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Disney feature "Tangled" is Braselton's movie in the park
Braselton's movie in park feature is "Rio"
"Rango" is Braselton's movie in the park Saturday
"Megamind" begins movie series in Braselton on Saturday
How does Nannie's garden grow?
Town of Braselton, Georgia To Hold A Public Information Open House
Braselton Night with Gwinnett Braves announced
Annual Public Safety Awareness Day in Braselton
Braselton announces inaugural Citizens' Academy
Historic home in Braselton is town’s first master garden venue
LifePath CID elects officers in Braselton
ARC awards funds for Braselton Parkway extension
Holidays in Braselton include parade, festival
Tree lighting, movie usher in holidays in Braselton
Gallery of Trees Begins Now!
Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority announces Kinchafoonee Cowboys in Free Concert November 6, 2010
Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival set for weekend
Gwinnett Girl Scouts visit Braselton
Braselton's movie in the park is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Saturday
Braselton's movie in the park is "Furry Vengeance" Saturday
Braselton honors GDOT officials
Braselton presents "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
Race champion Johnny O'Connell is Braselton's parade grand marshal
Braselton honors Mayfield Dairy, Boy Scouts and amateur radio operators
TOWN OF BRASELTON RESOLUTION
First Ever Jackson County Brevet
Antique, gardening fest set for weekend in Braselton
Braselton's Rutledge honored by MADD
Braselton's police chief honored for twenty years of service
Braselton aids area students
Braselton police aids Pre-K "Career Day"
Mayor Orr delivers "State of the City" remarks to Barrow Chamber
Braselton’s municipal, business leaders confirm national acclaim Braselton police lead story time at library
Antique and holiday festival set for weekend in Braselton
Barrow Mayors and Citizens Partnering to Support Education
Stover, Bettis elected to lead Braselton authority
Braselton Moves Forward on Downtown Revitalization
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" views in Braselton
A Flea Antique holds grand opening in Braselton
Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton Logo
August 8, 2009 Movie in the park change in schedule
Braselton Library hosts semi-silent theater Wednesday
Edward Jones office opens in Braselton
Braselton library features comedic juggler
DDA Board Member Applications now being accepted
"Hotel for Dogs" is Braselton's movie in the park feature
Vacation reading series features Eric Litwin at Braselton library
Paul Blart: Mall Cop opens Braselton's movies in the park series
Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority announces park movie series
Braselton's library "Friends" celebrate with luau
Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival
Braselton Mayor Graham graces magazine cover
Braselton's Graham named to prestigious water policy council
ACE Hardware opens in Braselton
Braselton library receives new children's computer
Braselton Officer Recipient of 2008 Helcher Award
Independence Bank opens in Braselton
Braselton Antique & Holiday festival set for weekend
Braselton movie feature is "Nim's Island"
Antique and Holiday festival vendors wanted
Braselton movie series presents "Alvin & The Chipmunks"
"Celebrate Braselton" is a huge success
Braselton names Robbins as public works director
Braselton movie series presents "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"
Movies Under the Stars slated for Braselton Park
Congressman John Linder in Braselton
Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival Pictures
Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival set for weekend
Celebrate Braselton - July 4th, 2008
Riverwalk Cleanup Planned - 4/26/08 - 9-12 noon
Chateau Elan Celebrates 18th Annual Lighting - Nov 23
Mayor welcomes new DOT Commissioner
Braselton honors nation's veterans
Christmas in Braselton
8k and 2k Run for Reading to benefit Braselton Library
Braselton antique festival nears
6th Annual Tour of Homes Announced
Library Friends hear CCC story
State bans outdoor water use
Payne joins Braselton staff
Braselton's Wise honored by Soil & Water District
Braselton police promotes Kilburn
The Braselton Library wants to make a difference in its community
Braselton Mayor briefs district's new Congressman
Braselton founder's grandson honored
Braselton welcomes Whole Foods Market
Family movie night in Braselton Park features children's movie
Braselton Business Association elects new officers
Solis named assistant chief for Braselton Police
Georgia's legendary Coach Vince Dooley visits Jefferson
Graham named to Governor's task force
Braselton salutes media anniversary
Paul Mims is Braselton's water superintendent
Braselton, Oakwood reach sewer agreement
Braselton opens new library Wednesday
Braselton ushers holiday season with parade
Braselton festival ushers in holiday season
Braselton Women's Club donates "Bucks for Books"
Governor visits Braselton Monday
Braselton celebrates her 90th birthday Monday
● Day Named Braselton's Waste Water Superintendent
Celebrate Braselton Event
Benton Presents Braselton Library With Book Funds
Braselton Hosts "Picnic with Police"
Braselton Named an All-America City Finalist
Braselton's RiverWalk Gains Phase 2 Approval
Braselton Breaks Ground for New Library
Braselton Salutes Local Businesses
Braselton's Pat Graham is "Newsmaker of the Year"
Braselton selected for national cities' showcase
Mayberry joins Braselton Town Council
Braselton Library Celebrates Children's Book Week
Braselton Tapped for National Cities' Showcase
Cheek Named Director of Public Utilities
The Miss Braselton Contest - **Dates Changed**
Braselton Police Officer Dies in Tragic Vehicle Accident
Braselton Breaks Ground for Police & Municipal Court Facility
Braselton Bash ~ May 21st - Hosted by Year One
Resurfacing on Ga. 124 - Begins 4/25/05
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Hudgens Cites Braselton Honors
Braselton Police Earn State Honor
Braselton Garners Prestigious State Economic Award
Spivey is Braselton's Mayor Pro Team
The Town of Braselton -- America's Dream Town 2005!
Braselton Christmas Parade
Addictive Cycles Donates Bicycles to Braselton Police
Braselton re-dedicates historic school bell & gazebo
Braselton-Hoschton plan "Day of Remembrance"
Braselton High School bell-gazebo ceremony set
Allen Named Braselton's Wastewater Superintendent
Braselton Celebrates the Independence Day, 2004
Cheek honored at retirement in Braselton
Town Manager Earns Prestigious Award

Disney feature "Tangled" is Braselton's movie in the park


(Braselton) The Disney production of "Tangled" is presented at Braselton's movie in the park on Saturday evening.

The 100-minute animated comedy features the famed Rapunzel and princesses Belle, Ariel and Tiana. The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her life in a castle tower, but a runaway thief stumbles upon her so she is about to discover the world for the first time and also discovers who she really is. The movie is rated PG.

Braselton's movies in the park are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority in the downtown Braselton Park. Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. It begins at dusk on Saturday.







Braselton's movie in park feature is "Rio"


(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority continues its free movies in the park on Saturday, August 20, with an animated adventure-comedy, Rio.

Rio features a macaw named Blu, smuggled into the United States from Rio de Janeiro and found by a bookshop owner who raises him with love. For fifteen years, Blu domesticates and teaches the bird in a comfortable life. The story gets complicated when the bookshop owner gets a visit explaining that Blu is the last male of his species alive.

The 2011-released movie is rated PG and runs for 96 minutes. Character voices include Jesse Eisenberg, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx and Leslie Mann.

The movie will be screened in the Braselton Park and is free for patrons who are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. It begins at dusk.






"Rango" is Braselton's movie in the park Saturday


(Braselton) An ordinary family pet, a chameleon, faces an identity crisis and accidentally ends up in a gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt. That sets the theme of the free movie-in-the-park on Saturday in Braselton as families will enjoy "Rango."

Rango discovers that Dirt is populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures. Johnny Depp is the star of the action adventure for children and families.

The movie begins at dusk in Braselton Park in the historic downtown, one block west of GA 53 on Harrison Street. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcomed. The movie is sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
 


"Megamind" begins movie series in Braselton on Saturday


(Braselton) Dreamworks' hit Megamind begins the free movies in the park series in Braselton on Saturday, June 25.

"When super villain Megamind (Will Ferrell) defeats his arch rival Metro Man (Brad Pitt), the world should be his oyster. But instead, Megamind falls into total despair. It turns out that life without a rival is life without a purpose for him. So he creates a new superhero rival, Titan (Jonah Hill). Unfortunately for him and the world, the new hero wants to be a super villain too. The new villain begins his rampage, and Megamind sets out to stop him, beginning a path to redemption in the process."

The family-themed movie begins at dusk in the Braselton Park on Harrison Street in the town's historic downtown. The animated 3-D film borrows famous voices for its delightful characters. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed.

The Gwinnett Braves mascot, Chopper, will visit with families at the movie to promote Braselton Day with the Gwinnett Braves scheduled for August 25.



How does Nannie's garden grow?


(Braselton) Braselton students under the expert tutelage of master gardener Dave Rusk are learning "how does Nannie's garden grow?"

Students attended special classes since April, then planted a vegetable and flower garden, courtesy of Janice Martin Braselton, wife of the late, longtime mayor, Henry E. Braselton. Mrs. Braselton provides the space for the garden between her home and the Braselton library. Dave Rusk is the instructor and is a member of Hall County Master Gardeners.

After a recent harvest, students sold cucumbers, sunflowers, gladioli, herbs and other natural delights at the Braselton library. Plans are being readied to expand the original garden on the Braselton estate and establish another at Braselton Town Hall.


(Pictured, left to right: Dillon Brown, Logan Puhalla, Drew Ray, Rachel Hardegree, James Hicks, Aaron Brown, Joey Argo, Elias Gomez and Dave Rusk.)





Town of Braselton, Georgia
To Hold
A Public Information Open House
For Proposed Project State Route (SR) 211 Widening and Braselton Parkway Extension
Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett Counties

On June 16, 2011 at The Community Room at the Municipal Court Facility, located at 5040 Highway 53, Braselton, Georgia 30517, the Town of Braselton will hold a Public Information Open House (PIOH) concerning the proposed State Route 211 Widening and Braselton Parkway Extension, Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett Counties.

The State Route 211 Widening and Braselton Parkway Extension, Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett Counties is a proposal to widen State Route 211 to four-lanes with a median from I-85 to State Route 347 (Thompson Mill Road), approximately 1.9 miles and Braselton Parkway Extension is a new location two/three-lane roadway from State Route 211 Jesse Cronic Road, approximately 2.0 miles.

The purpose of this PIOH is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions, and comment on the proposed project. The PIOH will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The PIOH will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information:

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Jennifer H. Dees, Town Manager and Clerk with the Town of Braselton at 706-654-5720.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until June 30th, 2011. You may also complete a comment card at the Public Information Open House.

Written statements may be submitted to:

Ms. Jennifer H. Dees
Town Manager & Clerk
4982 Highway 53
P.O. Box 306
Braselton, Georgia 30517
_________________________________

The following Project Submittal Form documents are pdf files and may take a few moments to download.

State Route 211 Improvements (Highway 124 to Thompson Mill Road)

Braselton Parkway Extension West


Braselton Night with Gwinnett Braves announced

Gwinnett Braves(Braselton) Mayor Bill Orr and the Braselton Town Council officially recognized representatives of the Gwinnett Braves at its meeting Monday and accepted an official invitation for "Braselton Night" with the team on August 25.

G-Braves general manager, North Johnson, and account executive, Ryan Moore, accepted a resolution from the Town Council commending the team "for its community partnerships to celebrate legions of fans to enjoy America's pastime with America's AAA team, the Gwinnett Braves."

The G-Braves mascot and others will also attend a June 25 movie event in Braselton Park to promote ticket sales and offer free prizes. For additional information, visit www.braseltonfestivals.com . 34

(Photo, left to right: North Johnson, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Ryan Moore, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilmen Richard Mayberry and Tony Funari.)


Braselton 4th of July Fireworks Have Change in Venue

(Braselton) The 4th of July fireworks in Braselton, one of the Town's most popular events, is changing venue this year.

Traditionally, the event has been held on Highway 211 behind the Publix across from the entrance to Chateau Elan. However, that tract of property is primed for development and the location needed to change.

Starting this year, the fireworks display will move to downtown right off of Highway 53 at the West Jackson Intermediate School. This new venue will allow viewing from both the Braselton and the Hoschton parks as well as Braselton Town Hall.

Braselton encourages everyone who has made us their 4th of July tradition to come to our historic downtown, enjoy the parade, the festival and music in the park and stay for one of the best fireworks shows in Northeast Georgia.

Additional information on this and other events in the Braselton area can be found at www.braseltonfestivals.com.


Annual Public Safety Awareness Day in Braselton

(Braselton) As has become an annual tradition in Braselton, Year One and the Braselton Police Department have teamed up to bring Public Safety Awareness Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 3 to 8 p.m.

The Braselton Police, West Jackson Fire and Rescue and the Gainesville Police Department will be on hand to talk to the public about ways to stay safe in their home and business and the ever popular DUI Demonstration will be included as part of the day’s events. The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce will also be having their first ever Wing Cook-off at the event.

Year One’s Braselton Bash, family oriented car shows held though the year at their facility located in Suite 1 at 1001 Cherry Drive, Braselton feature fun for everyone. More information on this and other Braselton events can be found at www.braseltonfestivals.com.


Braselton announces inaugural Citizens' Academy

(Braselton) The Town of Braselton announces its inaugural Citizens' Academy program and is accepting application from town residents.

"The Academy is a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding about the town government," says Town Manager Jennifer Dees. Monthly classes will begin in May for six months. Only ten applicants will be selected who must be eighteen or older.

Mayor Bill Orr added, "The Academy is a fantastic way for our citizens to learn about how our town operates."

