Huckaby dazzles Braselton Library Friends
(Braselton) Southern humorist and acclaimed author Darrell Huckaby dazzled his audience at the monthly Lunch N Learn of Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library.
The Newton County native spoke about growing up in the mill village of Porterdale and regaled about living in a mill town with a string of real life stories and lore. He proudly graduated from the University of Georgia (and his three children have since graduated) before becoming a high school teacher in Walton County.
The author of ten books and tour guide leader, Huckaby received a warm welcome from the overflow crowd hosted by Friends. The Lunch N Learn series will continue in April. For additional information about Huckaby, visit
Photo: Jo Longo, Dan Aldridge, Darrell Huckaby & John Longo
Rockin’ runners registration set for Braselton’s 5K race
(Braselton) Registration is open for the annual “Rockin’ the Green 5K” race in downtown Braselton.
The popular fitness run begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 14. A $25 registration fee is required by March 1 and guarantees runners an event tee shirt. Registering after March 1 is $30. Runners may register online at
www.tinyurl.com/braselton2015 or by contacting the downtown office at 706.684-0369.
Tracey Shelton is last year’s race winner. She said “what a great way to kick off spring – a little running and lots of fun with friends and neighbors taking in the sights of our beautiful downtown!”
The run will begin a day of fun festivities for families including tours of the historic grist mill, a sidewalk chart art contest, painted benches and chairs for purchase and food vendors. Additional information is at www.downtownbraselton.com .
Photo, left to right: Mary Beth Rice and Tracy Shelton
Town of Braselton recognized at annual Main Street luncheon
(Decatur) The Town of Braselton was recognized at the annual Georgia Main Street luncheon as one of seventeen communities that are graduating from the Georgia Main Street Start-up Program in 2015 to receive the national designation of a Classic Main Street Community.
In 2013 the Town was selected, out of twenty-five applicants, to participate in the largest Main Street Start-up class in the history of the Georgia Main Street program. Over fourteen months, the town worked closely with the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to prepare the community, downtown business owners, volunteers and elected officials for the journey ahead. Through downtown development trainings, community visioning sessions and capacity building activities, the newly designated Main Street program is now ready to meet and exceed the guidelines for the ten National Standards for Accreditation as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Billy Peppers, director of the Office of Downtown Development reflected that “Each of the communities recognized here today worked hard to earn the distinction of calling themselves a Main Street city. They join an expansive statewide network now comprised of over 100 designated Main Street communities. We know that no matter what challenges lay ahead, each of these cities worked hard to build a solid foundation upon which a successful Main Street program can be built.”
Photo, left to right: Jessica Reynolds (DCA), Jennifer Dees (Braselton Town Manager) & Billy Peppers (DCA)
Governor, state officials laud Braselton’s “PlanFirst” designation
(Atlanta) Governor Nathan Deal and the Department of Community Affairs lauded Braselton’s selection as one of ten communities in Georgia to earn the “PlanFirst” designation.
Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Tony Funari, Town Manager Jennifer Dees and Planning Director
Kevin Keller attended the official presentation at the state capitol.
DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles presented the honor commenting, “We notice the climates of success in these communities which plan effectively to help achieve your vision. We appreciate the planning staffs who move visions to reality.” She also reminded the assembly of the 25th anniversary of the Georgia Planning Act of 1990.
Photo, left to right: Councilman Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Town Manager Jennifer Dees, DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles and Planning Director Kevin Keller
Braselton merchants ready for ‘Chocolate Walk’
(Braselton) Downtown merchants are busily preparing for their first-ever “Chocolate Walk’ shopping and eating venture. The event will feature unique chocolate delicacies and discounted merchandise and services from a variety of businesses.
The February 5 event will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM. Registration is required at
www.DowntownBraseltonChocolateWalk2014.eventbrite.com or by telephone to 706.684-0369.
The Downtown Office will provide a shopping bag and map for easy walking to the shops. “It will be a fun stroll,” says downtown director Amy Pinnell, “at no cost to participate.”
Pic – Jane Medlin of Northeast Georgia Bank previews shopping opportunities in the Braselton Gallery.
Braselton welcomes Hitachi Koki USA
(Braselton) Mayor Bill Orr joined company officers and dignitaries to welcome Hitachi Koki USA to Braselton at its new distribution logistics center on Broadway Avenue.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held Thursday, January 15, at its site which is designated as its East Coast distribution center and employs 160.
The company’s chairman, president, Japan’s Consul General from Atlanta and Orr spoke glowingly of the company’s decision to locate in Braselton. Orr thanked the company for its corporate social responsibility and reminded all of the town’s emerging international presence.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Orr joined the officials with a ceremonial planting of a cherry tree, symbolic of Japan’s gifts of cherry trees flourishing in the nation’s capital.
BBraselton police salute two for lifesaving action
(Braselton) Braselton Police Chief Terry co saluted two officers of his
department for recent heroic, lifesaving action.
Captain Michael Steffman and Officer Zack Tiller
witnessed a patron choking on food at a local restaurant in December. They
applied the emergency Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food and clear the
Esco presented each with an award at the Braselton Council meeting, commenting
“each is commended for lifesaving actions, exemplifying the highest standards of
the Braselton Police Department.”
Left: Chief Terry Esco & Captain Michael Steffman
Right: Chief Terry Esco & Officer Zack Tiller
Braselton businesses host
‘Chocolate Walk’ in February
(Braselton) Downtown businesses will host a delectably unique opportunity for
patrons and their valentines by hosting its inaugural “Chocolate Walk” on
Thursday, February 5.
Braselton’s Downtown Office will host the fun promotion. Patrons are
asked to stop by its office between 4:00-6:00 PM for a bag and map. Then stroll
to the quaint nearby shops for discounts, chocolate, coupons and more chocolate!
You will be treated while you shop.
Reservations are being taken at
or for additional information, telephone 706.684-0369.
Braselton police welcome Hall sheriff’s new precinct
(Braselton) Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch was all smiles as he snipped the
ribbon officially opening his department’s South Headquarters near the
intersection of Friendship and Spout Springs Roads in Braselton. Braselton
police chief Terry Esco smiled as well.
The 10,000 square feet building formerly housed a day care center and was
purchased by the Hall County sheriff’s department earlier this year. Utilizing
in-house and inmate labor, the building was renovated to house 60-80 sheriff
“This is a monumental change in the way that we do business at the sheriff’s
office,” said Couch, “as we’re moving our base of operations out into the
communities we serve.”
“We get a lot of calls in this area,” said Chief Esco, “so this will certainly
help us coordinate our efforts with the sheriff’s department.”
Photo, left to right: Braselton police chief Terry Esco, Hall County Sheriff
Gerald Couch and Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis.
Braselton council salutes graduates of Citizens Academy
(Braselton) Braselton’s mayor and council saluted the graduates of its 2014
Citizens Academy with recognition and a certificate.
The graduates attended one class per month for six months to learn the dynamics
of each of the town’s departments. Eight citizens completed the academy.
Commentary from the graduates was effusive in praise: “it was more than what I
thought,” “I was pleasantly surprised,” “every class was well-informing,” “an
Braselton hosts its Citizens Academy each year. For additional information,
visit www.braselton.net .
Photo, (front) left to right:
Senator Frank Ginn, Peg Sheffield, Troy Purvis, Debbie Purvis, Tom McMurdo,
Michelle Comfort, Mark Kriegel and Indria Bashley. (Rear row) Councilmembers
Rhonda Stites, Tony Funari, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilmembers Peggy Slappey &
Braselton’s movie under the stars is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Families are poised to enjoy the last movie of the 2014 schedule at the
Braselton Park, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” on Saturday, November 8.
The 2014-released movie is described as an action adventure-comedy which runs
101 minutes. The movie is rated PG-13.
It’s darkness over New York City, as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an
iron grip on police and politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely
outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles work wear fearless reporter, April O’Neil, and
her cameraman to save the city.
Movie fans will delight in the starring roles by Danny Woodburn, Megan Fox, Will
Arnett and Tohuru Masamune.
Concessions are available as patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for
the free event which begins at dusk. Movies under the Braselton stars are
presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for
details and other opportunities.
Braselton family history book debuts Friday
(Braselton) A unique history of the storied Braselton family and the
development of the town is chronicled in a coffee-table sized book which will
debut Friday, October 24, and be autographed by its author.
