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Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Carroll County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Wednesday, May 23.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

ATLANTA -- Canongate Golf has announced plans for a summertime PGA Junior Golf League for children under age 13.

The league is designed to give budding golfers a less stressful environment to learn the game, practice and compete.

Get more information about the PGA Junior Golf League.

The price for the five-week league session is $165 for Canongate members and $200 for non-members. Registration closes on Sunday, May 6.

Canongate owns 23 golf clubs throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia, most of which will participate in the junior league program.

Acworth
Bentwater Golf Club (100 Golf Links Drive)

Cumming
Windermere Golf Club (5000 Davis Love Drive)

Dacula
Hamilton Mill (1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway)

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Have you ever wondered how Santa really knows whether you've been naughty or nice?

Chanda Bell knows, and now she's sharing her knowledge in a presentation at her alma mater -- the University of West Georgia.

Bell is the bestselling author of the children's holiday book "The Elf on the Shelf," which follows one of the North Pole's many "scout elves" who help Santa determine which names to put on his naughty and nice lists. Named Chippy by his adoptive family, our elf friend is assigned to help a little boy named Taylor McTuttle believe in the magic of Christmas.

"The Elf on the Shelf" was co-written by Bell's mother, Carol Aebersold, and sister, Christa Pitts, who is also a UWG alumna. They self-published the book, which is based on a family tradition featuring Fisbee, a pixie elf who appears in the Aebersold home every holiday season.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.