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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

FoxTale Book Shoppe hosts 11 authors for Friday Night Live

FoxTale Book Shoppe hosts 11 authors for Friday Night Live

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe will host an Emerging Author Book Signing event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30pm on Friday, August 2.

The event is free to attend. FoxTale will be selling their published books and the authors will be there signing, taking pictures, answering questions, etc. There are both kids' books and adult books -- mystery, suspense, romance, etc. 

The Emerging Author event welcomes self-published and small press authors to showcase their books in a traditional, yet totally untraditional, bookstore setting.

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Woodstock and Canton recently hosted a week long fundraiser to benefit the Chenault family of Woodstock.

The Chenaults' Woodstock home was destroyed in a tragic fire in May 2013. Stevi B's customers raised a total of $1,000 for the family to help them rebuild their lives.

Stevi B's would like to thank both the Rose Creek Publix and Ingles for each donating a cake for the fundraiser. Butterfly Jones, a local clown, donated her time to come out during the week and entertain the kids eating at Stevi B’s. A special thanks to the Cherokee County firefighters at Station 24 who brought out one of their trucks for the kids to see as well as ate at the restaurant.

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Have you ever driven through the Georgia Mountains? It is an amazing experience. The drive to Helen through the mountains is breath taking. You have to be comfortable driving around curves and getting a little light headed now and then, but the view is picture perfect every single mile. Then once you get down to Helen, make sure to take your appetite with you because the food is delicious and the sceneray is a place you want to make sure you take in. 

The last time I went down to Helen we went Horse Back Riding and Tubing. The tubing was even $5. Fun for $5. That is what I always look for, or free if I can get it. 

In addition to Helen,there are literally hundreds of awesome spots in the North Ga. Mountains that so few people know about. Small Ma & Pop owned diners, cabin rentals, specialty campgrounds and much more. Stop by and see what to do in the North Ga Mountains.

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Canton and Woodstock are once again coming to the aid of a local family in need.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."