Rockin’ the Green 5K seeks runners in Braselton
(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 project.
Additional information is available at
www.downtownbraselton.com or by calling Peggy Kriegel at 404.380-3299.
Braselton is Georgia’s 8th safest city
(Braselton) 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
(Braselton) The Still Point Photography specializes in weddings, engagements, newborn or children's and family photos in downtown Braselton and celebrated its ribbon-cutting recently.
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."
Photo: 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 service
(Braselton) 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 21.
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
For additional information, telephone 706.654-5720 or visit
Steffman named Braselton PD captain
(Braselton) 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
(Braselton) 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.
The ‘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.
(left to right): Robbie Bettis, Clay Eubanks, Lynn Tillett, Peggy Kriegel, Morgan Lytle, Cindy Green, Cheri Huff and Sally Beggs.
(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.
The 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.
Mayor 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
Picture: Jackson County Commissioner Bruce Yates, Connie Conrad, Downtown Development Authority chair Peggy Kriegel and Mayor Bill Orr.
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) 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 new world.
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
(Braselton) 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 Boswell.
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
Braselton's 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
(Braselton) 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 downtown.
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 freedoms
(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
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 Braselton
(Braselton) 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 plantings.
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 ceremonies.
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 Stover.
Elements 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 downtown.
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.
The 2013 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 Park.
Officer Mark Berry, Officer Johnny Alemany & Assistant Chief Lou Solis
Braselton Gallery during the Antique & Gardening Festival
Kennedy interns with Braselton police
(Braselton) 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.
Left, Chief Terry Esco; right, Jack Kennedy
Braselton collects for tornado victims in northwest Georgia
(Braselton) Braselton employees are collecting needed relief items to transport to
victims of the tornado which damaged Calhoun and Adairsville in northwest Georgia.
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 blankets.
"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 enthusiasm.”
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 downtown park.
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 are free.
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 evening.
Dawn Thompson of Mayfield relayed the reopening announcement, effective November 9, and
the Council 'toasted' the occasion with Mayfield milk products.
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 telephoning
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"
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 706.654-3915.
"Mirror Mirror" is Braselton's movie under the stars in the park
(Braselton) 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’s library.”
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 movie series.
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 of
new Broadway Avenue and GA 124 in downtown.
of the road is named Lewis Braselton Boulevard in
memory of one of the town's founders.
Photo, left to right: Richard Mayberry, Jim Jackson, Janice Braselton,
Bruce Yates, Pam Braselton Jackson, Anne Elisabeth Miller, Tony
Funari and Dudley Ray.
Braselton hosts GDOT district engineer
(Braselton) 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.
Braselton 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 Festival.
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
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 support.
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 printing.
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
Brenau Pledge Card
Braselton Police Department earns state certification
(Braselton) 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 department.
The certification program began in 1990 in Georgia. Braselton's designation runs through 2015.
(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 categories.
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 meeting Monday.
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" program.
(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 missions.
"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 outdoor feature.
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 Redevelopment Agency.
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 project.
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 plan.”
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 businesses.”