Winder police

finalist for award

WINDER - The Winder Police Department is one of three finalists for the Dr. Curtis McClung Award of Excellence offered by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

The department was nominated for the five-month-long Operation Sylvia investigation, in which 11 teenage boys were arrested at Winder-Barrow High School on drug charges.

The department will compete with Peachtree City Police Department, nominated for their Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, and the Gainesville Police Department for their Safe Kids program.

The winning department will be named at a July 29 ceremony in Savannah.

Sheriff's office sponsors Public Safety Day

WINDER - The Barrow County Sheriff's Office will sponsor the second annual Public Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Holly Hill Shopping Center on West Athens Street.

The public can learn about safety through demonstrations and exhibits provided by the sheriff's office police dogs, traffic enforcement unit, D.A.R.E. program, H.E.A.T. program, methamphetamines task force and the communications department. Representatives from the Barrow County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Forestry Commission, University of Georgia bomb squad and the American Red Cross will also be on hand to offer information, answer questions and provide demonstrations.

A dunking booth and several carnival games are planned for children.

Computer program recognized

LAWRENCEVILLE - A program that lets seniors help other seniors to use computers is getting national recognition.

The program received a 2007 Acts of Caring Award from the National Association of Counties.

In 1995, Parks and Recreation partnered with community businesses and organizations in opening the Gwinnett SeniorNet Learning Center at Bethesda Park in the Gwinnett Senior Center. Last December, a second satellite SeniorNet Learning Center opened in the new senior activity center at George Pierce Park Community Center.

The program won top honors among large-county programs serving the elderly in the annual awards competition. Winners in six program categories were chosen from entries submitted by county governments all over America.

Property tax bills

to be mailed

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner will mail 2007 property tax bills July 15.

Installment dates for 2007 property tax payments are Sept. 15 and Nov. 15. Also new this year, more property tax payment locations will be available to customers.

As in the past, only one bill will be mailed. It includes payment coupons and reply envelopes for both installment payments. First installment amounts shown on tax bills must be paid by Sept. 15, or taxpayers may pay the entire amount by this date. The second installment will be due Nov. 15.

Installments not paid by the stated due dates will incur a 5 percent penalty. In addition, interest will begin to accrue at the rate of 1 percent per month beginning Nov. 16.

Gwinnett taxpayers will have the option of making 2007 property tax payments in person at two Tax Commissioner locations: the Property Tax Customer Service Office in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville and at the Tax Commissioner's North Gwinnett Motor Vehicle tag office, located on Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford.

Both of these locations will process property tax payments and provide receipts to taxpayers. Also, each tag office location has a payment drop-off location that can be used anytime.

Additionally, tax payments may be made over the telephone, using banking information on the Tax Commissioner's TaxTalk 24 line. For customer assistance or to make payments by telephone, call 770-822-8800. Customers may also e-mail tax@gwinnettcounty.com or visit the Tax Commissioner's Web site at www.gwinnett-tax.com.

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