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Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

(WXIA) -- Delta Community Credit Union has opened $500 savings accounts for the first babies born at each Piedmont hospital in the new year.

The very first Piedmont baby of 2014 was Ethan Damien Ramos, who was born Jan. 1 at 1:04 a.m. at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. Ethan weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud parents are Irani Ramos and Jose DeJesus Huizar.

Lorielle Johnson was born Jan. 1 at 2:16 a.m. at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, to Surrell Porter and Terrence Johnson. Baby Lorielle weighed 7 pounds 5.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's first baby of 2014 was born just before 7 a.m. on the first of the year. Avonlea Mackowski weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce. Her parents are Amelia and Ross Mackowski.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

The Berenstain Bears LIVE!  at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) proudly presents the Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical!

This show is in town for one day only -- Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be three performances: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit CCYA.

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this special family-friendly exclusive show event brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in an exciting theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.

O'Charley's offering free pie for Mother's Day

O'Charley's offering free pie for Mother's Day

(WXIA) -- In honor of Mother's Day, all O'Charley's locations will offer free slices of pie to mothers who eat at the restaurants on Sunday, May 12.

Mothers can choose from among Ooey-Gooey Caramel Pie, Country Apple Pie, Double-Crust Peach Pie, French Silk Pie and Southern Pecan Pie.

"All of us at O'Charley's are thrilled to offer these exclusive pies to hardworking moms across the country," O'Charley's president Mickey Mills said in a statement. "We look at this as an opportunity to welcome moms to take the day off and enjoy a fresh piece of pie and a sincere 'thank you' from us."

Visit ocharleys.com to find your nearest restaurant.

Canton girl nicknames kidney after mom

Canton girl nicknames kidney after mom

CANTON, Ga. -- March 28 is Lilly Grace's birthday, and it's all made possible by Millie, the nickname she gave her kidney. 

Lilly Grace and 6-year-old sister Maggie both have a rare genetic disease called Cystinosis. Their mom pulled out a pile of paperwork to try to explain it.

"We didn't know what it was before Lilly Grace was diagnosed. Most doctors don't. We have to explain it to them," Ashley Haynes said.

The sisters are used to explaining it to other kids.

"I sort of just tell them I have a disease that makes me be sort of different," Lilly Grace said. 

"My kidney is worse than anybody else and I have to take lots of medicine," Maggie adds.

It means the lunch boxes that are color coordinated with their backpacks are really medical kits. They have multiple prescriptions they have to take every six or 12 hours.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'