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Teen rookie impresses at Pro Tour qualifiers

Teen rookie impresses at Pro Tour qualifiers

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An 18-year-old Florida native made some big waves on the first day of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

A total of 30 professional riders competed in six heats of the Pro Men's qualifying rounds on Thursday, May 19 at Dallas Landing Park (5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth, 30101).

Rookie pro Steel Lafferty was among the 24 qualifiers. The Fort Lauderdale resident won his heat during his Pro Tour debut.

"There were butterflies today, for sure," Lafferty said. "It was my first Pro Tour stop, plus I had big guns like JD [Webb] in my heat."

Despite the butterflies, the rookie showed a veteran-like performance, sticking complicated tricks in his run.

Lafferty first made a name for himself on the 2010 Jr. Pro Tour, finishing third overall.

He faced his Jr.

Hinojosa named finalist for Cobb superintendent

Hinojosa named finalist for Cobb superintendent

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Board of Education has named Dr. Michael Hinojosa as finalist for superintendent of Cobb County Schools.

Since 2005, Hinojosa has served as superintendent of the Dallas (Tex.) Independent School District, the nation's 14th largest school system with more than 150,000 students, 21,000 employees and a $1.2 billion annual budget.

"Dr. Hinojosa has the experience to lead our schools and address the tough issues facing a large and diverse school system like Cobb County.

Three Georgians to compete in Pro Wakeboard Tour

Three Georgians to compete in Pro Wakeboard Tour

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Professional wakeboarders will be traveling from all over the world to meet in Acworth for the first stop of the 2011 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

But for some of them, this event is just a few highway exits from home.

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"It's awesome to have the Pro Tour in our own backyard, so to speak," said professional wakeboarder Corey Bradley, a native of Gainesville.

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.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

NORTHWEST METRO – Earlier this week, a Woodstock firefighter became an unexpected hero after rescuing Koko, the schnauzer from a burning home.

Ten year fire rescue veteran, Brian Scudder, began his career in fire rescue in the city of Ellijay. About two years later he moved to the City of Woodstock, where he has been for about eight years. Among his most memorable rescues, as a firefighter, he notes the date he carried out a rescue operation at the Whitestone miner; however, he was unable to free the miners.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned”, he explained.

Every week, Scudder works the normal schedule of a firefighter. The schedule includes 24 hours on the job and 48 hours off.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHWEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’ve compiled a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you have an office crush, we have the place for you. Local lunch favorite, Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs serves up, according to some, one of the best dogs in town. This humble, hot dog restaurant is known for its Iced Tea and famous Chili Slaw Dog served on a perfectly steamed bun. Everything in this restaurant is under $9. So, both, your date and your pockets will thank you.