The Jackson County Sheriff’s obtained criminal arrest warrants March 6 for the South Jackson Elementary School teacher who stands accused of battery after two students reported they were grabbed by the teacher.
Laura Helen McKown, 30, of Athens, has been charged with two counts of battery for the alleged assaults on two students which occurred on March 4. She has not yet to be arrested on the charges.
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State Rep. John Wilkinson, State Rep. Tommy Benton and State Rep. Regina Quick, with Jackson County GOP chairman Ron Johnson in background, assisted in cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of the county party’s headquarters in Braselton where Republican qualifying is taking place through Friday. The party’s monthly meeting will be held Saturday morning in the space provided by Higher Grounds Coffee House and Polaris Aviation Solutions.
By Katie Griffin
The Jackson County Republican Party held its 2014 election kickoff on Saturday at their new headquarters located at Higher Grounds Coffee House in Braselton.
This is the first time the party has ever had a headquarters so members are excited and thankful to be able to utilize such a nice office space. The campaign kickoff celebrated both the new office and the beginning of the campaign as qualifying started on Monday.
“We are always glad to help in any way we can,” said JoAnne Santiago, owner of Higher Grounds Coffee House.
The kickoff was catered by the coffee house and many local and state elected officials were there, including Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens), Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson), Rep. John Wilkinson (R-Toccoa) and several announced candidates including State Superintendent candidates Nancy Jester and Richard Wood and U.S Senate candidate Karen Handel. Georgia Republican Party chairman John Padgett was also there.
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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.
“This is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has declined,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate fell because 15,928 more Georgians were employed and the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.”
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A spring yard sale will be held on March 8 in front of Kristi’s Country Store and Café with the entire Brassie Lane businesses participating.
The effort will also include collection of bags of dog food to help a good customer, Betty, who gives the food to people who cannot afford to keep their pets. She is also a strong supporter of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue so we will be collecting donations for them.
Call 706-824-9917 for details.
Barrow County Emergency Services is advising citizens that Interstate 85 southbound at the Jackson/Barrow County line is shut down due to an accident.
“We have a truck that has gone off the roadway and overturned,” said Lt. Scott Dakin. “The southbound lanes of the interstate are shut down while we try to remove the vehicle.”
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and traffic in the area is already backed up. The accident occurred between the exit for Highway 53 and Highway 211.
Driver are advised to avoid the area if possible.