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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.”

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

ROSWELL, Ga. -- U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) will be the keynote speaker at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's January Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.

Price began his Washington career in 2004 as the representative of Georgia's 6th district, which includes eastern Cobb, northern Fulton and northern DeKalb counties.

He also served four terms with the Georgia State Senate, including two as Minority Whip.

Price is known throughout Congress for being the go-to Republican on health care policy, according to North Fulton Chamber president Brandon Beach. He is also a fierce opponent of government waste and always pushes for limited government and lower spending.

Before beginning his political career, Price worked as an orthopedic surgeon. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University and is the former medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Ex-Silverback snatched up by Colo. Rapids

Ex-Silverback snatched up by Colo. Rapids

ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta Silverbacks star will spend the upcoming season playing for the Colorado Rapids.

Defender Chris Klute was loaned to the Rapids in September and performed so well that the Colorado soccer club opted to keep him for 2013.

The 22 year old helped lead the Rapids to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, which sealed his spot with the team, according to Silverbacks general manager Andy Smith.

"We're very happy for Chris because he is such a quality player and someone who deserves an opportunity to prove himself at the next level," Smith said in a statement. "It is a proud moment for the Silverbacks organization because he is a product of the commitment we're making to player development between our Reserves and our professional team."

Klute, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, started the 2012 season with the Silverbacks Reserves and became part of the professional team last June.

DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was sworn in for his second term Thursday.

"I am honored to serve the people of DeKalb County as their district attorney," James said in a statement. "I remain committed to seeking justice for every victim and in every case. I thank the voters for entrusting me with the responsibility and duty that comes with this office."

James' second term will officially begin Jan. 1.

Nicole Marchand Golden was also sworn in Thursday as DeKalb County's Chief Assistant District Attorney. She and James were sworn in by DeKalb County Judge Gregory Adams.

The county's other Chief Assistant D.A., Don Geary, announced his resignation earlier this month. Geary left DeKalb for a similar position in Cobb County.

Jimmy Carter to become Mercer University trustee

Jimmy Carter to become Mercer University trustee

MACON, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter will soon join the Mercer University Board of Trustees.

Mercer's board is expected to name Carter and nine other trustees to the board Friday.

Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center, says Mercer's board and the center's board will be the only boards on which Carter serves.

Larry Brumley, a senior vice president of Mercer, said Carter will have a substantive role, as do all trustees, in setting Mercer's policies and guarding its mission. Brumley said Mercer's mission of service seems to mesh with Carter's.

Mercer's 45-member board of trustees is responsible for overall policymaking for the college. Trustees serve five-year terms.

In addition to its main campus in Macon, Mercer has campuses in Savannah and DeKalb County.

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Silverbacks midfielder named Player of the Week

Silverbacks midfielder named Player of the Week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Danny Barrera has been named the North American Soccer League (NASL) Offensive Player of the Week.

Barrera won the honor after scoring a goal and tallying three assists in the Silverbacks' final two games of the season -- a win over the San Antonio Scorpions and a draw with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

"We had one of the strongest finishes out of any team is the league this year, and for me to be able to help the team achieve those results feels really good," Barrera, a 22-year-old native of Colombia, said in a statement. "I'm glad I was finally able to create some goals and very happy to go out on a high note this season."

Barrera played for UC-Santa Barbara before joining the Silverbacks this year.