Dr. Joe Braselton Cook, grandson of one of the town’s founders, lived each
summer at his grandparents home in Braselton. “We had supper around sunset and
when we finished supper, we went to the front porch which had about a dozen
rocking chairs. The adults got the chairs, and we children sat around on the
floor and listened with fascination to the conversation. With the darkness of
the night coming, I began to experience a picture of my family as people,” he
“The Braselton Family and the Development of the Township and Community” is a
genealogical treasure and a labor of love. The 192-page, hardbound book features
the family’s colonial roots, its move south and more than one hundred years of
progress and progeny. Family trees, photos, interviews and personal knowledge
make for an outstanding collector’s item.
Dr. Cook, a retired academician, began his book outline in 2010. “I was
developing a backdrop to my own life,” he says, “and what a joyous ride I have
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library will host Dr. Cook for an
exclusive book signing on Friday, October 24, from 1:00-3:00 at the Braselton
Library in its historic downtown. The book sells for $50.
Downtown Hoedown set for Braselton
(Braselton) The Braselton Downtown Development Authority’s annual
fundraiser, ‘Downtown Hoedown,’ is set for Thursday, October 2, at the
Braselton-Stover House in its historic downtown.
BM&K Construction and Engineering is the event’s “Two Step Sponsor,” which will
feature a barbeque dinner, music by David Anderson and Deep South and an art
“It is through sponsorships that our downtown program is able to continue giving
back to the community, offering economic development opportunities and support
to downtown Braselton businesses,” said authority director, Amy Pinnell. “BM&K
makes a difference in our community, and we are happy to have them as a
A fabulous evening is planned with country casual dress. Guests will enjoy a
moonshine still display, the popular cornhole game, a silent auction featuring
art by Linda Griffiths and photos by Sarina Roth, music and dancing.
Tickets are $45 per person or $400 for a table for ten. The event begins at 6:30
PM. For additional information, telephone 706.684-0369 or e-mail
Braselton farmers market features fall fares
Zipper cream peas, red okra, unique cheesecakes, yummy breads and assorted baked
goods and homemade hot chocolate mix are featured fall fares as the Braselton
Farmers Market continues each Friday.
Located on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown, the market
is held on Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
Market patrons are enjoying the freshness of the products presented along with
the very special treats. Full information is at
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Braselton’s movie
under the stars
Families will enjoy the next presentation of Braselton’s movie under the stars
as it features “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on Saturday, September 20.
The 3D-animated action adventure, released this year, is rated PG and runs 102
minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic downtown. The feature begins at
Five years after Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, united dragons and Vikings on
the island of Berk, they face a new enemy. While an adventure leads to a secret
ice cave, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle for
peace. Fans will recognize the celebrity voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett
and Gerard Butler.
Concessions are available as patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for
the free event. Movies under the Braselton stars are presented by the Braselton
Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details and other opportunities.
Braselton ‘downtown mystery’ solved
Citizens, shoppers and adventure seekers solved the first annual “Mystery on
Main Street” and Nancy Little won the winning entry drawing.
Nineteen downtown businesses and the library hosted clue locations and entrants
retrieved letters at each venue that helped solve the familiar phrase, “Let’s go
Downtown Braselton!” Completed entry forms were entered into the drawing. Little
won a gift basket that included a $50 gift certificate to use downtown along
with items donated by participating businesses.
“A friend is a business owner, and she encouraged me. It was an interesting
challenge and an opportunity to visit all the businesses,” she said. “I made a
day of it and look forward to next year’s mystery.”
Downtown Development office also awarded ten mystery mugs to Faith, Ava and Elly
Wasden, Jake Patterson, Morgan Jarrett, Susan Jackson, Sarah Parchert, Karen
Mayberry, Richard Goldman and Benjamin Marshall.
Authority director Amy Pinnell cited the Edward Jones Investment Company, office
of Ralph Brooks, for special support of the promotion and winner of the online
‘Mug Shot’ contest.
Top Photo: Nancy Little
Bottom Photo: Suzy Stevenson, Ralph Brooks, Jr. & Amy Pinnell
Braselton sleuths search for “Mystery on Main”
Entries are arriving from sleuths in Braselton who are finding puzzle pieces to
construct a winning entry in the “Mystery on Main Street” contest.
Entry forms are available at nineteen downtown businesses and the library. Each
locale presents one letter of the puzzle necessary to construct the winning
phrase. It’s a fabulous family opportunity.
Jake Patterson, 24, a regular Braselton Library patron, completed his entry form
The contest ends August 22 and the winning entry will be drawn August 26. For
additional information, visit
Braselton’s movie under the stars is Rio 2
While millions throughout the world watched the World Cup soccer matches in Rio
de Janeiro, movie fans can enjoy spectacularly familiar special effects in the
animated adventure comedy of Rio 2 in Braselton on Saturday, August 23.
Rio 2 is presented under the stars of the Braselton Park on Harrison Street at
dusk. It is a sequel to the 2011 original movie, and the 101-minute feature is
With an enormous celebration in the macaw community of Rio de Janeiro, Blu,
Jewel and their three kids venture into the Amazon jungle to reconnect with
their bird nature and discover peril and pleasure. One reviewer described the
film with “screwball humor and madcap mischief.”
Rio 2 celebrates song and dance through a kaleidoscopic burst of colors in the
family atmosphere of the park. Concessions and baked goods are available as
patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the free event which begins
Movies under the stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details.
Downtown Braselton presents “Mystery on Main
(Braselton) During August, downtown businesses in Braselton will host
its “Mystery on Main Street” family-themed campaign.
Free entry forms are available at the businesses or at the Downtown Development
Office on Frances Street, next door to Northeast Georgia Bank.
Patrons will receive an entry form, map of the downtown and the mystery phrase.
At each of the twenty business locations, visitors will find their mug and
receive a puzzle piece. Collecting all puzzle pieces will solve the mystery
The campaign begins August 8 and ends August 22. A winning entry will be drawn
and receive a fabulous gift basket which includes $50 gift certificate and much
www.downtownbraselton.com for full information.
Braselton movie fans to enjoy “The LEGO Movie” in the park
Movie fans will delight in the animated adventure comedy, The Lego Movie, on
Saturday, July 19 at dusk in the Braselton Park.
The 100-minute movie is rated PG as Emmet, a LEGO mini-figure is the key to
saving the LEGO universe. He and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the
evil tyrant, Lord Business. Fans will recognize the familiar voices of Will
Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pratt as Emmet.
Concessions and baked goods are available as movie patrons are invited to bring
chairs or blankets for a family-friendly evening. Braselton Park is located on
Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. The movie series is presented
by the Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional information.
Braselton readies for festival, parade, fireworks
on July 4
Downtown Braselton is ready to celebrate the nation’s history and freedoms
hosting a fabulous festival, parade and fireworks Friday.
Families will enjoy the music of Ivan Duke between 4:00 and 6:00 pm as well as
the performance by Southern Accent beginning at 7:00 pm in the downtown park on
Harrison Street. Crafts, food and children’s activities will be presented.
The patriotic parade will assemble at the Braselton Tech Center and travel into
the downtown area and park beginning at 6:00 PM. Decorated Army veteran, Command
Sergeant Major Bart Womack, is the grand marshal.
Fireworks will be launched at dusk. Prime viewing areas will be the West Jackson
Primary school, Hoschton Park or in downtown Braselton. The festival, parade and
fireworks are free to all who attend.
Families may monitor the Visitors’ Bureau Facebook page for updates and weather
Braselton seeks July 4 parade entries
Entries are being accepted for the fabulous July 4 parade to celebrate America’s
freedoms in downtown Braselton.
Churches, civic clubs, schools, military personnel or units, veterans’
organizations, business organizations and businesses are invited to enter the
“Celebrate Braselton” is this year’s theme. Festivities will begin at 4:00 with
a patriotic festival with live musical entertainment in the town’s park with the
parade beginning at 6:00. At dusk, a fireworks extravaganza will be staged. The
parade, festival and fireworks are free.
Contact Amy Pinnell at 706.684-0369 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for full information; parade entry forms may be
Movie fans to enjoy “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” in
Families will enjoy Braselton’s next movie under the stars, Mr. Peabody and
Sherman, on Saturday, June 14 in the historic downtown park.
The 91-minute feature is rated PG. It is an animated adventure splashed with
science fiction and comedy.
Canine Mr. Peabody uses a time machine to embark on an outrageous adventure.
When the machine is borrowed by Sherman, he rips a hole in the universe creating
havoc with world history. Peabody must mount the rescue! Familiar voices are Ty
Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Max Charles and Mel Gibson.
