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WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

PEACHTREE CITY, 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 Aberdeen Village Center on Saturday, May 7, for Opening Day of the Peachtree City Farmers Market. The market which was formally known as, Fresh South Market will open at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 2:00 p.m. Aberdeen Village is located at 202 Northlake Drive in Peachtree City.

The city of Peachtree City will host their Annual PTC Spring Cleanup at the Peachtree City Recycling Center. According to the Peachtree City Updates newsletter, “PTC residents can drop off unwanted appliances (Freon removed), furniture, and other junk at the Recycling Center on Rockaway Road. The Recycling Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

East Coweta High hosts "LAX Gives Back Charity Night"

East Coweta High hosts "LAX Gives Back Charity Night"

NEWNAN, Ga. – On Friday, April 29, East Coweta High School Lacrosse team will host their largest rival, the Newnan High Cougars, in a special home field matchup. Both, the girls and boys varsity games will play games on the special “Lacrosse Gives Back Charity Night”.

The two schools have partnered to raise money for the Andrew Oswald Scholarship Fund. The fund is named for Andrew Oswald, a former Pope High School lacrosse athlete who died in a drunken driving accident. The fund, a 501(c)-3 organization helps to promote Teen Safe Driving initiatives, funds scholarships and grants and hosts an annual LAXFest and golf tournament.

At the game, the school will be collecting donations, hosting field games and giving away door prizes. JV lacrosse players, from both schools, will be collecting donations during both games.

All youth lacrosse players will be admitted to the games for free, if they wear their lacrosse jersey. The girls game begins at 6:00 p.m.

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that new principals have been selected for four schools.

The appointments were approved at the Friday, Apr. 22 school board meeting.

"I am pleased to see three of our outstanding assistant principals rise to the rank of principal.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Coweta County’s Nancy Williams named a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year

Coweta County’s Nancy Williams named a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year

NEWNAN, Ga. – (submitted by Coweta County Public Schools) Madras Middle School Teacher Nancy Williams has been named as a finalist for 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Williams – a 27-year educator who teaches 6th through 8th Grade Social Skills at Madras – is one of 10 finalists for the state honor. All ten will be honored – and Georgia’s 2012 Teacher of the Year will be announced from among them – at the May 6 Georgia Teacher of Year banquet, held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“There were county winners from 159 counties in Georgia, and I know each and every one of them must be very special teachers to have had won at their county level,” said Williams. “Being a state finalist is such an honor but at the same time, very humbling.