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Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A special education co-lab teacher at Villa Rica High School has been recognized for her dedication to her students.

Diana Funderburke received the April 2011 Apple Award at the school board's meeting on Thursday, Apr. 21.

As noted in her nomination, Funderburke holds her students to high expectations, but always supports them in their efforts. She fights for them when they are being treated unfairly and always gives more than just her time -- she gives her heart every day.

The Villa Rica High community agrees that the school is a much better place because of Funderburke's efforts, and they are thrilled to see her honored for all her hard work.

Funderburke won the official Apple Award plaque and a complimentary bouquet from Mountain Oak Florist & Design (899 Stripling Chapel Road, Carrollton, 30116), a partner of Carroll County Schools.

UWG professor speaks on implications of bin Laden death

UWG professor speaks on implications of bin Laden death

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces in Pakistan has more symbolic value than practical implications, according to Greg Dixon, assistant professor of political science at the University of West Georgia.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that new principals have been selected for four schools.

The appointments were approved at the Friday, Apr. 22 school board meeting.

"I am pleased to see three of our outstanding assistant principals rise to the rank of principal.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

WEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

Take your date on a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. On April 30, the park will hold a Twilight Canoe trip. This sunset ride is ranger-led and only open to adults who can swim and have some canoeing experience. $15 includes the canoe, paddle and PFD. The trip will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return to shore around 9:00 p.m.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

11Alive sports anchor wins alumni award from UWG

11Alive sports anchor wins alumni award from UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia National Alumni Association will holds its Alumni Awards Celebration recognizing distinguished alumni on Friday, Apr. 15.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Z-6 Food Service Building on campus. Admission is $25 and dress is business casual.

This year's honorees include:

Achievement Award
Sam Crenshaw ('81)
Sports anchor, WXIA-TV Atlanta

Distinguished Service
Tom Upchurch ('59, '61)
State leader in education

Honorary Alumnus
Johnnie Huey

J. Owen Moore Faculty Awards
Dr. Bob Reeves
Dr. Martha Ann Saunders

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dan Peeples ('00)
Youngest Georgian to be elected mayor of a municipality