Operation One Voice raises funds

DULUTH - A group that raised $65,000 for the children of fallen special operations forces last year just received $2,000 from Duluth's Kiwanis Club.

Bill Stevens, president of Operation One Voice and a lieutenant in both the Duluth Police Department and Gwinnett County Fire Department, said the group provides money so children of the fallen soldiers can receive an education. This year, $10,000 has already been raised.

Stevens said the group can always use volunteers. For more information, e-mail him at bstevens@duluthpd.com or call 678-417-9262.

Suwanee plants large oak trees

SUWANEE - Rather than planting several young trees this Arbor Day, the city of Suwanee plans to plant two large oak trees at City Hall Park.

City Planner Josh Campbell said the city lost three large oak trees to disease, and the park was lacking the shade they provided.

The 20- to 25-foot trees have trunks that measure 6 to 8 inches in diameter. They will be planted professionally over the next few weeks.

To mark Arbor Day, the city will host a ceremonial planting of a smaller tree at

3 p.m. Feb. 17 at City Hall Park, located at 373 Buford Highway.

Suwanee has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for more than 15 years.

'Idol' star heads to Fox Theatre

SNELLVILLE - Shiloh High School graduate and American Idol standout Diana DeGarmo will star in a show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in July.

"BKLYN" will run July 11 through 16 and is about a girl's search for fame and the father she never knew. It also stars Tony Award winner Melba Moore.

Online license services available

ATLANTA - Georgia residents can now obtain a copy of their personal driving history and request a replacement for a lost license online.

The expansion of online licensing services through the agency's Web site, www.dds.ga.gov, is another step in the effort to reduce wait times at Georgia Department of Driver Services Customer Service Centers throughout the state.

About 210,000 personal driving history reports and 150,000 replacement licenses are issued each year.

The following transactions are available online for Georgia residents with a valid Georgia driver's license:

• Replacing a lost license

• Viewing and/or downloading a copy of driving history

• Change of address

• Renewing a license or identification card.

Payment methods for Internet transactions include credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo.

Tax funds can be donated to children, elderly

ATLANTA - A Georgia agency is encouraging residents to contribute to the Georgia Fund for Children and Elderly.

The Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services is asking Georgians to contribute to their local community by checking the appropriate box on the state of Georgia Income Tax Form.

The money will be divided into programs for special needs children and the elderly. Last year, $229,820.45 was collected and distributed evenly between each group.

Half the collections are awarded to local area agencies on aging, which give home-delivered meals and transportation to the elderly. The other half is awarded through grants to public or nonprofit agencies serving children with special health, educational and emotional needs.

Funds can be donated by checking off line 28 on the Georgia Income Tax Form 500, by checking off line 11 on Georgia Income Tax Form 500EZ, or by adding dollars to a tax payment and indicating that it is a contribution to the fund.

For more information, call Sheila Phillips at 404-657-5253 or e-mail slphillips@


Game benefits youth campaign

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tull-Gwinnett YMCA kicked off its annual Partner With Youth Campaign to assist children, families and seniors in Gwinnett who are in financial hardship.

Feb. 17 is YMCA Partner With Youth Day in Gwinnett County. Tickets for the Gwinnett Gladiators home game on Feb. 17 can be purchased at tgy.ymcaatlanta.org and a portion of each ticket purchased via the Web site will be given to support the Partner With Youth Assistance Program at the YMCA.

Workshop to focus on maintenance of septic systems

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Clean Water Campaign will hold a workshop on septic system maintenance on Feb. 23.

The seminar, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Environmental Health Services and Gwinnett Department of Public Utilities, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Interested participants can register online at www.cleanwatercampaign.com or by calling 404-463-3259.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.