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The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Ted Veitch, President of the Norcross-based Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) announced the tenth annual participation of the organization with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised $876,000 to help fight blood cancers.  Their goal is to reach the $1 million mark this year to celebrate their decade of participation with the Light The Night Walks.

“The Georgia Pest Control Association is proud to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk,” said Ted Veitch, the GPCA President. “Light The Night provides a way for our association to work together to raise funds for cancer research and allows us to give back in the communities we serve. I’m excited to announce we raised over $77,000 for LLS in 2012 throughout Georgia.”

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Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Laura Lynne Hicks, a 25-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, passed away Tuesday.

Hicks had been battling cancer, the sheriff's office said. She was 48.

"Captain Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends. If nothing else, the overwhelming number of people who volunteered to help Laura or called to express their concerns during her illness says volumes about the positive influence Laura had on people," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Walker said in a statement.

Hicks was hired as a deputy sheriff in May 1987 and served in virtually every division of the department as she climbed the ranks. She also graduated first in her class from the Northeast Georgia Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Conway made Hicks a captain in 2005.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

ROME, Ga. -- Four recent graduates of Berry College have been selected for the prestigious Teach for America program.

Teach for America has also named Berry a focus school for the fall, with the hope of recruiting good candidates from the college.

The program works in partnership with communities across the country to expand educational opportunities for children facing poverty. Teach for America recruits recent college graduates to spend two years teaching in high-need areas. More than 10,000 people will teach in 46 areas, including Detroit, Memphis, New Mexico and the Mississippi Delta region, this fall.

This year's Berry College recruits include:

Chauncey Brown
Hometown: Hermitage, Penn.
Major: Middle grades
Will teach in the Mississippi Delta region

Alisha Dosani
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
Major: Marketing
Will teach in Oklahoma