Our network

Community Spirit

Auburn named Georgia's safest city

Auburn named Georgia's safest city

(WXIA) -- A small town on the Barrow-Gwinnett border has been named the safest city in Georgia.

Auburn tops SafeWise's latest list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia.

SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile the ranking. It cited Auburn's mere 76 crimes in 2012 -- none of which were murder, arson, rape or robbery -- for its standing.

"What's most impressive to me about a state like Georgia is the collective dedication to both personal and community safety," SafeWise security analyst Carolyn Heneghan said in a release. "Of the 50 cities we recognized, it's not just the small towns, but the bigger cities too, that all take part in keeping themselves, their neighbors and their children safe."

Metro Atlanta fared very well on the list, with 9 of the top 10 located within easy driving distance of the state capital.

Georgia's safest cities include:

Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

RELATED | Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Ara Baronian named Officer of the Year

Ara Baronian named Officer of the Year

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian has been named Officer of the Year for 2013.

A four-year Milton policeman and father of two, Baronian was chosen because of his work in raising more than $24,000 for the purchase of K-9 officer Kyro, plus his expansion of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes, Milton Police and Citizens Together (MPACT) neighborhood watch program and Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

Last year alone Baronian hosted 24 students in the 10-week academy, added six neighborhoods to MPACT, a 21 percent increase in participation, and taught more than 100 women and girls in six RAD classes.

And it's not stopping in 2013 - Baronian kicked off the new year with two more MPACT neighborhoods and three separate RAD classes for children, beginners and advanced users.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Fulton and community partners to host celebration for children and families in need

Fulton and community partners to host celebration for children and families in need

ATLANTA -- Children and families in need and outstanding students will be the focus of a “Community Cares” Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The event will feature distribution of toys, clothing, non-perishable items and recognition of students who have demonstrated academic excellence and perfect attendance.  Community partners supporting the event with entertainment, food, resources and giveaways include Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth, V103 FM, Music Education Group (MEG), Treasure Chest, Inc., and other caring sponsors.

Communiteen to hold gift exchange, cookie decorating

Communiteen to hold gift exchange, cookie decorating

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton's Better Together and Communiteen will work together Saturday, Dec. 14 to host a teen gift exchange, decorate cookies and collect gift donations for North Fulton Community Charities.

This event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bethwell Community Center, located at 2695 Hopewell Road.

There is a $10 limit on the gift exchange, said Ansley Bradwell, co-founder of Communiteen, and there will be plenty to eat and drink.

All Milton-area high school students are encouraged to attend this event. If you plan to attend or would like more information, e-mail Bradwell at ansley813@aim.com or Meredith Johnson at meredithjdot@rocketmail.com.

Milton holds three holiday events

Milton holds three holiday events

MILTON, Ga. -- Perk up those ears for sleigh bells and pack the mittens, because the City of Milton will once again provide three holiday events for residents: the fifth annual City of Milton Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 29; the sixth annual Christmas in Crabapple on Saturday, Dec. 7 in partnership with the Crabapple Community Association (CCA); and the second annual Mayor's Holiday Open House hosted by City Council on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Fifth annual City of Milton Tree Lighting

Milton's holiday season will kick off Friday, Nov. 29 with the fifth annual City of Milton Tree Lighting ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road.