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Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A special education co-lab teacher at Villa Rica High School has been recognized for her dedication to her students.

Diana Funderburke received the April 2011 Apple Award at the school board's meeting on Thursday, Apr. 21.

As noted in her nomination, Funderburke holds her students to high expectations, but always supports them in their efforts. She fights for them when they are being treated unfairly and always gives more than just her time -- she gives her heart every day.

The Villa Rica High community agrees that the school is a much better place because of Funderburke's efforts, and they are thrilled to see her honored for all her hard work.

Funderburke won the official Apple Award plaque and a complimentary bouquet from Mountain Oak Florist & Design (899 Stripling Chapel Road, Carrollton, 30116), a partner of Carroll County Schools.

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.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

WEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

Take your date on a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. On April 30, the park will hold a Twilight Canoe trip. This sunset ride is ranger-led and only open to adults who can swim and have some canoeing experience. $15 includes the canoe, paddle and PFD. The trip will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return to shore around 9:00 p.m.

Six Flags' Christian Music Weekend begins Friday

Six Flags' Christian Music Weekend begins Friday

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is celebrating spring with Christian Music Weekend, a two-day event that will rock the park with eight exciting concerts.

The concert line-up includes:

Friday, Apr. 22 at 3:30 p.m.
* Disciple
* Revive
* Kutless
* Newsboys

Saturday, Apr.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Dallas woman celebrates 'extreme' lottery win

Dallas woman celebrates 'extreme' lottery win

DALLAS, Ga. -- A Dallas woman is celebrating an "extreme" Georgia Lottery win.

Charlotte Black, 61, won $1 million playing the instant game Extreme Green.

"It feels wonderful," said Black, a self-described housewife, mother and grandmother.

Grands (6435 Hiram Douglasville Highway, Powder Springs, 30127) sold the top prize ticket.

Black scratched the ticket in the store's parking lot, then went inside to confirm the news.

"It's a good thing the store wasn't crowded, because I was screaming," she said.

Black and her husband David, a Georgia Power control wireman, are still deciding how to use the winnings.

LongHorn presents $10,000 to local Boys & Girls Club

LongHorn presents $10,000 to local Boys & Girls Club

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- LongHorn Steakhouse is gearing up for a two-week employee effort to benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The restaurant chain will begin its good deeds with a $10,000 donation to the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club (8828 Gurley Road, Douglasville, 30134).

On Wednesday, Mar. 23 representatives from LongHorn will be joined by country music star Jake Owen to present the check to the club's directors.