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More shamrocks for MDA needed at the Pig

 

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Cashier Kayla Watson (left) and Assistant Manager Wesley Cook, backed up to a window of shamrocks at Jasper’s Piggly Wiggly. Shamrocks represent donations toward summer camp for Georgia kids with muscular dystrophy.

 

If you shop for groceries at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly store, you probably have noticed a wall of paper shamrocks plastered all over much of the manager's area. Each green or gold paper clover leaf represents a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The campaign concludes mid-March around St. Patrick's Day.

Despite the wall of shamrocks, still more are needed.

"We're going to have a shortfall," store manager Wade Calvert predicted. Store goal is $2,300. To now, donations total near $1,200.

Branson on the Road will be at the Reinhardt University March 3

 

Branson on the Road, following the tradition of traveling road shows, features Classic Country, Hilarious Comedy, Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Hand-Clapping Gospel. This show, co-hosted by Debbie Horton, is comprised of many talented artists. Horton, who played lead guitar for Johnny Cash, dedicates a portion of the Branson on the Road show as a Johnny Cash tribute.

Branson on the Road will be at the Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

GEMA wants you to prepare before tornadoes strike

are-you-preparedGeorgia tornado activity peaks March through May, making now the time to get ready

(ATLANTA) – Last spring, a series of tornadoes struck Georgia, killing 15 people and injuring 143 across the state. More recently, a powerful EF-3 tornado touched down in Gordon County on Dec. 22. The storm injured several people, damaged homes and businesses, and disrupted travel. Downed trees and power lines caused the closure of I-75 and several other streets and highways. In November 2010, a tornado devastated a Buford neighborhood, and in 2009, more than 50 tornadoes wreaked havoc statewide, landing Georgia in the top five nationwide for tornado activity.

 

Fighting crime? There's an app for that: PHS grad foils theft using Google Latitude app

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PHS grad student Stephen Ball used Google’s Latitude app to help the Georgia Tech Police Department apprehend a laptop thief.

In New York the NYPD is learning to use the Find My iPhone app to track down thieves.

An app called Crime Stoppers allows people to submit tips to help police and investigators catch criminals.

Then just a few weeks ago PHS grad Stephen Ball, now a computer science major at Georgia Tech, jumped on the busting-criminals-with-technology bandwagon using Google’s Latitude app. Because of Ball’s quick, techno-savvy thinking, thousands of dollars in stolen goods were quickly returned to their owners.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, four Ga. Tech students, including Ball’s girlfriend, reported their laptops, purses and other articles  missing from an unattended room in the Ga. Tech Student Center.

“Once Charlotte told me that her stuff was missing, the first thing I thought to do was check Google Latitude and see when the last time it was updated,” Ball said. “ Unfortunately, it was only set to update every hour.  I went to the student center to meet Charlotte, and while she was cancelling her credit cards I was continuously refreshing Google Latitude.”

Google’s Latitude app is a GPS-style application that tracks your phone's location and allows you to make your location visible to approved contacts.

Applications, or “apps” on a cell phone give the phone additional function and use. Apps allow people to surf the net, blog, play  games, turn the phone into a calculator, study for their SATs, track heart rate, and the list goes on.

Right lane of 575 between exits 24 and 27 closed today

WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

WHERE: Interstate 575 southbound at Sharpe Mountain Creek Bridge in Cherokee County

WHAT:  Motorists should expect a single lane closure on I-575 southbound between Exit 27/State Route (SR) 5 Business and Exit 24/Airport Drive in Cherokee County.

The right lane of I-575 South between mile markers 26 and 25.8 will be closed today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  This lane closure is necessary for Georgia DOT’s

Maintenance crews to work on sealing the joints of the bridge on Interstate 575 over Sharpe Mountain Creek .  This maintenance operation and the lane closure it

necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.