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Female driver transported by medical helicopter after Sept. 3 wreck

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Units from North Jackson Fire/Rescue and Jackson County EMS responded to Old Gainesville Highway at North Jackson Loop just before 10 a.m. Sept. 3 on a reported vehicle accident with a person trapped.

Upon arrival, a single vehicle accident was located and the vehicle was overturned down an embankment approximately 12 feet with a female patient trapped inside.

The extrication was extensive and the patient was removed from the vehicle after an hour-long extrication process.

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Northside Hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center announce plans to combine operations

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Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced Wednesday the two hospitals have approved a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to begin exclusive discussions to combine their operations.

If a final agreement is reached, the merger would create a major health care system serving rapidly growing areas of the Atlanta region and North Georgia. Anchored by Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, the system also would include hospitals in Canton, Cumming and Duluth, as well as cancer treatment centers, imaging centers, medical office buildings, urgent care centers and other outpatient locations throughout the state.

Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett Medical combined system would have nearly 1,400 beds, more than 16,000 employees and close to 3,500 physicians on staff.

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Dr. Charlotte Ebner greeted at Medical Plaza 1 office

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These ladies from Barrow County, including some of Dr. Charlotte Ebner's patients from her practice in Bethlehem, visited her during a recent meet and greet at Medical Plaza 1. See more scenes below.

These ladies from Barrow County, including some of Dr. Charlotte Ebner’s patients from her practice in Bethlehem, visited her during a recent meet and greet at Medical Plaza 1. See more scenes below.

Patients from her Barrow County practice and others stopped by the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) Braselton Family Medicine office to welcome Dr. Charlotte Ebner to the practice in Medical Plaza 1in Braselton.
The Aug.20 meet-and-greet was well attended with Dr. Ebner and her husband Billy greeting a continuous line of well-wishers. Among them was Lisa Brewer, who brought a bouquet of flowers to welcome her family physician to the neighborhood. Brewer lives nearby off Highway 211 and  said Ebner’s move is a plus for her.
Also stopping in was Carla Cobb, Charlie Bell Cobb, Brenda Wellborn and Mary Ford Sims, who had attended a retired educators gathering at which Sims was the inspirational speaker.
The Braselton Family Medicine office, in Suite 200 of Medical Plaza 1 at 1515 River Place, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Call 770-848-9310 to schedule an appointment, or visit ngpg.org/Braselton-family-medicine

Free ESL classes to be offered at West Jackson Middle School

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West Jackson Middle School is partnering with Lanier Technical College Department of Adult Education to offer adult education classes to the community.

“A Taste of Success” open house is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.  9.

Please make plans to enjoy free refreshments and learn about free ESL classes with focus on improving reading, writing and communication skills, college opportunities, GED preparation, citizenship test preparation, basic computer skills and more.

Gwenn Evans, Jackson County Adult Ed lead instructor, and Lisa Paez, Lanier Technical College transition specialist, will present an overview of free services and classes offered.

To register for this free event, please call Lisa Paez at 706-372-1424.

GDOT takes a breather from road work during Labor Day weekend

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To ease Labor Day weekend traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes from noon on Friday, Sept. 4, until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“Labor Day weekend is the last holiday of the summer and we expect heavy traffic on our roads. We want to make travel to Georgia’s lakes, parks and attractions easier and safer for all,” said GDOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi. “Traffic fatalities have increased this year in comparison to last year. We encourage the public to Drive Alert and Arrive Alive. Take responsibility for yourself and your passengers. Make sure you buckle up, put down the cell phone and do not drive distracted or impaired. Just focus on driving.”

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