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Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

On February 4, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Commissioner Joan P. Garner. “This is an exciting time to be part of an endeavor that will enhance and connect the communities located along the BeltLine in District 4.” 

Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors shall initially serve staggered terms of two (2) years and after the initial terms have expired, serve for a term of four (4) years (subject to the concurrent service requirements set forth herein).

 

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

Televangelist Dollar's plea for $65M to buy jet now offline


COLLEGE PARK, GA (WXIA) – After a huge social media backlash, a web page from Creflo Dollar Ministries soliciting $65 million for a new Gulfstream G650 jet has apparently vanished.

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Despite the disappearance of the "Project G650" page from the Creflo Dollar Ministries page, supporters are still able to donate to the project via the ministry's donations page.

Friends, family say goodbye to fallen Fulton Co. detective


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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A sea of blue moved through Metro Atlanta Friday in a somber goodbye to Fulton County Detective Terence Avery Green. His co-workers and family shared stories of a man with a big personality and big appetite for life.

"He would give you the shirt off of his back, his last dollar, but not his chicken wings!" his oldest son, Marquis Green, joked to laughter. "I am honored to be his son. He was a hero to me and my three little brothers."

Manpower seeks candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field

Manpower seeks candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field

ATLANTA -- Manpower will be onsite every Thursday in March at Fulton County’s Adamsville Career Center to recruit candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field. Recruiters will conduct application sessions and orientation for event staff candidates who want to work at Turner Field during the 2015 Braves season.

The sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday beginning March 5.  The Adamsville Career Center is located within the Adamsville Regional Health Center located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Applicants must submit their applications prior to the onsite recruitments to be invited to an orientation.  Computers are available in the Adamsville Career Center Resource Room.

Recruiters are seeking candidates for three shifts.

• First Shift – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Second Shift – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (During the Game)
• Third Shift – 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.