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Regional Science Bowl to be held at Newnan HS

Regional Science Bowl to be held at Newnan HS

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Students from across Georgia will come together in Coweta County this weekend to compete for a spot in the National Science Bowl.

Newnan High School will host the Georgia regional competition for the bowl on Jan. 19.

The winning team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., at the end of April.

Learn more about the National Science Bowl at science.energy.gov.

UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents has voted for the University of West Georgia to acquire the historic Newnan Hospital building.

Last week's vote caps off nearly two years of planning for the Carrollton-based university to reach more students in Coweta County and the surrounding area.

"Something like this takes a lot of hard work by many dedicated people," Ga. Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), a longtime supporter of the acquisition, said in a statement. "It takes people and organizations that are willing to invest time and energy in the community. Everyone involved has done just that, and it's because we're doing something important here. We're educating our future leaders."

UWG will use the hospital building to house classes for its nursing, education and business programs. The city of Newnan has agreed to perform $15 million of renovations on the old hospital.

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include:

UWG professor earns national award

UWG professor earns national award

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An adjunct assistant professor at the University of West Georgia has won the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Dr. Robert Heaberlin is only the second educator from Georgia to earn the honor.

He received his award during the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., in November.

"Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me," Heaberlin said in a statement.

Heaberlin graduated from UWG in 1990. In addition to his position with the Carrollton-based university, he serves as principal of Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg.

Heaberlin was named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, and has received Georgia's Dr. John Lounsbury Award for excellence as a middle school educator.

UWG reports record enrollment

UWG reports record enrollment

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Despite college and university enrollment dropping nationwide, the University of West Georgia reported record enrollment during its Fall 2012 semester.

"I am delighted to note that UWG's enrollment uptick runs counter to decreases at the national and (University System of Georgia) level," university president Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna said in a statement.

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UWG says 11,769 students were enrolled at the school this fall, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2011. Sethna attributed the growing number to a spike in graduate school enrollment. The school saw an 11.7 percent increase in grad student enrollment, compared to a 0.7 percent hike in undergraduate enrollment.

Make your voice heard on proposed school calendars

Make your voice heard on proposed school calendars

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Wednesday is the last day to provide feedback on the proposed Coweta County calendars for two upcoming school years.

The Coweta County Board of Education has chosen two versions each of the calendars for 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Now, parents and community members can give their input.

View the 2013-14 calendars
View the 2014-15 calendars

Features of all proposed calendars include a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off during the winter holidays and a full week for spring break in early April.

Some significant differences include a shorter mid-winter break and a later start date for Version 1.

The board of education plans to adopt new calendars at its Dec. 11 meeting.

'The Nutcracker' coming to The Centre

'The Nutcracker' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A special production of The Nutcracker will begin its run at Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts next weekend.

The classic Christmas ballet will perform on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. An additional performance for students in Coweta County Schools will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Call The Centre at 678-967-5272 to purchase tickets for The Nutcracker.

The Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.