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Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

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Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

PROBE College Fair coming to Alpharetta

PROBE College Fair coming to Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in north Fulton County next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Point Mall in Alpharetta.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

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Fulton County offers advice for planting backyard garden

Fulton County offers advice for planting backyard garden

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension will teach a “Gardening Made Easy” class to assist residents with starting a backyard garden.

The free class is offered to county residents wanting to plant their own vegetable gardens. The class will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ellard Farmers Market located at 8400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Call 404-613-7670 to reserve your space.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of planting a back yard vegetable garden that yields beautiful crops.  They will be taught the newest techniques for planning a garden, preparing the soil and much more to produce delicious, fresh vegetables at harvest time.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
 
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.

Variety of Georgia named participating non-profit for Sprouts Farmers Market contest

Variety of Georgia named participating non-profit for Sprouts Farmers Market contest

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Variety of Georgia – The Children’s Charity of Georgia, a non-profit dedicated to enriching, improving and fulfilling the lives of children living with disabilities and disadvantages, is thrilled to announce that it has been selected to participate in Sprouts Farmers Market’s community giving initiative, 25,000 Fans Giveaway!

This initiative is a contest between two non-profits, where each organization’s supporters can visit the Sprouts Farmers Market – Johns Creek Facebook page and vote! The non-profit with the most votes by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, will receive a $1,000 donation at the Sprouts grand opening Preview Party on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Friends and families who support Variety of Georgia are encouraged to log on and cast a vote! All entries will receive one $2 OFF coupon towards any $20 (or more) purchase at Sprouts Farmers Market. One vote per person.