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School district launches app for parents

School district launches app for parents

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District has created an app that keeps parents and students up to date about goings-on in their schools.

It is available at app stores for Apple and PC smartphones and tablets.

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School district spokesman Quinn Hudson said the app contains school calendars, news updates and links to social media accounts associated with county schools. The district plans to include students' academic data in a later version of the app; this will allow parents to learn if their children's grades fall below a certain level.

Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

Emory offering mobile health screenings

Emory offering mobile health screenings

ATLANTA -- Emory Healthcare is taking health testing on the road.

Through a partnership with HealthFair, Emory is sending mobile screening buses into the community, offering medical tests to those who need them.

Starting this month, Emory's buses will offer cardiovascular screenings. Mammograms will come in the spring. All tests are read and evaluated by Emory physicians.

Learn more about the mobile health screenings at emory.edu.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Megan Winters, 7, 'in pain' yet 'feisty' after fall down well

ATLANTA -- Megan Winters, the 7-year-old girl who fell 50 feet down a well in Carroll County Monday afternoon, is facing more surgery on Friday.

Megan's family describes her, two days after the accident, as a broken, brave and "feisty" little girl determined to recover.

"She's got several casts on right now," following the first round of surgery for multiple fractures to her leg and hip, said a family friend, Michelle Smith, on behalf of the family Wednesday night. Smith said surgery on Megan's broken arm was not needed; doctors were able to treat the arm and reset it without surgery.

"She has pain, she is really, really in pain, right now," Smith said outside Megan's room at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston.

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

H1N1 flu cases rise in the Southeast

ATLANTA -- Brace yourselves. The CDC is reporting positive flu tests in the Southeast are up nearly 23 percent this week and it's hitting young adults hard.

"The predominant virus this year so far is H1N1," said epidemiologist Dr. Michael Jhung with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Flu Division. 

That's the virus that took the world by storm in 2009, and it's not just the elderly and vulnerable who are susceptible.

"It's affecting a different age group this year -- more young adults rather than elderly this year," Dr. Jhung said.