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MARIETTA: Church offering hits the jackpot

MARIETTA, Ga - At Unity North Atlanta Church, members are learning that gifts sometimes come in thought provoking packages.

"We ask for miracles, we believe in miracles," said church member Dixie Smith. "To have a miracle come in that way is amazing."

Like so many other places of worship Unity North Atlanta Church has faced its economic challenges. The offering plate has been a little lighter of late.

"We know prayer is a beautiful force that can transform everything," said Rev. Mercedez Guzman. "We see now we were heard."

Their prayers prompted an act of generosity that came in the form of three Keno tickets.

On a Sunday between services, a church member presented the church with an envelope. Inside, staff members found two Keno tickets worth more than three thousand dollars.

The very next day, the man was back with yet another winning ticket. It was worth 990-dollars.

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Matchbox car that's TOO HOT for kids

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Like many little boys his age, 3-year-old Carter Vaughn of Marietta loves playing with his toy cars and trucks.

But he won't be playing with one of his newer ones any more.

His mom has taken away a Mattel Matchbox tow truck, but not because of anything Carter did.

"Very shocked; it kinda made me mad," Mandy Vaughn told 11Alive News on Monday.

That was her reaction after she jokingly asked her mother to call the phone number printed on the fender of the toy tow truck that she'd given her grandson.

"I called the number and I got a real shocker," said Jan Barnett.

"It was a sex line," Carter's grandmother added.

We called it, too, and sure enough, it is.

Barnett realizes her 3-year-old grandson doesn't understand, but she worries about kids who aren't so young.

"If it had been an older child, you know, they could have known to call the number," said Barnett.

Georgia revenues up for July

Georgia revenues up for July

ATLANTA -- Georgia started the fiscal year with some good economic news.

Revenues are up 7.3 percent for July from the same month the year before. That's an increase of $84 million.

July is the first month of the state's 2012 fiscal year.

Gov. Nathan Deal said he's encouraged by the positive results but will continue to watch state tax collections closely.

The biggest jump for July was individual income tax collections, which rose by 22.5 percent.

But sales tax had a net decrease of slightly more than one percent, a dip of $5 million. And corporate income tax collections plummeted nearly 228 percent.

Georgia ended the 2011 fiscal year reporting eight percent growth, beating budget projections for the year. That came after several years of sluggish tax collections.

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Harrison High School created lip sync video

KENNESAW - The broadcasting department at Harrision High School is behind the hit dance video created to welcome new Cobb County Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

Two of the students, Morgann Hext and Max Hartmann appeared on 11Alive's morning show Tuesday to talk about the video along with Harrision broadcast department teacher, Blake Tippens and assistant principal, John Stafford.

$4K in winnings given to Marietta nonprofit

$4K in winnings given to Marietta nonprofit

ATLANTA – Three winning KENO! tickets totaling $4,069 were given to a Marietta nonprofit, a donation congregants happily accepted. Wendy Beck, speaking on behalf of Unity North Atlanta Church in Marietta, said that someone put the winning tickets in the collection plate during Sunday service.

“This is a first for us,” said Beck, office manager. “It was very interesting.”

Presiding minister Rev. Richard Burdick said that prosperity can show up in unexpected ways.

“We are so very grateful for the generosity of our anonymous donor and for the lives that will be touched through the Georgia Lottery,” he said.

QuikTrip #0815, 671 N. Cobb Parkway in Marietta, sold two of the winning tickets July 28. Chevron Food Mart, located at 1023 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, sold the third ticket. Members claimed their prize Aug. 1.

Beck said they intend to use the winnings toward the mortgage and for paying monthly bills.

 

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

 

The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. For most this will be the first full school day, the first  year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.