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2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Dynamo Swim Club is used to producing champions.

Over the summer, one of its athletes, 18-year-old Matias Koski, made it to the London Olympics, swimming for his native Finland.

PHOTOS | Georgia's Olympians

Now, two more swimmers from the Chamblee-based club are making a splash on the international swimming scene.

Gunnar Bentz and Kylie Stewart, both 16, will participate in the European leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup Tour. They are among only eight junior U.S. swimmers to make the team.

Jason Turcotte, head coach and CEO of Dynamo, will lead the American team. Olympians Jessica Hardy and Anthony Ervin and NCAA national champion Tom Shields will also accompany the swimmers on their tour, which stops in Moscow on Oct. 17-18 and Berlin on Oct. 20-21.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp is bringing his famous, revolutionary parenting techniques to a movie theater near you.

The film Parent' Night Out with the Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp will be screened at select theaters at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The screenings will be hosted by actress Ali Landry.

Learn more about Karp and his parenting guides, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, at www.happiestbaby.com.

Tickets to the Parents Night Out film can be purchased online or at participating theaters' box offices:

Regal North Point Market 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Regal Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway

DeKalb teen represents Ga. in National Spelling Bee

DeKalb teen represents Ga. in National Spelling Bee

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- An eighth grader from Chamblee will represent Georgia in the 2012 National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Simola Nayak is a student at Henderson Middle School. Her trip to the bee is sponsored by the Tucker-based Georgia Association of Educators.

PHOTOS | Simola wins Georgia Spelling Bee

The 13-year-old's biography on the National Spelling Bee website reads:

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Council of PTAs has announced this year's winners of the Gladys Cook Scholarship.

The prize, named for a former DeKalb PTA president, is awarded annually to one student from each county high school. It comes with $1,000 for them to use toward their college educations.

"I want to congratulate each of the wonderful students recognized by the Council of PTAs and the Gladys Cook Scholarship," DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson said in a statement. "One of our slogans is, 'Miracles Happen in DeKalb Schools Every Day.' These students and their inspiring stories are outstanding examples of those miracles."

This year's scholarship recipients include:

Arabia Mountain High School
Kyle Jackson Woumn
Will attend Georgia Tech
Major: Computer engineering and Spanish

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.