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New Members on the Chairman’s Budget Review Committee

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Six Gwinnett residents will serve on the Chairman’s budget review committee to help set priorities and seek ways to prioritize spending in county government operations and capital improvement plans. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charles Bannister announced the six members on Tuesday, saying he increased the number from two in previous years in response to rising public interest.

The committee members are: Sam Brownlee, retired Fulton County Administrator; attorney Dan King of King and Spalding; attorney Michael Levengood of McKenna Long and Aldridge; Laurie McClain, a CPA with McClain & Company, PC; Southern Company’s Herman Pennamon; and Wayne Sikes, Gwinnett Hospital System board member.

8-Year-Old Burn Victim Out of Hospital and Back Home

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- After nearly eight months in the burn unit of a Cincinnati hospital, Alfred Real is finally back home in Georgia.

For the 8-year-old, walking down a flight of stairs is a struggle, and that's the easy part of his day. Before he can go outside for a walk, the third grader has to get dressed and endure therapy, a process that can take up to four painful hours.

"He had to learn to walk again, and get out of the bed and learn to go to the bathroom again," said Alfred's father Zac Real. "He had to relearn everything from scratch, like a baby almost."

On June 7, Alfred was rushed from his Gwinnett County home to Grady Hospital, then to Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati. Doctors weren't sure if he would survive. Most of his tiny body was covered with third degree burns. Alfred had to endure more than a dozen rounds of surgery.

Suwanee based Retirement Planning and Asset Preservation firm Hosts Veterans Benefit Workshop

Atlanta, GA--  Suwanee-based retirement planning and asset preservation firm The Lloyd Group, Inc. is inviting retired veterans and their families to attend an educational workshop about VA Aid & Attendance benefits.

During the seminar, President and Founder of The Lloyd Group, Mark Lloyd will educate attendees on the Aid and Attendance benefit, a benefit that assists veterans and surviving spouses who may require assistance in care at home, independent living, assisted living or nursing home care.  Lloyd will advise in determining eligibility for the Aid and Attendance benefit and discuss ways of obtaining it.

“Veterans have sacrificed their own needs to protect our country and have provided us with the freedoms we have today,” said Lloyd.

The Great DeKalb Cleanup

DECATURDeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and Board of Commissioners officially launch the Great DeKalb Cleanup beginning this Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7a.m. at the DeKalb Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy in Decatur. The cleanups will be held every weekend through Oct. 31.

As part of a committed effort to stabilize property values throughout the county, the Great DeKalb Cleanup will address areas of unincorporated DeKalb County that have not been maintained. The clean up is designed to have the maximum level of impact on the worst affected areas by encouraging the involvement and investment of the community in policing and maintaining these areas in the future.

Gwinnett County Police Department Seize 163 pounds of Marijuana and make Arrest

Atlanta, GA--  Officers from the Gwinnett County Police Department and Investigators detailed to the Gwinnett Police Special Investigations Section responded to an anonymous tip concerning drug activity at 1500 Ridge Brook Trail, the Bridgewater Apartments. There, Investigators stopped a drug smuggling and sales operation, seizing 163 pounds of marijuana concealed in an apartment and within a vehicle.

The suspect arrested is identified as 20 year-old Angel Felix of Duluth. Felix had recently moved into Gwinnett County from California. He has been charged with 2 counts of Trafficking Marijuana. He remains in jail; no bond has been set.

Armed with a Search Warrant, Narcotics Investigators and Officers from the Gwinnett County Police Department entered an apartment in the Bridgewater Apartment Complex.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 6

KENNESAW, GA -- This week's candidates for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week accounted for over 650 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns. Which player is most deserving of the award? You decide

North Cobb Christian's Corey Harris helped his team notch its second victory over St. Francis last Friday. Harris rushed for 218 yards, had 76 receiving yards, and accounted for four total touchdowns.

Harris' effort helped North Cobb Christian score 46 points, the most in the school's history.

In 5A, Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke has had several noteworthy performances this season, but his six-touchdown effort against Duluth may be his best work yet. The Eagle quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 318 yards and those six scores.

Gwinnett Going Green, perhaps.

Back in April 2009, Gwinnett County hired a consultant to analyze its electricity accounts and recommend ways to reduce the $22 million it was spending to power its offices, courtrooms, water and sewer systems, traffic and street lights, computers, sports fields, the jail, the prison and other County facilities.