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Register for the Paulding County Christmas Parade

DALLAS, GA -- The deadline to register for the 18th annual Invitational Christmas Parade is fast approaching.

Applications must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The price to enter the parade is $75 for an individual or organization, and $100 for a business or corporation. This price covers two vehicles; each additional vehicle is $15.

The 2010 parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. The theme is "Bringing Joy to Children at Christmas."

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions form for the parade, call 404-401-0948 or email the parade organizers.

St. Vincent de Paul Builds Thrift Store and Family Center

DALLAS, GA -- In just 39 days, with more than 1,800 hours of volunteer work, a new St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Family Support Center rose from the remains of a closed furniture store in Dallas.

Now open at 651 West Memorial Drive, Dallas, 30132, the thrift store offers bargains on gently used clothing, shoes, books, furniture and housewares, providing the community with more cost-effective shopping options. The Family Support Center currently offers a food pantry and will expand services in the future.

The grand opening of the thrift store and support center will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Having the Family Support Center and the thrift store under the same roof allows the Dallas community to experience all of the services St. Vincent de Paul provides," said Kevin Barbee, SVdP's director of store operations. "Since proceeds from the thrift store go directly back into the local community, St.

Remembering 9/11 Heroes in Paulding County

DALLAS, GA -- On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the Paulding County Fire Department will hold a ceremony at Mt. Tabor Park honoring the men and women who gave their lives to help others on one unforgettable day: 9/11/2001.

On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of lives were lost throughout the United States as a terrorist attack was launched against Americans. There were nearly 3,000 people killed that day, and hundreds of them were first responders -- heroes running without hesitation to answer the cries for help. Hundreds of lives were likely saved due to these heroic acts.

"We will never forget this horrible day," said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "We will always remember the families of the heroes that died that day.