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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.

Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Stone Mountain, Ga. – Tucker High School junior Courtney Scott has won a Planet Connect grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to implement a project to plant 1,000 new trees in the Stone Mountain community.

“Trees are being cut down all around the world,” Ms. Scott wrote in her proposal, entitled ‘Give Back.’ “Not only are animals all over the world losing their homes, but the deforestation is causing climate changes which are becoming a global threat.”

“If people will not stop cutting down trees, then this planet and all its inhabitants are in danger of losing their home.

LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

RUTLEDGE, Ga. – Who knew a state park, had so many attractions in such a small town? Who knew you could have big fun for little funds about 40 miles outside of the "big city"? The folks at Hard Labor State Park have figured out a way. Tucked away in quaint Rutledge, the park is best known for its golf course; however, it has many exciting attractions including a beach, boat rental, canoeing, pedal boating, campgrounds, a full stocked stable and 22 miles of equestrian trails.

The 18-hole-golf course is described as “beautiful and challenging” the green fee Monday-Thursday is $36, Friday it’s $46 and on weekends and holidays the fee is $45. The fee includes a golf cart. Call ahead for tee times.

Aside from golf, for families the parks biggest attraction is their lakeside beach. The “swimming beach” opens, next weekend, on May 14. The beach is free to park visitors who have already paid their $5 parking charge.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the City of Decatur can take their furry children to the Oakhurst Dog Park an off-leash, permit only park. The park is approximately 2 acres and is partly wooded with a “grassy plain” area. Oakhurst is completely fenced. Regular park goers complain that one low-lying area in the park gets muddy after it rains but aside from that, the park is a neighborhood favorite.

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) participates in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup initiative.

In these difficult economic times, it is even more important that volunteers contribute toward efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities.

Throughout the month of April, local residents helped beautify DeKalb by cleaning up dirty streets, waterways and illegal dumpsites, as well as greening up parks, schoolyards, MARTA bus stops and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9 a.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

EAST METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Join the people of Conyers for a bike ride through Olde Town Conyers. This 4.5 mile group ride is open to kids and adults on the historical streets of Conyers. This ride is held every fourth Sunday of every month. Meet at the railroad depot area at 4:00 p.m.

Check out the Divine Intervention exhibit of African Art and Religion at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. This free exhibit is open daily and it showcases different masks and art, along with rituals observed in indigenous African religion.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts their Tango Night on Friday, April 22. Learn to dance to tango by focusing on rhythm and movement. No partner is necessary and lessons, taught by a Tango expert, begin at 8:00 p.m. And around 9:30 p.m.

South River Watershed Alliance to Join Lawsuit against DeKalb County and their dumping practices

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Green Law) Today, the South River Watershed Alliance (Alliance), represented by public interest attorneys from GreenLaw, took steps to ensure that the DeKalb residents harmed by years of illegal sewer overflows from DeKalb County will have a seat at the table as regulators finalize a deal with the County on how to fix the ailing sewer system. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court which outlines a plan to clean up the DeKalb County sewer system. The proposed Decree is the result of the County’s long-term failure to prevent unpermitted discharges of untreated sewage into Snapfinger Creek, South River and many other water bodies in the County.