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Miss America to visit IHOP, Scottish Rite

Miss America to visit IHOP, Scottish Rite

ATLANTA -- The new Miss America will soon trade her tiara for a chef's hat as she works to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Mallory Hytes Hagan will flip pancakes and greet customers at the Chamblee IHOP on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Hagan's visit to the restaurant is a preview of National Pancake Day, where IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in exchange for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.

National Pancake Day is Tuesday, Feb. 5. Last year, IHOP customers raised more than $3 million for children's charities.

After preparing breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 22, Hagan will meet patients in The Zone at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. She will be at the hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Republican Party nominated former Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council member Mary Norwood to the Fulton County Elections Board.

She would replace William F. Riley, who resigned.

"With the resignation of our County Party stalwart and former judge, William Riley, from the Board of Elections and the ongoing investigation by the Secretary of State's office, we had to act quickly to find someone with the high caliber of intellect and ability to effect change," Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds said in a statement.

"Mary Norwood is just that kind of person," Bonds added. "Her background as a small business owner, community activist and former elected official gives her the political savvy and professionalism that makes her the ideal person to continue the clean-up work Riley started."

The vote on Norwood's nomination is Jan. 23.

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

ROSWELL, Ga. -- U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) will be the keynote speaker at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's January Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.

Price began his Washington career in 2004 as the representative of Georgia's 6th district, which includes eastern Cobb, northern Fulton and northern DeKalb counties.

He also served four terms with the Georgia State Senate, including two as Minority Whip.

Price is known throughout Congress for being the go-to Republican on health care policy, according to North Fulton Chamber president Brandon Beach. He is also a fierce opponent of government waste and always pushes for limited government and lower spending.

Before beginning his political career, Price worked as an orthopedic surgeon. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University and is the former medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

14 Riverwood students earn academic honors

14 Riverwood students earn academic honors

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fourteen seniors at Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs have earned some of the country's top academic honors.

Three of the students -- Ashwin Anantharaman, Travis Dean and Charly Jo Olson -- are among 16,000 U.S. semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship. This program recognizes the students who earn the country's highest scores on the PSAT.

Anantharaman, Dean and Olson will now go on to compete for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship, which is awarded annually to 8,300 of the best and brightest.

Seven more Riverwood students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Marguerite Bernard, Nick Bitzis, Evy Mitchell, Melissa Parlour, Peter Shoemaker, Sarah Tropper and Eukyung Yhang were named Commended Students, meaning that they placed among the top five percent of students who took the PSAT in 2011.

MOSAIC Group Wins NADRA's Best Covered Deck Award

MOSAIC Group Wins NADRA's Best Covered Deck Award

Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won first and third places for the Best Covered Deck in the North American Deck and Railing Association's annual competition. NADRA is composed of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. The association emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety.

"MOSAIC Group's winning entry is a true outdoor living space," said Co-owner Rick Goldstein, a registered architect. "Our goal was to make a visual connection between the home and the view to the pool.

Holy Innocents' dad ordained Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Holy Innocents' dad ordained Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- "It’s a glorious day!” someone shouted out Saturday morning, Oct. 13, on a sunny plaza in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse College campus.

The occasion was the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Robert Christopher Wright as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. And a glorious celebration it was, with a procession of church banners emblazoned with vibrant colors, stands of bright yellow daylilies and crimson roses and gladiolas, and thousands of worshippers dressed in their Sunday best, coming to see the ordination of the first African-American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

Wright is a father of four Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School students and a member of the school's Board of Trustees.