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Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has revealed the 10 finalists for 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Several of the finalists are from metro Atlanta. The top teachers were chosen from 155 educators across the state.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," State Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten."

The 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a banquet on May 3. That teacher will succeed 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Lauren Eckman, who works at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

The 10 finalists are:

Tamika N. Ball
Teaches math at D.M. Therrell School of Health Sciences and Research
Atlanta Public Schools

Jemelleh Coes
Teaches English language arts and reading at Langston Chapel Middle School
Bulloch County School System

Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An anthropology professor at Texas A&M University will lecture on the Ice Age at the University of West Georgia this week.

Ted Goebel's talk, "Ice Age Peopling of the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?" will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the humanities building. It is free and open to the public.

"The Department of Anthropology is proud to bring world-renowned scholars such as Dr. Ted Goebel to UWG," Ashley Smallwood, director of UWG's Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, said in a statement. "It's an opportunity to bring the community and campus together to explore important topics in anthropology."

Goebel is associate director of Texas A&M's Center for the Study of the First Americans. He recently co-edited From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability, a book about some of the first settlers in what is now America.

UWG student attends Enactus summit

UWG student attends Enactus summit

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A University of West Georgia senior is one of only 30 students nationwide invited to participate in this year's Enactus United States Partner Summit.

Brittany Thompson beat out hundreds of her peers to attend the summit in New York City.

"The summit was an invaluable and remarkable experience," Thompson said in a statement. "I had access to a vast amount of networking opportunities at a highly professional level."

Thompson is UWG's Enactus president. During the summit, she attended forums on topics like leadership experience, community empowerment and goal attainment. She also met lots of heavy-hitters in the business world, including Walmart Central Executive VP and President Mike Moore.

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A national exhibit honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opens Monday at the University of West Georgia.

The university's Ingram Library will host FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive through Friday, Mar. 8.

The exhibit, which is free to browse, features objects the former president used while living at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Roosevelt stayed at the Little White House while receiving rehabilitation for the childhood polio that left him wheelchair-bound. He died there on Apr. 12, 1945.

Additionally, the exhibit uses photographs, documents, political cartoons and posters to paint a portrait of FDR and his four terms in office during a difficult period in U.S. and world history.

Allan M. Winkler, a professor of history at Miami University in Ohio, will host a talk about FDR at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Ingram Library.

Hall of Fame baseball coach John DeVore passes away

Hall of Fame baseball coach John DeVore passes away

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Legendary Georgia baseball coach John DeVore passed away Jan. 12 from complications after a stroke.

DeVore was laid to rest Jan. 15. He was 69.

The baseball star attended West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia, in Carrollton from 1962 to 1965. His many athletic accomplishments earned him entry into the West Georgia Hall of Fame.

DeVore played for the Mets after college, but was eventually released because of an injury. He then turned his attention to coaching and built an illustrous 30-year career in DeKalb County.

Shamrock High School, which has since been converted to a middle school, named its baseball stadium the John DeVore Field in the coach's honor.

DeVore also spent 20 years as an instructor at the Georgia Tech Pitcher/Catcher Camp.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and three sisters. Much of DeVore's family lives in Alpharetta.

Amy Grant to perform in Bremen

Amy Grant to perform in Bremen

BREMEN, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall will kick off its one-year anniversary celebration with a performance from a very special guest.

Amy Grant will give a sold-out show at the Bremen venue at 7 p.m. Jan. 17. She is just the latest in a long line of notable performers who have graced the Mill Town stage in its brief history.

Steven Curtis Chapman, Alabama, Toby Keith and the Oak Ridge Boys have all played at Mill Town. The venue has also hosted performances of two nationally recognized musicals -- Veggie Tales Live! and Smoke on the Mountain.

"I am humbled by the quality of the entertainment we have been able to attract to Mill Town Music Hall, the support we received from the community and the volunteer team we have been able to assemble," Mill Town co-founder Randall Redding said in a statement. "This does not just happen. We know God has a plan for all of this and we can't wait to see what He's planned for us in 2013."

UWG professor earns national award

UWG professor earns national award

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An adjunct assistant professor at the University of West Georgia has won the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Dr. Robert Heaberlin is only the second educator from Georgia to earn the honor.

He received his award during the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., in November.

"Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me," Heaberlin said in a statement.

Heaberlin graduated from UWG in 1990. In addition to his position with the Carrollton-based university, he serves as principal of Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg.

Heaberlin was named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, and has received Georgia's Dr. John Lounsbury Award for excellence as a middle school educator.