County by county news for Sunday


Rep. Scott to student awards ceremony

Rep. David Scott will host an awards ceremony March 19 for students participating in the 9th annual Congressional High School Art Competition.

In nine years of hosting the competition Scott has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to local students.

This year’s top winner will receive a $10,000 Art Institute of Atlanta scholarship, $1,500 a year from Savannah College of Art and Design, a one-year membership to the High Museum of Art and the winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Information: 770-210-5073. Janel Davis


Bill York to speak at historical society

Author Bill York will speak at the Gwinnett Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville.

York is a World War II Navy veteran and host of wilderness documentaries for Georgia Public Television. The event is free and open to the public. David Wickert


Leadership program offered to students

Leadership Sandy Springs has launched a youth organization for high school students who will be sophomores and juniors in the 2011-12 school year.

Applications for the charter class of the organization are available at The application deadline is April 15.

Information: Polly Warren at 404-252-2787, e-mail or Joel Anderson

Forsyth parks activity guide online

The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department Spring-Summer Activity Guides are available now online, offering a detailed schedule of events, classes, programs and camps offered by the county March through August, including fees where they apply. Among the activities offered are tennis, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, fitness, adult classes for those 50 and older, adult leagues, and adventure and nature programs. Information:, and navigate to the Parks and Recreation Department page. Jeffry Scott


Job fair in Decatur March 31

DeKalb Workforce Development is collaborating with the United Way of DeKalb County to host the “2011 Employment Readiness Fair” on March 31.

The fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Decatur Conference Plaza, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur.

At the fair, job seekers are invited to attend workshops that will help them discover new employment opportunities in today’s job market. Information: or 404-687-3469. Joel Anderson


Henry student going to geography bee

Andwele Richards, a seventh-grader at Austin Road Middle School in north Henry County, has qualified to participate at the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on April 1, at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. The winner moves on to the national bee in Washington, D.C. Monroe Roark for the AJC