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Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen

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David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O'Brady's in Jefferson in July during Perdue's “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson in July during Perdue’s “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is continuing his statewide tour highlighting how Washington is not working and why Georgians want a new direction with stops in Jefferson, Monroe and Lawrenceville.

During the campaign earlier this summer on his “RV Tour of the State of Georgia,” Perdue made a stop at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson. See some scenes from that stop and read about it below.

The second leg of the tour will include almost 30 public events across Georgia.

Perdue plans to start his day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Dairy Queen in Jefferson at 7:30 a.m. before heading to Pot Luck Café in Monroe at 9 a.m. Continue reading Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen

Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

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The Afterschool Alliance announced Thursday that Tina Fleming, division director at Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year. She is one of just 13 leaders from across the country chosen for the honor this year.

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Fleming will continue directing local out of school time programs while also serving her one-year Afterschool Ambassador term. As an ambassador, Fleming will help organize public events, communicate with policy makers and build support for afterschool and out of school time programs. She also will focus on promoting physical activity in out of school time programs and is one of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors whose work to expand the quantity and quality of physical activity out of school hours is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the Afterschool Alliance. Continue reading Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

State’s jobless rate drops to 6.6 percent for September

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region in September was 6.6 percent, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 6.9 percent.

The rate dropped because there were 1,910 fewer unemployed people in the Northeast Georgia area in September, according to the federal government’s monthly household survey.

There were 1,435 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in September, an increase of 102, or 7.7 percent, from 1,333 in August. Most of the increase in claims came in construction, wholesale trade, and educational services. Over the year, claims were down 12 percent from the 1,630 filed in September 2013.

For Jackson County, the jobless rate was 6.6 percent as there were 1,832 reported out of work. Continue reading State’s jobless rate drops to 6.6 percent for September

Pumpkins and more at Green Acres Farm Market

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This pumpkin wearing a witch's hat will be awarded on Oct. 25 when the drawing is held at Green Acres Farm Market. Get your tickets for a chance to win it.

This pumpkin wearing a witch’s hat will be awarded on Oct. 25 when the drawing is held at Green Acres Farm Market. Get your tickets for a chance to win it. See more pumpkin scenes below.

Hurry to get in on the pumpkin raffle at Green Acres Farm Market.

Purchase tickets for a chance to win a large pumpkin complete with a black witch’s hat. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10, with the proceeds going to complete the kitchen at Green Acres so that preparation of Ola McNeil’s specialty recipes can begin onsite.

“We want to start making things here,” said McNeil.

For example, her pickled beets made from the organic gold beets sold at the market and candied jalapenos are sought after.

The drawing will be Oct. 25. Call 770-861-3864 for details on the drawing and other special offerings.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Green Acres is now taking orders for pies made by Nancy King of Sweet By Me. Samples of the pies are available. Apple and pumpkin are among the seasonal selections. The pies are fresh-baked using all-natural ingredients and Green Acres Farm Market pie pumpkins which are locally grown.

Preorders for Thanksgiving should be in by Nov. 10 for pickup on Nov. 26. Continue reading Pumpkins and more at Green Acres Farm Market

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween safety advice

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With Halloween approaching, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office cautions residents, parents and others to be aware of Sex Offenders who live in and around their neighborhoods and encourage them to avoid those homes when taking their children and other youth Trick or Treating. Continue reading Jackson County Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween safety advice