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Atlanta's Coolest Kid Contest. Vote up until Sunday at Moms Like Me

Atlanta's Coolest Kid Contest. Vote up until Sunday at Moms Like Me

ATLANTA, Ga.--  While the temperatures are warming up for the weekend, our search is closing in on Atlanta's coolest kid.  hundreds of photos were uploaded in the Atlanta's Coolest Kid Contest and the voting is winding down this weekend.

You can go to www.MomsLikeMe.com and pick your favorite.  The winner of the contest will end up with an $1800 getaway to Florida!

 

This weekend is worthy of an 11!

This weekend is worthy of an 11!

ATLANTA -- The two-story WIZometer is on the 11Alive porch.

Our colossal WIZometer is saved for a select few Fridays -- the ones that mark the start of near-perfect weekends.

Friday and Saturday are both 11s on the WIZometer, with highs at or near 80 degrees. Sunday will be a 10, with a high of 72 and a low of 55.

Get outside this weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather and celebrate the beginning of spring!

All local Rita's locations will be giving away free Italian ice, and the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon will be off and running on Sunday, Mar.

Hall County finds new revenue in ambulance fees

Hall County finds new revenue in ambulance fees

FLOWERY BRANCH – (submitted by Hall County Government) The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved an increase in ambulance fees on Thursday, which could bring an additional $888,000 in much-needed revenue next year.

The fee increase enables Hall County to collect the maximum amount allowable for ambulance services by Medicare, Medicaid and insurance. This change will not significantly impact local residents, who only pay about 6 percent of the total ambulance bill.

“This change brings our fees in line with surrounding counties and allows Hall County to collect more funds from the federal government and private insurance,” Fire Chief David Kimbrell said. “Ultimately, it will lessen the burden on the taxpayers.”

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is launching its new Legacy Wellness program

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is launching its new Legacy Wellness program

Lake Lanier, GA--  (sent by Phil Kent)  This unique concept of “real world wellness” offers fitness, lifestyle and nutrition classes and training including cardio, yoga, and strength training classes as well as horseback riding, cooking classes, and lectures on topics ranging from healthy restaurant eating to stress management. 

Come learn how corporate meeting and event planners (and even brides) can seamlessly incorporate wellness aspects into their gatherings in a fun and beneficial way. The Legacy Wellness Evaluation for individuals or groups, coupled with the adoption of a company-wide wellness initiative like the Legacy Wellness’ innovative Walkingspree iWalk program, may very well lead to lower health benefit costs across the board.

For more information on the open house events, please contact Phil Kent at 404-226-3549

Hall County's unemployment rate rises to 9.0 percent

ATLANTA – According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area increased to 10.4 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in December.

Previously, in 2010, the jobless rate in the metro Atlanta area was 10.7 percent. Unemployment in Hall County, currently, sits at 9.0 percent. The rate increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services.  

For more information on the Georgia labor market visit www.dol.state.ga.us 

Take part in YOUR Government. Citizens' Academy starts March 14th

Take part in YOUR Government. Citizens' Academy starts March 14th

Gainesville, GA--  (City of Gainesville)  Come and find out why Gainesville has been recognized as a City of Excellence, a Georgia Trendsetter City, A City of Ethics and one of the lowest tax towns in the nation. Sponsored by the City of Gainesville, the seven week session will begin Monday, March 14, 2011 with graduation on Monday, May 2, 2011.

According to City Manager Kip Padgett, this is not your typical classroom lecture. “We work really hard to make the classes interesting. When we’re teaching about the City’s finances we give everyone 100 pennies and ask them to divide them between all city departments. When you realize 50 pennies immediately go to Police and Fire it’s an eye opening experience. Each department has come up with a way to make learning about city government interesting. This year, we will take additional time to explain how the City is handling the financial shortfall,” Padgett said.

Ball fields coming to Cool Springs Park

Ball fields coming to Cool Springs Park

FLOWERY BRANCH – (Hall County Government) The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to build three competition baseball fields at Cool Springs Park in northwestern Hall County. Construction will begin in about 60 days, and it will take 90-120 days to complete the fields, according to Public Works & Utilities Director Ken Rearden.

“I’m very pleased that we are able to provide sorely needed competition fields for the Chestatee area. Right now, families drive all over the county to play youth baseball. Having fields closer to home will allow more children to participate,” said District 2 Commissioner Billy Powell, in whose district the park is located.

The turf fields will include irrigation and fencing, a bathroom facility, and a gravel parking lot. Though lights will not be installed this year due to the cost, power lines will be run to the fields for the possibility of future lighting.