Top dog, cat to be selected for lottery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Until Sept. 10, votes will be cast for the Georgia Lottery's Lucky Dog and Fat Cat


The winning pets will be featured on the upcoming Lucky Dog and Fat Cat instant tickets from the Georgia


A total of 15 dogs and 15 cats appear on the Georgia Lottery's Web site for public viewing. Participants can vote for one dog and one cat per login session. The five top scoring dogs and five top scoring cats, as voted by the general public, will be deemed the winners.

The winning dogs will appear on the upcoming $2 Lucky Dog instant game tickets. The winning cats will appear on the upcoming $2 Fat Cat instant game tickets.

Lucky Dog and Fat Cat tickets go on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers on or about Jan. 2.

For complete details, read the official contest rules at

'Let Freedom Ring' now an hour long

BETHLEHEM - Local radio program "Let Freedom Ring" will be heard for an entire hour, from 5 p.m. to

6 p.m. on NewsTalk 1300 WIMO beginning Monday.

Jody Hice, the program's host, began his radio broadcast during the battle between the ACLU and Barrow County regarding the public display of the Ten Commandments, when WIMO asked him to provide weekly updates about the case.

The show features commentary by Hice and interviews with various guests who are on the front line of current issues, as well as debates with those of opposing opinions.

Head Start earns Excellence award

GAINESVILLE - Local Head Start students learned their center earned the national Program of Excellence award as school began this year.

The National Head Start Association awarded the center, administered by Ninth District Opportunity, for demonstrating quality performance and a dedication to improving the lives of the children, families, staff and communities they serve. The Program of Excellence is the association's most prestigious award.

Ninth District Opportunity is one of Georgia's 20 community action agencies and is based in Gainesville.

Senior citizen

volunteers sought

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is seeking senior citizens, 50 years and over, who are interested in volunteering to teach a variety of computer courses to other seniors at the New Satellite SeniorNet Computer Learning Center located at the George Pierce Community Center.

Volunteer instructors and coaches are responsible for teaching computer courses ranging from basic to advanced levels to seniors. Some computer experience and a background in education is preferred. Patience, good communication and public relations skills are essential.

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation staff at the New George Pierce Community Center, along with the SeniorNet Volunteer Coordinator and Committee, will provide training and guidance to all instructors and coaches as needed.

The George Pierce Community Center is located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. For more information, call 770-564-4680.

UGA senior wins $3,500 scholarship

SNELLVILLE - William Garner of Snellville, a senior at the University of Georgia, was among four national college seniors to win a $3,500 scholarship award from the Self-Insurance Educational Foundation Inc.

Garner was selected for the scholarship on the basis of his outstanding performance at Georgia's Terry College of Business and his aptitude for the insurance field. Garner has been on Georgia's Dean's List every semester, and he is on the National Dean's List. He led a community service project at Marsh USA during his summer internship at the insurance firm's Atlanta office.

Group donates to homeless shelter

WINDER - The Winder-Barrow Community Theatre donated $351 and various paper goods to The Light Homeless Shelter in Winder after their last play.

The presentation of "Arsenic and Old Lace" was dedicated as a community service project so audience members could bring items for the shelter and purchase their ticket for half price. If they had purchased a full-price ticket, half of the money was donated to the shelter.

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