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10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- For the very first time, Ballet North Performance Company will grace the stage with a production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the J. Alton Keith Theater at McEachern High School (2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, 30127).

Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this unique premiere of young performing artists and dancers from Paulding County, Douglasville, West Cobb and Metro Atlanta.

The Nutcracker, choreographed by Ballet North Performance Company director Christine Auchincloss Fehr, will go beyond the traditional satin pointe shoes and shimmery tutus.

Construction Worker Wins $30K Lottery Prize

Construction Worker Wins $30K Lottery Prize

CARTERSVILLE, GA -- Stephen Hale stopped in his tracks when he discovered he'd won the lottery.

Hale, a construction worker from White, won a $30,000 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Spicy Cash!

"We were coming back from an air show in Atlanta," he said. "I let the clerk pick it for me."

BP Mart (5626 Highway 20 NE, Cartersville, 30121) sold the winning ticket. Hale, 24, scratched it in the store just before walking outside.

"I had to go back to make sure I wasn't seeing things," he said. "I almost passed out."

Hale's wife, Sasha, and three children were with him when he discovered his prize.

The family is excited and anticipates purchasing a new home.

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest, hosted by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is over for 2010.

This year marked the largest turn-out in the contest's history. Over 280 photos, all of which were taken in Cobb parks, were submitted in the three categories.

With so many great photos submitted, the panel of eight judges had a difficult time selecting the winners.

12 Days of Giveaways, Courtesy of Momslikeme!

12 Days of Giveaways, Courtesy of Momslikeme!

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Momslikeme is currently running a "12 Days of Christmas" sweepstakes, where $2,000 worth of prizes will be given away!

Each contest begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs for 24 hours.

The fantastic prizes include:

Monday, Dec. 6: A Pike Nurseries Quick & Easy Christmas Décor Package, which includes a fresh-cut 6'8" Fraser fir Christmas tree, a fragrant 24" mixed wreath, and three 6" florist-quality poinsettias.

Tuesday, Dec. 7: Four tickets to A Stone Mountain Christmas (a $108 value), good through Jan. 2.

Wednesday, Dec.

Cobb Convention & Visitors Bureau Names CEO

Cobb Convention & Visitors Bureau Names CEO

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The Cobb Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that Holly Bass has been the CEO for the organization.

Bass, who was named as the top candidate several weeks ago, was officially approved on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The Cobb CVB is responsible for promoting and generating tourism, convention, trade show and sports development activity throughout Cobb. Tourism is the county's second leading industry, bringing more than $1.25 billion in economic impact to Cobb each year.

"We are excited to have Holly as a member of the CVB team. Her strong leadership, consensus building and strategic planning, combined with her community knowledge, will position the CVB for success," said Don Geiger, chairman of the Cobb CVB.

High School Graduation Venue Sparks Debate

High School Graduation Venue Sparks Debate

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The location of a high school graduation has ignited a firestorm of debate in Cherokee County.

Thursday night the Cherokee County School Board was expected to decide whether or not to move graduation ceremonies out of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock. But, the board instead decided to postpone making a decision on the matter.

The group Americans United for a Separation of Church and State have requested the school district move the graduation ceremonies out of the church because it is a religious facility.

"While Christians of all denominations make up a large majority in Cherokee County and elsewhere, there are other people here," Rabbi Jeffrey Fienstien said during the Board of Education meeting.