Braselton Park is located on Harrison Street. Movies begin at dusk and baked
goods and concessions are available. The movie series is presented by the
Braselton Visitors Bureau. Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for additional
A summer triple play – Subway, libraries, kids
Libraries across Georgia are partnering again with the Atlanta Braves and its
summer reading program, “Home Run Readers,” presented by Subway.
The outreach program encourages students to build a love for reading,
reduce any learning loss during non-school months and advance their reading
skills as well.
Terry Wilburn and Shirley Barlow of the Braselton Subway on GA 53 are
enthusiastic supporters of the program.
“Summer reading, baseball and Subway are a winning combination,” says Braves VP
Jim Allen. And the director of the Braselton Library, Bev Adkins, adds “it’s a
triple play for the home team!”
Students in grades K-12 may earn readers’ rewards for reading books and
completing an online activity. Reward tickets may be redeemed for certain games
in June, July, August or September. Complete program rules, a list of suggested
titles and registration forms are at www.braves.com/reading .
Brothers Dodge (4), Cannon (6) and Hunter (12) Beck of Braselton with Subway
Manager Shirley Barlow
Braselton’s Movies under the Stars features
“Walking with Dinosaurs”
The 2014 movie series under the Braselton stars debuts with “Walking with
Dinosaurs” on Saturday, May 17 in the downtown park.
The popular movie series is free and begins at dusk. Chairs or blankets
are welcomed. Vendors will offer treats, and the Braselton Lions Club will sell
baked goods and concession items.
“Walking with Dinosaurs” is a 2013 release rated PG. The 87-minute feature is an
animated family adventure. For the first time in movie history, audiences will
truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It is the
ultimate immersive experience to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and
epic prehistoric world, when an underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for
Braselton Park is on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. The movie
series is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional opportunities and information.
Library Friends celebrate state honor
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library celebrated being named “Fabulous
Friends of 2013,” an award bestowed by the Friends of Georgia Libraries.
Friends’ president Dan Aldridge shared the crystal plaque with the
membership and guests at Higher Grounds Coffee House in Braselton. Among the
guests were Beth McIntyre of the Piedmont Library System of which the Braselton
Library is a member and Bev Adkins, manager of the Braselton Library.
“This award is given to the best friends’ organization in Georgia. Our
organization was the unanimous choice of the Board of Friends of Georgia
Libraries,” Aldridge said. “Our amazingly large cast of enthusiastic members and
energetic volunteers, supported by the Piedmont Regional Library and many local
businesses, made this achievement possible.”
The Braselton Library is located at 15 Brassie Lane in the historic downtown.
Photo: Dan Aldridge with award
Braselton Adopt-A-Stream earns state honor
Braselton volunteer group
(Braselton) Georgia’s largest volunteer cleanup program, Rivers Alive, named the
Braselton Adopt-A-Stream program as the state’s best group working to improve
waterways, ‘one trash bag at a time.’
award ceremony at Zoo Atlanta recognized individuals and groups for leadership
and noted that more than 27,000 volunteers cleaned more than 1800 miles of
waterways. Rivers Alive is a program of the Georgia Department of Resources
Environmental Protection Division. “Rivers Alive cleanups provide important
opportunities for citizens to make a big difference while volunteering just a
few hours of their time,” said EPD director, Jud Turner.
In Braselton, the volunteer group is coordinated by Environmental Specialist,
Yvette Wise. She reported collecting trash, tires, paint and a propane tank
totaling 815 pounds from the creeks, Mulberry River and local roadsides. “We
couldn’t do this work without all the volunteers and sponsors.”
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the
preservation of Georgia’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters.
Pic, left to right: Matt Treeter of Barrow County, Yvette Wise & Roy McHaney of
Braselton & Lynn Cobb of Rivers Alive.
Braselton proclaims "Teresa Simms Day"
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr presented a special proclamation to Teresa Simms on the
occasion of her 100th birthday recently.
Mrs. Simms, a New York native, worked as a nurse for twenty-six years and is now
retired to Braselton near her family. The proclamation cited the noted aspects
of her life and of 1914 with the onset of World War I, the opening of the Panama
Canal and the first season for a baseball rookie, Babe Ruth.
"She now joins an elite society of American centenarians, the largest of its
kind in the world, which doubled in number during recent decades," Orr said.
"The Town salutes and commemorates a century of a good and faithful servant."
Braselton honors volunteer-appointees during
Georgia Cities Week
Cities across the state celebrated “Georgia Cities Week” to highlight the
excellence of municipal services, salute volunteers and to celebrate good living
in towns and cities.
Braselton’s Mayor and Council hosted a special reception at Chateau Elan to
honor its volunteer appointees to the Downtown Development Authority, Urban
Redevelopment Agency, Visitors Bureau Authority, Planning Commission, Zoning
Board of Appeals and Ethics Commission.
Town staff included Manager Jennifer Dees, Assistant police chief Lou Solis,
Planning Director Kevin Keller and DDA director, Amy Pinnell. Dees said, “We
truly appreciate all the volunteers who work tirelessly to assist the Town
making Braselton a great place to work, live, learn and play.
couldn’t do it without them!” .”
Appointees serve for two, four or six-year terms to the various authorities.
Georgia Cities Week is an annual celebration coordinated by the Georgia
Josh Fenn, Jackson Area Chamber; Jennifer Dees
Mayor Bill Orr; Alan Slovin, Planning Commission; Doug Rollins, Chateau Elan
Kevin Keller; Tony Price, Planning Commission
Artistic Expressions Salon opens in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) The downtown Braselton business district
continues to flourish with the official opening of Artistic Expressions Hair
Salon on Davis Street.
Brandenburg and her staff offer haircuts, color enhancements, texture services,
waxings, facials, extensions and specialty services for brides. The salon
received the ‘Best of Jackson’ people’s choice award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“We specialize in creative designs with a personal experience, said Brandenburg.
The full-service salon prides itself on advanced education, trends and styles.”
The salon is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Braselton Downtown Development Authority hosted an official ribbon cutting
for the new salon last week. Additional information is available at
www.artisticexpressionshair.com or by calling 706.824-0224.
Photo, left to right: Sally Beggs, Clay Eubanks, Jordan Brandenburg, Peggy
Kriegel, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Tracy Brandenburg, Robbie Bettis, Jamie
King, Cheri Huff, Katie Hill and Amanda Davis.
MIZUNO USA TO OPEN DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN THE TOWN
Braselton, Ga. (March 11, 2014) - Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports
apparel, footwear and equipment, announces the relocation of all distribution
facilities and manufacturing operations to a 520,000 square-foot facility in
Braselton, Georgia by 2015.
"Mizuno USA is excited to make the move to Braselton in 2015," said Bob Puccini,
President of Mizuno USA, Inc. and Director of Mizuno Corporation. "This
investment is a critical next step for our business to be able to service the
dynamic, omni-channel supply needs of our customers and consumers. The location,
supportive infrastructure as well as the facility space options made Barrow
County the optimal solution to support our expected growth."
The facility will merge Mizuno's two existing distribution center facilities to
service all Mizuno USA divisions. Current Mizuno employees will transition to
the new facility in late 2014 following building renovations.
"The Town of Braselton welcomes Mizuno USA to our community," said Mayor, Bill
Orr. "We are excited about the jobs that Mizuno will create. I am personally
pleased to have Mizuno as one of our corporate members and look forward to
working with their management team to secure our Town's reputation as a great
place to live, work and play," said Orr.
Town Manager, Jennifer Dees, gives credit to the newly formed Barrow County
Economic Development Department and their coordination with the Town of
Braselton for making this project a reality. "We appreciate the hard work and
cooperation shown by Guy Herring of Barrow County's Economic Development
Department, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, Barrow County Development
Authority, and Duke Realty." said Dees.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Mizuno USA to Barrow County", said Commission
Chairman, Pat Graham. "We appreciate their investment and also the job
opportunities they bring to Barrow County".
"The new Braselton Distribution Center provides Mizuno with capabilities needed
to provide best-in-class supply chain services across the country," said Josh
Creasman, Vice President of Supply Chain. "Our customers will benefit from the
multi-million dollar infrastructure investments Mizuno is making in technology
and automation solutions focused on supporting an ever changing marketplace.
Further, Mizuno worked very diligently with surrounding Atlanta County
municipalities through the site selection process. Barrow County Economic
Development Department developed creative solutions to further support the
decision of Mizuno to choose business friendly Barrow County."
The manufacturing and distribution center will have 150 full time positions and
bring seasonal work opportunities starting in 2015.
