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Loganville fire department presents check to MDA

LOGANVILLE - Loganville fire Chief Terry Pilcher presented Sabrina Hughes of the Muscular Dystrophy Association a check for $3,300 Thursday night.

Pilcher and the firemen in his department raised the money through efforts such as the annual Fill the Boot drive.

According to Hughes, the money donated by the Loganville Fire Department was enough to send five children with neuro-muscular disorders to summer camp.

"We get no government funding, just donations from groups like the fire department," said Hughes, who presented Pilcher and his crew with a plaque thanking them for their donation.

"Everybody knows what a great job these guys do for the city, but not everyone knows what great community service these guys do," remarked mayor Tim Barron about the city fire department.

Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge is a summer camp designed especially for children with MDA and other neuro-muscular disorders.

Gaither Park renovation moves forward

Councilman Austin Jones updated Barron and the other council members on the status of the Gaither Park renovation.

Jones presented a drawing of the planned layout that showed plans for a paved walking trail, exercise stations, basketball courts, an interactive play fountain and picnic tables.

The funds required from the city have not been determined yet, but both private and city resources will be pooled for the park renovation.

2007-08 millage rate set

City officials held a public hearing Thursday evening. Following that hearing, councilman Mark Kiddoo announced that the 2007-08 millage rate will be set at 9 mills.

Walton County, Loganville welcome youth

services director

Walton county has hired a youth services director to coordinate efforts to develop resources for young people throughout the county, including Loganville.

Emily Gallman, a graduate of Loganville High School and later, Furman University, briefly outlined her plans for building resources to assist young people in the county.

One of Gallman's planned projects is a "Haunted House of Addictions," in which she and her staff will depict the dark side of addictive behaviors, specifically with drugs and alcohol.

"I'll be going into the schools to promote healthy behaviors and choices," Gallman said.