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Woman wins $250K in record lottery drawing

Woman wins $250K in record lottery drawing

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman has come forward as a $250,000 winner from the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions drawing.

Tarenthia Geer matched the first five numbers in the Mar. 30 drawing. She is one of six Georgia Lottery players to each win a quarter-million dollars.

Other $250,000 winners bought their tickets in Athens, Ellabell, Marietta, Sandersville and Waco.

Geer bought her lucky ticket at the Kroger on Headland Drive in southwest Atlanta. She claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Winning numbers from the historic drawing were 2-4-23-38-46 and the Mega Ball was 23. The winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

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Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Bone marrow match found for sick 12-year-old

ATHENS, Ga. -- A round-the-clock effort to find a bone marrow match for an Athens sixth grader has paid off.

PHOTOS | 24 hour bone Marrowthon

Organizers of last week's Marrowthon for 12-year-old Kajal Patel confirm that not just one, but multiple donor matches have been found.

"It took awhile to absorb the information," said Tina Patel, Kajal's mother. "It was like, I'm double checking. Is this real? It's a miracle for sure."

The Athens Academy sixth grader has been in the hospital since February after suffering a series of strokes. The young girl was born with an immune deficiency and needs the transplant to stay alive.

Ga. Connections Academy expands, adds more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy expands, adds more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's public virtual charter school, is expanding to include high school students for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Enrollment closes on May 7 and is limited to 2,000 children. Any student in Georgia is welcome to enroll in the tuition-free school.

Several information sessions across metro Atlanta were announced earlier this week. On Tuesday, Georgia Connections Academy officials added a few more sessions to the list.

Thursday, Apr. 26
6:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, 35 Hobson Way, Rome

Tuesday, May 1
6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, 1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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ATHENS | World's oldest doctor dies at 114

ATHENS | World's oldest doctor dies at 114

ATHENS, Ga. -- Dr. Leila Denmark, who was the world's oldest practicing physician when she retired at 103, has died in Athens, according to family members. She was 114.

RELATED | Dr. Denmark among world's oldest people

Denmark passed away Sunday. A funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Athens.

Her grandson, Steven Hutcherson of Atlanta, says Denmark became the first resident of Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children when it opened in Atlanta in 1928. She also admitted the first patient at the hospital, which is now part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Denmark began her pediatrics practice in her home in Atlanta in 1931 and continued until her retirement in 2001.

Early tick invasion

ATHENS, Ga. -- "I don't actively solicit ticks," Dr. Nancy Hinkle says outside her University of Georgia lab in Athens. But she carries a Petri dish full of them. Dr. Hinkle is a veterinary entomologist. "An expert in blood suckers," she said.

Every year, ticks find their way to her lab. She says their bad reputation is well-earned. They carry more disease-causing pathogens than any other arthropod, including mosquitoes or cockroaches. And this year, they came early.

"This spring came very early. Back in February, people started sending me ticks, and I was a little surprised, quite surprised," she said. "We're finding this tick that should not be here this early in the year."

Georgia's most common tick, the Lonestar, peaks in the summer not in April. But here they are in big numbers, even in your backyard.

DEALCHICKEN | A $400 Restaurant.com gift card for $40

DEALCHICKEN | A $400 Restaurant.com gift card for $40

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