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Knox Elementary Students Join Jump Rope for Heart

CANTON, GA -- During the week of Sept. 27, students at Knox Elementary School in Canton participated in Jump Rope for Heart, a nationwide movement that aims to teach jump rope skills to children while educating them about heart health, according to its website.

Knox students spent two weeks perfecting their jump roping before the big event. They celebrated Jump Rope for Heart by joining competitions that raised money for the American Heart Association. These funds will go toward research for heart disease and other heart-related problems.

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Back from Iraq!

Andrew Barnes, grandson of Elaine Pollard, lunchroom monitor at Knox Elementary School in Canton, surprises his grandmother during lunchtime! Students cheer at the reunion.  Andrew left in Oct. 2009 and returned to Georgia Wednesday, September 29, 1010.  He is from Cartersville and stationed in Columbus, GA at Ft. Benning.  He is an EOD Tech (Explosive Ordinance Disposal).

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Avery Elementary Students Go to Work

CANTON, GA -- Avery Elementary School in Canton recently held its annual Career Day Fair, where representatives from all over the community talked about their various jobs.

This year's speakers included:

* Jay Baker, sergeant with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
* Jessica Barker, equine trainer with Iron Horse Stables
* Emily Coffey, cake designer
* Keith Estock and Paul Helms of Lowe's Home Improvement
* Faren Hart of H&R Block
* Robert High, SCUBA volunteer for the Georgia Aquarium
* Shannon Kimber, sonographer
* Dr. Megan Kraski, equine veterinarian with Horner & Nash
* Wayde Powell, music instructor

Three Men Arrested for Armed Robbery at Woodstock Hotel

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 3:32 a.m., Woodstock police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery and motor vehicle hijacking at Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (106 Woodpark Boulevard, Woodstock, 30188).

The victim, 30-year-old Enrique Alba of Woodstock, told police that three men brandishing firearms and a knife stole his red 2003 GM Sierra pickup truck from the parking lot of the hotel.

At 3:51 a.m., Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on I-575 in Canton. The driver of the stolen pickup, later identified as 28-year-old Michael Joseph Sherlock of Augusta, Georgia, fled from police. Utilizing the Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver, a Holly Springs police officer successfully ended the pursuit on Sixes Road at Bells Ferry Road in unincorporated Cherokee County.

The front seat passenger of the stolen truck was identified as 33-year-old Sean Robert Bussard of Hephzibah, Georgia.