Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Another traffic fatality has been reported by the Georgia State Patrol, whose troopers investigated 685 crashes with 300 injuries.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
UPDATED 2:15 P.M., DEC. 26: Links to articles about Duluth and Smyrna fatal accidents are included. Seventeen traffic deaths were reported in the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period,which began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight, Christmas Day, according to the Georgia State Patrol. There were 685 crashes with 300 injuries and 11 deaths investigated by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Other agencies have reported six traffic fatalities, including a fatal two-car collision in Smyrna just before midnight on Monday that claimed the life of a Marietta woman and a one-car accident in Duluth that claimed that driver's life on Christmas Day. The fatalities count is much higher than in 2011 already, when three traffic deaths were reported…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
First, schools banned Halloween. Now a class outing to see a church performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" could be nixed as well. Have schools taken things too far when it comes to 'anti-Christmas' activities?
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been a holiday TV classic for years. So when students at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., were invited on a class field trip to see a performance of the show this December, they were excited. But their excitement was quickly quenched when a parent complained; an atheist group got wind of the outing and called it a “violation of religious freedom” because it contains some religious content and will be performed at a church. The school sent a letter home to the parents detailing the field trip and letting them know that it did, indeed, contain a small amount of religious content but that any child who wished not to go could be exempt from attending. The outing also included a food drive for area …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The USPS offers tips and suggestions so holiday packages arrive in time for the holidays.
Are you one of the many holiday revelers with families and friends spread all over the country and the world? If so, even before you dive into that gift list, it's important to know how early must you buy, wrap and post holiday gifts so they get to their destination in time for the holidays. “The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the Postal Service but we are prepared to deliver,” Atlanta District Manager Salvatore Vacca said in a press release. During this holiday season, Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the Postal Service also expects: Here are some suggestions and mailing deadline dates from the USPS to ensure your gifts are delivered on time and in one piece: The Postal Service recommends the following mail-by dates to …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The annual downtown holiday celebration kicks off Friday, Nov. 30.
Carriage rides, carolers, a tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookies... It's that time of year again in Norcross. Historic Downtown Norcross is kicking off its annual Sparkle season this Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:45 p.m. A tree lighting in Thrasher Park will kick off the month-long event, and there also will be choirs of music, photos with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, horse-drawn carriage rides, movies in the park and more. The evening wouldn't be complete without some giving, too: Bring a can of non-perishable food to donate to the community food bank. The city of Norcross has a whole list of holiday events planned for the rest of the month, too: ornament crafting, workshops and performances at Lionheart Theatre Co., a tour of the historic …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Other prizes will be awarded in the annual contest hosted by the city.
Do you believe your Christmas decorations outbeat everyone else's? Prove it in Norcross' annual Holiday Yard Decorating Contest for a chance to win prizes in a number of categories. Sponsored by Gas South, the contest covers the following categories: Best Overall, Most Creative, Most Whimsical and Best Traditional. A cash prize of $250 will be given to the Best Overall winner, and $50 will be deducated off the winners' electric bills for the other three categories. Additionally, a $20 gift card to Norcross' Malibu Grand Prix will be given to every home that wins in the Best Decorated Street category. Holiday block party, anyone? Judges will be out and about at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, so be sure get those lights, cheery Santas and …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wise parents discover the gift of time is the most precious thing they can give their children.
“I want to play Rock ‘em, Sock ’em Robots! Can’t we put it together now?” a little boys many years ago pleaded. Momma sent the boy’s brother and two sisters toddling back to bed. All four children had woken her up and she had let them enjoy a very early opening of Santa’s deliveries. She wanted to march off to bed behind them. Looking outside, Momma knew the sun would soon be up and she would have to be up with it. Looking down, the gentle eyes of her middle son met hers and she gave in. With only the glow of Christmas lights visible from the front window, the pair sat down at the kitchen table. Together they pulled piece after piece from its box. After wrestling a long time to put the toy together, they finally placed the robot boxing …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Whether bent or broken in spirit, Christmas reminds us that God's love is "evergreen."
The Christmas tree farm was sectioned off by parcels of land, each a small orchard of evergreens and each row lined by trees in a different and distinct stage of growth. Up front, by the gate, tiny "Charlie Brown" trees standing as tall as a grade-school ruler poked up from dirt mounds like arrows that had fallen from the sky and pierced the earth. Around the bend, a patch of stumps jutted up in rows, evidence of the families that had walked these fields before us. Only a handful of ready-to-cut size trees were left scattered about them. Another large orchard of tiny pine twigs jutted up about hip high sparking the hope of Christmases yet to come. Walking along a dirt path from the parking lot to framer's barn, our little tree hunting …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Why buy an artificial tree that you can set up in 30 minutes when you can instead, give your family the unparalleled joy of the trip to pick out the Christmas tree?
Picking out a Christmas tree isn’t as hard as you might think. In fact, at our house we have this thing down to a science. Upon arrival at our favorite nursery we pick out the tree in record time. Pick it up, twirl it around, say “yes” or “no” and move on ‘til you find the perfect one. Easy. When we get home the first thing, of course is to get the tree inside. My husband Paul, who is very thorough, has attached the tree so firmly to the top of our car that it takes 30 minutes and a Houdini handbook to untie it. Once that’s accomplished I immediately put the Christmas tree on drugs. Placing the trunk in a bath of warm water infused with high doses of sugar and aspirin, I hope that the tree will take kindly to its new environment; i.e. …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The holiday season gets is first sparkle with a tree lighting at the park--and an open house at the new arts center, the Nest, on Saturday.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The City of Norcross holiday festivities, dubbed Sparkle!, get their first twinkle this weekend, kicking off a month of wintry fun downtown. On Friday, the tree at Thrasher Park will be lit at 7 p.m. and the arrival of a certain jolly man in a red suit can also be expected. The Norcross Lions Club will provide hot chocolate and cookies, and free photos with Santa will begin at 7:15 p.m., according to information released by the city. A live band will start up 6:30 p.m. Carriage rides will be offered for free during the holiday season as well. Pick up the horse-drawn carriage in front of Taste of Britain on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, Taste of Britain will hold a holiday open house on Saturday and …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Teaching your kids to be thankful for what they are given--even if they don't get exactly what they want--can be a challenge, to say the least.
Last week several people sent me a link to a video of a little boy getting a book for a Christmas present and having a less-than-thrilled reaction. It was from last year, but evidently it went viral as we approached the big day. The set-up is familiar: The little boy opens his gift, a book, and flips out saying, "A book, a book for Christmas? What the heck is that?... I don't get books for Christmas. I hate it." Right next to him is an already opened pile of gifts, including a Wii video game system. My first reaction was to laugh. My second reaction was to pass judgment on the parents, of course. I am sure that most people had that same holier-than-thou attitude for about a 10 seconds then, if they're like me, reality settled in and …