Applications are being accepted at the Town Hall or inquiries may be made to jdees@braselton.net or telephoning 706.654-5720.


Historic home in Braselton is town’s first master garden venue

(Braselton) Master gardener Dave Rusk envisions creating the town’s first master garden venue for students at the home of Janice M. Braselton in the historic downtown.

Rusk briefed the Braselton Town Council in January with plans to create an outdoor classroom and demonstration project on the site of a former barn where the foundation remains. “We’re partnering with the Braselton Library to present a Junior Master Gardener class series, then we’ll take our classes directly into action by cultivating and planting on the Braselton estate. Appropriately, we’ve selected the name, “Nannie’s Children’s Garden” for the first project. he said.

Student registration for the classes is at the Braselton Library with classes beginning March 5. Classes will be held the first three Saturdays of March, April and May until the end of the school year. Class and garden activities are part of the project. During the summer, junior programs will be scheduled on weekdays.

For additional information, contact Rusk at dhrusk@msn.com or call the Braselton library at 706.654-1992.

Photo: Dave Rusk


LifePath CID elects officers in Braselton

(Braselton) Five commercial property owners were elected to serve as officers of LifePath Community Improvement District (CID) in Braselton this week.

Scott Snedecor, Denzil Wasson, Lorri Cabe, Phil Christian and Dana Dow were elected and join Braselton Councilman Tony Funari and Town Manager Jennifer Dees who were appointed to the seven-member governing board. Members will serve one, two or three-year terms.

The LifePath CID is the first organized in Braselton after the General Assembly authorized the creation of CIDs there in 2007. Essential purposes of CIDs improve infrastructure or facilities. LifePath’s initial focus envisions corridors for pedestrians, bicycles, Segways and golf carts within the rights of way of GA 211 and Thompson Mill Road. Properties are in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall Counties.

Scott Snedecor, an organizer, said “multi-use corridors create the connectivity that can enable the type of livable communities for which we should strive and embrace.”

Following this week’s election of the governing board, an organization meeting will follow to develop a budget and timeline for engineering plans.


ARC awards funds for Braselton Parkway extension

(Braselton) The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the award of $1 million to build an extension of the Braselton Industrial parkway connecting GA 53 and GA 60 for future economic development opportunities.

The project supports a key ARC goal of developing and improving Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive. $1 million dollars was the entire State of Georgia’s funding for the year and the entirety of that sum was awarded to this project.

Portions of the designed parkway are within the Town of Braselton and in unincorporated Jackson County. “The federal assistance of funds supports our long-term goal of partnering with private sector investors so jobs can be created, remain or expand in the community,” said Braselton Mayor Bill Orr. Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Hunter Bicknell, echoed Orr’s comment by stating, “Jobs creation is our number one goal in economic development, and projects like this helps us attract much needed economic growth in Jackson County.”

The entire project is estimated to cost $3.1 million. Included in the estimate are preliminary engineering services, acquisition of right-of-way and the construction of .28 miles of a two-lane access roadway. The project also includes grading, stormwater drainage, erosion control, signage and a traffic signal. Local funds will cover approximately 68% of the total cost; the federal grant is allocated for construction costs and will be administered through the Federal Highway Administration.

“The project could help create more than 200 new jobs and help leverage more than $30 million in private investments for Braselton and Jackson County and the region,” said Shane Short, president/CEO of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. “The parkway extension furthers our economic reach so industrial and commercial businesses will be attracted to the parkway as it parallels I-85.”

Braselton and Jackson County officials confirm the preliminary engineering facets of the project will begin in 2011.


Holidays in Braselton include parade, festival

(Braselton) Braselton's annual holiday parade is larger than ever and takes on a western theme dubbed "A Cowboy Christmas in Braselton."

The 2:00 PM parade is Saturday (November 20) along GA 53 through the historic downtown and by the town park and library (Henry Street and Harrison Street). "Sheriff Woody," from the Toy Story movies, is the grand marshal.

From 9:00 until 5:00, the annual festival is staged in the Braselton Park with vendors, food and entertainment. Dawn Dewitt, Lisa Martin, the Zack Leffew Band and the Sweet Potato Pie band are featured in entertainment intervals. Photos with Santa are available beginning at 4:00 in the Community Center next to the park.

All festivities are free and sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. For more information, visit www.braseltonfestivals.com.   


Tree lighting, movie usher in holidays in Braselton

(Braselton) The annual lighting of the tree and movie in the park usher in the holidays in downtown Braselton on Saturday (November 13).

A gala program is set for the tree lighting hosted by the Braselton Rotary Club, the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and The Paper. Featured will be the handbell choir of Galilee Christian Church, solos by Dawn DeWitt, a luminary event honoring Relay for Life and the vocal choir of New Liberty Church. Held in the historic downtown in front of the Braselton Antique Mall, the event begins at 5:00 PM and is free to the public. Door prizes will be given during the two-hour ceremony.

Following the tree lighting gala, "A Christmas Story" is presented in the Braselton Park. The 94-minute family-comedy film is rated PG and stars Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

"This is a terrific collaboration of talents," said Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees, "and an incredible experience for families. It is an honor to partner with so many people to bring these events to the town and to experience highlights of the holiday season."

All events are free and open to the public.
  


Gallery of Trees Begins Now!

Gallery of Trees - Braselton Antique Mall The Gallery of Trees is the longest running event of Celebrating the Holidays in Braselton. A series of events that begin on November 6th and run through December 31. Other Holiday events include a Tree Lighting Ceremony & Movie in the Park on November 13 and the Festival and Parade on November 20.

"It is one of the biggest events of the year for the Braselton Antique Mall," according to sales associate, Ryan Langford. "Several people work for days to make the old Braselton Bros. Store Third Floor a Christmas Wonderland."

"The true reason the Gallery looks like a showroom out of Atlanta or New York City is because of Tim Cash," states Robbie Bettis, owner. "He is an award winning floral designer with more than 20 years experience in antiques and design. We are fortunate to have him considering he is called upon each year to design showrooms for International firms such as Pete Garcia and FTD."

New aspects to the Gallery this year include a collection of vintage Snow Globes and a John Deere Gas Pump. One table is decorated with Disney Christmas plates and figurines and topped with an animated Mickey Mouse. A huge selection of Department 56 houses and accessories fill the shelves. You will find lots of antique furniture, but all of it is adorned with snowmen, angels, nutcrackers, wreaths, etc.

Mr. Langford states, "There is something for young and old at the Gallery of Trees. You can buy ornaments or a completely decorated tree. You will see several animated items. You will smile."

The Gallery of Trees is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Due to the high cost of energy all of the lights will be turned on only on weekends and by special request. The Braselton Antique Mall is located at the intersection of Highways 53 and 124 in historic downtown Braselton.


Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority announces
Kinchafoonee Cowboys in Free Concert November 6, 2010

Kinchafoonee Cowboys(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority is once again hosting a free concert and street dance on Harrison Street for the community.

The first in the weekends celebrating the Holidays in Braselton will feature the Kinchafoonee Cowboys and kick off the season of great Town Events. It’s just another reason why It’s Better in Braselton.

The Kinchafoonee Cowboysbegan in 1991 in Terrell County Georgia. They quickly became a favorite around the state playing all types of venues from small clubs to large outdoor festivals. Over the years they have shared billing with entertainers such as Martina McBride, Alabama, Tricia Yearwood, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and many others. They've released 4 albums; the latest in 2005.

The free event will begin at 7:00 pm. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. There is reserved seating available for purchase at Town Hall for a table of 8.

Harrison Street is one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton and intersects with Highway 124. Directions are available on the Town website at www.braseltonfestivals.com

 


Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival set for weekend

(Braselton) The historic Braselton Park is prepped for this weekend's (October 23-24) Antique and Holiday Festival sponsored by the town's antique stores and the Visitors Bureau Authority.

With free parking and free admission, the festival will run Saturday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 until 5:00 PM. The park is located one block west of GA 53 in the town's historic downtown (Exit 129 from I-85).

Countryside Antiques, A Flea An'Tiques, Antique Ventures, the Braselton Antique Mall and Vintage Blessings all partner with the town to present excellent shopping, good food and beverages for all.

Booth space is available by calling 706.824-7204.

See a Map of Braselton Park



Gwinnett Girl Scouts visit Braselton

Girlscouts visit Braselton(Braselton) Members of Girl Scout Troop 1743 of Dacula visited Braselton this week to learn more about law enforcement, fire protection and community emergencies.

Wendy Lorys is the troop leader who arranged the visits and briefings from the Braselton Police Department, the Community Emergency Response Team and the West Jackson Fire Department.

The scouts learned what a crime scene look like, how a fire engine works and the mission of CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams - who are volunteers trained in public readiness, rescuer safety and other security issues.


Photo: (Adults standing, left to right): Sgt. Jose Henares, Scout leader Wendy Lorys, Sgt. Ronnie Kilburn and Assistant Chief Lou Solis of the Braselton Police Department.


Braselton's movie in the park is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Saturday

Braselton Movie in the Park (Braselton) Meet the kid who made "wimpy" cool, in a family comedy based on the best-selling novel by Jeff Kinney. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is the feature film Saturday (September 18) in the downtown Braselton Park.

The movie chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking middle school student, Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life: middle school. The movie is rated PG and stars Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn and Devon Bostick.

The 120-minute movie begins at dusk in Braselton Park, one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton. Patrons are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. There is no admission; the movie is sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.






Braselton's movie in the park is "Furry Vengeance" Saturday

Braselton Movie in the Park(Braselton) Saturday's live action family comedy, "Furry Vengeance" is the free movie in the park in Braselton.

The 91-minute film is rated PG and stars Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Matt Prokop and Angela Kinsey.

Fraser stars as a young real estate developer who faces off with a band of angry animals when his new subdivision pushes too far into a pristine part of the wilderness.

The movie begins at dusk in Braselton Park, one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Join Atlanta's own Steel Dreamin' Steel Band for a concert at 7:00 before the movie! Their performance will include plenty of family-friendly pop and island tunes that will set the mood just right for a beautiful, warm summer's evening. Visit www.steeldreamin.com for more information about the band.



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Braselton honors GDOT officials

(Braselton) The Georgia Department of Transportation new board chair and district engineer were honored at a reception hosted by Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council of Braselton.

Rudy Bowen, a native of Dawsonville and resident of Suwanee, was elected chairman of the state transportation board by his colleagues. Bowen was first elected to the GDOT board in 2007 by members of the General Assembly.

Todd McDuffie of Banks County was named GDOT's district engineer for the northeast Georgia region comprising twenty-one counties in June. He began a professional career with GDOT in 1984 in enforcement, traffic operations, signal engineering and maintenance.

"It's been a grand tradition for Braselton to host recognition events with the Georgia Department of Transportation through the years. We salute Rudy Bowen's rise to the chairmanship and applaud Todd McDuffie's well-deserved promotion to district engineer," said Mayor Bill Orr.

Photo, left to right: Rudy Bowen, Mayor Bill Orr, Todd McDuffie


Braselton presents "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

(Braselton) "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is Saturday's (July 17) movie in the park presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.

The 120-minute movie, rated PG, begins at dusk in Braselton Park one block west of GA 53 in the historic downtown.

The gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters walk out of the pages of trouble-prone, high schooler Percy Jackson's Greek mythology text and into his life. Percy is the prime suspect of the theft of Zeus' lightning bolt, and Percy's mother suddenly disappears. Percy begins battling the titans of Mount Olympus in a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief and to save his Mom. The 2010 film stars Logan Lerman, Brandon Jackson, Pierce Brosnan and Alexandra Daddario.

The free movie is atmospheric and rousing. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.


Race champion Johnny O'Connell is Braselton's parade grand marshal

(Braselton) American Le Mans Series champion and Corvette racing driver, Johnny O'Connell, is the grand marshal for the "Celebrate Braselton" parade on Sunday, July 4.

O'Connell is the three-time American Le Mans Series champion with thirty-eight wins, eight victories at Sebring including the 2009 race and has started a record 100 races in AMLS-sanctioned competitions.

"We are thrilled with Johnny O'Connell being our grand marshal," said Mayor Bill Orr. "This town is well connected to world wide racing, so fans get an up close, extra treat on July 4."

A resident of Flowery Branch, O'Connell is described as "funny and fearless." Of his 102 career racing starts, he has 80 podium finishes, 93 top-five finishes and 100 top-ten finishes. The father of two, he holds a black belt in karate and hosts an annual charity auction at Road Atlanta to benefit seniors and research on Alzheimer's disease. Additional information is at www.johnnyoconnell.com .

The annual parade in downtown Braselton is part of the town's "Celebrate Braselton" festivities including exhibits, vendors, children's activities and live music in Braselton Park. The parade begins at 4:00 PM on GA 53 in the historic district of the town.

Additional information about "Celebrate Braselton" is at www.braseltonfestivals.com or by telephone at 706.654-5551.


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Braselton honors Mayfield Dairy, Boy Scouts and amateur radio operators

(Braselton) It was a night of honors as the Mayor and Council of Braselton cited a distinguished business and two community groups for outstanding service to its citizens.

Mayfield Dairy Farms was honored for its 100th anniversary in business, having been started in Tennessee and now having a milk production facility in Braselton.

The Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts was honored for its national recognition serving more than 26,000 youths in the region.

The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club was cited for its contributions to civic safety and preparedness.

