Genealogical Society, March 7

The Butts County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, at 436 E. College St., Jackson. The program will be on genetic and traditional genealogy. Visitors are welcome. Call 770-775-1473.

Memory Care Cafe, March 7

Homestead Hospice will host a Memory Care Cafe, a group for caregivers of those with dementia, at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Stone Well Worship Center, 59 Rock Hill School Road, The Rock, Ga.

Additional Memory Care Cafes will be held at 10 a.m. March 14 at Stark United Methodist Church, 1097 Halls Bridge Road, Jackson, and at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Butts County Senior Center, 580 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson.

Retired Educators Association, March 7

The Butts County Retired Educators Association will meet at 11 a.m. March 7 at Hunter’s Café, 310 Macon Ave., Jackson. All members are invited to attend. Call 770-775-3465 for more information.

Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, March 7

The Butts County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition will meet at 10 a.m. March 7 at the office of the Initiative to Prevent Sexual Abuse, 151 N. Mimosa Lane, Jackson, to plan activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. For more information, call 678-544-3410 or email

Tax prep help, March 14

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library, in partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta, is offering a free tax preparation service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) coalition provides free tax preparation services to working families with moderate to low incomes. A household income of $55,000 or less in 2018 is required to qualify for this free service.

Registration is required. Contact the library at 770-775-7524 to make an appointment. The library is located at 436 E. College St., Jackson.

Partners for Smart Growth scholarship

deadline, March 15

Butts County Partners for Smart Growth will be offering four $1,000 scholarships to deserving Butts County seniors. Scholarship application forms are now available at and from the counselor’s office. Applications should be postmarked March 15. For more information, email

St. Patrick’s Day

dinner and dance, March 16

The Greater Butts County Lions Club will hold its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance from 6 to 10 p.m. March 16 at the Idlewilde Event Center at Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. The cost is $35 per person, or $250 for a table for eight. Entertainment will be provided by the Mackie Creek Band. For more information or tickets, call 678-634-2967 or email

Scholarship application deadline, March 19

The Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will award two $1,000 scholarships this year to residents of Butts County who graduate from high school by June and plan to pursue education in a fine arts field (music, drama, visual art, dance, graphic art, etc.). The application deadline is March 19. Applications are available at the Jackson High School counselor’s office or contact Diane Glidewell at

Kindergarten registration, May 8 and 9

The Butts County School System will be hosting kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 9 at the central registration office, in the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. When registering a student that does not attend a Butts County pre-K program, parents or guardians will need to bring the child on the day of registration, along with several required documents. Children will need to be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. For more information, call Susan Sarsany at 770-504-2300 or email

Cookbooks available

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital Volunteer Services is selling cookbooks for $13. For more information, call 678-618-4892.

Head Start enrollment

The McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council is accepting applications for Early Head Start, Head Start and pre-K programs for the 2018-19 and upcoming 2019-20 school year.

The Early Head Start program is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. The Head Start program is for children who have or will turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2019. Pre-K is for children who will have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2019. Children with disabilities are given priority.

Head Start and Early Head Start are free programs and require families to meet federal guidelines. Pre-kindergarten is a free program with no income guidelines.

Applications may be picked up at the Department of Family and Children Services, Health Department, WIC program office, or at the office in any of McIntosh Trail’s seven counties: Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Upson. Pre-K is available only in Henry, Spalding, Newton and Upson counties.

For more information, call 770-775-4293.

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