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Missing Buford man’s family raises reward to $50K

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By NICK WATSON

Regional staff

The family of a missing Buford man last seen three weeks ago is hoping a bump in the reward money will bring the needed information to find him.

Kelly Nash

Kelly Nash

Kelly Nash, 25, was last seen on Jan. 5. So far, his father Alan Nash said there are no substantial leads, announcing a $50,000 reward for information on his son’s whereabouts.

“We got to thinking that maybe there’s somebody out there that’s got some information that’s just kind of sitting on the fence about what to do with it,” Alan Nash said. “We’re hoping the additional amount will push them over the top.”

The Nash family has spared no expense in trying to find their son, with teams of volunteers canvassing neighborhoods near the Jimmy Dodd Road residence where Kelly Nash was last seen. Kelly Nash’s face and information are now on billboards in Hall, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

“It’s probably what has kept our sanity right now is just the pure focus on trying to reach and be as visible as possible,” Alan Nash said. “It’s been such a group team effort with our family and friends and Facebook friends.”

Kelly Nash’s disappearance has started to receive national attention, as “Disappeared” spent a week documenting the Nash family. The production is expected to air in March.

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CASA Day at the State Capitol is Feb. 3

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CASA Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the State Capitol in Atlanta. Planning to attend will be nearly a half dozen child advocates, two board members and two staff members from Piedmont CASA.

An annual event hosted by Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (Georgia CASA) Inc., the day centers around CASA volunteers, board members and staff from across the state meeting with members of the Georgia Legislature and sharing their concerns about the abused and neglected children in foster care that their CASA programs serve.

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Boots & Bling: Roy Stowe is Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award winner

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Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger Outlets, won Volunteer of the Year; Andy Garrison, owner of The Garrison Company, was selected as Citizen of the Year; Carmen Poblet, owner of Art Design Promotions, was named Ambassador of the Year; the Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Martha Martin for Phil-Mart Transportation; Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Large Business of the Year Award winner which was awarded to Southeast Toyota Distributors was accepted by Rodney Dale. See more scenes below.

Mark Valentine, general manager of Tanger Outlets, won Volunteer of the Year; Andy Garrison, owner of The Garrison Company, was selected as Citizen of the Year; Carmen Poblet, owner of Art Design Promotions, was named Ambassador of the Year; the Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Martha Martin for Phil-Mart Transportation; Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Large Business of the Year Award winner which was awarded to Southeast Toyota Distributors was accepted by Rodney Dale. See more scenes below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
“Can we give our biggest YEE-HAWS for our award winners this evening,” said Boots & Bling host Andy Garrison as he introduced the awards ceremony for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 22.
The Chamber recognized outstanding businesses, leaders and volunteers at their annual awards banquet which was western themed with a touch of bling. Event attendees donned cowboy boots, shiny jewelry, hat, and even their finest suits and ties. It was surely an event to remember held at the Jefferson Civic Center.
Roy Stowe, vice president of marketing and member relations for Jackson Electrical Membership Corporation, was awarded the William H. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award, which was named after one of the founders of both the Jackson EMC and the Jackson County Chamber. This prestigious award recognizes a life-long distinction in one’s professional field as well as a history of achievement and leadership in service to both the Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County. It also recognizes consistent support of community happenings and the enhancement of the lives of Jackson County residents.

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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

Highpoint Medical Center proposed for Friendship Road

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By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

At the corner of Old Winder Highway/211 and Friendship Road, across from the new hospital, many Braselton residents have wondered what the construction is all about in that area. According to Braselton Planning & Development Director Kevin Keller, the property is planned to be split up to serve several different commercial developments.

Medical Arts Properties of Gainesville submitted a Modification of Standards application to Keller recently that included information from the only development that he is aware of for the time being—Highpoint Medical Center. Others who plan to develop at this location are unknown at this time. The tax map parcel ID will be parcel #15039-00643 (Hall County) and parcel #K-3006-154 and K3006-004 (Gwinnett County) with a G-C zoning.

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