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Cherokee High student wins postcard contest

Cherokee High student wins postcard contest

CANTON, Ga. -- A student at Cherokee High School in Canton was recently recognized for a very patriotic piece of art.

Irving Mendoza, a rising junior, won the 2010-11 Civil War Trust Postcard Contest, sponsored by HISTORY.

The drawing -- which features U.S. presidents, American and Confederate flags, and a representation of slavery -- netted Mendoza a $1,000 prize and a lifetime membership into the Civil War Trust.

30 Free Things to Do This Summer

30 Free Things to Do This Summer

Moms Like Me always has a ton of deals for families to enjoy in Atlanta.

This list has 30 free things to do this summer, from petting zoo to museums... Enjoy it all on the MomLikeMe website.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

CANTON, Ga. -- Avery Elementary School in Canton recently celebrated Fine Arts Week in recognition of the importance of art and music in schools.

Throughout the week, students were treated to performances from "That Puppet Guy" Lee Bryan, Flash of Brass Southern Gospel group and the Avery Elementary School Chorus.

In addition, Community Canvas Artist Karen Mervis spent the week working with each Avery homeroom to create a huge canvas painting to be hung in the school's media center.

Fine Arts Week culminated with a Fine Arts Night in which various talented artists from throughout the Avery community displayed and demonstrated their talents for all to see.

Canton student named district winner in statewide art contest

Canton student named district winner in statewide art contest

CANTON, Ga. -- A student at Cherokee High School in Canton has been named a district winner in the 17th annual Georgia Farm Bureau Federation Art Contest.

Kira Ray received a $100 cash prize for being the top winner in the first district.

She was one of 10 district-level winners from throughout Georgia. A state winner and two runners-up were chosen from these students.

"We are very proud that Kira was selected as a district winner in the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest," said Vicky Grizzle, chair of the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.