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Run a dash for water efficiency awareness

Run a dash for water efficiency awareness

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Water System staff is helping to hold a family-friendly 5K race, which they say will increase awareness of water conservation throughout Cobb County. 

A spokesperson from Cobb County reported that all Cobb residents are invited to run the race, which has been named the Water Drop Dash 5K, which will also include a fun run for young kids. The dash is set for Saturday, March 16, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. 

Along with the race, children can take part in activities and win prizes, while hanging out with mascots that will be there to kick off WaterSense Fix-A-Leak Week. 

According to the Cobb spokesperson, water leaks count for more than one trillion gallons of water used in homes throughout the country each year. At the race, families wil be reminded to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, which could increase water efficiency in homes and landscaping. 

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.'

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Quest College Fair coming to west Cobb

Quest College Fair coming to west Cobb

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A college fair created especially for students in west Cobb County will be held later this month.

Nearly 100 colleges and universities are scheduled to participate in this year's Quest College Fair, which will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Cobb High School.

Several workshop sessions will also be held during the fair, including one for students who are interested in pursuing athletic scholarships, one for those who want to attend military academies and one that teaches students how to obtain financial aid.

North Cobb High School is located at 3400 Old U.S. Highway 41 in Kennesaw.

The Quest College Fair is for students at Allatoona, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, McEachern and North Cobb high schools.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce has overhauled its website, making it more accessible for parents and residents.

The new CobbAT site features tips, resources, campaigns and research on underage binge drinking prevention.

It is all part of the organization's stated goal of expanding its community outreach in 2013.

Take a look at the new site at cobbat.org.