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The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Ted Veitch, President of the Norcross-based Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) announced the tenth annual participation of the organization with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised $876,000 to help fight blood cancers.  Their goal is to reach the $1 million mark this year to celebrate their decade of participation with the Light The Night Walks.

“The Georgia Pest Control Association is proud to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk,” said Ted Veitch, the GPCA President. “Light The Night provides a way for our association to work together to raise funds for cancer research and allows us to give back in the communities we serve. I’m excited to announce we raised over $77,000 for LLS in 2012 throughout Georgia.”

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Laura Lynne Hicks, a 25-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, passed away Tuesday.

Hicks had been battling cancer, the sheriff's office said. She was 48.

"Captain Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends. If nothing else, the overwhelming number of people who volunteered to help Laura or called to express their concerns during her illness says volumes about the positive influence Laura had on people," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Walker said in a statement.

Hicks was hired as a deputy sheriff in May 1987 and served in virtually every division of the department as she climbed the ranks. She also graduated first in her class from the Northeast Georgia Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Conway made Hicks a captain in 2005.

iPad Mini giveaway! Halloween costume contest!

iPad Mini giveaway! Halloween costume contest!

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A local Norcross company, DoMyOwnPestControl.com, is giving away a brand new iPad Mini to the person with the most creative Halloween costume! Additional prizes will be given to the person with the best bug related constume, and the person with the most community votes on Facebook. 

To enter the Halloween costume contest, CLICK HERE.

Good luck!!!

Art for Aimee to raise money for Copeland family

Art for Aimee to raise money for Copeland family

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The city of Norcross will host a fundraiser to help Gwinnett County resident Aimee Copeland with her medical expenses.

Art for Aimee will begin at 6 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event will play upon Aimee's love for the arts and will showcase the work of Gwinnett artist Vicki A. Johnson. A portion of sales of Johnson's work will go directly toward Aimee's medical bills.

Other activities include live music and a chance for attendees to meet Aimee.

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Art for Aimee will be held at the Norcross Welcome Center & Museum, which is located at the corner of Mitchell Road and Lawrenceville Street.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Julian L. Jackson has been named the first-ever city manager of the new city of Peachtree Corners.

Jackson's new position will take effect on Oct. 1. He joins Peachtree Corners from Monroe, Ga., where he has served as city administrator since 2000.

"It is truly an honor to be selected as the first city manager of Peachtree Corners," Jackson said in a statement. "I am very excited about this unique opportunity."

In addition to his experience with the city of Monroe, Jackson has worked for Roswell and in several small communities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He is president of the Georgia City/County Management Association and serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia.

Jackson has a doctorate and master's in public administration from Valdosta State University, and a bachelor's in accounting from the University of West Florida. He and wife Stacey have two sons.

Roundfield to be laid to rest in Norcross

Roundfield to be laid to rest in Norcross

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A funeral is planned Friday in Norcross for NBA veteran Dan Roundfield.

The former Atlanta Hawk spent 11 seasons in the NBA and had three consecutive All-Star seasons. He drowned Aug. 6 off the Caribbean island of Aruba while helping his wife as she struggled in rough water. He was 59.

The Hawks announced that Roundfield's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross. The service is open to the public.

Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Gregory B. Levitz and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville.

Roundfield was a 6-foot-8 center who started his pro career at Indiana and then played at Atlanta, Detroit and Washington. He was an All-Star in 1980, 1981 and 1982 while playing for the Hawks.