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Athens makes list of Top 10 College Towns

Athens makes list of Top 10 College Towns

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens is No. 8 on a list of Top 10 College Towns compiled by Livability.com, a website that spotlights communities outside of large cities and produces multiple lists that focus on quality of life, vacation and employment opportunities, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

To develop its third annual list of top college towns, Livability.com editors considered factors like cost of living, "walkability," ratio of students to residents and the economic impact the school has on the city.

The website said of Athens: "The cost of living in Athens is low when compared to the national average, and residents can experience college events that range from theater performances and art shows to football games and happy hours."

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATHENS, Ga. -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in the Athens-Clarke County area include:

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

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Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Soldiers to present UGA with flag flown at base

Soldiers to present UGA with flag flown at base

ATHENS, Ga. -- Members of the Georgia National Guard plan to visit the University of Georgia to present a university flag that was flown over their base in Afghanistan.

The Guard's Agribusiness Development Team plans to present the flag on Monday to faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a UGA flag that was flown over the team's base in Logar Province.

The team is made up of citizen-soldiers from across Georgia who are part of the 201st Regional Support Group based in Augusta. They served in Afghanistan for about a year and returned home last month. They helped Afghans develop more productive farming practices and new markets for their produce.

Soldiers from the unit trained with faculty from the college at UGA's Athens campus in February 2011.

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

ATLANTA -- Nine metro Atlanta Krispy Kreme doughnut shops will participate in this year's Cops on Doughnut Shops fundraiser for Special Olympics.

From 6 a.m. on Friday, June 8 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, local law enforcement officers will be on the roofs of the Krispy Kremes, where they will eat, sleep and play while collecting donations from customers.

The money raised during Cops on Doughnut Shops will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia.

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags