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Holiday Help for Cobb County Families in Need

MARIETTA, GA -- Hundreds of Cobb County families live near, at or below the poverty line. They could use a boost, especially during the holidays.

This year, the Center for Family Resources, in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services, will register 1,500 Cobb families for the 2010 Thanks for Giving campaign. It is estimated that this year will mark the largest Thanksgiving food distribution in the organization's history; it will take nearly 70,000 food items to ensure that every family in need receives the essentials for Thanksgiving.

Registration for Thanks for Giving 2010 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060). At this time, families can also sign up for the Cobb Christmas program.

Distribution of food boxes to registered families will be on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at Jim R.

5 Georgia College Students Get Help from White House

ATLANTA -- The White House is giving five students with Georgia ties a leg up in their college careers.

Three will receive scholarships funded by the money President Barack Obama received for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two others have been picked to intern at the White House this fall.

Morehouse College student Howard Campbell and Acworth native and Georgetown University student Rod Solaimani were announced as fall interns on Tuesday. The deadline for the White House Internship Program's Spring 2011 program is Oct. 10.

KSU Students to Excavate Lynching Site

KENNESAW, GA -- A group of Kennesaw State University archaeology students will join students at the Bauder College Cold Case Research Institute and firearms experts to excavate and conduct the first metal surveys performed on the Walton County site where the bodies of four African-American lynching-by-gunfire victims were found.

The excavation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Under the direction of KSU archaeology professor Terry Powis and Bauder College CCRI director Sheryl McCollum, the team will conduct an archaeological investigation of the site, including an extensive metal survey, the first since an inconclusive FBI investigation following the 1946 crime on the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia.

A white mob attacked and killed two black couples in their 20s, mutilating the body of one of the four.

Simulated Emergency Scheduled for KSU

KENNESAW, GA -- In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, Kennesaw State University officials will set fire to a mock dorm to show students how quickly fire can spread.

The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the north end of campus near University Village Suites adjacent to Idlewood Avenue. KSU Police will be on the scene to handle crowd and traffic control issues. Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services personnel will be on hand to extinguish the blaze at the end of the exercise.

KSU officials hope this event will teach students how devastating it can be when a lighted candle comes in contact with combustible materials such as bedspreads, curtains or notebook paper -- items commonly found in college dorms. An estimated 23,600 fires are caused by candles each year, according to the U.S.

Kennesaw Museum Foundation Honors Supporters

KENNESAW, GA -- The Kennesaw Museum Foundation recently announced the recipients of their Heroes and Legends Awards for 2010.

Former vice president of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, RJ Patel, and Vulcan Materials Company are being honored for their continued support of the museum. The winners will be presented with an award at the annual Heroes and Legends Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Embassy Suites Atlanta-Kennesaw Town Center (620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, 30144).

RJ Patel served as vice president of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation from 1998 to 2010 and chairman of the Annual Campaign Committee during the same time period.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 6

KENNESAW, GA -- This week's candidates for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week accounted for over 650 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns. Which player is most deserving of the award? You decide

North Cobb Christian's Corey Harris helped his team notch its second victory over St. Francis last Friday. Harris rushed for 218 yards, had 76 receiving yards, and accounted for four total touchdowns.

Harris' effort helped North Cobb Christian score 46 points, the most in the school's history.

In 5A, Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke has had several noteworthy performances this season, but his six-touchdown effort against Duluth may be his best work yet. The Eagle quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 318 yards and those six scores.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.