Applebee's raises $20,000 for organ

transplants

LAWRENCEVILLE - Greater Atlanta area Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants partnered with the Georgia Transplant Foundation this holiday season to raise funds for Georgia's organ transplant community.

"The Giving Tree" annual fundraising campaign from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24 raised $20,153 for the foundation.

Throughout the initiative, AppleCreek Management Co.'s 40 Applebee's locations displayed Christmas trees featuring paper ornaments, set in increments of $1, $5, $10 or $25. Diners made donations by adding the cost of an ornament to their checks.

The McDonough Applebee's location brought in the most donations, with a total of $5,368. The Douglasville, Pleasant Hill, Monroe and Town Center locations were the next biggest contributors to the campaign.

Gwinnett team wins horse knowledge

competition

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County 4-H Senior High Horse Quiz Bowl Team on

Jan. 10 won the State 4-H annual

horse knowledge competition.

The contest, held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, showcases horse knowledge in all aspects of the industry. In the double-elimination style quiz bowl, 4-H members learn not only equine science-related subject matter, but the valuable skills of contributing to a group effort, teamwork, learning to learn, critical thinking, planning, organization, cooperating and communicating.

Team members are Kaitlyn Chandler, who served as captain, Lauren Bailey, Mary Davis and Hannah Carruth. The team was coached by 4-H volunteer Lori Chandler.

This team will represent Georgia 4-H at the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver next January.

UGA ranked a 'Best Value' by Princeton Review

ATHENS - The University of Georgia ranks ninth as the "Best Value" public college for 2009, according to The Princeton Review, which teamed with USA Today to present the "Best Value" colleges list for 2009.

According to The Princeton Review, "The University of Georgia's star is rising in academic reputation, as a result of notice from the popular press and the prestigious awards and grants bestowed on faculty and students."

The "Best Value" colleges list, reported in the Jan. 8 print edition of USA Today, and online at www.princetonreview.com/bestvaluecolleges and www.BestValueColleges.usatoday.com, features 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "best value"

choices for 2009 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance and financial aid.

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