Hitachi Power Tools Relocates US Headquarters to
Norcross, GA. March 11, 2014 - Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd (d.b.a. Hitachi Power
Tools) today announced that their US Headquarters will relocate from Norcross to
Braselton, GA effective late Fall 2014. The move supports the company's plans to
consolidate warehouses on the east coast, improve workplace efficiency as well
as prepare for expected future growth.
The 540,000-square foot facility in Braselton offers a state-of-the-art cross
dock facility with unmatched accessibility with I-85 interchanges to the north
and south, and a newly rerouted State Route 124 improving trucking access to
I-85. This new location is ideal to maximize warehousing efficiency and provide
the over 100 current Hitachi employees with a professional work environment in
an exciting area of Georgia that is experiencing its own growth and development.
Hitachi Power Tools opened its US headquarters in the mid 1980's in Norcross
selling pneumatic nailers for residential construction. Over the years, Hitachi
Power Tools has expanded its product offering to include an extensive line of
professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking,
drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting, outdoor power equipment
products as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors
and collated fasteners. Hitachi customers include independent channel tool
distributors and also home center businesses like Lowes, Home Depot, Sears and
Menards as well as online retailers like Amazon. The need for warehousing
efficiency has become a major instigator for the move so that Hitachi can better
service customers and prepare for future growth potential around North America
and the Caribbean.
"We are looking forward to re-locating our US headquarters to Braselton and into
this incredible facility that will really meet our growing needs," said Hitachi
Power Tools Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Joe Leffler. "Braselton is an
ideal location for our business and Jackson County has received us with open
arms. We look forward settling into the area and seeing what the future holds."
HITACHI POWER TOOLS U.S.A.
Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd) offers an extensive line of
professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking,
drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting, outdoor power equipment
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Rockin’ the Green 5K seeks runners in Braselton
The Braselton Downtown Development Authority launches its “Rockin’ the Streets
Week” with a 5K race on Saturday, March 15 in its historic downtown.
Registration is $25, and each pre-registered runner receives a tee shirt.
Electronic registration is available at
http://register.runnersfit.com/ . The race begins at the historic Braselton
Brothers store, and all proceeds from the race will assist the town green
Additional information is available at
www.downtownbraselton.com or by calling Peggy Kriegel at 404.380-3299.
Braselton is Georgia’s 8th safest city
The Town of Braselton ranks as Georgia's eighth safest city according to a
research of crime data, population and related factors such as unique safety
initiatives and security programs.
The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in Georgia” list this week.
Specifically citing Braselton, the report said, “Braselton has come together and
figured out how to all but erase violent crimes from its city limits.” The
report indicated only six reported violent crimes during 2012.
SafeWise security analysis and report author, Carolyn Heneghan, said “What’s
most impressive to me about a state like Georgia is the collective dedication to
both personal and community safety. Of the fifty cities we recognized, it’s not
just the small towns, but the bigger cities too, that all take part in keeping
themselves, their neighbors and their children safe.”
Braselton Mayor Bill Orr is thrilled with the ranking. “Braselton is a great
place to live, work, learn and play. Public safety is the highest priority that
takes a combined effort of our citizens, our public safety system and our
dedicated public officials. I am beyond proud of our town.”
SafeWise is a community-focused security organization and its report provides
resources to help make homes and communities a safer place. The full report is
available at www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-georgia/ .
Photo, left to right:
Braselton Assistant Chief Lou Solis & Chief Terry Esco
Braselton Tile & Interior Design Center cuts ribbon
(Braselton) Sisters Amanda King and Angie McElvery collaborated to provide
superior customer service, honesty and consistency as the ceremonial ribbon was
cut at Braselton Tile & Interior Design in the town's historic downtown.
"We strive to provide a unique offering of flooring, tile and home decor," says
King, "plus travels and relationships throughout the Southeast allowed me to
develop a vast knowledge of the marketplace and material offerings." The center
is located at 9924 Davis Street and is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 AM until
5 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM until 2:00. Contact the center at 706.684-4009
or www.braseltontileinteriors.com . "Our vision is not only a solid business
structure, but becoming part of the family and friends which make Braselton what
is it today," added King.
Photo, left to right:
Sally Beggs, Cindy Green, Robbie Bettis and Peggy Kriegel of the Downtown
Development Authority; Kevin Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Amanda King, Angie
McElvery of Braselton Tile & Interior Design Center; Cindy Phillips (DDA), Tony
Funari and Richard Mayberry of the Braselton Town Council.
The Still Point Photography opens in Braselton
The Still Point Photography specializes in weddings, engagements, newborn or
children's and family photos in downtown Braselton and celebrated its
As named, the studio captures the "still point" of a turning world.
Heather Lee is the owner/operator at 54 Henry Street.
"My work is grown from the love and passion for preserving moments. I have a
true understanding of the importance, and I love to capture the beauty in
everything and everyone," she says.
Still Point Photography hours are by appointment only. Contact Heather at
678.382-9548 or visit
Braselton's Downtown Development director, Amy Pinnell, added "here is another
success in our downtown, and we're anxiously building upon our successes for a
comprehensive downtown experience here."
Rhonda K, Stites, Councilman Richard Mayberry, Mayor Bill Orr, Heather Lee and
DDA members Peggy Kriegel, Cheri Huff and Sally Beggs.
Braselton's Dudley Ray honored for Council
Veteran councilman Dudley C. Ray was honored at the close of his last official
meeting Tuesday after serving sixteen years on the Braselton Town Council.
Tributes and toasts were offered by Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Barrow
Commission chair (and former Braselton Mayor) Pat Graham, Jerry Hood of
Engineering Management and Mayor Bill Orr.
Ray made the symbolic last motion of the meeting, saving "I make a motion, with
pride and honor, to adjourn!"
Many friends of the Rays attended the reception hosted by the Town Council.
Volunteers make ‘Rivers Alive’ cleanup successful
(Braselton) A portion of the Mulberry River, street sides and the
RiverWalk trail are far cleaner as a result of volunteers’ work during the
annual ‘Rivers Alive’ day in Braselton.
More than forty people donned boots, gloves and cleanup gear and spread across
targeted river and stream corridors under the direction of joint leadership of:
Braselton’s environmental specialist Yvette Wise, Barrow County Stormwater
director Matt Treeter and Roy and Tina McHaney who always help with the
planning, participation and clean up in these events. This time they shared
their tradition with their new grandson, James Hansen, the youngest volunteer at
three months old who had his own t- shirt printed for the event!
Groups included 4-H members from Barrow County, Braselton Girl Scout troop 1630,
a group of 7th grade boys from East Jackson Middle school, the Bain family &
friends, Barrow County Commissioner Joe Goodman and his son Grant as well as
many others who generously came out in the cold to help clean up.
“Our goal is to get new folks involved and raise a heightened awareness of water
quality issues in our local watershed and environment,” Wise says, “Our
volunteers were terrific and, each year, participation grows.” We always try to
give away door prizes and serve lunch to everyone who participates. Our thanks
to our many donors and sponsors, we were able to do that again."
Rivers Alive netted more than 470 pounds of trash and debris from the work
sites. The next event is planned for early spring. Volunteers may reach Wise at
BULLI classes set for winter term in Braselton
(Braselton) Five fabulous classes are set for the winter term of the Brenau
University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) in downtown Braselton.
Registration is underway and forms are available at the Braselton Town Hall.
Each class costs $40 for BULLI members. Classes begin January 6 and end February
From Advertising to Zoning – A Small Business Primer will be
offered on Mondays at 4:30. This course covers the basics of starting a
business, constructing a business plan, legal applications, funding sources,
site selection and marketing. Self Defense for Women is offered on Tuesdays at
1:00. Myths and misconceptions regarding attack situations are discussed as well
as avoidance techniques; the course is graded for women of any age and fitness
level. Masters of Impressionism fills the Wednesday learning opportunities at
10:00. Discover and grow from the works of Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir or
Cezanne, all master painters who departed from the styles of the past. While the
focus in on paintings, political and social climates of the day are part of the
alluring discussions. The Power of Parable is the Thursday offering at 1:00. The
literary art form seeks to convey a message, sets examples, teaches morals or
challenges perceptions of reality. Also on Thursdays at 4:30 is Make A Needle
Felted Doll. Students will learn the basics of needle felting and create a
unique doll. This class requires a $30 fee for necessary supplies.
Braselton BULLI classes are conducted in the Municipal Court building (lower
level) and are proudly sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and
the Downtown Development Authority.
