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7 Georgia Schools Named 'Blue Ribbon' National Winners

ATLANTA (AP) - Seven Georgia schools have been named National Blue Ribbon winners by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award goes to schools whose students perform at high levels or who have made dramatic improvements in their achievement, particularly for low-income children.

The public schools are: Etowah High in Cherokee County, Gainesville High in Gainesville, Ila Elementary in Madison County, Johnson Elementary in Floyd County, J.S. Pate Elementary in Crisp County and Webb Bridge Middle in Fulton County. One private school, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Hapeville also won the award.

About 300 schools were recognized nationally this year. The schools be honored November 15th to the 16th in Washington, D.C.

The award has been given out annually by the Education Department since 1982.

Cherokee County School Among Blue Ribbon Winners

ATLANTA, GA -- Six Georgia public schools were named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.

"These six schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," said State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels."

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

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Suspicious Activity Moves to Other Neighborhoods

HOLLY SPRINGS, GA -- There is another warning about suspicious people trolling neighborhoods for information. Norcross police reported last Friday that two people were asking suspicious questions in two neighborhoods posing as security company employees.

Since then, two more similar incidents have been reported in Cherokee County. That's about 30 miles from Norcross, but police believe the incidents are related.

The latest report came from a woman who lives in the Barrett Farms subdivision in Holly Springs. She told police two men rang her door bell on Saturday. They were wearing shirts with an ADT Security logo on them. She said they asked her some pretty suspicious questions that might lead one to believe they were casing her home.

"They're asking questions about when people are home, if they have animals, obviously to avoid those kinds of areas," said Sgt. William Rownd of the Holly Springs Police Department.

Georgia Hiker Shares Survival Story

Pickens County, Ga--  Back at home now well fed and re-hydrated, John MacGregor is retracing his missteps in Alaska's Denali National Park.

"A four hour hike turned into nearly four days," MacGregor said.

On a business trip John decided to use his only day off to take a day hike.

Sunday, August 22, he took off wearing shorts and packing a lunch and light rain gear.  He was supposed to be finished by the afternoon, but a hail storm hit.  Clouds covered the mountains and MacGregor lost his sense of direction.

As dozens of people began the search for MacGregor, his family back home in Georgia worried about what he was going through.

Readers are Leaders in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The students of Woodstock Elementary School look forward to Thursday and Friday mornings.

That's when their heroes -- the cheerleaders and football players of Woodstock High School -- come in to read to them.

This partnership between the two schools promotes leadership, positive role models and, of course, a love of reading.

Peephole Burglars Strike in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Despite security gates and high fences that surround the Alta Woods Apartments off Trickum Road in Woodstock, thieves have broken into four units.

It's how they scoped out the apartments that surprises even police.

"They were removing the peephole and once the peephole is removed you're able to clearly look inside the apartment. You're also able to hear inside to see if it's occupied," said Woodstock Police Spokeswoman Brittany Duncan.

Police believe the burglaries happened Friday afternoon. Residents are out nearly $10,000 worth of televisions, computers and other electronics.

Some at the apartment complex weren't even aware of the break-ins. 

"You think of a peephole as keeping bad people out, not helping them get in," said tenant Suzanne Lytle.

Marietta Man Arrested for Drug Possession

ACWORTH, GA -- A Cherokee Sheriff's deputy patrolling Bells Ferry Rd. near Hwy 92 Thursday night stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered multiple violations, which led to the arrest of the driver, Tony Clark, 40, of Texarkana, AR, and both passengers, David Dejerinett, 31, of Marietta, GA and Evelyn Fitts, 31, of Jefferson, TX.

In addition to locating small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine, deputies discovered numerous items in the vehicle, including substances used to manufacture meth. It is believed the suspects were transporting the items to a meth lab. CMANS agents were called to the scene to investigate the incident.

All three suspects are in custody without bond at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center. Clark was charged with Driving without a License, Unauthorized Use of a License Plate, No Tag Light, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.