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Fatal accident in Commerce under investigation

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Emergency units from Commerce Fire and Rescue and Jackson County EMS responded at 2 p.m. on April 10 to Highway 441 and State Street in Commerce on a vehicle accident with injuries.

A two-vehicle accident with three injuries involved. One patient was released on the scene by EMS and two were transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with severe and moderate injuries.

One patient was listed as critical and the second patient, a female in her 60s, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

The cause of the accident is being investigated by Commerce Police and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

The incident is still active and minor road blockage did occur but all lanes have since reopened.

 

FASHION STATEMENT: Fundraiser luncheon nets nearly $55,000 for new hospital emergency services

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Debbie Pergantis, Angie Pascual, Carol Burrell, Anthony Williamson,Nancy Colston, Jim Moore, Lona Pope and Judy Pennebaker were on the runway after the April 3 luncheon and fashion show presented by Women of Northeast Georgia to celebrate the event had raised $54,833 for the Medical Center Foundation. Thanks to support from the community and the donation of all the food from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery, the entire ticket price of $100 went toward emergency services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton which is projected to open in May of 2015. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below featuring fashion show photos by Sarina Roth of Never the Rock Photography.

Women of North Georgia, supported by a lengthy list of sponsors and a banquet room filled with guests, coordinated an April 3 luncheon and fashion show which raised nearly $55,000 for emergency services at the new hospital under construction just a short distance from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery where the event was hosted.

Chateau Elan was the presenting sponsor.

“Chateau Elan Winery and Resort presented the meal so that all of your money went to the hospital foundation,” said Judy Pennebaker, who co-chaired the event committee with Debbie Pergantis.

As ticketholders made their way in for a champagne reception, they were greeted by sponsor Nancy Panoz of Chateau Elan and the Spa at Chateau Elan, and Janice Braselton, one of the Tony Burch sponsors.

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GDOT plans paving in downtown Winder next week

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The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning on paving next week in Winder.

Crews finished replacing the four damaged concrete panels this week.

Paving is scheduled to occur overnights each weeknight next week. One lane will be closed nightly Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for paving the parking areas alongside State Route 81 and the streets that intersect SR 81.

Please do not park alongside SR 81, Broad Street this week. Crews will be preparing during the day for the overnight paving operation. Stopping work to move vehicles will delay the paving work each night.

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Does the Braselton area have potential support for a YMCA presence?

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Braselton resident Michelle Dutton talked with the Braselton Rotary Club about the Y's influence in her life and her desire to see if the community is interested in seeing a Y presence in the Braselton area. She got a pledge of support from Rotarian Tony Funari of Funari Realty who is also a member of the Braselton Town Council; with Angie Putman, who is President/CEO of YMCA of Georgia's Piedmont; and Rotarian Craig Heighton, who invited Dutton to be the guest speaker at the recent meeting.

Braselton resident Michelle Dutton talked with the Braselton Rotary Club about the Y’s influence in her life and her desire to see if the community is interested in seeing a Y presence in the Braselton area. She got a pledge of support from Rotarian Tony Funari of Funari Realty who is also a member of the Braselton Town Council; with Angie Putman, who is President/CEO of YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont; and Rotarian Craig Heighton, who invited Dutton to be the guest speaker at the recent meeting.

By LEANNE AKIN

Is the Braselton area ready for a YMCA?

Braselton resident Michelle Dutton has been talking with several area residents about the potential for a YMCA and Braselton Rotary Club member Craig Heighton invited Dutton to speak with fellow Rotarians about the Y.

Dutton also invited Angie Putman, who is now CEO of the YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont which has locations in Winder and Hartwell, with plans for future facilities in Monroe. Land has been donated for a Y in Walton County and the community organization to further those efforts will be forming.

The YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont currently has 8,000 members and the Y’s funding comes primarily through memberships. This Y has the charter for the Braselton area and had previously been in talks with a developer to locate a Y within a planned mixed-use development in Hoschton which did not come to fruition when the economy turned downward.

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Braselton celebration: Streetscape makes downtown more inviting

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In spite of the rainy and cool conditions on March 17, eight students representing West Jackson Primary School and West Jackson Intermediate School braved the weather to participate in the ribboncutting ceremony for the grand reopening of downtown Braselton. Road projects are completed and the new Streetscape project is ready to welcome visitors to downtown. The project includes brickwork, planters with trees, benches, refuse cans and decorative light poles with signs that can be changed out. See scenes from the special celebration below.

Braselton Streetscape ribbon cut

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New sidewalks, light poles, banners and more are brightening up downtown Braselton.
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Road projects are completed and the Streetscape endeavor is done so a celebration of downtown's reopening was planned to include a 5K, sidewalk chart art contest, Rockin' the Champs celebration from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of Jackson County High School's basketball state championship and Friday concert in Braselton Park. Downtown businesses are also doing activities and offering games for prizes.
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Benches and refuse containers accent the downtown area where people will likely begin to gather once springtime weather arrives to stay.
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Banners will be changed out to promote events and celebrate changing seasons.
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In spite of the rainy and cool conditions, eight students braved the weather on March 17 to participate in the ribboncutting ceremony for the grand reopening of downtown Braselton after completion of the Streetscape project. Involved in the celebration were West Jackson Intermediate students Elizabeth Franklin, Angelo Jiminez and Derek Vaughn, Braselton Downtown Director Amy Pinnell, West Jackson Primary students Hayden Bradley and Jeremiah McKinzie, West Jackson Intermediate student Damon Shaw and West Jackson Primary students Berkley Castleman and Carlie Butler. The students, accompanied by adult chaperones, walked to the celebration along the completed sidewalks.
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Councilman Tony Funari received a commemorative brick to remember the occasion.
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Also involving with the Braselton Streetscape celebration on March 17 was Robert McGrath and Don Clerici with the project's general contractor BM&K, Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Congressman Doug Collins and Mayor Bill Orr.
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Taking part in the March 17 ribbon-cutting celebration for the Braselton Streetscape project was Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Councilman Richard Mayberry, Councilman Tony Funari, Councilwoman Rhonda Stites, Mayor Bill Orr, State Sen. Frank Ginn, Georgia Department of Transportation board member Jamie Boswell and Jackson County District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates.
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Downtown Director Amy Pinnell and members of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority were also a part of the ribbon-cutting
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The students bundled up against the cold temperatures and escaped the rain under umbrellas.
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Umbrellas gave the students cover as they walked from school to await the start of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Those attending the reopening celebration for Braselton's downtown gathered under the front porch of Kristi's Country Store & Café.
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Tables and chairs were slid out of the way to make room for guests to get under cover.
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The students and their chaperones walked back to school after they participated in the ribbon-cutting.
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The students and their chaperones walked back to school after they participated in the ribbon-cutting.
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Bayne Smith, Congressman Collins, Mayor Orr and GDOT Board member Boswell participated.
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Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Bayne, Congressman Doug Collins, Braselton Mayor Bill Orr and Georgia Department of Transportation board member Jamie Boswell ceremoniously cut the ribbon for Streetscape.
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Congressman Collins and Mayor Orr with 8-year-old Caroline Williams.
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Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Bayne, Congressman Doug Collins, Braselton Mayor Bill Orr and Georgia Department of Transportation board member Jamie Boswell ceremoniously cut the ribbon for Streetscape.
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Braselton Councilwomen Peggy Slappey and Rhonda Stites with their commemorative bricks.