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Eagle Scout performs service project at Sweet Apple ES

Eagle Scout performs service project at Sweet Apple ES

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A local Eagle Scout used his required service project to do some good for Roswell's Sweet Apple Elementary School.

Mack Farr recruited more than 20 friends to help him build two double-sided covered benches for the school's play area. He raised money to fund the project, and put the leftover donations into a check, which he then presented to school principal Natalie Richman.

To show their gratitude for his project, all 780 students and 100 staff members at Sweet Apple Elementary invited him to a kindergarten performance. Richman also gave him a special plaque.

Farr is a freshman at Milton High School, where he plays lacrosse and earns excellent grades.

5 Fulton students win National Achievement Scholarship

5 Fulton students win National Achievement Scholarship

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Five students from Fulton County public schools have won the prestigious National Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded annually to exceptional African-American high school seniors.

The winners were selected from 15 Fulton County semifinalists for the $2,500 prize. They qualified for the scholarship by making good grades and earning high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as high school juniors.

Fulton County's five winners for 2012 include:

Centennial High School
Matthew A. Wakefield

Chattahoochee High School
Lauren Covington

Johns Creek High School
Micah C. Jones

Roswell High School
William Anene

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Twelve students from six Fulton County high schools are among about 1,000 seniors nationwide to receive corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The winners qualified for the prestigious scholarship by earning exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They were also endorsed for the award by their principals.

These particular National Merit Scholarships are sponsored by corporations that grant the money to students with certain career goals, to the children of employees, or to certain residents of the communities in which the companies are located.

North Fulton County's 2012 winners are:

Alpharetta High School
Diane D. Lin

Centennial High School
George X. Tang

Chattahoochee High School
Manasa R. Bhatta
Sophia Chen
Lily Qiu

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

ATLANTA -- The 39th annual Chairman's Gala for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation from key Chamber speakers at 7:30 p.m.

"We are pleased to have such a distinguished list of guests for this year's Chairman's Gala," Chamber president and CEO Brandon Beach said in a statement. "Among those who will be joining us are U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Georgia State Senator John Albers, Georgia State Representative Lynne Riley and Fulton County Commissioners Rob Pitts and Liz Hausmann."

Tickets for the event are $175 each; it costs $1,750 to buy a table.

For more information, visit www.gnfccgala.com.

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Felipe Usury has been named the new Chief of Police for the Fulton County School System.

Usury, who brings 21 years of experience to the new position, will lead a department of more than 60 certified police officers and support staff. He was an officer with the Cobb County Police Department for eight years and also served as a Marine Corps reservist.

"Chief Usury has kept our students and schools safe for more than a decade," said Superintendent Robert Avossa, noting the new chief's 13 years with Fulton County Schools. "I'm pleased to offer him the position as our chief of police. As a veteran of our police force and a proven leader, he has earned the respect of his fellow officers and our school leaders."

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

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BRAVO is currently casting GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES & their families in Atlanta.

Casting Director: Desiree Mandelbaum.

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Please submit the following: Name phone number, short bio telling us about you, your family, your friends and your fabulous life."

SO...are YOU the next Real Housewife of Atlanta or know someone who fits the bill?

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- William "Teddy" Russell Jr. has been named chairman of the board of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Thursday.

Russell is CFO of Russell Landscape Group, Inc. He succeeds Andy Macke as chairman.

"I am honored to be selected as the chairman," Russell said of his appointment. "I am excited to work with [GNFCC president and CEO] Brandon Beach, the chamber staff and the board in an effort to continue the many past successes."

A University of Georgia alum, Russell has served on several GNFCC committees. He was named a finalist for the Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year award in 2008.

"Teddy has been a valued and active member of the GNFCC and will be a tremendous asset to the leadership of the Chamber in the North Fulton community," Beach said Thursday. "We are very fortunate to have Teddy as our chairman of the board."