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Race this weekend: Running Rams 5K

Race this weekend: Running Rams 5K

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Join the Newton High School community for a 5K and cookout this weekend.

The Running Rams 5K will be held Saturday, May 17. Race day registration for this afternoon race opens at 2:45 p.m. Runners will begin at 4 p.m., while a tot trot for children under age 6 is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m.

All runners are invited to stick around for a barbecue and awards ceremony after the race.

Fees are $25 for the 5K or $20 per runner for groups of 10 or more. The tot trot is free for participants. Proceeds will benefit the Newton High School track and field team.

Learn more and sign up at eventbrite.com.

Newton High is located at 1 Ram Drive in Covington.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Race this weekend: Covington Cheerios Challenge

Race this weekend: Covington Cheerios Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Covington Cheerios Challenge 5K/10K will be held this Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Covington Family YMCA.

The race began in 2001 as a way for Newton County families to get a jump start on healthier living. Hundreds of adults and kids participate in four separate events every year.

The fun will begin with a 10K at 7:30 a.m., followed by a Tot Trot for children younger than 6 at 8:30 a.m. A 1-mile fun run will be off and running at 9 a.m., while the 5K will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Job Search Boot Camp coming to Covington

Job Search Boot Camp coming to Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Labor is co-sponsoring a large career expo in Newton County this month.

The job fair will be proceeded by Job Search Boot Camp, which gives veterans and active duty military personnel an opportunity to brush up on their interview skills.

Boot Camp will be held Tuesday, Mar. 18. The career expo will be Thursday, Mar. 20. Both events will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Newton Center.

Veterans must register in advance for the boot camp. Call 770-784-2455 or email covington_cc@gdol.ga.gov for more information.

The job fair is open to everyone and will begin at 9:30 a.m. for those who don't attend the boot camp. Attendees must dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of their résumés.

Newton Center is located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Chamber to hold networking event in new year

Chamber to hold networking event in new year

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's first Coffee Call event of 2014 will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Call is an opportunity for chamber members to mingle and network.

The event will be held at Newton College & Career Academy, which is located at 144 Ram Drive in Covington.

Visit newtonchamber.com for more information.