Garage sale to benefit student's cancer treatment

The Collins Hill community has rallied around junior Jarrett Boston, a three-sport athlete at Collins Hill High School who is battling Stage Four melanoma. The cancer has spread into the youngster's lungs, and he has gone through a variety of procedures to slow down the melanoma, which was first diagnosed four years ago.

To help cut down on his family's medical expenses, the Jarrett Boston Benefit Garage Sale will be held Nov. 10, 11 and 12. The first two days of the sale last from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Nov. 12 event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be in the Edgewater Subdivision Clubhouse off Collins Hill Road.

Goods are still being accepted for the sale, with a dropoff period set for Nov. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. The organizers are seeking electronic items and appliances in working order, furniture, housewares, clothes, Christmas items and other potential sellers. An auction also is being held for higher-priced items and donated gifts, such as gift certificates.

Police competition goes to the dogs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Police K9 Unit recently participated in a weeklong competition in Hendersonville, N.C. The competition lasted for a week, starting Oct. 17, and was hosted by the North Carolina Police Dog Association.

The competition covered the four areas in which police K9s and their handlers are certified. They were tested on narcotics detection, explosive detection, tracking/trailing and patrol utilization. About 30 different teams from the Southeast competed in this event.

Three Gwinnett County K9 officers participated in the competition. They were Cpl. Michael Waddell and his K9, Caleb, Officer James Conklin and his K9, Marco, and Officer Donald Merchant and his K9, Bleu.

All of the K9s and their handlers won accommodations for "Best All Around Unit." While all Gwinnett County Police K9s are trained in different areas, Officer Conklin and his K9, Marco, were primarily trained to detect explosives.

For more information, go to www.ncpda.net.