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Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

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$300 million in reservoirs, wells on tap in water wars

ATLANTA -- A state task force on water supply has approved its report and is sending its recommendations to Gov. Nathan Deal.

The task force expects the governor to sign off on the report, which remains relatively unchanged from the draft submitted last month, as soon as next week. It recommends using $300 million to expand water supply by building multi-million dollar reservoirs, reopening inactive wells or drilling new wells, and says the state should offer loans to municipalities for such projects.

The state will begin accepting applications from communities seeking project funding at the first of the year and will hold workshops though the spring to help communities through the application process. The proposals will be evaluated through May, with awards set to be issued in June.

Berry, Oglethorpe among schools to present awards program

Berry, Oglethorpe among schools to present awards program

ROME, Ga. -- Four Georgia colleges and universities, including two in metro Atlanta, have been selected to participate in the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation awards program.

Berry College in Rome and Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven join Wesleyan College in Macon and Young Harris College in offering the awards, which are given annually to a man and woman with remarkable character who are dedicated to serving others.

"The trustees and I feel that these four institutions and their students embody the ideal of devoted service that the Sullivan Foundation values in our Award Schools," said Stephen McDavid, president of the Sullivan Foundation.

Other Georgia schools that offer the program include Brenau University in Gainesville and Mercer University in Macon. Past recipients range from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to children's television star Fred Rogers.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Susie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Susie

 

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.

Help "Save the Horses" this Christmas

Cumming - On Sunday volunteers from the Horse Rescue, Relief, and Retirement Fund also known as Save the Horses Now held an Old Fashioned Christmas at their farm in Cumming.

Children of all ages got photos with Santa and with "Santa the Horse," while enjoying pony rides and homemade goodies.

The event will help raise funds to help abandoned, unwanted and abused horses.

Volunteer Maureen McCarthey says they are specifically trying to meet their goal to provide winter hay for the horses in their care.

The mission of Save the Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses.  We are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines.  We strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines.

Giveaway: Phineas & Ferb "Live Tour" Giveaway

Giveaway:  Phineas & Ferb "Live Tour" Giveaway
Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!

Second Date Added Due to Overwhelming Popular Demand

Performances Added on Saturday, December 17 at 4:00PM & 7:00PM at Philips Arena

Due to tremendous public response, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! will continue to entertain audiences in Atlanta! Performances have been added on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm at Philips Arena. The beloved characters from Disney Channel’s animated series embark on a bold escape from the television screen to a live action adventure – right in Atlanta!