{Scouts} Councilmen Dudley Ray, Tony Funari; Scout leader Sherry Aquino; Mayor Bill Orr; Council members Peggy Slappey and Richard Mayberry.
{Mayfield} Councilmen Dudley Ray, Tony Funari; Mark Howard and Dawn Thompson of Mayfield Dairy; Mayor Bill Orr; Council members Peggy Slappey and Richard Mayberry.
{Radio} Councilmen Dudley Ray, Tony Funari; Mike Strong and Buddy Cheek of Tri-County Amateur Radio Club; Mayor Bill Orr; Council members Peggy Slappey and Richard Mayberry.


TOWN OF BRASELTON RESOLUTION

Mayor and Council honor amateur radio operators, Boy Scouts and Mayfield Dairy

Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council welcomed representatives of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club, the Boy Scouts of America and Mayfield Dairy at its June 14 council meeting.

Resolutions were presented to each group (see below). Radio operators were saluted for volunteer public service and support for CERT. The scouts, founded in 1910, reached their 100th anniversary and particular commendations to the Northeast Georgia Council. Mayfield Dairy celebrates its 100th anniversary.

TOWN OF BRASELTON RESOLUTION
…declaring June 21-27 as Amateur Radio Week…

Whereas, for more than a century, amateur radio operators provided voice broadcasts over airwaves bridging cultures, societies and national across the globe; and

Whereas, broadcasts create friendships, the sharing of ideas, enhance international goodwill and convey critical safety information in times of peril; and

Whereas; the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club provides a valued service to the community with backup communications for the Town of Braselton and neighboring communities and to human service organizations if ever commercial broad services are limited or rendered unavailable; and

Whereas, the Town recognizes and salutes the dedication of local amateur radio operators who serve as part of the Jackson County Community Emergency Response Team and as weather spotters in the National Weather Service Skywarn Program; so

Be it resolved that the Mayor and Council of the Town of Braselton hereby acknowledges the valued services of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club and its annual national emergency preparedness exercises and constant readiness and proclaims June 21-27, 2010 as Amateur Radio Week in the Town of Braselton, Georgia to heighten awareness and importance of these skills by these outstanding citizens.

Hereby adopted this 14th day of June, 2010.

TOWN OF BRASELTON RESOLUTION
…honoring the 100th anniversary of Mayfield Dairy…  

Whereas, T. B. Mayfield bought jersey cows and sold milk in Athens, TN, in 1910 to begin a remarkable business legacy; and

Whereas, four generations later, the legacy called Mayfield Dairies celebrates its 100th anniversary in business by producing milk, ice cream and related dairy products distributed in nine states and employing 2000 people; and

Whereas; Mayfield Dairies’ business acumen includes being noted for innovation such as the introduction of the opaque milk carton, single-serving milk bottles, resealable ice cream cartons and the use of social media for successful marketing techniques; and

Whereas, in 1997, Mayfield opened its milk production facility and its widely popular visitor’s center in Braselton to tout its nationally-best selling products with a creed to contribute to civic involvement and to the Braselton economy; so

Be it resolved that the Mayor and Council of the Town of Braselton hereby acknowledge the 100th anniversary of an exemplary company, its innovations in product development, its corporate citizenship stature and, of course, its splendid products.

Hereby adopted this 14th day of June, 2010.

TOWN OF BRASELTON RESOLUTION
…honoring the Boy Scouts of America…

Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year; and

Whereas, having served more than four million youth, goals include training youth in responsible citizenship, character development, self-reliance and personal training through outdoor activities and educational programs; and

Whereas; the Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts is recognized as a Quality Council since 1986 being one of two Councils in America with this distinction; and

Whereas, the Council also earned accolades for its best summer camping program and national leadership in Friends of Scouting, serving more than 26,000 youths; so

Be it resolved that the Mayor and Council of the Town of Braselton hereby bestows honor and recognition to the Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts and commends the dedicated volunteer scout leaders and institutions so Boy Scouts may acquire and maintain their goals to uphold its revered oath and motto.

Hereby adopted this 14th day of June, 2010.


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First Ever Jackson County Brevet

(Braselton) The Jackson County Brevet to raise money for Aplastic Anemia is set for June 19, 8 am at Zion Baptist Church in Braselton.

Aplastic anemia occurs when the bone marrow stops making enough blood-forming stem cells. The beneficiary for the Jackson County Brevet is the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF), the world's leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia.

Bike ride options are family friendly 5 miles and 35, 65 and 100 mile options. International professional cyclists Nathan O’Neill and Cesar Grajales of OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team will be participating in this charity ride. An estimated 250-300 cyclists will ride in this inaugural event. Sponsorships are still available as well.

Registration and more information can be found on the event website at www.jacksonbrevet.com.

 


Antique, gardening fest set for weekend in Braselton

(Braselton) The Braselton Park will be bustling with vendors at the town's semi-annual "Antique and Gardening Festival" Saturday and Sunday.

Antiques, collectibles, garden supplies, plants, trees, furnishings and much more will be featured in the park from 9:00-6:00 on Saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sunday.

The park is located in the town's historic district one block south of GA 53. From I-85, take exit 129 then turn west one mile to the park.

Additional information is available at 706.824-7204 or www.braseltonfestivals.com

 



Braselton's Rutledge honored by MADD

(Braselton) Braselton police department's Raymond Rutledge was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at its "Golden Shield Honor" banquet recently.

Rutledge, a three-year veteran of the Braselton police force, accepted a silver pin recognizing his outstanding service in the detection, arrest and prosecution of drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The silver pin category represents 50-99 arrests during 2009.

Braselton police chief Terry Esco commended Rutledge, saying "this award is indicative of the high level of professionalism and commitment to community oriented policing of our department."


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Braselton's police chief honored for twenty years of service

(Braselton) Mayor Bill Orr and the Braselton Town Council surprised its police chief, Terry Esco, by honoring his twentieth anniversary as chief of police.

 "This is a remarkable milestone," said Mayor Orr, "and we appreciate the good work and professional law enforcement services of Chief Esco." Braselton's town manager/clerk, Jennifer Dees, read a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives commending Esco and his career.

Esco was joined at the presentation by his family and members of the Braselton police force.



http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/versions/hr1461_LC_94_2313_a_2.htm

Photo, left to right: Linda Robertson, Debbie Esco, Councilman Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Richard Mayberry, Chief Terry Esco, Preston Esco, Councilman Dudley Ray and Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey


Braselton aids area students

(Braselton) When elementary school students return from spring break and begin final preparations for the CRCT exams, they will find a pleasant surprise courtesy of the Town of Braselton.

It's Better in BraseltonThe town donated pencils to students at West Jackson Primary, Spout Springs Elementary, Bramlett Elementary and Duncan Creek Elementary schools for the nationally-mandated tests. The pencils bear the town's logo, "It's Better in Braselton."

"I wish the students taking the CRCT the best of luck," says Councilman Richard Mayberry, "I'm sure these students will make their teachers, principals, families and friends proud."


Braselton police aids Pre-K "Career Day"

(Braselton) Braselton police Lieutenant Rob Holt spoke to pre-schoolers at First Baptist Church of Buford recently about important safety topics.

Holt was invited by teacher Carla Murrath and spoke to the students about seat belts, child safety seats, the importance of calling 911 and not talking with strangers.

The Braselton Police department instituted its community oriented policing program several years ago which includes outreach opportunities to young and old.

Photo: Lieutenant Rob Holt and Lexi Thompson

 

 

 

 



Mayor Orr delivers "State of the City" remarks to Barrow Chamber

Mayor Bill Orr delivered an inaugural 'state of the city' address to the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce on February 2.

After a brief personal introduction, Orr paid a personal tribute to the late Mayor Henry Braselton and reminded the Barrow County audience of Braselton's admiration for the gentleman and for his vision for the Town's future.

Orr told the Chamber members Braselton would continue to focus on investment in the Town's infrastructure, including the advanced network of water, wastewater and reuse water lines and tanks, an expansion of the sewage treatment plant to expand use capacity for residential and commercial customers. He further described the Town's superior bond rating and healthy enterprise funds and adequate reserves.

On the near horizon, he told, was the realignment of two state highways, the StreetScape program and groundbreaking for Halvorsen's 1.2 million square feet of the planned retail and office complex on GA 211. He further acknowledged the Town's recent national acclaim from The Gadberry Group citing the town as the nation's leading recession-resilient growth area' using census tracts.


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Braselton’s municipal, business leaders confirm national acclaim


(Braselton) Mayor Pat Graham and key business leaders respond with excitement to the town’s placement on a prestigious list of recession-resilient growth areas.

Confirming its inclusion in the nation’s most notable “9 from 2009” by Arkansas-based Gadberry Group, Mayor Graham said, “we’re ahead of the curve setting a tone for high quality growth, award winning infrastructure and essential services without levying a property tax.”

The demographic research and location-based services’ firm based its annual listing upon Braselton’s dramatic change in population and the presence of emerging census blocks such as neighborhoods with less than ten households in 2000 and more than 100 households in 2009. The census blocks include all of Braselton and stretched into southern Hall, northwestern Barrow and western Jackson Counties.

Gadberry Group began announcing notable high growth areas in 2007. In additional to its analysis of census blocks, the firm uses key demographic variables such as ethnicity, household income, net worth, economic stability, length of residence and age in its national calculations.

In all, the firm employed a statistical ranking system in its evaluations of 17,000 census blocks nationwide.

“What a tribute to be on the list as we’re the only community in Georgia which meets the criteria for inclusion,” Graham said.

Area business leaders quickly confirmed the national recognition. The data bodes well for the Halvorsen Development Corporation, the Boca Raton (FL) which has long eyed the I-85 corridor. “We chose Braselton for the future development of a 237-acre retail and mixed-use project for several important reasons including high disposable income, its proximity to the North and South Carolina state lines and the dynamic growth potential of the I-85 corridor. This location will enjoy a wonderful infrastructure connection with the existing world-class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, a major tourism destination and includes an expansive golf community situated across the street from our site,” said its president, Thomas W. Vincent.

Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce president Shane Short echoes those visionary sentiments, adding “Braselton serves as a gateway into Jackson County stretching along the growing I-85 corridor from Atlanta. This growth placed Jackson County as one of the top 25 fastest growing counties in the nation according to the Census Bureau. The Town plays a major role in our community because of its excellent employment opportunities, industrial growth, and high quality residential and retail developments.”

Duke Realty’s senior vice president, Chris Brown, said “we identified Braselton as a prime growth area about ten years ago and invested over $100 million over that time, attracting job-generating companies such as Sears Logistics, Tractor Supply, Mitsubishi and Progressive Lighting to the town. We enjoy the pro-business environment created by the Town and look forward to participating in Braselton’s continued success.”

Eight of the nine communities cited by The Gadberry Group are categorized as suburban: Braselton, Atascocita (TX), Spring Hill (TN), Lincoln (CA), Katy (TX), Wake Forest (NC), Mansfield (TX), Wylie (TX) and Buckeye (AZ).

In its official notification to Braselton, Gadberry spokeswoman added “we hope you are excited to have an opportunity to be part of the 9 from 2009 list. We believe that it will again draw national attention to your city and raise awareness for economic development opportunities and prospective retailers.

Accepting the accolades as one of her last official acts as Mayor, Graham proclaimed our Town logo says it all,
“It’s Better in Braselton.”

Visit the following links for more information.

http://www.gadberry.net/GG 9from2009.cfm

http://community.gadberry.info/9From09/



Braselton police lead story time at library

(Braselton) Braselton's assistant police chief, Lou Solis, was the guest of the Braselton library's story time feature.

Solis read "Officer Buckle and Gloria" for more than a dozen children to emphasize personal safety tips. Officer Justin David accompanied Solis for the event.

 

Photo, (left) Officer Justin David, (right) Assistant Chief Lou Solis


 
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Antique and holiday festival set for weekend in Braselton

(Braselton) More than fifty vendors will showcase antique and holiday wares in this weekend's "Antique and Holiday Festival" in Braselton.

Antiques, collectibles, holiday decor and gifts, nursery plants and trees, ironworks, vintage tools, coins and much more will be offered in the town's biannual festival.

Festival hours are Saturday (9:00-6:00) and Sunday (10:00-5:00) in the Braselton park on Harrison Street, one block west of the historic downtown. There is no admission charge to the festival, and food vendors include Cajun fare, wraps, barbeque and wings.

For additional information, telephone 706.824-7204.


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Barrow Mayors and Citizens Partnering to Support Education

(Braselton) The Barrow Mayors announce a campaign to collect donations to help the Barrow County School System.

The Mayors recognized a need by the school system to supplement the teachers with certain supplies to ensure that every child has the tools they need to get the best education possible. Superintendent Ron Saunders identified copy paper and dry erase markers as the priority supplies necessary. Pens, pencils, notebook paper and gift cards for stores that have supplies would also be appreciated.

As part of this cooperative effort with the Barrow County School System, the cities of Auburn, Braselton, Statham and Winder will have collection points at their city halls and will also be collecting at special events in their cities. The supplies will be delivered by the cities to a central location and the school system will distribute the supplies to the individual schools and teachers.

Join the cities and help with school supply donations for Barrow County Schools!


Stover, Bettis elected to lead Braselton authority

(Braselton) The newly sanctioned Braselton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held its organizational meeting and elected Marvin Stover as its chair and Robbie Bettis as vice-chair. Both are downtown business owners.

