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McClure Middle School Wins National Book Fair Contest

DALLAS, GA -- Sammy McClure Middle School in Dallas earned first place in the Scholastic Book Fairs National Middle School Contest, a competition that encourages schools to run their own exciting book fairs.

As part of their reward, McClure students will meet New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer during a special school-wide event on Thursday, Nov. 4. Brewer will talk about her popular Vladimir Tod series, answer students' questions and sign copies of her books. The fifth and final book in Brewer's series, Twelfth Grade Kills, was released in Sept. 2010.

The school will also receive a $2,000 shopping voucher from Scholastic.

Last spring, the Sammy McClure Student Crew recreated Roald Dahl's literary masterpiece, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in their own school library.

Online Child Porn Collector Convicted

DALLAS, GA -- On Thursday, Oct. 14, Christopher Scott Rabideau, 51, of Dallas was convicted in a Paulding County courtroom for Sexual Exploitation of Children.

The investigation revealed numerous videos of child pornography. Rabideau was sentenced to 15 years for the crime.

In May 2010, Detective Lenny Carr and Sergeant Kevin Morgan of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children (CAC) unit served a search warrant on Rabideau's residence in reference to an online investigation into the possession and distribution of online child pornography.

Rabideau was arrested and has been detained at the Paulding County Detention Center since the time of his arrest. The evidence against him includes 37 videos (over six gigabytes) of child pornography. Some of the videos included children believed to be as young as six years old.

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Keep Paulding Beautiful to host Christmas tree recycling on January 8

Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.

Fire from Lightning Strike Destroys Paulding Home, Spares Family

DALLAS, GA -- Two Paulding County teenagers were tempted to go back to sleep after lightning struck their home Monday morning, unaware that fire was smoldering right above them.

"It was probably the loudest noise I've heard in my entire life," said 18-year-old Stephanie Bryant.

Lightning struck the home on Radian Way near Dallas just before 7 a.m. Monday. It shook Stephanie Bryant and her 14-year-old sister Emily out of bed. When they didn't see smoke or fire, they decided to go back to bed. It wasn't until they heard the cries of their step-father that they realized they were in danger.

"We ran outside and to see my house on fire was just so scary," said Stephanie.

The lightning hit right next to Stephanie's bedroom. Step-father Brent Bryant stepped out of the shower and heard the smoke detectors going wild. He alerted the teenagers.

"We saw the smoke coming out of the attic door, and then we panicked," said Emily.

Paulding County Police Need Your Help

VILLA RICA, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect and vehicle used in a recently burglary and attempted ATM theft at the Dallas Pantry (8064 Villa Rica Highway, Villa Rica, 30180).

The theft occured around 2:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. The vehicle in question is described as a full-size gray, silver or light-colored Dodge van with some sort of writing that resembles the markings of a company, church or day care center van on the passenger side.

The suspect can be seen in surveillance footage inside the store; he is wearing dark clothing.

Security tapes show the suspect's vehicle backing into the front doors of the store. The suspect exited the back of the van and tied some sort of strap around the ATM inside the store.

Hiram High School Students Learn About Careers in Construction

Theresa Schroeder of Turner Construction visited Hiram High School as part of Careers in Construction Week, talking with the students about career opportunities in the construction industry.  She also talked with them about the A.C.E. Mentoring initiative, a program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.