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Local fast-casual restaurant announces ribbon cutting

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The Grecian Gyro franchise is opening a new location with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 18 at the new Johns Creek location.

The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. and will include Johns Creek mayor Mike Bodker, and council members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Grecian Gyro will hold a small grand opening event immediately after the ribbon cutting. Guests will be offered complimentary small bites, menu samples and drinks.

The first Grecian Gyro was opened in Hapeville in 1982 by Founder Nick Koulouris. The new Johns Creek restaurant will be at 11030 Medlock Bridge Road. Two other locations are in Forest Park and Tucker.

German magazine features local seniors complex

FULTON COUNTY -- German magazine "Consens" will feature Fulton County's Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in their upcoming issue.

Freelance writer Daniela Breitbart of "Consens" recently visited the Benson Center's Senior Services Manager, Andre Gregory, to take photos of the seniors enjoying their time at the center. Breitbart now lives in Dunwoody.

"I was contacted by my editor in Germany about doing a story on the services available to seniors in Atlanta. I live in Dunwoody and the Benson Center was close by and convenient," Breitbart said.

According to Gregory, she talked with Breitbart about programs available to seniors and services they offer.

Breitbart said the magazine is printed quarterly. Benson will get copies for the staff and seniors at the center.


Local arts centers to open registration

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County will open online and onsite registration on Tuesday, August 14 for the Fall 2012 sessions to be held at Fulton County Arts Centers.

The arts centers are operated by the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture. They are available for children and adults.

The session begins September 18 and lasts for eight weeks. Prices and times vary by location.

Classes include dance, theatre, painting, drawing and printmaking.

For more information, visit Fulton County Arts and Culture.

Fulton County early voting begins on Monday

ATLANTA -- Advance voting begins for State House Districts 62 and 63 on Monday. 

Polls for advance voting will open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Fulton County Public Safety Building and the South Fulton Service Center

The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, August 17 and primaries will be held on Tuesday, August 21. 

For more information on the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections, log on to www.fultonelections.com.

Georgia reports increased tax collections in July

Georgia reports increased tax collections in July

ATLANTA - A new state revenue analysis suggests a rebounding Georgia economy where consumers still spend conservatively.

The Georgia Department of Revenue reports that the state's income for July was 7.4 percent more than it was during the same month a year ago. Notable jumps in corporate and personal income tax revenues drove the overall increase. 

But sales and use taxes showed more modest increases from 2011 levels, while gas taxes and revenues from vehicle titles and fees were down. Alcohol sales, meanwhile, appear to be increasing.

The report covers the first month of the fiscal year. In July, before any revenue measures were final, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered all state agencies to propose ways to reduce general fund spending by 3 percent this year and again during the 2013-2014 budget year.

Registration begins at all Fulton County Arts Centers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Registration for the fall 2012 sessions at the Fulton County Art Centers opens on August 14. 

The eight-week sessions begin on September 18 and end on November 10. 

Classes include: dance, theater, painting, drawing, printmaking and other art disciplines. 

Students can enroll in classes at the following center: Arts Center in Sandy Springs, South Fulton Arts Center in College Park, Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta and the West End Arts Center near West End

Dates, prices and times vary. 

For more information visit the Fulton Arts website

DEA busts drug ring through 'Operation Freak Nasty'

ATLANTA -- On Wednesday, DEA officials delivered a major blow to a well-established Mexican cartel working out of the Atlanta Metro area. 

Operation Freak Nasty, which started as a street level drug case has, DEA officials said, expanded into Mexico and South America. 

According to the DEA, the operation netted 35 arrests and the seizure of approximately 66 kilos of cocaine, 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of hashish, three firearms, and more than $3.2 million in cash and assets.

Offenders were arrested in Cobb, Douglas, DeKalb, Haralson and Fulton counties.