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2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) Tuesday, June 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Local girl's "doodle" may earn $80,000

Local girl's "doodle" may earn $80,000


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- There's real value in the "Doodle."

"It's first of all fun, said Christine Jeong.

She draws a lot, so she's a bit of an expert. You start with an outline, scribble in a few colors and before you know it, your doodle masterpiece could be worth $80,000.

"I was at first like, is that even possible?" she asked.

It's very possible for this sixth grader, thanks to Google. The website named her drawing, "The Galactic Express," best in Georgia. It's her second win in a row at the state level. All drawings are chosen by a blind vote at Google. The win gives her a chance to claim that $80,000 national prize that she missed last year.

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

Local author to hold book signing in Woodstock

Local author to hold book signing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Johns Creek resident will sign copies of her book in Woodstock next month.

Sherri Maner is the author of Life Must Go On. She will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe on Friday, Mar. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tate Publishing, Maner's publisher, provided this synopsis of her book:

Carolann and Sherri met as neighbors, but became best friends as they traveled side by side as women, wives and mothers. At the same time Carolann was diagnosed with cancer, Sherri fought to save her unborn daughter during a troubled pregnancy.

Through faith and modern medicine, Sherri gave birth to a healthy daughter. Carolann's cancer was stifled into remission, but the victory was short-lived. Carolann's world continued to be plagued by the monster that eventually ended her life.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.