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Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- For the very first time, Ballet North Performance Company will grace the stage with a production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the J. Alton Keith Theater at McEachern High School (2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, 30127).

Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this unique premiere of young performing artists and dancers from Paulding County, Douglasville, West Cobb and Metro Atlanta.

The Nutcracker, choreographed by Ballet North Performance Company director Christine Auchincloss Fehr, will go beyond the traditional satin pointe shoes and shimmery tutus.

Christmas Concerts in the Courthouse -- a Douglas County Tradition

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- For the 12th consecutive year, the Atrium of the Douglas County Courthouse (8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, 30134) will be filled with the wonderful sounds of children singing during the holidays.

On weekdays between Tuesday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 17, groups from schools throughout Douglas County will perform on the Grand Staircase of the Courthouse Atrium. Their music will resound through the 165-foot high Atrium, filling the Courthouse with the sounds of the season.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Seating is available in the Atrium.

"We are pleased and proud to be able to present the talents of Douglas County youth for all of our citizens to see and enjoy," said chairman Tom Worthan. "It is wonderful to hear children's voices lifted in song, and their spirits lifted in celebration.

Free Vaccines Offered for School Age Children

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb & Douglas Public Health has began administering free seasonal flu vaccines to elementary and middle school students at select schools.

This initiative is part of a State Public Health pilot project to see if vaccinating children during school hours will increase immunization rates and prevent more children from getting the flu. The overall goal is to decrease the number of missed school days.

"We will be administering the vaccine to a few Marietta City schools and Douglas County schools," said Karen Thomas, direct immunization director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

This includes all children, regardless of insurance status. Parents do not need to be present but must sign a consent form before the vaccine will be given.

The schools that are taking part in the project are:

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Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.