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Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

(WXIA) -- Delta Community Credit Union has opened $500 savings accounts for the first babies born at each Piedmont hospital in the new year.

The very first Piedmont baby of 2014 was Ethan Damien Ramos, who was born Jan. 1 at 1:04 a.m. at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. Ethan weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud parents are Irani Ramos and Jose DeJesus Huizar.

Lorielle Johnson was born Jan. 1 at 2:16 a.m. at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, to Surrell Porter and Terrence Johnson. Baby Lorielle weighed 7 pounds 5.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's first baby of 2014 was born just before 7 a.m. on the first of the year. Avonlea Mackowski weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce. Her parents are Amelia and Ross Mackowski.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Stockbridge holding back to school event

Stockbridge holding back to school event

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Henry County School Board Vice-Chair Erik Charles will host a back to school event in Stockbridge this week.

The free event will be held Friday, July 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stockbridge Elementary School.

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Children who attend the event will receive free school supplies, health screenings and other services to prepare for the 2013-14 school year.

Stockbridge Elementary School is located at 4617 North Henry Boulevard. Learn more at henry.k12.ga.us.

Henry County family preparing for child number 15

Henry County family preparing for child number 15

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Stay-at-home mom LaChelle Adkins is always busy with the kids, which is not surprising when you consider that the 42 year old is pregnant with her 15th child.

Jerome Adkins and his wife LaChelle knew from the very beginning they wanted a large brood. Still, they never expected this.

The deeply religious couple has 14 children between the ages of 19 months and 23 years old. They have had no multiple births and number 15 is due in February 2014.

"It's crazy all of the time," says Mrs. Adkins, who uses a 15-passenger van to transport her children daily to four different schools and other activities.

"We have six girls in a row. The drama for them is different than the boys. We have so many responsibilities because there is so much going on. I am involved in the kids PTA's, extracurricular activities and soccer matches."

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."