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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.


Town Hall to address Newton, Rockdale redistricting

Town Hall to address Newton, Rockdale redistricting

COVINGTON, Ga. -- State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) plans to host a Town Hall meeting next week to address redistricting in Georgia.

During the meeting, Rep. Dickerson will explain how residents of Newton and Rockdale counties will be directly affected by the redistricting process.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Salem Volunteer Fire Station, 3935 Salem Road, Covington.

Local woman overcomes tragedy and opens a new cheesecake business

Conyers-  Cheesecaked.com is a local business that offers delicious cheesecake cupcakes.  The owner Shawn Brown is a resident of Conyers and has overcome the tragedy of losing a child to a drunk driver to become a successful business owner.

Shawn's cakes are a unique and tasty take on the cupcake fad, but with using cheesecake instead of traditional cake.

Follow Shawn on Twitter and on Facebook at @GetCheeseCaked

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7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

Covington teacher named 2011 Unsung Hero

Covington teacher named 2011 Unsung Hero

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A teacher at West Newton Elementary School in Covington has been honored by the ING Unsung Heroes program.

Donna Wands received a $2,000 grant to fund "What's Cooking?", an idea that encourages students to make healthy eating choices and help their parents in the kitchen.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Unsung Heroes program, which honors educators who have not received due recognition for making a significant impact in their students' lives.

"ING is proud to celebrate this milestone of our Unsung Heroes program and is honored to recognize the hard work and dedication of our nation's teachers," said Brian Comer, president of public markets for ING U.S. Retirement Services.

Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club getting ready to ride for one of their own.

Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club getting ready to ride for one of their own.


The Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club is sponsoring and organizing this event for a fallen fellow friend and colleague who lost his battle with cancer May 28th, 2011.  He was a fomer MP, former Roswell Ga. Police Officer, and current Senior Federal Air Marshal.   The 1st Annual  BILL FITZGERALD MEMORIAL BENEFIT RIDE will start at 10am on Saturday August 27 at Six Ways 2 Sunday 1815 Hwy 138 Conyers, Ga.   Kickstands up at 11:30am  This is a Police escorted ride.  $20 per Bike, $30 Two Up
All proceeds will benefit the Fitzgerald Family.  

The ride will approximately be just over 100 miles round trip. North on Hwy. 138 to east bound I-20.  East on I-20 to exit 130 (Just past Lake Oconee).

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)