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Henry County Special Olympics Team takes Gold and Bronze

Henry County Special Olympics Team takes Gold and Bronze


Last month Henry County’s Special Olympics Team took part in the Special Olympics 2012 Winter Games, earning several medals in the weekend long competition.

More than 78 athletes and partners traveled to Cobb County to compete in Georgia’s annual Special Olympics Winter Games.  Henry County athletes competed in floor hockey, team skills basketball, individual basketball skills, traditional basketball and unified basketball. The team also had Special Olympic Cheerleaders that helped to cheer them on to victory.

According to Terry Nash, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, the Henry County athletes won a gold medal in Unified Basketball, a bronze medal in floor hockey, earned fourth place in traditional basketball, and two Henry County teams placed third and fourth in team skills basketball. Several individual athletes also won medals in various competitions.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Tess

ADOPT A PET: Meet Tess


NEWNAN, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

2 County Officials named Most Influential by Georgia Trend

2 County Officials named Most Influential by Georgia Trend

McDonough - Henry County Development Authority Executive Director Bob White and Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth ‘B. J.' Mathis were named to the list of “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” and “Most Notable Georgians,” respectively, by Georgia Trend magazine in its January 2012 issue.

Each year, for the past 14 years, editors at the magazine have compiled a list of influential and notable Georgians who affect the lives and livelihood of citizens in some way. Those on the list come from all walks of life and various occupations, such as business, politics, entertainment, the arts, public service and journalism.

Under White’s leadership, the Henry County Development Authority has brought in

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U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Taylor Townsend is at the head of the class

RIVERDALE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Just imagine winning the Australian Open. Where would you go to celebrate? If you're name is Taylor Townsend, your answer was back home and back to school.

PHOTOS | Taylor Townsend wins junior girls title at Australian Open

After taking both the Australian Open Junior Girls singles and doubles titles, the 15 year old from Stockbridge couldn't wait to get back home and spend everyday with her friends at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale.

For the past two years, Townsend has lived and trained at the USTA's Academy in Florida, where her schoolwork is done on a computer. "I really miss seeing every one", says Taylor. "I also get to see my Dad (school principal) in action".


Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..