Photo, portraitist Neal Dunlap Hughs, Mayor Bill Orr
Braselton mayors’ portraits unveiled
(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Bill Orr honored his predecessors and brought the town’s
centennial celebration to an official close with the unveiling of oil portraits of all five
mayors at a reception Friday.
“We envisioned this tribute during our planning for the town’s centennial in 2016-17 so
this work reflects more than a year in the making. We commissioned an accomplished
portraitist, Neal Dunlap Hughs of Gainesville, for the oil paintings. It’s our pleasure to
unveil these and share with the community,” said Mayor Orr.
The five mayors are William Henry Braselton, James Lewis Braselton, Henry Edward
Braselton, Pat Graham and Bill Orr. The portraits hang in the Police & Municipal Court
Building just outside the town council chambers.
Photo, left to right:
Clermont mayor James Nix, Flowery Branch mayor Mike Miller, Lula mayor Jim Grier, Gillsville mayor Roy Turpin, Braselton mayor Bill Orr, Gainesville mayor Danny Dunagan and Oakwood mayor Lamar Scroggs.
Braselton hosts Hall Municipal Association
(Braselton) Braselton’s mayor and council hosted the business meeting of the
Hall Joint Municipal Association this week at Chateau Elan.
The association of Hall County’s municipalities meets quarterly to discuss issues
of mutual concern and share progress reports. April 22-28 is “Georgia Cities Week” throughout the state.
Braselton Library celebrates Children’s Book Week
(Braselton) The Braselton Library joins more than seven hundred libraries, schools and
bookstores to celebrate the 99th anniversary of Children’s Book Week April 30-May 6.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “One World, Many Stories,” and the library
staff invites patrons to visit to vote on the annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book awards.
Additionally, two special events are set for children ages 2-5. Special storytimes will be
presented on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:00 and on Friday, May 4 at 11:30. Children and parents
or caregivers are welcomed; the storytimes are free.
Library manager Lori Hayes says, “We look forward to this every year to support the national
campaign to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. In essence,
it’s a national celebration of books and the joy of reading for young people.”
The Braselton Library is located in the heart of the historic downtown on
Brassie Lane. Patrons
may telephone 706.654-1992 for additional information.
Frost receives DAR’s highest honor
(Braselton) Braselton’s Jack Frost was awarded the highest honor bestowed to
a native-born American, the Medal of Honor, from the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Frost received the award at the DAR’s spring conference in Atlanta on Friday, April 6, according to Regent Caroline G. Mixon of the Jacob Braselton Chapter. Betsy Adams, Americanism chair of the chapter, organized and submitted the award nomination.
Photo: Betsy Adams, Jack Frost & Caroline Mixon
Braselton area Rivers Alive cleanup seeks volunteers
(Braselton) Organizers of the annual Rivers Alive cleanup are seeking volunteers and urging
community groups to join forces for an impactful day for the environment.
“Our traditional cleanup is set for Saturday, April 14,” says Braselton’s environmental
coordinator Yvette Wise. “And we are encouraging groups to identify areas in need of cleanup,
often this is a stretch along a roadside or a local creek that may run into the Mulberry River.
Picking up trash before it gets into our waterways is so vital to our ecology, environment and
Volunteers will meet at 1470 New Liberty Church Road at the headquarters of Thompson
Mill Forest at 9:00 AM. A safety briefing will begin the morning as teams will disperse to
clean nearby roadsides and streams.
“Raising awareness of our impact on this watershed is a big component of the Rivers
Alive program,” Wise said.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering may contact her at 706.654-3915 extension
1012 or email email@example.com .
Detective Sergeant Zack Tiller, Lieutenant Josh Stewart, Sergeant Chris Spears
Three promoted at Braselton Police Department
(Braselton) Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco announces the promotions of three officers in the
Josh Stewart is the department’s new lieutenant. Stewart joined the BPD in 2012 in the patrol
division. A graduate of Dacula High, he formerly held the rank of sergeant and has thirteen years’
experience in law enforcement.
Zack Tiller is promoted to detective sergeant. A graduate of Grayson High School and Georgia College
and State University, Tiller worked in the patrol and criminal investigations divisions during his
nine-year law enforcement career.
Chris Spears is named sergeant. The Murray County High graduate worked with the Jackson
County sheriff’s department prior to joining the BPD in 2015. His eleven years’ experience includes the
patrol division and as a certified training officer.
“These men have distinguished themselves as hard workers dedicated to their profession. We also
note that promotions to lieutenant and sergeant involve a written exam and an oral interview
with an outside board in which they excelled,” said Chief Esco.
The Braselton Police Department is located at 5040 GA 53 in the town’s historic downtown. For
additional information, visit www.braselton.net .
Photo, left to right: Senator Frank Ginn, Planning Director Kevin Keller, Mayor Bill Orr, DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn, Council members Peggy Slappey, Hardy Johnson, Becky Richardson and Tony Funari
Braselton earns renewed PlanFirst state designation
(Braselton) The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announces Braselton is one of
four communities in the state to renew the coveted PlanFirst designation.
The department confers the PlanFirst award to communities with a proven track
record of strong development and implementation of their comprehensive plans.
In presenting the award at the state capitol, DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn
said, “Good planning sets the stage for economic growth. PlanFirst communities serve
as role models showcasing bold vision for the future and how to turn this vision into
a solid, practical plan.”
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr, the Town Council and Planning Director Kevin Keller accepted
the award. Orr said, “Using a sports analogy, this equates to back-to-back state
championships. It comes because of our game plan and teamwork – Council, Town
Manager, Planning Director, Planning Commission and citizens. We applaud them all.”
Concurrent with the statewide recognition, PlanFirst allows recipient-governments to
apply for certain state grants and realize reduced rates in certain state loan programs.
Kristen Nelson, Alan Nelson, LilyAlyn Nelson, Elora McGriff & AlanXander Nelson solved puzzles
from clues to escape the Fantastic Beast room.
Braselton Library celebrates Harry Potter
(Braselton) Many patrons enjoyed the festivities at the Braselton Library celebrating the famed Harry Potter book series and characters.
Four year old Cameron Green made his Fantastic Beast mask.
Kristen Nelson, Alan Nelson, LilyAlyn Nelson, Elora McGriff & AlanXander Nelson solved puzzles from clues to escape the Fantastic Beast room.
The Library staff joined the festivities in full costume; (l to r) Carrie Norris, Lori Hayes, Elizabeth Egan, Bonnie Sanford and Sheryl Munch
For more information, visit www.braselton.net .
Braselton Library hosts Harry Potter Book Night
(Braselton) Fans of the famed Harry Potter series will delight in the opportunities
presented at the Braselton Library on Thursday, February 1, with the fourth annual
“International Harry Potter Book Night.”
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library and library staff are hosting Fantastic Beast Escape Room for families and children of all ages. Registration is required to participate with time slots from 12:30 until 6:00 PM.
“Library patrons can solve puzzles from clues to escape the room,” says library assistant, Carrie Norris. “And outside the escape room, they can try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, adopt a Pygmy Puff or make a Fantastic Beast mask.”
“We are excited to join schools, libraries, bookstores throughout the United States, United Kingdom and the world to celebrate. It should be an unforgettable afternoon featuring J. K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories,” Norris said.
The Braselton Library is on Brassie Lane in the town’s historic downtown. Registration and other information is available at
Photo: Co-owners Cathy Rorke and Emily Winter (with scissors) with family and friends
Aerie Lane opens in Braselton
(Braselton) The Braselton Buy Local campaign hosted a ribbon-cutting for Aerie Lane in the
new Duncan Crossing shopping center recently.
The store offers craft workshops and custom parties featuring home décor projects in addition to
a DIY craft bar and kits to take home. It is co-owned by Cathy Rorke and Emily Winter. “We offer
charming home décor projects and unique kits with personalized guidance from our incredible team
of professional crafters. We provide the tools and materials along with music, laughter and fun!” they
Store hours are 11:00-2:00 Tuesdays through Fridays with workshops scheduled for four days by
reservation. Contact Aerie Lane at 470.778-2156 or at
Pictured, left to right: Bradley Wagner, Ashley Thompson, CEO Jeff Wagner, Julie
Edenfield, VP April Loudermilk,
CFO Kim Carter, Kaitlin Hall, Branch Manager Janina Reyes, Regional manager
Melissa Tillery, COO Stacy Hutcheson, Division specialist Kathryn Murphy and
Braselton welcomes Wagner Staffing
(Braselton) Braselton’s Buy Local campaign hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for
Wagner Staffing recently.
The firm is a full-service staffing agency specializing in employee placements in light
industrial businesses and is open 8:00-5:00 weekdays. Janina Reyes is the branch manager.
Located at 6072 Highway 53 next door to Stonewall’s BBQ, the agency may be reached at
706.684-3085 or www.wagnerservices.net.
Photo, front row, left to right: Jack and Janice Frost, Governor Deal and Jerry Smith.
Braselton Town Council and Downtown Development Authority members in rear.
Braselton welcomes Memorial Park Funeral Home
(Braselton) The Braselton Town Council and Downtown Development Authority
welcomed the official opening of Memorial Park Funeral Home in its historic downtown
The stately home was built in 1918 by Green Braselton, the second son of town founder
William Harrison Braselton. The classic Georgian structure has been a showcase home
as a family residence and as a special event center when it was owned by Marvin and Mary
Stover. Last year, Memorial Park’s owner, Jack Frost, purchased the property and began
meticulous renovations suitable to the history and setting.
Governor Nathan Deal was the special guest at the opening and ribbon cutting at 5257
Highway 53 in the heart of the town’s historic district. The funeral home’s director, Jerry
Smith, may be reached at 706.622-8000.
Boys 9-10 AAJGT Golf Championship!
Jack Randolph - Hoschton, GA - won the Athens Area Junior Golf Tour Championship
(AAJGT) 9-10 year old division held this past weekend and the 2017 Player of the
The Championship was hosted at Reynolds Plantation’s Landing course. This is a challenging course with a lot of water shots. The players also had to fight through the cold, rain and wind which made it even more challenging.
The top three 9-10 year old boys were all shooting par until hole four. By hole five, Brooks Cass – Watkinsville, GA – fell 4 strokes back and finished the round 9 strokes behind Jake Dalton – Gillsville, GA. At one point in the match, Jack Randolph – Hoschton, GA - fell 5 strokes behind Dalton, but closed the gap to finish just 1 stroke behind in round one. Will Norton – Covington, GA - moved up to third place after Brooks fell back.
The final round came down to a duel between Dalton and Randolph. Randolph tied it up on hole four, took a two stroke lead on hole 5 by dropping a long 15 foot putt, and won the tournament by 4 strokes.
Throughout the year the players earn points on the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Points List based on his/her finish from the 19 events throughout the year. One player from each of the nine age groups comes out on top to claim the title of Player of the Year in his/ her respective division. So, congratulations to each of these players for accomplishing this outstanding feat. Each will be recognized and awarded at our Year-End Banquet on November 28th at the Georgia Club ballroom:
BOYS 16-18 Brody Simmons, Gainesville
BOYS 14-15 Zayne Hilderbrand, Gainesville
BOYS 12-13 Rylan Black, Greensboro
BOYS 11-12 Dodd Ferrelle, Winterville
BOYS 9-10 Jack Randolph, Hoschton
BOYS 8-U Collin Bradford, Watkinsville
GIRLS 15-18 Allie Cobb, Royston
GIRLS 12-14 Sara Gibson, Statham
GIRLS 11-U Claire Bradford, Watkinsville
Jack is an avid golfer who plays daily out of the Hamilton Mill Golf Club. He is rising in the national standing and came in 22nd place at the 2017 Callaway World Championship against other 10-11 year olds from around the world. In 2018, he will be competing in the Future Masters Championship.
Braselton welcomes Great American Cookie/Marble Slab Creamery
(Braselton) Braselton’s Buy Local campaign welcomed Great American Cookie/
Marble Slab Creamery with a ceremonial ribbon cutting recently.
Located at 6323 Grand Hickory Drive near Houndstooth Grill, Stephen and
Anita Deraney are the franchise owners. The store features famous fresh baked gourmet
cookies, brownies, Double Doozies - a creation of icing sandwiched between cookies,
Cookie Cakes and made-from-scratch ice cream with unlimited mixings, milkshakes
and ice cream cakes.
Store hours are 11-9:00 Mondays thru Thursdays, 11-10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and
noon-6:00 on Sundays. Additional information is available at 470.238-3845 or
Braselton holiday parade winners
(Braselton) Fourteen floats, two high school marching bands, color guard, antique cars,
dance groups and more than a thousand spectators welcomed Santa as Braselton ushered
in the holiday season with its annual parade.
“Christmas Around the World” was the theme as judges considered color, materials, costumes,
signage and props to determine winners in the theme, spirit and blue ribbon categories.
Braselton Christian Academy captured the theme award with its “He’s Got the Whole World
In His Hands” presentation. The spirit award was granted to Cub Scout Pack 146 as
representing the spirit of the holidays with holiday signage in multiple languages. Northeast
Church won the blue ribbon award for attractiveness and excellence in craftsmanship.
Parade grand marshal Martha Martin presented the awards and prizes.
Downtown Director Amy Pinnell said, “We sincerely appreciate the community’s involvement
and the numerous volunteers it took to put the parade together for everyone’s enjoyment.”
Photo, left to right: Hallasia Lord, Kendall-Rose Woodworth, Marina Suazo, Dr. Jeff Miller, Stacey Woodworth, Dr. Stephanie Grenier, Bailey Woodworth, Dylan Wilson, Cassie Chumbler, J. Ryan Woodworth and J. Tyler Woodworth.
Ribbon cut for Northeast Georgia Massage & Chiropractic
(Braselton) Buy Local Braselton hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Northeast
Georgia Massage and Chiropractic in the Duncan’s Corner shopping district recently.
Stacey Woodworth is the principal of the firm which offers various massage modalities
and chiropractic services. She has fourteen years’ experience with massage therapy techniques.
Located at 7416 Spout Springs Road, patrons may contact them at 770.965-3935 or visit
Buy Local Braselton is an integrated promotional campaign designed to support
local businesses with signage, publicity, networking and special events.
Photo, left to right: Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Randy Givens, Jessica Powell, Mayor Bill Orr, Teresa Funari, Councilman Tony Funari and Councilwoman Becky Richardson
Braselton Council honors citizens’ academy graduates
(Braselton) The Braselton Mayor and Council honored the graduates of its Citizens’
Academy with recognitions and certificates.
In its eighth year, the Citizens’ Academy convened monthly from May through October
where citizens learned the indepth workings of the town. Classes focused on town
management, finances, police and court, planning and development, libraries, roads, utilities,
agencies and authorities and economic development.
Five citizens completed the academy: Chad Bingham, Teresa Funari, Randy Givens,
Jessica Powell and Debra Swantek. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know the town
and learn how it really works; we encourage more folks to join the academy,” they said.
Applications for the 2018 academy will be available in the spring.
Martin is grand marshal for Braselton holiday parade
(Braselton) Braselton’s Martha Martin will be the grand marshal for its holiday parade
on Saturday, November 18.
“Martha Martin is a perfect choice for our parade,” says Mayor Bill Orr. “She’s an
excellent business person and believes deeply in community involvement and spirit.”
“Christmas around the World” is this year’s parade theme. It will begin at 10:30 at the Braselton
Tech Center on GA 53 then proceeds thru the historic downtown area. Floats will be judged
on spirit, theme and a judges’ favorite. Also planned are a holiday festival, photos with Santa
and the traditional lighting of the tree on the Town Green.
Braselton earns grant for decorative crosswalk
(Braselton) The Downtown Development Authority of Braselton earned a $5000 matching
grant for a decorative crosswalk in the town’s historic downtown near the Braselton Library.
Grants were awarded to eighty-four applicants throughout the state by the Georgia Council
for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Applicants for the grants included libraries, schools, cities and community organizations.
“The Vibrant Communities grant supports incredible art programs that are happening in
communities across Georgia,” said GCA director Karen Paty. “The grant program works to
support the meaningful work of artists because a thriving arts community creates vitality,
improves education and contributes in significant ways to local economic development.”
“We plan to leverage the matching grant on a decorative crosswalk on Davis Street to
further enhance downtown businesses to the popular library, adding art to function in
a safer pedestrian crosswalk,” says DDA Chair Clay Eubanks. “We are excited and honored
to be part of the Vibrant Communities grant program.”
Braselton seeks holiday parade entries
(Braselton) Downtown Braselton is seeking entries for its gala holiday parade set for
Saturday, November 18.
“Our theme is ‘Christmas Around the World’ honoring our international economic impact
as well as the time-honored holiday celebrations across the globe,” said Downtown Director
Amy Pinnell. “Entries will be judged in three categories – spirit, theme and blue ribbon/best in
Braselton native and businesswoman Martha Martin will serve as the grand marshal.
“Thousands view the parade each year which helps usher in the holiday season,” says Pinnell.
Additional information is available at
www.downtownbraselton.com along with online
In addition to the parade, a holiday festival will be staged on the Town Green, photos with
Santa will be taken and the traditional lighting of the tree is set for late afternoon.
Tin and Tassels Consignment Boutique opens in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) Co-owners Caryn McGarity and Kathy Pugh merged their substantial
skills and expertise to conceive a beautifully appointed consignment boutique at 64
Brassie Lane in Braselton’s historic district.
The high-end furniture, home décor and gift boutique is in a renovated barn with its
upscale and rustic charm. Designer furniture, accessories, artwork, antiques and
ever-popular unique treasures acquired from homes throughout metro Atlanta are
offered in the relaxed shopping atmosphere.
The boutique is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and
Saturdays 10:00-6:00 PM. Consignment appointments are available upon request.
“We offer one-of-a-kind gifts, and our inventory is constantly changing,” said Pugh,
“and we lend our expertise to your hunt for the perfect interior pieces.”
or telephone 770.568-2298. Follow the boutique on
Facebook Tin and Tassels Consignment Boutique.
Photo, left to right: Kathy Pugh, Braselton Councilman Tony Funari & Caryn McGarity
Braselton Farmers Market set for Friday
(Braselton) A seasonal cornucopia of homegrown and homemade products will be
offered at Friday’s (October 20) farmers market in downtown Braselton.
Fourteen vendors are scheduled to offer products from 4:00-7:00 on the patio of the
Braselton Brothers center adjacent to the Town Green.
Vegetables, breads, eggs, coffees and teas, jams, pork products, spices,
salads, honey as well as fully-cooked meal items will be available. Market patrons may
also select from a fresh variety of collard greens, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peppers,
eggplant, okra and beans. Fresh-baked goods will be aplenty.
Convenient parking is available at Town Green or across Davis Street. For additional
information, visit www.downtownbraselton.com or follow the Braselton Farmers Market
Braselton Library earns national honor for Children’s Book Week
(Braselton) Children have long known the Braselton Library is a community treasure for many
things to suit their needs or fulfill their wishes, so they take pride celebrating the library’s
national honor by the Children’s Book Week sponsors.
Libraries, schools and bookstores were invited to enter a national display contest
around the theme of “One World, Many Stories,” and the Braselton Library was named
one of fifteen national winners.
The library received 28 books from a selection of Children’s and Teen Choice Book
Awards and donated the books to Eagle Ranch.
Shaina Birkhead of the Children’s Book Council said, “It is always so wonderful to see
locations visually express the themes and excitement of Children’s Book Week. This year
gave us some of the best ones yet, and we are grateful.”
“We enjoyed sharing the joy of reading by celebrating Children’s Book Week with this
effort and so excited to share our success with a wonderful place like Eagle Ranch,”
added Carrie Norris, library assistant in Braselton.
2017 marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week sponsored by the nonprofit
Children’s Book Council in partnership with the Library of Congress.