For additional information, telephone 706.654-5720 or visit
Steffman named Braselton PD captain
Michael Steffman is the Braselton Police Department’s new captain according to
Chief Terry Esco.
Steffman attended Davidson County Community College before earning his P.O.S.T.
certification from the Georgia Police Academy. He was worked in law enforcement
for fourteen years with the last nine years in Braselton.
An advocate of community policing, Steffman says “it gives the public a better
understanding of our jobs and citizens are open to the personal feeling of the
Braselton Police Department. We stress visibility; after all, much of our work
is not adversarial.”
Since his promotion, Steffman has been cross-training and learning the
administrative functions of the department. The 37-year-old recognizes the role
as having more opportunity to communicate and work with law enforcement agencies
in other cities and counties as well as state and federal agencies.
Chief Terry Esco said, “Captain Steffman brings with him many years of patrol
and criminal investigation experience, and he has built a good rapport with the
community. His knowledge and skills make him a great asset to this department.”
“I am looking forward to being more hands-on, assisting the entire department
and, of course, keeping Braselton safe,” Steffman added.
Braselton’s first photo contest winners
Winners of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority’s first-ever photo
contest are announced.
Morgan Lytle of Hoschton captured the historic image of the Braselton school
bell on the lawn of the Town Hall. “It was early morning with light through the
trees which produced a warm, inviting image,” she said. Lytle won a
complimentary stay at Chateau Elan.
Lynn Tillett of Jefferson won second and third place honors. “It’s a view from
Brassie Lane in downtown which captured a beautiful sunrise behind the trees.”
Her third place photo depicted the stately rocking chairs on the porch of the
Braselton-West Jackson Library. “Everyone loves a porch – what’s more inviting?”
Tillett won a dinner at Café Elan and a round of golf as her prizes.
‘viewer’s choice’ prize went to Bryan Nowak who captured the iconic, aging barns
dutifully presided over by the former farm’s bell. Viewer’s choice selection was
via the Downtown Braselton Facebook page.
Commenting on the contest, Tillett said, “It was easy and so much fun. I met
people walking around town.” Lytle added, “It’s hard not to see something
beautiful in Braselton.”
First, second and third place winners were recognized and honored by the
Downtown Development Authority.
Top Picture (left to right): Robbie Bettis, Clay Eubanks, Lynn Tillett, Peggy
Kriegel, Morgan Lytle, Cindy Green, Cheri Huff and Sally Beggs.
Bottom Picture (clockwise): Viewer’s choice award, first place – school bell in
gazebo, second place – downtown sunrise, third place – rockers.
Braselton welcomes new businesses
(Braselton) Ceremonial ribbon cuttings were held for two of Braselton's newest
businesses adding to the economic vitality of its downtown.
Ivy Cottage on Brassie Lane features handmade jewelry, local art, soaps,
lotions, salts, home decor and accessory items. Connie Conrad is the owner and
believes "a gift from the heart should be unique and given with genuine love."
Hours are 10:00-5:00 Tuesday thru Saturday. Many will remember the quaint
location as the town's former barber shop!
The shop telephone is 706.362-5711.
Kristi's Country Store is also on Brassie Lane featuring antiques, collectibles,
daily lunch, old-fashioned candies and soft drinks along with local art. Kristi
McCook started collecting country store items as a hobby and formerly owned a
sandwich shop in Lawrenceville. "I was fortunate enough to find the perfect
building in Braselton to fulfill my dream of owning a country store with a
restaurant," she says. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-6:00 and
Sundays noon to 5:00. The store telephone is 706.824-9917.
Bill Orr welcomed the stores at their ribbon cuttings, saying "It is great to
see the revitalization of our downtown area realized. The opening of these
businesses helps define the vibrancy of our downtown area."
Members of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority helped welcome the new
businesses. For additional information, visit
Top Picture: Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Connie Conrad, Downtown
Development Authority chair Peggy Kriegel and Mayor Bill Orr.
Bottom Picture: Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Braselton Councilman
Richard Mayberry, Downtown Development Authority chair Peggy Kriegel, Kristi
McCook, Stacie Ricketts and Mayor Bill Orr.
Braselton presents "The Croods" under the stars
Braselton's movies under the stars' series features "The Croods" on Saturday,
September 21 in the park in historic downtown.
The prehistoric, computer-animated comedy adventure introduces the world's first
modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has
always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape,
they are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover a
The 98-minute film is rated PG and features the voices of Nicholas Cage, Emma
Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
Movies are presented free of charge at dusk by the Braselton Visitors Bureau
Authority. Blankets or chairs are welcomed. Vendors will offer treats, and the
Braselton Lions Club presents baked goods and concessions. Braselton Park is
located on Harrison Street. Visit
www.downtownbraselton.com for additional opportunities.
Congressman interviewed by Jackson students
Two Jackson County Comprehensive High School students from the school's
videography class interviewed Congressman Doug Collins as he participated in a
groundbreaking ceremony in Braselton.
Kristin Betz and Patrick Kral of Denise Wilbanks' class conducted an exclusive
interview and filmed the ceremony which followed. Betz and Kral posed three
questions to the Congressman: How is being a freshman in the US Congress like
being a freshman in high school? The Congress is in official session in
Washington eight or nine month each year -- where is your family during this
time? What are the issues that the Congress must address which directly affect
high school students across the nation?
"The students did a marvelous job," says Braselton Town Manager, Jennifer Dees.
"They were prepared and poised, and we hope this experience helps them with
their current and future plans." Congressman Collins was the special guest of
the Town of Braselton to celebrate its StreetScape progress.
Braselton celebrates StreetScape groundbreaking
(Braselton) The Town of Braselton celebrated another chapter in its
long-range visioning process by hosting a traditional groundbreaking ceremony
for its StreetScape project.
Congressman Doug Collins was the Town's featured guest along with Georgia
Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden and board member Jamie
Mayor Bill Orr commented, "This is another step in our visioning process which
began twenty years ago. We've partnered with the Georgia Department of
Transportation to realign the state highways through downtown and now partner in
this StreetScape project to build safe sidewalks, signage, pedestrian plazas,
public parking and what is described as our 'sensitive makeover' downtown.
Congressman Collins complimented town officials for the vision and
beautification, indicating both are key elements of economic recovery and long
term progress in many small towns of northeast Georgia.
BM&K of Jackson County is the general contractor for the StreetScape project
with an estimated completion date of late fall.
Pic on right: Congressman Doug Collins, Town Manager Jennifer Dees
Wreck It Ralph is Braselton's movie
movie under the stars features "Wreck It Ralph" on Saturday, July 20, at dusk in
the city's park on Harrison Street.
The 108-minute film is rated PG. Nominated for an Oscar, "Wreck It Ralph" is an
animated adventure-comedy whose video game villain wants to be a hero and sets
out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where
he lives. The voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer are
heard in lead roles.
Movies under the stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
Refreshments from vendors are available, and patrons are encouraged to bring
chairs or blankets.
Braselton Council honors Marvin Stover
The Braselton Town Council honored its first chairman of the Downtown
Development Authority as he retires from the board after serving four years.
Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council presented Marvin Stover with a resolution
citing his leadership accomplishments as chair of the Authority. Marvin and his
wife, Mary, are owners of the Braselton-Stover House in the town's historic
Photo - left to right: Councilman Richard Mayberry, Marvin Stover, Mayor Bill
Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey and Councilman Tony Funari
Photo contest opens in Braselton
(Braselton) The Braselton Downtown Development Authority announces an online
photo contest for amateur and professional photographers.
Adopting the theme “Braselton: An American Hometown,” photographers may submit
up to three photos until July 20. In recent years, Braselton garnered the
distinction of “Trendsetter City of Excellence” and an “American Dream Town” as
well as notice as an “All American City.”
Photos may include landscapes or buildings or appropriate subject matter taken
sometime within the past year. Finalists will be chosen by the DDA board and
photos will be displayed prominently about town during August. The top three
judged photos and a viewer’s choice from the most “likes” on the Facebook page
will receive prizes. Full contest details are posted at
Enter by visiting
Simply give the location of the photo;
finalists will be notified via Facebook message. Additional information is
available from the DDA office at 706.684-0369.
Braselton festival, parade honor military and
(Braselton) The 2013 edition of “Celebrate Braselton” features special honors
for the nation’s military and the freedoms we enjoy fought for and won by the
world’s greatest military might.
Sergeant Nicholas Bugliari
is this year’s parade grand marshal.
Bugliari is a US Army Ranger stationed at Camp Merrill north of Dahlonega, home
of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion.
While deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, he served as an
assistant team leader with the 18th Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance
company. He also graduated from the Army Ranger School, Army Reconnaissance and
Surveillance leader course and the Army Sniper School. He received the Combat
Infantryman Badge and the Ranger Tab.
The 2013 “Celebrate Braselton” features a festival in the historic town park
beginning at 4:00 PM with the parade at 6:00 on GA 53. Festival vendors include
various arts, crafts and food vendors from around the area.
At dusk, a spectacular fireworks display will be launched from West Jackson
Intermediate School. Festivities are sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau
Authority. For additional information, visit www.braseltonfestivals.com .
Nannie’s Children’s Garden in full bloom in
Nannie’s Children’s Garden in Braselton historic downtown is “in full bloom and
flourishing” in its third year.
Junior Master Gardener students plant, nourish, maintain and sell beautiful
sunflowers, dahlias, calilillies, oriental lilies, cucumbers, red and green
cabbage, radishes and more.
“In about two weeks, we’ll feature twenty varieties of tomatoes and thirteen
varieties of peppers,” says Dave Rusk who created the program adjacent to the
Braselton Library on Brassie Lane. He coordinates the adult volunteers and
students who work in the garden and learn from their experiences.
During June and July, vegetables and cut flowers are sold each Friday from 10:00
until noon at the garden. Proceeds provide funds for plants, seeds and supplies.
Visitors are welcome to the garden at any time to tour the flower and vegetable
Two businesses celebrate ribbon-cutting ceremonies
in downtown Braselton
(Braselton) Two businesses celebrated a traditional ribbon-cutting in downtown
Braselton recently. The Braselton Downtown Development Authority hosted the
Braselton Gallery is located at 36 Frances Street in downtown Braselton, just
1/4 mile east of I-85. Braselton Gallery features folk art and fine art
including; decorative and functional pottery, oil and acrylic paintings,
graphite drawings, knitted items, alpaca and mohair yarn, beaded bracelets and
necklaces, custom handmade wood jewelry and keepsake boxes, mirrors, stained
glass panels and ornaments, metal sculpture, painted gourds, photography, custom
wood furniture, yard art, Americana art and wooden American flags, and many
other art pieces.
Braselton Gallery also offers matting and framing services.
For additional information, visit
www.facebook.com/braseltongallery or phone 678.960-8977.
Photo, left to right: Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Sue Compton, Karen Beckstine ,
Cheri Huff, Peggy Kriegel, Jackie White, Robbie Bettis, Debra Swantek , Cindy
Green, Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Jen Dick, Lynn Page and Marvin
is a Day Spa located on Brassie Lane in historic downtown. The spa offers
affordable facials and massages to help promote health and wellness in mind,
body and soul. The one hour Classic Facial or one hour Swedish Massage is a
specialty treat. Gift certificates and gift baskets are for sale. The spa also
offers deep tissue massage, chair massage, anti-aging facials and much more!
Contact Elements at 770.871-1014 or drop by for a visit.
Photo, left to right: Janice Crisp/Massage therapist, Tina Nash/Esthetician,
Cheri Huff - owner, Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Michael Jones/Massage
Therapist. Middle row Marvin Stover – DDA, Cindy Green – DDA and Pam Slappey.
Back row Town Manager Jennifer Dees, Robbie Bettis – DDA and Peggy Kriegel – DDA
Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey cut each ceremonial ribbon and said, "We
are delighted with these new businesses in our downtown, and we pledge to be a
good partner toward their success."
Braselton Presents “Escape from Planet Earth” as Movie Under Stars
(Braselton) Braselton’s popular movies under the stars'
series begins anew this year with “Escape from Planet Earth” on Saturday
evening, June 15.
The 2013 release is rated PG and is an
animated adventure which runs 89 minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic
The story takes place on planet Baab where astronaut Scorch Supernova is a
national hero to the blue alien population. Mastering daring rescues,
Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother who
heads mission control at BASA. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry
and Jessica Alba.
Movies are presented free of charge at
dusk for families and children. Blankets or chairs are welcomed.
Vendors will offer snow cones, funnel cakes, egg rolls and dairy treats.
The Braselton Lions Club presents baked goods.
movie series is presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. For
additional information on the movie series, visit
Photos - Henk Evers of Chateau Elan & Braselton
Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey
Mayor Bill Orr, Councilman Tony Funari & GDOT District Engineer Bayne Smith
Braselton celebrates Georgia Cities Week
(Braselton) Thousands of visitors enjoyed the events and festivities
in downtown Braselton as part of Georgia Cities Week.
Mayor Bill Orr and the Town Council hosted the 'salute to business' reception at
Town Hall for all businesses.
Braselton police officers accepted expired prescription drugs as part of the
'National Prescription Take-Back Day.'
Finally, the largest Antique and Gardening Festival ever was staged in Braselton
Photos- Officer Mark Berry, Officer Johnny Alemany &
Assistant Chief Lou Solis
Braselton Gallery during the Antique & Gardening Festival
Kennedy interns with Braselton police
A University of Georgia senior, Jack Kennedy, is interning with the
Braselton Police Department this semester.
Kennedy is learning all aspects of the department as required in his criminal
justice studies at UGA. He has experienced patrol duties, criminal
investigations, courts and administration.
"This opportunity provides a look at the real world to see if this is actually
what one wants to do; it's a test run," he said.
Kennedy will graduate in May and hopes to utilize his degree, knowledge and
skills in the military.
30 Left, Chief Terry Esco; right, Jack Kennedy
Braselton collects for tornado victims in northwest Georgia
Braselton employees are collecting needed relief items to transport to
victims of the tornado which damaged Calhoun and Adairsville in northwest
Donations are being accepted at Town Hall (4982 Highway 53) until Monday during
business hours. According to the Gordon County EMA, items of highest need are
canned food, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene products, cleaning
supplies, paper products, work gloves, sheets, contractor-grade trash bags and
"Georgians need our help," said Mayor Bill Orr, "so here is our way of helping
those in need."
Photo (left) Mayor Bill Orr and (right) Mayor Pro Tem Richard Mayberry.
Braselton Citizens Academy graduates
(Braselton) The second annual Citizens Academy of Braselton graduated
two citizens who completed their studies.
Ed Roach and Fred Irvin were recognized by the Town Council for their
efforts. “I was pleasantly surprised by the outright candor used by
every employee who worked with us. Also, I was very pleased to see
that we live in a small town that is on the move,” said Roach.
The Academy is designed for an indepth study of town operations including
administration, finance, public works, library, police and municipal court,
planning and development and its associated volunteer-entities including the
Visitors Bureau Authority and Downtown Development Authority.
“It is a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding about the town
government,” says town manager Jennifer Dees.
Irvin added, "I was amazed at all the various skills needed to provide town
services. Most impressive was the level of dedication of the town
leaders in ensuring our safety, health and quality of life."
Roach said, “We have a plan. With the help of outstanding employees in
every department, the goals will be accomplished.”
Applications for the 2013 academy will be available in February.
PHOTO: L to R: Fred Irvin, Mayor Bill Orr, Ed Roach
Pinnell named Braselton downtown director
(Braselton) Amy K. Pinnell is named downtown director for the Town of
Braselton to focus on economic development.
Pinnell worked in sales, marketing and banking prior to being named. Most
recently, she was a customer service representative with Northeast Georgia
Bank. A resident of Remington Park, she is active in its homeowners’
association, the Braselton chapter of the P. E. O. Sisterhood and the town’s
parade and festival planning committee.
Town manager Jennifer Dees said, “as our growth plan mentions, we were
seeking someone to focus on economic development opportunities for the
downtown its branding potential. We are excited about Amy’s potential and
Among other duties, Pinnell will staff the Braselton Downtown Development
Authority which was created by the Town Council in 2009. She will facilitate
the makeover of the historic downtown and market the town for premier
destinations, retail and community activities. The Authority’s office will
be in the Heritage and Visitors Center on Frances Street, formerly home to
the town’s library.
Braselton Antique & Holiday festival set for weekend
(Braselton) A large array of vendors will assemble on Saturday and Sunday
presenting the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival in the town's historic
Antique and collectible dealers, nurseries, crafters, furniture
collections, primitives, ironworks, vintage jewelry, pottery, glassware,
yard art, soaps and candles, dolls and food items will be showcased from 9
AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission and parking
Donna Cannella, the festival coordinator, says "there is such variety to
enjoy, and we've assembled the largest group of dealers ever for our
festival. Even the food vendors are unique to our event featuring
hot-pressed Reubens, hand dipped ice cream, New York-styled sabrett hot
dogs, stadium pretzels and Italian ice."