The agencies have approved the issuance of URA bonds to complete the funding necessary to construct projects in historic downtown, a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The authority adopted working by-laws in addition to electing officers. It also set a standing meeting of each second Thursday at 11:00 AM in the town's police and court building.

The authority will facilitate the planned makeover of the historic downtown as an initial project.

Pictured (left to right) are: Clay Eubanks, Pat Graham, Robbie Bettis, Peggy Kriegel, Kathy Cooper Robinson, Cindy Phillips and Marvin Stover.


Braselton Moves Forward on Downtown Revitalization

(Braselton) The Braselton Town Council and the Braselton Urban Redevelopment Agency announce that they are moving forward in a positive step to institute the vision of the 2003 Citizen's Committee vision for a revitalized downtown Braselton. The agencies have approved the issuance of URA bonds to complete the funding necessary to construct projects in historic downtown, a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The URA bonds join other financing sources to allow the Town to fund the realignment of Highway 124 at the intersection with Highway 53, a focal point Town Green, a downtown amphitheatre and creating a more pedestrian oriented downtown core through the construction of streetscapes including lighting and sidewalks. The voters of Braselton signified their approval of these projects in the TAD Referendum held November 2007 where the TAD received 79% voter approval. The Town feels this vote signifies our community's commitment to investing in improvements necessary to draw new business and private investment into the TAD district.

Mayor Graham stated, "The Town feels strongly that the citizens of Braselton who volunteered their time to create a revitalized downtown are important and the improvements being constructed will move us forward to be able to achieve their vision."

 


"Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" views in Braselton
Saturday, August 8th.

(Braselton) Famed comedian Ben Stiller returns to the silver screen as the hapless night watchman who encounters living and breathing museum exhibits for Saturday's movie-in-the-park series in downtown Braselton.

The action comedy, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, is presented at dusk and is rated PG for general audiences. The 105-minute feature was released this year and is not available on DVD.

The free event is sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. The park is located one block west of GA 53 in historic Braselton.


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A Flea Antique holds grand opening in Braselton

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham cut the ribbon for the grand opening of A Flea Antique in downtown Braselton Saturday.

The 17,000 square feet center features 92 booths of collectibles, including books, stamps, coins, furniture and much more. "Aunt" Bee Walleck is the owner of the center, having thirty years experience in the antique business. The building formerly housed Fawn Togs Manufacturing.

A Flea Antique is located on GA 124 across from the Braselton Library. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 10:00-6:00 and Sundays from noon-6:00.
 

(top right: Ribbon cutting including antique vendors and members of the local business community.
left: Mayor Pat Graham and "Aunt" Bee Walleck)

 

For additional information, telephone 706.654-2190 or visit its web site at www.afleaantiquemall.shopping.officelive.com.


 

 


 


Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton Logo

The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority announces a Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton Logo Contest. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m., July 31, 2009. The winning design will appear in some form on all promotional materials for the events, including the festival. This includes posters, advertising, banners and the coveted worker T-shirts. The logo winner will be paid $500 for the design. For more information, please download the contest application at BVBA Holiday Logo Contest download here.
 


August 8, 2009 Movie in the park change in schedule

(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority has learned that Monsters v. Aliens will not be released in time for our August 8, 2009 Movie in the Park.  However, we have secured Night at the Museum 2:  Battle of the Smithsonian for this date! 

Night at the Museum 2:  Battle of the Smithsonian is still in theatres and we will be showing it in the park before it is released to DVD!  Bring the family and enjoy the show. 

The free event will begin at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper.
 
The Braselton Park is one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton. Directions are available on the Town website at Map to Downtown Braselton Park
 


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 Braselton Library hosts semi-silent theater Wednesday

(Braselton) "Dr. Tom's Semi-Silent Theater" is the featured presentation of the Braselton library vacation reading program on Wednesday, July 1.

The 11:00 event will delight children of all ages as the library presents Dr. Tom Pierce, a twenty-five year veteran of mime, acting, children's theater and an acclaimed artist-in-residence. 

 Extensive information is available at www.drtomisi.com .

  Librarian Bev Adkins invites patrons to "be creative @ your library" in its summer reading opportunities.   Dr. Tom's presentation is sponsored by the Leta Braselton Trust fund. 

For additional information telephone 706.654-1992.



 Edward Jones office opens in Braselton

(Braselton) St. Louis-based Edward Jones investments opened its newest office in Braselton last week with Bill Orr as it’s financial advisor.

The firm has more than 12,000 advisors in offices across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom serving more than eight million clients.

“This is a homecoming to me,” says Orr, who lives in the Chateau Elan community. Orr is a graduate of Johnson High School, the University of Georgia, and he earned an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University. His professional career in marketing, energy and financial consulting took him to Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Rhode Island and Hong Kong.

Every aspect of Edward Jones’ investments, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

“From college savings to retirement comfort, we create and sustain long term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio,” says Orr. “It is no small honor for Fortune Magazine to name this company second in the nation as the best company to work for and to be top-ranked by Registered Rep. magazine’s survey of the nation’s largest financial services’ firms.”

Braselton Mayor Pat Graham commended Orr and his staff for their convenient location and business opportunities in the region.

Mr. Orr’s Edward Jones office is located in the Liberty Village center on GA 211 adjacent to Ace Hardware and in front of Chateau Elan golf entrance. Telephone 678.425-0329 or visit www.edwardjones.com for additional information.

Photo, left to right: Scott Snedecor (Liberty Village Center & Ace Hardware), Jennifer Dees (Braselton Town Manager), Bill Orr (Edward Jones), Braselton Mayor Pat Graham, David Ewing (Edward Jones' regional leader) and Debbie Parker (Edward Jones).


 

Braselton library features comedic juggler

(Braselton) Braselton Library's vacation reading series continues Wednesday (June 24) featuring Todd Key.

Key is described as a one-man, club throwing, ball spinning, ladder balancing, torch manipulating comedy. He has entertained kids at libraries for more than two decades and brings energy and excitement to the adventures of reading and learning.

The 11:00 AM event is sponsored by Braselton-West Jackson Friends of the Library. For additional program information, visit www.toddkeyjuggles.com or telephone the library at 706.654-1992.



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DDA Board Member Applications now being accepted

(Note:  The file below is in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. If you need a free .pdf file format reader, click here.)


Please click here to download the Application.
 


"Hotel for Dogs" is Braselton's movie in the park feature

(Braselton) Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt and Don Cheatle star in the family comedy adventure, "Hotel for Dogs," in the free movie in the park on Saturday evening in Braselton.

The 100-minute film, released in 2009, features a band of kids who transform an old hotel for stray dogs and themselves. The movie's star is Friday, an adorable pup who champions his cause for a home. The movie is rated PG, and full information is available at www.hotelfordogsmovie.com.

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. The Braselton Park is located one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton. The movie is a presentation of the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
 


Vacation reading series features Eric Litwin at Braselton library

(Braselton) The vacation reading series debuts Wednesday (June 17) at the Braselton Library featuring noted musician, Eric Litwin.

The 11:00 AM event will be held in the library's community room and is sponsored by the Braselton Woman's Club.

Litwin describes himself as "a guitar strumming, banjo picking, song singing, story telling, award winning, song writing, fun folksy type of guy." Detailed information about his professional work and presentations is at www.ericlitwin.com.

Bev Adkins, the librarian, says "our vacation reading theme is "Be Creative @ Your Library." For every five items a child reads or for every hour and fifteen minutes they read, they get to pick a prize of our of wonderful, magical treasure box." This is a popular series each Wednesday and free to all.

The library will also sponsor a 'summer story time' with sports and games on Friday, June 19 in the Braselton Park. It will begin at 11:00 AM as well.

 

Paul Blart: Mall Cop opens Braselton's movies in the park series

(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority presents "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" as its first movie-in-the-park for 2009 on Saturday (May 23).

This is the first of four movies planned in this year's series in Braselton Park at the corner of Harrison and Henry Streets just west of GA 53 in historic downtown.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" stars Kevin James and is produced by Columbia Pictures. The 91-minute film is themed when a New Jersey mall is overtaken by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to the mild-mannered security guard (Blart) to save the day. The movie is an action comedy and rated PG.

The family event begins at dusk and is free. Movie goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets or a picnic and refreshments will be available.

 

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures




Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority announces park movie series

(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority is once again hosting a series of free Movies in the Park for the community.

The scheduled movies are May 23, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, June 20, Hotel for Dogs, August 8, Monsters v. Aliens (backup if release is delayed is Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) and November 14, Fred Clause.

The free events will begin at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic.

The Braselton Park is one block west of GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton. Directions are available on the Town website at www.braselton.net


Braselton's library "Friends" celebrate with luau

(Braselton) Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library celebrated recently hosting its second annual fundraiser, a Luau for the Library, to support library materials and programs.

More than 115 attended the luau as Tiffany Milagro entertained and auctioneer Ralph Richardson, Jr., conducted a live auction of donated merchandise. Grace Butler decorated with birds of paradise flowers and Hawaiian hats. About $7000 was raised to support the library.


Photo, left to right:
Judy Aldridge, Gail Zeeb, Diane Lemaster and Robyn Matthews.


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Braselton Mayor Graham graces magazine cover

Braselton Mayor Pat Graham is featured in Georgia Trend magazine this month as part of the magazine’s main article on local government’s relationship with the state legislature.

Graham was one of seven mayors from different parts of Georgia who participated in a "mayors’ roundtable," where they answered questions about the economic downturn, the 2009 legislative session and how the local governments deal with state government.

"I think last year’s session, riddled with conflict, was the most unproductive we’ve had in a long time. The state needs to get serious and work on water supply. We need to seriously work on transportation; we need to address trauma care," she said in the article. "But if I would want to see one thing happen this year, it would be a change in mindset of our state elected officials. They have the mindset that they are state officials and they are going to legislate what is best for us. That will be our biggest conflict."

Graham was also featured on the cover of the magazine, which hit newsstands the first week in February.

"It think it’s wonderful that Mayor Graham is being recognized by Georgia Trend and statewide," said Barrow County Chamber of Commerce President Tommy Jennings. "Her experience and wisdom gained in her job as mayor can only help our entire area."


Braselton's Graham named to prestigious water policy council

(Braselton) Governor Sonny Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson announces Braselton's mayor Pat Graham is named to the prestigious water policy council for the Upper Oconee River Basin.

"The individuals we selected are solution-oriented and will provide visionary water resource planning," said Perdue.

The Upper Oconee panel is one of ten in the state to represent the water interests to its respective region. The 25-member panel's basin covers portions of thirteen counties. It will oversee preparation of regional water development and conservation plans for the region, focusing on water quantity and water quality issues and forecasts of future supply and treatment needs.

Graham said, "it is an honor to be one of the local government officials to serve on this council. Managing water resources in a sustainable manner is critically important to our state and local economy."

Lieutenant Governor Cagle added, "I am very pleased with the group of individuals selected to move forward with a responsible, long-term plan."

For additional information, visit www.georgiawaterplanning.org.


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ACE Hardware opens in Braselton

(Braselton) S&S ACE Hardware franchise owner Scott Snedecor borrowed a theme from a popular game show and deployed "things that cut" to highlight the traditional ribbon cutting of the store at 3740 Village Way in Braselton.

Snedecor was welcomed by Braselton Mayor Pat Graham, who wielded a chain saw, along with his father, Spencer, ACE corporate representative Keith Davis and realtor Scott Hanlon to open officially the store featuring high ceilings, bright features and a large outdoor garden center.

ACE Hardware, headquartered near Chicago, recently ranked in the top chains worldwide in sales by Franchise Times. The Braselton store is one of six new ones opening in the greater metro market (Dacula, Canton, Dallas, Cumming and Stockbridge). Snedecor also owns the ACE store in Buford.

"Thank you for selecting Braselton," said Mayor Pat Graham. "We think you made a wise choice to be here."

The store anchors a new retail center on GA 211 at Liberty Church Road. For additional information, visit www.ssacehardware.com.


Photo, left to right: Spencer Snedecor, Scott Snedecor, Mayor Pat Graham, Keith Davis and Scott Hanlon.

 


Braselton library receives new children's computer

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham and librarian Bev Adkins accepted a gracious gift of a new children's computer system for town's library last week.

A number of civic organizations and businesses contributed more than $2700 to purchase a new computer system for children. The donors were Chateau Elan Book Club, The Villages Book Club, Oxley Village Book Club, the Braselton Woman's Club, the Braselton Rotary Club, Phil-Mart Corporation, Kathy Stone and Ace Hardware. Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library is the institution's volunteer arm and sponsor of year-round programs and projects, including staffing the library's gift shop.

"The town is fortunate to have such generous businesses and organizations," said Mayor Graham, "especially for this computer-savvy generation of younger library patrons. Our thanks go to the entire community which rallied to support this cause."

Also last week, library visitors were treated to holiday readings and traditional songs from Santa Claus.



Photo, front row left to right: Valerie Cowan (The Village Book Club), B. Gordy (Braselton Woman's Club), Mayor Pat Graham, Library Manager Bev Adkins, Diane Lemaster (Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library) and Martha Martin (Phil-Mart). Back row left to right: Louise Higgins (Oxley Village Book Club), Tony Funari (Braselton Rotary), Scott Snedecor (Ace Hardware), June Smith (Oxley Village Book Club), Roy Fulkerson (Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library) and Mary Ann Morris (Chateau Elan Book Club).
 


