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Help the Boys and Girls Club win $30,000



Submitted by Michelle Brackin, Executive Director


Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia




We Need Your Help:  Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia in the Champions of Care Challenge.  You can help us win $30,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs.




Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia has already been chosen as a winner of a $1,000 grant. Now we need your vote to win a $30,000 grant from local Health Mart pharmacists. The deadline for the first round of voting in Health Mart’s Champions of Care Challenge is midnight on Sunday, March 23, and we need your vote so that our finalist Jan Day makes it into the final round.




 You can vote every day until this round of the contest closes at midnight on Sunday, March 23.




What happens after Sunday?




10 finalists and their chosen non-profits will move on to the last round of the Champions of Care Challenge, where the following BIG prizes will be awarded:




· Grand Prize – $30,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Second Place Prize – $3,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Third Place Prize – $2,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit

Starting on March 17th, the public will have two weeks to vote for their favorite Champions of Care at





Now that’s a lot of change!


 Please take a moment today to cast your vote for Jan Day in the Champions of Care Challenge. With only 10 spots available and so many amazing entries, we really need your help.


Highway Safety Officials Warn Holiday Revelers of DUI Consequences

Alcohol-Related Crashes on the Rise; Drivers Reminded to Designate a Sober Driver for St. Patrick’s Day

 (ATLANTA) The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and safe and sober driving coalition TEAM Georgia have paired up once again to make sure Georgia motorists know that if they drive impaired this St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll need a lot more than the luck of the Irish to get out of trouble.

dui    Georgia has a zero tolerance policy toward driving over the .08 blood alcohol limit. GOHS and TEAM Georgia want those celebrating popular drinking holidays like St. Patrick’s Day to have fun with friends and family, but also remember that if they are over the limit behind the wheel, they’ll be under arrest.

DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands

Find your way to the great outdoors

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history. 


interactive map

“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal.  “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”

PHS prepares for Grease -- the musical

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Photos by Damon Howell

Drama students from Pickens High run through a dress rehearsal Thursday of Grease -- the musical coming to the Pickens High Performing Arts Center in April.

Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show. Show dates are planned for April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m.

The director, PHS teacher Leah VanDoran, felt the 20-30 students involved in the production were doing well preparing Thursday, especially since this was only the second time they have run-through some of the scenes.

The high-energy numbers showcase the local student talent.