The Braselton Park is located at 115 Harrison Street one block from GA 53.
From I-85, take exit 129 then south to downtown Braselton. For additional
information, visit www.countrysideantiques.net or telephone 706.824-7204.
Braselton council 'toasts' Mayfield Dairy reopening
(Braselton) Braselton's Mayor and Council 'toasted' the announcement of the
reopening of the Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center at its meeting Monday
Dawn Thompson of Mayfield relayed the reopening announcement, effective
November 9, and the Council 'toasted' the occasion with Mayfield milk
Media notes: photo, left to right: Councilman Richard Mayberry, Dawn
Thompson of Mayfield, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Councilmen
Dudley Ray & Tony Funari.
For Mayfield Dairy gift shop, ice cream parlor, and tour information
read the press release.
Braselton Council Welcomes New State Legislator
Councilwoman Peggy Slappy, Representative-elect Tim Barr, Representative
Donna Sheldon (Gwinnett County)
(Braselton) Members of the Braselton Town Council welcomed newly elected
Representative Tim Barr at a luncheon.
Barr will represent portions of the town in Gwinnett and Hall Counties when
he becomes a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in January.
Council members briefed Barr on key projects.
Braselton Movie is "We Bought a Zoo" on Saturday
The heartwarming and poignant comedy-drama, "We Bought A Zoo," is the
featured movie under the stars in Braselton on Saturday, September 15.
Matt Damon stars in the PG-rated feature based on a true story. He purchases
a zoo in order to bring his family back together. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas
Haden Church and Colin Ford also star.
The 124-minute film is free to
patrons in the Braselton Park, beginning at dusk. Families may bring lawn
chairs or blankets to enjoy the family atmosphere. Movies are presented by
the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
(Braselton) Registration is open for fall classes of the Brenau University
Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) in Braselton.
Courses begin the week of September 24, meeting weekly for seven weeks.
Course offerings include introduction to digital photography, Al’s taste of
Braselton, creative nonfiction writing, basic home repairs, yoga,
watercolor, greatest Civil War generals and more. A complete listing, venues
and fees are at
BULLI, the acclaimed senior adult education program, began 19 years ago in
Gainesville and this year at its first satellite campus in Braselton.
Registration information is available at the Braselton Town Hall or by
Photo, left to right: Peg Sheffield, a second generation BULLI student and
Dr. Nancy Krippel, Brenau University Provost & Senior VP Academic Affairs.
Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" is Braselton's movie under the stars Saturday
(Braselton) The upbeat, flashy animated family movie, "The Lorax" is
presented as the movie under the stars in Braselton on Saturday (August 18).
All the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes to "The Lorax," an adaptation of the
classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The
adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy as he searches for the one
thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To
find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming
creature who fights to protect his world.
Famous voices in the movie are Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift
and Rob Riggle. The 94-minute feature is rated PG.
Movies under the stars in the Braselton Park begin at dusk and are free.
Families may bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the family atmosphere.
Movies are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority.
August 3rd is the rescheduled date for "Mirror Mirror" as Braselton's
movie under the stars in the park series continues
has rescheduled "Mirror Mirror" for August 3rd as it continues the movies under
the stars in the park series in the downtown Braselton Park.
Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen and Lily Collins is Snow White, a princess
in exile. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join Snow White as she fights to reclaim
her birthright and win her Prince. The 106-minute feature is rated PG.
The movie begins at dusk (about 9:15 pm) in Braselton Park and is free. Families
are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the family-themed
entertainment courtesy of the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and the
Braselton CID. The film and many other family activities are posted to
www.braseltonfestivals.com or telephone
"Mirror Mirror" is Braselton's movie under the stars in the park
One of the most beloved stories of all time is featured as a magical comedy in
the fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend as "Mirror Mirror" is the
movies under the stars in the park series film in downtown Braselton on
Saturday, July 21.
Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen and Lily Collins is Snow White, a princess
in exile. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join Snow White as she fights to reclaim
her birthright and win her Prince. The 106-minute feature is rated PG.
The movie begins at dusk in Braselton Park and is free. Families are encouraged
to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the family-themed entertainment courtesy
of the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. The film and many other family
activities are posted to
or telephone 706.654-3915.
Braselton leaders celebrate Davis Street completion
(Braselton) Braselton’s Mayor and Council cut the ceremonial ribbon to open
Davis Street in its historic downtown.
“We are pleased this street is complete,” said Mayor Bill Orr, “as Davis Street,
the prime local artery connecting GA 53 and 124, serves as the gateway to the
Town Manager Jennifer Dees added, “it’s wonderful to see this creating economic
development opportunities in the downtown and eliminating the safety concerns of
the offset interchange.”
"Journey 2: Mysterious Island" begins Braselton movie series
(Braselton) An action adventure awaits movie patrons in Braselton Park
on Saturday (June 16) as "Journey 2: Mysterious Island" begins the season's
The 3D movie's lead character receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious
island where no island should exists, according to New Line Cinema. The feature
film stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
and is rated PG. Additional information is at www.themysteriousisland.com .
The movie begins at dusk and is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or
blankets and enjoy family-themed entertainment, courtesy of the Braselton
Visitors Bureau Authority, which will host five movies during the summer and
fall. The Authority thanks the presenting sponsor of "Journey 2:Mysterious
Island," www.greenshortz.com, whose purpose is "to begin living a greener
lifestyle one simple step at a time."
Broadway Avenue and Lewis Braselton Boulevard opens
The ceremonial ribbon-cut represents the completion
new Broadway Avenue and GA 124 in downtown.
A portion of the road is named Lewis Braselton Boulevard in memory of one of the
Photo, left to right: Richard Mayberry, Jim Jackson, Janice Braselton, Bruce
Yates, Pam Braselton Jackson, Anne Elisabeth Miller, Tony Funari and Dudley
Braselton hosts GDOT district engineer
Braselton's mayor and council hosted a reception in its historic Town Hall
introducing Bayne Smith, the newly named district engineer of the Georgia
Department of Transportation.
Smith is a native Georgian who earned degrees from the University of Georgia and
Georgia Tech. He began his GDOT career developing the state's Intelligent
Transportation Management System, called the Georgia Navigator. In 2001, he
joined the URS corporation, an engineering, construction and technical services'
consulting firm. Earlier this year, he was named District Engineer of GDOT,
coordinating all initiatives in twenty-one counties.
"It was our honor to introduce Bayne to elected officials from throughout the
region," said Braselton Mayor Bill Orr.
Turner Construction to Hold Subcontractor & Vendor Outreach Fair for
New Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton
Information Meeting: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 1 p.m., at the Gainesville Civic
Center – Chattahoochee Room (830 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501). RSVP to
email@example.com by 4 p.m., Friday, May 4
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Turner Construction Company, the general contractor for the
new Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton project, will hold a
subcontractor and vendor outreach fair on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 1 p.m., at
the Gainesville Civic Center. At the fair, representatives from Turner will
provide pre-qualification and project information to subcontractors wishing to
bid for construction elements and vendors seeking to supply systems or materials
for the new hospital project.
All interested subcontractors are invited to visit the public project website,
www.ngmcproject.com. This website is designed to serve as a communications hub
for current and potential subcontractors/vendors, craftsmen and project team
members seeking up-to-date information related to the NGMC Braselton project.
The website also includes a Subcontractor/Vendor Interest Form and Craftsman
Interest Form, which can be submitted online. Once submitted, the information
will be stored in a database for the project. By utilizing this system, Turner
will be able to keep track of every subcontractor, vendor and craftsman
interested in the project.
“We want to involve as many local subcontractors, vendors and craftsmen as
possible in this hospital project which will serve the community in which they
reside,” says Keith Merritt, project manager for Turner Construction.
“Turner’s focused plan for local, qualified subcontractor, vendor and craftsman
participation in this building project is one of the factors that impressed us
in their proposal,” says Rudy Lonergan, director of Facilities Development at
Northeast Georgia Health System. “This is a key goal for the Health System and
was an important aspect in our decision making process. We are pleased to have
Turner partnering with us to achieve this goal through outreach efforts such as
this fair and the project website.”
