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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Hillgrove High senior named Gatorade Ga. Football Player of the Year

Hillgrove High senior named Gatorade Ga. Football Player of the Year

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Hillgrove High School student-athlete has been named the 2011-2012 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year.

Senior Kenyan Drake joins a fantastic legacy of talented players, including last year's winner, Brian Randolph of Marietta's Kell High School.

The 6-foot-1-inch running back led the Hillgrove Hawks to the second round of the Class 5A postseason in 2011. Drake is also a baseball star with a 3.23 weighted GPA, and serves as a volunteer coach for local youth camps.

"Drake is a great young man with tremendous work ethic and drive," said Shane Queen, head coach of Hillgrove rival North Cobb High. "He is one of the best players that I have coached against in 18 years. He is a man of great character and does well in the classroom. If there is a better young man, player or role model, I would love to see him."

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CCSD CobbCast) -- The Cobb Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grants.

A record 117 teachers, administrators and specialists applied for this district-wide distinction. The foundation was able to whittle the number down to 14 projects, which received more than $20,000 in cash and gifts.

Campbell High, Smyrna
* Vicki Mudd, "Trout in the Classroom"

Chalker Elementary, Kennesaw
* Kim Barker, "Sunday Scholars"
* Veronica Crafton, "Sensory Integration Project"

Cooper Middle, Austell
* Amy Johnson, "Articulating Foundational Math Concepts through Animation"

Fair Oaks Elementary, Marietta
* Michelle Kormos, "Promoting Math & Literacy Skills through Art & Technology Integration"

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.

 

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

JASPER, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College has moved one step closer to gaining its own police department.

Public safety officers from all eight of the school's campuses met in Jasper this week to be sworn in as official police department members.

CTC director of public safety Willis Wade said the training and expectations of the new police officers will be much higher.

"The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are paramount," Wade said. "That will remain the case as we transition into a fully active police department."

As one of his final official duties as CTC president, Dr. Sanford Chandler administered the oath to the 16 officers who will join the department.

"We're very grateful for the support and assistance provided by Dr. Chandler and the executive staff of the college.

MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It may end up saving money, but some still question the principle of the move.

That's the bottom line to some teacher complaints about pay raises for some Cobb County school administrators while teachers face even more furloughs.

Only two months into the job, new Cobb County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa has won approval to raise the salaries of five members of his executive cabinet, some by as much as $19,000.

He justified the raises because those administrators will now have to perform more duties since he reduced the size of his cabinet from eight down to six.

"These individuals are taking on additional responsibilities and we've also reduced the overall cost in compensation by $80,000," school system spokesman Jay Dillon told 11Alive News on Thursday.

Cobb County teachers haven't had a raise since their pay was cut 2 percent in 2009.

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University will hold its 4th annual Flourish Luncheon this week to honor and recognize arts leaders in the community.

During the luncheon, the university's College of the Arts will present this year's Flourish Awards. Launched in 2005, the awards are presented in four categories.

The 2011 winners include:

* Arts Leader
Robert J.