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Halloween safety advisory from the Barrow Co. Sheriff’s Office

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The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office would like Barrow citizens to remain vigilant and cautious during the upcoming Halloween holiday on Friday, Oct. 31. Following some of the simple steps below can help keep our children safe: Continue reading Halloween safety advisory from the Barrow Co. Sheriff’s Office

Barrow investigators, GBI seek to ID remains found by hunters

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Barrow County Sheriff’s investigators are working in conjunction with agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to determine the identity of human remains found in Auburn on Saturday.

Two hunters stumbled upon human remains on Oct. 25 in a wooded area behind Hill’s Shop Road in Auburn.

Sheriff’s Office crime scene officials and investigators responded to the scene along with agents from the GBI. Officials spent 24 hours on the scene after their initial arrival until Sunday afternoon investigating the scene.

The remains consist of approximately 65 percent of the deceased person’s bones, which had been there for an extended period of time. Forensic testing done by the GBI Crime Lab will assist in determining the deceased person’s gender and physical description. The length of time the remains went undiscovered greatly reduces the evidence available at the scene. Continue reading Barrow investigators, GBI seek to ID remains found by hunters

Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen

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David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O'Brady's in Jefferson in July during Perdue's “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson in July during Perdue’s “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is continuing his statewide tour highlighting how Washington is not working and why Georgians want a new direction with stops in Jefferson, Monroe and Lawrenceville.

During the campaign earlier this summer on his “RV Tour of the State of Georgia,” Perdue made a stop at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson. See some scenes from that stop and read about it below.

The second leg of the tour will include almost 30 public events across Georgia.

Perdue plans to start his day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Dairy Queen in Jefferson at 7:30 a.m. before heading to Pot Luck Café in Monroe at 9 a.m. Continue reading Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen

Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

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The Afterschool Alliance announced Thursday that Tina Fleming, division director at Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year. She is one of just 13 leaders from across the country chosen for the honor this year.

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Fleming will continue directing local out of school time programs while also serving her one-year Afterschool Ambassador term. As an ambassador, Fleming will help organize public events, communicate with policy makers and build support for afterschool and out of school time programs. She also will focus on promoting physical activity in out of school time programs and is one of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors whose work to expand the quantity and quality of physical activity out of school hours is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the Afterschool Alliance. Continue reading Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

State’s jobless rate drops to 6.6 percent for September

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region in September was 6.6 percent, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 6.9 percent.

The rate dropped because there were 1,910 fewer unemployed people in the Northeast Georgia area in September, according to the federal government’s monthly household survey.

There were 1,435 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in September, an increase of 102, or 7.7 percent, from 1,333 in August. Most of the increase in claims came in construction, wholesale trade, and educational services. Over the year, claims were down 12 percent from the 1,630 filed in September 2013.

For Jackson County, the jobless rate was 6.6 percent as there were 1,832 reported out of work. Continue reading State’s jobless rate drops to 6.6 percent for September