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Early voting ends today; Reminder about traffic around Nov. 4 polling sites at Barrow schools

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Early voting concludes today and there is no voting on Monday, the day before the General Election.

At the end of the work day on Thursday, Barrow County had seen 4,077 voters cast ballots in-person.

Barrow County has 33,841 active voters, and 2,272 had cast ballots at the close of the business day on Friday, Oct. 24. On Oct. 25, when the Barrow County Board of Elections and Registration Office was open for Saturday voting, 217 votes were cast.

Barrow County Schools will be in session on Election Day, and since the Barrow County Board of Elections and Registration Office utilizes seven schools for polling locations, citizens should remember traffic issues may occur during peak drop-off and pick-up times at those schools, according to election supervisor Monica Franklin. Continue reading Early voting ends today; Reminder about traffic around Nov. 4 polling sites at Barrow schools

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’