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Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH COMES TO MALL OF GEORGIA SAT JULY 23

Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – 'Shake It Up' edition," Disney Channel's first national dance talent search just for kids, hosted by AT&T U-verse, will make its mark at Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia. Kids ages 8-16, with the consent of a parent, will have the opportunity to show off their dance skills and record a dance video onsite for online submission for a chance to compete in a dance off to air on Disney Channel in October 2011. The grand prize includes a special guest dance spot on "Shake It Up" plus the chance to meet the cast. Fans and dance enthusiasts are invited to come down and participate in a Q&A with Roshon Fegan.

READ THE FULL DETAILS AT http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/2011/07/disney-channels-first-national-dance.html

Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

Back-to-school drive benefitting Metro Atlanta children in need

Back-to-school drive benefitting Metro Atlanta children in need

ATLANTA -- For over 80 years, Variety of Georgia’s mission has been to aid and enhance the lives of children in need who may be challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect.

Now through Tuesday, August 2, Variety of Georgia and Atlanta-area Simon malls will team up to collect back-to-school supplies for disadvantaged youth in the Metro-Atlanta area, giving young students the ability to enter a new school year full of hope.

School supply donations are welcomed at the following Atlanta malls: Gwinnett Place, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb.

 

•Gwinnett Place 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

•Mall of Georgia 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519

•Town Center at Cobb 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144

•Northlake Mall 4800 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

•Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

•Lenox Sq

DealChicken to Hatch in Atlanta

DealChicken to Hatch in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive will be working with Atlanta's top businesses to bring you local deals. We've been a part of this community for over 50 years, and we'll be connecting our clients to you in new and exciting ways.

DealChicken is not just about the one-time deal. The company focuses on providing a pathway, through the use of fun daily deals and other locally-focused marketing services, for merchants to develop long-term customer relationships in the Atlanta area.

You can sign up now to receive future DealChicken Atlanta daily deals by visiting DealChicken.com. Local merchants interested in partnering with DealChicken on daily deals should also visit the web site.

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Atlanta --  The first annual Dinner & A Cause Card benefiting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available.  The card costs only $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at great Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the profits to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries.  Giving Never Tasted So Good!  

Tradebank Golf Tournament Was a Hole-in-One

Tradebank Golf Tournament Was a Hole-in-One

Charitable Tourney Benefitted the March Forth With Hope Foundation

Tradebank of Charlotte (an outlet of Lawrenceville-based Tradebank International) successfully ran its 1st Annual Golf Tournament with proceeds to benefit the March Forth With Hope Foundation. The event took place June 22 at the Olde Sycamore Golf Course in N.C..

“We are pleased to have hosted our first golf tournament in cooperation with March Forth With Hope,” said Michael Torcellini, a regional owner of Tradebank of Charlotte. “It is an excellent organization and this tournament provided us and our Tradebank members an opportunity to support a foundation that means a great deal to all of us.”

The March Forth with Hope Foundation provides financial assistance to families battling cancer or other life-threatening diseases.