Gwinnett Gab 7/17/2008

Special horse tag to be offered

ATLANTA - Only 36 more pre-orders are required for the Georgia Equine license plate to become a reality.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 964 pre-orders had been placed, with 1,000 needed for the plate to begin production.

Proceeds from sales of the specialty tag will provide needed funds for promotion, research and educational programs for the state's equine industry.

"The sooner we can start production, the sooner these funds can start helping horses," Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said. "I am encouraging drivers, especially horse lovers, to put their car before the horse - the horse license plate."

The equine license plate can be ordered by filling out an Application for a Special Interest License Plate (specifying "Georgia Equine Industry") at any motor vehicle tag office.

A one-time manufacturing fee of $25 will be required at the time of order. Those who order the tag should be sure to obtain a receipt after payment.

Hundreds walk to mark sorority's 100th anniversary

NORCROSS - Hundreds of sorority sisters of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Gwinnett County and the Phi Phi Omega Graduate Chapter of North Fulton County recently embarked on a walk of a century in celebration of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.'s 100th year of service.

Clad in sorority colors of salmon pink and apple green, sorority sisters, family, friends and community members walked 1,908 steps, or about two miles, through historic Norcross in tribute to the sorority's founding in 1908.

The walk, named the ESP (Extraordinary Service Program) 1908 Global Centennial Walk, began at Brundage Park, looped through Norcross and ended downtown in Thrasher Park. About 20,000 sorority sisters throughout the United States and the world walked simultaneously on June 28.

School supplies drive to help homeless kids

LAWRENCEVILLE - Kroger, the Children's Restoration Network, WSB-TV and Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee have teamed up to help metro Atlanta's homeless children with the Back 2 School bookbag and school supplies drive.

The drive begins Saturday and ends Aug. 4. Items needed include new bookbags, wide- and college-ruled notebook paper, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, pens and pencils, calculators, markers, scissors, rulers, crayons, glue and dictionaries.

The bookbags and supplies can be dropped off at Kroger stores in 19 metro Atlanta counties, including Gwinnett and Barrow counties.

Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee, a nonprofit purveyor of gourmet coffee that provides aid to underprivileged children globally, has pledged to use all proceeds it receives from Kroger customers purchasing its product during the drive to buy new school supplies.