Pic: left to right: Carrie Norris and Sheryl Munch (Library staff) + CBW
Braselton Town Green features “Moana” movie
(Braselton) An animated musical comedy adventure, Moana, is the featured movie on the
Braselton Town Green on Saturday, September 16, at dusk.
The award winning, 107-minute movie is rated PG and features the voices of Dwayne Johnson
and Auli’i Cravalho in leading roles.
Based on Polynesian myths, an adventurous teen, Moana Waialiki, sails on a daring mission
to save her people. She meets the once-mighty Maui who guides her to master wayfinding.
Together, they sail across the ocean encountering monsters. She fulfills the ancient quest
of her people and discovers her own identity.
Moana is the last movie in the Braselton series this season. It is free to all who are
encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food vendors are scheduled to offer a variety of
items for the family-focused evening. Braselton Town Green is located in the heart of the
town’s historic district at 9924 Davis Street. The event is sponsored by the Braselton
Visitors Bureau; for further information, visit
Braselton Farmers Market set for Friday
(Braselton) There will be plenty of homegrown and homemade products at Friday’s farmers market in downtown Braselton.
Fifteen vendors are scheduled to offer their products from 4:00-7:00 on the patio of the
Braselton Brothers center on Davis Street adjacent to the Town Green.
Featured items are baked goods, vegetables, breads, eggs, granola, tamales, fully-cooked
meal items, coffees and teas, pork products, salads and honey.
“We are grateful for this bounty,” said market director Peg Sheffield, “and thankful to the
customers who support the market. This month’s event covers a swath of interests
and responds well to our market surveys.”
Convenient parking is offered nearby and across Davis Street from the market. For
additional information, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or follow the Braselton
Farmers Market on Facebook.
November election set for Braselton
(Braselton) One new face will join the Braselton Town Council in January following the
qualifying period last week.
Mayor Bill Orr and Councilwoman Peggy Slappey qualified for re-election without an opponent.
Two citizens qualified for the District 4 open seat as incumbent Councilwoman Rhonda
Stites chose not to seek another term. Robert Clark and Hardy Johnson will face each other
on the November 7 ballot for the District 4 post.
Downtown welcomes Braselton Family Salon
(Braselton) Downtown Braselton leaders welcomed the Braselton Family Salon with
a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial gift basket recently.
Kimberly Masters, a master cosmetologist with twenty years’ experience, opened the
salon at 50 Brassie Lane.
“We specialize in families and serve all ages with our traditional services in this
beautiful downtown,” Masters said. “We present a relaxed atmosphere and special
accommodations for clients who need a quiet space. Salon visits do not have to be
stressful, we’ve learned, and we can handle the whole family. We also make appointments
after normal business hours for clients with special needs and sensory sensitivity.”
Initial salon hours are 9:00-5:00 on Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00-4:00 on Saturdays and 12:00-
4:00 on Sundays in a relaxing atmosphere where all will be comfortable.
Telephone 404.314-9002 for appointments or information.
Clay Eubanks, chairman of Braselton’s Downtown Development Authority, presented
Masters with a welcoming gift basket. “This salon adds value and convenience to our
downtown business sector,” he said.
Photo: Kimberly Masters, Clay Eubanks
Braselton Town Green earns state award
(Braselton) The Braselton Town Green earned the Downtown Excellence – Best
Design Project of the Year last week at the Georgia Downtown Association’s annual
Presented in Columbus, the project required moving a state highway in a National
Register historic district with a creek crossing it to make it all come together. The
project was completed during the Town’s centennial year of 2016.
Town manager, Jennifer Scott, said “The project is a work of art that encompasses
exactly what the community wanted exactly where they wanted it. It’s a gathering
place for municipal, business or private events and built for everyone to enjoy. The
gazebo, paved paths, open grassy areas and benches lend to a perfect amphitheater
“We appreciate the honor by the Georgia Downtown Association,” added Mayor Bill
Orr. “Town Green is a perfect complement to the historic Braselton Brothers Store
center with its myriad businesses. It’s also envisioned to be a catalyst for future private
development in our downtown.”
The Georgia Downtown Association is an advocacy, education and training organization
which promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia’s traditional downtowns.
Braselton Town Green presents “Diary of a Wimpy Kid – the Long Haul”
(Braselton) The 2017 family-comedy, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid – the Long Haul” is
featured as the movie under the Town Green stars on Saturday, August 19, at dusk.
Starring Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott as members of the
Heffley family, the movie is rated PG and runs 91 minutes.
Filmed in Atlanta, the Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party
goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming
convention. This family’s cross country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys
will never forget.
The movie is free to all who are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food vendors
are scheduled to offer a variety of items for a family-themed outing. The August movie series is
sponsored by 12Stone Church-Braselton, and the Braselton Town Green is located in the heart of
the historic downtown at 9924 Davis Street. For additional information, visit
Braselton Farmers Market set for Friday
(Braselton) The popular farmers market in downtown Braselton launches its fall
schedule beginning on Friday, August 18 in the town’s historic downtown.
The fall markets will be held on each third Friday from August – November, featuring
seasonal specialties from 4:00 until 7:00 at 9924 Davis Street adjacent to the Town
Produce, eggs, honey, meats and a variety of home-baked goods will be featured.
Vendors expected are Finch Creek Farm, Best Friend Biscuits, Tickle Me Green Farm,
J&M Farm Delights, Mama Bird’s Granola, Dahlonega Vegetable Farm, Legacy Bakers,
Kreig Farm Eggs, Tropical Delights, Lawrence Family Farm, Mill Creek Spice Company,
Sausage World, Smith’s Produce, Aimee’s Bakery, Presleys Farm and Garden and Walnut
“The quality remains high,” says market director, Peg Sheffield, “and the attendance has
been steady and satisfied.”
FFor additional information, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or follow the Braselton
Farmers Market on Facebook.
Braselton’s Cannella receives Synergy Honor
(Braselton) For only the second time, a Braselton business owner received the coveted “Synergy
Honor” for exemplary achievements in economic and cultural development. Donna
Cannella received the award Tuesday from Mayor Bill Orr and the town’s council.
Cannella purchased Countryside Antiques in 2008 and launched the Antique &
Artisan Festival in 2009 with 32 exhibitors’ booths. The triannual festival now hosts
more than 250 exhibitors from ten states and attracts more than 25,000 visitors to the
“The magnitude of her work promoting and coordinating the festivals speaks volumes
in terms of a huge economic impact to the town,” says Mayor Bill Orr, “and all of our
local businesses benefit from the consumers and patrons the festivals attract.”
Greek for “work together,” the Synergy Honor represents a vision and celebrates the
town’s past and future. It may be bestowed upon individuals, groups or businesses
whose investments honor the labors of the town’s founding brothers. It also honors a
vision which ensures an exceptional quality of life. Ms. Cannella is the second recipient
following Don and Nancy Panoz in 2010.
“I was very surprised when notified of the honor,” says Cannella, “and it is truly an honor.”
Peggy and I have worked very hard to build these festivals which attract tremendous
business to our downtown.”
The engraved crystal “Synergy Honor” was presented at a gala reception at the historic
Town Hall on Tuesday (August 8).
Photo (seated) Donna Cannella; (standing, left to right) Mayor Bill Orr, Council members Becky Richardson, Rhonda Stites, Peggy Slappey and Tony Funari.
Artists Joan Terrell and Trena Myers
Artists beautify downtown Braselton
(Braselton) When Braselton’s Downtown Development Authority issued its “call for
artists” to help beautify the historic downtown, two accomplished artists answered with
talent and zeal. The call was to solicit creative outdoor artwork for three large planters
on Frances Street facing GA 53.
“The DDA’s design committee preferred a juried approach, seeking accomplished and
seasoned artists not only for professionality, but for the high-traffic visibility,” said
director Amy Pinnell.
Trena J. Myers and Joan Terrell have been busy painting since being selected based on
their impressive resumes and preliminary design concepts, and their work was completed last
Myers has more than twenty years’ experience with art design and lives in Suwanee.
She has designed many forms of art, including advertisements, clothing, greeting cards
and gifts. She is also an author, public speaker and photographer having won many
awards. “I hope my view of life brings joy.” she says.
Terrell lives in Hoschton and has entered and won numerous public art competitions
since 2007. “Flowers and garden themes are especially intriguing,” she says. She
studied photography at the Southeastern Center for Photographic Arts and has
contributed to myriad newspapers and magazines. Her works have been exhibited in
Athens, Duluth, Buford, Gainesville and Norcross.
“The ongoing mission is to help beautify downtown, and these planters make for an ideal
canvas to that end,” says downtown director Amy Pinnell. “More artistic opportunities are in
the works real soon.”
Braselton selects Kinard as parade grand marshal
(Braselton) A decorated Army veteran, Steve Kinard, is selected as the grand marshal
for Braselton’s July 4th parade.
Kinard served in the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell prior to being
deployed to Iraq. Upon arrival he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry as a platoon medic.
He completed a second deployment to Iraq in 2005. Kinard earned an array of honors
including the Combat Medical Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror
Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Professional Development Ribbon, two overseas Service
Ribbons and Air Assault badge.
Now an officer with the Braselton Police Department, he was recently honored for heroic
action saving the life of a young resident who had a severe asthma attack. The award cites
“lifesaving actions, exemplifying the highest standards of the Braselton Police Department.”
The Braselton parade on July 4 begins at 6:00 at the Braselton Tech Center on GA 53 and winds through its historic downtown.
Photo, left to right: Hardy Johnson and Cheri Winham Huff (DDA), Hollie Hutchinson
and Jack Ansley (Local Station), Clay Eubanks, Laura Collier, Jennifer Harrison and
Cindy Green (DDA).
Downtown Braselton welcomes Local Station
(Braselton) Downtown Braselton officials welcomed its newest full service restaurant
and bar in its historic district with a ribbon cutting at Local Station.
Owners Jack Ansley and Hollie Hutchinson opened Local Station as their third
restaurant in Braselton. Hutchinson said, “Our goal is to provide an additional dining
option for lunch and dinner in the area as well as a destination for those who do not live
here. We serve only fresh cuisine and take pride in our specialty-crafted cocktails
and craft beers.”
Located at 108 Brassie Lane, Local Station is open daily, including Sundays from
noon until 9:00 PM.
“We are adding chef specials daily plus desserts and seasonal menu items,” Hutchinson
added. “We enjoy being part of the vibrant downtown yet offering different dining
concepts from our other locations. And, we are moving ahead with another venue bringing
more fresh ideas and opportunities to downtown.”
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr echoed Hutchinson’s sentiments, saying “Jack and Hollie are seasoned
business owners, and I commend them for researching the market to create and
open Local Station.”
Reservations are recommended by calling 706.921-4192.
Braselton earns Main Street accreditation renewal
(Braselton) Main Street Braselton earned a renewed accreditation from Main Street
America for meeting rigorous performance standards and exemplary commitment
to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.
“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally accredited Main Street
America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood
commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, president of the National Main Street Center.
“Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality
public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship and support downtown housing is more
important than ever. Main Street America truly strengthens the economic, social and
cultural fabric of their communities,” she added.
Amy Pinnell is Braselton’s Main Street program director. Recent projects, launched or
ongoing, include the winter Chocolate Walk, Pooches in the Park, 5K Zombie Run,
art and beautification projects and more.
Mayor Bill Orr added, “It is entirely fitting that Main Street America recognizes and salutes
Braselton. We are proud to have exceeded the requirements for renewal.”
Braselton Council honors police for heroic actions
(Braselton) The Braselton Mayor and Council honored two of its police officers Monday
heroic actions saving the life of a resident.
Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and Assistant Chief Lou Solis presented Officers Steve
Folkers and Steve Kinard with lifesaving awards after they responded to a report of a
young girl having a severe asthma attack at her home. At triage, the officers detected a
weak pulse and intense struggle to breathe. They immediately administered CPR as
rescue personnel arrived to transport her to Northeast Medical Center in Braselton for
“Officers Folkers and Kinard are commended for their lifesaving actions, exemplifying the
highest standards of the Braselton Police Department,” the award reads.
Photo Left: Councilman Tony Funari, Chief Terry Esco, Officer Steve Folkers,
Mayor Bill Orr &
Councilwoman Becky Richardson
Photo Right: Councilman Tony Funari, Chief Terry Esco, Officer Steve Kinard,
Mayor Bill Orr &
Councilwoman Becky Richardson
“Lego Batman” is movie under Braselton town green stars
(Braselton) The ever-popular summer movie series in Braselton continues on Saturday,
June 17 featuring “Lego Batman” at dusk.
The animated action-adventure movie is rated PG and runs 104 minutes on the Town
Green at 9924 Davis Street in the town’s historic downtown.
In “Lego Batman,” there are many big changes in store in Gotham City, and Batman
must save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover. He must also work with others to
do so. Movie fans will recognize the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galafianakis,
Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson in lead roles.
The movie is free to all who are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food vendors
are scheduled to attend with a variety of items. This and other events are presented by the
Braselton Visitors Bureau. For additional information, visit
Mattress, Inc. celebrates ribbon-cutting in Braselton
(Braselton) Buy Local Braselton helped Mattress, Inc., celebrate its official ribbon-cutting
Owners Eric Tidd and Justin Simpson opened the store earlier this year at 7380 Spout Springs
Road. “We offer a variety of brand name mattresses including Tempurpedic, Stearns and
Foster, Sealy and more,” Tidd said. The store also sells furniture, mattress protectors and
unique sleep consultations for each purchaser.
Store hours are 10:00-8:00 Mondays thru Saturdays and 12:00-6:00 on Sundays. For
additional information, visit
www.mattressincga.com or telephone 678.960-4343.
Photo, left to right: Mimi Simpson, Justin Simpson, Eric Tidd & Jessica Roberts of Tempur-Sealy.
Braselton Downtown Development Authority seeks members
(Braselton) Braselton DDA chairman Clay Eubanks announces applications are available to
fill two seats on the seven-member Authority.
Established in 2009 by the General Assembly, the Authority is an independent panel formed
for the purposes of planning, organizing and financing projects to revitalize and redevelop
Braselton’s commercial district. Bylaws require members to either be a resident property owner
or an owner or manager of a downtown business.
Chairman Eubanks said, “The ideal applicant for the DDA board must attend one board
meeting per month plus devote up to about ten hours per month to organizing and implementing
projects and activities in downtown. Additionally, state law requires specific training for
newly appointed DDA members in Georgia.”
The Braselton Town Council will make the official appointments with four-year terms
beginning in July.
Those interested who meet the base requirements are encouraged to visit
Library Friends and Braselton Library host acclaimed author
(Braselton) Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library and the library staff are
hosting a nationally acclaimed author, Lisa Wingate, at its annual membership
The event is slated for Tuesday, June 6 from noon until 2:00 PM at the Hoschton
Depot. It is free and open to the public.
Wingate’s newest book, “Before We Were Yours,” will debut, and she will sell autographed copies. The fictionalized novel depicts thousands of children of single mothers and poverty-stricken parents whose children were taken during the 1920s until 1950 in Tennessee. Children were often kept in unlicensed boarding facilities and given new names and histories before being advertised for adoption.
Braselton Library manager, Lori Hayes, says “As always, it is a pleasure to partner with
our Friends of the Library, and we’re excited to introduce Ms. Wingate’s new novel to
our patrons and neighbors.”
The Hoschton Depot is located at 4272 Highway 53 in nearby Hoschton. For additional information, telephone 706.654-1992.
Braselton’s House of Clay presents summer camps
(Braselton) Our community children can enjoy instructional camps at the
House of Clay in downtown Braselton during the summer months.
Clay Camps offer the opportunities “to create several clay projects using pinch, coil or
slab methods,” says director/owner Sue Compton.
A weeklong camp is offered for students, from second graders up, Mondays through Fridays, 9:00-11:00, in several sessions: June 5-9, July 17-21 and July 24-28. Half-day mini-camps for children ages 5-7, are also offered on May 26,
May 31 and July 13.
The House of Clay is located at 65 Frances Street in Braselton’s historic downtown.
For additional information, telephone 770.519-8900 or email
Braselton presents "Sing" movie under town green stars
(Braselton) Families may begin celebrating the end of the school year by enjoying “Sing,”
as the first movie in the summer series on the Braselton Town Green.
Presented Saturday, May 20, at dusk, the animated family comedy movie is rated PG and runs 108
minutes. Movie fans will recognize and enjoy the familiar voices of Matthew McConaughey,
Reece Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane. Sing was nominated for two Golden Globe awards.
Its intriguing plot is set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals. A dapper koala,
Buster Moon, presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He’s an optimist
who loves his theater and will do anything to preserve it. He conjures a plan to host a singing
competition where the winner will receive $100,000, but the competition becomes grander than
he anticipates as the finalists’ find their lives will never be the same.
The movie is free to all who are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic. Frozen Frenzee will be on hand for icy treat purchases. The Braselton Town Green is located at 9924 Davis Street in the town’s historic downtown. This and other events are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. For additional information, visit
Braselton welcomes Ritzi Reruns new owners
(Braselton) Braselton businesses continue to flourish and meet customers’ needs
as Ritzi Reruns Consignment and Gift Shop held its official ribbon cutting last week.
Located at 6072 Highway 53 next to Stonewall’s BBQ, the consignment and gift shop is
under new ownership, now by Amy Thompson and Barry Shafer. “Our goal is to offer more specialized
sales and service to the community; we look forward to a long, exciting and satisfying relationship with
our consigners and customers.”
For additional information, telephone 706.654-1983 or visit
Photo, back row left to right: Lisa Sweeting, Misty Martin, Julia Martin, Renee Scott, Carolyn Martin,
Barry Shafer, Chris Jackovatz, Sandy Miller, Nick Jacovatz, Jonathan Grier, Lucretia Hughes.
Front row left to right: Kelly Palmer, Makayla Thompson and Amy Thompson
Carter’s celebrates Community Earth Day along Braselton’s RiverWalk and Mulberry River
(Braselton) More than ninety volunteers from Carter’s of Braselton celebrated Earth Day addressing
needs along the Mulberry River and associated trail in Braselton.
Over two recent days, the volunteers planted twelve native trees in order to restore the natural buffer along a portion of the Mulberry River. On the RiverWalk path, they constructed a picnic table, pruned overhangs and collected litter.
Tria Yang, learning and development coordinator at Carter’s said, “This volunteerism clearly supports the Carter’s Cares philosophy believing in the well-being of babies and kids and the importance of nurturing them by giving back to the communities in which they can thrive, and to bring about meaningful and positive changes.”
Earth Day begin in 1970 as an environmental teach-in and protection. For forty-seven years, special events, observances and projects have spread worldwide, particularly in small communities.
“There was awesome teamwork and great times,” added Yang. She, Christie Craig and Jennifer George were named the number one ‘tree hugger’ team.
Braselton’s Environmental Coordinator, Yvette Wise, echoed Yang’s enthusiasm. “It was truly awesome to witness and assist the folks from Carter’s Distribution Center inside our town limits; that’s a powerful statement from an international company of caring people.”
The Carter’s OshKosh B’gosh center is located at 625 Braselton Parkway.
Braselton book sale a huge success
(Braselton) Hundreds of book lovers attended last week's book sale at the
Braselton Library sponsored by the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson
The sale was a huge success as proceeds support library programs and materials.
Friends will sponsor its next sale in September.
To learn more about the Braselton-West Jackson library please visit
or follow on facebook at
Photo, left to right, Linda Johnston, Trudy Mackes
Braselton Library celebrates Children’s Book Week
(Braselton) As the longest-running national celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, over 650 schools, libraries, and bookstores will host official Children’s Book Week events between May 1-7 in all fifty states.
May marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, and the theme for this year’s celebration is “One World, Many Stories.”
Carrie Norris of the Braselton Library says, “We are proud to be hosting the following events in celebration of Children’s Book Week:"
• May 3, 2017
• 10:00 AM
• Join us for a story, music, and a craft. Ages 2 and up with a caregiver
• May 5, 2017
• 11:30 AM
• Join us for a story, music, and a craft. Ages 2 and up with a caregiver.
