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Braselton Main Street T-shirt, totes available


Braselton-Main-Street-shirt-and-tote-DSC_0968You can soon be sporting Braselton Main Street attire as the Braselton Downtown Development Authority and Braselton Downtown Director Amy Pinnell will be selling T-shirts and tote bags featuring the new logo design.

The green T-shirt was shown off during the Oct. 8 DDA meeting and will be sold for $15 for regular sizes and $18 for larger sizes.

The tote bag will sell for $15.

The Braselton Main Street items are being sold as a DDA fundraiser and will be available at the DDA info tent during the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival set for Oct. 23-25.

The DDA fundraiser, A Toast to Braselton: Promenade to Downtown, is being held the evening of Oct. 8 at the Braselton-Stover House.

Braselton man faces multiple charges including theft


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an Oct. 5 traffic stop on a vehicle suspected to be used in several thefts in Jackson County.



The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee, however, law enforcement officers were able to apprehend Billy Craig White, 39, of Braselton, in the backyard of a residence located off Jackson Trail Road in Hoschton.

The truck was stolen out of Hall County.

White was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail where he remains incarcerated.

A search warrant was executed the following day at a Braselton residence and investigators recovered stolen property including items stolen from surrounding counties.

White is charges with fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, failure to signal when turning, removing or affixing license plate with intent to conceal, driving without a license, tires requirement, theft by taking, burglary, theft by receiving, obstruction and forgery in the first degree because White forged a fictitious name on his jail records.

Walton County has also placed a hold on White for a probation violation.

Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706- 367-8718.You can also provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706- 367-3784 to report any criminal of suspicious activity.

Braselton to consider annexation, rezoning for new distribution center


Comprehensive Plan update to be provided during 4 p.m. Oct. 8 work session

A public hearing for an annexation and rezoning request which could provide for development of another distribution center in Braselton will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Braselton Town Council will conduct the hearing on the request of Ackerman Braselton Logistics for a 5.703-acre tract at 1174 Josh Pirkle Road which is owned by Joshua Pirkle Jr. The property Road (Jackson County Tax Parcel 120 001C) is currently zoned A-2.

Plans call for the property to be combined with adjacent incorporated properties zoned M-D (Manufacturing-Distribution) for the development of a warehouse-distribution building.

Planning Director Kevin Keller is recommending approval of the application. The planning commission recommends approval with a condition that there be a minimum of 200 parking spaces for tractor-trailers.

In other business, an update will be provided on the Comprehensive Plan update which has been under way. Members of the community have been involved in the plan update which is being facilitated by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission. A presentation of the plan will be made during the 4 p.m. session. The community is invited to attend.

Georgia’s Not Buying It Initiative is also an item on the agenda for council discussion.

Weekend brought rainfall, high winds


DSC_0901The response of emergency crews and county road personnel to last weekend’s weather-related calls prompted Jackson County Manager Kevin Poe to give a shout-out to those workers during Monday’s meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

Poe said there were 47 storm-related calls and 18 trees were down in roadways around the county. High winds and rain combined to create some emergencies.

“They did a good job,” said Poe of the response.

Chairman Tom Crow said he anticipated there would be some overtime worked by county employees as they coped with the fallout.

DSC_0898James Lawson, owner of Lawson Funeral Home, had a crew on his Hoschton property on Monday removing a large pecan tree which was downed early Sunday morning by the wind. Fortunately, the tree fell away from the church building now being used by The Church of Hoschton.

Long-awaited Safe Routes to School project in Jefferson finally awarded


The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced the awarding of a Jackson County project which comes in almost double the original projection.

The Jackson County work is a Safe Routes to School project in the City of Jefferson. The one-mile long project will build sidewalks on Old Pendergrass Road from Fountainhead Drive to Hoschton Street connecting the driveway of the Jefferson Public Library to the driveway for Jefferson Academy and Jefferson Middle School.

The $967,707 contract has been awarded to Matriarch Construction Inc., of Tyrone, with a contract completion date of Aug. 31, 2016.

Jefferson Public Works director Jeff Killip said the initial project was put together in 2011 and the city was successful in getting approval for GDOT funding in the following year although the project stalled.

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