Braselton Officer Recipient of 2008 Helcher Award

Independence Bank opens in Braselton

(Braselton)  The staff, board of directors and special guests of Independence Bank of Georgia cut its ribbon to mark its official opening at 6323 Grand Hickory Drive in Braselton last week.  The bank is in the Mulberry Park business center off GA 211.

And the bank issued a strong statement supporting its mission -- "committed to community; dedicated to service" by introducing its senior staff representing more than one hundred years of banking experience and donating to the 'Bucks for Books' campaign at the Braselton Library.

The bank received its charter notification from the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance on October 15.  The initial capitalization is $18.9 million, exceeding analysts' estimates for a start-up bank during the challenging conditions of the economy.  Two hundred twenty-two shareholders helped the bank exceed its capitalization projection.

Bank president Terry Evans introduced the board of directors.  "We have a strong team, and we'll work hard to serve the banking needs of this community and region," he said. 

The bank offers checking accounts, savings accounts, personal or consumer loans and specialized personal banking services. 

Braselton Mayor Pat Graham cut the ribbon and thanked the vision of the board and staff for opening its first office in Braselton.  She also accepted the ceremonial ribbon of one dollar bills to benefit the library.

Photo (front, left to right) - Terry Evans, Calvin Jones, Mayor Pat Graham, Mike Williams and Richard Stevens.  (back, left to right) - Brian Rochester, Stacey Britt, Joe Harrison and Harry Gentry 
 



(Braselton) The Braselton Antique and Holiday festival is set for Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 in the Braselton Park.

The festival features holiday arts and crafts, fall and winter gardening, floral displays and a variety of gifts and antiques. The hours are Saturday from 9:00-6:00 and Sunday from 10:00-5:00.

Admission and parking are free. Braselton Park is located in the historic downtown area of Braselton at Exit 129 of Interstate 85.

Additional information is at 706.824-7204.

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Braselton movie feature is "Nim's Island"

(Braselton) Children and families will delight in viewing "Nim's Island" in the Braselton Park on Saturday, September 27.

The island is a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination, an existence mirroring a favorite literary character, Alex Rover. The 96-minute movie stars Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin. The free movie is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and begins at dusk. Family activities precede the feature film. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.


Antique and Holiday festival vendors wanted

(Braselton) Organizers of the October 25-26 Antique & Holiday Festival are seeking vendors.

Staged in the Braselton Park, the semi-annual event draws thousands of visitors and festival patrons. It will feature a variety of antiques, holiday arts and crafts and fall/winter gardening and floral displays. Vendors may contact Richard Orcutt at 706.824-7204 for additional information.

 


Braselton movie series presents
"Alvin & The Chipmunks"


Friday, July 25th

(Braselton)  A global treasure which has delighted three generations of fans will be presented Friday (July 25) as children and families enjoy "Alvin and the Chipmunks" in the Braselton Park.

The squeaky-voiced trio of chipmunks -- Alvin, Simon and Theodore -- will delight moviegoers in the feature-length (92 minute) free movie which begins at dusk.

New Community Church of Braselton is the event sponsor.  The evening will include snow cones, an inflatable slide, a bounce house, popcorn and soft drinks. 

The movie is part of the Town's "Movie Under the Stars" series during the summer and fall.

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"Celebrate Braselton" is a huge success
 

Thousands celebrated the nation's independence with the traditional parade and festival in downtown Braselton on July 4 and 5.

The Mayor and Council led the parade with new entries including the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library, a horse contingent, funny cars and, of course, candidates for public office.  Braselton Park was packed with the largest number of vendors and exhibitors ever.

Enjoy these photos of the events.


Braselton names Robbins as public works director

(Braselton) Ken Robbins is Braselton’s new public works director. The 58-year-old succeeds Paul Cheek who retires on July 1.

Robbins earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State University. He completed the management development course at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and holds a Class I water operator’s license as required by the Environmental Protection Division. He will supervise the department’s twelve employees.

From 1976-2006, Robbins worked with the DeKalb County water and sewer department. He was named utilities’ construction inspector for the Town of Braselton in March, 2007.

“We congratulate Ken on this new position,” said Mayor Pat Graham, “and look forward to his bringing his experience and expertise to this position.”

Robbins and his wife live in Braselton. They have three children and two grandchildren and attend Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church where he teaches four-year-olds Sunday school.

For additional information, contact Robbins at 706.654-3915 or visit www.braselton.net.

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Braselton movie series presents
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

(Braselton) The Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority presents its second feature movie of the summer series Saturday (June 28), "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium."

The family-themed comedy depicts the strangest, most wonderful toy store in the world and its 243-year-old owner, Mr. Magorium. Molly Mahoney, played by Natalie Portman, is the store's awkward and insecure manager who inherits the store.

The movie series is staged in Braselton Park, one block west of GA 53 in downtown Braselton. Patrons are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the free event which begins at dusk.

 


Movies Under the Stars slated for Braselton Park

Six movies will be presented in Braselton Park in this summer's "Movie Under the Stars" series.

The family-themed series will premier with "Bee Movie," a comedy starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger on May 31.

Sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority, the event is free and citizens are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The movie begins at dusk.  

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Congressman John Linder in Braselton

Congressman John Linder will host a town hall meeting Saturday, May 17 in Braselton.

The event is open to the public from 10:00-11:00 in the Braselton Municipal Courtroom on GA 53 in historic downtown Braselton.

For information, contact Congressman Linder's office at 770.232-3005.  


Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival Pictures
These two pictures are from the weekend's Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival held in the Braselton Park.  The semi-annual event attracted thousands of patrons.

 

Owsley Tanner, a student at West Jackson Middle, displays his horticulture skills; he is working concurrently on three merit badges for Boy Scouts.

 

Margaret Hobe, presents her antiques and plants. She lives in Chateau Elan.


Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival set for weekend

(Braselton) The semi-annual Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival "goes green before green became cool" this weekend by offering workshops in addition to the booths of antiques, vintage items, collectibles and gardening merchandise.

Scheduled for Saturday (9:00-6:00) and Sunday (10:00-5:00) in Braselton Park, all events, exhibits and workshops are free. Food and beverage vendors will be in the park.

Timely workshops are hosted by area professionals. "Drought tolerant plants, vegetable gardening and dividing/planting day lilies" are workshops to be presented in the park pavilion. Helpful information on water conservation, forest fire prevention and growing organic foods will be offered by exhibitors.

Hometown Community Bank is the presenting sponsor of the festival. Admission and parking are free at the two-day events. The Braselton Park is located one block west of GA 53 in downtown Braselton (Exit 129 from I-85). For further information, telephone 706.654-3693.

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CELEBRATE BRASELTON
July 4th, 2008

Schedule of Events
 

9:00 a.m.     Booths Open in Braselton Park

10:00 a.m.    Parade Through Downtown Braselton – Hwy. 53

11:00 a.m.    Music begins on center stage in Braselton Park

1:00 p.m.     Live Music by The Bored Executives

5:00 p.m.     Live Music by Elizabeth Cook and Band

7:00 p.m.     Booths Close in Braselton Park

Dusk           Fireworks Behind Publix on Highway 211


Parade Participant Application

Parade Booth Vendor Application
 

(applications are in .pdf format and may take a moment to open)

 


Riverwalk Cleanup Planned
All volunteers, all ages, are needed!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008
9 am – Noon

We will meet at the wooden bridge in Mulberry Park. We will provide you with gloves, bags, water & thank you gifts!

For more information or directions, please contact Town Manager Jennifer Scott 706-654-5720, jscott@Braselton.net


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CHATEAU ELAN CELEBRATES
18TH ANNUAL LIGHTING NOV. 23
DONATES $5,000 TO TOWN OF BRASELTON LIBRARY

BRASELTON, GA. November 28 2007 - The 18th annual lighting of the Chateau on November 23rd brought the excitement and charm of a winter holiday to Chateau Élan Winery & Resort. More than 35,000 lights outlining the buildings, vineyards, and manicured grounds plus a flurry of Christmas themed activities and special packages marked the beginning of holiday festivities at the 3,500 acre resort.

Prime beneficiary of this years Lighting of the Chateau was the new Town of Braselton Library who received a portion of the proceeds amounting to $5,000 from Chateau Élan.

Braselton Mayor Pat Graham accepted the $5,000 check presented by Henk Evers, President & CEO of Chateau Élan at the steps of the Library on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007.


Mayor welcomes new DOT Commissioner

Mayor Pat Graham welcomed the newly elected Department of Transportation Commissioner this week.

Dr. Gena L. Abraham
was elected last month by the DOT board and visited the northeast Georgia region as her 'first stop' throughout all the state. She was warmly introduced by the Ninth District DOT board member, Mike Evans.

Abraham oversees the 5800 employees of the department with an annual budget which exceeds $2 billion per year.


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Braselton honors nation's veterans

(Braselton) The Town Council of Braselton paid homage to the nation's veterans with a resolution adopted by the Council and recognition of veterans who attended Monday's Council meeting.

Mayor Pat Graham
recognized all military veterans in the audience as the Council adopted a resolution tracing the history of Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, from 1918 until present.

Pictured are three Council members who are veterans. Left to right are Dudley Ray (Army), Phil Spivey (Air Force) and Ralph Richardson, Jr. (Army).

 


Christmas in Braselton

The Braselton Business Association hosted the annual tree lighting ceremony to inaugurate the festive holiday season in Braselton.

In addition to the lighting and carols by a choral ensemble from Jackson County Comprehensive High, the Convention and Visitors' Bureau hosted a 'movie in the park' as part of the festivities.


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Braselton antique festival nears

(Braselton) The Braselton Antique and Holiday Festival is slated for October 27 and 28 and vendors are welcomed.

Staged in the Braselton Park, the festival is a precursor to the holiday shopping season and a number of quality vendors and dealers will be selling items.

"This will be a well-attended, quality festival," says Richard Orcutt, one of the organizers.

For additional information, contact Orcutt at 706.824-7204.

 



6th Annual Tour of Homes Announced

Event: Sixth Annual “It’s a Wonderful House” Tour of Homes at Chateau Elan
 
Date: November 16th – November 18th, 2007
 
Times: Friday, November 16th 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18th 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
** Last tour shuttle departure two hours prior to close each day**
Location: Tours depart from the Chateau Elan Winery located at Exit 126 off I-85
 
Website: www.itsawonderfulhouse.org
 
Admission: $25.00 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, a private, nonprofit agency serving abused and abandoned children from the Northeast Georgia area.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at our website or may be purchased at the door.
 
Description: The Sixth Annual “It’s a Wonderful House” Tour of Homes kicks off the holiday season with a stroll through several exquisite homes in the Chateau Elan residential community, each adorned in holiday splendor. In addition to the fabulous homes, guests will also be treated to many special events at the Chateau Elan Winery. Concert choirs and solo musicians will perform at the Winery during tour hours, and local artists and merchants will be featured at the beautiful Corner Shoppe. In addition, the Silver Sleigh Café is a delightful stop for lunch, a light snack or just dessert and coffee.
 

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Library Friends hear CCC story

(Braselton) Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library heard a compelling history of the Civilian Conservation Corps from noted author, Dr. Carol Holzhalb, last week.

Holzhalb is a Jackson County native and Jefferson High graduate. She earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She introduced her book, Super CCC, as "ordinary people loving extraordinary things in that kids benefit profoundly to know about their grandparents' lives."

Relying on four primary resources for research, she described the CCC as one of the most popular programs of Roosevelt's New Deal, lasting from 1933 until the onset of World War II. Frances Perkins, Roosevelt's secretary of labor, envisioned the program to employ boys to improve the infrastructure of the United States. The boys learned pre-engineering, emergency management, soil conservation, park construction, reforestation, water and sewage systems and built 120,000 miles of roads. Based on a military model, the CCC employed more than 3.4 million boys during its existence.

Details of Holzhalb's book are thrilling. The books are $10 and may be ordered by calling 706.654-2956 or at www.heoresofhistory.org.

Friends of the Library meets each month to support materials and programming for the library.

Photo: Judee McMurdo & Dr. Carol Holzhalb  


 

Payne joins Braselton staff

(Braselton) Steve Payne joins the town of Braselton's staff as its town engineer.

Payne earned a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. A veteran of the US Air Force, he worked in the Division of Water Resources for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in Atlanta. Most recently, he worked with the City of Gainesville's Public Utilities department.

Payne and his family lives in southern Hall County.

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Braselton's Wise honored by Soil & Water District

(Braselton) Braselton's environmental specialist, Yvette Wise, received an award of appreciation from the Oconee River Soil & Water Conservation District at its annual meeting.

Nominated by Carol Boss of the USDA, Wise coordinates and manages the town's erosion and sedimentation control program. She enforces local and state environmental regulations through plan reviews and onsite inspections.

"The honor for Yvette is significant for her," says Mayor Pat Graham, "and for the Planning and Development Department of the town. She and her colleagues acknowledge the importance of water during prolonged droughts and focus on protection of the state's waterways. It's a pleasure to add my commendation to Yvette for this achievement."

Wise joined the Town's staff in 2006. The Oconee River Soil & Water Conservation District includes Jackson and Barrow Counties. Former Mayor Henry E. Braselton is a longtime supervisor of the district.

Photo: David Jackson, Chairman-Oconee River Soil & Water Conservation District, Yvette Wise of Braselton.

 


Braselton Police promotes Kilburn

(Braselton) Braselton police chief Terry Esco announces the promotion of Ronnie Kilburn to detective.