All kids and teens will receive a free, exclusive 2017 Children’s Book Week activity poster designed by Christian Robinson (while supplies last), as well as have access online at Every Child a Reader to original bookmarks created by four of today’s most innovative children’s book illustrators, an original early reader Sesame Street ‘joy of reading’ e-book, and an original middle-grade “One World, Many Stories” graphic novel.
Children’s Book Week is a cornerstone program of Every Child a Reader, a literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Other national programs include the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, Reading Without Walls, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, in partnership with the Library of Congress. Individual and corporate donations, grants, and the Children’s Book Council support Every Child a Reader.
The Braselton Library is on Brassie Lane in the town’s historic district. Telephone 706.654-1992 for additional information.
“Toast to Braselton” set for May
(Braselton) A garden party awaits patrons of the annual premier fundraiser for the
Braselton Downtown Development Authority on Thursday, May 11.
“Business is Blooming” is the theme for the event to be staged at the historic Braselton
Stover Event Center on GA 53 in the town’s downtown. Patrons will enjoy a dinner
buffet, beer garden, wine bar, dancing, games, silent and live auctions beginning at 6:00 PM.
“Given the timing and the theme, garden party attire is suggested,” says downtown
director, Amy Pinnell. “These events are really fun and energizing to our businesses
which join forces to present a memorable evening.”
Tickets are $55 per person or tables of ten may be reserved for $500. The Braselton
Downtown Development Authority board members have tickets or they may be secured
by telephoning 706.684-0369 or email
DDA chairman Clay Eubanks added, “Springtime is a wonderful time for fellowship and
to toast our successes while enjoying a beautiful evening downtown.”
Braselton is ‘in the mix’ for Georgia Cities Week
(Braselton) The Georgia Municipal Association annually sponsors Georgia Cities Week
to showcase local governments’ vital services and opportunities to celebrate living
in cities and towns across the state. This year’s theme is “Cities in the Mix.”
Braselton will celebrate the occasion with a number of special events. The downtown
farmers market featuring local and regional vendors will be staged on Friday, April 21,
near the Town Green beginning at 4:00 PM. The Antique and Artisan Festival will
showcase vendors from throughout the Southeastern United States at the Braselton Park
April 21-23. Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson will host the annual book sale on the
porch of the Braselton Library April 27-29.
“It’s great to celebrate what we do here in Braselton,” says Mayor Bill Orr, “and we’re
delighted to participate in Georgia Cities Week with many local governments. Certainly,
Braselton is “in the mix” by celebrating.
These and other events are listed at
Braselton library offers reading fun for children and teens
(Braselton) The Braselton Library presents “Teen Tech” challenges and a “Picture
Book March Madness” this month.
Celebrating with the American Library Association, the “Teen Tech” challenge
resembles a bingo-type page with varying activities being awarded to complete the
page. From the most basic ‘check out a book’ to ‘posting a book selfie pic and tagging
the library’s Instagram page’ to ‘listen to an audiobook,’ the page features the full array of
services available to teens at the library. The contest is free and prizes are offered.
Voting has begun in the library’s “Picture Book March Madness” for readers of all ages.
A huge book bracket is mounted on the library wall featuring the covers of sixteen
popular books. Readers vote each week on a favorite with the champion crowned as
having the most votes.
“There is so much enjoyment and fun in these opportunities for teens and younger
library patrons,” said Carrie Norris of the library staff. “We’re here to assist you and to
encourage your participation.”
The Braselton Library is located in the town’s historic district on Brassie Lane. For
additional information, telephone 706.654-1992.
Braselton LifePath hosts Paddy’s Day activities
(Braselton) Braselton’s LifePath, connecting businesses and neighborhoods along the GA 211 corridor and more will be the location for exciting activities for the entire family on Saturday, March 18.
The PathParade invites decorated golf carts, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, wagons and groups of walkers to meander the path. The parade begins at 11:00 AM at Ace Hardware, 3740 Village Way in Braselton, and will travel the distance of the Braselton LifePath and end in the area of Jeffrey’s, Pinnacle Bank and 12Stone, where a celebratory party will be held. Prizes will be awarded!
Organizers are also seeking teams to participate in the first ever Paddy’s Day PathQuest. It’s a fun race which takes teams through several business areas located along the LifePath. Players will earn points by answering questions, solving puzzles and completing challenges. PathQuest begins immediately following the parade. Quest forms will be available for pickup at the parade ending location, and the team returning before 2:00 PM with the most points scored wins a “pot of gold” (a super nice prize package). Teams may earn points before the quest begins by pre-registering or by having an entry in the PathParade.
In addition to the challenges, children will enjoy free inflatables, and an obstacle course at the party located in the 12 Stone Church, Pinnacle Bank and Jeffrey’s area. Businesses and restaurants are offering sales, promotions, door prizes and more. Parking is available at 12Stone Church so the entire community can enjoy. Additional information is available at
The Braselton LifePath is safe, convenient and paved multi-modal path funded through a self taxing district by the property owners in the Braselton Community Improvement District. The project was conceived in order to give residents in the area a way to travel to retail and service locations in town without using an automobile.
Braselton merchants prep for annual “Chocolate Walk”
(Braselton) Braselton’s downtown merchants and eateries are busily preparing for
the annual “Chocolate Walk” slated for Saturday, February 4.
Downtown director Amy Pinnell reports online and in-person registration is
brisk, exceeding last year’s pace. The $5 ticket may be reserved online at
www.BraseltonChocolateWalk2017.eventbrite.com or at the downtown office in
the Braselton Brother Store center.
Pinnell also hints of some newer features for the event, including a specially priced
chocolate martini from Cotton Calf Kitchen and discount coupons at The Local Station, the
downtown’s newest restaurant.
“The event has sold out in prior years, so I encourage all to register and prepare to have
some real fun on the Chocolate Walk,” she said. “Shoppers will be delighted to find gifts for all
their Valentines.” Additional information is posted at
www.downtownbraselton.com or by
Braselton's Funari receives GMA certificate of achievement
(Atlanta) Braselton Councilmember Tony Funari received the prestigious Certificate of
Achievement from the Harold Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia
Municipal Association’s (GMA) Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta in January.
The Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of
UGA, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city
officials. To receive the certificate, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of
credit, including at least 36 hours from the required list. The training program consists of a
series of more than fifty courses.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Councilman Funari,” said GMA executive director
Lamar Norton. “We commend him for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown
in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Elected to the Braselton Town Council in 2008, Funari is president of Funari Realty. He
is a member of the Braselton Rotary Club and the Northeast Georgia Health Systems
Braselton Main Street preps for annual “Chocolate Walk”
(Braselton) Braselton Main Street is prepping for its third annual “Chocolate Walk” showcasing
its business community handing out chocolate treats on Saturday, February 4.
Chocolate lovers may purchase $5 tickets and easy registration is available online at
www.BraseltonChocolateWalk2017.eventbrite.com . The delectable stroll begins at the
Braselton Downtown office in the Braselton Brothers Department Store center at 9:45. Maps are
available to guide patrons to the participating businesses from 10:00 until 4:00.
Upon check in online, shopping bags will be reserved; bags will also sell at the Downtown
office as available. It is requested that chocolate strollers be at least sixteen to reserve a bag.
“This is an unusually fun event for everyone,” says downtown director, Amy Pinnell. “Businesses
will go to extra lengths to prepare for this day as each will present a special chocolate treat to
enhance a sweet shopping experience. The event has sold out in prior years, so I encourage
For more information, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or telephone 706.684-0369.
Braselton’s decorated tree winners
Men’s Room Photo: L to R:
Peg Sheffield, Buy Local Braselton manager; Karin Rutherford, April Worsham, Rebecca Silva, Belinda Hughes, owner; Leshia Griffin; Amy Pinnell, Downtown Director
Seated are Christine Beaman and Ashley Sargent
(Braselton) Braselton’s decorated tree competition concluded, and two winners were announced. The Men’s Room Barber and Spa won the online voting by having their tree photo earn the most “likes” on the BuyLocalBraselton Facebook page. The Braselton Antique Mall won by garnering the most ballots at its store.
Amy Pinnell, Downtown Director for the Town of Braselton presented both businesses with traveling trophies and granted them bragging rights until next year’s competition.
The Men’s Room Barber and Spa, located at 6750 Highway 53, Ste. 107, achieved their win by getting all their employees involved. By networking and encouraging customers to vote, they were able to increase their online presence. “For a small business that is very helpful,” said owner Belinda Hughes. Hughes opened the barber shop nearly six years ago after deciding to go into business for herself when she struggled to find employment. Having a background managing salons and specializing in men’s hair, a barber shop seemed like a natural fit. With the help of her husband, she created what feels like an old time barber shop providing customers with old school services and customer service with current styles and products. The shop prides itself on being hip and fun with a downhome comfortable atmosphere. Decorating their tree was a team effort with all staffers contributing ideas. Their manly tree is trimmed with red and black ornaments, handmade glitter mustache ornaments and deer antler ribbon. They also made ornaments from After Shave sample packets and garland from strips of red and black plaid flannel material.
Robbie Bettis chose a patriotic theme for the tree located at the Braselton Antique Mall when she discovered how many items were already on hand that were red, white and blue. With her husband Fred and another shop employee, Len Sturkie, both former military members, the shop has always been involved and dedicated to supporting military and veterans. They decided to take it one step further and honor all who serve. They created large cards to be signed by military members, police officers, firefighters, church leaders and civic organizations and by doing so, each received a special gift. Military members from all over have signed the card including one from Hawaii. They contribute their success at winning the competition to their many loyal customers, family and friends who went out of their way to cast a vote. One person just passing by noticed the tree in the window and called to compliment the store. Braselton Antique Mall is located inside the historic Braselton Brothers Department Store building at Hwy 53 and Davis Street in Downtown Braselton and has been in business since 2003.
Twenty three town businesses submitted photos to be entered into the competition. Photos were added to an album on the Town’s BuyLocalBraselton Facebook page. Businesses in the Downtown district also competed by collecting ballots from customers at their business location. While voting is over, the photos are still available for viewing on the Facebook page
Braselton Antique Mall photo L to R:
Amy Pinnell, Downtown Director; Robbie Bettis, owner
Pinnacle Bank holds a Ribbon-Cutting at its Braselton Branch
Left to Right:
Tony Funari, Braselton Council Member; Julie Maddox, Loan Processor; Rachel Little-Day, Teller; Linda Murray, Personal Banker; Tina Jones, Branch Manager; Jackson McConnell, President and CEO of Pinnacle Bank; Schaun Crane, Assistant Vice President Credit Analyst; Terry Evans, Senior Vice President Senior Market Executive (front)
Deena Morton, Teller; Sid Chandler, Senior Vice President Market Manager; Tripp Conner, Vice President Business Banker; William Houseal, Assistant Vice President Business Banker (back)
December 14, 2016|Braselton, GA – Pinnacle Bank, a locally owned community bank serving customers across northeast Georgia was honored to host a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8, 2016 along with a ribbon-cutting welcoming the community to one of its newest branches located in Braselton.
“We are very pleased to include the Braselton Branch as part of the Pinnacle Bank family,” said President and CEO of Pinnacle Bank, Jackson McConnell. “Pinnacle Bank has an excellent reputation as a community bank that assists customers in managing their finances. This skilled staff already serves the community and we are proud to partner with customers in such a vibrant area. ”
The City of Braselton assisted in organizing the ribbon-cutting and the occasion included Pinnacle Bank staff, local dignitaries and customers.
Pinnacle Bank has been in operation since 1934. It specializes in local decisions and quick responses. With the addition of the Braselton branch and another new branch in Gainesville, it has 15 branches serving customers.
For more information, please visit www.pinnaclebank.com.
Braselton farmers market continues Friday
(Braselton) Braselton’s monthly farmers market continues Friday, December
16, at the old cotton gin on Davis Street in downtown. The gin is located across
from the Town Green, and ample parking is available.
Vendors expected are Presleys Farm and Garden, Mama Bird’s Granola, Walnut
Creek Apiaries, Best Friends Biscuits, Lazy Goat Produce, Finch Creek Farm,
Tasteful Creations and Krieg Farm Eggs will continue to offer fresh produce,
vegetables, eggs and seasonal items. The Lee Family Farm will offer stalks of Georgia-
The market will be open from 3:00-6:00. For more information,
www.downtownbraselton.com or follow the Braselton Farmers Market on Facebook.
Pic, left to right: Council members Rhonda Stites and Tony Funari, Judee McMurdoo,
Mayor Bill Orr, Yolanda Scales, Council members Peggy Slappey and Becky Richardson.
Braselton Citizens Academy graduates saluted
(Braselton) Braselton’s Mayor and Council saluted the graduates of its Citizens
Academy at Monday’s council meeting.
Judee McMurdo and Yolanda Scales completed the six-month academy learning all
about the municipal functions of the town government.
“It was a privilege to attend,” said McMurdo, “and it opened my eyes. The academy was
Scales added, “It was a privilege to see the inner workings and gain insight into the
various departments. I am thankful for the experience, and it was a pleasure to understand
why “it’s better in Braselton.”
The Academy is an annual, hands-on lesson focusing on the daily work of the town’s
departments and functions. For information or interest in the 2017 academy, registration begins in April
and contact Jennifer Scott at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.654-5720.
Braselton Library features equipment for
(Braselton) The Georgia Public Library System has begun supplying assistive technology
devices to public libraries, and the Braselton Library offers a series of these for
“Public libraries have long assisted people with what was called “Talking Books” or
audio-recordings of books and magazines,” says Braselton’s library manager, Lori Hayes.
“The new technology devices add a new dimension to these original services.”
A MagniLinkS video magnifier, a Mobilux Digital Touch portable magnifying device
and a MagniLink Voice reading machine are now available.
The magnifiers are basically cameras that attach to a computer and convert images of items
placed below its lens to a magnified image onto a computer monitor. The reading machines
Are text-to-speech devices that use optical character readers to translate print into audio.
The Georgia system also purchased an accessible computer keyboard with large print,
high contrast type to provide users with low vision an easier and more accurate way to type.
“The Braselton Rotary Club made a generous donation of a reading magnifier several
years ago, and we’re pleased to offer the equipment to vision-impaired patrons or their
caregivers,” says Hayes, “and salute the Georgia Public and Piedmont Regional Library systems
for partnering and including patrons with print impairments. The collaborative goal for
accessible equipment is to exceed the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The Braselton Library is located on Brassie Lane in the town’s historic
downtown. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:00-5:00, Tuesday and
Thursdays, 10:00-7:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-2:00.
Braselton seeks entries for Centennial Christmas parade
(Braselton) “Centennial Christmas” is this year’s theme of the annual parade ushering in the holiday season in Braselton.
Parade entries will assemble at the Braselton Tech Center on GA 53 on Saturday, November 19, and the parade winds its way into the historic downtown beginning at 10:30.
“We are excited to see how entries will tie in our centennial celebration theme. They might want to depict a certain decade or use a birthday theme – lots of options. Prizes will be awarded in three categories – theme, spirit and best in show,” says downtown director, Amy Pinnell. “Parade entry forms are available at
www.downtownbraselton.com or in the downtown office in the Braselton Brothers center.”
Judges are charged to consider several elements, including festive colors, materials, costumes,
sponsor signage or holiday greeting, props, craftsmanship and creativity. The holiday festival is staged in the Braselton Town Green, and the venerable Tams will perform a free concert during the afternoon hours.
For this and other events in Braselton, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or telephone 706.684-0369.
Braselton sets fall Rivers Alive cleanup
(Braselton) The fall gathering of the popular Rivers Alive cleanup adds a new dimension this
year based on citizens’ input and concerns --- a cleanup and sprucing up of the town’s RiverWalk
“All landscape needs attention,” said Yvette Wise, Braselton’s environmental specialist and
coordinator of the Rivers Alive project. “So we encourage those who are able to bring snips
to help trim some branches overhanging the RiverWalk trail.”
Volunteers will meet at a new location, the University of Georgia Arboretum at 1898 New Liberty
Church Road, and signs will be posted to facilitate the start of the project.
“As always, we encourage folks to dress to get dirty,” Wise mused, “but knowing it’s all about
a cleaner environment for the community, it’s well worth the effort for families.”
The Rivers Alive project will begin at 9:00 and end with lunch and beverages for all workers.
For additional information, telephone 706.654-3915 extension 1012 or e-mail
Photo, left to right: Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Hollie Hutchinson, Pam Slappey,
Cheri Winham Huff,
Jennifer Kidd, Councilwoman Becky Richardson, Kait Lockie,
Michelle Mascio and Lee Davis.
Elements Spa celebrates expansion in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) Elements Day Spa and Marketplace celebrated its expansion recently announcing
its specialty gift shop in addition to the traditional spa services.
The business opened four years ago in downtown Braselton, and its business plan indicated
a steady demand for clothing, home décor items, furniture and jewelry in addition to its
established services offering massages, facials, microderm abrasion or chemical skin peels.
Cheri Winham Huff is the owner at 9924 Davis Street, Suite 3. “This is an exciting business
expansion to meet the needs of the growing demand in downtown Braselton,” she said.
Elements may be reached at 770.871-1014 or at
Braselton presents “Jungle Book” as movie under stars
(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau presents the 2016-released “Jungle Book” as its movie under the Braselton stars on Saturday, September 10.
The award-nominated movie features Neel Sethi as Mowgli and the familiar voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Garry Shandling in supporting roles. It is a family-themed, adventure drama and rated PG.
The 106-minute movie tells the story of a young man, Mowgli, who lives among the wolves in the jungle and quickly learns to live life among all the animals that inhabit the jungle. When the villainous tiger, Shere Khan, threatens Mowgli’s life, the panther Bagheera offers to take him to a nearby village where he will be safe from the panther’s wrath. Along the way, Mowgli tangles in a series of encounters a sly snake, a giant opithecus and a lazy bear. It is the bear who quickly becomes his guide to the “bare necessities” of life.
The movie is free to all patrons who are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the Braselton Park in its historic downtown. The movie begins at dusk as the Braselton Visitors Bureau presents this and other family-focused events celebrating the town’s centennial year. For all events or information, visit
(Braselton) The Georgia Court of Appeals will hold its September 14 session in the
Braselton Municipal Courtroom as part of the town’s centennial celebration.
Judges John J. Ellington*, Elizabeth L. Branch* and Amanda H. Mercier*, a three-judge panel,
will hear three appellate cases. The court’s docket was selected by its clerk. The court session is
open to the public beginning at 9:15. The courtroom is in the town’s historic downtown at
5040 Highway 53 adjacent to the Town Hall.
Case A16A1812 is One Buckhead Loop Condominium Association, Inc. v. Regent Tower Holdings, LLC.
Case A16A1761 is Scott Richard Overman v. The State of Georgia
Case A16A1722 is Barko Response Team v. Phillip & Elaine Sudduth
“The Court of Appeals selected two locations outside Atlanta this year and accepted our
invitation to hold a session here to help us celebrate the town’s centennial,” says Braselton
Mayor Bill Orr. “We are honored to host them and to allow our citizens to witness the
court in action.”
The Court will convene at 9:30 and recess at 12:30. Seating in the municipal courtroom
is limited so citizens are invited to hear one case (about one hour) and allow for others to
enter the courtroom.
Media are advised of the court’s standing requirement to register in order “to photograph, record
or broadcast any proceedings” and may visit
make arrangements for such.
For questions or additional information, contact Jennifer Scott Dees, the Town Manager
of Braselton, at
email@example.com or 706.654-5720 during normal working hours.
*judicial photos and biographies will be distributed in advance of the court session
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is featured movie under Braselton stars
(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau presents “X-Men: Apocalypse” as its movie under the Braselton stars on Saturday, August 13.
