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Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has honored Georgia's members of the armed forces who gave their lives in service to the United States.

Last week, he paid special tribute to 22 service members who lost their lives fighting for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All members were killed in action since last year's ceremony.

"Today, we commemorate these fallen heroes for their courage and sense of honor, for their service and for their love of this nation and our most cherished principles," Deal said. "They have given their lives in defense of freedom, and we owe them our deepest respect and gratitude. But even more, we owe them our allegiance to the principles that they gave so much for -- freedom, justice and equality. This ceremony is a time to recommit ourselves to those high ideals."

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LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ, Garden Tour and Greek Festival

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ, Garden Tour and Greek Festival

MARIETTA, Ga.  – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Come out to the Marietta Greek Festival for authentic homemade Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and Greek goods for sale. The festival will be held at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, which is considered “the South’s only Greek Amphitheater”. The church will provide free parking and a free shuttle. The church is located at 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta.

Come out to the Pioneer Days Festival at Tanglewood Farm. Watch live sheep-shearing during our month-long festival celebrating the spirit of the pioneers. Watch wool make the transition from sheep and alpacas to the spinning wheel. Check out the final products like sweaters and socks.

LOCAL PROFILE: Cobb County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Cobb County Summer Reading Program

MARIETTA, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, be able to use summer as an excuse to impede on their enrichment. The Cobb County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on June 1. The county offers programs for adults, teens and children.

Children interested in participating in the children’s reading program will start the program with a folder of information and their choice of a book. Participants will be awarded stickers, certificates and other gifts from completing the program, at the end of the summer. Teens are to write alternative-style book reviews about the books they read. Teens and adults will be vying for gift certificates and other gifts for their participation in the program.

The system will, also, be hosting a number of other programs during the summer, including: Reading Paws, their GIANT Celebration, The WestFest, 4-H and many others.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

Woodstock Cares

Woodstock Cares

A few months ago, concerned citizens of Woodstock got  involved with a local child with brain cancer (http://helpgabriel.org) and put together numerous fundraising events. During this fundraising, we started meeting parents with children that needed help as well.

  One in particular stood out: Ellie Karlsen, now a young 20 year old woman with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which is a hereditary condition commonly associated with multiple café-au-lait spots on the skin. While these skin changes do not have serious medical consequences, they can affect a person’s appearance. Plexiform neurofibromas (which form under the skin or deeper in the body) are also benign tumors. However, these can grow quite large and can cause significant medical problems, and can affect the structure of nearby bone, skin, and muscle.

Carmel Elementary named School of Character

Carmel Elementary named School of Character

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Carmel Elementary School in Woodstock has been awarded the State School of Character award for Georgia for 2011 to 2013.

Carmel is the only elementary school in the state to be selected.

Dr. Pam Green, assistant principal of the school, worked with community members to complete the portfolio application process for the School of Character award.

One component of the application that Carmel students and staff were recognized for was their commitment to implementing service learning activities within the curriculum.