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Police Cars Vandalized

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Racial epithets and graffiti were spray-painted on several police cars and office suites in Woodstock over the weekend. Police are hoping someone will tip them off to the whoever did it.

A Cobb County Police Department car, a Roswell Police Department car and an officer's personal truck were covered with epithets sometime Saturday night, according to Woodstock Police Sgt. Paul Brown. The vehicles had been parked in a residential neighborhood off Highway 92 near Weatherstone Drive.

The next day, police got a call about more graffiti at the Weatherstone Office Park nearby. Several offices had been covered in profanity, racial epithets and deorogatory comments about President Obama.

Anyone with information on either crime is asked to call Woodstock Police at 770-592-6030. Callers may remain anonymous.

Ga. Call Center Company to Hire 1,400 Workers

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- One of the state's largest call center operators is hiring 1,400 seasonal and full-time workers in suburban Atlanta.

Ryla announced the jobs Monday, promising an average salary of $10 per hour at its Kennesaw headquarters. Most of the jobs - about 1,000 - will last just three months.

Company spokeswoman Karen Clay says the workers will help one of Ryla's clients enroll employees in a new health-care plan and will do federal government work for a third-party contractor. New workers could start as early as Nov. 2.

Ryla provides customer service, tech support, data collection, surveys and other back-office work for Fortune 500 companies, state governments and the federal government. The Georgia-based company was bought out earlier this year by California's Alorica Inc.

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Cherokee County Advances in Advanced Placement

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- The College Board has released national, district and state Advanced Placement (AP) scores for 2010.

Highlights of this report include AP course offerings at Cherokee County high schools. The AP Program has grown significantly in the past 10 years in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), from 400 exams given in 1999 to nearly 2,325 exams in 2010. This provides further evidence of the increasingly rigorous academic curriculum offered by Cherokee County high schools.

The University System of Georgia reports that 95% of students admitted to research universities (Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia) have successfully completed at least one AP course.

The report indicates that 72% of CCSD students earned college credit with "passing" scores of 3, 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, compared to 53% in the state of Georgia and 58% nationally.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ridgewalk Interchange

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Mayor Donnie Henriques and the members of the Woodstock City Council, along with State Senator Chip Rogers and State Representative Sean Jerguson, are pleased to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Ridgewalk Interchange along Interstate 575 in southern Cherokee County.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Rope Mill Road and Ridgewalk Parkway, north of downtown Woodstock. Parking for the event will be available along Ridgewalk Parkway and Rope Mill Road, north of Ridgewalk.

The interchange has been in the works since the late 1970s and is set for full construction beginning later this year.

Congratulations to Cherokee County's Teacher of the Year!

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Learning history is "like assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle," according to Woodstock High School social studies teacher Krista Webb. It's not enough to have all the pieces; you have to be able to put them together in order to see the big picture.

A panel of community leaders recently assembled the puzzle pieces to determine who will be the Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 and selected Webb because of her passion and enthusiasm for teaching -- and reaching -- teenagers.

"I believe successful teachers possess an unconditional love of children and a passion for the subject they teach," said Webb in her application for TOTY. "When I step into the school, I have to have my game on. An outstanding high school teacher provides an environment and has a personality that supports, understands and enhances the qualities and characteristics of teenagers.

Who Took My Campaign Signs -- a City Worker?

WOODSTOCK, GA - You can always tell it's election season by the crop of campaign signs littering the landscape.

To some, they're a big eyesore.

To others, they're an expression of freedom.

Either way, there are rules about where you can place them.

As long as they're on private property, fine, but when they're on a public right-of-way, they're illegal.

That difference has sparked a campaign sign controversy in the Cherokee County city of Woodstock.

"Our signs...disappeared," says angry former Woodstock Mayor Bill Dewrell.

He got pretty upset last week when some of his signs urging voters not to renew an extra penny of sales tax, known as SPLOST, vanished.

He got even angrier when a friend took some photos of them in the back of a pickup truck belonging to the city.

Turns out they were taken from private property by a Woodstock Code Enforcement Officer.

"Babou" Recovers, Prepares to Return to Iraq

Last year we brought you the story of a young boy from Iraq who who was in danger of having his leg amputated -- until a doctor from Marietta brought him to Metro Atlanta for help.

He's been in the States for more than a year, and next week, this boy named Babou finally gets to go home.

Hailing from the Kurdistan region in Iraq, Mohammad "Babou" Mustafa suffered from a severe bone infection that -- at age seven -- had already made his left leg five inches shorter than his right.

Dr. Goodman Espy, who's done humanitarian work worldwide, arranged to bring Babou to the U-S for surgery.

"The doctors [in Iraq] did all they could do, but they do not have the training of the doctors in this country, particularly what Bill Terrell has."