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Bike Ride Will Shut Down GA 400

Bike Ride Will Shut Down GA 400

Bicycles on Georgia 400?  Isn’t that normally illegal?  This coming Sunday, for the third year in a row, Georgia 400 will be shut down so that bicycles can ride in the “Hospitality Highway Century” to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF). It’s your chance to be one of the few folks who can say that they shut down Georgia 400 and did something good for someone else at the same time.

Registered riders will promptly start at 6:30 a.m. from the former Home Depot parking lot in Roswell, at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd. and Market Blvd., and pedal their way down GA 400 from exit 7 to exit 6. Cyclists will then wind through the cities of Roswell, Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and other scenic areas of north Fulton, Forsyth, and Cherokee counties.  The route includes rest stops, complete with bathrooms, full mechanical support, and a variety of snacks and drinks.

Food Shelves Bare at MUST Ministries

Food Shelves Bare at MUST Ministries

MARIETTA, Ga. -- MUST Ministries needs help filling bare food shelves at its Donation Center, where the demand is up 35 percent.

At the same time, donations are down.

"It breaks my heart to know we don't have enough to give out to the people that come to us," said Annette Lee, MUST Donation Center Director. "It's overwhelming."

The MUST Donation Center fills food pantries in Cobb and Cherokee Counties, catering to families facing financial trouble.

LearningRx Kennesaw sponsored Golden Soldiers 2nd Annual Big Day Out

LearningRx Kennesaw sponsored Golden Soldiers 2nd Annual Big Day Out

Kennesaw, GA - June 28, 2011 – On Saturday, June 18th LearningRx Kennesaw was a platinum sponsor of The Golden Soldiers Big Day Out at the Acworth Sports Complex.  Close to 600 people attended the second annual free event which provided fun and excitement for children with special needs and their families.

 BIG DAY OUT was held at the Acworth Sports Complex adjacent to the Horizon special needs field. The parking lot was filled with carnival games, inflatables, music, jugglers, a vendor walk, and a surprise visit from Freddie the Falcon and the Atlanta Falcon’s Cheerleaders.  

“We are delighted to once again support The Golden Soldiers BIG DAY OOUT”, said Kristen Thompson, owner and director of LearningRx Kennesaw.

Two charter schools denied petitions

Two charter schools denied petitions

ATLANTA - It appears charter school fight could fire-up Georgia's election battles at the state and local level.

All of it the fallout of Georgia's Supreme Court ruling last month striking down the commission that charters schools at the state level.

Despite protests from hundreds of parents, school boards in both Cherokee and Coweta Counties turned down charter petitions yesterday.

Cherokee Charter School and Coweta Charter Academy are two of 16 schools thrown into limbo when the state Supreme Court ruled that the state charter commission is unconstitutional.

In addition, Georgia's Attorney General appears ready to look closer at how one of those districts handled the situation.

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

School registration, walk-throughs begin July 19

School registration, walk-throughs begin July 19

CHEROKEE CO., Ga. -- The 2011-2012 school year will begin Monday, Aug. 1 in Cherokee County.

Each school's front office will be open daily beginning on Tuesday, July 19. New students may be registered between 8 a.m. and noon every day after that.

The required documents can now be found online.

Class schedules and teacher assignments will be available at each school's scheduled open house and walk-through event:

Arnold Mill Elementary, Woodstock
Thursday, July 28
K-2: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
3-5: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Avery Elementary, Canton
Thursday, July 28
K-2: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
3-5: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ball Ground Elementary
Thursday, July 28
4 p.m.

Cherokee school board meeting rescheduled

Cherokee school board meeting rescheduled

CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County School Board chairman and superintendent have rescheduled their next called meeting.

The event, at which officials will consider the Cherokee Charter School petition, will now be at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 24, not June 30, as orignally announced.

RELATED: Cherokee charter school's appeal moved up

Doors to the meeting will open at 5 p.m. It will be in the Cherokee High School auditorium (930 Marietta Highway, Canton).