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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.

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M


ATLANTA – As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend’s magical moments.

Friday’s $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday’s $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday’s drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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As of Dec.

The Melting Pot raises $80K for CHOA

The Melting Pot raises $80K for CHOA

ATLANTA -- After several fundraising campaigns throughout the year, representatives from the Melting Pot presented Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with an $80,000 donation.

Mark and Layla Gunn, who own and operate all four Atlanta-area Melting Pot locations, joined forces with Broadway Across America and Pure Imagination Charity to raise the money.

To show its appreciation for the restaurant chain's generosity, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite dedicated Examination Room 18 to the Gunn family.

The Melting Pot has locations in Midtown Atlanta, Duluth, Kennesaw and Roswell. Learn more at www.themeltingpot.com.

Give to 11Alive's Can-a-thon on Dec. 2

Give to 11Alive's Can-a-thon on Dec. 2

ATLANTA -- Friday, Dec. 2 will mark 11Alive's annual Can-a-thon food collection for families in need.

Bring a donation of canned goods to one of five locations throughout Metro Atlanta. While you're there, meet and mingle with your neighbors and your favorite 11Alive anchors and reporters.

Pop-top cans are preferable, as they are easier to open for people who don't own typical kitchen utensils. Canned meats, fruits and green vegetables will be warmly welcomed.

Those who bring a minimum of 111 cans of food can enter for a chance to win two round-trip tickets from AirTran Airways. More information and the opportunity to register will be available during the event. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate.

Can-a-thon locations include:

Turner Field
* Gold Lot, Hank Aaron Drive -- 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* The School Box-Town Center, 50 East Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw -- 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Secret Santas Wanted

Secret Santas Wanted

The Children's Center for Hope & Healing is looking for secret Santas. This wonderful non-profit organization  is dedicated to breaking the cycle of child sexual abuse and preventing the victimization of children.

If you, your office, your Sunday School Class, or your family would like to provide Christmas for one of our

children or one of our families, please call us for a wish list.  Every week, we see children whose shoes are

too small for their feet, whose legs have outgrown their Levi’s, or who greedily devour our snack supply

because they don’t have enough to eat at home.  


These families need our help providing clothing—winter jackets, blue jeans, sweaters, and pajamas as well as

Gwinnett County Fire and EMS to hold graduation ceremony

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – On Thursday, November 17 the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will graduate their sixteenth Citizens Fire Academy. The ceremony will be held at the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters at 6:00 p.m.

According to Gwinnett County, “the Citizen Fire Academy is a 12-week program that allows citizens of Gwinnett County to learn about and experience the fire department first-hand. Not only do citizens learn about the organization and the services it provides, but they also learn valuable fire and life safety information that increases knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. Post-graduation citizens have opportunities to volunteer within the department as well as become a member of the Citizens Fire Academy Association.’

Light refreshments will be served  after the program.