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Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Next Generation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to build relationships between current and future business leaders in the county. Mentors will provide professionals in their 20's and 30's with the skills they need to grow their careers and achieve their business goals.

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2.

More information, including an application link and a list of participating mentors, can be found at cobbchamber.org.

Cobb 'Santa Claus' gets 15 years probation for theft

Cobb 'Santa Claus' gets 15 years probation for theft

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An Acworth man who played Santa Claus during a Shop with a Cop event will now spend 15 years on probation from stealing money from his company.

Ronald Joseph Papaleoni, 70, pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of theft. He admitted to taking thousands of dollars from the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority (LAPA). Papaleoni's company, Premier Management, handled the authority's funds.

Prosecutors said that between 2007 and 2009, Papaleoni wrote multiple checks to himself from LAPA while working as its general manager. Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Jason Marbutt said he believes Papaleoni took $150,000, but the defense argued the total amount was much less.

Clark Creek ES principal presents at education conference

Clark Creek ES principal presents at education conference

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The principal of Acworth's Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy was invited to present at this year's Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Scrivner talked about the importance of incorporating STEM-based lessons in the classroom. Her presentation focused on how such courses create student engagement and build a culture of inquiry-based learning.

Learn more about Clark Creek and how it uses STEM lessons at cherokee.k12.ga.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Surprise for soldier's wife, 5 kids

Surprise for soldier's wife, 5 kids

(WXIA) -- The Schwan's truck parked in front of the Kalafut house is a sign, but mom Mary is too busy to notice.

"She's just always been the go to person. Anytime you need something done and you can't get anybody else to do it, it's well Mary will do it," said Jane Swanson, a friend of Mary's.

Swanson has asked Atlanta Alive to do for Mary now -- managing five children on her own after her husband of 26 years, Chris, was deployed for the first time since their eldest was born 22 years ago.

Mary Kalafut thinks Jane is dropping by; what she doesn't know is that Jane has us with her. Mary is understandably shocked to see us -- and the shock grows.

She is given much-needed money to spend on her family -- $500 for Kroger, $500 for Schwan's and $50 for each child to spend at Walmart.

"This is amazing. Thank you so much," Mary said. "I feel very blessed from our community."

Acworth man killed in wreck on I-75

Acworth man killed in wreck on I-75

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 46-year-old Acworth man was killed in a single-car crash on Interstate 75 over the weekend.

The wreck happened at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday just north of Barrett Parkway.

Cobb County Police said Troy B. Endres was driving his white Nissan Titan on I-75 north when the truck collided with a guardrail and pole. It then traveled down an embankment and overturned.

Endres was partially ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is under investigation.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if: