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Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

ATLANTA -- When it comes to teens and texting, how much is too much?

"I text my friends, I text my family, as I'm riding passenger in a car, I text street signs," said Austin Wierschke, a junior from Rhinelander, Wis. and winner of the 2012 U.S. National Texting Championship.

"I've walked into walls, people, a door, lockers, just like not paying attention," said Mary Richard Weiss, a junior at Walton High School in Marietta. 

Mary Richard Weiss admits she texts constantly while in school.

"Probably most of the class periods, like all day basically," she said.

Her mother admits she doesn't like how much time her daughter spends texting.

"It is hard to hear (about her daughter texting in class). The e-mails and calls from her teachers. It is upsetting," said Jenny Long, Mary Richard's mother.

PAL youth track registration begins Monday

PAL youth track registration begins Monday

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Police Department's Police Athletic League is gearing up for this year's youth track season.

Registration for the PAL Youth Track Club will be held Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marietta High School

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The track club is open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 8. Practice will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Marietta High School.

For more information, call 770-794-5306.

Roddy White to host football camp

Roddy White to host football camp

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will host a football camp for budding athletes this summer.

The 2013 Academy Sports + Outdoors Roddy White Football ProCamp will be Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be hosted at Lassiter High School in Marietta.

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White's camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. It will focus on football fundamentals and becoming a better athlete.

The cost is $149 per child, which includes a T-shirt, goodie bag and an autographed team photo with White.

Learn more and sign up for ProCamp at roddywhitecamp.com.

First Montessori School of Atlanta changes name to ‘Springmont’

First Montessori School of Atlanta changes name to ‘Springmont’

ATLANTA -- First Montessori School of Atlanta has announced it is changing its name in 2013, the year of the school’s 50th anniversary. The move comes as the school, which is the oldest Montessori school in the Southeast, begins a yearlong series of events to celebrate its anniversary.

“We’re looking forward to moving ahead with a name (Springmont) that captures the essence of this great school,” said Patrick Burns, chairman of the board. “As the region’s oldest Montessori school that has provided this community with 50 years of enterprising education, it is time to replace what was more of a description with a true name that provides clarity and solid branding opportunities.”

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce has overhauled its website, making it more accessible for parents and residents.

The new CobbAT site features tips, resources, campaigns and research on underage binge drinking prevention.

It is all part of the organization's stated goal of expanding its community outreach in 2013.

Take a look at the new site at cobbat.org.