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Ga. health rankings: Forsyth County

Ga. health rankings: Forsyth County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Forsyth County ranks 1st for quality of life, 1st for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 9th for clinical care, 2nd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 100th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Forsyth County:

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Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates P.C., a Cumming, Ga.-based accounting firm, recently hired Anna Padus to assist with the growing demand of its services. Padus has filled a new staff position in accounting that will have an emphasis on payroll services. This announcement was made by Chris Smith, CPA and owner of CB Smith & Associates.

“I am enthusiastic about what Anna’s experience can bring to the firm and our clients,” said Smith. The accounting firm, which now has 11 employees, is affiliated with Reliance Payroll LLC, led by Mary D. Smith, SHRM-SCP, where Padus will spend equal time working.

Prior to joining the firm, Padus was a payroll processor at ADP where she earned a Fundamental Payroll Certification from the American Payroll Association. Other experience includes accounts receivables work at Domtar Corporation, a publicly traded paper manufacturer, and working with accounts payables, inventory management, and income tax preparation for other companies.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

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Dawsonville man wins $7M in lottery scratch-off game


CUMMING, Ga. – A local man won $7 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket bought from a store in Cumming.

Gerard Kaizer, of Dawsonville, bought the winning Max The Money instant ticket from Leon's Food Mart, located at 5401 Matt Highway, according to Georgia Lottery officials.

Kaizer claimed his prize March 13.

Lottery officials say the odds of winning the $7 million prize are 1 in 2.4 million.

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Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.