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Police Shut Down Girl Scout Cookie Stand

Police Shut Down Girl Scout Cookie Stand

VILLA RICA, GA -- It sounds like a bad Saturday Night Live skit --police cracking down on a Girl Scout cookie stand.

It happened Wednesday at a strip mall on Hwy 78 in Villa Rica when a police officer asked members of Troop 7984 if they had a peddler's permit.

Troop Leader Kathy Crook was stunned.

"We were just told that we would have to pack up our cookie booth [and] we would need to go and get a peddlers permit," Crook said. "The customers that were there had to just be turned away."

Crook was more disturbed at the reaction of the younger Daisies in the group.

"They were very upset that we were in real trouble and that we were all going to be taken to jail," Crook said.

Both Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour and Mayor J. Allen Collins said they have spoken with the officer who dealt with the Girl Scouts, and they believe he did nothing wrong.

GOP Plan Would Cap HOPE Awards

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to rescue Georgia's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship that would cap the awards so they no longer rise as tuition does, effectively ending a 20-year-old audacious promise: free public college tuition to any student who earned a B average or better.

Deal plans to announce the plan on Tuesday, says Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams.

Georgia's popular HOPE program is set to go broke by 2012, a victim of its own success after paying for more than 1 million students to attend college.

While the state's lottery proceeds have continued to grow, they haven't been able to keep pace with rising tuition and exploding student enrollment.

Moms Site Seeks Atlanta's Coolest Kid

Moms Site Seeks Atlanta's Coolest Kid

ATLANTA -- The social networking site Atlanta MomsLikeMe is on the hunt for Atlanta's Coolest Kid and is offering up an $1,800 prize package to find him or her.

The site is accepting photo entries of children in a cool environment, like snow or a pool, until Friday, March 4.  Then, the public can vote for their favorite cool kid photo.

Voting ends on March 20 and the contestant whose photo received the most votes will score the Grand Prize: a voucher for a three-night stay at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.  The prize includes golf, tennis, biking and fitness center access.

To enter the Atlanta's Coolest Kid Photo Contest, visit Atlanta.MomsLikeMe.com.

Reward Offered To Find Killer of Chocolate Labs

CARROLLTON, GA -- A Carroll County man says his chocolate Labrador Retrievers were tortured before the animals were shot and dumped on the side of a road.

"They were definitely tortured," said John Robinson. "What these people did to these dogs, they took pleasure in."

Authorities say a reward for information that helps lead to an arrest is up to $6,000.

Robinson bought one-year-old Boss and one-and-a-half year old Lexi on Christmas Eve. They were a gift for his fiancée. On January 16, he noticed the animals had vanished from his property. Robinson posted flyers all around the area, and even took out radio ads hoping to find his pets.

A neighbor found them a week later less than a mile from Robinson's home. The dogs were laying in the mud and trash just off of Hutcheson Road.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

Former UWG President Passes Away

Former UWG President Passes Away

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia mourns the loss of President-Emeritus Ward B. Pafford, who died on Sunday, Jan. 23 at the age of 99.

"We are deeply saddened at the passing of the stalwart of higher education in Georgia," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

In 1971, Pafford became the fourth president of West Georgia College, succeeding James Boyd, who had become a vice chancellor of the university system. A literary scholar, Dr. Pafford helped to restore a deteriorating relationship between the college and the local community, and inaugurated a faculty senate.

Some of the student unrest of the 1960s spilled over to the 1970s on the West Georgia campus. Student drug arrests became a problem, and admission standards and retention rates were issued that needed to be addressed.

In addition, West Georgia faced stiff competition with three other colleges that had recently opened within 50 miles of Carrollton.

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Tuition Hike Expected at Georgia Schools

Tuition Hike Expected at Georgia Schools

ATLANTA -- The head of Georgia's university system says students should expect to pay more for tuition next year. Governor Deal has proposed cutting funding by nearly 10 percent for the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

Testifying on Tuesday before a joint legislative appropriations committee, Chancellor Erroll Davis Junior said the Regents would need to boost tuition by 30 percent to completely replace the lost state funds. But Davis cautioned tuition would not rise that high and officials would look to make cuts.

University officials say that for the first time in recent memory, the state won't be funding formula growth driven by rising enrollment. That means the loss of $177 million to pay for some 19,000 additional students already in the system.