Couple wins

Valentine's lottery

GRAYSON - A local couple got a Valentine's Day gift when they won $1 million in an instant lottery game.

James Gillespie bought his wife, Katie Pritchard, a $500 Million Club instant game ticket for Valentine's Day.

Stop 'N Shop, 2156 Highway 81 N. in Oxford, sold the lucky ticket.

Pritchard and Gillespie said they are excited about their winnings. The 44-year-old mother of four is a respiratory therapist for a home care company.

"We are two of the most fortunate individuals to have each other," she said. "We're lucky in life, and winning this money makes it that much better."

The couple said they plan to save for their retirement.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

Theater fundraiser to include dinner

WINDER - "Heartwarming," a fundraiser for the Colleen O. Williams Community Theater Facility, will be held at the Winder Community Center on Athens Street in Winder.

The event will take place Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and will include a dinner catered by Perugino Italian Restaurant starting at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment will begin about 7:30 p.m.

Scenes and songs of love and marriage will be presented by a number of groups. Several scenes from plays will be presented by theater members, and the musical numbers will be performed by the Metro Voices, The Lyric League and several soloists. Dinner music will be provided by the Yargo Community Concert Band Saxophone Choir.

The cost for the dinner and show is $25. The deadline for tickets is Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased at Pam Veader's State Farm Insurance Office at 41 S. Center St. in Winder (770-867-1679). Mailed orders must be received, along with a check, prior to Tuesday. The mailing address is WBCT, P.O. Box 1720, Winder, GA 30680.

Information about other upcoming events can be found on the Web site at

Auditions extended

WINDER - Because the first audition for "Driving Miss Daisy" was scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, Winder-Barrow Community Theatre has added an additional day for auditions for this show.

Auditions will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center on Second Street in Winder.

No prepared material is required for the audition. The cast requires a black man, a white man, and a white woman.

The play will be presented in May with rehearsals starting in late February. Dick Mays will be the director for the show.

Please see the Web site at for additional information about Winder-Barrow Community Theatre.

Suwanee wins Trendsetter Award

SUWANEE - The Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine presented Suwanee with a prestigious Trendsetter Award.

The city won this year for its Open Space Initiative. Suwanee has won a Trendsetter the past two years as well, for innovative and adaptable programs in the areas of community involvement and economic development. It is the only city to have won the award each of the years that it has been presented.

Council members train for disasters

AUBURN - Auburn City Council members Linda Blechinger and Donna Scouten attended a training session in disaster preparedness.

The January session was sponsored by the National Incident Management System and the Department of Homeland Security. Officials got an overview of how the Department of Homeland Security works.

"We thought about things we wouldn't have thought of," Blechinger said. "For example, if a city has a chemical spill, the police, fire and public works show up and they all communicate with different codes. They trained us that no one uses codes, just plain spoken language."

Blechinger said Auburn will invite instructors to come to their city for more intensive training in 2007.

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