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Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

 

ATLANTA – As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend’s magical moments.

Friday’s $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday’s $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday’s drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.

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Henry County receives kayak donation to help in Special Olympics efforts

Henry County - Henry County’s Parks and Recreation Department boasts many activities, amenities and programs for residents, including an outstanding Therapeutic Recreation Division that organizes and hosts many Special Olympic sports and programs throughout the year. Officials are hoping to expand those offerings in the near future with a Special Olympic Kayaking Team, and Commissioners recently accepted a generous donation of kayaking equipment from the Georgia Kayak Fishing Association.

The donation of four kayaks, a wrap and an enclosed cargo event trailer with a total value of $8,500, is expected to propel Henry County’s pilot program with the hopes of making kayaking an official Special Olympic Sport in the state of Georgia.

Henry unemployment exceeds metro rate in Nov.

Henry unemployment exceeds metro rate in Nov.

ATLANTA -- A new report shows that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 9.2 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new jobless rate fell from 10.2 percent in October, which is the largest one-month decline since 1977.

Georgia's 9.2 percent rate compares to 10.4 percent in November 2010.

Officials said the state's unemployment rate declined because of an increase in jobs. In additional to retail, the state also saw growth in financial and business services, and education and health care.

Among the state's cities, metro Dalton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest at 6.9 percent.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 10 percent in November 2011.

Fatal flights had Atlanta connection

ATLANTA -- Ten people were killed in two separate small plane crashes -- the flights were either heading to or departing from Atlanta area airports.

Five members of the Butler family died late Monday when their plane nosedived in a field outside Waco Texas. Investigators said the family took off from Tara Field in Henry County. 

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BLOG | Photo of plane crash victims

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Salvation Army donations dramatically down

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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As of Dec.

Season of Giving: Ways to volunteer this holiday season

ATLANTA -- Throughout the month of December, we've had viewers reaching out to ask how they can donate or volunteer this holiday season.

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So we asked for your input: what are your favorite volunteer opportunities? What are some charities doing good work for others? We've compiled a list with plenty of options to keep you busy through the new year and beyond:

Atlanta Day Shelter
What: stuffing gift bags for homeless women
When: Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23
Contact: 404-351-5532 (Judy Barge) or www.atlantadayshelter.org.

Toys for Tots short on toys

Toys for Tots short on toys

SUWANEE, Ga. -- At Thanksgiving, 11Alive News reported that Toys was short on donations this year. Now less than a week before Christmas, it looks like some boys and girls will just have to go without. 

"We basically have no new influx of toys coming in right now," said Theresa Wilhite, assistant coordinator for Atlanta Toys for Tots.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Charity has been giving toys to needy children since 1947. Atlanta Toys for Tots gives toys to agencies in 17 Metro Atlanta counties. 

Many of the bins at their Suwanee warehouse, which are usually filled with toys from drop-off locations around the region, are empty or near empty.

"The difference this year is the demand for toys is much greater," Wilhite said.

She said more than 1,000 agencies have requested toys this year. Last year 800 agencies were given toys.