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2 Whitewater HS students named Gates Millennium Scholars

2 Whitewater HS students named Gates Millennium Scholars

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Two seniors at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville are among only 1,000 students nationwide to be named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The prestigious honor means that RoShonda Welch and Jay Newsome II will have their entire college educations paid for by the Gates Millennium Scholarship program, which was founded in 1999 by Bill and Melinda Gates to give promising minority students the chance to reach their highest potential.

RoShanda plans to use her money to major in business management at Georgia State University. She wants to become an entrepreneur, but says she hasn't ruled out the possibility of pursuing a culinary or physical therapy career either.

A Peer Mentor and football team manager, RoShonda is very involved in her school community, in addition to earning a 3.98 GPA in the classroom. She competed in the 2011 regional DECA competition and says the experience inspired her to work hard for success.

Sen. Isakson to speak to Fayette Chamber

Sen. Isakson to speak to Fayette Chamber

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will speak to the Fayette Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon next week.

Isakson will give an update from Washington, D.C. and take questions from the audience. The event will begin at noon on Tuesday, May 1 at the Chamber of Commerce.

North Fayette ES teacher wins Horace Mann Fellowship

North Fayette ES teacher wins Horace Mann Fellowship

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (Fayette County Board of Education) -- A Fayette County public school teacher is this year's Georgia recipient of the Horace Mann-Abraham Lincoln Fellowship.

Alyson Pitzer teaches second grade at North Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville. She is one of only 50 teachers nationwide selected to participate in the summer program.

As a fellow, Pitzer will spend a week in Illinois, visiting famous sites associated with Abraham Lincoln, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the New Salen Historic Site, Lincoln's tomb and the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.

Horace Mann Insurance began offering the fellowship program in 2006 as a way to allow teachers to study the life and legacy of the 16th President. The fellowship is open to all K-12 teachers in the United States.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford performed live on Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation. 

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Wedding Expert, Tia R. Ervin is coming to the rescue for all brides preparing for upcoming nuptials in her signature "WEDucation" event, Beauty & The Bride, hosted at Polished Beauty Lounge in quaint Vinings on Wednesday, December 7th.