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Luke Bryan announces 2018 Farm Tour; stops include Ohio, Florida, Georgia

Luke Bryan announced the official dates for the 10th annual Farm Tour 2018, with six stops in cities from Ohio to Florida.

This year, the “Sunrise Sunburn Sunset” country superstar will kick off the tour September 27 in Irwin, Ohio. 

“I can’t believe we’ve been doing this 10 years!” Bryan said in a statement on his website. “Our goal was to bring big-city production concerts into these small towns across the U.S. giving those communities the opportunity to attend shows that would never come their way.”

Tickets for the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018” go on sale June 6. Presale ticket sales begin June 1, according to his website

Proceeds from the Farm Tour go toward college scholarships for students from local farming families who are attending local colleges or universities near their own town.

Over 100,000 people have attended the Farm Tour since it kicked off in 2009. Over 50 scholarships have been given out to date, according to Bryan’s announcement

Bryan, a Georgia native, told Billboard that the Farm Tour is a very personal experience for him. 

“My whole existence, and the reason that I’m in country music, was based on me being in an agricultural family,” Bryan told Billboard. “It taught me everything I know about life, and my work ethic. It has shaped who I am. I took all those values, and I brought them to Nashville, and used that hard work to get my career off the ground. I still go back home and talk to my dad, and talk about how the business is going. It’s still very present, and very important in my life.”

Luke Bryan 2018 Farm Tour dates:

  • Sept. 27: Irwin, Ohio – Springfork Farms
  • Sept. 28: Pesotum, Illinois – Atkins Farm
  • Sept. 29: Boone, Iowa – Ziel Farm
  • Oct. 4: Archer, Florida – Whitehurst Cattle Company
  • Oct. 5: North Augusta, South Carolina – Misty Morning Farms
  • Oct. 6: Ringgold, Georgia – Doug Yates Farms

Man who kicked down woman's door could be connected to other crimes, police say

Neighbors are on edge this holiday weekend after someone kicked down the door of a woman’s home in Stone Mountain.

The man's footprint can still be seen on the woman's front door.

Stone Mountain police said a man kicked his way into the home on Ferndale Street Thursday morning.

The woman who lives there told Channel 2’s Christian Jennings the suspect didn't take anything, but investigators said it's something he left behind that links him to two violent home invasions from earlier this month: one in Stone Mountain and another in Clarkston.

We'll show you the evidence investigators are using to link him to other crimes, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.

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Man who kicked down woman's door could be connected to other crimes, police say

Neighbors are on edge this holiday weekend after someone kicked down the door of a woman’s home in Stone Mountain.

The man's footprint can still be seen on the woman's front door.

Stone Mountain police said a man kicked his way into the home on Ferndale Street Thursday morning.

The woman who lives there told Channel 2’s Christian Jennings the suspect didn't take anything, but investigators said it's something he left behind that links him to two violent home invasions from earlier this month: one in Stone Mountain and another in Clarkston.

We'll show you the evidence investigators are using to link him to other crimes, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.

TRENDING STORIES:

Teen, teacher shot at Indiana school; student shooter in custody, police say Cobb County police officer shot in arm while serving warrant; suspect arrested Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the Gulf of Mexico

11-year-old given full-ride scholarship to Southern University

A bright 11-year-old was awarded a full-ride scholarship to college this week.

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Elijah Precciely, a home-schooled student who already had been taking classes at Southern University, plans to start full-time at the college in spring 2019, according to WAFB.

Elijah put a school cap on his head and a letterman jacket on over his shirt and bow tie before he academically signed with the university Friday at a meeting attended by his family and the school’s board of supervisors, according to The Advocate

"It feels great," Elijah told The Advocate. "I thank God that all my hard work and all the pouring (into me) did not go in vain."

He will study physics and mechanical engineering through the honors college. When he was 8, he started taking biology, physics and business classes at the school, according to The Advocate.

He has also published a book, submitted five patents for inventions and hosts a weekly radio show, according to The Advocate.

Noblesville, Indiana middle school shooting: 2 injured, student in custody

Police took a middle school student into custody Friday morning on suspicion of firing shots at Indiana’s Noblesville West Middle School, leaving at least two people injured.

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Update 2:50 p.m. EDT: The Indianapolis Star identified the teacher injured in Friday’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School as Jason Seaman. The newspaper reported he was shot three times while knocking the gun out of the hands of a middle school student who fired shots at the school.

