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Ring the Alarm!

Don’t be alarmed by the….alarm, this is only a test. At 10 a.m. on November 17th, Hall County Central Communications will conduct an audible test of the severe weather warning system. The sirens will sound for about three minutes.

Sound tests will not be conducted if there is a severe weather watch or warning in effect for Hall County. The tornado sirens are tested using the “wail” alert tone once every three months. Other than these previously announced tests, all sirens should be considered to be an actual tornado warning.

Hall County’s Warning System is tested silently every morning at 9 a.m.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the administrative offices of Hall County Central Communications at 770-531-6765.

Consignment Extravaganza, November 27th

Attention: All “Thrifters”, you’ve encountered your golden opportunity to score a couple of inexpensive digs and explore the cozy Northeast Georgia town center.

Hundreds of lots of quality, fresh-to-the-market pieces of high-end furniture, fine art, china, pottery, decorative accessories, collectibles and more will be sold at auction Saturday, Nov. 27, by Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques, located at 5540 Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch.

The sale will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and will be held inside the same venue as a monthly antiques and collectibles show, also staged by Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques. A spacious, 20,000-square-foot building serves both purposes. The antiques and collectibles show boasts around 60 dealers.

America Recycles Day at the Hall County Farmers Market, November 13th

Help Hall County “Go Green” during America Recycles Day.

The Hall County Resource Recovery, in conjunction with Keep Hall Beautiful will be collecting recyclables from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Hall County Farmers Market.

The items that will be accepting for recycling are: electronics, eyeglasses, home thermometers and compact fluorescent light bulbs. This event will also host a community shred, in which members of the community can safely dispose of important documents. There will be a limit of four boxes per household.

The Farmers Market is located at East Crescent Dr. and Jesse Jewell Parkway near I-985 Exit 24.

Positive Rabies Alert in South Hall County

Atlanta, GA--  Hall County has announced that there is a positive case of rabies that is being reported from an incident that occured on November 3rd between a skunk and a dog.  The incident happened in the Summerset Drive area of South Hall, and the skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public health Lab in Decatur for further testing.  On November 5th, Hall County was notified that the skunk was positive for rabies.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the Summerset Drive area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.

Hall County Voters Favor Two Tax Payments

On Election Day 2010, Hall County voters decided that they would like to pay property taxes in two installments due Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, rather than one annual payment. The referendum is nonbinding, which means the Hall County Board of Commissioners must vote to actually change tax payments to two installments.

Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs were voted onto the Hall County Board of Commissioners and will begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Craig Lutz received 85.3 percent of the vote for District 1, while opponent Paul Wayne Godfrey received 17.6 percent of the vote (1 percent was write-in). Scott Gibbs ran unopposed for the District 3 seat.

November 2nd Special Election Results

According to the City of Flowery Branch, the results of the November 2, 2010 Special Election are as follows:

James “Mike” Miller - 410 votes

Mike Pitts – 143 votes

Joe Anglin – 400 votes

James Miller will be sworn in at the November 4thCity of Flowery Branch Council Meeting, which takes place at 6:00. The meeting will be held at 5517 Main Street; meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month.

Early Voting Ends in Hall County, October 29th

Early voting ends in October 29th for the Democratic Primary which takes place on November 2nd. Registered Hall County voters can visit the Elections Office (285 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday.

Early voting began Sept. 16. As of Tuesday, Sosebee said Hall County has had 7,189 voters cast early votes. The Elections Office has mailed 2,590 absentee ballots, and 1,051 have been returned. 

The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2. Sample ballots are available online at elections.hallcounty.org. Voters can find their registration status, polling locations, and voting requirements at http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/.