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Vinings Chick-fil-A employee wins top scholarship

Vinings Chick-fil-A employee wins top scholarship

ATLANTA -- A young woman from Marietta is one of only 25 people nationwide to win the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award.

Kali Jones has worked at the Vinings Chick-fil-A for more than four years. She received the award from her manager, Jason Bilotti.

"Kali is an exceptional team member with strong leadership skills, great customer service and a winning attitude," Bilotti said. "It's a pleasure to reward those efforts with this prestigious scholarship and to recognize her as a valuable asset not only to our restaurant, but also to our community."

Started in 1997, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award singles out 25 restaurant team members from among the previous year's recipients of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship to receive a second $1,000 scholarship.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

MARIETTA, Ga. -- If Cobb County's new Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wondered how school staffers might receive him, he got proof right away.

Students from  Harrison High School produced a welcoming video that involved a couple hundred staff members from all levels of the Cobb County School District.

The video also served as a way to introduce Dr. Michael Hinojosa to many Cobb residents.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

 

The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. For most this will be the first full school day, the first  year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

KSU Orchestra to perform with KANSAS

KSU Orchestra to perform with KANSAS

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State University Orchestra is getting ready for the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to play with legendary rock band KANSAS.

Last year, KANSAS embarked on its Collegiate Symphony Tour, which raised money and awareness for college and university music programs across the country.

The 2010 tour, inspired by the band's DVD "There's Know Place Like Home," was such a success that it has been greatly expanded in 2011.

"KANSAS and all the school symphonies just hit it off big time. The only people having more fun than us were all the students playing on stage with us," said Phil Ehart, the band's original drummer. "And considering all the money that was raised to help the music departments, everyone considered it a real success.

Heat Alert: Cobb County cancels outdoor activities

Heat Alert: Cobb County cancels outdoor activities

Cobb County -- 

NOTICE
Due to excessive heat index, all outside activities at Cobb County schools are cancelled between the hours of noon and 6:00 PM until further notice.
Posted 8/3/2011