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Free Fitness Sessions Offered

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department and Milton-based CorePhysique will hold free sessions on Friday, Oct. 15 for residents interested in joining the city's inaugural fitness camps.

Those curious about the camps, which take place at Bell Memorial Park (15245 Bell Park Road, Milton, 30004), can experience them first-hand at no charge Oct.

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.


Groundbreaking for New High School to Take Place Oct. 15

MILTON, GA -- A groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school in the City of Milton is planned for Friday, Oct. 15.

Festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m.; in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 27, also at 11:00 a.m.

The yet-to-be-named high school is under construction at the intersection of Cogburn Road and Bethany Road (Milton, 30004). When it opens in August of 2012, the 320,885 square foot building of 99 classrooms will house up to 1,937 students in grades nine through 12.

The public is invited to the construction site to view architectural plans, as well as hear from officials about the school's planned features. Refreshments will be served following a presentation and groundbreaking activities. Comfortable shoes with low heels are recommended due to gravel and some possibly muddy areas on the site.

The school was designed by the architectural firm of Chapman, Griffin, Lanier, Sussenbach.

Rivers Alive Cleans Up Milton

MILTON, GA -- Milton's "Rivers Alive" waterway cleanup, education and protection program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is co-sponsoring the event with Bailey Farm & Gardens, Inc., which has been involved with the project for 13 years.

Rivers Alive 2010 will kick off from its traditional location at Bailey Farm & Gardens (255 Hickory Flat Road, Milton, 30004), one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to help.

Depending on age and capabilities, volunteers will be assigned to predetermined local waterways to remove debris deposited from upstream and left by passers-by.

Conversations that Matter in Milton

MILTON, GA -- The Milton Disability Awareness Committee will host the first in a series of "Conversations that Matter" on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Milton City Hall (13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107, Milton, 30004).

Presented by Atlanta-based non-profit group All About Developmental Disabilities, Inc., the session will cover a number of topics, including the waiting list for home- and community-based services, various budget issues and transportation.

Parents of children with disabilities, self-advocates and local professionals working in disability supports and services are welcome to attend.

MDAC chairwoman Ann Coggins said transportation for all will be one of the main topics of the night.

"One goal of the Milton Comprehensive Transportation Plan is to ensure barrier-free connectivity to community assets," said Coggins.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Milton Fire Raises Thousands for MDA

MILTON, GA -- The Milton Fire Department raised $48,715 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) over a month's worth of "Fill the Boot" drives.

Milton's firefighters were second only to the Warner Robins Fire Department, topping more than 70 departments throughout the state, according to Angela Brown, fundraiser coordinator for the MDA.

"Milton firefightes are truly heroes for MDA," said Brown. "The dedication and heart they have while collecting on the streets during some of the hottest days of the summer is extraordinary. MDA is so thankful to have their support."

Even in a battered economy, Milton's citizens gave more than ever, beating last year's total of $48,000.