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Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Apr. 29, residents can join Fulton County Cooperative Extension as they celebrate 100 years of life-long learning made possible by the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established the national agency.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton County Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street, SE in Downtown Atlanta.

The public event at the Fulton County Government Center will feature special guest speakers, live music, the nationally recognized Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market and a “butterfly release” to signify 100 years of pollinating information into the lives of Fulton County residents.

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Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

All Fulton voters to receive updated precinct cards

All Fulton voters to receive updated precinct cards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Registered voters in Fulton County should look for new precinct cards to arrive in their mail boxes in the next several days. New cards will be mailed today to inform registered voters of their district and polling location in time for the May 20 primary election.

“As provided by state law, we are sending updated precinct cards to every registered voter in the County to reflect redistricting of Fulton County commission districts,” said Richard Barron, Director of Fulton County Registration & Elections. “Voters should look for their cards in the mail this week. If they do not receive them we ask them to contact our office.”

Residents are urged to pay close attention to the assigned district and polling location.

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements:

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County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services Department, Housing and Community Development Division is requesting project proposals for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Funding is available for projects and services that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Fulton County.  Applications and program manuals will be available as of Monday, April 14, 2014, for pick-up at the following location:

Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department
Office of Housing and Community Development
137 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
404-613-7944.

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

(WXIA) -- Ladybugs offer a great form of organic pest control for gardeners. They prey on damaging bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites.

Pike Nurseries is helping metro Atlantans keep their gardens pest-free by giving away 1 million ladybugs this weekend.

The nursery chain will hold a Ladybug Weekend celebration at all of its stores. Customers are invited to attend free ladybug information sessions on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Children will also receive ladybug coloring sheets, and every family in attendance will go home with a complimentary packet of ladybugs.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include: