Group plans Culturefest 2009

NORCROSS - Culturefest 2009, a family friendly, one-day cultural festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Global Mall at 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross.

"Gwinnett County is home to a diverse population from many cultures," states a press release issued by Vision Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute group organizing the event. "Our goal is to provide a venue that will bring these cultures together and showcase their unique customs, foods, dance and music. Culturefest 2009 will be an opportunity to learn about your neighbors and for them to learn about you!"

Vision Gwinnett members are Paris Brooklyn-Baker, Katina Dixon, Genevieve Prieur, Nancy Trujillo and William White.

Sonic Drive-In to offer deals at celebration

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sonic Drive-In on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville will celebrate its eight-year anniversary with a half-price menu from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

"Super Saver Saturday" will also feature games, prizes and drawings.

Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Millsaps and other City Council members will attend a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant.

Lance Burns has owned the Lawrenceville drive-in for eight years. Gabriel Rodriguez was recently welcomed as the new general manager.

Jackson EMC helps restore power in Ky.

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Jackson Electric Membership Corporation crews recently spent two weeks in western Kentucky, where they worked to restore power to about 30,000 customers of West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.

"This ice storm was the worst disaster that's ever hit our part of the county," said Butch Weatherly, a retired line foreman with West Kentucky RECC who helped oversee out-of-state crews working in the area. "I've been doing line work all my life, and I can't say enough about the crews from Jackson EMC. They were just awesome. Within a matter of days, they put up more than 65 poles and I don't know how many miles of line."

At the height of the storm, West Kentucky RECC suffered 1,500 broken power poles, and more than 35,000 customers in a six-county area were without power. Jackson EMC sent eight employees from Jefferson, six from Oakwood and six from Neese to help.

Jazzercise raises $7K for foundation

DULUTH - Sugarloaf-area Jazzercisers raised $7,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation by staging a benefit hip-hop fitness class earlier this month and participating in an Atlanta-area Jazzerthon sponsored by Jazzercise Inc.

The proceeds of the event will go toward breast cancer research, according to Jazzercise instructor and Sugarloaf benefit organizer Marbry Lee.

Held at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church, the hip-hop event, led by Kevin Maddox of Culture Shock Atlanta, drew more than 60 participants and kicked off a week of activities by the local Jazzercisers to reach their goal of $7,000.

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