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23
Sep
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38 Special, charity cruise-in to highlight Southwire’s 'Community Day'

Event planned to benefit Carroll County Humane Society
 

With a strong focus on the company’s continued commitment to sustainability, Southwire will host its annual Community Day on Saturday, October 7. Headlining the entertainment for the annual event will be American rock band, 38 Special.

“As we planned this year’s event, we really wanted to expand its variety, and we thought… what better way to do that than to integrate Southwire’s five tenets of sustainability into our schedule?” said Ashley Bush, Southwire’s director of media and community relations. “We looked at how we could best share our commitment to Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth in a way that is engaging and fun for the community. So, you will see that activities during Community Day will highlight fitness, environmental stewardship, manufacturing, arts and crafts, automotive and music, and there’s even a special treat for animal lovers.”

Fri
22
Sep
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Power of the Purse issues $14,160 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations

The Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia, has presented grants totaling $14,160 to nine local nonprofit organizations. A total of $75,560 in grants has been issued by the Power of the Purse since 2009 to nonprofit organizations supporting women’s and children’s initiatives in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.

This year’s grants were issued to:
• Carroll County CASA: support to CASA volunteers;

• Carroll County Child Advocacy Center: purchase gas cards to assist families;

• Carroll County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy: purchase books for enrolled children;

• Communities in Schools of Carrollton and Carroll County: provide self-empowerment group for girls in the Carrollton and Carroll County schools;

• Heard County Community Partnership: provide baby care packages to parents of newborns;

Thu
21
Sep
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Metro Atlanta sets record for total jobs in August

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that metro Atlanta set a record in August for total jobs, reaching 2.76 million for the first time.

Other key indicators such as new unemployment claims, increasing workforce and the total number of employed residents showed metro Atlanta’s economy continues to be strong, Butler said.

“The August numbers show metro Atlanta’s economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.

The August unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in July. A decline of 12,882 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 5.3 percent.

Tue
19
Sep
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Ten prisoners complete WGTC welding program

Ten inmates at the Carroll County Prison have completed certifications in Welding & Joining Technology through West Georgia Technical College.

West Georgia Tech, Carroll County and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board have partnered to offer a Welding & Joining Technology program at the Carroll County Prison facility on Horsley Mill Road in Carrollton. Last Friday, the first 10 inmates received their certificates from instructor Scott Eidson, and 10 more inmates will begin the program later this week.

Eidson started holding formalized classes in a portable classroom earlier this year, hoping his work with the inmates will “break the cycle” of recidivism, or repeated criminal behavior.

Fri
15
Sep
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Southwire to host disaster relief collection

Carrollton, GA – September 15, 2017: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which leaves a path of devastation and flooding in Florida, Georgia and the surrounding areas, Southwire’s Project GIFT will host a disaster relief collection, beginning on Tuesday, September 19. The collection event will run through Wednesday, September 20.

The collection will be held in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Carrollton, Ga., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. during the two-day event.
Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane to ever be recorded outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Its effects have reached at least nine U.S. states, causing flooding, home and building damage and power outages.

Thu
14
Sep
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UWG to display AIDS memorial quilt panel

A panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, known as the largest piece of community folk art in the world, will be on display at the University of West Georgia. The display will be up Sept. 11-15 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. in the third floor atrium in the Humanities Building.

The panel is brought to UWG by The NAMES Project and sponsored by the Responsible Sexuality Committee. An opening reception will be Monday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m., also in the third floor atrium in the Humanities.

The quilt was originally created by AIDS activist Cleve Jones in 1985 during a march in remembrance of the 1978 assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. This memorial serves as a way to remember the individuals who have died of AIDS as well as a symbol to help people understand the heavy impact that this disease can have.

Thu
14
Sep
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Chris Messer named Carroll County Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year

CARROLLTON, GA – Chris Messer, owner of Auto Supply Company (ASC) in Bowdon, was named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce during the annual Membership BBQ.

“It has been exciting watching Chris and his team’s success with the auto parts business and then with the immediate success of the Bobcat mower and accessary dealership,” said Daniel Jackson, President/CEO of the Carroll County Chamber and Carroll Tomorrow.

“Chris has the challenge of maintaining success with an established business and growing a new business from scratch. Neither are easy. As a former retailer, I know what it is like to own, manage and successfully operate a business. Congratulations to Chris and his team on this award,” Jackson said.

Wed
13
Sep
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Dixon to speak on constitution day

University of West Georgia Political Science Professor Dr. Gregory Dixon will present the program “A Constitution – If You Can Keep It” on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. in UWG’s Ingram Library in celebration of Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates and celebrates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

Dixon earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Arizona in 2007. In 2014, he was awarded the University System of Georgia’s Regents’ Teaching Award for Faculty Excellence for UWG and the following year selected to be a Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

Tue
12
Sep
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Villa Rica 'North Loop' gains ground

by Prissi Sullivan

Villa Rica City Council approved the sale of 5.953 acres off Susan Drive to Georgia Department of Transportation for a right of way along the proposed North Loop for $49,000 or $8,231.14 per acre. The city owns 75 acres, which the North Loop will bi-sect. Both sides of the GDOT property will be improved.
       

Sun
10
Sep
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UGA Extension for Carroll County closed Monday and Tuesday

Please be aware Carroll County has closed the County offices for Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 due to the storm. UGA Extension and the Ag Center will be closed.

Please stay safe and take then necessary precautions during the storm. If anyone needs to access the barn area to relocate livestock, please send me an email at pjburke@uga.edu to make arrangements.

For preparing for the hurricane please see our website for resources. http://extension.uga.edu/topic-areas/timely-topics/emergencies.html

We hope to reopen the office on Wednesday, September 12.

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