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2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

RELATED: Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Paulding Sheriff reminds families of summer window safety

Paulding Sheriff reminds families of summer window safety

DALLAS, Ga. -- Now that the weather is getting warmer, people are more inclined to leave their windows open during the day.

Unfortunately, this simple summertime gesture can often have devastating consequences.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office has recently experienced a number of reports of toddlers falling out of windows. So far, there have been no fatalities, but some of the children experienced very serious injuries.

Many parents assume that window screens will prevent falls, but one case involved a toddler who pushed a screen out before falling.

Falls from windows result in an average of about eight deaths yearly to children ages five and younger, while an additional 3,300 children are treated in emergency rooms, according to the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC). On average, about 34 percent of children need to be hospitalized after falling from a window.

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

CANTON, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best summer camps for your children, this year.

YMCA Centers are the nation’s largest provider of child care services and there are a number of YMCA centers around the metro area. According to their website, YMCA’s provide “family-centered, values-based programs” and they support the “physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children”. Camp charges vary depending on if membership.

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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Off the Cobb returns to Dallas Theater in June

Off the Cobb returns to Dallas Theater in June

DALLAS, Ga. -- An absolutely hilarious night of improv comedy is coming to the Dallas Theater (208 Main Street, Dallas, 30132) next month.

Off the Cobb, a local improvisational comedy group, will perform two shows on Saturday, June 4 at Paulding County's hometown theater.

The improv troupe has headlined at the Punchline in Atlanta. Its shows are fast-paced and interactive, allowing the audience to help the actors create scenes on the spot; no two Off the Cobb performances are ever alike.

Off the Cobb's first show on June 4 will be a children's production at 5 p.m.

Paulding seniors prepare for life after high school

Paulding seniors prepare for life after high school

DALLAS, Ga.

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.