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BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun (or in an aquatic center).

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Douglas County

Boundary Waters Aquatic Park is located in Douglas County and it offers year-round swimming in an “8-lane, 25-yard heated competition pool, and a 4-lane, heated therapeutic/teaching pool”. The park offers $3.00 daily passes and $4.00 passes for non-residents. It’s is located at 5000 Georgia Highway 92 in Douglasville.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools.

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Douglasville can take their furry children to the Deer Lick Park for some off-leash exercise. The park is fenced and smaller dogs and larger dogs have separate play areas. The park is located at 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville.

Burger Park in Smyrna is, also, an off-leash park and is moderately sized, for its type.

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.

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.

Villa Rica High names new football coach

Villa Rica High names new football coach

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Mike Falleur has been named the new head football coach at Villa Rica High School.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Villa Rica High School community and family," he said. "I look forward to working with the students, athletes, parents, faculty and staff to build relationships with a thriving community."

Falleur has been a head coach since 1992, working in such schools as Tucker High, Burke County High, Elbert County High and, most recently, Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill.

A combined record of 142 wins and 70 losses, 12 teams making the state playoffs, and coaching the playoff runners-up in 1997 prove Falleur's dedication and leadership toward the young lives he serves every day.

"I am delighted to welcome Coach Falleur to the faculty of Villa Rica High School," said principal Adam Herring.

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.