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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Dry Sundays may soon be a thing of the past

Dry Sundays may soon be a thing of the past

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With the Sunday alcohol sales, dubbed Sunday sales, legislation on its way to the Governor's desk, local leaders have begun to discuss whether they will allow residents to purchase alcohol on Sundays within their cities.

According Mayor Miller, “I’m totally in favor of that bill and I ‘m happy it gives local communities the option to pass it or not. We would like to put it up for a referendum. We would, actually, like to be one of the first cities in the state to put it up for a referendum.”

RELATED: Georgia Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to governor

Budget hearings scheduled April 11-15

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – (submitted by Nikki Young/Hall County) Hall County Government has scheduled four days of budget hearings when each department will discuss funding needs in detail. This is an opportunity for the public to gain insight into the county budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1.

The hearings will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 11, 12, 13, 15, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14, at the Courthouse Annex, 116 Springs St. SE, Gainesville. The full schedule will be posted on the Hall County website. Members of the Hall County Board of Commissioners plan to attend.

These departmental hearings aid the County Administration in creating a final draft of the budget to be presented to the public and Board of Commissioners.

Flowery Branch City Council to hold council retreat

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Flowery Branch City Council will hold a council retreat on Saturday, March 26.

During the retreat council will held a special vote on a “rezoning amendment to the master site plan and conditions of approval for the Sterling on the Lake Development”.

This amendment would permit the Sterling on the Lake community to build single family homes on land that was originally designated for townhomes.

Hall County Offices Closed, March 14

FLOWERY BRANCH – Hall County Offices will be closed on Monday, March 14th for an employee furlough day. Due to the March 15th special election, the Elections and Voter Registration office will not close Monday for the furlough day.

Public safety and necessary public works personnel will continue service as usual during the furlough. The landfill and compactor sites will remain open. And other community services will be available online.