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Humane Society of Jackson County hosting community meeting

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The Humane Society of Jackson County is holding a general community and appreciation meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the fellowship hall of the Living Word Worship Center. Living Word Worship Center is located at 267 Mahaffey St., in Jefferson.  HSJC supporters will be updated on activities since the last community meeting and some of the many community members who have contributed to HSJC efforts throughout the year will be acknowledged. All supporters and friends of the HSJC are invited as well as anyone in the community interested in animal welfare. Visit www.hsjc.com

Hundreds of pieces of artwork featured in weekend’s juried show

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Sell Mill, captured in this previous HHAC photo contest entry submission, will be the site of this weekend’s juried art show.
Sell Mill, captured in this previous HHAC photo contest entry submission, will be the site of this weekend’s juried art show.

‘Not Your Run of the Mill’ art show inside Sell Mill to showcase structure’s heritage and talent

More than 200 pieces of art will be on display at the “Not Your Run of the Mill” juried art show being held inside the historic Sell Mill in Hoschton this Saturday and Sunday.
Nancy Rhodes, who is coordinating the show for the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council’s (HHAC) H’Artist Open Studio group, says said the venue inside the mill, a Jackson Country historical and heritage site, pays tribute to the organization’s focus on art as well as the community’s rich heritage.
The art show will feature seven categories: landscape/still life, pottery/3D, mixed media, jewelry, photography, portrait/figure and wildlife. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and will not be limited simply to viewing the variety of artwork entered by artists – both local and from out of state.
The Best of Show prize, sponsored by Higher Grounds Coffee House, will pay out a $250 cash prize. The People’s Choice award, sponsored by Adornare Salon, is $150. First place in seven categories will pay $100 with second, third and honorable mention receiving ribbons. Other sponsors include Howard Hardaway State Farm, Paul Maney, Funari Realty, Braselton Antique Mall and Phil-Mart Transportation. Two additional sponsors can be added. Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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Vote for the people’s choice in Dancing with the Stars – Jackson County Style!

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The dance team of Brenda Martin and Kenny Caldwell are still leading in the Peoples’ Choice race. You can still vote for your favorite team online at www.jacksoncountygaarts.com  or by mail at JCAC, P.O. Box 598, Jefferson, GA 30549 is Monday, Jan. 26. Dancing with the Stars – Jackson County Style! is Jan. 31 at the Jefferson Civic Center.

The dance team of Brenda Martin and Kenny Caldwell are still leading in the Peoples’ Choice race. You can still vote for your favorite team online at www.jacksoncountygaarts.com or by mail at JCAC, P.O. Box 598, Jefferson, GA 30549 is Monday, Jan. 26. Dancing with the Stars – Jackson County Style! is Jan. 31 at the Jefferson Civic Center.

Just days remain before Dancing with the Stars – Jackson County Style! and the dance team of Brenda Martin and Kenny Caldwell are still leading in the Peoples’ Choice race! Following closely behind them is the dynamic duo, Angel Tuggle and Taylor Zuercher. All of the five dance teams have been working hard to perfect dance routines for the Jan. 31 event. The dance teams and their non-profit partners are: Rick Baldwin and Emily Wilbanks for Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring, Jeff Grant and Paige Smart for Jackson County Family Connection, Brenda Martin and Kenny Caldwell for St. Paul First Baptist Church, Trent Sellers and Melody Nelms for Humane Society of Jackson County and Angel Tuggle and Taylor Zuercher for the Harold S. Swindle Public Library of Nicholson.

The deadline for voting for your favorite team on line at www.jacksoncountygaarts.com or by mail at JCAC, P.O. Box 598, Jefferson, GA 30549 is Monday, Jan. 26. After that time, you will have to take your donations to Crawford Long Museum or wait until the night of the performance. Remember, your “vote” helps both your chosen non-profit and the Jackson County Arts Council. The dance teams and their partner organizations are listed on our website. Jackson County Arts Council will use the funds generated by this event to hold “Celebrate the Arts,” a free, county-wide student art show in March.

