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Braselton Antique and Garden Festival is under way

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The Braselton Antique and Garden Festival is open Friday until 7 p.m. The festival is also on Saturday and Sunday. See a few scenes from the Friday happenings in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below. See more in the April 30 edition of The Paper.

The Braselton Antique and Garden Festival is open Friday until 7 p.m. The festival is also on Saturday and Sunday. See a few scenes from the Friday happenings in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below. See more in the April 30 edition of The Paper.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
The Braselton Antique and Garden Festival is just days away – taking place Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26. Enjoy the festival on Friday from 2-7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the 12th semi-annual Antique and Gardening Festival, and each year it seems to grow and change a little bit more. There is no cost to enter, but it is important to bring wallets because there will be so many unique and beautiful items for sale — antiques, vintage, collectibles, local artwork, outdoor gardening, ironworks, statuaries, primitives, advertising, pottery, woodworking, folk art, jewelry, glassware, pottery, folk art, jewelry, glassware, textiles, rustics, up-cycle, salvage, furniture, shrubs, annuals, perennials, rare and unusual plants and more.

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Certain varieties of Jefferson’s Fresh Frozen products recalled due to Listeria

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain products produced in Jefferson for potential health risk consumers.

Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale.

Inventure Foods, Inc. is recalling certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen™ line of frozen vegetables, as well as select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of smoothie kits, due to finding of Listeria monocytogenes, in its Jefferson facility.

Listeria is an organism that can cause infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

GDA food safety inspectors are conducting an active investigation with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors, working together with the processing facility in Jefferson. To date, there are no known illnesses linked to consumption of these products.

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Earth Day Celebration is Saturday at Whole Foods distribution center

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Enviro-Log Inc., an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company, is pleased to announce that it will participate in the Whole Foods Market Earth Day Celebration being held at the Whole Foods Market distribution center, located at 211 BDC Parkway in Braselton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

Enviro-Log will showcase its earth-friendly firelogs and firestarters, and educate the public on the benefits of recycling.

This fun-filled day will feature events for people of all ages and include a kid zone, which will feature inflatables, games, planting classes, a healthy eating seminar, festival food, and a car wash. All proceeds from the event will go do directly to the Whole Planet Foundation, a private nonprofit organization founded by Whole Foods Market, which creates economic partnerships with the poor in developing-world communities that supply Whole Foods stores with product. More information on the Whole Planet Foundation can be found at www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.

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I-85 traffic delays should begin clearing

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Traffic was backed up for hours in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 after a box truck overturned, blocking all lanes.

Traffic was backed up for hours in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 after a box truck overturned, blocking all lanes.

Traffic backups of northbound traffic on Interstate 85 are being to free up as the box truck which overturned has been cleared after nearly three hours.

Traffic was being rerouted along Highway 124 and back onto the interstate with Braselton Police helping ease the flow of traffic at the off-ramps where Highway 53’s new four lane operations are flowing. Traffic is still hampered somewhat in the Pilot Travel Center area as one signal is not yet operational; a Pilot driveway will become one-way and a new drive will allow traffic to enter back onto Highway 53 at Chardonnay Trace.

 

17-year-old struck by train, killed in Jefferson

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A person is dead after being struck by a train in downtown Jefferson, and Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman said the next of kin of Juan De Dios Padilla Arellano, 17, have been notified. Counselors at Jefferson High School were also notified.

It is speculated that the victim, who was walking northbound on the tracks, may have been wearing headphones since the victim never looked up in spite of the CSX Transportation conductor’s horn blowing. The conductor, who notified 911, began stopping the southbound train but the victim made no effort to get off the tracks.

According to Jackson County Emergency Services Director Steve Nichols, Jefferson Fire/Rescue and Jackson County EMS responded at 8:15 a.m. today to Lee Street at the train crossing in Jefferson on a reported person struck by a train. The trained came to a stop approximately 30 feet to 400 feet from the impact.

Responders found Arellano walking near the tracks had been struck by the train and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jefferson Police Department and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office are investigating.