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Cumming Author's Book Wins IPPY Award

Cumming Author's Book Wins IPPY Award

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Lonely Parrot written by Cumming resident Lisa Kelley and illustrated by Charles Akins of Columbia, South Carolina has received a bronze medal from the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Published by BQB Publishing, The Lonely Parrot was recognized in the Best Children's Illustrated eBook category. The book is a colorfully illustrated children's picture book inspired by the true-life events of JoJo a moustached parakeet. It is a touching story about the joys of owning and loving a parrot, as well as the responsibilities that go along with it.

The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to deserving but often unsung titles from independent authors and publishers. Medalists were chosen from over 5,000 total entries.

One Boy USO Creates a Coloring and Activity Book to Help With His Fund Raising Efforts

One Boy USO Creates a Coloring and Activity Book to Help With His Fund Raising Efforts

Cody Jackson, known across America as the One Boy USO, is announcing his soon-to-be released children's book  Pint-Sized Patriots Coloring and Activity Book, of which a portion of the sales will go to Cody's fund raising efforts for sending  packages to military men and women overseas. Cody became popular across America after being featured on CNN, FoxNews, CBS, and NBC for thanking over 10,000 troops at the Atlanta airport.

Cody's journey as the One Boy USO began when he was four, with a simple question: "Why is it so hard to get on a plane?" Ever since the moment his parents tried to explain what happened on 9/11, Cody has been a new boy. Every day he goes out of his way to thank our military men and women and regularly goes to the airport to salute our men and women in uniform. As a way to thank more soldiers personally, Cody also collects donations to help fund care packages to ship to deployed troops.

Gainesville State names interim president

Gainesville State names interim president

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Dr. Randy Pierce has been named interim president of Gainesville State College, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced last week.

Pierce, who served as president of Georgia Highlands College for more than 10 years before his retirement last December, will assume his new post on July 1 upon the planned retirement of current president Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt.

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11-Year-Old Author Will be a Part of Exceptional Child Week Bookfair

11-Year-Old Author Will be a Part of Exceptional Child Week Bookfair

On February 27th, beginning at 6:00 p.m., 11-year-old author Sarah Voskamp will be at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at The Avenue in Cumming signing her book "Filly Girls" as a part of the Exceptional Child Week Bookfair. Sarah who wrote the book when she was 9-years-old, was published in December of 2010 by BQB Publishing of Cumming. Her book is a popular read for 7-12 year-olds, especially those who love horses.

Sarah who currently attends Vickery Creek Middle School has traveled around Georgia, Florida, and even in to Canada to read her book to elementary school children and to promote her message "You don't have to be big to do big things."

More information about the Barnes and Noble event can be found at http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3215617

 

Have you started on your Goals for the New Year?

Have you started on your Goals for the New Year?

When the New Year comes people make goals, aspirations, and ways to make new lives for themselves. Whether it’s getting on a new diet plan, changing the people in your environment or changing your environment all together, we make plans to change in area in our lives that we are dissatisfied. As a society, we are taught to set goals, in order to be successful or to have some type of progress in our lives. We are now approaching the end of January. Have you made the necessary steps to obtain to secure your personal goals?

I set personal goals for myself on a daily basis. I come up with a list of goals to pace myself so I can really achieve them. Each task leads me to an ultimate objective or goal. Like for instance, my overall life goals are to be a great mother and own a successful international entertainment empire.

Former Atlanta FBI Agent Pens Murder Mystery - "The Mile Marker Murders"

Former Atlanta FBI Agent Pens Murder Mystery - "The Mile Marker Murders"

Former Atlanta FBI Agent, C.W. Saari has partnered his real life experiences with his imagination to create the suspenseful, thriller/murder mystery, The Mile Marker Murders. The story is about FBI Agent Tyler Bannister whose friend, Caleb Williamson, a career officer with the CIA, disappears and then turns up dead alongside the corpses of two women near a Northern Virginia highway. The plot shifts between Atlanta and Washington D.C. as Saari takes the reader into the investigation and Bannister’s life.

An early reviewer commented, “The author’s obvious experience and keen insight into the FBI keeps the action moving and credible. His descriptions place the reader in the middle of every scene.”

11-Year-Old Cumming Resident is Changing the Future - One School at a Time

11-Year-Old Cumming Resident is Changing the Future - One School at a Time

Eleven-year-old Sarah Voskamp of Cumming, Georgia is a published author, business owner/entrepreneur (of a lemonade stand at the local farmers market), straight A student, and a member of her school’s swim team.