Gwinnett Gab 8/4/2011

Gas South ranked third among small businesses

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based natural gas provider Gas South has been ranked No. 3 overall among the Top 10 Small Businesses of the South by Business Leader Media.

The award ranked the top 300 small businesses in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas based on the percentage of sales in the local market, revenue growth, business achievements and civic contributions.

Gas South was one of two businesses in Georgia to be named in the Top 10.

The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, which works with Gas South on a number of programs and community initiatives, nominated the company in recognition of its community involvement.

The final rankings for Business Leader Media's Top 300 Small Businesses of the South were announced July 8.

Said Kevin Greiner, president and CEO of Gas South: "We are honored and appreciative that United Way nominated Gas South for this award. We have always believed in supporting the communities in which we do business. We work not only to be a good corporate citizen, but also a good partner."

For more information about Gas South, visit www.gas-south.com.

Preschool open house planned

SUWANEE -- The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having fall enrollment open house today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located at 1460 Satellite Blvd., the preschool event is for children from six weeks to 10. Children of all ages can enjoy refreshments and activities at the event.

For more information, call 770-476-1760 or visit www.goddardschool.com.

Company seeks suit donations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- National retailer Men's Wearhouse has scheduled a suit drive for the month of August.

Those interested can donate gently used professional attire for the fourth annual National Suit Drive and give at-risk men a second chance.

The goal is to collect 100,000 items of clothing for this year's event.

Those who donate are eligible for a 50-percent off coupon for their next in-store purchase.

To find a local Men's Wearhouse nearby, visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.

Force fans invited to viewing party

DULUTH -- The Arena Football League's Georgia Force is headed to Jacksonville, Fla., for the team's third conference championship game in franchise history.

Though they will not have a chance to capture the title in front of a hometown crowd, fans are invited to take part in the Force's official viewing party Monday night at Arena Tavern.

"If we can't watch the game live at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, this is the next best thing," said Force president Cory Howerton. "There will be delicious food, cold beverages and a chance to watch a piece of franchise history with our closest friends."

Fans are invited to arrive at Arena Tavern, located at 2000 Satellite Blvd., NW in Duluth starting at 7: 30 p.m.

The American Conference Championship game will be shown live on the bar's large screen televisions with kickoff at 8 p.m.

For more information, call 770-609-1300 or visit www.georgiaforce.com.

Local fares well in figure skating

LILBURN -- Oglethorpe University senior Louisa Barama of Lilburn took seventh place at the junior level of this year's U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships held July 21-24 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Barama represented Oglethorpe in the competition, which is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and is the longest running collegiate ice skating program.

The woman performed a short and long program and finished the competition with a total score of 70.78.

Oglethorpe was the only college or university represented from the state of Georgia in both junior and senior divisions of the championship.

Oglethorpe University is an NCAA member institution that competes at the Division III level.

Barama, a graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, trains with the Georgia Figure Skating Club.

"I am proud of my accomplishment," said Barama, a physics major. "This experience was amazing and I am so glad I finished well. This is a great competition and I really enjoyed every part of it."

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