Winder water system wins state award

WINDER -- The Georgia Association of Water Professionals recently bestowed its highest award on the city of Winder, whose water distribution system was named "Best Water Distribution System" in the state of those serving 10,000 to 50,000 customers.

Roger Wilhelm, the city's Water Distribution Director, was on hand Tuesday to accept the award presented by mayor Chip Thompson.

"This is an outstanding award, and we're all very proud of the people who earned it," Thompson said.

New utility bills to debut soon

City administrator Bob Beck announced Tuesday that utility customers can expect to see bills with a new look in January. Originally slated to be unveiled next month, the new utility bills will contain more detailed information about charges.

Beck added that the new bills will also have the customer's Ward number and councilman's name printed on it. During the recent election, several residents called City Hall to ask which Ward's council seat they would be voting to fill.

New CERT inductees recognized

Several new members were welcomed into Barrow County's CERT program Tuesday. The program -- Community Emergency Response Team -- is a nationwide initiative that trains regular citizens in emergency response procedures.

Barrow CERT president Bob Richardson said that these volunteers are trained to find lost children and disabled adults, to assist in natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes, and they are even trained to help respond to terrorist attacks.

Tuesday night's inductees were from area cities including Winder, Auburn and Statham.

Holiday celebration scheduled

The 61st annual Winder Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration are scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Beck, holiday revelers will enjoy crafts, terrific food and special shopping opportunities at the Community Center. The Christmas parade will begin at 4 p.m., and the lighting of the tree will immediately follow the parade.