Radio host, authors signing books

BUFORD -- Ken Coleman, the host of the syndicated weekly Ken Coleman show, will be signing pre-release copies of his new book, "One Question: Life Changing Answers from Today's Leading Voices" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Books For Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has called Coleman a "young Charlie Rose." Talk radio superstar Dave Ramsey has labeled him "one of the best interviewers in the country."

Barbara and Rebecca Mason will also be signing their children's book, "Becky Bunny and the Dark Forest". Written by Barbara and illustrated by Rebecca, age 7, "Becky Bunny" is the story of a young bunny, upset with her family, who ventures down the wrong path, one that leads to a dark and dangerous forest.

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $44k to agencies serving Gwinnett

JEFFERSON -- During its February meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $78,621 in grants, including $68,691 to organizations and $9,930 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $44,000 to five agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Gwinnett County:

-- $15,000 to CFY-Atlanta to help fund the "Digital Learning Program" at Louise Radloff Middle School in Duluth where about 300 sixth graders, 75 percent of whom are disadvantaged, will receive free refurbished computers pre-loaded with a suite of educational and word processing software to improve home learning, involve parents and help students stay engaged in school work.

-- $10,000 to Meet the Need Ministry, Inc., a Barrow County non-profit organization that clothes, houses, feeds and transports men who find themselves homeless, hungry, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a helping hand, to help cover rental expenses for a group home located in Gwinnett County that houses the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.

-- $9,000 to Eagle Ranch, a Chestnut Mountain home for boys and girls in crisis, to help build a secure outdoor fitness area that will enable children to two group homes to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities to help them develop self-discipline and establish a healthy lifestyle.

-- $7,500 to Three Dimensional Life in Gainesville, a non-profit organization that provides a long-term residential recovery for young men 14-20 years of age who are struggling with addiction, to help purchase a passenger van used for character building activities.

-- $2,500 to the Community CarePointe Food Bank, a ministry of the Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, to purchase food supplies.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.3 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 720 grants to organizations and 256 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the "spare change" going to the Foundation.

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