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DULUTH: Gingrich to address Ga. GOP forum

DULUTH: Gingrich to address Ga. GOP forum

DULUTH, Ga. -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is set to speak at a Republican presidential forum in Gwinnett County.

The former House Speaker will address the 7th congressional district GOP in Duluth Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Seventh District GOP Chairman Jason Thompson said the open, town hall-style format will provide Georgians "an up-close and personal opportunity to meet and hear candidates in person, instead of just on television."

Thompson said the group has invited all Republican primary presidential candidates to come for individual sessions before the group and is hopeful more will choose to attend.

Gingrich, a former congressman from Georgia, is trailing frontrunners Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Rick Perry in public opinion polls.

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New law after Georgia woman killed serving peace corps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has responded to complaints that the Peace Corps hasn't done enough to protect its volunteers from sexual assaults with legislation requiring the agency to better train participants in how to avoid such attacks.

The House voted 406-0 Tuesday to pass the bill and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate passed it by voice vote in September.

The measure provides whistleblower protections for volunteers who report threatening activities and requires the Peace Corps to develop sexual assault risk-reduction and response training. The agency must also establish a victim's support office.

Lake Lanier state park project pushed back

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say construction has been delayed for what will be Georgia's newest state park at Lake Lanier.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials told The Times
of Gainesville that construction on Don Carter State Park may not begin until 2012.

Construction was originally set to begin in November and end in spring 2013.

Kim Hatcher, a DNR spokeswoman, said the design of the project took longer than expected.

The park, on the northern part of Lake Lanier, will be about 1,040 acres.

BOE gets input on high school redistricting

The Forsyth County Board of Education listened to parents’ concerns about proposed shifts in school attendance zones during recent public hearings.

Some residents spoke on their own behalf while others represented their neighborhoods.  Full Story at Forsyth News.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Pansy

ADOPT A PET: Meet Pansy

 

ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a companion for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

According to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Pansy is a Shepherd/Collie mix. She has a happy sweet temperament. Petey is only four months old, so, she is active and loves to play. He isn’t housetrained or declawed. But he’s eager to be trained and have a loving family of his own. She’s a member of the Small Dog Adoption program.

Atlanta business displays tragic side of texting and driving

Atlanta business displays tragic side of texting and driving

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The death of a close friend who lost control of his vehicle as he sent a text message on his phone has prompted one man to show the public the dangers of texting and driving.

Cody Scott Valentine was driving along a dark and winding road near Ball Ground, Georgia in the predawn hours of April 3.

He was typing a text message to his girlfriend when his red Toyota Tacoma crossed the middle of the two lane road and veered off at a curve. His truck over turned and smashed into a tree. He died on the scene.

Cody was only 21. His story, however, now lives on as a lesson to drivers across this north Atlanta community.

Mike Sosebee, the owner of an Alpharetta business where Cody was employed, has placed the damaged truck on display in front of his company as a warning to teens and adults on the dangers of texting while you drive.