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Register Early for Hands On Atlanta Day and Win a Chance to Work with Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta, GA--  Registration for 20th Annual Hands On Atlanta Day, one of the largest single-day volunteer efforts in the country, is now open to individuals, families and groups. As many as 10,000 volunteers will participate in service projects throughout metro-Atlanta, renovating public schools, taking part in environmental projects, making much needed repairs to seniors’ homes, and much more. This year’s Hands On Atlanta Day is presented by GE.

Registration is $5 for adults and is free for youths under 18 years of age.  Event proceeds support Hands On Atlanta’s volunteer programs.

Registrants who sign up by September 17 and are at least 18 years old will be entered in a drawing from which 25 lucky participants will be randomly selected to participate in an additional service day with the Atlanta Falcons this spring.

In addition, two of the winning 25 will each receive two round-trip, coach tickets to anywhere AirTran flies.

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Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

White Co. Looks to Rebound From Gainesville Loss


CLEVELAND, GA -- White County suffered a tough loss to Gainesville last week, but the Warriors' head coach Gregg Segraves is looking to bounce back in this Friday's non-sub-region game at West Hall.

A win over 2-0 West Hall would be a great way to get back on the winning track, but Segraves knows the playoff implications of this game are negligible. "It's not a sub-region game, so it won't have much bearing [on the season] to tell the truth, but it'll play into a tie breaker and stuff like that," the coach said.

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US Attorney Charges Gainesville Car Dealer with Laundering Purported Drug Cartel Money

Atlanta, GA-- QUIRINO GARCIA-COSINO, 30, of Dacula, Georgia and DIANA PERALTA-TRUJILLO, 22, of Gainesville, Georgia, were charged in a criminal complaint earlier today with laundering drug money.  GARCIA-COSINO is the owner of Community Auto Center, located on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, Georgia.  PERALTA-TRUJILLO is an employee of the business.  GARCIA-COSINO and PERALTA-TRUJILLO made their initial appearances this afternoon in United States District Court in Gainesville before United States Magistrate Judge Susan S.

Court OKs Hospital Plan for South Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- The developers of a new hospital in south Hall County can begin construction on the facility after Georgia's top court refused to hear an appeal from a rival hospital.

The Georgia Department of Community Health approved the plan in 2007. Barrow Regional Medical Center appealed the approval twice before the Barrow County Superior Court ruled in its favor. The Barrow center argued the new hospital's location would jeopardize its facility.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they'll have to consider economic conditions and other factors before they proceed.

An attorney representing the Barrow center says officials there are disappointed but that the growth of their facility gives them
confidence in the future.

Gainesville High Only 1 of 6 GA Schools Recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School

Atlanta, GA--  Six Georgia public schools were named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools today. "These six schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," said State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels."

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon School award winners this morning.

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