Northeast Georgia Health System is developing the new hospital on the River
Place campus, a 119-acre green field parcel in rapidly growing South Hall
County. River Place currently includes a multi-story medical office building,
Medical Plaza 1, that houses numerous physician specialties, an urgent care
center and outpatient services including imaging, lab and physical and
occupational therapy. The new hospital is envisioned to be state-of-the-art by
incorporating innovations in design and delivery methods which have proven to
enhance the delivery of care and reduce project and ongoing operating costs. The
new 100-bed hospital has an estimated size of 240,000 SF. The project will break
ground in fall 2012 and is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
All subcontractors will be required to provide a complete a Pre-Qualification
package prior to receiving an Invitation to Bid from Turner. Subcontractors who
have a qualification statement on file with Turner need to only provide updated
information as required by Turner. Contact Anne Adams with Turner Construction
Co. at 404.504.2698 to request a Pre-Qualification package or for a listing of
information required to update your existing Pre-Qualification file.
student wins tee shirt design honor
(Braselton) Tanner Still, a seventh grade student at Bethlehem Christian
Academy, won the contest for tee shirt design for the 2012 Braselton Beach Bash
Still, age 13, won over a dozen other entries which were judged to reflect the
theme of the festival and for a design which will translate well to print media.
The announcement was made at the Town Council meeting this week.
The annual Beach Bash Festival will be staged in the downtown park on Saturday,
May 19 from 10:00 am until 10:00 PM. It will feature bounce houses, a petting
zoo, bungee jumping and face painting. Eighteen tons of white sand will be
spread in front of the stage for playtime. Arts, craft and food vendors will
attend along with musicians. The festival is free.
For additional information or vendor registration forms, visit
www.braseltonfestivals.com or telephone 706.654-3915.
BULLI to Come to Braselton
(Braselton, GA) Citizens of Braselton have harnessed their own resources to
create the first satellite campus of BULLI, Brenau University Learning and
Leisure Institute. Brenau began its popular program for adults with intellectual
curiosity and a love of learning. The new venture in Braselton is a pilot
program that depends on course offerings, enrollment and financial support.
offers non-credit classes for mature adults looking to stimulate their thinking
and expand their knowledge. Many adults are retiring early or are able to take
daytime classes and wish to continue their education, so in 1994, BULLI was
started to serve the community's citizens. Uniquely, the Braselton campus will
offer day and night classes and membership will be reciprocal with the
Gainesville BULLI program.
The Braselton campus has been the vision of a group of dedicated
volunteers, but needs help to make it a reality. The group is seeking pledges of
Individuals and businesses who make a donation not only receive the tax
deduction benefits, but are recognized through the Brenau University giving
program. They will forever be known as those who made the Braselton BULLI
program a reality. They can make their full donation now, or pledge an amount
per year over the next the years. The group needs to raise monies to fund the
instructors, materials for class participants, pay share of the staff time
coming from the Brenau Campus and all the other expenses from postage to
Classes will be offered in Braselton starting Summer 2012. Mark your
calendar for registration on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 in the Community Room of the
Braselton Police and Municipal Court facility and get ready to learn!
For more information, please contact Jennifer Dees, 706-654-5720 or
Braselton Police Department earns state certification
The Braselton Police Department earned official state certification status
joining ninety-six law enforcement agencies in Georgia with that distinction.
Frank V. Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of
Police, made the presentation to Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and the Town
Council this week. Rotondo described the essential goals, prestige and
development of 118 professional standards. "This is a competent, professional
agency," he told the Town Council.
Rotondo also presented certification manager Ernie Graham with a certificate of
appreciation, confirming his guiding the three-year process on behalf of the
The certification program began in 1990 in Georgia. Braselton's designation runs
(Photo, left to right: Assistant Chief Lou Solis, Certification Manager Ernie
Graham, Retired Winder Police Chief Stanley Rogers, Frank Rotondo, Patrolman
Mark Berry, Police Chief Terry Esco, Administrative Assistant Rhonda Lunsford,
Mayor Bill Orr, Patrolman Josh Stewart and Patrolman Johnny Alemany. )
Braselton water and sewer bond rating upgraded
(Braselton) Standard and Poor’s, the New York-based bond rating agency which
rates more than 80% of the country’s municipal and corporate bonds, raised the
Town of Braselton’s water and sewer system revenue bonds’ rating to an A.
The town received official notification of the rating increase based on the
timing and quality of the 2003 bonds being refinanced, projected to save $1.1
million over the life of the bonds. S&P’s credit ratings express the opinion
about the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations
in full and on time.
“The higher rating also reflects our understanding that management will continue
to manage its future purchased water costs effectively,” said credit analysis
Paula Costa of Standard & Poor, enumerating six key economic assessment
Major rating agencies assess economy, debt structure, financial condition,
demographic factors and best management practices of the governing body and
administration. Moreover, a financial analysis is performed with respect to
water and sewer system users and rates. “A” bonds are described as having
“strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the rating agency.
“The rating increase is welcome news and serves as a confirmation of our fiscal
management as public stewards as well as our economic projections for future
growth,” said town manager Jennifer Dees.
Slappey named Braselton's Mayor Pro Tem
(Braselton) Peggy B. Slappey is named Mayor Pro Tem in Braselton for 2012. The
appointment to the post was made by Mayor Bill Orr during the town council
Slappey is serving in her third year as Councilwoman, having been elected in
2009. She also serves on the Braselton Community Improvement District board. She
is the broker and sales manager for Peggy Slappey Properties, Inc.
Braselton citizens "Can Do" for neighbors
(Braselton) More than 600 grocery items were collected by residents of The
Village at Chateau Elan in Braselton to bolster the efforts of local food banks.
Canned and non-perishable goods were collected by volunteers to benefit The Vine
Food Bank and Zion Baptist Food Bank of Braselton. Residents Ray Booher, Larry
Deal, Ed Roach and Derrell Patrick organized the collection campaign, and
Braselton Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey was appointed to lead the "Can Do"
(Photo: Braselton Councilwoman Peggy B. Slappey)
Braselton recognizes first Citizens Academy graduates
(Braselton) Eight Braselton residents completed the town's first Citizens
Academy and were recognized by the Braselton Town Council.
(Braselton) Eight Braselton residents completed the town's first Citizens
Academy and were recognized by the Braselton Town Council.
The academy held classes once each month from May through October to allow
citizens a comprehensive understanding of each of the town's departments and
"We were very pleased with the success of the academy in its first year," said
Town Manager Jennifer Dees, "and believe the program will grow in 2012."
Disney's "Cars 2" is Braselton's movie under the stars in the park
(Braselton) Families will revel in laughter and adventure as the Braselton
Visitors Bureau Authority presents "Cars 2" during Saturday's festivities in the
town's historic downtown.
The annual lighting of the Christmas tree begins at 5:30 at the Braselton
Brothers Store with singing, dancing and prizes for all. After the lighting,
"Cars 2" will be shown free in the Braselton Park.
The family, animated-comedy features an overseas race by Lightning McQueen
called the World Grand Prix. The international espionage takes racers and
viewers through the streets of Europe and Japan. The 113-minute movie is rated G
and features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro and
Michael Caine. Movie patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the
The tree lighting and movie usher in the multi-events planned for "Holidays in
Braselton." For additional information, visit
Braselton earns state grant for downtown redevelopment
(Braselton) The Georgia Department of Community Affairs awarded the Town of
Braselton a $500,000 grant to assist with its renovations of the historic
Braselton Brothers Store.
The announcement was made by Shane Short of the Jackson County Area Chamber of
Commerce at the annual meeting of the Braselton Downtown Development Authority.
The grant is under the Community Development Block Grant program from the U. S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development through the state’s Department of
Community Affairs. The program provides financial resources to smaller and rural
communities to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and
moderate-income citizens to support economic development and enhance local
quality of life. The grant co-applicants are the Town of Braselton and its Urban
The Town announced the grant funds will be applied to the comprehensive
redevelopment efforts downtown focusing on the renovations of the Braselton
Brothers store complex. The project will address electrical upgrades, fire and
safety measures, public access, parking and exterior enhancements. Under the
terms of the grant, the Town will add $150,000 in local funds to complete the
Town manager Jennifer Dees said, “We envision the makeover to be an economic
boost to the community retaining sixteen full-time jobs and creating 29
additional ones. It is a central part of the downtown master plan which the
Council adopted several years ago, and it is essential to the scope of the
Confirmation of the grant supplements a list announced by Governor Nathan Deal
in August. DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty said, “We are pleased that these funds
will be combined with private investments and local funds to implement critical
community and economic development projects. Each year, CDBG investments
demonstrate how the state and local partners working together with the private
sector can create a climate of success in local communities for families and