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Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs

Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs


Carmel Elementary School is a busy place and Mrs. Emanuel's class is no exception.  As part of  Carmel's nationally recognized Learn and Serve program, Mrs. Emanuel’s class recently made homemade dog tug toys to be given to the Cherokee County Humane Society  These toys were made with lots of little hands and lots of big hearts and will bring lots of fun for many dogs!  The students took assorted colored strips of fleece and braided them together to create the tug toys.

Carmel Elementary is the State School of Character for 2011-2013, an honor which the students and staff are very proud.  Assistant Principal Dr. Green oversees the character education and said, “We are so proud of our 1st graders.  This project is especially meaningful since they made the toys themselves and really put their hearts and minds into it.  Way to go, Colts!”

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

MARIETTA | Ga. Rep. Gingrey walks out of prayer breakfast during Obama remarks

WASHINGTON -- The National Prayer Breakfast in Washington isn't usually a politically-charged event, since it's hosted by lawmakers from both parties.

But President Barack Obama Thursday told attendees that his Christian faith influences his economic policies, including his call for the wealthy to pay more in taxes, and his health care overhaul.

Apparently the President's sentiments did not sit well with Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-11th District).

"Congressman Gingrey quietly left Thursday's prayer breakfast because he was disturbed and offended by the president's use of prayer and reflection time for partisan politics and class warfare," a spokesperson for Rep. Gingrey said in an email to 11Alive News.

"Rep. Gingrey found the breakfast to be inspiring until President Obama began politicking, which the congressman found to be inappropriate," the Gingrey spokesperson added.

New Year, New Tricks; Get Your Dog Schooled at PetSmart

New Year, New Tricks; Get Your Dog Schooled at PetSmart

Atlanta - If your list of resolutions includes finally getting Fluffy to stop chewing on the couch, peeing on the carpet or barking at the ceiling fan, then some training classes may be the solution.

But can you teach an old dog new tricks?

“Yes,” says Jason Smith, operations manager at PetSmart’s Midtown location. “You always can teach an older dog something new, but sometimes it takes a little longer depending on how stubborn the dog is. You may have to start at the beginning like it’s a new puppy, but yes you can train it.”

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

ATLANTA - Georgia residents have another chance to win a big lottery prize on Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $170 million to a single winner. 

And it only takes $2 for a chance to win. 

The Georgia Lottery Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize can be paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option which, after taxes, is approximately $106 million. So, choose your numbers wisely. 

All proceeds from Powerball benefit education in the state of Georgia.