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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.

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New Year's food: Your year is what you eat

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Across the nation, as people prepare to celebrate the new year, for some, special meals are being prepared. What you eat on New Year's Day is supposed to signify "good things" to come over the course of the year.

Lentils and black-eyed peas are supposed to signify coins and, more particularly, money and wealth. Hoppin' John is a prepared dish of black-eyed peas and rice very common across the South that is a regular staple of New Year's dinner tables. Other dishes prepped with black-eyed peas include Texas Caviar, which is usually prepared with corn and bell peppers, though some recipes go as far as to include black beans and celery.

It's no surprise that leafy green vegetables signify money. In the South, greens -- collards or mustards & turnips, take your pick -- are usually the vegetable of choice, though in other parts of the nation, cabbage or sauerkraut tend to be more common.

CUMMING | Deputies seek suspects in jewelry store heist

CUMMING, Ga. - Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigators are still looking for two suspects in connection with a September jewelry store burglary. So far, 11 people have been arrested and charged in the heist.

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Deputies are looking for Michael Willie Young, 43, of Atlanta and Devoria Raynard Wright, 35, of College Park.

Young uses the alias of "Herman Young, Jr." or may go by "Mike", investigators said in a news release issued Friday. He has been arrested before for a similar burglary in Auburn, Alabama.

Wright also goes by the name "Billy Ray", investigators said.

NASA and Atlanta schools await GRAIL mission's lunar arrival

NASA and Atlanta schools await GRAIL mission's lunar arrival

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two NASA spacecraft designed to study our earth's moon from crust to core will arrive in lunar orbit as America ushers in the new year this weekend.

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GAINESVILLE | Rains help Lake Lanier rebound

GAINESVILLE | Rains help Lake Lanier rebound

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Recent rains have helped to replenish the water level at Lake Lanier.

As of Tuesday morning, the lake's water level is reportedly the highest it has been since early November.

Authorities say the lake had been dropping by nearly a foot and a half every two weeks. It has dropped to 1,057.91 feet above sea level on Nov. 14, the lowest it had been since March 2009 during the drought that started in 2007.

NOV. 14 PHOTO GALLERY: Lake Lanier looks very dry

But the rains have helped to reverse the lake's downward course.

Lake Lanier's water level Monday was 1,059.22 feet -- still nearly 11 feet below the winter full pool of 1,070 feet.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.