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Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Milton volunteer honored for service

Milton volunteer honored for service

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton volunteer Sharon Lockwood, a founding member of the Better Together: Real Communities - Milton Mini-Grants Initiative and former member of the Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC), will be honored by Senior Services North Fulton (SSNF) Feb. 16 at the nonprofit's "Heart and Soul" yearly fundraiser.

"Sharon is a passionate advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities," said Carrie Bellware, executive director of SSNF. "It is a pleasure to honor such a special woman and North Fulton resident."

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If the name sounds familiar, it's because Sharon is the mother of Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood. He said he couldn't be more proud of her work.

"She is an inspiration to everyone who meets her, and she just keeps on going, always with a smile," he said.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Light the Milton tree Nov. 29

Light the Milton tree Nov. 29

MILTON, Ga. -- Kick off the holiday season with the City of Milton as it holds the fourth annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road.

"Help bring the holiday season to our home town," said Special Events Coordinator Angela Thompson. "I can't wait to light that tree and continue this great tradition."

The tree lighting ceremony will last 30 minutes, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and include performances by the Milton High School Chorus and dance troupe Off Broadway Expressions. Then Milton's Mayor and City Council will count down to the big moment with Alpharetta High School student Hayden Moore, who has lit the tree for the last three years.

After the tree is lit, good St. Nick will arrive by fire truck to the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus." Following the ceremony, there will be refreshments, photos with Santa Claus courtesy of Blencoe and Co. Photographic Arts and holiday music.

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

CUMMING, Ga. -- Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and we need your help to provide a Thanksgiving feast for children in need and their families. Act Together will host our 3rd Community Thanksgiving dinner. This year, our Thanksgiving dinner will be in the gymnasium at Covenant Christian Academy in Cumming. There is a lot of work that goes into serving Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people and we need lots of help to make this happen.

Volunteers are needed to cook turkeys (we will provide the turkey) and bring to our Thanksgiving dinner ready to serve. You do not have to stay but must drop off between 12-2PM on Thanksgiving Day to the Covenant Christian Academy Gymnasium located at 6905 Post Road in Cumming. Contact Us to Sign Up.

Knox ES students raise money for Milton HS coach

Knox ES students raise money for Milton HS coach

CANTON, Ga. -- Students at Knox Elementary School in Canton are pitching in to help a local family.

Mike Scott, an assistant football coach at Milton High School, has Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Scott and his family live in Cherokee County; his daughter attends Canton's Liberty Elementary School.

When the students at Knox learned of Coach Scott's diagnosis, they wanted to raise money for his family. So the school hosted a special Hat Day that netted $600 for the Scotts.

"This was a Cherokee Zone initiative, and we were so happy to be a part of it," Knox Elementary principal Kelly Page said in a statement.