Gwinnett students participate in leadership and media training

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Gwinnett County students were among 100 high schoolers that participated this summer in a week of leadership and media training, "Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience," hosted by 21st Century Leaders, Turner Broadcasting System and Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Math and Computing.

The students, including Scott Kang and Seo Kim of North Gwinnett High and John "J.B." Desselle of South Gwinnett, participated in panels hosted by CNN executives and talent. The program taught students the intricacies of the media business by highlighting topics such as ethics, diversity and the art of the pitch. Curriculum was developed by CNN Student News, and classes were taught by CNN employees.

Operated under the charter of Georgia Business Forum, 21st Century Leaders is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number, skills and diversity of Georgia's future leaders.

Hall County schedules tornado siren test

GAINESVILLE - Hall County Central Communications will conduct an audible test of the severe weather warning system about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The sirens will sound for about three minutes that morning. The tornado sirens are tested using the "wail" alert tone once every three months. Sound tests will not be conducted if there is a severe weather watch or warning in effect for Hall County.

Hall County's warning system is tested silently at 9 a.m. every day.

Hall Chamber to host annual legislative event

GAINESVILLE - The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will assist local business people and residents in communicating their concerns and issues with the legislative delegation at the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Sponsored by Jackson EMC, the event will feature Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Gainesville-Hall County's state delegates, including Sen. Lee Hawkins, Rep. James Mills, Rep. Carl Rogers, Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Tommy Benton.

The event is open to the public. The cost, which includes a full buffet breakfast, is $15 for Chamber members who register in advance and $22 for non-members and at the door.

For reservations or more information, call Barbara Bernzott at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce at 770-532-6206 or register online at

$27,000 raised for SEPRA at PugFest

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 1,800 people and pugs attended PugFest 2008 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, which raised nearly $27,000 for the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption.

In addition to admittance fees, the funds were raised through a bake sale, raffle, silent auction, pug kissing booth and sales of PugFest T-shirts, SEPRA merchandise, professional pet pictures, pet grooming, microchips and more.

PugFest hosted contests for Best Trick, Best Kisser, Most Unique Pug Mix, Farthest Traveled Pug, Curliest Tail, Most Gray, Most Wrinkles and Longest Tongue.

There was also a competition for bought and homemade costumes. Acworth residents Katie King and True Spain took first place in the homemade costume contest by incorporating their three-legged pugs into a Pugs of the Caribbean scene. One pug wore a fake hook on his missing front leg while another wore a peg leg on his absent back appendage. Uncle Sam was another homemade costume contest favorite.

SEPRA is a nonprofit organization that rescues, fosters and adopts out pugs and pug mixes.

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