The ninth in the series and released into theaters this spring, “X-Men: Apocalypse” stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac and many more in the science fiction, fantasy-action movie. It is rated PG-13 and runs 144 minutes.
Apocalypse was worshipped as a god since the dawn of civilization as the first and most powerful mutant from the X-Men universe. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse mankind and crease a new world order. As the fate of the earth hangs in the balance, he must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
The free movie will begin at dusk in the Braselton Park on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. Movie goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available. The Braselton Visitors Bureau presents this and other family-focused activities to celebrate the town’s centennial during 2016. For all events and information, visit
Braselton unveils collectible centennial ornament
(Braselton) To help celebrate Braselton’s centennial year, the town designed a collectible
holiday ornament now available for purchase.
The gold-plated, three-dimensional ornament features ‘100’ prominently along with the
centennial years of 1916-2016 and Braselton on a layered, ribbon-shaped chevron.
“It’s an attractive keepsake,” says Mayor Bill Orr, “designed with beauty and tradition
for which we are all proud.”
Ornaments are $20 each and packaged in a gift box. They are available at Braselton
Town Hall on GA 53 and at the Downtown Office in the historic Braselton Brothers store complex.
Mayfield Dairy is special guest at Braselton Farmers Market
(Braselton) Organizers of the Braselton Farmers Market promote Friday’s events as a “mooove on downtown to the market”
as Mayfield Dairy is the special guest during National Ice Cream month.
Maggie the Cow is the featured celebrity and staff from the Mayfield Visitors Center will provide special summertime treats to promote their healthy products. Mayfield will distribute 100 gifts to celebrate the Town’s 100th birthday.
The market is open Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM on Harrison Street near the Braselton Park. Market vendors offer fresh home-grown or homemade products to sell.
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Braselton movie feature is Kung Fu Panda 3
(Braselton) Movie fans will delight as the Braselton Visitors Bureau presents “Kung Fu Panda 3” in the Braselton Park on Saturday, July 9.
The 2016-release movie is an animated action adventure which runs 95 minutes and is rated PG.
When Po’s long lost panda father reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all Kung Fu masters, Po must do the impossible – learn to train a village full of clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.
Fans will recognize and enjoy the familiar voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu.
The free feature will begin at dusk. Movie patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and concessions are available. The Braselton Visitors Bureau presents this and other family-focused activities to celebrate the town’s centennial. For all information, visit
Braselton honors America with July 4 festival, parade
(Braselton) Braselton’s year-long centennial celebration continues as it celebrates the nation’s
independence with a festival, parade and fireworks on July 4.
“It’s set to be a huge celebration,” says Downtown Director Amy Pinnell, “as it extends the holiday
weekend for our family-friendly events.”
The Town tapped Army Captain Levi J. Floeter as its parade grand marshal. Floeter joined the US
Army in 2005 and commands the Fifth Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega. He
was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat & Expert Infantryman’s Badges and
The Ranger Tab.
A celebration festival will begin at 4:00 PM in the Braselton Park on Harrison Street with food vendors,
live entertainment, games and activities for all. The traditional parade will begin at 6:00 in downtown. Featured in
the parade is Scarlett, the standard poodle who was crowned as Braselton’s centennial dog. She is owned by Holly Johnson.
“We honor America while honoring our town’s one hundred years,” said Mayor Bill Orr. “This festival
and parade attracts thousands of patriotic folks, as it should.”
At dusk, visitors will enjoy a spectacular downtown fireworks display sponsored by the Braselton
Visitors Bureau. All events are free. Vendor and parade registration information is posted at
L to R: Holly Johnson, Councilwoman Becky Richardson, Scarlett & Mayor Bill Orr
US Army Captain Levi J. Floeter
Braselton farmers market features mill tour Friday
(Braselton) As patrons and shoppers enjoy Friday’s farmers market in downtown Braselton Friday, they will have a value-added experience to tour the Braselton Roller Mill.
The market on Harrison Street will be open from 4:00-7:00 featuring home-grown and home-made delights by local and area vendors.
The roller mill will be open for guided tours as well. In its heyday, the mill produced 75 barrels of flour and 300 bushels of cornmeal each day. The mill is restored with its original equipment intact, and volunteers will guide visitors through each aspect of its once-prolific production era.
“This is a rare opportunity to tour the mill,” says market director, Peg Sheffield. “We’re hosting tours as part of the Town’s centennial celebration as it has been a hallmark of the early agrarian society here and is preserved as a historic relic today.”
https://www.facebook.com/BuyLocalBraselton to see Farmers Market vendor
details and the activities schedule.
Honor America in Braselton on July 4
(Braselton) Braselton’s centennial year sets the stage for a family-oriented honor of America
on Monday, July 4.
A spirited festival will take center stage in the historic Braselton Park with food and craft
vendors, live entertainment, games and festivities. The festival will begin at 4:00 PM. The
traditional parade will begin at 6:00 PM in downtown. US Army Infantry Captain Levi
Floeter is the grand marshal. The parade will also feature a giant US flag, festive floats
and Scarlett, the standard poodle recently crowned as the town’s centennial dog.
At dusk, patrons will witness a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau.
Application for vendors or parade entries are available at
the scheduled lineup time for the parade is 5:00 PM at Year One.
Photos from July 4th, 2015 Parade.
Braselton Farmers Market salutes “National Eat Your Vegetables Day”
(Braselton) A variety of home-grown vegetables will be featured at the Braselton Farmers Market on Friday, June 17.
“We are saluting National Eat Your Vegetables Day,” says market director, Peg Sheffield, “and we’ve added some excitement as well.”
Chef Sean Daemon of Pat’s Eatery will be demonstrating and preparing tasty dishes using market vegetables and produce. Mandy Smith
of Braselton Fit Body Boot Camp will be speaking about the importance and value of eating locally grown veggies.
Market shoppers may register to win one of three cookbooks featuring vegetables during the market hours of 4:00-7:00 on
Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. Sheffield adds, “We’ve received a number of compliments on the market’s
new location – in the shade – and the easy access of nearby parking.”
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“Zootopia” featured under the Braselton stars
(Braselton) Movies under the Braselton stars begin Saturday, June 11, with the animated action-adventure, “Zootopia.”
“Zootopia” is a 2016 feature by Walt Disney Animation and is rated PG. The 108-minute movie will begin at dusk in the Braselton Park on Harrison Street and is free.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together – a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything! When optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t too easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with the fast-talking scam artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman and Idris Elba are some of the featured voices in the film.
Movie patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available. The 2016 movie series, celebrating the town’s centennial, is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. For additional information, visit
Braselton Library is buzzing in June
(Braselton) The Braselton Library is all a-buzz with activities for infants and young
readers throughout June. Library director, Lori Hayes, says “Early reading adds value to learning
Each Wednesday, the library hosts a special learning program – story times, magic, juggling,
hula dancing and reptiles are all slated for mid-morning activities. Each Friday, story times are
held for “cocoons” (birth to age two) and “bookworms” (age 5 and older).
“We’re geared for an exceptionally busy summer, as we should be,” said Hayes, “as schools
are out, and folks are looking for quality programs with their children. We appreciate our
partners in this summer program – the Braselton Police, the West Jackson Fire Department
and the special guests we’ve invited.”
The Braselton Library is open Tuesday through Saturday on Brassie Lane in the town’s
historic downtown. Additional information is available at www.prlib.org
or by telephoning 706.654-1992.
Largest ever Antique & Artisan Festival set for downtown Braselton
(Braselton) The biannual ‘Antique & Artisan Festival’ in downtown Braselton will feature the largest number of vendors ever for a springtime event.
Set for Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, the festival will feature antiques, collectibles, outdoor gardening, ironworks, statuaries, primitives, art, repurposing, jewelry, candle making and more. The show opens at 2:00 on April 22 and closes at 5:00 on April 24.
Festival organizer and host, Donna Cannella, says “we’ll also feature twelve food trucks offering po boy sandwiches, Maine lobster treats, burgers, beer & wine and more. Plus, we’ve expanded the kids’ play area to include bungees, karate and water games.”
Vendors from four states will occupy 140 booths in Braselton Park at the center of the town’s historic downtown. Classic and pop music presentations will add to the flavor of an exciting festival.
For additional information, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or telephone 706.824-7204.
Braselton farmers market preps for opening and seeks vendors
(Braselton) Exciting changes, based on customer feedback, are in store for this
year’s farmers market in historic downtown Braselton as the market helps the
town celebrate its centennial.
The market will feature a new sales season, new location, new fee structure for
vendors and a market manager. “We plan to open each Friday in June and July with
the potential for August, depending upon consumer demand and availability of fresh
products,” says Peg Sheffield, the new manager. “We’ll also move across Harrison Street
in the shady vacant lot adjacent to the Community Center. Customer parking will be on
Harrison Street where the market was formerly held.”
Vendors are encouraged to apply now to sell their Georgia-grown produce or homemade
food products. The fee structure will be $10 per market or a discount of $75 for all nine
Fridays. Only pre-approved vendors will be allowed in the order in which they arrive.
“We’ll incorporate our ‘Buy Local Braselton’ and the town’s centennial into our marketing
and presentation this year adding value for the vendors and our customers,” said Sheffield.
The Braselton Farmers Market opened in 2014 to offer a friendly, community-spirit
environment for local farmers or gardeners to sell directly to local residents while
providing residents an opportunity to learn more about Georgia-grown food and homemade
products. The market promotes healthy eating, buying locally and enjoying fellowship
with neighbors and friends.
“We realize the success of the market is testimony to the increasing desire of food
shoppers to connect to the people who grow and make the food they eat,” said
Sheffield. “And beyond that, it’s a way to put healthy food within easy reach of more
Vendor applications are available at
www.downtownbraselton.com or by calling
Hayes named library manager in Braselton
(Braselton) Lori A. Hayes is named library manager for the Braselton Library succeeding
Bev Adkins who retired.
“Lori has a passion for our library, its patrons and its programs,” says Braselton Town
Manager, Jennifer Dees. “She brings strong qualifications and experience to the job.”
Hayes graduated from Jefferson High in 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the
University of North Georgia. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Library Information
Science program through Valdosta State University. She was awarded two scholarships
to help advance her knowledge and expertise. Since 2006, she has been the assistant
manager at the library.
A member of Crooked Creek Baptist, Hayes is active with its children’s programs and
is the church’s music librarian.
The Braselton Library is on Brassie Lane in the town’s historic downtown. For additional
information, telephone 706.654-1992.
Historic Braselton High painting to be unveiled
(Braselton) A watercolor painting of the stately Braselton High School will be unveiled by the
artist on Saturday, February 27, at the Braselton Library.
Henry M. Wood, Jr., a native of Braselton and 1948 graduate of Braselton High, is the
artist commissioned to produce the painting. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at
the University of Georgia and began his professional art career in 1958. His works have
included design and illustration for books, catalogues, cartons, silk screen and advertising.
Now retired to his home studio in Dacula, his art has been displayed throughout Georgia
and South Carolina.
“The Preservation of Our Beautiful Memories” is the title of Wood’s painting of Braselton
Prints of the painting will be sold at the unveiling, beginning at 11:00, and the library is
located at 15 Brassie Lane in Braselton’s historic downtown. Prints are $40.
Light refreshments will be served and brief remarks by Mr. Wood will precede the unveiling.
The event is free and hosted by the Town of Braselton. Telephone 706.654-1992 for
Photo, left to right: Hudson Tang, Matt Ruppel, Cindy Green, Braselton Mayor Bill Orr, Javier Viera and
Braselton Council members Peggy Slappey, Tony Funari & Richard Mayberry.
Cotton Calf Kitchen opens in historic downtown Braselton
(Braselton) A shiny, new, upscale restaurant – Cotton Calf Kitchen -- is now open in the historic Braselton Brothers Department Store building in downtown Braselton.
Owners Hudson Tang, Javier Viera, Cindy Green and Matt Ruppel proudly combined sixteen years of foodservice experience to introduce Cotton Calf Kitchen, featuring steaks, seafood, classic cocktails, wine and craft beer.
Located at 9924 Davis Street, the Kitchen anchors the east end of the former Braselton Brothers store complex with ample parking and easy access. The restaurant is open seven days per week with varying times for service including Sunday brunch.
For full information, visit www.cottoncalf.com or reservations are accepted at 706.684-0410.
Braselton Christmas parade features floats, bands and Rudolph
(Braselton) Rudolph’s red nose will light the way as grand marshal of this year’s Christmas
parade in downtown Braselton on Saturday, November 21.
The parade is showcased to usher in the holiday season, and floats will be judged on a theme,
“The Carols of Christmas.”
The parade will begin at the Braselton Tech Center on GA 53 and continue through the historic downtown. Jackson County Comprehensive High and Flowery Branch High marching bands will provide the festive music.
For additional information on all activities, visit
Tree lighting and movie featured for downtown Braselton
(Braselton) The annual lighting of the tree featuring local musical entertainment and the
season’s last movie under the stars in the Braselton Park are presented on Saturday, November
14, in downtown Braselton.
The tree lighting and musical enjoyment are staged at the historic Braselton Brothers Store on
Davis Street beginning at 5 PM with special crafts and goodies provided by the store businesses. A photo station and letters to Santa will be available. A special guest will turn the switch on the town’s tree.
The family-friendly evening will conclude with a free movie feature starting at 7:30 pm in the
Braselton Park, Jurassic World. The PG-13 movie is a science-fiction action adventure as a new
theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic World. Everything is going well until the
park’s newest attraction – a genetically modified giant killing machine – escapes containment.
For additional information and events, visit
www.downtownbraselton.com or telephone
Celebrate Halloween with Braselton’s Zombie 5K run
(Braselton) Runners of all ages are invited to join the “Braselton Zombie 5K” run on
Saturday, October 31, in downtown Braselton.
The run begins at 9:30 AM at the Braselton Brothers Department Store building on Davis Street in the historic downtown. Runners may register online at www.downtownbraselton.com or beginning at 8:00 AM on the 31st. Registration is $30.
“Zombie costumes and full makeup are encouraged and expected!” says Clay Eubanks, vice chair of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority. “Our local hair salon, Artistic Expressions, is offering to do special zombie makeup by appointment that morning. We will be awarding a special medal for the best zombie runner. And we are expecting our course condition to be littered by zombies.”
For additional information, visit the website or telephone 706.684-0369.
Braselton Antique & Holiday Fest set
(Braselton) The hugely popular Antique & Holiday Fest is set for October 23-25 in the historic Braselton Park.
The downtown park, located at Harrison and Frances Streets in the town’s historic downtown, will feature more than one hundred vendors from the region. The festival opens Friday, October 23, at 2:00 and continues Saturday (9:00-6:00) and Sunday (10:00-5:00).
For more information, telephone 706.824-7204 or visit
Library Friends honor Zeeb and name Boohe
(Braselton) Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library honored a longtime volunteer,
Gail Zeeb, as its outstanding volunteer of the year at its annual meeting.
“Gail worked tirelessly for over nine years to ensure the success of Friends and to sustain
our store and book sales. So much so that we cheerfully chose this inscription on the
plaque we presented – “When it comes to being dedicated, you wrote the book,” says
Marilyn Deal of Friends.
Friends also named Peggy Booher as its AFTERWORDS store manager. A Braselton resident for twelve years, she is a retired teacher and nurse. Booher is active in the Chateau Elan Village
book club, its Bible Study and the BULLI program.
Deal added, “Peggy recognizes the high standard of dedication and service set by Gail and
hopes to continue the promise of the store with the help of all volunteers who make the
enterprise thrive.” The AFTERWORDS store, featuring books, videos, CDs and gifts, is located inside the Braselton Library.
(left) Peggy Booher, (right) Gail Zeeb
“Cinderella” is movie under the Braselton stars
(Braselton) The 2015 version of the classic story of “Cinderella” graces the giant screen in Braselton Park as it is presented on Saturday, September 19 at dusk.
The fantasy-romance is a Disney production of the story generations have loved. The movie follows the fortunes of Ella whose mother dies tragically and father remarries. While Ella welcomes her new stepmother and stepsisters into the family, her father passes away unexpectedly hurtling Ella into a new, lonely world. Renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, she tries mightily to honor her mother’s advice “have courage and be kind.”
She meets a dashing stranger and all maidens are invited to a ball at the palace. As her stepmother forbids her from attending, a kind beggar woman steps forward and changes Cinderella’s life forever.
The movie is rated PG and runs one hour forty-five minutes. Lily James stars as Ella and Cate Blanchett portrays Lady Tremaine, the stepmother.
Movie goers are invited to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available in the park. Movies are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau; for additional information, visit
Downtown Braselton welcomes Homestar Financial
(Braselton) Homestar Financial celebrates its official ribbon-cutting and welcoming by
the Braselton Main Street board of directors.
Located at 5391 Highway 53 (adjacent to La Hacienda Restaurant), the 13-year-old company
specializes in various types of home loans – conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, jumbo, reverse or
refinance. Steve Hull is the branch manager.
“Homestar Financial is a respected, reputable lending company,” says DDA Chair Cindy
Phillips, “and a welcome addition to our family of downtown businesses.” The company
earned recent honors from USDA and FHA for assisting homebuyers.
For additional information, telephone Homestar at 770.580-6755 or visit
Photo (front, left to right): Jeff Waggoner, Lina Cook, Wes Hunt, Candice Crook and Steve Hull of Homestar Financial; (back, left to right): Cheri Winham Huff, Hollie Hutchinson, Sally Beggs and Cindy Phillips of Braselton Main Street board.
Braselton sets ‘walk thru history’ tours
(Braselton) The Braselton Main Street program is sponsoring ‘walk thru history’ tours on each
Friday in September.
The one-hour tours will highlight the historic significance of the Braselton Brothers store,
the roller mill and some homes downtown. All tours are free and guests will receive bottled
water and a koozie. The tours are designed to promote the town’s historic preservation projects.
The September 4th and 11th tours begin at 6 PM at the downtown development office on
Frances Street. The September 18th and 25th tours begin at 5 PM. Telephone 706.684-0369 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Visit
for all events, schedules and opportunities.
Braselton Main Street unveils new logo
(Braselton) Braselton’s Main Street board and Downtown Development Authority
unveiled its new logo this week.
The full-color, casual freehand artwork focuses on the historic store building with a park
bench, lamppost and greenery.
“We began a concept design process earlier this year when the Georgia Main Street
designation was made,” says DDA Director, Amy Pinnell. “The promotions committee
was tasked with branding our downtown and to create an image that would help
identify and promote the downtown sector. The 1904 Braselton Brothers
store is the most iconic and recognizable asset as a focal point. We also sought to
have a logo with artistic representation of our downtown as a destination, a place to
relax or walk and certainly enjoy.”
Cindy Phillips chairs the Downtown Authority. “We are excited about the new logo
and think we’ve found the perfect combination of old and new, which is what Braselton
represents,” she says.
The downtown branding campaign will utilize the versatile new logo on print and electronic
marketing media and, in time, fun accessories such as totes, tees or caps.
“Spending time in downtown Braselton is fun, and we’ve created a logo that says our
downtown is fun and colorful and delightful,” says DDA promotions chair, Jennifer Kidd.
Photo, left to right:
Mayor Bill Orr, Chief Terry Esco, Mark Bender & Assistant Chief Lou Solis
Braselton Police earn recertification
(Braselton) The Braselton Police Department earned recertification honors from the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs this week.
Mark Bender, director of state certification of the association, presented a plaque to Police Chief Terry Esco and Assistant Chief Lou Solis. He said, “Becoming certified the initial time is quite a task, and earning recertification confirms the department is complying with the highest standards.”
Bender presented the plaque at the Braselton Town Council meeting on Monday.
Photo, front (left to right): Emily Mikulski, Melanie Spinnler, Renee Sullivan, Vicki Brackett, Anna Brackett and Patricia Tarant.