Jason Seaman’s brother, Jeremy Seaman, told the newspaper that he was not surprised by reports of his brother’s actions. Students have told several news stations that his quick thinking saved an untold number of lives.

“He’s not really ever been the person to run away,” Jeremy Seaman told the Star. “When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.”

Jeremy Seaman told the Star that his brother was undergoing surgery Friday.

Update 2:39 p.m. EDT: Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the student who opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School earlier in the day asked to be excused from class before returning with a pair of handguns.

Jowitt said the student was quickly taken into custody.

Update 2 p.m. EDT: A Noblesville West Middle School student told WXIN that a science teacher sprang into action Friday after a student opened fire at the school, knocking the gun from the shooter’s hand and likely saving lives.

The seventh-grade girl, who was not identified, told the news station that “this science teacher bravely swatted that gun away from the gunman’s hands, saving everyone else in that room.”

Another seventh-grader, Ethan Stonebraker, told The Associated Press that the shooter walked into his science class while students were taking a test.

"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground," Stonebraker said. "If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure."

It was not immediately clear if the teacher was the same one injured in Friday morning’s shooting.

Police said a juvenile and an adult teacher were injured when an unidentified male student opened fire at the school around 9 a.m. Another student also suffered an ankle fracture, according to officials with Riverview Health.

Update 11:43 a.m. EDT: Vice President Mike Pence thanked law enforcement officers and shared condolences after a shooting at a middle school in his home state, Indiana.

“Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” Pence wrote on Twitter Friday, referring to his wife, Karen Pence. “To everyone in the Noblesville community -- you are in our hearts and in our prayers.”

Update 11:28 a.m. EDT: Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt confirmed that a teacher and a juvenile were injured Friday morning in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

Police did not identify either of the victims. They were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital, respectively, Jowitt said.

Officials with Riverview Health said earlier Friday that a second student was treated for an ankle fracture after the shooting.

Authorities had a suspect, identified as a male student, in custody Friday morning.

Jowitt said Noblesville West Middle School had been cleared by 11:30 a.m. However, he added that authorities also received reports of a threat made at Noblesville High School.

Police are investigating the report.

Update 11:18 a.m. EDT: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he and other officials are monitoring the situation in Noblesville after at least two people were injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details about Friday’s shooting in a news conference later in the day.

Update 10:55 a.m. EDT: Chad Lancaster, whose eighth-grade daughter and sixth-grade son attend Noblesville West Middle School, told the Indianapolis Star that his daughter called her mother, his ex-wife, while hiding under a desk amid reports of an active shooter on campus.

He told the newspaper he has been unable to get in touch with his son.

“This is surreal," Lancaster told the Star. "This happens in high school, not here."

Officials with Riverview Health said one of the two people injured in Friday morning's shooting was taken to the hospital and transfered to Riley Hospital in stable condition. A second person, a student, was being treated for an ankle fracture.

Officials told the Star earlier Friday that an adult was also injured in the shooting.

A suspect, who has not been identified, was in custody after the shooting.

Update 10:40 a.m. EDT: Indiana University Health officials told the Indianapolis Star that an adult and a teenager were injured in Friday’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

The two have not been identified. Indiana State Police said earlier Friday that they were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of their injuries and that their families had been notified.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT: Indiana State Police confirmed two people were taken to a hospital after authorities responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School.

Officials said a suspect was in custody after the shooting. Authorities were expected to provide additional details at a news conference later Friday.

Original report: Authorities confirmed around 9:40 a.m. that police had a suspect in custody after responding to a report of an active shooter situation at the middle school.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Spelman College: ‘Full of black women who look like me’

As long as she can remember, 17-year-old Deja Mason has had her eyes set on attending a black college, following a path set by her parents, who attended North Carolina Central University, and a brother who attended Morehouse College. 

But the “Blue Envelope” still scared her.

The “Blue Envelope” is legendary in black college circles as admittance into Spelman College. 

Her family hid the envelope from her, before devising a ruse to rush her to church one Sunday. Cameras in hand, they handed her the mail to sort.

In it was the envelope, welcoming her to the 137th class of Spelman College. 

“You got the blue envelope,” her father Donald Mason shouted. “Do you know how many young ladies covet that?”

»GALLERY: 8 Notable Spelman College alums

“I didn’t think I would be as shocked as I was. I was like, ‘I got in,’” said Mason, a National Honor Society graduate from Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County. “I didn’t think I would cry. But in the moment, I got a little emotional.” 

Earlier this year, as part of a series on historically black colleges and universities, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiled Mason’s older sister, Delanie Mason and her decision to attend Kennesaw State University instead of following her family’s path toward an HBCU. 

»RELATED: HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage 

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Delanie Mason bucked family tradition, because she felt more comfortable in a more diverse environment. And she was attracted by the price of attending a public school in Georgia that would be partially paid for by the HOPE scholarship. 

But in an interview with the AJC as part of the story, Deja Mason, said Spelman, which annually ranks as one of the best black colleges in the nation, was always in her sights. She plans to major in English and double minor in political science and pre-law. 

“Spelman was the first school I officially got accepted into. It was my first choice and it was the first school that reached out to me,” said Deja Mason, who was later accepted at Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University. “I am happy that I am going on an HBCU. But I am also happy that I am going to a woman’s college that is full of black women who look like me.”

At Deja Mason’s graduation last Wednesday, her mother Teresa, the former Miss North Carolina Central University, and her father, Donald, a middle school principal in Atlanta, beamed as her name was called among the honor graduates. In the front yard of their Duluth home, a giant sign read: “Congratulations!! Deja. L. Mason. 2018 Honor Graduate. Mill Creek High School. Spelman College.” 

“Spelman has always been her dream,” Donald Mason said. “Now, we just got to figure out how to pay for it. God help us.”

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Oregon teen sues school district after suspension over pro-border wall T-shirt

A high school senior in Hillsboro, Oregon, is suing the Hillsboro School District after he claims his First Amendment rights were violated when he was asked to cover up a T-shirt supporting a border wall along the U.S. southern border.

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According to Willamette Week, the T-shirt said, “Border Wall Construction Company” and featured a quote from President Donald Trump: “The wall just got 10 feet taller.”

Addison Barnes told KGW that he wore the shirt to a politics class at Liberty High School last January, knowing they were going to discuss immigration. 

Barnes said after students and a teacher complained, the school’s assistant principal pulled him out of the class room and told him to either cover up the T-shirt or go home. 

Barnes said his first instinct was to put a jacket on, but then decided to change his mind.

“I thought to myself, ‘You know this isn't right, this is my First Amendment right to be able to wear this shirt,’” Barnes told KGW. “So, I took off the jacket and the assistant principal had seen that and sent for a security guard to escort me out of class.”

Students told KGW that the school has a large Latino population.

“(The shirt) offended a lot of people,” Liberty High School senior Mark Guzman told KGW. “In the hall, kids would ask me if I’d seen it.”

The lawsuit filed Friday by Barnes’ attorney in U.S. District Court in Portland states that Barnes engaged in a “respectful, silent, and peaceful expression of his political views by wearing a T-shirt,” Willamette Week said.

The Hillsboro School District refused to respond to requests for comment. The ACLU of Oregon told KGW in a statement that “The school clearly crossed the line when it required a student to remove a T-shirt that voiced support for Donald Trump's border wall or face a suspension. This shirt is mean spirited, but it isn't a ‘disturbance’ under First Amendment case law.”

The ACLU also stated that it is “disappointing” that the high school decided to censor the student, instead of using it as an opportunity to discuss immigration.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

02-03-06-07-08-09-13-14-18-20-22-24

(two, three, six, seven, eight, nine, thirteen, fourteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-two, twenty-four)

Mother cat looks ‘surprised’ when doc says she’s expecting

Any female expecting a new arrival has probably had a similar look, no matter the mother’s species. 

A stray cat named Ulla was getting a little heavier after she arrived at Greenland’s Dyrenes Venner animal shelter. So shelter workers took her to a veterinarian for an ultrasound, the “Today” show reported

The worker’s gut feeling was right. Ulla’s expecting four or five kittens. 

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Workers posted photos of Ulla getting the good news last week to social media where they have gone viral.

Not only has Ulla’s good news been shared all over the world, she also has a new family who will care for her until she has her babies and who will then will take care of her offspring until they are old enough to find their forever homes. Mom will stay with her newfound family, People magazine reported

For more on the Dyrenes Venner animal shelter, visit its Facebook or Instagram pages. 

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