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N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

'Footloose' Production Casting Extras, Movie Crews Abound

ATLANTA -- Hollywood is continuing its move eastward. As you drive around town, it's not unusual to see movie crews in action. You might have even spotted a movie star or two in your local supermarket. Now there's an opportunity for you to get on the big screen.

The movie industry is becoming big business in Georgia. During the fiscal year of 2010, the industry's impact in Georgia came in at $1.33 billion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Get this, 70 percent of that money gets spent in the immediate area where production is actually happening.

But everyday people are getting in on the "fun" part of movie-making, too. This week, there's an opportunity to do some star-spotting and be an extra in the upcoming re-make of Footloose. The re-make stars Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid.

Free Yoga at the Carnegie

Relax and free your mind at The Carnegie with a family yoga class led by Elizabeth Dorsey and Yvette Monet.  All ages are welcomed but a family is not required to participate. 

Instructor Elizabeth Dorsey, RYT-200, is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. And Instructor Yvette Monet has been practicing and teaching yoga for 35 years. 

Please wear comfortable clothing, mats will be provided.  The program will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 a.m.  Please call 770-683-1347 to reserve your spot.

Comedies Return Tonight on 11Alive

Will Pam and Jim be happy with Michael's latest hire?  The team at Dunder Mifflin gets back to work tonight at 9 pm on "The Office" on 11Alive.  Steve Carell confirmed this seventh season will be his last, so get your fix starting tonight.

How to Raise a Money Smart Kid at the Carnegie

Come to The Carnegie for an informative seminar with local financial advisor Sam Madaris Jr.   In “How to Raise a Money-Smart Child” you will learn how to start teaching your child or grandchild about financial goal-setting, self-discipline, and the basics of making wise money choices.  This program will be Wednesday, September 29 at 10 A.M.  Refreshments will be served.

Carolyn Barron Students Participate in the International Day of Peace

The students of Carolyn Barron Montessori School (CBMS) will participate in the International Day of Peace with their own festivities on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. The day is designed to encourage a sense of peace for all worldwide.

Students will gather around the school’s Peace Poll to share a variety of initiatives that focus on the concept of peace, including singing the song, “Peace Around the World” which was created by Shelly Murley, a former Montessori teacher; this demonstation will culminate with the students releasing doves.  And they will read readings of peace, as well as create handmade crafts depicting peace throughout the day.  The CBMS Girls Scout troop also created “Pinwheels for Peace” that will decorate the front of the school during the day.

“Dr. Maria Montessori felt that the only way to have world peace was through our children,” states Kathleen Winters, Academic Director, CBMS.  “In fact, Dr.