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Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.

Governor's Honors Program Interviews to Take Place in November

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- This year's Governor's Honors Program interview process for Cherokee County high school students is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Etowah High School (6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock, 30189) beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Students who will be rising juniors or seniors during the summer of 2011 are eligible to participate after completing an extensive application process in the areas of:

* Academics
* Fine Arts
* Technical/Career Education
* Agricultural Education

Pursuant to recent changes in Georgia Board of Education rules, students enrolled in private or home schools are now eligible to participate.

Private and home school students interested in participating must contact Jackie Miller via email no later than Sept.

Wildfire Concerns Burn with State Budget Cuts

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Rangers with the Georgia Forestry Commission are concerned about a busy wildfire season as they face budget cuts that they say will delay their response.

Ranger Bobby Smith and his crew worked late into Tuesday night working a wildfire near the Cherokee-Bartow County line that burned close to two acres. It was one of close to 90 wildfires in Northwest Georgia in September.

Smith knows he'll face the rest of wildfire season with fewer people to help him.

"It's going to take us longer to get places," said Smith. "Some of the fires might get larger."

Georgia is heading for a drier, warmer than normal fall, conditions that are ripe for wildfires.

Woodstock Middle School Rewards Students of the Month

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock Middle School recently recognized nine Students of the Month for encompassing the school's overall theme of RESPECT.

Students were nominated by their teachers for displaying self-respect, self-control, courtesy, respect for others, punctuality and trustworthiness.

Front row: (l-r) Nicolas Franco-Roldan, Michael Castillo, Donavan Brand, Principal J. Mark Smith
Middle row: Rachel Carey, Kelley Wydrinski, Paula Ruiz, Emily Test, Adrea Mueller, Madison Block
Back row: Assistant Principal Joey Moss, Assistant Principal Penny Valle

Meet the New Bascomb Elementary Teacher of the Year

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Congratulations to Gayle Eakin, 4th grade teacher at Bascomb Elementary in Woodstock. She was recently elected Bascomb's Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.

Gayle has been teaching for 28 years, seven of them at Bascomb. She has taught both 3rd and 4th grade.

Gayle was elected Teacher of the Year by her peers at Bascomb.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Pennsylvania

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock police investigators were notified on Sept. 15 that Matthew Belcher, 38, the suspect identified in the robbery of a local Wachovia Bank, was arrested without incident by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department in Pennsylvania.

The original incident occured on Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m., when Woodstock police responded to a robbery at the Wachovia Bank at 12172 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188. According to bank officials, the suspect entered the bank at approximately 4:55 p.m. He approached the teller, presented a note demanding a specific amount of money and threatened to harm employees and customers. He fled the bank in a gold Dodge Neon with New Jersey license plates.

Belcher, of Kennesaw, Georgia, will be held in Pennsylvania on fugitive warrants until extradition orders can be obtained.

He is charged with armed robbery.

Acworth Woman Wins $1M on "Celebration"

ACWORTH, GA -- An Acworth woman is breaking out the confetti, the cupcakes and the cash. Julia Kohler, 55, has won a whopping $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Millionaire Celebration.

The lucky lottery winner, who enjoys traveling worldwide, anticipates planning future trips.

"I at least want to go on one trip a year," said Kohler, who volunteers in her community. "I'll eventually get a new car."

Kellogg Creek Market, 3569 Kellogg Creek Road in Acworth, sold the winning ticket. Kohler was at home when she scratched it.

"It didn't look like anything I'd ever seen," she said. "I pulled out three pairs of glasses from my purse, and I kept looking at it."

All of the zeroes she saw were quite a surprise, Kohler admits.

"It still does not seem real," she exclaimed. "I'm very excited about receiving a few more dollars every year."

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