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Crossroads at Crabapple Festival Scheduled for this Weekend

MILTON, GA -- The Crossroads at Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival (750 Mayfield Road, Milton, 30004), featuring more than 100 antique dealers and juried artists from six states, will enliven the quiet Crabapple community on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A tradition since 1969, this one-day-only, rain-or-shine outdoor festival features thousands of antiques and unique pieces of art in all mediums.

"We get quite a crowd, so shoppers, please come early for the best buys," said festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.

Milton Public Safety Fund to Hold Charity Softball Tournament

MILTON, GA -- Organizers have announced that the non-profit Milton Public Safety Fund will hold a charity softball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 23 during the Milton Roundup at Birmingham United Methodist Church (15770 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004).

All funds from the tournament, which teams may enter for a registration fee of $250, will benefit the City of Milton Police and Fire Departments. Teams are guaranteed two games, said Milton police officer Brian Kiel, who is organizing the event.

"Everyone is invited to take part in the tournament -- co-ed, corporate, public safety, government, recreation or neighborhood teams," said Kiel. "We're hoping for a good mix of all."

Kiel said space is limited, so teams will be first-come, first-served. Players will use a .47 core softball and play on a youth-sized field. As such, there will be a "no home run" rule. The tournament structure will be determined by the number of teams in the event.

City of Milton Offers Fitness Camps

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department has teamed with Milton-based CorePhysique to offer affordable fitness camps to residents looking for a healthier lifestyle.

The camps, offered three times a week in three separate sessions, will take place at Bell Memorial Park (15245 Bell Park Road, Milton, 30004) beginning Oct. 18. They will be taught by Kolleen Riddick, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.

"These camps are safe, effective and they will kick your booty," said Riddick, who is also a Milton resident and mother of three. "The first thing I do is physical assessments. I then tailor the camp to each person's specific needs, so you are not going to get hurt."

For Milton residents, the four week camps (12 full sessions) will be offered at a special rate of $90. For non-residents, the cost is $120.

84 North Fulton Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The Fulton County School System has announced that 84 students are semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically-talented high school seniors now continue in the national competition for 8,400 scholarships, a value of approximately $36 million.

This is the first round of competition for students seeking the distinction of being named a National Merit Scholar and receiving the scholarship money associated with it. Finalists will be named in the winter and the scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

The students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as juniors.

As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round.

City of Milton Begins Fall Paving

MILTON, GA -- Milton will begin its fall paving schedule on Monday, Sept. 27, according to Carter Lucas, Milton's director of public works.

Three roads will be affected: Hickory Flat Road from the Fulton County line to Birmingham Highway (GA 372); Thompson Road from Hopewell Road to Tabbystone Place; and Morris Road from Webb Road to McGinnis Ferry Road.

"Paving operations are expected to last approximately two weeks on each section, depending on weather," said Lucas. "The project will begin on Hickory Flat, move to Thompson and finish on Morris."

The roads will remain open during paving, but will be reduced to one travel lane.