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Car/booster seat giveaways set for Monday, Thursday in Hall Co.

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Safe-Kids-and-HCFS-CPS-Week-2014In celebration of National Child Passenger Safety Week, being observed Sept. 14-20, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County in partnership with Hall County Fire Services will host two car/booster seat giveaways for children ages 4-8.

At the events, there will be giveaways of combination seats (forward-facing only harnessed seats that transition to a booster seat and high-back boosters only while supplies last, first come-first served. One seat per child.

The child must be present to be fitted for the most appropriate car/booster seat. Please note – any seats that are replaced due to age, condition, or recall will be kept and destroyed by Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County.

“Injuries from motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of children ages 1-14,  says Kimberly Martin, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County Coordinator. The Georgia Child Restraint Law requires that children under the age of 8 years ride in an appropriate child restraint based on their height and weight in the back seat.

Event 1
Monday, Sept. 15
3-6 p.m.
Hall County Fire Services Station 5
4187 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch

Event 2
Thursday, Sept. 18
3-6 p.m. 

Hall County Fire Services Station 16
4209 Shirley Road, Gainesville

Questions? Contact Kimberly Martin at (770) 219-8095 or email at kimberly.martin@nghs.com.

Groundbreaking news for Jefferson, Jackson County means spec building

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Participating in the Aug. 28 grand-breaking ceremony for the IDI Gazaley spec building was F. J. “Josh Fenn, Jefferson City Manager John Ward, Tim Kopro of TDK Engineering, Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow, Jay Mitchell of IDI Gazeley, Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott, Jefferson Councilman Don Kupis, State Rep. Tommy Benton and Jefferson Councilman Mac Gramley. See more scenes below.

Participating in the Aug. 28 grand-breaking ceremony for the IDI Gazeley spec building was F. J. “Josh Fenn, Jefferson City Manager John Ward, Tim Kopro of TDK Engineering, Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow, Jay Mitchell of IDI Gazeley, Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott, Jefferson Councilman Don Kupis, State Rep. Tommy Benton and Jefferson Councilman Mac Gramley. See more scenes below.

Officials from IDI Gazeley, Jackson County and the City of Jefferson broke ground Aug. 28 on a new 840,000-square-foot speculative building in the Jefferson Distribution Industrial Park, located at Interstate 85 and State Route 82.
Josh Fenn, president/CEO/economic development director for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce, says he is pleased there will be a new building going in directly behind the water tower that bears the message “Jackson County Means Business.”
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Little to late: Late turnover sends Jackson Co. to 0-2 start

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BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com
Friday night was a battle of two completely different offenses: White County operates by ground, Jackson County by air.
But, it was an interception late in the game that proved to be the turning point of the game and propel the Warriors to a 34-26 win at Panthers Stadium.
The Warriors (1-1, 0-0) picked up their first win behind the legs of Maurice Sutton, who rushed for a game-high 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Max Taylor added 108 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.
The defense had one interception and recovered two fumbles.
The Panthers (0-2, 0-0) were led by quarterback Jacob Lewis who threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Antonio Strickland continued his stellar play to start the season, hauling in 10 passes for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Caleb Smith added seven catches for 116 yards.
“Obviously, it’s not what we had planned,” Jackson County head coach Benji Harrison. “I thought they (White County) did exactly what we thought they would.
“They are a physical football team. They like to run it right at you. We came up with stops at times, but obviously, we didn’t come up with enough stops. I thought we were sparatic offensively. There were some really good moments and some moments where we had to much inconsistency, and we made a key turnover in the game that hurt us, tremendously.”

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Thunderstorms prompt numerous calls in Barrow

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Thunderstorms moved into Barrow County Wednesday night causing numerous calls into the 911 Center. “We had several calls for trees and power lines down,” said Barrow County Emergency Services Lt. Scott Dakin. “During the storms we also had several structure fires reported.”

Just after 8:15 p.m., communication officers received a 911 call reporting a fire in the 300 block of Oakdale Drive in Auburn. Firefighters responded and found a home with fire in one bedroom.

“Firefighters made an aggressive attack and contained the fire to the bedroom,” said Lt. Dakin. “However, the home had significant smoke damage throughout the home.”

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Barrow Centennial Celebration includes time capsule burial

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Barrow-Centennial-founders-day-flyerAs part of the celebration of Barrow County’s 100th birthday, the Centennial Celebration Committee is hosting a Founder’s Day weekend Sept. 6-7.  Events will be located in downtown Winder, the county seat, and will be centered around the Historic Courthouse and Barrow County Museum.  All events are open and free to the public.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities will include:

  • Demonstrations of lost “arts” of quilting, rug hooking, blacksmithing, cooking over an open fire, spinning, candlemaking, etc. – skills that were required for everyday life when our County was founded — but are taken for granted today.
  • Special Event Amateur Radio Station: The Barrow Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station to commemorate Barrow’s 100′th anniversary. We will be operating shortwave stations on several frequencies and demonstrating different ways we communicate via radio. The public is invited to learn more and will have the opportunity to talk to other amateurs across the world.  Amateur “Ham” Radio is also 100 years old: The Radio Act of 1912 provided the first designated frequencies for Hams to use, and the American Radio Relay League, the National Association for Amateur Radio, was established in 1914.

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