Back (left to right) Mayor Bill Orr, Councilmembers Rhonda Stites and Peggy Slappey
Sweet Delights bakery welcomed in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) Hungry patrons and special occasion needs will have their palates fulfilled at Sweet Delights in the heart of downtown Braselton now.
Vicki Brackett and Renee Sullivan present custom cakes for weddings or birthdays, ten flavors of Italian gelato, Panini sandwiches or a real specialty, sugar flowers in the quaint shop at 84 Brassie Lane. In the business for three years, the fares also include locally roasted coffees, Italian oils and vinegars, artisan baked breads and the delightful personalities of the attentive staff.
“We take pride in our products,” they said, “making our bakery products from scratch with the finest ingredients. And we custom make flavors or items that we not be stocking.”
The store is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:00-3:00 and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 until 6:00. Customers may visit the website
www.sdelightsbakery.com or telephone 706.824.0008.
Braselton welcomes Mizuno USA distribution and manufacturing center
(Braselton) It was another international day in Braselton as its Mayor and Council welcomed Mizuno USA to its business community with a gala ribbon-cutting of the 520,000 sf distribution and manufacturing center on GA 124. The Consul General of Japan, Midori Yamamitsu, was the special guest.
Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini set the stage for today’s ceremony. Founded in 1906 in Japan and now run by the family’s third generation, the sports company’s credo is about quality, craftsmanship and technology. “Our corporate philosophy is to contribute to society through sporting goods and the advancement of sports.”
“We’ve been in Norcross since 1982, and Braselton was selected because of the incredible infrastructure – the international airport, interstates and ports – along with the skilled workforce,” he added.
Georgia Economic Development Commissioner, Chris Carr, was the keynote speaker. “Three-fourths of our department’s announcements are about expansions like this. Our business relationship with Japan began forty years ago, and there are 418 Japanese facilities in Georgia employing 25,000 Georgians.”
Mizuno USA leased the facility in February, 2014, and began renovations a year ago. The building has two miles of conveyance, high speed merge sorter, zone route technology supported by camera-based scanning technology, a three-story pick module and employs 160.
Barrow Chamber of Commerce president Tommy Jennings said, “There is a wonderful synergy in Barrow County.” And Mizuno Vice President of Supply Chain, John Creasman, concluded “this has been a seventeen-month journey to serve customers in the US, Canada and Central America.”
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr said “This is business at its best – a welcoming and partnering community recognized by the international company, realization and detailed planning for business growth, installation and application of the highest technologies and Mizuno’s product line of golf, running, volleyball and diamond sports equipment. It’s a fabulous formula.”
Ribbon pic (left to right): Guy Herring (Economic & Community Development Director of Barrow County), Senator Frank Ginn, Mizuno VP John Creasman, Braselton Council members Tony Funari & Peggy Slappey, Braselton Mayor Bill Orr, Chris Carr (GA Economic Development Commissioner), Mizuno president Bob Puccini & Tommy Jennings (Barrow County Chamber president).
Sports equipment pic (left to right): Senator Frank Ginn, Commissioner Chris Carr, Councilman Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Mizuno president Bob Puccini and Barrow County Chamber president Tommy Jennings.
Movie under Braselton stars is “Home”
(Braselton) The next movie feature under the Braselton stars carries an important, dual purpose as the animated comedy adventure, “Home,” is featured at the conclusion of the annual Braselton-Hoschton Relay for Life for families.
Scheduled for Saturday, August 15 at dusk in the Braselton Park, “Home” is a 94-minute film featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. It is rated PG and is presented free by the Braselton Visitors Bureau.
Even the movie’s storyline supports the togetherness and learning opportunities which Relay for Life presents. When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms a deep friendship with Tip, a girl on a quest of her own. Through a series of comedic adventures, they understand that being different and making mistakes are all part of being human. Together, they discover the true meaning of home.
Movie goers are invited to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available. “Home” is fourth-of-five movies in the town’s summer series. For additional information, visit www.downtownbraselton.com .
Braselton celebrates national ice cream month
(Braselton) President Reagan signed a proclamation in 1984 declaring “July is National Ice Cream Month,” and Braselton celebrates the occasion with its famed Mayfield Dairy.
Town officials visited Mayfield Dairy to celebrate the month and thank the company for its investments and civic pride in Braselton since it opened there in 1997. Hundreds of hungry patrons streamed through the doors of the visitor’s center to sustain the celebration.
Ten percent of the nation’s milk is churned into nutritious and wholesome ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
“Mayfield is an integral part of our business community,” says Mayor Bill Orr, “and we salute their being such an asset to the town and region.”
Photo, left to right: Council members Tony Funari and Peggy Slappey, retired Mayfield Vice President Rob Mayfield and Mayor Bill Orr.
Photo – Mayfield ice cream varieties
Movie under the Braselton stars is classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”
(Braselton) As publicity swirls around the soon-to-be published book by the acclaimed author, Harper Lee, the Braselton Visitors Bureau presents the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” movie on Saturday, July 18. The movie is based on Miss Harper’s first best-selling book.
Atticus Finch is an idealistic lawyer in a Depression-era, racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman. The movie’s heroine is Scout Finch, a 6-year-old tomboy who carries viewers on an odyssey through the fires of prejudice and injustice of 1932.
The 129-minute drama is rated PG-13 for mature content. It stars Gregory Peck, Brock Peters and Mary Badham and won three Oscars – best actor, screenplay and art direction – in addition to two Golden Globes – best actor and musical score.
12 Stone Church of Braselton is this movie’s sponsor. It begins at dusk and is free in the Braselton Park in its historic downtown. Movie patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available. The movies under the Braselton stars are presented five times this summer by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. For more information and opportunities, visit
Braselton’s movie under the stars is “Paddington”
(Braselton) Families will enjoy the heart-warming and humorous animated comedy, Paddington, as the next movie under the stars of Braselton on Saturday, June 20 in Braselton Park.
The 95-minute film is rated PG and is produced by David Heyman of Harry Potter fame. Based on a novel by Michael Bond, Ben Wishaw is the familiar voice of Paddington.
A young Peruvian bear, with a passion for all things British, travels on a cargo ship to London in search of a new home. Finding himself lost and along at Paddington Station, he realizes city life is not what he imagined. He meets the kind Brown family who reads the label around his neck, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” The family offers him a temporary haven. All is well under his good luck changes when he is spotted by a museum taxidermist.
The movie begins at dusk and is free. Movie patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets and concessions are available. Movies under the Braselton stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. For more information and opportunities, visit
Braselton library Friends set annual book sale
(Braselton) Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library will host its annual book sale
Thursday (June 18), Friday (June 19) and Saturday (June 20) at the library on Brassie Lane.
The annual sale features new and used books, movies, DVDs and much more for the
enjoyment of readers and library patrons of all ages. “We’ll sell by the book, by the
bag or by the box,” says Friends’ spokeswoman Gail Zeeb.
The sale will begin at 10:00 AM each day on the library porch.
Braselton farmers market opens
(Braselton) Mayor Pro Tem Tony Funari cut a ceremonial melon to open the 2015 farmers market in downtown Braselton.
The market will feature home-grown and home-made products each Friday afternoon at its Frances Street location near the Braselton Park.
Road Atlanta will bring its pace car Corvette on Friday, June 12, and will give away prizes to race fans.
Pic – Mayor Pro Tem Tony Funari and the York family of York Meadows Apiary of Braselton; Road Atlanta’s Corvette pace car
Rivers Alive in Braselton yields cleaner waterways
(Braselton) Forty-eight volunteers donned old clothes and waders and ventured into streams and rivers for the semi-annual Rivers Alive cleanup day recently.
The collection results are impressive – 66 bags of trash, 7 tires, 1320 total pounds of garbage including sports balls lost down storm drains.
“We are so grateful for our volunteers and business sponsors who make for an enjoyable, productive outing,” says Yvette Wise, Environmental Coordinator for Braselton. “Every year is different in terms of collections, but each year the public awareness level is raised.”
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and hands-on involvement to preserve Georgia’s waterways and water resources. Roy and Tina McHaney and Barrow County’s stormwater coordinator, Matt Treeter, team with Wise to organize and supervise the event.
Sponsors of this year’s program included Papa John’s, Mayfield Dairy, Whole Foods, Keep Jackson Beautiful, Athens Stonecasting, Joe Goodman, Wayne Woodall and the Town of Braselton.
Left – Conner Hawkins of Jackson County
Right - Kevin Chancey, Trevor Williams, Alton Wise, John Hammonds & Grayson Anderson – all 8th graders at East Jackson Middle School
Braselton farmers market readies for June opening
(Braselton) The Braselton farmers market is readying for a festive opening for the summer beginning Friday, June 5.
The market is commissioned to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere where consumers can purchase directly from Georgia farmers and local food producers. It is the goal to support the economic growth of the downtown district by attracting visitors to shop or relax and to provide a sense of community promoting downtown businesses, events and activities.
The market will run from June 5 through October 16 each Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Harrison Street near the Braselton Park. Parking is available nearby or at the Braselton Library.
Vendors selling Georgia-grown products or home-made food products are featured each week. Vendors are required to complete an application for acceptance.
“In addition to the popular market, many of our downtown shops are open during market hours, so we encourage all to enjoy the time in our historic downtown,” says downtown director, Amy Pinnell.
For additional information, visit
Braselton retains “A” credit rating
(Braselton) Pursuant to the 2015 series of water and sewerage refunding revenue bonds for the Town of Braselton, the Water & Sewer Fund retained an “A” rating from the world’s leading credit rating service.
Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services notified town officials of the rating as multiple
loans were refinanced during improved economic conditions. The long-term rating
represents “a strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to Standard and
Braselton retained the “A” rating on newly-issued and refinanced bonds approved for its
town-wide infrastructure system located in four counties.
Standard and Poor’s is the world’s leading index provider and foremost source of
independent credit ratings for more than 150 years.
"Big Hero 6" starts movie series in Braselton
(Braselton) Walt Disney's animated superhero action comedy, "Big Hero 6," kicks off the movies under the Braselton stars for its 2015 series. The movie is featured on Saturday, May 16 in the Braselton Park at dusk.
The comedy adventure presents a special bond that develops between Baymax, an oversized inflatable robot and his 14-year-old robotics genius prodigy, Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the City of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."
The Academy Award-winning movie is rated PG for action and peril and runs 102 minutes. The familiar voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit and Daniel Henney are featured in the 3D movie.
Concessions are available as movie patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the free event presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details and opportunities.
Braselton hosts consular corps
Mayor Bill Orr, Council members Peggy Slappey and Tony Funari and Town Manager Jennifer Dees hosted the Georgia consular corps in its 2015 International VIP tour. The town was chosen by the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a strategic stop during the tour.
"The international diversity found in Georgia elevates the state as an ideal place to live and work," said GDEcD commissioner Chris Carr. "The ability to showcase Georgia's multi-faceted economy to influential leaders from 28 countries keeps Georgia's tourism opportunities and overall quality of life on the radar of the international business community."
Braselton hosted a luncheon honoring the dignitaries as well as a bus tour of industrial and economic development opportunities and showcased the historic downtown.
"Braselton is honored to be selected for the tour and have a chance to showcase the Chateau Elan resort, our industrial community presence and our vibrant historic downtown," said Jennifer Dees.
Braselton receives award from The Georgia Trust
(Athens) Braselton Mayor Bill Orr and Town Manager Jennifer Dees accepted the prestigious “Excellence in Rehabilitation” award from The Georgia Trust at its annual awards gala.
The award was earned by the town’s vision and leadership in the renovation of the Braselton Brothers Store in its historic downtown.
“We are honored to be recognized by The Georgia Trust for this project and realize the economic and historic benefits the renovation has on our town,” said Mayor Orr.
The building was renovated by BM&K of Braselton with historic preservation expertise provided by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.
Photo, left to right:
Bill Peard (GA Trust), Robert McGrath (BM&K), Mark McDonald (GA Trust), Jennifer Dees (Braselton), Hasco Craver (NE GA Regional Commission) and Mayor Bill Orr.
Lizzie’s Pantry celebrates ribbon-cutting in Braselton
(Braselton) Lizzie’s Pantry, a country store with a healthy twist, celebrated its official ribbon-cutting in downtown Braselton recently. Members of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority celebrated its opening.
Lizzie and Eddie Carter are the owners of the store at 56 Henry Street near the West Jackson Primary school gym.
Lizzie’s Pantry offers premium food products, gifts and baked goods. “Healthy ingredients create healthy and yummy food,” says Carter, “and we use only premium whole grains, flour, wheat, GMO-free and chemical-free. You’ll taste the difference in your baking, and your body will thank you!”
The store is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am until 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 3:00 PM. Telephone 706.684-0071 or learn more at
Photo, left to right: Jennifer Kidd, Cheri Huff, Robbie Bettis, Nickie Summers, Liz Carter (owner), Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Cindy Phillips, Councilman Tony Funari and Sally Beggs.
Huckaby dazzles Braselton Library Friends
(Braselton) Southern humorist and acclaimed author Darrell Huckaby dazzled his audience at the monthly Lunch N Learn of Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library.
The Newton County native spoke about growing up in the mill village of Porterdale and regaled about living in a mill town with a string of real life stories and lore. He proudly graduated from the University of Georgia (and his three children have since graduated) before becoming a high school teacher in Walton County.
The author of ten books and tour guide leader, Huckaby received a warm welcome from the overflow crowd hosted by Friends. The Lunch N Learn series will continue in April. For additional information about Huckaby, visit
Photo: Jo Longo, Dan Aldridge, Darrell Huckaby & John Longo
Rockin’ runners registration set for Braselton’s 5K race
(Braselton) Registration is open for the annual “Rockin’ the Green 5K” race in downtown Braselton.
The popular fitness run begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 14. A $25 registration fee is required by March 1 and guarantees runners an event tee shirt. Registering after March 1 is $30. Runners may register online at
www.tinyurl.com/braselton2015 or by contacting the downtown office at 706.684-0369.
Tracey Shelton is last year’s race winner. She said “what a great way to kick off spring – a little running and lots of fun with friends and neighbors taking in the sights of our beautiful downtown!”
The run will begin a day of fun festivities for families including tours of the historic grist mill, a sidewalk chart art contest, painted benches and chairs for purchase and food vendors. Additional information is at www.downtownbraselton.com .
Photo, left to right: Mary Beth Rice and Tracy Shelton
Town of Braselton recognized at annual Main Street luncheon
(Decatur) The Town of Braselton was recognized at the annual Georgia Main Street luncheon as one of seventeen communities that are graduating from the Georgia Main Street Start-up Program in 2015 to receive the national designation of a Classic Main Street Community.
In 2013 the Town was selected, out of twenty-five applicants, to participate in the largest Main Street Start-up class in the history of the Georgia Main Street program. Over fourteen months, the town worked closely with the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to prepare the community, downtown business owners, volunteers and elected officials for the journey ahead. Through downtown development trainings, community visioning sessions and capacity building activities, the newly designated Main Street program is now ready to meet and exceed the guidelines for the ten National Standards for Accreditation as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Billy Peppers, director of the Office of Downtown Development reflected that “Each of the communities recognized here today worked hard to earn the distinction of calling themselves a Main Street city. They join an expansive statewide network now comprised of over 100 designated Main Street communities. We know that no matter what challenges lay ahead, each of these cities worked hard to build a solid foundation upon which a successful Main Street program can be built.”
Photo, left to right: Jessica Reynolds (DCA), Jennifer Dees (Braselton Town Manager) & Billy Peppers (DCA)
Governor, state officials laud Braselton’s “PlanFirst” designation
(Atlanta) Governor Nathan Deal and the Department of Community Affairs lauded Braselton’s selection as one of ten communities in Georgia to earn the “PlanFirst” designation.
Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Tony Funari, Town Manager Jennifer Dees and Planning Director
Kevin Keller attended the official presentation at the state capitol.
DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles presented the honor commenting, “We notice the climates of success in these communities which plan effectively to help achieve your vision. We appreciate the planning staffs who move visions to reality.” She also reminded the assembly of the 25th anniversary of the Georgia Planning Act of 1990.
Photo, left to right: Councilman Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Town Manager Jennifer Dees, DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles and Planning Director Kevin Keller
Braselton merchants ready for ‘Chocolate Walk’
(Braselton) Downtown merchants are busily preparing for their first-ever “Chocolate Walk’ shopping and eating venture. The event will feature unique chocolate delicacies and discounted merchandise and services from a variety of businesses.
The February 5 event will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM. Registration is required at
www.DowntownBraseltonChocolateWalk2014.eventbrite.com or by telephone to 706.684-0369.
The Downtown Office will provide a shopping bag and map for easy walking to the shops. “It will be a fun stroll,” says downtown director Amy Pinnell, “at no cost to participate.”
Pic – Jane Medlin of Northeast Georgia Bank previews shopping opportunities in the Braselton Gallery.
Braselton welcomes Hitachi Koki USA
(Braselton) Mayor Bill Orr joined company officers and dignitaries to welcome Hitachi Koki USA to Braselton at its new distribution logistics center on Broadway Avenue.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held Thursday, January 15, at its site which is designated as its East Coast distribution center and employs 160.
The company’s chairman, president, Japan’s Consul General from Atlanta and Orr spoke glowingly of the company’s decision to locate in Braselton. Orr thanked the company for its corporate social responsibility and reminded all of the town’s emerging international presence.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Orr joined the officials with a ceremonial planting of a cherry tree, symbolic of Japan’s gifts of cherry trees flourishing in the nation’s capital.
BBraselton police salute two for lifesaving action
(Braselton) Braselton Police Chief Terry co saluted two officers of his
department for recent heroic, lifesaving action.
Captain Michael Steffman and Officer Zack Tiller
witnessed a patron choking on food at a local restaurant in December. They
applied the emergency Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food and clear the
Esco presented each with an award at the Braselton Council meeting, commenting
“each is commended for lifesaving actions, exemplifying the highest standards of
the Braselton Police Department.”
Left: Chief Terry Esco & Captain Michael Steffman
Right: Chief Terry Esco & Officer Zack Tiller
Braselton businesses host
‘Chocolate Walk’ in February
(Braselton) Downtown businesses will host a delectably unique opportunity for
patrons and their valentines by hosting its inaugural “Chocolate Walk” on
Thursday, February 5.
Braselton’s Downtown Office will host the fun promotion. Patrons are
asked to stop by its office between 4:00-6:00 PM for a bag and map. Then stroll
to the quaint nearby shops for discounts, chocolate, coupons and more chocolate!
You will be treated while you shop.
Reservations are being taken at
or for additional information, telephone 706.684-0369.
Braselton police welcome Hall sheriff’s new precinct
(Braselton) Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch was all smiles as he snipped the
ribbon officially opening his department’s South Headquarters near the
intersection of Friendship and Spout Springs Roads in Braselton. Braselton
police chief Terry Esco smiled as well.
The 10,000 square feet building formerly housed a day care center and was
purchased by the Hall County sheriff’s department earlier this year. Utilizing
in-house and inmate labor, the building was renovated to house 60-80 sheriff
“This is a monumental change in the way that we do business at the sheriff’s
office,” said Couch, “as we’re moving our base of operations out into the
communities we serve.”
“We get a lot of calls in this area,” said Chief Esco, “so this will certainly
help us coordinate our efforts with the sheriff’s department.”
Photo, left to right: Braselton police chief Terry Esco, Hall County Sheriff
Gerald Couch and Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis.
Braselton council salutes graduates of Citizens Academy
(Braselton) Braselton’s mayor and council saluted the graduates of its 2014
Citizens Academy with recognition and a certificate.
The graduates attended one class per month for six months to learn the dynamics
of each of the town’s departments. Eight citizens completed the academy.
Commentary from the graduates was effusive in praise: “it was more than what I
thought,” “I was pleasantly surprised,” “every class was well-informing,” “an
Braselton hosts its Citizens Academy each year. For additional information,
visit www.braselton.net .
