Man receives $2,500 in Kroger gift cards

LILBURN - Gwinnett County resident Henny Baham won $2,500 worth of Kroger gift cards.

Kroger awarded Baham the gift cards after winning a promotion through the retailer's 1-2-3 Rewards MasterCard, which launched last year.

The presentation was held at the Kroger store on U.S. Highway 29 in Lilburn on March 18.

Club donates money for seniors

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Woman's Club completed more than 96 service projects and logged 3,267 volunteer hours in 2005.

The 23 women recently raised more than $13,000 in fundraisers and donated more than $4,500 to the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services for senior needs.

The money will be used for the Meals on Wheels program, heating assistance and immediate senior client needs.

For more information about Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, call 770-822-8775 or visit www.fogcss.org. To participate in the Lawrenceville Woman's Club, visit lvillewc.org.

Lanes to be shifted on Jackson road

GAINESVILLE - Traffic will be shifted on a Jackson County road next week.

A section of U.S. Highway 441 is being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway from the Clarke-Jackson County line to Ga. Highway 335 in Jackson County.

Traffic from the existing lanes will be shifted onto the new lanes on Thursday if weather allows the work to be done. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.

The seven-mile widening project has an estimated construction cost of $22 million and a completion date of Dec. 31.

Local author to speak at fundraiser

BRASELTON - A local author will speak at a tea and dessert reception at Chateau Elan next month.

Robyn Freedman Spizman, author of "The Giftionary," "The Thank You Book," "Make It Memorable" and other books, will be the guest speaker at Dare to Share's Annual Tea and Dessert Social April 6 at Chateau Elan.

Tickets to the event, which takes place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., cost $30. The organization supports children's charities in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Francine Boudewijn at 770-868-8319 or e-mail dtshare@alltel.net.

Dialing area code becomes mandatory

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mandatory 10-digit dialing for the 706 area code begins April 3.

Current phone numbers will not change area codes, but all telephone users in the 706 area code will have to dial 10 digits to complete a telephone call, whether local or long distance. All new telephone numbers will be assigned the new area code, 762, once the new code is placed into service.

Since Sept. 1, a permissive dialing period has been in effect, allowing customers to dial either the seven- or 10-digit telephone number. During this period, customers have been encouraged to begin dialing 10 digits on all calls to become accustomed to the new dialing plan.

The 706 area code includes the major Georgia cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Cornelia, Dalton, LaGrange, Rome and Toccoa.

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