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Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

ATLANTA -- Although four Georgia mountain counties found themselves with an extra day of winter break due to weather, most of metro Atlanta began heading back to school Tuesday.

Cherokee, Gwinnett and Henry counties resumed classes on Jan. 3.

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Little Hands, Big Hearts

Little Hands, Big Hearts

This holiday season, many children volunteered to help make sure children in need had gifts to open on Christmas morning. Children of all ages enjoyed Christmas shopping and many of our local Christian schools kindly adopted a family to sponsor for each classroom of students.

Natalie Kandul (10 years old) and Kaitlyn Lauria (9 years old) organized a toy drive all by themselves. They made the flyers and distributed them in their neighborhood with a parent’s supervision. Their hard work paid off when they were able to collect over 50 toys!

Boy Scouts Troop #205 in Alpharetta collected diapers, batteries, baby wipes and stocking stuffers for Act Together children.

Key component of Georgia's immigration law takes effect

ATLANTA -- Just more than seven months after Governor Nathan Deal signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act into law, one of its more contested components is taking effect.

Effective Sunday, Georgia businesses with 500 employees or more are required to check their employees using an online system called E-Verify. Workers must be U.S. citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the country in order to be hired.

The requirement takes place in phases. Starting July 1, businesses of 100 or more must use E-Verify. By January 2013, all businesses with more than 10 employees will be required to use the system. Those with 10 or fewer employees are exempt.

Documentary on public school choice to be screened Thursday

Documentary on public school choice to be screened Thursday

ATLANTA -- You're invited to the premiere screening of a very important film about Georgia's public school system.

The Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Foundation, a free-market educational organization, will host a screening of Making the Grade in Georgia: Educational Freedom and Justice for All this week.

"This documentary uncovers the desperate state of Georgia's school system, with a 65 percent high school graduation rate statewide, and how school choice can provide our children -- the future of Georgia -- with the best education possible," AFP Foundation-Georgia director Virginia Galloway said in a statement.

The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Additional satellite viewings will be held in Albany, southwest Atlanta, Cumming, Ellijay, Jasper and Rome.

Learn more at makingthegrademovie.com.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Tebow

ADOPT A PET: Meet Tebow

 

ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a companion for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

According to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Tebow is a one-month-old Labrador Retriever mix and she’s available for adoption at the Humane Society. She is a medium-sized, brown puppy and he’s average sized for his breed. Expect him to be very active and destructive until he matures or is trained.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Forecasters say temperatures will plummet to the teens and 20s across north Georgia Monday night as extremely cold air pushes into the state.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has also issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Monday. Winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph are expected in central and north Georgia.

WEATHER BLOG | Time running out to prepare for hard freeze

Authorities say the low temperature could fall to around 16 degrees in Blairsville and other communities in the north Georgia mountains.

The weather service says temperatures in Atlanta could dip to around 22 degrees Monday night and 20 degrees Tuesday night before warmer weather begins to raise temperatures around mid-week.

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

ATLANTA -- Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for the hard work that he or she does to make metro Atlanta a better place?

Nominate your favorite philanthropist for the 2012 11Alive Community Service Awards.

For the last 37 years, the 11Alive Community Service Awards have honored some of the most caring, giving, selfless members of the community. A total of 11 people are recognized every year during a televised dinner and awards ceremony.

Each recipient receives $1,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

To nominate someone, visit the 11Alive Community Service Awards website to get all the information. Nominations are due no later than Monday, Jan. 9.