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8 educators among Douglas Teacher of the Year finalists

8 educators among Douglas Teacher of the Year finalists

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The semi-finalist list for 2012-13 Douglas County Teacher of the Year has been whittled from 33 school-level TOTYs to eight educators.

The eight candidates will now undergo individual interviews and classroom observation to determine which of them wins the distinction.

The semi-finalists are:

Cory Bell
Kindergarten, Lithia Springs ES

Tara Campbell
7th/8th Grade Gifted Language Arts, Fairplay MS

Kathleen Gilreath
8th Grade Science, Factory Shoals MS

Connie Highnote
Trade & Industry, Chapel Hill HS

Elizabeth Landers
Gifted, Mason Creek ES

D.J. McConnell
Band Director, Lithia Springs HS

Linsey Strickland
5th Grade, Beulah ES

Karen Timms
Resource, Holly Springs ES

Ashley Stewart coming to Arbor Place

Ashley Stewart coming to Arbor Place

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville's first Ashley Stewart store will open at Arbor Place Mall this weekend with three days of fanfare.

Ashey Stewart has a strong national following among curvy women who like their clothes trendy, bold, comfortable and flattering, according to a spokesperson for the brand.

The Ashley Stewart fun will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 with a Divas' Night Out. Women are invited to visit the new store for free consultations on hair, makeup and nails.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the store will hold a fall fashion show, hosted by Face of New York's 2012 Full Figured Fashion Week Cover Model Search winner Venessa DeLaRosa. The show will start at 2 p.m.

Finally, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, the store will host an afternoon tea party. All customers dressed in white will receive free fashion styling tips.

All Ashley Stewart kickoff events are free and open to the public.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Braves stars to host baseball camp

Braves stars to host baseball camp

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two Atlanta Braves superstars will host an MVP Baseball Camp at South Paulding High School next month.

The one-day camp will be held on Saturday, July 14. The cost is $95, which includes lunch, a scrimmage game and autographs with the two camp heads, Brian Jordan and Otis Nixon.

Only 75 spots are available for the baseball camp. Visit everettsm.com to learn more and sign up.

Isakson to host town hall

Isakson to host town hall

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson is hosting a town hall meeting in Douglasville next month.

The Republican U.S. senator will visit the Douglasville Downtown Conference Center on May 1, where he will give a brief update from Washington, addressing job creation and the economy. He will also take questions from constituents.

The public is invited to attend the hour-long event. It is free and will begin at 2:30 p.m.

2013 Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

2013 Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The ten finalists for the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year were announced Thursday.

The teachers were chosen from a pool of 150 Teachers of the Year in districts across the state. They were selected by a panel of teachers, past winners, administrators and community leaders.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "We have always had a very impressive group of teachers make up the top 10, and I know this year will be no different."

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.