Photo, (front) left to right:
Senator Frank Ginn, Peg Sheffield, Troy Purvis, Debbie Purvis, Tom McMurdo,
Michelle Comfort, Mark Kriegel and Indria Bashley. (Rear row) Councilmembers
Rhonda Stites, Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilmembers Peggy Slappey &
Braselton’s movie under the stars is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Families are poised to enjoy the last movie of the 2014 schedule at the
Braselton Park, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” on Saturday, November 8.
The 2014-released movie is described as an action adventure-comedy which runs
101 minutes. The movie is rated PG-13.
It’s darkness over New York City, as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an
iron grip on police and politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely
outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles work wear fearless reporter, April O’Neil, and
her cameraman to save the city.
Movie fans will delight in the starring roles by Danny Woodburn, Megan Fox, Will
Arnett and Tohuru Masamune.
Concessions are available as patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for
the free event which begins at dusk. Movies under the Braselton stars are
presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for
details and other opportunities.
Braselton family history book debuts Friday
(Braselton) A unique history of the storied Braselton family and the
development of the town is chronicled in a coffee-table sized book which will
debut Friday, October 24, and be autographed by its author.
Dr. Joe Braselton Cook, grandson of one of the town’s founders, lived each
summer at his grandparents home in Braselton. “We had supper around sunset and
when we finished supper, we went to the front porch which had about a dozen
rocking chairs. The adults got the chairs, and we children sat around on the
floor and listened with fascination to the conversation. With the darkness of
the night coming, I began to experience a picture of my family as people,” he
“The Braselton Family and the Development of the Township and Community” is a
genealogical treasure and a labor of love. The 192-page, hardbound book features
the family’s colonial roots, its move south and more than one hundred years of
progress and progeny. Family trees, photos, interviews and personal knowledge
make for an outstanding collector’s item.
Dr. Cook, a retired academician, began his book outline in 2010. “I was
developing a backdrop to my own life,” he says, “and what a joyous ride I have
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library will host Dr. Cook for an
exclusive book signing on Friday, October 24, from 1:00-3:00 at the Braselton
Library in its historic downtown. The book sells for $50.
Downtown Hoedown set for Braselton
(Braselton) The Braselton Downtown Development Authority’s annual
fundraiser, ‘Downtown Hoedown,’ is set for Thursday, October 2, at the
Braselton-Stover House in its historic downtown.
BM&K Construction and Engineering is the event’s “Two Step Sponsor,” which will
feature a barbeque dinner, music by David Anderson and Deep South and an art
“It is through sponsorships that our downtown program is able to continue giving
back to the community, offering economic development opportunities and support
to downtown Braselton businesses,” said authority director, Amy Pinnell. “BM&K
makes a difference in our community, and we are happy to have them as a
A fabulous evening is planned with country casual dress. Guests will enjoy a
moonshine still display, the popular cornhole game, a silent auction featuring
art by Linda Griffiths and photos by Sarina Roth, music and dancing.
Tickets are $45 per person or $400 for a table for ten. The event begins at 6:30
PM. For additional information, telephone 706.684-0369 or e-mail
Braselton farmers market features fall fares
Zipper cream peas, red okra, unique cheesecakes, yummy breads and assorted baked
goods and homemade hot chocolate mix are featured fall fares as the Braselton
Farmers Market continues each Friday.
Located on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown, the market
is held on Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
Market patrons are enjoying the freshness of the products presented along with
the very special treats. Full information is at
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Braselton’s movie
under the stars
Families will enjoy the next presentation of Braselton’s movie under the stars
as it features “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on Saturday, September 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
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.
Braselton ‘downtown mystery’ solved
Citizens, shoppers and adventure seekers solved the first annual “Mystery on
Main Street” and Nancy Little won the winning entry drawing.
Nineteen downtown businesses and the library hosted clue locations and entrants
retrieved letters at each venue that helped solve the familiar phrase, “Let’s go
Downtown Braselton!” Completed entry forms were entered into the drawing. Little
won a gift basket that included a $50 gift certificate to use downtown along
with items donated by participating businesses.
“A friend is a business owner, and she encouraged me. It was an interesting
challenge and an opportunity to visit all the businesses,” she said. “I made a
day of it and look forward to next year’s mystery.”
Downtown Development office also awarded ten mystery mugs to Faith, Ava and Elly
Wasden, Jake Patterson, Morgan Jarrett, Susan Jackson, Sarah Parchert, Karen
Mayberry, Richard Goldman and Benjamin Marshall.
Authority director Amy Pinnell cited the Edward Jones Investment Company, office
of Ralph Brooks, for special support of the promotion and winner of the online
‘Mug Shot’ contest.
Top Photo: Nancy Little
Bottom Photo: Suzy Stevenson, Ralph Brooks, Jr. & Amy Pinnell
Braselton sleuths search for “Mystery on Main”
Entries are arriving from sleuths in Braselton who are finding puzzle pieces to
construct a winning entry in the “Mystery on Main Street” contest.
Entry forms are available at nineteen downtown businesses and the library. Each
locale presents one letter of the puzzle necessary to construct the winning
phrase. It’s a fabulous family opportunity.
Jake Patterson, 24, a regular Braselton Library patron, completed his entry form
The contest ends August 22 and the winning entry will be drawn August 26. For
additional information, visit
Braselton’s movie under the stars is Rio 2
While millions throughout the world watched the World Cup soccer matches in Rio
de Janeiro, movie fans can enjoy spectacularly familiar special effects in the
animated adventure comedy of Rio 2 in Braselton on Saturday, August 23.
Rio 2 is presented under the stars of the Braselton Park on Harrison Street at
dusk. It is a sequel to the 2011 original movie, and the 101-minute feature is
With an enormous celebration in the macaw community of Rio de Janeiro, Blu,
Jewel and their three kids venture into the Amazon jungle to reconnect with
their bird nature and discover peril and pleasure. One reviewer described the
film with “screwball humor and madcap mischief.”
Rio 2 celebrates song and dance through a kaleidoscopic burst of colors in the
family atmosphere of the park. Concessions and baked goods are available as
patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the free event which begins
Movies under the stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details.
Downtown Braselton presents “Mystery on Main
(Braselton) During August, downtown businesses in Braselton will host
its “Mystery on Main Street” family-themed campaign.
Free entry forms are available at the businesses or at the Downtown Development
Office on Frances Street, next door to Northeast Georgia Bank.
Patrons will receive an entry form, map of the downtown and the mystery phrase.
At each of the twenty business locations, visitors will find their mug and
receive a puzzle piece. Collecting all puzzle pieces will solve the mystery
The campaign begins August 8 and ends August 22. A winning entry will be drawn
and receive a fabulous gift basket which includes $50 gift certificate and much
www.downtownbraselton.com for full information.
Braselton movie fans to enjoy “The LEGO Movie” in the park
Movie fans will delight in the animated adventure comedy, The Lego Movie, on
Saturday, July 19 at dusk in the Braselton Park.
The 100-minute movie is rated PG as Emmet, a LEGO mini-figure is the key to
saving the LEGO universe. He and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the
evil tyrant, Lord Business. Fans will recognize the familiar voices of Will
Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pratt as Emmet.
Concessions and baked goods are available as movie patrons are invited to bring
chairs or blankets for a family-friendly evening. Braselton Park is located on
Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. The movie series is presented
by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional information.
Braselton readies for festival, parade, fireworks
on July 4
Downtown Braselton is ready to celebrate the nation’s history and freedoms
hosting a fabulous festival, parade and fireworks Friday.
Families will enjoy the music of Ivan Duke between 4:00 and 6:00 pm as well as
the performance by Southern Accent beginning at 7:00 pm in the downtown park on
Harrison Street. Crafts, food and children’s activities will be presented.
The patriotic parade will assemble at the Braselton Tech Center and travel into
the downtown area and park beginning at 6:00 PM. Decorated Army veteran, Command
Sergeant Major Bart Womack, is the grand marshal.
Fireworks will be launched at dusk. Prime viewing areas will be the West Jackson
Primary school, Hoschton Park or in downtown Braselton. The festival, parade and
fireworks are free to all who attend.
Families may monitor the Visitors’ Bureau Facebook page for updates and weather
Braselton seeks July 4 parade entries
Entries are being accepted for the fabulous July 4 parade to celebrate America’s
freedoms in downtown Braselton.
Churches, civic clubs, schools, military personnel or units, veterans’
organizations, business organizations and businesses are invited to enter the
“Celebrate Braselton” is this year’s theme. Festivities will begin at 4:00 with
a patriotic festival with live musical entertainment in the town’s park with the
parade beginning at 6:00. At dusk, a fireworks extravaganza will be staged. The
parade, festival and fireworks are free.
Contact Amy Pinnell at 706.684-0369 or
email@example.com for full information; parade entry forms may be
Movie fans to enjoy “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” in
Families will enjoy Braselton’s next movie under the stars, Mr. Peabody and
Sherman, on Saturday, June 14 in the historic downtown park.
The 91-minute feature is rated PG. It is an animated adventure splashed with
science fiction and comedy.
Canine Mr. Peabody uses a time machine to embark on an outrageous adventure.
When the machine is borrowed by Sherman, he rips a hole in the universe creating
havoc with world history. Peabody must mount the rescue! Familiar voices are Ty
Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Max Charles and Mel Gibson.
Braselton Park is located on Harrison Street. Movies begin at dusk and baked
goods and concessions are available. The movie series is presented by the
Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for additional
A summer triple play – Subway, libraries, kids
Libraries across Georgia are partnering again with the Atlanta Braves and its
summer reading program, “Home Run Readers,” presented by Subway.
The outreach program encourages students to build a love for reading,
reduce any learning loss during non-school months and advance their reading
skills as well.
Terry Wilburn and Shirley Barlow of the Braselton Subway on GA 53 are
enthusiastic supporters of the program.
“Summer reading, baseball and Subway are a winning combination,” says Braves VP
Jim Allen. And the director of the Braselton Library, Bev Adkins, adds “it’s a
triple play for the home team!”
Students in grades K-12 may earn readers’ rewards for reading books and
completing an online activity. Reward tickets may be redeemed for certain games
in June, July, August or September. Complete program rules, a list of suggested
titles and registration forms are at www.braves.com/reading .
Brothers Dodge (4), Cannon (6) and Hunter (12) Beck of Braselton with Subway
Manager Shirley Barlow
Braselton’s Movies under the Stars features
“Walking with Dinosaurs”
The 2014 movie series under the Braselton stars debuts with “Walking with
Dinosaurs” on Saturday, May 17 in the downtown park.
The popular movie series is free and begins at dusk. Chairs or blankets
are welcomed. Vendors will offer treats, and the Braselton Lions Club will sell
baked goods and concession items.
“Walking with Dinosaurs” is a 2013 release rated PG. The 87-minute feature is an
animated family adventure. For the first time in movie history, audiences will
truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It is the
ultimate immersive experience to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and
epic prehistoric world, when an underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for
Braselton Park is on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. The movie
series is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional opportunities and information.
Library Friends celebrate state honor
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library celebrated being named “Fabulous
Friends of 2013,” an award bestowed by the Friends of Georgia Libraries.
Friends’ president Dan Aldridge shared the crystal plaque with the
membership and guests at Higher Grounds Coffee House in Braselton. Among the
guests were Beth McIntyre of the Piedmont Library System of which the Braselton
Library is a member and Bev Adkins, manager of the Braselton Library.
“This award is given to the best friends’ organization in Georgia. Our
organization was the unanimous choice of the Board of Friends of Georgia
Libraries,” Aldridge said. “Our amazingly large cast of enthusiastic members and
energetic volunteers, supported by the Piedmont Regional Library and many local
businesses, made this achievement possible.”
The Braselton Library is located at 15 Brassie Lane in the historic downtown.
Photo: Dan Aldridge with award
Braselton Adopt-A-Stream earns state honor
Braselton volunteer group
(Braselton) Georgia’s largest volunteer cleanup program, Rivers Alive, named the
Braselton Adopt-A-Stream program as the state’s best group working to improve
waterways, ‘one trash bag at a time.’
award ceremony at Zoo Atlanta recognized individuals and groups for leadership
and noted that more than 27,000 volunteers cleaned more than 1800 miles of
waterways. Rivers Alive is a program of the Georgia Department of Resources
Environmental Protection Division. “Rivers Alive cleanups provide important
opportunities for citizens to make a big difference while volunteering just a
few hours of their time,” said EPD director, Jud Turner.
In Braselton, the volunteer group is coordinated by Environmental Specialist,
Yvette Wise. She reported collecting trash, tires, paint and a propane tank
totaling 815 pounds from the creeks, Mulberry River and local roadsides. “We
couldn’t do this work without all the volunteers and sponsors.”
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the
preservation of Georgia’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters.
Pic, left to right: Matt Treeter of Barrow County, Yvette Wise & Roy McHaney of
Braselton & Lynn Cobb of Rivers Alive.
Braselton proclaims "Teresa Simms Day"
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr presented a special proclamation to Teresa Simms on the
occasion of her 100th birthday recently.
Mrs. Simms, a New York native, worked as a nurse for twenty-six years and is now
retired to Braselton near her family. The proclamation cited the noted aspects
of her life and of 1914 with the onset of World War I, the opening of the Panama
Canal and the first season for a baseball rookie, Babe Ruth.
"She now joins an elite society of American centenarians, the largest of its
kind in the world, which doubled in number during recent decades," Orr said.
"The Town salutes and commemorates a century of a good and faithful servant."
Braselton honors volunteer-appointees during
Georgia Cities Week
Cities across the state celebrated “Georgia Cities Week” to highlight the
excellence of municipal services, salute volunteers and to celebrate good living
in towns and cities.
Braselton’s Mayor and Council hosted a special reception at Chateau Elan to
honor its volunteer appointees to the Downtown Development Authority, Urban
Redevelopment Agency, Visitors Bureau Authority, Planning Commission, Zoning
Board of Appeals and Ethics Commission.
Town staff included Manager Jennifer Dees, Assistant police chief Lou Solis,
Planning Director Kevin Keller and DDA director, Amy Pinnell. Dees said, “We
truly appreciate all the volunteers who work tirelessly to assist the Town
making Braselton a great place to work, live, learn and play.
couldn’t do it without them!” .”
Appointees serve for two, four or six-year terms to the various authorities.
Georgia Cities Week is an annual celebration coordinated by the Georgia
Josh Fenn, Jackson Area Chamber; Jennifer Dees
Mayor Bill Orr; Alan Slovin, Planning Commission; Doug Rollins, Chateau Elan
Kevin Keller; Tony Price, Planning Commission
Artistic Expressions Salon opens in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) The downtown Braselton business district
continues to flourish with the official opening of Artistic Expressions Hair
Salon on Davis Street.
Brandenburg and her staff offer haircuts, color enhancements, texture services,
waxings, facials, extensions and specialty services for brides. The salon
received the ‘Best of Jackson’ people’s choice award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“We specialize in creative designs with a personal experience, said Brandenburg.
The full-service salon prides itself on advanced education, trends and styles.”
The salon is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Braselton Downtown Development Authority hosted an official ribbon cutting
for the new salon last week. Additional information is available at
www.artisticexpressionshair.com or by calling 706.824-0224.
Photo, left to right: Sally Beggs, Clay Eubanks, Jordan Brandenburg, Peggy
Kriegel, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Tracy Brandenburg, Robbie Bettis, Jamie
King, Cheri Huff, Katie Hill and Amanda Davis.
MIZUNO USA TO OPEN DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN THE TOWN
Braselton, Ga. (March 11, 2014) - Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports
apparel, footwear and equipment, announces the relocation of all distribution
facilities and manufacturing operations to a 520,000 square-foot facility in
Braselton, Georgia by 2015.
"Mizuno USA is excited to make the move to Braselton in 2015," said Bob Puccini,
President of Mizuno USA, Inc. and Director of Mizuno Corporation. "This
investment is a critical next step for our business to be able to service the
dynamic, omni-channel supply needs of our customers and consumers. The location,
supportive infrastructure as well as the facility space options made Barrow
County the optimal solution to support our expected growth."
The facility will merge Mizuno's two existing distribution center facilities to
service all Mizuno USA divisions. Current Mizuno employees will transition to
the new facility in late 2014 following building renovations.
"The Town of Braselton welcomes Mizuno USA to our community," said Mayor, Bill
Orr. "We are excited about the jobs that Mizuno will create. I am personally
pleased to have Mizuno as one of our corporate members and look forward to
working with their management team to secure our Town's reputation as a great
place to live, work and play," said Orr.
Town Manager, Jennifer Dees, gives credit to the newly formed Barrow County
Economic Development Department and their coordination with the Town of
Braselton for making this project a reality. "We appreciate the hard work and
cooperation shown by Guy Herring of Barrow County's Economic Development
Department, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, Barrow County Development
Authority, and Duke Realty." said Dees.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Mizuno USA to Barrow County", said Commission
Chairman, Pat Graham. "We appreciate their investment and also the job
opportunities they bring to Barrow County".
"The new Braselton Distribution Center provides Mizuno with capabilities needed
to provide best-in-class supply chain services across the country," said Josh
Creasman, Vice President of Supply Chain. "Our customers will benefit from the
multi-million dollar infrastructure investments Mizuno is making in technology
and automation solutions focused on supporting an ever changing marketplace.
Further, Mizuno worked very diligently with surrounding Atlanta County
municipalities through the site selection process. Barrow County Economic
Development Department developed creative solutions to further support the
decision of Mizuno to choose business friendly Barrow County."
The manufacturing and distribution center will have 150 full time positions and
bring seasonal work opportunities starting in 2015.
Hitachi Power Tools Relocates US Headquarters to
Norcross, GA. March 11, 2014 - Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd (d.b.a. Hitachi Power
Tools) today announced that their US Headquarters will relocate from Norcross to
Braselton, GA effective late Fall 2014. The move supports the company's plans to
consolidate warehouses on the east coast, improve workplace efficiency as well
as prepare for expected future growth.
The 540,000-square foot facility in Braselton offers a state-of-the-art cross
dock facility with unmatched accessibility with I-85 interchanges to the north
and south, and a newly rerouted State Route 124 improving trucking access to
I-85. This new location is ideal to maximize warehousing efficiency and provide
the over 100 current Hitachi employees with a professional work environment in
an exciting area of Georgia that is experiencing its own growth and development.
Hitachi Power Tools opened its US headquarters in the mid 1980's in Norcross
selling pneumatic nailers for residential construction. Over the years, Hitachi
Power Tools has expanded its product offering to include an extensive line of
professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking,
drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting, outdoor power equipment
products as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors
and collated fasteners. Hitachi customers include independent channel tool
distributors and also home center businesses like Lowes, Home Depot, Sears and
Menards as well as online retailers like Amazon. The need for warehousing
efficiency has become a major instigator for the move so that Hitachi can better
service customers and prepare for future growth potential around North America
and the Caribbean.
"We are looking forward to re-locating our US headquarters to Braselton and into
this incredible facility that will really meet our growing needs," said Hitachi
Power Tools Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Joe Leffler. "Braselton is an
ideal location for our business and Jackson County has received us with open
arms. We look forward settling into the area and seeing what the future holds."
HITACHI POWER TOOLS U.S.A.
Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd) offers an extensive line of
professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking,
drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting, outdoor power equipment
products as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors
and collated fasteners. From headquarters in Norcross, GA, and satellite offices
in the United States and Canada, Hitachi Power Tools supports over 4000 retail
locations carrying Hitachi tools and over 1000 authorized service centers.
Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd. is the North American division of Hitachi Koki Japan, a
subsidiary within Hitachi Ltd. For more information on Hitachi Power Tools,
please visit www.hitachipowertools.com
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2012
(ended March 31, 2013) consolidated revenues totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1
billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business,
which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems,
industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the
sophisticated materials and key devices that support them.