Kilburn has nine years' experience with local law enforcement agencies, including work at Hoschton and Arcade. He also spent eight years of related service in the United States Marine Corps.

A graduate of Winder-Barrow High, Kilburn and his family live in Jackson County.

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THE BRASELTON LIBRARY WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ITS COMMUNITY
Support Braselton’s Efforts and
“My Hometown Helper” Grant Application

BRASELTON, GEORGIA, September 13, 2007 — This fall, the Braselton Library is determined to enhance their collection of books and add more of what the patrons want. As part of its fundraising efforts, it has applied for a $5000 grant from “My Hometown Helper,” a nationwide initiative that helps local groups make a difference in their own community.

If awarded the grant, the Braselton Library will be one of up to 12 municipal or civic organizations across the country to receive a “helping hand” from Hamburger Helper. Town Manager, Jennifer Scott, applied for the grant on behalf of the library and says, “The library is greatly loved and well attended, but needs funds to get the books our patrons want to read!”

“My Hometown Helper” funds are awarded based on the merit of the project, including its impact on the community. Friends, neighbors and family can support Braselton’s efforts by adding comments to the grant application at http://www.myhometownhelper.com/ViewProject.aspx?id=28991. All requests for funding must be supported by a municipal or civic organization or public school.

Applicants may be awarded between $500 and $15,000 for community projects. For more information on the “My Hometown Helper” grant program and a complete set of rules, visit www.myHometownHelper.com.
 

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Braselton Mayor briefs district's new Congressman

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham visited Congressman Paul Broun, Jr., on Monday to brief him on the progress of the Town. Graham announced details of the meeting at Monday night's Town Council meeting.

"We discussed several issues important to our progress including the need for a new post office in our historic downtown," Graham said.

Broun recently opened his district office in Athens.
 

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Braselton founder's grandson honored

(Gainesville) A grandson of the founder of the Town of Braselton was memoralized in Gainesville as a street was named in his honor and a historical marker describing his remarkable life was unveiled.

Henry O. Ward is the only person who served as Mayor of Gainesville and Chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners. His family presented a historical marker as a gift to the community. It is anchored on the campus of City Hall and the Hall County Courthouse along Henry Ward Way, designated earlier this year by the Gainesville City Council.

Ward (1926-2000) was the son of the late Sadie Bell Braselton Ward, a child of the town's founder.

Photo, left to right: Judy Ward, Tharpe Ward, Mrs. Henry (Jean) Ward, Susan Ward Jordan, Jill Ward, Henry Ward, Jr. and Linda Ward.

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Braselton welcomes Whole Foods Market

(Braselton) Dignitaries welcomed Whole Foods Market as its regional distribution center is under construction in the Braselton Distribution Center on GA 124 west of the downtown district. A ceremonial groundbreaking was staged today.

Whole Foods Market is the world's leading natural and organic foods grocery. The new distribution center, slated to open in the fall, will consist of 100,000 square feet and serve stores in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. ARCO Design/Build is the general contractor, and the building will encompass "green features" to reduce its environmental impact.

"This state of the art building is something we had to do for the future growth of our region," said Joey Herndon, company vice president. "With the size of this facility, we are able to purchase in larger quantities and more directly, making our distribution process more efficient."

Braselton Mayor Pro Tem Richard J. Mayberry and Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates spoke in official capacities to welcome the center. Upon completion as it moves from a current facility in Gwinnett County, the center will add twenty new associate jobs and boost the Braselton-Jackson County economy by more than $3 million annually.

Whole Foods Market has more than 175 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. It employs more than 39,000 team members and is ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine.

Photo, left to right: Barrett Scott & Joey Herndon of Whole Foods Market, Braselton Mayor Pro Tem Richard J. Mayberry, Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Scott, Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority Chairman Hunter Bicknell, Adam Goldberg of ARCO Build, Pattie Howard of the Braselton Business Association and Mike Hardy of Whole Foods.

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 Family movie night in Braselton Park features
children's movie


(Braselton) The Town of Braselton will celebrate National Small Cities & Towns Day by hosting a "family movie night" in the Braselton Park on Friday, July 20.

"Over the Hedge" is the feature presentation. It is a computer-animated film featuring a woodland critters' cast who awake from hibernation to find a tall hedge has appeared and half their forest is gone. There is little food supply left, so the critters must act. The film is produced by DreamWorks.

Family movie night is a free presentation, including snow cones, popcorn, candy, a moon bounce and inflated slide. Festive entertainment begins at 7 PM in the town's downtown park one block west of GA 53, and the movie begins at dusk on a 24' screen. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

National Small Cities and Towns Day is a collaborative celebration of municipalities (population under 50,000) sponsored by the National League of Cities. Since 2000, it has drawn attention to the importance and accomplishments of small communities and highlights the vitality of them.

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Braselton Business Association elects new officers

(Braselton) The Braselton Business Association elected new officers at its annual meeting with Carlos Llorens as its new president.

Founded in 2002 to promote businesses located in Braselton and maximize business networking opportunities, the association has grown as large and small businesses opened or relocated to the town.

The association also sponsors the "Christmas in Braselton" parade and festival to begin the holiday season each year.

Llorens is an agent with Cotton States Insurance. Other officers are Pattie Howard of The Peoples Mortgage Services, Attorney Rakhi Dalal of the Fitzgerald & Burruss, LLC firm and Carol Smith of Keller Williams Realty. Mary Stover of the Braselton-Stover House is the immediate past president.

The association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. For additional information, visit its web site at www.bba-ga.org or telephone Llorens at 770.965-0760.

Photo, left to right: Carol Smith, Rakhi Dalal, Pattie Howard & Carlos Llorens


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Solis named assistant chief for Braselton Police

(Braselton) Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco announced the promotion of Lou Solis, Jr., to assistant police chief at the town council's meeting Monday.

A twenty-year Army veteran, Solis joined the Braselton Police department in 2005. Formerly, he worked in personnel security details for a private security firm and was employed with the Marietta Police department where he earned "Rookie of the Year" honors.

Solis and his family live in Dacula.

 

 

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Georgia's legendary Coach Vince Dooley visits Jefferson
 

(Jefferson) Better Hometown Jefferson and the Jefferson Public Library announce Coach Vince Dooley's visit to Jefferson on Wednesday, May 23.

Coach Dooley brings his very popular book autograph tour to the Jefferson Civic Center from 2:00 until 4:00. His three newest books are "Dooley: My Forty Years at Georgia" ($25), "Tales of the 1980 National Champions" ($20) and "How Bout Them Dawgs" ($20). Fans may purchase specially autographed books with cash or checks.

"Each book is appealing, whether it chronicles his illustrious career or the national championship team or the newest book for children, taking the reader through a game day in Athens," says Dooley's publicist, Sammy Smith. "Fans across Georgia turn out in huge numbers for these events and for the special opportunity to speak with Coach Dooley. At one venue, he signed books for seven hours!"

For additional information, contact Better Hometown Jefferson at 706.367-5714.

Photo courtesy of www.onlineathens.com/dogbytes/coach/photos/

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Graham named to Governor's task force
 

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham is named by Governor Perdue to a prestigious task force to focus on governmental service delivery issues.

The Commission for a New Georgia, a high profile, non-profit corporation, is led by the state's most distinguished CEOs and business leaders. Under its direction, eighteen task forces are charged with myriad duties to carry out its mission "to bring breakthrough thinking and a fresh perspective to ways state government can better manage its assets and services and map its strategic future."

Graham, an acknowledged resource on municipal services, accepted the appointment. She also serves on the Georgia Municipal Association's Legislative Policy Council, its Board of Directors and is president of its District 5 leaders.

"This will be a challenge, not only for the issues themselves, but also striving to be an effective voice for local governments. It is my understanding the task force will have only four elected officials from around the state -- a state senator, a state representative, a county commissioner, and I will bring the municipal perspective.

Graham and others will be introduced to the Commission for a New Georgia at the Governor's Mansion on Wednesday morning.

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 Braselton salutes media anniversary

 

(Braselton) The Town of Braselton saluted Jacobs Media on the 60th anniversary of its charter and for outstanding broadcast/web cast journalism.

Ken Stanford, news director for the company, accepted a resolution from the Braselton Town Council on Monday evening.

"We appreciate the high professional standards of the radio stations and Internet news services," said Mayor Pat Graham.

The flagship station of Jacobs Media, WDUN-AM, received its charter in 1947 and began broadcasts in 1949.

(left to right): Councilmen Ralph Richardson, Jr., Richard Mayberry; Ken Stanford of Jacobs Media; Mayor Pat Graham; Councilmen Dudley Ray & Phil Spivey

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 Paul Mims is Braselton's water superintendent

(Braselton) Paul J. Mims is named Braselton's water superintendent according to Town Manager Jennifer Scott.

Prior to being named, Sims worked in planning, permits, zoning and water department of Lincoln County (GA), and since 1996, worked for the Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority. He holds a Class III certified water operator license from the Georgia EPD.

"Paul is very familiar with our system; we believe he'll be an asset to the public utilities department and the citizens we serve," said Scott.

Mims and his family live in Hoschton.

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 Braselton, Oakwood reach sewer agreement

(Braselton) An intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Braselton and the City of Oakwood will create the opportunity for Oakwood to provide sewer service in designated areas of southern Hall County.

The announcement was made concurrently by the Braselton Town Council and the Oakwood City Council at their respective monthly meetings Monday evening.

According to the agreement, Oakwood will have the authority to purchase sewer treatment capacity from the Braselton Water Reclamation Facility as it undergoes future capacity upgrades. Currently built to process 1.27 millions of sewage per day, the design, engineering and permitting is underway to increase its capacity to 2.9 million gallons per day. The project will continue in order to meet the needs of Braselton’s sewer service area. Oakwood’s future purchases will be coordinated by the two governments after the plant expansion projects are completed by Braselton.

“Oakwood contacted us to plan for the long term needs of their city and surrounding area,” said Braselton Mayor Pat Graham. “Our staff and engineers explored the ramifications as this was the first overture we’ve ever had from another government which we felt did not attempt to restrict the economic development strategies of Braselton,” she said.

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs was complimentary of the reception and facilities in nearby Braselton. “It only made sense to talk to Braselton,” he said “as it has a state of the art plant that is slated to undergo a series of planned expansions. We approached Braselton not just looking to purchase sewer capacity, but to partner with them. This is an example of intergovernmental cooperation at its finest.”

The agreement confirms that Oakwood will pay a proportional share of the cost associated with the capacity it needs during future plant expansions. It will also take an equal amount of reuse water as capacity received. The City of Oakwood will install, own and operate its infrastructure to the connecting point with the Braselton system.

Scroggs added, “Oakwood and unincorporated Hall County will be the beneficiaries of what we’ve been able to achieve through this agreement with Braselton.”

Graham concluded, “Cooperating on a regional basis is not only environmentally beneficial, but it is also much more cost effective to provide this essential service.”

Left to right: Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs, Braselton Mayor Pat Graham

 
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Braselton opens new library Wednesday

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham will preside over dedication ceremonies of the Town's new library Wednesday morning (November 8) at 9:00 am.

The new library is located one-quarter mile west of the intersection of GA 53 and 124 in historic downtown Braselton. The 6600 square feet facility is eleven times larger than the town's previous library and built with general revenues and development impact fees.

Mayor Graham will honor the library's volunteers, the Braselton Woman's Club and the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library in the ceremony. The public is invited.

For further information, contact the library at 706.654-1992.
 
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(Town's traditional tree decorated by the Braselton Rotary Club, Santa,
2nd graders of West Jackson Elementary)

Braselton ushers holiday season with parade

(Braselton) Hundreds lined Braselton's busiest street to usher in the 2006 holiday season with the Town's traditional parade.

Santa Claus made his first appearance of the season as "Christmas in Braselton" featured a parade, seasonal vendors, the festival of trees and movie in the park. Events are sponsored by the Town and the Braselton Business Association. The festival of trees continues through the season inside the Braselton Antique Mall.

For more information, visit www.braselton.net.

(Chicken, Maggie the Cow from Mayfield Dairy, Mobile Carillon)

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 Braselton festival ushers in holiday season

(Braselton) Members of the Braselton Business Association will usher in the holiday season with
"An Old Fashioned Christmas" festival in early November.


The traditional festival of trees will be presented November 1-18 inside the Braselton Antique Mall on the corner of GA 53 and 124 downtown. The free festival features trees decorated by individuals, civic groups and schools in vibrant period decor. After the competition for grand prizes, the trees will be for sale.

On Saturday, November 4 the festival presents crafts and food vendors at the Antique Mall beginning at 9:00. The annual Christmas parade will be held on Highway 53 at 4:30 followed by the traditional lighting of the town's tree at 5:30 hosted by the Braselton Rotary Club.

"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" will be presented in the Braselton Park at 6:30. The family-themed classic movie in the park is co-hosted by the Braselton Lions Club.

For information about the craft and food vendors, parade entries or other activities associated with Christmas in Braselton, please contact Pattie Howard at 678.898-4143.
 

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Braselton Women's Club donates
"Bucks for Books"

(Braselton) Braselton Mayor Pat Graham accepted two checks from the Braselton Women's Club to purchase books for the town's new library.

Club president
B. Gordy presented $5000 in the "Bucks for Books" campaign. One-half is presented in honor of the Women's Club; the other in honor and memory of Alice Nunley, Nan Braselton, Vernelle Baird and Annette Braselton.

