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Georgia Spelling Bee Competition

Georgia Spelling Bee Competition

DOWNTOWN --  After a grueling 20 Round Spelling Bee which lasted to over 250 words, Simola Nayak from Henderson Middle School was named the winner after spelling "tautologous".  Simola is 13 years of age and in the 8th grade.  Her opponent is a familiar competitor who she ha sparred with in the past.  Andalib Malit Samandari is from the same district, same age, same grade, yet attends Renfroe Middle School.

It was a hard fought battle, but the 2 fully enjoyed it and Simola could not hide her excitement that now she will represent Georgia in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in late May.

The following are the nine [GAE] districts’ and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) winners and runners-up:

$250K win drives excitement for DeKalb County woman

ATLANTA - Donna Cooley of Decatur has won a cool quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery just in time for spring. Cooley played the instant game Atlanta Falcons In The House and won a $250,000 top prize.

Shell Food Mart, 2781 E. College Ave. in Decatur, sold the winning ticket. She scratched it in the store.

"I said, 'I can't believe this,' " she said. "I put my glasses on, looking again, and said, 'Oh my goodness!'"

The mother of four adult children called her husband, Chuck.

"He said, 'No kidding! How'd you do it?' " she recalled.

The couple is pending retirement, so they anticipate building a new house. They also intend to treat their children to a vacation.

Several roads to close Sunday for Publix Ga. Marathon

Several roads to close Sunday for Publix Ga. Marathon

ATLANTA -- A number of Atlanta roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday because of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.

Get a full list of road closures.

Both the marathon and the half marathon begin and end in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The race course winds through several of Atlanta's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods, including Decatur, Druid Hills, Inman Park, Midtown, Sweet Auburn and Virginia-Highland.

tvsdesign Promotes Allison Isaacs

tvsdesign Promotes Allison Isaacs

tvsdesign recently promoted Allison Isaacs of Candler Park to Associate/Architect in their Atlanta office. The firm is noted for its award-winning designs in convention centers, corporate headquarters, workplace, hospitality, cultural arts, higher education facilities, retail and mixed use.

“We are very excited and proud to announce this promotion as it shows that not only do we hire superior people but we promote and nurture them in their careers,” said Becky Ward, senior vice president of practice. “One of the hallmarks of tvsdesign is the longevity of our staff providing our clients with personal and institutional knowledge on major projects worldwide.”

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.

HEMY NEUMAN | Live blog III: Closing arguments, verdict, sentencing

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Our live coverage of the Hemy Neuman trial continues here.

Neuman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Rusty Sneiderman.