For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at
Rockin’ the Green 5K seeks runners in Braselton
The Braselton Downtown Development Authority launches its “Rockin’ the Streets
Week” with a 5K race on Saturday, March 15 in its historic downtown.
Registration is $25, and each pre-registered runner receives a tee shirt.
Electronic registration is available at
http://register.runnersfit.com/ . The race begins at the historic Braselton
Brothers store, and all proceeds from the race will assist the town green
Additional information is available at
www.downtownbraselton.com or by calling Peggy Kriegel at 404.380-3299.
Braselton is Georgia’s 8th safest city
The Town of Braselton ranks as Georgia's eighth safest city according to a
research of crime data, population and related factors such as unique safety
initiatives and security programs.
The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in Georgia” list this week.
Specifically citing Braselton, the report said, “Braselton has come together and
figured out how to all but erase violent crimes from its city limits.” The
report indicated only six reported violent crimes during 2012.
SafeWise security analysis and report author, Carolyn Heneghan, said “What’s
most impressive to me about a state like Georgia is the collective dedication to
both personal and community safety. Of the fifty cities we recognized, it’s not
just the small towns, but the bigger cities too, that all take part in keeping
themselves, their neighbors and their children safe.”
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr is thrilled with the ranking. “Braselton is a great
place to live, work, learn and play. Public safety is the highest priority that
takes a combined effort of our citizens, our public safety system and our
dedicated public officials. I am beyond proud of our town.”
SafeWise is a community-focused security organization and its report provides
resources to help make homes and communities a safer place. The full report is
available at www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-georgia/ .
Photo, left to right:
Braselton Assistant Chief Lou Solis & Chief Terry Esco
Braselton Tile & Interior Design Center cuts ribbon
(Braselton) Sisters Amanda King and Angie McElvery collaborated to provide
superior customer service, honesty and consistency as the ceremonial ribbon was
cut at Braselton Tile & Interior Design in the town's historic downtown.
"We strive to provide a unique offering of flooring, tile and home decor," says
King, "plus travels and relationships throughout the Southeast allowed me to
develop a vast knowledge of the marketplace and material offerings." The center
is located at 9924 Davis Street and is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 AM until
5 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM until 2:00. Contact the center at 706.684-4009
or www.braseltontileinteriors.com . "Our vision is not only a solid business
structure, but becoming part of the family and friends which make Braselton what
is it today," added King.
Photo, left to right:
Sally Beggs, Cindy Green, Robbie Bettis and Peggy Kriegel of the Downtown
Development Authority; Kevin Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Amanda King, Angie
McElvery of Braselton Tile & Interior Design Center; Cindy Phillips (DDA), Tony
Funari and Richard Mayberry of the Braselton Town Council.
The Still Point Photography opens in Braselton
The Still Point Photography specializes in weddings, engagements, newborn or
children's and family photos in downtown Braselton and celebrated its
As named, the studio captures the "still point" of a turning world.
Heather Lee is the owner/operator at 54 Henry Street.
"My work is grown from the love and passion for preserving moments. I have a
true understanding of the importance, and I love to capture the beauty in
everything and everyone," she says.
Still Point Photography hours are by appointment only. Contact Heather at
678.382-9548 or visit
Braselton's Downtown Development director, Amy Pinnell, added "here is another
success in our downtown, and we're anxiously building upon our successes for a
comprehensive downtown experience here."
Rhonda K, Stites, Councilman Richard Mayberry, Mayor Bill Orr, Heather Lee and
DDA members Peggy Kriegel, Cheri Huff and Sally Beggs.
Braselton's Dudley Ray honored for Council
Veteran councilman Dudley C. Ray was honored at the close of his last official
meeting Tuesday after serving sixteen years on the Braselton Town Council.
Tributes and toasts were offered by Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Barrow
Commission chair (and former Braselton Mayor) Pat Graham, Jerry Hood of
Engineering Management and Mayor Bill Orr.
Ray made the symbolic last motion of the meeting, saving "I make a motion, with
pride and honor, to adjourn!"
Many friends of the Rays attended the reception hosted by the Town Council.
Volunteers make ‘Rivers Alive’ cleanup successful
(Braselton) A portion of the Mulberry River, street sides and the
RiverWalk trail are far cleaner as a result of volunteers’ work during the
annual ‘Rivers Alive’ day in Braselton.
More than forty people donned boots, gloves and cleanup gear and spread across
targeted river and stream corridors under the direction of joint leadership of:
Braselton’s environmental specialist Yvette Wise, Barrow County Stormwater
director Matt Treeter and Roy and Tina McHaney who always help with the
planning, participation and clean up in these events. This time they shared
their tradition with their new grandson, James Hansen, the youngest volunteer at
three months old who had his own t- shirt printed for the event!
Groups included 4-H members from Barrow County, Braselton Girl Scout troop 1630,
a group of 7th grade boys from East Jackson Middle school, the Bain family &
friends, Barrow County Commissioner Joe Goodman and his son Grant as well as
many others who generously came out in the cold to help clean up.
“Our goal is to get new folks involved and raise a heightened awareness of water
quality issues in our local watershed and environment,” Wise says, “Our
volunteers were terrific and, each year, participation grows.” We always try to
give away door prizes and serve lunch to everyone who participates. Our thanks
to our many donors and sponsors, we were able to do that again."
Rivers Alive netted more than 470 pounds of trash and debris from the work
sites. The next event is planned for early spring. Volunteers may reach Wise at
BULLI classes set for winter term in Braselton
(Braselton) Five fabulous classes are set for the winter term of the Brenau
University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) in downtown Braselton.
Registration is underway and forms are available at the Braselton Town Hall.
Each class costs $40 for BULLI members. Classes begin January 6 and end February
From Advertising to Zoning – A Small Business Primer will be
offered on Mondays at 4:30. This course covers the basics of starting a
business, constructing a business plan, legal applications, funding sources,
site selection and marketing. Self Defense for Women is offered on Tuesdays at
1:00. Myths and misconceptions regarding attack situations are discussed as well
as avoidance techniques; the course is graded for women of any age and fitness
level. Masters of Impressionism fills the Wednesday learning opportunities at
10:00. Discover and grow from the works of Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir or
Cezanne, all master painters who departed from the styles of the past. While the
focus in on paintings, political and social climates of the day are part of the
alluring discussions. The Power of Parable is the Thursday offering at 1:00. The
literary art form seeks to convey a message, sets examples, teaches morals or
challenges perceptions of reality. Also on Thursdays at 4:30 is Make A Needle
Felted Doll. Students will learn the basics of needle felting and create a
unique doll. This class requires a $30 fee for necessary supplies.
Braselton BULLI classes are conducted in the Municipal Court building (lower
level) and are proudly sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and
the Downtown Development Authority.
For additional information, telephone 706.654-5720 or visit
Steffman named Braselton PD captain
Michael Steffman is the Braselton Police Department’s new captain according to
Chief Terry Esco.
Steffman attended Davidson County Community College before earning his P.O.S.T.
certification from the Georgia Police Academy. He was worked in law enforcement
for fourteen years with the last nine years in Braselton.
An advocate of community policing, Steffman says “it gives the public a better
understanding of our jobs and citizens are open to the personal feeling of the
Braselton Police Department. We stress visibility; after all, much of our work
is not adversarial.”
Since his promotion, Steffman has been cross-training and learning the
administrative functions of the department. The 37-year-old recognizes the role
as having more opportunity to communicate and work with law enforcement agencies
in other cities and counties as well as state and federal agencies.
Chief Terry Esco said, “Captain Steffman brings with him many years of patrol
and criminal investigation experience, and he has built a good rapport with the
community. His knowledge and skills make him a great asset to this department.”
“I am looking forward to being more hands-on, assisting the entire department
and, of course, keeping Braselton safe,” Steffman added.
Braselton’s first photo contest winners
Winners of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority’s first-ever photo
contest are announced.
Morgan Lytle of Hoschton captured the historic image of the Braselton school
bell on the lawn of the Town Hall. “It was early morning with light through the
trees which produced a warm, inviting image,” she said. Lytle won a
complimentary stay at Chateau Elan.
Lynn Tillett of Jefferson won second and third place honors. “It’s a view from
Brassie Lane in downtown which captured a beautiful sunrise behind the trees.”
Her third place photo depicted the stately rocking chairs on the porch of the
Braselton-West Jackson Library. “Everyone loves a porch – what’s more inviting?”
Tillett won a dinner at Café Elan and a round of golf as her prizes.
‘viewer’s choice’ prize went to Bryan Nowak who captured the iconic, aging barns
dutifully presided over by the former farm’s bell. Viewer’s choice selection was
via the Downtown Braselton Facebook page.
Commenting on the contest, Tillett said, “It was easy and so much fun. I met
people walking around town.” Lytle added, “It’s hard not to see something
beautiful in Braselton.”
First, second and third place winners were recognized and honored by the
Downtown Development Authority.
Top Picture (left to right): Robbie Bettis, Clay Eubanks, Lynn Tillett, Peggy
Kriegel, Morgan Lytle, Cindy Green, Cheri Huff and Sally Beggs.
Bottom Picture (clockwise): Viewer’s choice award, first place – school bell in
gazebo, second place – downtown sunrise, third place – rockers.
Braselton welcomes new businesses
(Braselton) Ceremonial ribbon cuttings were held for two of Braselton's newest
businesses adding to the economic vitality of its downtown.
Ivy Cottage on Brassie Lane features handmade jewelry, local art, soaps,
lotions, salts, home decor and accessory items. Connie Conrad is the owner and
believes "a gift from the heart should be unique and given with genuine love."
Hours are 10:00-5:00 Tuesday thru Saturday. Many will remember the quaint
location as the town's former barber shop!
The shop telephone is 706.362-5711.
Kristi's Country Store is also on Brassie Lane featuring antiques, collectibles,
daily lunch, old-fashioned candies and soft drinks along with local art. Kristi
McCook started collecting country store items as a hobby and formerly owned a
sandwich shop in Lawrenceville. "I was fortunate enough to find the perfect
building in Braselton to fulfill my dream of owning a country store with a
restaurant," she says. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-6:00 and
Sundays noon to 5:00. The store telephone is 706.824-9917.
Bill Orr welcomed the stores at their ribbon cuttings, saying "It is great to
see the revitalization of our downtown area realized. The opening of these
businesses helps define the vibrancy of our downtown area."
Members of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority helped welcome the new
businesses. For additional information, visit
Top Picture: Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Connie Conrad, Downtown
Development Authority chair Peggy Kriegel and Mayor Bill Orr.
Bottom Picture: Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Braselton Councilman
Richard Mayberry, Downtown Development Authority chair Peggy Kriegel, Kristi
McCook, Stacie Ricketts and Mayor Bill Orr.
Braselton presents "The Croods" under the stars
Braselton's movies under the stars' series features "The Croods" on Saturday,
September 21 in the park in historic downtown.
The prehistoric, computer-animated comedy adventure introduces the world's first
modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has
always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape,
they are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover a
The 98-minute film is rated PG and features the voices of Nicholas Cage, Emma
Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
Movies are presented free of charge at dusk by the Braselton Visitors Bureau
Authority. Blankets or chairs are welcomed. Vendors will offer treats, and the
Braselton Lions Club presents baked goods and concessions. Braselton Park is
located on Harrison Street. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional opportunities.
Congressman interviewed by Jackson students
Two Jackson County Comprehensive High School students from the school's
videography class interviewed Congressman Doug Collins as he participated in a
groundbreaking ceremony in Braselton.
Kristin Betz and Patrick Kral of Denise Wilbanks' class conducted an exclusive
interview and filmed the ceremony which followed. Betz and Kral posed three
questions to the Congressman: How is being a freshman in the US Congress like
being a freshman in high school? The Congress is in official session in
Washington eight or nine month each year -- where is your family during this
time? What are the issues that the Congress must address which directly affect
high school students across the nation?
"The students did a marvelous job," says Braselton Town Manager, Jennifer Dees.
"They were prepared and poised, and we hope this experience helps them with
their current and future plans." Congressman Collins was the special guest of
the Town of Braselton to celebrate its StreetScape progress.
Braselton celebrates StreetScape groundbreaking
(Braselton) The Town of Braselton celebrated another chapter in its
long-range visioning process by hosting a traditional groundbreaking ceremony
for its StreetScape project.
Congressman Doug Collins was the Town's featured guest along with Georgia
Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden and board member Jamie
Mayor Bill Orr commented, "This is another step in our visioning process which
began twenty years ago. We've partnered with the Georgia Department of
Transportation to realign the state highways through downtown and now partner in
this StreetScape project to build safe sidewalks, signage, pedestrian plazas,
public parking and what is described as our 'sensitive makeover' downtown.
Congressman Collins complimented town officials for the vision and
beautification, indicating both are key elements of economic recovery and long
term progress in many small towns of northeast Georgia.
BM&K of Jackson County is the general contractor for the StreetScape project
with an estimated completion date of late fall.
Pic on right: Congressman Doug Collins, Town Manager Jennifer Dees
Wreck It Ralph is Braselton's movie
movie under the stars features "Wreck It Ralph" on Saturday, July 20, at dusk in
the city's park on Harrison Street.
The 108-minute film is rated PG. Nominated for an Oscar, "Wreck It Ralph" is an
animated adventure-comedy whose video game villain wants to be a hero and sets
out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where
he lives. The voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer are
heard in lead roles.
Movies under the stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
Refreshments from vendors are available, and patrons are encouraged to bring
chairs or blankets.
Braselton Council honors Marvin Stover
The Braselton Town Council honored its first chairman of the Downtown
Development Authority as he retires from the board after serving four years.
Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council presented Marvin Stover with a resolution
citing his leadership accomplishments as chair of the Authority. Marvin and his
wife, Mary, are owners of the Braselton-Stover House in the town's historic
Photo - left to right: Councilman Richard Mayberry, Marvin Stover, Mayor Bill
Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey and Councilman Tony Funari
Photo contest opens in Braselton
(Braselton) The Braselton Downtown Development Authority announces an online
photo contest for amateur and professional photographers.
Adopting the theme “Braselton: An American Hometown,” photographers may submit
up to three photos until July 20. In recent years, Braselton garnered the
distinction of “Trendsetter City of Excellence” and an “American Dream Town” as
well as notice as an “All American City.”
Photos may include landscapes or buildings or appropriate subject matter taken
sometime within the past year. Finalists will be chosen by the DDA board and
photos will be displayed prominently about town during August. The top three
judged photos and a viewer’s choice from the most “likes” on the Facebook page
will receive prizes. Full contest details are posted at
Enter by visiting
Simply give the location of the photo;
finalists will be notified via Facebook message. Additional information is
available from the DDA office at 706.684-0369.
Braselton festival, parade honor military and
(Braselton) The 2013 edition of “Celebrate Braselton” features special honors
for the nation’s military and the freedoms we enjoy fought for and won by the
world’s greatest military might.
Sergeant Nicholas Bugliari
is this year’s parade grand marshal.
Bugliari is a US Army Ranger stationed at Camp Merrill north of Dahlonega, home
of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion.
While deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, he served as an
assistant team leader with the 18th Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance
company. He also graduated from the Army Ranger School, Army Reconnaissance and
Surveillance leader course and the Army Sniper School. He received the Combat
Infantryman Badge and the Ranger Tab.
The 2013 “Celebrate Braselton” features a festival in the historic town park
beginning at 4:00 PM with the parade at 6:00 on GA 53. Festival vendors include
various arts, crafts and food vendors from around the area.
At dusk, a spectacular fireworks display will be launched from West Jackson
Intermediate School. Festivities are sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau
Authority. For additional information, visit www.braseltonfestivals.com .
Nannie’s Children’s Garden in full bloom in
Nannie’s Children’s Garden in Braselton historic downtown is “in full bloom and
flourishing” in its third year.
Junior Master Gardener students plant, nourish, maintain and sell beautiful
sunflowers, dahlias, calilillies, oriental lilies, cucumbers, red and green
cabbage, radishes and more.
“In about two weeks, we’ll feature twenty varieties of tomatoes and thirteen
varieties of peppers,” says Dave Rusk who created the program adjacent to the
Braselton Library on Brassie Lane. He coordinates the adult volunteers and
students who work in the garden and learn from their experiences.
During June and July, vegetables and cut flowers are sold each Friday from 10:00
until noon at the garden. Proceeds provide funds for plants, seeds and supplies.
Visitors are welcome to the garden at any time to tour the flower and vegetable
Two businesses celebrate ribbon-cutting ceremonies
in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) Two businesses celebrated a traditional ribbon-cutting in downtown
Braselton recently. The Braselton Downtown Development Authority hosted the
Braselton Gallery is located at 36 Frances Street in downtown Braselton, just
1/4 mile east of I-85. Braselton Gallery features folk art and fine art
including; decorative and functional pottery, oil and acrylic paintings,
graphite drawings, knitted items, alpaca and mohair yarn, beaded bracelets and
necklaces, custom handmade wood jewelry and keepsake boxes, mirrors, stained
glass panels and ornaments, metal sculpture, painted gourds, photography, custom
wood furniture, yard art, Americana art and wooden American flags, and many
other art pieces.
Braselton Gallery also offers matting and framing services.
For additional information, visit
www.facebook.com/braseltongallery or phone 678.960-8977.
Photo, left to right: Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Sue Compton, Karen Beckstine ,
Cheri Huff, Peggy Kriegel, Jackie White, Robbie Bettis, Debra Swantek , Cindy
Green, Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Jen Dick, Lynn Page and Marvin
is a Day Spa located on Brassie Lane in historic downtown. The spa offers
affordable facials and massages to help promote health and wellness in mind,
body and soul. The one hour Classic Facial or one hour Swedish Massage is a
specialty treat. Gift certificates and gift baskets are for sale. The spa also
offers deep tissue massage, chair massage, anti-aging facials and much more!
Contact Elements at 770.871-1014 or drop by for a visit.
Photo, left to right: Janice Crisp/Massage therapist, Tina Nash/Esthetician,
Cheri Huff - owner, Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Michael Jones/Massage
Therapist. Middle row Marvin Stover – DDA, Cindy Green – DDA and Pam Slappey.
Back row Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Robbie Bettis – DDA and Peggy Kriegel – DDA
Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey cut each ceremonial ribbon and said, "We
are delighted with these new businesses in our downtown, and we pledge to be a
good partner toward their success."
Braselton Presents “Escape from Planet Earth” as Movie Under Stars
(Braselton) Braselton’s popular movies under the stars'
series begins anew this year with “Escape from Planet Earth” on Saturday
evening, June 15.
The 2013 release is rated PG and is an
animated adventure which runs 89 minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic
The story takes place on planet Baab where astronaut Scorch Supernova is a
national hero to the blue alien population. Mastering daring rescues,
Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother who
heads mission control at BASA. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry
and Jessica Alba.
Movies are presented free of charge at
dusk for families and children. Blankets or chairs are welcomed.
Vendors will offer snow cones, funnel cakes, egg rolls and dairy treats.
The Braselton Lions Club presents baked goods.
movie series is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. For
additional information on the movie series, visit
Photos - Henk Evers of Chateau Elan & Braselton
Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey
Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Tony Funari & GDOT District Engineer Bayne Smith
Braselton celebrates Georgia Cities Week
(Braselton) Thousands of visitors enjoyed the events and festivities
in downtown Braselton as part of Georgia Cities Week.
Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council hosted the 'salute to business' reception at
Town Hall for all businesses.
Braselton police officers accepted expired prescription drugs as part of the
'National Prescription Take-Back Day.'
Finally, the largest Antique and Gardening Festival ever was staged in Braselton
Photos- Officer Mark Berry, Officer Johnny Alemany &
Assistant Chief Lou Solis
Braselton Gallery during the Antique & Gardening Festival
Kennedy interns with Braselton police
A University of Georgia senior, Jack Kennedy, is interning with the
Braselton Police Department this semester.
Kennedy is learning all aspects of the department as required in his criminal
justice studies at UGA. He has experienced patrol duties, criminal
investigations, courts and administration.