Funds were raised via the club's spring luncheon and its silent auction and benefit in September. Support for the library has been a mission of the club since 1973. Club members are key volunteers helping library patrons and assisting with children's programs.

The new library in Braselton, ten times larger than its present one, is under construction and will open in a few weeks.

Photo, left to right: Mayor Pat Graham, Jan David, Robyn Matthews, B. Gordy, Susan Korb and Braselton Librarian Bev Adkins.

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(Braselton) "Our future is our theme," says Braselton Mayor Pat Graham who will host the Town's 90th birthday party on Monday.
 
Braselton was chartered by the General Assembly of Georgia on August 21, 1916. Ninety years later, celebrants will admire a resolution authored by Senator Casey Cagle commending the Town's history and progress. Children and students of the town will be entertained by a deejay, interactive games, magic show, Doodle the Clown and much more between 4:00 and 6:00 pm in the Braselton Park. Around 5:00, the Mayor will cut ceremonial cakes and all will enjoy Mayfield ice cream from the nearby dairy.

Braselton's largest grocers, Kroger and Publix, will compete in a themed cake-decorating contest.

Bev Adkins is the town's librarian. "We've had a phenomenal summer reading series so we're inviting local children who enjoyed the library and its outreach. Having a kids-themed birthday party is altogether appropriate," she said.

 
Day Named Braselton's Wastewater Superintendent
 
Hubert Day is Braselton's new wastewater supervisor in the Public Utilities department.
 
Day has eighteen years in wastewater management including fifteen years with the Gwinnett County Public Utilities department.  He holds the Georgia EPD certification for management and supervision.  Braselton's municipal system serves customers in Jackson, Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall Counties.

Day and his family live in Walton County.

 

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Celebrate Braselton Event

Celebrate Braselton included a festive, patriotic parade through downtown Braselton on Sunday.  The two-day festival included exhibits and vendors in Braselton Park, free concerts, the traditional parade and climaxed with a spectacular fireworks show from Chateau Elan.


                       

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Benton Presents Braselton Library With Book Funds

The Braselton Library's "bucks for books" campaign received a huge boost as Representative Tommy Benton presented a $10,000 appropriation from the Georgia General Assembly.

 
Benton sponsored the special appropriation for the new Braselton Library during the 2006 legislative session.
 
"A library is a genuine source of pride for a community," Benton said, "and more so for the Braselton area since its Council and citizens took the lead to construct a new library ten times larger than the present one.  The elected leadership and the community supporters deserve the credit for this project, and the state legislature is proud to be a partner."
 
Diane Lemaster is president of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library.  "Representative Benton is a champion.  He realizes the investment of books for our library patrons pays dividends for many, many years," she said.

Diane Lemaster, Representative Tommy Benton, and Town of Braselton Mayor Pat Graham are pictured above.

 
The Braselton Library is under construction on GA 124, one block west of the historic downtown.  It is scheduled to be completed in the fall. 

Click here for more information on the Town of Braselton Library.

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Braselton Hosts "Picnic with Police"        

 
Sgt. Robert Holt, Caroline Catledge, Marlee Wright, Benjamin Marshall,
Riley Catledge, Abbie Catledge, Officer Alison Tiller

 

April 23, 2006
(Braselton) More than two hundred citizens of Braselton enjoyed a unique "picnic with police" this week.
 
The annual event is hosted by the officers of the Braselton Police Department, the Mayor and Council and town staff.  "It's a casual setting and a terrific opportunity for us to get to know folks and for them to know us," said Chief Terry Esco.
 
Residents of the Clearwater Plantation subdivision on Friendship Road enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks.  

                                                              Homeowner Kay Graham and
                                                                        Officer Lou Solis             
 






BJ Martin, president of Clearwater Plantation
Homeowners Association chats with
Braselton Councilman Phil Spivey.
 

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Braselton Named an All-America City Finalist

(Denver)  The National Civic League announced today that Braselton is a finalist for a prestigious national recognition, All-America City.

 
Founded in 1949 by the famed pollster George H. Gallup, the National Civic League's annual award recognizes communities of all sizes that work collaboratively to overcome local challenges.  It is the nation's original and most prestigious community recognition award.
 
Braselton is one of two Georgia cities to be listed as finalists; Marietta is the other.  However, Braselton is the smallest city in the nation to make the 34-city list.  The 2000 census listed Braselton with 1206 citizens.  Columbus, Ohio, with a population exceeding 725,000 is the most populated finalist.
 
"It is an honor to be a finalist in the National Civic League competition," says Braselton Mayor Pat Graham, "as we're the smallest city competing for the award, we're glad to be recognized for the wonderful attributes and unique quality of life that makes Braselton an All-America City."
 
All finalists will be judged by a screening jury in June in Anaheim, California.  Tom Flynn, chair of the screening committee said, "the applications we received this year were as strong as we've seen in some time."  For further information, visit www.ncl.org .
 

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(Braselton)  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division) granted approval of the Mulberry RiverWalk project's phase 2 plans and progress in Braselton.
 
Mayor Pat Graham received official state notice last week of the $100,000 state grant.  The 5.75-mile river corridor park portion must undergo an environmental review with respect to impacts on endangered species, historic, archaeological and cultural resources.  Phase 2 designs include the section of the river corridor from New Liberty Church Road toward GA 124 near Josh Pirkle Road.
 
The state grant is administered by the GA DNR under the Federal Recreational Trails program.
 

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(Braselton) Inclement wintry weather required the Town of Braselton to move its groundbreaking ceremony to 'dry ground' inside its historic town hall, but the spirits soared as Mayor Pat Graham held the ceremonial shovel high for all to admire.

The $1.2 million library will be built on GA 124, one-quarter mile from the town's center, and paid for by development impact fees and general revenues. The 6100 square feet facility was designed by Red Thunder Studio of Suwanee and the Blue River Group of Atlanta is the general contractor.

"It's a book beginning rather than a book end," said Mayor Graham, "and it will allow our citizens to journey to the next generation of cyber learning. We're particularly pleased with the plans devoted to children."

Diane Lemaster is president of Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library. She paid tribute to the Braselton Women's Club which founded the original, 600 square feet library on Frances Street.

Pic (left to right) Ken Rhyne of Red Thunder Studio, Diane Lemaster of Friends of the Library, Mayor Pat Graham and Jonathan Clay of the Blue River Group.
 

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(Braselton) Mayor Pat Graham and the Braselton Town Council saluted the town's thriving business community with an annual reception on Tuesday, January 10.

More than 100 businesses were represented at the Town Hall reception, held annually as a tribute to the diverse business interests of the town. "We appreciate our business community," said Mayor Graham, "and we'll continue to be a good place to conduct business -- large and small -- for local employment, for specialty shopping, for destination tourism and for general economic development."

Photo, left to right: Pepe Cummings (Jackson County Chamber), Representative Stacey Reece, Dr. Jim Jackson (The Braselton Clinic), Don Stewart (Jackson EMC) and Dan Torbett (Allstate Insurance).
(Braselton) Citing an impressive litany of municipal successes, the Jackson Herald names Braselton Mayor Pat Graham as its prestigious "Newsmaker of the Year."

When Graham, her husband and four children moved to toney Chateau Elan in 1995, it was in part a response to the hyper-growth she had witnessed in Gwinnett County farther down I-85. A native of Rhode Island and a former executive with Frito-Lay, Graham had opted in 1989 to stay home with her children.

Her focus may have been on her children, but after settling down in Chateau Elan she found time to observe the actions of the Braselton political leadership.

She found it lacking. Annexations with no development regulations and a weak zoning code motivated Graham to action. In 2001, she ran for the mayor’s seat and won.

then...

See full story at
http://www.mainstreetnews.com/2006/January/J0104B.html
 

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(Braselton)  Braselton was chosen from among dozens of candidates to participate in the
2005 "City Showcase" at the National League of Cities' annual congress in Charlotte, December 6-10.
 
The showcase is an annual display and celebration of innovative city programs from around the country, offering city leaders a chance to share ideas and valuable experiences with the more than 3000 delegates who are expected to attend.
 
Issues such as downtown revitalization, youth activities, stormwater management and emergency preparedness are focused in this year's agenda, which will also feature a variety of other creative programs.
 
Braselton is one of four Georgia cities to get the coveted nod for a conference display.  The town's reuse water system gained national attention for its innovation, operational standards and efficiency. 
 

Mayberry joins Braselton Town Council

(Braselton) Richard J. Mayberry was sworn in as Braselton's newest Council member on Monday.
He won a special election to fill an unexpired term last week.


Mayberry, age 35, is a lifelong resident of Braselton. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and are expecting a third child in December.

A former member of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, his term began November 14 and end on December 31, 2007. The oath of office was administered by Town Manager & Clerk, Jennifer Scott.

 

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Braselton Library celebrates Children's Book Week

(Braselton) Children and students throughout Braselton will have a greater appreciation of the written word this week as the Braselton Library celebrates Children's Book Week.

Bev Adkins is the librarian and April Johnson is the children's librarian at the library located at the corner of Frances and Harrison Streets. Activities include reading to students and judging a book characters' parade at West Jackson Primary School. On Friday, the staff will host a story time with Emily Elizabeth from "Clifford, the Big Red Dog."

Braselton Mayor Pat Graham presents a town resolution proclaiming Children's Book Week as "libraries are integral tools and treasures of culture, economy, education and enlightenment."

For additional information, contact the Braselton Library at 706.654-1992.


Nationally-themed logo courtesy of The Children's Book Council
(www.cbcbooks.org)
 

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Election Results  November, 2005

2005 Braselton Municipal Election 

Unofficial Vote Count 

Mayor:
                   Pat Graham (incumbent)                     479
                   Jeff Forrestall                                     173

District 1:
                   Charles Ashburn                                 23
                   Richard Mayberry                               47
 
District 2:
                   Ralph Richardson, Jr. (incumbent)      160
                   Ami Ray                                              25
 
District 4:
                   Dudley Ray (incumbent)                     141
                   Jeff Gaston                                          96

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Place your vote for American Dream Town 2006



Braselton earned the honor of American Dream Town for 2005.
Visit www.americandreamtown.com to place your vote for
America's Dream Town 2006.

 
 
 

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Braselton
Antique Festival ~ October 15 & 16, 2005


BRASELTON ANTIQUE FESTIVAL, October 15 & 16 in Braselton's town park.
The festival will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 6. There is free parking and free admission.


Antique dealers from the Southeast will fill Braselton's town park with quality antiques. Booth space is available for antiques and food. 706-824-7204
 
 Contact Info: Richard Orcutt 706-824-7204 ROKW@msn.com


Braselton Tapped for
National Cities' Showcase

 
(Braselton)  Braselton's reuse water system, recognized by state officials earlier this year,  now garners the attention of the National League of Cities.
 
Braselton is one of three Georgia municipalities to be invited to the 2005 City Showcase sponsored by the national organization.  Savannah and Morrow are the other Georgia cities.
 
"Braselton was chosen based on its exemplary program of the reuse water system as well as its size and geographic mix," says Showcase coordinator Cy Behroozi.  "About fifty cities are invited from all across the country," he said.
 
"We are very proud to have been chosen by the National League of Cities to participate in the 2005 City Showcase," says Braselton Mayor Pat Graham.  "Braselton has many great accomplishments to share, and we look forward to showcasing our state-of-the-art wastewater reclamation facility," she added.
 
The League's annual convention and showcase will be held in Charlotte in December.

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Cheek Named Director of Public Utilities

 
(Braselton) Paul "Buddy" Cheek is coming out of retirement to become Braselton's first Director of Public Utilities. Cheek retired as director of the town's wastewater system last year.

"The Town Manager created the new position as a management streamlining measure," said Mayor Pat Graham, "so that our water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater programs are managed efficiently for homeowners and businesses. These programs are the catalyst for our local economy."

Cheek is a graduate of Jackson County High School and holds a Class I certification in wastewater treatment and processing, a requirement of the Georgia EPD. He brings seven years' experience into the new role. He and his family live in Hoschton.
 

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The Miss Braselton Contest - **Dates Changed**

 
(Braselton) The town of Braselton is seeking participants for The Miss Braselton Contest. You may register at the Braselton Antique Mall on September 24, 2005 between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

Dates for the Miss Braselton Contest are as follows:

  • Toddler, Wee & Little Miss - Friday, November 4, 2005
  • Junior, Teen, & Miss - Saturday, November 5, 2005

     

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  • Braselton Police Officer Dies in Tragic Vehicle Accident

     
    (Braselton) Mayor Pat Graham of Braselton said "we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of an outstanding member of the Braselton Police Department, Patrol Officer Todd Helcher.

    This officer worked with our Town for sixteen months. We convey our deepest sympathies to his wife, children and entire family. We mourn his passing and respectfully acknowledge his exemplary law enforcement career."

    Biographical information:
    Karl Todd Helcher
    Age 34
    Married with four children
    Lived in Clarkesville


    Braselton PD information:
    Began employment with Braselton PD in March 2004
    Worked 6pm-6am shift (Sunday evening-Monday morning)


    Vehicle accident information:
    Accident occurred on GA 365 near the Hall-Habersham County line; GA State Patrol, Gainesville post) will issue information


    Memorial funds established:
    The Todd Helcher Family Fund is established at Hamilton State Bank (Braselton and Gainesville) or the Northeast Georgia Bank (Braselton or any branch)

    Services:
    Services are pending with the family

    Further information will be released upon approval of Officer Helcher's family. Thank you.

