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BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

NORTHWEST METRO – Earlier this week, a Woodstock firefighter became an unexpected hero after rescuing Koko, the schnauzer from a burning home.

Ten year fire rescue veteran, Brian Scudder, began his career in fire rescue in the city of Ellijay. About two years later he moved to the City of Woodstock, where he has been for about eight years. Among his most memorable rescues, as a firefighter, he notes the date he carried out a rescue operation at the Whitestone miner; however, he was unable to free the miners.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned”, he explained.

Every week, Scudder works the normal schedule of a firefighter. The schedule includes 24 hours on the job and 48 hours off.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHWEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’ve compiled a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you have an office crush, we have the place for you. Local lunch favorite, Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs serves up, according to some, one of the best dogs in town. This humble, hot dog restaurant is known for its Iced Tea and famous Chili Slaw Dog served on a perfectly steamed bun. Everything in this restaurant is under $9. So, both, your date and your pockets will thank you.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Dallas woman celebrates 'extreme' lottery win

Dallas woman celebrates 'extreme' lottery win

DALLAS, Ga. -- A Dallas woman is celebrating an "extreme" Georgia Lottery win.

Charlotte Black, 61, won $1 million playing the instant game Extreme Green.

"It feels wonderful," said Black, a self-described housewife, mother and grandmother.

Grands (6435 Hiram Douglasville Highway, Powder Springs, 30127) sold the top prize ticket.

Black scratched the ticket in the store's parking lot, then went inside to confirm the news.

"It's a good thing the store wasn't crowded, because I was screaming," she said.

Black and her husband David, a Georgia Power control wireman, are still deciding how to use the winnings.

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

DALLAS, Ga. -- Three students from Metro Atlanta high schools are the new officers of the Georgia Senior Beta Club.

The officers were elected during the Georgia chapter's annual conference at the beginning of March:

* President: Caleb Swiney (North Paulding High, Dallas)
* Vice President: Jared Moto (Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek)
* Secretary: Kristyn Stanback (Northview High, Johns Creek)

"I don't remember what I felt when they called my name," said Swiney, who is active in North Paulding High's Beta Club. "I just remember the club swarmed me.