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Hoschton Fall Festival marks 40th anniversary this weekend


Hoschton city officials, employees and residents are thrilled to celebrate the start of fall at the Hoschton Fall Festival this weekend.
With a hefty list of vendors, the 2014 event will mark the 40th anniversary for the Hoschton Fall Festival, so this year will be one of the biggest yet.
Mayor Theresa Kenerly says she could not be happier with this year’s festival size.
“The 2014 Hoschton Fall Festival is bigger and better than ever,” said Kenerly. “We have more than 100 booths so far and we have no more space in the parade. The Dixie DockDogs are going to be a huge hit this year, so we are really excited.”
The Dixie DockDogs made an appearance on the David Letterman show on Sept. 17 along with actor Michael Cera and Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.
The festival will kick off at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, when the booths will officially open. The first hour and a half will allow the early birds to shop and explore the wide variety of booths that will range from arts and crafts to local businesses to home décor and much, much more. As Kenerly said, there are 125 booths to be exact with only room for two more late additions.
The official opening ceremony for the festival at 4:30 p.m. will include the slicing of the 40th anniversary cake being made by Just Desserts Bakery. Slices of the cake will be first-come, first-serve and put a sweet taste on the festival. Make sure to arrive before 4:30 p.m. to receive  a a slice of cake — it will go fast.
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Jackson County 4-H offering orientation sessions


Jackson County 4-H orientation

BB Rifle
(for 5th—8th graders only!)

Want to learn to safely engage in target sports? Join Intro to BB Class: BB 101!  This is a great way to enhance decision making, develop character and boost self confidence.  The class meets on Tuesday and some Thursday evenings from October-December with the option of trying out for the spring All-Star season.  Youth need a volunteer to participate with them (no
experience necessary.)  Orientation is Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. $25  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

Horse Club

Do you love animals?  Want to learn more about horses?  Join us for Horse Club!

Kick off is Sunday, September 28th from 1-4 p.m. at 7098 Holly Springs Rd.  We have monthly meetings on Sundays.  $80 Fee.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

(for ages 9-19)

Join the team of the 2014 National Junior Buckmaster Champs!  No previous experience required!  Learn shooting safety, enhance your skills, and make new friends!  Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from October—May.  (Summer season is offered too!)  Activity Fee of $80.00 covers practice t-shirt, polo shirt, insurance, entry fee for State  Outdoor Match, targets, and miscellaneous supplies.   Orientation is 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at old SJES gym.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.


Jackson Co. commissioners set budget work session


The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will have a 6 p.m. public hearing and work session on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to receive comments and discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

The meeting will be held in the county manager’s conference room at the Jackson County Administrative Building, located at 67 Athens St., in Jefferson.

Jefferson city manager departing for job in Boone, N.C


Jefferson City Manager John Ward was approved Sept. 19 by the Boone, N.C. city council as the successor of the top administrator of that municipality.

Ward told the city council that Boonie was a good fit  for him to work and for his family to live.

Ward said, “I love how so many of the projects you’re working on match what I love doing.”

A large pool of applicants was narrowed to a small group that met with town staff and department heads with Ward being the top pick.

The Wards have already found a home and will be moving to Boone over the next several weeks.

Retiring Town Manager Greg Young will stay with the town until the end of December in an advisory capacity while Ward becomes familiar with the inner workings of Boone.




How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Braselton’s Saturday movie


Families will enjoy the next presentation of Braselton’s movie under the stars as it features “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The 3D-animated action adventure, released this year, is rated PG and runs 102 minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic downtown.  The feature begins at dusk.

Five years after Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk, they face a new enemy.  While an adventure leads to a secret ice cave, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle for peace.  Fans will recognize the celebrity voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.

Concessions are available as patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the free event.  Movies under the Braselton stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau.  Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details and other opportunities.