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    Braselton Breaks Ground for Police & Municipal Court Facility

     
    (Braselton) Mayor Pat Graham and the Town Council of Braselton broke ground Wednesday for the town's first new municipal building in nearly ninety years.

    The Braselton Police & Municipal Court facility will be located adjacent to the historic Town Hall on Highway 53. The $4.2 million center will house the police department and municipal court and additional space for civic functions. Funding for the project is provided by general revenues and development impact fees.

    "In 2001, we implemented a full-time police department, and we now have a staff of thirteen officers and administrator," said Mayor Graham.

    The Facility Group of Smyrna is contracted for planning, program management, design and construction. It is scheduled for completion in mid-2006.

    Photo, left to right: Mary Stover, Becky Skelton, Rhonda Lunsford; Lt. David Walker, Major Javier Garcia, Chief Terry Esco; Mayor Pat Graham, Councilmembers Dudley Ray, Bruce Yates, Ralph Richardson, Jr., & Phil Spivey; Diane Lemaster
     

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    Braselton Bash ~ May 21st - Hosted by Year One

     
    (Braselton) Year One will host its annual "Braselton Bash" to celebrate the automotive hobby and public safety awareness day on May 21.

    Events are planned at the Year One facility on GA 53, east of I-85 in Braselton, from 3:00-9:00.

    Planned activities and exhibits include a car and truck show, interactive DUI program demonstration, a burn out show, exhibits from public safety, and law enforcement personnel and equipment and more for the entire family.

    For additional information, contact Year One at 706.658-2140 extension 185.
     

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    Resurfacing on Ga. 124 - Begins 4/25/05

     
    Work to resurface 17 miles of Ga. 124, from Ga. 20 in Gwinnett County to Ga. 53 in Braselton, is scheduled to begin tonight (4/25/05).

    State Department of Transportation crews will work nightly, weather permitting, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the project, which has a July 31 completion date.

    Flaggers and pilot vehicles will help move traffic through the work zone, said Russell McMurry, district engineer with the department.

    Crews will begin work tonight, closing the northbound lane of Ga. 124 at Ga. 20 and will work north through Barrow County into Jackson County, patching the road and doing preparation work before resurfacing, McMurry said.

    Work will close one lane at a time. Delays are expected. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes or USE EXTRA CAUTION if traveling in the area.

    Contact: Call *DOT on a cell phone or go online at www.georgianavigator.com.
     

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    * * * PUBLIC NOTICE * * *

     
    The Town of Braselton will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, May 5, 2005 at 4 p.m. at the Braselton Community Center located at 126 Harrison Street on a map of Districts for the Town of Braselton prepared by the University of Georgia's State Reapportionment Office based on a house count prepared by the Town of Braselton as of January 1, 2005. The proposed map of districts is available for public viewing at the Braselton Town Hall, 4982 Highway 53, during regular business hours.

    Click here to view the Map of districts

     

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    Hudgens Cites Braselton Honors

     
    Mayor Pat Graham of Braselton accepted a Senate resolution from Senator Ralph Hudgens recognizing the town's accomplishments of 2004.

    The resolution highlights some of Braselton's achievements, including the title of America's Dream Town, Georgia Trend and Georgia Municipal Association Trendsetter Award, the Braselton Police Department honored by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for its leadership in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, Town Manager Jennifer Scott named local government administrator of the year by Northeast Georgia Regional Development Commission, among several other notable achievements.

    Graham and many local officials visited the legislature as part of the Georgia Municipal Association's "district days at the Capitol."

    Photo, Senator Ralph Hudgens, Mayor Pat Graham
     

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    Braselton Police Earn State Honor

     
    (Braselton) Representatives of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety recognized the Braselton Police Department for its leadership in the recent statewide Operation Zero Tolerance campaign.

    Rob Mikell and Ricky Rich presented Braselton police chief Terry Esco with a plaque citing the town's proactive law enforcement policies and initiatives to reduce impaired driving, during the Memorial Day through Labor Day awareness campaign with specific focus on the July 4th holiday. "Statewide lifesaving results for the Operation Zero Tolerance initiative are directly tied to enforcement campaigns like the one in the Town of Braselton," Mikell said, "high profile enforcement efforts like those conducted by the Braselton PD remind Georgians that, if you drive impaired, you will go to jail."

    Mayor Pat Graham thanked Mikell and Rich for the presentation and commended Chief Esco and the entire police force of Braselton. Special guests for the presentation were Albert and Dorothy Holder, founders of the Jackson County Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter.

    Photo, left to right: Braselton councilman Phil Spivey, Captain Javier Garcia, Dorothy Holder, Officer Todd Helcher, Mayor Pat Graham, Rob Mikell of GOHS, Chief Terry Esco, Lieutenant Dallas Van Scoten, Albert Holder and Councilman Dudley Ray.
     

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    Braselton Garners Prestigious State Economic Award

     
    The (Atlanta) The Town of Braselton was among six municipal governments of Georgia honored by Georgia Trend magazine and the Georgia Municipal Association with the prestigious Trendsetter Award.

    Braselton's honor cited the Town's state-of-the-art water reclamation initiative, commonly called its reuse water plant, which produces a non-potable water supply for residential and commercial irrigation, construction and other uses.

    Neely Young, publisher of Georgia Trend, said "Braselton is the winner in the under-2000 population category for economic development for anticipating growth and developing a water reuse treatment facility to create high-quality water for non-potable purposes, while decreasing the demand, production and distribution of potable water."

    Mayor Pat Graham accepted the award on GMA's Mayor Day in Atlanta. "This is a testament to our hard work, on our envisioning the great benefits of reuse water, on an acclaimed public-private partnership and the dedication of our Town staff and engineering consultants," she said.

    Trendsetter Awards are based on municipal innovation in improving the quality of life for towns' residents and providing services in a more efficient manner.
     

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    Spivey is Braselton's Mayor Pro Tem

     
    The Mayor and Council of Braselton appointed Phil Spivey as the Mayor Pro Tem for 2005.  The appointment was made during the Council's January meeting.
     
    Spivey, who joined the Council in 2004, is retired from Delta Air Lines and lives in the Chateau Elan community.


     

     

     

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    The Town of Braselton -- America's Dream Town 2005!


    The Town of Braselton bested small towns in Florida and South Carolina to earn the prestigious title of "America's Dream Town" for 2005.

    The annual award is bestowed "to celebrate a small town's heritage, take pride in neighborhoods and invite tourism," according to American Dream Town, Inc., the award sponsor.

    Online voting began October 15 and ended at midnight, November 30.  One hundred fifty towns (three per state) vied for the national honor having been nominated by businesses, visitors' bureaus, chambers of commerce and others.

    "This is fantastic," says Mayor Pat Graham.  "We've worked hard to build and sustain a small town with services and amenities appropriate to our citizens and visitors.  We see this as a confirmation of our collective efforts and plans for our future."

    Braselton garnered 3570 votes, ahead of Celebration (FL) with 2739 and Summerville (SC) with 1616.  The 2004 winner was Glen Rose, Texas.

    American Dream Town, Inc. is based in Montauk, New York.  In its announcement, Braselton will receive international publicity, enhancements for its municipal plans and features as well as an actual award.
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    Braselton Christmas Parade

     


    Hundreds lined the historic GA 53 as the annual "Christmas in Braselton" parade was presented on Saturday.

    More than thirty parade entries ushered in the holiday season.  The parade was sponsored by the Braselton Business Association and the huge tree was donated by the Braselton Rotary Club.



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    Addictive Cycles Donates Bicycles to Braselton Police

    Addictive Cycles, Inc., a full service bicycle shop in Braselton, donated two specially equipped bicycles to the Braselton Police Department.

    Scott Hodge and Grant Lockwood are co-owners of the shop, which opened in July and is located in the Mulberry Walk center on Georgia 211.

    "We realize the town's growth required additional equipment for the police department," says Hodge, "and the bicycles are versatile for movements in neighborhoods and streets.  The bicycles also sustain the personal interaction between our police force and residents."

    The 27-speed bicycles are made by Cannondale and will be used by BPD officers Tonya McKenzie and Scott Rogers.

    Mayor Pat Graham accepted the bicycles on behalf of the town.  "Bicycle patrols are proven and effective.  We appreciate the community spirit of Scott and Grant.  We will honor them officially with a Town resolution."  Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco added, "we're a better town for having businesses like Addictive Cycles.  Our officers appreciate this very fine gift."



    Photo (left to right):  Chief Terry Esco, Officer Scott Rogers, Scott Hodge, Mayor Pat Graham, Grant Lockwood, Officer Tonya McKenzie and Town Manager Jennifer Scott.

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    Braselton re-dedicates historic school bell & gazebo

    The historic school bell, which rang for students and townspeople from 1920-1957, is now housed under a beautiful gazebo on the grounds of the Braselton Town Hall.

    Mayor Pat Graham and Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Richardson, Jr. presided over an unveiling ceremony last week.  They and the Town Council hosted local graduates of Braselton High School for a reception.

    "It's a beautiful bell and a significant part of the Town's history," said Graham, "and we're especially pleased that local citizens and businesses donated the gazebo."  Twelve scomozzi-capped columns, identical to the columns of the early     
    Braselton High School Graduates 20th century Town Hall, undergird the gazebo roof and a cast bronze historical marker now grace the grounds of Town Hall on Highway 53.

    Originally located in the bell tower of the Braselton High School, the bell was commissioned by Senator Isaac Frank Duncan.  The school was built by the Town's founders, and when it closed in 1957, the bell was returned to Senator Duncan's family.  It was later donated to the Town by the children of Green and May Braselton, who are the Senator's grandchildren.
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    Braselton-Hoschton plan "Day of Remembrance"

    The Towns of Braselton and Hoschton are coordinating efforts and activities to remember the victims of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks by hosting events "for those who matter the most -- families and friends."

           "It's a commemoration appropriate for these small towns whose citizens pay tribute to those who died and to honor America's strength and resolve," said Matthew Randolph of the Hoschton Animal Hospital, an event cosponsor.  "We'll also honor the police departments of Braselton and Hoschton for their outstanding public service."

           Events include an open house at the Animal Hospital, a softball game between the towns, a concert by the Duncan Creek Band with a special guest appearance by NASCAR's Buckshot Jones and a movie-in-the-park, sponsored by the Braselton Business Association.

           All events are scheduled for Saturday, September 11.

           Click here for event information flier in .pdf format.                                                 
    Buckshot Jones     

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    Braselton High School bell-gazebo ceremony set

    Braselton Mayor Pat Graham and the Town Council will host a ceremony to rededicate the Braselton High School bell housed in a new gazebo on the Town Hall grounds.

    Businesses, individuals and the Braselton Rotary Club provided funds for the new gazebo as a permanent site for the historic bell, which range for BHS students from 1920-1957.  A historical marker detailing the bell's storied history will be unveiled.

    The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, 2004, beginning at 8:00am.

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    Allen Named Braselton's Wastewater Superintendent


    Stan Allen, on the left in this photo, is Braselton's new Wastewater Superintendent.  His appointment was made recently by the Town Manager.

    Allen, 32, is a graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and holds a Class I certification in wastewater treatment and processing, requirements established by the Georgia EPD.  He has seven years' expertise in the field and two years with the Braselton system.

    "Stan was highly recommended by the former superintendent, and we look forward to great things for the future of the Braselton system," said Council member Dudley Ray.

    Allen and his family live in Talmo.



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    Braselton Celebrates the Independence Day, 2004


    Cadet Douglas Grey of Lawrenceville is the official bagpiper of the North GA College & State University's cadet corps.


    NASCAR's Buckshot Jones, who lives near Braselton, was the parade's grand marshal.

     

     






    Patriotic girl.




    Danielle Austin (festival coordinator) and Mayor Pat Graham distribute biographies of Buckshot Jones, the parade's grand marshal.



     

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    Cheek honored at retirement in Braselton

    (Braselton, GA) Paul "Buddy" Cheek was honored by the Braselton Town Council and colleagues as a roadway was named in his honor upon his retirement.

    Serving as Wastewater Superintendent since 1998, the Mayor and Council designated Paul "Buddy" Cheek Drive in a specially called meeting Friday, June 18.  The presentation was made by Town Manager/Clerk Jennifer Scott.

    A resolution accompanied the road name designation.  It cited Cheek for "his leadership expanding the system, developing a parallel non-potable system and serving as a catalyst for economic growth and vitality of the Town."

    "Buddy Cheek's leadership, impeccable character, strident work ethic and compassion are examples for us all," said Mayor Pat Graham.

    A retirement barbecue was hosted by Town employees and attended by Cheek's family.  The road name will be affixed to the roadway from Josh Pirkle Road to the Town's water reclamation facility.
     

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    Town Manager Earns Prestigious Award


    (Athens, GA)  Braselton's town manager Jennifer H. Scott received the "Local Government Administrator of the Year" award from the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Commission.

    Citing numerous professional and civic accomplishments, NEGaRDC executive director, Jim Dove, said "she goes beyond the call of duty serving the Town of Braselton and the many extended assignments for which she undertakes."  Scott's resume includes earning a 'certified clerk' designation from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, treasurer of the Braselton Rotary Club, secretary of the Barrow Municipal Association and chairman of the Leadership Jackson County alumni.

    Each year, the Regional Development Council recognizes a municipal employee for this honor.

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