5 Things to Know October 6

Watkinsville, GA – The Oconee County Library is making the cost of Halloween a little less scary by collecting used costumes for their costume swap on October 11. The National Retail Federation projects that the average American will spend more than $77 on Halloween this year.  Reporter Shannon O’Keefe has more on how the spooky swap could make this Halloween sweeter for your wallet.

Athens, GA – The 2014 Buddy Christian Memorial 5k is being held this Saturday to help raise money for the Buddy Christian Foundation. The foundation was started in honor of Athens Police Officer Buddy Christian, who was shot and killed by Jamie Hood.  Reporter Ashley Rosenberg has more on how the 5k will raise money to support families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

Athens, GA – Bishop Park hasn’t been updated since it’s construction in 1970. Today at 6 PM, Athens-Clarke County’s Office of Park Planning is asking the public to join them and discuss the park’s future. Reporter Didi Abdulnabi has more on how your thoughts could change Bishop Park.

Winder, GA – The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office held an “Open Range Day” fundraiser on Saturday to help maintain it’s training facilities. Reporter Mason Gepp has more about how and why the BCSO opened their firing range to the public.

Jefferson, GA – The Jackson County Correctional Institute is transforming inmates into firefighters.  Reporter Brittney Laryea has more on how the program gives inmates the opportunity to have their records wiped, which can lead to better job opportunities in the future and better fire protection.

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