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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Teen powerlifting champ qualifies for nationals

Teen powerlifting champ qualifies for nationals

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock teenager recently became a national powerlifting champion.

Hunter Pooser lifted 1,317.2 raw pounds during a USA Powerlifting meet in Dalton on Nov. 5. This total, which is also an American Teen record, qualified the 17-year-old to compete at the National High School Championship meet in Wisconsin next March.

"Raw" pounds are lifted without the usual support devices that powerlifting athletes use, such as a special bench press shirt or a full-body "deadlift suit," according to Pooser.

"When I compete in Wisconsin this March, I will be competing 'equipped,'" he said, meaning that he will bring certain items to aid him in his lifting. "I compare [the deadlift suit] to the full suits that you see Olympic swimmers wear to get better times in competition."

Carmel Elementary Partners with Woodstock Nursing Home

Carmel Elementary Partners with Woodstock Nursing Home


Carmel Elementary students learn while serving the community throughout the year as part of their nationally recognized Service Learning program.  Mrs. D’Ambrosio’s second grade class enjoyed participating in the learn and serve project partnering with the Woodstock Nursing Home. The class collected and donated small personal items such as tissues, lotions, etc. to the Woodstock Nursing Home and also created Halloween cards for the residents. Assistant Principal Dr. Pam Green said, "We are so proud of our students and faculty who embrace our Service Learning program.  It is exciting to see the joy and pride the students have knowing they are helping others.  We hope this stays with our students throughout their academic and personal lives. Great job kids!"

Carmel ES students have been nationally recognized for their community service projects since the induction of Service Learning school‐wide in 2005.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.


KSU student wins memorial scholarship

KSU student wins memorial scholarship

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- When Judy Johnson, an employee of the Cherokee County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA), passed away in 2009, a scholarship was created in her memory.

Now, a Woodstock High School alumnus has received the $1,000 gift named for her.

Cory Locatelli, the 2011 recipient, is majoring in photography at Kennesaw State University. He plans to put the Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship toward his tuition.

Every year, the scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of a CCSNA member. Recipients must be good students and have records of community service.

CCSNA holds fundraisers and accepts donations for the scholarship every year.

Paula Deen's comin' to Woodstock, y'all!

Paula Deen's comin' to Woodstock, y'all!

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Food Network icon Paula Deen will stop by BJ's Wholesale Club in Woodstock this weekend.

Deen's new book, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, is now available for purchase. She sign copies of her bestselling cookbooks for BJ's members from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

A Georgia native, Deen often credits her Southern roots with her inspiration for her culinary creations.

BJ's is located at 105 Long Drive.

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

JASPER, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College has moved one step closer to gaining its own police department.

Public safety officers from all eight of the school's campuses met in Jasper this week to be sworn in as official police department members.

CTC director of public safety Willis Wade said the training and expectations of the new police officers will be much higher.

"The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are paramount," Wade said. "That will remain the case as we transition into a fully active police department."

As one of his final official duties as CTC president, Dr. Sanford Chandler administered the oath to the 16 officers who will join the department.

"We're very grateful for the support and assistance provided by Dr. Chandler and the executive staff of the college.