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School is (almost!) out in Carroll County

School is (almost!) out in Carroll County

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Carroll County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

2 Carroll seniors sign sports scholarships

2 Carroll seniors sign sports scholarships

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- Two talented seniors at two Carroll County high schools have signed scholarships to play college basketball.

Whitney McClure, who attends Bowdon High School, will play for West Georgia Technical College.

"Whitney is a dynamic player. She was able to be very successful in her career here at Bowdon in a position that requires toughness but, more than anything, unselfishness," Bowdon High assistant basketball coach Marci Brown said in a statement. "She was able to earn the players' and coaches' trust. Without that, your team is left vulnerable. She accepted that role and thus we had a Sweet Sixteen appearance this year. She is much grounded, and her ability to keep the game in perspective will be an asset at the next level."

Villa Rica High School student Rhianna Warren will play for Savannah State University in the fall.

Mt. Zion MS student wins statewide art contest

Mt. Zion MS student wins statewide art contest

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A Mt. Zion Middle School 7th grader has been named statewide winner of the Georgia School Nutrition Association's NAC Art Contest.

Nicole Morris received a certificate, a $50 gift card and a framed copy of her artwork as prizes.

(Carroll County Schools)

The Good Lovelies to perform at UWG

The Good Lovelies to perform at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Canadian folk trio The Good Lovelies will perform at the University of West Georgia this weekend.

The Good Lovelies -- Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore -- play a wide range of instruments and cover several different musical genres in their upbeat shows. They have been invited to perform at folk festivals all over the world.

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The show will be Saturday, Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at UWG's Dangle Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, and $15 for children.

To buy tickets, call the box office at 678-839-4722 or visit townsendcenter.org.

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its 2013 Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday, Apr. 20.

The gala, "An Evening with the Stars," will be at the school's Townsend Center for Performing Arts. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at westga.edu.

This year's honorees include Dr. Laurie N. Barron ('99), principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan; UWG Director of the Center for Public History Dr. Keith Hébert ('98); GlendonTodd Capital investor and operating partner John Harris ('71, '73); and former NASA mathematician Jimmy Akin ('64).

Neon Trees, Phillip Phillips to perform at UWG

Neon Trees, Phillip Phillips to perform at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia has announced the lineup for its 2013 Spring Concert.

Alt-rock band Neon Trees is this year's headliner. Georgia native Phillip Phillips, who won Season 11 of "American Idol," is also scheduled to perform.

The concert will be held Friday, Apr. 19 at 8 p.m. in the UWG Coliseum. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. Visit townsendcenter.org to learn more and reserve a seat.

More than 150 absent from Carroll Co. school for illnesses

More than 150 absent from Carroll Co. school for illnesses

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- An unusually high number of students and teachers have been reported absent from one Carroll County school for a second day.

Central Elementary School had more than 151 students and 10 teachers out sick on Tuesday. On Wednesday, 159 students and 5 teachers were absent due to a variety of illnesses.

Kindergarten classes are the hardest hit.

David Gurrero's 1st grader had the flu for a week.

"When he came back, his teacher was sick," said Gurrero. "Other teachers were sick. It concerns me."

A district spokesperson says the students are sick from a variety of illnesses including the flu, strep throat, and stomach ailments.

School system officials said they are cleaning the school building with extra disinfectant.

Vivian Nance works in the school cafeteria.

"We're keeping things sanitized," said Nance. "We're keeping the food checked and doing everything we're supposed to do."