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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Splash and Dash coming to Douglasville

Splash and Dash coming to Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Boundary Waters Splash and Dash, a biathlon for young athletes, is coming to Douglas County next month.

The swimming and running event will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center in Douglasville.

Children ages 7-15 can participate in the competition. Events include:

* Ages 7-10
100-yard swim, 1K run

* Ages 11-15
200-yard swim, 2K run

The Splash and Dash is designed to introduce kids to the world of multisport, according to the event's website. Visit peakracingteam.com for more information and to sign up.

The cost is $25 per competitor. All finishers will receive a T-shirt, medal and post-race treats.

Boundary Waters Aquatic Center is located at 5000 Highway 92 North.

Douglas County jail to offer web-based visitation

Douglas County jail to offer web-based visitation

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Families with loved ones in jail may soon get the opportunity to visit them in the comfort of their own homes thanks to a new Web-based video visitation system.

The Douglas County Jail is expected to roll out a new video visitation system that allows people to visit inmates without having to enter the jail. The new visitation system will be first tested out by the county public defenders and local private attorneys before being introduced to the public. There will be no visitation on July 15, July 29 and July 30, so the system can be upgraded.

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Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

Special Olympics to be held Friday

Special Olympics to be held Friday

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Douglas County Special Olympics will be held later this week.

The event will take place Friday, Apr. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Manchester High School.

All special needs youth in Douglas County are invited to participate in the track and field events. Call Jackie Chapman at 770-265-2312 for more information.

New Manchester High is located at 4925 Highway 92/166 in Douglasville.

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy will open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year on Mar. 4.

The fully accredited virtual school will also host several information sessions across Georgia to give potential students and parents a taste of what it offers.

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"The good news is that we have 1,000 additional student slots, scattered across all grades, which will be open for the coming academic year," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, due to the fact we have a waiting list as we open enrollment, we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Information sessions will take place:

Monday, Mar. 4
Douglasville Conference Center
6701 Church Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'