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DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in April 2011

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in April 2011

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in April 2011.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in March.

The rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs added in Metro Atlanta in April, mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

The lowest Georgia rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin, with 11.5 percent unemployment.

DeKalb County had a 9.9 percent unemployment rate in April.

April 2011 marks the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BUCKHEAD, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best summer camps for your children, this year.

Camp Best Friends is accepting applications for the 2011 summer season. The program has been serving children ages 5-16 throughout the metro area for about 30 years. The program is comprised of eight specialty camps, 12 day camps, two traditional teen camps and one pilot teen camp. Camp starts on May 31 and runs until July 22; an extended camp will be held at Adams Park, Peachtree Hills and Rosel Fann Parks and they will start July 25 and August 5. Camp costs $65 per week/per child for Atlanta resident and City of Atlanta employees and $110 for non-residents.

YMCA Centers are the nation’s largest provider of child care services and there are a number of YMCA centers around the metro area.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

Writing Tips - Small business advice

Writing Tips - Small business advice

Being Newsworthy

For an announcement to be considered newsworthy it must have a broad, general interest to the target audience and a strong news angle (e.g. material information, new development,drama, human interest, local angle, consequence, etc.). In addition, your release needs to be written in a journalistic, rather than marketing style. It should be objectively written as though a reporter were writing the story for you. Most importantly, your release needs to "inform" people, NOT just sell them something.

Headline Formats

In most cases your headline is the first thing an editor sees when reviewing your release. An effective headline can make the difference between an editor covering your story or hitting the delete button. To create an effective headline consider the following points:

    * Limit your headline to no more than one line.

Contest opens for new Georgia license plate

Contest opens for new Georgia license plate

ATLANTA -- The state wants a new look for license plates and is open to the public's ideas.

The Georgia Department of Revenue reported Monday a contest for the state's next new license plate in 2012. It began May 23 and ends June 17.

The contest is open to all Georgia residents or companies authorized to do business in the state.

The public will select three semifinalists in an online vote from June 24 to July 8. The three semifinalists will then be presented to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will announce the winning design on July 15.

Complete rules, guidelines, design template and an entry-waiver are available here.

Contest submissions may be sent by e-mail to: Georgia.License.Plate.Design.Contest@DOR.GA.GOV

ADOPT A PET: Meet Kylie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Kylie

ATLANTA – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a “companion” for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Kylie is a five month old Labrador retriever and Collie mix and she’s available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society. Currently, she’s classified as a small dog and she’ll probably grow to be about 50 pounds.

Add some personality to dessert! $10 = $20 worth of Edible Cupcake Toppers from Cake Sugar Designs

Add some personality to dessert! $10 = $20 worth of Edible Cupcake Toppers from Cake Sugar Designs

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