Local men on state board

ATLANTA - Two Lawrenceville men were appointed to the State Construction Industry Licensing Board by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Johnny B. Lyons Jr., has worked for Gwinnett County Planning and Development for 13 years and serves as the mechanical chief in building inspection. The 46-year-old has 30 years of experience in the building industry.

Jim Poe Jr., is the owner of Poe Mechanical Contractors and Poe Enterprises Inc. He is 50 and has been involved in the heating and air conditioning business for 26 years.

Local artists perform Friday in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - Local artists Ron Hipp and Carol Statella will perform original songs at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary on Friday.

The performances will be at 8 p.m.

Hipp, an Atlanta native, is an acoustic finger-style guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing since he was 16.

Statella is a violist and singer who has played on albums alike Sinead O'Connor's "Faith and Courage" and in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Harry Connick Jr. and Brian Wilson. Statella has also played in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and currently sings with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.

Admission is $4 for Gwinnett History Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. Coffee, drinks and desserts will be for sale.

For more information, call 770-822-5178. The Lawrenceville Female Seminary is located at 455 South Perry St. in Lawrenceville.

Networking conference to be held in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Making It in the City, which has information for people moving to big and expensive cities on limited budgets, announced it will host its second networking conference in Atlanta on March 28 at the Woodruff Arts Center.

The only conference of its kind targeting young professionals and a handful of new grads, Making It in the City Live! is a full-day life skills, networking and career event helping people pursue their dreams, while focusing on the lure and the challenges of each city it visits.

With sessions and workshops on everything from finding an apartment to landing your dream job, managing your finances, securing health insurance and networking, Making It in the City Live! will feature speakers and experts in corporate, arts and entertainment and non-profit industries, drawing from Atlanta's pool of local talent and young success stories.

In addition to attending a variety of workshops, close to 500 participants can shop for deals and steals on everything they need to start their lives in Atlanta, meet with top recruiters and get their resumes and images critiqued at the career and lifestyle marketplace.

Tickets for Making It in the City Live! Atlanta are $75 for general admission. Unique conference features also include a networking lunch as well as discounted tickets to the Broadway show, "Avenue Q" at the Fox Theater.

For more information and a conference schedule, log onto www.makingitinthecity.com.

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