Community Calendar: Free tax prep offered at library

The Butts County Life Enrichment Team and United Way will offer free tax preparation services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, 436 E. College St., Jackson. For more information, call LET Executive Director Ann-Marie Pope at 770-775-5829 or email

The Flovilla City Council will meet at 2 p.m. March 9 for a called meeting at City Hall, 308 Heard St., Flovilla. The council plans to approve a resolution regarding the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and to make appointments.

Henderson school alumni and friends will meet at 5 p.m. each Sunday in March at Rising Star Baptist Church, 1644 Ga. Highway 16, Jackson. Alumni are working on the Henderson School Alumni Trust organization and board structure, assigning committee members and strategic planning. For more information, call the Rev. Charlie Barlow at 404-764-3073.

Health fair March 15

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital will hold its annual community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, 436 E. College St., Jackson. It will offer health counseling, a variety of health screenings and information. There will also be a LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive. For more information, contact Nancy Rollins at or call Kim Stephens at 678-408-3158.

DAR March 15

The William McIntosh chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. March 15, at the chapter house located at 222 Mulberry St., Jackson. Sheriff Gary Long will make a presentation. All members, associates, prospective members and guests are invited. The NSDAR is open to any woman 18 years old or older who can prove descent from ancestors who fought or provided service during the American Revolution.

Scholarship deadline March 15

The deadline is March 15 for Butts County residents who are high school seniors graduating this year to apply for the Partners for Smart Growth scholarship. Applications can be found at or contact Nikki Sowell at 770-550-3065 or

The Greater Butts County Lions Club will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, dance and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. March 17 at the Jones Barn, 642 Stark Road, Jackson. The cost is $30 per person or $210 for a table of eight. Entertainment will be provided by the Mackie Creek Band. All proceeds go to the Butts County community. For more information, contact Michelle Reasor at 678-634-2967 or

Scholarship deadline March 19

The Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will award two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who live in Butts County and are continuing education in a fine arts field like music, drama, writing, painting, design or dance. The deadline to apply is March 19. Applications are available at the Jackson High School counselors’ office. For more information, contact Diane Glidewell at 770-775-6592 or

Hice visit March 21

Constituent services representatives of U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., will hold mobile office hours from 10 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Butts County Administration Building, 625 W. Third St., Jackson. Constituents can discuss concerns, share priorities and seek help with federal agencies. A staff member from the office of U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., will also attend.

The Butts County School System will hold kindergarten registration for students new to the system from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. Parents and guardians should bring their children; the children’s birth certificates and Social Security cards; eye, ear and dental certificates and immunization records; proof of residence in Butts County; and, if necessary, guardianship documents. Children must be be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. For more information, call Susan Sarsany at 770-504-2300 or

The Magnolia Grove Apartments independent living facility, at 336 April Lane, Jackson, is seeking vendors for an upcoming health fair by March 29. The nonprofit housing unit is seeking vendors to distribute materials, provide health checks and do presentations at the health fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Vendors who will not sell any goods can sign up for free. Those planning to sell items, including food, must pay a $10 fee. For more information, contact Angela Mack at 770-775-2890 or

Jackson High School, at 717 Harkness St., Jackson, will hold a rising freshman parent night at 6 p.m. March 30 in the Commons. Administrators, counselors and staff members will discuss registration, graduation and HOPE Scholarship requirements, and additional topics. Parents will take part in student registration as well. For more information, call the high school at 770-504-2340.

High Falls State Park, at 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, will hold its fifth annual Glow-N-Dark Egg Hunt from 6 to 9 p.m. March 31. Park workers will hide more than 5,000 glowing eggs for children to find. The hunt is open to children ages 3 to 10. Before the hunt, there will be food trucks, yard games, s’mores and inflatables. Tickets are limited. The cost is $6 plus a $5 parking fee. For more information, call the park office 478-993-3053.

The Butts County School System will hold a pre-kindergarten registration informational meeting at 6 p.m. April 4 at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. Information on requirements and procedures for pre-K registration for the 2018-19 school year will be given and parents can ask questions and pick up registration forms. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old before Sept. 1. Registration week will be held April 9-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center.

The Butts County Department of Leisure Services, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, will hold its spring break camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 16-20. The camp, for children ages 5 to 12, costs $65 per child. Participants must bring a lunch each day but snacks will be provided. Register at the recreation office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or sign up online at

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic tournament will begin with registration at noon April 18 at the Hickory Hill Golf Club, 209 Biles Road, Jackson. The four-person scramble tournament will cost $220 for a team or $60 per player. There will be prizes for first through third places in two flights. Proceeds will go toward community events. Sponsorships also are being sought. For tournament and sponsor information call 770-775-4839 or visit

The Butts County Department of Leisure Services, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, is taking applications for its summer day camps, which will be held weekly from June 4 through Aug. 3. The camps, for children ages 5 to 12, costs $75 per week. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Weekly field trips and swimming are included in the fee. Register at the recreation office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or sign up online at

The Georgia River Network is taking registration for a seven-day Paddle Georgia trip along the Yellow and Ocmulgee rivers. The 14th annual summer paddle will be June 16-22. Part of the proceeds from the trip will help establish the Yellow River and Ocmulgee River water trails. Registration fees for the full trip are $425 for adults, $230 for children ages 8 to 17 and $30 for children ages 7 and under. Tickets for Paddle Georgia Lite, which includes the first or last two days of the trip, are $120, $70 and $15. To register, visit For more information, contact Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or; or Dana Skelton at 706-549-4508 or

The McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council is accepting applications for Early Head Start and Head Start programs for the 2018-19 school year. Early Head Start is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. Head Start is for children who have turned 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1. Both are free programs with federal guidelines. Services include nutrition, health, mental health, education, social services and parent involvement. Applications may be picked up at the Butts County Department of Family and Children Services, Butts County Health Department or WIC offices, or the Head Start office in the McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council building, 565 Recreation Drive, Jackson. For more information, call 770-775-3830 or 770-775-4293, ext. 109.

The Community Calendar is a regular feature of the Jackson Progress-Argus. To submit an item, email, write to 129 S. Mulberry St., Jackson GA, 30233, or fax to 770-775-3855 by noon the Monday prior to publication.

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