Troupe holds Christmas performance

WINDER - Winder Barrow Community Theatre's Children's PLAYhouse division will present its annual Family Christmas Celebration Dec. 2.

The plays will be held at

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bethlehem.

There will be an original one act play presented by children, photos with Santa, refreshments and crafts. Children are admitted free with a new unwrapped toy (valued at $5 or more). Tickets are $6 for adults and others.

Winder resident Kay Hollifield won a quilt raffle and received a handmade quilt donated by Pam Veader.

The proceeds of the quilt raffle will be used in the construction of the Colleen O. Williams Community Theatre.

Ribbons cut on county buildings

LAWRENCEVILLE - County officials cut a ribbon on two new replacement facilities, Fire Station 12 and the Snellville Tag Office, and on a new fueling station in Snellville.

The new three-bay Fire Station 12 sits adjacent to the new tag office and houses an engine, ladder truck and rescue unit. The relocation provided some much-needed space for the crew at Fire Station 12, who ran three pieces of equipment out of a building designed for only two.

The new Snellville Tag Office opened its doors

Oct. 16 and is Gwinnett's first stand-alone facility that offers drive-through services for tag renewals. The new facility replaces the former tag office location on Oak Road, originally opened in 1988. Since that time title sales alone have risen each year at the Snellville location from 48,000 in 1988 to more than 162,000 in 2005.

Along with using multiple tag office locations throughout the county, customers can renew their tags online at or by phone, 770-822-8818.

The fuel site is also an important part of the new complex and will give county vehicles on the southern end of the county a place to fuel up.

The Snellville Tag Office is located at 2845 Lenora Church Road and Fire Station 12 at 2815 Lenora Church Road in Snellville.

Recyclers rewarded

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful celebrated America Recycles Day by awarding the top individual and group aluminum recycler and newspaper recycler at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett with $100 cash prizes.

America Recycles Day is an annual event celebrated by communities throughout the nation to educate and encourage individuals to recycle and buy recycled products.

In the Individual category, David Lankford was the top recycler of aluminum and John Sinclair was the top recycler of newspaper. In the Group category, Cub Scout Pack 552 recycled the most aluminum and Camden Square Homeowners Association recycled the most newspaper for the third year in a row. The total amount of newspaper and aluminum recyclables dropped off increased by nearly 100 percent over last year.

Dog to compete for top spot at AKC Invitational

SUWANEE - Suwanee resident Brianna Brown and her dog Femi will be among the contenders vying for the top spot at the American Kennel Club National Agility Invitational.

Brown will compete against the top dogs in the country Dec. 2 and 3 in Long Beach, Calif. During the event, Brown and Femi will run the timed agility course off-leash, striving for a perfect score of 100. Any missed obstacles or other mistakes result in penalty faults, which are deducted from the score. The AKC Agility Invitational airs at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 on cable television's Animal Planet.

Agility, the AKC's fastest-growing canine sport, allows dogs to demonstrate their agile nature and versatility by maneuvering a challenging course of obstacles, including tunnels, weave poles, jumps and see-saws. The top five ranked agility dogs in each of the AKC recognized breeds are invited to attend this prestigious event. In addition, this competition is open to the top international agility competitors in their respective countries.

City collects technical fee

AUBURN - The Auburn city council decided that city employees would have the day after Christmas off rather than the day before Christmas as originally scheduled.

The council approved a steering committee of the Parks and Recreation Department to look into the concept and put together a plan for a skate park for the city.

Also, Auburn Municipal Court has begun collecting a $10 technical fee on all court fines, with the money to be used toward technology. The plan is expected to draw between $36,000 and $40,00 a year.

Twin brothers Andy Deutsch and Benjamin Deutsch, were hired by Auburn's police department.

Public works director David Hawthorne reported that his department has installed 814 service lines through the Capital Water Project. Also, new touch read meters are now being installed to catch up to the service line installation.

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