"This opportunity provides a look at the real world to see if this is actually
what one wants to do; it's a test run," he said.
Kennedy will graduate in May and hopes to utilize his degree, knowledge and
skills in the military.
30 Left, Chief Terry Esco; right, Jack Kennedy
Braselton collects for tornado victims in northwest Georgia
Braselton employees are collecting needed relief items to transport to
victims of the tornado which damaged Calhoun and Adairsville in northwest
Donations are being accepted at Town Hall (4982 Highway 53) until Monday during
business hours. According to the Gordon County EMA, items of highest need are
canned food, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene products, cleaning
supplies, paper products, work gloves, sheets, contractor-grade trash bags and
"Georgians need our help," said Mayor Bill Orr, "so here is our way of helping
those in need."
Photo (left) Mayor Bill Orr and (right) Mayor Pro Tem Richard Mayberry.
Braselton Citizens Academy graduates
(Braselton) The second annual Citizens Academy of Braselton graduated
two citizens who completed their studies.
Ed Roach and Fred Irvin were recognized by the Town Council for their
efforts. “I was pleasantly surprised by the outright candor used by
every employee who worked with us. Also, I was very pleased to see
that we live in a small town that is on the move,” said Roach.
The Academy is designed for an indepth study of town operations including
administration, finance, public works, library, police and municipal court,
planning and development and its associated volunteer-entities including the
Visitors Bureau Authority and Downtown Development Authority.
“It is a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding about the town
government,” says town manager Jennifer Dees.
Irvin added, "I was amazed at all the various skills needed to provide town
services. Most impressive was the level of dedication of the town
leaders in ensuring our safety, health and quality of life."
Roach said, “We have a plan. With the help of outstanding employees in
every department, the goals will be accomplished.”
Applications for the 2013 academy will be available in February.
PHOTO: L to R: Fred Irvin, Mayor Bill Orr, Ed Roach
Pinnell named Braselton downtown director
(Braselton) Amy K. Pinnell is named downtown director for the Town of
Braselton to focus on economic development.
Pinnell worked in sales, marketing and banking prior to being named. Most
recently, she was a customer service representative with Northeast Georgia
Bank. A resident of Remington Park, she is active in its homeowners’
association, the Braselton chapter of the P. E. O. Sisterhood and the town’s
parade and festival planning committee.
Town manager Jennifer Dees said, “as our growth plan mentions, we were
seeking someone to focus on economic development opportunities for the
downtown its branding potential. We are excited about Amy’s potential and
Among other duties, Pinnell will staff the Braselton Downtown Development
Authority which was created by the Town Council in 2009. She will facilitate
the makeover of the historic downtown and market the town for premier
destinations, retail and community activities. The Authority’s office will
be in the Heritage and Visitors Center on Frances Street, formerly home to
the town’s library.
Braselton Antique & Holiday festival set for weekend
(Braselton) A large array of vendors will assemble on Saturday and Sunday
presenting the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival in the town's historic
Antique and collectible dealers, nurseries, crafters, furniture
collections, primitives, ironworks, vintage jewelry, pottery, glassware,
yard art, soaps and candles, dolls and food items will be showcased from 9
AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission and parking
Donna Cannella, the festival coordinator, says "there is such variety to
enjoy, and we've assembled the largest group of dealers ever for our
festival. Even the food vendors are unique to our event featuring
hot-pressed Reubens, hand dipped ice cream, New York-styled sabrett hot
dogs, stadium pretzels and Italian ice."
The Braselton Park is located at 115 Harrison Street one block from GA 53.
From I-85, take exit 129 then south to downtown Braselton. For additional
information, visit www.countrysideantiques.net or telephone 706.824-7204.
Braselton council 'toasts' Mayfield Dairy reopening
(Braselton) Braselton's Mayor and Council 'toasted' the announcement of the
reopening of the Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center at its meeting Monday
Dawn Thompson of Mayfield relayed the reopening announcement, effective
November 9, and the Council 'toasted' the occasion with Mayfield milk
Media notes: photo, left to right: Councilman Richard Mayberry, Dawn
Thompson of Mayfield, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Councilmen
Dudley Ray & Tony Funari.
For Mayfield Dairy gift shop, ice cream parlor, and tour information
read the press release.
Braselton Council Welcomes New State Legislator
Councilwoman Peggy Slappy, Representative-elect Tim Barr, Representative
Donna Sheldon (Gwinnett County)
(Braselton) Members of the Braselton Town Council welcomed newly elected
Representative Tim Barr at a luncheon.
Barr will represent portions of the town in Gwinnett and Hall Counties when
he becomes a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in January.
Council members briefed Barr on key projects.
Braselton Movie is "We Bought a Zoo" on Saturday
The heartwarming and poignant comedy-drama, "We Bought A Zoo," is the
featured movie under the stars in Braselton on Saturday, September 15.
Matt Damon stars in the PG-rated feature based on a true story. He purchases
a zoo in order to bring his family back together. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas
Haden Church and Colin Ford also star.
The 124-minute film is free to
patrons in the Braselton Park, beginning at dusk. Families may bring lawn
chairs or blankets to enjoy the family atmosphere. Movies are presented by
the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
(Braselton) Registration is open for fall classes of the Brenau University
Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) in Braselton.
Courses begin the week of September 24, meeting weekly for seven weeks.
Course offerings include introduction to digital photography, Al’s taste of
Braselton, creative nonfiction writing, basic home repairs, yoga,
watercolor, greatest Civil War generals and more. A complete listing, venues
and fees are at
BULLI, the acclaimed senior adult education program, began 19 years ago in
Gainesville and this year at its first satellite campus in Braselton.
Registration information is available at the Braselton Town Hall or by
Photo, left to right: Peg Sheffield, a second generation BULLI student and
Dr. Nancy Krippel, Brenau University Provost & Senior VP Academic Affairs.
Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" is Braselton's movie under the stars Saturday
(Braselton) The upbeat, flashy animated family movie, "The Lorax" is
presented as the movie under the stars in Braselton on Saturday (August 18).
All the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes to "The Lorax," an adaptation of the
classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The
adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy as he searches for the one
thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To
find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming
creature who fights to protect his world.
Famous voices in the movie are Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift
and Rob Riggle. The 94-minute feature is rated PG.
Movies under the stars in the Braselton Park begin at dusk and are free.
Families may bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the family atmosphere.
Movies are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
August 3rd is the rescheduled date for "Mirror Mirror" as Braselton's
movie under the stars in the park series continues
has rescheduled "Mirror Mirror" for August 3rd as it continues the movies under
the stars in the park series in the downtown Braselton Park.
Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen and Lily Collins is Snow White, a princess
in exile. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join Snow White as she fights to reclaim
her birthright and win her Prince. The 106-minute feature is rated PG.
The movie begins at dusk (about 9:15 pm) in Braselton Park and is free. Families
are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the family-themed
entertainment courtesy of the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and the
Braselton CID. The film and many other family activities are posted to
www.braseltonfestivals.com or telephone
"Mirror Mirror" is Braselton's movie under the stars in the park
One of the most beloved stories of all time is featured as a magical comedy in
the fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend as "Mirror Mirror" is the
movies under the stars in the park series film in downtown Braselton on
Saturday, July 21.
Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen and Lily Collins is Snow White, a princess
in exile. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join Snow White as she fights to reclaim
her birthright and win her Prince. The 106-minute feature is rated PG.
The movie begins at dusk in Braselton Park and is free. Families are encouraged
to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the family-themed entertainment courtesy
of the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. The film and many other family
activities are posted to
or telephone 706.654-3915.
Braselton leaders celebrate Davis Street completion
(Braselton) Braselton’s Mayor and Council cut the ceremonial ribbon to open
Davis Street in its historic downtown.
“We are pleased this street is complete,” said Mayor Bill Orr, “as Davis Street,
the prime local artery connecting GA 53 and 124, serves as the gateway to the
Town Manager Jennifer Dees added, “it’s wonderful to see this creating economic
development opportunities in the downtown and eliminating the safety concerns of
the offset interchange.”
"Journey 2: Mysterious Island" begins Braselton movie series
(Braselton) An action adventure awaits movie patrons in Braselton Park
on Saturday (June 16) as "Journey 2: Mysterious Island" begins the season's
The 3D movie's lead character receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious
island where no island should exists, according to New Line Cinema. The feature
film stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
and is rated PG. Additional information is at www.themysteriousisland.com .
The movie begins at dusk and is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or
blankets and enjoy family-themed entertainment, courtesy of the Braselton
Visitors Bureau Authority, which will host five movies during the summer and
fall. The Authority thanks the presenting sponsor of "Journey 2:Mysterious
Island," www.greenshortz.com, whose purpose is "to begin living a greener
lifestyle one simple step at a time."
Broadway Avenue and Lewis Braselton Boulevard opens
The ceremonial ribbon-cut represents the completion
new Broadway Avenue and GA 124 in downtown.
A portion of the road is named Lewis Braselton Boulevard in memory of one of the
Photo, left to right: Richard Mayberry, Jim Jackson, Janice Braselton, Bruce
Yates, Pam Braselton Jackson, Anne Elisabeth Miller, Tony Funari and Dudley
Braselton hosts GDOT district engineer
Braselton's mayor and council hosted a reception in its historic Town Hall
introducing Bayne Smith, the newly named district engineer of the Georgia
Department of Transportation.
Smith is a native Georgian who earned degrees from the University of Georgia and
Georgia Tech. He began his GDOT career developing the state's Intelligent
Transportation Management System, called the Georgia Navigator. In 2001, he
joined the URS corporation, an engineering, construction and technical services'
consulting firm. Earlier this year, he was named District Engineer of GDOT,
coordinating all initiatives in twenty-one counties.
"It was our honor to introduce Bayne to elected officials from throughout the
region," said Braselton Mayor Bill Orr.
Turner Construction to Hold Subcontractor & Vendor Outreach Fair for
New Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton
Information Meeting: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 1 p.m., at the Gainesville Civic
Center – Chattahoochee Room (830 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501). RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m., Friday, May 4
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Turner Construction Company, the general contractor for the
new Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton project, will hold a
subcontractor and vendor outreach fair on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 1 p.m., at
the Gainesville Civic Center. At the fair, representatives from Turner will
provide pre-qualification and project information to subcontractors wishing to
bid for construction elements and vendors seeking to supply systems or materials
for the new hospital project.
All interested subcontractors are invited to visit the public project website,
www.ngmcproject.com. This website is designed to serve as a communications hub
for current and potential subcontractors/vendors, craftsmen and project team
members seeking up-to-date information related to the NGMC Braselton project.
The website also includes a Subcontractor/Vendor Interest Form and Craftsman
Interest Form, which can be submitted online. Once submitted, the information
will be stored in a database for the project. By utilizing this system, Turner
will be able to keep track of every subcontractor, vendor and craftsman
interested in the project.
“We want to involve as many local subcontractors, vendors and craftsmen as
possible in this hospital project which will serve the community in which they
reside,” says Keith Merritt, project manager for Turner Construction.
“Turner’s focused plan for local, qualified subcontractor, vendor and craftsman
participation in this building project is one of the factors that impressed us
in their proposal,” says Rudy Lonergan, director of Facilities Development at
Northeast Georgia Health System. “This is a key goal for the Health System and
was an important aspect in our decision making process. We are pleased to have
Turner partnering with us to achieve this goal through outreach efforts such as
this fair and the project website.”
Northeast Georgia Health System is developing the new hospital on the River
Place campus, a 119-acre green field parcel in rapidly growing South Hall
County. River Place currently includes a multi-story medical office building,
Medical Plaza 1, that houses numerous physician specialties, an urgent care
center and outpatient services including imaging, lab and physical and
occupational therapy. The new hospital is envisioned to be state-of-the-art by
incorporating innovations in design and delivery methods which have proven to
enhance the delivery of care and reduce project and ongoing operating costs. The
new 100-bed hospital has an estimated size of 240,000 SF. The project will break
ground in fall 2012 and is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
All subcontractors will be required to provide a complete a Pre-Qualification
package prior to receiving an Invitation to Bid from Turner. Subcontractors who
have a qualification statement on file with Turner need to only provide updated
information as required by Turner. Contact Anne Adams with Turner Construction
Co. at 404.504.2698 to request a Pre-Qualification package or for a listing of
information required to update your existing Pre-Qualification file.
student wins tee shirt design honor
(Braselton) Tanner Still, a seventh grade student at Bethlehem Christian
Academy, won the contest for tee shirt design for the 2012 Braselton Beach Bash
Still, age 13, won over a dozen other entries which were judged to reflect the
theme of the festival and for a design which will translate well to print media.
The announcement was made at the Town Council meeting this week.
The annual Beach Bash Festival will be staged in the downtown park on Saturday,
May 19 from 10:00 am until 10:00 PM. It will feature bounce houses, a petting
zoo, bungee jumping and face painting. Eighteen tons of white sand will be
spread in front of the stage for playtime. Arts, craft and food vendors will
attend along with musicians. The festival is free.
For additional information or vendor registration forms, visit
www.braseltonfestivals.com or telephone 706.654-3915.
BULLI to Come to Braselton
(Braselton, GA) Citizens of Braselton have harnessed their own resources to
create the first satellite campus of BULLI, Brenau University Learning and
Leisure Institute. Brenau began its popular program for adults with intellectual
curiosity and a love of learning. The new venture in Braselton is a pilot
program that depends on course offerings, enrollment and financial support.
offers non-credit classes for mature adults looking to stimulate their thinking
and expand their knowledge. Many adults are retiring early or are able to take
daytime classes and wish to continue their education, so in 1994, BULLI was
started to serve the community's citizens. Uniquely, the Braselton campus will
offer day and night classes and membership will be reciprocal with the
Gainesville BULLI program.
The Braselton campus has been the vision of a group of dedicated
volunteers, but needs help to make it a reality. The group is seeking pledges of
Individuals and businesses who make a donation not only receive the tax
deduction benefits, but are recognized through the Brenau University giving
program. They will forever be known as those who made the Braselton BULLI
program a reality. They can make their full donation now, or pledge an amount
per year over the next the years. The group needs to raise monies to fund the
instructors, materials for class participants, pay share of the staff time
coming from the Brenau Campus and all the other expenses from postage to
Classes will be offered in Braselton starting Summer 2012. Mark your
calendar for registration on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 in the Community Room of the
Braselton Police and Municipal Court facility and get ready to learn!
For more information, please contact Jennifer Dees, 706-654-5720 or
Braselton Police Department earns state certification
The Braselton Police Department earned official state certification status
joining ninety-six law enforcement agencies in Georgia with that distinction.
Frank V. Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of
Police, made the presentation to Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and the Town
Council this week. Rotondo described the essential goals, prestige and
development of 118 professional standards. "This is a competent, professional
agency," he told the Town Council.
Rotondo also presented certification manager Ernie Graham with a certificate of
appreciation, confirming his guiding the three-year process on behalf of the
The certification program began in 1990 in Georgia. Braselton's designation runs
(Photo, left to right: Assistant Chief Lou Solis, Certification Manager Ernie
Graham, Retired Winder Police Chief Stanley Rogers, Frank Rotondo, Patrolman
Mark Berry, Police Chief Terry Esco, Administrative Assistant Rhonda Lunsford,
Mayor Bill Orr, Patrolman Josh Stewart and Patrolman Johnny Alemany. )
Braselton water and sewer bond rating upgraded
(Braselton) Standard and Poor’s, the New York-based bond rating agency which
rates more than 80% of the country’s municipal and corporate bonds, raised the
Town of Braselton’s water and sewer system revenue bonds’ rating to an A.
The town received official notification of the rating increase based on the
timing and quality of the 2003 bonds being refinanced, projected to save $1.1
million over the life of the bonds. S&P’s credit ratings express the opinion
about the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations
in full and on time.
“The higher rating also reflects our understanding that management will continue
to manage its future purchased water costs effectively,” said credit analysis
Paula Costa of Standard & Poor, enumerating six key economic assessment
Major rating agencies assess economy, debt structure, financial condition,
demographic factors and best management practices of the governing body and
administration. Moreover, a financial analysis is performed with respect to
water and sewer system users and rates. “A” bonds are described as having
“strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the rating agency.
“The rating increase is welcome news and serves as a confirmation of our fiscal
management as public stewards as well as our economic projections for future
growth,” said town manager Jennifer Dees.
Slappey named Braselton's Mayor Pro Tem
(Braselton) Peggy B. Slappey is named Mayor Pro Tem in Braselton for 2012. The
appointment to the post was made by Mayor Bill Orr during the town council
Slappey is serving in her third year as Councilwoman, having been elected in
2009. She also serves on the Braselton Community Improvement District board. She
is the broker and sales manager for Peggy Slappey Properties, Inc.
Braselton citizens "Can Do" for neighbors
(Braselton) More than 600 grocery items were collected by residents of The
Village at Chateau Elan in Braselton to bolster the efforts of local food banks.
Canned and non-perishable goods were collected by volunteers to benefit The Vine
Food Bank and Zion Baptist Food Bank of Braselton. Residents Ray Booher, Larry
Deal, Ed Roach and Derrell Patrick organized the collection campaign, and
Braselton Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey was appointed to lead the "Can Do"
(Photo: Braselton Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey)
Braselton recognizes first Citizens Academy graduates
(Braselton) Eight Braselton residents completed the town's first Citizens
Academy and were recognized by the Braselton Town Council.
(Braselton) Eight Braselton residents completed the town's first Citizens
Academy and were recognized by the Braselton Town Council.
The academy held classes once each month from May through October to allow
citizens a comprehensive understanding of each of the town's departments and
"We were very pleased with the success of the academy in its first year," said
Town Manager Jennifer Dees, "and believe the program will grow in 2012."
Disney's "Cars 2" is Braselton's movie under the stars in the park
(Braselton) Families will revel in laughter and adventure as the Braselton
Visitors Bureau Authority presents "Cars 2" during Saturday's festivities in the
town's historic downtown.
The annual lighting of the Christmas tree begins at 5:30 at the Braselton
Brothers Store with singing, dancing and prizes for all. After the lighting,
"Cars 2" will be shown free in the Braselton Park.
The family, animated-comedy features an overseas race by Lightning McQueen
called the World Grand Prix. The international espionage takes racers and
viewers through the streets of Europe and Japan. The 113-minute movie is rated G
and features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro and
Michael Caine. Movie patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the
The tree lighting and movie usher in the multi-events planned for "Holidays in
Braselton." For additional information, visit
Braselton earns state grant for downtown redevelopment
(Braselton) The Georgia Department of Community Affairs awarded the Town of
Braselton a $500,000 grant to assist with its renovations of the historic
Braselton Brothers Store.
The announcement was made by Shane Short of the Jackson County Area Chamber of
Commerce at the annual meeting of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority.
The grant is under the Community Development Block Grant program from the U. S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development through the state’s Department of
Community Affairs. The program provides financial resources to smaller and rural
communities to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and
moderate-income citizens to support economic development and enhance local
quality of life. The grant co-applicants are the Town of Braselton and its Urban
The Town announced the grant funds will be applied to the comprehensive
redevelopment efforts downtown focusing on the renovations of the Braselton
Brothers store complex. The project will address electrical upgrades, fire and
safety measures, public access, parking and exterior enhancements. Under the
terms of the grant, the Town will add $150,000 in local funds to complete the
Town manager Jennifer Dees said, “We envision the makeover to be an economic
boost to the community retaining sixteen full-time jobs and creating 29
additional ones. It is a central part of the downtown master plan which the
Council adopted several years ago, and it is essential to the scope of the
Confirmation of the grant supplements a list announced by Governor Nathan Deal
in August. DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty said, “We are pleased that these funds
will be combined with private investments and local funds to implement critical
community and economic development projects. Each year, CDBG investments
demonstrate how the state and local partners working together with the private
sector can create a climate of success in local communities for families and