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Milton Seeking Veterans' Information for Veterans Day

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton plans to display commemorative markers for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In preparation, the City is adding veterans to its registry of service men and women.

Through more than two years of hard work and the generosity of citizens, Milton has amassed a list of more than 150 fallen veterans memorialized with markers placed on Deerfield Parkway during the week of the holiday.

Each year, residents ask how their family members may be added to the registry.

North Fulton Ready to Host Film, TV Productions

ATLANTA -- The best time to stoke the flames is when the fire is burning hot.

And that's exactly what North Fulton County is doing.

North Fulton joins 15 other communities across the state in being the first to earn the special designation of "camera ready" by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Being named camera ready means that a county has a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.

2009 was a banner year for filming in Georgia, with more than 348 productions bringing an estimated $770 million to the state's economy, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Productions were shot in 50 Georgia counties over the course of the year, impacting local communities throughout the state.

Experience the Milton Roundup

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton will hold its 4th birthday party, the Milton Roundup, on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Birmingham United Methodist Church (15770 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004). Everyone is invited to let loose and have a ball.

"Come out for a great afternoon of family fun," said Milton mayor Joe Lockwood. "I always look forward to this community event and can't wait to see all my friends and neighbors enjoying themselves."

The festival will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; parking and admission are free.

Real Men Wear Pink

MILTON, GA -- Milton residents may have noticed a trend among patrolling police officers this October: pink wristbands.

No, it's not a standard part of the uniform. But it's important nonetheless.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the City of Milton Police Department is doing its part by not only wearing the wristbands, but selling them too.

All funds collected from the wristband sales will go to breast cancer research, according to Milton community outreach officer Andrew Phillips.

"This cause is very dear to a few of our officers who have had family members go through the ordeal of breast cancer," said Phillips. "We're happy to show our citizens that real men, and real ladies, wear pink."

The pink wristbands are available for $2 at City Hall (13000 Deerfield Parkway, Milton, 30004) and Fire Station No. 43 (750 Hickory Flat Road, Milton, 30004).

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept Renewal Grant for Services to Homeless Citizens

As of October 6th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a one-year grant renewal for services to the homeless. The funds which will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to provide services to help homeless citizens to overcome substance abuse, to prepare for employment and obtain permanent housing through the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing. 

The county will add matching grant dollars of $287,571, which will bring the actual funds committed to $974,058.

The grants funds will be used in collaboration with 31 community-based agencies to provide funds to address substance abuse issues for those who are identified as being in need of assistance.

Milton Fire Raises Thousands for MDA

MILTON, GA -- The Milton Fire Department raised $48,715 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) over a month's worth of "Fill the Boot" drives.

Milton's firefighters were second only to the Warner Robins Fire Department, topping more than 70 departments throughout the state, according to Angela Brown, fundraiser coordinator for the MDA.

"Milton firefightes are truly heroes for MDA," said Brown. "The dedication and heart they have while collecting on the streets during some of the hottest days of the summer is extraordinary. MDA is so thankful to have their support."

Even in a battered economy, Milton's citizens gave more than ever, beating last year's total of $48,000.

Connect with the City of Milton

MILTON, GA -- Did you know that the City of Milton's new website contains more than just loads of information on every aspect of the government?

Now, residents can connect to their city and each other through Facebook, follow news on Twitter, view tons of photos from city events through Flickr and stay current with the City of Milton RSS feed.

All of these options are available on the city website, www.cityofmiltonga.us, through icons located in the upper left hand corner of every page. Look for "Connect to Milton" to choose a favorite social media option.

Each of these options is updated almost daily with fresh content, according to Jason Wright, Milton's communications manager.

"Social media is not only fun, new and exciting, it is vital to keeping Milton's busy population informed about what is going on at City Hall -- all at no cost," said Wright. "It is a great thing for governments.