Officers honored for nabbing robbers

SNELLVILLE - Five police officers from the Snellville Police Department were recently recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their efforts in capturing the individuals who robbed the Community Bank in Grayson in June 2006.

FBI Agent Fonseca presented certificates of appreciation to each of the officers in a small ceremony at the Snellville Police Department.

Those honored were Chief Roy Whitehead, Officer Carey Roberts, Detective Dean Boone, Cpl. Dennis Peters, Detective Robert Seraphine and Sgt. John McKinney.

Water authority to get new software

WINDER - Barrow County Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $6,500 to purchase and set up check processing software for the Water Authority.

The authority will also pay a $75 per month fee for its use.

The purchase allows the authority to avoid hiring another worker, said Water Superintendent Myron Garrett.

Signups begin for walking challenge

NORCROSS - Three Norcross companies will host signups for The Clean Air Campaign's Metro Atlanta Walk There Challenge.

Registration for the challenge begins today and runs through the end of the month. This event challenges individuals to walk as many steps as they can during the month of April, with a goal of promoting better health, cleaner air and less traffic. More than 4,000 people participated in last year's challenge, and organizers expect even more this year.

Interested participants can go to for more information or to register.

The Web site also has rules of the competition and easy tips to make walking a bigger part of the daily routine. Participants are provided with a free pedometer to track the number of steps they walk each day.

Every week two individuals from each area will be randomly selected to win an iPod shuffle. At the end of the competition, whoever logs the most steps for each area will win a getaway to Callaway Gardens.

Plant symposium set for March 10

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 12th Plant Symposium presented by the Georgia Native Plant Society will take place in Cecil B. Day Hall at Mercer University College on March 10.

For information on the symposium contact: GNPS, P.O. Box 422085, Atlanta, GA 30342-2085, phone 770-343-6000, or visit

Registration is $65.

Play to benefit rape crisis center

WINDER - Winder-Barrow Community Theatre will present "Blithe Spirit" March 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m. at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center on Second Street in Winder.

"Blithe Spirit" is being produced in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program.

The Piedmont Rape Crisis Center will benefit from the show on the 15th. The community is asked to bring items needed by the Crisis Center. Tickets will be half price with an item. Half of all full-price tickets will be donated to the Crisis Center.

Needs include personal hygiene items, underwear, AA and AAA batteries, T-shirts, athletic pants, white socks, paper bags for evidence collection, journals/diaries and stamps. Clothing and hygiene items are needed in all sizes for both men and women.

Audience members for every show are encouraged to bring items needed by the Rape Crisis Center. This center serves Barrow, Banks and Jackson Counties, has served more than 80 victims of rape during the past three years and has provided support and information through free services. The Piedmont Rape Crisis Center serves adult (18 and older) survivors of sexual violence by helping them through the forensic exam, law enforcement interviews and court proceedings.

"Blithe Spirit" is the story of a spirit who comes back to cause mischief between her former husband and his new wife. Tickets can be purchased at Pam Veader's State Farm Insurance Office at 41 S. Center Street in Winder (770-867-1679) or by mail at P.O. Box 1720, Winder, GA 30680. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for seniors (65 or older), students and teachers and $12 for adults. Season tickets for the year can also be purchased until the show opens. Season tickets are $35 for seniors, students and teachers and $45 for adults.

For additional information, visit

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