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Badge & Bar: Butterfly release Friday for National Victims Rights Week
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Capping off the week honoring crime victims, the Hall County Solicitor’s Office and District Attorney’s Office will hold its annual butterfly release at 11 a.m. Friday.

The event marks the end of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a period to give a voice for victims of violent crimes.

The victims’ rights week began with the dedication of the Austin Sparks Memorial Garden on Monday at the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children on Washington Street.

Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard commented Monday at the event about moving to Hall County and her work in law.

“Immediately upon arriving, I was struck by how responsive, loving and caring this community is,” Woodard said regarding child advocacy groups in Gainesville and Hall County.

The butterfly release will take place 11 a.m. Friday at Kenyon Plaza near the Hall County Courthouse, 225 Green St. in Gainesville.

Burn ban in effect next week

A ban on burning for Hall County and other surrounding counties begins May 1.

The ban seeks to limit pollutants during smog season between May 1 and Sept. 30 for 54 counties near metro Atlanta.

People violating the ban can face a $1,000 fine.

The ban affects the following counties: Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas,

Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard,

Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison,

Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walton, and Walker.