County by county news for Sunday


Teen auditions for spring festival

The Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program is conducting auditions for its Voices & Vibes Festival Jan. 11 and 12 at the Woodruff Arts Center. The festival takes place May 10 and gives teens the opportunity to express themselves among their peers through all forms of art.

Registration is required.

Information:  Arlinda Smith Broady


Chamber names new board members

Six new board members recently began serving three-year terms on the board of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

New members are Ted Cummings of Onyx Media Group, Angela Graham of Graham and Associates, Michael Reeves of Reeves and Associates Consulting, Brenda Reid of Publix, Kelsi Robinson of EGM Services and JaKathryn Ross of Georgia Pacific. Information:  April Hunt


Free detention pond maintenance workshop

The Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Service will hold a free Detention Pond Maintenance workshop 6 p.m. Thursday at Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court. These ponds are stormwater control structures that provide retention and treatment of stormwater runoff. Attend this free workshop and learn how to maintain the vegetation and structural integrity of your detention ponds. Registration: or 678-376-7193. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Snellville to host Entrepreneur Summit

Snellville business owners are invited to jump start 2014 at the city’s 2014 Entrepreneur Summit 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Snellville City Hall, 2432 Oak Road. Benny StaRomana, of the UGA Small Business Development Council and winner of the Partnership Gwinnett Amazing Entrepreneur contest, will share information about planning your work through the concepts of a business plan or business canvas.

The Summit is presented by the Snellville Office of Economic Development in collaboration with the Snellville Entrepreneur Council. $10 registration fee.

Information: or 770-985-3502. Karen Huppertz for the AJC


New members join Canton council

The Canton City Council welcomed three new members at its Thursday night meeting. Ward 1 Councilwoman Sandra McGrew, Bill Grant, representing Ward 2, and Ward 3’s John Rust were sworn in by Mayor Gene Hobgood, who called upon the new members to consider their service a special honor not to be taken for granted. Their terms expire in January of 2018. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Public schools receive $6,000 in grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation awarded $6,000 in grants to the school district during its annual meeting last week.

The grants include a $3,000 award to the Office of School Operations for credit recovery scholarships for students who otherwise couldn’t afford the classes.

The group also honored 2014 district teacher of the year Lindsay Bowley and other instructors. Mark Woolsey for the AJC