.

Contact Woodall Creative Group by calling 706-658-0244 or e-mailing support@woodallcreative.com.  To learn more about Woodall Creative Group, visit www.woodallcreative.com.

Woodall Creative Group marks 25th

Braselton kicking off centennial celebration

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Braselton-High-School-centennial-paintingThe Feb. 27 unveiling of Henry W. Wood Jr.’s painting of Braselton High School will be the first of events leading up to the this year’s centennial celebration of the Town of Braselton’s founding.

The unveiling of the watercolor by the 1948 Braselton High graduate who retired to his home studio in Dacula in 1999 after a 41-year career as a professional artist, will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27 at the Braselton Library. Wood is also a University of Georgia graduate.

Light refreshments will be served and autographed printed will be available for purchase. See more at www.braselton.net

The first meeting of the centennial committee is set for Feb. 23, and Town Manager Jennifer Dees is coordinating the centennial planning efforts.

Dairy Queen now open in Braselton

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Dairy Queen in Braselton opened Thursday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held 21 weeks after ground was broken for the project.

Dairy Queen in Braselton opened Thursday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held 21 weeks after ground was broken for the project.

Seventy local people are now on the payroll at Dairy Queen in Braselton which celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 11, exactly 21 weeks from the groundbreaking for the state-of-the-art DQ Grill & Chill at the corner of Highway 53 and Braselton Parkway.

Brothers Sadiq Pathrawala and Asfak Momin have invested in their fourth Dairy Queen which Pathrawala says is a unique, 3,000-square-foot plan with a covered patio and double drive at the entrance to Park 53 at Braselton.

Joining in for the ribbon-cutting were employees and the owners’ parents, Raja and Zarina Pathrawala, who traveled from India for the occasion. Also on hand were In-Transition Realty team members including owner/broker Jonathan Gomolak and representatives from Funari Realty including commercial division director Brenda Branch, who handled the land sale, and Tony Funari, who also serves on the Braselton Town Council, and real estate professional Tracy Jordan.

Ackerman & Company set to proceed with new Braselton distribution center project

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Today’s announcement by Ackerman & Company of finalized plans to develop a 1,000,480-square-foot bulk distribution center in Braselton comes after Friday’s closing of a $4.5-million land deal with Synovus Bank. The new facility will be built on 107 acres off Broadway Avenue (Highway 124) and BDC Parkway.

An annexation and rezoning request approved by the Braselton Town Council on October had paved the way for the project. During that process, Patrick Chesser, senior vice president of Ackerman & Company, said a quality facility would be constructed, and it is now slated for delivery in early 2017.

Combining two parcels allowed for repositioning of the building which will be located near Whole Foods Distribution Market in Braselton Logistics Center, Chesser said.

Architect Randall Paulson, civil engineer Elberly Associates and general contractor Conlan Company will bring the project to fruition.

The location of the logistics center, less than two miles off the Interstate 85 and Highway 211 interchange (Exit 126), has also attracted Havertys, Mizuno, Hitachi and Kichler Lighting. The center is also in close proximity to Exit 129 where Carter’s is located in Park 53 at Braselton.

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Barrow County Emergency Services hosts stress management class

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Class participants included (Back, L-R): Alan Shuman, Jennifer Hadden, Faye Spaulding, William Tiller, Mike Wadleigh, Bryant Harris, Mike Vernatt; (Middle, L-R): Scott Dakin, Penny Clack, Jason Simpson, Ginette Williams, Edie Engle, Nicole Tobias, Shane Smith; Front, (L-R): Camron Hampshire, Becky Lee, Stephanie Byrd, Katherine Rodriquez, Shannon Derrick; Not pictured: Sarah Beth Wheeler

Class participants included (Back, L-R): Alan Shuman, Jennifer Hadden, Faye Spaulding, William Tiller, Mike Wadleigh, Bryant Harris, Mike Vernatt; (Middle, L-R): Scott Dakin, Penny Clack, Jason Simpson, Ginette Williams, Edie Engle, Nicole Tobias, Shane Smith; Front, (L-R): Camron Hampshire, Becky Lee, Stephanie Byrd, Katherine Rodriquez, Shannon Derrick; Not pictured: Sarah Beth Wheeler

Barrow County Emergency Services recently hosted a critical incident stress management class that taught students how to assist others in a one-on-one, peer-to-peer support system. The class is part of four core classes required for those wanting to be part of a multi-county team.

“The class taught students what signs and symptoms to watch for that may indicate someone is having trouble dealing with a critical incident,” said Lt. Scott Dakin, who taught the class. “It also teaches students a system in which they can talk with a person who is in distress and work them through the incident and move them into the healing process.”

The class was not only attended by staff of Barrow County Emergency Services, but firefighters from Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services and law enforcement officers with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and Gwinnett County. Mental health professionals with Barrow County Schools as well as several in the private industry attended the class as well.

The two-day class was held at Barrow County Schools. Both lectures and breakout sessions, where students used what they had learned, kept the class interactive.

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