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Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

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Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs

Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs


Carmel Elementary School is a busy place and Mrs. Emanuel's class is no exception.  As part of  Carmel's nationally recognized Learn and Serve program, Mrs. Emanuel’s class recently made homemade dog tug toys to be given to the Cherokee County Humane Society  These toys were made with lots of little hands and lots of big hearts and will bring lots of fun for many dogs!  The students took assorted colored strips of fleece and braided them together to create the tug toys.

Carmel Elementary is the State School of Character for 2011-2013, an honor which the students and staff are very proud.  Assistant Principal Dr. Green oversees the character education and said, “We are so proud of our 1st graders.  This project is especially meaningful since they made the toys themselves and really put their hearts and minds into it.  Way to go, Colts!”

Jorelys Rivera case influences search for Smyrna boy

Smyrna, GA -- The outcomes were very different, but the search for a missing boy in Smyrna on Saturday was influenced by the abduction and murder of Jorelys Rivera, 7, in December.

"That case was always on everybody's mind here," said Smyrna Police Officer Michael Smith. "We certainly wanted a positive outcome, so we were trying to do everything possible. We involved every agency we could so we would have a positive outcome."

PHOTOS | Smyrna Police find missing boy

Kevin Perez, 9, was reported missing by his family around 11 p.m. on Friday night. Police found him at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at a friend's house, where investigators said he spent the night without telling his mom.

"Oh, I kissed him and hugged him," said Miriam Perez, Kevin's mom. "I'm very happy and appreciative of police."

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

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Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

46 Cherokee students sign college scholarships

46 Cherokee students sign college scholarships

CANTON, Ga. -- A grand total of 46 Cherokee County high school seniors signed college scholarship commitment letters on National Signing Day.

The students, as well as their families, teachers, principals and coaches, were recognized during a special brunch at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton on Wednesday.

Cherokee County's soon-to-be college athletes are:

Cherokee High, Canton

* Shanariel Coffie, volleyball
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Meredith Gray, golf
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Anna Higgins, golf
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Zachary Lemons, baseball
Committed to Chattahoochee Valley Community College

* Bree Wells, softball
Committed to Darton College

Creekview High, Canton

* Sutton Appling, softball
Committed to East Georgia College

CANTON | Firefighters charged with using, selling drugs

CANTON | Firefighters charged with using, selling drugs

CANTON, Ga. -- Two Cherokee County firefighters were arrested this week on charges of possessing and selling drugs.

An investigation into 34-year-old Johnathan Wayne Thomas began after officials discovered tampered medicine containers on a county ambulance, according to Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison.

Police began an undercover investigation and arrested Thomas at his Canton home. He was charged with possession of marijuana and controlled substances, and selling hydrocodone.

"The swift reporting of this incident by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was instrumental in the success of this investigation," Garrison said in a statement. "This agency will not tolerate any type of illegal management or mishandling of our controlled substances, nor will we permit the possession and use of illegal drug by our employees ... I hope Mr. Thomas will take the necessary steps to overcome this issue and situation."