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Learn about free college classes for seniors at the Doraville Library

Learn about free college classes for seniors at the Doraville Library

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Many seniors may not realize that they have plenty of opportunities to take free classes at local colleges.

On Thursday, May 12, Denise Rixter, an admissions counselor at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), will present information about these classes to anyone who is at least 62 years old and loves to learn.

This "Prime Timers Program" lecture will take place at 11 a.m. at the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, 30340).

Learn about the tuition-free classes that GPC offers to senior citizens. The subjects are varied and include music, art, theatre, foreign languages, astronomy and traditional academic topics.

For more information, call the Doraville Library at 770-936-3852.

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Eric A. Boe, a NASA astronaut and Air Force Colonel, will visit a number of DeKalb County schools this week.

In addition, he will hold public sessions at Fernbank Science Center (156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, 30307) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6.

Col. Boe's schedule in DeKalb is as follows:

Tuesday, May 3

* Cedar Grove Middle School, Decatur
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

* Evansdale Elementary School, Doraville
Henderson Middle School, Chamblee
General Presentation
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

* Sequoyah Middle School, Doraville
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

* Chapel Hill Elementary School, Decatur
General Presentation
9 a.m.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

According to Mark Brock of DeKalb County Public Schools:

Due to the uncertainty of the weather at this time DeKalb County Schools are cancelling all athletic events for today (Wednesday). This cancellation includes all home and away events scheduled for today (soccer, baseball, Region 6-AAAA girls track).

Rescheduling of events is underway and I will notify you as soon as possible. Baseball will be moved and played at the scheduled times on Thursday. Region 6-AAAA track at Panthersville will be starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Tune in to 11Alive News at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. for further updates.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

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.