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Santa Plans Visit to Three More Metro Malls

ATLANTA -- Santa Claus makes his grand entrance at three more metro Atlanta malls this weekend, with stops planned at Perimeter, Gwinnett Place and North Point on November 13.

If the wait is longer than 15 minutes at Perimeter, parents will receive a pager allowing them to shop until it's their turn at the big chair.

Gwinnett Place and North Point malls are among those offering special times for pet lovers to have their pet's picture taken with Santa Claus.


New Fitness Camp Session Begins Nov. 15

MILTON, GA -- The second session of the popular, affordable fitness camps offered through the City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department and Milton-based CorePhysique will begin on Monday, Nov.

Armed Robbery at Panera Bread

MILTON, GA -- City of Milton detectives are currently investigating the Thursday, Nov. 4 robbery of a Panera Bread (5304 Windward Parkway, Milton, 30004) in which no one was hurt.

Barry T. Lawrence, 18, of Forest Park is in custody in connection with the crime. He is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail on two counts of armed robbery by force and six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

His expected first appearance in front of a judge is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Fulton County Jail.

Officers arrived at the scene of the crime at 11:10 p.m.

Fulton County Honors Milton Teachers of the Year

MILTON, GA -- Fulton County School System's top employees will be honored on Friday, Nov.

Milton Shows Financial "Excellence"

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton and its Finance Department have again been recognized for excellence, this time in producing the Fiscal Year 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

For the second straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Milton the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, according to the Chicago-based GFOA.

Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management -- especially when received two years in a row.

In addition, the city's Finance Department again received an award recognizing Financial Reporting Achievement.

A Wish for Wendy to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Join the fun at the 11th annual Wish for Wendy Softball Challenge and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The event will take place at the North Park (13450 Cogburn Road, Milton, 30004) ball fields. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fans are welcome to come for the fun, sample the food and join the March to a Million to find the cure for cystic fibrosis. Softball, music and a clown for the children are just a few of the event highlights.

Silent auction items include sports memorabilia, art, gift certificates, salon services and more. Admission to the event is free.

For more information, visit the Wish for Wendy Web site.

Metro Atlanta Teachers Receive Top Honors

NORCROSS, GA -- When all 1,100 students and staff at Meadowcreek Elementary School were called together for an assembly Monday, only one person knew what they were there for, and it wasn't second grade reading specialist Kelly Stopp.

"Nobody knew," the Norcross teacher said. "Our principal found out earlier, but wasn't allowed to say anything. It was a complete surprise."

At first, Stopp thought Meadowcreek was being recognized for its high-performing test scores in the wake of the $1 million Broad Prize Gwinnett County Schools received last month.

When Stopp realized they were all gathered to recognize an individual teacher, she was still guessing. "It could be her or it could be her," she recalled looking around at her peers. "It would be really cool if it were her."