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Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

According to the Hall County Government, on January 11th in the Dawn Ridge area of North Hall, there was contact between a raccoon and a dog. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur on Jan. 13. On Jan. 14, Hall County Animal Services was advised that the raccoon was positive for rabies. This is the first confirmed case of 2011.

Free Mulch from Hall County Recycling Center on Jan. 10

Free Mulch from Hall County Recycling Center on Jan. 10

Gainesville, GA--  (submitted by Nikki Young)

“Bring One for the Chipper” and get some free mulch at the Hall County Recycling Center starting Jan. 10.

Residents may drop off Christmas trees (devoid of decorations) at any of the 13 Hall County compactor sites or the Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. City of Gainesville residents may leave their trees at curbside. Oakwood city residents may drop off their Christmas trees for recycling on the vacant lot next to the mulch pile on the corner of Allen Street and Railroad Street.

Tree will be chipped into mulch or used as fish habitat. Mulch will be made available to all beginning the week of Jan. 10 at the Hall County Recycling Center. Residents’ vehicles will be loaded free from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supply lasts. 

“Bring one for the Chipper” is Georgia's annual Christmas tree recycling program.

Mark Williams recommended for DNR commissioner by Gov. Perdue and Gov. Elect Deal

Mark Williams recommended for DNR commissioner by Gov. Perdue and Gov. Elect Deal

 

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Gov.-elect Nathan Deal have recommended state Rep. Mark Williams to be commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Under state law, the DNR board appoints the commissioner with the approval of the governor. The board plans to consider Williams' nomination this week.

Williams, a Republican from Jesup, is a businessman and former school teacher. He has a degree in biology from Georgia College and State University.

Once appointed Williams will succeed Chris Clark.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.)

Hall County seeks Unity in its Recycling Initiatives

Atlanta, GA--(from Hall County Public Info Officer)  On America Recycles Day (11/15), Hall County officially kicked off a community-wide effort to save environmental and financial resources. EnviroShare is an environmental management system, a voluntary network of local governments, school systems, citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work together toward common environmental goals.

“Our community has a vision of Hall County as a place where the environment is a priority. Let’s build a Hall County we can be proud of,” said Commissioner Ashley Bell, who championed the revamped EnviroShare program.

EnviroShare X-Change has been e-mail resource-sharing program for 15 years, started by Rick Foote, Natural Resources Coordinator for Hall County Government.

Keep Hall Beautiful Director Receives State Honor

Atlanta, GA--  Keep Hall Beautiful’s Cindy Reed was awarded the Barbara Mason Award for Executive Director of the Year at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon last week in Atlanta. 

The award is named in honor of Barbara Mason, who dedicated her life to preserving the environment and establishing the Keep America Beautiful system in Georgia and the nation.  Under her leadership, significant improvements were made in Georgia in the areas of waste reduction, conservation of resources, property maintenance, quality of life and beautification. 

“Cindy truly deserves this award.

Recycle Electronics & more at America Recycles Day Event and Keep Hall County Beautiful

Atlanta, GA--  In recognition of America Recycles Day, Hall County Resource Recovery and Keep Hall Beautiful will be collecting recyclables from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Hall County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is located at East Crescent Dr. and Jesse Jewell Parkway near I-985 Exit 24.

Items accepted for recycling

Electronics, full list online ($10 charge for televisions)

Eyeglasses

Home thermostats

Mercury thermometers

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (limit four per household – no businesses, please)

There also will be mobile document shredding available with a limit of four boxes per household (no businesses, please).

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.