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Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.

 

3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Three metro Atlanta towns are among the safest cities in the U.S.

Every year, NeighborhoodScout.com lists America's safest cities of at least 25,000 residents according to the number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 people.

Johns Creek comes in at No. 14 on this year's list, while another north Fulton County town, Milton, is No. 39. On the south side, Peachtree City ranks No. 63, jumping from No. 67 in 2012.

Johns Creek and Peachtree City are also among Georgia's top 10 suburbs, according to a 2012 study by Coldwell Banker.

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host the following Black History observances during February:

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Black History Month Celebration
Monday, February 18, 2013
10:00am – 11:30am
Program will feature the Darnell Chorus, the Adult Day Program Bells of Darnell, representatives from the Darnell Players, Toast Masters, the Darnell Divas & Dudes and more.
Contact information:  Terryl Sparkman, Senior Services Manager, 404-699-8580

Adult Day Program Black History Month Celebration
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
10:30: a.m. – Noon
Participants will recognize the contributions of Africans Americans to the nation’s history through music and theatrical presentations.
Contact Information: Partrounar Bryant- James – 404-6998595

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Milton volunteer honored for service

Milton volunteer honored for service

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton volunteer Sharon Lockwood, a founding member of the Better Together: Real Communities - Milton Mini-Grants Initiative and former member of the Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC), will be honored by Senior Services North Fulton (SSNF) Feb. 16 at the nonprofit's "Heart and Soul" yearly fundraiser.

"Sharon is a passionate advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities," said Carrie Bellware, executive director of SSNF. "It is a pleasure to honor such a special woman and North Fulton resident."

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If the name sounds familiar, it's because Sharon is the mother of Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood. He said he couldn't be more proud of her work.

"She is an inspiration to everyone who meets her, and she just keeps on going, always with a smile," he said.

Wilson Creek ES students collect toys for needy

Wilson Creek ES students collect toys for needy

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The students at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek are showing their holiday spirit by giving to those in need.

The student council recently challenged the children to "Pack the Principal's Office with Toys!" in December.

And the kids delivered, stuffing principal Andrea Cushing's office with more than 400 toys for less fortunate families.

To keep the kids' spirits high (and to encourage more giving), an update on the number of toys in the office was made every morning on the school's news show.