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Parents Struggle to get a Refund from Swim School

Some Oconee County parents want their money back from the Georgia Aquatic Center in Watkinsville. The parents say a disagreement that banned a coach from the swim center last month cost them the program and their money. Coach Sean Gillan ran “Sean Gillan Swim School” for a year and a half out of the facility. Gillan says a disagreement about issues with water chemicals and clarity led to the coach and facility ending their relationship. Gillan says that he had a difficult time working with management, and the situation escalated…

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The Global Compassion of Athens

Compassion International connected Athens residents with kids from South America, Africa, the Caribbeans, and even Asia all in one weekend. They’re looking to connect even more residents to children worldwide. Compassion International came to Cornerstone Church Athens and ushered a walk-through in which attendants went through a twenty-minute visual presentation. Through an audio recording, they heard the stories of two deprived children living in two deprived countries. The stories consisted of Ruben, a boy growing up in Bolivia, who found himself digging through dumpsters to find food because he was unaccepted…

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New playground for kids poses problem for parents

ATHENS, Ga—There’s a new playground in town, but its popularity is causing parking problems for parents. “[This is] my second time,” said Tyler Ferguson. When asked what his favorite thing about the new World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park Ferguson paused before he said “the slide.” The World of Wonder isn’t a completely new thing to Athens—its predecessor of the same name has been a favorite of local kids for nearly 12 years. “The original WOW was very popular, it was a regional destination playground,” says Melinda Cochran,…

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Gang activity information sent to parents

By Kalyn Wilson & Richard Banton Gangs. They’re the one club no parent wants to see their kid join. That’s why the Jackson County Sheriff Department sent out a pamphlet from the National Gang Center in order to inform parents on gang involvement. The infographic below breaks down why youths join gangs, facts about gang involvement and how parents can help ensure their kid does not become a member.  

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Groundbreaking at JJ Harris Elementary School

In two weeks a local elementary school will break ground on a 40,000 dollar greenhouse project. Sarah Edwards reports that JJ Harris Elementary is making sure their students are using hands on learning approaches.

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