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Historic Bus Tour of Gwinnett Set for November 6th

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett History Museum, part of the new History & Culture Program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, is sponsoring its annual historic bus tour. You are invited to participate in this event on Saturday, November 6, 2010. The bus pulls out at 8:30 am from the Lawrenceville Female Seminary and will travel to the cities and towns of Norcross, Centerville, Grayson and more. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

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Hall County Voters Favor Two Tax Payments

On Election Day 2010, Hall County voters decided that they would like to pay property taxes in two installments due Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, rather than one annual payment. The referendum is nonbinding, which means the Hall County Board of Commissioners must vote to actually change tax payments to two installments.

Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs were voted onto the Hall County Board of Commissioners and will begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Craig Lutz received 85.3 percent of the vote for District 1, while opponent Paul Wayne Godfrey received 17.6 percent of the vote (1 percent was write-in). Scott Gibbs ran unopposed for the District 3 seat.

Bullying is at an All-Time High, The Geek Squad has some Vital Tips

Atlanta, GA--  A report released by the National Institutes of Health found that kids who are victims of cyber bullying are at a higher risk of depression.  Cyber bullying is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers/cell phones or any other form of technology to communicate offensive, violent or harassing messages to a victim.  The prevalence of bullying is high, with 20.8 percent of U.S. adolescents in school having been bullied physically at least once in the last two months, 53.6 percent having been bullied verbally, and 51.4 percent bullied socially (excluded or ostracized), and 13.6 percent having been bullied electronically.

Listed below are four easy tips, provided by Geek Squad, to help keep kids safe from cyber bullies.

Disney and Steve Harvey are Looking for 100 High School Students...4Days left to Apply!!!

Atlanta, GA--  Steve Harvey is looking for 100 high school students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open their minds, change their lives and help them shine their brightest. There is only 4 more days to Apply!!! (Oct.31st Deadline) Atlanta is known for always being represented in the group of 100, so let's do it again and get our applications in!

This year Essence magazine joins forces with Steve Harvey to make Disney’s Dreamers Academy the biggest, brightest and most mind-blowing event yet! The selected attendees will be encouraged to pursue their dreams by highly successful Disney mentors, celebrities, innovators and creators. They will work side-by-side and hand-in-hand with entertainers, culinary artists, financial wizards and magic makers – all have stories to tell and learning experiences to share.

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Memorial Fund Established for Family Killed in N.C. Wreck

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- A Gwinnett County man still grieving from the loss of five family members is using his brother's legacy to help others.

At his Buford home, Quintin Alvarez sorts through a stack of sympathy cards mailed from all over the country. At the same time, he's sorting through grief stacked five deep. It's been almost a month since his brother Daniel, Daniel's wife, and their three young children died in a traffic accident.

Quintin Alvarez is not ready to let go.

"I know this has to be done for him, for his legacy," said Alvarez.

Hall Co. Smoking Ban Effective, November 1st

On November 1st, the Hall County’s Solid Waste Division will implement a smoke-free/tobacco-free policy at all compactor sites and the landfill. Signs will be posted at all Solid Waste facilities to notify the public that absolutely no smoking or tobacco use is allowed.

The Solid Waste Division decided to prohibit smoking and tobacco use after the Hall County Correctional Institution on Sept. 1 implemented a smoke-free/tobacco-free policy, which includes all inmates, staff, employees, visitors and customers.

Smoking is prohibited throughout the workplace for Hall County employees and is confined to designated areas.

Early Voting Ends on Friday, The Number of Early Voters Has Risen

Atlanta, GA--  Early voting ends Friday for the Nov. 2 general election. Registered Hall County voters can visit the Elections Office at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday.

More voters are taking advantage of this last week of early voting. “We are averaging 500 voters per day, but yesterday we voted 647,” Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee said Tuesday.