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Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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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.

STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

ATLANTA -- Summer is just around the corner, and 11Alive wants to help you save on fun activities around town with your family. 

All week long, the 11Alive morning team will broadcast live from different Metro Atlanta attractions with special discounts for 11Alive viewers.

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Watch 11Alive News Today between 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily to find out details. 

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.

RELATED: Pro Wakeboard Tour to kick off in Acworth

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

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

Pro Wakeboard Tour to kick off in Acworth

Pro Wakeboard Tour to kick off in Acworth

ACWORTH, Ga.

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.