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Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will receive its last train shipment of coal this week.

The Athens Line is scheduled to bring the last shipment of coal for the university's coal-fired steam boiler, slated for replacement this winter, reports Athens Banner-Herald.

The train last week brought in five cars of coal, about 500 tons, from Virginia's Red River Coal Company, Tom Satterly, assistant vice president of UGA's facilities management division, told the paper. This week's expected shipment of another six cars with 600 tons, will provide the stockpile of just more than 4,000 tons to help heat Athens' main campus in the months ahead, Satterly said.

The university's old coal-fired steam boiler is used to provide steam for the vast network of pipes that snake through the university campus.

Consultants recommended an electrode boiler powered by Georgia Power Company electricity.

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

ATHENS, Ga. -- Members of the Athens Immigrants' Rights Coalition are joining the call for answers in the alleged abduction and killings of 43 Mexican college students from Ayotzinapa.

The group organized a vigil last week in conjunction with the Undocumented Student Alliance and the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Georgia.

One of the students spoke about the fact that she hasn't been able to visit her grandparents for many years due to the instability in Ayotzinapa, the region where the missing students' teachers college was located.

"This really spoke to me, and I wanted to show my support in any way I could," said Reilly Lerner, a board member of HSA. "The vigil was an important step in informing people of the situation and what is going on away from home."

The vigil included a reading of the biographies of the students.

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Clarke County

AP exam participation: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Clarke County, 463 students took 780 AP exams in 2014, and 405 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Clarke County public high school:

Cedar Shoals HS
213 students took 343 exams
174 passing scores

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will speak at the University of Georgia later this month.

Napolitano's talk, "Anatomy of a Legal Decision," is part of the UGA School of Law's Sibley Lecture Series. It will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel on North Campus, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to working as secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, Napolitano has served the state of Arizona, first as attorney general (1998 to 2003) and then as governor (2003 to 2009). She is currently president of the University of California system, which consists of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboritories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the second time in five days, there are some fears among the student body at the University of Georgia. On Tuesday, word spread about a bizarre text sent to a female student.

By mid-morning, University of Georgia campus social media sites were lit up with word of an anonymous text sent to a member of a sorority.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the message doesn't rise to the level of an all-out threat, but acknowledged it was "creepy."

11Alive News obtained a screen grab of the text. The anonymous sender writes:

Before you ignore me and tell someone I am messaging you you might want to know I know who you are.

The writer then goes on to list the female student's name, home address and even puts down her license plate number.

Student Cannon Lee said the text was the talk among young women on campus Tuesday, especially on sorority row.

2014 Reward Schools: Clarke County

2014 Reward Schools: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Clarke County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Clarke County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Chase Street Elementary School
* Fowler Drive Elementary School