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Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- The students at Clayton Elementary School in Canton were thrilled to learn that children's author Carmen Agra Deedy will visit their school on Monday, May 16.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States as a refugee in 1964 and grew up in Decatur, where she still lives.

She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her most popular book, "The Library Dragon," received various state book award and has sold nearly half a million copies.

In 2003, "The Library Dragon" was chosen to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Deedy's most recent book, "14 Cows for America," is based on an astonishing gift that a Maasai village in Kenya gave to the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The book was released in Sept.

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

NORTHWEST METRO – Earlier this week, a Woodstock firefighter became an unexpected hero after rescuing Koko, the schnauzer from a burning home.

Ten year fire rescue veteran, Brian Scudder, began his career in fire rescue in the city of Ellijay. About two years later he moved to the City of Woodstock, where he has been for about eight years. Among his most memorable rescues, as a firefighter, he notes the date he carried out a rescue operation at the Whitestone miner; however, he was unable to free the miners.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned”, he explained.

Every week, Scudder works the normal schedule of a firefighter. The schedule includes 24 hours on the job and 48 hours off.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHWEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’ve compiled a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you have an office crush, we have the place for you. Local lunch favorite, Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs serves up, according to some, one of the best dogs in town. This humble, hot dog restaurant is known for its Iced Tea and famous Chili Slaw Dog served on a perfectly steamed bun. Everything in this restaurant is under $9. So, both, your date and your pockets will thank you.

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

CANTON, Ga. -- Two outstanding seniors at Creekview High School in Canton have been nominated for the Vincent J. Dooley Award scholarship.

Presented by Athletes for a Better World, the Dooley Award is given annually to one female and one male student athlete who exhibit scholarship, character and teamwork.

Haley Huskins and Grant Eddy, the nominees from Creekview, were recognized at a reception before the Sunday, Apr. 10 Atlanta Braves game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Huskins is a member of Creekview's region champion varsity softball and track teams. She is also student government president and yearbook editor, and maintains a 4.28 GPA.

Eddy is a four-year wrestling letterman who currently holds every Creekview career and season wrestling record, including 184 career victories.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Town hall meeting tonight

Town hall meeting tonight

CANTON, Ga. -- Mayor Hobgood and the City Council will hold a Mayor's Town Hall Meeting for Canton residents on Thursday, Mar. 31.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall (151 Elizabeth Street, 30141).

Visit Canton's Nixle page for more information.