Besides the fantastic routines of the brave contestants, guests at DWTS will enjoy refreshments and be entertained by a variety of local talent. The crowd-pleasing Dazzler Dancers from East Jackson Comprehensive High School will return this year. In addition, the show will feature the Irish Dancers from Studio Dance Academy, the St. Andrew Catholic Church Kim Korean Dance Troup and the Zumba Queens, Jennifer Smith and Heather King. Check out Facebook.com/jcacdance for pictures and more information.

The Zumba Queens, Jennifer Smith (shown here) and Heather King will also be entertaining during the evening of fundraising for the Jackson County Arts Council and the nonprofits for which the contestants are dancing.

The Zumba Queens, Jennifer Smith (shown here) and Heather King will also be entertaining during the evening of fundraising for the Jackson County Arts Council and the nonprofits for which the contestants are dancing.

 

 

Leadership Jackson donates toward ESP and plans for Camp Wellspring’s future

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Sharing the vision for Extra Special People in Jackson County are alumni members of Leadership Jackson who presented a check for $17,000 for the camp which is benefiting from last April’s Tug of Love held at Crow’s Lake and other fundraising. Leadership Jackson alumnus Mike Faulkner with property manager Brianne Baine, ESP director Laura Whitaker, and Leadership Jackson alumni Jackson County Sheriff Janis Magnum, Ross Kesterson and Paul Brown with Jack the dog, who belongs to Wellspring Camp founders Josh and Tammy Griffin. ESP acquired the Wellspring property in December. See more scenes below.

Sharing the vision for Extra Special People in Jackson County are alumni members of Leadership Jackson who presented a check for $17,000 for the camp which is benefiting from last April’s Tug of Love held at Crow’s Lake and other fundraising. Leadership Jackson alumnus Mike Faulkner with property manager Brianne Baine, ESP director Laura Whitaker, and Leadership Jackson alumni Jackson County Sheriff Janis Magnum, Ross Kesterson and Paul Brown with Jack the dog, who belongs to Wellspring Camp founders Josh and Tammy Griffin. ESP acquired the Wellspring property in December. See more scenes below.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
Extra Special People (ESP), a Watkinsville-based non-profit that provides programs for children and young people with special needs in nine Northeast Georgia counties, including Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Jackson and Madison, will soon be turning some of its focus toward Wellspring Camp in Jackson County and Leadership Jackson will be assisting.
ESP purchased the Wellspring Camp property which is located on Lindsay Lane in Jefferson and closed the deal on Dec. 17. A new 501-c-3 will be established under the current ESP umbrella. “There will be a separate account for the Jackson County property,” said ESP executive director Whitaker, who shared the future vision for the camp with members of the Leadership Jackson class which had Wellspring Camp  as its project.
“ESP provides children with developmental disabilities the gifts of acceptance, hope, and the opportunity to thrive through recreational therapy, community involvement and the arts,” says Whitaker.  “ESP provides more than just programs, but a way of life.  Unfortunately we can serve a very limited number of local children and families due to lack of space; for every two children ESP serves, one child must be turned away.”

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Jefferson DDA to host Winter WineFest on Jan. 24

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Winter-Wine-Fest-posterThe Jefferson Downtown Development Authority-sponsored Winter Wine Fest is coming up next Saturday, Jan. 24, at the CWL Museum.

This event is the only fund raiser that the DDA does during the year. Monies raised will be used to fund the Façade Grant program for downtown Jefferson.  New and existing business are able to make improvements to the facades of their buildings and request a 50-percent reimbursement of their cost.

Tickets are $25 per person and $40 a couple…bring your friend or neighbor and make a couple.  Dress is business casual…not a black tie affair.  A variety of wines will be available for your tasting pleasure as well as fruits, cheeses and desserts.  Your ticket purchase also enters your name in a drawing for the grand prize of a night’s stay in the penthouse at Bright’s Creek in Mill Spring, N.C., and a round of golf for 4.  Here is a link to a tour of the penthouse and the facility:

http://www.vrbo.com/615440

Tickets can be purchased at the CWL Museum.